We are all adjusting to changes here with some surprises (for the human). Some have asked me how the cats are doing with the loss of their friend. I don’t know. They are cats. Only Morgan shows outward changes in behavior and has become needy. She was the closest to Hazel. Gracie is all about Gracie (as always) and Mollie hadn’t been spending time with Hazel in the past few years. I’m reporting what I’ve noticed.
Who’s eating what? My cats were adopted as adults so their eating preferences were established. They all prefer dry kibble but I have (painfully) switched them to mostly wet or so I thought. The wet food consumption in this house has dropped dramatically. (Sorry Chewy!) The only answer is that Hazel was cleaning up everyone’s plate even though they were (supposedly) in places that were hard for her to reach. #hoovercat
Hazel’s eating spot was removed completely but I no longer need to keep the other cats’ eating spots high on counters. The cats are scratching their heads about this new eating at floor level thing. They think it’s so low brow. Our restaurant lost a star over this. #strugglingfor4*Michelinrating
Hair, hair everywhere – Many years ago when I left to adopt a cat (who ultimately was Hazel) the beloved husband said, “Pick a short-haired one so it doesn’t shed.” Ha! Hazel’s hair was very short but she had an undercoat that rivaled a Husky. She shed and the more nervous she was, the more she shed. A lot like a porcupine only softer. I have been cleaning almost none stop during the last week. Cat beds have been washed and furniture vacuumed yet there is still hair in the air. #quiltbattingavailable
Hazel left us abruptly without a will or last testament so who gets her “spots?” So far, no one. The cat tree, which was a favorite of both Hazel and Morgan remains empty. Morgan lost interest. I was going to get a smaller one for Mollie upstairs but maybe I’ll move this one. I’ll give it a little more time and see if there’s any interest in its current position. #grabachairwhenthemusicstops
The cat beds here are like revolving lovers on a telenovela. Morgan moved into Mollie’s bed. Mollie moved into my bed. Gracie took over the whole sofa but no one has claimed Hazel’s bed. I have washed it. The drool is gone. We’ll see. I would vote it the most comfortable. #AirBnBpossibility
The dining room table was the ultimate throne for Hazel. Other cats occasionally joined her but not often. So far only Gracie has sat on it and just at the edge. I scooted her off right away. I hope to reclaim this for strictly human use (which happens about five times a year!). That will work as long as I don’t use anything shiny, floppy or remotely resembling a cat toy as the centerpiece. Oh, wait…everything looks like a cat toy. Everything IS a cat toy. #giveitup