....how could i have forgotten how much fun it is to wrap presents (and attempt to keep them wrapped!) with kittens around?? Well, probably because it's been 19 years since I've HAD a kitten! (see www.teateasbestfriend.blogspot.com) So here we are in the throws (and launches and shreds) or the holiday season and EVERYTHING has to be viewed in a new "kitten-proof" light. First, the tree. It has a total of 3 branches longer than 18 inches and probably 20 more branches at under 6 inches each. Charlie Brown. It's a live tree so that the pot of dirt would weigh more than kittens launching themselves at it and it wouldn't tumble over. It has one string of plain white tiny lights that run directly up and down the trunk....when we turn off the other lights it looks like a vertical landing strip for tiny planes.....but we didn't want to string wires out the branches to look tempting to wee furry beserkos. The ornaments. All plastic or cloth, no hangers used, all hung at least 4 inches from the end of the branches so that there won't be any reward for dislodging.....so many adaptations....and that's just the tree!!!
On the health front, Shay has been on his meds for about 5 weeks, and there's been a difference in his energy level and his shivering. I think the hard part with the shivering is that the weather has gotten cooler and I don't know if it's the medication or my need to make sure he has lots of warm places to curl up that's making the difference!! Let's see.... I bought a cat nap mat that has some sort of heat reflecting material in it that they're not crazy over, but since I've put it next to the computer, it's become a popular catnapping place for those that want to snooze and be close to human. I also had a small cat warming pad (electric) from Teatea that I keep on the back of the sofa under a cotton throw, and that's usually occupied several times a day by both of them. But the BIG hits are a wool blanket and bowl (both hand felted) by my friend Inger in Norway....they LOVE these!! I got them after Shay began to make a nest of my good wrap that Inger had made me....Shay and Beastly use their binky and bowl constantly. Inger's wool felted items are gorgeous, and we ALL adore them! So a big HOORAY and thanks to Inger for her suggestion of the bowl and the blanket, cuz they're definite hits!
On the actual "giving" the meds front....well, as most of us kitty people guessed, him eating the ground up pill in his food was too good to be true.... I'm now using those "pill pockets" from the Greenies people and for the last 10 days, they've worked with a few modifications....Shay's too small for a whole one, so I have to pinch them in half and hide the pill in there. He still has some trouble swallowing it, but he manages because it's so yummy. (that translates to HEINOUS in human....like a bait shop, actually) But who cares what they smell like as long as they work!! We'll probably head back to the uber-expensive specialist vet at the end of January for another blood draw, to see where we are with the thyroid.....
Beastly is still...well....Beastly!! [= She demands to be played with several times a day by staring at human and knocking things off dresser, by laying on computer keyboard (frustrating to work at home husband) while humans are trying to type, and by slaloming through walking human legs at breakneck speed. Just a tad high maintenance....and verbal to boot. She has a way of meowing through closed mouth that comes out like a big fat whine when she's not getting her way. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, the work in progress!!
Well, a boring post, but an update all the same, I reckon. More video coming soon.... and thanks so very much for checking in on Beastly and Shay....knowing you're out there makes keeping a journal of them sooooo much easier!!! Have a gorgeous holiday season from our menagerie...to yours!!!