Sunday, May 18, 2008

PANTHER - THE CAT WITH THE FIGHTING SPIRIT

PANTHER FIGHTER

For more on what had happened to Panther and his previous progresses, you can read more in my earlier post “HIS LIFE COULD NOT BE ANY BETTER”. I would also like to thank all of you who had given me as well as Panther some comfort, prayers, donations and great advices. You all have great hearts!

LATEST UPDATE: 18/5/08 6.50PM

I was supposed to visit Panther this morning but the vet was out for an appointment. Moreover, today is a Sunday over here and the clinic was closed. I waited and waited until 1.00pm but yet I did not receive his call. I almost blew my top as I had promise Panther that I would see him in the morning and I hate to break my promise. Finally, the vet called up at 2.00pm and apologized for his lateness. He had two more emergencies after his morning appointment. I forgave him. You do not usually see many people who are that committed and responsible as he is nowadays, especially on a Sunday.

I rushed over to the clinic immediately after the call and without even saying hi to the vet, I was already in Panther’s recuperating room. The vet laughed at me and told me that I must have loved Panther a lot to just ignore him that way. Then only did I realize that I did not even wish him. LOL!

Anyway, Panther was still in a groggy state. His face was still swollen but not as bad as yesterday. As I was asking the vet about his progress while stroking him, I felt a soft tap on my hand. It was Panther giving me a hand shake and his tail was curling up a bit and swaying but with not much of energy. I almost burst in tears. He was conscious of my presence but without the ability to move his body any further. According to the vet, he tried to stand up this morning but fell down again after a few attempts. That’s the fighting spirit I’m looking for in Panther and he sure has it still. But, I would still prefer him to lie down for the time being to get that fractured paw healed. Maybe, he was trying to hunt for me since I was not there in the morning as I had promised yesterday. I won’t know for sure.

Based on the progress report from the morning, the swell on his face has reduced quite significantly. Thanks to help of the modern medication that was able to ease his agony. The sewn stitches looked fine as the wound had joined up quite well. His tongue was still a bit swollen but what made me happy was that he was able to consume more than what he did yesterday. 3cc of liquid food and 4cc of water were all he took in this morning. That was a good record so far considering that he was still having pain in taking in more food. Unfortunately, his body temperature was still on the high side. The vet is still trying his best to get the temperature down to the normal level.

Since the time I arrived at the clinic, it was also time to feed Panther more food and water. Surprisingly, he took in EVERYTHING without even dripping a drop. He was wonderful. He took in 5cc each of the food as well as water. I was impressed. That should be the way he should behave but that was all he could take in. After consulting with my vet, I also turned his body every half an hour and gave him some physiotherapies. Thanks Crystal of Save Moki for advising me to do that. I hope he will be in a better condition and can walk better when he recovers. What scared me is that when I tried to tickle his fractured hand, there was no response. The vet told me that it might take a week or so before he could really move his hand and the painkiller he was taking in may cause some numbness to his body.

When I left the clinic, Panther was fast asleep. I hope his temperature will go down by the time I see him again tomorrow. I shall not stop my prayers for his speedy recovery again tonight.

12 comments:

Alasandra said...

We will continue praying and purring for Panther. Glad to hear he is doing so well. ~Alasandra, Scylla, Charybdis & Socks

Daisy said...

I am so glad that Panther is eating and seems to be doing a little better. I will keep purring and purring for him!

HotMBC said...

We're all glad that Panther is doing better than he was and starting to heal. We'll purr and purr hard for him.
PURRRRRRRRRRRRS,
the Hotties

Evergreen loves Kilroy said...

I'm so happy! It sounds like Panther is getting better (and that he's especially encouraged when you're around). Thank you for being his guardian angel!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It's good to hear Panther still has that fighting spirit that has kept him going through a rough life. And today's news has a touch of encouragement. It's great the swelling is down some, he was able to take in a little nourishement - and especially good news that he was able to respond to you today. Your visit undoubtedly made his day!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am glad that Panther is doing somewhat better. If he wants to eat that is a wonderful thing.

Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

we are so glad that panther is getting better and making small improvements. We are so happy for all of you!!
we will keep purraying and purring for panther!

MoMo said...

Glad to hear that Panther is making progress and that he is taking in food and drinks. I was worried that he might get dehydrated. 5cc isn't much if that's all he can take. Is he on a drip? Didn't know he had a fractured paw as well.

Purrs keep going Panther's way.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Sooo glad Panther is getting better. Sounds like he was waiting for your visit.

ppuurrrrrrrrrrrrr
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ML said...

So glad to hear the mostly good news. All the Sherwood Bunch continues to send purrs and prayers.
What a wonderful affect you have on Panther. And how great of you to make him your Sunday priority.
FIGHT, PANTHER, FIGHT!
Love & Purrs,
The Sherwood Bunch

Camie's Kitties said...

We will be purring for Panther. Thank you for what you are doing for him. It sounds like he needs someone to love him a lot (not that his other owner doesn't), but that you maybe have the time to work with him to get him better.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Felix, Garfield & Jawsy said...

Sorry for our lag in visiting and we are so happy for Panther that he is getting all the love, care and best medical help.
We are keeping him in our purryers.

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