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6 + 4 Weeks: Holiday Relief and Bad Cats #Nature #corneredcats

So we were supposed to take this sweet-looking cat to the vet on Friday.

Just a visit to check out the power puffs he still carries, get a booster shot, nail trim, chip. The last time we took him to the vet, we had to trick him into the pet taxi. This time he remembered the trick and would have none of it. Long story short: he got away from us and ran high and low through the garage, doing anything he could think of to avoid us. We tried to outwit him … hahahaha.

Eventually he wound up in a corner of the garage, on a fleecy bed we had put there for his comfort. He seemed to be slowing down, giving up on getting away from us. I had a small bowl with a pasty treat and dropped it near him. He started licking it and I thought, “Good. Now I’ll just grab him.” My husband was watching and said later he had two thoughts going through his head as I approached Raji: “NO!!” and “Maybe she can do this?”

I’ve never been bitten by a cat before although I’ve been scratched numerous times. Cats have nipped at me without breaking any skin so I was unprepared for the overwhelming pain I felt when Raji clamped his strong jaws on the fleshy part of my right hand. He had flipped over as soon as he felt my touch and latched all four paws on my hand. Somehow he also scratched my left hand but I don’t remember how.

My husband had had a similar experience with our first cat many years ago, and so he knew exactly what to do. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I couldn’t stop crying at first. Huge sobs of anguish, shock and fear. We got me cleaned up with running water, iodine, ointment and bandages. It took a few hours but eventually I saw my doctor and got antibiotics.

Now my right hand is swollen (it started swelling before I even picked up the antibiotics), movement is limited and it throbs painfully at times. I can type though. From what I’ve read online, swelling isn’t unusual and could last a few days. It’s Sunday as I’m editing this post so hopefully by Monday as you’re reading this post, the swelling will be going down.

Lesson learned: never try to pick up a cornered, frightened cat. I don’t blame Raji. The pet taxi terrifies him apparently. He’s also fast, strong, and smart. Our vet will give us medication that might calm him down enough to get him to the next visit … whenever that is. Frankly, I’m happy to put the visit off until next year.

I had taken this week off work, and a high point was a bike ride we took to the St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge and adjoining wildlife management areas. Here’s some scenes from our ride.

The light was so interesting. It started off bright, with few clouds, and then they started rolling in, making for a hazy perspective. And, of course, I found a small lovely plant to photograph.

The following photo is a panoramic I took of a favorite spot: the bridge over Pinhook River.

I’m not sure how well this will show up on your screens, but it represents a 180-degree turn.

Here a few photos of the view.

I love how my husband’s eye always gravitates to any insects that might be about, and my eye finds the flowers that possibly attract them.

This next photo was taken from our car, just as we were leaving.

No matter how often we go to the refuge, I’m always in awe of it’s beauty.

Last but not least, here’s a cat who missed us so much that day, he couldn’t wait to hug Greg’s leg.

We have hopes that Raji might be the same with us someday. Yes, we still hope because after we left Raji alone for awhile, he started to relax into his old self. Yup, we’re back to heavy petting before his meals and playtime after. He is resilient.

Thanks for reading! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday, however you choose (or not choose) to celebrate.

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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

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    1. Thank you, Jan! Yeah, I didn’t realize how dangerous cat bites and even scratches could be. I am doing much better now. My hand is back to its normal size. Still some tenderness around the wounds but I just keep cleaning and dressing them. And Raji is being so sweet with both of us. He doesn’t hold grudges, thank goodness! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

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  1. Oh man. 😖 Hope the swelling has gone down. So sorry, Marie. What an ordeal for you, your hubby, and Raji. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. And I hope Raji calms down enough in the new year so that he can get what’s needed. Beautiful photos as always..

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    1. Thank you, Linda! We all (including Raji) learned a lot from this experience. I have to say he’s one of the most forgiving cats I’ve ever known. He’s already back to being playful and affectionate (he loves to be petted and brushed). Something for us humans to learn from that 😉 I hope you are having a very Merry Christmas!

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  2. Lovely photos…just the peaceful fix you need to get through the unexpected ordeal of dealing with a throbbing cat bite. Yes, all is forgiven, surely, but just another sign that these things take time.
    Hope your Christmas is filled with happy house kitties…including Raji.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Jill! I know, Raji looks so innocent … hahaha. Well, he is innocent. He was just scared and I pushed him over the edge. But we’re back to playing and now he loves being petted and brushed! I’m grateful for that!

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  3. Beautiful photos, Marie,

    Poor you, and poor Raji. I finally had a technique where we could get Micky (now gone) into the carrier, but he was so upset at the vet’s that they couldn’t examine him! We started giving him a medication that we sprinkled on his food–and even though he was the pickiest cat ever about food, he ate it, and he was so relaxed then–no problems.

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    1. Thank you, Merril! Yes, our vet has given us some meds and I’m hoping that will make him more compliant. I gave him a dose today but it’s a cold day here so all he wants to do is sleep anyway. lol 😉 I really just want to make sure he has no side effects. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  4. I had a cat named Maggie back in the 90’s. Somehow she got caught in a blind cord. I went to free her and she sunk her teeth into my arm. I had the same swelling. Glad you got some antibiotics. Your photos are beautiful. Happy Holidays to you and Greg. Raj will come around.

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  5. Shewww! The first part of your post exhausted me—I know that vet-visit-cat-chasing routine. I still do it with one of mine. She’s 14. 🤣 Sorry about your hand. I’ve never been bitten (hard) by a cat but I hear it’s very painful. And serious enough for antibiotics! I’m glad he calmed down. I’ve got my fingers crossed he’ll be hugging legation, too. Beautiful scenery. Happy Everything All the Time! ❤️

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl, and Happy Holidays! I had to purge myself of the shame I felt for having so miserably misjudged the extent of Raji’s fear. But everything is A-OK now. We’re back to “every day brings us a little closer to Raji,” both physically and emotionally. I’m grateful for that.

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  6. Cat bites can be so nasty. I’m sorry he got you. Kana bit me near the beginning, too. What strong jaws they have! The better to crack mouse skulls, I guess. Is it getting better yet? I’m really glad you didn’t fall around with a possible infection because that can be so dangerous from cat bites.
    Your photos are just glorious. What an eye. XOXO

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    1. Hey, you! My hand is 99.9% better. All the swelling is gone and the wounds are no more than red spots (that I hope will fade away). I am so careful around Raji now, especially when he is being playful. But he’s really come a long way. He’s developing into a real snugglebunny 🙂

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      1. Awww, what a sweet boy! Yes, it will just be a distant memory eventually. Kana is not a snugglebunny, but she is an amazing force of nature (that’s her specialty). But I always think to myself that she THINKS she shows her love to me every day she doesn’t bite me. So glad your hand is so much better!!!!

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  7. Oh, so sorry that Raji decided you might taste good enough to eat! A cat bite can be serious. My husband experienced such a bite not too long ago. The teeth went in far enough to cause a rather large hematoma which in turn meant lots of bruising in addition to swelling and soreness and a long time to heal. Hope you, Greg, and the felines had a Merry Christmas and that 2021 has started out on a positive note for you. As always, your photos were intriguing, Marie.

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