So, yeah, I bet you’re wondering what the heck that thing is that I’m holding. I still can’t even believe it myself. That, my friends, is Chester’s microchip. If you don’t know what a microchip is, and I’m assuming you probably do, then let me tell you. It’s the tiny electronic chip that the vet puts into your pet’s scruff (skin on back of neck) to identify your buddy if he or she gets lost.
Well, yesterday, K picked up Chester to take one of their cuddly naps together and he yelled to me, “Honey, come here! What the heck is this?” He was laying down in the bed with Chester in the crook of his arm and he was pointing to a spot on Chester’s shoulder. He didn’t want to move Chester, so I came to them and looked at the thing K was referring to. I pushed back his fur and he whimpered. It was pitiful. I saw what looked to be a scab, but it was very hard and protruding rather far from his skin.
I told K to get up and look at it with me, so he did. He said, “I think something’s sticking out of there.” He pushed on the bump and out popped Chester’s microchip!!! That poor baby. I put a little blanket over his eyes so that he was calm while we looked at the wound. The microchip apparently burst through the skin on his kitty shoulder and left a rather huge, bloody hole in his delicate skin. He was bleeding quite a lot after we removed the chip, which had a massive scab and hair stuck to it. Apparently it had been stuck like that for some time. I flushed the wound with rubbing alcohol diluted with purified water. He didn’t even cry or anything. It must have been quite a relief to the poor baby to get it out of there.
Tomorrow I will call his vet to see what we are supposed to do now. I guess he will have to get a new one implanted. If it’s not one thing it’s another with this little cat. It stresses the crap out of me when he’s hurt or sick! I’m sure he’ll be fine, though. We’ve been checking on his wound regularly and it seems to be healing well. It’s best to not leave these things to chance, though!
Thanks for listening to my weird experience 🙂