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Adapting

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Malarkey, Pictures with tags , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2010 by arbitrary

Last night I snuck off to play some Lord of the Rings Online and went to an ‘instance’ with my friends. During a brief drink break I popped in to see Diesel and noticed a certain lack of collar around his neck. Oh yes, our boy had learned how to wriggle out of it. No small feat with only one front paw and the floor for leverage. Scar looked quite sore and angry, so administered some anti-inflammatories (he’s strictly off meds now, but vet said we could give him some if he needed it). Collar has been tightened a little – we were a bit wimpy about it at first.

But despite the little scare, I feel an enormous sense of pride that he worked it out. If he can manage that, he can adjust to anything!

And now,  here’s a picture of Malarkey who I know I only ever refer to as Larky, with her ‘baby’ –  the company she’s keeping while Diesel is separated (for the record, I keep the door open for him unless he needs to eat, cos otherwise a helper comes to assist with the food!).

They're not related, they just look it!

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Return to the Vet

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Litter, Vets with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by arbitrary

Oh dear, how much did he not want to go back in the cat carrier today? But using the ‘cruel to be kind’ methodology we’ve had to adopt over the past few days, he went in backwards and gave me some pitiful mews. I feel like Capt. Hard-Hearted these days, but I know it’ll get better once the collar gets removed  forever. We walked over to our friends/neighbours’ house and I took him in to see them and get cuddles pre-vet trip.

Into the car, he was nice and quiet and only gave the occasional mew while in transit, but he was already looking scared, and we both reassured him that this time the vet wouldn’t be doing anything mean. Not sure he believed us though!

Bizarrely, he got to see the very first vet he’d seen in October. ie. the one that made the first attempt to touch his sore paw and saw him go ‘feral’. She gave me a wry grin and asked what his mood was like. I commented that he was pretty happy the collar was off while in the carrier but could make no promises. So, gingerly we took the top off the cat carrier and Diesel went back to his old self, scared of vets but not about to attack them. She said it was like he was trying to blend into the blanket! But, he let her examine the scar while we talked about his progress – hell, he even let her prod it a bit – something we’ve not dared to do. And she said she was really really happy with his progress and we could now remove the collar when he was supervised (ie. when we’re home).

I tried that once we got home and found him a bit later on with a very red looking scar. So the collar’s back on for a day or so, but with big long gaps while we watch him. In a few days he shouldn’t need it anymore, and thanks to some advice from Bella’s family, I now think perhaps he was annoying scabs rather than hassling the scar too much. But, I’m still too chicken to remove the collar altogether just yet.

He’s doing great with adapting, but is still a lot better without the collar on (it really affects his balance, unsurprisingly, and he also can’t see Larky sneak up on him). Just saw him manage to cover his litter – something he barely did on 4 legs! It was quite a feat of determination for him, as he has to balance on his back legs while he does it. Very proud of him!

The pictures post

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Pictures, Stitches with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by arbitrary

I’ll do a brief vet summary in a sec, but here’s the pictures. I don’t have any really gross ones, thankfully!

Diesel's bad leg, day before the operation

The boxes we put his food on post-operation

Day 4 (I think), showing how much was shaved and the scar

Taken today, pre-vet trip. Scar & collar and still wants tummy rubs!

Day Seven

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Recovery with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by arbitrary

Day Six – I went to work, and hated leaving him, even though my husband was in charge for the day. After the collar was removed to ease feeding, Diesel made a break for the open door to the room and managed to run both down and up-stairs while my husband chased, collar in tow. No more stitches lost, and also full usage of normal size litter tray, and food bowls restored to floor level.

And today, I woke up feeling sad about it all, and continue to do so. I cried when we were talking about him earlier. No reason, he’s doing well and have given him the run of the house while he has the collar on. He came downstairs when I was getting the food ready as he always used to do), but then hated hitting the collar around the lounge and ended up hiding near my old desk, quite safely. We brought him upstairs for a supervised collarless feed, and he’s now re-collared and slumped down in a bit of a funk. The scar continues to heal, he can eat biscuits and manage the litter tray in his collar, and yet I still feel really down about it.

Have turned down a couple of invites to go out next week, I just don’t want to leave him alone, even for a few hours right now. Though I leave him during the day if I need to go shopping – going out for social reasons seems crude. Haven’t played much of my online game at all. I hope my friends realise it’s not stand-offishness, but I can’t concentrate. And no mantter how many times someone says ‘he’ll be fine’ – they don’t have to sit in a room seeing how sad he can be sometimes or staring at the scar.

I did take some photos for the blog, but haven’t got them off the camera yet… maybe tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning is the vet check-up. No idea how he’ll take to going back in a cat carrier or if he’ll still be petrified of the vets! Time will tell.

Day Five

Posted in Collar, Diesel, Malarkey, Recovery, Stitches, Vets with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2010 by arbitrary

So one of the stitches has come (or been pulled out). We’re now being very vigilent with the collar, letting him out of it when supervised so he can eat. Then it goes back on.

Had a nice cuddle on the bed this afternoon when he napped and I watched TV until the phone went off. Diesel, by the way, DESPISES the collar. He flipped out this morning when we put it on, but he’s now far more resigned to his fate with it. We’re not going to let disaster strike because we were too weak to look after him properly.

Larky went to visit and ate his biscuits again, but, to her credit, she also popped up onto the bed and licked the back of his head. She’s nervous of the collar too, but told her we have an astronaut in the family – hey, it amused me.

Also took some photos of the scar, so I can post them here to show how things are developing.

Next vet appointment booked for Monday at 10:40am, so will see what they make of his progress, and also see if he’s forgiven them at all!