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Wed Mar 6, 2013, 08:30 PM

154. I haven't seen any signs except a little scratching

but it is not an excessive amount that would point to fleas.

Yes, I am a worry wort, but most of that centers around Cheyenne. I worry because she is so use to having the run of the house and I don't want to disturb the confidence I worked so hard to rebuilt in her after she lost her sight. She has just recently gotten to the point where she is acting like her former self. But I have taken care to call her up to the screen door when Nikita is there, and I pointedly steer Nikita to the door to "sniff" it. I think both are sort of starting to feel a comfort level, but there is still a little distance to go.

Yes, there is a problem getting her to the vet. I cannot pick her up yet, but I do have a carrier now. She is very skittish. Getting to the point where I can pet her with both hands has taken over a week. If I just tried to grab her, I think out of fear she would scratch at me and do her best to jump out of my arms. Something like that might derail the work that has been done up until this point, and I am trying to let her decide when she feels comfortable enough to allow me to do that.

Things have been much, much better since the day I realized that I don't have to move from zero to the finish line in 24 hours. I am very calm around her, and she senses that and is likewise calming down around me. And so each day, we make progress. This is the best I can do.

Sam

PS No, I don't have other cats to answer your question. I have never owned a cat and know nothing about them, except what good DU'ers have taught me here. But Nikita was hanging around a group of cats that have sought refuge under my neighbor's house foundation. I don't know anything about any of them, but I don't see anyone helping them out. I would like to get to the point where this house is her only refuge so she doesn't get exposed to something. I think she went there last night after refusing to come into the house here or to sleep in her shelter I put in place....

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