On Friday, April 25th at roughly 8:30am, my fur-muse came crawling in the window in obvious pain, his breathing gurgled. His whole body was dry except for his back legs and he had this strange fluid coming out of his nose. Instant neurotic mother mode kicked in and I started to panic! Thankfully my human was still home, about to leave for work. I calmed enough to call the vet and asked if we could bring in my cat ASAP, it was an emergency! Then I put Mo straight into the traveling box and we rushed over to the vet. Thank goodness my human is calm and reassuring, because I was an absolute ball of mess with worry! The kind nurse at the took him and put him into an oxygen tank, so he could try breathe a little easier, until the vet could see him. The vet did an examination of him while we waiting in the waiting room and then called us in.
With not knowing what Mo was doing or where he was when what ever happened, the vet could only speculate, but wanted to do an x-ray and blood test to try rule things out. So we left Mo in the vets capable hands and waited to hear from the vet. Chilli phoned the vet for me, because I would've been a blubbering idiot. Mo needed to stay for the weekend on a drip of anti-biotics and pain relief, his x-rays showed no broken bones or collapsed lungs, but they still couldn't ascertain what was wrong. They did know he had loads of mucus coming out and his chest area was bruised and sore.
I was allowed to visit him on the Saturday afternoon, and it broke my heart to see him look all groggy on pain medication, with the drip in his leg and a cone-collar on so he didn't pull it out. He was doing a bit better with his breathing, but hadn't eaten anything. So I left with a heavy heart, hoping he'd be well enough to come home the next day... Which thankfully he was. I got to take home my patchy kitty! (they had shaved him on his neck for the blood test, one front leg for injections, one front leg for his drip and a spot on the base of his tail for his pain patch). He was sent home with 10 days anti-biotics and pain medication, as well as something to help with the mucus stuff still coming out his nose. He had another check-up I had to take him to on Monday...but Sunday night I pretty much stayed awake worrying that something would happen during the night and I would be helpless to help my furball. So on the Monday they kept him after his check-up, more as a precaution because he hadn't eaten. But we got the go ahead to bring him home, once he had eaten a whole tin of what they call pate for cats.
Slowly but surely he has been getting better every day, he had a lot of sneezes, coughs and snot balls come out. He wasn't allowed out (mostly because of his neurotic mother) until his meds were complete and I felt he was strong enough to be able to defend himself again...which I'm sure the process was sped up by Bennie tormenting him all the time. He's back to being out in the sunshine and watching for birds, but is in every night curled sleeping on the pillow right next to my head...his mothers child!
P.S. A BIG thank you to my human for your patience, calm and support with Momo, how would I have held it together without you!
My human has been telling me about this hiking trip he'll be doing in June since before I even arrived in the UK. Him and a small group of guys will be doing the Welsh 3000 in 24 hours. The only hiking I ever did was on school trips to Shongweni Dam and White River. I don't hike. But the kind of hike they will be doing is a whole new level in my existent knowledge. The mountain summits they will be hiking are all 3000 or above feet, and there are 16 in total!!CRAZY!! The trip we did in April was their trial run of what they'll be doing in 24 hours, over 3 days. So I tagged along to be driver, to drop off and collect them after each days hike. I also went to be tourist of somewhere new, to be able to say I went, I saw and I photographed.
I never realized the enormity of a 3000 foot mountain until we were driving from our B&B in Llanberis to their first hike which was Snowdonia. I also never knew the deep and extraordinary heritage of Wales until I was walking alone, seeing the aged beauty of this land, and hearing the baffling and intriguing language of the Welsh.
So many sheep, cows and seagulls to have gawk at me...but my encounter with the owl sanctuary owl's melted my heart!
This beautiful, heritage rich land is worth another visit.
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