Saturday, July 28, 2012
Lil Blue Eyes, well-shocking and our awesome new gift to each other!
meet Frank Sinatra, Lil Blue Eyes for short. isn't he gorgeous? he is so affectionate and loving.
and malnourished and underweight and so tired and had obviously been dumped "in the country" by some idiot or idiots. we figure he is about 8-10 months old. and based on his weight and demeanor we figure he has been living "in the country" for at least 2 months, but probably more.
it's heartbreaking when idiots do these things. he has somehow managed to feed himself and take care of himself, but if you have ever met someone with PTSD - this little man is definitely suffering from hyper-vigilance - as he would have to. he has definitely been around humans - he is not feral. so an idiot or idiots dumped him. i hope i don't ever find the idiots.
anyway, he's not fxed either. our 2 older male cats are. they have allowed him onto our property and must have been hanging out with him for a few nights before he was brave enough to stay around during the day. when we first saw him, he came right to us - crying and talking and crying - he's definitely part Siamese. we fed him and fed him and fed him - he was eating 4 full cans of food a day and a can at night - we have got him down now to 3 full cans a day - our cats eat about half a can of food a day with snacks and dry available all day long - but that just shows you how hungry this little man is.
i should spare you the details that he barfed up the leg of what looks like a mouse....and he ate one of our squirrels - just awful. that's how hungry he was and that was how he had been feeding himself. yes, normal for a wild, feral cat but this little guy is not wild.
anyway, we made a little bed for him in the shed but because we knew that it was going to be raining yesterday, we brought him onto the porch and have made a little bed and eating area for him. our cats don't seem to mind him there. they go in and out of the cat door, and he eyes it all the time, but he has not used it - there seems to be some understanding between the 3 of them that he can stay on the porch but not come into the house. he cries at the door and tries to run in when we open the door, but he has not come in the catdoor yet. he is so smart and completely submissive to our 2 cats.
so, he has an appointment at the vet for monday. once he is fixed and gets his shots we will let him into the actual house. i hope that our cats will be ok with that but they kind of have to be. and hopefully they will sense that he needs to mend and will leave him alone and be ok with him in the house.
my nerves have been shot all week making sure to spend time with each cat, love them, pet them, give them treats, etc. - they all seem to be ok but i worry about this and that and i just want to give this little guy a home. he is incredibly affectionate - he's starving for affection actually - and i can't bear to see that. i hope everything will go well when jambaloney brings him home on monday.
anyway - in the midst of all this drama - we also had to shock our well. we followed the instructions below to a tee and hopefully it will keep our water clean. do any of you shock your well? how often? we have been told to do it every 6 months but i find that a little much. i can't stand the idea of putting that much bleach in our well!!!
and last but not least - check out our latest "accroutrement" at the Manor.
yes, me dearies, that's my brand new dishwasher!!!! and it lives on the plastic-wrapped porch. it may stay there over the winter or we may put it in the basement - we aren't sure. regardless, jambaloney did all of the plumbing and wiring and it works like a charm!!! we had been saving for months to get this baby and i love it! the tire inserts on top of it are to prevent it from tipping over when you open it to put in, or remove dishes. jambaloney is building a proper box for it today. woohoo - i have a dishwasher!!!
sorry i haven't been around to any of your blogs lately - give me a day or two to catch up!!!