Monday, January 3, 2022

A Satisfactory Day

Today was a satisfactory day. It started with not going to work. Today was a holiday, a delayed New Year’s Day, because the first of January fell on a Saturday. An extra day off is always welcome.

So is an improvement in a cat’s health. Renn is feeling better. He is eating quite well, certainly as well as he had done previous to his recent illness. There’s a possibility that he was allergic to a new variety of hard-food I was trying on the beasts. My big boy was the only one who really took to it; his vomiting did not start immediately upon eating the new fare, though soft, even liquidy stools preceded the puking by a couple of weeks.

I stopped feeding him the new food, which disappointed Renn. He did not want to eat any other hard-food, even though he had enjoyed Orijen’s Regional Red variety at one time. As described in an earlier blog-entry, it took some work for him to recover from his sickness. For a few days, he has been eating admirable quantities of soft-food. Today, he at last partook of the Orijen hard-food once more. That variety I know doesn’t cause any difficulties, so I am pleased at this development. Furthermore, during the night, three loads of solid waste were deposited; they were all firm. Since it's likely that each cat made one, it means that Renn has recovered on that end, too.

Hector has been trying to fill in for Tucker as best he can. He not only likes to see what’s for dinner, but he comes over to rub up against me quite often. I prefer to think it’s because he likes me, rather than that he’s looking for food. He is quite different than my roly poly, of course, but the latter seems to have left some instructions for the boy on how to behave, when he does behave.

On that subject, I was able to cut a paw-full of Hector’s claws today. I did that when he first arrived but that was, I believe, simply because he didn’t know what I was doing. He may never have had his claws cut; he isn’t so much bothered by having his feet or toes touched as feeling the clipper enclose his claw. I was glad to be able to get one paw done; I will try the other another day.

And Neville sought me out in the mid-afternoon for some chin-rubs. I was on the computer and the Nevsky jumped up on the bed and lie down close to me. That’s his signal. I rubbed his chin for about twenty minutes, until he became carried away and tried to nip me. That’s a signal, too…

And finally, Sable came by at about one o’clock. She may do that when I am at work, but this time, I was able to provide her with soft-food, rather than her resorting to the hard-food that is always kept stocked outside. She was hungry, too, tucking away two full tins of Fancy Feast. I was able to get a good look at her in daylight; she appears in good shape, rounder than she was when she first returned after her most recent prolonged absence.

(Not part of today, but related to it: we had quite a wind-storm a few nights ago. Sable almost never appears during windy nights, but she must have been hungry this night. When I saw her, I hurried to prepare some food for her, but she was gone when I returned with it. A quarter-hour later, she reappeared, though when I brought her dish, she had again retreated, though going only so far as a near by fence. I called to her and she came back to eat. She didn’t wait for seconds, however, as she often does. I think she is spooked by the wind, and came out that evening only because of her empty stomach. I am happy that she knows she can come to CafĂ© Cosy for some decent food.)

My day was, as may be seen, most satisfactory, if episodic. Tomorrow, I go back to work. The holidays are over, though Christmas has a few more days to run. It was an eventful period but, as the Bard wrote, all’s well that ends well. And today ended the holidays quite well indeed.

20 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to hear that Renn is feeling much better. It's always such a worry when one of our cats becomes ill. Meanwhile it seems that things at the Cosy Apartment are going well. May this be the start of many more "Satisfactory Days" for you, Renn, Hector and Neville.

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  2. I'm glad Renn is doing better and that your holidays have ended well. My cat has kidney disease and has become quite finicky about his food lately although he seems happy enough in other respects and loves attention. Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    1. Loss of appetite is common with kidney failure. Is your boy receiving fluids? They can help his kidneys and restore some balance to his body. Also, my Tucker had to have Mirtazapine to stimulate his appetite at times. That may be an option.

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  3. Good day ALL round John...
    Long may it continue into 2022..!

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  4. A satisfactory day is always good and long may they continue.It is good news that Renn has greatly improved. It is also nice to know that Sable is still around and was able to fill her tummy.

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  5. Ahh the Batchelor pad will resume normal routine tomorrow. We are lucky and get 4 days off at Christmas and New Years, so mum has swung 14 days off and only used 4 days of her leave. It's too hot here with temperatures around 30deg C.

    Julie and poppyq

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  6. With Renn seemingly on the mend, it made your New Year start off very well. Nice to see all three boys wanted your attention and you were home to give it. I guess your treat really was having Miss Sable stop by for a good look in a good food.

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  7. I am glad Renn is on the mend. That was scary! IT's good to have been home to give the boys their lovins. I'm always glad when I am able to be summoned. There are multiple days when Katie doesn't see me from early morning till sunset.

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  8. Yesterday definitely was a satisfactory day, on many levels. I'm glad to read that Renn has recovered and hope there are no more episodes on the horizon. How about an uneventful year? Too much to ask of the Universe? LOL.

    It was also great that Sable came by and was able to have two servings of canned food, filling her tummy nicely. ♥

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  9. That's such a relief about Renn. It can be so hard to know which foods agree with them and which don't. My Ernie has had a couple of bouts with the runs lately, so I've been experimenting with the different cans he eats to hopefully figure out why his stomach gets upset.

    As a side note, it's common for cats to get upset by wind storms. I read once that it's because they use their whiskers to help them navigate, so strong winds blowing on the whiskers leave the cats a bit discombobulated.

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    1. I’ve not heard that theory, but it’s plausible.

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  10. doodz....we haz been off de grid sinz like 1827, but never de lezz we iz buzzed happee all iz well; knok wood, tozz salt!! happee 2022 two everee one :) ☺☺♥♥

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    1. Hello, Tabbies; glad to have you back! We're knocking wood so much, we sound like a woodpecker, and tossing salt like a storm at sea!

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  11. Good news about Renn. Fingers crossed he continues on his path to good health.
    I've learned since Sasha passed, that Saku was NOT the one peeing outside the box on occasion though I blamed him for it assuming his aim was over the edge.
    Hector appears to have decided he's staying. Happy to hear Sable is doing well too.

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  12. Oh yea, hooray for Renn and we hope everyone remains well!

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  13. That does sound like it was a good day, John. We are so glad Renn is feeling better.

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  14. That was really good news about Renn. We send lots of purrs that continues on and that no one in your household suffers with an illness. Indeed, all's well that end well.

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  15. Three poops in the box; excellent!

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