Tuesday, November 01, 2011

"... November 1, 2011 - Day 33 of My Captivity..."

"...and My 12th Birthday!"

I let a Kodak Moment slip away yesterday.
With proceeds from the Auction, the first shipment of Feliway diffusers and sprays arrived, and is doing magical things.

Beau was in the Wing Back Chair in my bedroom, a favorite spot of his now.
I had tossed him a few of his toys, especially one I'd seen moved about: a Goldfish.
I had also spritzed my flannel jammies with Feliway!
I chirped to him in a way I had heard him do, and rolled on my back, acting - well, hoping I was acting "cat-like".
He eventually placed his chin down atop the Goldfish and closed his eyes.
I watched him as he gradually rolled over, as if to mimic me.
I began chatting again, inching closer as I spoke.
By the time I reached him, he had turned belly-up and was chirping.
I asked if he "wanted scritches" and he very nearly let me.
I got as far as his nose.
Brave, considering I have a referral to an Infectious Disease Specialist for what has so far defied 2 courses of antibiotics.

Then, as if someone snapped their fingers, Beau deftly righted himself with a "who-whut?" look on his "face."
A wee growl and he moved clear of my reach.
But stayed on the chair.

At the bottom of the page, there's a cat-to-Human age converter.
In Human years, Beau is 64 today.

"Will You Still Need Me,  Will You Still Feed Me,
When I'm Sixty-Four?"

Extra Gerber Chicken and Gravy Baby Food For You, today,

The Scorpio Cat is a powerful cat with more than a mere sting in his or her tail. This resourceful and intelligent feline will delight in organizing things and people, finding the normal business of the domestic cat to be boring and mundane. Determination is the guiding force of the Scorpio Cat...and it is indeed a force to be reckoned with. Felines in general are never easy to fathom and this particular feline is akin to a never-ending pit, being secretive, self-controlled and devious. Deep inside (if the owner is ever able to delve that far), the Scorpio Cat is truly a rather mixed-up cat, desperately seeking love and security. A Scorpio Cat may usually be recognized by a muscular body and beautiful eyes...the ideal specimen being one with jet-black fur and eyes of deep emerald green. However, the most notable feature will be the mask of imperturbability. Later in life, this feline stands out from the rest by his or her waddling walk...the result of over-eating...and often has bow legs. Normally healthy, when this cat does become poorly, then he or she will be extremely ill. Under such circumstances, the Scorpio Cat expects (and usually receives) all the tender, loving care due to such a sick member of the family. At the first sign of ill health (often a dry nose and labored breathing), even if it is suspected that this feline is malingering yet again, it is vital to book him or her into intensive care at the vet's office. If this is not done, then the Scorpio Cat considers the owner to be a failure who did not respond as expected. It will take a very long time for the Scorpio Cat to forgive this and the damaged relationship may never be repaired.
The Scorpio Cat will always remain a puzzle to the family...never where an owner thinks he or she might be...never doing what he or she should be doing. This is all a game to the Scorpio Cat...fooling the owner and leaving his or her human guessing. However, any owner of this feline will be in dire trouble if he or she guesses wrong. When this cat is cold, then he or she fully expects that the heating should be turned on. But, the Scorpio Cat will not hover by a radiator and shiver...he or she is far more likely to sit by the refrigerator, washing his or her paws. If the owner offers food and not heat then, in the eyes of the Scorpio Cat, that owner has failed. This all comes about because the Scorpio Cat finds it well-night impossible to express true feelings. Conversely, he or she will be deeply intuitive of others where feelings are concerned, possessing the gift of empathy and the ability to read emotions. This feline senses when an owner desires companionship and when he or she would rather be left alone. The Scorpio Cat is always strangely drawn to those unfortunate humans who are not fond of cats. If such an individual is invited into the home and tries to banish the Scorpio Cat, it will fail to work. This feline somehow manages to get into the room and insists on paying the visitor in question an abundance of attention...sitting on the guest or rubbing against the guest, or dribbling all over them. However, at the end of the day, the Scorpio Cat is basically a one-person cat. He or she will single out a member of the family with whom to bond and the rest will be virtually ignored. This feline does become genuinely attached, but in a rather aloof sort of way...offering companionship in return for a high standard of living. The Scorpio Cat likes to crawl around inside of objects...such as boxes and cabinets...and, being a born hunter, adores being outside.
A Scorpio Cat usually does best with a Scorpio owner. However, a native of Cancer would also a good choice, despite the fact that both are strong-minded, tenacious and complex. The next best owner would likley be a Pisces subject, although such an owner would need to be careful lest his or her "watery" instincts add further confusion to the Scorpio Cat's inclinations. Most owners of Scorpio Cats tend to develop a special telepathic bond with this mysterious feline. The Scorpio Cat always seems to know just what his or her human is thinking, easily senses danger, and will arrive for dinner just moments before being called. If there is a death in the family, then the Scorpio Cat is likely to be the first to know. This feline is the sacred cat which was revered by the Egyptians. Strange and arcane, the Scorpio Cat brings luck and protection to his or her owner. In short, the Scorpio Cat is pure magic.


