I kept Tucker’s nose under observation (my eyes were very much on his nose...) over the weekend. I received some helpful suggestions of what the problem might have been but, fortunately, I think it is, after all, a scratch that has been mildly infected. The spot looks more scabrous now, after a few days’ passage.
I will of course maintain a watch on the roly poly’s proboscis until the scab is healed - or otherwise - but I think it is another case of Tucker’s nose having been put where it shouldn’t. He sometimes thinks he’s a tougher fellow than he is, and that gets him into minor trouble now and then.
Even so, such problems as this seem to be a source of constant concern. The smallest injury may, at least in my imagination, turn out to be the end of a cat’s world, so vigilance must be maintained. It really is better to be safe than sorry, even if that safety comes at the price of a great deal of worry.