Almost 7 weeks ago, our cat, Banana, disappeared. We looked everywhere for him, in our sheds, under the woolshed, all round the garden. We nipped over to our neighbours and said he was missing and could they keep an eye out for him, which they did. But no joy. Nothing. So eventually we gave up hope of seeing him again and came to the conclusion that he must have been run over, or attacked by a possum or something. And he was gone. But it didn't stop us calling for him and having a wee look every time we went out.
Then 2 days ago we had a frantic message from our lovely neighbour, Frank. He had found Banana in his shed. Weirdly, this shed had been open several times since Banana had gone missing but he hadn't made himself known. This part is a mystery. But oh how I wish we'd searched in Frank's shed too. I'll never, ever, forgive myself for this.
But, he was alive! Frank rushed him to the vet. He was starving, having lost a third of his body weight, couldn't walk at all and was obviously suffering from some neurological problems.
The vets put him on a drip immediately. I rushed there to see him. He was a sorry state, but tried to purr. Now it would be fair to say I should be somewhat dehydrated as well after all the tears shed. Joy, crushing guilt, sadness...joy.
I said to Matt (our lovely and talented vet) - who knows us well - to do anything and everything. He took a lot of blood and that was all sent away. He could have liver damage, you name it.
It was a worrying night. First thing in the morning the vet nurse, Anne ( who really should have a halo and wings) phoned to say he'd had a good night! and was even trying to get up.
In the afternoon Matt called twice as the results of the tests came in. They showed complete starvation, however his liver doesn't seem to be actually damaged, which is the best news.
He is now home. In a cage! He can't walk very well as he tends to fall over and do a forward roll. He may always be an inside cat, however Matt is hopeful that once he's had a lot of TLC and fair amount of medication and special food he may not get back to 100% but he will make a pretty amazing recovery. And what does Banana do? Purr and purr and purr he's not even cross with us.
Banana, the wonder cat!
So please send him lots of healing thoughts. He surely deserves them.