Today is my beautiful child's birthday....and by child I mean my kitty Cinnamon Spice. Today she turned five and I just can't wrap my head around it. For Five whole years I have had her in my life. For five whole years she has been cuddling on me and has given me love. For Five years she has been a constant thread in my life. It's crazy when I see where she came from to where she is now. I am just so happy to have her and I feel so lucky that she loves me as much as I love her. Not all cats are super cuddly or lovey so to me it is quite a treat to have that in my life.
Ah, don’t you love the sound of the cat alarm going off in the wee early morning? No? You don’t have a cat? Weird cause I do. I have two of them to be accurate. One is my dad’s and the other is my little princess. Both of them like to wake you up in different ways. Spice likes to sit and wait for you while you sleep but around eight she gets tired of waiting and will walk on you to try and get you to move. If you don’t move she starts to try and climb your furniture and knock into things making it sound like there is a tornado in your room.
Then there is Midnight who not only will walk all over you to try and get you up but he also will try and open doors that he is not allowed to open. Of course they aren’t just any doors, they are the loudest doors in the world. He will try and try and try to get them open and each time you pop up to tell him no he walks away for a few seconds to only turn right back around and try again. Really it is quite annoying.
Of course if his door alarm doesn’t work he then decides that singing to his people is the next best thing. Spice does this two and with the two of them combined it is like an opera is going on but one that only cats can understand. To you it sounds like they are dying and they need to scream out to the world that they are being abused because their food isn’t out exactly at a certain time.
Finally you get up and make your way out to the food bowl, pour some food in the dish and they eat all happy and silent. So of course you walk away at peace with yourself. They have finally shut up....that is...until they can see the bottom of the food bowl in which they start up again because now the world is ending. They can see the bottom of the food bowl so they must chant away until you refill it.
The life of a cat is so difficult, wouldn’t you say?
One of the things that Spice and I have worked on over time is her ability to listen and take some kind of command. As someone who is getting ready to travel the United States with my cat I want her to be ready for almost anything. So one of the things we do at home is off leash training. At home we have an area where it is enclosed. This is a good place for me to let her off leash and to let her have some free exploring time. Personally I think it is nice to have those moments and it really does help when it comes to giving both us not only space but also time to explore on our own.
When I take Spice outside it is usually when I need to my artwork. I do it on the table in the back and its right in the center. This way I have a full view and can watch her at all times while I also stay shaded and can work in peace. Once I get to a point in a piece where I need to let it dry fora certain amount of time I take off my gloves and go to Spice. I usually pet her, give her some loving nad tell her shes a good girl. Then I walk around the area and call her name out until she catches on and follows me.
I do two loops around so that we can exercise not only her but also the ability to come when called. This gives her a chance to understand what is going on but to do it in a safe place. Sometimes she meows at me while she walks and other times she just follows along as I walk around.
The more I have exercised this the more she has gotten used to being off leash and the more excited she becomes about going outside and exploring. Every time we get a chance to go outdoors together it gives her some sunshine and me a time to work on my art. Really it is a win, win situation and I Really do enjoy those moments together.
My adventure kitty is getting more and more adventurous as time goes on.
So Spice's Birthday is today. This wonderful little cat of mine has turned four, which is about the age of 32 in human years. That’s crazy to me and I can't really say that I totally believe the chart I’m looking at but that’s what it says.
For those of you that have been here a while you all know little things about Spice but for those of you that don’t I will go ahead and give you some information.
I got Spice as my 18th birthday gift. She came from a house that was filled with cats and she belonged to one of three litters at the time. She was very much loved and the owners had a hard time letting go of her. She was so adorable and really she was one of the cats that they wanted to keep around. See the people that had her had issues with getting their cats fixed since they 1)had so many animals and 2) not enough money to go to the vet and make sure that all the kittens got fixed at once. Not only that but the house was filled with fleas and so every time I went there I felt like I had left with a nest on my skin. It was not a fun time but I kept going back because Spice kept coming up to me and loving on me.
After about two weeks of consistently going back to the house and spending time with them they decided to go ahead and let me take her. They were upset but they knew that Spice had made her decision so they went ahead and gave me the ok to take her.
When I took her out of the house she was so scared that she was shaking. I cleaned her off in a tub and had her wrapped in a towel. For the drive home I had her in my lap and against my chest. The entire time she was staring up at me and giving me those half closed eye look. I knew that this little kitten had taken my heart.
From then on I knew that I was going to love her for her entire life. I had no idea what would come with this crazy feline but I knew that I would give her all the love.
Now fast forward to three years later and this little kitty is celebrating another birthday with me. Once I get back from work, the gym, and the bar I will be throwing her a cat nip party and taking tons of photos. I can't wait to share them with you all.
Happy 4th Birthday Spice!
Spice has adapted pretty well to being outside. She now can explore without much trouble and walks right out the door. For the most part the harness doesn’t bother her and she seems to really enjoy getting some fresh air. Of course I’m sure that me being with her is part of the reason that she feels comfortable. When we go outside it usually is because I want to make an art piece so when I do I take her with me and let her explore the area. I let her have an along enough line that she can choose to being the sun or the shade and so that she is still within distance of me. I am always within her sights and she is always within mine.
Once the art piece is done and I feel good about what I did I then let her walk around the area with me and smell the area. While doing that she takes her time and walks slowly beside me. She’s taking in all the sights and sounds and I know that it is a time where I have to be aware of her stress levels and how I react to what she does. Honestly tis quite the task but I enjoy watching her discover the land.
She doesn’t call as much to me but she does rub up on me when she needs some reassurance and its nice to see her adapting to this new life. At the end of the month were going to be heading out for a week of exploring and of course we will have most time to spend to hike and for her see new places. Truly I am excited to get away from home and to have some new scenery and I’m sure that it will be fun for Spice as well.
Of course there will be all kinds of videos and photos to follow and I can’t wait to share them with you guys. You will get to see more of her cuteness and progress we make our way to the ultimate dream.
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