On The Mend: The Casper Update

I have been deeply touched by how many people have been concerned about Casper ever since he first had his accident last Monday (it’s crazy that it’s only been a week!?) As weird as it may sound, it’s been so sweet to have so many people ask how he’s doing and see how he is – our cats are as important as the humans in our house so it’s nice for other people to recognise that. As a result of my gratitude for all of that and for the sake of me having something to look back on when this time has long since passed, I thought I’d keep you all in the loop with what’s happening with him since the accident.
For those who don’t know because you don’t follow me on Instagram or Twitter, my youngest cat Casper was unfortunately hit by a car last Monday afternoon and as a result of his injuries, was forced to have his leg amputated. He was in at the vet’s for the better part of three days and when he came home, he was forced to live in a cage most of the day on doctor’s orders. It’s such a shame to see a cat, that was once the most lively of the two, be reduced to such a state after such a big incident; Casper is only just coming up to 9 months old and he’s already faced a trauma that will surely make him fearful of going outside and playing for at least the foreseeable future, if not the rest of his life.
‘Luckily’ (and I use that word very loosely), his leg was broken so clean out of the socket that the procedure was very easy for him and when the hair grows back, damage will be invisible bar the missing leg. He has had stitches put in where his leg once was though and with that comes his intrigue – we had to have a cone put around his neck yesterday to stop him trying to bite at them because he finds them so strange. It’s actually a heartbreaking sight to see him in a cage with a cone collar on like some sort of shamed and humiliated animal, but the stitches are due to be removed tomorrow (Wednesday) so we should have some sort of normality running again as of then.
Other than that, it’s all about trying to get him to walk again and eat properly to build his strength back up. Both the vets and us as a family are certain he will learn to be as mobile as four legged cats in the not too distant future but until then, we are banned from picking him up because of the stitches on his side and from letting him run around the house as he wants when we’re not watching (not that he’s really in the mood for that anyway). Let’s just hope he gets better soon; his brother Charlie is getting lonely!

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