We eat and play together but Buster is in full control when it comes time to decide what time we go to sleep at night. The purchase of an automatic feeder has helped me with getting some sleep as Buster never seemed to adjust after the first time change once he arrived in my home from the sanctuary. His 5:00am feeding soon turned into 4:15am and with mom not being a morning person…well, the feeder works!
A few challenges came up in 2015 for Buster – the most difficult being dental issues. After a trip to the vet, it was discovered Buster had severe gum disease most likely caused by many broken teeth which had never been tended to. His doctor prescribed medicine and home we went with high hopes and an empty wallet. Instruction was 3 full syringes before each meal for 3 weeks. It took two weeks to realize there was more medicine being sprayed all over my kitchen than in Buster’s mouth – Buster wasn’t buying it. Plan “B” came soon, the doctor decided to remove all of Buster’s teeth. I didn’t want to see him in pain any more. It was a lengthy complicated operation but a huge success. Buster is now toothless and happy! He does of course still have his fangs and incisors to maintain his wild mountain-cat appearance.
The next morning at 4:30am Buster Comforter Extraordinaire Christine shows up to help (Kyle’s mom). Buster allowed her to stay because of course, hunger had set in AND he does not like to be alone. Success after 48hrs though -a friendship with Kyle was forged through trust, Carbonara sauce and Netflix for the following 3 weeks. Buster even became a pillow lap-cat with Kyle – something he has never done with me.
I, of course, received a very cool reception from Buster once arriving home. He nestled up to Kyle when I tried to get him to come to me, sigh. But after a few days we were back to normal. Buster seems to have a 48hr adjustment thing going on. I am not planning any vacations away from home soon!