Hans and I thank you all for your kind words and support!!!!!
I let him have full run of the house on Thrusday morning since he was back to normal and I was home to watch everyone. No fights, no gowling, just lots of nose sniffing! (I trust Mer completely and I know he wouldn't attack Hans.) He's eating good, and he's in amazing spirits. He actually spent all of Thursday following me around the house. I really love Metacam. Hans is high as a kite and is acting like a kitten. (The official title for the medicine is now Kitty Dope in our house.) He's even been taking the steps two at a time - which is amazing since he was having so much trouble walking up them before the surgery.
My worries now are that he only has 5 days worth of the pain medication, which was given to him to keep the swelling down more than to stop any pain. I have a gut feeling that when it wears off he'll get really really grumpy. I know I need to get him something for the arthritis, but guess what - my boss just cut everyone's hours at work. So now I have a maxed out credit card, and no way to pay it, on top of Hans needing more help. Sigh... Time to get a second job. Weeee. Hopefully the college is hiring students again and I can pick up a few hours between classes.
I love Hans and Mer and L.S., I really do, but there are times I want to bang my head against a wall and ask why I just had to have three cats.