I think he's got his inside kitty technique down pretty good.
On Sunday afternoon we had a scary event. I was out repairing the camera in Oliver's house and he came over to assist. He had climbed up between the insulation top enclosure and the large hinged heavy wooden roof. Then disaster struck, the support holding up the heavy wooden roof somehow gave way. The roof came crashing down - the next thing I saw was a black blur, as Oliver darted across the yard, limping heavily - his back leg not moving like the others. He made his way into the crawl space under the house - he was terrified. I crawled under with him and in time he crawled in my lap, purring. He was so scared.
Oliver let me touch him all over without visible signs of pain. I've been monitoring him closely since and he seems fine. I've been feeling sick thinking he might have been seriously hurt, but he's not limping anymore and is acting like nothing happened. I'm guessing he might have jumped out of the way in time to not have gotten squished, maybe he landed funny, thus the limp. It's a miracle he's okay as the roof of his house is insanely heavy. It could have easily been a serious injury. I felt awful but am SO grateful he's ok.
Limping is not new to Oliver, in fact it was seeing him limping on his back leg many years ago, that made me realize I needed to TNR him and get him medical help. By the time I had trapped him and got him to the vet the limping had stopped, so they never found out what was going on with his leg. I've noticed over time he sometimes takes stairs carefully and sometimes favors a back leg. Even though he's appearing normal, I might still take him to the vet to get checked out just for my own peace of mind and to get some x-rays of that leg to get a better idea what might be causing the longstanding, sporadic limp.
Monday night, I brought him inside for more monitoring and some healing inside kitty time.