AN UPDATE ON OUR CAT FAMILY IN 2016
It’s been some time since we’ve updated “Our Cat Family”, so I’m now bringing things up to date.
We’ve had a couple of very sad losses this year. In January we had to make the decision to euthanase our beautiful 15 year old Chinchilla, Bob, whose back legs had become so weak and painful he was having great difficulty getting around.
Bob had also been diabetic for over three years, but we had been able to manage him really well thanks to the Creek Road Cat Clinic, who taught us how to do blood tests by pricking the vein in his ear. This is a really painless procedure, generally (unless you miss the first time!), and much less stressful than taking blood from a vein in his arm. It worked very well for him and enabled us to monitor his blood glucose without having to take him to the vet every other day or week.
However, with the combination of the diabetes, which became very hard to monitor in his last months, and his loss of mobility and obvious discomfort, even with the use of painkilling drugs, we made the extremely painful decision to euthanase him in January this year. We miss him dreadfully as he had been with us the whole time Ken and I have been together and he was a big part of our lives.
He was also missed by his mate Tiger, our four year old (we suspect Maine Coon), as he and Bob were great mates, and used to “work” the kitchen bench together with great success, having us running around on demand.
Unfortunately, only about eight weeks later we also had to euthanase our lovely 10 year old ginger, Tom. He had been very well, and happy, and then suddenly he started to lose weight and appetite. On having him tested we were informed that he was in the last stage of kidney failure, which was a surprise to the vet and us as he still seemed to be in reasonably good health. However, he failed very quickly from then on, and we again had to make the painful decision to euthanase him. That was in mid March, so it’s not been a good year for us and our cat family.
We still have 12 year old Kate, our little, very overweight, black cat, who mainly keeps to herself. The only time she really seems to interact is when she growls at Tiger and sometimes get into a squabble with him, which we’re quick to break up. Although Tiger is 8 ½ kg he’s very gentle, and I’m sure wouldn’t do her any harm, but he’s a bit of a handful when she provokes him into losing his temper!
Following our bad run of luck with our much loved cats we decided at the end of March we would like to give another “rescue” cat or kitten a home, so set off for the Bracken Ridge Animal Welfare League adoption centre at Bracken Ridge. There are so many lovely cats and kittens there, but of course we came home with another ginger, Tommy, who was then 5 ½ months old.
Tommy has proved to be a great success and has become Ken’s favourite. He’s very active and cheeky, and he and Tiger have also become great mates. It’s funny to watch them rolling around the floor, usually with Tommy hanging onto Tiger’s big fluffy head, and Tiger complaining bitterly. Finally, when Tiger gets tired of Tommy’s bad behaviour he just gets up and sits on him, and that’s the end of that!
Tommy is now 9 months old and has more than doubled in size and weight. He has lovely treacle coloured eyes and spots as well as stripes, so there’s a bit of a mix there. He’s also the best climber and jumper of any cat we’ve had.
We moved to the top of Buderim at the beginning of June into a large two storey house, and Ken has done a wonderful job enclosing the top 9m x 4m deck for the cats. They have a wonderful view from their four cat poles across to the Blackall Range. They also have two dear old dogs next door, who Tommy loves to annoy by walking along the rail on that side and climbing up the netting. However, they’re getting used to him now, though, so it’s not quite so much fun.
We’re very glad of our netting enclosure as we have a beautiful large back garden, full of trees, ginger plants, and all sorts of exotic things, including a lovely pond in which we intend to put some goldfish. We also have a very large possum with her baby on her back who feeds amongst the trees, and I guess sleeps somewhere there as well, as she’s not at risk from dogs or cats. We love it, and so do the cats.
Our large enclosure, of course, not only protects our cats, but also keeps all the wildlife safe as well. As we are also situated right beside Buderim Forest and the walking tracks to the falls this is an added bonus for us and the local wildlife.
He’s the last kitten we’re likely to have and he’s a real joy and a ton of fun!