Originally Posted by hissy
I admit defeat.I have managed to sever the trust built over eleven years with Cleo. After his traumatic vet visit, his confinement for nine days to which he never stopped letting me know vocally how unhappy he was, and even after his drugging of Kitty Prozac didnâ€™t work. He has let me know that under no circumstances will he allow me near him again.
I am so sad, he is a noble animal and he and I used to have a system where I would walk up to him and go â€œCleo fall over..â€ He would then drop to his belly and roll over for a good scratch and rub before going off on his way.
I just tried that outside with him, and he looked at me as if â€œWho are you kidding?â€ Hissed and ran off. I told his retreating back that he wins, I will stop trying to heal him, I will not bring him inside or back to the vet, and if this means he dies quicker than I am ready to accept, I will still respect his wishes to remain free.
His eye looks better, not great but better. I do not agree with the path he has chosen, but other than really manhandle him to get MY way there is little I can do, except accept that he truly is a free spirit and that is how he wants to exit this world-
I totally trust your insight in this matter, Hissy. You are there with Cleo, and know his situation best. You can look at him, and know better what he can tolerate. I'm sorry he is not able to accept your care. Bless you for listening to Cleo with your heart even if it goes against what your mind says to do.
I do hope that the medical care he has received will be enough to allow him to overcome this injury. I hope he will heal, and be able to remember your relationship, and know that you are his friend. Enjoy your freedom, Cleo. You choose a very hard path, but I guess after 11 years on your own, you know that.