Category: Pets

Heartbreak on top of isolation: losing a pet during coronavirus

Heartbreak on top of isolation: losing a pet during coronavirus
“So glad to have Lizzy now,” I wrote in my journal in early April as the second week of Illinois’s stay-at-home order was ending. Human company and touch were off limits for the indefinite future, but I had my sweet kitty. Now Lizzy is gone, and I’m writing through tears. In my last post I... Read more »

How long can I live like this? I'm not talking about the pandemic.

This is really looking for a silver lining: If there was ever a good time for isolation, it’s now for me because it coincides with a worsening of my cat’s inflammatory bowel disease. For both health and aesthetic reasons, it’s best to not have visitors. Lizzy has chronic diarrhea. She also doesn’t always use the... Read more »

Give me socks, give me lots of socks

Socks appear on many lists of the most boring gifts, but not for me. Because I always need them, every Christmas season I put crew socks on my wish list for the family gift exchange. It’s not just colorful, patterned socks that I wouldn’t call a boring gift. I ask for white or black so... Read more »
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My cat walks back from what I feared was the end

It may be the most stressful stage for any pet parent: watching for signs that it’s time to say goodbye. A week ago Friday, Lizzy, my cat, had her worst flare-up ever of inflammatory bowel disease. After scrubbing about a dozen places on the hardwood floors, ceramic tile, and rug, I emailed the Anti-Cruelty Society... Read more »

What we do for our pets

What we do for our pets
The bathroom is disproportionately large in my 900-square-foot condo. I’ve wondered why the builders thought a 9- by 10-foot bathroom a better use of space than, say, a smaller bathroom with more storage. Now I know why the bathroom is big. It’s so that I can fit a lawn chair in it. Let me explain.... Read more »

Best cat-sitting solution: trading with a neighbor

I received bad news recently: My cat-sitter is moving to Denver. Sarah lives eight floors above me. I found her by posting a note on the building bulletin board looking for someone who’d exchange cat-sitting services. The arrangement has worked beautifully in the three years since. Sarah was available all but one time I asked... Read more »
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