Our little furry friend has been allowed out of her confinement! It’s such a milestone and she is almost as excited about it as I am! I think.
As well as giving me the okay to let her out, the v-e-t removed some of her stitches, AND she’s allowed to start eating biccies again. This means that she is now no longer reliant on me feeding her every few hours as she can go and help herself when she’s hungry, which in turn means that we’re all sleeping soundly past 4.30am or 5am.
She seems to be quite happy to be out. I’d let her out briefly on Monday when I cleaned the cage, and she turned around within a minute and jumped back in, which made me worry that I now had an agorophobic cat on my hands. Not so. She is being confined to one room as there are a limited number of places she can jump up to in the bedroom; I am slightly paranoid that she could still do some internal damage leaping up and down off the dining room table.
The big challenge now is how to get her and George back together again. Fergus has never enjoyed George’s company in HER house, but I’m not sure that she’s going to be the problem. Historically, George has always tormented Fergus in a slightly dominant but more ‘annoying little brother’ way. He would hide in doorways and ambush her as she walked up the hallway, or just generally vent his temper on her when he’d had a bad day. But the household was basically calm, and everyone for the most part co-existed, almost harmoniously. However, George has been behaving a little strangely. Despite leaving the door to the bedroom open, he’s been VERY reluctant to enter, almost recognising it as Fergus’ territory. Now that she’s out of the cage, I’m the one who’s reluctant to let him wander in and out, but I’ve got a gate arrangement going on at the door. Yesterday I left the door open but the gate shut and George came up to investigate while Fergus was sitting on the other side. George sniffed a little, hissed at her and walked away. This behaviour worries me because he never used to hiss at her and makes me think that he’s now perceiving her as a threat in his HIS house. George has a really nasty streak and I don’t want him to hurt her.
I’m not entirely sure how to move forward from here… if anyone has any suggestions, I’m all ears.