Just in Time for Halloween

October 15, 2020 — 11 Comments

As I’ve mentioned before, Predator Face has a habit of sneezing phlegm onto our walls and floor since the day of his adoption. In my opinion, this has made housekeeping more laborious than necessary.

As I’ve also mentioned before, Predator Face recently lost the ability to breath through his nose, making him sound like a snotty, mouth-breathing toddler with the flu. Not, stertorous. More slurpy, like breathing through a mouthful of gelatin.

At first, his condition was pathetic and sad. But it didn’t take long before the slurpy mouth breathing became a nuisance. For example, I no longer woke in the middle of the night to the adorable rumbling of his purr as he nudged me for attention. Instead, I am startled awake as he stands over my head and pounds his gooey, hot breath into my ear hole. Also, my poor husband hasn’t enjoyed a scary movie lately because he becomes too unsettled during tense scenes when Predator Face walks into the dark room, adding his huffy, serial-killer-like breathing to the soundtrack. It heightens the experience of fear a little too much for his comfort.

To return life back to normal, we handed over Predator Face and a little more than $3,000 to a specialist on the day before yesterday. As a result, we discovered that a large polyp (I’m told one of the largest they have seen) had grown somewhere in his nasal cavity. “Had” because it has since been removed.

Predator Face is home now, and he continues to heal. Until then, we were told not to be alarmed if we see blood trickle from his nose. They said this is common after procedures like the one he underwent. And so this pairing of bloody trickles and incessant congestion brings me to the point of this entry: Since returning home, Predator Face has been blasting bloody snot from his booger cannon onto our floors and walls. One sneezing fit even resulted in a wad of bloody sludge to dangle from his head, just below his ear. Horror is splashing everywhere. I’m even afraid of making a quick run to the grocery store for fear of returning home and finding my kitchen dripping with gore. No matter where I am in the house, when I hear Predator Face sneeze, I come running with a rag.

It’s exhausting and stressful.

Until Predator Face fully recovers (and the snot returns to its dingy yellow color), the best I can do is to keep wiping up what looks like little piles of mouse guts and thank my lucky stars that at least this annoyance fits in with the Halloween theme, just in case anyone asks why it looks like I took up indoor cow slaughtering.

Trick or Treat.

11 responses to Just in Time for Halloween


    I have a sick cat too… but I would never in my life be able to paint a picture of such ‘horrible’ scenery of bloodshed darkness than you did with your kitty.
    I KNOW what you’re going through, and even though I deeply feel with you, I was still giggling myself through this blog post.
    You have such a WONDERFUL talent to paint the most amusing pictures with your words, even if things are a stressful nuisance and actually not funny.
    But thanks for the giggles anyway! I had fun! And of course, fingers crossed for ‘Predator Face’s’ speedy recovery!

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    Oh, dear, now I feel guilty for laughing. Having had sinus surgery, though not for a polyp, I can say that I had a bit of a headache for a few days, and then was fine. I did make the mistake of tipping my head forward on the first day, at the grocery store, and traumatized a whole family. I liked that shirt, too.

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    You got it treated! As a human who’s been through this procedure, the bloody goopiness will end and you & Mr P-face will be so much happier. Especially him. Money well spent.

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    Oh my god. I’m sorry you’re having to clean up so much gore, and I hope that the kitty heals quickly. But… this was the laugh I needed today, thanks.

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