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21 June 2005 @ 12:52 am
arrrrrrrrgh. day of hell.  
Foolish, foolish me. I thought "Hey, I can leave the windows cracked open an inch to get some air into the apartment. Surely a woozy Leonard in an elizabethan collar won't manage his usual tricks, he can't get his head and shoulder under the crack to lever it up."

Ha. Ha. Ha.

So yes, I come home from the bookstore (having the desperate need to get out of the apartment to anywhere) to find the window wide open. Meaning a cat with a drain, stitches, and an e-collar was roaming the wild. Prey to infection, animals, and getting flattened by cars he can't see coming. It was the perfect capstone to a crappy day. Called outside, no luck. So I headed toward the university, asking late night passerby if they had seen a cat wandering past. Eventually a nice dog-walking couple saw me yelling "Leonard" and said "If he's a cat, our dogs just saw him over there." So I navigated that way, and via another sighting eventually tracked the small demon down and returned him to captivity and his dose of antibiotics.

Occasionally I get people who have found Leonard roaming the university telling me in faintly accusatory tones that it's safer for cats to be indoor only. These people do not have angoras. And do not live in old victorians with no air conditioning.

You might wonder why Leonard had aforementioned drain et al. He managed to get a scrape on his chin that last night was a bit swollen. I couldn't get an appointment before Tuesday morning, but when he got up this morning it was obvious he couldn't wait, so it was off to Urgent Care. Which turned out to be a wise, if expensive, choice, because he had a temperature of 105 and required sedation and surgery, not just lancing and antibiotics.

I had taken him to the hospital secured in the back seat in his harness, which usually is quite adequate. I hadn't considered the fact that what works for a sober cat is not necessarily adequate for a doped up, stressed out one. He managed to get himself over the top of the front seat and then slide down, which left him thrashing in his harness, and worse, thrashing in only the collar part as he had wiggled out of the body strap. So while I'm with part of my attention trying to keep my cat from strangling and with part of my attention looking for a place to pull over, where is my attention not entirely? Yes! On the car in front of me, which has braked. I mostly braked in time, and in fact there probably wouldn't have been any damage to either of us had it not been a pickup truck. The trailer hitch left a nice dent in my hood.

There were only two good things about the day: that the pickup driver, when asked if she wanted my insurance details, looked at the back bumper of her battered old truck and said "God, no." And the fact that Leonard is curled up at my feet, already looking and seeming to feel much better.
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One Part Exuberance; Two Parts Obsessionpenguingal on June 21st, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty... my poor sick kitty sympathizes, as do I.

*pets you both*
Lauratavella on June 21st, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how much we worry about the little guys, isn't it? I'm glad Miriam is feeling better too!
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--SHOES!tersa on June 21st, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Gah.

I'm glad you found Leonard safe and sound and that the accident was minor. And so is Arnold!
Lauratavella on June 21st, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, everything did turn out decently in the end, but it was very stressful in the happening!

(scritches Arnold)
Ambarambar on June 21st, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry!

Do you need a cat carrier? I have spares, at this point.
Lauratavella on June 21st, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
I have one, it was just dirty from being stored under the porch and I didn't want to take the time to wash it out. And usually securing the harness to the jesus handle in the back is fine for Leonard, he just sits back there and complains at me. But he was just in hysterics yesterday, reasonably enough.
Sea Gypsyfrankenboob on June 21st, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a stressful evening. Glad you and Leonard are okay.
Lauratavella on June 21st, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Cynthia: Whee! by messa1trackmind on June 22nd, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're both okay!
Lauratavella on June 29th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Leonard purrs :)