Murray crawled up next to me on Thursday night and started making biscuits on the blanket I had overtop of me. He then did a couple of donuts before settling into place. Murray sleeps curled up a lot, a pose we’ve come to refer to as “The Croissant Kitty”. When he sleeps this way, almost every back paw pad is in full view, which is how I noticed the big booboo.
Murray has black paw pads. (They used to be purple!) So the bloody one stuck out (forgive the phrase) like a sore thumb. I tried to get a closer look but he pulled his leg away the moment I touched it. I told Toby Joe to get a better look as I held him close. He paw was indeed bloody. We had no idea why.
As I looked around our apartment trying to figure out what had happened to Murray’s paw, I noticed that there were little bloody prints all over the apartment. They seemed to originate in the kitchen and come to an end in Em’s room next to a green rug Murray enjoys sleeping on.
Well, after careful thought we’ve decided that Murray must have burned himself on the stove, something I’ve been worried about for a while since we’ve never had any success keeping him off of the counters and stove. Somehow he’s never been burned before. But his luck ran out sometime last week. Poor kitty.
It’s healing quite nicely, however.
Of course, one might imagine that he’s now afraid of the counters and stove. Not the case at all. Because that would make sense.
(Be warned, fellow cat lovers! The oven poses a great threat to our naive fuzzies!)