Feline Retirement Villa

Yesterday I received an email from our veterinarian sending Happy Birthday wishes to our cat, CC.  The email showed her age – 16 – and had a handy link for what to expect for cats who are 16.

Not thinking, I clicked on the link.  It said that CC was close to an 80-year-old in mind, body and spirit.  It also said to write down any strange behaviors she may be having.  It also said it was time to talk to the veterinarian to prepare “and make her comfortable” for her last years.  Geez.

Sixteen years ago I brought an adorable little calico cat home to my mom, Crazy Pat.  I was in that “I just got out of college and have no clue what to do with my life” phase and was living at home.  I knew it was only a matter of time before I would leave again, and thought the sweet kitten would be perfect for her.  My mom named her CC – or calico cat – and dearly loved her.  I moved out, and CC and Crazy Pat were very happy.  I got married and had a baby, and CC and Crazy Pat were still going strong.  But, when Crazy Pat got remarried, her husband was allergic.  CC came to live with me.

Looking at her birthday email, I realize that CC has been exhibiting strange behavior.  Last year, CC decided she no longer enjoyed being on the main floor of our home.  She sequestered herself upstairs, away from our dogs and the everyday happenings in the house.  She would and still will not venture downstairs come Hell or high water.  Apparently, the rooms upstairs are more “comfortable” for her, and she lives up there like it is her own personal studio apartment.  After yesterday’s email, my husband said that our upstairs has now turned into our very own feline retirement home.

There are some issues with the calico cat being upstairs and only upstairs.  She has a litter box and cat food up there, and we have to have a baby gate at the base of the steps so the dogs don’t enjoy the litter box and cat food.  I thought with my boys being seven and ten, I could do away with baby gates, but that has not come to pass.

Since CC is alone for most of the day, she gets pretty hyped up when we come upstairs.  Unfortunately, we are usually spending time upstairs sleeping.  Upstairs is not a hang-out spot in our home, but CC would like it to be.  Instead, she walks all over us as we are sleeping.  Literally walks on us.  It makes nighttime such a pleasure.

Is it normal for a cat to drink out of the toilet?  This is something I am going to put on my strange cat occurences list.  CC drinks out of the toilet, the sink and jumps in the shower after we get out to, you guessed it, drink water.  She does have a water bowl upstairs in her apartment, but that must not be filtered correctly.

CC is very busy.  When she is not being a night walker, she amuses herself by scratching on the bathroom door at 4:30 in the morning.  I keep a Webkinz (stuffed animal) cardinal on my nightstand, not because I am still 11-years-old, but to swiftly throw at the bathroom door so she will stop scratching on it to be let inside and visit her toilet water bowl.  Don’t call PETA on me yet…I don’t aim for her, just the door.  Strange?  Yes.

Thinking more about CC, I think she is nowhere near 80 in mind, body and spirit.  I actually think she is more like a new retiree, having fun, staying up late and just wanting to downsize.  I think I may wait a while to talk to the vet about her, and just hope for some more strange stories to share about her in the future.

CC enjoying her throne. This was taken by my fav pet sitter, who was surprised by the "strange" cat behavior.