|What's over there?|
|What's over here?|
|What's up there?|
|Gotta be something over there|
|Maybe down on the floor?|
|Patty inside trap, wrapped with old sheet, and in the car|
Patty's back was a mass of sores under his fur. So, I set up the drop trap, made an vet appointment, and took the day off from work. I trapped him at 8:00 am on Friday, and we were home again by 9:30 am! The vet said his scabs were infected, but one shot of Covenia antibiotic should take care of that. She also gave him a CapStar pill to kill any flea eggs, even though she did not find any fleas. His ears were clean too. She called him, "A Big Boy". The best guess was that he had been infested with fleas once which made him itch.
Patty was such a good kitty; he allowed me to hold him the whole time, and even explored a little bit. When released afterward, he simply walked down the deck stairs to rub against my ankles!
Once again, setting the drop trap up for days on end, did the trick. The 'O' cats began to ignore it, so when I put food underneath in the morning, they just raced inside and I dropped it around them. I opened the exit door so Sweetie could run out, then we coaxed Patty from the drop trap into the portable TruCatch trap. I threw an old dark blue sheet over that, and away we went!
This morning, I did a quick check of his back, and he is better but clearly not completely healed. I will make a calendula tincture, and rub the liquid into his fur when the outside temperatures are warm enough that I know I'm not freezing the poor kitty. Calendula has natural antibiotic and healing qualities, and Patty will enjoy my ministrations as I massage his body.
Next on the Patty agenda: weight loss!