It has now been over 2 weeks since Hampton’s injury. The wound is looking so much better. He has his good days and his bad days. He is still so very skittish at any swift movement or any loud sounds. He immediately goes running for cover under the deck. This may be a very difficult issue to break.
Fortunately he is eating all of his meals on the deck now!! No more under the deck kitty for meals!!! He finished the antibiotic and will finish the last of the homeopathic remedies today. I used Arnica at the beginning for his muscle pain, bruising and swelling. Next I used Hypericum (also known as St. Johns Wort) for nerve pain. The wound burst around the 7th day and continued to drain for a few days. Once the draining had stopped I started using Calendula to bring the wound edges together. He will have his last dose of this tonight.
During his treatment I was unable to touch him or the wound. He would allow me to come close, but any touch resulted him in twitching all over. I was able to look at the wound from a distance and also used binoculars to be sure it didn’t look infected. Hampton did a good job of keeping the wound clean.
I now will begin the task of helping him to reduce his fears. Being a feral cat, he will always have more fear than a house cat. He had come so far in the year he had been with me and now we have some steps in the wrong direction. I began administering Safe Space for Cats. This is a flower essence remedy by Jackson Galaxy’s Spirit Essences. This remedy helps reassure the cat that his territory is safe and protected from intruders from within and without. You may read about flower essences and their uses here. I have had a lot of success with flower essences throughout the years. One of my favorites is Feral Cat Rehab.
Here is a picture of Hampton’s wound when I was first able to get a glimpse. This was one week after the bite.
Below is the wound two weeks after the bite.