Today I was sound asleep on the bed and the Can Opener came in and loved on me and spoke really super sweetly to me- and picked me up and I was loving it. Then she walked me into the living room and put me in my carrier, and said she was taking me to the vet!
It scared me. I know she’s taken me to the vet before, but that carrier brings back bad memories for me. In the past, (before I came here with my new humans), every time I had to go into that thing I was left with a stranger for a long time. With no toys, and no warm laps- (except for the last person who brought me here). And I never knew how long I’d be there, or what would happen next, or whether I’d be okay or something would happen to me.
And I know my humans love me- but still- I’m always afraid they’ll take me someplace and leave me and I’ll never see them again.
Now that it’s over, I know she did it to make sure I’m healthy. But now, I had to get something called a steroid shot! That hurt! And, the human asked them to give me medicine to put in my eyes every day, and even though I’ve gone down from 16.9 lbs last year, to 16.3 today, the vet says I need a diet! That’s a four-letter-word! That’s not nice at all.
And then, guess what? I heard the Can Opener tell them that she’d already started giving me smaller portions a little more spread out during the day for the last several months! HOW RUDE!
Hey- that’s probaby why I lost those precious few ounces! I WANT MY OUNCES BACK!!
We all have things to be thankful for – Here’s some of mine:
With things going crazy like they have been for months now, my humans keep saying that it’s more important than ever to look for the blessings in our lives and be thankful for what we have.
Here’s some of the things I’m really REALLY thankful for:
Sushi (yep). She has proven that mountains REALLY CAN move.
Coffee and the Bible. Yep. That’s the only thing that the Can Opener slows down for.
The Can Opener. That’s because she and the Backup Can Opener gave me a home when I was just a little kitten and was always hungry and cold. Now I’m spoiled rotten and I plan on keeping it that way.
The Critters. They lavish love and treats on me every time they’re here, and they don’t care if I’ve already been fed or have already had “too many treats.”
Bugs, Birds, Butterflies, and Mice. They give me something to chase and play with when the Can Opener is too busy with everyone else to play.
Amazon boxes. Amazon was made for cats. Cats love boxes- Amazon sends my food in boxes. Human adds thick, soft blanket and sticks it under the bed, and *poof!* Instant hiding spot when the Critters come.
Paper bags. Another great hiding place and fun to pounce on!
Sushi. (Again). Everyone needs someone to play fight with- (but she’s not usually playing).
And I’m thankful for all of you who visit my blog every day! You make me very happy!
"I leave the gift of peace with you-- my peace.
Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world,
but my perfect peace.
Don't yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts-
instead, be courageous!" John 14:27
Sushi was sound asleep in the bedroom where she had been for hours while I used my time constructively to shred the toilet paper, shed fur on the pile of clean laundry, knock a few things down from the top of the desk, and zip past the water dish just close enough to tip it over and I was so proud of myself for my hard work.
So I went to the living room to ask the human for a treat or two – (or a bag). The human is a sucker for my blue eyes, so she always gives me treats. But then as soon as she picked up the bag, a walking boulder came out of the bedroom and started not so politely demanding that she get treats first.
The Can Opener had already given Sushi her share of treats- but I take my time with mine, while Sushi gobbles up whole handfuls at a time, so she gobbled all hers up and had eaten them all before I ate half of mine. Then she kept inching her way over to finish mine for me.
Lucky for me, the Can Opener picked Sushi up and moved her to the couch so I could eat my treats in peace. No wonder her back hurts.
But before she could get her pout going, she fell asleep. “Hey, Mom- how about sneaking me some more treats, since she’s asleep?”
Twilight’s not herself today. She’s giving me a break.
She isn’t feeling well. I knew something was up yesterday when I saw The Can Opener put her in the carrier. I happened to be laying on the couch next to her when she went in (complaining loudly). And I got worried – even though she annoys me all the time trying to get me to play. But before I could ask her what was going on, the Can Opener picked up the carrier and headed out the door.
Oh well. Back to my nap.
She came back about an hour later with a fresh bag of treats from the vet and much calmer than she was when she left. The Can Opener gave her some food and her new treats right away and then she loved on Twilight a little, Twilight warned her not to ever do that again, then she went out to play.
Hmmmm. She went to the vet and came back calm, with a new bag of treats and got spoiled right away. I think I need to see the vet. NOW.
Twilight played outside and visited her her (still feral) Mom and made sure she got loaded up on food, then came in around midnight. She kept the human up til midnight when she needed to be up at 4 am this morning like any decent cat would.
Then at 4 this morning the human stumbled out of bed and headed for the Keuring in her sleep, and 2 cups of coffee later, she noticed Twilight was nowhere to be found. She also didn’t come racing when she heard a new can of food being opened, or the bag of treats being shaken- (I was of course, willing to eat Twilight’s food and treats since she wasn’t interested, because it’s the right thing to do).
