Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Brush with Something Different

I’d like to thank everyone for their thoughts and best wishes regarding Cammie during last week’s bout of ill health. She is eating (more on that below). She is, however, sick again. This time, she has caught a bit of a cold. This is less serious, I think, than what she had; it is probably making her feel miserable but is very likely not dangerous. She has a snotty nose and is sneezing, but she is hungry and she is keeping her food down.

She has, in fact, decided that she likes another kind of food. She loves her Fancy Feast, despite my continued attempts to have her try something else. For years, she has favoured the ‘ocean whitefish and tuna’ variety. She has, in the past week, wanted little of it. I had, however, opened a tin of ‘seafood feast’, which Renn likes for the time being. I gave some to the princess, and she gulped it right down. The ingredients are sketchy: ‘ocean fish’ is the first in the list. I believe that may cover about four hundred thousand different species of marine life. Anyway, she is eating it, and it is giving her a bit of variety.


Cammie has done something else new. Last night, she allowed me to brush her. Previously, she had hissed at the very smell of the brush. Perhaps now, with a clogged nose, she can’t sniff the scent of other cats on the implement. The other three perma-cats loved their long brushing session yesterday, so I thought I’d attempt it with Cammie. Lo, she permitted about a minute and a half of brushing. As her cold subsides and her sense of smell returns, she may hiss again at the brush, but I will push my luck in that regard until she does.

The third interesting thing about the princess is her reaction to a new house-viewing. Once again, she had to go to the spare room, along with her roommates. She had ensconced herself in the downstairs cylinder cat-tree. Instead of prying her out of there, I simply pushed the cat-tree into the spare room; Cammie remained in it. Once in the spare room, though, I opened the door of her cage, and down she climbed; she walked into the cage without a fuss.

Are these deviations of character due to a foggy head induced by her cold? Are they permanent? I don’t know the answers, but I do know that Cammie keeps things interesting around the household.

13 comments:

  1. gotta keep you guessing :) hope she is feeling better soon

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  2. Oh Cammie I hope you feel better very soon.

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  3. Maybe she needs a brush all of her own, kept in an airtight container so other smells from other animals don't get on it and contaminate it.. :) you know.. cooties and all that :)

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  4. my stars Cammie; we did not realize you were ill.......

    St Francis' blessings to you, and I hope today finds you much improved; just don't let things slip past your realm and the kingdom you rule over whilst you're a bit under the weather. I let that happen briefly for 37 minutes when I felt a bit nauseous and boomer has never let me re gain ....full control.

    Perhaps a bit of Lysine is in order to knock that cold into the next country....perhaps your dad needs to set the thermostat in the house to a cozy 85 degrees; perhaps he also needs to allow you to eat 83 cans of seafood feast....just....because....you ....wish ......it

    Regardless, hugs girl from dai$y =^..*= ♥♥♥

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  5. Oh Cammie, she's determined to keep you on your toes John! I hope all these showings mean you'll find a buyer soon.

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    1. All it's meant so far is that many people don't like my house.

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  6. Poor Cammie. We hope she feels better each day. Nicki's doing his repetitive sneezing thing now, though with no discharge from nose or eyes...URI or allergies? Maybe there's something about this time of year, for humans and for cats. :-/

    Purrs!

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  7. It always is interesting in a household with cats. I hope Cammie feels better soon. Sounds like she may be a little foggy headed from the cold.
    Take care.

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  8. If you got my previous post which was sent prematurely by Spirit, please ignore this.
    Might Cammie have felt ill because of the food she was eating? I have had issues with Fancy Feast sea food selections. Some batches are fine and with others, my cats will either vomit after eating ther food or will simply will not eat the stuff. I always look at the government recall list but ithe food has never appeared on it when the cats seem to have the problem. It has become necessary for me to feed NO Fancy Feast seafood varieties (although I still do feed its other flavours). How does FF determine palatability and wholesomeness of their batches? Does someone taste it with a spoon, wait to see if they become ill? I don't know. I do know that some palatable batches cause nausia. Some are totally rejected.
    You are such a great cat dad. Cammie is a lucky girl and I believe she knows it.
    Good luck with selling your house. Has your agent spoken with the potential buyers agents about what they liked or did not like about your house and then informed you? This is always a big help because sometimes you can change things around a bit to make it more appealing.

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    1. It may have been the food, but she has been eating the same variety for a long time. If it were a bad batch, there's no reason to suspect that the next tin will be as bad. I wish I could stop serving Fancy Feast fish flavours, but the princess likes nothing else. She will be all right. She ate well today, and kept it down. Her sniffles are lessening. And she let me brush her again tonight.

      As for the house, the only complaint that people have - and they all have it - is that it is too small. Unless I can add a room or two, that won't be changing.

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  9. I hope Cammie gets over her cold soon. Poor Cammie. But maybe she will find being brushed feels quite lovely even when her nose clears up. I hope your house sells soon as the stress of selling a house can be so hard for everyone in the household. From Eileen and Jessica

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    1. She let me brush her again for a couple of minutes tonight. I will do this every night, for as long as she lets me. She can't hate it or she would let me know immediately.

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