CATS ON TUESDAY
Lisa is the first cat I have which by getting old becomes more and more difficult. Max and Piccola lived with me for 20 years and when they were old they slept a lot, loved to be cuddled and then they got kidney troubles and I had to say them good bye.
Lisa is now 17 and really a very bad old lady. She wakes me up several times during the night by yowling like an old pigeon, it has nothing to do with a meauw anymore. The pill against anxiety helped, but it is not easy at all to give it to her every day, because she became more and more suspicious and runs away when she only sees me. It really couldn't continue like that.
If I don't move and get up immediately she would start to make other loud noises than her cooing. She scratches at the door, or wardrobe or any other thing available and a few nights ago she attacked a plastic bag which I had left on the floor. I can tell you the noise woke me up and that's what I saw
Lisa pulling and biting at the bag until I switched the light on ! Meanwhile I had realized that the poor thing is completely deaf now and reacts only on light or vibrations. She had also started to poo in the house. I thought over and over what to do. Giving her these medication all the time was not a solution and didn't help for the pooing. So I imagined to be deaf not to be able to see in the dark anymore and maybe being attacked by her sisters. Probably I also would yowl for help.
So what I have done, I prepared Mr. Gattino's office as her private room during nights. There was already a basket in and a scratch post. I just added a small litter box only for her own use and a bowl with water and food. Before I go to bed I lock her in this room and apparently she loves it. It's now the 3rd night I haven't heard anything and she didn't damage anything either. She used the litter box and slept in her basket. The food bowl is empty in the morning when I open the door. Then she greets me and goes outside for a little walk and I put the litter box and food bowls away until she goes to bed again. During the day she shares her life as usual with the others. Wish me luck that it continues like that !
Rosie, Arthur and Pookie are doing their 24 h sleep because it is cold and wet outside.