Joshua prepares himself for the darker, cooler Winter days ahead. He senses the days become shorter, the nights longer; and the weather gets cooler. Now, he’s the oldest fur-baby. It’s time to man up and be a good leader of the pack/pride. So many things to “ponder on”.
Usually, Chewbacca likes to go with the dogs outside in the morning. While Luis and Zoey do their businesses and drive the neighbor nuts with their endless barking, Chewbacca checks out the backyard, and jumps up on top of the catio to bask in the morning sun. When I looked at him around 7:30 am on Tuesday morning, he was fine, sitting on the deck, overlooking the yard. Around 1 pm, when I let the dogs out again, Chewbacca laid on the deck. Zoey wanted to check on him. But Chewbacca was very grumpy and growled at her. Something didn’t feel right. I took a closer look and saw, Chewbacca’s left hind leg was severely turned sideways. And it seemed like, his kneecap was dislocated. I petted his leg and somehow felt like, I popped the kneecap back in position.
Since Chewbacca was in pain, I called some veterinarian offices to get him in. Tuesday, I had no chance to get an appointment. And I really, really didn’t want to go to the Pet ER. Kevin called around a little bit more, and got an appointment at a local Vet’s office for Wednesday afternoon.
When the veterinarian saw Chewbacca, he wasn’t sure, if the cat got into a fight with another animal, jumped from a high ground and landed wrong or even got into a car accident. By just looking at Chewbacca, it was also not clear, if his leg was swollen due to an infection or he has broken bones. After the x-rays, we’ve got at least one answer. Chewie’s knee joint in his left knee doesn’t line up. The bones are not broken, but shifted. Therefore his ligaments are messed up as well. The vet said, that only surgery can fix this, and I need to see a specialist for this kind of injury. Okay, I’m glad I’ve got a clear answer, how severe the injury is in Chewbacca’s leg. Chewie also got a couple of shots with antibiotics and an inflammatory medicine. Now, we have an appointment with the surgeon for the consultation, next Thursday. I’ll keep y’all updated as soon as we know more.
Other than that, he’s behaving his normal self. He eats, he drinks, he grooms himself, and he sleeps a lot. I have to encourage him to go to the bathroom and take the lit off, so he can balance his way in the litter box easier. The litter helps him to sit more comfortable, since it is softer than any ground or blankets. Yeah, we will have a long road ahead of us. But it’s so worth it. He barely left my side, when I was sick last year. It’s my turn to take good care of him, while he is in this miserable position.
Joshua is so tired of sitting in the house day in and day out. But it is still way too warm to let him in the catio outside. Chewbacca loves to spend his morning outdoors. But he stays in the yard. Joshua loves his freedom and walks around in the neighborhood, where he gets himself in trouble. Now, he meows in the house until he can enjoy the outdoors with some fresh cat grass and catnip, again.
This week was tough on all of us. First Lexi had to be euthanized due to sickness and old age. And then we were adopting a new dog, due to an over-flown shelter. Ozzy had to get used to let one friend go and then become friends with a new furbaby, that has even more powerful gas, than he could ever produce. It got the best out of a young, very energetic cat like Ozzy. Mr. Ozzy “Meatball” Chester found his master, a female pup. So it is time for long naps on the ottoman.
This week was very busy. First we’ve got our hearts broken, because we had to let Lexi cross the rainbow bridge on Tuesday. Then I found out, that our local shelter is over-flown with dogs and cats, and they call this situation “CODE RED”. Last night, I talked to Kevin, if we are ready for another dog. The shelter needs relieve by adopting those sweet pups and kittens. Kevin agreed, we could take another furbaby in.
This morning, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara, Luis and I went to the shelter as soon as it opened. After a Meet & Greet, we decided we give Leti, which is now Zoey, a shot. We were told, she doesn’t like small dogs and no cats. I heard that before, and was determined that my pets all get along with each other. And sure enough, as soon as Zoey entered our house, Joshua waited patiently at the door (he’s cool with the ladies), Chewbacca watched her from a higher level in the dining area, and Ozzy’s back hair was standing up. But Ozzy wanted to play as a kitten. After a couple of swipes and nips, Ozzy and Zoey got along with each other. They chased one another in the house and played tag. After a nice walk, the dogs are tired and sleep in the frontroom.
Zoey, the Labrabull (Labrador/Pitbull-Mix)
Today, Ozzy is with us for three weeks now. He’s such a little “fur tumble”. Everything has to be checked out and becomes a toy. Sara took the cat tunnel in her room, and Ozzy went to town with it. She said: “Finally we have a cat that makes use out of that toy.” Card board boxes and wicker baskets are also a favorite place to hide and play. Ozzy startled Joshua and Chewbacca several times, when the two older cats walked by, and he jumped out of the box.
Joshua finally gave up being a diva. Him and Ozzy play, eat and sleep together most of the times. Joshua has to adjust when there is a new family member coming into the house, every time. As he gets older, the longer it seems to take for him to get along with a new fur ball. When he was younger, it took him only days. Now, it takes him a couple of weeks. But we have to respect his space.