So some days I like to put human conditions on my cats. I suffer from mental illness so I don’t take offense to labeling my cats with some disorders. More people need to be aware of mental illness and how it affects people’s daily lives. It really shouldn’t be such a touchy touchy subject, but I digress.
Dac: My psychopath. She also has ADHD and OCD. She loves tipping everything over. She can’t pass a bottle and not tip it over. If something is upright and she can make it not upright she will.
My other cats are sometimes afflected with seeing things that are not there. I get a little creeped out when Dac is sitting and meowing at the ceiling. Or Java is pawing franticly at the wall and meowing and than bolts off. Nothing is on the wall and nothing is on the ceiling. I was the first person to live in my place so I hope there aren’t any ghosts, lol. While I guess the only ghosts their would be would be Fruit Fly ghost, lol.
My neighbors must think I’m strange (which is totally ok with me). I’m not sure if they know if I have cats and I hope they know I don’t have kids. My walls are paper thin, now you can’t actually hear conversations, but you can hear voices.
Some of my screechings:
Not my bladder. Off the bladder.
I’m not a blood donor (as I run to the bathroom dripping blood).
DAIQUIRI DAIQUIRI (They must think I’m a raging alcoholic :)).
Fine. Don’t eat, just starve. (Dac won’t eat when I want her to eat and no she never starves).
I hate clipping my cats nails. To me the sound when you clip the nails sounds like someone scratching their nails against a chalkboard. It’s torture. I have a lovely sister who clips Dacs nails for me when she comes for a visit. I would recommend clipping your cats nails to prevent the destruction of your house.
If you cat keeps scratching everything in site something else to try is Soft Paws (https://www.softpaws.com). I have tried them and loved them. The only issue I had was the cost and the fact I needed two people to put them on. I have used on them Eddie and Java once and when they fell off I just left it. I am tempted to put them on Dac.
Another way to keep your cats nails short is to have scratching posts in your house. My cats hate the cardboard ones and will only use the carpet ones. I have five scratching posts scattered around my place, lol. My cats still love destroying my furniture, but luckily all of my furniture was hand me downs so I’m not concerned about the appearance of the furniture.
Anti-vet?? This is a question I often mull around in my head. I have concluded I’m half and half, let me explain.
I grew up in the country and often visited my Uncle’s farm. I was taught that animals were not “permanent” and could be replaced. If an animal was sick it was put down and we got a different animal. Also our dogs got run over a lot, for some reason. We tried to train them to stick around the yard, but it never seemed to work. I was attached to the animals I grew up, but not too attached.
My mullings on being anti-vet have started when I joined Instagram. I often see people pleading for money to help a stray animal or help with a large vet bill. This is where it gets a little grey. I am totally for people helping animals, but don’t understand pumping thousands of dollars into an animal. I have often thought what I would do if my cats got sick and it would cost hundreds, if not thousands to get them well. I think, because of the way I was brought up, I would put them down. I love my cats dearly and each is unique in their own way, but I’m not rich so I would never be able to afford a massive bill and I don’t feel right pleading with people for money.
I’m all for animals getting fixed and strongly encourage people to fix their cats and dogs. We have far too many dogs and cats in this world and we don’t need to keep adding to the overpopulation. I also believe in vaccinating animals, but haven’t done enough research into it to really give an opinion on it.
My other thought is instead of pumping hundreds or thousands of money into one animal, why not donate that type of cash to a no-kill animal shelter? Instead of saving one animal, you could be saving several if not more. I totally get that some people view their animals as their children and would do anything for their children. And your money is your money and you can spend it as you see fit :). My cats are my fur children and I love them dearly, but I can’t justify putting tons of money into getting them well if they would fall sick.
Also I grew up frugal and know that money doesn’t grow on trees. I also went for a period of living on no money for 7 months and never want to do that again so any leftover money I have goes into a savings account. My other thought is if I were ever to get a $1000 vet bill, it would take over 10 months to pay it back. Ouch!!! What are your thoughts on paying hundreds or thousands of dollars on vet bills for animals?