Saturday, October 24, 2020

Caturday catchup!

 Happy Caturday everyone!!!

I've been enjoying some beautiful sunrises lately. This was the scene from the backyard this morning.

I'm looking forward to raking all those leaves! I love raking leaves, it's very satisfying!

Nahum has been a bit confused in the litterbox lately. He enters the litterbox, stands there, and pees right out the front of it. I've invested in some litter catching mats that also hold a pee pad to collect his mess. It's quite annoying, but at a recent vet visit we learned that he has some lower back problems that may make it more difficult for him to squat and bend in certain ways. That knowledge has helped me be more forgiving with him.

Theo has been showing signs of increased pain, so our vet upped his pain medication once more. Meanwhile, we await his trip to the internist, in hopes that treatment is an option. He's exceptionally clingy lately, always wants to be held. I keep imagining what life would be like without him, it's so hard to fathom, as he's such a big personality.

Sweet Oliver, enjoying his fancy new orthopedic bed! 

I'm sure some of you have been wondering why I haven't been posting as often. Well, here are a few reasons...

The house! I've mentioned we bought a house last Spring. It's bigger than our prior one, which is great. It's needed some updating, so that continues. I'll share various pictures of the place in time to give you a sense of the cats' new habitat. 

Living room, awaiting plaster repair work and paint!

Horses! I am working now at two different equine facilities, providing counseling that involves equine interactions. It's been a dream for a long time to incorporate working with animals into my work and now I'm doing it! I'm working two days a week out at the farms, which has been a ton of fun. I also recently started a 10-month certificate training program, which is keeping me quite busy.

The view from the upper pasture, looking down toward the farm.

Makata, one of the four horses I get to work with at this farm.

The second equine facility I work at has about a dozen horses. But they also have  three adorable barn cats! I've noticed I take a lot more pictures of their cats than I ever do of the horses, hmmm...

Tuffy, on Thursday, wanting some loves!

Tuffy, inviting me to rub his luscious tummy!

I've also been trying to spend lots of time with my father, now that my mother is gone. Dad's pretty lonely and has difficulty getting around. So, I've been spending lots of free time helping him or just hanging out with him. It's been rewarding to get time with him. I realized a little while back, that I'll be able to do the the house projects or career work anytime, but my time with him is limited. He'll be turning 83 soon and I keep seeing his health decline. I can't see me someday looking back wishing I had spent more time working and earning money, or fixing up the house, but I could see me wishing I had spend more time with dad when he was around. It's been enjoyable to get to know him more.

Happy Caturday Friends!!


  1. Purrs and prayers to all your crew and to your Dad too. Hey, maybe Nahum could benefit from a NVRMISS litter box, they are at if you want to check them out.

    1. Thanks for the tip on the NVR Miss. I think I'll try one. One challenge we run into with litter boxes is Nahum's size. He's a very large cat, and needs a very large box so he can move around. Does the NVR Miss work well for giant cats?

  2. I was going to comment on these photos, but dad butted in to say take the time now to spend as much time with your dad as you can so you don't regret it later. He says he's speaking from experience with his mom, and hates carrying around such regrets.

  3. I was so glad to hear from you today and get caught up with you and with how the cats are doing. I will try to make a point of saving Brian's advice to you regarding a litter box. I don't need it now for Katie but you never know. And Cleo's words, as you already know, are right about spending time with parents. I did as much as I could with my own though distance was a challenge. They knew I loved them.

  4. We send all the furs lots of purrs. A lot of years ago we started having the same problem of "overspray" which ended up to be less of a problem due to ortho but behavior, but how do you teach a cat to squat? We ended up getting a very very large covered container and put two holes for the felines in the front. As Buddy Aged it ended being good for him too as he could go in one door do his business and go out the other. There was lots of room to move in there too. We ended up getting two which worked well for our 7 (now 5) cats. You can also cut the entry to any level but try leaving it higher as even with ortho a step over is not hard while turning and backing may be. Purrs all

  5. There is always so much to do when you move into a house. But you are wise to spend as much time as possible with your Dad, those days will not return and the honey-dos will always be there. Beautiful photos!

  6. Sending purrayers and Power of the Paw to all the kitties in your life - and to your Dad too.

  7. Tuffy isn't shy!
    Congrats on fulfilling your goals, and 10 months will fly by.
    When I was commuting to the office, my mother's condo was only a few minutes away, so I could visit her often. Now, it's different but we talk on the phone alot, and my five siblings do too. She is still by herself, and at 88, she's looking forward to getting back into the pool as the local YMCA is reopening. She a tough bird!


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