Hey Tammie - I'll ask!
And yes, Tuxie is home!
We called at 11:00am, and Doc said we could pick him up at noon. So we did. They said he was peeing really well, and that while he was there he didn't lick his stitches.
Of course, the minute we got home the first thing he did was go at the stitches. We didn't bring a collar home with us because the last time we tried a collar on him, he almost killed himself backing up like a freaked out nut everywhere - and he would NOT stop. And we were just worried about him backing off the bed in the RV - here we've got a staircase!
So... after an hour of following him around, doing our BEST to explain to him he couldn't do that and would NOT like the alternative, he wouldn't quit. So we bundled him back into the crate. Thankfully, they wrapped him up REALLY quickly. He's now wearing a wrapper that is open in the back, but does pull up over his back legs, and then goes all the way up to where an ace-bandage thing is wrapped around his abdomen/tummy.
The poor boy is SO miserable in this get-up. 6 hours later he's getting better at walking in it (at first his back legs wobbled around like he was drunk!) - but despite the vanilla, the other cats are like - what the heck IS that?
We feel horrible that we're not good enough at communicating with him so he didn't have to wind up in this uncomfortable wrapper. But it's a lot better than the collar!
His stitches come out in 10 days.
He's been hungry, drinking a lot - and sleeping a lot. But he's been a sweetie, enjoying pets, and purring like a maniac. Wrapper or not, he's happy to be home!