Today was Davout’s day at the vet’s for his dental. Unlike expectations, though, the doctor decided to extract two teeth. The idea was that cleaning might save him from future extractions, but they were too far gone. Also, two of his itty-bitty front nipper teeth were loose and were pulled out too.
He was a bit woozy and still had the goop they put into cat’s eyes during surgery to replace blinking. I was hoping to give him a calm place in the bedroom to recover, but that didn’t work out too well. After a little bit of relaxing, with Davout rolling over and getting pets, he decided to go off downstairs. The special food I opened for him was rejected by everyone – even Harrison only ate a little.
He seemed better downstairs, and was rolling around on the wood floor as long as I didn’t get too close. He was hard to catch for his painkiller medicine.
I opened Anna’s room up to see if it might help her isolation. She didn’t come out regardless, but seemed more normal when I took this shot.
To encourage Davout to eat, I put Harrison on the bed away from the plate. He slept most of the time. He had something of a relapse for his time without medicine, and was somewhat snuffly, especially when he holds his head up like this. If he keeps his head down he breathes more easily.
This picture has better lighting and shows his face better than most of them.
I’d say he looks like a Buddha, but the bony body doesn’t fit the model.
The kittens are giving the upstairs a lot more space with the unfamiliar new cat, even though they both know him and aren’t scared. Still, they tend to stay downstairs more than before. I assume this avoiding will pass like it did for Anna in December and January, after which the reserve has been much less.
It is hard to figure out a personality from Harrison with him so sleepy. He can jump down from the bed but hasn’t tried going up yet. He often wants to nap in a spot that has some action rather than a far corner…like here in the bedroom doorway. But he hardly is demanding to be the center of attention.