January 13th 2014 8:04 pm
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Zoey and Seph came along for the ride when we drove from Ohio to New Hampshire, a VERY long drive. Of course, Zoey is as afraid of being in the car as he is of anything else new, so he was quiet in his carrier for most of the ride. Seph, however, is not a fan of being in a crate, so he meowed....at the same pitch the entire time. Meow Meow Meow. We tried pleading, scolding, listening to music, talking loudly, complete silence, but nothing made him stop. We were driving through New York late at night and both of us were exhausted. We got off at an exit and stopped at some hotels. None of them accepted pets and we refused to leave them alone in the car, so our only option was to drive to the nearest rest stop and sleep in the car. Since the car wasn't moving, we let the cats out of their carriers. While Zoey chose to stay in his carrier anyway, Seph laid on our dashboard and kept watch over us for the night, never making a sound. The next morning, both cats were once again locked in their carriers and we got on the road again. Seph, once again, meowed the entire ride, but this time we weren't quite as annoyed. Now we simply try to avoid car trips with the cats as much as possible, which is just fine with them as long as we aren't gone too long and we leave them enough food!
August 18th 2013 10:15 am
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There are a few more things that make Zoey happy. One is a laser pointer. However, he can only play with this for a short period of time before he gets tired and simply watches the laser rather than chasing it. He chases balls and other cat toys for about the same length of time. He likes to hide and jump out at Seph in an attempt to catch him in a surprise. Seph is very observant, however, so I've yet to see Zoey successfully surprise him. Both Zoey and Seph enjoy sitting in front of a window watching birds, squirrels and bunnies, so we put a bird feeder near 2 of the windows to increase the animals' visits to our yard. This is what we call "TV for cats" and it can keep them busy for hours. Zoey has a habit of pushing Seph off of the perch to make more room for himself, and Seph typically takes this in stride and finds another window to look out.
Finally, Zoey loves to cuddle. This is my favorite part of his sometimes frustrating personality. The best part of Zoey's day is when I am in the bedroom reading my Kindle or watching television because He can lay on my stomach and put his nose to my face. I assume this is his way of expressing affection, but I could do without a cold nose against my own nose or forehead. He also purrs and puts his neck out so I can rub his chin. Despite the fact that Kita is our pride and joy and that Seph is a lot more well-behaved and is always around, at these moments I can see the gratitude and true loyalty that he has to me and I know that he loves me more than he loves anyone or anything in the world. Something in his big eyes at these times says it all. His frustrating qualities are somehow forgiven and I know that I'm very lucky to have him in our lives.
August 15th 2013 5:08 pm
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Zoey eats everything: any type of cat food or treats, dog food, human food and anything that looks like it might be edible. He once ate part of our fake Christmas tree. You might think we don't feed him enough but we feed him multiple times daily and more than our other cat, Seph. Worse yet, we get yelled at by our vet for him being overweight (he is 13 lbs on a good day), but if we limit his food he just finds other things to eat that are worse for him.
The only time he ventures out into the family room is while the dog is outside so that he can eat any dog food that may be left out. He knows that he has a limited amount of time before I notice and remove the food bowl, so he walks low to the ground very slowly, fill his mouth with as much food as possible, and then runs into another room so that he can dump the food and eat it at his leisure. His leisure, of course, is about 2 gulps without chewing done within a 30 second time span. I'm not thrilled about this trait as dog food is not good for cats, is more expensive and it certainly doesn't help solve his weight problem.
to be continued...