It’s been a while since I’ve done an animal update, so here goes.
First up – Ziva. Growing, and an estimated 5 months old now. I had had every firm intention of keeping her indoors until she’s old enough to be neutered, but she’s such a persistent, energetic little thing, I gave in. She was getting very frustrated, all teeth & claws, having to stay indoors, seeing all the other cats enjoying the big outside world, and manifested her frustration by peeing on beds, sofa, and rugs (when there are FOUR little trays in the house!).
So . . . she’s now allowed outside, and is enjoying her new playground. She literally stays out in the garden all day, only zooming indoors for some food . . . and sleeps like a baby at night, after all that exercise and fresh air! It won’t be long before she ventures out of the garden, to the orchard, veggie garden etc, but she won’t come to any harm. Important thing is to make sure I get her booked in to be neutered before xmas! We don’t want her going too far, in search of a mate!
Other news is about Gibbs. You may remember he was in a very bad way, back in May. This was the MRI we had done.
Showing a huge growth, which turned out to be a cholesteatoma, in his left middle ear, and caused serious facial paralysis. That was removed, with the warning they weren’t sure they’d been able to remove it all, and it might grow back.
We don’t know if it is growing back, but, after an initial fairly good recovery, when I posted this photo (before fur had had time to grow back on his left ear)
Gibbs is going down hill again. He’s been having what can only be described as seizures. Relatively minor, but we took him to our local vet last week. Vet said it could either be the tumour growing back, or an onset of epilespy (which wouldn’t be surprising because of all the neurological damage). We don’t want to take him back to the specialised clinic for another MRI. It’s a lot of upheaval for Gibbs and even if we were told the tumour was back, we wouldn’t put him through another surgery. If it is the tumour, it will have to follow its course, and I imagine it’ll be quick. However, we’re also going to follow up on the epilespy theory. I’ve started keeping a record of seizures so we can report back to our local vet in a few weeks and maybe start Gibbs on medication for that.
In the meantime, we’re facing up to the fact that Gibbs has gone from a lively, healthy, energetic 5 year old, to a very unwell 6 year old.
Above photos of Gibbs looking rather sorry for himself today, in the orchard.
Anyway . . . whatever the outcome (long or short) for Gibbs, the husband and I have had many a discussion and (after learning that our local Flat-coated breeder is expecting a litter of baby Flats any day now) . . . we’ve put our name on the reservation list for a puppy! The breeder knows all about Gibbs’ health and agrees a puppy might help stimulate Gibbs. If it does turns out that Gibbs has epilespy, then we will manage that the best we can and there’s no reason he can’t live a few more years, so having a second dog as a companion might not be a bad thing. And if it’s not epilespy, well, then Gibbs might not still be around to meet the new pup.
To be followed . . .