Last night I visited with Smokey for a bit, I just sat and talked to him. He was relaxed and didnt mind me being there - he had not eaten any food but that was ok he was still really groggy as you can see from the picture above. So I decided to pet him - and a pet turned into a brush which he seemed to like as he would work the one paw I could see just a little. Even tho he is short haired he had some matting on his back so I brushed him for a few minutes. Petted him on the head and left so he could rest.
This morning I went in to check on the Smokey Man. He had used his litter box and eaten most of his wet food. Not really enough to keep a big man cat going but enough to make me happy that he is moving around and eating some. I was very gentle in removing the upper layer of newspaper and his towel - he wasnt real sure and at one point hid his face in the corner of the crate. I petted him when he did this and he turned his head to watch - gave him clean box, towels and food. I brushed him again and he relaxed - Ive gotten out most of the matting on his back - he is so soft. His pain medicine was incredebly easy, I just put the tube up to the side of his mouth wiggled it a litte and he opened, pushed the plunger and done. I will drop his perscription for eye ointment off this morning and see how that goes this afternoon.
Thank you all for the purrs - they are appreciated!