So…. what do you do for your cat?
We currently have 5… well… one is Lydia’s and goes to college with her. Her name is Dinah, she is a little peanut of a cat, she is 6 and has a heart murmur. Her face looks like a panda bear. She is Lydia’s emotional support animal at college to help with Lydia’s anxiety issues. She is the black and white cat on the bottom shelf.
Then we have Venus… she is the white-ish cat. Actually, if you believe the internet she is a “flame point Siamese cat”… or one of the babies of the feral cats outside in our ‘hood that is more likely, albino-ish. She has the blue eyes. Venus is missing a whole lot of brain cells!!! But we love her anyways. She can be nice only when she is just waking up. Otherwise, she will probably rip your face off. She has anger issues. *See middle shelf above.
Genevieve is the calico cat. We got her from a friend whose cat had babies. I love calico cats. There has rarely been a time in my life that I haven’t had one. We had one growing up. Also, one of the first cats Wayne and I got was a calico, Savannah. Gen is a typical cat, she doesn’t particularly like being held, but is otherwise friendly. Gen does have anxiety issues though. She has recently (in the last year or so) started licking all the fur off her belly… her obese belly. Sometimes the licking even extends down her hind legs. We tried some meds to reduce her anxiety, but she doesn’t like them, so we just gave up and appreciate her quirks and her bare belly. *top shelf in photo
The silver tabby (second shelf, trying to leave in photo) is Peter. His full name is Peter Potter. When Esther was little she thought Harry Potter was Peter Potter. When we got Peter (from my brother from his barn cats) we let Esther name him. He is an aloof cat. he is a tall cat. He can be friendly. He is the only cat that isn’t overweight (besides Dinah). Of course, he may also have some bulimia issues… yep, he throws up sometimes after eating. He is Lydia’s favorite. He is basically her cat. However, since the addition on the house, he won’t go out into the addition where she lives/sleeps and has taken up residence in my room and become Wayne’s buddy. He likes to sleep under the covers once you leave the bed.
Which brings us to Jupiter. Oh Jupiter. Jupiter is the 17 pound black cat. Jupiter is now 18 years old. Jupiter has an extra toe on each foot! Jupiter is very, very special. Jupiter came from a farm/barn in Carrollton. We promised the kids we’d get a new kitten once we got settled there because one of our cats, Hannah, had died just before moving to Carrollton. Jupiter has issues. Besides being obese, Jupiter tends to have urinary issues. So, we feed him urinary tract health food. If we don’t he pees blood. Yes, we could probably pay lots of money to the vet to take care of it, but this works. He also would pee on (and does still occasionally) plastic bags. He has been known to pee on dirty laundry, full baskets of clean laundry, doll clothes, back packs, … the list goes on and on. So… why do we tolerate it? Because it is Jupiter. Jupiter was declawed (front only) because he destroyed an antique chair. Jupiter does use the scratch castle now, good kitty, even though he has no claws to sharpen. Jupiter is allergic to fleas… Jupiter can sleep so hard that he falls off the back/arm of the couch. Jupiter has cataracts. Jupiter is loved by everyone. He was dressed up in doll clothes and pushed around in the shopping cart as a kitten. Jupiter was taught dances and loved on so much. For his age and size, he still gets around really well. Jupiter has a stuffed egg that he loves and carries around and cries. Jupiter talks alot. He may be in the early stages of dementia. Jupiter has always woken Wayne up early to get Wayne to come watch him eat. Oh Jupiter. All the other cats LOVE Jupi. I’m sure when/if he dies, they all will be in great mourning.
Because of Jupiter’s peeing issues, for years we have had to have the corner of our foyer blocked off so he wouldn’t keep peeing in the corner under the desk. Don’t ask… we love him. I just used a baby gate. It has worked for 8 years. It isn’t pretty, but it gets the job done.
Recently I had been talking to Lydia and Esther and we decided we needed to do something nicer/better. I found a net/fence online and thought it was worth a try. It definitely looks nicer. Hopefully it will still keep them out from under there.
What would we do without our pets? Yes, there would be less cat hair in my house. But it would also be a sad and lonely place if they weren’t part of our family.
BTW, we also have a 6th “cat”… Pumpkin. Pumpkin is actually a yorkie-poo who, we are pretty sure, thinks she is a cat. She is smaller than some of the cats and acts like a cat a lot of the time.