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04-24-14 – 4 Weeks After Surgery

Filed under: Uncategorized — ddmckenna at 1:25 am on Friday, April 25, 2014

Just checking in to say hi.  Not a whole lot of news to report.  It’s 4 weeks since I brought Misty home from surgery, and she is doing great.  Other than being hoppy and a lot more lovey than she was before hand, Misty seems to be back to business as usual.  A few days after she got her stitches out I took her “stairs” away from the sink and bed (after I found her on the bed in the spare room I am sure she didn’t need the stairs to my bed any more, although she kept using them til I took them away).  She did miss a jump to the sink the other morning, she landed a bit short and I think if she’d had two front paws she’d have been able to save it, but catching the edge with just the one paw meant she swung off to one side and then down.  I kinda caught her and eased her to the ground so it wasn’t too bad, and it didn’t stop her from jumping back up there the next day and the day after that.

We’ve been taking a walk around the neighborhood every evening.  She likes to walk over to the next door neighbor’s yard and sit there and look around for a few minutes.  Then to the the neighbor’s yard on the other side of them, and sit for another few minutes, and so on all the way down the block.  She seems to go a little farther every time.  We didn’t get quite to the end of the block last night – the last house’s sprinklers came on while we were next door to them.  I wonder what all my neighbors think I am doing walking around behind our row of houses.  The mosquitoes have been out every evening and now if I go out without my sweatshirt I get eaten alive, but it is often so warm that it isn’t very much fun to wear it either.  I hate to put bug spray on just for a walk down the block though… it smells so awful and then I have to spend the rest of the evening with that or get right into the shower.  I think Misty has gotten bitten a few times too – she was scratching a spot last night and she made fur fly.  I stopped her and scritched where she was scratching – I couldn’t find anything but she sure seemed to be enjoying it.

Her scar is getting hard to find amidst all the fur that is growing in.  You can still see about where it is because of the waves in the fur, and there are still some scabs that haven’t come off – mostly toward the top.  That part was also the slowest to heal so I am not sure whether it is taking longer because of that or just because she can’t reach it to lick.  Someone recommended I put coconut oil on it to soften the skin and so I’ve done that a few times.  It seems like it might be helping, the whole area seems less crunchy now.  But Misty really LIKES the coconut oil so I am not sure it is even staying on long enough to do much of anything since she just licks it right off.  Good to know she likes that though, I can use it like a treat in a pinch.

When I was in the store the other day I was talking to a pet nutritionist who was there to promote Hill’s, and she was trying to convince me that their food would work for Misty instead of her hypoallergenic stuff.  I looked at their ingredients and they all had fish oil.  Since I am avoiding seafood for her I couldn’t buy it, but there was one kind that used coconut oil instead (that’s what her hypoallergenic stuff uses too), so I brought home a small bag of that.  She is having some digestive issues right now and I can’t figure out what is causing it (possibly she is simply eating too much grass when she goes outside) but I plan to let her try a little when that is all cleared up.  I don’t think I would replace her food with the Hill’s stuff since the one with coconut oil is a diet cat food, but if she likes it then it might make a nice treat once in a while or I could mix a few kibbles in with her regular food so she isn’t bored of it.

Misty says “Good morning!  Feed me please!”


“…or you can pet me for awhile and THEN feed me…”


This is the best photo of the scar I could get lately. it’s from last night.  Now that she is alert and off meds and feeling good she doesn’t sleep so heavily.  If I am not stealthy then she sits up and looks at me whenever I funble for the camera.  Once she sits up her head hides the view of the scar, so I keep missing my chances to photograph it. I love the way her little velvety paw sticks out when she sleep on top of her leg.






April 25, 2014 @ 2:11 am   Reply

Misty you are doing SO well! Yay! I’m glad to hear you’re getting out to explore. We would love to see some pics of you on your adventure walks. Lucky kitty!



April 25, 2014 @ 2:13 am   Reply

By the way, our Wyatt is also having weird allergy-like symptoms, we don’t know if its his new food or the springtime pollen and such. It’s so frustrating for us but even moreso for him. It’s hard to scratch yourself when you’re missing that spare limb.



April 25, 2014 @ 4:33 am   Reply

Misty has been waiting til after dark – when the mosquitoes come out 🙁 – to take her walks. If I try to get her off the couch while it’s still light she just yawns at me and changes what side she’s curled up on and goes back to sleep. Hard to take photos of her in the dark, and I am not sure the neighbors would appreciate camera flashes in their back yards, lol! If I can get her out at sunset maybe there will still be a bit of natural light to use.

Misty’s food allergies were diagnosed a couple years ago, but we never found out exactly WHAT she was allergic to, just that it wasn’t acting up when she was on the hypoallergenic stuff. I was kind of forced to experiment when my mom came to visit and Misty started stealing Mom’s cats’ food, and then she stole food from Alley too when I was trying to find foods that Alley would eat. Seems like fishy things bother her, but who knows if that is what caused the allergic inflammation in her ears too, or if the effects are limited to the digestive troubles I’ve seen.

I hope the itching is just transient – and so far it seems to be. She hasn’t scratched like she did that one night again since, that I can find. At least, no further fur clumps have appeared.



April 25, 2014 @ 3:51 pm   Reply

Good to hear she’s doing so well!

Yes, velvety paws indeed…so soft looking.

Misty really looks good and is clearly not letting any of this slow her down. Her fur is growing back at a pretty fast pace too. Glad the coconut oil seems to be helping and she thinks it’s a tasty treat too…that’s great!

Lots of ear scratches for her,okay And lots of treats! She’s a very good kitty!!


Sally and Happy Hannah

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