DVD and Chips? Don’t mind if I do.

It is a widely known fact that most cats hate the rain and cold weather, and today here in Queenstown we are lucky enough to have both. As I walked Briley to the school bus this morning I couldn’t help but feel the difference in the wind. As soon as we get a little snow on those magnificent mountains that surround us the wind just has that winter feel about it, I can imagine hot open fires, mulled wine and puffer jackets. I like winter, I like open fires and mulled wine but I am not a big fan of the puffer jacket yet I always find myself wearing one. I’m short and to be honest they make a not so slim, short person look even shorter and even well, puffier. Today is a good day for spending time inside and for me, the mother of two children that means cleaning, I know I am just bursting with excitement too but its got to be done.

Whats a mothers best friend while they are just needing to get a little house work done? T.V, okay yes for some I just swore but for me it is a necessary evil, I just got sky and what a blessing having the Disney Junior Channel has been…… I also have a nice little collection of DVD’s to put on for Ty when I really need him to, um, just sit still so I can vacuum, mop and generally just clean. The movie Cars is a bit of a favourite you might say so today I busted it out and wow I was on a roll, burning up a sweat even but then I noticed Diesel and Ty and they just looked so cute together.

They were strategically sitting at each end of the couch and by strategic I mean, Diesel strategically sat as far away from Ty as possible. Ty never sits still he has to be moving his legs and wriggling on his seat constantly, I think the saying “he’s got ants in his pants” was written for busy little boys like him. Diesel has no intention of going outside today, in fact I just caught him half an hour ago using the litter tray inside rather than going outside.

Is Diesel watching the movie? No but he loves company so I am pretty sure he is taking advantage of Ty while he sits relatively still because Diesel is getting the occasional pat. Or is it the snacks??

Diesel thinks they are going to share the snacks but I don’t really want Diesel eating off the same plate as Ty, even though it looks cute.

He likes the smell but does he like the taste?

Yup he grab that chip quickly, I guess he still thought even though it was for him that he was stealing. Diesel has sat on the couch this entire time, that’s all through the cleaning and then now through all of my writing. With the school holidays over it is awesome that Ty has Diesel to hang out with while Briley is at school, even if it is to just simply watch a DVD together.

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Autumn is Here

Autumn is here and I love the look of the trees in Autumn. We went to the Arrowtown Autumn Festival on the week-end – Just Beautiful! It is always great to get out for a popular community event like the Autumn Festival with its parade, craft stalls and amazing ice cream……..I waited in the Patagonia line for what seemed like half a day for my coffee but it was yum so it was well worth the wait. The kids loved watching the parade and running through the yellow and brown leaves listening to them crunch and crackle under their feet.

Okay so obviously Diesel didn’t get to come with us to the Festival but the Autumn Festival is not the only thing that makes me know Winter is coming………It’s the cats, Diesel, Tiger-Lilly and Shadow have always all wanted outside at night about 9pm. But no they don’t all want outside at the same time that’s not a cats style, I have to get up three times. Last night however was different – None of them wanted to go outside, yes they went to the door, individually, I opened it and they all poked their head out but they decided not to go outside, I can only assume that the feel of the slightly cooler breeze was what swayed their decision (that and I really must get rid of the litter tray, it’s too convenient)

That was when I got a little insight into what is they do outside because they played. I got a cute little cat tunnel ages ago and its been in the hall way, Diesel used to hide in it when he first moved in to get away from the kids and the other cats. Tonight however he used it to play with the other cats. They ALL ran in and out of it and Tiger-Lilly is not little I never thought I would see her run, well except to her food bowl. They seemed to have some sort of organised game, there was structure – First Diesel went in tapped the hanging ball, the ball flicked out Shadow leaped on it gave Diesel a fright he ran out the other end to Tiger-Lilly who then got frisky and ran through the tunnel.

These cats have just been lumped together in this house and I never would have thought they would get on so well, I hoped they would just tolerate Diesel but they have embraced him. This is not normal behavior for cats, if clients asked in the past I have always told them cats do better alone or with a friend they met as a kitten – I was wrong, there are no rules each cat is different and I think these guys would hate to live alone.

I am quietly looking forward to winter, I look forward to more nights wasted just watching these three play and just quietly I also enjoy them keeping me warm at night too.

