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Chapter Eight, Cat House on Wheels

I woke up this morning and realized it is almost over. We are leaving Bonita Springs on Sunday. Wow, we have two days left! Two days to cram in everything we said we were going to do. I check the resort’s community announcement board to see what is going on. Well, I could attend floor exercise followed by pool exercise. You know, if I haven’t participated in two months, I guess it’s a little late to start now. I know they were planning a group trip to the beach, maybe we can do that. Nope, that was yesterday. Hmmm, they are having a community breakfast tomorrow; we should be able to attend that. In fact, of all the plans we made for this year’s trip, the only goals we accomplished had something to do with eating!
So what have we been doing for two months? We were going to go to the beach, to the greyhound races, see lots of movies, and get involved in resort activities. I was going to go shopping at all the exceptional stores in the Naples area. Jim was going to play golf–second year in a row the golf clubs have made the trip but were never taken out of the storage area. But we have been busy. We must have been doing something! Oh yes, we birthed babies and did lots of cleaning litter boxes!

Torbie girl takes her ball to bed with her.

Torbie girl takes her ball to bed with her.

Our big boy weighed in today at 1 lb. 4 oz.

Our big boy weighed in today at 1 lb. 4 oz.

Torbie Girl is now 1 lb. 2 oz.

Torbie Girl is now 1 lb. 2 oz.

Silver girl is now 1 lb. 1 1/2 oz.

Silver girl is now 1 lb. 1 1/2 oz.

In case you were wondering how we handle litter boxes with our limited space, I’ll explain our set-up. We have two litter boxes in the bedroom, one is automatic and the other is very small, just large enough for training the kittens. Since we have to keep the cats separated, we also need to keep one in the living area, but who wants to have a litter box in plain view? This was our solution. I visited a consignment shop and found a cabinet with doors that open in front from the middle. Jim took the back out of the cabinet and we placed it just far enough away from the wall so the cats can enter in from the rear. A regular litter box is placed inside. Since the doors were glass, I decided to make a cover that is somewhat decorative and fits in with the color scheme of our coach. I found an attractive table runner, cut it in half and attached it to the top of the cabinet with Velcro. When it is time to scoop the litter, I lift up the cloth, open the doors and use the litter scoop which I store beside the litter box inside the cabinet. As long as I perform frequent scooping and use quality litter, no one knows they are sitting beside the cat’s bathroom!

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It appears Mr. Silver is developing quite a fan club, especially with my male readers. Guys, you will be happy to know Mr. Silver has been actively fulfilling his job description. He is once again an expectant father, not once but twice. Both Sophie and Nadeah are expecting. And this is exactly why we are leaving early to go home. Remember, we started out with one dog and six cats. We now have one dog, six cats and three active kittens. This motor home cannot accommodate two more litters! Well I guess maybe it could, but our sanity cannot!

Nadeah and Sophie, our mothers to be watching out the window at a blue bird. He flew away before I could get his picture. He wasn't waiting around for the attack cats to pounce!

Nadeah and Sophie, our mothers to be watching out the window at a blue bird. He flew away before I could get his picture. He wasn’t waiting around for the attack cats to pounce!

I tried to tell Mr. Silver he had done an excellent job and deserved a vacation but I guess he is a Type A personality and is only happy when he is working. He and Jackie are very sneaky. We have a covered cage we use at cat shows. This is set up next to the camouflaged litter box and used by the cats if one of them would like to get away from it all and spend some time alone. Well, Jackie and Mr. Silver talked it over and she said, “I will sneak in there and you follow shortly after and then we can do what we want without the humans seeing us.” Mr. Silver says , “Great idea! I’ll be watching!” Luckily, so are we!

So we gave up on the diapers and ordered some stud pants made by a very sweet lady in California. She said “expect some drama when you put them on.” We haven’t quite figured this out yet because Mr. Silver seems to be related to Houdini but we will keep trying!

The kittens are doing well; each of them now weighing over one pound. We started our weaning process this week introducing them to KMR. Of course, they still prefer Mommy’s milk.

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I’ll close for now.  I need to get ready to go out for dinner.  And we are going out tomorrow night too!  I am such a happy girl!

Tomorrow starts the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament.  So really Guys, if you want to see some GREAT basketball, tune in.  GO LADY VOLS!!!

Next week will be the final chapter of the Cat House on Wheels!

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4 Comments

  1. Mary Cunningham

     /  March 22, 2013

    OH MY

    Pastor Mary Alice

    Reply
  2. Love you all ❤ , pants with suspenders only , another two litters? Hihi seems Silver is very industrious and handy

    Reply
  3. Debbie

     /  March 25, 2013

    We love seeing the updates on the kittens and can’t wait to see the next litters. Our family will be closer to getting our own furry bundle of joy! 🙂

    Reply

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