More Popular Than Giving My Cat A Shower

It’s like my last post decided to karma me. Loki, my oldest baby (cat), smelled. Bad. So bad, we couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. We looked in his mouth. We sniffed his butt. It seemed to be EVERYWHERE. So we decided he needed a bath.

um, dad?
you are the worst parents ever
What Loki usually looks like.

As it turns out, the smell was coming from an EAR. The vet confirmed it today: Loki has an ear infection, which twitter agrees is weird.


He also lost some weight so he is officially an indoor-only cat, and we will be waiting on blood work.

Loki is my baby. My first cat and the idea of him ever dying? Well, I’m tearing up typing. Let’s all think good thoughts and hope he forgives us for the trapping him in the shower and pouring water on him for the first time in his entire life.

When I’m not bathing cats and worrying that my vet thinks I’m a terrible cat mom, I’m becoming more popular by reading and writing elsewhere.

My Other Hangouts (don’t tell my blog):

Favorite posts I didn’t read, I mean, write:

  • 136 Creepy Wikipedia Articles: From Phocks (sent by Lucky Puppy), I haven’t read all of them but 3 was enough to TOTALLY CREEPY ME OUT. (creepy)
  • Apps Are Ruining My Life: From JennaMarbles on YouTube, hilarious vlog on getting obsessed with apps WHICH I DON’T RELATE TO AT ALL. Probably. (funny, NSFW)
  • Breastfeeding, and Working, at Rio+20: From The New York Times Motherlode Blog, Cate Owren discusses the irony of coming together to support human rights 20 years after the Rio Earth Summit and having no place to pump to breastfeed her child. (insightful)
  • Our microbes are under threat – and the enemy is us: From USA Today, how we are changing our skin and stomach and intestinal microbial makeup by taking more antibiotics, eating processed food and being cleaner. Some amazing examples of how this affects our lives. (interesting)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

14 thoughts to “More Popular Than Giving My Cat A Shower”

  1. Please hug your Loki extra. Well, if he likes that sort of thing. My Loki baby died in his sleep on Monday. It is awful. I do not recommend it at all. On a different note, I am quite familiar with that heinous ear infection smell. Dog número two gets them quite frequently. It smells like rancid Doritos to me. Poor kitty.

    1. 1) I would’ve never done it if he didn’t smell like death.

      2) He was surprisingly docile. Not sure if it’s because he felt sick or because he was so shocked we would do such a thing.

  2. I’m pretty grossed out that an ear infection can smell that hideous. I’m so glad you figured out what it was. I hope Loki feels better soon!

  3. Don’t fret! Super-Sophie (while being a dog) got a horrible double ear infection that we couldn’t seem to get rid of forever. The smell was the giveaway– as she always flaps her ears (she’s neurotic). They wanted to do surgery and everything, said it would make her deaf… I cried and cried. Then I found a better vet who developed an excellent plan to get rid of the infection, and she’s been infection free for two years now! They can get rid of it, and stay infection free!

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