I called him out to have another portion
of Celebratory Gerber Chicken Baby Food.
He Came with an eager look, into the kitchen!
He actually allowed me to give him 2 scritches before firmly expressing his desire to not be fussed with while he's eating!
This is my First-and Best-Birthday present!


caspersmom said...

I really think you will win Beau over.

Happy Birthday Beau, you will get used to your new home. You are in a very kind and loving family.


Cory said...

Happy Birthday Beau! You look very comfy on your pillow on your chair. We know it's only a matter of time before you'll allow yourself to be loved again.


Cory and family

Laura and Jet Dragon said...

Happy Birthday, Beau! Take it at your own speed. We know you've been through a lot. Hugs and purrs to you today.

Laura and Taffy

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Happy Purrthday Beau. We know it's been stressful losing yoor original mommy, moving to a strange place and meeting a new lady who was trying to be yoor mommy and now...well, now yoor in a good place wif a nice lady who we think yoo will come to think of as mommy #2 soon. Relax, take yoor time and we know, sometime soon, yoo will discover yoor happy.

Karen Jo said...

Happy Birthday, Beau! I am so glad that you are getting out and about a bit more. I think it's only a matter of time before you accept your new Mom and let her pet you.

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Happy Birthday Beau!! We know you will love you new Mom!! Sounds like you have a wonderful home!!
Love from your TX furiends,

Poppy Q said...

Beau looks very comfy on that chair. Sounds like you two are slowly bonding. Happy Birthday Beau.

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Happy Birthday sweet Beau. We hope you have many more happy years in your new home.
We know you miss your first momma Cathy tons but we are glad you are settling in. Take your time buddy, grief is a slow process. xx

Fuzzy Tales said...

Happy birthday, Beau. Poor sweetie, we know you don't understand all the changes you've had in your life. We hope that for your 13th birthday you'll be snuggling on your new human's lap and asking for tummy rubs!

Father Tom said...

Happy Birthday, Beau! Slowly, you're coming around, snoozing on the pillow. We came across an old email the other day and that was hard for us. It'll take time, dear one. There's a lot of love in your new home and love, as always, is patient.

Lots of hugs and nosetaps on this, your special day.

Tom & Julie

Ginger Jasper said...

Happy Birthday Beau and hang on in there as you are winning him over for sure.. HUgs GJ xx

Laila and Minchie said...

WOW! Rose you are a true Cat Whisperer! Our mom thought spraying yourself with the Feliway was genius!

Happy Birthday sweet Beau! We are so happy to see these pictures! We think Rose has the magic touch and you will be snuggled on her lap in no time.

The Meezers or Billy said...

