Firstly, Tom is now doing well.
He was in a special hospital unit that I had created for him in our home, he was treated very well, and very lovingly.... but Tom wanted his FREEDOM.... he started looking depressed and even though he was even tempered and never ever struck out - he would hiss and show his sadness in his posture.
Part of the hospital had an 'igloo' - a cube shaped, fabric covered, foam cat house with a hole for access, he would stay in there all the time and not roam about - other than to eat, drink or use the kitty litter.
It would break my heart that he would occasssionaly sit upon and thereby accidently crush his igloo and then would cower and jam his head down onto it - desperately trying to hide (when we would come out to be with him)...... his pupils would blow out and he would start to pant a bit.... I knew that even though he would calm a little when I would stroke him (Only allowed as he ate) that he was actually getting into a bad emotional state. (even with the herbs and suchlike - he was stressed)
I brought over a friends who has much more experience of cat rescue (She once ran a no kill shelter and had over 120 charges at one point!)
She watched him for a while (And had been helping me to monitor him previously) and her answer was - 'let him go, he is too distressed and upset and still too wild to tame down inside a house!' (Sigh)
reluctantly - but knowing she was right - we took him outside - I had set up a kennel with his Igloo, dishes of food, his cat milk etc... we then released him near the little mothers who are part of his pride - and bad hip & all - he took off like a shot (His hip must have healed quite a bit when he was with me!)
I will let you know when he comes back to eat and how I go with the outdoor taming down process.... so we (He & I) still need those prayers!
I still love my Tom, I just hope he comes back to the only home I can offer (apart from my heart which he already occupies!)
Take care everyone!