Bedside Manner

For the last several days, I suffered from a severe case of food poisoning.  I owe a debt of gratitude to a wonderful cat named Genevieve.  This magnificent cat stayed with me through the entire ordeal.  Genny slept next to me or on top of me for two solid days.  She also followed me whenever I left the bed.  When things were really bad, she sat by my head, touched my face with her paw and purred.  Those who read my original post about her know that she was an orphan.  This tortie (tortoise shell) was brought to me at a day old missing the lower part of her back right foot.  In the beginning, she was the most ungrateful cat.  Now, with seventeen years together, it was precious to have her by my side.  Genny reminded me that the best care in the world often involves the gift of touch and of quiet presence.  Thanks Genny for the wonderful nursing care.  You’re the best and have a purrrrrrrrfect bedside manner! 

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.

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