Monday, January 17, 2011

Boris Is Not Well

We're worried about Boris.  He has a hairless patch on his backside that hte vet say is contact dermititus - he thinks Boris is allergic to something he's sitting on. 

Then on Saturday night Boris seemed to be a bit sore near his tail too.  We took him to the vet yesterday and discovered he had a huge abscess just by his tail. 

Now Boris has a fat arse so it's not surprising we missed it.  However, what is surprising is that he showed absolutely no symptoms.

Boris has been playing with us, eating like a pig, and generally behaving as always.  This pic was on Saturday night, you can see he's actually rolling about on the sore spot!

The vet thinks that when the abscess formed, it damaged some nerves which is why he didn't feel it at first.  Luckily we got him to the vet pronto, so we've stopped a minor problem from becoming a major one.

It wasn't easy.  Because Boris wouldn't let us look, he needed a shot of tranquiliser.  Then when we realised how big the hole was, and that it needed stitching, so he had to be put under.  Boris is so fat that he had to be topped up once with anesthetic during the operation. 

Boris is now in the spare room, and wearing a lampshade.  The wound by his tail should heal in about a week but we still don't know what's causing the bare patch on his behind. 

The vet is hoping it will clear up with the antibiotics he's taking.  If not, I'll take a picture and will ask you for opinions.  In the meantime, please purr for Boris.  He needs it.

PS Tomorrow I'll post a pic of Boris with his lampshade.

28 comments:

Simba said...

Poor Boris! I wonder whether the bare patch was due to him licking because he could feel the abscess nearby. We surely hope he recovers completely!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

Oh dear Boris! Don't worry...Bobo had an abscess once and it was nothing...(did the vet test it?)

I agree with Simba that maybe the bare patch is due to that...if it is a contact allergy meds should work...maybe it is a food allergy?

I don't think you have anything to worry about other than Boris's severe embarrassment for having to wear the friggin lampshade!

sully86 said...

get well soon Mr Boris

Neri said...

get well soon Boris! (which i have no doubt you will)

lupie said...

Oh you poor poor Boris! It must be painful.

Purrs for speedy recovery!!!

P:S: There's this local gel, gamat (sea cucumber), it works for external wound. Me and my cats have tried it!

Eric and Flynn said...

Poor Boris, but it does sound like the bare patch could be caused by him licking trying to reach the abscess. We hope it soon heals.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh no! We will purr hard for Boris.

Pierro said...

Oh get better Boris.
Mom says her lovetiger Caesar the mancat has an abcess like that... he got it from his rabies shot.
Amazing that you are so brave and cheerful with all of that germy ick.
Get better soon and meanwhile, enjoy the extra treats and attention


bonks

Cory said...

Boris, we hope you are feeling better soon and the vet and your mom can figure out what's causing your bare patch. Of course we will commence our loud purring for you!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Poor Boris, it sounds like you have not been having any fun. We hope you will heal quickly.

BeadedTail said...

Oh poor Boris! We hope he heals up soon and is going to be okay. We're sending him lots of purrs!

Lorenza said...

Paws crossed here for Boris!
I hope the meds help to make him get better soon!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Katnip Lounge said...

Boris, it must be something in the air. I had an abscess this week too! I feel for ya buddy, and for you it really IS a pain in the bottom!
Me and the rest of the gang are sending your warm soothing purrs.

ManCatly Love, Johnny

Whisppy said...

Poor Boris! He does look like the spot doesn't bother him from the photo. Will purr for his quick (and full) recovery!

thefluffies said...

Owh poor Boris! I hope the abscess doesnt give him much pain!

Memon has 2 bald patches near the tail, on both right n left sides! But that is how she looks like since we got her.

Wish Boris a speed recovery. Get well soon, Boris!

Huffle Mawson said...

Poor Boris. I send my best purrs for him.

Kea said...

Poor Boris! We're purring hard for a quick recovery!

Thanks for your purrs for Annie...She's actually worse this AM, 24 hours OFF the Clavamox, poor sweetie.

Brian said...

My sisters and I are all sending great big purrs to you sweet Boris. Get better soon please!

Dianne said...

big hugs to Boris
and to you
it's so upsetting when one of your furry ones is ill
I'm really glad they caught the abcess early

Julie said...

Poor Boris, I hope you are feeling better soon!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Oh dear...poor Boris. What a pain in the butt. Get well soon. purrr....meow!

The Cat From Hell said...

My pain in the butt - Kozmo has an allergy and he has an abcess in his ear. The vet said cats gets them on their faces and near their tails. Kozmo's from kitty crunchies!
We hopes Boris gets better soon!
Nellie (CatFromHell)

exiledwildcatwoods said...

Sending lots of purrs for Boris - god thing you caught this sore now and not later.

Lucy the Cat said...

Awww...love this picture of Boris. I hope his wound and infection heal very, very soon!

Admiral Hestorb said...

Oh Boris, precious furbaby. My mommy and I both will work furry hard to make you all better.

Many kitty kissies from me and lots of love from mommy. Please get better soon and I had a bare spot too on my lower tummy area close to where the apex of my legs and the vet said it was from my allergies and I had yet another shot for the allergies. My furs grew back.

Boo-Bah said...

Poor sweet Boris! We hope you are feeling better. It sounds as though it might be very painful. I hope that nasty abscess heals quickly.

meowmeowmans said...

We're purring and praying that the antibiotics work. Get better soon, Boris!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

My worry is that allergies might recur. Please get well soon, Boris darling. I do so love hugging you, you are a very friendly and good-natured mancat. Let me know how it goes, Ellen.