Well, Charlie had to go to the ER Vet today. He is fine now, but here's the story:
Last night I went outside to greet my friend who came over and there was Charlie on the front steps (like usual). Well, I hadn't seen him in a couple days (this is normal), but I noticed that he looked a little thin. Well, I picked him up like a baby (cradle style) which he usually loves but he yelled at me. Weird.
So I put him down in the house so he could go eat, drink, etc.
Well, today I woke up (at 3 pm...I know, I'm bad!) and he was in bed with me (had been all night). He stood up and I started stroking his back and when I would get near his tail, he wasn't picking it up. It was just hanging there limp.
So I tried to lift his tail up and once it started to get higher than his body he would yell at me. As soon as he did that, I sat straight up and said, "We're going to the vet!"
When we got there he had a fever (about 104) and they also told me that since last time they saw him (4/05), he had lost about 3 lbs. So he was
thinner. Then they looked at his tail. Turns out he had an abcess on the top, base of his tail. Looks like he got into a cat fight or was attacked and got a scratch/cut there that turned into an abcess. They found that out by putting a needle in there and drawing out some liquid/puss stuff. So they ended up giving him a slight sedative and pain meds and making an incision on the abcess so that the liquid/puss could drain out. They cleaned it and left it open to air out and heal. He's wearing a soft E-collar.
So now he is home. He's on meds for a week and he'll have to stay inside for about 10-14 days. I can clean it with a warm, wet washcloth if needed. My poor baby!
I'm just glad he's ok!!!
Disclaimer - Please no lectures about why I should keep him inside all the time. I am a big fan of inside-only cats, but this is a special case, as some of you already know.