The Can Opener knew something was wrong, because every morning Twilight immediately runs up to her, trilling, and sticks her butt up in the air waiting for the back scratch of her dreams. So she looked for Twilight and knew she had to be under the bed where Human #2 was still sleeping.
The Live Entertainment arrived. I think I’ll go join Twilight under the bed.
All day long, the Can Opener never saw Twilight leave the bedroom. She wouldn’t eat or drink. She didn’t throw up and didn’t seem to be in pain, she just would’t eat and wanted to be alone. The Can Opener decided to take the Critters outside as soon as possible to give Twilight a chance to rest peacefully.
Twilight didn’t have a fever, and hadn’t thrown up, so the vet said it’s likely just a reaction to the shots she had yesterday (although this has never happened to her before when she got her shots).
After the Critters went home and Twilight still didn’t come out, the human picked her up and cuddled her and tried again to get her to eat. She still wouldn’t eat, but she was clearly wanting to be held and cuddled and kept kneading her paws. That seemed to really help, and when the Human put her down, she finally went outside- and stayed out until the evening so she could have time with her Mom.
The vet says, as long as she doesn’t start getting sick or get a fever, she will probably be back to normal in the morning. Then she’ll be harassing me to play again, and it’ll be my turn to hide under the bed all day.
I think I’ve changed my mind about needing to see the vet.
Undercover Career- Relaxation & Meditation Coach and Bodyguard
Abby is especially cuddly and observant. Among many other qualifications, she loves to be right in the center of the action. She loves her Mom so much that she really can’t stand to be parted from her and is very protective. She’s constantly watching out the windows (as is Serafina), to make sure no bugs, squirrels, racoons, or other pests try to get in to distract her Mom while she’s working or disturb her.
She’s also highly sensitive to her Mom’s feelings and frustrations when she’s having a rough day at work, so these unique qualities make her the purrfect Undercover Relaxation and Meditation coach.
As a Relaxation and Meditation Coach, her Mom’s wellness and peace of mind is her first priority (besides food), so she makes it her business to know where her Mom is at any moment of the day- especially when she’s working and starting to feel exhausted, and frustrated. That’s her cue to jump up and occupy her Mom’s lap -(especially during those moments when she can discern that her Mom is about to get up to get a cup of coffee, or go to the bathroom).
She does this to remind her Mom to stay focused on her work. So she won’t get distracted by things like getting a few minutes of exercise, or taking a break for unnecessary things like eating lunch.
Actually, I’ve been an Undercover Cat Career Agent since before I was adopted here. My previous owner was gone so much, I decided I had to find a way to support myself, and I’ve never been the kind of cat that would go around begging strangers to feed me -(they can’t afford my taste- except at the White House, and I don’t trust those guys).
So I put word out on the streets that I could help cats get recognized for their special skills if they’d bring me certain favors. Like Lobster (from the Rich cats that wanted to get richer). Or tuna, and shrimp from the cats who have Parents that work in the seafood department or go fishing. Hey, a cat has to do something to survive when their owner takes off and stays gone and leaves them with nothing but dry cereal, water, and bugs.
Here’s one of my favorite students- she actually belongs to the the Critters- her name is Serafina, and her parents buy her really good food- unfortunately, she likes to eat as much as I do, and it doesn’t matter if she’s actually hungry or not. Because for Serafina (and me)- Eating is not just a necessity. It’s a passion. We would be chefs, but most of them won’t allow us in their restaurants. Idiots!
Serafina’s special talent qualified her for an undercover career as a cordless vaccuum cleaner. And she does an excellent job. She is specially trained to only pick up food crumbs and treats that fall into the floor, or onto the couches (which Jazlyn and Lily are very faithful to leave for her to practice on). She’s turning into a real pro. Tomorrow, I’ll brag about another favorite career cat I trained, Abby (who lives with the Critters and Serafina).
For now, it’s my bedtime. It’s been a long day- Twilight and I have been working all day.
Sushi sleeps more than any cat I’ve ever seen. Seriously. She wakes up, stretches, eats, stretches again, gets snuggles then sleeps some more. A couple of hours later she wakes up and starts it all over again.
I have to say, when I asked her why she never plays or hunts (anything harder to catch than a spider), she explained to me that she’s not really sleeping all that time. She’s employed.
Yep. She’s an Undercover Cat Career Coach. Go figure. She won’t tell me how she gets paid- although by the looks of her, I figure if they pay her in food, she gets paid a flipping fortune.
But she did furnish me with pictures of her performing her various duties. Here’s a few of them:
1.) Blanket Tester.
