This week was a bit of a challenge. There was a lot of scheduling mess to clean up at work, which meant I had a random day off here and there but no rest. Milo came down with what seemed like colitis - he is a very high-strung fellow (like me!) so sometimes his organs get inflamed and sore. A cat doesn't know why his belly hurts so much, so naturally, he becomes afraid to eat anything in case we are poisoning him I guess??
He refused to eat for two days.
He was up for snuggles and attention, but if I introduced a bit of food into our space he would immediately stop purring and turn his back on us. I'm no cat psychologist, but it seemed that he was just being a jerk at that point.
I went out and got some cat "junk food" - his favourite crunchy treats, a can of Fancy Feast, some weird chicken "rope" thingies... For about 7 seconds it seemed like he might stay on the couch as I shook the treat bag, but he was unable to resist. Perhaps just getting anything into his stomach made him feel just better enough to try eating meals again. To start taking his heart medication again.
I've never had an aging indoor cat before. My parents' cats were all forced outdoors so when they got sick or injured they simply... disappeared. I don't know how to deal with declining felines. I don't know how to decide whether it's time to begin his traumatic end, or if he's just a day away from bouncing back. What if we're wrong?
On a lighter note, I applied to the local little art hub to put my artwork on display next year. I got a phone call the other day and learned that an artist dropped their half of a joint show this November and I was invited to fill the gap! It's not like I would say no! It does mean having a lot less notice and time to finish enough paintings. It does mean showing during a dark, wintery kind of month. It also means I can't just book that week off for vacation and that I will be at the mercy of my workplace's general scheduling disasters.
BUT HEY, LET'S DO THIS.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?