Well, Sweet Evie had quite a weekend. I took her in Thursday night to have her bump looked at by a doctor outside the Humane Society. It's a 24 hour clinic, and they ended up keeping her there so they could take X-rays overnight.
When I came to pick her up the next morning, our sweet girl was so happy to see me. They brought her out in her carrier, and when I opened the door, she leapt into my arms and began purring like crazy while making manic air biscuits. I don't think I've ever seen a happier kitten. She was ready to go home!
We went home, but not for long.
After he reviewed the X-rays, the doctor thought it was most likely a dentigerous cyst (an unerupted tooth) and felt it should be removed, and sooner would be better than later, so her surgery was scheduled for Saturday night.
And back we went to the kitty hospital, and I left her in their capable hands.
The doctor called early the next morning to say all went well. He was able to remove all of the fleshy part of the bump and the pieces of the bone that protruded. It was sent to a lab for analysis, and we'll know the findings in a couple of weeks.
I was able to pick her up late Sunday morning, and again, more excited purrs and air biscuits. When she got home and was sprung from the carrier, she just ran, and ran, and ran. Honestly, you would have never guessed she had gone through surgery the night before. It's remarkable how quickly they can recover when they are young.
After a couple of hours, her sisters joined her upstairs and they had a fun, supervised romp. Fortunately, they've moved past what we call the "alligator wrestling phase" where there's lots of gnawing on heads and ears, kicks to the belly, and butt biting. Now they're much more interested in toys, so we can keep them busy chasing something and avoid wrestling matches that could potential cause harm to her incision.
In ten days we'll return to have her checked out and the stitches removed.
The cyst was very close to the nerve that controls the eye's ability to blink, so it's not functioning like it should right now. Most likely it's a temporary thing, but there's a chance it could be permanent. There are no issues beyond that as far as we can tell, but we're keeping a close watch on her.
This weekend wasn't quite what I expected it would be. I'm glad we have it behind us now. I hope Sweet Evie's recovery continues to be an easy one, and there are no complications to come. Her incision does look good, it's just strange to see her without the bump. I kind of miss it, actually. It was such a part of who she is.
Here's a photo of her before and also one of Evie with her new profile. I'm posting another "after" shot of her facing the camera, but it's way down the page, so if such things make you squeamish, don't scroll past the first two pictures.
It was funds from the "special needs" day that paid for her surgery. So, thank everyone for providing the resources for Evie to have the X-rays and procedure done. You all made a difference in the life of our dear Evie, and I am so grateful to you for that. Thank you!
Here's Evie's "before".