Just an update on our vet visit.
They are both girls as I suspected. The one we have christened Bobtail (the tailless one) is roughly 5 years old. She has a build up of something nasty in her ears but it's not mites apparently. We have to give her ear drops twice a day and massage it in. (Can't wait - not)
. Her teeth are not bad so that was a relief. Vet said some cats do get in the habit of sticking their tongues out. The main problem is her incontinence, he said there is not much he can do, it looks like there is permanent damage from when she lost her tail which is what we thought. There is some medication they can try, which may help her have more control over the sphincter muscle and stop any urine/faeces leaking out, it is usually used in dogs. This would be an ongoing medication so obviously we, or any future owner would have to take that on board. A bit worrying as I don't know if there will be many prospective new owners who would be willing to take that on.
The second cat, who we have christened Snowflake, is roughly 2 or 3 years old. She also has ear problems but much worse, which we knew. I thought maybe she had sun damage and one of her ears looked to me like it had been ripped open at one point and just left to heal. But the vet said no, she has a bad case of ear mites which has basically been going on for a very long time and she has scratched so much that she has a hematoma in the one ear. Poor baby.
So she also has to have ear drops twice a day. Other than that she seems ok, her teeth are not bad either.
After we left the vet, I realised we forgot to ask him to scan for a chip in them both.
We were in there for ages and I completely forgot. I think we will probably have to go back again anyway so I will have to make sure I remember next time. I think we will have to try the medication for Bobtail, he didn't prescribe it yesterday because he said Cats in Care would not be able to pay for any ongoing treatments which is fair enough. We will have to pay for that, at least we will know what sort of cost we're talking about so any future owner would be aware. Snowflake may have to go back and be sedated to have her ears cleaned out properly, we will see how she goes on the ear drops.