cats

Gustav was in a fight

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Gustav 2017-04-22 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Friday April 21st 2017 in the morning, Gustav, my neighbours male cat, that visits me almost daily, was in a fight.

Gustav was seriously hurt and got bitten over the forehead by “something” with a big mouth. According to the veterinary whatever bit him was probably a fox or a dog, rather than a cat. Or maybe a large cat with a big mouth…  The bite was deep into his scull and nearly touched the scull-bone. Fortunately nothing happened to his eyes.

My neighbour brought him into the animal hospital on Friday to get it throughly checked out. After a wait of about 4 or 5 hours he got checked and it was decided to operate on him on Friday night and keep him over night at the animal hospital. His wounds were sewn and a drainage pipe of some sort was placed through his forehead to make it possible to remove whatever puss that might otherwise collect there. It has to be cleaned 3 times a day. It looks like he has got horns… The drainage pipe will be removed on Wednesday. The stitches on May 2nd.

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Gustav 2017-04-22 Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

When Gustav got home again he was both hungry and thirsty after not having eaten or drunk for 24 hours. He was really hungry and ate with good appetite even though he had some difficulties with the thing around his head that was in the way. Drinking was even more difficult, but got solved by changing to a larger bowl with water all the way up to the edge of it. Gustav didn’t want to go on the litter-box though until late in the evening as he is not used to using the litter-box. He prefers outside, in nature.

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Gustav 2017-04-22. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Gustav is also grounded and not allowed to go out by himself until drainage and stitches are gone. The cat-flap is locked. He just sat there longing to go outside. But no. My neighbour, his owner, will get a leash to take him outside under surveillance.

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Alice 2017-04-22. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

His friend Alice, which lives together with him at my neighbour, was puzzled first by his absence, then by how he was when he came home. At first she kept her distance and just looked at him.

I heard that medication of Gustav went well and he even liked the medicine he got, as well as the cleaning of the drainage tube. Apart from his wounds, he seems alert and just his usual self. Even though he gets irritated by that thing around his head, which he also sleeps with. He looks a bit funny walking with it and gets a bit wobbly by it. Not to mention all the corners he gets stuck at because of it. He is forbidden to jump… but how do you stop a cat form jumping when there is nothing wrong with his body?

Hopefully all goes well and he will be his old self again soon. Here are some more pictures of him. Reload page to get pictures sorted differently. Click on a picture to see larger version.

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Neighbouring cats (and dogs)

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Gustav and the neighbours female cat. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Where I live I am surrounded by cats. There are four of them just in my building, all four on the ground floor. There is one dog in the building too, upstairs, Jerry a Jack Russell. We are three flats on the ground floor and three upstairs. I love cats and they normally love me too. So I don’t mind.

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The female cat of my neighbour across the hall. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

The neighbour across the hall has two striped cats. One female and one male. They are siblings, brother and sister. They are both extremely friendly and like being stroked and keep on befriending ones legs of you pat them.

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The male cat of one of the neighbours just outside my outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

If you have the door open to the outside place, you have to watch up as both these cats really want to come in and are very curious and friendly. I don’t let them come into my flat. My flat is primarily Gustavs territory.

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Gustav in one of his favourite chairs in my flat. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

One of the neighbouring cats is Gustav, 12, who comes to visit me almost every day. He has his favourite places to sleep in in my place. Two chairs and the sofa. Gustav gets along fairly well with both the striped cats, which are much younger than him. Both like to follow along after Gustav when they are outside.

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Alice and Gustav, spring 2016. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

And there is Alice, my neighbours female cat that lives with Gustav. She is very shy. Took me a couple of years to become friends with her. Now she is fine with me and doesn’t run away when she sees me and she even come into my flat sometimes, if my neighbour goes to visit me, or if there is somebody in her home that she doesn’t like. She then sometime borrows one of the chairs where Gustav use to sleep.

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Alice in Gustavs chair in my flat. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

But beware of Alice if you are any of the other neighbouring cats… She doesn’t like competition and viciously chases other cats away. Particularly female cats. And she is no lapcat, like Gustav, and it is impossible to lift her up.

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Alice at the gate to her outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2017

Alice and Gustav are normally friends and even sleep side by side. But sometimes they chase each other around the garden (or indoors in their own home) and run like crazy (like cats do sometimes). They are both skilled bird- & mouse-killers. That’s nature though. They do not give me gifts of dead mice and birds. They give them to their owner, my neighbour. Grateful for that…

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Gustav and Alice in 2013 in a sunchair at their own outside place. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2013

Cats are fun and lovely to have around. Except for the four cats in my building, there are several others in the neighbourhood.

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Neighbours male cat watching over the neighbourhood. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

PS. I forgot the 2 small dogs that live in the ground-floor flat with own access from outside. They are small and cute and they watch you through their window beside their door when they are home alone and waiting for their owners. They are smaller than the cats in the house…

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Neighbours doggies. Photo: ©nini.tjader.2016

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