Saturday, June 18, 2011

Bunny's injured....again!

Two nights ago, I heard sounds of fighting in the drain outside.  I went out and heard Bunny's war-cry.  A ginger-white cat has appeared in our area a few weeks back and Bunny has been protecting his territory.  

I tried to call Bunny out but he wouldn't come out and there was nothing much I could do since both of them were inside the drain.  I didn't hear sounds of any fight, though, just the classic "war-cries".  

Last night, Ming-Yi said she felt a hard lump on Bunny.  

This morning, Bunny's right eye was red and he was squinting.  He also did not look too well.  I felt the lump and it was really hard.  The lump was under his arm. 

So it was off to the vet's with Bunny in tow.  Bunny is FIV-positive.  I cannot take any chances whenever he is not well.

 Bunny is still very alert and wanted to explore the whole room.
By the way, he weighed 6.3kg.  

He has a fever of 40.2 degrees, and there is a mushy lump besides the hard lump.  


He's had this before (also due to a fight last time), and he had to be sedated for "lancing" (cut a slit and drain out the pus).  

Bunny, being FIV-positive does not heal well.  In other healthy cats, this kind of wound can probably heal by itself or with the aid of a warm compression, but not for Bunny.  It quickly develops into a lump, it gets infected and he has to undergo lancing to get all the pus drained out.

Poor little Bunny....

He is at the clinic now.  The surgery (the vet says that's too big a word, so it's supposed to be "lancing") will be done this afternoon and I can take him back in the evening.  

I hope he takes the sedative well.

I'm always very worried if it's Bunny or Tiger getting sick because both of them are confirmed FIV-positive.

Bunny is so "alpha", he has to protect his territory and fight.  That's the behaviour of alpha cats.  


Anonymous said...

And what of the other cat? He will likely get infected with FIV from exchanging blood & saliva with your cat. :-(

chankahyein said...

Thank you for your concern. I have checked with several vets about FIV. Some vets are of the opinion that it can spread through biting and scratching. Some say it is transmitted from mother to child. Some recommend euthanasia. Some recommend being confined for life. Another vet told me the transmission of FIV through biting is very minimal, based on latest research findings. Bunny is largely an indoor cat, but he went out that day because of the presence of another cat in the territory. I do not know if this lump is a result of the war-cry in the drain that night, or it is just another fight between Cow and Bunny. Cow and Bunny fight all the time.