A Tale of Seven CatsMy friend Julie sometimes shakes her head at me and says, "Diane. You could say no."
No is not easy for me. So when another friend asked if I could take care of her cat for FIVE weeks so she could go to Lithuania, I said yes. To be fair, I thought her cat would get used to our cats and would just be one of the crowd. Silly me. My friend's cat is an only cat, living alone with a single woman in a one bedroom condo. Why did I think she could handle a five bedroom house with four other cats? When I tried to integrate her with the "fam" she did pretty well, except when New York Cat terrorized her. She peed on our rug three times, so now she's spending the 5 weeks in a bathroom.
Then my son asked if we would take care of his two cats for a week while he and his girlfriend went on vacation. We've taken care of these two cats before and they've done fine. I said yes. Then my son told me one of the cats had developed a habit of pooping outside the box. (Groan) Then a few days before, he told us the other cat had a runny eye. So I've isolated the cats in a bedroom with a litter box and lots of newspaper. The cat managed two accidents outside the newspaper. I took the other cat to the vet ($70) and now have to give her eye cream three times a day.
So I have a cat in a bathroom. Two cats in a bedroom. One cat on the kitchen table. Three others who think they rule the roost.
Here they are:
1. New York Cat who just wants to "play," meaning RUMBLE (cue West Side Story music here)
2. Devil Cat who is really a fraidy cat but he turns it around and acts like a bully
3. Mr. Perfect who gets along with everyone but regularly throws up hairballs
4. Girl Cat aka the cat on the kitchen table.
5. Only Cat who really hates being confined to the bathroom
6. California Cat who is usually mellow, but is now pooping outside the box. He is shown here in more festive times, wearing his Halloween costume
7. Sore Eye who would be ruling the roost because she's a feisty little thing, but she needs to be isolated from the others. (Notice she is on a table. What is it with these cats and tables?)
So....I'm cleaning out 6 litter boxes in three locations and feeding cats in three locations.
I never thought I would say it, but I've reached my cat limit! Exceeded it, in fact!
Have you ever gotten yourself in a situation of too many pets? Or a situation in which you wish you'd said NO?
For more about my cat woes go HERE.