Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Life lessons from a three-legged cat

Since I was stuck at home yesterday, I got a chance to really see first-hand how Tux was coping through the day, post-surgery and post-pain killers.
Sunshiny baby
He spent it pretty much the same way he spent every other day before the surgery..... lazing about on the couch.

But when he is up and moving around, he's doing just fine. He's taken to life on three legs like a duck to water... and it's not quite a week since his surgery. He can walk much steadier now (though he does tend to stop, flop and take frequent breathers on the way to the kitchen).

I bought him a step-stool to make it easier to get on and off the futon - he bypasses it, jumping up with perfect ease.

I finally saw him in action in the litter box - no problems there! He can't bury it anymore, but half the time he never bothered anyway.

And then this morning as I was pulling on my boots to head off to work (Dad came by last night and did some Dad-magic and fixed the car!), I heard a clomp, clomp, up the stairs. By the time I got over there, he was no where in sight. I called up to Dave to ask if Tux was up there.
"Yeah... he's in the bedroom."
"Well don't let him try to jump on the bed," I replied. "It's too high."
"He's in the bed already..."
Well, alright then.....


A few posts ago, Minding My Own Stitches said it well... animals don't dwell on things; they just adapt and do the best they can. She's absolutely right - and that's a skill we could all use.

12 comments:

Bridget said...

Good for Tux!

We have a three-legged cat, who I am pretty sure does not even know that a leg is missing. And boy can he run faster than the others!

kathy b said...

Oh Im thrilled he's doing so well. He's a trooper!!!!!

elns said...

I suck at the adaptability life lesson. I feel like I'm constantly trying to force myself to "just move on" and "just deal with it."

Tux is pretty awesome :)

Lily Razz said...

Sunshine baby! Looks (and sounds) like he's enjoying life and not bothered by anything! Yay Tux!

Nancy Kay said...

Way to go, Tux! Our animals often teach us great lessons.

bittenbyknittin said...

We should all be more catlike!

Samantha said...

Agreed, we could certainly use that lesson. :)

Araignee said...

Brilliant. Way to go Tux!
We live near Pets with Disabilities .org and what I see on their pages is such an inspiration. I visited the site often when Dear Old Doggie was adjusting to losing her sight. I was always reminded that her blindness was my problem-not hers.

lexa said...

Yes, animals don't think, ponder, and obsess over things. I can see how they would adapt more quickly than humans! Glad he's doing so well. :)

Minding My Own Stitches said...

I had a cat who new needed both her front paws amputated. She never missed a beat. In fact, the vet reported that she came out from under the anaesthetic purring. It's wonderful to hear that Tux is doing so well. I'm lurking on Facebook these days looking for updates :)

Rachelle said...

I think animals in general have a better attitude to adversity. It's gotta be pretty bad to slow down a kitty, and even then it won't for long!

Frieda said...

Glad to hear Tux is doing so well ! I'm sure he'll continue to do well , he's got the best mom a cat could wish for ...