Recuperating–Kitty Style

You’ll forgive me if today’s post is a bit on the shorter side. That’s because I’m into week 3 of recovery from a knee replacement.

Dear. God. In. Heaven.

Wow, it has been an eye opener for this 30 plus year orthopaedic nurse. To say I’ve gained unique perspective from the patient point of view is an understatement. Fortunately, I’ve had the best caregivers: Brother, friends bearing chicken noodle/casserole/dumpling dishes and willing to do laundry or slap me around when a pity party threatens.

And then there are the kittes.

Gotta make sure the bed is ready!

Gotta make sure the bed is ready!

Seriously, hanging out with my baby cats 24/7 has been fun and they are doing their part.Β Β In fact, I believe their special kind of healing began in the hospital. The 2nd night after my surgery, I kept waking up “sensing” Cricket in my room! Now, we both know I was not at home and she doesn’t drive so she couldn’t have been there, right? Right? RIGHT?

But then I came home. Cricket is the shy one even around me, but this little girl gloamed onto me like a magnet. You’ve seen the one commercial where a guy has his two kitties around his ankles like boots? That is Miss Cricket. She’s lying in my lap, draped over my ankles, following my walker, meowing her little head off. She keeps wanting to lie ON my healing knee.

Grayson is still the inquisitive one. He splays out across my chest, sniffs around the walker, the CPM machine (passive motion machine), a trick that makes me nervous when he gets around the controls! He distracts me with his antics and I’m convinced he’s set the world record for tail chasing.

Wonder what this button does?

Wonder what this button does?

Now, back to more kitty therapy!

What about your pets? Do they sense when you aren’t feeling well? What do they do to make you feel better?


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  • Jane says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Joan. We didn’t have pets growing up and since then I’ve only had fish. I imagine it’s an amazing feeling knowing that your pets can sense when you need them.

    • Jane, you’ve got a pet today – the rooster. Although I wouldn’t expect too much TLC from him. Unless you’ve got TimTams!

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Jane! You caught the bird. If you still have fish…they’re probably safe. He’s far more fond of nicking cookies. Ha!

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Hi Jane! Thanks for the wishes. I used to have an aquarium and thought my fishies were attuned to me. They would swim up gulping their mouths. I KNOW they were trying to talk to me πŸ˜€

      Moving the Percocet far away….

  • Joan, so glad the op went well. You’ll be up chasing those mischievous cats any day now. Well, maybe in a week… I am petless too – I tend to make up for it by sticking up pictures of cats on Facebook! My recipe for a great recovery is lots of great romance novels! And Richard Armitage to make me tea when I so require. Hmm, is that a waste of RA’s presence? I think it might be! Although I do like my tea!

  • Helen Sibbritt says:


    I am glad all went well and you are on the way to recovery with the help of Cricket and Grayson and I totally agree that pets sense when you are not well and tend to stay a bit closer and give bigger cuddles

    Have Fun

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Thanks Helen!

      They amuse if nothing else, OR like last evening while lying with the bending machine on, Grayson settled on my chest…with his HINDQUARTERS facing my FACE!

      And swished his tail for good measure..

  • Barb says:

    hope for a speedy recovery Joan, my neighbour has just had that done…. we don’t have any pets now but I know when we did we had to make sure we looked after them so it kept us going at times

  • Susan Sey says:

    Good morning, Joan! I’m so glad you’re back up & around! And I’m delighted the kitties are helping you out. I firmly believe their little kitty spirits are attached to yours, & are pulling your forward into full healthy. I don’t have any pets–well, we have a guinea pig but that’s a lot like having a pet mouse or something. Not so interactive. But I had them growing up & I completely know how comforting a warm, purring lapful of kitty can be. Keep healing!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Glad to hear your recovery is going well and the kitties are doing their part to look after you.

    My girls are great at giving cuddles when I’m not feeling well or am upset. Even CC, who is really active and always out and about will come and sleep on the bed next to me when I’m ill. My shy girl, Jersey Girl, always makes sure she’s close by, but will be on my lap at the first sign of distress.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey Joanie T! So glad you’re on the mend. I well know how comforting and helpful and healing pets can be. I adore my pups, as you well know. And they DO know when I’m feeling blue, or when I’m sad and stick closer. Or sometimes, they clown around to make me laugh.

    I haven’t had kittehs for awhile – DH is allergic! – but there is nothing like a lapful of purrrrrrrrr! Love that. I’m cat sitting occasionally for a friend and it gives me a cat-fix. Grins.

  • catslady says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery. I have a friend who is going to have one knee done next week but she had her other one done years before. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any pets. I always have at least two cats that sleep with me – I’ve learned to lie very still lol. They all seem to share me. Some come and keep me company when I’m on the computer. Other if I’m on my couch. I I have a feral that will sit on my lap if I sit on the floor near the door lol. love to hear them purring. They say animals sense things we don’t and that they will help you feel better πŸ™‚

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Joanie! So glad the recovery is progressing well, if not as quickly as you would like. πŸ˜‰

    Glad you’re getting lots of TLC from the kitties. Cassy is kind of clueless when it comes to my moods and Rachel is always a love bug so, with her, I can’t tell if she knows I’m sick or is just being her normal cuddly self.

  • Joan, I’m so glad you’re feeling better. There’s no comfort like a warm, snuggly animal.

    Her Majesty doesn’t concern herself much with our moods, except as they affect the availability of food. The male golden we used to have, though, appointed himself Comforter in Chief. If anyone was upset, he bumped his big head up against their hands and snuggled close. The boy especially appreciated this during the evil Time Out intervals occasionally inflicted on him when he was small.

  • kaelee says:

    Joan I hope you continue to improve. I am familiar with knee and hip replacement operations as my mother law and a few aunts had that type of surgery. It’s not easy walking through the pain until the movement becomes pain free.

    Over the years a few of the cats who lived with us would offer comfort if we weren’t feeling well. The two who currently reside with us not so much.

    Take care of yourself and do the prescribed exercises. It does get easier.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    To all my Bandits and BB’s. So sorry for the short shrift blog today. Been a bit tough today with the exercise. But just being with ya’ll has made it easier. Now, to a hot shower than a cold pack and the couch. Love ya!

  • I do think pets sense your feelings. It does seem like when I’m down or stressed both boys (the cats, not my real boys) are there clamoring to be on top of me. Joanie, you will love the results once you get fully recuperated. A friend of mine had the same thing done a few years ago and she said it was the best thing she ever did.

  • SO glad you have Nurse Cricket and Nurse Grayson on the job! My fur kids are very attuned to my bad and sad moods and when I am ill they cuddle up in bed with me and don’t move. Frodo the Horrible is amazing. When I have a migraine he will touch his nose to the spot where the migraine is pulsing and give it the occasional lick. He is very attentive when I am sick. And the cats always sleep on my feet when I don’t feel well.

    Glad your surgery went well and just hang in there and you will be dancing again soon!

  • Glad you’re back on the blog and back at writing, Joan! Can’t wait to read the next Roman book, The Patrician’s Fortune!

    As for pets knowing when you don’t feel well. I’m convinced Rocky-the-wonder-dog knows when one of us is under the weather. He sticks close by, just so we can pet him to make ourselves feel better.

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Joan! And
    hello to all all the fur-babies!

    Pat C.