Toby’s Escapade and My Laser Treatment

After letting us become lulled into a false sense of securitytoby with the ‘catproof fence’, this week Toby made his bid for freedom and did a Houdini.

When the others came in for tea he was nowhere to be found. We all searched the house and garden several times calling until we were hoarse and eventually we came to the conclusion that he must have got out to the front of the house via the garage perhaps.

We all went out into the road with hearts in mouths in case we came across an injured cat – or worse – and called him again and again.

Just before dark I went out once more and was in the middle of asking a couple of the village workmen to keep an eye out for him when Bear shouted from the top of our road,

“He’s back!”

He had appeared at the back door. It was a huge relief, but also a bit worrying. Our catproof fence was flawed: he had found a loophole.

Yesterday was taken up with appointments in town so we kept all the cats in.

Today CC and I inspected the fence and tried to work out how Toby had got out. There was one possible gap near the shed so we closed that and then let the cats out under supervision.

Toby knew he was being watched even though we hid behind bushes and pretended to be weeding but, fortunately I was nearby when he made his move. He nipped up a post by the soon-to-be gate and I just caught him at the top.

He was pretty cross at being brought in but I was pleased to have found his escape route.

Lunch was delayed while CC, Jay and I made temporary  repairs. We’ll do a proper job when Sylvain has installed the long promised gate.


Yesterday’s appointments were an x-ray for Bear’s painful hip in the morning and a session at the opthalmologist in the afternoon.

He checked Bear’s left eye and decided that despite the existence of yellow spots (macular degeneration?) he would go ahead with a cataract operation in December. It is now up to us to make arrangements to see the anaesthetist and book a room at the polyclinic.

I was there for laser treatment because after last year’s operation the implant had become cloudy. I had no idea what to expect but was surprised when he asked me to sit at a table in front of a machine which closely ressembled all the other eqipment he uses for eye examinations.

“Rest your chin there and press your forehead firmly against the bar” – as usual.

The only ‘extras’ were places to rest one’s feet and instructions to hold on to the side of the table.

He then asked me to look at the green light with my right eye while he dealt with the left.

It lasted about five minutes but I was aware of blinking pretty frequently and finding it difficult to keep perfectly still, especially when I wanted to swallow. However, he was quite kind and patient.

The laser was a red light and didn’t hurt at all but it was disconcerting to feel and hear a kind of click or pop at the back of my head every time he fired it.

I remember thinking to myself,

“I hope he doesn’t take out any brain cells as I can’t afford to lose any!”

Afterwards he said I would probably have ‘mouches volants’ (literally flying flies but I suppose he meant floaters) for a few days but that there should be no pain or loss of vision. If that happened I was to come back immediately.

We paid 240 euros (reimbursable) and came home.

There are drops to apply three times a day for six days – and yes, I do see little black ‘insects’ occasionally but on the whole I am pleased with the result.

There is another appointment in a couple of weeks when I hope he will prescribe a change of correction for my glasses as I still don’t see as well as I’d like.

9 Responses to “Toby’s Escapade and My Laser Treatment”

  1. tillylil Says:

    I think cats relish the challenge of trying to find a way out when they know you don’t want them too. At least you now know that the gate will stop all escape routes for the time being.
    Sorry to hear you are still having problems with your eyes. Hope the lazer treatment works.

  2. Little old me Says:

    You are brave, I don’t think I could have my eyes lazered

  3. Pat Says:

    Never a dull moment with les chats it would seem and if they are anything like dogs IF they are determined to get out they always will find a way.
    You are brave – I hope the eye treatment is successful.

  4. canisfamiliaris Says:

    Toby is as much trouble to you as the prisoners of Stalag Luft 111 were to the German High Command! Time to double the guards and erect searchlights on the perimeter fence!!

    Yes, I’m keeping watch for cats carrying out little shovels to dig a tunnel out.

  5. sablonneuse Says:

    To Tracey, Helen and Pat, I’m determined to catproof the garden but Toby is certainly giving us a hard time.
    As for the laser treatment I’ll know if it’s successful in a couple of weeks when I go for a checkup. Thanks for your good wishes.

  6. Susie Vereker Says:

    Sounds a challenge to catproof a whole garden, I must say.

    The laser eye op sounded difficult and scary. I don’t know how you managed to keep still.

    (Thanks so much for ordering Paris Imperfect.)

    It ought to be possible to make the garden escape proof so I’m determined to try. The other cats seem very happy to play in their own garden ut Toby is obviously the adventurous one. I wonder if that’s because he is the only (neutered) male!
    Looking forward to reading Paris Imperfect but may have to wait until i get new glasses.

  7. zuleme Says:

    yes, you have to watch out for escape routes! When we first put up the fence, Miss Ramona found a way to get under it, which resulted in me going on and fixing all the stake downs. Then this fall something chewed a way in and Harper was sitting on the other side of it. Neither one of them went far. And one day someone left the back door open and R was sitting in the garage when Olof came home and chased her in.
    That is why I do border patrol every morning. Bears and raccoons.

    We shouldn’t be troubled by wild animals – except for moles and small rodents, but having wooden poles is a bit of a problem. In most places we have a wide overhang of the fencing but where Sylvain has promised to fit a gate there were upright poles to close the fencing temporarily. There was a smaller overhang here and Toby found the weak spot.

  8. guyana gyal Says:

    Toby looks like one of our neighbours’ cats, but he is constantly in our yard…if you miss Toby, he might very well be here!

    You are so very brave to submit to laser surgery. How’s your eye doing now?

    Well Toby is aventurous but I think your yard might be a bit far!
    Tnanks for asking about the laser. I’m having a check up next week and hope I’ll get new glasses because it’s still not very comfortable to read.

  9. Keith Says:

    This reminds me of “The Great Escape” and “Chicken Run” films. If you’ve seen these films then you should be careful about leaving a motor-bike, or wood to build a plane, lying around in the garden. You never know, the cats may have seen the films as well and it would put ideas into their heads.

    If they escape again you should consider having watchtowers built around the garden.

    Just a thought, how do you know whether or not they have started a tunnel from under the potting shed?

    Yes, but surely in ‘Chicken Run’ the farmer was planning to eat them. Surely my cats don’t think I’m going to make them into Pussy Pies!
    In answer to your last question: No problem we don’t have a potting shed. On the other hand, if the moles can tunnel in . . . . . . .

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