Earl Grey was out and about by himself this weekend and really showed us what tenacity he has. I felt compelled to follow along and capture his catio walk, just in case he needed that extra nudge in the right direction.
He is determined to make that jump, despite his blindness. He is almost half the weight he used to be but still has some strength in his hind legs.
Just minutes before in the kitchen, he was reclining on his cardboard scratcher and I thought, “he’ll probably be there for a good few hours and won’t move.” I proceeded to play the album Music for Cats, which I used to play all Summer last year for kitties’ pleasure.
Just as quickly as the music had begun, he was alert and climbed down from the scratcher, slowly edging his way down the stairs toward the laundry room. This is the gateway to the catio.
We know for humans, a particular song may conjure up a pleasant memory from years gone by.
For Earl Grey, the music must have triggered a memory of the last Summer. Perhaps they were pleasant memories of climbing up ramps, watching birds and smelling catnip. It was bittersweet for me to watch him all determined to get to the steps toward the catio because while I was happy he still remembers, I knew he won’t see the birds and he can’t jump up to his highway like he could last summer.
Still, he was enjoying his catwalk and stayed for a while, just soaking up the tunnel sun puddles and taking in the smells of Summer.
Now that just gave me the warm fuzzies!