So, I took Gobo to the vet for the first time in probably about 6 years. I have been very lucky with him...he has been very healthy for all 8 (almost 9!) years of his life. Lately, he's been acting strange though. He's been going to his litter box in the middle of the night and yowling at the top of his lungs. It really worried me. I thought that maybe he was having difficulty going to the bathroom...maybe he had a UTI or something like that? So, I decided to take him to the vet! The vet was very nice, but poor Gobo was shaking the entire time he was there (and even on the car ride over). I felt so bad! He looked at Gobo and said he looked very healthy (phew!), but gave me a special prescription cat food to help any urinary problems that he could possibly have. He also told me that he thinks Gobo might be allergic to the Purina I've been feeding him (he seems to be scratching right around his eyebrow area a lot...to the point that he's even cut himself). So, I'm trying out this new food. The problem is that the Purina is about $5-$8 tops....this food is $28 a bag!!! RIDICULOUS! So, I'm paying an astronomical price for my cat's food now....it's worth it if it helps him. If not, then I don't know what to do! Here are some recent pictures of my crazy kitties:
So, I took Gobo and Mokey for their yearly haircuts. They did very well, and I actually got to watch the haircuts this time. They were both so calm and patient. Unfortunately, I have a new Mokey problem that's started very recently...she seems to pee in her kitty carrier every time I take her anywhere now! This is not a fun habit to deal with, but all I can do is put wee-wee pads and towels in her kitty carrier, and hope for the best. Sigh...she seems to be using her urine in bad ways all of the time. It's driving me nuts!
Anywho, I had 2 days off of work, and I ended up being really sick. So, it worked out well b/c I got to stay in bed and rest, and didn't have to use up my sick/vacation days. I noticed something really interesting though...whenever I walked into the living room, Gobo and Mokey were always snuggled up together on the couch! This must be what they do when I'm at work all day! It made me so happy to see them so snuggly and loving. I took a few pics with my cell phone (that turned out pretty blurry unfortunately) and a few others with my regular camera. It was just too cute..I had to get some pics :-)
So, I do love my kitties, but lately, I don't know what's going on with Gobo...he's driving me insane! Without fail, he wakes me up at 4:30am, meowing. I don't know what he wants....he just starts knocking things over in my room and meowing really loudly. It could just be for attention, but it's getting ridiculous...and if I shut him out of my bedroom, he'll just meow louder. He's not one to give up after awhile either. If I ignore his meowing, he doesn't stop...he'll just meow louder and more often. ARGH! Well at least HE is sleeping soundly with no interruptions! haha! Here are some sweet, cuddly pics of Gobo and Mokey from last week...
Just posting some new pictures for 2011. The kitties are doing well, and Mokey hasn't been peeing outside of the litter box lately (knock on wood!). Hopefully, she won't do it again. I'm going away for a vacation in April, and my parents are going to kitty sit, so I'm hoping the "new environment" doesn't cause Mokey to start peeing around the house again.
So, I'm having a bit of a problem with Mokey. I went away to Dallas for a week, and had a friend of mine look in on my cats. There were no problems...until I got back. I'm guessing that Mokey was mad that I was gone for a week (actually, it was less than a week...I only left them for 4 days), and she started peeing in the corner of my room. Well, I scrubbed and cleaned and then I sprayed that "Nature's Miracle" (the spray that's supposed to get rid of the scent, so cats won't go back to that same spot). Then I covered the spot with a towel. Well, she peed on the towel. Then, I put her food there b/c I was told that cats won't pee where they eat. Wrong! She peed right next to her food bowl. Then, I put tin foil there b/c cats are supposedly frightened by the sound tin foil makes when they step on it...not Mokey! She peed on the tin foil. Then, I put a new, fresh litter box there (since my vet said that maybe she didn't like going to the bathroom in the same litter box that Gobo uses)...she peed NEXT to the new litter box, but not IN it! So, I cleaned, scrubbed and vacuumed the entire area...then I put TV stand w/my keyboard right in the corner where she likes to pee. THEN, I put the new litter box right in front of the keyboard/TV stand. Things were good for 3 or 4 days...until last night....when she peed in the opposite corner of my room! ARGH! I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow morning to see if it's a urinary tract infection or something of that nature, but I have a feeling this is just a behavioral thing...and if so, I don't know what to do!!!!
