This is Sophie; she is 3 yrs old July 4th, 2016; she is my crazy and smart cat. Very smart cat at that. She can be very noisy as well very shy. Sophe likes to really just hang out with me; she has never been outside. So that could be an adventure, but then again, she could be harmed in so many ways, so I do my best to keep her inside. When Sophie & I moved from her first home which we had a studio on the 3 rd floor, she became the window cat. Once I was settled, I would go to Chicago for 10 days to spend time with my family for the grandson’s birthdays and then again, for Christmas.
So needless to say when I returned even though was never alone she wasn’t with me so, I would just worry about her, but the tradition continues. We have also moved and are on the first floor where we share with a roommate. Our landlords and owners of the building lived upstairs for the past two years that I have lived here. The family of boys from teens, tweens and toddlers and a busy mom & dad had been excited that they were finally moving into their new home. Well, all this happened this past June -July. I went to spend time with my grandsons turning the Big 5 & my little peanut turning 3yrs.
Well when I came home on the 9th of July, it took her a while to figure out I was home, and then she has to be where I am just a lot closer. It’s a really nice homecoming usually last for a few weeks, then she goes back to her bratty self. She has never been around children or other cats. Living here she has been enjoying the outside activities, one side of the house is the pantry area where she will sit in the window for hours watching the little toddler with his mommy having play dates. When the older boys got home from school, they would be practicing their sports. Basketball was one, and she would sit in the bedroom window and watch the guys play basketball. I even got her this really nice window cat bed.
This is a two-story home Sophie, and I live on the first & the two cats that lived upstairs Birch and Clover. Clover being the Kitten, Birch likes to go her bowl to eat her food, which upsets her to no end, or he would go flop himself on the loveseat; Clover played & she loved that, so now and then we would leave the foyer open for the cats to play. or growl depending on the mood. I would still make my every 6-month trip & she would stay behind lots of food and water, but she wasn’t alone.
I am not going to make this a short story none of that to make a long story short. I also have two videos so get out the popcorn.
Her first review for The Pet Store through Amazon they sent her a box full of cat toy’s feathers, and more she then moved onto Newmans Own PetFood.
Newman’s Own Pet food is no longer in business at the moment. Then she became the OMG Mama, there are boxes outside, we take them and place them on the table; she would be all through the boxes as the opened, so she is most definitely the Photo Bomb Cat.
With Lugz boots I did a review for. She also makes sure all the food is safe to eat or drink. Sophie also to sit right on the keyboard like this is going to stop me from working.
So as I was saying I came home from my trip, and she was her usually going to just be in my face, But then after a few days she started staying to herself sitting in the window for hours wouldn’t leave that area, was eating and drinking her water. However, she remained in the window, and I started to worry what is wrong with Sophie. She started to growl and slap me. Treats her most favorite she could notcare less. Well, I started to wonder if she was depressed. Mom was gone for 10 days BUT now all the boys upstairs have moved and along with Birch and Clover. So to her just GONE no cats to play with no children to watch play mama is not here, and my roommate was also on off on his summer break from work.
I will tell you I go see my daughter twice a year for 10 days while Sophie stays home to mind the house after I taught her how to fix her own dinner and clean her box. (haha) My roommate looks after her as well as my LandLady who lived right upstairs until she moved.
So we have been living here for almost three yrs. in Dec 2017. Sophie is a strictly an INDOOR CAT. When I return home after 10 days, she followed me everywhere sits on my keyboard just happy, happy, happy!
Well this past trip I arrived home on the 9th of July so for the first few days she was all happy, for a few days then she would sit for hours and didn’t want to be held or touched. So I started to think she was depressed, so many changes on this trip, my landlords and their sons and two cats were gone and had moved to their new home. When they lived here Sophie enjoyed watching the older boys play basketball and when the kids were in the backyard, she would watch them play.
Aaron and his mommy outside playing on the Thomas train. Sophie is in the window watching. Even when I go outside she will follow me from room to room window to window.
