I have nothing but shocking news on Mondays With Merlin this week. The devastating edition: When The Cat Mom’s Away Cats Will Play? Rustle up trouble? Order in Chinese food with extra orders of Kung Pao chicken?
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If you live long enough, nothing should surprise you. You’d think by my age, 21 (100+) in human years, I’d be fine with surprises but it’s been a shocking kind of week. Not jaw-dropping but more discombobulating. I know spring is coming but did the crocuses all have to pop the same time? Didn’t Mother Nature get the message to bloom gradually? it was suddenly so warm, summer warm we had a picnic and blankie time in the sun. The sun felt good and I’m ravenous all the time in a race against the grim reaper. We’ve all agreed it’s game over once I stop eating. At the earlier stages of CKD I’d be force fed at times but it’s no more forced anything.
I wanted so badly to walk and sniff the garden but my legs did not cooperate. I walked 10 feet and had to lie down. If you ever get impatient with an old person moving at glacier speed, take heart. They don’t want to be old and slow. They aren’t doing it annoy you. I would know. It sucks being old and infirm. I’m so darned stubborn, I move with all my might to get to where I need to go and flop over. I must say I make a valiant effort to get into the litter box 50% of the time. I’m coddled and carried more than before but, he, he, he I need some independence and managed to squeeze through the barrier at the top of the stairs and tumbled down, again. It gets a rise out of the
I’m coddled and carried more than before but, he, he, he I need some independence and managed to squeeze through the barrier at the top of the stairs and tumbled down, again. It gets a rise out of the pawrents and I’m no worse for wear. Yes, I am the most intrepid Siamese perhaps in history. Cats, even old cats like me have incredibly flexible spines able to move like Olympic gymnasts. And if you think you have it bad, there is always someone worse off.
Cats with mobility issues can use a wheelchair walker contraption but I don’t think it’s the solution for me. It’s amazing to see all the wheelchair inventions for pets online. Not being able to walk is not the death sentence it once was. This decade is re-defining what special needs means for pets and those who love them. It’s a special kind of commitment and remember cats can easily live over 20 twenty years. To devote 20 years to a paralyzed or wobbly kitten with cerebellar hypoplasia takes commitment to another level.
My best friend Domino looks out for me but last week while watching the finale Downton Abbey, he was hogging the catnip covered turbo scratcher, when I strolled by and he clocked me. That’s right, like a boxer and I went down. All I wanted was some catnip. Carson, the butler on the show was just mentioning the wedding of Lady Edith and I wondered about my betrothed Nellie. I was thinking a June wedding would be in the cards but now I’m not so sure.
I apologize for the hasty video mess. The room was dark and Layla never checks settings or if HD is on except when she posts to Instagram. Click on our Instagram widget in the sidebar to see Odin yawning and showing off disgusting dirt boogers in his nose. He’s always snorfling in the garden like a bloodhound. Our dad accidently left window open in the bedroom open a crack and Odin managed to squeeze through to the top of the porch roof. The screen is secure now but for days he clawed at it thinking it was best cat door ever. Go figure!
Anyway Layla’s been distracted lately by a gazillion things including LEAVING ME to go to FLORIDA for 4 DAYS. And not even a vacation but to spend the time indoors at a convention center to explore pet products, thousands of them with thousands of people and walking thousands of miles. Sounds like a nightmare to me but she’s always wanted to go.
The Global Pet Expo is world’s largest annual trade show in the pet industry and not open to the public. It’s where new products are launched, buyers buy, deals are made and PR peeps are buzzing under one ginormous roof. Layla promises it will be the last time she leaves me. She posted a Global Pet Expo Survival Guide. They’re actually pretty smart tips for any conference. My best tip is: don’t leave home, ever.