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Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Spider (known to all and sundry as `Orange Cat`) has been fighting, and developed a nasty abcess. This necessitated a trip to the vet and an ignominious lancing, which left foul smelling puss pus all over the sleeve of my leather jacket, although he behaved pretty well all things considering.

He is now sulking massively as he has to have the wound washed out with a salt solution (and some chlorhexadine if I can get any) three times a day.

The good thing (for him) is that he sits continually on my lap, and has developed a liking for sandwiches made with Gentleman's Relish! (Speaking of Gentleman's Relish, my young nephew found the term amusing, thinking that it referred to something rather unsavoury, rather than to a slightly expensive tub of patum peperium).


Chainsaws and Jelly said...

AWWW! keep me posted on his recovery. i have 2 cats and adore them. :)

CFZ Australia said...

Oh poor Spider! Dear little thing. My cats have had abcesses before - nasty business, but at leats he's on the mend. Get well soon orange cat! x