Crazy Jack attack

Last week I discovered that Jack had gotten bitten and the wounds had turned to abscesses. He was limping so bad I thought that he had a broken foot.

The problem with cats is that their skin seals shut really easily. This means if the wound is bad enough that it’s bleeding they probably need to go to the vet. Or if it’s not that bad you won’t even know it happened unless it gets infected. This is also because cats are notorious for acting like they are 100% okay until they are really not okay.

Thankfully my vet was willing to see Jack as it was an emergency. His wounds were cleaned and he got 2 weeks of antibiotics. I am considering making Jack an inside only cat because this is the 4th time in 2 years that he has had to go to the vet for cat fight related injuries. And they’re always on his back half which means he was running away. Not only are the infections bad for his health the vet trips and medications are very expensive for me.

So once he was feeling a bit better we started doing daily supervised outside time sessions. One of the problems though is that when he gets a fright, which happens every time one of the neighbors comes outside, he tries to run inside! But the lead is too short and I don’t move fast enough so he jerks against the lead!

Last year I bought one of those extendable dog leads for Jack but for some reason he was afraid of it. But I decided that this was the perfect time to try and get him used to it.

Bonus shot of my beautiful potatoes

And today he used it perfectly! He was a little ginger and didn’t use the extending part when he was exploring the garden but when the neighbor came out and Jack got a fright he ran into the kitchen and there was no horrible jerking experience! Yay!

Do you have an indoor only cat? How do you keep them entertained ?

Peace and love Ellie

6 thoughts on “Crazy Jack attack

  1. Aw, poor kitty! Glad he’s doing okay now. Life can be hard for a cat that wants to explore the outdoors. I currently have three cats but two are fully outdoor cats who run from people and the other, even though I call her an indoor cat, she spends a lot of time outside during the day exploring and visiting neighbours for food. I don’t think I’d ever be able to keep her indoors (in part because she never learned how to use a litter tray) so unfortunately I don’t have any good tips to share.

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  2. Yeah I can imagine feral farm cats wouldn’t do well cooped up. Excuse the pun. I am mostly worried that Jack’s hair pulling will get worse with me keeping him in. Although it’s not like he stops hair pulling when he gets to go out.


  3. Thank you for sharing. I’m sorry your cat got bitten but I’m glad it survived. I think I’m just going to have to come up with lots of games to keep him active 😁


  4. My cats were from a feral farm dwelling cat, so they would have gone stir crazy being indoors. I’ve got a friend with an outdoor cat that moved to a busy road and it became an indoor cat and it ripped all the threads out of the stairs carpet! So if your cat is used to patrolling the neighbourhood you may find it difficult finding enough interest indoors.

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  5. When I was a girl, my cat disappeared for a few days. Neighbors found her in an empty lot, nursing a racoon bite wound. She became an indoor cat and though she had two floors in the house to run about, she became fat. My parents’ next cat was solely an indoor cat but did not become fat and lived to the ripe old age of 21. I’m so used to geriatric and sedentary cats that I have no words of wisdom for a young strapping cat like Jack, but reining him in for his own good with lots of time outdoors sounds sensible.

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