Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stress and the Modern Housecat

I just got in from Florida, and, to be honest, I wasn't keen on writing a blog post. It's late here, and even later on the East Coast, and, at the risk of sounding like a bumper sticker, I'd rather be in bed.

However, it's Day Six of the 30 Day Blog-a-Thon going on NOW-now-now at your local Internet dealers! I'm pretty sure nobody would notice if I skipped a day, butper the endless "animals making surly comments" memesI feel like this frog (toad??) would be very unhappy if I did.

"I  managed to knit this cast cozy, even though I have a broken arm. And you can't even write
a stupid blog post? Or tell the difference between a frog and a toad? Are you one of those
"all amphibians look alike" people? Seriously, what is wrong with you?"

--This Frog (or possibly Toad, I'm not really sure)

Fortunately, I won't have to suffer the judgmental stares of any amphibians, thanks to my vet (okay, the cats' vet, although I kind of wish I could have a vet as Primary Care Physician, since they usually seem WAY more concerned about their patients than most human doctors...). In the mail pile, I noticed a card from the veterinary clinic saying that one of our cats, Francis, is "due for treatment" for some vague reason, possibly/probably involving the vet's desire to renovate her vacation home in St. Bart.
All this talk of midlife feline stress is causing Francis a lot of stress.
So much so that he''s considering buying a red convertible.

The best thing about the card was the following Petcare Tip: "As cats begin to age, they may start having trouble handling stress." 

Come to think of it, Francis has seemed a bit stressed lately with good reason.For one thing. the boss was breathing down his neck about the Dobson report. First quarter sales figures weren't up to projections, and then he lost the Johnson account. On top of it all, he's concerned that he's not getting enough niacin in his diet.
Francis is concerned about the growing volatility in the European Markets.
That, and having plenty of clean litter to poop in.
Then, the Petcare Tip section goes on to say, "If you're thinking about getting a new kitten, now is a good time."  WTF?! This reminded me of those endless software update messages you get from Microsoft and others. Basically, the vet is telling us to upgrade to Francis 2.0 already, even though Beta Version Francis is only seven which, in cat years, is barely even middle aged.

No wonder Francis is under so much stress...

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