Saturday, May 7, 2011

It's Caturday!

And it's been a rough week for kitties :( Cordelia was scheduled for surgery on Monday morning. Thankfully, it looked like the medicine had kicked in, and the abscess wasn't bad enough to warrant surgery anymore. She still needed to be brought in for daily checkups to have the area checked and cleaned. At the last visit, the vet was on the fence - she might need surgery after all. I'm going to bring her back next Monday to see if it's gotten better over the weekend - if not, surgery is in order, so keep your fingers crossed that she's improved!

Over the weekend we noticed Panini acting strange - panicking, hiding, crying out when she was touched. We brought her in to the vet when we went to get Cordelia on Monday. It turns out that due to a fight with Willow, she had a very swollen bite wound on the base of her tail! She needed to have the area shaved and cleaned, got a shot of antibiotics and another rabies shot (although she is up-to-date on her shots, they want to give a booster whenever something like that happens). She was sent home with painkillers that made her into a cracked-out junkie! She's feeling better now.

But the next day, baby Giles wasn't feeling good. I came home from work to find him face down on the floor and panting, so I scooped him up and brought him to the vet with Cordelia. I didn't realize how serious it was until they swept him into the back room and about 30 minutes had passed until I heard anything. He had severe pneumonia, which is untreatable in kittens with a low chance of survival. He was suffering, even in an oxygen tank, and the vet said the disease would probably kill him even if he struggled to hang on a few more days :(

So the humane option was putting him to sleep. I was heartbroken - poor little guy, he was so strong and healthy up until then! Kittens are so fragile, their health can take a drastic turn in such a short time. I miss his little striped face every day :(

Here's to hoping next week is a better one!

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