Beau - DOOD. Happy Purrfday to our bestest furriend! Now come on, Give MomRose a nice little chirp and let her pet you!!! You know you want to!

A few Good Cats said...

Happy 12th birthday, Beau! Little by little, he will learn to trust you.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

Happy Birthday, Beau! We know it's been a difficult time with all of the adjustments you've had to make.

We're sending big purrs for a lovely birthday, with scritches if you want them, lots of treats and heavenly cuddles from Mom Cathy.

Charlemagne, Tamar and Mal

The Island Cats said...

Happy Birthday, Beau!! You look pretty comfy on that chair!! Y'know, you should give the new lady a chance...scritches from her sound pretty awesome, dontcha think??

Mo said...

Happy Birthday, Beau ~ from me & The Purries of Purrchance To Dream.

Thank You, Rose, for all you're doing for Beau.

Junior and Orion said...

Happy Purrthday Beau!

Great job Rose!

Sounds like things are moving along, even if they are a bit slow.

Extreme bummer about your hand. We hope this next doctor can get you fixed up with no more problems.

TK and Squashies said...

Happy Birthday, Beau!!!
We reads your posts, as tears stream down mine Mommy's face. Beau could not be in a better place. God Bless you, for your tender heart, and your amazing cat skills.

Boots, Ozzie and Brenda said...

Happy Birthday Beau!! Sounds like you are settling in a bit to your new home. All the best!!


Happy Birthday Beau! We're so happy that you let Rose give you scritches!!!!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

He is making progress - poor guy - having been thru so much. Happy Birthday dear Beau!

Max said...

Happy Birthday, Beau! I hope life gets easier and less confuzzling soon...

meowmeowmans said...

What a wonderful and beautiful occurrence to mark your birthday, Beau. We wish you many happy days in your new home, and send you our most heartfelt purrs and prayers.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Happy Purrrrrthday, Beau. You've been through a lot of changes these last few months, but the worst is over. Just kick back, enjoy some treats, and even a cuddle or two if you think you're willing.

We'll add an early Burrrthday to Rose, while we're here.


ABBY said...

Happy Birthday dear Beau. We think you are slowly adapting. WE know it's is so much harder for elderly kitties but once you make the change we know you will love being in your new home.
Good luck with the bites. I have just gotten over being bitten myself. Took the two antibiotics and a trip to the ER. I can see my wrist will always bear the reminder of being bitten. There is a hard knot where there wasn't one before.

The Meezers or Billy said...

Beau - you are the awesomeness!! Thank you for allowing MomRose to scritch you!!!

Kat and the Furrsonality gang said...

Happy Birthday, Beau! Hang in there, we will say a purrayer for you!

Derby, Ducky said...

Happy Purrthday Beau. Don't think of it as captivity, think of it as a new adventure.

Oui Oui said...

This is the best news yet! Happy Purrthday Beau! Give it a chance and you will love your new home. We're sorry about your bite, they can be very nasty. We'll purr for you.

Bellen said...

It must be very tough for someone of Beau's age not only to be moved to strange surroundings but to lose his best friend and mom, Cathy. It may take a while for him to come around, but most old fellas have a soft spot. You'll find it.

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to read this post, all of it. God bless you, Rose, for all you're doing for Beau. And thank you so much for keeping us up to date. I check every day for news, and my heart leaps when I see updates. Keep up the good work! And I hope your hand heals quickly.

ML said...

I knew it! I knew you would get through to Beau!
Happy Birthday, dear Beau.
ConCATulashuns to both of you.
Love & Purrs,
Mom ML & KC

Clooney said...

Happy Birthday Dear Beau and many more! I'z got my jazz paws going for ya and wish you an awesome year filled with comfort and love...and lots of Gerbers! (So happy to hear that you got to give some scritches to Beau, QM that is awesome!)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Beau!
Happy Birthday, Rose!!!

Thinking of you all! I look forward to an update on dear Brutus, too. I'll try to call you. Take good care of that hand!!!

Aunt T.