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Sorry it's almost been a year. I purposely left dreamwidth in pursuit of other projects, but alas, here I am, again. I can't help but revisit my old DeadJournal to write more of my personal stories considering my DeadJournal has been with me for almost a decade. It's interesting; some things I kind of want to forget, yet, I can't seem to leave or delete my DeadJournal. I suppose I'm waiting for the day when DeadJournal goes bankrupt and just vanishes from cyberspace. Only then will I say, 'Ah, well, it was about that time anyway." I suppose in that way I could be defined as a victim of circumstance, which just means I am indecisive. Fine, I can live with that.

But here I am, ruining this attempt at a professional blog with a personal entry. I just can't help it, I'd rather theorize about life than give instructions. I did start blogging on blogger, but between blogger, here, DeadJournal, and my written journals, my entries get scattered.

The most recent event is that we adopted a kitty. He is all black, less than a year old, and his name is Teddy. Unfortunately it is horrible timing because my eleven-year-old scottish terrier is dying. She has a tumor in her bladder and has recently starting discharging blood from her bladder. She is lethargic as well. I think my mom is going to bring her to the vets tomorrow. It may be her last day with us, which is sad, but it is better than having her suffer. She is such a great pet. Anyway, her situation is putting extreme amounts of stress on the household. We don't want to overexcite or worry McKenzie (the terrier) while she is sick, and we need to introduce Teddy to my already existent cat, Meeko. Meeko is ten years old, and has never been around another cat. So far the interactions between Meeko and Teddy have been surprisingly successful. I don't think Meeko knows what to do with him, and Teddy is so young and naive he walks right up to Meeko and smells him. I anxiously await the day when Meeko bats Teddy in the face.

It all doesn't matter anyway, my mother is hell bent on adopting Teddy out to a friend of mine. I cried today, when my mother told me "it was just not a good time to bring in another cat," and yet, Teddy is the perfect cat. He is the cat I always wanted. He meows, he loves attention, he keeps himself busy, and he lets you rub his belly. He is the perfect cat for me. Dan keeps reminding me not to forget about Meeko, and of course I love Meeko, but Meeko is old and stubborn. He turns away when you go to pet him and he never comes when he is called. But Meeko is grandfathered in here because he has put up with my abuse for the past decade.

I really hope things work out for the best. I should get to bed. I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow and the following weeks.

Until then, take care!

-MUR
 


Date: 2013-06-09 10:56 am (UTC)
tsukikokoro: Unknown source (White Noise)
From: [personal profile] tsukikokoro
I think it's pretty hard to let go of an old, long used journal, and there is always the odd thing you wrote that makes you smile upon rereading. I imported my LiveJournal over here before deleting the original and leaving the site completely. That said, although it took four or five years to happen, I did eventually feel comfortable deleting my DeadJournal, and I don't regret it. Maybe, after a while, when you revisit your DJ and some of its entries, you'll decide whether it's something you want to save.

If your mom can stand to part with the dog, which seems like a compassionate action given her health, it doesn't seem like introducing a kitty will be problematic. You have the advantage of having a non-cat-aggressive cat, which is great! The first time I introduced my kitty to another cat, she was attacked. The first three cats she ever encountered, actually, turned out to be cat aggressive. Although I believe I could train Mogget out of her resulting cat aggression if need be, she sadly turned from that innocent, open sniffer to a non-aggressive hisser.

I think I have picked up a couple of tips about introducing a new cat into the household if you would like advice on anything, but most of it will be secondhand information, as I just have Mogget, and we have no plans to adopt another cat.

If your mom was open to it, maybe Teddy could be your cat instead of the household cat. She may not be ready to accept another pet into her life, but having two cats instead of one, as long as she's not the primary carer, is not significantly different from owning one. (I adopted a couple of kittens when I was 15, and although they go through food twice as quickly as one cat, and use a little bit more litter, they share toys and vet trips and nearly all the "inconveniences" of owning one cat.) I've heard from other cat owners that having one changes your life, you hardly notice a change at two, and three cats are much more demanding.

Date: 2013-06-09 10:57 am (UTC)
tsukikokoro: Jing from King of Bandit Jing (Jing no Tsuki)
From: [personal profile] tsukikokoro
Oh, and we just had to say good bye to Serena, my husband's brother's cat who lived at his parents' place. She was 19, and I'm not sure what was wrong with her, but she was dying. I spent a lot of time caring for her, but I'm definitely relieved that eating and moving around won't cause her so much pain.

Date: 2013-06-12 04:44 am (UTC)
tsukikokoro: Unknown Source (Valentine)
From: [personal profile] tsukikokoro
Yup! Although she is a black cat, not a white one. My husband started calling her Mogget the first week I brought her home, just because she was a cat, and I thought it was too adorable not to keep.

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