It doesn’t take much to amuse the kitty boys…
…and Andy and Dougy are curious as heck about this new thing out the front door.
It’s just Memorial Day planters for the family graves, kitty boys. This year I lucked out and found geraniums, the traditional plant for Memorial Day in my family. I’ll put them out the day before, Sunday.
Twice daily doses of medicine make Andy very suspicious of me. I try to pet him, give him pleasant attention so he has some sense that we’re on the same team, but…!
Poor Andy! He becomes mistrustful after his medicine times, and it takes a bit of time afterwards, even with kitty treats given immediately after dosing, before he lets me get close to him again. Here, he hides behind a chair.
On a positive note, I use the time I hold him before giving him his medicine to pull hair mats apart. He is pretty cool about the process as long as I don’t pull attached hair.
With the matted hair out of the way, I can brush him, collecting tons of kitty hair. He’s looking and feeling a lot sleeker these days, matching Dougy more and more for a soft, sleek pelage!
Andy and Dougy share the wet food dish, then wash up together afterwards. It’s always good to see they get along…mostly! Of course, like all siblings, they have their days.
Andy enjoys a little sun before he cleans up.
“Say what!?” Dougy pops up out of nowhere. Andy’s main concern is the fresh supply of potent Maine ‘nip Doug (the human) just put out. Andy doesn’t like to share ‘nip!
Andy’s had as much ‘nip as he needs for now. Maybe Dougy can have some, too. Or not. Everything’s fuzzy and warm. Oh yeah! It’s Andy’s fine sunny day and it’s time for his nap!
Just in time to make the post deadline today, my Seattle sister sends this new photo of her beautiful tuxedo kitty, Molly:
She writes: “This is Molly’s favorite outdoor activity…when the sun is shining. Otherwise, she doesn’t like to go outside.”
Here’s the other side of Molly! Her kitty cousins, Andy and Dougy, agree with her that sun is fun!
So does my friend Deborah’s handsome kitty boy. He’s been to France, so he should know, “Le soleil! Le soleil! Le soleil! “ (I think this is André , though light on his chest almost makes him look more like Charles….)
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the kitty boys’ favorite kitties!
“What’s up, Andrew?”
Oh! I forgot about the ‘nip I put on top of the box, but Andy didn’t!
Andy’s well aware why I’m coming into the guest bedroom now: To catch him to give him his medicine! And his new strategy is to hide out on the nightstand in the farthest corner of the room, presumably to give him additional time to run away. Poor little guy. I don’t want him to fear me…
…so I have my own strategy! I go in there periodically during the day to just talk calmly with Andy, tell him what a good boy he is, then “skritch” and pet him till he is all relaxed and purring.
It isn’t obvious in the photos, but Andy is purring up a storm. He has a surprisingly loud and deep purr for a little guy. It makes me happy to know he is enjoying himself!
I’ve used the opportunity afforded by having Andy captured to give him medicine to work away on the mats in his hair.
He is tolerant of me pulling them apart manually, though he doesn’t like being brushed. On the other hand, once I’ve pulled the mats apart, a light brushing helps sort out the dead, loose hair from the attached hair.
The end result is Andy now is as silky and sleek-looking as his brother! Little by little, when I stroke the kitty boys, I feel little mats, pull them apart while they are easily dealt with, and they and I feel better about things! I suspect Andy might even tolerate brushing more since there’s less tangled hair to snag and pull in the brush.
Dougy protested he wasn’t getting enough attention in the blog this week, so here’s something for the Dougy fans! (He has cat fuzz on his face and has been snooping to find out what Andy and I were doing over here – I brushed Andy by this lamp today.)
Andy stopped by to take a pause…
…then took off to take a nap.
Andy wasn’t happy to go into the carrier, and he protested loudly, a rare occurrence for this kitty boy. Dougy whines, but Andy usually is cool.
I sprayed Feliway inside the carrier before we had to leave. It seemed to help. Once Andy spent a little time inside the carrier, he was calm and his usual self!
At the veterinarian’s, he was his usual well-behaved self, though he did protest the cuff being placed on his foot. Then his blood pressure was taken, reading 140 on the first try, 134 on the second, and so on. Anything under 150 systolic, it seems, is in the acceptable range for kitties, and all of Andy’s readings were OK!
So, what else? Andy will have two doses of medicine a day. The Feliway spray will be used where helpful, but especially in the carrier when the kitty boys need some help being calm. Because blood pressure can presage other serious chronic issues, Andy will have a blood test done twice a year to assure none of the more serious conditions has set on. We seem to be back in control!
Of course, he was a good kitty, so he got Greenies for a treat when he got home!