So about six weeks ago Buttons got some minor surgery to examine what the vet thought might be a tumor but turned out to be a cyst. A few days ago I noticed an almost identical lump… this time one the right side of his jaw rather than the left as before. so today I took him back to the vet to get it dealt with. Didn’t seem like much of a thing except that it was causing him apparent pain.
So in the grand tradition, the vet took one look at him today and wondered if Buttons’ seemingly constant series of little illnesses was due to feline leukemia or feline AIDS. So a simple drop-off to take care of a simple job turned intoa whole day of wondering about not only Buttons but all the other cats here. Feline leukemia and AIDS are fatal diseases and apparently fairly easily transmitted, so having one cat with one of them would mean chances are *really* good that the others would as well. So… fun day of hair-pulling. Fortunately tests came back negative. But he still wound up getting cut on and stitches.
I remain impressed by the feline ability to shrug off insults to their bodies. When I brought him home, he was promptly as friendly and affectionate as ever. And then he slept some.
A few days ago: