Welcome to the first edition of The Rocky Report. My brother, aged 14, Domestic Medium Hair tabby, used to be really fat. Like twenty-four pounds fat. And now he’s not. He’s having some health problems and we’re on a mission to get him well.
Some of you may have noticed that I make a lot of jokes about Rocky, particularly about his constipation problems. Sadly, constipation is no laughing matter. Rocky has really been struggling with it (no pun intended) for the last few months and we’re on a serious journey to try to care for him properly. He also had an ordeal this last weekend: He got in a fight with Niles. Buddies for 14 years, they got in a little scrap but Rocky came out the big loser. Due to a quick swipe of a claw, Rocky ended up with a corneal puncture and scratch and was rushed to the emergency vet a few minutes after it happened. Luckily, the FODs were home and were able to take quick action.
The doctors told the FODs that the corneal puncture was deep enough that they were concerned about an eye rupture, which would lead to the loss of Rocky’s eye. So far, though, that hasn’t happened and it seems to be healing well. MomFOD has been up with Rocky nightly trying to keep up with his medication schedule. He required three types of eye drops, one that was administered every six hours and two others that were administered every four. That required her to set an alarm and wake up at 1 am, 3 am, 5 am, and 9 am, but because of the seriousness of the situation, she did it. He also has a cone on his head. That’s my favorite part.
One of Rocky’s eye medications is called Autologous Eye Serum. It was made from Rocky’s own blood, which was centrifuged to separate the blood cells from the liquid. The serum is kept refrigerated and administered via dropper directly to Rocky’s eye. Between the initial trauma and the three days of treatment, the speed of healing has been quite good. We’ve got our fingers crossed that all will turn out well. Here’s some more info on corneal trauma, if you’re interested.
Rocky’s going back in for a re-check in a few days and to do some more investigations about his constipation/weight loss. MomFOD’s doing some at-home fluid administration and B12 injections. We’ll discuss that in another edition of The Rocky Report.
Wish the little guy luck!
PS. MomFOD may or may not have put a piece of popcorn into Rocky’s cone to watch him get it out. The smart little guy figured it out in two seconds and dumped the popcorn on the floor, ate it, then came back looking for more. He loves popcorn. He also discovered that banging the cone on the wall is a great way to get momFOD out of bed in the morning for breakfast time.