Thursday, August 13, 2009

Cat in a Box

So our black cat Zeke started limping and went to the vet. He’s got two compressed discs in his back and is partially paralyzed. Whether this is the result of a new injury or an exacerbation of an old injury from three years ago is hard to say, but the vet was very emphatic that the cat has to be in a crate for three weeks.

Zeke is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he has a very sweet personality. His method for coping with puppies and small children is to just lay there and play dead. They get bored and go away. He loves to be petted, but it is on his schedule which is early evening. He purrs until he drools. I would not have said that Zeke has a resentful nature as many cats do, but he clearly resents being in a crate. He gets to come out to go potty and be petted, but since the doctor is concerned that he not climb on anything from which he might jump. Further injury could mean complete paralysis. He has already lost an eye due to a tangle we assume with a car three years ago.

It’s going to be a long three weeks and I hope he's the same sweet kitty he was.

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