Thanks to everyone who posted messages of sympathy and support. Every one of them is appreciated.
I woke up yesterday hearing a cat crying. Caesar was on the corner of the bed, but hanging on and looking panicky. He couldn’t stand up and kept falling to one side. We rushed him to the vet who put him on a drip. He’d had a stroke and there was swelling on the brain. She phoned that evening to say that he was still bad, and was blind. She phoned again this morning to say that there had been no improvement, and her recommendation was to put him to sleep. He was panicking at every noise and they were keeping him sedated. He was having difficulty eating, and the brain damage looked to be severe.
I phoned my husband and he said he wanted to say goodbye (Caesar was always his cat). We arranged to go to make our last goodbyes at 5 o’clock. I was on my way home from work when my phone rang. I was driving – in heavy rain, which just about suited my mood – so could not answer. It rang again a few seconds later. I thought there had to be something going on, so pulled over and rang back. It was the vet, to say that Caesar had improved dramatically. He could walk, even if it was a little unsteady and had some vision. (He scratched her to prove it.)
We took him home, and will take him back for a check up tomorrow. Everyone at the veterinary practice was amazed at his recovery. And if I hadn’t waited for my husband, Caesar would have been put to sleep this morning.
Of course there is now the chance that this could happen again, but we are going to enjoy every minute of extra time we have with him. There has been damage – he is unsteady on his feet, and will need extra care with his limited vision.
He had his supper, drank some water and used the litter box. Amazing progress from yesterday. 😀
Thanks again for all the positive wishes sent our way.