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2009-04-27 - 10:49 a.m.

It's Monday morning, and here's your Laila update:

During the first part of her convalescence, I had been putting her in the bathroom with a litter box and food and water. Since she's been healing so well, this weekend I started letting her stay in the living room/kitchen. I closed off my bedroom so she wouldn't be tempted to go under my bed. I also closed off the bathroom - I didn't want her trying to jump into the tub.

Well, she and Solange have managed not to kill each other. Laila continues to have litter box trouble, but that's expected. Actually, there's some good news on that front. Laila had been using the litter box only twice a day, so the amount of waste was fairly substantial. Now, she's going more frequently and emitting less. There's still messes to clean up, but that's okay.

As Brin previously reported, Laila has learned how to climb into my armchair and back down again. This morning, she tried - and failed, to climb onto one of the chairs at the table. She'll get her go back very soon.


Also since Saturday, I've started sleeping on the floor in the living room.

It's not that bad. I do have one of those inflatable mattresses (like an Aero Bed - you all have seen the commercials), but I'm concerned about Laila hauling herself onto it. She'd most likely use her claws, and that would be a Bad Thing.

The mattress did come with a patch kit, but why risk it?


Yesterday, there was an encouraging sign in the cat detente.

Solange came up and gave Laila one of those sideways head-butts. You know, when two cats walk together and one rubs his cheek into the other one's cheek? Yeah, like that.

I'm taking that as a good sign. They still wrestle a little, but I'm very hopeful Laila will stay.


The donations have topped the $1000 mark, in less than two weeks. I am honored and humbled and so grateful beyond words. Thank you all.

If you would like to contribute, please click on the button to the left. Any amount would be wonderful; as Brin said, "It doesn't have to be a lot, honest it doesn't. As you can see, the notalots have really added up."

Indeed they have.


I spoke way back here about a recall being issued on my car.

Well, I had called that day and found out that, although the recall had been issued (to repair an oil leak that might cause a fire), the dealership had no repair instructions yet. They told me to call back the next week.

I finally did that last Friday. They have the repair instructions, so I'll be going to take care of that Thursday morning, bright and early. They also told me that there have been no reports of any fires caused by this problem.

Let's keep it that way, shall we?


So the plan continues to be as follows:

Laila goes to the vet on Wednesday to get the cast off and the stitches out. She'll be boarded there for a couple days during her "restricted movement" phase. While she's gone, I'll be doing some clean up and taking care of the car.

Friday she comes home. And the Cat Relationship goes to a new level.


Okay. I have things to do before work.

Be seeing you.


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