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« Reply #60 on: May 15, 2014, 01:56:31 PM »

One week done, and I get Flashed in bed!

Quick update, hope I'm not boring anyone. Things going really well. The 'orrible' patch on Flash's cheek is getting smaller. he keeps scratching the scab off, but it's a little smaller each time. Now down form about 30mm and perhaps 5mm deep, to 15mm and perhaps 2mm deep. So about 1/4 of the surface area, and the new skin is already covered in white fluff. I'm always amazed at the recuperative powers that cats and dogs have.

Hobbes and Calvin have strolled into the room when the door is open. Each time Flash gives a welcoming chirp, and actually trotted up to Hobbes and touched noses. Both C & H give him little hisses, but nothing major. He blinks appropriately, and they stroll on, so no issues there.

We've just started trying to de-institutionalise him, as he hides in his box. So we leave his door open as much as possible, but have to close the living room door to prevent access to the catflaps. Last evening he was so exited to see us, and wasn't slowing down, so we felt bad locking him in when we went to bed, so instead we left the other boys 'locked out' (limited to living room and conservatory, and garden).

We placed an old duvet near our bedroom door, in the room, and after I showed it to him, he settled down. We went to bed, Wifey to sleep, me to watch Family Guy. I wake up 30 mins later (must be getting old) I went to switch things off, and noticed Flash curled up tight on the bottom of the bed. He stayed all night.

So, latest plan (we keep changing our minds) is to keep him in for another couple of weeks, at least. Get him used to the rest of the house, then see what happens. During this time, his urge to patrol should also reduce (following the neutering) and he may, if he's sensible, have found a safe an easy place to live.  fingers crossed!



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« Reply #61 on: May 15, 2014, 02:39:18 PM »

One week done, and I get Flashed in bed!

Quick update, hope I'm not boring anyone. Things going really well. The 'orrible' patch on Flash's cheek is getting smaller. he keeps scratching the scab off, but it's a little smaller each time. Now down form about 30mm and perhaps 5mm deep, to 15mm and perhaps 2mm deep. So about 1/4 of the surface area, and the new skin is already covered in white fluff. I'm always amazed at the recuperative powers that cats and dogs have.

Hobbes and Calvin have strolled into the room when the door is open. Each time Flash gives a welcoming chirp, and actually trotted up to Hobbes and touched noses. Both C & H give him little hisses, but nothing major. He blinks appropriately, and they stroll on, so no issues there.

We've just started trying to de-institutionalise him, as he hides in his box. So we leave his door open as much as possible, but have to close the living room door to prevent access to the catflaps. Last evening he was so exited to see us, and wasn't slowing down, so we felt bad locking him in when we went to bed, so instead we left the other boys 'locked out' (limited to living room and conservatory, and garden).

We placed an old duvet near our bedroom door, in the room, and after I showed it to him, he settled down. We went to bed, Wifey to sleep, me to watch Family Guy. I wake up 30 mins later (must be getting old) I went to switch things off, and noticed Flash curled up tight on the bottom of the bed. He stayed all night.

So, latest plan (we keep changing our minds) is to keep him in for another couple of weeks, at least. Get him used to the rest of the house, then see what happens. During this time, his urge to patrol should also reduce (following the neutering) and he may, if he's sensible, have found a safe an easy place to live.  fingers crossed!



Mart.

The misses always says, a cat with a severed leg could heal itself as long as the leg is in the same room  Grin Grin

We're at a similar stage with The Count, he's gradually being let out of his cage more and more with the various different animals to meet. We now open the cage and shut the lounge door over night and during the day while we're not around to supervise him interacting with everyone.
He's going to be a bit fierce i think, he's bitten fluff off of two of the other cats and lays in the middle of the lounge amongst the 50kg dogs, merely raising his head in acknowledgement
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« Reply #62 on: May 15, 2014, 03:20:38 PM »

Cracking Mart, the great story continues.
Waiting for when Mrs M, gets the duvet on the floor and you settle down with Flash to watch the telly

GB good luck.
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« Reply #63 on: May 15, 2014, 05:16:16 PM »

He's going to be a bit fierce i think, he's bitten fluff off of two of the other cats and lays in the middle of the lounge amongst the 50kg dogs, merely raising his head in acknowledgement

How fierce?

Have you seen the news today with the video of a little boy being attacked by a dog, and the family cat charging straight in and attacking the dog?

Pet cat saves boy from dog in America

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraphtv/10831291/Pet-cat-saves-boy-from-dog-in-America.html

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« Reply #64 on: May 15, 2014, 07:31:43 PM »

Extraordinary video, saw it on the news this morning.
Tod once flew at the neighbour's dogs who were going for one of our cats, certainly saving it. Pack instinct I guess.
There is certainly a strange dynamic between them all. Grin

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« Reply #65 on: May 15, 2014, 08:33:28 PM »

Mart,
     That was not a real cat, It was his pet rat wearing his Cat suit outfit. . I saw the one on the sofa later and it was a different color.
      Pet rats can be very protective you know,  whistlie
                                                                  Biff
     But I have to say that it was one very special cat.I did not think that a cat could feel protective towards a non feline ,just shows how little I know about cats.
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« Reply #66 on: May 25, 2014, 04:47:20 PM »

The end of a tail:-

Well we couldn't put it off any longer. The big day had arrived. Time to clear the route to the garden. Remove all barriers, boards, blocks, bricks, blockade and bulwark (and unlock the catflap ..... like that was going to make a difference). Then open the conservatory door.

Flash (my own personal shadow now) followed me into the conservatory, watched me walk out the door, then followed through the catflap (he may not be as smart as I thought). Quick sniff around the garden for 2 minutes, then trots up to Wifey for a fuss. I call him and walk back in, he follows ........ through the catflap (definitely a whisker short of a beard). Rinse and repeat, no fuss, no trouble and he even adopts the idea of using the wide open door too.

The 30mm diameter, 5mm deep hole is now just a thin line on his cheek, disappearing already beneath new white woolly fluff.

So, dare I say, game over, all sorted, can't think of anything else to add other than a quick photo of Flash, crashed against my leg, with the door to the garden wide open.



Mart.

PS. You can't save em all, but you can help a few.
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« Reply #67 on: May 25, 2014, 04:59:13 PM »

So glad it ended well. Grin
Everyone doing a little bit makes a big difference.
More power to your elbow Mart
Makes all the effort, blood sweat and tears worthwhile.


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« Reply #68 on: May 25, 2014, 06:57:03 PM »

I the midst of all the cruelty that is inflicted on animals by the sad and sick, it is heartwarming to read of someone going the extra mile for a sick animal -well done! - lets hope the rest of the recovery goes as well!
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