How to Raise a Cat with Love

July 2021

How to raise a cat with love

Lily and Lucy, office supervisors.

For the love of a cat. You pour your heart out and never look back. I love cats. Never a commitment to take lightly.

 

To bring one into my home, it becomes their forever home. A hard decision. Do I devote myself to this little creature for the next 18 years?

 

So, I pick wisely and trust I haven’t made a mistake. A promise to the little four-legged one. We will work through whatever life throws at us. Will never abandon you, no matter what. Continue reading

Lucy Gets Spayed

 

 June 2021

Spayed cat in e-collar

Lucy in e-collar after spaying.

 

Being a responsible cat parent, you know spaying has to be done. But risk of anesthesia is always present. Words pound in your brain, “Everyday across the world hundreds of pets are being altered.”

 

The troubling part is, you have a special connection to your furry little family member, it becomes a personal thing. As with Lily, I tried to keep busy. Ready to drop whatever I was doing to go get her asap. You want to rescue them from the scary place of unknown smells and sounds. And let them know you haven’t abandoned them.

 

Injection for pain

They gave her an injection of Buprenorphine-SR, a slow-release medication for pain. It lasts for 3 days, and it could disorient her during the duration. A few times when sitting she fell over, sad to see her listless.

 

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Rodent Killers

June 2021

Rodent Killers Felis Catus

Lucy “Little Tornado”

 

You’d think that an animal with the scientific name of “Felis catus”, might just have killer instincts.

 

Years ago, presented with an embarrassing statement of proclaiming… “No self-respecting mouse would dare enter my house with 5 cats.” A few days later, a mouse scurried across my living room floor.

 

Devastated that at least one of the five wasn’t in hot pursuit. Nope. They ignored the intruder. Cat dialogue; “He’s been here a while. Besides, he doesn’t eat much.”

 

My first cat was a fierce hunter. Taking down birds, mice, gophers, and even a pet rat that escaped. It was white, so I’m sure it once was a pet.

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Carpets, Cats, and Sofa Cushions

June 2021

Bissell Shampooer uphosltery cleaned cushions

Cats enjoying their new jungle.

Ah kids, the carpet stains remain from the previous cat. We tried cleaning it and yet it still comes back.

 

So serious stuff now. I have read to clean with hot water first. Sure, just as you might pre-soak a stain before you throw it in the machine for laundering.

 

I dragged out the shampooer to proceed with the past due project. Only to find although it ran, no water came out. Hmm… dry shampooing is not what I had in mind. Tried the upholstery attachment, thinking maybe the water might divert to that and I can jump start the brushes at the bottom.

 

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Mischievous Siamese Cats

May 2021

Siamese playing with spider cat toy

Lucy’s second spider

Don’t know how many times in the past month, I have said, “What are you doing?” or “What have you done?”

 

Lucy Blue Point Siamese

After 3 months, Lucy must have figured out she can do no wrong. Thought we got past the ‘in trouble behavior’. As in, leave this alone or quit scratching on the furniture.

 

No end to what this little one can destroy. I should have kept a box for destroyed toys, just to recall the day I found them laying there on the floor in pieces. I cut several tails off mice toys as she has become obsessed with chewing on them. Don’t need her ingesting material.

 

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