Friday Felines

Zoe got another short cut last week. Now when he lies down his cute, little pink belly is really obvious.

zoe with fresh cut

It’s more noticeable¬†when he walks because it sags. I think maybe he needs a girdle.

On a more serious note, we think he might be hurting more lately.¬†Thursday night when he came to the door wanting in, he hesitated. I petted him to encourage him to come in, and he meowed loudly and hissed. Then he hissed another couple of times once he was inside. He has a kind of stilted walk that looks really awkward, which our vet thinks is because of his arthritis. He takes pain medication, but cats can’t take all the different types of medications that dogs can.

Friday Felines

We’re a little late again. Mark says it’s because once you retire, every day is Saturday, so we keep forgetting when the rest of the world is on Friday.

Anyway, this is what Zoe looks like a lot of the time since he’s been staying outside.

Leafy cat

Leafy cat

This is not the worst he has been. He likes to stay under the two big loropetalums at the side of the house. The cold snap we had killed almost every leaf on the bushes, so the ground under them is littered with dead leaves. Zoe’s fur picks them up pretty well. He usually has one or two near his rear end. We say it’s the latest new fashion trend among cats, the butt leaf.

Friday Felines

Special Saturday Edition

Where in the world is Zoe?

zoe hidingHe has started making himself a little nest between the two gardenias next to our driveway. This photo was taken a while back. The gardenias have both filled in a lot since then. Now it’s even harder to see him when he’s in there.


Friday Felines

Last Sunday evening we noticed that Chloe’s right cheek was swollen.

cheeky cat 2

It’s not easy to see, but if you compare her right cheek with her left cheek you can see the difference.

swollen cheek cat

We aren’t sure what happened to her. Maybe it was a wasp sting. It didn’t seem to bother her, and the swelling had gone down by the next day.