Jammy, our foundling kitten from last summer has turned into a handsome boy. He was called Jazz in the beginning, but it was clear he was more of a Jammy.
When he was little, his speckled fur feathered out at the edges. It made him look like he was wearing woolly pajamas.
As my experts predicted, once he recovered from malnutrition, his fur began to fill in and darken. He was such a little skeleton when we found him. I was very worried he wouldn’t make it.
It’d been 30 years since we’d had a cat in the house. Some doctrine on cat care has changed. Back then, vets said you should only feed dry kibble. Today, they recommend wet and dry. Jammy likes to supplement his meals with grubs and grasshoppers. You cannot pry a grasshopper out of his mouth. He eats them like candy! I guess old habits die hard.
I feed Jammy wet food in the morning and a bowl of dry kibble that he can nosh on during the day. I used to feed him the Costco brand, called Nature’s Domain, but I’ve since switched him to Rachel Ray’s Nutrish Cat Food because of the omission of grain cereals.
For wet foods, we go all over the place. I’ve always cooked for the dogs so Jammy gets what Nana gets. This is usually chicken or liver. When I opt for canned cat food, he gets the best quality I can afford.
Unfortunately that might’ve come back to haunt me. I got him some high end cat food from a lady at a garage sale. Her cat had died and she had all this cat food left over. He LOVES this stuff. You cannot pull him away from the bowl when this food is served.
His favorite is Merrick’s Purrfect Bistro. But he also loves Castor & Pollux Pristine cat food, and Soulistic. I’ve since tried feeding him the hum-drum wet foods of the hoi polloi. He’ll eat them, but grudgingly. He wants the primo stuff.
Whatever he eats, it seems to have done him good. He’s at a perfect weight and has become the light of my life. That little guy pulled me out of some pretty dark places, especially when Iko was recovering from his surgery, and subsequently after he died.
No matter where Jammy was when I went to bed at night, I always found him nestled under my arm when I woke up in the morning. He’s been a comfort to me in ways he’ll never know.
I tried not to get too attached to him when we first got him. First because I wasn’t sure if he’d make it and later because I wasn’t sure the dogs would accept him. But once he was part of the family, I made it my mission to give him the best care I could afford.
That went for me too. Since I’m chief pet-poop picker-upper I wanted products that would make my job easier.
Although Jammy will relieve himself outside in the secure dog run, if it’s raining or cold, he’ll use the litter box. It took me a while to find cat litter with a nice scent that did a good job trapping liquids.
The best I’ve found is Scoop Away. This is great stuff. The perfume is tolerable and it does an excellent job at keeping the waste intact and absorbed. I’ve tried quite a few other litters, but this has definitely been the most efficient.
My other great find was an aluminum cat litter scoop by DuraScoop. I almost sent it back when I got it because I thought it was too big. (It’s meant for a multi-cat household.)
But when I tried it, I was sold. It is ergonomically designed so that even these arthritic hands found it easy to scoop. And unlike the flimsy plastic scoops, this one is solidly built. It feels perfectly balanced and strong enough so that you don’t have to push too hard to pry a stuck piece of damp litter from the bottom. It picks it up effortlessly. I was shocked how nice it was. Definitely worth the money.
It cost me a little over $300 to bring Jammy up to code (neutered and vaccinated). I find his toys at garage sales. His favorites are two baby toys. One is a soft rattle in the shape of a monkey, but his very favorite is a little, bitty stuffed border collie. He carries it around and wrestles with it.
The most expensive consumable is the cat food. Since he had such a rough start in life I want to make sure he gets the best nutrition. So far it’s paid off. He is one happy Jammy cat.
Have you ever named one of your pets only to have it change over time? I think all our pets have had at least two names and sometimes more depending on whether they’ve been good or bad. 🙂
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Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead
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AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead
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Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry
Kristi – Stone Family Farmstead
Marla – Organic 4 Greenlivings
Heidi – Healing Harvest Homestead
Victoria – Modern Homestead Mama
Shawna – Homegrown Self Reliance
Stephanie – Happily Homegrown
Bethany – Family Growing Pains
Dianne – Hidden Springs Homestead
Julie – The Farm Wife
Lacey – Home & Harrow
Robin – A Life in the Wild
Sheri Ann – Experimental Homesteader
Lisa Lynn – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre