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! 🙂
da tabbies o trout towne says
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I’m sending lots of purrs to Catster! Whatever is in his future, I know he will have the best life you guys can give him.
Dalton/Benji/Angel-MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Angel-Minko says
Awww, but for sure he will be a most pampered and fully loved indoor kitty! We know that at your den there is plenty to keep a kitty in adventure mode:)
Purrs to Caster and hugs to all!
Random Felines says
we are all about the best life possible while keeping safe. so here is to continued wonderful INDOOR adventures Caster!!
Eastside Cats says
Caster, your people love you so, and want you to have everything in life that’s possible! Making sure they do everything they can for your eyesight, you’ll simply have to look out the windows now! In complete agreement with your decision!
The Creative Cat says
I’m so glad he had the chance to adventure, and that he still has lots of quality of life even if he stays indoors.
Mary McNeil says
Definitely the best decision for Caster ! Purrayers and POTP for him to get better, but you are so right : better safe than sorry. Even securely harnessed as he is, it would be too easy for something to startle him and stress him. He will still be getting plenty of love !
Ellen Pilch says
I am sorry Caster won’t get to have adventures, but I am sure he will still be a happy kitty. He is in my daily prayers. XO
The Island Cats says
We’re sorry that Caster won’t be going on any more outdoor adventures, but we bet he’ll have some great indoor ones. We’re glad he’s doing well with his health issues.
We enjoyed watching Caster on so many adventures! We hope he can do so again, eventually. But health comes first!
Lone Star Cats says
Health comes first – hope ya have plenty of indoor adventures ahead of ya Caster!
Sorry to hear about Caster! Retiring him seems like the best.
We had to retire our toy poodle from agility this past year. It was a tough choice but the right one.
I’m sure Caster still get plenty of indoor adventures. You’re a great cat mom!
We’re sorry to hear Caster has to retire for now. We will hope and pray along with you that he will be healed one day. In the meantime, we know he has the most loving home and family ever.
Still sending healing energy to you, Caster, for a full recovery. In the meantime, indoor adventures can be super fun! `
Kitties Blue says
We are so sorry Caster is getting his wings clipped, so to speak, but better safe than sorry, especially as he will be unvaccinated. We do continue to pray that he will indeed make a full recovery. The last photo is absolutely gorgeous. That should be framed. Sending lots of love and prayers to everyone. Astrid sends her beloved Sampy all her love and 23687234567823455323456789965323456787654323456789875424678 kisses. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer
Marjorie Dawson says
I am so glad to see your splendid site back and sorry Caster will be retiring BUT he did good and you are doing what is right for him.
* HUGE HUGS *