I love my cat. Never thought I would be a self-proclaimed cat lover. This was an unexpected conversion. We are not cat people. We are dog people. But the busy nature of our lives and a dog’s needs just don’t mix. The self-reliant cat really seemed to fit our life style, so when a litter of kittens was abandoned near our home, we kept one.
In many ways I admire my cat. He is beautiful. He moves with power and grace. Sleep never evades him. He oozes confidence. He really doesn’t care what others think of him. And, he always gets his way. No one can say no to a cat. They torture you until they get what they want. You got to hand it to cats.
I spent the weekend with my cat, but not in the typical non obtrusive, just lie around and add to the furniture kind of way.
I got home on Saturday morning after a swim, just a quick stop before I go shopping, and hmm. There’s a smell. Must be the trash, I think. I grab some bags and off to the store.
About a half hour later. I walk in, bags full of groceries. Still the smell. Hmm. Check the trash, nothing there, empty.
I start unloading.
My daughter walks in and screams, “Oh my God Mom look what Chubby did!”
Yes, his name is Chubby.
I come running. What is left of a bird, is scattered down my hallway. The heat is on; the fan is blowing; feathers are floating, clinging to the walls. Yuck.
“Get a plastic bag,” I tell my daughter.
“I’m not touching that,” she replies.
“Just get it,” me disgusted with everything.
I know this is the way they say I love you (not the daughter, the cat). Great. Love me less.
After the mess is cleaned up, I go looking for him.
Vicious, evil, carnivore. Where’s that demon.
Yep, usual spot. Basket of clean clothes.
I pick him up. “Oh… Claire, come here.” I yell.
Daughter comes running.
The tip of his ear has a piece taken out of it.
I’m thinking was this after or before the bird.
He regularly comes home with scratches and I hope he’s learning not to pick fights. This is a little more that a scratch.
I call the vet.
Get him into the carrier and obtain a few scratches in the process.
I sit at the vet’s.
The gentle female vet walks in, full of love for all creatures great and small. She examines my cat.
“Hmm. Well, we’ll have to clean this,” she says. “Looks a little too late to sew it up.” She whisks him off.
In about 10 minutes and $295 dollars later, I’m in the car with cat and liquid antibiotics. Is she kidding? Me get this liquid down my cat’s throat. I have a hard enough time getting him in the cat carrier. There is no way.
That night, I dutifully try to get those antibiotics down. Not. Cats don’t do what they don’t want to do. I can’t fathom how the vet can do anything with him. (This might be how some parents view my ability to deal with a classroom full of students.) He will just have to be ok with the antibiotic she gave him. Ugh.