Hopefully this is the end of the roller-coaster for Number 5. He came home yesterday evening and has been doing well ever since.
Here’s the update from my brother, as of this morning:
he is very happy. he’s peeing a lot. he’s eating and drinking a lot. he doesn’t really like being sequestered in my room, so robby might be letting him out under supervision while i’m at work. he wants to be with the other cats. they spend most of the day cuddling together and sleeping on each other, so it must be really frustrating for him to be separated from them. we’ve let the others come into my room briefly to visit him, but they don’t behave themselves well enough to visit for too long because they get distracted by the litter box. the other cats really want number 5’s special food. they’re even excited about drinking his water, even though it’s the same as theirs other than being in a different room. the litter box is the main reason we’ve been keeping number 5 sequestered – we can’t really monitor his output if the other cats are using his litter box.
he has antibiotics to prevent infection, and a muscle relaxant, and pain killers, but the pain killers are probably why he reblocked because they shut down his appetite and his interest in drinking, so we’re not giving him the pain killers unless it seems like he needs them, and so far he hasn’t needed them.
we want to give him the perineal urethrostomy surgery but we can’t afford that right now of course. in the meantime hopefully his diet and hydration level will keep everything okay.
thanks again to everyone for your love and support! number 5 loves you!