Sunday, 29 May 2011

Re-acclimating the Cats

I will always be sad about Oscar's passing (and I find myself missing him a lot today - he would have enjoyed such a lovely day), but there is an upside to his moving on, and that is, the cats, who were the original furkids in this family, now can rejoin the rest of the house without fear of injury.

This is good news for them both - I have been saying that it's especially good for Judah, who is 18 years old and will now get to enjoy a good quality of life as a family member for whatever time he has left.  But I also realized it's especially good for Kayzee too, as she is the more shy one who will be the only cat in the near future.  She will be losing her companion, her mate, and it would have been a tragedy had that happened while Oscar was still alive.  This is her opportunity to be comfortable with all of us again and not be alone when Judah passes on.

The past few days have been spent re-acclimating the kitties to rejoining the rest of us in the upstairs part of our home.  In fact, it only took mere hours on Wednesday for Judah to realize that he could come back upstairs.  He has reclaimed his throne as the King of the household.

Kayzee, being the more skittish one, has been more shy about joining us, particularly since Brosa wants to treat her as a plaything when she runs.  He is learning though not to chase her.  Today appeared to be the big break-through as Kayzee has been shaking her moneymaker all over the house, teasing Brosa relentlessly, ha ha!

Please enjoy the following photos which document the life the cats have reclaimed.  While Kayzee is only seen once below, she has been around a lot today, but constantly in motion which makes it difficult to snap photos of her.  As I sit here typing, she is sound asleep on the back of the couch snuggled with Judah, which is exactly how it should be.

KAYZEE (12 Years old)

 JUDAH (18 Years Old)

Brosa (2), Delta (9), Judah (18)
Judah takes a stroll around the yard with Delta and Brosa keeping watch
Judah says to Brosa "Yeah, I'm drinking from your water bowl; what of it?"
Judah has taken over the dogs' bolster bed

This is one purrfectly contented kitty

Today was a beautiful sunny (and warm) day.  We took out the pool for the first time this year, and...

...look who has the biggest water dish he's ever seen!


Nova Scotia Country Girl said...

I did think of your cats when I heard of Oscar's death so I'm glad some happiness has come out of that.
And what is it with Boxers and cats anyway?

doglove said...

Seems like such an odd pairing, doesn't it? But it's incredible how gentle our normally exuberant pups will be with those smaller than they are. :)

Or maybe they just realize who really is royalty in the home, lol!