Reader Gayle Ferguson, who has adopted an abandoned litter of kittens, named the sole male (a ginger tom) Jerry Coyne. Unfortunately, Jerry was too greedy in drinking his milk, and appears to have aspirated some into his lungs. That caused an infection, which worried me no end. But Gayle, who took him to the vet (her vet bills must be huge!), reports that things are looking up, and she enclosed a picture of my namesake:
Jerry Coyne has a respiratory infection. I gave him a dose of antibiotics at 5pm and another at 8pm and he seems less lethargic and more playful again. It is awful to hear him sneezing and coughing and rasping when he purrs—hopefully that will be on the mend tomorrow. I attach a new photo of him.