Our cat Snicket, who is now 14 years old, recently had some health issues that had my teeth on edge. She suddenly stopped eating her regular food, and although tests turned up nothing out of the ordinary, I couldn't get her to start eating again. Sure, if she felt like it was a treat she would wolf it down, but as soon as she saw something more than a couple times in a row, she lost interest. It was scary, and I lost sleep thinking about what could be wrong. After a couple months of steady weight loss, but no signs of pain or illness beyond the weight loss, I started wondering if my days with Snicket were numbered. After 12 years of constant companionship, it was hard to face.
Fortunately, we found a food that she's been loving for over a week, and she's starting to look better. She's even started waking me up in the morning to be fed, something that hadn't happened in months. I never thought I'd be excited to hear her whiney yowls at 7 am on a Saturday, but there ya go. Snicket is active and affectionate again, and although it will take a lot of time to get her back up to fighting weight, I'm glad she's eating. Our other cat, French Fry, is also very excited to have her buddy back.
But in honor of our fearless feline friends, I wanted to share a few tips that we've learned from living with pets in small spaces. Cats are not known as the easiest animals to live with, be it the smell or their tendency to shred things, but after over a year of living in a studio with two fully grown cats, let me tell you -- it is possible.
Any other tips you'd love to share? What about dog owners? My dog, Draper, lived with me for a month in a Chicago studio apartment before he learned how to open the deadbolt (!!!) and went to live with my dad. Do you have any horror stories?
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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