Sunday, April 22, 2007

Kitty staff

We read recently that cats don’t have owners, they have staff. We travel with two aging cats—ages 13 and 14—and decided that was an apt description of the situation. They are each on separate prescription cat foods, but want to eat the food prescribed for the other cat. Therefore, we don’t leave their food out and the staff must respond to the meows by putting out first one bowl of food, then another.

About 3 or 4 am, either PC or Partner decides it is time for breakfast. They act on that by climbing on John in bed or meowing. If I am aware of their actions, I put them both out of the bedroom and close the door. Then, sometime about 5:30 am, if no one is up, PC begins meowing. John doesn’t hear it, but I nudge him and say “your furry friends are asking for service.”

Partner really enjoys the outdoors and doesn’t hesitate to meow and tell us he wants out. If the weather is decent and we aren’t about to leave, one of his staff puts on his halter and attaches a leash and walks around with him.

We’ve found it is easier to cope with the meow demands when we realize we are staff, not owners.

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