We kept Face in the cage for four days -- the vet said three but it had rained for a couple of days and was wet outside so I decided to keep him for a fourth day to let the ground dry. Didn't want him to be limping around on wet ground cover! I don't think Face was too happy about that fourth day though!
So the morning of the fifth day, we opened the cage inside and closed off the sun room to see what he would do. Bowl of food a couple of feet from the cage door to entice him. No such luck. He was determined to lay there and look sad. (I think he was missing his brother and sister)
Then the crowd gathered to have their breakfast...
Bottom left around -- Cali Jr, Cali Mae, Patio Jr, and Patio.
I know, crazy names!!
Heads up for air!
Boy, I'd like to take a comb to that Cali Mae -- she always looks so ragged!
He finally got brave (or curious) enough to come out -- still limping but putting a tiny bit of weight on the foot. Just testing the waters. (Note the Priority Mail box used for them to cozy up. They keep getting on top and now it's about to fold up on them!!)
Getting some breakfast -- see his foot still sticking out?
Cali's going for water.
Still eating as Cali looks on.
See what I mean about needing that comb?!!
The steps could use a good hosing too!
I'll just hold my foot up and try....
Wait! I'm not too sure about this....
OK, deep kitty breath...
and he's on his way!
Yeah I know the leaves need to be raked...
but the kitties have told me that they like the crunching sound and to leave them...
Leave the leaves!! haha..
Pretty soon he was walking pretty good on it and it got better and better every day, as we knew it would :)
Now, he pretty much acts as if nothing ever happened. That his leg was bitten all the way through by some vicious animal -- probably a bigger cat -- and we saved him from further hurt, or worse. But as in the way of cats, he can completely ignore us.... but he sure comes running for breakfast and dinner!
Actually, he lays about the yard most of the day, finding sun puddles and playing with his brother (Patio Jr). His sister (Cali Jr) is the most skittish one and is out of sight most of the time. But her markings are beautiful!!
This morning, laying in a leaf sun puddle :)
I do think he's getting a bit more friendly -- he doesn't run away as much when we open the back door; only zips a little ways and then comes back. Maybe there's hope for him yet!
sharing the second act of Face's ordeal over at Miss Jenny's for Alphabe-Thursday where we are studying the letter I.