The Harrying of Sweetie Pie #Caturday

Friday RecommendsSweetie Pie Turner here, MomGoth’s Mom’s cat.

I’ve been harried from pillar to post this month, especially this week. Here’s the story:

A few weeks ago, MomGoth smelled a bad smell in the laundry room. When she investigated, she found a dead mouse IN THE WASHING MACHINE. Clean, but dead.

Ever since then, I’ve been bitten to pieces. MomGoth inspected, and found me covered with fleas!

She took me to the mean old vet, and he shaved me here and shaved me there, drew blood, and put medicine on my neck on the shaven place.

sweetieshavedHe said my blood tattled on me and said I have a urinary tract infection, whatever that means, and gave MomGoth two boxes of stuff that she put in the refrigerator as well as more flea medicine. I was afraid to tell him that it hurts when I pee. No telling what he would have done, then!

sweetiemedsHe told MomGoth to squirt some nasty cold white stuff into my mouth twice a day and run the loud thing every day for a month. I hate the loud thing!

very loud! pokes under things!
very loud! pokes under things!

I tried to hide in the closet under Mom’s blouses. The loud thing found me.

sweetieclosetI tried to hide under the couch. The loud thing found me!

sweetiecouchThere’s still more than three weeks to go! I’m bexhausted!

sweetiebexhaustedA WRITING PROMPT FOR ANIMALS: Did you ever have fleas? What did your human do to get rid of them?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Harrying of Sweetie Pie #Caturday

  1. Dan Antion

    October 29, 2016 at 8:05am

    Poor Sweetie Pie 🙁

    I think the worst thing about the medicine is the fact that it’s cold. Especially the stuff that goes in their ears. I would bite you if you put cold gop in my ears.

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      Marian Allen

      October 29, 2016 at 10:00am

      If I put cold gop in your ears, I would EXPECT to be bitten. Sweetie Pie is surprisingly good about this. She resists, but she doesn’t scratch or bite. I’m grateful.

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  2. Jane

    October 29, 2016 at 9:51am

    Poor Sweetie Pie!
    This is indeed a rough time!
    I bet you got those little pests on your last runabout outside!

    Biting insects generally don’t like me, so I am always behind the deal on finding out They’re Heeeerre!

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      Marian Allen

      October 29, 2016 at 10:09am

      She had them before that Great Escape, Jane. I truly suspect the mouse. The poor little bastard is dead and can’t hire a lawyer, so I’m pointing the finger in that direction.

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    October 29, 2016 at 2:57pm

    We got fleas, I’m pretty sure, with a couch we bought second hand for the previous house.

    We realized that every time we sat there, our lower legs would get bites. Finally, we bombed the house with the flea-killer thing. No more fleas.

    That was in 1980 – I bet the insecticides used then were FAR more potent – and not used now. And I still remember: flea bites hurt, and itch, and you wreck your skin scratching at them.

    The cat is lucky you know what to do. And do it. Cat probably itches, too.

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      Marian Allen

      October 30, 2016 at 11:49am

      Yes, insecticides used to be a lot more toxic than they are now. I used to get this orange peel stuff to rinse the cats in that killed fleas DEAD, but then we learned it was also toxic to cats! No more of that. Sweetie Pie is getting very creative in finding places to get away from new fleas, which means I have new places I have to vacuum! I do sympathize, though, because fleas will bite people if they run out of cats, and the bites do hurt and inch.

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  4. A.C.Flory

    October 29, 2016 at 10:30pm

    Ah, Sweetie Pie. 🙁 Those fleas are horrible beasts, and thank you for reminding me that my kids will need their own medicine very soon. Hope the you-know-what clears up soon. Hugs from Buffa and Golli. Mogi sends hugs too but as she’s a dog I didn’t think you’d want those.

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      Marian Allen

      October 30, 2016 at 11:50am

      Sweetie Pie is happy to take hugs from dogs, as long as it’s virtual. Her first bestie was a dog, but she made an exception for him. 🙂

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      • A.C.Flory

        October 31, 2016 at 7:00am

        My cats had dogs for nannies when they were kittens so they’re happy to have Mogi around. Her bark keeps the other neighbourhood cats away and she’s so small she’s no competition to /them/. Mogi = chihuahua cross who thinks she’s a real dog. 🙂

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