Jordy:

Leash lesson

Jordy now goes for harness walks outsideThis poor little guy can't seem to catch a break. Most recently he had a small paw injury and then a slight eye infection, but all of that has cleared up now and he's back to being a mischievous little boy. Hopefully he stays healthy. He's been eating dry food now with no consequence. He's still on only 1/8 of a cup of dry food per day, but hopefully we can increase that soon. Oh, and he doesn't like the freeze dried pieces, so we have to pick those out for him. Typical kid.

Unfortunately Jordy still is living the single life. Most of the kittens we get at the Sanctuary don't stick around too long, so he keeps having play dates with new kids. On the one hand, it's giving him (as well as the kittens) good experience with meeting and learning how to interact properly with new cats. On the other hand, he's having to start over a lot, and hasn't really made any real friends.

We are constantly looking for new things to keep Jordy's mind and body occupied, so not long ago we introduced him to a cat harness. His first reaction was typical. (If you have ever tried to put a harness on your cat, you may know what I'm talking about.) "What is this strange thing? My legs don't work anymore. I can't walk!". But after a bit of practice in his room and in the halls, he was ready to go outside.

Jordy now loves walking around in the brush, chasing butterflies and other small animals, burning off some energy and taking in fresh airIt turns out that once we got him outdoors, the power of the harness diminished and he regained full control of his legs! Jordy now loves walking around in the brush, chasing butterflies and other small animals, burning off some energy and taking in fresh air. We are very pleased that he enjoys his walks, as it's just one more great way to enrich his life. The more positive enrichment we can include in his life, the happier he is ― which increases the chance of him finding his forever home. Watching this young cat leap in the air after bugs, stalk lizards (he doesn't actually catch them, don't worry), and play with weeds is just as entertaining for us as it is for him.