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Saying Goodbye to a Pet After 15 Years Together

daphcuteThis past week has been a tough one. My beloved cat of nearly 15 years, Daphne du Maurier, who I previously blogged about for this site, had to be put to sleep.

Her crazy long nails that always made noise when she crossed the wood floor, her daily visit to me at 5pm as I sat by my computer, her love of sliced turkey, none of that will happen ever again.

Daphne sadly had late stages of cancer which was completely unbeknownst to me. It was actually coming to the surface of her skin; something I had no idea was happening since I physically had a very hard time holding her. There was actually dozens of lumps all over her, but since I rarely held her, had no clue. The vet was in shock, and a huge feeling of guilt over all of this has been lingering in my mind since last week.

The saddest part though is losing a friend after 15 years. Daphne and I spent every day together, but when the day came where she could no longer jump onto the bed, we knew it was time to do what was necessary, and everything happened so quick. Five days before she was put to sleep, I had just noticed the missing fur under her armpits (where the cancer was surfacing), and then last Monday, a visit to the vet, and it was the end of the line.

Since I live alone, it has been very quiet in my place since she’s been gone. We spent so much time together that she and I were BFFs who completely understood each others quirks. Even when she drove me crazy I still loved her, and you know what I’m talking about too – fur balls everywhere, throwing up, everything that comes along with having a cat.

My wheelchair in her eyes was nothing but an accessory too, like a really good belt, which I loved. Animals and I have always gotten along really well, which explains why I’ve been so sad about my cat no longer being here. I know it was her time to go, but it just feels like we rushed it.

I hate putting animals to sleep. I’m pretty sure everybody goes through this, well accept for the heartless souls of the world that is. All I want is to know is that she’s in a better place. If I can know that, then I can move onto the next phase of my life contentedly.

Have you had to put an animal to sleep after 10+ years of them living with you?

Wheelchair Kitty Care: Taking Care of My Daphners

Almost ten years ago my mom gifted me with my feline companion Daphne. She’s a swell kitty. She loves deli turkey slices, sunshine and sleep, and she doesn’t jump on anything except my bed, which she knows is her spot. Nearly the perfect cat.

I’ve always knew a cat was the way to go for me. With not being able to walk plus having arm and hand issues, the prospect of owning a dog was overwhelming. I live in a condo, see. I’d have to walk my dog outside to take them to the bathroom, and then pick up after them. Try doing that sitting down with no finger movement. Daily frustration I tell you what.

When I received my kitty from my mom I wasn’t sure how it’d go. I was freshly single and my cat wasn’t coming out from the bathroom. I had no one around to help wrestle her out, so there she sat for days until finally she acclimated to my place and began exploring. That was the first hurdle, but figuring out how to care for her that…that was much harder.

Here are some of the things that help me take care of my awesome kitty, Daphne du Maurier, aka Daphner (yes, she’s named after the famous British author).

Authority Senior Cat Food

When my cat officially became a “senior” in 2008 (anything past seven years old considered senior in the cat world), she began to throw up a lot more. I know, gross. Ug. So I googled her problem, trying to figure out what was the cause, and I discovered old age can be the culprit. My cat simply has a sensitive gut, and it wasn’t about to change.

Everyone online of course had their own remedies, but the most popular answer by far was to try senior cat food for your cat. Senior cat food is already partially broken down, so less digestion is required. After trying this food about a year ago, I noticed a big difference right away. She went to throwing up daily to only once in awhile, and that’s what I call winning.

Check it out: Authority Senior Cat Food

Dried Catnip

Sometimes even cats need to chill out, and one of the best ways to relax your cat is with the old standby – catnip. I love getting catnip in a plastic, re-sealable bag, and I store it on the door of my refrigerator (where I keep all of my condiments) for easy access. I love to sprinkle dried catnip directly on my cat’s head or back, or I’ll pour a tiny little pile of it onto the floor by her food bowls.

Check it out: Fresh Catnip Resealable Pouch

Covered Litter Box

Dealing with the litter situation is never easy. A covered litter box however is awesome. You can get them anywhere and they’re a great way to keep out the smell and unsightly sights, but make sure to clean it daily. I would love one of those magical litter boxes that that cleans itself, but those are a bit pricey and require a plumbing hook-up.

Check it out: Catty Corner Covered Litter Box

Tidy Cats Non-Clumping 24/7 Performance Litter

When it comes to litter itself, I’m a big fan of non-clumping clay litter, with Tidy Cats still my favorite brand after all these years.  My caregivers help with cleaning the litter box, and each weed we add fresh litter.

Check it out: Tidy Cats Non-Clumping 24/7 Performance

When it comes to grooming, I can’t forget my newest tip – dedicating an old hair brush you can hold to grooming your cat. I use a Conair paddle brush with a round jelly handle, and using my old brush has been one of my smarted cat-care moves. With it I can truly brush her and it’s a great brush on short-hair cats.

What cat care items are on your must-have list?

Products mentioned

– Authority Senior Cat food

– Fresh Catnip Resealable Pouch

 Catty Corner Covered Litter Box

Tidy Cats Non-Clumping 24/7 Performance

Taking Care of Our Furry Friends

I have a confession to make: I am a crazy cat lady. Actually, I am a crazy dog lady too, if you want to get technical. I am that pet owner everyone makes jokes about. I talk to my dog Taden and my four cats as if they were human beings, I use baby voices and give them ridiculous nicknames, I spoil them with gifts and treats and I was thisclose to buying them Halloween costumes last October. Yes, it is safe to say I love my pets, but taking care of them can sometimes be a challenge.

I got my dog Taden from a family friend when she was already about a year old. Although she was a good dog overall, I found that taking care of an excitable, 90 pound lab was a little more than I bargained for. In fact, I almost gave up at least once, but this was a living, breathing creature and I couldn’t just give up on her.

The first order of business was to figure out how I could walk her. She is a Black Lab Golden Retriever mix, and has that boundless energy that is typical of her breed. She needed the exercise not only for her health and happiness, but also for my own sanity. Unfortunately, the previous owner had not leash trained her. The first time I tried to walk her she yanked me out my front door so fast that I fell over, lost the leash and she took off running around the front yard like it was Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July.

I tried classes, but the other dogs distracted her. I tried the choke collar, but she didn’t seem to mind choking, and I absolutely refused to use a shock collar. I finally found a collar called the GentleLeader.  It fits gently over her head and nose, keeps her from pulling. Instantly, she was a completely different dog.she walked calmly next to me. Now walking her is no longer dangerous, and we both enjoy it.

The cats presented their own problems, most notably their poop. Cleaning a litter box is no one’s favorite chore, but getting on the floor to change the litter was not only obnoxious, but also painful for me. Sometimes, I even got stuck. Getting stuck on your hands and knees with your face over a litter box is not an experience you want to have, I assure you.

There are about a million different products out there to help people with a litter box problem. I know many people that swear by those automatic litter boxes, but having four cats, I have be skeptical about whether they could handle the (for lack of a better word) load.

For me, the best solution ended up being the simplest and cheapest.  A scoop with a long handle allows me to quickly clean out the cat boxes without getting down on the ground; which is awesome because needing to be rescued from getting a face full of cat litter sucks.

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