Monday, May 25, 2009

What I have been up to...

Not all of you follow both my blogs, so here's my "news" from the "Cat" side...

Seems I'm always busy! Today I set aside for blogging, leaving the cats to entertain themselves.

Kittens are growing up...they are now eating kitten food and using the litterbox (well, most of the time...they are still learning that one has to stop playing before one gets the urge that they gotta go, NOW!)



Mamacat Coco and her 4 flowerchildren spent 10 days in the care of my petsitter as I went off for four days, to the seaside to a Street Rod car show with a friend. I let them stay there for a few extra days as they get lots of attention and they changed from chubby little kittens into svelte and racy CRex...that was the biggest change I saw when I picked them up on Saturday! (Oh, I stayed for a while and visited, munched on Guacamole, Salsa, chips and S'Mores along with a few Mojitos with mint fresh from their garden!).

Once back at home, I settled Coco and her kids into the master bathroom as they've outgrown the tent and this is the next step, while they purrfect their litterbox skills. They're eating canned food eagerly, playing like kittens do-crabwalking, racing hither and yon, and learning kitten social skills.


Disco continues to "Behave" and while he did spray once (right next to me while I was sitting on the couch, talking on the phone--which means not paying attention to him!) otherwise he is much improved over his previous behavior. He is on anxiety medication, Buspirone, and he seems quite content. Well, not really...he had to start his diet (so that means just because he's tubby, the rest of the cats have to diet too!).

When he was a showcat, he weighed about 11# and being confined due to his spraying, he ballooned up to over 13#. I got him down to 12# feeding him only canned food (The Catkins Diet) but hoped that once he had free run of the house again and 3 levels to exercise in, that he could go back to eating dry food free choice again.


Nope! He has become very carb-intolerant and got up to 14#, so now he gets canned food twice a day and a few kibbles of dry a couple of times a day. And in a week he has lost 8 ounces so the diet's working!

Sonny is being the purrfect Rehab cat, has moved out of the Rehab cage to the guest bathroom, is consistently using the litterbox, not yowling, digging, scratching or otherwise acting out, so in another week, he will move into the guest bedroom.



That is the routine at the Rehab clinic here at Furrydance and I am happy with his progress so far, based on how bad he was at his previous home especially! The other cats will be a bit upset they won't be able to lay in the sun on the bed in the guestroom--it's the sunniest room in the house and the cats love it...but one has to make adjustments when it comes to the well-being of a kitty with a problem.

Zephyr, the newest arrival at the Furrydance Rehab Clinic, has only been here 4 days, but seems to be resting and not showing any of the anxiety issues that were reported in her previous home, which included eating holes in clothes, vocalizing, frequent vomiting, and separation anxiety.

She is a very sweet girl! As you see in this photo, she is in the cage that Sonny was in a couple of weeks ago (of course, all disinfected and deodorized with her own personal bedding and fresh litterbox). She is relaxed, friendly, not vomiting-vocalizing-or eating her cat bed, so I am very pleased that she seems so at ease now.

When Sonny moves into the guest room, Zeffie will move into the bathroom and I hope that after a couple of weeks, I can start introducing Zeffie to Sonny and maybe they will become friends and keep each other company...that's the best case scenario while I evaluating them and then seek the purrfect home for them...maybe even together like Nacho and Peachie did! That would make me very happy!

I've had a busy weekend, updating blogs, making photo albums for expectant parents, playing with the kittens, Sonny and Zeffie, with time for a picnic (good thing it was yesterday since it's raining today!) with a smidgen of housework and getting ready for the week at work--gotta iron those uniforms still! In between, thoughts of Spot keep coming to mind but I am glad he isn't hurting anymore and that gives me peace. I ordered a special remembrance bracelet and it arrived on Thursday.

It's sterling silver and has birthstone gems on it, capping the ends of the bracelets hollow space for ashes. so I decided to have one stone be for Spot and one stone be for Bo, my beloved Cornish Rex who went to the Bridge in 2005. Spot was born in June, so his stone is a Moonstone and Bo in August, so his is a Peridot. I also got a pretty Cherry box just like Bo's Oak box and put Spot's photo in it.






And, if you'd like to see more kitten pix and their newest video...wander over to Curlz and Swirlz and take a look...

12 comments:

  1. Wow - you've been busy! lots of cat things going on....

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  2. hey! i've just popped in and you have two new posts. i'll be back tomorrow to catch up.

    xo

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  3. It looks like you and I both need longer days! Hugs to all the babies.

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  4. Love seeing the kitties...

    And though I've nine cats, a kitten would be wonderful...

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  5. Wow!So many cats. We also used have lots of cats back home. I used to pick them up from the street from school. Most cats in the Philippines are abandoned. Your cats are very lucky they are so much loved.

    Thank you for your comment. I still miss the duckling very much. It'll take me a while to get over it.

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  6. Looks like you never have a dull moment...love those kitties!

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  7. Its really funny... Love seeing the kitties... Thanks for sharing...

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  9. "Wow" you stay busy like my mom.The kittens are all adorable and so lucky to have you to take care of them.Hugs to you all...Ariel

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