When Kahn was a kitten, he was one of the most beautiful, fun, feisty, and unique kittens ever. He had a clear mind and one goal – to rule the house. Kahn was an adopted kitten and an exception to our rule (“no male cats in the house”). He won us over when we first set eyes on him. Kahn, of course, would probably say it was part of his overall plan. Life was great for everyone until it was time for Kahn to go in and get neutered. It is a day we will never forget. Sometime during the process, the vet that neutered him gave him too much anesthesia. And that was with us paying extra for blood work to make sure he was given the right dose.
Side note: We understand that anesthesia is a very imprecise science and that many things can go wrong during this process.
When Kahn was returned to us several hours after his surgery, he was as limp as a rag. Because we have other cats and do fostering, we knew that Kahn wasn’t coming out of the anesthesia process quick enough. We finally made an emergency call to another vet (the one that did the surgery was closed) and they had us bring him in. They immediately gave him fluids via IV and gave us a list of other options should he not come to. The good news, they said, was that he was “alive.” The bad news was that he remained out of it.
Kahn finally came to ten and a half hours after surgery, but the damage had been done. Because of being given too much anesthesia by the first vet, he ended up suffering brain damage.
Kahn was never the same after that, but in the process he became more “unique” in many ways. He doesn’t have normal cat behaviors (like being predatory) and has lost the social skills to interact appropriately with our other cats. He can’t focus for too long, even though he will sometimes “hyper-focus” on something (or someone). He can have a scary “psychotic” look about him, and if you touch him wrong, he will try to bite. In addition, he started twitching. This ranges from severe tail twitching to full body twitches. Kahn refuses to allow his toe nails to be clipped and he absolutely hates the vets (can you blame him?). And the staff at our vet office (not the one that performed the surgery) are scared of him.
So how is Kahn now unique? Well, for one he likes to be “boxed in.” He loves small spaces. You give him a small box or paper bag and he will try to get into it, even though he is bigger than it. He never purrs during the day, but at night he purrs all the time. When he runs, he doesn’t care how he stops, even if it is running full speed into a person or a wall!
The Kahn the Cat Website stopped being update when this situation developed in 2010. However, Kahn now seems more determined now than ever to, as he says, “rule the world.” He just plans a more unique approach in getting to that goal.
We love Kahn and wouldn’t trade him for the world. But, unfortunately, we do think he’d trade us for the world, since that is his ultimate quest.