Both Sprocket and Chun are disappointed that they aren’t allowed to play right now.
if you can get him some more medicine, so that he sleeps a lot more than usual, that would help him be less bored…
It’s hard to medicate down a kitten to that extent. I had a cat on cat valium for a few months recently and he still fought the pills like the dickens. If being in the room alone isn’t enough, about the only thing you could do is put him in a smaller cage so he has less room to move in.
You’re completely right – even when he was on the heavy-duty narcotic pain meds, he was still so energetic and bouncy. He is just so excited about having people and kitties to interact with that he never gets tired.
He didn’t resist the medicine (liquid by mouth) – I think he thought it was some kind of treat. He likes his antibiotics too.
Maybe you could put him in a small carrier and bring Chun in for a quiet storytime when Sheng is already a little sleepy. They could see and smell each other but not go crazy. And Chun or Sheng wouldn’t be excluded.
I don’t think the vet gives out narcotics to kittens who just want more fun.
Although I have wondered since the beginning why he only got one week of pain meds. Even if he’s not acting like he’s in pain, surely getting your leg chopped off is going to hurt for more than a week or two…
i wasn’t implying that the narcotics would give him more fun. i was thinking more along the lines of him sleeping the time away. naps instead of wish-i-could-play time.
but i think it’s very good that they don’t over-give the pain meds. pain meds are such a weird human thing. when my bones were broken and i was in the hospital, i made them stop the morphine drip, because it was numbing the growth-currents. i could direct my internal healing processes with more focus when the narcotics weren’t interfering. so maybe vets have noticed that extended use of pain meds correlates with slower healing? probably something like that.
Right now I have him in Chun’s bitty kitty carrier in the living room, so I can be close to Tweets too. I think Sprockey peed on my makeshift futon out of frustration because he wasn’t getting enough attention. 😦 Or maybe he was just having a nightmare and he wet his pants. But Tweets wants to be downstairs so I have to respect his wishes, and since his situation is so much more critical, I have been spending more time with him. You know how the living room is, it is impossible to partition things off to keep Sprockey contained. 😦 We have one baby gate (which I’m sure he would try to climb), but what about the stairs? It’s impossible.
Thanks for your insights into pain meds. That makes lots of sense. Wo ai ni.
That’s the cutest most wonderful thing I’ve seen ever. And it’s been a very VERY stressful week, and I’m so glad to be able to spy on your kitties.
The Miaos are happy to provide you some stress-relief!
Sheng is so tiny compared to Chun! and I love the new banner, too!
I’m trying to think of toys for quiet play–I got Colorforms when I had my tonsils out. What about a big towel? It would be too big for him to leap about with, but he could chew it, kick it, hide in it…
towel is a great idea! We will try that.
Chun’s love for Sprocket is so obvious in his eyes.
Is there a glass door so they just can see each other?
Chun really does love Sprocket. Earlier, he came into the room when I was feeding Sprocket and he watched Sprocket go crazy over his food with such brotherly benevolence. Sprocket twirls in a circle squeaking loudly until we set the dish down – it is really quite fun to watch.
They can (and do) watch each other through the old-fashioned air duct separating the two rooms.
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