Friday, June 16, 2006

Deeper wisdom

I am very pleased to report that the Brat appears to be mending. He remained in his ceiling for about 16 hours yesterday; Pretty Lady greatly feared that he planned to die up there, and that she would be forced to appeal to her landlord for some assistance in removing him. Which would have been the nightmare to end all nightmares.

But lo! When she returned from hearing Maceo Parker in the Park (here I must pause to say how sad I am that Hip-Hop won out, culturally speaking, over Funk. There was a time, back in the early 90's, when they were neck and neck; Pretty Lady once saved a friend's girlfriend from getting trampled at a Fishbone concert, having gained a certain strength of arm and stability of balance after years of practicing in mosh pits. Funk, in Pretty Lady's opinion, has it all over Hip-Hop in terms of depth, musicality, and emotional affect. Listen:

There's another cry of murder
Policeman shoot down baby brother
Shot him, shot him down in the street
Did they know the mother's grief?

Were they sure they got the right one?
And did they know it was her only son?
The fact that these lyrics are sung in two-part harmony to a cheery, danceable melody only increases their effectiveness as instruments of social cross-communication, in Pretty Lady's view. When listening to Fishbone, Pretty Lady is inclined to prance, stomp, and ruminate upon the struggle of the individual for dignity and freedom. She does not feel annoyed, she does not feel guilty, she does not feel like a crowd of gangbangers is about to come into her studio and gangbang her. Plus she is very fond of bass and trumpets, particularly when the band members are all wearing snazzy suits.

She managed to acquire a moderate anthropological appreciation for Hip-Hop, after a few remedial dance classes and years of waiting for it to go away, but Funk, in her opinion, is Where It's At.)

Ahem. So when Pretty Lady returned home, bearing a DVD of 'The White Countess' and a pork burrito, the Brat was waiting cheerily for his supper. In her delight she fed him a can of solid light albacore tuna, hang the expense. Later that night, he resumed his nightly ritual of accompanying her to the loft, purring fiercely and requesting Reiki. She noted that his joy at communion with his horizontal patroness appeared to be more forcefully expressed than usual; he has never been one for extended displays of affection, but there was a depth and throatiness to his communications that had never been there before.

This morning, his relative cheer continues unabated. He still makes the occasional superfluous trip to the litter box or the flower pot, but thankfully his attentions to the couch have ceased. He has a look of superior knowingness on his face, as well. "I know what it is to Suffer," you can see him thinking. "I have Transcended. I am Wise. I Appreciate the Breeze on my Cheeks."

Pretty Lady's ad hoc diagnosis is that he passed a kidney stone. If anyone has any suggestions for palatable homeopathic feline diets that prevent kidney stones from forming, she is all ears.

13 comments:

Morgan said...

Well thank goodness. Try this link, which has great (and affordable) dietary suggestions for kitties prone to kidney stones.

http://www.wellvet.com/struvitestonediet.html

We have used this with our older cats with great success.

prettylady said...

Thank you for the link! It sounds rather like what a friend of mine was feeding her antique cat after a tumor removal.

This looks rather complicated and time-consuming, however. Do you make up a batch in advance, or do you cook the cats a meal every day?

Morgan said...

What I always did was precook the meat and freeze it in ice cube trays. I'd thaw a few cubes for the cat's meal and add the "varied" ingredients and supplements seperately. I'd try to cook a batch of whatever the cat needed as our dinner so I wouldn't be cooking cat meals separately. So if I were adding squash, for instance, I'd cook sqush for dinner. After that was mixed, I'd add the supplements.
For finicky cats, I'd grind up and add a little catnip. I don't know if Alpha and Brat like catnip, but our cats love it and will even eat it.
I hope this helps your little guy. I'm sure you must be relieved that he's feeling better.

Morgan said...

You'll note that the Web site instructions do say to cook it right before serving, but I haven't had problem using pre-cooked meat and adding the other ingredients fresh.
These things can be tweaked for convenience.

prettylady said...

That sounds do-able. I will start with one batch, and alternate it with the 'holistic' canned cat food they're already getting.

And there will be no problem getting them to eat catnip. I wish I'd thought of that sooner. Herb seasoning!

dlkjdfsa said...

I feel a little weird being jealous of a cat but I guess a cat the has reached nirvana deserves such wonderful treatment.

mitzibel said...

Easy on the albacore--for some reason, they say it's higher in mercury than the regular cheap kind.
We once fed our brood of 30 cats for well over a month on pressure-cooked catfish(makes the bones soft and edible)--my dad snagged one that weighed nearly 40 pounds.

prettylady said...

Rabbitslayer, if you have not achieved Wisdom after all the suffering you have endured recently, I fear there is no hope for you. But if it will make you feel any better I will send you a shipment of mashed-up sweet potatoes, ground turkey and squash, seasoned with olive oil, holistic vitamins and catnip. As soon as you have an address. :-)

dlkjdfsa said...

If you throw in a side of you and make that human-nip instead of catnip, I would be in heaven. ;)

heidi said...

I am glad to hear the Brat is on the mend. My kitty is 11 and I'm looking at having to make some changes for her. I never would have believed I'd play nursemaid to a cat.

But she's my girl. :)

rlh said...

Well, I am glad he is better. But I still would have put him in the ground. Last thing I need would be a sick animal.

But then I am cruel after all. Maybe I would save myself the money and just skip the putting to sleep step and just bury him.

Have a nice life Pretty Lady. I was a pleasure to meet you.

I am sure I won't forget someone with your attitude towards life. Weird, but refreshing at the sametime.

prettylady said...

Heidi, I love your new avatar!

Rlh, are you planning to go bury yourself? Please don't. We have all become quite fond of abusing you. ;-)

heidi said...

Why, thank you! :)