This is all really so gross that I’ve started and stopped this blog post a dozen times but you know I tell everything so . . here goes. This all happened yesterday.
I give Boots some kind of stuff out of a tube to help with hair balls. I squeeze a little bit onto my finger and put it on his lip (Do cats have lips? If not, you know where I’m talking about!), he licks it and he doesn’t get hairballs . . supposedly.
Yesterday I went to play with Boots. First, I scooped the litter box, then I sat down with him for a while. Before leaving, I put the drop on his lip and watched to be sure he didn’t shake his head and shake it off. I didn’t see him do it . . but obviously he did. I was barefooted. I went out the door, stepped into my flip flops and . . oh, my . . what’s sticky on my foot. I looked and thought it was cat poop. It was also on the bottom of my pants. I held my pants up, hobbled back to the house trying not to be sick, got in the shower and as I was scrubbing my foot with all my might, I realized it was the little drop of hairball medication that Boots had shaken off and I had stepped in. Thank goodness it wasn’t cat poop.
It gets worse.
Last night, as with most nights, Vince went to bed before I did. He took Rita, tucked her in to her little bassinet and they both went sound to sleep . . except Rita didn’t. I didn’t stay up very late but I took a long, hot shower, trimmed a few spots on my hair that looked like they needed trimming, fixed my glass of water that I keep by the bed, grabbed my tablet and tried to make it to bed in the dark without breaking my neck or waking Vince . . until . . I stepped in something cold and squishy on the floor. Rita! That dog! I seriously cannot take a dog having bad bathroom habits.
So, I’m standing there in the dark, all nice and clean from my shower and smelling fresh with my Japanese Cherry Blossom body lotion (also on my feet!). I thought . . I can try to hobble back to the living room without turning on a light or I can wake Vince. I opted for waking Vince.
Me: Vince! Will you please turn on your light. I just stepped in dog poop.
Vince: Are you sure it’s dog poop?
You don’t want to hear the rest of that conversation.
He got up, handed me a paper towel. I wiped my foot, cleaned up the floor, took another shower.
I was surprised . . not that she did it because lately, she’s been less than trustworthy, but I was surprised she had been in the bedroom. She rarely goes in there on her own.
So, took my shower, got back in bed. Vince is sound asleep again. I reach over to pat Rita on the head because I always do that when I get in bed. She’s not there!
Me: Vince! Where’s Rita?
Vince: In her bed.
Me: Turn on the light! She’s not there.
Vince: She has to be there!
Nope, she wasn’t. Apparently she had to go to the bathroom, and either jumped out of her bed (it’s a long way down and the floor is hardwood), or she tried to wake Vince and couldn’t so she jumped out of bed.
We both went looking for her and she was sound asleep . . on the sofa.
Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of that tonight. The bassinet has several levels and we have the one here on the highest level so she’s level with our bed but tonight we’re lowering her bed so she can’t just walk into our bed. When she bumps her nose against our mattress, she won’t try any more and she’ll hopefully go back to sleep.
I think I’m going to take some cardboard and make tall-ish “bumperpads to put around her bassinet so she can’t jump out.
I use the molasses based hairball stuff for my cat as well. The Vet Tech told me to rub it on her ‘front leg nearest the foot. Because they bathe alot, she immediately starts licking it off. She actually likes it. I do about a 1/2″ line once daily. It is working!
Judy Laquidara says
What I use smells like molasses. Is yours in something like a toothpaste tube?
Sandi B says
We used to have to give our Papillon CatLax. She was a cat in a dogs body.
Oh, Judy, it could be so, so much worse! My sister-in-law’s cat caught a gopher and brought it, partially eaten, into the house, depositing it in the bedroom. In the middle of the night, my poor SIL stepped on the squishy remains on her way to the bathroom! I’m not sure that darn cat will ever be allowed back in the house!
Linda Garcia says
I wear my slippers ALWAYS in the house. I slip them on as I get out of bed in order to not step on something gross in the middle of the night. One of our cats in a puker and you never know when there will be cat puke on the floor in the middle of the night.
Judy, what is the hairball stuff you give your cats? With 7 of them we pick up hairballs all the time! Fortunately, we usually find them when they’re dry…haven’t stepped in one in quite awhile. That being said, I’ll probably do it tonight! Thanks for your help!
Nelle Coursey says
Poor baby. She is probably confused with all the things going on around her.
Lee Young says
The cat stuff we use to use was called Petromalt, yep, sticky stuff. Have had cats that love it, and cats that don’t…current cats don’t.