So here’s our wild child, Caster. It has been a tough few days for Mr. Caster. Thursday morning, my husband and I woke up to find Caster’s left eye squinted shut and weepy. We tried to open it so we could see what the problem might be, but all we saw when we opened his eye was his third eyelid. We didn’t know cats had a third eyelid at the time, so it was quite an unsettling sight. We thought something was horribly wrong. We assumed he had gotten scratched – most likely by Delilah. Delilah is the Queen of the house, and Caster likes to give her a run for her money. He gets so much pleasure from antagonizing her, which usually results in her swatting him. We figured she had swiped his eye.
We called the vet and got him an appointment for that afternoon. The vet took a look at his eye and explained that what we were seeing was his third eyelid, which was extremely inflamed. In order for her to get a better look at his eye, she had to sedate him. She gave him a sedative shot, which should have kicked in pretty quickly. However, it had almost no effect on Caster. She gave him a second shot. He finally started getting sleepy, but the vet almost thought she was going to have to give him a third sedative. Now, I was not at all surprised by this. Caster is a wild beast – our brutus. I didn’t think he’d go down easy. MOL!
Anyway, he finally became sedated enough for the vet to get a good look at his eye. It wasn’t a scratch at all. He had an entire nail sheath stuck underneath his third eyelid.
As you can see from Caster’s selfie, his eye is doing much better! We were very lucky he didn’t have any damage to his eye. He is back to his usual wild antics, and of course right back to pestering his big sister Delilah.
I wish I had photos or video of our vet visit. My phone battery had died though, so I am left with nothing but the memory of Caster’s disturbing inflamed third eyelid and the hilarious images of him trying to fight the effects of the sedatives. Oh well. We wish everyone a peaceful and easy Sunday!