Saturday, December 09, 2023

Saturday Caturday

 TBT.:  A progression of adjusting...

One day two cats eating together...

Marley ate by himself near.

Lori ate in another room.

And Binq actually let Loki finish his own bowl, undisturbed.

He enjoyed that.

Then there was Marley and Lori eating together.

And then suddenly, there were 3.  Marley joined Loki and Binq.

Lori still demanded to eat alone...

And then there was 4!

Maybe I just got lucky with the foods.

But there was peace at the dining mat, and that was good.

Binq still likes to take over bowls.

But the others were calm.  And Loki is probably used to "somecat" who is hungrier pushing in.  

The next meal went well, too.  I encourage my cats to understand a "place" around the food mat where they eat that is "theirs".  Binq has some trouble with that, but is learning slowly.

But all 4 of The Mews eating calmly together has got to be a sign of adjustment!

Friday, December 08, 2023

Flashback Friday

 TBT:  Well, I thought I would go back as far as I could today.  Not this week in 2008, but what I still have earliest.  I could re-copy from early posts, but this is the earliest left in iPhotos.

I sometimes forget that Skeeter (16) and Ayla (1) shared time...  Skeeter was old then; Ayla was new.

But they got along from the first day.

LC was getting older too (15), a year behind Skeeter...

She loved the deck, and didn't leave it often (nor did Skeeter).

Bad picture, but shows her beautiful blue eyes.

Skeeter and Ayla enjoyed time to gether.  As did Skeeter and LC.  Ayla and LC were sort of neutral to each other.

LC was a beautiful Tuxie.


Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Twofur Tuesday

TBT:   Loki and Binq aren't adjusted enough to talk for themselves yet. And Lori would make up but stuff abut them.  So it will be Marley and I will be doing that  for a while.

Binq had her 1st visit to my vet yesterday.  I knew she was eating well, was active, was friendly, and played with toys well.  But I wanted to establish her account with an exam.  And I wasn't sure about dentals, mites, fleas, heartbeat, temperature, up-to-date shots, etc.  The Shelter has vets, but they have "priorities", and having been in the community room of the Shelter for a few weeks, I wanted to make sure.  

According to her records, she hadn't had an FIV shot, so she got one and will return for the booster shot in 2 weeks.  Loki had gotten his just before he was surrendered to the shelter.  Not that either is going outside until next Spring, but both were among other cats of uncertain health, so I want to be sure.  Besides, the vaccination is good for a year.

But that suggests to me that I misremembered what the shelter staff told me about Loki and Binq.  Apparently it was Loki surrendered to the shelter as "too many cats" quite recently and Binq who had been there a few months.  Or the staff got confused themselves; they didn't give me anything in writing about their personal history.

So, Binq's exam went very well.  Great teeth and gums, clear eyes and ears.  Normal temperature and heartbeat.  No sign of fleas.  Good healthy furs.  

Loki weighs 8.9 lbs; Binq 8.0 and both are probably at their mature weight.  The vet estimates Loki is 3 years old; Binq has records saying 2 years 2 months.  I will just pick some "birthdates" for them soon just for celebration purposes.  I have a lot of sidebar updating to do on the blog and will choose some then.  At least I know their Gotcha Day, and that is more important.

Loki has to be encouraged to eat and Binq eats like a pig.  From the same place but different habits.  Go figure...  But I didn't bring stool samples for either to the vet I never remember those.  And anyway, with 4 cats, I never know who's is who's.  Still, if any have a problem, they all have to be treated.  Since Binq goes back to the vet in 2 weeks, I'll bring 2 stools for them to examine.

Loki's congested cough is bad.  It's between a cough and a hork and is frequent.  And it certainly seems like an infection.  But it also sounds like some different blockage too.  LC had a horking problem once and it turned out to be a small pom-pom she swallowed and couldn't cough back up for a a week.  And then she did.  

Loki has gotten some medical assistance for a head infection (convenia injection),  and erythromycin ointment for an inner lid eye infection.  The goopy eyes are a sign of infection too.  I swab the sides of his nose 2x daily with a damp cotton ball.

I have new pictures, but not today.  They need processing and I am so tired...

Monday, December 04, 2023

Mancat Monday

MARLEY:   I'm just trying to take things easy today.  It has been a hard few weeks.  

I like the new Mews well enough.  Loki is kinna cool and looks a lot like me.  I have more white an his color is a bit more ginger than orange, but that's OK.  Binq is friendly enough.  I've never met a solid black cat before though.  

Lori is taking this change a bit hard.  She hisses a lot.  She even hissed at me a few times.  But that's OK, I know she doesn't really mean it.  She just doesn't like changes much...

She will get over it soon.  I mean, she forgets that she was once "the new kitty".  Ayla, Laz, and I accepted her without hissies.  I will have to remind her about that.  I will put a paw on her head if I have to, but I hope it doesn't come to that.

Loki seems a bit sicky.  But TBT got him some medicines that should help.  Im sure those will fix him up.  I look forward to showing him around the house.  And maybe he will even want ta wrassle a bit.  I miss Laz about that.

Binq seems pretty friendly.  I don't think she wants to wrassle, but you never know.  She is mostly exploring the house.  We have sniffed each other nose and butt a few times.  And we ate dinner right next to each other yesterday and that was good.  And I have to say that womancat can eat a LOT!

If I ate that much, I'd throw up and that would be kinna embarrassing.  But Lori can eat a lot too.  Maybe its a womancat thing.  Well, Im getting older.  I guess I can't eat like I used to.  They are still growing.  I sure don't know where they put it all though.  They are like half my size.  

Sunday, December 03, 2023

Easy Like Sunday

TBT;   Since Lori is very upset at the new Mews, I thought I should give her today to reassure her...

Lots of pictures (finally and once again)...

More on Womancat Wensday...  She needs some blog-time...