2.) Upholstery Tester.
4.) Lap Pillow Tester.
5.) Lawn Work Snoopervisor
Geez, with all that “work,” no wonder she never wants to play!
I should have known today would be a weird day, when the Can Opener didn’t seem to be her usual self when she woke up and headed for the Keurig. I couldn’t put my paw on it, but something felt off. So, as I usually do, I bolted out the back door to look for Mama or Sheba or some nice, juicy baby duck to play with.
When I came back inside about 2 hours later, the Critters and their parents were there visiting! My human was back to her cheery self and the kcup supply was diminishing rapidly, so I knew everything was going to be okay. She must’ve just woke up with a headache.
The Critters ran out into the backyard to play, and the Can Openers visited with their grown up Critter (Jazlyn and Lily’s Mom)- and had coffee and then made butterfly shrimp and french fries for everyone and discussed Mother’s Day plans. Soon it was time for Lily’s nap, but all the excitement had her too wound up and they decided to go home.
And then it happened…
After they left, Sushi gave our Can Opener the look that said, “I don’t appreciate my nap being interrupted, human. Don’t let it happen again.” Then she headed for the bedroom to take her nap without further interruptions, and I settled down on my human’s lap and was being snuggled, and brushed and was just beginning to fall asleep when suddenly we all heard a roar in the distance that got closer and louder- and things started to shake- and I tried to bolt- I could tell my humans were afraid-
The noise was SO LOUD and it sounded as though something was about to crash into our living room before we could even move! The Can Opener tried to hold onto me and calm me, but I flew off her lap and ran for cover. The two Can Openers could hear the jet long after it was out of sight, but the whole neighborhood was shaken and wondering what was happening. All I wanted to know was whether or not it was safe to come back home!
And on the way back to their house…
Our Can Opener searched the news stations for any mention of a planned Air Force flyover (like they do sometimes for the 4th of July)- but there was no mention of anything anywhere she looked. Everything settled down after that, but everyone was wondering what was going on- especially considering the problems in our country right now.
Things soon calmed down after a while, and all the neighbors went back inside, but the Can Opener thought about the Critters and their parents- who had only been about 10 minutes away from our house when it happened. She called to find out if they had seen and heard anything, and they had. The jet had flown over them as they were going over a bridge- and the first thought was that there was some attack happening- but it wasn’t. Still it unnerved everyone- especially because of the suddenness of it- and Jazlyn (the Big Critter) was afraid the bridge they were on might collapse and they would go into the water.
They made it back home, and things returned to normal, but we were all struck by how sudden and how loud and scary it was. (Except for Sushi- who somehow managed to sleep through the whole thing).
Speaking of empty tummies, I’m going to go talk my human into opening a can of tuna to calm my nerves…..
And who ever heard of a cat being thankful? But my Can Opener always says everyone has something to be thankful for if they’re just willing to take a second to honestly think about it.
So, I’ve decided to be thankful today for everything I can- because when she sees me showing appreciation for things she does, she loads me up with treats. And I’m hungry. And it’ll make her happy- (and then she’ll give me more treats because she’s happy). Either way, I win.
So, Here’s some things I’m thankful for today -(I hope Mom is reading this)…
Thing 1)- long grass and sunshine to nap in.
Thing 2)- the Tiny One’s naps.
Thing 3)- Twilight. (bonus treats for that one).
Thing 4)- Sheba lives next door.
(If she lived with us, I’d have to eat her.)
Thing 5)- My favorite spot in the carpet- right in the walkway.
Thing 6)- My cozy spot on the desk
Thing 7)- That I can finally stop thinking of things to be thankful for.
It’s felt so strange around here without the little noise-makers that keep our Can Opener busy. The poor little things were feeling pretty lousy and had fevers so they stayed home with their Mom and Daddy and got spoiled.
But here’s the deal- I get spoiled a lot more when the Critters are here than when they aren’t. When they’re here, they sneak me more treats than I would usually be allowed to have- and they love to scratch that spot in my back that I can’t quite reach. Of course, they also like to yell, and a cat laying in the middle of the rug around here is taking its life in its paws- because once those tiny feet attached to an excited tiny little one get going, they can’t always stop before noticing “the rug in the rug.”
Another plus to the Critters coming back, is that they love to feed me us. The Can Opener feeds us, of course- but when the Tiny One and its sister are here, she’s so busy taking care of them, helping them with school, and keeping them occupied, that she can easily lose track of when she fed us last.
And The Critters are more than willing to open endless cans of food for us. I just love those two!
Well- until they get here I’m going to remind the Can Opener one more time that I’m starving (even though she just fed us)- It’s so easy to get extra food when she’s rushing around getting ready for their arrival! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!