I'm so stressed and frustrated by this all, and I'm not getting any sleep at night. I could close my bedroom door at night, but then I can't snuggle with my kitties. Gobo is a great snuggler, and I can't lock Mokey out without locking Gobo out (since the litter box and food are not in my bedroom, so they need the door open to get to those things). So, if I keep Mokey out of my room at all times, then I have to also keep Gobo out at all times...and that stinks! I don't know if Mokey is still angry about my 4 day trip, but I'm just getting so upset by this all...and I honestly don't know what to do! I'm actually hoping that it's a UTI or something like that, so I can give her meds and she'll stop doing this. But, if it's behavioral, I'm just S.O.L.!
So, it's that time of year again....time for a haircut!!! Gobo has been getting a nice Summer buzz cut for years now, but this was Mokey's first haircut. I was so nervous for her (since she is really skittish), but I was also excited to see what she'd look like. I think Gobo looks like a little lion when he gets his hair cut for the Summer... actually, he looks a little silly (a silly lion?). It's probably because of the color of his fur. Gobo is a "nude" color, so when he gets a shave, he looks naked!
I think Mokey's haircut turned out even better than Gobo's. You can barely tell that she is all shaved!!! The color of her fur makes the shave look so nice and smooth. I really love it on her. Unfortunately, she had a rough time with the whole bathing routine. The person at the "salon" said that Mokey got really scared in the bathtub, and tried to leap out. She cut her own paw and was bleeding a bit. She's fine now, but I was so sad to hear that she was freaking out like that. I hate that she was so scared and there was nothing I could do to help her. Hopefully, she's enjoying the nice, cool Summer cut....especially with the crazy humidity that we have right now.
So, the haircut torture is over now....until next year!!!!
I've been totally slacking with this blog, but I doubt people really read it, so it's all good. My kitties are definitely cute, but there are only so many pictures I can take of them all of the time...unless I find interesting props...then my cats will HATE me! haha! I got some cute cuddling/cleaning pictures of Gobo and Mokey, so I figured I'd post them here. They were beating each other up last night, but they cuddled and made up later. It's so cute...they're like an old, married couple. So, here are some pics...
Long time no blog! Sorry about that!!! I was away for Thanksgiving and then I went to Disney World for an entire week. I left Gobo and Mokey with my parents while I was away, and they seemed to have a good time. My parents have a much larger house than I do, so they have plenty of room to explore and hide.
Anyway, while visiting my parents, I went to use the restroom one day. What did I find in the bathroom (other than a toilet, sink, bathtub and other bathroom items)??? GOBO...in the bathtub....with some rubber duckies! Of course I immediately grabbed my camera to catch a picture because it was too cute to ignore. While taking some pictures, Mokey jumped in too! So, I had Gobo, Mokey and some ducks...all in the bathtub. Too funny!
Gobo's got all of his ducks in a row
Gobo fantasizes about swimming in the sea with his duckies Mokey joins Gobo and the duckies for a swim!
Growing up with dogs, I didn't really know or understand how to "pet" a cat. All of my dogs were big dogs (collies, golden retrievers, etc.), so they'd just roll over on their backs and you could just scratch those bellies like crazy. The dogs would LOVE that!!! You obviously can't be so rough on a cat...cats are much smaller than my big dogs, and much more sensitive to touch.
It didn't take me long to find "the spots" on my kitties. Both cats actually have the same spots --- under the chin and behind the ear/on top of the head. Once you start scratching there, they purr like motor boats! What I love is that when I'm scratching their ears, they will nuzzle up to me and basically direct my hand to where they want to be pet/scratched.
I live in NJ with my 2 cats, Gobo and Mokey. I love acting, singing, photography, and anything else that's artsy and creative! I am the youngest of 3 (one brother and one sister), and I am referred to by my 3 nieces and 1 nephew as "Cool Debbie" (because I'm the young, cool aunt!). I love my family and friends and would do anything for any of them. I agree with the Anne Frank philosophy: "Inspite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart."