The night before last when it was time to go to bed, I scooped Moo up like I always do. "You ready for bed, Moo Moo?" I always ask. He's always ready, of course.
Anywhos, when I picked him up, I felt something kind of solid under him. It felt like maybe a milk cap or something weird was stuck to him. So I flipped him over and took a look -- he had a big tuft of fur that was kind of all stuck together. And it was hard.
What in the world did he do? He doesn't get these chunks of hair like some long-haired kitties do. It was like he got into something. I searched the whole house, but I couldn't think of anything. We tried to brush it out, but that was useless. It was solid and clumped all the way to his skin basically.
So, first thing in the morning, I called the V-E-T to see if we could have them shave it off. (I also didn't trust myself holding both him and scissors.) It wasn't hurting him at all and he didn't seem to care about it, but I didn't want it to get any worse and stick more hair and pull at his skin.
So I packed Moo up in his carrier...
Oh hai. I'm the co-pilot. Always buckle up for safety, too!
Mom, you got your seat belt on too, right?
I did, of course. And off we went! When we got there, they took him in the back to shave his little spot.
This is my bald spot. You can see that even my skin is cow-spotted!
The vet came back with the clump they'd taken off and told me she thought maybe it was wax. Wax? Yup, because it smelled good.
Here's where I feel like a horrible mommy. I do have Yankee Candle tart warmers that I use all the time. They are safer than candles, I think, because there is no exposed open flame and you can't ever "forget" to blow them out -- it only burns as long as the little tea light will go, so no accidentally leaving candles lit when you leave or overnight. I thought I was keeping them far away and high enough and in areas the boys never go... but apparently Moo must have swiped one and got some of the wax on his thigh furs.
I have no idea how he even got near it! I never burn them when I'm not around, and certainly nowhere where he would go -- but the vet was right, it did kind of smell like the "Pink Blush" that is currently my favorite scent. Poor Moo!
Good thing, though: He was not hurt and isn't hurting. She shaved off the little clump of hair and now he has a bald spot that will grow back just fine. And I'll be even more careful about where I put things like that -- like in a place where there's no way in the world that boy could go near it.
Lesson learned, and I'm glad he's OK! Everyone please be extra-careful with things like this around kitties. I thought I was being safe by using tarts instead of candles, and we even still had a little issue.
In the meantime, Moo is not the least bit phased by his spot. He keeps licking it, but other than that, he could care less and he doesn't feel a difference.
P.S. Did you see my post on Catster yesterday? It's about how Pimp got me evicted a long time ago! Read it here.