‘Me? Cause trouble? But I am just sitting here in this box being cute.’
As I shared in the last blog in this series (Adventures in Catsitting, Part 1), hosting a friend’s cat for three weeks was a bit surprising. What surprised me was that after a week, I realized I was not enjoying the experience.
I was immediately consumed with guilt over that realization! Me, not enjoying a cat! Unheard of. Never. I love all cats.
So, I had to think this over. And it hit me that it was not the cat, but in that it was some of his behaviors that were frustrating me. Number one, his love of the 4 a.m. wake-up call. (And perhaps the interrupted sleep was leading to a not-so-positive mood).
First I had to have a few moments of gratitude. It turns out that my luck with cats has been quite amazing. Up until now I had never lived with a cat who wanted me up at 4 a.m. everyday.
But really, was that all luck? I decided to do some research into this behavior, and it turns out that it is quite typical. So how had I been so lucky? That answer came to me as I researched. Some of it had been luck. Our last cat was a sleepy girl – she would sit by the bedroom door when it was time for bed in the evenings and many mornings she would stay curled up on the bed long after we had stirred. This behavior had developed over time. When we first had her, she was kept out of the bedroom due to my husband’s allergies. As he got used to her, she got used to our sleep patterns. So in her later years, she slept with us. She would get up in the night, I would hear her occasionally eating or using her box, but then she would just curl up in her spot at the foot of the bed without disturbing us.
But more than that, we had trained her without even realizing it. Again, these were the realizations that I had as I researched cat training. However, some of the information I found in my research was new. Next week I will share more about what I found.
My friend has arrived back home after three weeks away and wants her cat back. So I am sad. I am going to miss that guy! He taught me something new about my relationship with cats, and I was surprised by that.
I have had a lifelong love affair with cats. I have been owned by one or more cats for most of my life. And now, I help Cats in Tow to help more cats find their forever homes. I love cats! I love their antics, their personalities, snuggle time, just having them in my home. However, I am not owned by any cats right now. I lost a very dear kitty a few years ago and these few years have meant a lot of changes in terms of living situation.
I have been contemplating warming my home with a furry presence for a while but was not sure my current space would really accommodate a cat – or two as my plan currently involves. I shared this contemplation last spring in a series of posts on this blog. If you would like to refresh your memory or are new, here is a link to the last of the series ‘Time for a New Addition’. So when my friend said she was going away for three weeks and needed a temporary home for her sweet guy, Aldi, I thought it was a great idea to have a house guest.
I have never met a cat I did not enjoy, but as I said Aldi surprised me. I will talk about the surprises and what I learned in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if anyone would like to share their stories of furry house guests, whether caring for a friend’s pet(s) or as a foster home, we would love to hear!
Make yourself at home, Aldi!
Cats in Tow wishes you all a safe and happy Halloween!
(With the cats and dogs safely indoors, of course. More tips on holiday safety for your pet, see last week’s post.
While cats have always been associated with Halloween, this can be a stressful and dangerous day for our feline and canine friends.
We may think our pets don’t want to be left out of the party, but they do! Your pet may be the very, very rare exception, but dogs and cats do not like loud noises, boisterousness, having to dodge strangers or disruption to their schedule at all.
Pets are often panicked by the noise, lights and general mayhem which many humans seem to enjoy on holidays. Too frequently, these pets are lost or get hurt.
If you don’t have a holiday pet plan, you need to think about one – the sooner the better.H
Here are some of the things you need to think about:
- Keep your pet at home indoors leading up to and on Halloween.
- Parties are, generally, not a fun place animals. Find a room that will not be used, keep it dark and as quiet as possible. A sign on the door asking people to not disturb is a good idea.
- An escaped pet is not a treat! When the Trick-or-Treaters start, make sure your pet is secure – a closed room out of the way is best.
- And as a back up plan only, your pet should be properly identified. Microchips with your current information and an ID tag with their name and your phone number are the best methods – and should be present all year but now is the time to make sure the information is up to date. A current photo is good to have in the event that you have to make signs.
Enjoying Halloween is easier when you know you have done all you can for your pet!