Readers and friends, we have a bit of a sad announcement to make today. My husband and I have officially decided to retire Caster from the KCC Adventure Team. I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of months, but I couldn’t bring myself to make it official. After talking it over with Bobby and our vet though, we’ve decided that it is best for Caster’s health if he doesn’t go outside for adventures anymore.
Though Caster is doing much, much better after his health scare late last year, he still experiencing some residual vision issues. He is also still on prednisolone in both pill and eye drop form. Though the vet says we will eventually try to wean him off the prednisolone pills, Caster will likely always need the eye drops. Thankfully he can still see a bit, but his vision is greatly impaired. The vet also says there is a chance he may eventually develop glaucoma and possibly go completely blind.
Because we still have no idea what the root cause behind all his issues is or was, we will be operating under the “better safe than sorry” principle. One of the possible causes of his corioretinitis is an auto-immune disorder of some sort. Again, we don’t know for sure if that’s the case, but it is a likely possibility. When Caster was at the vet for an eye check a couple weeks ago, our vet advised us not to vaccinate Caster anymore. He said that we should stay away from anything that could possibly interfere with his immune system in case he does indeed have an auto-immune disorder.
All of these circumstances – the mystery illness and the fact that he will no longer be vaccinated and shouldn’t be exposed to anything that may compromise his immune system – led us to the decision to retire him from adventuring.
I am of course still believing for Caster’s complete healing. After all, Psalm 145:9 says, “The Lord is good to all and his mercy is over all that he has created.” Hopefully Caster will be able to come out of retirement once he makes a full recovery! For now though, he will indefinitely be living it up as a pampered indoor-only adventure kitty! 🙂