Has It Been Two Weeks Yet?

Have I mentioned how much of an inconvenience this all is to Steve? She would really like to know when she can get the damn cone off of her head and when she can leave the closet. This is all interfering with her running and jumping and climbing and throwing herself around. Oh, and especially with her sitting in a window watching the birds and squirrels. The closet doesn’t have any windows. Can anyone do anything about that?

Every time I go into the closet to check on Steve or feed or medicate her, she gives me a look like, “Am I getting out now?!” Anyone who doesn’t know her would not look at her and think that she just had major abdominal surgery! I’m not surprised either. She was over her amputation so quickly, of course she’s over this surgery after 2 days!

I’m glad I mess proofed the closet. Steve is getting used to what her body feels like now with several inches less of colon. She’s only made it to the litter box once, but I’m so proud of her for that once!! It means she felt it and reacted to it! Several people – including the doctor – have told me that it improves. We’re only four days out, we have lots of time!

Who wants to see her incision?!


It goes down another inch or two. It continues to look great! They suggested icing/warm packing it, but I’m not about to irritate it or her when it looks that good!

It’s weird to see her stump shaved again. You can see how much of her belly is shaved. They shaved her whole back end, too, for sanitary and cleanliness reasons. So, her curlies on her belly that I love so much are mostly gone and her stump is mostly shaved. She’s also severely matted because she can’t groom. I tried combing her, but she hates to be combed when she feels perfectly fine. I had to cut a big chunk of fur from her lower back. I’m going to have to cut more. Oh well. She didn’t look so hot when she first came to us. She was a little matted and her fur was a mess. It barely took any time for her to fluff up and get beautiful! And her curlies will be back!!


Author: stevethetripawdlady

Born and raised in Upstate NY and a volunteer at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, NY. That's where Steve came from. Remember, Steve is a girl!

3 thoughts on “Has It Been Two Weeks Yet?”

  1. Soooo glad to hear Steve is “moving right along”…in every sense of the word!

    That little kitty has been through so much, so very much. I’m just happy that she “found” you. She definitely hit the kitty lottery. You are THE best advocate for her!!

    Steve is BEAUTIFUL! Mats, shaved area, none of that matters when so much inner beauty comes shining through.

    Can she come out of the closet for maybe just a half hr. look at the squirrels?

    So, in theory, by removing part of her colon, she should be able to “eliminate” normally now? She just needs to start “recognizing” when she has an urge to go?

    This little Steve is quite a miracle kitty!

    Cheering for you Steve! So glad you’re feeling better!

    Lotta’ love!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

    1. In theory, it’s just kind of falling out of her right now. I assume she feels it at the last second and has an “Oh crap” moment, no pun intended! I’m guessing that she’s going to start recognizing the feelings before the “oh crap” moment and will start making it to the litter box on time.

      As for Steve coming out for just a little bit of time, if I was going to do that, I would have to be right next to her the whole time. I don’t trust her for one second! Last night I had to take her e-collar off to wash it and I needed Jay to watch her for the 2 minutes it took because I knew she would chew her sutures! She’s such a bold girl!!

  2. Oh Steve, who can blame you, those cones of shame SUUUUUUUCK don’t they? I’m curious if your humans have tried the inflatable ones on you? Do those work on kitties? They work on some doggies, not all.

    That’s quite an incision my friend, talk about a battle scar! Wow!

    Keep up the healing, you’ll be over this before you know it. xoxo

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