Busy, busy

The girls had a busy week! Dixie was scheduled to go to the vet’s for her eye procedure so they both came to work with me on Monday. Just after lunch I was holding Jemma and thought that doesn’t feel right. I flipped her over and, sure enough, her incision was open!! I phoned the vet and asked if they could have a look when I dropped Dixie off. They weren’t happy (very busy!) but said, “of course”.

Turns out she’d licked out her stitches. The vet said that they hadn’t had a kitten do that in ages! On top of that, she had a bad reaction to the stitches. And infection, already. How come I get the “special” ones?? They kept her overnight and re-sewed her the next day. Her incision is even bigger and now she has non-dissolving stitches that we have to go back in ten days to have taken out. She has to wear a cone — all the time!

Homemade-by-the-vet’s-office cone. From an old x-ray sheet! They did a better job than it looks; I had to cut it off then tape it back together.

I felt bad for her and it’s hard to eat* with the cone so I tried the sock trick:

If I used a sock that was tight enough, she wouldn’t stand up. When I used a looser sock, she tried to take it off. So I went back to the cone. I’m going to try and get her a removable cone tomorrow.

Dixie’s eye is MUCH better! I can’t get a photo of it so you’ll just have to trust me. You can still see some of the scarring but otherwise it looks almost normal! Not nearly as cloudy or weird. But she had THREE DAYS worth of pent up energy. She spent the first two hours at home racing around and bouncing off the walls! She did finally collapse but I’m pretty sure she was up most of the night which is unusual.

*when I put it back on I had to give her food on a very flat plate, sitting raised on a roll of packing tape. That way she could slide the cone under the edge of the plate and eat. — which she’s doing very well!


About Adventures in Cat Fostering

I am a cat fosterer for Toronto Cat Rescue. I also have two cats of my own, Jonesy, the black and white, and Murphy, the brown tabby, in the photo. Both were adopted from Toronto Cat Rescue.
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2 Responses to Busy, busy

  1. niasunset says:

    Oh dear Lois, I can almost imagine what you lived. But I am glad to hear everything gets well now. Love and Hugs to you all, Thank you, have a nice day and weekend, Love, nia


  2. one of my recent foster kittens had a reaction to her incision too and it started becoming infected and opened up.

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