This Is Why 90% Is Not 100%

So you may remember that when we visited the vet last time, he proclaimed that, looking at the swelling around Commie’s eye (which was unresponsive to anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, and steroids), he was “90% sure it’s cancer”. Here’s how Commie’s eye looked back on the 9th:

His eye wasn’t visible anymore behind the swelling and growths. So we watched, and waited, and cuddled, and loved him up good. And he stayed the same for a while. Then, a week ago, we noticed some changes.

Good changes.

REALLY good changes.

This is Commie today:

I mean, seriously, look at that gorgeous eye! On that gorgeous boy! The swelling has been decreasing significantly every day for the last week, and we’re cautiously hopeful that it wasn’t ever cancer at all, but some mysterious irritation or something. Either that, or he’s a miracle cat who went into spontaneous remission.

Although if it’s the second, he’ll never let us hear the end of it. He already has a god complex around this house.

At any rate, he’s looking so much better, it’s amazing. And the times of more sleeping and resting are done — he’s being his old butthead self, pestering us and swatting at Trouble and behaving totally normally.

Of course, he still had to be a booger during the photography.

So thanks for all of your thoughts and kind words, everyone. It’s really meant a lot to us. And for who knows what reason, this cat is, for now, awesome!

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  1. That’s amazing! I’m so happy to see he’s feeling better.


  2. As with every post on this blog for the past month or so, I clicked on it with trepidation, fearing the seemingly inevitable had occurred. What a relief he seems to be on the mend! Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery and has many more cantankerous years ahead.


  3. Great news, Missy!
    Wah to the Hoo!
    I’m so happy for you I want to junkpunch somebody!


  4. What wonderful news! I am so happy for all of you!


  5. This is totally rad! It’s a kitty miracle. SO glad for you guys–I know what it is to nurse a very sick kitty and NOT have a spontaneous recovery. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
    Hoping the trend continues and that beautiful green eye stays just as it is!


  6. Hooray! That is great news – he’s looking great!!


  7. (I personally think it’s due to all the prayers sent up on your behalf, but whatevs) -HOORAY! He looks amazing, and I know you and Scott are just THRILLED.


  8. Wow! Best news! I’ve logged in every day waiting for the worst….break out the ‘nip!


  9. That’s wonderful! I’m a reader of basicinstructions, which naturally leads to this blog, and I’ve been following the Commie story with all the furor of the O.J. Simpson chase. I had to put down one of my cats on Thursday and I was hoping you wouldn’t have to do the same. Yay for Commie!


  10. That is such great news! I’ve been watching your updates and keeping my fingers crossed there wouldn’t be sad news. Any chance this was an infection that started in a sinus or one of his teeth? Give him a big squeeze!


    missy Reply:

    We’re heading to the vet tomorrow morning to follow up, so we’ll find out if infection was what it was. Although we attacked it initially with several medications, and they did nothing. It’s perplexing!


  11. Hi Missy,

    Casual reader. I started reading BI when Scott Adams mentioned him (I’m the person who temporarily hosted his image to try to remove some of the crush of traffic from Dilbert readers that first day), and I wandered over here at some point when you guest-posted on BI.

    I realized I hadn’t read your blog in a month or so, so I just wandered over, assuming the worst. And being a cat-parent myself, I’m thrilled to pieces that your guy didn’t have cancer at all and seems to be doing fine. Whoo-hoo! Yay!

    That’s so great. Congratulations and continued happiness to you all.


    Craig Steffen


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