Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bronzy returned home last night

Her belly is looking a little better. The external stitches have been removed and the fur is growing back quickly. However, the swelling is still there. Although it isn't as large as it was before, it is still big and very hard.

The vet said that Bronzy was responding well to the fluid drainage till a couple of days ago when the swelling rose and hardened again. He thinks that this is a continued reaction to the internal stitches and so in a week, when they are dissolved, the reactions should stop. If they continue, the vet said that he would like to perform an exploratory surgery to find out what is wrong.

I am not about to let him open Bronzy for a third time just to have another poke around. So I will wait a week to see if the swelling subsides after the stitches have dissolved. If the swelling remains or rises after that, I will take her to the cat specialist clinic that fellow blogger Kaz has recommeded to me. But I'm hoping Bronzy will recover before it gets to that point.

At the moment, I am doing my best to keep Bronzy relaxed because any jumping or running will worsen the swelling.

So out came the cage that was purchased when I first moved into this house.

Yes, I know it is quite large for a cat. It was actually built to hold dogs the size of German Shepherds. Since I wanted something that I could confine my cats in without it being too confining, I thought that this cage was perfect.

So here is Bronzy lying on an enormous pillow that was actually Slash's bed when I first got him (but the emperor has shown a clear preference for my own bed since).

On one side is a water bowl to help Bronzy stay hydrated. There is also a make-shift litterbox that is actually the lid of a small filing box. This is to help prevent any "accidents" that may occur in the middle of the night. In the day, she is let out every few hours to stretch her legs and remind Slash that she isn't just a funny-looking stranger.

I think Bronzy likes the cage well enough. She seems to be quite comfortable in there.

I check on her every half hour to make sure that she is resting well and to see if she may need anything else. I do mostly french maid duties like fluffing Bronzy's pillow, sweeping away stray litter crystals and giving her a good scratch behind the ears and around the neck.

Of course, there isn't much I can do about the view.

So Bronzy yawns big and often to let me know how visually boring all this is.

All this won't be for much longer, baby girl. Just rest well so that you'll recover sooner and reclaim your authority as Queen of the house.

~5-Cat Style


KXBC said...

Just glad she is back home. She looks good, bright and alert.

Since you are in vet school, maybe your professor can recommend another vet practice for future checkups.

And your cage is of an ok size. My cage is even bigger than yours. Haha. Double storey such that they can even leap in there.

I can't even remember why I bought it. But it houses the 4 of them (KK is excluded) for 2 hours every weekend when we vacuum and mop the floor.

Lone Star Purrs said...

I know that when I had surgery, I had a reaction to the internal stitch they used (Vicryl). My body tried to "spit" it out. It's may not the same suture material, but the same theory.

~LSP Momma Becca

The Creek Cats said...

So glad that Bronzy is back home. We hope being home will help her heal quicker!! We are sending her lots of healing vibes!

The Kitty Krew said...

We're glad that Bronzy is home, and sure hope that she gets well really soon!! Great size cage, lots of room to sleep and move around, and have basic facilities.

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew
Bugsy, Sassy, Callie, Roxy, and Pixie, and Their Mommy

Kaz's Cats said...

That's a pretty good hospital set-up for young Bronzy, and we're glad that she's on the mend. We're going to keep purring and purraying so that she keeps on healing, and doesn't need to visit any v-e-t again about this.


Gypsy & Tasha

Sweet Praline said...

I'm so glad Bronzy is back home. Let's hope it's just a reaction to the internal sutures!

Ginger Jasper said...

The best news is that the sweet one is home. Lets hope nature takes the right course and does its own healing.

The eyes are bright and the looks are alert. That is the best sign.

Come on sweet one you can do it..

Hugs GJ xx

Daisy said...

I'm glad Bronzy is back home! I hope she is all better soon.

Everycat said...

We've just been catching up on poor Bronzy's ordeal, we hope this swelling sorts itself out. Could your professor's help out? That cage is like one we have, perfect size - lets a cat stretch and move a bit. Slash is looking superb. Get well soon Bronzy!

Whicky Wuudler et al

Noll's Nip said...

Hang in there sweetie. We are sending purrs your way.

Cat with a Garden said...

Bronzy, you are a tough little girl! Please get well very soon! When you're all better maybe you would consider joining my Silky & Slender Crew? It's nothing special, just a crew of silky and slender friends to hang out with. I know what it's like to have a floofy sibling... ; )
Purrs and noselicks, Chilli

MoMo said...

Good to have Bronzy home. She look quite bright and alert there.

Get well soon. My purrs are heading your way.

The Island Cats said...

We're so glad Bronsy is home! We hope she gets better real fast! We're purring for her!!