Spira, A Welcome Addition
taking our wonderful Dalmatian, Moxie, to the vet the last
week of June, to get an allergy shot (she was chewing her
paws raw and it was apparently due to allergies) where we
saw the most precious kitten that needed a home. The sign
above her cage read, "Six little kittens, One with white
mittens, Please take me home" and how could I say no?
I of course was really nervous that Sam, my adorable feline
would not take too well to have a new kitten in the house.
When I got her home, I let her run free throughout the house.
Actually, I first had Herman show her the litter box. What
I'm happy to report is that at seven weeks old, she absolutely
knew what to do.
Sam saw her, he didn't look too happy. In fact, that first
day he simply hissed at her for most of the day. After the
second day, they are now fast friends! For all the years I've
had cats, I never had a kitten. It is simply the most fun
experiencing a kitten if you've never done so. Everything
she sees is a game. This includes any and all parts of my
body. The feet to seem to be the most popular place to nip,
or very possibly the easiest place for her to get. I fully
intend to have her de-clawed, but I think I have to wait at
least three months.
there are many of you out there better absolutely against
the practice of de-clawing cats, but I truly believe unless
that cat is going outside, the claws are simply hazardous
to most furniture. And I have mainly wicker. Which means that
all the furniture would ultimately turn into scratching posts.
I'm all for humane treatment of animal, but I've seen firsthand
what a cat will do with his front claws. And it's not because
they are a bad cat, they are simply following their instincts.
So in my taking out the claws, I'm still letting them followed
their instincts, I'm just assisting in the process. Since
I have never had an outdoor cat, I've always been a firm believer
in removing the front claws.
I'm finding of most interest is the fact that when she runs
she's sort of hops sideways. And in the last few days, she
has given Sam a really good workout. And let's not forget
that Sam weighs 15 pounds! I even have him on the weight control
cat food. It doesn't appear to be helping him much, since
he hasn't lost any weight. But he hasn't gained any either.
So Sally will be part of his exercise regimen.
really thinking Sally will wind up being as large a cat as
Sam. Every day I love watching each new discovery she makes.
Im especially careful to note where she is whenever
Im driving around the house in my electric wheelchair.
Either my aide or Herman are on Sally Patrol to make sure
she isnt under the chair when I move.
happy we have a welcome new addition to the animal family.
She certainly brings a smile to anyones face just by
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"