Happy 19th Birthday Niles! Living With A Senior Cat

Happy 19th Birthday to Niles!

Niles. Still fresh.

I don’t know the exact date, but it was just about this time in 1999 that Niles made it into the world. Since then, he’s been my little buddy, my sidekick, my couch finder. When he was young, he could jump from the floor to the top of the fridge. He was fast, slim, and loud.

So what’s changed?

Well, he’s still slim and loud, but slightly less fast. He can’t jump to the top of the fridge anymore, but he can still jump over the baby gate I put to keep him in his room at night. Why does it have to stay in his room? Because sometimes, he forgets where the litter box is. He yowls a lot at night, but he’s always done that. I think the hardest thing to adjust to is that my little friend has gone completely deaf.

One day, Niles could hear, the next he could hear a bit, and just like that, it was gone. Our vet says that cats, after about age 16, can lose their hearing seemingly overnight. He wasn’t too concerned by it and said that Niles can still be quite happy. And he is.

Living with a deaf cat is a little bit different. I use a lot of hand signals and he’s learned what they mean. He’s very quick to arrive when he sees me waving the food dish. It’s easy to scare him, though, so I have to approach carefully. He yowls louder than before because he can’t hear himself, which caused him some anxiety at first (for both of us), but he’s calmed down since then. He’s gotten some extra love and petting, and he adores being groomed.

I can’t pick him up like I used to and squish him with hugs. I have to gently lift him and administer gentle comfort.

He also doesn’t bathe himself as well anymore, so I use kitty wipes and a brush to groom him and he loves our grooming time.

Caring for a senior cat isn’t exactly like having a young cat; it’s a different experience, one that can be frustrating but also very touching and rewarding. Niles is still Niles. He’s still my friend, companion, and couch finder. He just needs a little extra care these days, and I’m ok doing that for as long as he needs.

Happy birthday to my little buddy.

With age comes wisdom, and apparently an ability to not care if a dog has her ass in your face.

Niles in 2001. He’s still ALMOST this flexible.

Finding couches since 2000.

And lastly, that time when Niles represented Senior cats in an ad for Pet Health Network. He’s a natural.

 

Exile Day 8: Checks Mix and My Birthday

The days crawl on. It was my birthday June 1st. I spent it in exile. Really, my birthday could be any day this month, but June 1 is what it says on my official Crepes trading card, which is pretty much like law. I was treated to some extra pets and some gruel. I am now three years old.

I also spent some time playing what I like to call “Checks Mix.” Have a look:

Playing a game of Checks Mix.

Playing a game of Checks Mix.

I found within my exile room a dusty old chess board that was crafted by grandFOD many years ago. Within the drawers were chess pieces and what appeared to be poker chips being used as checkers. In general, I prefer nacho chips, but being in exile, one can’t be too picky. Unfortunately, there were no instructions. I don’t know how to play chess. I don’t know how to play checkers, either. And so, I made up my own combination of what I thought was best, hence “Checks Mix.”

I played a few solitary games, but I kept guessing my moves and losing/winning at the same time, which was getting awfully confusing, so I enlisted Niles’ help to play with me. That didn’t go so well. He kept disputing my moves, which is kind of ridiculous, seeing as I made up the rules, but whatever.

Things nearly got physical when Niles disputed my A to forefeather redundant spin maneuver with the Queen.

Things nearly got physical when Niles disputed my patented A to forefeather redundant spin maneuver with the Queen.

Anyway, we spent an hour or two messing with the pieces, then Peabody batted them all onto the ground. She was rolling around so furiously that I naturally assumed it was the apocalypse so I got scared and flattened myself under the bed and fell asleep on the envelope again. Niles faded into a corner somewhere.

Someday soon, I hope to return to my home. Until then, I explore my surroundings further and will report to you all my findings.

Love,

Crepes.

PS. My studying of the encyclopedia last Friday of volume F-G tells me that geraniums are a genus that includes over 420 species of flowering plants that are commonly known as “cranesbills.” Fascinating.

Happy 15th Birthday, Rocky!

Alana here today!

We’re so pleased to say Happy 15th Birthday to Rocky today!

To celebrate, we’d like to do a little outline of his lifetime highlights thus far. In no particular order, except chronological, here they are:

Rocky comes to live with us, 1999

Rocky comes to live with us, 1999

Being that our digital camera in 1999 was fairly, um, basic, we don’t have too many photos from then. Luckily, the technology jumped quickly and we have plenty more from 2000 and beyond!

Rocky's first experience with soft paws nail caps.

Rocky’s first experience with soft paws nail caps.

Rocky at age 3 carrying his blankey up into the tree.

Rocky at age 3 carrying his blankey up into the tree. That’s like 27 in cat years.

Rocky and MomFOD circa 2001

Rocky and MomFOD circa 2001

MomFOD's college graduation day! With Rocky.

MomFOD’s college graduation day! With Rocky.

Rocky reaches the pinnacle of his weight struggles and takes a part time job as a toad.

Rocky reaches the pinnacle of his weight struggles and takes a part time job as a toad.

Rocky complains about going to Disney World.

Rocky complains about going to Disney World – fitting since that’s where MomFOD is today.

After this, Rocky began his film career. His first few movies weren’t great successes. Here he stars in his second film where he plays Grandma in “The Wolf.”

 

But his earlier films paved the road to his greatest hit: CATalogue.

Catalogue Order Page

Rocky stars in his first successful film.

After that, he went on to star in The Inheritance, a mild success, and then went on to star as Guy LaFurrr in “CHATastrophe.”

Le purrr.

Le purrr.

So far, his first 15 years have been awesome, and we hope his next fifteen are even better!

All kidding aside, it’s been a difficult year for Rocky. He’s suffered through some health issues, and while things are sometimes up and sometimes down, he’s still with us, and we are so thankful for each day he’s here by our side.

We love you, Rocky. Happy Birthday to my special little guy.

Love,

MomFOD.

Alana and Rocky recently on one of the first sunny days of spring.

Alana and Rocky recently on one of the first sunny days of spring.