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Life in NYC – Going to the Vet



Laundry hamper and pet taxi.

Laundry hamper and pet taxi waiting on the elevator.

Life in NYC without a car is challenging, at best. I don’t know how we are going to do this for four years, honestly, and fully expect to cave and buy a car once I start making a little money. Until then, though, I have to be resourceful.

Last month we spent a horrendous amount of money ($2,000) to have my sweet cat Yum Yum’s thyroid irradiated. She was hyperthyroid and wasting away. It was terrible to watch. Twice daily medication was no life for a cat who HATES to be pilled and fights like hell when you come at her with a syringe of liquid meds, so spending the money for a CURE was well worth it. She is now the most expensive cat I know.

My two loves.

My two loves.

We bummed a ride to the radiation clinic up in Westchester County for her treatment, and then rented a Zipcar to pick her up five days later. Today we had to take her into our local vet three blocks away to have a follow-up blood draw done. Normally The Professor watches Sabine and I carry the 10 + pounds of cat and carrier three blocks to the local vet. Today the Professor was not available, though, and we had to think outside of the box. Or inside of the hamper.

There's a big ass Maine Coon in there!

There’s a big ass Maine Coon in there! It’s like a magic trick watching her emerge.

A cab was silly and more trouble than it was worth. Yum Yum fights like hell when in the carrier so I can’t just hold it in one hand and push a stroller with another. It is a two handed job. I was not able to hold the carrier firmly and wear Sabine in the Baby Bjorn. I looked around the apartment for a solution – the cat carrier would not fit securely in the strollers (I tried all three), nor could I put the Baby Bjorn on my back. But I could fit the carrier in our large laundry hamper on wheels. So that is how my sweet, eternally patient cat rode 3 blocks to the vet – in a cat carrier, in a laundry hamper, with baby singing to her the entire way while strapped to Mama’s chest.

Gotta do what you gotta do, I guess! Boy will having a car feel like luxury one of these days!




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  1. May 9, 2014

    Our kitty will ride a mile to the vet in a carrier, in the bike trailer (today or sometime next week, depending on scheduling). You do what you have to do. I think our cat is similar in vet bill value but had a very fancy orthopedic surgery and months of special food while it healed. Lucky cats!

  2. May 9, 2014

    You are a genius! I have to take our 15#cat to the vet in June. It was a struggle when I was preggers – I haven’t quite figured out how I’ll swing the cat+baby adventure.

  3. May 9, 2014

    That’s serious dedication!

  4. Kathy #
    May 9, 2014

    Way to be resourceful, Mom. This skill will come in handy in the future !

  5. May 9, 2014

    I had to carry my 15 pound diabetic cat to his vet in Brooklyn from the Upper East. I thought I had it bad, but I didn’t have a kiddo to tote around. Kudos to you.

  6. May 10, 2014

    This is genius!
    Owning a car in NYC is a pain though. Unless you pay a TON of money for parking, you constantly have to deal with the hassle of street parking, moving your car for street cleaning, etc. After many years of living in the city, we have found that Zipcar or Hertz on Demand are more convenient alternatives. You may want to look into this.

  7. May 10, 2014

    HAHA great idea!

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