(I totally win for most creative title use EVER. *grin*)
I'm still not hopeful for that end part. It's, uhh, flat - not round. And icky. *shudder*
But the part above that snapped back and is even starting to grow fur back so it would just be that last two inches (minus the small bit that already fell off) that would be snipped. Overall, not that bad. (Though if this thing pops off like a baby's umbilical cord you will hear me screaming in horror all across the entire planet.) He whips it around like a rattlesnake and smacks you in the face with it too. *shudder*
Sadly, this was not the WORST thing to happen to him last week as he proceeded to have one seizure after another once we brought him home Friday night. Though it took me until the next day to catch on until he actually had one in front of me because, before then, the after-symptoms (randomly peeing around the house, restless pacing, finding him with drool on his mouth) were a little odd but could also have been stress from being kenneled. As scary as this is, I find it even scarier to think that, if he hadn't of had one in front of me, it's entirely possible that we never would have known how serious things were. We would have thought he was uber-stressed for a few days and that was that. :(
After extensive blood testing to try and find the cause, everything is...................NORMAL. EXCEPT for one of his liver numbers. One is perfect, the other is through the roof. Which suggests something very damaging went through his liver recently. Like, I don't know, an injectable antibiotic? It's just way too coincidental to be otherwise for me. Perfectly healthy cat suddenly has a flurry of seizures (at least 6 confirmed by us, plus god knows how many while he was kenneled - when even ONE seizure is extremely rare in cats) after being given a drug he's never had before - which stop a few days later and now he is fine again? (Two days and counting with no new seizures, at least from what I can tell. *knock on wood*) My vet has only had 3-4 cats in his ENTIRE PRACTICE who have ever had seizures so they are not normal in any way for felines to just pop up so suddenly like this without something like kidney disease or diabetes in the background.
It seems likely, though not 100% verifiable, that he either had an allergic reaction to the Clavamox he was given or who's to say there weren't just enough funky toxins in there to poison him? You hear stories all the time about HUMAN drugs being contaminated in this way, I have to believe the regulation/inspection procedures for PET medications are even more lax. The vet is keeping our file so he can call Pfizer (the company that makes this) to see if they have anything to add and/or want to research the matter. (And he's going to see if they will pay for any of the costs for this, though I'm not counting on it. I'll be happy that my cat didn't die and call it a day.)
We're going to give him daily meds for a month or two to boost his liver and help it heal itself and, if no other seizures come along, nothing else should be needed. (Provided the damage isn't permanent but the vet doesn't think that will be the case.) I have a little stash of Valium too
to take if my nerves get the best of me in case I think he's gearing up for a seizure or to give him after he has one to help stop the cycle so at least we're more prepared going forward if it wasn't the Clavamox that caused them.
Thanks for all the well wishes. It's been a crazy week and my nerves are shot. I had enough of anything to do with seizures last year to last me a lifetime when the FIL was ailing. This has brought up some 'stuff' for the both of us I think. We just don't have enough distance yet to be fully capable of dealing with another seizure disorder in an emotionally healthy way. I need at least another year, or five, to get that place. lol