So last weekend was a time of much business, with 2 evening concerts and a matinee. Saturday night, I got home around 11 and go check on the kittens. They all come out and three are eager to eat, but Ember wants only to be held. He kept crying when held, stopping only somes as I petted him. Then I realized he was shivering along with purring: he was hurting. I set him down and he didn’t want to put any weight on his back right leg. I didn’t feel anything odd nor trigger any screams when I felt the foot and leg, but I didn’t check very high up. I called the overnight emergency number, chatted about options, and decided to bike him down to the 24-hour emergency vet. They took his vitals and noted a fever. At 3 a.m. he finally got to see the doctor. I decided against x-rays at the time, because I thought there would be a vet at the Humane Society in a few hours. He got pain meds, which was my main prioity at the time, and a diagnosis of a break or pull up past the knee. He had been pretty panicky for the first hour, but settled down with cuddling even before meds. When we got home, he was very glad to have a litterbox to use–I could tell he had wanted one, but they didn’t have anything and he was too well behaved to use the carrier.
In the morning I found he’d need to return there for the x-rays because there was no doctor at the shelter Sunday. As I was leaving at 11 for the matinee, my very patient husband, Bob, took him, a lot of magazines, and a cloth bag to make cuddling more secure. After the performance, at 5, I called and they had just returned. Saturday night through Sunday are their busiest hours. There is only soft tissue damage, but the possibility of infection, so he has 10 days of antibiotics.
I don’t know how the injury happened. Bob had fed them around 7 and all four looked fine. Probably the kitten had snagged the leg when falling or jumping off something. I learned a few things: brush you teeth before a late night trip to emergency. Bring a litterbox if you’re taking box-trained kitties. Bring reading material you can manage with one hand. After other trips I learned to post emergency numbers on the kittens’ door to reduce phone fumbling.
He is doing well now: still limping and subdued, but able to get around. His appetite improved and his weight is coming back up. He should be fine soon.