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Dept. of Cat Purgatory.

The Good News Is...

Phil's home, and with both external ears. I am amazed at the lack of communication that can occur over the phone; I specifically heard the other doctor say the external ear had been removed, and I specifically asked about that - and was told yes, the ear was taken. Apparently "external ear" means different things to cat owners and vets. No matter: that's good. 

What's making this an awful, bad, no good day for everyone is the medication regimen. We're supposed to give him an antibiotic once every twelve hours, and two painkillers: gabapentin, again, once every 12 hours, and hydromorphone, once every 6-8 hours. 

Since we got him home yesterday afternoon, we've gotten one gabapentin dose in him, and one antibiotic dose, and, we think, one hydromorphone dose. He is horrible about opening his mouth, and literally twists himself upside down to avoid doing so. We're supposed to keep up this regimen every day for five days (the hydromorphone) and 10 days (the antibiotic). This may or may not happen. He's gotten so stressed; at one point, losing control of his bowels. Poor little guy. Jesus ....

Also? He has to wear the cone of shame for 10 days, except when we take it off him to let him eat, drink, and - ha - take his medicine. The poor guy is running into walls and everything else, we've had to take the top off the catbox because he can't get in with it on, and he definitely can't get up or down to places he normally wants to go. 

He slept on me for much of last night, after I lifted him to the bed. I didn't get much sleep, nor did BB. I called in sick today, although I'll try to get at least a couple of things done; if the hydromorphone we think we got into him 15 minutes ago takes hold and he sleeps again, I'm going to catch a few wink. 

It's like having a baby again. Except one with claws, some teeth, a lot of stress, and stitches. 

Gah.
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eaweek
Oct. 19th, 2017 06:20 pm (UTC)
OMG, poor kitty. Poor you. I wish him a speedy recovery. So glad to hear he still his both his external ears.

Edited at 2017-10-19 06:21 pm (UTC)
kaffyr
Oct. 20th, 2017 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks - he's going to be "treated" with a slightly more comfortable cone tonight; we went out and found one that someone mentioned to me over on Dreamwidth. It looks as if it will be much less nasty than the one we got from the vets. Wish us luck!
flowsoffire
Oct. 21st, 2017 07:57 pm (UTC)
Poor baby :(

*hugs*
kaffyr
Oct. 21st, 2017 08:26 pm (UTC)
He's spending a majority of his time on our bed, looking morose, as one might expect of a cat with a cone on his head.

Thanks for the hugs!

Edited at 2017-10-21 08:26 pm (UTC)
flowsoffire
Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:55 pm (UTC)
Indeed…

Anytime ;)
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