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