I've discovered a new love for the cats after the dogs passed. Boxer and I have played aggravation with each other for years. After 17 years of it, I think we have finally come to a unanimous truce. I'm sure it has something to do with age, but don't tell him I said that. Boxer thinks he finally wore me down and won the game. lol
It is never easy caring for sick dogs. You're heart breaking every day on borrowed time. The cats were my escape from that. After their nightly meal we would curl up together in their bed and snuggle. Sometimes I would cry and Boxer would head butt me over and over.
My relationships with the cats, is complicated, probably because they are cats. My previous two cats were more like dogs than cats and did not prepare me for how catty Boxer and Leia are. I've been shocked and appalled at how much cattiness Boxer and Leia have in them.
Leia, my Siamese, is psycho. Simply put. She is hyper off the charts. She isn't mean or angry...she is just crazy. I have to use my "get a grip" tone of voice to get her to back off from me. She is the pesky little sister that bugs Boxer and me.
It's been a completely different household having just cats, that I have slowly learned to enjoy again. Since they are both older, Boxer is 18 years old and Leia is 16 years old, I appreciate their quiet pace.
We found out a few weeks ago that Boxer has a rare, aggressive form of cancer. We have seen two different vets and an oncologist. There is an option of surgery, but the space is tight and they may not be able to get clean margins. That means since it is aggressive, it will come back again. We have opted not to do the surgery and they gave him three months to live. That's how fast this cancer spreads. So, we are spending every minute possible with him.
Leia has kidney disease (which is common in cats) that is being regulated with special food and supplements. She is pretty stable and we try to keep her that way by making sure she eats. So far, so good.
So, while our lives have changed with the loss of the dogs, we still have Boxer and Leia to hold on to for however long we may have with them.