Saturday, January 9, 2016

Rusty Post-FHO, Day 6

When that cone comes off, Rusty's going to be shocked to
realize he's been porky-pigging it for the past week.
Rusty the Cat breezed through his bilateral FHO surgery Monday with no further complications. I was a little nervous picking him up from the vet Tuesday morning, not knowing if I'd do a good job caring for him properly at home. But he's doing all the work, really. What a trooper. Our pets have so much to teach us about strength and attitude.

Rusty was walking gingerly the first day home, although I had to help support him a little when it was time to use the litter box. But by the next day he was using his box on his own. We set up the guest room for him with an electric blanket, a short litter pan, and all the food and water his tiny heart desires. We want to keep him separated from Cosmo until he has the strength to defend himself from his brother's tough love.

So that he doesn't feel isolated, I've been sleeping and pretty much living in there with him. Doing this I've learned an important lesson: my futon is not comfortable. I now feel ashamed for having my guests sleep on it. (Sorry StevieB.)

Last night Rusty surprised me by climbing onto the couch to curl up next to me. He's finished with his pain meds and now his biggest handicap seems to be his cone. I hate watching him bumping around, knocking over his food dish and scooping up kitty litter with it. But he needs to keep it on until his stitches are removed, hopefully early next week.

I want to give a shout out to a couple of bloggers who documented their feline FHO experiences. Your act of sharing helped me, and I'm sure many others, more than you realize. Both in how to prepare and what to expect. Knowing that Rusty will have a normal life – even without normal hip joints – made the decision to invest in this procedure a no-brainer. Thank you very, very much!

Bentley's FHO Experience
Mo's FHO Surgery Progress

Plus all the YouTubers and Instagramers who posted videos and pics of their cats and dogs in the days and weeks after their FHO. (Although Crash the Cat kind of scared me until I realized he was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia and that was actually very good progress at six weeks. Go Crash! :^)

1 comment:

  1. yay - glad to hear Rust is doing well. As much the dog goes to the vet, I would fear I would not be able to adequately care for a cat in that post-surgical world. But glad you're sleeping with him. That just being a good dad.