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Aging pets are hard. Just, hard.

A few nights ago, Norway tried to get up the front steps and failed. There are only two, and they aren't that steep, but he was having a bad back legs day. We put out the truck ramps for him, but they are metal, and although strong, sort of rattly. He looked at them, he looked at me, and said nope. I did finally get him up them with a firm hand on his collar, but it wasn't much fun. The next day, he ignored them and hopped down the steps. That night he got up the steps with effort. The following night, he walked right up them. It's so variable!

He's not the only one having issues with steps. Velcro's catbox and bed are on the main floor of our house, and her food and second waterdish are upstairs, where Norway can't help himself. I've pondered moving her food down because she clearly doesn't enjoy the stairs anymore, but figured it was the only exercise she was getting at this point. Yesterday, however, I watched her fall down them twice, and that's the end of that. The first time was just a few steps as she was going up. She picked herself up and powered up them, so I figured it was just one of those ungraceful cat moments they pretend you don't witness. But shortly after, she came down them and sort of got away from herself and ended up upside down at the bottom rocking in shock with her little extra toes in the air. She mewed at me in a very disappointed way when I came to help her up and spent the rest of the day sulking in her bed.

She's been missing the catbox more regularly lately, too. Oh, she tries! There are no accidents around the house, but sometimes she just barely gets into the catbox and the important parts aren't there yet. I've got puppy pads down, so cleanup isn't bad.

Poor old lady cat. Poor old man dog.

It seems like a lot of friends lately are losing beloved fur family members; Facebook seems to show me a few each week lately. I suspect it's just that I'm hyper-aware of them right now, because I know that my time with my own fur friends is not going to be a lot longer.

Have some art!

I recently did this for Portrait Adoption:


This one started life as a Sketch Fest sketch, in very rough form, and got refined at a gaming session.

A little over 800 words yesterday, slogging onward. The not-a-book is about 16k. I do not anticipate getting writing time today, as we have a playdate over quiet time. I've also got two more #junicorn pieces done (but not scanned), and am 1 behind (not counting today).

In less thrilling news, I finished the laundry, cleaned out the toaster with the air compresser, vacuumed upstairs (downstairs, too, but that's daily), and Guppy helped me measure and cut wood blocks for the woodshed.



And when I say helped, I don't even mean that with air-quotes! She fetched the blocks and drew the lines while I held the square. (She's wearing gloves because it's splintery treated lumber, not because it's cold.)

We made GREAT progress on the shed over the weekend, and we had our neighbors over for dinner, which was simply delightful, and we got a date night to go watch Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and have sushi. There have definitely been good times.

I'm growing on my bangs, and the irritation level is about a 6 right now. I've promised to try it until September.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: http://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1605607.html

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afke
Jun. 6th, 2017 08:08 pm (UTC)
So sad when the furry friends get old... :(
jake67jake
Jun. 6th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC)
I've been watching my nearly 14yo cat (Harley Davidson) get up in the morning and stay kinda kinked up before he can get moving. And one back leg is definitely not as functional as the other either. I'm dreading the day I have to take him to the Rainbow doctor.

*hugs* to you.

Love the skull mittens :).
ellettra
Jun. 6th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
Definitely hard as our furry friends get older! I am thinking of you. My FB feed has also been filled with people losing their pets (we are probably friends with the same people) and it just breaks my heart. I'm so so sad for them.
duck113
Jun. 7th, 2017 03:23 am (UTC)
I added an extra litterbox at the opposite end of the house when my kitty got elderly- big help! She just could not hold it as long. It is hard watching our buds age-
frigg
Jun. 7th, 2017 12:33 pm (UTC)
It is hard. Lilith is approx. 14 years old now and her age has really started to show this past year. She's still agile, but she's old. She has this old cat look, she sleeps much more, and she's nowhere near the mouser she used to be.

I've started feeding her inside to make sure she gets enough to eat, because she'll let the others gobble up her share if I'm not there to supervise.
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