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Poor kitty

Manasse waddles to the kitchen on unsteady legs, having just been turned into the feline equivalent of a eunuch. He looks a fright: his fur stands up in peaks, and because he's white, the wound on his hindquarters shows up very bloody and red indeed. He can't take two steps without falling over, but I've never seen a cat more headstrong: he insisted on going to the toilet earlier, even if the effort made him puke, and now he's heading for the breakfast bowl, despite the vet's warning that he shouldn't eat or drink before tonight.

He's also not allowed to lick the wound, but how do you stop a cat from grooming?

Manasse, NO!



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Apr. 12th, 2005 12:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear! Poor little puss!

But he'll be fine in no time, and you know it's for the best.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
I know -- but I could almost wish he was still sedated. He just wants to do too many things at once, and he should be taking it easy.

The girls are behaving quite strangely, too. He's got that anti-septic smell about him, and they're not quite sure what to make of it.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
The above behaviour just confirms what you already knew - what you have there is a cat.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah -- my cute widdle puddietat...

We were alright for about an hour after I picked him up from teh ver's -- but then the anaesthetic wore off and he's proving to be quite a handfull now. He just won't be told.

So I've told him to go ahead and do whatever he likes. I imagine he'll be careful in grooming himself down there (it must be sore), and if he gets nauseous tucking in to his food, so what? I'll just clean it up; as far as the cats are concerned, that's what I'm there for, anyway.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
He'll be alright.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty. I agree, it might be easier to keep him sedated a bit longer.

I remember when one of my cats had an operation, we had to sit with her while she drank so she didn't drown in the milk.
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Manasse has been home 4 hours now, and seems to be rapidly gaining in strength. I'm keeping a close eye on him, though!
Apr. 12th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
You'll have to make him one of those cardboard collars that stop them licking themselves. It'll also make it difficult for him to sticj his head in the food bowl too.

It had to be done, so stop fretting. You didn't want to be responsible for lots of unwanted kittens that might have been abandoned or killed inhumanely. Our late dear departed Paddy cat lost none of his maleness (nor has Killer Terrier, come to that) after the snip.
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
It had to be done, so stop fretting.

I know, but I'm just a complete worry wort when it comes to my kitties. Manasse went into hiding when one of the girls hissed at him, but came and climbed in my lap soon after. I would have enjoyed it more had I not seen a bloodstain appear on my thigh -- even though the vet had warned me that there might still be a few drops issuing from the wound, it scared the bejeezus out of me.

He's just left my lap for a place in the sunshine. He doesn't appear to be bleeding to death...
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
And the little snip is remarkably easier on males than females...

It's really simple actually.
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
I know, the girls were really ill when they had their op a few years back. And through excessive grooming, Leila's fur still hasn't grown back on her lower abdomen and the insides of her hind legs.

I just had a look at Manasse's wound. It's oozing a little, but not enough to warrant another trip to the vet's. But I could cry -- this morning, he had the loveliest little balls a cat could have -- now, there's just a bit of skin left.
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty, indeed. Hopefully he heals quick.
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
From your mouth to God's ears.
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)

Poor kitty, but definitely all cat...as if they would ever take an order from a human.
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
There is an upside to groggy cat: at least now, he sits still while I pet him!
Apr. 12th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
[laughs] Maybe he will even decide that he likes it.
Apr. 12th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping!
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
You can banadge the area to keep him from licking, but honestly, the best thing (and yes cats HATE it) if you really want him to stop is to ask your vet for one of those little plastic cone collars to put over his head...

Just saying!
Apr. 12th, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC)
I'll just see how it goes tonight. If he can't leave off tomorrow, he's going to get collared.

Stupid cat! He must be starving (not having had anything to eat since last night), but he's just turned up his nose for the beef and kidney cat food I put out.
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