Another Update



Caesar Opportunus

We’re all learning to adjust, although looking after a partially sighted cat with balance problems is challenging to say the least. He wants to go where he wants to go, and doesn’t much care about the human trailing in his wake.

You can see that the left eye isn’t right, and the pupil is often much larger. The vet says he is completely blind on that side, although he has been having trouble with that eye for years. He is also starting cataracts.

Yet he is coping well, and is mostly all right. It’s just if he changes direction quickly that you can see a wobble, and he is using his tail to help him balance. We are going to have to see about cat-proofing some of the windows. We’re okay at the moment – it’s too damn cold to have the windows open – but summer is going to be a problem.

You can see where his front leg was shaved for the drip.

The bare leg look

The bare leg look

To add to all the fun and games, he hadn’t passed a stool since the attack on Sunday the 24th. Any cat lover will tell you, they don’t like being watched while they are doing their business. But we had to know. So we were stalking him around the garden, peering under bushes, all while trying to be close enough to see, but not so close that we put him off. The neighbours probably thought we were even nuttier than usual.

Finally – after a second lot of laxatives – his stomach worked on Thursday. Now we just have to watch that he doesn’t head off for the wild blue yonder. Β At least we don’t have to peer under bushes as well.

Some days, just some cat poop can make you happy…

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29 Responses to Another Update

  1. Oh it saddens me to hear of your cat having these issues. I took in a stray and it was the best of all three cats I had. She was not even 3 and one day she wheezed and fell over right in my kitchen at my feet. We spent over 400 dollars and found out she had a tumor the size of her heart at the base of her heart. Nothing could be done. I am still sad over losing her. She was so lovable and followed me around inside and outside . She loved to be held like a baby all the time. Your story is funny about following Oscar around and it is these things that will make you laugh later on when you think about it. I am so glad you still have him even if he is a little more work for both of you. πŸ™‚

  2. ckendsley says:

    What a lovely moggie! I’m relieved to hear he is improving. As someone who keeps her cats entirely indoors, I can attest that they do just fine that way, as long as they have a couple of sunny windows to sit in and plenty of toy mice to chase around. Not sure it’s something your situation allows, but given Ceasar’s condition, it might be something to consider. He will be safer, and you will be saner. πŸ˜‰
    Best wishes for a continued happy life for you both.

    • franhunne4u says:

      It is hard to make the transition from out- to indoor cat. If your cats have been indoor cats most of their lives, like mine, who got caught by the rescue from living outside at the age of 6/7 months that is ok. But cats that have been able to go outside all of their adult lives, that is a problem.
      Kessy would still make a dash for the big outside, if she could.

    • notewords says:

      That’s what the vet recommends, but he’s not too happy… It is what we’re aiming for.

  3. thebiasedge says:

    Taking care of a pet is like taking care of a child. I am glad he is getting better.

  4. He’s so lovely – give him a hug from us πŸ˜‰

  5. hbsuefred says:

    After the two-legged children move out, you are still stuck with the four-legged ones who are just like babies in that they can’t tell you where it hurts or what’s wrong when they start to act funny. Out nest is now empty of both types of kids but our daughter has adopted, and is co-parenting with her long-time boyfriend, a cat. Charlie is an indoor cat and they noticed that he seemed to be trying to pee in non-standard places, not in the litter box. Well, three thousand dollars worth of surgery later he is now walking (and not jumping) around their apt with a cone around his head. I didn’t know before that cats are prone to UTIs since none of ours had one. Anyway, upon Charlie’s total recovery, daughter and BF, who currently live 700 or so miles apart, will be making the custodial exchange in a few weeks. This will make her feel better since BF is not as attentive to the needs of the child as she is, but she’s concerned now that BF will be lonely without Charlie. Ah, kids. Anyway, glad to see that your aged child seems to be on the mend and adjusting to his new physical limitations. Aging, for any and all living creatures, can be a bitch!

  6. Imelda says:

    I hope he gets better soon.

  7. Kat L. says:

    Oh yes… cat poop can be like much wanted prize! When I took my older girl from the shelter, for first three days she refused to eat, and there was zero poop of course. I was terrified, calling the shelter vet a few times a day asking if, perhaps, it would be good for him to see her… and when finally the big day came, I was ecstatic :)) So I understand the happiness… cat people are special πŸ˜‰
    Caesar looks very imperial – no wonder with such a name. And I hope he gets well soon!

  8. Glad to hear that you kitty is doing better. I’m sure he will adjust to the vision problem in time. He is a beautiful kitty.

  9. Casey says:

    so sorry to hear your cat is having problems. Cats adjust so quickly though!

  10. Sandy says:

    Animals adjust better than we do and just seem to accept what is. I walk my dogs every day to be sure stools happen. Don’t worry about the neighbors. Mine know I’m an animal nut.

  11. I hope he is still OK and getting about.
    My cat had a stroke (at 14!!) but recovered and just adjusted around the bits that didnt work again.
    He had another mostly happy 18 months with us. He let us know when he wasnt happy any more

  12. Carol says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about your baby, but very glad he is still with you. I can only imagine what you all have been through. Our ‘baby’ will be 14 in April. We are fortunate she is still like a kitten…she is a vanilla Siamese. I hope you will continue to have the joys of yours for a good while yet. You’re in my thoughts. 😊

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