Family Holiday? Without me?!

All of us know that organising a holiday can be stressful, by the time I get in the car I am quite simply exhausted. I have a five-year old daughter and this was her first school holiday break so naturally I wanted to bundle the kids up and get away from home. Diesel was however blissfully unaware of any plans or ideas we had to leave him and our other beautiful pets behind. And just quietly I don’t think he was impressed with the packing, he was already a little peeved with life because of the unfortunate bite wound, shave and twice daily antibiotics. So when he noticed us packing he looked like he felt um, left out and Diesel hates to feel left out!

Oh and Diesel is already slightly unimpressed with a few new house guests we have at the moment. My brother’s labrador Jessie un-expectantly had puppies, okay the puppies were expected but only because we took her to see Geoff one week before she had them, it was however the pregnancy its self that was unexpected. They are living at our house because I am home during the day to care for both Mum and puppies, they are now three weeks old and I am still unsure who or what the Dad is although my Bulldog Austin is the likely culprit.

So back to planning a holiday. Our holiday? Sorted, I have an Aunty and Uncle in Invercargill they own, wait for it……..Here comes a plug – Hawthorne Gardens, a beautiful wedding venue. There is nothing like an Easter Hunt for the kids in a beautiful garden. When us pet owners go away there are so many options for pet care to choose from……I have decided on home base care which means I have organised my brother to move in to my place to look after Everyone, easy all boxes ticked everyone happy. I’ve never liked the idea of someone just calling in to feed my cats – how do they know if Diesel is really eating his food, criky any random cat could go in the catdoor and eat his food. Cattery? Yes I like them but Diesel has just moved in here and I didn’t want to take him back to the clinic to stay. I would hate for him to think we weren’t coming back for him and I would hate for him to have to go through the whole adjustment phase again once he got back here.

All in all I think we were sorted, we disappeared for the holidays and we had a great time but it was nice to get back home. What was even cooler was the welcome we got from Diesel when we pulled up in the driveway.

Diesel leaped into the car – I LOVE THIS CAT! Honestly I am a dog person but he makes me question my loyalty to dogs. With this cat our family gets all the benefits of a dog personality without the walking, without the poo collecting off the lawn and without the drooling or watching you eat habits of a dog. Um…..no, I think I am still a dog person, I love my dogs.

He just really is a Remarkable Cat and not just because he is from Remarkable Vets.

I’m wounded……..But you should’ve seen the other guy

I didn’t see Diesel much yesterday, I should have known there was something wrong but I just thought he was hiding to get away from a certain hypo little boy. After tucking Briley into bed I gave Diesel a quick passing pat as I walked out of the room, instead of giving me his signature meow and swipe, he tried to stand and ouch that’s when I saw his leg. His leg was swollen, clearly Diesel has been trying his luck at being the big boy about town but it is obvious that he is perhaps not the staunch cat he once was.

I examined the leg, well looked at it as best I could in between fending off Diesel trying to bite me. I could understand his reaction, it was swollen and I could not find a wound but I could only assume it was a cat bite injury. So I defrosted him a Maranui Beef and Game ring and carried him to his food bowl, he picked at it then limped towards the door and no I was not letting him out tonight. I guess he had to settle for the litter tray and I had to settle with cleaning it. Leaving neither of us impressed.

He looked annoyed at me, right? But you know what, I know best and if he had just let me look at it, I wouldn’t have needed to put him in that cage and take him back to Remarkable Vets which I’m pretty sure his was also unimpressed about. Fiona and I clipped up his leg to find a bite wound he was lucky, it hadn’t formed and abscess so after a quick anti-inflammatory injection and a course of antibiotics we were back in the car and on our way home in thirty minutes. Okay, okay it doesn’t take thirty minutes to clip a cats leg so yes the bulk of the time we were there, I was  chatting over a coffee.

Diesel lapped up the attention all day like any male with Man Flu. He followed me around the yard, limping just enough to remind me he was sore and deserved attention.

He even got attention from Shadow.

Nothing a little sunshine won’t fix.

There is never a dull moment in this cats life. I just wish I knew what he gets up to when he climbs out that window and wonders off on an adventures all on his own. I guess I will just have to settle for imagining it was a really big cat that got the better of him.