Gruff Behind Bars

Gruff, the stray cat that lives in our basement, was injured in a fight. His leg was terrible damaged and very infected. The vet thought that he might have even lost the leg if it had not been treated in time.

We have never brought old Gruff to the vet before. He did not try  to kill anybody, even though he has tried to kill me. In the last few years he has calmed down quite a bit and has become pretty snuggly.

He fights with our cats and marks his territory so he can’t be allowed to wander the house. The wound is stitched and has a drain for the infection so he can’t go outside. We compromise by letting him stay in an old dog cage we bought at garage sale. Needless to say he doesn’t like it and I don’t know how we will handle his bathroom issues.

For now he sits in the box and glares at us. I think, though that he likes being in the living room with the people and the other cats. He is rather handsome.


  1. Justine wrote:

    He probably thinks he is in cat jail and doesn’t undertand why….

    Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink
  2. Keith wrote:

    He stayed the night in the upstairs bathroom. He used the cat box, so some time in his life he was litter trained.

    The only problem is that he meowed all night. At 4:30 in the morning it got so bad that I took him out to the garden (fenced in as of yesterday). I sat in a lawn chair and let him roam free. He only wanted to sit in my lap.

    He’s back in the bay window in his cage, now. He is crying, but we can’t let him out while his wound still has the drain in it.


    Friday, May 3, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink
  3. Justine wrote:

    If you get him fixed, wont he stop marking?

    Monday, May 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink
  4. Keith wrote:

    He’s fixed. He learned to be a Tom Cat and mark his territory, so he did not forget after he was fixed. He is aggressive towards our cats and can scratch if you move too fast. He has been fixed for about a year, but it was done too late.


    Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink
  5. After all he’s pretty beautiful :)

    Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink