Meals of Grass

It was a nice day to go out and the theme of the day was grass eating.  Julie has always been a big grass eater…and barfer, of course.  Davout has been sniffing at and eating grass blades since his first few moments outside.  And he increasingly is watching Julie and trying to emulate his hero, so I don’t see him doing it less.

But it was a little surprising to see Rhea following along chomping at grass too.  At one point she had a blade as long as her body and seemed to be trying to eat it all before she gave up on it.

This is Davout’s personal  grass patch.  He goes to it right after he comes outside, and then comes back to it a few times more.  Davout is very prone to using a paw, or even two, to help corral the blade he wants to chew on.

It really is funny how he has taken to tagging along after Julie.  When Julie comes in from outside he always trots into the kitchen.  And these days he has a little shadow trotting right behind him like a pale shadow.

He took it a bit too far yesterday.  Julie came in from the back yard and started gagging up his tummy full of grass clippings.  Davout came up and watched, then started gagging up his own load right next door.  When I thought of the cats doing things together, this wasn’t what I had in mind.

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Life Goes On

Yesterday after saying goodbye to Gus, we all took some time to recharge some in the back yard in the sun.  Julie is apparently over his reluctance to be outside and spent some of the time patrolling the pool area next door.  I wasn’t sure then why he gave me this look but now I see.

You see that black plastic square to his left?  That is an interlocking edging part and just a few minutes before Davout pulled it out of the ground with his teeth to that cockeyed position.

When not breaking the landscaping, Davout could be restful and quiet, taking in the sensations with every part of his body from nose to tail.

Rhea not as chill as Davout.  She would poke into one corner, then trot over to stick her nose into whatever it was he was doing, and then off again.

She also can’t pull off the Puma look like he can.

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Farewell to Gus

Gus did not wake up in the hospital this morning.   It wasn’t a shock given how he was withdrawing inward yesterday.  It was just time to go.

I got to see his body a last time.  He looked more relaxed than even when he was sleeping these days.  I hadn’t been sure what that would be like but it did me some good.

Seventeen years is a long time to know someone, but even then you wish it had been longer.  As I found with Calpurnia, you don’t always get anywhere near that long.

Gus used to be the one to greet me at the door every day.  I wonder if someone will take over for him?

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Shrinking Hopes

I visited Gus today and talked to the vet.  Some of the treatments are helping – the IV is easing his dehydration, but he is still refusing food and slipping farther away.  I will see him again tomorrow morning, but I think he’s telling me it is time to go.

 

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Gus is Out Sick

Gus is in the hospital now.  He stopped wanting much food the last day or so and was very sluggish in the morning and refused food.  He did drink some so he hasn’t given up yet.  He even walked up the stairs sometime in the morning.

The tests show he might have an infection and is getting some fluids and food.  He must have not been eating enough before even before this weekend since he’s lost a lot of weight.

 

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Pokey Day

I caught Rhea hanging out in a ‘tunnel’ at the base of the stairs behind the sofa back to the cat tree.  I’ve seen her use the tunnel before but not sleep there.  Pay no attention to the knee brace in front.

The cats went out a little bit today although I didn’t take photos.  Julie not only didn’t jump a wall, but even ran inside a few times when noises blared out on the highway or for reasons I didn’t understand.  I wonder if something scared him outside that last time because I haven’t seen him stay inside so calmly for this long very often before.

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Taxing Day

I finished up my taxes today but inbetween I could see the cats lazing the day away.  I loved this view of Rhea snuggling up to this anglerfish cat toy…

And it was even funnier with the back feet flopped out like this.

Julie gave me a little salute.  Earlier in the day he was asleep with his face planted down in the seat he was in.  He was so out he didn’t wake up until I grabbed him and he was startled and actually hissed at me!

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Boring Day

Julie’s strange mood of not wanting to go out continues, but he seems a bit less tired out.  As a hiker that habitually overdoes the exertion and has three days of sore muscles afterward, I sympathize with this.   So today everyone is a bit zonked out and resting in their own spots.

Rhea and Julie have alternated sitting up here peeking over my shoulder from above.  She was cleaning herself up.

Even taunting Davout with a mouse only got a slight response.

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Tired Guy

Julie spent all night outside last night too, the stinker.  He didn’t even have the excuse of getting out late.  So that’s most of three nights running.  Today he is the most absurdly tired out I’ve ever seen him, flopping in a couple of different spots in a tight ball.

He might be getting too old for this kind of thing.

Davout is getting more and more interested in going out back.  My peeking out the doors to see if a noise out back was Julie let him sneak out every so often and I had to chase him about.  His inability to play out there all he wants is a real “First World Problem”.

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Out and In

Davout was all sleepy in the middle of the evening so I wasn’t sure that I could get extra pictures.

We did all get outside in back earlier, although I didn’t get too many pictures.  Davout was hunting something small and had it trapped under his front feet.  This attracted the notice of all the other cats.  Even Julius had a peek at what he might have caught.

So I tried to interest Rhea but she was in her clinical mode where she was observing rather than going wild.

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