Dreading tomorrow

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Dreading tomorrow
« on: November 11, 2020, 00:03 »
Our cat Rufus was supposed to be a feral barn cat when he came to us. Didn't take long before he was eating in the house with the other cats and then I awoke in the night to see him asleep at the foot of the bed. He lives in the house with the other cats, tolerates us humans but he's not a tame pet. In seven years I've stroked him less than a dozen times.
Anyway, some time back I noticed he had a sore eye. Unfortunately it didn't clear up and eventually looked really bad. Still took 3 weeks to capture him and that left my son-in-law bleeding profusely. So to the vet who sedated him, examined and prescribed. He's been kept in a dog crate in the bathroom for 3 weeks and hates prison - although the food is very good! (and dosed with 2 antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory). Twice a day we've applied an ointment to his eye which has been a nightmare battle. Never mind PPE, chainsaw gloves for starters!
Well the eye is not getting better. I'd decided the best thing we could do for him was to call it a day but the vet has persuaded me to have the eye removed. They're saying we can get away without needing to do anything much as aftercare and will keep him calm on a new drug. Since the only alternative is euthanasia, we're giving it a try but I reckon it's 50 / 50 whether it will be OK.
I just hope it goes well but..
I've said that if they hit unforeseen problems. best not to wake him after.
Funny how attached you get to a cat that doesn't even like you, although he admires my skill at opening a tin.
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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2020, 00:09 »
All the best with it John, losing pets is the the worst thing. Hope the the scrapper comes through ok.

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2020, 00:37 »
Thing is, if I don't let them try I'll always wonder if I did the right thing and if it goes wrong... Arghh.

I felt so sorry for him today when I put him some food down and so I stroked him. BAT BAT BAT - I didn't bleed too much and he expressed his feelings :)

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2020, 09:02 »
Fighting for as long as he can, little beggar  :nowink:  hope he gets to fight for a bit longer John!
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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2020, 10:01 »
Damned if you do and damned if you don't.  Its a tricky decision to make and regardless of the decision you made, you'd be reducing his suffering and that's the important thing.

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2020, 11:30 »
By his terms, toleration is a massive deal, so you should be grateful his royal sir lord tomcat sees fit to bestow you that human.  C'mon you know your place  ;)

I hope he lives to fight another day, even if it is your hand that suffers the consequences.

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2020, 12:01 »
Last night I opened a tin of sardines in tomato sauce for him - wolfed them down :)
This morning I spent half an hour searching for the calming medicine I'd put ready and forgotten I'd put ready.. mixed it into a sardine and he wouldn't touch it.
Anyway, son-in-law came, we got him in the carrier and he's in the vet's hands now.
Been churning in my head since 4am.. son-in-law boiled it down for me, operate and he has a chance, otherwise he doesn't. Doing nothing is not an option.
Waiting to hear from the vet now...

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2020, 12:04 »
Fingers crossed John.

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2020, 12:11 »
What a lucky cat Rufus is to have you in his life.

Hope all goes well !

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2020, 15:07 »
What a lucky cat Rufus is to have you in his life.
I don't think Rufus sees it quite like that :)

Best case he'll be out of the cage and with his pals in 5 days - that's what I'm fixing on.  Waiting on the phone call now to see what's what.

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2020, 15:47 »
Vet just rang. They've a specialist ophthalmologist at the practice who reckoned it was actually a viral herpes infection so the antibiotics did nothing but prevent a secondary infection. It is treatable but would involve more treatment than he would tolerate and since he's blind in the eye they went ahead with removal.
She reckoned (touch wood) he'd be fine and able to return to normal in a matter of 2 or 3 days.
Hope she's right and he forgives me.
They're always cautious, but I got the impression she was very pleased and that we'd done the right thing. We'll have to change his name to Winky :)

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2020, 17:15 »
Good new, John.

Iím sure heíll be much happier being out of pain.  If he was blind in that eye already, he wonít realise itís gone.  Just cover up the mirrors so he doesnít notice.

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #12 on: November 11, 2020, 18:42 »
Well he's home and actually seemed happy to see me at the vets. At least he didn't bite me! All being well, he'll be out with the others next week. I'll pop a photo up when he's feeling a bit better. Tonight is quiet time to let him just recover.
Think I'll sleep better tonight!

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2020, 19:49 »
Good news John. Hope he recovers nicely and is back savaging you in no time.

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Re: Dreading tomorrow
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2020, 20:44 »
Have only just caught up with this thread and so pleased to read the happy ending  :D
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days all attack me at once...



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