Sunday, February 14, 2010


Jessica died not long after the last post. I was without a cat for about 6 months, and then I got Micki and Maude. I bought a domain for them, for cats in general, though I'm not going to show it to you right now, as there's not much there.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Hello WordPress!

After yesterday's fiasco, I've decided to take publishing Jessica's blog 
into my own hands. I just can't get over the fact that there's a user
group of 35,000 people whose blogs were broken by this new
software. I don't have time for that, I'd rather post about my cat.

Visit her at Extra Special Needs Kitty 

Monday, February 5, 2007

I guess Jessica can't post anymore

Sorry, this blog is completely messed up. It won't let me post pictures from my own server - completely screws up the html code, and when I tried to upload them, it gave me a long complicated error code, and told me to report it...excepting of course, that they don't tell you where to report it to. I guess they must not want to know all that badly. There's a google group you can join with 35,000 members in it. Totally cool. The announcement is so small I can't even read it. Did you save enough electrons using a size 1 font? When I tried to join anyway it told me it didn't like the fact that I had a nickname. What the hell did they expect me to have, if they weren't going to tell me what to do!!!! I'm finding another host for Jessica. Lotsa luck, guys. You're gonna need it.

Friday, February 2, 2007

The Saga of the Water Bowl

Jessica drinking out of the bathroom sinkA long, long time ago the bathroom faucet developed a leak. It wasn't a big deal for us, since it never turned into a gusher. But it turned out that Jessica figured out that water tastes better when drunk out of a sink than from a bowl on the floor. So she'd climb up there to drink.

Actually, it was just as easy for me. I would leave a bowl in the sink to catch the water, and that way I never had to worry about keeping a water bowl on the floor for her clean and full.

After a while I fixed the faucet, and Jessica went back to drinking out of a dish on the floor.
Jessica is a little nervous about climbing down afterwards.
For some reason, Jessica started to play with her water this summer. At first it was just a matter of pushing the bowl around on the floor until it splashed. At first I would make sure the bowl was full. Then I gave her a bigger bowl, quite a large heavy one, in fact. At that point she started to put her paw in the bowl to play with the water. Splish splash, water all over the floor. Kitty litter being tracked all over the house, and muddy footprints everywhere. I was not pleased.

When I found that the faucet was dripping again, I encouraged her to drink from it. I ended up eliminating her water bowl so she wouldn't make such a mess.

When Jessica went blind, she had trouble climbing up to the sink. I boosted her a few times, waited until she was done, then set her down. But often she was in no hurry to get down. When I put a water dish on the floor and she started to drink from it, that was just fine with me.

Jessica sleepingAs Jessica began to figure her way around the house again, she decided she would prefer to drink her water out of the sink. She would climb up to the sink by way of the toilet, drink her water, and try to figure out how to get down.

Unfortunately, she had this tendency to fall into the trash next to the vanity instead of landing on the toilet. Generally she would get herself out after a struggle. It certainly was clear from the mess where she had been.

This morning I got up and found both bathroom rugs in a pile next to the trash. Since it's clear she doesn't call me when she's in trouble, I ended up putting a couple of boards across the toilet seat and covering the trash. She's a little uncertain what it all means. With any luck, she'll learn in a day or two that it's safe to get down from the sink again.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Found a cool cat test

Jessica asleepI found an interesting cat test today. The purpose is to tell you how "old" your cat is in some sort of comparison to people's ages.

Interesting cat fact I picked up from the test: an outdoor cat has an average lifespan of 5 years, while an indoor cat has an average lifespan of 15 years or more. Since Jessica was always an indoor/outdoor cat - although she never was a roamer - I'd guess that means she has far outlived her predicted lifespan.

A couple of critiques on the test... First, it doesn't account for changes like the one above. When they asked, "Does your cat go out?" I honestly answered "No," though in fact she used to go out a lot. She never roamed, though. I seriously doubt she left my yard more than a handful of times in her outdoor life.

The other critique I have concerns the fact that they ask about vision problems (Yes!) but not about hearing problems, like deafness doesn't make a difference, especially if the cat is blind. And I also had to honestly answer that she doesn't play or scamper anymore, though she just gave that up in the last few months because she can't see. I'm sure she'd still be jumping and playing, even catching mice if she could see and hear them.

Jessica's Cat Age: 79

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Having a good day

Obviously, Jessica's been a busy girl. But seriously...

Jessica's been doing really well the past couple of days. She is getting to know her way around the house so she can get from my bedroom to the bathroom without bumping into something and getting lost. I hardly ever hear her wailing anymore, so I'd guess that all the wailing was just a matter of not understanding what was going on or where she was.

So now that she's not confused anymore, she's back to being her old perky self. Just in the past couple of days she's started to look healthier and put back on some of that weight she lost in the past couple of months.

I was thinking at the time that her health was declining in general, but now I think she just had so much trouble finding the food dish that she wasn't eating often enough to keep her weight up. If I'd realized that, I would have bought her her own domain instead of getting her a free blog.

Over the years she's tended to get thinner, anyway. One summer I spent three weeks in Spain on an educational exchange. While I was gone, she lost so much weight that she was just skin and bones. I was really worried about her. She just lay listlessly on the side porch and wouldn't come in long enough to eat.

But anyway, with any luck I'll get her fattened up enough so we don't have to worry about her health. Then next summer I can cage in the side porch for her so she can sleep there safely and get some fresh air, while getting visits from her fans.

While I think about how I could travel with her...

Sunday, January 28, 2007


Just doing the blogist thing here.

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