Friday, August 17, 2018

Feline Friday – Tilly the Cat (AKA Our Brat)


Shaved, Tilly's Fur is Like Velvet

This old girl has taken to periodically crying at the top of her lungs until her favorite human (my SO) takes to the couch. Alternately, she will scratch the wall for a nails on chalkboard sound or make low, maddening vocalizations like an evil metronome.

If he closes her out of his office she’ll claw the door, all the while screaming louder. We struggle off and on all day trying to appease and quiet her. Feeding her helps for a time, though not always. We can only hope the satisfaction of a little canned cat food will put her to sleep for a while.

I’ve suggested placing a cat bed on a corner of SO’s desk. He counters that she can’t get up and down on her own. ~sigh~ It’s frustrating, especially when we are trying to talk, make a phone call, or just plain concentrate.

Some days I pick her up and walk around the house so she can sniff things above her reach and look out the windows from my arms. This seldom quiets her for longer than she wants to be held.

Sad to say, sometimes we resort to shouting. I honestly think she likes the negative attention like the proverbial middle child, which she sort of was before Luna passed away. When her actions become too much, we might flat out leave the house for a while. I’ve spent many hours hiding out at a favorite market’s mezzanine with my laptop.

The other morning Tilly surprised me by joining me where I usually sit in the evenings. She loved on my for a few minutes with head bumps and paw pats, then went to sleep (!) on her favorite lap blanket sans preferred human. That cat stayed there, silent, for several hours while I wrote and listened to music, even staying put when I got up for this or that.

Thinking perhaps my odd writing spot might mollify her the next day, I set up my lap desk there once again. The photo at top was taken when she first jumped up. Check out how she settled in.

Look at that Belly and Little Tan Chin Mark
Peace at last! What a relief.

Sweet Dreams, Kitty
As a bonus, Jezebel got behind me. That was pretty sweet.

Jezebel Hanging Out
Do you think she’s just spoiled or, as SO suggests, perhaps going senile?



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26 comments:

  1. Tilly was sure trying to tell you want she wants. Our Sister Dolly is loud like that but she wants brushing, all the time!

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    1. Interesting! Tilly hates being brushed and grooming herself, hence the shaved coat. Be well!

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  2. Haha1 they do have a way of getting their own way heheh! nice post and cute pics :-)

    Have a brattastic weekend and thanks for backfflipping by :-)

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  3. NOT spoiled, NOT senile butt a PAWFECT PRINCESS
    Hiya Princess Tilly, I'm VERY pleased to meet you. You're doing a pawsome job training your Peeps
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  4. I've never had a noisy cat, so I've no answers here. I would be pulling my hair out too to find some peace. No medical issues? That would be my first stop.

    Thanks for joining Feline Friday. Most appreciated.

    Have a purrfect day and weekend. Big hug. ♥

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    1. She has thyroid issues, but gets her twice daily medication. I'll be taking her in a few weeks to get that checked. Thanks for the suggestion and kind word. Hugs back!

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  5. Well, she certainly isn't meek about going after what she wants.

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  6. Honestly, I'd take her for a vet check-up. It may be her way of expressing pain. Since it's new behavior, I'd look into something physical bothering her. She may be telling you something important.

    Being with you, being on your lap, may comfort her. Like a sick or injured child feeling better just being held. Your body warmth may be a factor, even just carrying her around.

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    1. I really appreciate your kindness and concern. ~hugs~ I am happy to say this is not new. The behavior has been building for years. But, that said, I still plan to make an appointment soon. Be well!

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog! Here's hoping that Tilly's antics settle down.

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    1. I enjoyed your blog. ~grin~ Thank you for the kind word!

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  8. Cats and dogs are meant to be spoiled. We can't ruin our children. :-)

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    1. We're blessed to have the opportunity. ~grin~ Be well!

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  9. I once had a very elderly tortie (23 yo) who was the same. The constant yelling does get exasperating and I used to go for a walk around the fields to get some peace. Our vet said it was similar to dementia in humans.

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  10. Sounds like she either wants attention or just wants to make sure there is someone around. Could she be deaf?? Anyway, she is such a cute kitty. Have a super day.

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    1. Her hearing seems fine. She perks up her ears whenever we say her name even when out of sight. Thank you for the kind word. I hope you're having a great day, too!

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  11. As she gets older, it sounds like she is getting more demanding. She may be frustrated that she cannot continue to do what she used to. Some cats take the limitations of getting older in stride, others fight back with every means they can think of.

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    1. Thanks for the interesting comment. Food for thought. In a weird way, she seems happy as ever if not more so. ~shakes head~ It's as if she enjoys being obnoxious. Heh...

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  12. Awww...they are beautiful. Have you had her thyroid checked? It is common in elderly cats , I have 5 on meds for hyperthyroid and a symptom is excessive vocalization.

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    1. She's been vocal for many years and also is taking thyroid medication. We're scheduling a recheck, due anyway before they prescribe another bottle. Thank you, my dear!

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  13. Has her thyroid function been checked? Cats get quite vocal with hyperthyroidism.

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    1. Thanks! She does have hyperthyroidism, and is due for another checkup. She's been on medication for a few years. Maybe we need to up the dosage. I'll find out after her appointment on August 29th. Be well, my dear.

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