Whew, what a year it has been! Sebastian turned 19 years old and is doing great despite a diagnosis of kidney disease last year. He is guzzling water out of a new plug-in fountain recommended by the veterinarian, and takes lots of naps. He still likes to go in the yard on his leash. The German veterinarian admired Sebastian for doing great in his old age!
Sidney missed Jeff so much during the deployment, and she is happy that he's home. She is the only cat who sits in Jeff's lap while he is working on the computer at his desk. Sidney supervises the birds and squirrels in our yards, as they chirp, build nests, and carry around peanuts and walnuts from somewhere else in the neighborhood.
Ida spent very little time hiding during the deployment, spending most of her days on top of the bed. She is getting used to Jeff being back. Ida follows her routine faithfully: waking us up in the morning to be petted, breakfast, nap, and petting again at night before bed time. She doesn’t go outside like the other 2 cats, but knows what’s going on by watching out the windows.
All 3 cats have loved their regular cat-sitter, whose mom drives her over every day while we are traveling. We recently went to Israel and the cat-sitter was on the same trip, so the cats got to know another cat-sitter from the Chapel service.
The cats visit the basement briefly but don’t hang out there as much. Sidney likes the windows, with great views of the front and back yards. Our permanent cats were glad to hear that our almost-4th-cat is living the high life at the home of friends where we used to live. They were exhausted from being mad at him before we moved, and say that 3 cats is enough!