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.
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