"Feral ~ from feminine of ferus wild: having escaped from domestication and become wild"...




Friday

10 days later - Tomez


We are at the ugly hard part of the burn process 
~ all parts are now sloughing off, weeping, bleeding, and his nerve endings in his pads are coming alive~ 
we spent a good portion last night/early morning grooming him the way his mama would with a clean wet washcloth. 


he purred. 
he even let me clean his belly.


Its hard to see him shudder in pain. We are giving him Tramadol at 50 mg, no more then once a day. Cats have issues with pain relievers as it affects their liver in a different way. Their liver cant shed pain meds the way humans can so they can build up toxic levels, enough to kill them. Its somewhat a dance - giving him just enough so he doesnt go in shock, but not enough to kill him. Hes also on amoxicillin to prevent infection - its mixed in a jar of baby food - turkey in turkey gravy.
he still has his appetite.
tomez will never lose his appetite.





All four of his poor feet look like little raw hamburgers. we are leaving them unbandaged so that they can weep and build up their own scabs. we spray vetericyn on in liberal amounts even though the stuff is pricey, and then we gently pat triple antiboitic cream on, but soon it weeps off and he starts to clean them again.

thats okay.

we'll do it again.

But I tell him all the time that soon enough he will be running and chasing the big bunnies again. He loves to chase bunnies.
 I tell him I think hes still my handsome hunter boy.






He is also going to lose part of his ears. 




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But he will still be my beautiful boy.




he will always be my beautiful boy.






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50 comments:

  1. So sad to see the visual of Tomez' suffering. Such tender, loving, faithful care you are giving him. And he is responding . . .

    Thinking of you as well . . . my caring extends to each of you.

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  2. Heartbreaking and yet,I don't know. So glad he has you , and you him

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  3. This is painful to see. I'm so sorry that your boy is hurting so much. He's eating and purring though.. he'll mend. Keeping you and yours in my best thoughts.

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  4. After all you have been through, his suffering is so sad. I've been thinking about you over the last few days, wondering how things were going. I hope you'll soon be able to give him great big hugs.

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  5. Oh poor wee Tomez, it is so sad to see them suffering. But if love and care makes him better you will do that in no time.
    Hope he mends and feels better quickly.

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  6. I'm happy to see Tomez today -- and know he's going to be okay. He's tough, like his mama. xo

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  7. The poor baby...you're taking such good care of him!!

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  8. We wish Tomez a speedy recovery and we hope he will be back to chasing bunnies soon. Wishing you all a good weekend and rain.
    Best wishes Molly

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  9. So sorry for all you and yours have gone through. Tomez is lucky to have such a loving momma and I'm sure you feel just as lucky to have him.

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  10. he is still so beautiful.....more beautiful even, for his courage. i think of you every day. your animals, your strength.
    xoxoxo

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  11. Hi Feral this makes me so sad and I know it hurts you to see him like this. He has the best care imaginable and he will be running in no time.
    I really like Nancy's comment "Tough like his Mama"
    I hope you are getting some sleep and not dealing with pesky phone calls:) (you know those Canadian telemarketers have no sense of timing:)) Take care my friend B HUGS HUGS

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  12. Heart breaking and yet to me Life-Affirming. My thoughts are with you and yours,furry and otherwise....

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  13. So glad to see that Tomez is hanging in there and has such good care. The tramadol will help keep the pain at abeyance which is good, and the good care you are providing will pay off. So thankful that he lived through that terrible event! How are you doing?

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  14. This beautiful boy so deserves to make it.

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  15. I found a link to your blog on another blog. So sad what you have all been threw. Hugs & Kitty kisses from S. Dakota!

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  16. Heartwrenching... you are all so very brave - especially your amazing dear Tomez.

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  17. Lump in my throat.....

    Cindy Bee

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  18. his pain makes my stomach turn. you are the best mom to him possible. sweet tomez...

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  19. Wishing Tomez a speedy recovery, good that he is eating, that is a very good sign. So sweet, give him a hug from me.

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  20. Poor Tomez- the pictures are just heartbreaking! You are a good cat mama- I hope he recovers quickly!

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  21. Oh bless his little cat heart. He is such a brave boy taking it all isn't he. I know he will be all better one day he has made it this far. Hope you and Mr. Foresterman are doing well too.

    Hugs
    Felicia

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  22. Poor little guy, so sad to see him like this. He is eating though which is such a good sign. Hope he gets though this tough part of the healing process soon. Hugs,

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  23. bless his heart and bless yours. He is so fortunate to have you to take care of him and his pains. Seeing his pictures, I can't help but think of all the wild critters who probably have similar if not worse burns,and they are on their own, suffering. Breaks my heart.

