One Dog and Two Birds

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Feeding Frenzy May 28, 2007

Filed under: AMY,Cats,Dogs,Pets,Sephora — Bala @ 2:55 pm

It is no surprise that feeding 5 animals around the same time is a challenge. Especially when the cats compete to finish their food and go after the other food bowls. The one good thing was that though the cats had to be fed multiple times (4, to be exact) a day, the dogs were fed only twice. This made things a little less complicated. This is how I start: When I wake up in the morning, I first feed Sephora in my room, while Amy waits her turn. She at least knows not to go after another dog’s food, and that is very good. Then I go up, and feed Amy. Usually by the time Amy starts eating, Sephora is already there. She too doesn’t try to eat Amy’s food. I suppose there is more discipline among dogs than in the cat world.

By this time, Oreo is already circling my legs and meowing for food. I first feed him on the dining table. Then I make a dash to the bedroom and feed Snuffy. Scooter is usually on his bed these days, making it easy for me to pick him up and close the bedroom door. Then I call Amy, who usually hesitates to come near the bedroom. I cajole her to get to the door, past the hisses of Scooter, who at this point would like nothing better than to jump on Amy. Then I ask her to ‘Stay’ by the door and she usually does till I call her, unless Sephora decides to start playing. I do this so that Oreo does not try to get in to the bedroom.

I take Scooter into the office room and drop him on the chair. He likes to eat from a white sheet of paper. If I had not been paying attention to the dogs playing, Sephora has already shredded the piece of paper that Scooter ate his last meal from. And this is usually the case. After the search for a clean white paper, I give Scooter his meal and wait for him to eat. Scooter is like me: he doesn’t like to eat alone. So, I give him company, and keep watch at the same time for Oreo. Oreo always ends up opening the door, then it is the time to run around making sure he doesn’t get near Scooter’s food.

The only problem in this nice routine is if Amy leaves her post. I have to keep my ears alert for the sound of opening door. The moment Amy moves, Oreo makes it to the bedroom and heads straight for Snuffy’s food. Scooter will also leave the room if I leave and getting him back to eat the rest of his food is yet another issue. And Oreo knows that I make a mad dash to them too and attempts to grab how much ever he can. I cant help but wonder if, Oreo, as he sits by me, is making alternate plans for making it to one of the other food bowls, on the next feeding!


Pet Sitting May 27, 2007

Filed under: AMY,Cats,Dogs,Pets,Sephora — Bala @ 2:16 pm

I am currently pet sitting for my friends (C&R) for two weeks. They have one dog – Sephora (Amy’s best buddy) and three cats – Oreo, Scooter and Snuffy. Pet sitting is not new to me. I have taken care of two dogs and a cat for one of my other friends before. I did not think twice about offering to pet sit for C&R, especially when I knew Amy loves to play with Sephora. I had left Amy with C&R when I went to Kansas a couple of weeks back, and was excited to return the favor.

Day 1

C&R had warned me that the cats like to sneak out of the house and might be hard to get them back in, when two dogs are running around like crazy. I thought I was being cautious till the first morning, when I woke up to feed the cats and could find only two of them. I started doubting my cautiousness and tried playing all possible scenarios when Scooter might have taken off. So, I walked around the house calling for him, put the dogs inside the house and called some more. I had to go to work that morning and was getting anxious of being late.

I fed the other two cats first. I feed Oreo on the dining table and Snuffy in the bedroom. Oreo likes to finish his food fast and go after the other cat’s food. So, stood guard while they finished eating, and called for scooter some more. I tried shaking the food bin to let him know its feeding time. Nothing happened. I was beginning to panic at this point. Then I thought I will leave the door open for a while to see if he walks in. First, I had to lock the dogs in my room. Second, I wanted to lock the other two cats in the bedroom. The issue with that is, Oreo can open doors! He simply jumps on the handle and push it down, opening the door. I wonder how he learned that.

Anyway, I wanted to make sure that both the cats were in the bedroom before closing the door and leaving a chair as the not-possible-to-open-by-cat mechanism. On my rounds, I wanted to make sure that Snuffy was under the bed and dropped to my knees. To my surprise and relief, there was Scooter! I guess he simply was not sure what to do when a stranger was calling to feed him and hid under the bed. Then started the begging, cajoling, tempting with food, other antics to get him to come out from under the bed. To put it simply, nothing worked. I even tried climbing under the bed myself, and Scooter was definitely not happy about it. Finally, after about 20 minutes, I gave up and went to work, feeling bad that the cat is going to be hungry. At least I didn’t have to call up my friends and report a missing cat!