We had a slight scare last week, you know, that day when you came, expecting to find the Pet Parade, but stood in shock when it wasn’t here as it always is on Friday? Some of you kept your heads and found a way to join the Pet Parade over at Bionic Basil or Barking From the Bayou, but others were panicked and ran through the streets thinking the world was ending.
There was an emergency, which I’ll get to, but all weekend long I spent cuddled up with Rascal while he healed when I wasn’t spending some quality time with my kids and celebrating my daughter’s 7th birthday. I remained offline and unplugged, which is very rare, but rather wonderful to do every so often. I was blissfully unaware of the chaos that had ensued simply because I failed to click “publish”, that small blue button on my WordPress dashboard, to actually schedule the post to go live on the day I mean it to. I’ve tried telepathy, but only the button works.
Monday, I checked my emails and was hit with a ton of bricks! Wait, what is going on? I very much appreciate every single person or animal that took the time to notify me that the Pet Parade was missing and especially your concerns for all our well being. I hit that Publish button right away and sent an email out to everyone on my list..
By the way, if you’re not on my list, you really should be. Add your email address in the form just below this post to get free updates, never spam.
Anywho, the email I sent explained, but I thought I’d share with everyone what the scoop is.
Rascal Sports the Cone of Shame
Rascal suddenly had a big golf ball size lump on one cheek.
So, I took him the to vet at first chance. The vet predicted he was in a cat fight and probably got bit, which became infected. He had a fever and an abscess. I’ll skip the gory details, but he’s healing nicely. Just had a follow up visit this morning. He get’s one more vet visit in a week to get his stitches out. Until he’s fully healed he’s staying indoors and is sporting The Cone of Shame.
He may well deserve it, but I hate to see my fur baby uncomfortable. He’s been extra cuddly, mostly with me, but even with my daughter who has been super concerned for him. So sweet to see them cuddled up last night, watching a movie together.
He’s been keeping me up at night, trying to morph into my body.
That’s the best way I can explain it. It’s not the usual, I want to lay on you, he seems to be trying to become one with me. If I move, he has to make sure every part of him possible is touching me. Oh, and lay on top of my completely. A cone on the cat’s head is one thing. That cone in my face while I’m trying to sleep, well, let’s hope he heals fast before I lose all patience.
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The Island Cats says
Poor Rascal! We hope he heals quickly and loses the cone of shame soon.
Jess & Mini says
I’m always late on entering the hop anyway and didn’t even know there was something wrong, until I got your email. I’m glad Rascal is okay and doing well and hope he is completely recovered soon 🙂 Zachary recently had an injury and is also sporting the cone of shame! Nothing too serious though.
I’m glad that Rascal is on the mend – abscesses are no fun! I’m glad he’s handling it well.
Eastside Cats says
Oy! Poor Rascal! Patty O’Malley had an abscess on his back in early Spring, which he promptly scratched at and bit, while I slathered holistic first-aid goop. No chance for a cone of shame on a friendly feral! The one and only time (thank goodness!) that we’ve had to use the cone, was 13 years ago when Angel was spayed. She looked so pathetic that I slept out on the futon for a week, with her, so the cone could come off overnight. Nowadays, they use surgical glue and have learned to make smaller incisions, instead of huge areas of shaved belly and big stitches!