Charlie was first spotted by a postman
lying in a front garden on the 15th April 2005, when the postman returned
on the18th he found Charlie still in the same place and realized something
was wrong. He told a member of Croydon Cats Protection (CPL) who luckily
lives nearby who reported Charlie's plight.
Charlie was taken straight to the vets where he was found to have a
badly broken back left leg and dislocated hip caused probably by an
RTA. He spent three weeks at the vets, his leg had to have a pin fitted
to stabilized the broken bone, the dislocation was left for a later
date. We bought him home on the 9th May to be kept in a cage to try
to keep him quiet so his leg might set, however, he is so full of life
this proved to be easier said than done!
Three weeks later he returned to the vets and the pin was removed, the
hip however proved more difficult to sort out and soon after an excision
arthroplasty was carried out. This is where the head of the femur is
removed which allows a false joint to form.
On the 27th July 2005 we adopted Charlie, so he is now a permanent member
of our menagerie!
All this treatment was paid for by the
Croydon Branch of Cats Protection.
In October 2020 we noticed he was loosing weight and had foul smelling
diarrhea so we took him to the vets where tests were carried out. He
was found to have an over active thyroid, vitamin B deficiency and pancreatitis.
He was put on Methimazole Transdermal Gel and oral Cobalaplex (vitamin
B12). In November he returned to the vets, he was still loosing weight
and still had diarrhea. The thyroid problem was found to be under control
and was diagnosed with having an intestinal problem, he was given a
steroid injection followed by a course of Prednicortone tablets.
After a few weeks Charlie had put on nearly a kilo in weight and his
diarrhea had gone. We will continue the Methimazole transdermal gel
treatment to control his thyroid problem.
All went well until late March 2021 when Charlie started loosing weight,
it was decided to reduce the Prednicortone dose to see if that made
any difference, unfortunately it didn't. We took him to the vets on
Saturday 3rd April as he had collapsed, it was obvious nothing could
be done for him so we very sadly decided to have him put to sleep.
We will miss him so much, he was such a character and so intelligent
- a cat in a million!!!
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