It’s been a week and a half since Lady broke her foot. Dr. Val was correct when she said Lady wouldn’t need more pain medication. On Wednesday, I began letting her out of the cage to take a brief walk. On Wednesday, Lady limped pronouncedly. On Thursday, her limp was a little less pronounced. On Friday, she limped but also jumped up onto the trunk and tried to get into the window (where Rossie was sitting). I picked Lady up and put her back in the cage. Today, she didn’t come out right way, but she did come out and got some chin rubs. Mr. L put her in my lap, and I brushed her. She liked that. I put her back down, she limped around, and after a few minutes, she put herself back in the cage. Her foot looks good, but it’s still pretty sensitive. As she tolerates it, she’ll be allowed more time out of the cage each day.
After staying mostly in one place, Lady put herself in the carrier last night. She tried going in there when I brought her home after seeing Dr. Val, but she was in too much pain to turn around, so she came back out. That she felt well enough to go into the carrier and turn around in the tight space was very encouraging to see last night. As of last night, she still hadn’t used the litter box, and I was mildly concerned, but this morning when I came downstairs, she had managed to do that too.
She’s been nibbling on food all along. I was concerned about her yesterday but I remembered that Dr. Val said my cats tend to go a long time without using the litter box when they are stressed, and I’m certain Lady was stressed from the pain and discomfort. Also, she has been responsive when I speak to her, alert, and has leaned in to being petted.
Lady got another pain medicine shot this morning. Dr. Val says the swelling is down significantly, and she thinks Lady won’t need another shot. I’ll see how she’s feeling on Wednesday and go from there. I’ll keep her in the cage for another week or two to limit her activity and give her a comfortable place to heal. So far, so good.
Yesterday afternoon, Lady was rummaging around on the top of Rossie’s cage. We have a lot of stuff on top of the cage to protect the cats from getting their feet caught, but Lady found the one space at the edge of the top and must have caught her right rear paw in it as she jumped down, because one minute she was on top of the cage and the next she was between me and the cage crying. Lady doesn’t cry, so I knew something was wrong. She was in serious pain.
I put her in a carrier to take her to Dr. Val, all the time thanking God it was Wednesday instead of Thursday, because Dr. Val is off on Thursdays. I waited a few minutes, because Dr. Val doesn’t come back from lunch until 3. An exam revealed swelling on her foot, and x-rays revealed she’d broken four of her five metatarsals (or whatever it’s called in cat anatomy). The fifth unbroken on is acting as a splint.
Lady got a three day pain injection, and she’s resting comfortably inside Rossie’s cage (to restrict her movement). She goes back Saturday for another injection, then we’ll assess from there. Dr. Val is confident she will heal well. Lady slept for the rest of yesterday. This morning when I came downstairs, she was sitting up. I took that as a positive sign. She’s resting again. Resting is good. That allows her body to concentrate on healing.
No, Lady and Zelda aren’t together, but those are the two I’m updating you on today.
Lady has been demanding a lot of attention lately. She just spent several minutes on my lap purring loudly while getting her ears rubbed.
Zelda isn’t letting us near her any more than she has before, but we are amused by how she responds to a can of food. Frequently, lately, we’ll open the back door and she’s sitting on the back steps staring at the door. She’s using her super powers to inspire us to bring her a can of food. She has a long memory, and my insisting on petting her over a year ago while she was eating her Fancy Feast has resulted in her refusing to come near the food bowl while we are within reach of it. But when we step away, she is right there. These cats are going to teach me patience if it’s the last thing they do.
In a bonus note the cat I’m currently calling Black Swirl because I don’t have a name for him yet has been hanging around. I’m reasonably certain he’s a littermate of Nick’s which means he’s another of Zelda’s offspring. He’s a gorgeous cat and looks healthy on the game camera, but he is skittish beyond belief.
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In a development which will surprise no one, Daisy is now an inside cat. Mr. L expressed concerns that Zelda might reject her since she’s been gone so long as well as a couple other concerns. I need to put together another cat carrier. I have a couple damaged carriers, … Continue reading →