Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Cat's Eye View

Baxter here. I'm finally Back. Sorry to have been Out of Touch, but I had a Health Issue over New Year's Weekend. My Humans went away to that Cabin place with Little Cat and That Dog, and left me here to fend for Myself as usual. But I didn't feel Good.

When they returned, I hid under the Bed and wouldn't come out. Finally I did come out and then stayed All Night by my Litter Box, just lying there, and refused to Eat. My Female Human then stuck me in that Zippered-Up Bag they put me in to Travel in, and dragged me to that place they call "The Vet." I was Not Pleased; especially when they shaved some Fur off my chest and stuck me with a Needle. Most uncomfortable. It turned out I had Something called Anemia and they didn't know why, plus I'd lost 3 pounds; I was down to a svelte 19 pounds.

So my Humans started giving me some Pills that made me Hungry and I started gobbling down Wet Cat Food, something I don't usually like to do; I've always been a Dry Food Type of Cat. But I figured why not - Little Cat has been getting All the Attention. Now it's My Turn. I started being Finicky and only eating Fishy Tasting Stuff. (I'll sneak Dry Food once in awhile when I'm sure the Humans aren't watching though). I'm off the Appetite Pills and doing Fine.

They still don't know what was wrong but I'm back to my Old Self and am feeling Quite Perky. Losing a little Weight didn't hurt me any; I have started Running up and down the Stairs again in the Middle of the Night as I used to do when I was Younger. My Human says she'll take me back for a Check-Up in a month or two and make sure my Anemia is gone. But since I'm acting Healthy she isn't as worried now.

However, something Else has happened since then. My Humans seem to have found Another Dog. Mind you, I haven't gone anywhere near It. But I've seen It from my safe perch on the Bed in the Spare Room.

From what I understand, The Other Dog appeared out of the Dark on Thursday Night and seemed lost, so the Humans took It in. Apparently It's a Girl because my Humans say she recently had Puppies. She was Very Skinny, had Really Long Nails and could hardly walk on them Properly, and smelled Very Bad. They gave her a Bath and took her to the Vet. Now she's getting ear drops for an Ear Infection, but is Very Healthy otherwise. I heard my Female Human saying something about her having had Shots and that she will be Spayed in a month, whatever THAT is.

My Personal Dog, the one I usually complain about, is Unhappy. I think she's Jealous of the New Dog. If she's Not Happy the Humans will have to find Another Home for the New Dog. I think they call her Angel. I don't really know why, because, as a Cat, I can vouch for the fact that NO Dog is an Angel. Far from it. But that's what they call her.

So, the Household has been Disrupted ever since the New Year. Little Cat and I are eating lots of Wet Food and there are Dishes of food lying around All Over, the New Dog is kept in the Kitchen to keep her Separate from the Old Dog. The Old Dog can't get out in the Yard through the Kitchen so My Humans have to walk her more than Ever. (That she's probably Happy about). The New Dog gets Jealous if the Humans pay attention to the Old Dog, and Vice Versa. It's a Real Circus around here.

Just thought I should check in and let you know What's Happening around the Maui Household. There has been Lots of News I haven't been able to keep up on, but either my Human or I will be back soon with some Updates. Oh, and here is a Picture of The New Dog. Anyone want to Adopt her so this Place can get back to Normal?


MRMacrum said...

Fernando El Magnifico read this and snorted, "Damn Dogs. What is it about Dogs anyway? We Cats should be more than enough for you humans."

Then he looked at me and glared, "Don't even think about it."

Mauigirl said...

LOL! I'm sure the cats do feel that way!

Life As I Know It Now said...

What a beautiful gray nose she has :)

Mauigirl said...

She has beautiful grayish eyes too. Very color coordinated!

Sherry Peyton said...

Glad Baxter is back up and doing well. And the new dog is adorable! What would we do without our friends? lol..

KGMom said...

Baxter--you are most handsome. Don't be jealous of anything. Just be your cool cat self.
And be grateful your human is kind to the Other Dog.
Her kindness is also what helps take care of you.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful menagerie - Stately Baxter, and Button-cute Angel, as well as your two friends not pictured (I bet they're adorable too!)

Glad you're all doing well, kids.

Good luck with the settling in process, MG.

Tom Harper said...

Baxter, glad you're feeling better.

BTW, I think wet food is supposed to be better for cats than dry food. Dry food is mostly starch; it's the equivalent of a person living on french fries and white bread.

Don't take my word for it, but if you google it you'll find all sorts of information. I started feeding our cats nothing but canned food about a year and a half ago. (Hope I'm doing the right thing.)

Randal Graves said...

Glad to hear that Baxter is back to ruling the roost.

libhom said...

That pic makes me wish I wasn't allergic to dogs.

Fran said...

Well sure is nice those pet humans are soft hearted enough to provide care & shelter for this menagerie of 4 legged ones.

S.W. Anderson said...

Baxter, I wonder if you just got depressed and lost your appetite while your humans were away. I've noticed cats get accustomed to things being a certain way, and don't like it when they're not that way.

With four of your kind in our family, I know what you mean about a circus. Sometimes I think I'm the ringmaster, other times just the guy who cleans the litter pans and keeps the food and water dishes full.

You take care, and ask your human to slip you some chicken livers now and then. Liver is loaded with iron, which is just the thing to keep anemia at bay. Most supermarkets will set some aside and package them for customers who ask ahead.

S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, not all dry food is the same. Check out IAMS for Indoor Cats (ours thrive on it) and Diet Science (excellent but pricey, IMO). Our vet recommends both brands and says they offer all the nutrition a cat ever needs.

BTW, some cheaper canned cat foods contain a lot of filler too.

Beekeepers Apprentice said...

Scooter the cat read this and said "wet food? wha's that? Can try it? Huh? Pretty please???"

New dog is a cutie :)

Swiss Gear Laptop Backpack said...

This picture is great, it makes me realise why love dogs in the first place.

Great stuff

Mauigirl said...

Hi all, thanks for the comments, will be back shortly and catch up.

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