This is a completely non-fertility related post about my cats. Feel free to skip it if you are not a cat person!
I wrote a while back about all the cat dramaz in da’house. Things were getting rough, and by rough I mean four cats constantly on edge, growling, howling, pouncing and pooping outside of the box. NOT GOOD.
It was gross, annoying, loud, and, most importantly, terribly distressing. I love all my cats and hated to see everyone so unhappy. Spurred by Jackson and My Cat From Hell, we started to make changes. First we changed Newton’s medication since her original transdermal antidepressant was doing a whole lot of nothing and costing us $60 a month. I’m embarrassed to announce that both my cat and myself are now on 5 mg of Prozac once a day. Not only am I happier and easier to be around, so is my cat.
After months of sweet little Newton acting out and looking genuinely miserable she is starting to return to her normal adorable self. She plays again. She cuddles in my lap again. She chirps happily and no longer stares aggressively. She has stopped harassing the the other cats. I’m so happy to report that the medication has not turned her into a kitty zombie and that last night she spent 30 minutes playing with a toy by herself, having a grand old time in her own little orange-cat world. This alone has made a huge improvement in the house.
We also ordered the cats some new things. Before you judge us for how much money we spent on these animals during the past month please remember that they are our children. The Professor and I are committed to caring for and loving these animals till death do we part, therefore spending money to keep them happy and healthy is absolutely acceptable.
I splurged and ordered this bundle for the cats. I knew the treat dispenser would be a hit, but did not expect the phallic looking grooming station and the racetrack to be so popular. Disturbing as the grooming thing looks, the cats LOVE it! The Professor’s three are all chord chewers but since this has come into the house I have seen zero chord chewing which is fantastic because I REALLY don’t want to experience a National Lampoon’s Fried Cat Scene. The racetrack is also a big hit and we have twice seen all three of the Professor’s cats playing with it TOGETHER, which is just so freaking adorable that I can’t help but squee.
Jackson on My Cat From Hell explains that cats need stimulation and exercise every day. We ordered this bird simulating toy and now play with the cats before dinner for at least 15 minutes. They have so much fun running around, burning off some steam and working up an appetite. After eating they are all sleepy and tend to nest to groom and nap while the Professor and I enjoy a cat-free dinner. Heaven. The cats really love this toy, but I have to be honest, I feel it is cheaply made. There are other flying bird toys on the market that are more durable. I think I would skip “Da Bird” and instead opt for one with a bit more heft, especially if you have multiple cats trying to “kill it.”
I don’t know if I have made this clear on this blog, but I’m a design snob and have little tolerance for unattractive things in my living space. Cat furniture soooo falls into the tacky category. Seriously, have you looked at some of the stuff out there? It is dreadful! The few things that are modern, sleek and don’t scream “crazy cat lady” are tremendously expensive. Seriously, who is going to spend $400 on modern cat tree? Not this cheapo. That said, having happy cats who don’t claw my furniture is sort of a big deal so I hunted for the least offensive cat scratcher/perch that was under $100. Enter the Smart Cat Ultimate Perch Post.
The scratcher part is quite tall giving my gigantic Maine Coon a good stretch while she scratches. For an extra $25 bucks you can buy the perch portion that attaches to the top giving the cats a nice high spot to sit on. I’m not a big fan of the color but am pleased with the shape. In a few weeks I’ll have time to whip up a new cover for it along with a few new cat beds out of the bolt of durable white and lime green zebra print fabric I purchased quite a while ago specifically for making cat cushions (yes, the cats get their own textile).
We purchased one of these fountains two years ago and have been so pleased with it. My cat won’t drink dirty water and the Professor’s cats like to stick their paws in the water and funk it up. By having a fountain with a filtration system the water stays clean and all the cats stay hydrated, which is soooo important because dehydrated cats get constipated and constipated cats are REALLY pathetic.
Lately there has been a lot of drama around the one fountain when two cats are thirsty at the same time. Tired of watching cat squabbles over water we bought a second fountain for the other side of the room. Instant cat peace and properly hydrated, non-constipated felines!
And finally: Feliway. I read a lot of reviews on this and it seems to work for about 50% of cats. Desperate for peace and harmony we finally bit the bullet and ordered the diffuser and the Feliway spray. Y’all, I can’t believe how well this works. I spray the new cat furniture,cat nests and our couch and chairs twice a day and the cats are actually behaving differently! I spray if after play/eat time everyone settles down and looks happy. Even my cat who is always on high alert when downstairs will stretch out and relax. It is so nice to see her looking comfortable and confident! It is even nicer to not see anyone digging on my new couch cover!
So there we have a completely non-fertility related post about the pile of money we spent to finally have some feline peace. Did it make a dent in this months budget? Yes. Do we have happier cats though? Absolutely. The changes we have noticed in the last week have been considerable. Having my cats relaxed, cuddly and playful again is so nice and actually having a positive impact on my mood and depression while at home. Everyone wins!