Poor Murphy!

Several years ago our cat Murphy developed an ear infection. We tried everything to clear it up, but nothing worked. The vet was at a loss about it, and we were told that Murphy might not be with us much longer.

He has normally been in general good spirits and spunky, despite walking around with his head turned slightly to the side – a result of the ear infection.

Yesterday, Jason said that Murphy had a lump on his neck (a bit below and behind his ear). Or as he called it all day long, a tumor. I just assumed it was an abcess of some form, and that it would just go away.

Today it is oozing nasty brown stuff that smells so nasty I almost lost it as I cleaned it off. I cleaned it off his neck, then touched his neck again and more oozed out. Ewwwww… His fur is too thick for me to really see what is going on, and he doesn’t like me messing with it. Plus it was making me queasy just cleaning it on the surface. We now have a vet appointment for 5pm.

I’m really scared about what they are going to tell us. Murphy is limp and he looks thin and weak, compared to his normal self. *sigh*

Update: We just got back from the vet. It is an abcess that has burst. Most likely, he and Mona got in a scuffle at some point in time and he got a scratch and this was the end result. He is spending the night at the vet’s office, and is scheduled to be put under anesthesia in the morning so that they can cut the fur in the area and clean out the wound.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

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