When in doubt, fling yourself off the edge of the bed.

My cat Dixie, has had rather a rough time of it during the last thirteen days. He cannot understand where I have been in all that time and what I have been doing, although he knows he disapproves of it. And although he makes no fuss about it at all, he is very upset.

I came home from hospital after thirteen days feeling totally exhausted, because it was quite a paraphernalia for me and my daughters to get me disentangled and through the process and into her car. By the time I got home I couldn’t think straight and Mary and Caroline put me to bed, which seemed the only thing to do.

Unfortunately they left the bedroom door ajar, so I had fur company all night, because Dixie had absolutely no intention at all of going anywhere other than going on the bed and doing anything other than keeping his eyes open and making a great deal of fuss of me. Every time I turned over in the bed, his face seemed to be there dribbling on me! And on two occasions I was woken to find a wild fur face falling through the air in front of my eyes and hitting the bedroom floor (still dribbling!). I’ve never known him behave in such an extraordinary way and I’d have loved a picture of the wild face flying through the air!

The next morning he took up sentry duty on the sofa, but one or two gears seemed to be missing. He sat as close to me as it was possible to get and purred and gave me treadmills.

I’m hoping he will become his furry self again very soon. In the meantime I stroke him whenever he nudges me to remind me. What else can you do? But he is not quite the cat he was when I left him and I think one way to put it is, that we are both rather puzzled.

Fingers crossed!

9 thoughts on “When in doubt, fling yourself off the edge of the bed.

  1. I hope you recover quickly; I’m sure your gorgeous furry friend will settle again now you’re home. Animals are incredibly sensitive and empathetic for the most part aren’t they? Lots of love and best wishes for a speedy recovery – to you both! Xx


  2. Oh fellow Beryl , so sorry to hear that! Dixie probably missed you so much he’s going to be difficult? Ours always had the hump! XX

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  3. Oh, Beryl dear, how you both feel better soon. Cats can give as much devotion as dogs. I am not a dog person and prefer the usual couldn’t care less attitude of cats, but our two were very sensitive to the humans in the house. Take care of yourself, love Susan

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  4. I do hope you are feeling better now Beryl.

    Our new Siamese is extremely put out if either one of us disappears, even for one night. He eats far less than usual, and becomes very clingy (or I should say, even more clingy.) I didn’t notice this so much with my previous girls, I suppose that, even though they were as affectionate and people-minded as most Siamese, they did have one another for most of their lives. Charlie just has us, though he also loves visitors – when our elder daughter came up from London for a week, he enjoved every minute and was very subdued for a few days after she’d left.

    Cats are complicated creatures.

    The last time I was in hospital was for the birth of my children – and now the youngest is almost 24. At the time we had a wonderful local cottage hospital – those of us who could gave birth there, and those of us who were deemed too high risk gave birth in Aberdeen Maternity Hospital then hot-footed it out to Torphins as fast as we could. It was such a wonderful place, so peaceful and restorative. The midwives were lovley and would do anything for you, and the cook baked cakes every afternoon. One wing of the small building was maternity, the other geriatric respite, so we would take our babies to show the older people, and we all enjoyed chatting together.

    After a long battle the health authority succeeded in closing the hospital down on grounds of economy and centralisation. It was so sad. Those of us who benefited from it will never forget it, and will always treasure those days we spent in such a supportive, friendly, environment.

    By contrast my middle daughter was born prematurely by emergency section in the big hospital, and she and i then spent two long weeks there until she was allowed out of the special care unit. Whilst I do of course appreciate the specialist care she was given (she was absolutely fine and is now 27), the noise was terrible, especially at night. Some of the staff were kind, but some were terrifying – I was always being told off for doing what I thought were perfectly normal things. And of course, no home made cakes there!

    Anyway, I hope you are now having a peaceful time at home, and that Dixie has recovered his equilibrium.


  5. Think Dixie missed you! And obviously is going to make sure you’re ALWAYS aware of her – otherwise, who knows these humans are soo forgetful, hers might leave her behind again!

    Hope you’re feeling some benefits from your hospital stay.

    Much love

    Christine xx

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  6. What a very empathetic pet you seem to have! I do hope everything settles very soon. We have just one cat in the family at present, a three-legged charmer who allows our granddaughter to carry him around like a furry doll… but when he decides it’s gone on long enough, he hops it! (literally).
    With all best wishes for your recovery.


  7. Many years ago when my father had a serious operation and was at home recovering the two cats we had at the time spent ALL their time in the bedroom with him unless they “thought”/sensed he needed help. Then one of them would find my mother and walk back towards the bedroom looking behind him to make sure she was following him. When he recovered they went back to following my mother around instead. Animals know far more than we give them credit for!


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