Get That Mouse!
Posted by terrepruitt on October 22, 2015
It has been a little over two months since our cats have been out of confinement. You may have read that we adopted cats in July. Within a week of bringing them home I suspected ringworm, so they were locked in a room until the cultures came back. When the culture came back positive nine days later we had 30 days of pills and confinement ahead of us. Near the end of the round of medicine my husband and I were not sure we could make it. Only because by that 38th day the cats seem to be giving up. They were done with being in one room and they were done with having pills jammed down their throats. We all were done. So when they were cleared to come out we were all happy. So it has been three days over two months and they are still getting used to things. They are just beginning to really run the house, as cats do. Smokey, the black one, does not seem to like her picture taken. As soon as I point my phone at her she turns away. She will stay for a couple of shots, but after a minute she will just get up and walk away or move away. Emmy, the tortoiseshell, is a little bit more tolerant, but not much. Smokey is also very difficult to capture because of her coloring. She is pretty dark. I think of her as all black, but in the sun today she seemed to have a lot of red/chocolate in her. The sun was very bright and I could barely see what I was getting as I was just clicking and clicking. I am surprised at these shots. I thought they were nice so I wanted to share.
Of course, I took more than I have posted, but it is kind of a series of photos, so that is why I have posted so many. You can see how they are both looking at the mouse. Then Emmy looks at me. I have several of these. As I mentioned, I couldn’t really see what I was getting, I was just pressing the button. Smokey’s attention never waivers. Then you see she gets low . . .then she gets a little lower, then . . .a little pounce.
When they were brought into the shelter they weighed in at 9.8 pounds and 8.8 pounds. At the last vet check they came in at 7.44 pounds and 5.5 pounds. Using the hold ’em and weight method, Smokey is back up to 9.8. And Emmy is at 7 pounds. They are much happier and eating better. Plus they have a lot more room to run around. And boy, do they run around. They tear through the house at top speeds. I wish we had something to clock them. They get going so fast!
They are very fun. They want to play a lot. So I am constantly being interrupted to play. They are very good mousers. Smokey is very good at knowing where the mouse will be and she can catch it without having to move a lot. She has slowed down a little bit with having gone from 7.4 pounds to 9.8. Esmeralda is a flier. She is always in the air. All four paws either in a long jump or in a really high pounce. It is amazing. They both would be great hunters.
After she got it, she had to roll around with it as cats do. Her trophy. Emmy looks unimpressed!
Show me pictures of your pet! Either e-mail them to me so I can post them, or post a link so we can see them. It is fun to share pictures of our furry family members!