it is so good to be able to fix some suffering on a very micro non-human level.
Tortipizza was anaesthetised and examined yesterday. It turns out she had some rotten teeth and these have been extracted. This is actually really good news as (a) her ability to eat should improve a lot as the pain of these teeth and gums subsides and (b) it suggests she may not necessarily have the nasty cat viruses we feared. If the vet had found inflammation and ulcers, but no obvious tooth problem, this would have indicated she could have FELV or FIV. Neither is treatable.
We had a feeling it was something 'physical' like this, as apart from the mouth problem she seemed in quite good shape, unlike Silver Shadow a few years ago who had a mouth problem but was also in very bad shape physically, seeming to be quite weak and bedraggled, and having lost weight.
So this morning we let Tortipizza go, making sure she had eaten some soft food, and as always happens when you release a feral cat, she went off like a shot from the cage as soon as I raised the door.
As we are now back in London we can only hope she is getting some macaroni for dinner! The neighbours will try to ensure she does.
Isn't it great that some things can be easily fixed?
A very satisfying round of cat business.