Cleanliness is Next to Catliness

Disciples of Otis,

Brother Oliver here. Leader Otis is getting back quite a bit of his old spunk, much to the Guardians’ delight. It’s been very tough for the Leader having to wear that bulky collar though, and one of the main reasons it’s been hard is because it makes it impossible for Him to groom Himself. Recovering from major surgery or not, no kitty likes to be dirty! Fortunately, the Guardians really seem to understand this. Whenever they can, they take the Leader’s collar off and allow Him to groom. they sit right there with Him, and don’t let Him get anywhere near his surgery site, but they let Him clean everywhere else. It really seems to raise His spirits!

Otis grooming

The Guardians allow Leader Otis to groom, but only under close supervision.

Not only do they make sure He gets the time He needs to groom Himself, they help Him out by giving Him regular brushings. The Leader seems to especially like having His cheeks brushed.

Otis laying on brush 2

The Leader loves to be brushed, especially on the cheeks.

Usually, shortly after the brushing starts, Leader Otis takes ahold of the brush and begins brushing Himself. The Guardians end up just holding the brush in place while The Leader does most of the work.

Otis brushing cheek

The Leader usually takes over the brushing sessions and does most of the work Himself.

Eventually, Leader Otis gets completely lost in the brush, hugging it to his body and pulling it away from the Guardian.

Otis hugging brush 1

Leader Otis completely loses Himself in the brushing and begins to hug the brush.

This seems to give Him more relief than did the clear medicine the Guardians were giving him last week. He falls into a blessed-out trance where nothing exists except Him and the brush.

Otis hugging brush 2

Leader Otis completely becomes one with the Brush.

So, with supervised grooming and regular brush therapy, Leader Otis is staying nice and clean throughout His post-surgery ordeal. Now, if the Guardians can just convince Him that He still needs to mostly sit still! This next week could be a long one around here…

So Sayeth Brother Oliver

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28 responses to “Cleanliness is Next to Catliness

  1. Oh those pictures melt your heart πŸ™‚ so happy the
    Leader is on the end xxx

  2. mistletoeandhitch

    We are sure the collar must be very annoying. Thanks to Cod the Guardians are sensitive to the Leader’s need to groom daily. I don’t know if the Guardians would want to do this but when one of our brothers was supposed to remain quiet the Vet recommended using the PTU. Our humans were against that because none of us likes the PTU but it might work if no one can supervise the Leader for short periods of time. It was good to see Leader Otis enjoying his brushing. He didn’t appear to be feeling any pain.

    Purrs to you,
    Mistletoe & Hitch

    • Yes, He seems to be feeling pretty good even without the clear liquid. As for the PTU, were you referring to a Police Tactical Unit, or Punjab Technical University? Both sound like they might kind of freak The Leader out. πŸ˜‰

      – Brother Oliver

      • mistletoeandhitch

        Silly Brother Oliver! A SWAT Team couldn’t keep the Leader quiet if the Leader wanted to move! And we think teaching at the Punjab Technical University would be to stressful right now. Maybe when the Leader has healed, i’m sure he has much to teach. PTU stands for Personal Transport Unit. They are the crate type things that we get taken to the Bad place in. Except Me, Mistletoe. I wear a harness and leash and the huMom carries me. I get too scared when they try to take me outside. I feel just a little better if I can put my head under my humom’s arm. But that makes driving hard so we get a driver. Anyhow the PTU is normally small enough that a kitty can’t do much while inside. Many PTU’s are basicly hard plastic cages with handles, although many are soft-sided and more stylish now. If you have, or can borrow, an appropriate PTU it is helpful in limiting a kitty’s movements. Unless, like our Tiger, the Leader dislikes or fears the PTU. In that case the stress erases whatever good the PTU might do. I hope that helps.
        Purrs to you,
        Mistletoe & Hitch

  3. Does everyone in your house enjoy brushing this much?? My kitties are not fans of the brushing, even when it involves treats. Glad to see the Leader is doing well.

    • Brother Henry absolutely loves brushing, and I kind of like it, Christine. Neither of us achieves Leader Otis’s Zen-like state though. Thomas only likes being pet in very specific, predictable circumstances, so the Guardians haven’t even attempted to brush him yet. πŸ™‚

      – Brother Oliver

  4. YAY !
    So glad too see tha you are healing up well Leader Otis πŸ˜€
    Me and my mom-person have been really busy for a couple of dayΒ΄s so thatΒ΄s why we havent been able to visit you until know.

  5. awwww – we are glad a little brush therapy is making him feel better.

  6. Leader Otis, it makes our flinty kitty hearts sing to see you so unmedicatedally happy! Please try to sleep a lot and let yourself heal. We know your hip must feel WAY better than it did before, but you aren’t 100% yet.
    When Felix had his knee operation our peeps had to follow him around and they did any “lifting” he needed (he likes to sleep up high), and at night he was confined to a bedroom with ramps and stairs so he didn’t jump anywhere.

    • The Guardians have been doing any lifting that the Leader requires as well, Katnip Lounge. They even wrap Him up like a little burrito to carry Him to and from the couch. Hmmmm… maybe I should try to get a photo of that… πŸ™‚

      – Brother Oliver

  7. RC Cat: “Oh, chere Otis. We highly recommend meditating with brushes. Such communion greatly lifts the spirit to a realm floating above all discomforts. You have trained the guardians well for them to recognize a silent call for the brush.We rejoice in your careful recovery”

    • Thanks RC Cat. I wish I could learn the Zen brush technique too, but it seems to escape Me. I always get really energized and rowdy when I’m being brushed! πŸ™‚

      – Brother Oliver

  8. Oh goodness, those pictures are so terrific of you holding the brush Otis. What a good kitty you are for sure. So glad you are feeling a little happy. Now that leg just needs to heal up so please just stay still. Guess that is a pretty hard request. Take care.

  9. So good to see the Leader looking happy. I like being brushed but I don’t have a thing for the brush like the Leader does. Maybe it is the brush. I will have my Mama look into different brushes and their zen-abilities.
    I do understand how hard it is to be still…but ya gotta do what ya gotta do even if it is doing very little for awhile.

    • Yes, we keep telling Leader Otis that staying still is in his best interest right now. He doesn’t seem to believe us though. Perhaps some of Thomas’s doubt is rubbing off on him…

      – Brother Oliver

  10. Excellent progress! A kitteh interested in grooming is a kitteh that’s feeling pretty darn good, I think! Sometimes, I love my brushie to a really embarrassing extent. I see Otis has similar feelings.

    Something seems goofy with my comments–I swear I’ve been leaving a comment almost efurry day but they don’t seem to “take”–huh. Well, I’ll keep trying!

  11. I think Otis is making eggs-cellent progress! A kitteh interested in grooming is a kitteh that’s feeling pretty darn good, I think! Sometimes, I love my brushie to a really embarrassing extent. I see Otis has similar feelings.

    Something seems goofy with my comments–I swear I’ve been leaving a comment almost efurry day but they don’t seem to “take”–huh. Well, I’ll keep trying!

  12. Testing again through Twitter acc’t. this time πŸ˜‰ Hi sweet furiends, So happy to see Otis doing well. Hope this solves our mysterious commenting problem! Love your brushie pictures. You are looking furry healthy, Otis! XOXOXO

  13. We’re glad to hear the Leader is keeping himself clean. Nobuddy likes a dirty Leader! πŸ˜‰

  14. Love to see the effects of blissed out brushing on Otis’ face πŸ™‚

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