Last night the cat stayed out all night. Not unusual in itself except that she didn't return at her usual time so the lovely Lynda was starting to get worried. I went out looking for her calling her name and rattling her favorite box of food. Normally a sure fire way of getting her to come in, nothing this time though, Lynda went out about 30mins later doing the same thing and heard a faint meow from the barn and saw her face peering underneath the barn door. Normally she would have just squeezed under it or jumped on to the top of it. Lynda opened the door and a very sorry pussy came out limping badly on her back leg. It was swollen to about three times its normal size and was obviously giving her a lot of pain. Once she was in the house I tried to have a look at it to se what the problem was, no chance, claws out and lots of growling, you don't want to be at the sharp end of an upset puss!!
Phone call to the vet, take her in at 15:30hrs and they will have a look so that's what we did.
The vet was very brave and felt and moved the leg and was pleased to inform us that it wasn't broken and that the tendons were ok. It looks like she has been bitten he said. He asked if we have any other cats and we don't except we do get two or three wild/ferral cats so he thinks one or more of them has had a go at her! So, after two injections, one of anti-biotics and one to reduce the swelling we were given a course of tablets to give her and told to keep her indoors for at least 10 days. Now that is going to be VERY hard because she really likes to go out and can move a lot faster than we can so the next week and a bit should be very interesting playing prison officer to a cat.
Time for rounds so cherio until next time.....