Myst here again. We want to thank all of you who have offered very excellent advice. We are going to wrap the pills in cheese now as Daisy suggested and we never knew why Muddy was hoarse, just had nightmares of his fussing too much, but glad to know it was only the breathing tube thanks to Tun Tun. You are all the best in the whole world. I do not know what we would do without you.
This has also been traumatic for my humans though Muddy seems to be getting more energetic and healthier every day. He does like to sleep just about anywhere these days, even right in the middle of the floor. He is eating again (when he refused at the vet's).
His tummy and part of his arm here were shaved for the surgery and you can see his bare arm a little bit in this photo.