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the daredevil cat goes down a life

August 29, 2011

Friday night Jude was petting our cat Ollie and discovered this piece of wood 

stuck in his side:


We don’t know how he did it and he’s not talking.  Right now he’s pouting under a

nearby table because he can’t go outside.  I believe he was jumping from a tree and

caught a branch straight on.  However it happened, it missed his vital parts and our

vet got it out cleanly.


Ollie has to stay housebound with limited movement for a week.  The first 24 hours

he didn’t mind because he was addled from the anasthesia.


But now he’s alert and insisting that he be allowed to presume his feline duties.  So

Jude and I are taking turns watching him constantly.  In psych terms, he’s on a

one-to-one.  He wants to tear out those two pieces of white drainage tube from the

ends of his incision.


The vet gave us a plastic collar to prevent that, but we’ve put it on him as tightly

as we dare and he easily sheds it.  I wanted it to work so I could show you a photo

of it and mention a segment of  “The Simpsons” where they had to do that to the

family dog.  The dog walked by Grampa Simpson and he yelled “Hey, the lamp’s

running away!”  Now I’ll have to find another way to work in the joke.


Ollie just jumped up on my lap.  I’m holding him with one hand and typing with

the other, so please bear with me as I type slower.  It’s going to be a long week,

and I need to remember to wear leather gloves when I squirt the antibiotic down

his throat.

  1. August 29, 2011 12:41 pm

    Mix the antibiotic with a bit of juice from a can of tuna… he will like it a little better…

  2. kris (lower case) permalink
    August 29, 2011 8:39 pm

    good luck with those antibiotics… dogs are soo much easier to medicate. one of our cats had a bit of a fight (ha, ha) with something.. i let him in at 2 or 3am and he flew down into the basement.. next morning he was drinking water and shook his head and blood flew everywhere.. all over the walls.. he had a hole in his neck that required a drain/stitches. we were going out of town for a couple days so he stayed at the vets. expensive (long ago but i am assuming it was) but worth it. he was a big boy (18+ pounds i think) but i think he got into it with a racoon or something. hope your week is easier than you think.

  3. Charlotte Wales permalink
    August 30, 2011 7:53 am

    It’s always an adventure with animals, isn’t it? I remember those cones from an adventure with one of my dogs – she was TOTALLY EMBARRASSED the entire time she had to wear it due to a serious eye surgery, poor thing! We felt so sorry for her that we fixed boiled crawfish and hand-fed it to her – – – could she work us or what?!

  4. August 30, 2011 11:28 am

    Thanks for your sympathy and similar stories, kris and Charlotte. Beanie, thank you for the tuna juice suggestion. I’ll definitely try that. We took Ollie to the vet this morning. The
    drain tube was removed. He’s healing well but still needs observation because he wants to pull the stitches out.

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