Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Term "Crazy Cat Lady" Doesn't Do Me Justice


I noticed recently that my cat had some rough, scabby patches under his chin, and when they didn't go away after about a week, I decided to try to inspect them more closely.

So, naturally, I thought I should put on my headlamp.

The thing about headlamps is that they're kind of like giant rubber bands with a rock attached to one side. So if you aren't careful when placing them on your head, the strap can snap and either fly off your head or injure you. As I was pulling on my headlamp to inspect my cat's chin (who types a sentence like that, ever?) this exact snap scenario occurred and the little hard plastic lightbulb-and-battery pack smacked me right in the bridge of the nose.

I now have a small raised bruise on my nose because my headlamp hurt me when I was trying to inspect my cat's chin. 

After cursing and rubbing my face, I reattached the headlamp and turned it on so that I could examine my patient. Then, I did what everyone does when they discover anything wrong anywhere in the world. I went on Google. And searched for "cat with scabby chin."

You'll never guess what came up. Feline acne.

Almost every description of my cat's symptoms was concluded with a diagnosis of feline acne. I had no idea cats could get pimples. And he's not even going through puberty...

So now, not only am I a girl who dons a headlamp to inspect her cat's crusty chin—I am a girl whose cat has feline acne.

People, I cannot make this sh*t up.

My sister does have a cat with asthma, so maybe there's some sort of strange karmic curse on our family when it comes to cats. But still...

Mr. W and I were Skyping last night and I asked him what he would have thought if I'd told him this story when we were dating. I'm thinking that engagement ring would have never found its way to my finger.

This is my life. Glamorous citizen of Hollywood. Lord only knows what will happen when we live in Santa Ynez...

Now excuse me while I go swab my cat with peroxide and ice the bridge of my nose.

14 comments:

  1. Poor Monty. I think aloe may be of help also. Also, could help the
    bridge of your nose.

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    1. I forgot about the aloe. I read online that that was another approach to try. Thanks!

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  2. I'm shaking my head while I read this...

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    1. You're stuck with me for life! And I'm only going to get worse! :*

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  3. Don't you ever make fun of me again because my cat has asthma, you headlamp wearing dork with the scabby chinned acne cat. Wait until I make you some notecards....

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    1. Can I make fun of you for having a diabetic hamster?

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  4. Once I read "chin" I knew exactly where this was going. That poor kitty's issue is so common. And, for a different perspective, I will tell you this. I grew up around a vet clinic, worked in one all through college, and still have friends and family in the veterinary and pet grooming business. You would not believe the people that don't notice things about their pets, and how things get SO much worse when they're finally presented. So, from my perspective, you are a GOOD cat owner, you pay attention, and that is better for everyone. Not crazy at all. :)

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    1. You are the nicest! You make me feel so much better. I had no idea this issue was so common - but it seems like it's all over the Internet. I can only imagine the stories you must have heard about other people's animals. I have to admit my girl cat has a mole or something on her back right near her tail and I didn't notice it for years...Mr. W said he noticed it like 2 years ago and I just saw it for the first time sometime late last year. Apparently I'm not the best pet mom after all!

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  5. I've heard of this cat acne. I'm kind of glad I haven't had to see it. :-)

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    1. Haha yes I do not wish it on Dash and Dot!

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  7. Your cat must'a had a hot date. Cuz, you know, pimples always show up right before a hot date.

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  8. ummmmm.....get wel soon? don't exactly know WHAT to say to this. :)

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  9. your poor nose! Glad the cat is okay and not like...parasitic :)

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