Tuesday, June 4, 2019

They Peed the Chewy.com Box, So It Must Be Good

Mr. Micawber, otherwise known as "Anxiety Cat"
We placed our first Chewy.com order this week. I don't know why we waited so long. The prices were the same as Walmart and the service was excellent. In fact, the boxes pretty much arrived before we finished logging off the computer. Okay, so I exaggerate. But the boxes came within 24 hours, and the order was exactly as promised.

We ordered Friskies Tender and Crunchy, Nine Lives Plus Care for the boys who need the urinary tract formula, and cases of Meaty Bits and Fillets. All were priced appropriately and shipped promptly.

After unpacking the boxes and putting away all the food, we put the boxes in the garage to take to the recycling center next week. Unfortunately, last night was cat medication distribution night. Once a month, my husband and I make the rounds of all six of the boys who venture outdoors on a daily basis and we distribute Frontline. We use a syringe and follow a dosing schedule created by our veterinarian, Dr F.

My husband rigged up an ingenious way to hold the vials of Frontline: he uses a small shop vise. It holds each large blister pack up right so he can dip the syringe in and measure out the perfect dose.

I'm in charge of cat wrangling, and that's the hardest job of all. I get scratched, bitten, and covered with fur. Ingrates! Would they rather have ticks on their butt holes? Yes, they would. They really are little monsters on medication day.

I hold each cat firmly on a table while John pushed back the fur at the base of the neck and gently rubs in the dose of medication. The cats scurry off, furious with us, but we feed them immediately after, and are usually forgiven by the sight of a can of wet food in the bowl.

However...Micawber doesn't forgive easily. His nickname around here is "anxiety cat" because he's just a nervous wreck. Not just over little things, but all the time. Getting medication is a shrieking, shaking mess of an event that causes him to abandon his dinner and hide for hours.

We typically conduct "night check" before turning in and check to make sure every cat is accounted for and healthy. We missed Micawber, but Anxiety Cat never goes further than the back garden so we didn't worry. We went to bed...and were awakened at 4 a.m. by his shrieks.

Howls. Ear-splitting meows. I finally found him, sitting on my car in the garage. Ooops. We had somehow locked him into the garage overnight.

He wasn't inconvenienced in any way.  He used the Chewy.com box, with the nice shredded paper, for his litter box during his inadvertent incarceration.

Micawber gives the box "four paws up" like a Sisket and Ebert "two thumbs' up" review for its ability to double as a litter box. I give Chewy.com five stars out of five for their fast delivery and great prices.

Plus, we had a coupon. How great is that for this cat mama?

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