Lola is our youngest cat. The little girl. The first we got (with her sister Maisi) when we began living together.
She’s far from being a perfect cat. She yells a lot, driving her daddy crazy. Sometimes she yells to let us know she’s hungry. Sometimes when she gets the food she’ll sniff it, have a little lick and then go and lie down to sleep.
Other times she yells for attention. Only thing is she goes hyper and runs away if we try to give her the attention, so it leads to quite the merry game of chase. Of course when she is eventually “caught” she will collapse in a soppy pile of fur and purrs.
And then there are the times that she yells just to hear the sound of her own voice. Our new flat has a glassed balcony which is quite echoey. On the few occasions she’s been able to go out there (it’s too cold to leave it open for them at the moment, though we will in the summer) she has quite happily sat in a corner yelling at the top of her lungs and listening to the noise reverberate around her. We tend to bring her back inside fairly quickly if she’s doing that. Don’t want to disturb the neighbours..!
We also have ongoing problems with Lola and food. Beyond the aforementioned yelling-for-but-not-eating. Lola seems to have some sort of digestive issue that causes her to be sick more often than is normal. We’ve had phases of it being daily, but usually the trouble was at least a couple of times a week.
Vet trips and testing have found nothing to explain the problems. We tried switching her to special (a.k.a. expensive) food designed for cats with allergies and that kind of helped, but we realised that, in fact, switching to just regular food in only the fish flavours had just as much effect.
We’ve been doing that for a while now. The last couple of months she’s been eating only cans of tuna flavoured food. We recently bought some salmon flavoured, for variation, and within half an hour of the first try eating it today she was rather spectacularly sick. I think we’ll stick to tuna.
Actually prior to today she hadn’t been sick in weeks – since before we moved to this new flat. We’re not entirely sure if that’s to do with the diet or the medicine she’s on. She gets a syringe full of medicine by mouth each morning and evening. She doesn’t appreciate getting it really, but it’s better than being sick! The medication is to help with reflux.
Despite her problems we do love Lola. She may drive us completely batty at times, but nobody’s perfect!
Do your cats drive you crazy? What flaws do your cats have that make them uniquely them?