Update on Syracuse-- Apparently I "fixed" a neighbor's cat. I see him now only once a month or so. He's HUGE, all filled out and muscular (with a good layer of fat this winter too), and his fur is now very thick and soft (much softer than last spring). I don't know who his people are, but they appear to be feeding him well. You can tell he no longer roams; he's clean and not battered from fighting. He no longer sprays, yay! He must be happy enough wherever he lives since I see him rarely at best. Plus my cats watch him with suspicious disdain when he comes around. All in all, a happy ending!
ECaruthers~ My cats appear to ignore fragrance; their behavior doesn't seem to be at all affected by what scent I'm wearing, unless I've been in the pot of fresh catnip that I grow for them as a treat! They also respond to mint (a sort of cousin to catnip), but I don't care for mint in fragrances, so I can't comment to that.
Leesee~ Thank you for your comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.
Syracuse is back outside for most of the time. He prefers it, and still wanders the neighborhood, so I might go for a day or two without seeing him. He also still sprays. When he does turn up, I give him canned food and catnip and lots of petting. I think he's about two years old, so hopefully he'll settle down soon. I get anxious when he disappears.
What a sweet kitty. Thank you for a lovely and humorous tale.
How do your cats react to your scents?
I'm new to perfumes & colognes but I'm been accumulating and testing for a couple of months. And then I realized that our dog doesn't pay any attention to the scents I'm wearing or what my wife is wearing. I've heard so much about the great sense of smell that dogs and cats have, I'm surprised. And Lisl is definitely more scent hound than sight hound. When we're out for a walk she smell everything & often doesn't notice someone coming down the middle of the stree - if he's coming from down wind.
So I wondered If your cats pay attention to some scents and igore others.
Hee! I'm a sucker for stray pets too. 'S'why we have 6.
Dora~ When I came to California to live with my now DH, he had two rules: 1) No t.v. in the bedroom and 2) no cats (he's allergic, but no more so than myself or most people, I'd say). I'd previously had two cats in my life, one from age 2 to 18 (he was put down at 16 due to kidney failure) and a stray that I took in while in college. This latter cat stayed with my mom when I moved to CA (she'd become more her cat over the years anyway). Our area has a lot of strays and I couldn't watch them walking thru our back yard without wanting to help them. So I began putting food and water out, then making little cat beds from wicker baskets and old towels (stuff picked up on clearance at TJ Maxx-y places). DH now understands that I have to care for them, I can't not get involved (and if I don't make cat beds, they sleep in my delphinium and tuberose containers!). And he loves our kitties and appreciates their company too. So rule #2 has been modified to: no cats in the rooms upstairs.
Thank you everyone for the comments! (I forget that they don't show up in the message notifications, and hadn't noticed until just now.)
Tang~ We are now up to eight cats. One female, Estrellita, never comes inside, and simply will not resign herself to befriending us furless monkeys. Another, Yum Yum, spends most of her time indoors and happily becomes a lap cat for anyone who comes to visit. I've recently tried placing her on the back porch now that the weather has warmed, but she often makes a beeline back to her favorite chair inside. The rest come inside when we are home, but usually prefer to sleep outside when the weather is mild (or on the electric blanket on the outdoor lounge chair in cold weather). My alpha male, Foxy Loxy, has been spending more time curled up with me on the sofa this week, as if needing reassurance that he's still "top cat." Of course, he gets it!
He sounds like an absolute character !
Cute puddy!!! :)
I expected Syracuse to be a new scent.
A new furry friend is better.
I loved this story! I would also fill my appartment with cats, if only my husband was not against it!
Ahhh, he looks so sweet and SO happy! Congrats!!!
Oh, an_oud_girl, Syracuse looks so sweet. His poor lil shaved rat-tail! Congrats on your new addition. There are few things more satisfying than earning the trust of a little animal.
(And here I sit on the couch, trying to type with a cat who has pushed his way between me and my laptop.) How many cats are in your brood by now?
What a great story! He sounds like a catch (in more ways than one). He looks like he'll be a beautiful marmalade once that tail gets back to normal! Thanks for sharing this, an_oud_girl.
It smelled like my samples box, which is one of my favorite aromas, woodenpalette. A wonderful mingling of various scents.
The girls were adorable, Sunnyfunny. Linda told me later that her second party was a group of women who brought their own bottles of wine instead of cake. These ladies had at least as much fun as the girls!
how does it smell in the store... probably overwhelming with the blending aromas
I love it that little girls had a birthday party there! How adorable!
Great blog entry, Oud Girl! I'm planning a little trip to Monterey. I think I just might stop in Santa Cruz on the way!
What a joyful suprise to happen upon this glorious shoppe! Thanks so much for sharing with us!