It is not a good day for him. There are moments when he is just sitting apathically on a spot, be it the table or the floor, as if waiting to be picked up and healed by someone. Unfortunately, I cannot do that. Nobody can. His nose is running non-stop, and there is a little rustle in his lungs that he is able to cough out once in a while. The vet in the clinic said that lymphoma does also affect the lungs and other organs. In addition, his hind legs have gone all wobbly, but there is still enough strength in them to move forward.
He has been hiding under the couch for 2 days now. Before he crawls under it, he scratches the last of the remaining (not-peed-upon) carpets, as if digging a hole for himself, and then slides underneath, where he miaows a few times. I can only hope that these are not miaows of pain.
With regard to the painkiller, I didn't notice much of a difference. He looked a little bit more awake and was miaowing less, especially not after peeing or eating. Maybe the painkiller is causing his kidneys to hurt, that's why he he has been miaowing more since yesterday.
He is eating and drinking, and gets a special electrolyte solution from me once in awhile that I have to drench into his mouth with a syringe because he doesn't lap it up. I also give it to the other cat, because it won't harm them. What he is craving for is the sweet stuff like the malt paste, cocker paste and energy paste. He likes stuff that he doesn't have to chew, but it is not good for his kidneys. Most likely his gums are inflammed as well, as it seems to be common in cats with renal issues.
What I can highly recommend for people in a similar situation is a pheromone spray, especially if there are more cats in the household and especially another male cat. I surprised the older cat in flagranti while he was secretly spraying his urine into the new litter boxes which I had bought for the sick cat, and which are definetely too small for the older one. He was defo spraying, which means that he was not lowering his behind into the box, kind of sitting down, but actually lifting it up so that the urine could fly into every corner of the box but also beyond it straight at the wall and onto the floor. And this mess is really difficult to clean up. This explains why the sick cat was peeing next to the litter boxes and not inside.
A pheromone spray helps when you spray it into and around the litter boxes, so that the aggressive smell of the other cat is being masked by the peaceful pheromones. This morning, I couldn't find a single "accident" to wipe up, even though I had been looking around very carefully. So, it seems to work.
I have also bought a UV black light torch, which is amazing, because it can make cats' urine and vomit flash up in its light luridly, and the I use an enzyme cleaner solution. Let it dry and don't wipe it away. It needs some time to split up the urine proteins and dispell the smell.
So, there are good news and bad news at the moment.
One strange problem I haven't solved yet. For two weeks he has been trying to eat the soil of the potted plants. I am not sure why he is doing that. I have covered the flower pots up with all sorts of stuff, and now he is licking at the dried soil which is clinging to the pot saucer.
His ears from the bird's perspective.