Sprocket had his surgery today to repair the incision. Everything went well. Now he has both sutures AND staples. The top and bottom ends of the incision have healed well, it is just the middle part, the pressure point for his little bone. If it doesn’t heal properly, there is a risk of bone infection, which naturally has me worried.
As soon as I released Sprocket from his cage, he went wild. I was so worried about his sudden burst of activity that I called the vet even though I knew they wouldn’t have anything additional to say, apart from what we had already discussed.
The doctor ruled out giving him strong sedatives because he is too young. She also did not think that confining him to a cage would help much because the more he is confined, the more his boundless kitten energy builds up. She said confinement tends to work better in dogs and older cats, and for now I should just keep him in my room. As an experiment, I kept him in his carrier for a bit and all the while he was banging against the sides and rolling around in circles.
I’m not letting Chun in with him tonight because I know he will be too excited to see his old brother and it will take him a while to settle down. Poor neglected Chun will be sad.
I gave Sprocket rescue remedy for pets, something that I had gotten for Chun when he was waking me up at unholy hours of the night. It didn’t seem to have much effect on Chun, though he likes the taste, but I think it may have calmed Sprocket down a bit. Or maybe he just finally tired himself out.
I’m also playing a “CatCalm” cd for him that was, purportedly, designed to calm cats. Not so calm right now, though – he discovered how fun it is to play with chair legs.