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…and three…


And on Day Three, Charlotte. About whom, update.

The wound on her head healed beautifully, or so I thought. But a week or so ago, I noticed it had opened and within a couple of days…icky abscess.

The vet dealt with it, but left an open hole to let it air. It looks like a gunshot wound.

So I’ve been giving her an antibiotic pill and washing her head with salt water. Twice a day. Fun! Tomorrow we go back for a followup appointment, but I gotta continue this regime until Sunday.

Charlotte is a hissy, growly cat…thank goodness she had all her teeth removed years ago.

p.s. Oh, shoot — I forgot the best bit! The vet also turned up a couple of harvest mites in Charlotte’s ear. That’s when I learned, that little pouch at the base of a cat’s ear? It’s called Henry’s pocket. No, I haven’t been able to find out who Henry was, and they aren’t really sure what the pocket is for. Possibly to absorb lower frequency sound so the cat can better hear the high frequency ones. Like squeaky mice.

p.p.s. I declare tonycc the winner of the Dead Pool. He picked Tom Petty while he was at death’s door, but still breathin’. Tom Petty, that is. Fair’s fair. Meet you all back here Friday, 6WBT for Dead Pool Round 103.


Comment from Janna
Time: October 4, 2017, 7:09 pm

I know you’ve mentioned it, but, how old is Charlotte? Bet she’s really enjoying the salt water wash.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 4, 2017, 7:12 pm

Fifteen. So, old. But not the oldest cat I’ve ever had. She’s got plenty of quality of life still.

To be honest, I just didn’t want to lose her in a horrible mauling. She’s been too much of a warrior to go out like that. I’d like her to slip away in front of a roaring fire with a belly full of my chicken dinner.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 4, 2017, 8:38 pm

Eyes crossed for Charlotte – we just went through having emergency backup dog Lucifer fixed, and getting her through the stitches phase was no fun at all.

As for Mr. Petty (GRHS)
Thank heaven Congress moved so fast on declaring Tonycc the dick weiner. Must have been a free dinner involved.

And nice portrait of the kitty!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 4, 2017, 8:49 pm

on your best bit note – it says Henry’s Pocket is a common area for parasites to gather.

So, EXACTLY like Congress!

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: October 4, 2017, 9:49 pm

It probably opened bc it was infected which is a good thing. Was the original wound a bite? Did they close it? I know with “dirty wounds” you have to keep them open or put in a drain so if pus forms, it can drain out. A dirty wound would be one not sutured within 24 hrs or a bite. Not sure if the same applies for cats. I’m sure she feels better with it open but not with you fiddling with it.

Have you checked Uncle B’s ears for mites, too?

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 4, 2017, 10:10 pm

That cat in the sketch looks malevolent. Or angry, or demonic.
Sweasel, Ma’am, I am in awe of your drawing talent.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: October 5, 2017, 12:12 am

What Skandia said. I can’t wait ro see how you portray Jack!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 5, 2017, 2:04 am

I am really enjoying your sketches – more please…. I liked Piglet yesterday but today you have reminded me of my Jojo… my gentleman cat, who never bit a single soul in 17 years*

*As long as one presumes that field mice don’t have souls…. which fortunately is a call above my pay grade.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 5, 2017, 2:20 am

Mysterious Charlotte. Lovely.

Comment from Bob
Time: October 5, 2017, 3:34 am

Charlotte’s wound reminds me of one of my dogs. I have an Australian Cattle Dog I rescued maybe 8 years ago that was badly mauled before I got it. The left eye had been punctured and wounds on the head and neck had been sloppily sewn shut. The eye healed smooth and she has some vision in it, but it looks weird. Anyway she would go batshit crazy for a couple of weeks every summer. I finally figured out that was when the scar on the back of her neck needed to be lanced and drained. Whoever sewed her up just stuck a flap with fur on it inside and stitched it shut (probably expected her to die anyway). So the green goo with shed fur in it makes for a stinky ugly mess. There’s no question of taking her in to get more surgery to fix it: she will not enter a veterinary. She will not even leave the yard if she thinks we will pass near a veterinary. So I take care of it.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 5, 2017, 5:41 am

Bob: try sedating her. Then take her to the vet, have the vet fix the problem, and bring her home before she wakes up. It may seem an imposition on her free will, but she’ll be happier for it, and she’ll never know what happened.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 5, 2017, 7:36 am

We believe the wound on her head was a bite. It looked very much like something (fox probably) took her whole head in its mouth and was dragging her backwards into the irrigation ditch they use as a super highway (when the water is low). Two vampire punctures on the top of her skull.

That’s been a couple of months, though, and it had healed up nicely, so we wonder if Jack caught a claw in it or something. They fight.

And yes, she has the most disconcerting evil green stare.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 5, 2017, 11:02 am

Comes of cat wisdom…
Probably now aided by having looked into someone else’s fangy toothed maw in first person and up close.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 5, 2017, 2:05 pm

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: October 4, 2017, 10:10 pm
That cat in the sketch looks malevolent. Or angry, or demonic.
Sweasel, Ma’am, I am in awe of your drawing talent.

Second comment first: 100+
First comment second: She looks . . . suspicious. As if she expects a new irrigation with salt water any moment.

My late Arizona, the red tabby-with-white Maine Coon mix, lived to be 16.5, but he was already diabetic by the time he hit 15. So I think Charlotte is doing well.

He was the hissy growly type too, but giving him his 2x daily insulin shots turned out to be a snap: While he was eating, I woulod step over and slide the needle into the skin between his shoulder blades. He probably felt a sting, but compared to the sheer joy of breakfast and dinner, it apparently didn’t bother him.

Comment from Niña
Time: October 5, 2017, 4:31 pm

If I could draw like this I’d have no blank space on my walls…they’d be covered with beautiful sketches of my children, grandchildren, and cats. And maybe even the dog! But especially the grandchildren. ❤️

Comment from Janna
Time: October 5, 2017, 6:02 pm

Look at it this way…if you do thirty drawings, that
is thirty dead pool drawings!! WIN-WIN!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: October 6, 2017, 12:05 am

20+ years ago, I lost my house in a tornado. The cat didn’t survive, but the 3 dogs-a basset hound and 2 rotties- did. None of the dogs had a scratch on them, but for a year or 2 after the storm, my big boy rottie would frequently rub one side of his head and spend hours shaking his head. I took him to the vet several times and even took him up to the state vet school for a thorough work up. Nothing. They told me they thought it was behavioral and he possibly had some dementia…he was 4 at the time. Did I mention that he also stunk? I bathed him and bathed him, but he always smelled rotten. Then one day he was shaking his head and something came flying across the room and stuck to the wall. The smell made me almost vomit. Apparently, he had something blown deep into his ear during that tornado and it festered and rotted for the next 2 years until he was finally able to dislodge it. He was fine and smelled much better after that!

Comment from Bad Cat Robot
Time: October 7, 2017, 5:55 pm

Sweas, you may not be master-class for *human* portraiture, but that is a most wonderful cat portrait! title should be “Cat with Murder on Her Mind” 😀 Beautiful, if unsettling to the soul. I feel the urge to suddenly look behind me now.

Can we do requests? Can you do one of the chickens?

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