Post 490: what’s on top

I liked my old header. It showed Dougy as a kitty, and was he a cutie! Nothing wrong with that, and it served its purpose for over a year’s worth of posts.

On the other hand, the theme of this blog is “surviving retirement with two cats”. For those fans of Andy, the old header was one kitty short, and the new one takes care of that. Andy’s the kitty on the left, leaving Dougy on the right, of course

The new header shows the boys at just about three months four days of age, and is a screen print taken from the video I posted yesterday, “kitten wars IV“. I think it is charming, shows the boys in the process of rough housing on the settee, and came at that one moment when both stopped playing long enough to look up and see me making the video.

The photo quality isn’t the best, but what can I say? The settee didn’t move, but the boys were wiggly kittens. I can live with it.

the old header...

the old header…


The digital note on my desktop told me something else that’s on top for today: I “get” to catch the boys to put on flea-tick-etc. medicine. I’ll take care of Andy when I have him captured for his regular medication, which now is chicken flavored. We’ll see if chicken flavor makes it more acceptable to the patient!

Less stressful, it’s time to rotate a new fountain into place. That’s simple enough, if messy. The current one in use still looks pretty good, so I can give it an extra day or two of use if I have too much drama medicating the cats!


Since I had to make a correction on the boys’ age in “kitten wars IV” and the new header, I may as well update you on my to do list: DONE! The boys have clean water and I had no problem medicating both, though I think Andy may have barfed it up somewhere I’ll find later — with my bare feet, no doubt! He had a bit of barf hanging on his chin when I put the newly cleaned water fountain out.

10 thoughts on “Post 490: what’s on top

    • If you’ve seen the video, you know it’s OK to do both! (It was a bit of serendipity that the Smithsonian magazine I’d left on the settee happened to feature a jaguar on the cover, and that both boys stopped by it before they jumped off the settee to end their part in the video. The way they were wrestling, you knew they were acting out how they’d take down that impala and rip its throat out. LOL!)

    • Thank you, Ruth! I guess we have a mutual cat admiration society going on because I think our poor Ali is a very beautiful cat herself. I can’t wait to hear that all our prayers, good wishes, and good care by her veterinarian finally have restored her back to health. She’s just too important in your home just now to be in her present state. Besides, I know how exhausting and stressful it is to have a family pet sick, not knowing how to get it across to that pet “I am trying to help and what’s the matter?”

      • Ty so very much Doug and look sleek she may come home Friday s she continues to improve.
        She will be on a steroid pill every other day for a month, antibiotic twice a day for a month and she will be on lysine for the rest of her life.
        I researched lysine and it boosts kitty immune system.
        Love your new back ground.
        Ty so very much for all of your prayers and good vibes for my baby.
        Hubby s having a real hard time not having his girl home with him and is taking extra meds to debate him right now which is a big help.
        You and the boys have a great rest of the week.

        • I know how stressful it can be dealing with a sick pet (at one point, I went from the death of Louie to a very sick Andy, followed by his brother Dougy, who was sick with the same amoebic parasite from the infamous sick grasshopper. From August of 2011 through mid-December, I didn’t know how things were going to work out. They did, eventually, but nothing was certain for too long. You’re getting a double whammy with Tim and Ali at the same time (among other things, like the move to be closer to medical facilities for Tim), so my heart goes out to you, and any strength we fans of your blog (and family!) can give you while you work through these situations, well, I’m for it, and I bet I speak for us all!

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