Friday, January 13, 2023

Step by slooooooow step.

Houdini has begun to sit on the rug in the front hall and watch us through the french door glass. He will run for his bed if anyone, say, heads for the bathroom, or out into the kitchen, but just the fact that he's begun to study us is a good sign. 

Today, we all held our breath as one nervous cat took his first steps into the livingroom where we were all sprawled. He looked around carefully but seemed most fascinated by the flickering pictures on the television. He got spooked and bolted once, but slowly, cautiously, re-entered the room. He sat down to study the flickering television once again. 

William is definitely 'his person'. I fed him tonight and William sat down beside him while he ate. When he was done eating he walked over to where William was sitting on the floor and sniffed him curiously. 

Last night, Tim began coughing in the night (two MONTHS of this!) and came down stairs to try sleeping on the couch. In the night, he saw one small cat walk purposefully through the livingroom and go out to the office to arrange himself in front of the gas heater. 

He's still plenty jumpy, but he seems to be getting past this. 

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  1. Very happy the cat is gradually settling with you. He's certainly got a nice home.

    Not so happy about the endless coughing. I have a similar virus, now in week four, very tired of it. He has my sympathy. Coughing and loss of sleep are exhausting.

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    1. It is awful. I am coughing too, but nothing like he is.

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  2. This is such good news.
    The cough on the other hand, not so. It will pass but this brand likes to linger.

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  3. Little ones like little ones! At least when it comes to humans (I was a nursery school teacher) So sweet (and normal?) that Houdini seems to like William best!❤️

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  4. (Sorry- Ricki commenting above)

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    1. I think that animals have a sense about people. They are not often wrong.

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  5. You are much more patient with this cat than I would be.

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    1. What is amazing to me is how tender Tim is with him. He doesn't even like cats.

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  6. Thrilled to hear Houdini is becoming braver and more comfortable. Progress, sweet progress! 😊

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    1. Well, today I frightened him and he spent the day hiding.

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  7. Sounds like the cat wants the TV to be one of those continuous fireplace scenes. Hope William can figure out something for his cough....it's disturbing the cat. Linda in Kansas

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    1. Oh we have the wood fire crackling tonight. He did not seem to be a fan. It is Tim that has the cough. He has had it since before Thanksgiving.

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  8. Two months of coughing. Poor Tim. I hope he doesn't get pleurisy. I ended up with that a few decades ago which wasn't fun at all.

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    1. He doesn't have any chest pain. I just think it is wrong at this point to continue treating the symptoms. I think it is time to find out what is wrong.

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  9. Sorry to hear that poor Tim is still suffering with that cough. It must be exhausting for him.

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    1. Ugh. It is exhausting for everyone. To be honest, he's never sick, and now he has been ill for two months. My biggest concern is that he's already got god knows what...what would happen if he got covid or RSV? It is hard not to be conscerned about things.

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  10. Has Tim tried using Olbas oil as a steam inhalation (in a bowl of hot water with a towel over his head).I found this helped, especially before going to bed. Can put a few drops on a tissue too.
    Pauline

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    1. Not Olbas. We have used a vaporizer with Vicks (a eucalyptus blend). It doesn't seem to help. After long arguments about it, he finally agreed to try vicks chest rub. It helped a great deal. I think he flaw is that when he starts feeling better, he discontinues everything. I think he should continue to take the medication for a few days.

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  11. That's so good to read about Houdini. I wonder what happened in his past life to make him so nervous?

    Sorry about Tim's cough still bothering him. I can vouch for Pauline's suggestion of Olbas oil.

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    1. I don't know, but what I do know is that he was born across the street outside a house where a number of alcoholics live in a state of enabled chaos. A lot of shouting and a lot of craziness. There were four kittens. One of them disappeared. We don't know why or where it went. I'm going to guess that his fear comes from living in crazy town and it was reinforced by being trapped across the street and taken to a vet where he was neutered and tipped. Not a very pleasant way to be introduced to people, was it?

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  12. Great Caturday post — at least for me but you posted on Friday.

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    1. LOL. That's exactly why I posted on Friday afternoon. I MEANT to do that. (Disclaimer: that's some bs right there...)

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  13. I think your cat is very wise. Why hurtle oneself into trust? Best to study and analyze the situation before making any foolish decisions.

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    1. Maybe he can teach some classes....I know people who would do well to study things just a little more.

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  14. I'm glad there's progress! That's a drag about Tim's cough, though. I hope that sorts itself out soon.

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  15. I'd guess that the young friend was doing what he sees as normal; he probably has to organise his own bedtimes and getting up times in his own house. One thing I learned while working with young people was that their home-lives were wildly different from what I was brought up to consider normal. (It was never normal to bark at people though! :-))

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