Monday, November 30, 2009
The Cat Who Would Not Leave
It took a few weeks for the Orange Prince to find all the rooms and secret hidding places in this ancient old farmhouse and he was initially a bit uneasy with the quick movements of the farm dog. He has his own idioscycracies: such as refusing to use any litterbox at any time, no matter how desperate he may be. He insisits on going outside at 5 am each and every day and returning several times per day to eat and then go immediately back outside.
I found myself being a doorman to his constant in and out needs. If it was raining he would refuse to go out the front door, wanting to exit by the back door that goes directly into the barn instead. A very smart cat. When he would return in the evening he would eat and then go immediately upstairs to the most comfortable bed in the house and curl up to nap until 4:59am the next morning. His personal grooming was non existant, yet he would not let me close enough to brush him. From any window in this house, he could be seen prowling the several hundred acres here morning, noon and just before dusk. Ranging far and wide. He stuck out like a fireball, and I prayed the local coyotes and foxes would not notice.
A year later, after 3 trips to the vet to get him updated on vaccines and worming, he has improved his personal grooming habits, gained 2 pounds, jumps in my lap when I am on the computer and snuggles up with me for his night time sleep. Getting him adjusted to daylight savings time has been an ongoing struggle. "Murphy" as he is now called, is independant, entertaining and one of the 2 dominant personlaities in this household. He obviously has decided to stay.
Posted by ~ Janis