Dinkycat prepares for cataract surgery


Hi everyone,

Some of you will know from reading previous blogs of mine that my little 1 year old Dinkycat is going blind. Luckily we have a brilliant vet who picked this up during a routine appointment some months back. We now have a wonderful specialist vet who has been investigating his condition further. Although it's not known exactly why he has them at such a young age we do have the chance of saving the sight he does have and possibly even improving it with cataract surgery.

Dinkywrap  This procedure is not without risk and the specialist has said she'd rather do one eye at a time just in case there are any complications as then we still have the other eye to work with. In preparation for his op, which is next monday morning, we are having to administer eye drops. Here is a pic of Dinky when he was tiny and we had to give drops. He looks so vulnerable, doesn't he? Well the job was a lot easier back then. Now it's like trying to pick up (and hold onto) a puddle!! He doesn't like being held one little bit, bless him.

So please keep your fingers, toes and paws crossed that he sails through his operation with flying colours. He's such a little dude as you can see below. He deserves a chance and I thought agonisingly long and hard about going ahead with the op and have decided life's going to be great for my little chap and if we can save his sight, even better.

Dinky Dudecat Much love from Chez Huntley and most especially from Master Dinky xx


  1. Shirley January 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Utterly, absolutely the right thing to do – as a cat lover, you pave the way for other prematurely-blind cats that follow Dinky. Bless his fuzzy paws – and you! x

  2. Nicola Rippon January 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    My girls, Erin & Gracie send Dinkycat lots of purrs, licks and kisses for his upcoming surgery. These kitties, they do put us though it, don’t they? Erin in particular is an edgy cat sometimes – when there is a lot of noise outside she gets nervous conjunctivitis – seriously, she’s had it once or twice a year since we had her as a tiny kitten! When this happens we have to give her eye drops and, despite the fact she is used to it by now, she is most uncooperative! It takes two of us – one to hold her down wrapped in a towel – I see you cottoned on to that technique yourselves! The other (me!) has to brave the sharp end and try to target the drops into her eyes. Not an easy task when you have to anticipate where she’ll have moved her head to by the time it lands and account for the fact that she’ll have slammed her lid shut in a microsecond! Good luck and love to all of you!

  3. Julie January 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Of course I’ll be thinking of you and Dinky next Monday, hope all goes well.These Vets are marvellous. It’s like having another child isn’t it? As you know I love my dogs, Lexi doing really well on her new food(fingers crossed,hope I haven’t spoken too soon) although still throws it around at times and picks out the fresh chicken to eat first!Canny little devil!
    Love to you all, don’t tell Lexi I’ve written to you,she doesn’t like cats at all! (how mad are we animal lovers?)
    Julie xx
    PS yes Birthday’s a good excuse to eat cake-roll on tomorrow, we’re all going out for a meal!

  4. Mrs Heidi Barnett January 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    OMG that pic at the bottom is so rude..just like my lab with his legs apart showing it all!LOL Bless him,he looks a fighter and he is well loved so I sincerely hope all goes well for the poor ‘lil chap next monday.Hugs hun,Tweet when you worry and you’ll have tweeps to chat to! x

  5. Patsy Jones January 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    I have two cats casper and Robbie who I absolutely adore, so my heart goes out to you having to put your poor little Dinky through this. My fingers, knees and toes are already crossed and hope it goes well.
    Thinking of you
    Patsy xx

  6. Catherine Huntley January 29, 2010 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Shirley,
    Thanks so much for the vote of confidence…it’s been a tough decision to make but I think it will be worth it for him as he has so many years ahead.
    I’ll keep you updated.
    Love Catherine

  7. Catherine Huntley January 29, 2010 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Nicola,
    You know exactly what I go through at the ‘sharp end’ by the sound of it! Once he’s wrapped up in the towel and realises resistance is futile he surrenders and becomes quite docile. He’s just so adorable..even though he woke me by shredding a cardboard box under my bed this morning!
    Catherine x

  8. Catherine Huntley January 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    Glad to hear Lexi is doing well. Thanks for your kind words re Dinks. He’ll be fab, he’s so young and strong I bet he’ll be back to his old self in no time. The worst of it will be the embarrassment at having to wear one of those upturned lampshades in front of his sisters if the doc says he must!
    Enjoy your meal tonight & have a great weekend.
    Much love from us all at Chez Huntley! xx

  9. Catherine Huntley January 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Heidi!
    Isn’t he a cheeky wotsit? I have so many pics of him just letting it all hang out, ha ha! No decorum whatsoever.
    Thanks for your message & yes, you’ll certainly get tweets from me on monday night as he has to stay in overnight which I am desperately unhappy about but the vet says it must be so :-(
    Still, this time next week it will all be done with and he’ll be on the mend.
    Love Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley January 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Patsy,
    Always great to hear from a fellow cat lover, thanks for your kind words and for crossing everything!
    I’ll keep everyone updated on here. He’s a little champ. If only he knew how many people were cheering him on he’d be purring his little socks off!
    Love Catherine x

  11. Corinne January 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    I will keep my fingers crossed for Dinkycat on Monday, Catherine. I think you’ve made the right decision and he will be fine. He is such a beautiful cat. Grey cats have such character. We had a family cat, Suki, who lived to be 20 and my mum now has another grey cat, Bluebell, who she took in as a ferral and has transformed into a complete house cat who loves cudddles! :)
    Corinne x

  12. Lindsay January 31, 2010 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Oh the poor soul his is he doing? My wee doggy has cataracts too, but so far no need for the surgery. Although she is only four so maybe in the future it will need to be done. She’s a Pomeranian and apparently it is a really common problem with them so the vet wasn’t surprised when i took her in with them.
    Hope Dinky is OK, sending lots of love to him and you all :)
    Lindsay x

  13. Julie February 1, 2010 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Have been thinking of you on your big day – I really hope everything’s gone OK and that you can being him home soon. Our dear little pets can be such a worry, especially when you have to make big decisions for them, but I’m sure it’s the right one, and he’ll thank you for it once he’s up and running around again! Don’t worry too much as I know lots and lots of people will have everything crossed for you. Can I also say what a really lovely lady you are – you treat everyone so kindly, and have such a gentle way about you, which is rare in our society today. Anyway, lots of love and hope the next time you blog it’s great news. Take care. Julie xx

  14. Catherine Huntley February 3, 2010 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Corinne,
    Thanks for your kind words. Dinky’s doing brilliantly..no one would guess he’d been through surgery 48 hours ago!
    I’d be over the moon if my cats live as long as your Suki. Bluebell sounds adorable and what an achievement to go from feral to cuddlesome! Really nice to hear.
    Love Catherine x

  15. Catherine Huntley February 3, 2010 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Lindsay,
    Thanks for the support. I was scared to go ahead but am glad we did now..he’ll be checked again next wednesday to see how his sight is.
    Much love to your lovely pooch and to you, too!
    Catherine x

  16. Catherine Huntley February 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    You made me feel all ‘glowy’ with your kind words! Thank you so much. I just try to treat others as I would be treated..the old ‘do as you would be done by’ seems a very rewarding life philosophy.
    I was cheeky and asked the vet if I could have him home without an overnight stay..she agreed in the end so he’s been recovering at home with family. He seems just as normal! Fantastic and didn’t even need to wear the upturned lampshade to protect his stitches!
    Keep well and thanks again.
    Love Catherine x

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