Oh, dear. My poor Max has hurt himself, and I have not idea how or even what is wrong!
A bit ago I was sitting on the couch, and I heard a plaintive little sound from him. At first I didn't pay attention as it was similar to the sounds he makes when he is talking to me or one of his siblings. He was right by the food dishes, and I thought he might be telling me he was hungry. But then I looked more closely ....
He was sitting still with one paw not quite on the floor. I called him to come to me, and he tried, but he didn't want to put that foot on the ground. He sat back down, and gave me another little throaty sound. Clearly something was wrong.
I went over and picked him up, carried him to the couch and began trying to find what was wrong. I can find nothing at all wrong. No nails are broken, no blood is there, he doesn't wince when I palpitate the leg and the foot; yet he won't put the foot down with weight on it.
He has been sitting beside me on the couch for over 30 minutes. I put him down a bit ago, and he limped around, but he is still uncomfortable. I'm just keeping him close and I'll watch him tonight. If he is still favoring it tomorrow, I guess we will be at the vet's office to see what is up. Max is the one with the very bowed front legs, and I hope there isn't any real damage. Cross your fingers for a sprain or better yet, just a muscle strain. I surely wish I knew what happened to him. I don't know if he was outside and hurt it going up or down the steps, twisted it in the doggy door or just what. Poor little guy.
The carpet is being laid tomorrow morning. I'm hoping a couple hours, maybe three, and they will be done. Especially if I need to take the boy into town, I will be glad to have them out of the way. I was hoping to stay home and put the house back in order, but when my babies are hurting, that comes first, of course. :'(
Hope I can keep him comfortable tonight.