Last night after ten days at the vet I was able to go pick up Teddy. Here he is in the carrier looking a bit grumpy with all his fur shaved off.
He's at Sandi's now for further recovery and evaluation. It's hard to tell if he's lost his hearing, it's probably quite likely, and I feel sad that chances are he won't be able to go back to what he knows as home, but he's not in pain anymore.
He ate in front of us and even let me stroke his head. At that moment I had a tiny hope that maybe he could go into a home....
The surgeon at the Scarborough VEC, Dr. Porter, and his technician Stephanie were so great, I got first class treatment as did Teddy, daily updates, and even though he was hospitalized for many more days than was estimated, he discounted the bill by thousands so that it pretty much matched what we had fundraised. Never once did I get the attitude of "he's just a feral cat" and for that I am truly grateful. Teddy is a magnificent creature deserving of love and compassion, as do all cats and creatures.
If I'm "sick in the head" as I was recently called for taking care of feral cats, then bring it on.