Here's Fluffy - she's a gray calico 15 year old barn cat rescue. She's been in my house since she was about 3 months old, but wasn't crazy about human contact when she was younger... and HATES to be picked up.
She did get out about a year ago and spent the night outside. When we found her she was under bushes at the end of the house and terrified - I managed to pick her up (without her going ballistic) and bring her back in. That experience apparently gave her an attitude adjustment and she's been a nicer kitty since then. However, if she's going to be petted, it's going to be on her own terms.
She had been losing weight, throwing up and her coat had gotten really scruffy looking. The only thing she'll eat is the dry food she's been on all these years. I've tried everything trying to entice her with food, treats, etc. Nada - she won't touch anything else. She'll sniff it and walk away. These pictures were made before she got sick and her coat was much nicer looking.
Her and Emma Grace close to the window.
She looks nothing like her mother (who was Halloween and featured in an older post. Though Halloween had a LOT of kittens over the years, Fluffy was the only long haired.
She went from being a gorgeous, long haired cat to a skinny, ratty looking one. This is "mama" Halloween:
Anyway, finally got her to the vet a few weeks ago (a challenge itself) and blood work showed she has hyperthyroidism. Now, there's not a snowball's chance in hell that I could dose her with pills, but fortunately there's now a transdermal medication that can be rubbed in her ears. That sounded doable - except this is Fluffy we're talking about.
This is twice a day and the first week was rough - took two people and she was NOT pleased. However, I've been sweet talking her and after about 2-1/2 weeks she's decided it's not so bad after all.
She still isn't going to tolerate being picked up, but has become a bit more affectionate and doesn't hiss and run now. She's not throwing up and hopefully will soon put on some weight and her coat will improve.
Cats are such peculiar creatures - at least the ones I have are.