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Happy New Year and new furry friend

January 7th, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Goodness, the last four months have flown by with nary a post from me. Itís a good thing I donít make a living as a blogger!

Letís see, I ended up taking the beginner French class I mentioned way back when and that coupled with a full load at work led to a very busy fall pour moi. The class met five days a week (I didnít realize that until it started!) and was immersion, so the teacher spoke only French. I learned a lot and LOVED it, but was very relieved when it was finished in early December. I started the next level class today, which is one month long and will again be five days a week, but this time for 2.5 hours a day! I hope I can manage it. Iím auditing, so it doesnít matter how I actually ďdoĒ in the class. My goal is to learn as much French as I can while I have the opportunity (and itís free).

My biggest news is that after roughly 20 years of thinking about adopting a pet, I finally did it! I brought home the sweet baby cat below on the Saturday before Christmas, named her Jubilee, and we spent the next 1.5 weeks cuddling and getting to know each other. Sheís about seven months old and is a total lovey snuggle bunny. She likes to curl up on my chest or in my lap and take lengthy snoozes. Sheís kind of like a dog Ė follows me around, comes running when I call her, likes to be in the same room with me (and on top of me, if possible, but thatís starting to change as she gets used to my house (our home!) and matures). I need to get her some better cat food. Does anyone have recommendations for some good natural brands? Also, Iím using a very basic litter box at the moment and wondering if I should invest in one of the newfangled kinds that turn and sift out the waste for easy removal. Any thoughts or are most people still old-school scoopers?

At the risk of sounding like the worldís cheapest person, Iíve always been a bit worried about the expense of owning a pet, but now that sweet Juby has settled into my life with her companionship and serious cuteness, I can see that any money spent on her will be a worthwhile investment! I know there are many people on this site who love their fur babies, so that was part of the inspiration of my choice. Thanks!

7 Responses to “Happy New Year and new furry friend”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Aww...a cutie! I use Arm&Hammer cat litter. And feed my cats Blue Buffalo brand food....must be caloric, they are gaining too much weight, but don't want me to feed them less. Something to look for on packaging if you can. Their fur is soft, soft, soft though.

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I tried one of those scooper things when they first came out. It didn't work real well. But maybe they have improved. I use fresh step litter and like it the best of any of the brands.

  3. baselle Says:

    OMG, how cute. Two words for you: litter genie. Its not a self cleaning litter box, but a takeoff on the diaper genie. Its a disposal pail with a lower and upper half, and it has a filter/bag unit over the top. You load the bag unit in, scoop yer stuff, let the stuff fall into the lower half. You close off lower half to abate the smell.

    When the lower half gets full, you pop open the halves, then tie off the bag of stuff. When tied off on both ends the bag doesn't smell and it is very sturdy so it is convenient to put into the garbage.

    $22 for the unit, $5 for the bag refill... which should last you several months. I got this 1 month ago and I'm still on my first bag unit.

    V.I. lives on Max Cat.

  4. PNW Mom Says:

    Congratulations! What a cutie! And kudos to you for adopting! I use Good Mews cat litter....it is not the clumping kind, as my cat sleeps with us, and he would drag the sand into the bed...yuck! This is more like pelletts. I use IAMS dry food (the kind for a most senior cat) and we use Authority for his wet food...only in the last few years did he get wet food...the reason is, he is hyperthyroid and has to take a pill and a half every day...I crush it into a few tablespoons of wet food....I am not into shoving a pill down his throat twice a day!

  5. patientsaver.com Says:

    Blue Buffalo is an excellent cat food. Iams dry food has corn meal as 2nd ingredient and also has by-products. Cats need meat and protein.

    One thing I would strongly urge you. Canned (wet) food is much better for a cat's health than dry. Here's an article explaining why:


  6. starfishy Says:

    thanks everyone for these comments and suggestions - i appreciate you taking the time to share your info!

  7. Jerry Says:

    I'll bet you learned a lot in an immersion French class (that had to lead to a bit of a surprise, although it does offer the most insurance of actually learning something...). Our daughter attends school in the foreign country where we live, and French is automatically part of the curriculum starting in grade three. She is so excited! Smile Congrats on the cat!

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