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Cats are wise.

My poor cat hurt herself somehow yesterday -- I wish I knew what she'd done! I caught a glimpse of her limping, and she made that I-am-scared low yowl and disappeared. It took me forever to find her even in my bitsy apartment. She'd wedged herself into the back of the walk-in closet. One hindleg was all drawn up so tight against her body I wasn't sure she could move it, so I felt all around and found no particular spot that made her cry (so no spider bite, I assume). Then I started working her leg loose very gently, because I used to have my leg lock from arthritis every morning so I have some clues how. Finally I got her to relax enough to determine that nothing was out of alignment, she had full range of motion, and she was just all tense because something HURT.

So I took the poor baby into the vet (she wet herself, as usual, that was just a Very Bad Day for kitty). The vet suggested and got her x-rayed to make sure nothing was fractured, and found nothing wrong, can't find any sign of bites or damage apart from a tiny bit of swelling. He's guessing a sprained knee. She's 10, still thinks she's a kitten. Anyone can hop off of something high and land wrong, which was his guess.

He recommended keeping her resting in one place and not let her jump on anything -- keep her in a cage if need be. That would help her heal. I asked how long, because she panics when I lock her up! He said, "oh, several days."

So I was trying to think what to do. But when I got home she just went straight back to the walk-in closet, and she's a little more herself now, but she's not coming out, no way charlie! She's found herself a cozy corner. I put food and water in there with her, and the box happens to be right next to the closet anyway, so she's all set.

She seems a little better today, she's purring and relaxed when I go to check on her. She's just staying tucked out of sight until it stops hurting. The vet gave her antibiotics and a shot for the pain and inflammation.

Poor kitty. I think she'll be fine, and I'll be watching to make sure she comes out of there in a few days and starts walking again, but a hurt little animal is such a sad thing!

And such a ham when she's healthy.

 

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owlmoose
Jun. 28th, 2006 06:54 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty. I hope she recovers. Tori and Lexi send their best as well.

Isn't it funny how sometimes they know just how to take care of themselves, and sometimes they just fight everything every step of the way? Mysterious beasts.
trekqueen
Jun. 28th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Shadow sends her love! Your good ol' kitty will just hang out a bit more till she feels back to normal... good hiding place too! Shadow started feeling age catching up on her right around 10yrs too. :( It's like the midlife crisis where they know it starts to go downhill. *sigh*

Lots of love and hugs to the kitty!
lassarina
Jun. 28th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow! Your kitty looks amazingly like mine :)

I hope she gets well soon! Kitties should never be hurting. My cat sends well-wishes to go with mine :D
pyrefly_sky
Jun. 29th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
Pretty kitty! I wish I had a cat, I miss Kizzy. :(
It is heartbreaking to see them in pain so I can sympathise there, before Ihad to have Kizzy put to sleep we had 14 happy years together and it was a complete crush when she was unwell, but she was very old and ... *shurg*

I still believe that cats secretly rule the world and we are meer pets to them!

She'll be alright, shes got you to love her and look after her!
auronlu
Jun. 29th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you on behalf of Her Furriness for the well wishes!

She's getting better. Still limping horribly, but she's come out of the closet (er, that's not what I meant!) a little, and even came into the bedroom and asked me to help her up onto the bed! I was roused by a little paw-paw-paw on my elbow. So cute.
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