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  24. Hope Tomez will recover well from his wound even if his ears will be looking different. Have you got more food for the horses? Is everything ok with you?
    Hugs from us in Sweden.

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  25. I have come from another blog and into your awful time after the fire.
    You are being very brave about all of this.
    Tomez is a trooper. He is lucky to have you taking care of him... and loving him as you do. I hope all goes well.
    Take care and stay brave...

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  26. Poor, poor, kitty. At least he has you to take care of him. I can't help but think of all the animals who couldn't get out of the path of the fire.

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  27. Poor, sweet Tomez. The fact that he is eating and purring is very good. He is lucky to have you! The Vetricyn is pricey but we have really been impressed with the results.

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  28. Poor fella. Burns are soooo painful. Thank goodness his eyes weren't affected. Everything else will heal eventually given supportive care and TLC. At least your attention will soon erase the terror he must have felt going through the fire. Animals live so much in the moment, and all his moments now are full of love and care and comfort.
    Hang tough and know that we "out here" all care for you all.

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  29. Oh it hurts me to see him. Poor little thing, so brave. He's lucky he has you to take care of him. It's just so cruel that fire.

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  30. Poor baby. May he heal quickly.

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  31. Poor, Tomez! This just has me in tears. I know you are tending to all of his needs. Bless your heart.

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  32. I hope he heals quickly. Poor baby! I'm glad he has kept his appetite. I look at those little feet and just want to make him little socks. He's so fortunate to have a loving family. Please let us know how the horses are when you get a chance. Take care of yourself too!

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  33. Taking care of your injured friend is heartbreaking. I'm sorry for Tomez, and sorry for you. What a great guardian you are for your guy. Best wishes to you!

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  34. I winced scrolling through this. Heal fast, little man. I can't wait til this is just a distant memory for him.

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  35. Poor little guy...he looks like he will be fine eventually, but seeing his paws sure is heartbreaking. I can't even imaging what you have gone through. Thank God you and your house are safe! I just found you from Inger's blog and am your newest follower! I live in SE AZ where it is bone dry and wildfire danger is extreme right now. We had a bad one last year that got into residential areas before it was stopped. This year those folks are battling mudslides.
    Good luck to you & many prayers for you going up from AZ.
    Huge green hugs,
    Pat

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  36. It is heartbreaking to see Tomez hurt like this, but eating and purring are such good signs. And all the loving care you are giving him will make all the difference in the world. It will take a long time for all of you to heal from this horrible experience, but in the meanwhile, you have so many friends who are thinking of you, praying for you and really, really caring about you, your hubby, and your animals. Sending hugs. -- Inger

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  37. He IS a beautiful (ahem, handsome) boy and he is amazingly lucky to have such a wonderful caring family!

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  38. I hope Tomez heals well and soon. Poor boy; that fire really took a toll on him. But he's hanging in there and you are giving him great love and care. He'll have his beautiful fluffy coat and bright eyes back. The ear will give him that ruggedly handsome look. Please give Tomez a gentle stroke from me. He's a trooper and well loved by a lot of us who haven't even met him in person.

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  39. He is a beautiful boy & I'm so sorry... here's to chasing bunnies, very soon! =)

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  40. survival is beautiful ...in a way..
    What courage.
    give him a kiss for me.

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  41. Give him a hug for me. I know you have lots to do right now, but he definitely needs you.

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  42. Your doing a super mama job there. My heart breaks for your fur baby. Hugs Sue.

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  43. I cry for Tomez...Such a brave little boy! I am glad to see he is on the mend. "Get well little one!" Hugs for you and gentle kisses for Tomez

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  44. This is so sad. He sure is lucky to have you to take such good care of him.

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  45. Heart breaks. But delighted that he trusts you to care for him. Praying for his full recovery... to his old self quickly!

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  46. tears are flowing here..poor little Tomez..hoping his recovery process is mostly painless one..
    he is still your handsome boy..and I am sure he is most grateful for the love and attention to his medical care..
    :*(

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  47. Poor Tomez, those burns look so painful. I just got my computer back
    after a nasty virus crashed it and you were the first blog I headed for. Keeping you in my prayers!

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  48. Ugly things, burns. Ugly. But at least your hunter-cat lived to tell the tale. (Everybody cheers!)

    And you're dong all the right things to help him get through this. Good momma!

    I hope your mind and heart can heal as quickly as Tomez feet!

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  49. Makes me want to cry... poor boy.. still praying for you...

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  50. you give that brave kitty a biiiiiiiig extra hug from me!!!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

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