Last night I was getting a bit worried with a sore foot I had going for a day or so getting worse. I didn’t see any visible damage, but wasn’t acting like I imagine a strain or broken bone would. Eventually I took a really close look and something was inside the sole, like a splinter in your finger. I managed to find tools enough to get it out and the irritation started to fade right away.
I always like it when the cats use the banister like a scenic overlook to the downstairs.
Today I got some test results back from Anna’s vet visit. She does have a parasite that it would be a good idea to avoid spreading to the other cats. So the idea is to keep her using her own litter box rather than ones the kittens use. So while I won’t lock her into the room all the time, I won’t let her out at night until after the medicine takes effect.
So far, though, Anna seems to be content with limited tours out of ‘her’ room as proof she isn’t trapped there all the time, but she’s not so eager to expand her turf or interact with the kittens.
The real new thing is I have liquid medicine to give orally. This will be an adventure as I have not been working on getting Anna used to handling. I did the first dose and got the job done although she wasn’t happy. The question is if the next time will be harder or easier.
Today was the first day back to work and the routine might have helped the kittens be a bit less sensitive to Anna. My hanging out didn’t produce the usual audience in the hallway.
Last night was one of the few times I was kept awake by the kittens playing with stuff. There was a jingle ball I could hear, and some cat or cats pouncing on the paper bags like the one in the foreground.
After all the new fuss, and the ‘abandoning’ of Anna all day, she still gave me a flop and a roll. From what I saw, she tends to retreat to her safe place to nap away a lot of this time anyway even when I did come visit.
I haven’t really done much analysis of Anna’s fur style. She certainly is the most ‘brown’ brown tabby I’ve ever seen. If you think back on Julie, his face and legs were grayish, and the gold-brown undercoat was on the body and especially the belly. She does seem to be more of a Classic Tabby than a Mackerel Tabby, although the long hair smudges the pattern.
There is a style of Persians, “Shaded Goldens”, that are bred to have very strong brown/red undercoats. Then a specific gene “wideband” is used to push the black stripes of the tabby pattern up the hairs and off, leaving only a suggestion of stripes and a golden overall color. The Shaded Silvers and Goldens are different from regular Persians in that the drive away from the Doll Face to the flat or ‘Peke’ face is not very prominent yet. So perhaps this explains part of her looks. I’ll probably have to be able to handle her more to be able to tell anything more.