So yesterday I had to go and see the vet. We go to a very cool veterinary practice that is affiliated with the veterinary college. We get seen by a fourth year vet student and then a full veterinarian, and they consult together on our care! So we get double the attention. We Sphynx are always a big hit with the students, and frequently students who are in the clinic, but who aren't busy at the moment, come and ask if they can see us and pet us.
So why was I at the vet? Well, nothing serious, but I had a bit of unusual discharge from my eyes. You see, we Sphynx, because we don't have any eyelashes or eyebrow whiskers, tend to have a little bit of clear discharge from our eyes. It's normal for us. However, every now and then, my discharge will get a little thicker, will become coloured (yellow or greenish), and/or my conjunctivia will look a little red. When that happens, my mom takes me to the vet.
They have fishies at the vet!
So I was at the vet and I was very well behaved. At one of the conferences our vet attended, they learned that a small dose of Gabapentin can help keep cats calm at the vet. It doesn't sedate us and is very safe. It just helps keep us calm, and makes us a little sleepy, but that's it. I used to get stressed at the vet (unlike Merlin, who loves going to the vet and getting lots of attention). The Gabapentin allows me to be relaxed and I don't get upset or growl when they poke and prod me, and look at my eyes.
The good news is that my eyes look very healthy, they are just a little swollen, and the conjunctivia are a little red. The vet student and vet think it is likely just bacterial conjuctivitis, probably because I got something in my eyes due to not having those protective eyelashes and whiskers. So I have to have eye drops put in my eyes for the next ten days. I'm not a huge fan of the eye drops, but at least I get treats after them.
So our mom writes a final exam tomorrow for one of her grad courses and then, although she still has some projects to finish, we should be back to visiting more of our friends. Then once April 15th is come and gone, we'll have lots of time to visit everyone again! Thanks for all the supportive messages, and all the purrs and prayers for Merlin.