Last night, Elliott came out from behind the couch (near the giant cat tree) dragging his hind leg! He yowled & hissed! We immediately ran to him (so did Ollie- so cute!) and I picked him up very gently, when I got him to my lap I had a hand under his chest/rib cage & one hand under his back legs when I heard a 'pop'.
Both El & I heard it. It was like when we each do our stretches and our hips will on occassion make that popping noise.
He stopped hissing and yowling right off after the pop and I continued to massage his leg (and just slobber all over him in general). I put him down and watched him, he walked fine, a really minor gimp but after an hour he was fine & running through the house after his brother! I put a stop to that! I immediately went and laid the big cat tree on it's side so the boyz wouldn't go crazypants and start running up it again like they do at night. (They weren't happy about this at all but since we had a cardboard box in the living room (it was a small one only 10" high) they seemed happy enough.
Only thing I can figure is that he was coming off the cat tree & somehow landed badly or struck the small table that is 2 feet from the cat tree on the way down. By the end of the night he seemed fine but of course I was still quite worried. I went online & looked up 'hip dislocation' and found a plethera of sad stories of surgeries costing thousands all the way down to 'just keep them quiet in a cage for 6 to 8 weeks and see how they do'.
He is being kept (with his brother) in The Gurls room all day today and since I won't see him until later my worry level is around an 8. (which is good given that my first instinct was to run off the to 24hr ER place which would have been realllllly pre-mature given his degree of recovery within minutes) He seems fine. I am just concerned, I've never had this happen to a cat before. No idea if it's common (like for us humans) or drastic (like in goggies).
Here are some shots That Gurl took. There are quite a few photos so they will be spread over the next couple days for your viewing pleasure.
This charming, wonderful fellow you will recogonize is Rupert. He was their constant guide and companion throughout their visit. If it weren't for his kind instructions they really would have been lost...
♥SMOOCH♥ SMOOCH♥ SMOOCH♥ SMOOCH♥ SMOOCH♥ SMOOCH♥
oh,excuse me... That was That Woman bestowing smooches, NOT me, Ms. Stella...
Here he is calling their attention to Sweet Pea
it must be said looks
like a whipped cream dream floating in her hammic
Let's see what happened then:
That Woman & The Gurl: "Hi Sweetness! It's lovely to meet you."
SP: "Oh Hai! Lovely to meet you too.
Listen, skooch a bit closer would you? Ok, that's good. I just want to give you some friendly advice.
Theres a rather obnoxious tortie-meezer around here who you shouldn't go making friends with really. Truly, I think she's just out of sorts as she's gotten a bit more...er...voluptuous lately, but she won't ever admit it! She just takes out her petty ebils on ONLY me! And I mean really? Here I am (cue harp music) just minding my own business trying to keep the peace in the Lounge and what do I get for my efforts? So Missie Torked Tubby Mezzer can just be hissy all over the place? Really, it's so very un-ladylike. I only warn you for your own good. Just be careful. OH, and let's just keep this convo between us shall we? No need getting my Mom upset by reminding her of her 'ebil stepchild'."
May Ling: "WHA? HEY! I HEARDS THAT!! I'm SO gonna tell... MOOOOM, that flea infested overstuffed, self important feather pillow is talking smack about me again! Slandering my name to our guests!!! Well, I gotz somefin ta say ta that ya ebil cream puff!
*Mom Trish in Background yelling: "You Drama Queens Knock it OFF or they'll be no treats for either of you!!"
ML: "Ha! I tole her! Now I'm gonna take my frusrations out on dis scratchie thing. *sigh* wow it's high up here, I better lie down, I don't want to have an accident."
Sweet Pea was heard to mutter: "accident? you'd just bounce..."
Well okay, so this actually took place after the visit given that the humanoids had exchanged cat gifts. And what wondrous gifts they are! I will tell you about my favorite toy soon!
KLounge Mom & Dad, Tricia & Scott surprised my humans with a what appears to be some sort of Chinese cat puzzle box!
Here I am checking it out.
There's treats in there
I know there are
And my one middle extra long claw of doom was able to deftly and surgically remove them and thus ended my fun with the box.
It was refilled by the humans and the fuzzy toyz were inserted back into it as well. And THEN!!
The mutants came
And the games (for us) had begun
I have already explained how dim these two bulbs are and you will see in the following photos. The conversation happened roughly exactly they way I have written it down here.
Ollie feels that if he pushes the entire thing around the floor with his face; treats will magically just fall into his mouth... That woman tried to get a video of me rolling on the floor meowing my fool head off but she is soooooo slow!
Ms. Stella = 1
That Woman = 0
Ollie: "OOoohhhh, Hey ELI!!! You can putz your whole armz in dere!!!"