I am happy to report that all of my patients are doing fine.
Daphne's hoof abscess has cleared and her hoof is filling in nicely.
Chloe is back to her usual self again, although her neck looks a little traumatized.
I am so hoping and praying that these injections help to eradicate her tumor.
Since yesterday, I fear that Griz has been replaced by another cat who also had his face shaved. This new cat is very affectionate and asks to be petted constantly. (Quite a difference from the Griz that we came to know in the last couple of weeks).
All kidding aside, Griz is definitely like a new cat. He obvious was in quite a bit of discomfort from his abscess. Dr. Becky explained that abscesses are common in feral cats because of fighting. I don't know that Griz does any fighting... I have not witnessed any fighting. He has a chronic (incurable) herpes virus which is also common in feral cats. So, the other possibility is that he had an infected lymph node due to the chronic upper respiratory infections. Griz's life will never be easy... he has the burdens of some incurable conditions that his feral life caused. But, hopefully, he will have a peaceful, happy, and comfortable life here in our barn. It's certainly much better than being feral. And
He has an open wound on his cheek that will heal with time. It was necessary to keep it open so that the infection could drain. He spends a lot of time keeping it clean and I apply antibiotic ointment to the edges of the opening. It looks nasty now, but in time it will be all better. As for feral cats, their abscesses eventually burst and then heal. I can't imagine how painful that must be for these poor creatures.
This week brought an early hint of winter to us with nightly temperatures dipping below 20 F. degrees. Daytime highs have only been in the 40's.