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Goodbye of the Day #2577

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Goodbye of the Day #2577

We gave up Zinky today. We’ve been trying to work out his litter problem for several weeks now, and weren’t able to make any progress; it eventually became too much a source of anxiety for us to keep going.

This has made both of us so sad. Zinky is such a sweet cat, and has made Laurel so happy over the past ten months, and it seemed that she made him just as happy. It just became too stressful to keep raising him, and with the apartment in constant disarray we hardly had any time or space to connect with him any more.

Laurel couldn’t bear to take him to the humane society herself, so I took the responsibility instead. He had the morning to enjoy the fresh air on the balcony, and I stood by him for a few minutes while he watched the birds in the trees.

He likes fallen leaves, and would often carry them in from the balcony like little found treasures.

With a bundle of cat supplies and a letter from Laurel, I called a car to bring Zinky back. Once we arrived, I couldn’t hold myself together enough to give Zinky a proper goodbye; our time on the balcony would have to serve.

It’s nice to think that there’s some perfect solution to every problem, but of course there are many situations where this isn’t the case. We couldn’t keep Zinky; we couldn’t bear to let him go. I have to believe that this is the best thing we could have done – that he’ll find a good home, with a kind family present and patient enough to train him, and a safe space to roam outdoors. Laurel and I will be able to finish our own home, which still doesn’t feel quite settled, even though we’ve been here for nearly two months. We’ll be able to visit Laurel’s family, and perhaps take long trips abroad, without worrying about leaving him alone here.

I’m so tired. Hopefully we’ll all feel better in the morning.

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October 13, 2015 at 12:47 am

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Talk of the Day #2571

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Talk of the Day #2571

We meet with Zinky on the floor now, or on the stairs, since we don’t let him in the bedroom anymore and the couch is still out of service. This makes it harder to get the human/cat affection both parties want, but we get by.

Laurel sat here tonight and talked to Zinky about love. He may not have appreciated the sentiment, but he’s innately warm and fuzzy, which is perhaps just as good.

your feeling shoulders

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October 6, 2015 at 11:26 pm

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Explorer of the Day #2565

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Explorer of the Day #2565

We are trying to ease Zinky into his exploration of the neighborhood. Laurel stayed home yesterday, leaving the door open so Zinky could come in and out; today I worked at home, closing the door now and then, letting him in occasionally. Tomorrow he’ll be on his own.

Zinky experienced his first rain today. The earlier showers didn’t seem to faze him, but when it began to pour I saw him running back and forth outside the window, totally at a loss of what to do. I let him in, toweled him off, and when the rain eased off he went out again.

He likes getting into shrubbery, it seems, and keeps coming back covered in leaves and bits of spiderweb. Eventually I stepped out and found that he had somehow reached the other side of the fence; he walked back and forth a bit, unsure how to get back, until I lifted a bit of the chain link at one point and he slipped back through.

Let’s hope for some good adventures tomorrow.

bells of civilization

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October 1, 2015 at 12:23 am

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Photo of the Day #2563

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Photo of the Day #2563

While I was out helping Anton move yesterday, Zinky peed on two of the couch cushions, crossing a line he never had before. We’d trusted him to leave the couch alone, even after wetting the bed, the new chair, a towel and a bag full of laundry; he’d always been safe in the living room.

So Laurel arranged a vet appointment and I left work early to take him there, wondering if a urinary tract infection might be responsible for this behavior. He rested on the scale there very obediently, and only complained a little when the doctors pulled out their instruments to inspect him.

They didn’t find anything, but recommended a pheromone spray and some pills to help him with the stress from our move to the new apartment.

When we got home I sprayed the spray in the living room, and when Laurel arrived we gave the couch cushions a second treatment with the anti-stink enzyme spray. The room smelled of urine and pheromone and chemistry, so we opened the doors and windows, which let in the smoke from a neighbor’s barbecue. There was nowhere for us to sit together, so we spent the evening at our separate desks working on our own things.

Tonight, just moments after Laurel had been playing with Zinky, he wandered over to the couch – now exposed, since the cushions needed airing out – and left another puddle in it. We hadn’t had time to recover from the last incident; it felt like having a sandcastle kicked down halfway through repairs.

I wish we could communicate with him.

The way things are going, Zinky is making our place unlivable. He’s such a sweet cat most of the time, but we can’t keep covering the entire apartment in chemical sprays and hiding in our room.

Perhaps this isn’t the best home for him. I wonder if we can find someplace better.

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September 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

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Beans of the Day #2555

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Beans of the Day #2555

Laurel and the weather were both feverish today, so we stayed inside for the most part, making baby steps with the library and vegetating on the sofa.

In the afternoon, when the sun was at its crispiest, Laurel asked if cats sweat. It turns out they do, but their thick fur makes it less effective; their sweat glands are densest on their paw pads, and apparently in very high heat you can sometimes see little sweaty cat-prints on the ground.

Zinky made it through Summer’s last hurrah without incident. If we can just sleep through one more muggy night, we may be clear through winter.

World 1-2

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September 20, 2015 at 11:26 pm

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Photo of the Day #2554

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Photo of the Day #2554

Here Dad stands outside our door, sending a photo of the two of us to family in Brazil, while Zinky slouches from the balcony to see what sort of business we’re up to. If you look closely, you can catch Laurel’s fingers clutching her smartphone; a fever knocked her down today, and her only fresh air was a short break sitting outside the glass doors on our balcony.

There are many things that must be done and many things we must distract ourselves with, and I have stayed up late attending to only a few of each.

bzzt swish flrrgh

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September 20, 2015 at 12:56 am

Cat of the Day #2548

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Cat of the Day #2548

Like many cats, Zinky is very well practiced in the art of active apathy. It’s a very controlled force; while we’re building a piece of furniture, he will sometimes come sit in the middle of the construction site and ignore us with great intensity. This hunk of wood composite weighed nothing; he just went on bathing himself while we worked on top of him.

Things have been going well the last few days. We managed to replace the fixtures in the bathroom today – a little home improvement exercise for each of us. It’s good to finally pay attention to how things like a bathroom faucet actually work.

We took Zinky on a walk out to the driveway this afternoon. He shivers with fear when he’s taken out there, and yet even now he’s staring out the window, hoping to explore.

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September 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm

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