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Ahh, the cat saga continues. We had quite the visit to the vet this weekend, one that will probably live in family lore for quite some time. We wanted to get the kitties’ first vaccinations, and so made plans to get into our school-provided minibus and go. Unfortunately, we made a series of mistakes that morning that were to weigh heavily on our adventure:

Mistake #1 – Breakfast for the cats was some kitty food mixed with some leftover rice and chicken from our dinner. Nice and bland, perfect for a couple of ex street cats, right?

Mistake #2 – I asked the kids to look up the address of the place we were going, but didn’t check on Google maps to make sure we knew (although, in my defense, even if I had looked online, the maze of twisting streets probably would have totally confused me anyways).

Mistake #3 – Susan asked if we were going to put them in a cardboard (beer bottle) box or something, since we don’t have a cat carrier. I thought that it would be no problem to just hold them in the van, and even let them explore, so long as we kept them away from the driver.

So off we go – and within 3 minutes of leaving, one of the cats is experiencing explosive diarrhea as we are weaving down the road. Because of mistake #3, we have no place to put her, but we still want to keep the flying feces off seats and clothing, so we empty out a canvas bag that Susan brought, and stick the cat – butt first, I might add – into the bag.

Now, cat crap is a pretty stinky affair. Loose bowelled poopers are even worse. So there the 7 of us are – the driver trying to drive, me holding the cat’s rear end in the bag, Susan cleaning the poop that got on her and Breck (and trying not to gag from the smell), and Alea keeping track of the other kitten (who is having a great time exploring the van and is totally unfazed by everything). We can’t really open the windows much because most are sealed shut and the others would present a great “jump out” opportunity, so we are stuck in a sealed metal tube, bobbing and lurching through Jakarta traffic.

And then we get lost. Not really lost, but when we finally get the building at #17A, it is a tattoo parlor, not a vet shop. We call the lady who brought the kittens, and she says that we are at the wrong 17A – the one we want is at the far other end of the road (and yes, she’s had people come to the animal shelter looking for the tattoo shop). So we turn around, make two more attempts to get down the road (with stinking cat, who is by this time pretty upset about having to stay in the bag).

But we finally make it. And get chastised in no uncertain terms for feeding people food to the cats. Apparently they can’t digest carbohydrates too well, so that’s why we had “Jakarta juice” all over the van.

And the surprise? Well that was finding out that, instead of two sisters, we actually have a sister and a brother. Oops. Susan is not happy about that oversight, as she is really concerned about male cats spraying things. Breck got very teary-eyed when we told him, and asked if we were going to have to sell NiDorianna and get a female. The decision was made to keep the cat, rename him to NiDorianno, and hope that he behaves himself when he gets older.

Then we all went home, jumped in the pool, and had a series of cold drinks to recover from the afternoon.

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8 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. Hysterical! And if your kitties still have their claws, I can give you a website website to get little plasti

    1. Chris Wrona Giallongo on August 29th, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  2. sorry – weird stuff going on with my computer. To finish – to get little plastic claw covers so you save your furniture!

    2. Chris Wrona Giallongo on August 29th, 2011 at 2:09 pm
  3. Since you got them fixed in a reasonable time, I’m sure you will have no problems with spraying. All our cats over the years and we never had that issue. If you do, get Feliway. It works wonders. And the claw covers are a good idea if you need them. Let kitties keep their poor little clawsies.

    3. Meredith Esham on August 29th, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  4. Sounds like a lot of fun… a whole bag of it! I hope they begin earning their keep by catching some of your rats.

    4. Martin Reinsmoen on August 29th, 2011 at 5:12 pm
  5. The things we do for cats. Great story. I love that there are two 17A’s out there. Hope you guys are enjoying yourselves!

    5. Scot H. on August 29th, 2011 at 5:25 pm
  6. Good one.. just make sure you nurture them soon (the cats I mean).. or you end up with an animal shelter of you own..

    6. van der List family on August 29th, 2011 at 5:34 pm
  7. Hilarious, thanks for my morning laugh.

    7. Nancy Pope on August 29th, 2011 at 10:08 pm
  8. Too funny! 🙂 Made my, otherwise crappy, day.

    8. Sanja Ilic on August 30th, 2011 at 9:55 am

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