Minnie’s head was tilted at a weird angle to her left, her left eye closed. She was sitting on her favorite spot on the couch and seemed to be looking at me out of her open right eye. Oh no, I thought, what’s wrong now. She looked so strange like she couldn’t straighten out her head or open her eye. A stroke maybe? An inner ear infection throwing her balance off? I thought of my friends cat who was recently put down. She could barely stand up, kept loosing her balance, couldn’t straighten her head.
I looked closely at Minnie, trying not to imagine the worst. That’s when I saw the stump where her leg used to be moving furiously. Minnie was trying to scratch her ear. I took her head in my hands and rubbed the left side of her face and ear. When we had Minnie’s leg amputated, her not being able to scratch her ear never even entered my mind. Makes me wonder what else she can’t do that I’m not aware of.