Diesel the patient (update)

January 14, 2010

He’s doing a lot better since yesterday when he started to eat. He’s even being picky about food, showing signs of becoming a real prima donna. Found him on the windowsill in our bedroom which shows signs of learning to jump, better than he managed on 4 legs. We also let Larky in to see him and she gave him a nudge and went straight to the food. But, more importantly, he didn’t flinch from her as he did when he was in pain.

The scar is horrific to look at, it’s also twitching a lot as nerves deal with what’s happened to them. But, he’s on the mend, and is even starting to get used to taking pills. Maybe some of the relief of not being in pain is starting to get through to him. Of course, I may have to be a good cat owner and actually put the collar on him soon (you know the ones, conal and plastic), because don’t want him to be bothered by the stitches.

Also, seclusion and being locked in upset him more than anything now it seems. I snuck away to play some LotRO last night and felt really guilty. But went to bed to find him completely sprawled across it! First time he’s jumped onto a soft surface successfully, and he did NOT want to share the bed. Unfeelingly I got in, and slept with him begrudgingly at my feet. Woke up and he was on the floor again. Major guilt!

We switched nursing shifts at 4am when I woke up, and husband went to bed. Diesel had some biscuits off the raised boxes we’ve had to install to help him eat without toppling. Although I can’t explain without pictures, he leaned diagonally over the box, actually utilising the lack of limb to get to the food. This made me happy. He’s adjusting! And so are we.

Aside from raised food, we’ve made no other changes for him. And the raised boxes are going to be lowered day by day, although they’re really no bother – it’ll just help him go fully back to normal. However, the idea of him staying in that room for 10 days is bleh, so we may let him sneak out a little today and see how he goes under heavy supervision and with friends to help out.

Thanks for all the well wishes, we’re doing a lot better now he’s eating, and now the shock of monday is beginning to subside. We still have quiet moments when we sit back and think of what could have been, but once he’s out the room I think things will really start to return to normal around here.



  1. Good news all around then! 😀

    btw gotta love the possibly related posts section 😉
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    * Diesel Warehouse Sale in Vancouver!!
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    • They gave me a smile this morning!

  2. Yeah, where are the Vin Diesel refs? 😉

    Thanks for the update Arb. What’s the prohibition against letting him out? That he could hurt himself? Am thinking that if you’re supervising, expanding his horizons shouldn’t be too much of a problem, even if it’s just for a little while.

    Put the collar on him. We had to use one on our cat Blackie every time she had surgery. We learned that after the first time when she had knee surg on her hind legs and had the damn stitches out in 24h (not joking). Fortunately there were internal stitches too, which she couldn’t get at, and she was young so the skin had already closed by itself. But still, was a pain in the backside. After that, conecollar it was! (And, shockingly, she got used to it. Cat’s only whinge as much as they do because they know they can get us to do what they want with it.)

    • Someone at work calls him Vin Diesel all the time – and they call Larky Dieselina 🙂

      We never really chose the name Diesel, it’s what he came with and it’s very amusing that he’s a very little male cat and not much of a brute – nor are we chavvy enough to think it’s after the designer.

      I think the restriction is so he doesn’t have to deal with stairs etc before he’s a bit more recovered. I’ll put the collar on him later today and then let him have a wander I think!

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