Tuesday, November 17, 2015

They're Home! They're Crazy!

I picked up four groggy little kittens from the shelter at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. They slept during the whole car ride, and when we got them home and into their room, I opened the door of the carrier and they rolled out and fell into a puddle on the floor like four adorable, fuzzy drunks. They slowly untangled themselves then walked away with wobbling knees. They spent some time smelling things, and smelling each other, then I put down a little dinner for them, which was quickly scarfed down.

Shortly after eating,  they were fully alert and moving around with typical kitten "grace". I wanted to keep them contained to keep a close eye on them, so I worked on some small craft projects at my desk while they played.

Which each minute that passed that evening, they got rowdier and crazier, and we're getting into everything. You never would have guessed these were post-surgery kittens. I decided to turn off the light and leave the room, which usually helps them settle down and go to bed, but nope, not last night. The rumblings from their room did not stop, so I returned to supervise once again.

And they got even rowdier and crazier and nearly every three seconds I was rescuing someone from a dangerous place they had climbed to,  or breaking up a much-too-rough wrestling match,  fishing someone out of my garbage can, or wiping up the mess of a spilled water dish.

Eventually, I decided it would be best if they could just run and burn off the energy, so I opened the door and set them free into the living room and dining room.  Wylla joined us, but kept a safe distance and perched on the back of the chair while they ran amok.  

They tried to climb the drapes, they knocked stacks of magazines over, they were engaged in more much-too-rough wresting matches, they were into everything, onto everything, and everywhere.

Finally. FINALLY,  around 1:00 AM they settled down.


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FINALLY.

 I was exhausted from hours of playing referee and trying to keep them from harm's way and was so ready for them to go to bed.

I let them sleep for a bit in the living room while I tidied up their ransacked quarters. Wylla followed me in and paused in the doorway with an expression that read "What the heck just happened in here?"

I looked at her and said "I KNOW!"

As I tucked them all into the bed, each belly was examined to make sure no one had popped a stitch.  Thankfully, no one did.










17 comments:

  1. I had the same thing with my little Ripley! After her surgery she RACED around the house like a crazy kitten! AND popped a stitch! Luckily she calmed down the next day and all was ok...
    Silly baby.

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  2. Sometimes, instead of being groggy cats get kind of riled up from the anesthesia. One of ours acts like a nut for a couple of days - overly zealous with affection and energy and he's now over 14! I can't imagine dealing with 4 kittens hopped up post anesthesia - I would have collapsed long before 1am and been like "whatever happens happens" :D

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    1. Humans too. I get all kinds of goofy and hyper after anesthesia. The furry ones get kind of stoned. It is amusing to watch.

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    2. As for me, I just upchuck. :-)

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    3. Ha, ha, yes! After his last cleaning my boy almost knocked me over with headbumps and LURVVVVEZ. He's always affectionate but was extra much so that day.

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  3. This is how my grown boy is post-anesthesia after dental cleaning. We have to keep a good eye on him. He paces all afternoon and about midnight he runs out of energy, flops gratefully onto one side, and basically has the expression, "What the heck just happened?" But he has to have the cleaning, so we brace ourselves for kitty chaos!

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    1. My 6 year old was the same after dental this spring. Totally nutso!

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  4. Glad to hear the little stinkers did no damage to their stitches. That we could recover so easily!

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  5. Your post made me smile! Happy all went well. :)

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  6. it is kind of funny how quickly they bounce back...and seem like nothing even happened except a good long nap.

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  7. Ha! Making up for lost play time! >^.^<

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  8. Nothing can keep the Plunketts down! Not even surgery....thank goodness there were no stitches broken!!

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  9. Lisa (mom of Chai, Sophie and Acacia)November 17, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    So I'm really curious about something. When we got 2 kittens 8 years ago they had been neutered young before we adopted them so we don't know about their recovery but when we got a kitten 2 years ago she didn't come spayed (different SPCA than the older cats) and we were told to wait until 6 months to do it. After she got done we had to keep her calm and quiet (no running, jumping, or playing with her big brother) for 2 weeks to allow her to heal...a very hard 2 weeks as you can imagine. Why such different healing strategies do you suppose?

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  10. Oh I hope you got some video and/or pictures and are waiting to recover yourself before posting them! :D

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  11. Just love their joie de vivre!!! But so sorry they kept you up!

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  12. Crazy goings on at Chez Chat, eh? I admire your stamina at being able to stay up with them until 1:00 a.m., Laurie; I wouldn’t have been able to do it. You are SUCH a terrific mom!!

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  13. "On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me - four groggy kittens..." The holidays are getting to me.

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