Interview with Clinic Cats: Telly & Breeze by Kathy Raepple

Telly & Breeze thank you for meeting with us today.  We’re very excited to find out what you both think about being here, meeting other animals, and life in general!

Telly:  Thanks for being interested.  I can’t wait to answer your questions!

Breeze:  This is kind of weird, but ok.  I’ll play along… for now.

Q: How did you come about to live at the Park Road Veterinary Clinic?

T: I was brought in because my previous owner passed away.  His family wasn’t able to keep me and were concerned I wouldn’t adjust well to the change.  Dr. Gough offered to take me in & give me a safe place to live and boy am I glad she did!

B: I was owned by a breeder when I was born.  I wasn’t exactly up to breeding standards though so I was offered to Dr.Gough as a pet and she agreed to take me on.  I didn’t do so well at her house – it was a bit hectic for me, but I love living here at the clinic.

Q: How long have you been living at the clinic?

T: I got to the clinic in November, 2007.

B: I was just a baby when I came here in the summer of 2007.

Q: How do you like living at a veterinary clinic?

T: It’s awesome!  I get all the attention I can stand.  They feed me really well, brush me when I need it, and let me visit with some of the animals that come in.

B: It’s great.  It’s not usually too hectic in the back.  We get lots of attention and they take really good care of us. 

Q: Is there a down side to living in an animal hospital?

T: Not really.  We get all the attention we can stand, plenty of food every day and lots of toys to play with.  Everyone here is super nice and, I guess you could say we’re a bit spoiled.  I think the only down side is I get in trouble when I start teasing some of the dogs – they don’t like that for some reason.

B: The only down side I’ve found is they are really good about making sure we take our medications when we need some.  They don’t ever forget to give it to us either.  Ever.

Q: What’s it like having different animals come through every day?

T:  It’s kind of neat actually.  We get to see all different kinds of animals – each with its own personality.  Sometimes it’s a bit overwhelming though when there are lots of them here.  The dogs can get loud sometimes and some of the cats get angry.  Mostly though everyone gets along and the day goes well.

B: Yeah, it’s not too bad as long as I’m still able to have one of my favorite sleeping spots.  Sometimes the cats and kittens in the Love on Four Paws Adoption Program will steal my space so I have to find someplace else to nap.  Most of the time it’s ok though.

T: You have so many different sleeping spots that any time any of the kittens are sleeping you say they’re in your spot.

B: So?  I live here, they don’t.  They need to learn the rules and about boundaries and respecting other kitties things.  That’s all I’m trying to do.

T: You should stay awake more & play.  Playing is way more fun than sleeping anyways.

B: Yeah, ok.

Q: Do you ever wish to have a home to live in that’s all your own?

T:  Not at all!  Actually, one of the vets did try taking me home once, but that didn’t work so well – I spent the whole weekend with my head buried in the corner of a room & refused to move, eat, drink, anything, so she brought me back.

B: I don’t know.  I’ve never really given it much thought.  I’ve been here pretty much my whole life.  I guess you could say that I don’t know what I’m missing.

Q: What do you do when no one is watching?

T: Walk around and check on things.  I like to make sure everything is safe & secure.  I also like to run around like a crazy man sometimes, but that’s mostly after I get into the catnip!

B: Sleep.

T: You’re so boring.

B: Whatever. 

Q: Is there anything you’d like to tell everyone that’s reading this?

T:  Don’t feel bad for clinic cats.  Most of us live a great, long, healthy and happy life at our clinic.  We get lots of attention and most of the time we are spoiled.  It’s a great gig if you can get it!

B: I’m not really an angry cat.  I just have a grumpy face.  It’s my breed – I can’t help it.

Q: Any words of wisdom for other clinic cats?

T:  Don’t pee on things – the staff hate that!

B: Find a great hiding place to sleep.  The staff will enjoy trying to find you at the end of the night and you’ll get some extra nap time out of it!  If you make it a hard to reach place, then all the better.

T: Hey, that’s a good one!

B:  Gee, thanks. 

Thank you both for taking the time out of your day to answer some of our questions – it’s greatly appreciated.

T: No problem.  It was fun!

B: It wasn’t as weird as I thought it would be.  It was weird, but not really weird.  Oh, whatever – you’re welcome.