We are sharing a house together and we have become a family. We have a dog who is staying with us and people we have trained to take care of us. It is a great life.
There are five of us right now. No one new has moved in with us for awhile. This is a good bunch of friends. Usually we get along. Like most roommates there can be issues of territory sometimes. We are lucky to have the finances to afford human help. It makes it easier to get your food out of a can instead of chasing it down! There are times when it is comforting to have a human to get close to.
Joe Boo-Boo spends a lot of time inside during the winter months. When it gets a little warmer he is an outdoor cat. He has a great condo and a large yard to take charge of. He keeps the riff raft out. He shows a gentle side with our little Oscar. Oscar has had lots of health issues since he joined our household. He seems as healthy as ever right now and we are happy about that.
That gray blob in the back is Millie. She is about 16 years old and kept on going like the engergizer bunny. Her main job was to be the “alarm clock” for our people helpers to get up and feed us in the morning. If they lay in bed too long Millie would starts in with the “Meow” until it drove them (and us) crazy. But it got the job done. Don’t get me wrong, they make sure we eat at regular times. Millie passed away a few weeks ago and we really, really miss her.
You can see our cardboard condo. Joe Boo-Boo thought they would be convenient for the winter. They offer a closed in space with warm blankets for the colder temperatures. As you can see at least three of us can get inside at a time. We have another one if we need more space. There are several cozy warm places to catch a nap.
Oscar came to us in very poor health. He was injured, barely alive. You can read his story on my website Jacky Sapphire the cat.com. He has his ups and downs, but is a part of the family now. We love to cuddle with him. He has a distinctive “Meow”. He will let us know when he is hungry.
Scamper began her life in the wild. She had siblings when she was first seen AND she was a wild little thing. It took a lot of patience to get her to accept human touch. Now, she can be so very cuddly – with humans usually. She does take good care of Oscar, though. Yes, she only has one eye.
This was a “Cats Only” household until a few years ago. The dog, we call her “Snuffy” came to stay. She let us know when she arrived that cats were absolutely NOT her favorite animal and she had been known to take out small creatures. She realized that if she was to have a home at all she better change her ways so she found a way to accept all of us and decided she would not eat us! The only time she gets riled up is if one of us is too close to her food bowl. She does not like THAT! She is a good dog, we like her. Boo-Boo and I have taken a nap on her rug occasionally and she hasn’t minded. She doesn’t get too close to us though.
We live in colder country and Papa likes it when we cuddle with him to keep him warm. We like it too.
It is hard to find good help, but we were lucky to get a couple who apparently love cats, and all animals. They expect us to hold up our bargain by using the litter box, keeping ourselves clean and not spilling our food. In exchange the litter box has clean litter and gets washed on a regular basis, we get fed twice a day, if someone is ill they get to the Vet and then get medicine if they need it. When we are interested we get held, petted, cuddled, or just get a warm body to snuggle next to. I would have to say it is a perfect world for us and for them.
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