Things are still reasonably tranquil here with The Texas Love Cats. Rossie stands her ground when it’s called for, and I’m pleased to see that. Lady, for the most part, walks away when she’s told to do so. Mr. L returned home from San Antonio last night, so Ajax is calming down. He walked in the door, and Ajax dashed to meet him. Mr. L stepped outside for a minute to retrieve something from the truck and Ajax threw himself off the cat tower and scrambled into the kitchen. I’m sure he feared he’d lost his daddy again.
Remember the orange tabby? I’ve taken to calling him Scooter — he scoots whenever he sees me.
Rossie’s cage has been down for a little over a week, and I’m pleased to report she’s still doing very well. She’s limiting her movements to downstairs (as far as I can tell), but I’m happy about that. She has a plethora of defensible positions down here to fend off Daphne and Lady or anyone else who decides it’s fun to give her a hard time. Daphne is the greatest offender lately. Lady mostly ignores her.
Rossie enjoys spending the morning in the window watching the outdoor activities. Her next favorite place is under the rocking chair in the corner or on it. She’s approachable on the rocking chair or in the window. Sometimes she curls up in one of the huts on the cat tower. She enjoys cat treats and will even venture across the room to get them.
When Daphne gives chase, Rossie runs and hides, but she’s out in the open more, and I haven’t seen nearly as many instances of “deer in the headlights” as I used to. For those of you with cuddly housecats, Rossie isn’t competing there yet. For a scared feral kitty with serious emotional issues, she’s come a long, long way. Dr. Valeri was thrilled to hear these developments when Daisy was in for her annual exam.
Rossie isn’t very comfortable right now, but what recent graduate really is? I disassembled Rossie’s cage today. She hasn’t been in it for at least two months. I removed the box from the corner she has been hiding in and placed the rocking chair she hides under on the floor with a fresh sleeping pad. Rossie hasn’t been under there yet (but Lady and Tarzan have both investigated). In fact, I’m not certain where she is (she’s hiding behind the trunk to my left). Did I change too much at once for her world? I hope not. She’s been doing so well. Daisy (pictured) is a little confused, too. Ruby was down here a couple hours ago investigating the empty space. Sapphire is checking it out now. I’ve done some of the vacuuming, but need to finish the job. Mr. L processed the stuff in the box that was under the rocking chair, and you can see remnants scattered around the room. What do we have drawer rails for? We don’t remember. He found a handful of N-gauge railroad track and other goodies.
Mr. L came home, so Rossie has emerged from her hiding place and is hiding behind the vacuum cleaner, investigating the area. She looks a little shell-shocked. Daphne just got a little twittish, so Rossie took refuge under the chair. Good. It’s still a defensible position for her.
What do I mean by Daphne being “twittish”? If Rossie or Daisy are out, Daphne will make a run at them in a mock attack. If I ever hear Daisy growling, I know Daphne is nearby. Daphne will do that with Sneaky sometimes, too. Thankfully, Rossie’s confidence has increased to the point where she has a method for handling Daphne’s mock attacks. We’ll see how she handles this next phase in her development. I’m hopeful things remain positive.
I don’t want to get too excited just yet, but Lady has had free reign in the house for a couple of weeks now. She’s limping some but seems to be recovering well from her broken foot. She’s not letting it bother her. For the moment all nine cats have been living in relative peace. How long that will last, we do not know, but we remain hopeful. Rossie rarely grants us petting time, but she is visible and present. We consider that a positive. Daisy grants petting privileges when she’s in the petting chair. Sapphire is permitting me to pet her in the morning when she escorts me to the bathroom — which is tremendous progress in her socialization.
Sneaky remains sequestered in the dining room, and that’s the way she likes it. I join her in the recliner at least once a day for 20-60 minutes, and she’s happy about that. Sometimes she waylays Mr. L for the same.
Zelda has been eyeing the door and contemplating if she wants to come inside, but, so far, I’ve been unsuccessful at luring her in. She remains distainful of the trap, so it would appear the only way I’ll be abe to catch her for her annual exam and vaccinations is to earn her trust enough to pick her up and put her into a carrier. We seem to be quite a ways away from that.
Walter is on a different schedule from us. I see him on the game camera, but I haven’t seen him in person for a couple weeks. I expect to see him in the next couple days, because it’s time for me to apply his Revolution, and he always seems to show up on time for that.
Lady is doing well. She still limps, but over most of last week, the cage has been open and it’s been up to her if she wants to be in it or not. Several times, I’ve seen her resting on the cushion. I put a box next to my bed … Continue reading →
We have updates on three of our girls this week. First, Lady is doing well. I’m letting her out of the cage more and more, and she’s moving around reasonably well. She still limps, and, mostly, she wants in one of our laps. She has sharp claws, and she’s not … Continue reading →
It’s been a week and a half since Lady broke her foot. Dr. Val was correct when she said Lady wouldn’t need more pain medication. On Wednesday, I began letting her out of the cage to take a brief walk. On Wednesday, Lady limped pronouncedly. On Thursday, her limp was … Continue reading →
After staying mostly in one place, Lady put herself in the carrier last night. She tried going in there when I brought her home after seeing Dr. Val, but she was in too much pain to turn around, so she came back out. That she felt well enough to go … Continue reading →
Yesterday afternoon, Lady was rummaging around on the top of Rossie’s cage. We have a lot of stuff on top of the cage to protect the cats from getting their feet caught, but Lady found the one space at the edge of the top and must have caught her right … Continue reading →
No, Lady and Zelda aren’t together, but those are the two I’m updating you on today. Lady has been demanding a lot of attention lately. She just spent several minutes on my lap purring loudly while getting her ears rubbed. Zelda isn’t letting us near her any more than she … Continue reading →