My new foster-cat, Neville, is doing well. I will be checking his blood-sugar every fortnight; I had been reading it every week, but with consistently good numbers, I have decided to reduce the exams, which he heartily dislikes, to every two weeks. He has not received insulin in nearly a month.
He is also no longer confined to the library at night. This was the next step in his integration, as I would be able to wake and confront any situation that might result. There has, however, been no untoward incidents with the other cats. Indeed, I think he spends almost the whole night at the top of the highest cat-tree. There, he is safe from the other beasts – who are mainly apathetic about his presence, anyway – and from which he can view the outside through the room’s glass doors. He nonetheless climbs down to use the litter-box (he still uses the one in the library), regardless of the time.
The Thin Man is eating well, and he is, to judge from how his body feels, not as thin as he once was. I am concerned that he likes only one type of soft-food. Despite attempts to interest him in others, he restricts himself to a single variety. He also consumes hard-food, but with cats notorious for suddenly and – from a human’s point of view – unreasonably deciding no longer to like their favourite kind of nutrition, I like to have others ready.
But Nevsky’s biggest characteristic in regard to food is his laziness. He is a lazy eater. He enjoys his indolence and lies horizontal so much that he refuses to rise even for his food-bowl. He will eat a commendatory amount, but I must insert the bowl under his chin in order to generate interest. A few inches away, and he will decide that he can do without sustenance. It is, after all, all the way over there.
I am not too concerned about this, but it does mean that he ends up with bits of food in his fur. His fur, tremendously soft, is growing out now in a satisfactory manner, but will be that of a long-haired cat, I believe. His mane now starts collecting bits of food, which I have to find and pull out afterward. If Neville would sit up to dine, this would not be a problem. He is not too weak to do so. Even when bone-skinny, he had plenty of strength to run and climb. He is just lazy.
However, like a sudden alteration in what a cat wishes to see on his menu, how he consumes his chosen fare will also sometimes change. I am not concerned. In the scheme of things that could go wrong with a cat, Neville’s eating habits are a very minor concern.
But even those who breakfast in bed sit up for it…
Neville you do go to the beat of a different cat drummer. We have never had a lay-down-eater. We do have Toby who pulls his food out of the dish and eats it on the mat. Maybe that was his pattern and it just progressed? We agree if he is eating that is enoughReplyDelete
Josie will sometimes do what Toby does. Some say it is because the cat doesn't like his or her whiskers to touch the edge of the bowl, but I've seen it with flat dishes, too.Delete
I’m sure Neville would call it “conserving his energies.” :)ReplyDelete
Yes, because he has so many other activities to attend to...Delete
I've never had a lay-down eater, either. This reminds me of a stereotypical Roman emperor, reclining while being fed grapes and wine or some such. :-DReplyDelete
Don't give Nev ideas; he'll want to be hand-fed next...Delete
Love that KIm. It sure does!Delete
I had a cat once who loved having someone hold his food on a butter knife for him to lick off.Delete
And yes, I did that. Because I’m an idiot.
Neville's is a real beauty. I love the pictures. My Cody was a lay-down eater, and he would put his front paws around his dish while he ate to keep the other cats away from his food.ReplyDelete
I like the paws around the dish; that's a nice touch.Delete
That handsome dude has his habits, they may change, but they are his.ReplyDelete
Glad Neville is doing well.ReplyDelete
I love reading and seeing ALL about Neville..!ReplyDelete
He's a real hero..Yep! Love him to Bits..! :o).
You know, Katie will stretch out that neck while she is mono -railing on the tub's edge, and she will stick out that tongue over the little water bowl's edge and lap up water...all the while lying down. But she eats sitting up, or standing usually. Neville, you have an interesting way about you. I would like to know what your thought is on why you do that?ReplyDelete
I think he figures there is no point putting effort into going after something that comes to him of its own accord.Delete
Nevsky, that is a seriously lazy way to munch!ReplyDelete
Oh, I'm laughing. Neville is a very interesting Cat. I'm sure he'll make someone a wonderful companion, especially if they too, are a bit quirky. :)ReplyDelete