• Pets

    Caturday: Meet Cyrus

    by This is Cyrus.   He’s a rescue cat, retrieved from behind a pizza place a municipality or so to the east of us. When we brought him home, he looked like this: After a few months of free feeding, he looked like this: But at least he’d stopped dumpster diving in the kitchen. When I was watching. We took steps and started to moderate his caloric intake. Not starving him, but no longer making sure the bowl was always full. These days, he’s much more cat shaped. He’s the most aggressively affectionate cat I’ve ever know, forcing himself into your lap and up into your face if you’re not paying…

  • Life,  Pets

    The Family Grows

    by You might remember that last year, we lost both of our ancient cats and less than three months apart. If you don’t, I blogged about it here and here. The OSPCA had an adoptathon in July where they farm out rescue animals to pet stores and reduce adoption fees in hopes of greater exposure. I think it works. On a trip into the local pet store for crickets (my son has a Leopard Gecko), a scrawny long-haired grey tabby got my youngest daughter’s attention. He’d spent at least one winter as a stray and his weight showed it. His coat also showed it. A rough time in the wilds,…