Wednesday, November 26, 2014

getting to know you

Warning. I may be posting about cats way too much in the next while...cuz....cats! :)
I keep reading about proper ways to introduce cats to each other and it all seems odd. I hope we aren't screwing it up too badly.
We had the 2 new ones in the spare room but let them out to explore after a night. They're eating and drinking. The kitten, after a day, is most comfy in certain areas of the house but will walk by our old guy Gavin and try to approach him but mostly ignore him. She's learning Gavin won't do anything (so proud of our old man for not being a jerk about all this!). They'll try and sniff each other and the kitten will run away or hiss a bit but no big deal. They'll be fine I think.
I feel bad for Dax tho - she is more skittish with other adult cats, including her kitten at the moment. At first she ant the kitten explored together but now that she has met Gavin she is more scared. She hides mostly in a few spots to sleep and comes out occasionally for me and lets me pet her and play with her a little bit, and acts all cute and catlike occasionally...but mostly she isn't too comfortable around the other cats or J yet. She avoids them and if they come within a few feet she'll growl, and even swat at her kitten (who I am sure is a bit confused, but is being weaned now so it makes sense a bit). Gavin just gives her a wide berth, although I can tell he's curious and wants to make friends. I just hope she'll be OK with the new cats eventually. I hate to see her stressed and worry she may stay aggressive. They were kept in a separate bedroom at night but managed to somehow get the door open on the 2nd night and so we've let them explore since then and we lock them in the bedroom only if we both aren't home. It's a big space to learn to feel comfy in so I think it'll be a few weeks before they relax in the house. It seems like it's too late to re-sequester her, so I'm just trying to give her lots of good positive attention when she does come out. I feel like she just settled in her old house (with 9 other cats and 2 dogs) and we uprooted her again. Poor girl.
Considering they aren't fighting or chasing each other around I figure it's not going too badly. The kitten plays like a crazy thing and will already sit and purr on my lap, which blows my mind. J is worried Dax'll get tubby from not playing, but I have to remember it's only been 4 days since we brought her home. I think if we didn't have the kitten adjusting so soon it wouldn't seem so weird.
I have to remember it took years for our cats to be friends and even then at times only tolerated each other. I just want them to not be stressed out by the presence of each other is all.
Any advice cat owners?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Meow

The house is full of critters. They're settling in well.
Squeee!
Widget the kitten

Dax the momma cat

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3 more sleeps

Well, the sleep train was short lived.
Last night was hang out with my geriatric cat and stare at the ceiling night.
I'm tired as hell today, but really I am glad for the time with him tho, since I get the feeling that it may not be too much longer before he heads over the rainbow bridge too. His energy is low and his appetite is less than stellar, but he still has mostly good days, so we're making him comfy and giving him lots of love. He still purrs like a bubbling waterfall...
In 3 days we go to pick up our new cats and I am glad for it. Yup, cats :) We've decided to give the cat her kitten as a companion. The happiness of playing animals will be a good thing...hoping it won't tick the old guy off too much to have new companions because I know it'll do J and I a world of good. Being trapped inside by the polar weather with minimal money and no sunshine watching your cat slowly fade away is not really a fun way to spend your time... Soon the new girl and her kitten will be here to cheer us up and drive us nuts and I can't wait.

Yay! Kitties :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

To sleep perchance to dream

I slept all night last night. I'm not kidding. I didn't get up once. Not once. That hasn't happened since spring.
Giggedy.
I feel great. This morning I was good and got up on time to do all my exercises plus 20 minutes on my bike before I came in to work too. Oh yes. It's that kinda day already :)
We went to meet our new cat on saturday and she is great. She has a kitten...and J and I were charmed by the kitten as well. So we're thinking, since our remaining cat is not too long with us, we might get the cat and her kitten both to take home. It will mean all my savings put into cat form (and a kitten...gulp), but I'm willing to do it. It will be fun to have playing cats around. A huge change form Mr. Sleepsalot here. Hopefully they won't drive Gavin too bonkers. We pick her (them?) up next weekend. Trying to find a strong feminine name for her...wavering between Athena and Dax.
Meep.

Friday, November 14, 2014

sugar coated

Hello. How's things? :)
Lately I've been busy with life and work and haven't been here much have I?
Work has been busy and home has as well. Full of mostly good things: Celebrating my bestie's upcoming new little babe, visiting my Dad and brother for a few days...things like that.
My other geriatric cat gave me a scare the other day being particularly old and creaky, but a trip to the vet with some fluids and arthritis medicine has helped him a lot. I know he doesn't have tonnes of time left either, but I'm determined to have him comfy and well fed while I can. We should soon have a new critter as well...and I'm looking forward to that very much.
Still working out as directed, but I admit I'm not doing as much cardio as I should and my eating has been less than stellar. With the increased sleep I need it's really hard to get up in the dark wintry mornings to workout, but I need to be more consistant with the cardio part of my workouts. After putting on a few pounds I've realised that I need to get a bit better about that. Yes I need more sleep and good nutrition now but nutrition doesn't include chips and handfuls of Skittles :)

Mmmm.
Skittles.

It's funny. I don't really like or crave sweet stuff until I have some for a while...then I do very often. A vicious circle of sugary deliciousness...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever

Well, it's been a nice last few days. Thursday was my birthday and J took me out to my favourite restaurant (St. Tropez Bistro) for supper and then we went to the local artsy theatre to see a screening of The Crow. I love that movie...
Halloween we spent at home together, giving out candy to trick or treaters and then drinking wine and eating leftover halloween candy once it got too cold and dark for more kids to stop by. Being the craaaaazy fun person that I am now post treatment I was in bed by ten. Do I know how to cut loose or what? :)
Saturday we had a bonfire with friends in the woods by the river and sunday was birthday brunch with my best friend Heather followed by family birthday supper out at J's family's place. I'm all birthday fooded up that's for sure, but it was a great weekend.
I need a nap :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

fuzzy

I miss my cat.
It's been 3 weeks now since he passed and the house is still too quiet. My lap is chilly. My heart is sore...although not aching anymore.
Gavin has been very friendly and snuggly to me lately, which helps, but I miss my Geek. I had a lot of quality time with him while I was home sick. He was with me for half my life. Longer than my husband even. It's a strange adjustment.

Yesterday I decided that I am going to apply to the local Street Cat Rescue Program and start the process to adopt a new fur-friend. Then when we meet the right adult cat we'll take them home with us.