Friday, May 28, 2010

Christopher - My Atomic Ranch Cat Has an Owie



Meet my buddy Christopher.

My sweet little buddy Chris, came out of the Studio limping this morning when I let him out. Poor guy! He was fine when I put him in there with my other Atomic cat Honey last night. He got in a brief scuffle with another cat that hangs around here, Gentry, but I broke that up within 30 seconds. Didn't notice any injuries yesterday.

I hope it's either a sprain or an infected scratch? He seemed to be in discomfort when I tried to pet him on his head, and you all may not agree with me on this, but I hesitate to take him to the vet and put him through further trauma and anxiety if it's just a sprain, and all they would tell me to do is keep him comfy until it heals anyways.

It's very stressful for a cat to be put in a carrier and taken to a strange place with dogs barking and strange smells and people when you are in pain and don't understand what's going on.

It makes my heart ache when one of my little pet friends doesn't feel well, so I will keep a very, very careful eye on him and take him right in if he seems to be getting worse.

He's often laying in front of the computer as I work, and follows me everywhere.

Keep your fingers crossed for my buddy Chris!

15 comments:

  1. aw Chris...get better soon!

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  2. Oh, I do hope Chris is okay! Our Dizzy Kitty was limping a while back - I could see nothing at all wrong with his paw or leg. He did end up just getting better all on his own, and the limping stopped. I never did know what in the heck the problem was.

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  3. Poor Chris - *fingers crossed*

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  4. Well, if he's like me, the human Chris, to whom I thought you were addressing the blog to (and that is the worst sentence ever written in English language) maybe he has a touch of kitty-arthritis. All of a sudden a couple days ago my big toe started to ache for no apparent reason, but it's been stubbed enough over the years that it's about time for old injuries to start acting up. So tell Chris to chill out, take a nap and he'll be fine. Threaten him with the vet and he'll REALLY be fine.

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  5. LOL! I thought of you as I titled the post. I tried to make it obvious I was talking about my cat lol....

    He's curled up on my vintage gold thread peacock pillows on my little bed here in my office as I work, and I KNOW he doesn't want to go to the icky vet.

    Why do they always get sick or injured on holiday weekends? =(

    P.S. Hope your own toe feels better lol...

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  6. And thanks for well-wishes for my little buddy. He really is a very loving pet friend!

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  7. Poor little guy! I'd do the same thing by waiting to take him to the vet. I did the same thing when my Jack Russell Terrier, Trixie, was injured earlier this year. I knew the vet would be upsetting, and she'd already been through so much trauma, we decided to wait. I was infinitely glad we did!!

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  8. A little rest and some careful attention from his Mom is probably all that he needs... keeping fingers crossed!

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  9. Just keep a watchful eye on him. If it gets worse, take him in. Just give him extra luvvins and some treats!

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  10. I hope he feels better soon and doesn't need a trip to the vet! I tend to wait and see on things like that too!

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  11. Being a feral cat colony caretaker, lemme tell ya, cats are WHIMPS when it comes to their legs and feet. They will limp like their leg is broken for the tinest scratch. However, just monitor the sutuation. Any "out of character" behavior (i.e. not eating, not drinking, loose bowels, sleeping more) you should take your cat to the vet especially if the condition seems to be worsening.

    One of our indoor ones limped for half a day, nothing out of character, no known injuries, but I took him to the vet. He had an abscess inbetween the pads of his toes which the vet showed me. He was on antibiotics for seven days, and they gave him pain medication.

    If you need to take him to the vet, after you put him in the carrier, place a sheet over the carrier. Its a trick that feral cat trappers use to calm down ferals. He may still whine a bit, and he will still be a bit stressed, but it does help.

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  12. aw poor little fella hope he's better soon!

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  13. Thanks everyone, and thanks Anon! All my pet friends have been former-owner abandoned cats and an occasional feral. Fortunately I have a good sense for their behaviors and can spot when they are sick or not feeling well.

    I let Chris sleep on my bed here in the office all morning and he was walking much better by afternoon and evening.

    Whew! Think he'll be fine. When I let him out of the Studio this morning I will know for sure, as long as he's walking with little to no limp.

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  14. Hope he's better real soon! What a sweetie. Zootsuitmama

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  15. he is adorable-what a cutie!
    i totally hate the carrier :( our calico goes so nuts, we avoid the vet at all costs because of it. we've tried all of those tricks, nothing works. my mom's cats are very fearful too. i swear we should just leash them up and put them in the back seat with a friend - treat 'em like small puppies. ha ha. I hope chris feels 100% soon and I love that he's your "atomic cat" that is so freakin' cute!

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