THIS IS DIXIE AS I FIRST FOUND HER. SHE'S LOOKING SO MUCH BETTER NOW BUT SEEMS TO ELUDE MY CAMERA. ONCE SHE'S BEEN GROOMED, I'LL DEFINITELY TAKE SOME "AFTER" PHOTOS.
Miss Dixie apparently decided she did not want to go to the groomer yesterday. I'd made an appointment for 9am and was debating whether or not to go, but Dixie made the decision for me. The road in front of our house was icy and I'd heard reports of numerous accidents on the highway, but since I've driven on ice and in snow and don't have any fear of doing so, I thought I'd try it anyway.
I readied the cat carrier and grabbed a towel so I could wrap Dixie in it and protect both of us. She sat placidly as I approached her and allowed me to pet her head, which is a huge step forward for Dixie. I gently put the towel over her and she immediately began to resist. I didn't realize she had gained so much strength since she'd been living here. She's now what I call a "two-hand cat" - one that requires both hands firmly on her in order to place her in a carrier.
Dixie fussed and squirmed and wiggled until she was nearly free of the towel. I had taken one hand off of her so I could gently wipe her face and eyes. That proved to be my complete undoing. She took that opportunity to dig her back claws into my left hand and push off as a way to free herself. That was painful and left my hand punctured and dripping with blood. She wasn't being vicious in any way, she simply wanted out of my grasp and knew how to execute her escape.
I thought I'd simply scoop her up again and we'd be on our way, but Dixie was having none of that. She scurried to a hiding place and sat there peering at me through untrusting eyes. That situation was one I'd hoped to avoid. So, I told her she'd won and decided it would not help her if I pulled her from her safe spot. I cancelled the appointment and reset it for Thursday. I'll use a different approach next time.
To my surprise and great relief, Dixie forgave me for frightening her and last night she not only rubbed against my leg, which was a first, she also allowed me to pet her neck, head, ears, and tail. Maybe I should try to capture her with a towel more often.