In a development which will surprise no one, Daisy is now an inside cat. Mr. L expressed concerns that Zelda might reject her since she’s been gone so long as well as a couple other concerns. I need to put together another cat carrier. I have a couple damaged carriers, and I hope I can get a serviceable one from the various parts. If not, I’ll look for one at a yard sale.
Daisy is marginally more approachable than Sapphire. She holds her own with the bigger cats — Lady, Ajax, and Daphne have all been held at bay by her massive growl, but each has been negotiating for getting to know her. Lady sniffed this morning until there was an exchange of paws, and Lady sulked off. Daphne is now expressing curiosity. I think the “alphas” will get it all worked out in time. Daisy has no trouble asserting herself, but she also assumes the subservient role in an attempt to make a peaceful introduction.
Daisy and Rossie get along fine. Rossie has been mildly more outgoing since Daisy came into the house. I’m not sure what to make of that, and I’m going to try not to read too much into it.
Tarzan paid a visit to Dr. Val this week for more urinary tract troubles. He’s being put on a quarterly antibiotic regimen, and his Adequan regimen will increase to weekly for the rest of the month then drop to every two weeks. He had been on a monthly regimen.
After making several regular appearances, Walter is scarce again. Zelda is here regularly but has taken to disappearing for several hours at a time — perhaps she’s enjoying not being tied down by kittens for the first time in her life? We’re going to continue trying to earn her trust. My goal is to be able to pick her up and put her into a carrier for her annual veterinary visits.
We have a black kitty and an orange kitty paying semi-regular visits. Both are too skittish to approach or even talk to for now. The orange kitty is definitely a boy kitty, and we think the black kitty is, too.
Other than our sad news about Nick earlier in the week, the cats’ lives have been quiet. At one time this week, we had four cats lounging on the tower at the same time. I think that’s a first. Rossie was in the bottom “bunk.” Lady was in the middle “bunk.” Daphne was in the top perch — of course, Daphne understands better than any of them the concept of taking the high ground. Mr. L wanted to rearrange the towel on top of the trunk, so he deposited Ajax in the next lower perch to bring the cat count to four on the tower. Too bad I didn’t get a photo.
During the day, Rossie, Lady, and Ajax are in the parlor/kitchen. Daphne and Delta transition in and out as we go in and out the door. Sneaky spends all her time in the dining room/downstairs bathroom, even though the door is open and she is free to roam the entry hall and upstairs. She chooses not to. Daphne, Tarzan, Delta, Sapphire, and even Ruby wander in and out of the dining room snacking on Sneaky’s food. Daphne sometimes gets confrontational with Sneaky. Mostly everyone ignores Sneaky, and that’s the way she likes it. Every couple of weeks, Lady and Rossie have a screaming match, but Rossie is much better at repelling Lady than she used to be, so we have hope. Unfortunately, Lady just won’t let it drop.
In the outside world, Daisy remains standoffish. She will eat right near me, but if I reach for her, she immediately backs away and hesitates to come back. Zelda won’t eat the canned food while I’m there but quickly comes to the bowl if I step away. Both will sit 3-4 feet away from me but neither are interested in me getting closer to them. This will be a challenge when I catch Daisy for her spay appointment tomorrow. If I’m unsuccessful in catching her tomorrow, I suspect I will have to try trapping her on Monday morning. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have to postpone her surgery. According to the game camera, Walter has been visiting regularly. I just haven’t seen him in person.
The cats’ lives have been mostly quiet lately, but you expect an update anyway, so here goes.
Sneaky and Rossie accompanied me on a quick trip to San Antonio for a five minute HVAC installation inspection by the city on Friday. Sneaky was relaxed and enjoyed the trip. She played with toys and cavorted throughout the house. She was especially talkative. Rossie doesn’t do well with short trips because she takes too long to adjust to the transition to enjoy herself. While she spent time in the garden window, she spent more time hiding behind printer cartridges on the bookshelf. I’ll remember not to subject her to short trips unless I can’t help it.
Tarzan had a bladder infection, which he has been treated for. I think he feels better.
Once every couple of weeks, I catch Sapphire sleeping near my feet. With my feet under the covers, I can rub her and she doesn’t move, but if I try to pet her, she leaves immediately. She sure is a puzzle.
Her mama, Zelda, is just like her. Zelda wants to be near us. She runs toward us when we approach, but she doesn’t want to be touched. Nick and Daisy, so far, can only be handled after they are lured out for food, but we’re going to keep working on that.
All the kitties are healthy and appear to be happy in their own way.
I’ve spent the week working in San Antonio. I took three cats with me so Rossie could experience a less stressful week. Lady, Daphne, and Tarzan came with me. One thing Lady and Daphne got to experience was plenty of backyard time. Daphne had only been allowed limited access to the backyard prior to now, but this trip, she received the same access as Lady, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Both cats ran and explored at will in their three trips outside. Tarzan was welcome to come out, but he refused to venture beyond the doorway. These three cats and Ajax are the only ones I know for sure I can get back once they are out, so I brought the cats who travel well. Ajax’s tummy doesn’t allow him to travel comfortably, so he stayed in Central Texas. Besides, Rossie needed one of her boys. Sneaky is the only other cat likely to do well with outside time, but she prefers not to mix with the other cats, so I spared her this trip, too.
It’s been a good week for these three.
Just when I thought the outdoor cat situation was stabilized, a new kitty has appeared. He’s a gorgeous orange tabby. He looks well fed but not well-cared for, so I’m not sure what he will mean to our colony. He leaves if I approach him, so he’s not interested in … Continue reading →
It’s been a busy week for the Love Cats. First, the outside colony should be stable now. Boomer, sadly, has been humanely euthanized for FIV, but the rest of the news is positive. Amazingly, I was able to easily trap Nick and Zelda on Monday. Both passed their FIV tests. … Continue reading →
We never left, but our transcriber took off to parts unknown, and we had to wait for her to return. Rossie is in the dining room with Sneaky, and neither one of them is quite sure what to make of that situation, but they mostly ignore one another, and that’s … Continue reading →
After nearly a month of freedom, Rossie felt comfortable enough to spend yesterday afternoon and evening upstairs. Since she didn’t come downstairs to go in the cage, we left her out. When Mr. L went up to bed last night, Rossie joined him and spent all night with him, even … Continue reading →
Last Monday morning, we opened the door to the cage and gave all the cats the run of the house. Sapphire immediately stepped into the front hall and checked out the stairs. She hasn’t let us near her all week, but she has chosen to be close to us. (Mr. … Continue reading →
My last Boomer sighting was on kitty cam on July 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm. He has not been well for some time, and at this point, I suspect he has succumbed to his illness. I have more clarity on some of our kitty visitors. The beautiful male gray kitty … Continue reading →