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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Non-Sleep Activity

A friend of mine recently asked me how Cambridge was doing with the packing and general upheaval of her environment (a.k.a. our apartment) and I said she was doing fine. Because she was doing fine. No problems adjusting to the boxes being dragged in from the basement every day and no problems with the familiar things disappearing into those boxes every day. She has had no problems whatsoever. Not until this past weekend. You see, we had an incident. And, no, I'm not talking about stolen mail or a stolen gas grill (although both of these things happened to us last week - I'm kinda glad to be leaving Chicago, people!) I'm talking about something that happened in the bedroom. Something that happened when Huz and I were on the bed and, no, we weren't sleeping.

Now that I've got your attention...

While Huz and I were not sleeping on the bed, Cambridge jumped up to see what was going on, which is totally normal. She usually finds out if we're napping or getting it on and then promptly leaves us alone, but this time she got hyper and was digging around in the sheets. All of a sudden I felt warm liquid on my arm. (Now, don't be sick. It wasn't Huz. He may miss the toilet bowl on occasion, but this one he's got down.) I looked over to see what the hell happened only to discover that Cambridge had peed on the bed and on my arm. DURING LOVE MAKING! Way to ruin the moment, cat! GROSS! Needless to say, no more non-sleeping action ensued that day. Instead, cat was yelled at, sheets were swept off the mattress and washed.

When we adopted her last September, the paperwork on her said that her current owner gave her up because she "occasionally wet the bed," which we thought was total bullshit because in almost one year of owning her, several visits to the vet, and one major surgery, she has never had an accident. But I guess all animals have their stress point. We've decided to confine her to one room which is pretty much intact (the living room) in an attempt to give her a stable environment. I also went out and bought some behavior modification spray (Feliway) that was thirty stinkin' bucks, but is supposed to really help calm cats down and stop any kind of spraying caused by stress. So far, so good.

Word to the wise: when non-sleep activity occurs, shut the bedroom door.

Posted by Bird On A Line @ 3:47 PM

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