Tales of the
How I learned
To Stop Worrying
And Love Bast
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Thursday, 21 November 2013
We were watching the end of a TV show when we looked over to the side of the room to see Opal rolling around as though she were zonked on catnip. But she was rolling around and rubbing her head on some small object, so Randy went to investigate. It turned out to be a millipede. A millipede that apparently smells like catnip. We gave it a ride outside, much to Opal's disappointment.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
We had a round of moggy one-upmanship. Or would that be one-upmoggyship?
Opal mostly wants attention from me after dinner. Part of our routine is that as soon as we finish eating, I give Opal love and attention and she rolls around at my feet. Tonight, she came upstairs to hang out with me while I was brushing my teeth.
Saffy found a mousie downstairs, sang the mousie song all the way up the stairs and dropped it at my feet. This requires me to give Saffy much praise and attention for bringing the mousie, so Opal immediately jumped up and ran away.
A few minutes later, Opal begins to yodel from downstairs, the yodel that is demanding a mousie to fetch. I tossed a mousie down to her and after a bit more yodeling and fussing around, she brought the mousie upstairs so that she could be praised and told what a good mousie fetcher she was. But not from me, only from Randy. I was still on her shit list at that point.
Let the mousie-fetching wars commence!
Saturday, 19 October 2013
The NutroMax Duck dry food continues to be a hit with Zoe and Jetta. Before, I'd put out a measured amount of dry food and come home at the end of the day to find half of it left in the bowl. Now they power through it and don't leave a single piece behind. They love this stuff.
More importantly, it seems to be working better for Jetta's food sensitivities. I'm rarely finding tufts of her black fur scattered around the office as I used to. The bare spot at the base of her tail is gone and it looks as though there's more new growth than before on her belly. Hopeful signs!
I took Opal to the vet last Wed. because she's been throwing up every single day, or more precisely every night or in the wee hours of the morning when we're trying to sleep. All the cats throw up because it's some kind of a cat hobby to throw up, but doing it daily starts to worry us.
The vet did a full blood work-up including checking the pancreas. Her physical exam and the blood panel were completely normal. She's up to ten whole pounds now (definitely one of the smaller cats I've had), which is more than when she was last seen in 2009. His best guess is IBS and/or food sensitivity. Given the problems with her siblings, Pippin and Jetta, this is hardly a surprise.
He recommended the unique proteins such as the duck and potato, salmon and green pea, etc. So we think we'll switch over Opal and Saffy to the NutroMax duck food and see how that goes. We've already switched their canned food and they seem happy with salmon and green pea. But we're not sure we should keep buying salmon when we don't know where it's coming from. Given the amount of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident that traveling in an ocean plume to the west coast, any kind of Pacific fish could become risky.
Opal yowled on the way to the vet, but was otherwise a sweet, well-behaved girl...until I got her home. Then she became a total imp from hell. She hissed at and whacked Saffy. She hissed at and harrassed Pippin so badly that he went around the house the rest of the day upset and hissing if we so much as touched him. It took hours and hours for the household to settle down again.
Monday, 23 September 2013
Jetta and Zoe both lost interest in the Blue Wilderness duck dry food. They would barely touch it. I'd put a fairly small amount out for the day and find half of it left behind by the evening. They weren't eating much between the two of them.
Plus I haven't seen improvement in Jetta's condition. She still has only the merest fuzz of fur on her belly, which means she's continuing to lick it off. So I decided to look for an alternative food.
I came home with a NutroMax duck and potato food. So far, they're both inhaling it with enthusiasm and leaving not a speck behind. NutroMax is one of those brands that doesn't use grains, especially the corn meal filler crap that the cheap cat foods use. We'll see how it goes in the long run.