I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family (2 and 4 legged). This year I have a lot to be thankful for:
Benny on the front porch
- Our barn cat Benny returned after disappearing for a week. Lucky for us, he only needed to spend 3 nights inside. I wanted to be confident he didn’t have any health issues that needed monitoring. During his indoor stay, he made himself at home laying on my neck and face. This inspired the nickname “Neck Scarf.”
- All of our animals are happy, healthy, and have only minor behavioral issues. For example: Benny chews on blankets, Marley whines when she wants to go for a run while I drive the ATV, and Tully makes coyote noises during the night).
- Everyone has warm beds. The barn cats have insulated beds and heat lamp in the barn cat condo. The house cats have the pellet stove to sleep in front.
- Tully has made a drastic transformation this past year, going from barn cat to house cat. He purrs when I pick him up, lets me smother him with love, and hangs out on the couch with my husband.
- The best part is that I have an awesome husband to share this with! He loves animals as much as I do, sometimes spoiling them more than me 😉
Benny and Danny wanting inside
Benny is HOME! I had to tell you ASAP because I can’t contain my joy. I heard him crying outside so I opened the door for him. I’ll give more info later, but he appears uninjured and has lost a decent amount of weight (good thing he was a plump barn cat). Benny will be staying indoors for at least a few days to make sure he’s eating, drinking and litter box is normal. Let the TLC begin!
I’m sad to report that our barn cat Benny was last seen on Wednesday (Nov 11th) and we miss him so much.
Benny won’t be remembered as a dedicated hunter (kind of hard to hunt critters when you are trying to sneak into our house). When I think of Benny, I remember his desire to eat, looking after his sick buddy Tully, and giving me hugs.
I will never forget you Benny.
I don’t know about your cats, but mine can be noisy during sleeping hours. Borgia was the worst because she used to squeak her paws on our closet door mirror. Our solution has been to create The Cat Room. Outsiders would call it a guest room since it has a queen size bed in it, but WE know who the room belongs to.
The Cat Room has always included kitty essentials: food, water, litter boxes, beds, scratchers, cat tree and toys. For my amusement, I added kitty inspirational art work that included every house cat’s superheros… tigers and lions! Recently, I decided to get rid of the tacky tiger and lion framed posters and put up artwork that spoke to me:
I hung this glorious framed print above the cat’s litter boxes.
After all the time and energy I put into creating the cat shelves (along with my awesome husband’s help), I still get excited when I see a cat using them.
Borgia enjoying the hammock
I’d nap up there if I was a cat
I came across this useful video (for cat and dog owners) while browsing the Sleepypod website. This company has a cat carrier that I want to purchase at some point.
I hope you learn something useful and take action ASAP. Keep your furry family members safe!
I discovered today that our barn cat Danny has been listening to the radio without my knowledge. I had to take him to the vet today because half his face was swollen, and he had a small abscess on his chin. During our 1 hour LONG car ride (round-trip), Danny sang-a-long to every song on the radio. I tested his knowledge by turning the radio off and he kept on singing!
Hopefully the antibiotic injection and 5 days strictly indoors will have Danny healed up.