Posts tagged ‘cats’

This morning, Gidget actually led us to her harness and started prodding it and indicating—she’s coming to accept that the harness and leash is her ticket to outside! 😸 She had a blast a) trying to chase off Gracie, despite the leash and b) chewing these flower things.

a tabby cat with a purple leash chews a flower from a grassy plant the tabby cat looks up from her chewing at something out of frame (it's Gracie)

Chillin’ with Gidget this afternoon. A new pair of runners I’d ordered arrived in the mail (see top left of frame); relief, since I hadn’t got any email updates since “we’re preparing it in our warehouse” 😅 They’re supposed to be waterproof, which’ll be useful on beach walks!

a sleeping tabby cat with a white belly, her head resting near a grey sneaker-wearing foot

It’s like The Birds around my place today. Currawongs everywhere, digging through our gutters for soft weeds to turn into nests! Gidget has been loving it – “it’s like cat TV but real life” I think sums up her thinking – except she got a bit freaked out when I took her outside (on a leash) with me while I hung out laundry, and chose to hide under a chair 😂 To be fair, those currawongs are tough as nails. They were outright landing on the washing line or just perching on my fence to stare daggers at me as I worked… if I were a cat I’d hide, too.

a tabby cat, indoors, looks up and right very alertedly

I don’t think Gidget understands that me putting her on a leash and going out with her are actually preconditions to her being allowed outside, and not just me letting her out but then deciding to tag along because I’m a dweeby human who can’t think of anything better to do than cramp her style.

Or maybe she does understand, and she’s just pretending not to in the hope that I’ll give up and let her out to roam like she could before. Cats are pretty cunning, after all 🤔

I went to the pet supplies shop today and bought this nifty harness for Gidget, so we can take her outside in a controlled way (i.e. not let her jump or climb on things, as per the vet’s instructions). She enjoyed a quick visit to the park behind our place… until some kids ruined it by coming to play on the playground 🙈 According to Gidget, playgrounds are strictly for cats!

a tabby cat, with a purple harness and purple leash, looks alarmedly to her left as she stands on ground covered in fallen leaves, in the shade of some nearby plants

Gidget seems to have adjusted surprisingly well to the “indoor cat” lifestyle. She spends a lot of time sleeping or just hangin’ out near me. Lots of opportunities to take photos 😊

a tabby cat on a brown bedspread chews her armpit a tabby cat on a brown bedspread looks off-camera to the left a tabby cat on a brown bedspread looks straight at the photo-taker

Took Gidget to the vet today – they removed her stitches and she’s officially free of her cone! She was so excited to catch up on all the paw-chewing she’s missed 🐾

a young woman in a white hoodie takes a selfie with a tabby cat, whose hind leg is outstretched and toes extended so she can gnaw at the gap

Gidget went to the vet this afternoon, and they took the bandage off her hind leg. They said it’s healing well, she’s even putting a little weight on it when she walks, and she should be able to get the stitches taken out next week. So… another week with the cone, sorry Gidgey.

a tabby cat glares at the photo-taker from within a plastic cone; to the left side, her legs (including one recently-shaved one) are visible

It’s been a rough few days for Gidget and I. It’s taken a lot of active intervention on my part to keep her from jumping on and falling off things, to get her to eat (including medication), and to get her to use a litter tray regularly. She managed to roll down the very top of her bandage, so I had to put the dreaded “cone of shame” on her. She hates it utterly but on the bright side it’s really reduced my workload with the trying to stop her jumping everywhere.

Then as for me, that cold I got nine days ago has suddenly got a lot worse after a few days had gone by of me steadily getting better. Pretty much every time I get a cold it takes 2+ weeks to clear precisely because I always seem to get a sinus infection on the back of the initial cold… but the fact that it’s “normal” for me is no consolation. Last night I was feverish all over again, and overall I’m just so tired and feeling overloaded.

I’m planning to go get a Covid test this afternoon. I should’ve got one before now, really, but the outbreak didn’t start until after I was already sick, and none of the exposure sites line up with anywhere I’ve been, and I’m 99% sure it is just a cold I have and not Covid, but you know. The responsible thing to do is rule it out. Especially when I need to take Gidget in for more vet appointments this week 😓

close-up of the head of a tabby cat surrounded by a clear plastic cone, with wide-open eyes, perhaps quietly incensed by the indignity of her predicament
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