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Healing Vibes Needed for My Morrell

post #1 of 20
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Any healing vibes for my boy Morrell would be greatly appreciated.
I brought him to the vets today because I noticed what appeared to be an abscess on his back (above his tail). He was fine yesterday, this thing just appeared overnight. He was avoiding me like the plague and was very grumpy. I scheduled an appointment for him, and dreaded putting him in his cage (he's not an easy cat to catch, and with him being uncomfortable, it made me extremely anxious). It wasn't easy, but I rounded him up (after a bout of hissing and having to chase him out from under the bed!).

The vet had to keep him. . . to shave the site and drain the abscess.
I checked on him later tonight and they confirmed that he had a large abscess (full of puss and blood) and that he also had a fever. They put in drains, gave him fluids and injectable antibiotics. I have to call again in the morning and see if he can come home.

I'm anxious to have him, but am terrified at the thought of taking care of his drains (have to flush them out) and of giving him his meds (especially after he hissed at me today). He's 15 pounds and very strong willed.

Of all my cats (4), he would be the one to fall ill.
post #2 of 20
Hmm, did they say what it was? I had to take Lily a few weeks ago to get a abcess drained and they kept her one night and she was fine after that(hers was a cat bite) I am sending lots of hugs and healing vibes to Morrell!
post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
Hmm, did they say what it was? I had to take Lily a few weeks ago to get a abcess drained and they kept her one night and she was fine after that(hers was a cat bite) I am sending lots of hugs and healing vibes to Morrell!
Yes, most likely a bite. He probably got it from horsing around with the other cats (or from a cat in the neighborhood). There's been a big black cat hanging around that Morrell doesn't like, so I wouldn't doubt if he's the culprit.

I'm so happy to hear that your Lily had a good outcome. Did she need to have antibiotics? Did you have any trouble giving them to her? I'm trying to decide between pills or liquid (not sure which will be easier). I don't think I can hold him in my lap to pill him (the way I'm accustomed to).
post #4 of 20
Yes she was put on a antibiotic, and she took it twice a day until it healed, and it was liquid. I hope your Morrell gets better real soon!! Please keep us posted.
post #5 of 20
Lots of healing vibes for Morrell
post #6 of 20
Ox had several abcesses a couple of years ago-most likely at fight. I didn't realize it for who knows how long as he was lethagaric and then I discovered the abcesses. I drained myself -GROSS!!! then got him on antibiotics. His age at the time (15) and he probably had them for a while so it was a good 6 weeks before he was back to normal!!!

Did your vet recommend warm compresses???Keep the compress on up to 15 minutes if possible.
post #7 of 20
I've been looking after a couple of elderly grumpy cats who both need to be pilled each day. After getting my hand scratched up on Monday, I discovered Pill Pockets, and it's made the job much easier for everyone. I'd recommend them if you're giving dry meds.
Hope Morrell heals up soon!
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by pushylady
I've been looking after a couple of elderly grumpy cats who both need to be pilled each day. After getting my hand scratched up on Monday, I discovered Pill Pockets, and it's made the job much easier for everyone. I'd recommend them if you're giving dry meds.
Hope Morrell heals up soon!
you might look into this: Klaw Kontrol Bag. it's supposed to help restrain the animal so you can medicate, clip claws, etc. wouldn't help with the abscess site, since it would be covered, but might improve the pill-taking process!
post #9 of 20
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I'm back to update everyone on Morrell. I picked him up from the vets today. He spent the day confined to one of our bedrooms (I brought food & a litter box up there). He hid in the closet ALL day. He has an Elizabethan collar on and hasn't quite figured out that he can move with it on. I guess it makes it easier to take care of him. I managed to get him out of the closet and onto the bed (I flushed out his drain as instructed and gave him his liquid Clavimox). Poor baby. I got him to purr and eat a tiny bit of roast beef (his favorite). Otherwise he's not eating/drinking. He had a rabies shot, pain meds, and antibiotics today, so I'm sure he's not feeling very good. Plus he can't figure out how to maneuver in the silly collar. I hope he adjusts to it. He has to keep it on for at least 4 days.
post #10 of 20
Oh the poor little guy! I hope he feels better soon.

<<<<<< get better vibes >>>>>>>
post #11 of 20
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I am going to try to post a picture of him (taken tonight). This is my first time using photobucket, so here goes. . .
post #12 of 20
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Here's another picture of my poor baby. How the heck is he supposed to eat & drink with this thing??
post #13 of 20
I fixed up your photobucket link for you. The line to use is the IMG line (you used the URL line) so that way the photo is shown on the site and not just the url for the photo.

I changed the url to img on the second picture but the picture is far to big.

awwww sweet Morrell, such a brave boy I sure hope it clears up soon for him
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by huggles
I fixed up your photobucket link for you. The line to use is the IMG line (you used the URL line) so that way the photo is shown on the site and not just the url for the photo.

I changed the url to img on the second picture but the picture is far to big.

awwww sweet Morrell, such a brave boy I sure hope it clears up soon for him
Thank you for your help and tips! I will try to resize the picture and re-upload it. It is a bit large!
post #15 of 20
Oh poor little pumpkin! He is a big boy, isn't he? I don't know how they eat & drink in those things either.
post #16 of 20
Here come lots of {{{{{ Get well soon vibes}}}}} to Morrell.
post #17 of 20
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Ok, I did a really dumb thing. I went up to check on Morrell this morning. He was still under the bed in the same position I left him in last night (after he had peed on the blanket he was laying on and I took it away to wash it). He was shaking (like he was scared or had the chills) and I was terribly worried. I pulled the bed out, picked him up and tried comforting him. I then tried to put him in his litter box (since he still hadn't used it). He layed down in the litter like a lump. I decided enough was enough. I removed his E. collar. He was a changed man! He perked right up, started eating like there was no tomorrow. The only problem. . . . when I went to get him more food downstairs he bolted for the door (like a bull coming out of a gate). I couldn't stop him if I tried. Now he's in the basement (hiding under things where I can't get him) and keeps running away when I try to go down and talk to him. Now I don't know how I'm going to get him back up to give him his meds. Sigh. He was cleaning himself, but for the most part seems to be leaving his drain alone.
post #18 of 20
Awwww. Prayers have been sent for your little Morrell and you.
post #19 of 20
Awww!, poor guy!!, I'm sending many healing vibes {{{ }}}
post #20 of 20
Aww, poor baby!! My Max has an absess too, but it's in his ear!
Unfortunately I have to be the one who squeezes this thing to drain in and Max doesn't like it at all... I feel so bad!
But sending healing vibes your way!
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