November 19th 2014 12:53 am
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Mom's gotta go again today to have another surgery. Destiny got to go back to Mom's best friend's kennel for another vacation while Mom recuperates. We kitties however, get left out. We have to do without Mom while she's gone. Sure we have Russ staying here to take care of us while Mom is in the hospital, but nobody else is Mom. The best we cats can do is start planning our strategies to show our displeasure over Mom being gone. We already started carrying out some of our strategies to show our displeasure over having Russ instead of Mom as a caretaker. Russ left a big box of miscellaneous small items sitting on a chair in the living room. One of us, I won't say who, I don't want to be a tattle tale neither would I want to incriminate myself!...managed to dump the box and strew its contents across most of the living room. Mom heard the noise and came into the living room. Of course by the time she reached the scene of the crime, we cats had already fled. There wasn't a cat in sight. From our hiding places we watched as Mom picked up the mess and put the things back into the box...that wasn't exactly how we planned things to go. Russ was supposed to have to pick up the mess, not Mom. The timing of the instigator of the crime was off, we struck too early. Problem is, now Mom will warn Russ to keep his things in his room with the door closed so we can't strike his things again. And he missed out on seeing the big mess we made to show our displeasure and we missed out on getting to see his reaction. Oh well, we're sure to make the next few days interesting for him MOL!
November 3rd 2014 4:27 am
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Lately the weather outside has been getting colder, the leaves are falling from the trees, and Mom now has to put on her hoodie when she takes Destiny outside. We kitties are so lucky (or smart!) we never have to go outdoors to relieve ourselves! I don't even know why Mom likes dogs or wants them when she has to go outside in all kinds of weather, no matter how hot, humid, rainy, windy, cold, snowy, uncomfortable, or nasty the weather happens to be; all because of the dog. Then Mom has to stand around out there and wait for Destiny to get down to business and relieve herself. Compared to us kitties, dogs certainly seem to be helpless creatures in some ways! Dogs also seem to have demented taste buds. I can't count the number of times Destiny has snatched or tried to snatch poop out of our litter pans. If she succeeds evading Mom and snatching the poop, Destiny then EATS it. Ugh! Except for mother cats who have young babies and need to keep the nest clean, no self-respecting cat would ever get caught dead eating poop!
On the positive side, Destiny likes us cats. She's even careful not to step on us when she goes through the house. For our part, we cats just make sure Destiny never finds out that when she has to be escorted outside to relieve herself, we like to sit on the cat trees in the windows in the nice comfortable house and laugh at her. Actually we pity her. We don't pity Mom though for having to take her outside because it was Mom's choice to let this dog creature live with us. Poor dog doesn't even know how to use a litter pan. Dogs also don't know how to cover their own waste. (Don't remind me Mom, I know some of us kitties play the "dump and go" game and don't cover our waste either but at least we're smart enough not to let Mom catch those of us who "dump and go" without covering. Actually when the "dump and goers" leave their mess uncovered, there's a few others of us who will disgustedly get in the litter pan and cover the lazy offender's mess because the rest of us don't want to see or smell or take a chance on stepping in it either!)
Now I gotta go..not THAT kind of go! I gotta go grab my favorite spot on the cat tree because Mom's getting ready to take Destiny outside again and I'm not the only kitty here who's in the mood to watch the Destiny doggy doo-doo show. Why do humans want dogs anyway? That's a question we cats still haven't managed to answer.
October 28th 2014 10:13 am
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As time passes, Uno continues to adjust to her Feline Vestibular Syndrome conditiion. She's getting better at jumping up on things without losing her balance. It seems that where jumping up on things is concerned, much of her learning is by trial and error. At least now when she misses her target, she is becoming more and more likely to land on her feet. (It always scares me that she'll hurt herself when she jumps, misses, and fails to land on her feet although so far, even when she doesn't land on her feet she hasn't hurt herself. I catch her whenever I can.)
One big thing I've noticed about Uno's FVS, besides the head tilt, is that (hopefully temporarily) it's changed her personality. She's more nervous and anxious in her relationships with the other cats. Unless, she's lying down, when other cats get too close to her she gets agitated and smacks at them. I suspect she's afraid they'll knock her off balance. So far, since developing FVS, instead of playing with the other cats, Uno prefers to play with inanimate objects and my hands. She likes to lie down in my lap and bat at my hands, grab them with her forepaws, and then bite them. When she bites them, she totally inhibits her bite, never putting any real pressure on my fingers at all.
I hope Uno becomes more at ease with the other cats again and that she'll reach a point where she feels able to resume being her former self, at least enough to be able to play with the other cats again. (While typing this I had more feline help than I needed! Uno pulled the plug on my laptop and as soon as I'd plugged it back in, Jag turned off the surge protector at which point Gabriel obligingly walked across the keyboard!)