The joy of being a cat owner. Female orange tabby kitten

The joy of being a cat owner. Female orange tabby kitten

The joy of being a cat owner. Female orange tabby kitten

ceramic pet dishes from Spain

The joy of being a cat owner. Female orange tabby kitten

The joy of being a cat owner. Female orange tabby kitten

The joy of being a cat owner. Female orange tabby kitten

Ahhh, the joy of being a cat owner. I follow dozens of bloggers and have watched them get engaged, get married and have babies. Along the way they blog and give “big moments in life” updates as they go. I love keeping in touch with their lives this way. I feel like I get a little sneak peek into their daily routine. Seems fair that you get a 6 month update on Ruby Lou. Does that make me a crazy cat lady?

If you have been with me a while you know that Pete and I adopted two orange tabby kittens as our Valentines Day gift to each other. The full adoption story is here on the blog. I later gave you an update that we had to say goodbye to Ralph as he had contracted FIP which is fatal in cats (blog post with details here). Because the virus is contagious in cats, we have been keeping a close eye on Ruby Lou. The vet has checked her and seems to think that she is fine. She is now 6 months old and such a joy! There is not a day that goes by that I don’t laugh hysterically at her shenanigans. Sometimes I capture them on Instagram Stories.

Ruby Lou 6 month update

Ruby Lou snuggles! She likes to be close to you when you are sitting in a chair or reading in bed. And purr – loudly!

She would love to go outside. When Sparky and Max go outside in the back yard, Ruby Lou runs to the door. She looks out the glass door and meows at them. She is an indoor-only cat so she waits patiently for them to come back in.

Sneak attack: Her favorite thing to do is to sit on one of the kitchen table chairs (it’s pushed in so we can’t see her) and paw at anyone’s legs who is sitting at the kitchen table. This of course is a complete shock to anyone eating at the dinner table. You will hear a family member shriek occasionally!

If I am working at my desk, she wants me to scoot forward on my chair so that she can lay behind me on my seat as I work. I will reach behind me to pet her and she instantly purrs. If I stop petting her, she swats my back for more attention.

Sparky and Max are BFFs but Ruby Lou has injected herself into their inner circle. She is an instigator and surprise attacks the dogs all the time. This often shocks them and they just look at me with the expression of “when is she leaving”?

She is perfectly healthy and at her last vet check up and booster shot, we tried cat caps. Since we are not declawing her, we are trying to prevent her from tearing up our furniture. These are like fake nails that are applied to their claws to “cap” over and prevent them from damaging anything. They usually last a month. Ruby Lou had them off in 2 weeks. So much for that!

She knows her name. If you call her from anywhere in the house, she will come running.

You can set your watch by our animals hunger pains. Our pets want to eat breakfast at 7:00 AM and dinner at 6:00 PM. If you don’t drop everything and prepare their meals, they will let you know. Sometimes they start circling me like sharks at 5:30 PM!

Ruby Lou likes to play fetch. Her favorite way to play is if you wad up a piece of aluminum foil into a small ball. She will retrieve it and want you to throw it again. And again. And again…

Her favorite look-out spot is the back of the sofa in the family room. From there she sees the back yard, pool, birds and the dogs when they are outside.


I don’t know what we would do without her. Or the dogs. Pets are such a big part of our lives. If you are wondering what happens to them when we travel, we are fortunate that P.J. stays at our house to watch them and housesit. I try to keep them in their routine as much as possible. Does all of this make me a crazy cat lady?

Do you have pets? Please share a story with me in the comments today. xoxo – Tanya

P.S. I ordered these ceramic bowls for her from ETSY. They are custom made and come from Seville, Spain. Heads up if you order them: they take a while. Also, this is her placemat.

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photo: Audrie Dollins and iPhone

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