(This is a repost from two Facebook posts... I apologize, but I haven't had much sleep - stayed up most of the night to keep and eye on Tux - and I'm too tired to type it all again...)
Progress already! They really mean it when they say cats are adaptable.
Our entire house is tiled, not a carpet in sight. Not only does that
mean it's cold on kitty toes (as well as human ones) it's pretty darn
slippery for a cat who's trying to get back on three feet. After a
morning of watching him struggle, I went out to the hardware store and
got a couple of cheap indoor/outdoor carpets - each one five feet long. I made a made a path from his cat bed to the litter box. I was hoping it would give him a little more traction and make it easier to steady himself.
He must have figured what I was about, because he immediately hopped out of his bed and onto the carpet.
I went to the kitchen to fix him dinner (catfood slurry - he's not
drinking on his own yet and I needed to get some water in him).
As soon as I appeared from the kitchen, he walk/hopped the full length
of the carpet to my feet. I called Dave down to see. When I moved to the
other end of the carpet.... he walk/hopped it again. (the whole length
is about 10 feet).
One of the apparent side effects of
Tux's procedure is that he's sleeping with his eyes open. It's really
It's one of the reasons I was up with him most of the night (aside from the uncomfortable futon and the little jerk Rocky-cat who was making a tonne of noise), I wanted to see if he was ever going to close his eyes. He does blink and he'll close them if you rub his face.
The vet called this morning to check up on him and I
mentioned it - she said it could be a side effect of the pain medication
they gave him - it can sometimes mess with their eyes. In the picture to the left, he is actually asleep.
I've got to keep any eye on him and put in artificial tears if they start to get dry.