Last weekend started out normal, but ended up with this:
|Jack, excited to go to the vet! "Hurry up! Let's go!!"|
|Shadow, not feeling well, holding up her right back foot|
Saturday started out normal ~ the 2 cats played in the morning, chasing each other around the house like kittens, as they always do. Up the stairs, through the house, sliding on the wood floors, gaining speed on the carpets. Jack always squeaks to his heart's delight, as he cannot meow. Shadow just loves to play. When Jack squeaks it always calls her to play, even if she was previously sleeping. During this play session, I heard a quick loud growl that ended with a hiss coming from near the front door, and I ran to see what was going on. Both cats high-tailed it up the stairs and I didn't think anything about it. They were playing.
Daily chores and errands took over, and by afternoon we were being hit by bad thunderstorms, lightening, and thunder, complete with tornado warnings. It was then that I realized Shadow spent most of the day under the bed. Shadow doesn't like thunder and sometimes hides when it happens. But by evening, after the storms passed, Shadow was still under the bed. She wouldn't come out to eat, either. I fed her a nibble of sliced turkey under the bed, but she wouldn't eat much. That is not like Shadow. She wouldn't drink, either. Something was up.
Sunday morning Shadow was limping badly on her right back leg. She couldn't put pressure or stand on her right back leg at all. Her breathing was fast and shallow. She was super hot to the touch (compared to Jack). She growled and hissed at us if we tried to touch her leg. She never growled or hissed at us ever before. I found an online first aid webpage and discovered her respirations and pulse were both twice as fast as normal for cats. After reviewing both cats' vet records we realized they both were due for all their shots, and so a vet appointment was quickly made for them both Sunday afternoon. Jack's presence always calms Shadow, and Jack is always happy-go-lucky, even when heading out to the vet. He is the most relaxed, easy-going cat there is. I actually think he may be a dog.
We brought out the cat carriers. Jack was so excited to see them. He's a strange cat. We put them on the floor and he jumped right in and sat down. That's when I took the picture of him. At that time Shadow was laying in the kitchen by the windows crying loudly in pain and holding her foot up. I took the picture of her then. I think she had tears in her eyes. I admit I was scared about what the vet would say about her. Shadow is a tough, previous feral cat and never shows pain. Jack, on the other hand, is the little sissy, comedian cat. I should make a cartoon about Jack, he's such a goofball.
The vet admitted Shadow was in obvious severe pain and gave her a shot of buprenorphine, which is is a potent narcotic!! She got her yearly shots, and Little Jack got his yearly shots, too. The vet examined Shadow's back and leg, and said she must have a hairline fracture. He said she should be better in a few days. She didn't have to get a cast or anything. He gave us some extra buprenorphine for Shadow to help with her pain. Shadow's been sleeping a lot these days. She slept all night Sunday and all day Monday. She did start eating again on Monday morning, which was good. I'm not too keen on giving her much more buprenorphine, I really don't want my cat addicted to narcotics. By Monday night she got up off the bed and was limping around a little, so she must have been feeling better. This morning she was still limping, but walking around and acting much better. Hopefully by Wednesday her leg is showing serious signs of improvement or she'll be heading back to the vet.
Who ever knew a cat could break it's leg by running around the house? This is a first for us.
Every year it seems there's always an emergency vet visit. Let's hope ours is done and over with this year!