I was reminded again this afternoon of how beloved our little cat is in our household. She needed to have some teeth removed, so I took her to the vet yesterday afternoon (and she meowed plaintively all the way), and picked her back up this afternoon. The vet said she was a “model patient” and didn’t give any trouble. I knew she wasn’t herself on the trip home, when she was mostly silent. I sure missed her at home last night. Herewith, some of my favorite photos of the owner of our household, The Lady Kikyo.
I don’t think she knows that the vase is supposed to be a cat. This is a high plant shelf in our living room.
Kikyo is looking up through the clerestory window high up in the east wall of our family room. She sat like that for 15 minutes without moving a muscle, waiting for a bird to appear in the vine maple tree just outside the window. One never did. Waiting in vain.
My friend likes to sit on my lap, whenever I’m sitting down. She leaps very quietly onto the chair or bed I happen to be using, and purrs loudly to get my attention. My lap is always warm when Kikyo the Aristo-Cat is on my lap.
She also likes to snuggle up to her glass “friend”, which is on our high plant shelf. It takes a long leap across the gap from the banister on the stairs, to the top of the coat closet, for her to get there in the first place, which is quite remarkable. I’ll bet she doesn’t even know that the glass vase is supposed to be a cat!
And then, she sprawls out in the most undignified posture I’ve ever seen!
This was the “Opening Shot” in today’s Daily Shot newsletter from Ricochet.
“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” ― Mark Twain
It had been over two years since our sleek, black kitty had been to the vet for a well-pet exam. I wanted her to meet Doctor Lora, the vet who just happens to be the daughter of my best friend. And miraculously, she was scheduled to be working on Saturday! So I washed the towel for the pet-carrier; threw in Kikyo’s favorite catnip toy, and managed to stuff her into her carrier for the drive to Cats Exclusive.
Needless to say, she was not exactly thrilled to be shut into a plastic carrier with a mesh door, and carried out to the car. In fact, she protested vocally, all the way to the vet’s office. I talked to her and tried to reassure her that nothing bad would happen, but it’s really hard to reason with a cat. We arrived in time, checked in with the front desk, and sat down in the comfortable lobby to wait to be called. On the floor across from us was another similar-sized pet carrier, with a very calm big gray cat inside, who didn’t utter a peep.
After a few minutes, the technician called her name, and we followed into a neat exam room. I opened the door of the carrier, but Kikyo did not want to come out. It took the tech’s holding the carrier upside-down to make her come out. Once out, Kikyo wandered around the room, meowing and sniffing out the unfamiliar space, while the tech asked me all the usual questions about how she was doing, whether she had any health issues (nope), and what she ate. The tech managed to pick her up to put her on the nice digital scale to get her weight, but kitty did not want to sit still! The tech was very gentle, and managed to get Kikyo to sit still long enough to get her weight, which was pretty close to what it had been the last time. Our kitty gets lots of exercise, and we don’t over-feed her, so she’s pretty svelte.
The tech finished the preliminaries, so she left to go get the doctor. While we waited, kitty wandered around the exam room, exploring every nook and cranny, and getting dust on her nose. I picked her up, and placed her on the bench beside me, where she sat up and walked on the narrow ledge-she is really fearless!. Dr. Lora finally arrived, and she conducted a very thorough exam, checking her eyes, ears, and teeth, and holding her tightly to feel her internal organs. The verdict: One young, healthy, pretty cat. Lora was glad to finally meet her, and she complimented Kikyo on her beautiful soft black coat. She told me that my cat was in great health, and that I was feeding her the right food in the correct amounts. She said that our cat looked and acted young, even though she’s about five years old now. And the doctor said that Kikyo was a pleasant interlude in a day that had been filled with very sick kitties. Dr. Lora is a great vet, and it’s worth it for me to take Kikyo a few miles out of our way to see her at her clinic that treats only cats. And they have something for people too, their “Store for Cats” where you can buy all kinds of toys, food, leashes, and cat furniture. They even have a good selection of cat greeting cards!
All that was left was to give her a vaccination against feline distemper, which now comes in an “intra-nasal” form; and to clip her claws. Kikyo really doesn’t like to have her feet touched, so when I take her to the vet, I have them do it. The tech came back and gave her the vaccination, and I held her while the tech clipped her “points”. And it was time to go home. Funny, after her exam, it was no trouble at all to get her back into the carrier for the trip home. We stopped by the front desk to pay, and we were off again. She still wasn’t too happy to be in the car, but she didn’t protest too much. And once we got home, she came right out of the carrier and demanded dinner. Cats have NO short-term memory! And I was glad to get a clean bill of health for our beautiful cat, who more than pays for her upkeep with soft fur, and loud purrs. Everyone should be owned by a cat.
If you visit my YouTube site, you can watch a video I took with my old Flip Video camera, just after we brought her home in July of 2010.