Probably the worst week I've had ever. Last week my cat got into a serious fight with some other cat. He had a bunch of scratches on him but he seemed just fine. Later the day though he was totally out of it. But sometimes after a big fight he just wants to sit and do nothing for a day or so, not eating or anything. So I figured thats how he was again. None of his wounds looked infected so I thought he'd gotten lucky this time.
Come the night of the second day I realized he was not ok. He wasnt eating, he wasnt talking, he'd hardly move, his eyes were glazed over and not focusing on anything. I'd try to coax him into eating something or drinking something. He'd have a sip of water and then just drop back to the floor like he had no energy in his legs. That was when I noticed one of the wounds he got on his upper chest had swollen with infection. To me it looked like he was just waiting to die, he was that bad.
Took him to the vet the next morning. He'd been the same guy who had been looking after my cat for the past 10 years. He wasnt too hopeful when he saw him. He told me theres probably a good chance he wont make it through the night. That was like a punch to the face.It really did look like he wouldnt make it. Taking into account the infection, he'd also gotten a really bad fever, and of course he's 16. Cats are usually like 11-13 or something. I thought this is it. My cats been so lucky over the years that his luck has finally run out. He should of lost his tail long ago, he should of lost an ear, he should of gotten cancer from an infection in his cheek, I mean the list goes on. But he kept bouncing back to the surprise of the vet each time.
The last 4 days he's been at the vets. I've been an absolute mess. Slept maybe twice at best for a few ours each during those 4 days. I couldnt stand the thought of him dying in this way. Totally heartbreaking. But today is the 5th day and I'm happy to say he's mostly better now. His fevers gone, the infection is gone, he's bright, eating, chatting heaps with us, he's just really happy. So glad he's alright. The vet bill however was fairly brutal. $1350. Lets ignore the almost 2 grand I've spent over the last 4 months as well from a previous infection he got in his ear. As of right now I cant afford shit. I need to get a job quickly and hopefully in the next couple months I find one I'm happy to go to. We'll see. At the moment though, ignoring how broke I am, my cat is fine. And thats all that matters to me. The vet said his blood test levels all looed like those of a much younger cat. He's so healthy. Heres a picture of him finally at home on this 5th day. Happily relaxed after eating a plate of grilled fish.