Raleigh continues to settle in at the cosy apartment. He seems to have found a favourite spot in one of the cat-beds. It provides a view of much of his new home and, though most of the other cats have to pass by it to get somewhere, there is plenty of space so no one has to come too near the new boy. This does not prevent hissing and growling, just to be on the safe side. For the most part, the other beasts are ignoring the Raleigh, though Renn did sniff noses with him.
He doesn’t play, which is not surprising, but I am demonstrating to him how cats can have fun by letting him see how I play with the others. I think he is curious about it; he is certainly watching.
The little peachy-boy had his ears cleaned again on Saturday, which set his trust back a bit. He now thinks that half the time I am going to grab him and perform some sort of very uncomfortable hygienic process on him. But if I approach him with some warning, he isn’t startled and enjoys a human’s touch. One of his ears is much cleaner than the other, and the debris in it is not the usual left-overs from ear-mites. I wonder if he has an infection.
His weight was registered at 4.7 kilograms (10.34 pounds) at his neutering. I think that’s a good weight, though he looks a bit too slender. He is currently on just soft-food, and that may not be providing enough bulk. It does seem, however, to be giving him all the moisture he needs, as I have not yet seen him drink water. Nonetheless, his use of the litter-box shows that he is getting the fluids his body requires, and some it does not.
His right eye continues to run goopily, though this is probably a chronic condition. I am more concerned with his mouth. He drools when at rest, and, after eating, his mouth is messy with food. I suspect his teeth are not in good shape, and he may be experiencing some discomfort because of it.
Raleigh will be going to the veterinary in the next few weeks. With the drooling and the ears, I want him to have a fuller examination than he received at his neutering. I expect that he will need some dental surgery, and antibiotics for his ears, but I don’t think he will face serious problems. He’s a good little fellow, and he deserves a good life now.