I got my drain removed today!

It’s liberating not to have a plastic tube sticking out of my abdomen, but now there are two open holes in me that really freak Cody out. I keep trying to investigate my wound and clean myself up a bit, but no one will allow it.

I’m a cat and therefore clean by nature, but I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t filthy! The vet says I have to wait another few weeks before I can get a bath, so I’m trying to get by with just licking my paws clean.

It’s been rough, though. No one is even sure how white my fur actually is because I’m still so dirty — life on the streets will do that to you. Laura asked the vet about cleaning my ears, so the vet tech wiped them out — they were full of motor oil!

In addition to that, my paws and fur are caked in dirt in some places, every time I eat I smear food all over my mouth and chin, and not a day goes by that I don’t step in my food dish or trip into my freshly used litter box. I’m supposed to be graceful by nature, but it’s hard to move around with only three good legs.

Despite Laura’s best efforts, all the warm washcloths in the world won’t get me clean. I need to get all these stitches out so I can take a dip in some kitten bubbles.

I’m doing well besides my lack of hygiene, though. I feel like I’ve been eating my weight in food since I moved in here, but I haven’t managed to gain any weight. (I hope this means I get even more food and treats.) And I’m off my pain meds, so I spend a lot more time wide awake, trying to crawl out of my bed and playfully biting any hands that comes my way.

Last night I also got a new feathery toy, which is just about the most exciting thing ever. When the ceiling fan is on, the feathers move around and I go into kitten frenzy. People say it’s adorable, but that’s because they don’t realize just how fierce I really am.

I hope things are going well for all of you generous people, too. Have a great weekend!

Your furry (filthy) friend,


P.S. I know some of you have been asking to see a video of me, so Cody has been doing some filming. It should be up this weekend, so keep checking back!

2 Responses to “Dirty kitty, happy kitty”
  1. Joy says:

    All that dirt can’t hide how cute you are! You really know how to work the camera.

  2. Deborah says:

    How ya doin’, Fiver? Inquiring minds want to know.