Jingles needed for an old barn cat--update, things are looking good!
I'm housesitting for some good friends of mine, and they have this old barn kitty who got too old to live outside safely so they now are letting her live out her life in their bedroom. She's a content old gal, mostly napping in the sun and getting a lot of love that she just soaks up.
It started the day before yesterday when I was petting her and noticed a very small lump. However, being an ancient barn cat, her whole face is kind of lumpy and I thought maybe it had always been there. You know, she's not my cat and it can be hard to tell so I just decided to watch it.
Next morning I came out and it was clearly swollen, but not too badly and she was still eating so I began trying to reach the owners. They're in another country so this is a bit difficult, and so far has been unsuccessful. Since she was still eating and didn't seem to be in any pain (including letting me poke and prod the swelling) I decided to wait another day or so to see if I could reach the owners.
This morning I went out and the side of her face was totally swollen to the point where her eye was entirely closed and she hadn't eaten at all, plus had urinated outside of her litterbox and she seemed very uncomfortable. Deciding I couldn't wait to talk to her owners anymore, I took her to the vet. They lanced the abscess and gave us painkillers and antibiotics and I'm supposed to bring her back on Monday for a check-in.
The jingles are for the eye, they're a little worried that swelling and infection have destroyed it. I think it's kind of unlikely since I was over there until late last night and she still clearly had a good eye (the swelling hadn't closed it and it was clear and she was using it normally). They honestly couldn't tell if it was affected or not because of the swelling. Anyway, please jingle that Katrina's eye is in good shape because at her age it's likely that her owners will opt to euthanize rather than surgically remove it if it comes to that (and I don't blame them, she truly is ancient).
Last edited by CosMonster; Nov. 28, 2011 at 08:14 PM.
Thanks for the jingles, guys. The swelling has gone down considerably and her eye looks just fine to me. We'll see what the vet says tomorrow but I think it's looking good for her.
Also she is like the nicest cat ever. She absolutely hates the ointment and cleaning I have to do, but all she does is sit there and make these really angry cat noises. Still every time I go see her she comes running over and rubs on me, lets me pick her up and restrain her and all that good stuff. Seriously, I have known some nice cats but never seen one quite this cooperative, especially when you consider that she barely knows me since she only ever sees me when her owners are gone!
So glad you took her in. When petsitting it's a good idea to get the owner to have the vet put a note in their file that you will be able to approve treatments etc. up to... X$. Her eye should be fine. I wish my cats were that cooperative!
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Thanks summerhorse. Fortunately we're a small town and they're long term clients of the same vet so it's not a big deal, just a bit stressful for me since it kind of fell into a gray area between the "definitely treat" scenarios we discussed and the "definitely euthanize" ones. Guess you can't cover everything. I actually used to petsit professionally when I was in college so I'm pretty good with getting all that info ahead of time, but it's never fun.
She really is a wonderful old cat. I did talk to the owner too and she let me know that not only did she think I'd made the right decision, but that Katrina is 19! So yeah, really old barn cat!