C4 enjoying a nap without the collar
C4 enjoying a nap without the collar
“Another uneventful day.
I started off the same way I have the last few mornings, waking up in that prison the humans have put me in to ‘prevent me from hurting myself when I am unattended’. I fell in my tray in the night and caused a nice mess in my cage for the humans to clean up! Ha ha! That will teach them to lock me up!
The male human was first up this morning. He came to let me out and remove my collar – favourite part of my day that is! Then he started to get my breakfast ready with my medicine, but the fur-ball (Beaker) was getting under his feet, so he put it on top of my cage while he moved the fur-ball away. Not too clever, I can climb that cage with no problem at all :) But he saw me in time and all that effort was for nothing as he carefully picked me up and put me on the floor while my food and medicine was mixed up.
Plans for today consist of washing (around my wounds as if I try to clean it, I have to have my collar back on – I hate that thing), trying to run out into the garden when one of the others come in or go out – so far I have been unsuccessful in all my attempts! But I may have to consult with the other kitten – Scooter, (I know he has mastered the art of getting into the house via the roof and the upstairs windows, he may have some tips for getting me OUT of the house). All I want is to be able to ‘go’ in private in my special patch outside rather than a yucky tray – only kittens use them and I’m a big boy!! The humans know that even before the accident I never spent more than a few hours out the house – I mean I need at least 18hours of sleep a day!! I suppose that is one advantage of this whole thing – I don’t get referred to as being ‘the lazy one’ – it is ok now because I am ‘recovering’ – How stupid are humans?? I’m going to milk this for all it is worth :)” So the rest of my day will be broken down as follows: Sleep, eat, swap sofas, sleep, eat, wake up and stretch…that is pretty much it!
Time for that collar now, (had to have it on a few times today ) bed and more sleep.”
Cuddles with the ‘clever’ Oriental one before my accident.
“Well another night all on my own. Locked in my special cage (I don’t care that the humans got me one that was two sizes bigger than I really needed, just to give me more space), wearing that horrible cone that makes me really fed up (especially from the vets, to stop me pulling out my stitches).
I’ve woken up grumpy and in a sulky mood and I certainly don’t want to play with that silly kitten Beaker, even if he does like to wash me (I do need a good wash, I smell because I can’t wash myself properly)…ok then maybe I will tolerate the fur-ball for a bit, just while he washes my head and my ears, but I need to get out of this cage first…Where is the Oriental cat when I need him (Newton is the clever one who can open doors, cupboards and I believe can now add the opening of a microwave to his Cv – that is one clever cat! Don’t tell him I said that).
Sounds like the humans are up…Something to look forward to Humans=FOOD and FREEDOM from this cage!!”
C4 has had his collar off for a little while this morning while we have been around to supervise him and his mood seems to have lifted a little just for having it removed.
C4 has RUN across the lounge twice and climbed, not jumped this time. I can’t believe he could still climb with only one front leg, but he pulled himself up the sofa (yes, clawing at the fabric :( as he went).
Pretty quiet day, think we will have another try at getting him to play with his new toys today, maybe some more interaction will lift his spirits!
I hate this cone and hate being in this cage all on my own.
C4 already awake, looks like he tried to have a drink, but silly cone got in the way and his water has spilt, luckily the towelling that was placed down ‘just in case’ did the trick, so his bed is still nice and dry. Time for first lot of food and medicine and of course take off the cone that he hates so much so he can eat without issues!
Sam calls – firstly asking after C4 and passing on thoughts of the Newport staff. It appears C4 (Weef as he is affectionately known at home) is already being missed!! Then we are asked how we would feel about a story being run in the local paper about C4 and his ordeal.
If it alerts members of the public and makes pet owners in the area aware of the possibility of an individual/ individuals in the area using weapons against animals, then we would happily provide any information needed.
Phone call from Amy ref: News article. Details given and we were asked to send photographs. Also gave permission to obtain a copy of the original x-rays in order to show the full extent of C4′s injuries.
Later that evening another police officer called to say that the case had been re-classified and we were given a crime number to go along with the original log. It was explained that information had again been passed to officers in the area to be aware that there could be individuals out on an evening using air rifles/ BB guns where they shouldn’t be.
Newport surgery called to update us on C4. He had a good night – ate plenty (Again!) Had not had any painkillers and was seemingly content. It was arranged that he would be dropped off at the Risca surgery after their driver began work at 1030.
After not hearing anything at all we called the vets – apparently there had been a mix up and the driver had been out to deal with another animal. The nurse apologised for the mix up (if another animal needed the lift as an emergency – it really wasn’t a problem we assured her), we the offered to go and collect C4 from Newport, but were told that Sam was already making her way across with him!! He would be at the surgery within 30minutes.
James and I went to grab a thank you gift and cards for each surgery (small token), but more to keep us occupied for the 30minutes that appeared to last longer than the last few days!!
We had seen him enter the vets and taken straight into the back area of the surgery…we waited for what seemed like forever – then came that unforgettable C4meow/howl that I have never heard from any other cat. He began purring and was attempting to stand up in the carrier, hampered by his cone! So much better than we had imagined.
We were given a full update, booked C4′s next follow up appointment for his stiches to be removed. Collected his medication – pain relief and antibiotics. Asked a whole host of questions. Not to mention being told how popular our boy had been amongst the team in Newport. Then paid the next lot of fees…
Placing the cat carrier onto the floor in the lounge, cautiously opening the door – NOT expecting what happened next.
C4 was pushing hard against the door, still hampered by that awful cone around his neck, I managed to get it open and detached in time for C4 to RUN (yes , RUN) out of the carrier around the sofa heading straight for the biscuit bowl!!! Still all he thinks about is food!
Clearly not that hungry after all he then ran across to the other sofa and JUMPED onto it! Much to our amazement!
It was then that we realised he could easily injure himself further and were worried how we were going to prevent him from running and jumping too much and either falling or tearing his stitches.
Later that day…
Trip to buy a dog cage – for use when we are out and at night! This will not go down well! but we bought a larger one. It can fit a bed, litter tray and bowls and there is enough room for C4 to move around, even with his cone on, but no jumping or running!!
Later that evening…
The police called to go through the initial complaint that we made after the incident. As we had thought would be the case, there is very little that can be done as there were no witnesses. Unfortunately cats do not have as many rights as a cat. Even though it would be a case of animal cruelty, there is nothing that could be done. But it would remain logged. hoping (as I do) that this was just an unfortunate accident and not a malicious act of cruelty. The incident details had been passed on to all officers in the area and would be mentioned in the briefings before each shift. As a cat lover himself the officer offered his best wishes for a speedy recovery and assured us he will adapt remarkably quickly – as one of his cats did when she lost a paw!!! It is a small world.