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Just gets better and better...

Cats are still not getting on.  It's been a week.  But we know why...

This evening after getting fitted for a test pair of bifocal contacts, I went up to skritch her and check on her.  I've been a bit disturbed by the fact that she only leaves our bed to eat and use the litterbox, and last night she seemed to have a lot of trouble getting back up onto the bed, even using the ottoman as an intermediate step.  When I got upstairs, I noticed blood on the blanket.  I figured that she'd popped a stitch - one drop of blood in saliva looks like you've slaughtered a pig.  Then she got up.

Her hip was a mass of blood and pus.  Apparently he scored one good bite during that first cat fight, and it abscessed.  Which explains the continued disturbance - he could smell the infection, and she felt like crap.  It also explains why she wasn't moving around - I'm sure it hurt more and more as the pressure built.

I called the emergency vet, and they are of the opinion it can wait until tomorrow with my vet.  Then I called a friend who is a vet tech, and who knows me and my cats.  She gave me some good advice that would make me feel better.  So I clipped the fur away and put hot, wet compresses on it for an hour or so to clean out the yuck - and it's yucky.  Icky and oozy and *stinky.*  But I'm sure it actually feels better now that it's open.  I'm trying to convince her to lay on some old, clean towels.  vynehorn suggested that I slip a heating pad under them, and she seems to like that.  Meanwhile, it oozed all over the white quilt my mother made for me, and the dry-clean only wool/silk blanket.

Sigh.

Tomorrow morning I will call my vet as soon as they open and tell them we're coming in.  I have no idea if they'll need to keep her overnight.  I hope not.

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isabeau_lark
Jan. 20th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
Oooh, poor Nishka!

When it happened to Nala, I got her back the same day. Hopefully it will be the same with your sweetie.
kamau_d_lyon
Jan. 20th, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
Well that's not good news. Still you seem to be doing the best you can in handling it. It certainly would account for the continued bad feelings between the two. Hopefully a quick visit to the vet will take care of it and things will be able to get back to normal soon.
kass_rants
Jan. 20th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh my. My sympathies!
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galingale
Jan. 21st, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
My baby! Well, okay YOUR baby... well okay ONE of your babies... but still... poor kitty, poor family.

kebbykate
Jan. 21st, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Since I just got around to reading this and it's a day later I hope all has gone well and she's resting comfortably at home.
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