As promised, here's the story of one of the cats your wonderfully supportive donations and auction bids have helped me being able to offer help. You can probably gather from these images that you are looking at a very feral cat - I had to use a zoom as she would otherwise be gone in an instant (hence the not so sharp images).
The two top images (and the bottom one) are all AFTER images, but last Sunday morning I found her in the very unfortunate situation of having gotten a very large and seriously prickly plant bit stuck deeply under her eyelid. I knew I had to get her to the vet but it soon became apparent that she had no itention of letting me in on her private affairs!! I tried leaving a trap which she causiously walked into - God knows how many times - only to slyly walk backwards out of the cage just before the trigger went off. I was dealing with a real pro escapist or should I just simply say - a real feral cat. I got another cat person involved and we patiently waited and waited... to no avail. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday passed and the eye did not look good.
Late Tuesday afternoon I asked my vet for advice and was told that she most probably would go blind with the thing stuck in her eye. But as it always is with this incredible vet, he jumped to the task and came on three different occassions outside working hours! to try help catch her. He eventually managed with a huge net and we were actually three people involved at this stage getting her safely into a crush-cage where she shortly afterwards could be sedated. Then off to the practise where the spiky bugger was pulled ironically very easily from under her eyelid. In these two clinical images taken by the vet she is under full anesthesia.
In this first image you can see the thing stuck under her eyelid...
- and a great sense of relief of seing the nasty thing out of her eye at last! Upon examination it did show that she had an ulcer on her eye apart from all of the scratching herself to distraction (I'm sure). She spent the night at the veterinary practise to see if they were able to treat her again with eyedrops for the ulcer the next day. It simply wasn't possible as she is so feral so I took her back and released her into her known surroundings again.
All the big images are from today where you can see her eye looks quite fine and the scratch wounds which she inflicted on herself have healed quite well too. If I hadn't noticed this girl I really don't know what would have happened to the state of her eye long term. This for sure was a very unique chance for such a feral girl.
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