Catering To The Kittehs

We have a situation in our house due to “special needs” animals. We have to put a baby gate in our bedroom doorway to keep the dogs out. Doing this helps with potty training our foster dogs.

Unfortunately this keeps out our cat Tully. Cats are built to jump, but somehow he never got the memo because he doesn’t like to jump. Tonight my husband decided to help our boy out by making a ramp that goes over the baby gate. Tully is now able to walk up the ramp and go spend countless hours on our bed sleeping. Hopefully our senior girl Borgia will take advantage of the ramp as she will likely develop arthritis.

Ramp still needs to be painted

From the husband: while I shake my head at a cat who doesn’t like to jump (he jumps on the bed to sleep all day, so what’s up Tully?), I built the ramps because the animals are our family. This task made me think of my boy Rusty, who loved sleeping in my spot on the bed but needed help getting on the bed in the last year of his life. I built him a table that was at the foot of our bed so he could use it as a step. He took to it immediately, and it warmed my heart to see him sleeping in my bed spot as he had done for years. It was his safe place, and the last place he laid. I miss you Rusty; please tell Tully he can jump.

 

Happy Birthday Borgia!

My girl turned 13 years old today!

For her birthday she got a special can of chicken for dinner and a teeth cleaning (with possible extraction) scheduled for the end of the month ;-)

Little Girl with all her teeth

Old Lady

Old Lady missing 1/3 of her teeth

What I Do For Cats and Dogs…

…is put their needs before my own.

As a pet guardian, it is your responsibility to care for your animal. You alone are responsible for its well-being; just don’t go so far that you lose perspective. Keep in my that you are equally important!

I find myself spending WAY more time researching our pets’ medical issues than my own. When I see one of our pets having a medical issue and it gets addressed right away, unlike my own medical issues that have gone unresolved for years. I am more than willing to fill out pages of doctor forms for the pets, but I procrastinate with my own new client forms. I make sure that our pets maintain a healthy weight, but don’t do the same for myself. I am continuously working to improve Marley’s behavior, but not putting the same amount of effort into improving my own behavior.

Let this be a reminder that your pets should not be an afterthought, and neither should you!

What’s Your Favorite Color?

I don’t have a favorite (my opinion changes depending on the subject), but looking at this picture you might think it was ORANGE.

Left to Right: Heidi (GBR), Benny, Cooper and Denny

 

Throwback Thursday

These photos were taken nearly 13 years ago! This is Borgia as a kitten. I had stripped my bed to do laundry and Borgia decided she wanted to play. Since then she has made a game out of me making the bed after washing the sheets. Borgia turns a 5 minute into a 10 minute task, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!