Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Scrappy cats

The night before last, we noticed that Cat was limping (click his name to see what he says about the experience). He wasn't limping a lot, but I'm pretty observant when it comes to animal behaviour. One time, we had been at Red's mum's house about two minutes, straight off the plane, and I saw the cat and said, "She's got something wrong with her paw, I think her claws are too long," and sure enough one had grown so long that it had punctured her pad. Straight to the vet.

Anyways, back to our very own Cat. We took hold of him and tried gently squeezing his foot to see if it elicited any kind of reaction. Nothing, just an overbearing sense of "Fucking humans" on his part.

So we left it overnight, but there was no obvious improvement. Yesterday morning we ummed and aahed about whether or not to go to the vet, just to be on the safe side, eventually deciding to go.

The vet had a good look around and manipulated the leg in all possible ways, getting hissed at in the process. (Not by me.) And -- voilà! -- there he found a small cat bite resulting from one of the many fights Cat seems to get himself into. So now we're into antibiotics-land. Oh, the joy...

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Blogger Glamourpuss said...

Expensive territory. Cat bites are nasty - Mitzi Sparkle once bit me quite badly in an argument over a worming pill, and I ended up in casualty - jumped the whole queue, leaving bleeding children in the waiting room while I was pumped full of anitbiotics. Weird experience.

Hope pussy gets better soon.


05 March, 2008 11:42  
Blogger Milla said...

Get well soon!
Pisko is also not well. In fact, he is very unwell, and cannot eat any solid food. He is also extemely melancholic. poor little kitty, the king of my heart.

05 March, 2008 12:58  
Blogger furiousBall said...

my cats are indoor and unless they pick fights with the piano, lizard or the dog, they're pretty safe.

05 March, 2008 13:54  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

aww... poor kitty. hope he feels better soon!

good for you for noticing. and like fb... i keep mine indoors. i'm too scared of losing one of 'em to a fight or car or some other horror.

give cat a hug for me :)

05 March, 2008 16:06  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

As I live within a few football fields length of an expressway, my cats live indoors all the time as well. In fact one of them, on sneaking out the door while I got the mail - became so frightened by the grass that she ran back in.

Thank you for this post, however, as one of the girls has started limping a bit - must check her rear claws when I get home!

05 March, 2008 16:15  
Blogger lightupvirginmary said...

is there anyone not either ill or on antibiotics at the moment? Even the cat wants a bit of the action...

05 March, 2008 17:02  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

G/puss: Yeah, cat bites can be evil. I'm glad we opted to go the vet; sometimes it may be tempting to see if something improves over a day or two, but I just had an off feeling about this.

Milla: Poor Pisko. Have you taken him to the vet yet?

F/ball: I've seen some pretty messy situations involving a cat, a lizard, and a piano, so be warned...

05 March, 2008 17:06  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martha: I once read that cats have a hugely greater life-expectancy if they live indoors. And I mean, no just a couple of year. Like an extra decade more in a huge percentage of cats. That was a US survey, but I'm sure it's also true for certain parts of the UK and other countries. Even so, we live in a quiet-ish area, and we feel he should enjoy being a cat. We would feel differently if we lived in a very busy part of a big city, for sure.

Sewmouse: Scared of the grass?! Oh, bless her! Can't blame you, though, so close to such a major road.

LUVM: I'm bloody fine, except for my recent trip to the periodontist, and the fact that I'm starting to stretch my left ear piercing, and my back has only just recovered from the last tattoo session and the next is drawing near...

05 March, 2008 17:10  
Blogger Cynnie said...

oo..poor cat,
is he neutered ?

05 March, 2008 18:40  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Poor putty tat. Hope he gets better soon. We never let our cats outside when I was a kid but you know animals. They always find someone they dont like just like us humans.. LOL..

05 March, 2008 20:23  
Blogger Say It said...

Poor puddie tat.

05 March, 2008 23:17  
Blogger Gardenia said...

Hope he gets well quickly - our two cats who think they are dominate mess each other up all the time - Miss Kitty is recovering from an abscess from being bitten in the neck....this all happens inside.

06 March, 2008 06:47  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cynnie: Of course he is neutered, my sweet.

Tweetey: He'll be fine, I'm sure. It's just bad timing apart from anything else.

Say It: Innit?

Gardenia: Ouch, so inside ain't always much better then!

06 March, 2008 09:32  
Blogger Milla said...

No,we haven't. Pisko disappeared outside yesterday morning as soon as he heard the word 'Vet', and came back only this morning, and ate half a tin of salmon in jelly.
I think he is fine.

06 March, 2008 13:28  

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