Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mouser's status - All better now!

I've been pretty busy lately so have neglected to post about Mouser.  She was inside with me for 6 weeks and 2 days.  Her last abscess healed up, walking quite well on the injured foot and with new, short fur on her completely healed chest she went back out into the world on a Wednesday.  I was working from home that day and when I took the dogs out mid-morning and she wanted to go out, I let her through the door.  She stayed on the porch and didn't seem to want to come back in when I took the dogs back inside.  When I checked on her about 10 minutes later she was happy to come back in.  It was a bit cold, but dry.  A few hours later I checked to see if she wanted to go back outside.  Yes, she did, but when I went back in, she came right back inside as well.

Mid afternoon, around 3 or 3:30 PM, I took the dogs back out.  This time when I took them inside she didn't want to come back in.  She hung around for a little while, and I fed her outside again as I had always done when she was living outside.  Over the rest of the day I checked on her a few times, and while she was often there, she didn't want to come back inside the house.

Since then she has gone back to her usual pattern of being around for a few days, then gone for a few days.  She is more vocal about greeting me, and even more insistent about being petted.  She tolerates being picked up, but clearly prefers to be on her own 4 feet.

The fur on her chest is now fully grown in and it is no longer possible to tell it was ever shaved.  Her foot is fine, and all the fur has grown back on that as well.  I was amazed at how fast the last couple of abscessed areas grew the hair back once the abscesses were healed.

It is wonderful to see her running up to greet me, jumping up on the railing and clearly a very happy, confident cat!  Many thanks to my wonderful husband and younger son who helped care for Mouser.  I couldn't have done this without my husband.  Many thanks also to the wonderful vets and staff at Waynesville Veterinary Hospital.