Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Day One - Kitty Rehab

The vet's instructions: Keep the cat confined and quiet

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Remember my brilliant cat-confinement idea?
Well, it does keep Theo confined, but it stresses him out and he spent the night howling, pacing, and flinging himself around. I know he has a cast on, but I think the "quiet" part is probably the more important goal, so we finally let him out of the cage in sheer desperation & I spent the day keeping Theo from jumping onto the bed and the sink.

The cast is quite festive:
but in the relative scale of things, it stretches out his back leg entirely, making the leg just about the length of the rest of the body:
He's a pretty sorry-looking camper all the way around, because he also has this horrible new poodle-do:
where they attached his I.V.s. To add insult to injury, I have to saran-wrap his cast before he can use the litter box, and then I have to hold him up or else he just keeps turning somersaults in the litter box. I don't know--maybe I should just knit him a little elf suit and complete the total cat humiliation program we have going on here.

He did find a spot in my clothes closet where he could curl up
and another on the bathroom mat:
but he really isn't as groggy as I had hoped he would be. We have 10 days of this cast, then I really hope we get something a bit smaller. He'll be in casts for 6 weeks. Heaven help us.

During his nap time I did finish WIP # 13:
And you can tell how my week has been when I say that finishing the sweater was a bit anti-climactic after figuring out a way to help Theo remain upright long enough to pee.

One day down--41 more to go!


bittenbyknittin said...

Theo looks like he is doing just fine. What we won't do for our pets! I'm glad I am not the only nutcase, I mean animal lover out there.

Jillsknit said...

Poor baby. I can't imagine the stress to you and Theo. How in the world do you get a kitty to pee on demand so you can get the cast wrapped up when needed? Give him some extra turkey.

Donna said...

So glad that Theo is ok. I just can't imagine what you are going through.

Anonymous said...

ohh, crikey. Bless him!! And you, too. I'm sorry to say I *am* amused at the mental images of a cat who can't stay upright long enough to pee, and whose cast has to be protected from said pee, not to mention the prospect of hydrotherapy to come, but the poor wee lad has all my sympathy, nonetheless. I'm just thankful that he is, basically, OK, and that you're around more than usual to look after him, too!

RobinH said...

I'm sure that Theo will be as relieved as you to have a smaller cast, poor baby.

The sweater is adorable!

Daniele said...

Poor Theo! He looks like he's had enough, that's for sure! And the saran wrapping sounds lovely.... :) You are a good mommy, for sure.

WIP #13!!! Hats and Horns and Fanfare!!!