Yes, it’s another Feline Friday! And that’s Duke welcoming you to another update on the cats that share our home.
Duke had quite a week. The highlight was being kidnapped, placed in a carrier, then taken for a ride to the v-e-t.
It started with my desire to check a little lump on his chest. It’s like a little light colored mole. I’m paranoid, because years ago we had Buster, another big part-Siamese cat that looked a lot like Duke. And Buster eventually was taken down by skin cancer that appeared on one ear, and later returned on his face. So I wanted this lump checked out. Dr. Sakamoto took a look, and said it didn’t have any of the characteristics that would cause alarm at this point. I decided that wait and watch is warranted in this case.
But then I remembered that Duke needs another round of Droncit to zap his tapeworms, which returned a treatment some months back. Then in a routine exam, Dr. Sakamoto noticed that his ears had an accumulation of dark gunk. I’m sure that’s some technical word thrown around in such cases. After some further examination under a microscope, she decided that this wasn’t the result of ear mites, but rather a little infection.
So we headed home with a few Droncit pills, two doses worth, and a little bottle of Tresaderm, drops that go in his ears twice a day for a week.
He doesn’t mind the ear drops as much as I thought he would, although he does try to hide after eating and getting his insulin shot. This morning I pulled him out from our closet, where he hides back in a corner behind a section of hanging clothes. I follow the drops with some cat treats, which seem to placate him somewhat. We’re looking forward to seeing how he’ll be doing after we get through the week of ear drops.
Only other thing of note is that Toby is able to move around the house much better after losing a few ounces since switching food in the past month. He still has a little limp, but he’s not so hesitant to jump up or down getting to and from his favorite spots, and he’s making the rounds of the house more often than he has in a long time.
So all of that is good news.
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