He's always got to be on a human.
I'm sure this won't come as a surprise, but my heart has been really opening up to this guy. I'm not sure how he does it, but I think he gets sweeter everyday!
He's very secure in himself. New space and new people don't intimidate him in the least. He just doesn't get scared. With that kind of personality, I wondered if he might be interested in a job, as my therapy cat. I brought him to the office one afternoon for an interview.
He immediately hopped up in the picture windows and admired the view of the city from the 7th floor! There would be no hiding behind the couch for this boy!
Once the windows and floor were explored, he went on to check out the other higher places, like the bookshelf! I hope to do a few more visits to the space to get him fully acclimated and them try him with clients.
I do have concerns about his health though. In addition to his chronic kidney failure, he's been having more problems with balance lately. I noticed it awhile ago, but it seems to slowly be getting worse. He sometimes has difficulty walking in straight line and will jump down from places and crash hard. The other day his balance was so far off I almost confined him to an enclosed pen out of concern for his safety. And no, he's not abusing the nip!
Since it's been getting worse, I brought him to the vet to get this looked over. I feared it might be a tumor in his ears, because he never likes having his ears touched. But of course there in front of the vet, he walked perfectly straight and made me sound like a crazy, overprotective kitty parent!
The vet looked deep into his ears and tested him in all sorts of ways, but didn't find anything obviously wrong. She gave me some things to really watch out for next time he looks unbalanced (specific symptoms of micro-siezures, etc.) so I'll be on the look out. Since he was there, we ran his kidney numbers, and his creatinine was back down to the high end of the normal range, that was a happy surprise!
So long as Marvin stays healthy, I think he's got a job - my new therapy kitty! Yah for both of us!! I'm excited to get to work with him, I think he'll have a lot to teach us about how to be better at being human.