Well, today was kind of a roller coaster with Tiger.
He hadn't been well for several days and I thought something
was wrong in his mouth since he had trouble eating
and then gave up entirely. I thought I saw something under
his tongue and after reading a lot of doom and gloom online,
I feared oral cancer and even had resigned myself overnight
to saying goodbye to him today.
Well, the vet took a look and his mouth was fine except for
a bad tooth way in the back. He missed it the first two
looks but finally found it. What a relief. A tooth is an easy fix!
I left him there with plans to pick him up a few hours later.
However, they called with some bad news with his blood work.
Feline leukemia. That was a shock! The cats had their
vaccines back when they were spayed and neutered
at a different place where I was told that FL was practically
nonexistent now and rarely seen and that it wasn't
among the necessary vaccinations. Obviously they were
wrong. The vet said that they could have contracted it
very early in their lives. I remember 30 years ago with
my first cat hearing how fatal FL was, and how contagious!
So I was particularly concerned with the contagious part!
But after talking through some things on the phone, it was
suggested that letting him come home wasn't introducing a
new virus. After all, these cats have lived together for almost
six years. And I was told that it isn't necessarily the death
sentence it once was. Tiger is young and otherwise healthy
and would probably do very well with a daily immune booster.
So we are going to have the other cats tested, vaccinate
the ones that don't have it, and go from there.
He's not out of the woods, yet. How he recovers
this next week will tell a lot. But for now, he's going to
sleep off his anesthesia here on my lap.
Thanks for thinking of us today. I'll keep you posted.