You guys it’s been crazy town over here again. Last week I was in New York city for the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event again, followed by my daughter’s 12th birthday and then having our basement flood because the sump pump was stuck again. So I have a lot to talk about but not much to show for.
I will write a blog post about my Stylemaker event soon. Not because a lot of you guys are interested in it 😉 but because I like to document it for myself.
However I did check off one thing off my list which was making a movie of our cat enclosure before the frost rolls in and our garden looks awful. I tried to gather some footage of our cats who passed away too. I really loved seeing them all enjoy it and I hope that Anthony will get there one day too when he is ready. If you are new around here then you can see my cat enclosure post HERE and other cat DIYs HERE.
So here is the movie and if you’d like to share with your friends, then you can also do so on my YouTube channel HERE.
Speaking of Anthony (click HERE to read my first post about him)…he’s been with us for 2.5 weeks now and I can’t really have a big progress report. He’s a tough nut to crack. He is still hiding in the carrier inside our spare bathroom. When the house is quiet at night I can here him scurry around in the bathroom and I occasionally opened the door with him sitting on the window sill sniffing fresh air. He immediately hides when he sees me though. I sleep in the bathtub occasionally for a couple of hours until my bones hurt and he definitely doesn’t come out when he senses me. I’m really hoping for the day when he will.
We did progress to him eating inside the carrier when I’m sitting in front of it and I’m able to feed him cat nip with my hand. He occasionally also enjoys me rubbing his chin which makes him lean in and purr for more. You can see those types of movies on my Instagram stories (HERE, they are within the round circle in my profile picture or in the little round circles under my description labeled “Kitties”).
When Anthony had enough of my attention, he bites me really hard and calls it a day.
Willy has been so so good and melts my heart. He loves spending time in the room with me. Plays in front of the carrier and actually once in a while even sticks his head in to say hello to Anthony without any aggression. I’m always scared that Anthony could hurt him because he’s almost twice the size of him.
Maya is a different story and has shown lots of aggression. She has started being mean to Willy when he does silly things and she isn’t really allowed in the bathroom with Anthony yet because all she does is hiss. I do however try to feed them their wet food in the room twice a day close to each other while Anthony is in the carrier. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Cats are very food driven so I’m hoping that it will work eventually.
I read this really great post HERE about how to convert a scared cat and it is reassuring me that I’m doing everything the way I should. My husband said it sounds like I wrote it and as time goes on, I want to write my own version of it to tell everyone what worked for me and what didn’t.
My mom is coming in November and I hope that I will make some significant progress until then so we can use the bathroom again but if I didn’t then we’ll make it work too.
I had the local newspaper contact me last weekend and they wanted to do a story about our small space living and I think it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Our house currently is in shambles. The basement and garage are no good and I can’t really give any advice on how I make it work because I don’t. We have a scared cat live in our spare bathroom and I occasionally sleep in the tub. And not to mention having my mom sleep somewhere yet too. Haha you get the scenario, don’t you?
So I hope you enjoy my little video. It really shows how much my cats love their outdoor space.
And talk to you soon.