our cat's misadventures (gross litterbox stuff; ableist language; long) (+) (OK to RT)
(Backstory: our family cat went missing for 5 days. After we put on a huge search, he showed up with a serious wound. He had to have emergency surgery. About $5500 later, he's been recovering at home this week. Most expensive vet bill we've ever had, but we're glad to have him back.)
After a week of keeping Mr. Dreamypants in a cage most of the time, we have reached peak stir-crazy baby. He's the smartest cat I've ever had, and that means he gets bored easy, especially now that the sedatives and painkillers have worn off.
Last afternoon, I started letting him roam around the house, while watching him like a hawk to make sure he doesn't hurt himself.
He's a handful! He's opening drawers and cupboards with his paws, and pulling random things out of them to play with. He keeps figuring out ways to remove his cone collar. I'm not sure, but I think he even figured out he can untie the bow on it by pulling on the end of the ribbon with his claws?
The important thing is, he's not hurting himself. I was concerned that he would push himself too hard and pull his stitches, but it seems like he can tell he should leave that alone, and take things slow. I've had that feeling when I've had stitches. Your body just tells you, "Don't." Getting some light exercise by roaming the house (while closely supervised!!) must be good for his recovery and feeling like things are okay again.
His bathroom habits are approaching normal. That's also important, given how much he's been through, and his chronic GI issues. Relatedly, I just found out the words "diary" and "diarrhea" aren't related to each other, even though they sound so similar, but "diarrhea" was coined by Hippocrates himself. https://www.etymonline.com/word/diarrhea#etymonline_v_8525
My family would appreciate any help with paying for the surgery that saved our cat:
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