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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. 5th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
Even if my sister were inclined to throw me a party -which she isn't-, I think it would be extremely cheeky of me to give her only a few hours notice ;-)

I know Manasse's over-grooming must be stress-related (all the cat manuals say so), but the problem is working out what can be upsetting him. No child has left home to go to college, no furniture has been moved, the other two haven't changed in teir behaviour towards him...the only thing that has changed, is that I'm home a lot more - but he seems to enjoy that, judging from the number of times a day he jumps into my lap for a cuddlefest.

I was hoping I could avoid taking him to the vet's, though I suppose I'm left with no choice. It's just that it upsets them so...