Monthly Archives: March 2013

Five Removed Teeth

As I mentioned in my posting of March 1 the veterinarian recommended us to take Quismo to a dental specialist.

Quismo Picture 349_1We took him there yesterday at 7:45 am. He stayed there till 6:30 pm. Unfortunately he had five bad teeth that all needed to be removed. I feel so bad to not been able to understand the situation. It must have been very painful for already quite a long time.

I worried about when and how he would be able to eat after the procedure. The vet said he probably wants to have something to eat as soon as we come home. She was right. Quismo was very hungry and had tuna for cats. For the next two weeks he’s on a softer diet. He loves dry food and is loudly meowing for it each time I am in the kitchen.

He is on pain medicine for three to five days. That he takes without any protest. But, the mouth wash, the “hyvänmakuinen suuvesi” he let me know is not hyvänmakuinen.

The instructions for the future says. Daily cleaning, brushing required. I guess I have to buy three brushes one for each Quam, Quismo and Canelo.

Canelo’s teeth also need checking. I’d love to take him right the way but we have to, for some time, recover from the recent costs.

Formula One 2013

The Formula 1 season starts in about two weeks. I’m a huge F1 fan. I have been for many, many years. I miss the good old times when we were able to watch it direct without paying any extra. It was included in the fee we paid for the TV license.

I was so disappointed back then when it became payable. I was convinced I would never pay to watch it. A matter of principle. When the first payable season began I soon found out how much I missed watching it live. It was not the same at all to watch a short summary. I swallowed my bitterness and pride and paid, in fact, a reasonable price for the entire season.

For some years the price has been about the same. Last year it was 45 euro. Today I decided to sign up for ‘watching’ season 2013. Lo and behold ! 68 euros! An increase of 23 € ! An about 50% increase.

I have, so much, been looking forward to this season of Formula 1 Grand Prix to begin. Right now I don’t know what I’m going to do. Okay, I understand, business is business. The season is from the mid of March to the end of November. All together twenty races plus the practices and qualifying. I usually watch the qualifying and the race. Which now makes 1.70 € / weekend against last year’s 1.20 / weekend.

Some may think why the fuss about such small amounts. Well, principle and money does not grow on trees. Who knows, maybe when I have calmed down a bit I’m willing to pay the price.

When I win either Eurojackpot or lotto I will buy a ticket to one of the European races

Arnold, Arnold . . .

Arnold, Arnold the people chanted when he won his first Mr. Universe title in London in 1967. Yes, I finished reading the book ‘Total Recall’ by Arnold Schwarzenegger last night. Just in time to take it back to the library as I, today, received an e-mail to remind me it’s due for returning in two days.

A thick book of about 600 pages and a wight of 885 grams. The weight made it difficult to read in bed which I always do. Couple of times I fell asleep with the book in my hand(s) and it fell on my chest. A brutal way to wake up. Even if I don’t know very much about bodybuilding or maybe don’t like some of the films the book still is fun, entertaining and interesting reading.

While reading I recalled that I once, many years ago, actually went to watch a bodybuilding competition. I remember that when the crowd got excited and chanted for one of the guys to win I too got very excited and joined the chanting.

The first chapter is about his childhood living in a small village not far from Graz in Austria. Later he went to school and to a gym in Graz. It made me thinking of my visit to Graz some years ago. It was in the spring around Easter. I can’t remember whether it was in end March or the beginning of April. It was still cold and snow here when I left. In Graz it was spring. Very warm. People wearing shorts. The trees already had green leaves. Lots of yellow bushes in bloom as well as other flowers.  A beautiful, picturesque town.  The view up “the Scholssberg’ was stunning. Such a wonderful time.

I totally had forgotten Mr. Schwarzenegger has visited Finland. Yes he has. In 1976 he was at Stockmann’s department store marketing vitamins and years later at the opening of Planet Hollywood. Well, after all it’s not that surprising as he has traveled all around the world countless times.

I read some book reviews on the net. Many likes the book many don’t. The whole truth or not. Well, I’m not naïve to think he’s told it all. I just liked it anyway and think it is an exciting life story. From a bodybuilder to a film star to a governor. Incredible.

@ the vet with Quam & Quimso

Last Monday, 25 Feb, we were at the vet with Quam and Quismo. It was time for their vaccination. The vet also checked eyes, ears, teeth etc. Eyes and ears were fine but she said they both really must have their teeth cleaned from plaque. We already were about to leave when I, luckily, remembered to mention about Quam’s left hand claw. You know the shortest finger. She had a look at it. It was worse than I knew. The vet said it needs a surgical procedure to have it fixed. The claw had grown too long, turned to grow into the skin and out on the other side. Also there was an inflammation. Oh no ! My poor Quam ! I had no idea it was that bad. He was given prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics.

Yesterday we took both cats there. Quam for both cleaning of the teeth and the claw operation. Quismo for teeth cleaning. They were sedated  for the procedure and stayed there for about four hours. Quam’s teeth are okay but the vet recommended us to take Quismo to a specialist for a X-ray. She thinks he has a more serious problem than just plaque. We are going to take him to the specialist but I truly hope the vet is wrong and they are not going to find any other problem than the plaque.

Quam IMG_3477_1

Quam looking out the window after I cleaned and changed the sterile pads this morning and wrapped his paw into a nice looking parcel. He does not like it at all. It makes it difficult for him to move.

Cat claws IMG_1A sketch of the operated nail. (heh-heh, not good at drawing )

Next week we are going to take Quam to the vet for a re-check. I hope his paw by then is healed and that he does not need any medication anymore.  Everything is so expensive. I’m glad we have an insurance. It does not cover all but at least we can have some of the costs back.