Over the years we have made changes to our lifestyle to accommodate our “clowder” of cats.
When Jake developed diabetes he needed two shots a day, close to 12 hours apart. Someone needed to be home to do that. Sounds hard but it’s not. Sometimes it meant stopping at home before going somewhere else or adjusting the timing a little. For vacations he was boarded so there were no worries.
When Mollie joined us she was already an adult with some habits, like drinking from the toilet bowl. That is banned in my house so we put the lid down. We’ve been doing that for 14 years now. I doubt whether she would drink there anymore. She isn’t as flexible and we haven’t reverted back.
When Hazel needed to diet, we re-positioned the food stations so she couldn’t reach and eat the other cats’ food. We had to stay one step ahead of her because as she lost weight she could jump higher and higher. Finally the other cats said “enough already!”
Morgan is a tall cat so she occasionally peed over the back edge of the litter box. It took a couple of different box tries but we found something that works and we added insurance by placing a puppy piddle pad on the back side just in case. Problem solved.
Gracie dictates what food we buy. She simply will not eat just anything — only one flavor of Fancy Feast. For a time we were supposed to have her on a special diet for urinary crystals. Ha! She wasn’t having any of that. It resolved itself on her beloved FF. All the cats have to eat that brand and that flavor! Thank you Gracie!
Shasha dictates when they eat. The other three are forgiving about the time. There is always hard kibble available but Shasha wants her wet dinner on schedule or else.
The beloved husband and I make accommodations for each other too. It falls into our routine. We all make accommodations for people and critters we love. It’s a way of life here.