little messy missy

little messy missy

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Great Sandbur Incident of 2010!



Field sandbur (grassbur) is a summer annual grassy weed that can be found in home lawns, sports fields, parks and along roadsides. This weed is especially adapted to dry, sandy soils but can be found growing in other types of soils as well. The big problem with this weed is the sharp, spiny burs that are part of the inflorescence. These burs can be painful and are difficult to remove from clothing material. 

 I hate sandburs! Friday my cat came home covered in these nasty little guys. I mean covered. From time to time my big fat orange cat will have a few in his tail but Friday it was horrible. I heard him crying on the back porch, and he wouldn't stand up or make any movements to come inside. As I got closer to pick him up I saw...I cried. He was in so much pain. I put a towel over him and carefully picked him up and brought him inside. I grabbed the scissors and kitty comb and went to work. The easiest way to get them out was to pick them out, but the problem was they were in his skin, not just his long fur. I worked for about a half an hour and my fingers were puffy, itchy and swelling up. I noticed my cats face was swelling up and quickly called the vet. He advised me to bring him in and have him tranquilized and shaved, but not having an extra $200.00 around left me with option two. Give the cat a Benadryl (vet gave dosage amount) and shave him myself. Let me tell you, shoving a Benadryl down a cat's throat is NOT fun. Within about 40 minutes he was groggy and we spent the next 3 hours cutting, pulling and shaving bits of our cat.



Well, it is Monday and my fingers still have the sandbur spines in them and still hurt! My cat is better and has stayed really close to home the last couple of days. I am not sure if it is because his "neither region" is shaved and he is embarrassed or the thought of being drugged and shaved is still prominent in his mind.
I hate snadburs!

 Mr Sparkles McGee

13 comments:

Wooden Chest Studio said...

poor thing....hey, anymore swaps coming?!

Sharon said...

Poor kitty! Those sand burs are something else! We used to have them up North and they are hard on your clothes - forget about a sweater- throw it away! I wonder, did he get in a cat fight in a patch? Whew, I hope he feels lots better now!

Blasé said...

Sandburs can kiss my ass...

Regena said...

poor kitty!!!! :-(
I have a long haired cat and have to deburr her frequently, but nothing as bad as your poor baby

Kristine said...

Ugh! That's awful! Reminds me of the time I slipped on a hillside and fell (rolled really) through about 15 yards of blackberry bushes. OLD blackberry bushes. Getting out was an adventure.

... i was picking out thorns for days.

Poor kitty.

Jeanne said...

Aaaahhh, Poor baby! Sandburs are the nastiest things! I can remember them from my childhood.
Hope you both are on the mend! :0)

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Oh no Poor baby. i hope he's better soon. And you too!
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Rosey said...

Nasty all the way around. They stuck right into our shoes once.
Poor kitty. I hope he is better now.

jillytacy said...

He's a beautiful kitty! It sounds like an awful experience but I'm sure he's happy that you took such good care of him! I hope he's feeling better!

Crazy Amy said...

That's heart wrenching poor lil guy hope you and him heal up fast

Crazy Amy said...

Poor lil guy hope you both heal up soon

Gaby Bee said...

Your cat is adorable! Great shot!

val said...

oh my gosh, that is awful!

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