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The Cloud Roads
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Links and Bella

It finally did rain yesterday, but not very much. We did have a cold front come in, and now it's only in the low 80s. (Our cold fronts are a different definition of "cold.")

My cat Bella (no, she's not named after Bella from Twilight. She's seventeen years old, so my Bella came first) is (see parenthetical comment) seventeen years old. At sixteen, she went from being normal and healthy and still playing to losing weight even though she's still eating, not cleaning herself. The vet did a bunch of tests, and it's not thyroid, kidney disease, or anything else we can do something about. Seventeen is not actually old for one of my cats. Harry lived to be over nineteen, and Kate was twenty-four when she died.

At this point, Bella is still Bella, but does get a little confused at times. Example:

Cat: "Gah, a human!"

Me: "It's me."

Cat: "So it is. Where have you been? You left me alone, and I'm old and everything."

Me: "You've been sleeping on my arm for the last hour."

Cat: "Is that what this is? Right, I thought it looked familiar."

So that's what's going on now. We're thinking seriously about getting a kitten, because Tasha (who is only about four) needs more kitty interaction and is not getting it from Bella.


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Happy Agent Anniversary to Jennifer Jackson! Happy Agent Anniversary to me! And free books to a good home! It's my agent's anniversary and she's having a contest for free books, including The Cloud Roads!

Book View Cafe is having a grand opening celebration with a discount and chances to win a free ebook.

Juliet E. McKenna: "Turns & Chances" and the twists that brought everything together... A new Einarinn novella, available as an ebook.

Cherie Priest: How to Tell a True Ghost Story

NYT Arts Beat: Before He Was Green Lantern, He Had a Boyfriend On Wednesday, comic book fans who pick up issue No. 2 of “Earth 2,” published by DC Comics, will meet the company’s latest gay hero.

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Poor Bella, but it's so good that she's in such a loving home taking such good care of her!

< auto shelter worker response - feel totally free to ignore > You might want to consider a young adult cat (10 months to a year) rather than a younger kitten -- it would be awesome for Tasha to have a buddy, but a hyper kitten might not be the nicest thing you've ever done for Bella, if she's at the point where she kind of just wants to nap and be left alone. But you'd know best what Bella will and won't like, of course. < /end reflexive shelter worker response >

Thanks. :) Though sometimes I feel like I've been running a cat hospice for the past decade.

Bella pretty much lives in our bedroom now, so I don't think there would be much interaction. Also, Bella was good with Tasha when we got her as a kitten, so I don't think she'd be too upset. And I think Tasha would accept a kitten quicker than another adult cat.

Awesome; I figured you knew what you were doing, but the reflexes kick in. If/when you do get a kitten, obviously, I will enjoy seeing many, many pictures, plskthnx? :)

Aw, Bella. Hugs for you both.

Here's hoping Bella has many happy and comfortable days yet ahead!

::HUGS:: to you and Bella. I hope you find the perfect friend for Tasha.

You should write an entire book of conversations between you and Bella. I'm pretty sure I'd read it.

Ha, thanks! :) Unfortunately some of those conversations would be about pooping outside the box.

We had good luck with assisted feeding (soft canned catfood in a feeding syringe) and kept our 17 year old cat in good shape for an additional year.

Also, thanks for the nifty comics news

She's been eating, it just doesn't seem to stick to her bones. We were really convinced it was thyroid before the tests came back negative.

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Thanks, she really is. :)

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