Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Kitty Summer Camp

So, as many of you already know, since we are about to add 2 members to our already no-so-large house, Maggie has gone to live my folks for a while in Dallas at what we affectionately refer to as "Kitty Summer Camp." We call it this for a couple of reasons: 1) there's lots of fun stuff to do there and 2) it helps this hormonal woman let go since she's just at summer camp (we won't talk about the tears I shed when we left...) But, in case you were wondering how she is doing (I get almost daily updates) here you go:

1) She is never bored anymore with her cousin Harley around! Overall they get along as well as any two cats can, but every day there is at least one skirmish with growling and swatting. Harley unfortunately takes the brunt of this - but don't feel too sad for him. He stalks her around the house, then chases her, forcing her to swat him on the nose. Since a recent nail-trimming, there hasn't been any more blood, but Harley lost a lot of hair in the bathroom the other day...

2) Maggie gets daily treats! I guess we would have to call the Jennings' house boot-camp, with its dry-food-only regimen, but at the Neiman house, each day is highlighted with a bit of canned cat food, perhaps some salmon, kitty grass or other fun epicureal delight. This tends to be when the cats get along best, unless one is slow to come and gets his food eaten by the other! Don't worry about Maggie's weight either, because all that exercise (see above) is keeping her slim.

3) She gets lots of great hunting and entertainment opportunities! Two stories worth of windows with mature trees, birds and squirrels seem to satisfy Maggie's great need for hunting. She also has trained her grandpa how to play "fish" with her on the staircase. Somtimes Harley watches, but mostly he is just hunting her!

We are very excited for our two new arrivals this fall, but we sure do miss having our Maggie around! Thanks mom and dad for taking such good care of our kitty!

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