I have been in our apartment at Kottayam for about a month now. Its only today that I got access to a computer screen for the first time in two months, I should say. Our adventure that started on the 21st of May, 2020 has brought us thus far. Much has happened in the in-between.
One of the latest things that happened is that I got bitten by our cat. Sunshine was transported by QA about three weeks back to India where he was held for about a week in Bangalore, the only place in South India that still receives imported animals during the lockdown. Bangalore is in the neighbouring state to Kerala, where I am.
He has had some issues with adjusted to a new place, a new country, afterall, he is 8 years old and one does get set in one’s ways with age. So with him. For the first two days, he walked around restlessly and then got settled down, till last Monday, when the constant mewing started. He was always at the door wanting to be let out. We live in a 15-storey apartment and it is possible that many of the residents in the apartment are not cat lovers.
I let him out a couple of times into the lobby in front of our apartment when he cried and he walked sniffing at neighbouring apartment doors( fortunately, they had no residents) – and then he wanted to go up and down the stairs. I am big and obese, so climbing up and down stairs is rather painstaking for me, and keeping pace with a strong cat is even more difficult. Yet, I did it to the best of my ability.
Last Saturday, I let him out when he mewed and he went up one floor and found out there was a garden there on a balcony- with plants. And also the grills were not cat proofed- Freedom !!. He explored for some time, sniffing the plants and enjoying the fresh early morning air. I tried to persuade him to return to our apartment and lifted him, when he attacked me viciously.
I have so many scratches, there is no more skin left and I can’t move my right hand for the pain- plus one cat bite. Bleeding, I managed to keep my head and pull him into our apartment, when he calmed down. But I bled onto my clothes- I waited for an hour to show my husband, who as expected exploded and wanted to get me vaccinated for rabies immediately. We both knew there was no need for this as Sunshine is an indoor cat and has been fully vaccinated for rabies as per international regulations or he wouldn’t have been allowed to travel. Yet, we felt we had to do something.
It is COVID time and there are strange protocols in hospitals. The hospital we went to refused to give us the vaccination saying we needed to go to the government hospital, which had the vaccination and the immunoglobulin which had to be injected locally on my palm. The palm is very dense in blood and nerve supply and is a direct opening for the rabies virus into the human nervous system. We couldn’t go to the government facility as it has reported a large number of COVID cases. So we went home. The next day, we went to another private facility where I had my Rabies vaccination and a dressing done. So I am now resting at home, watching Youtube on TV, which is something I just learnt can be done quite easily.
So that is what has been happening to me recently.