But not a terribly serious one. Silly Norm! somehow opened up his cheek where the abscess was:
It actually looks worse here than it is. I took him to the vet and they re-shaved it, cleaned it, and had a good look. It was raw but very clean. The vet feels it would be best to just leave it, keep it clean, and let it heal. It’s in a spot that has no “meat”, just skin and she thinks stitches might tear it. Even if it leaves a bad scar his beautiful fur will cover it.
However, since very little seems to go smoothly these days … he’s got something going on with one of his ears. I’ve never seen him scratch his cheek (have no idea how he opened it up!) but he rubs one of his ears all the time. I asked them to check for mites and fortunately it’s not mites but the vet didn’t like the look of it. They got some gunk out and “unusually wet” was the diagnosis! She didn’t think it was yeast but it could be bacteria and clearly it was bothering him; he even gave them a demonstration of rubbing it. So they gave it a good cleaning — which he loved — and put him on meds. So now he gets his pill and ear drops morning and night and I have to clean his wound every night.
He was sooooooo very good at the vet. He had us all laughing as he leaned into the clippers when they re-shaved his cheek; clearly he liked how it felt! But he was good for everything; just sat there having his temperature taken, no complaints about wound cleaning, actually enjoyed having his ears cleaned, didn’t flinch when he got a shot of antibiotics, and gobbled up all the treats he was offered. Such a character!
I also got his weight. They had told me he was too thin but with his fluffy coat it’s hard to tell. He’s only 4.9kg/10.8lbs. That’s less than Murphy and only slightly more than Jones — who’s a thin cat!!! But he’d gained a bit in his few days with me so everyone was pleased. He should have — he’s eating a tuna-sized can and half per day!! Plus kibble snacks anytime he wants.