First the good news: I adopted a new kitten! A friend of mine has been on the lookout for me for about six months now, his mother often ends up with stray cats who need a good home and I indicated interest in a female, preferably no more than two years old. When she rounded up a batch of kittens (and the mama), and when those kittens came to Chicago while his mom was out of town, it was an opportunity not to be missed.
Fortunately, within about 72 hours the hissing had considerably decreased, Gypsy seemed rather more accepting of the bouncing black furball, and Pyewacket had figured out where the litter box was!
Due to a death in the family, the Philosopher spent the weekend with the two of them and he texted pictures of cats snuggling, so I’m encouraged that everyone will do just fine. She’s growing like a weed, I noticed already that she is bigger than when I took these photos.
But that brings us to last night and the bad news, when I flipped Gypsy over to rub her belly and found a rather large cut on her back inner thigh. It wasn’t bleeding but it was raw, so at 9:30 p.m. it was off to the Emergency Vet, where she got three stitches and enough sedation to make her really loopy and snuggly. She also went nose first into my food when we got home; she’s not usually quite that brazen.
Gypsy is doing just fine, she’s not in pain from what I can tell, she’s eating, moving around, not favoring the leg at all. Antibiotics this morning were no fun and we get to repeat that every day for the rest of the week but I’ll take that over the fear that there’s something wrong with my cat. I’m not sure where the cut came from, we can’t find any blood in the apartment and it doesn’t appear to be from tussling with Pye–they’re still just fine. Gypsy had been cleaning it assiduously so hopefully we just need to wait for time to heal.
That, however, also means she’s wearing a cone (or was when I left the house this morning, I assume she didn’t figure out how to take it off yet).
She’s very put upon and really really wants her ears scratched.
**Cat Info cross posted to Hedgehog Knitting