Well, Charlie had to be put under and have his anal gland expressed and the other fixed. Apparently the rupture had been building for quite a while. Anal gland ruptures in cats are very rare. Fortunately, the vets in the practice I go to are the best. He came through the procedure with flying colors.
I’ll pick him up tonight after the anesthesia has worn off and they’ve given him a final once over. He’ll still have his dreaded collar. He won’t be pleased with the doctor’s orders of daily bottom baths with two different solutions.
Thank you everyone for your prayers and thoughts.