23 December 2017
Captain Jack Sparrow HAWK's gotcha day was on Christmas Day, 25 December.
His absence hit both Winnie and human hard.
Winnie howls for no reason and is clingy to EJ. Our human tries hard to give as much cuddles as possible.
Below are photos taken just before Jack got sick.
Resting double-decker style.
Dreaming of Christmas just before drifting off to sleep.
Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year.
11 December 2017
All seem well after his short-turned-long ordeal at the clinic (see previous post) with Captain Jack drinking and eating on his own including passing out bloody urine. The only problem was he fought hard in refusing to take his pills.
Jack passed out some crystals (tiny stones) with blood-stained spots of urine.
More than a week later, Jack was squatting frequently trying to urinate but only droplets of blood-stained urine came out.
He had to have his bladder drained again. This time an ultrasound was done. It showed the normal shape of bladder, both kidneys and liver. Blood test was done and the results showed an extremely high creatinine.
Though not his former self, Jack would still jump up to his favourite perch but eating less. More than a week later, he started to strain to urinate again, this time EJ noticed foul smell emitting from his mouth. He was taken back to the clinic again.
Without a choice, Jack had to have his bladder drained again. It was found that he had ulcers in his mouth; tartar was removed. He was also given a stronger dose of antibiotics. As he was waking up from his anesthesia, Jack kept kneading the air just like when he kneaded EJ.
Back home he did not have much of an appetite and preferred to drink water.
Jack became rather clingy and sought our human's attention constantly. The next few days he had incontinence and had to wear diapers.
Now in his diapers, he preferred to use the bigger specially constructed toilet lined with expensive hand-drawn Italian tiles.
Captain Jack Sparrow HAWK posing for our human trying to look suave in diapers (last photo shoot).
EJ stayed with him till midnight and he passed on at the wee hours on 9th December 2017 after EJ went to bed.
PS: to continue next week
(Jack had this problem four years ago and was on special diet since then).
26 November 2017
Captain Jack Sparrow HAWK yowled. Our human ran to the MeowYard and saw Jack squatting in his litter-free litter box trying to urinate but only a drop came out. His urethra was blocked.
Our human contacted Jack's vet but unfortunately the clinic was closed that day. His vet is such a nice man and said that he will open his clinic just for Jack if we could make it there by a certain time.
Under anesthesia, a catheter was inserted in his urethra and urine flushed out from his turgid bladder.
On waking, an angry Jack ripped off the IV drip and tore off his e-collar. Quickly he was back on the surgery table, re-anesthesised and IV catheter secured with more tape and bandage.
This time, on waking, Jack was ferocious, hissed and fought so hard that the e-collar was destroyed and the reinforced IV ripped out. (Later we found out that he bit his forelimb to tear out the IV bandage, one claw was ripped out in the process and was bleeding in his tongue.)
Jack, a former feral, could not be hospitalised and had to be taken home. And back again he went on the surgery table to be anesthesised to remove IV and catheter in his urethra.
Our human is grateful and thankful to Jack's vet for being so nice, patient and understanding. The good doctor helped carry Jack to the car in the pouring rain. Both doctor and our human were drenched.