Zissou talked a big game yesterday, and had quite a bit to say last night, but was a brand new cat this morning.
First, the first night. Zissou growled at nothing for awhile before she fell asleep. Sometime in the middle of the night, Esteban started crying. His crying got louder and he awkwardly (loudly) moved towards the door of the closet to, I guess, get our attention. He upset Zissou in the process and hissing, spitting, and growling ensued. His crying continued to get louder, and my shushing wasn’t doing anything, so I decided to get out of bed to comfort him. I squinted at the clock and saw it was 5 am. I moved the makeshift closet door aside and squatted down on the floor to pet him and quiet him down. If he wasn’t on restricted activity, I would have left the door open and let him get on and off the bed as he wanted.
Today, when I woke up, they were much quieter. They were each keeping to their own side of the closet. Zissou is seeking attention and even purring! PURRING!!! She still gets growly when food is involved or if Esteban gets too close, but for the most part, I think she feels a lot better because she’s acting a lot better. I have a lot of hope that I’ll be able to continue fostering them both together.
I remembered that I still had the soft e-collar from Steve’s surgery recovery (almost a year and a half ago), so I put it on Esteban in place of his hard plastic one. He immediately seemed more comfortable! He ate his first meal in front of me after that. So far the only thing I have gotten Zissou to eat is turkey from a grocery store roaster. She also is fighting an upper respiratory infection besides being in pain from a recent surgery and is pretty snotty, so I can’t really blame her for being a finicky eater.
Here are new pictures of the kitties, plus pictures of their surgery sites!