About 4 months prior to this she started doing product reviews for the Chewy Company.
Catamazing Treats boxes she totally loved this game and will push the Catamazing treat box from room to room till all treats were gone. I didn’t want her to think treats were the main meal. I would take a scoop of her dry food and a few of her treats so this way I knew she was eating her cat food.
On August 1st Chewy wrote me and I had to tell them I didn’t think she would be able to do this month’s review and I explained to the Natalie The PR for Chewy. That Sophie has been very sad I honestly think all the changes that occurred in July.
So the very next day there is large box from Chewy on the porch and I was like, “Wow what do we have?” Natalie had sent Sophie a box full of toys and catnip a scratch post she helped me open the box she climbed in the box as when went through all the neat items which I video taped
After the was done she went back to sit in the window, So I turned to my friends on Facebook, who also cat owners, I just needed some advice of why she was acting like that. I was now seeing her constantly chewing and scratching herself, so I tried to sooth her pain and checked home remedies and asked friends. THEN I started getting bites on my feet. I thought they came from the basement where laundry is done. She would follow me downstairs all the time, but more so after the family moved from the second floor. It was also cooler in the basement, and she just loved going down and hanging out.
OMG Sophie is infested with fleas! I’m like how did this happen she has never been outdoors. I just turned to my friends again how do I get a cat in the sink without her killing me. So I took advice from my SIS in Kansas she suggested bathing her in Dawn. In the meantime, I am looking around for a mobile Pet groomer. There is nothing going to get her in a cat carrier with being sedated. I cannot even cut her nails. I knew for sure the other two cats had no fleas or ticks they both had been treated and both cats were always visiting and never had any fleas, so like where did they come from?
Well i finally got to the point where it was DO or Die as in ME dying. It was 2 am I was on the phone Long Distance to my BFF in NJ when I heard this crash in the kitchen, so being home alone I grabbed the handy bat solid oak and wandered out to the kitchen, My roomie keeps his food on top of the frig, and Sophie wanted to be on top of the frig. She loves Marshmallows. Which my roomie had a bag on top of the frig so everything was pushed off and she just started snacking on the marshmallows.
Well I cleaned out the kitchen sink, filled the sink with lukewarm water and Dawn with all my strength I put her in the water and help her in there and proceeded to talk to her and wash her, well she tried to escape and when I grabbed her back she dislocated my right thumb and hurt the right shoulder to boot. I finally got all the soap out and wrapped her in a towel and until she was somewhat dry.
After the bath, she appeared to be feeling better, but to no avail, the fleas stayed behind.
I tried using aloe gel and spray with lemon juice which I read will cause a bitter taste which will stop her from chewing. So I wrote to Natalie and explained what the problem was, she replied and the next day another box from chewy on the front porch. I was like OMG everything I could possibly use to rid her her from fleas. Chewy sent her some Organic Fleas to spray has a nice peppermint smell so I sprayed the carpet under the table a, box of Advantage II flea and tick drops that I applied right away to the back of her neck and this really nice comb to remove the dead fleas and eggs so we did this every day still combing her out now the comb comes out clean . I also learned the fleas travel to the back of the tail so she wasn’t letting anyone touch her tail, But she let me after the calming Treats called Composure she allowed me to comb out her tail and OMG tons of fleas. Now I can comb her all over without too much grief from her.
Within a few days, she was back to herself so much so that I thought maybe I should get her new fleas! HAHA! Yay just joking she is totally back to normal. The chewy company has been a wonderful company for Sophie to do product reviews. Natalie is just AWESOME and she really cares. Funny Newmans Own wrote me to ask me how Sophie was doing. So Sweet.
I want to thank everyone who sent me advice which I took so Thank You, Tammy, Stephany and my daughter Jillian.
Big THANK YOU to Natalie with the Chewy Company!
Disclosure: I did receive the product for free to try and am sharing my opinion with you. My opinion may differ from yours. See my disclosure statement for more info. I