Walter has been scarce for the last couple of weeks. He’s made appearances on the Game Camera, so I haven’t been too worried, but I always like to see my guy. This morning he was waiting on the porch, so I hurried out to bring him his can. He anxiously accepted it and the accompanying pets. He warms my heart.
I went out to the side porch this morning to make a video. I hoped Walter might want to be in it, but he wanted nothing to do with video appearances. He was, however, very considerate. Walter is normally very talkative, but while I was making my video, he loafed quietly on the ductwork observing until I was finished.
Walter, except for his proclivity for nipping, is an affectionate cat. We spent a little quality time together this morning on the side porch steps.
Delta has been recovering from an injury to her right elbow. It’s been about a week and a half since I noticed her not using her right front paw. To help her recover, she spent a week in Rossie’s cage to limit her movement (not usually a problem with Delta anyway, but she had started to hide, and I wanted her hiding in a safe place). Dr. Valeri examined her and believed it was a soft tissue injury, but she offered to do x-rays to confirm. I asked if it would change the treatment any, and it wouldn’t have, so I didn’t worry about x-rays. Delta got a narcotic pain medication injected that was supposed to last for three days, and we had to give her an anti-inflammatory for three days. After three days, she didn’t seem any better, so Mr. L brought her back in. She got a steroid shot. After a week, Delta was hiding less and a little more active. She wasn’t limping as badly, and she had begun to put some weight on the limb. I took her in for a follow-up on Friday, and Dr. Val agreed she was on the mend. We hope to have Delta back at full strength soon, but you know how those injuries can nag when you get a little older.
Walter is extra attentive around the first of the month. It’s as if he knows it’s time for his monthly dose of Revolution. Revolution is especially important for outside cats, because it protects them against fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and ear mites. All these parasites can make an outdoor kitty’s life miserable. Most cats aren’t wild about me applying this chemical to the back of their necks, but Walter welcomes it. He stands there purring and talking to me while I apply it for him.
Since Zelda won’t let me near enough to touch her, I talked to Dr. Val about what we could do for Zelda. We decided to try Comfortis. I crumble it in Zelda’s wet food and mix it in. Last month, she picked it out, but I added another can of food and mixed it in, and she ate it. This month, it’s all gone in one try. It doesn’t provide protection as comprehensive as Revolution, but it meets my key concern for Zelda’s comfort and health.
We’re checking in late, but there’s nothing new to report. Rossie puts herself to bed if I am not there to tuck her in at 8 pm. She likes routine. Sapphire hangs out with Sneaky during the day. Mr. L is doing his best to earn Daisy’s affection, and she … Continue reading →
August is Walter’s month to visit Dr. Valeri for his annual exam and vaccinations. He was officially due next week, but yesterday, he was being exceptionally affectionate. Until I brought the carrier over. Then he was under the house so fast, I blinked and I missed him. He has a … Continue reading →
It seems to me, just a few cats have been getting all the attention lately, so I think it’s time for a generic update on everyone. Here goes: Ajax: The old man alpha cat with soul-searching eyes. He’s long, tall, and skinny. He’s Mr. L’s 11-year-old baby. Most of the … Continue reading →
I believe I’ve mentioned Zelda frequently, but I haven’t shared any pictures. The other night, she sprawled on the grass near the side porch long enough to capture a picture of her. She was watching Walter up on the side porch. She and Walter aren’t friends or very friendly with … Continue reading →
Week 4 was a leisurely part of the trip. We rode the California Zephyr from Reno to Chicago. Once in Chicago, we rented a car and drove to Wisconsin to spend a few days with my mom and dad. They are doing well. Our visit with them was probably the … Continue reading →
Thirty days in the slammer wasn’t fun for any of us. People coming and going all day (most of us prefer to be left alone, remember), being ushered from one side of the cage to another for room service, and none of our usual humans to interact with us was … Continue reading →