Sunday, November 16, 2014


by Leann

I am the catsitter for my two grandkitties while my daughter and son-in-law vacation in Ireland. Ireland sounds pretty good to me right now! Maybe I could join them and leave my husband here to manage. And there's a lot to manange.

Their cats are seniors and one of them, Simone, was rescued from a
neighborhood where my critique group met in Texas. He has some BIG health issues. He was rescued, by the way, because he had been declawed, neutered and was infested with fleas--and probably abandoned. My friend found him, I took him and my daughter and son-in-law fell in love with him. They adore him and he has quite the personality. Definitely a top cat.

Their other cat, Minou, is a pretty gray shorthair domestic and though Wexford is shy, she puts him to shame. She hid for almost an entire day the second day she was here. We were afraid she'd somehow gotten outside, though we didn't know how. But, we found her sleeping in a closet, well camouflaged by hanging clothes. She now appears to eat every now and then, but that's all we see of her.

My Marlowe and Simone are both
special needs cats. Simone, who has a heart condition, takes 3 meds, and Marlowe takes his seizure medicine twice a day. They both need to be watched for symptoms throughout the day. Minou has had allergy problems, so she is on medicine and ear ointment. Every one of them except my Wexford is on a special and
DIFFERENT diet. I love cats and it's a good thing I do!

And then there's my husband, who insists no cat will be on the kitchen counters. (Really? Does he KNOW what a challenge that is with 4 cats???) And of course Rosie, the dog, will eat anything that halfway smells like food, so it takes plenty of my time to make sure all the kitties get what they need to eat before she scarfs it up. So far, I have done okay except for Allergic Cat. It's hard to give her medicine when I CAN'T FIND HER!

But I must say, it is a joy to be surrounded by cats and to hear Marlowe growl and hiss--this, the cat who NEVER makes any noise. (Sorry, little guy. They all know you're a paper tiger.) I will be happy to be off medicine and special diet duty next week but when they go home, I'm sure gonna miss them. Okay, maybe not the one I can never find.

So that's what's going on in my neck of the woods. Ever done any cat-sitting before? If not, after hearing all this, would you risk it?


Unknown said...

I feel your pain Leann. I don't cat sit, but I have had many similar issues with fosters and my own spoiled cats. Giving meds, dealing with diverse personalities, handling different diets, etc. are all a part of dealing with cats. However, it is so worth it. They give back so much, and it doesn't take long for them to get into your heart.

Good luck with your furry charges, and good luck trying to keep the cats off the counters. That's something I gave up on a long time ago.

Marina Sofia said...

They all look so beautiful, though - and full of personality! Good luck at this challenging time, but in my heart I do envy you a little bit. (I only have one cat and she probably would not appreciate any company, as she is Mummy's girl and follows me around everywhere like a ... dog).

Leann Sweeney said...

Yes, I am now getting more of a taste of your life, Lynda! I don't know how you manage it. But you have a calling and are SO GOOD at it. This morning they were all playing chase and then reverted without warning to hissing and growling at each other. Never a dull moment!! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much--though I had nothing to do with them being gorgeous!! Marina, some cats were meant to be the "one and only' and it sounds like you have one of those! Wexford wants to always be in the same room as me, so I have a mummy's boy.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

Loved hearing about your "guest kitties," Leann. I've never had guest cats in the house, it seems a bit daunting! Hope the "shy cat" becomes more at ease. It must have been a worry when you couldn't find her--glad she was safely tucked away in her closet hideaway.

CentralEast2 said...

I am just having to put medicine on the chin of one of my cats for two weeks and it is lots of fun each time. I can't imagine taking care of three with that much medicine. Mine hate to swallow anything.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. Shy cat came all the way out of wherever she hides into the living room and stayed for almost 30 seconds! Baby steps! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Since Marlowe has been taking meds since he was tiny, he's no problem. But those other two? They are NOT happy campers about it. I'm going to need a people sitter for the cat sitter pretty soon. She's getting worn down by demands for treats 24-7!! LOL.

Anonymous said...

You will need a vacation, by the time this is over! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Indeed, Patricia!! :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You have my sympathy! But I can't stop laughing because it's like a sit-com. The hubbies always have to accelerate the 'stakes', don't they? Good luck and stay sane. You are a good person to do all this.



Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ. It IS like a sit-com! And oh yes, the husband does nothing for the cats and controls me like a puppet. What's with THAT? :-)

Unknown said...

Hi Leann. I'm reading one of your books for the first time--The Cat, The Vagabond and the Victim and very much enjoying it!

Wrap the cat in a beach towel or blanket (have the husband help) so that only the head is visible. It's like a straight jacket for cats. Then shove the medicine down. I learned this from reading All Creatures Great and Small. One vet was admiring another vet's ability to do this and the line was "By God he sure can wrap a cat!"

It works for Benedict aka Bubba who is the spitten image of your silver tabby rag doll cat.

Seattle Kimmy

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Kimmy! Glad you are enjoying the book and I will certainly try that method! (I have a lot of family in Seattle and will be there for Christmas!)

Unknown said...

Ah---well if you're Catholic, come to St Joe's in Issaquah for Christmas Eve Mass--I am the music director.
And if not , have a great time in Seattle!

Seattle Kimmy

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Kimmy! And that's a great job!!