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Young Melly is very ill in the veterinary hospital. He has a head injury after (we think) a fox attack. Today we're waiting for him to have a CT scan (really) and to find out whether neurosurgeons will be able to operate to relieve pressure on his brain. We have everything crossed and are rooting for him. This is a picture from happier times.

This is where he is: University of Liverpool Small Animal Teaching Hospital.I have every faith in them.
13th Aug 2009, 09:55   | tags:

Puddlepuff says:

Oh noes! Hang in there Melly.

13th Aug 2009, 10:59

nige says:

How very sad. Good luck Melly. I'm still stuck on the fact that they're using a CT scan; I know those tests don't come cheap and they don't just give them out.

13th Aug 2009, 12:31

Twiglet says:

Poor boy! Fingers crossed here too.

13th Aug 2009, 12:56

OJ says:

Thanks. Have actually had some positive news of improvement this morning, though he's not had the CT yet so we're still cautious.

Nige, you're right CT scans don't come cheap. We're paying and are insured.

13th Aug 2009, 13:12

hildegard says:

Oh Mells!
Fingers crossed for y'all...

13th Aug 2009, 14:02

Viv says:

oh poor thing - hope the improvement continues

13th Aug 2009, 14:14

OJ says:

Thank you.

He's now critical again after the anaesthetic so all finger crossing welcome.

He has a couple of scull fractures and doesn't need surgery but his little system has been under extreme stress.

13th Aug 2009, 14:16

crickson says:

Oh dear! Sorry to hear this, I wish him a full recovery.

13th Aug 2009, 14:57

nige says:

Wishing him well. Hope you & V are okay.

13th Aug 2009, 15:38

silar31 says:

Oh no, poor Melly and you! We'll be keeping him in our thoughts over here in the US!

13th Aug 2009, 15:52

FilbertFox says:

I have told Rebus and Maya about Melly. They have crossed all their paws and whiskers.

Damn foxes, you can't trust any of 'em in my opinion!

13th Aug 2009, 17:08

Spiderbaby says:

Oh poor thing! Yes, all crossable things crossed. Hang on in there.

13th Aug 2009, 17:28

JokerXL says:

Aw, so sorry to hear that OJ, Healing Cat-Vibes heading NorthWest.

13th Aug 2009, 18:50

Caine says:

Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear this, OJ. Thoughts going out to you, V and Melly, and all digits crossed. xxx

13th Aug 2009, 19:18

OJ says:

Ah thanks all for your kindness. Just waiting now.

13th Aug 2009, 21:04

OJ says:

Just to update all you kind cat lovers, Mr Melly is still in the vetinary hospital making slow progress.

He has some sight back in his right eye, but will be permanently blind in his left. When I saw him at the weekend he could walk, but only shakily, which was pretty heartbreaking to see.

They're keeping him in for the rest of the week, phasing him off his medication and taking him out of intensive care. Hopefully he'll get stronger bit by bit. The carefree rumbustious adolescent of old is probably gone though, very sadly.

18th Aug 2009, 11:43

I hope he makes as good a recovery as possible.

18th Aug 2009, 11:46

hildegard says:

Poor Melly, poor Fam. Melly; rumbustious adolescents are such risky beasts, glad you had the SATH so close... Swamprose blogged a while back about a neighbour cat who had a nasty brain insult way back, & is forever being brought home by kindly strangers on account of her funny walk. Only the funny walk still attests her injury. Hope Melly recovers similarly well & becomes Top Pirate Cat of the port. (Can cats wear eyepatches, d'you think?)

18th Aug 2009, 12:59

OJ says:

Thanks SLG.

And you've made me smile Hildegard. V has had many conversations with fantastic veterinarians who attest to the accident prone-ness of the young, ginger, oblivious to danger, male of the cat species. I hope Oscar is currently well and not getting into scrapes.

I clearly hope that Melly recovers that well too and the neurologist is making encouraging noises. I'd hate to think we'd "saved" him, if he weren't going to have a good quality of life.

18th Aug 2009, 13:12

hildegard says:

Glad to raise a smile in the circs.
With human neuro, you don't know what you're going to get back until you've hit 18 months' recovery. Cats have spookily similar neurological arrangements to humans, but packed into a far tinier body. Let's hope it means more redundancy & the option to recruit lots of different neurons to his purposes...

19th Aug 2009, 12:07

OJ says:

Yes, let's hope so too.

The cat's neurologist (I love saying that phrase for the sheer surreality of it, V on the other hand would actually just loves the neurologist) has assured us that in some ways it's easier for cats to recover from brain injury as what they have to recover is in some way simpler. I'm guessing because they don't have to relearn speech.

But yes, it's very much wait and see. We're hoping that he'll come home on Friday so we can monitor him over the weekend.

We're also hoping that he and Miss Teazle will recognise each other after nearly a fortnight and there won't be any territorial response. Anyone got experience of this? I've already ordered the Felliway.

19th Aug 2009, 12:25

Spiderbaby says:

Glad to hear he's pulling through. We'll have to organize some form of small parrot to complete the look :)

Wishing you all well and a speedy cat brain reorganization.

19th Aug 2009, 21:27

OJ says:

Cat brain reorganization! Now there's a phrase to conjure with. Don't think we'll be needing the fashion eyepatch as he's lost the sight, not the eye. There is already a one-eyed cat on the street as it happens. . .

19th Aug 2009, 22:20

OJ says:

Cat brain reorganization! Now there's a phrase to conjure with. Don't think we'll be needing the fashion eyepatch as he's lost the sight, not the eye. There is already a one-eyed cat on the street as it happens. . .

19th Aug 2009, 22:22

Spiderbaby says:

Oh to keep up with the cat fashions - there was no need to go to such extreme lengths Melly!

19th Aug 2009, 22:23

Viv says:

yes just the idea of a cat neurologist made me smile :)
hope he manages to readjust

20th Aug 2009, 13:05