The latest news on the Lieutenant Dan saga…
Claire Meade at The Cat Hospital oversaw Lt Dan’s treatment from the very beginning; first with the amputation of his seriously damaged leg, then with the lancing of the numerous abscesses that repeatedly formed on his head. Weeks passed when I had to clean the abscess every night to draw out puss.
The decision was made to operate to remove the dead skin around the wound in the hope that his head would finally heal. This surgery was combined with Laser treatment from Emma Robertson,Veterinary Physiotherapist.
We hoped that Dan could finally be free from pain. Unfortunately this was not to be. Lieutenant Dan seemed determined not to get better. Lieutenant Dan’s abscesses started last October. He had numerous medical tests done, including a test for MRSA, but they all came back negative. Although the laser treatment seemed to help Dan, he had a relapse in March.
Claire Meade, however, did not give up hope. She had one last trick up her sleeve. After spending her own time to come up with an answer to Lt Dan’s problem, she treated him for Nocardiosis a form of bacteria that can be picked up from the soil. Dan faced six weeks of antibiotics, twice daily, coupled with Emma’s Laser treatment.
Within weeks of Dan receiving his new medication he was up and about like a new cat.
Dan then decided to take the matter of his new life into his own hands. He figured out how to use the cat flap (something that he had never bothered to do before) and returned to his natural feral life. He spent eight months living with us in our house – without the need of a cage once his leg had healed – and played with our cats, but always suffered from his abscesses. He now spends his days in a feral box, or boxes, of his choosing, in our back yard.
Our cat flap is fixed to the window so I made a special ramp for Dan when he wants to come to visit. He comes in to the kitchen for his breakfast and dinner and, late at night, he sneaks in for a cuddle with Captain Underpants by the fire.
I miss him terribly, but I get the odd glimpse of his rear end disappearing around the corner of the house if he sees me.
Lieutenant Dan has made his decision to live his life the way he wants it and who am I to deprive him of this great joy?