The little cat that I found staggering alongside the road is still alive!
We have been terribly worried about him, but it looks like he may be on the road to recovery.
This tiny 3.75 pound cat may be as much as a year old, but he's a bag of bones. And unfortunately, his bones may be his biggest problem. At some point his pelvis was broken (he was probably hit by a car), and in the time since then, the pelvis healed in a distorted form. To put it bluntly, the vets were worried because his bones seemed to be obstructing his digestive system. He had a severe intestinal blockage, and could not defecate. The blockage, if not resolved, would have killed this kitten.
So, the poor little guy had every non-surgical treatment imaginable. We were feeding him stool softeners and mixing pumpkin puree into his wet cat food.
And we were waiting.
Otherwise, he was quite chipper. His stumbling gait had improved, so that he was able to walk without collapsing every few steps. He had some outdoor excursions. He snuggled in our laps.
And today, finally, he passed his blockage. He's exhausted from this, and is more stumbly than he had been earlier today. But he's on the mend.
(Please, keep any comments tasteful. It horrifies me to write about cat defecation on the blog, and I don't want to have to read unsavory poop comments.)