Aby-a-Day – Day 313 of 365

Jacoby has figured out how to take off his bandage. We came home Friday to find a bandageless boycat limping up to the door, and it took a bit of searching to find where he’d dropped his bandage and sock. We’ve rebandaged his foot twice so far since then. When he had it off the first time (for who knows how long), he started limping and he kept licking it, so I know it hurts and he definitely needs leave it on…but he still takes it off. I just hope it doesn’t get infected…and I hope he didn’t go into the litter box while it was off! I have no way of knowing how long he went without it. There are times I wish we had a webcam to keep tabs on him and the girls!

That’s the problem with Abys…they’re too darn smart! Once he figured out how to get it off, it’s become very difficult to get him to keep it on. He’s pretty efficient at pulling it off, too. We’re salvaging the “No-Chew” bandage we got from the vet (we’ve ordered more for our own Feline First Aid Kit), and after a run to CVS have plenty of materials for any kitty bandaging situation.

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He didn’t, but it was pretty well chewed. I think the bad flavour on the No-Chew bandage has worn off.

I’d consider a Cone of Shame, but I honestly don’t think it’d help.

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When we rebandaged his foot last night, we took off the old, ratty bandage and left it off for a while so it could get some air, and he had a field day licking his foot. It must itch when it’s on him, like a cast does on humans. He just could not lick his poor foot enough. It seems to be healing really well, though; he’ll have a scar, and possibly a crooked claw on that one toe…but we were really, really lucky.

In other good news, now that we’ve switched him from the liquid Clavamox to the pills, and thanks to Pill Pockets, he actually eats his medicine from my hand without a struggle! Just watch him nom…

He’s the first cat I’ve ever had that was this easy to medicate. It’s awesome.

The scary machinations of the Aby mind…

I was thinking that it might not be a bad idea to get Gun-Hee a spare turquoise collar since he has the bad habit of using them as chew toys…I got the one he has at Petco, and (having shopped around for a better price the last time he chewed up his collar), I know that they’re the only place that easily and reliably has them in stock. Despite it being a lovely day, I didn’t really feel like shlepping out to Cambridge to go shop at Petco in person, so I went to their website.

Nice. The Turquoise collars are on special internet sale for $4.49 each (roughly half price), plus I found a 15% off coupon online so I saved another $2.02. I got Gun-Hee 3 more collars for under $20! Since they were so much less than I’d been expecting (or even hoping for) I ordered 3…hopefully by the time he gets to the third one he’ll have stopped trying to gnaw them off his neck. Damn these intelligent Abys, anyway…no other cat I’ve owned has ever minded the jingling noise their tags make! Gun-Hee, though, he knows he can get away with more if he doesn’t get caught…the tags mean he’s more likely to get caught…the tags are attached to the collar…so the collar has to go!

At least he’s yet to figure out that I don’t buckle it very tightly, and he can easily slip is head out if he gives it a serious try.

He’s really, really clever, though. And he learns from his past efforts and he remembers what works, too. This morning he showed me that he’s gotten much better at closing the drawer and pulling open the bathroom door when he wants to get out. He did it this morning and it wasn’t at all hesitant. He very efficiently walked up to the drawer, pushed it shut, hooked his paw under the bathroom door, pulled it open just enough to get his head through, and walked out. It’s amazing to watch him, really.

Gun-Hee in the morning

Since I made my last post about Gun-Hee “helping” me get ready for work in the morning, I took some photos of Gun-Hee in the bathroom.


Look out, here he comes!


Hey mom, whatcha doing?
Such a helpful little kitty!