Our expert says:
Thanks so much, Paul, I'm deeply touched. And thanks, too, anon and others. Its fascinating how he seems to be genuinely puzzled by the loss of his voice, and gives you elaborate silent meoows while starign intently at you, hoping you get the message. And, as his urge to voalize and communicate is intact, he is developing a range of very expressive and audible sighs. As he has begun not only eating his usual several meals each mealtime, but energetically exploring the contents of my own plate ( it's a bit like going through customs ), at some level he may be improving.
Now, when I eventually give in and allow him out again, if he still can't meoow, the puzzle is how to know when he arives back at the door. I doubt that he can learn to ring the bell. But, now that I think of it, I have attached two unusable CD's to the cord on the front door key ( so its harder to lose ), and when he wanted to go out and found the door locked, he decided to swipe at the CD's so they would bang on the door --- maybe I can rig up a similar arrangement from the outer door-handle, so he can knock to come back in ?
Ah well, makes a change from worrying about settlements in Kosovo.
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