Hermie had an infection from an animal bite on his privates (possibly one of the other cats) and he got pretty bad. Erica took him to the vet and they cleaned the wound and gave him antibiotics.
Hermie is a stray and very afraid of people. He is slowly getting better, but he is very afraid of me and hides from me when I am in the house. This is why we didn’t notice the infection earlier. He has been living with us for about a year, but he hasn’t been able to socialize. He must have been abused or else had a very bad time while living in the wild.
The trip to the vet was traumatic for him and they had to give him a shot to put him out. He is coming out of now, but he is still panicky and in pain. They cleaned up the wound, but it will be very painful for a long time. He has to be watched closely.
Erica is with him. I am at work, but I wish I could take the day off to help with him. He’s still all floppy and can hurt himself by falling down the stairs. Erica has to hold him, at least for a few hours, to keep him from hurting himself. This is nearly as hard on Erica as it is on the cat. It is good that we took him to the vet and we are hoping he heals without further complications.
He has one of those space collars on to keep him away from the wound, but I am not allowed to laugh at him.