I am really pleased with all of the progress Cisco has been making. He has been inside the house now for almost 2 weeks. The time has certainly gone fast. He spends most of his time napping, but is starting to come out of his shell and play for awhile. The biggest issue we have is men. He usually hides when my husband or son come into the room. This is a work in progress.
The first few days inside went very well. He would meow and yowl just a bit and this was usually in the mornings. He would hear my two inside boys (Jake and Marvin) running up and down the hall. Cisco would come right to the door and meow and yowl. He did try to escape the room one morning and I had a hard time pushing him back with a pillow while trying to get inside the room. We now are using two gates. He seems afraid of them and has not once tried to jump them or get near the door. It is somewhat challenging for the humans to get inside the room, but we are managing!
At first he liked to hide and sleep inside his tent house that he used outside. Next he hid under the dresser. For the past 5 days, he prefers to sit on a low chair near the window. Yet he does not even want to look outside. I have a small cat tree for him as well. He has been on it once or twice and starting shaking all over. It is as though the outside just petrifies him. I did wonder if the view from a second story window scared him, but I have seen him looking down to the ground and he reacted the same. I then closed the blinds about 3/4th of the way down. The other day, I took the heat pad out of his tent house and placed it on his chair. He spends most of his time there.
The hardest part is his reaction to men. I am not sure if it is the larger stature, deeper voice or bolder movements. When he hears my husband coming, he will hide under the chair. If I am in the room too, I try to prevent him from hiding. He will allow my husband to give him a few pets and even play with a toy, but it does not transfer to the next time. We have also tried yummy food. He usually will not eat it. I assume with time he will adjust. Yet I wonder if something happened to him in his past that involved a man.
Cisco went back to the vet on January 5, 2017. He needed to have vaccines and blood tests as well as having his tail looked at again. The good news is that his tail is healing so well! The vet was wondering if surgery might be necessary to remove the very tip. Yet the tail is closing up and she even saw a bit of hair regrowing. For now we will continue to wait and see. I can tell the tail still bothers him, but he is no longer growling at it or over grooming it. As long as it continues to heal and he leaves it alone, nothing will need to be done! To speed the healing, I cleaned the wound daily with a solution of Chlorhexidine Gluconate (blue solutions) given to me by the vet. I added a drop of Colloidal silver to the cotton ball. I did this 2x a day each day. I also used the homeopathic remedy Hypericum Perf for nerve pain. I did this for 5 days and then moved onto Calendula to help the edges of the wound come together. He also receives some flower essences to help with the trauma from his wounds as well as for adjusting to inside living. Finally he gets 2 drops of Traumeel to assist his limp.
I received a call on Saturday morning from the vet. Cisco had blood drawn to test for FELV (Feline leukemia), FIV (Feline Aids), Bartonella (Cat Scratch Fever) and Heartworm. He tested negative for FELV!!!! Yet postive for FIV:(. The other test results are not back yet. The FIV diagnosis is not one I fear. First off, he could have received the FIV vaccine when he was young. This would show a positive on the test. There is another blood test that can be run to determine if the positive FIV is due to a vaccine. Yet the test is not foolproof. It is something I will think about. Since he will be living with 2 other indoor only kitties, I wanted to be sure they all will be safe. The greatest danger for FIV transmission is between non neutered male cats that fight for blood. Indoor neutered males usually do not fight for blood. The method of transmission is through a very deep wound. Superficial bites or scratches are not methods of transmission. My vet felt it is very safe to introduce Jake and Marvin to Cisco as long as it is done slowly and I watch for any signs of aggression. This will be a long slow process. As I learn more about FIV, I will share it here. I do know that I will be looking for a good immune supplement to help support his body.
Here is what I know about FIV so far: It is refereed to as Feline Aids as it attacks the immune system. The illness can stay dormant for years. When it is active, simple colds or gastrointestional illnesses may take longer to overcome. Gingivitis is another problem as the cat may have difficulty fighting off bacteria in the mouth. Eye and kidney issues could also be a problem. For now Cisco appears extremely healthy. I am leaning towards using a good Colostrum supplement to boost his immune system. He will have twice yearly checkups to access his health.
Here are a few pictures of him in his room