Dear Uncle Squirt
Thank you so much for your reply - I can see why you are the "Agony Cat" for the Daily Mews!
I know that "Box Men" (and women too!) can do a lot of good for us - I had a very close encounter with one of those horrible metal cages on wheels last year and if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here now (I was literally a whisker from Rainbow Bridge) so I owe him a lot.
I have just got back in from my most recent visit, I still have to wear the lampshade for another week and I'm still taking the pills too. I have also had the long lasting injection - yes they are these antibiotics you mention. OPM (that’s Over Protective Mum) has hit on a good way of giving me the tablets - make sure I'm hungry, then just give me a tiny amount of food with the pill in, I eat that down, then I get the rest of the helping, plus a lot of fuss and "good boys" from her.
As my wound is on my neck, none of the other ideas would work to protect it. So the lampshade is the only option. I have got nuzzling my OPM down to a fine art now (plenty of practice!) and as for my relationship with her that is easy - she's only doing it because she cares for me. What more could any cat ask for?
OPM also tells me YOU are having some trouble at present - I do hope your mum turns up soon, I'm sure we aren't the only Daily Mews readers rooting for you and we hope you enjoy your new home.
Thank you again from Denver from Devon (UK)