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This isn't how I imagined it would be...

...not that I ever really did imagine it, but...

I'll be turning 50 in two days time. And like every other birthday I've had so far, it will come and go without any fuss. Mum phoned yesterday, to ask what I was planning on doing, and then invited herself round for coffee. I expect she'll bring me a card and a bunch of flowers; we'll sit and chat for an hour, and that'll be it.

I never really gave it much thought, but if someone had told me 25 years ago that my 50th birthday would be as uneventful as this, I would probably not have believed them. I would also probably not have believed that at 50, I would still be single (which I honestly don't mind), and unemployed (which I emphatically do). But...here we are.

Quick question: does anyone have any (home) remedies to recommend to stop a cat from overgrooming? I noticed the other day that Manasse has lost most of the fur on his abdomen; and no, he does not have fleas, or a flea allergy. I went to the pet shop but they just sold me a salve that he licked right off again...


Aug. 4th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I hope you and your Mum have a very nice chat while drinking coffee.

Other than wearing a cone - I have no idea how you'd get a cat to quit over grooming....
Aug. 5th, 2012 10:16 am (UTC)
A cone would definitely stop him from reaching his belly, but it would also freak him -and the other cats- out. The experts agree that over-grooming is already a sign of stress, so...I have thought of putting him in some sort of onesie, but again, I'm afraid that would make his stress levels soar through the roof.

Much as he hates it, I think I'll have to take him to the vet's -- as soon as I can screw up enough courage to pick him up and shove him in his travelling case.
Aug. 5th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Poor Kitty!! A tri to the vet is always so scary.