Sunday, April 20, 2014

What About The Cat?

Quite a few have asked about the cat that put the hole in my hand.  Most assume that I would have done him in, but that's not the way I am.  Big'un was the cat that bit me, and it was my fault.  He was hiding, and when I reached for his front end, he nailed me.  I didn't understand at the time why he was acting that way, but it all became clear last week.  Back in February I saw that Big'un's right eye had turned red, and I caged him, and took him to the vet.  He was a bad patient, but we managed to give him a shot of antibiotic, which had no effect on the eye.

He went back to the vet and had surgery to remove the eye, and we began taming down the little barn cat as he healed.  It wasn't long until he welcomed contact, and he would purr as soon as he was picked up into my arms.  He stayed off to himself during the days, but at night he was glad to come to our bed and sleep with us.

Then, one day, he didn't want to be touched, and that was when he bit me.  We kept him fed and watered, but left him alone, and he stayed hidden most of the time.  Last week I put on the gloves and caught him.  His remaining eye was tinged with red, and he was wasting away to skin and bones.   Friday morning we had him at the Vet's office.

The eye was unresponsive, and was dying.  Feline Leukemia was the first possibility our vet mentioned, and then FIV.  She tested him for both of those diseases and the results were negative.  That left cancer as the greatest possibility, but whatever the problem was, it meant Curtains for our little Big'un.  Our Vet put him down for us, and he's buried with Nellie, Hank, Marvin, and Hey Joe.  We have lost several pets, and both our fathers to cancer; it's a cruel monster.


strandediniowa said...

I'm sorry to hear this, David. You put forth more effort than a lot of us out here, and it gave him a good chance.

Jay Ater said...

Sorry to hear it. I hope he's happier where he is now.

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss. About the only consolation is that he isn't suffering any more.


Anonymous said...

My condolences to you all. It seems that you've had more than your share of loss over the last couple of years.



David aka True Blue Sam said...

But on a positive note, both of our mothers have come through difficult medical problems and are still enjoying life. Those are great blessings. Pets come and go, and we know what we are taking on when we invite them into our lives. Thanks for the kind notes

E in V said...

Sorry to hear about your cat. I lost mine 2013-12-19.

David aka True Blue Sam said...

It never gets any easier...Thanks for the kind note.