I wanted to update you on the beautiful Moosie. I do believe she has a home for Christmas… one she chose. Here.
I recently had to take her to the vet for a thyroid checkup. I put her, in the carrier, on the sofa in our front parlor while I put on my coat. Three of our cats came to check her out, and her reaction was curiosity, not fear (although she was plenty peeved at me for having stuffed her into the carrier).
When I got her home and back to her safe room, she protested, and the next day she walked right out of the room when it was mealtime. Her downstairs neighbor walked into that room, and Moosie followed us upstairs, and she has remained upstairs since.
It hasn’t been without drama, but thankfully it has been without trauma (at least without visible bloodshed). We know she has to figure out her status, but she is in no way the cowardly bullied girl we were told she was. In fact, she’s done a little bit of bullying of her own. But she’s beginning to fit in, and she even manages to make our resident bully, Buster, cower just a little. Our resident boss cat, a tiny girl named Magali, has some respect for her – possibly because Moosie is at least three times her size!
We believe almost all of her high stress and anxiety were a reflection of her previous mommy, my late sister-in-law’s, emotional condition. She was a bit of a recluse, and with her medical anxiety no doubt feeling a lot of stress. Moosie mirrored all of that. When my husband & I are sitting peacefully watching tv and talking with each other, Moosie is happy to be part of the family. We were told she hid a lot previously – we believe that’s just her preference for a dark place to sleep. She still prefers going under a bed to sleep. The vet told me that Moosie had been so stressed when Jeanne took her to the vet that she was mouth breathing. Moosie was cool as a cucumber for me. She did cry in the car, but to me that’s normal. I’ve had many cats in my life and only one of them was happy going for a ride in the car, and he was an extraordinary cat in many ways.
Our biggest problem right now is feeding. Moosie needs a low-carb diet, but she insists on checking out the food the other cats are eating. Thankfully she hasn’t had the diarrhea she experienced before. Unfortunately, the other cats want to check out what she is eating too – and none of them need thyroid medication. We are strongly considering taking her to RadioCat, where we’ve had two previous lady cats treated successfully.
I thank you for your many efforts on behalf of Team Moosie. I do believe the girl has made her decision clear to us. Wish us luck!