If you read our last blog post or have been following us on Instagram, you probably know that Caster has been very sick with a mystery illness for the past 4+ weeks. Things were pretty scary there for a minute, especially since the vets couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Unfortunately they still haven’t pinpointed or diagnosed anything, but I am happy and grateful to report that Caster is doing much better!
He had a big turn around last Wednesday or so. His went to the vet last Monday because, in addition to the multitude of other seemingly random symptoms, he was eating and throwing up litter and hadn’t pooped in I don’t know how long. I was concerned he had a blockage or something, so off we went to the vet for the 6th time in 3 weeks. Caster wasn’t cooperating for X-rays, and our vet, Dr. Caldwell, didn’t want to sedate him because of his fragile health state, so we had to settle for our vet just feeling Caster’s abdomen to try to determine if there was a blockage. He said that if there was anything, he didn’t think it was substantial, so he just gave us some probiotics and a laxative for Caster to take a couple times a day.
Dr. Caldwell also prescribed a steroid – both in pill and eye-drop form. He had prescribed an antibiotic, clindamycin, a couple weeks prior but was nervous about prescribing a steroid because he was concerned it might make whatever was going on with Caster worse. However, after seeing that the antibiotic wasn’t really doing anything and consulting with the ophthalmologist that Caster saw a few weeks ago, he decided to go ahead and prescribe the steroid, prednisolone. His hope was that the steroid would combat the inflammation in Caster’s eyes and put a stop to his worsening vision as well as help whatever else was going on with Caster internally.
Well, it worked! After a couple of days on the laxative, Caster finally pooped and also stopped eating and throwing up litter. The steroids have helped tremendously too. He has eaten very well for about a week now, his energy has returned, his eyes are looking better, and he’s his usual rambunctious, curmudgeony self. He has been playing with both his favorite wand toy and with his brothers and sisters. He has been spotted prancing down the hallway and pouncing after Sophie. He is whapping us and letting out his grouchy meow on a frequent basis (hence the nickname “Curmudgeon,” shortened to “Mudge” or “Mudgey”).
And to top it all off, the sign we’ve been waiting for to tell us that Caster is truly back to his usual self happened last night… HE JUMPED UP AND CLIMBED THE DOOR FRAME! Caster’s signature wall climb is one of my favorite things that he does, and we haven’t seen it in several weeks. To witness him doing it last night brought tears of joy to my eyes.
Though his eyes are looking better, damage has still been done to them, so he isn’t seeing 100%. The doctors don’t expect him to recover his vision fully, though I’m not giving up hope on that. I’m expecting to see a complete recovery of everything! God has granted my Christmas wish of having a healthy Caster, so I expect He will complete the job! Until then though, I’m grateful to have Caster healthy and happy again.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out and sent prayers and good thoughts our way. It truly is a comfort to know we have such loving and supportive furiends and followers. You guys are the best <3