Posts Tagged ‘pets’

    Lewis from St. Louis

    Thursday, April 8th, 2010

    Our cat Lewis has been hit with FLUTD — that is, feline lower urinary tract disease — and I’m totally bummed.

    Even though the diagnosis could be much, much worse, I became a wreck this evening over the thought of it indeed being much, much worse — as in a fatal condition that the doctor threw out as a possibility.

    So we have to monitor Lewis’ litter-box visits as best we can now, which I’m sure perplexes and annoys the heck out of him. But since returning from the vet this evening, I observed that he tried to empty his bladder 11 times within one hour, and only the first visit to a box was successful. He’s also keeping his distance from us and choosing to camp out under the dining table despite our coaxing.

    Just the other day I was telling Ben that we have the best cats in the world and that I hope they stay healthy and live long enough for our son to love and play with them too. So I found it incredibly unfair to find that so soon after that conversation we are faced with thoughts of those same sweet cats’ mortality.

    Get well soon, Lewis.

    Cats and dust bunnies

    Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

    You could probably imagine what living with four cats can do to one’s lifestyle. In our 600-square-foot apartment, Ben and I cannot escape the fur.

    We have clothes lined with cat hair, floors littered with cat hair, furniture layered with cat hair, and, most unfortunate of all, water glasses occasionally spiked with cat hair.

    I have resisted taking an electric razor to our cats on countless instances, wondering when I will have the gumption to follow through.

    I keep telling myself that having a house at least double the size of this place, and with a basement, will alleviate the cat-hair predicament that we’ve been in for the past two years. My solution: The cats will reside in the basement.

    But there is a reason we have four cats — it’s because we adore the silly little creatures. And I know all my threats of “Basement Living” when exasperated with Lewis, Gizmo, Sidney and Bumshiqua are as empty as a fat man’s stomach.

    Lewis from St. Louis Gizmo the GZA Genius Sidney Vicious Bumshiqua

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