about Santa, christmas, and all of that
or Steven Elizabeth is weird.
I was eating breakfast – cottage cheese and crushed pineapple – and he kept on getting on my face and on the bowl, running interference with the spoon, the entire act.
this had happened before, and several times I had put a spoonful of the cottage cheese (that's what he must be after, right?) on his dish, just to be ignored.
today it finally dawned on me: weirdo cat is after the pineapple. after inhaling a couple of spoonfuls of it, he is happicat again. which means I still couldn't eat because he was laying atop my forearms, purringks
of all the cats who have shared my life, Pepper is the only one who, to my sense, *needs* petting. has to have pettingks. he'll come and sit at the desk, look at me or teh SO and mew plaintively until petted. he'll begin purring immediately; after a few pets he'll move a couple of feet away and proceed with whatever napping/cleaning/sitting business he has pending. these demands for pettings occur several times a day.
I know cats like to be petted and we like petting them, but with Pepper it seems like such a direct need that I wonder: do any of y'all cats behave in a similar fashion? am I just reading to much into a normal behavior?
[previous updates and history here]
Pepper is doing just great, thank you very much. I'll embarrass him by showing a picture of his (barely) fuzzy belly:
you can see the scar and the growing fuzz. it cracks me up, how well separated the white fur and black fur areas are.
Pepper's vet called a couple of nights ago. they got the analysis from the stones they removed from Pep's bladder. they are deposits of magnesium phosphate, most likely caused by diet, and the fact that "there ain't enough vinegar in his piss" just like what happened to TK, so he gets to go on Rx food.
I got the food last night, and Pep, being the angel he is, ate it without complaint. the other two cats? one word answer: pleh
Pepper is mad at me over the picture above, so he refused to pose for me.
some of you have been kind and concerned enough as to ask for an update on Pepper's health. and I have been remiss by not providing one, but there really hasn't been anything to report.
the infection/blockage was caught before getting to critical stage so Pepper is waiting out this week on steroids and antibiotics until surgery next week.
Pepper is mostly fine, gotten used to his pill every evening (given alongside some Kitten Chow). he pees very little and it is blood-tinged. a little unnerving, but expected given his illness; on the positive side he doesn't seem very distressed, very little crying or yowling.
one not-so-great-thing is that Pepper seems unable to pee in the litterbox, preferring softer surfaces like rugs and upholstered chairs. this has caused the following:
– we are getting a new bathroom rug after Pepper is all fixed up.
– the bathroom rug no longer resides in the bathroom but rather next to the litterboxes
– all cats are being kept off the front of the house where things such as rugs and upholstered chairs abound.
I will update with surgery news as they happen. thanks to all for your concern.
had a bit of a photoshoot with Pepper this morning. I liked these best
on a personal note, teh SO has insisted for several years that our Princess Hank is at least part Abyssinian. she does resemble Cinnamon a bit, specially the triangular face shape and larger-than-average ears,
this is P. Hank
more news about the Feline genome project via Google news