It seems that every morning, when I check the weather, the cold snap keeps getting pushed further and further into the upcoming days. We should have been in the low -20s and high minus teens by now, but instead I woke up to -31C with a wind chill of -42C, and the cold is now supposed to continue through Monday. Last Monday, it was supposed to extend until today, then start warming up.
Well, it does make me feel better about our decision to turn The Outsider into an inside cat.
She has reached the point where she is no longer swinging between running all over the place, investigating every nook and cranny, and hiding. She’s gotten very playful – especially with one particular toy mouse – and will take naps on my bed instead of hidden away somewhere.
The downside of her playfulness is that she has the most incredibly sharp claws. She likes to grab my pant legs as I walk past her, and before I know it, I’m washing off blood! All it takes is a touch, with those claws!
Usually, DahBoy and his Mama will curl up on my bed, snuggled together. Mama has gotten to where she will come up to The Outsider and sniff her, and will nap on my bed while The Outsider is also on it. Not close to each other, but it’s still a step up. DahBoy has taken to prowling around in circles, but will not get up on the bed while The Outsider is there.
These two are going to have to learn to get over their proximity issues with The Outsider at feeding time! We keep their dry cat food bowls topped up throughout the day, while splitting a can of wet cat for up between them in the evening. DahBoy and Mama would usually dive right into the wet cat food, but it was not unusual for us to have a fair bit to throw away, later. So, with The Outsider, we are still just splitting up 1 can of cat food.
We have a pair of food bowls for The Outsider, away from the other bowls, so they could all eat at once. The Outsider has already clued into the routine, so she’s right in there when the wet cat food is set out. She quickly finishes off what’s in her own bowl, then moves on to the others!
Well, at least we’re not throwing away leftover wet cat food anymore! DahBoy and his Mom are learning; you snooze, you loose!
The cat litter has become an interesting problem. The Outsider is now using it regularly – and so are the other cats! They are preferring the little cat pan over their big litter box with a cover. Which, unfortunately, means an awful lot of cat litter to sweep off the floor. I’m thinking of taking the lid off the big litter box and seeing what happens.
Ah, joy. As I was typing the above paragraph, I got an alert on my phone. Extreme Cold Warning from Environment Canada. Wind chills of -40C or colder, over the next few days. *sigh*
In our plans for today, we need to go to the post office and make a run to the dump, but I am hesitating about that. Not just because of the cold, but because I really don’t want to get stuck. Normally, I would back the van up to the house to load up the garbage and recycling, but without being able to use the snow blower, it’s gotten pretty deep. Between the 3 of us, we could probably shovel what we need, but that would be dangerous in this cold. Not gonna happen.
Well, if we do make it out, it won’t be until after 2pm, when the post office reopens, since I have a package to pick up. It should be warmed up to about -24C by then, though the wind chill is supposed to be -38C. At the moment, we’re at -27C, with a wind chill of -41C.
I think I’m going to enjoy my nice hot cup of tea, now!