Recently, Gibbs had few “sneezy” days and he lost his lunch a couple of times.
Perhaps that’s normal, once-in-awhile cat behavior or perhaps it’s a sign of illness. In this case, my current supposition is that Gibbs was surrounded by too much dust and cat hair.
It was evident when I started deep cleaning the bedroom and bathroom sty last weekend. Most often, I try to clean these spaces every two weeks, but this time it was three. I had been busy or lazy, take your pick.
It’s embarrassing, even without a witness, to look under the bed and visibly, glaringly see a layer of gray cat hair that had not been tended to for a long time. I keep three oblong plastic containers filled with photographs and memorabilia under the bed, which causes me to forget that there are spaces between in which a cat or two can squeeze into. And roll around in. And leave hair on.
Disgusting, to say the least, but that’s where the handy vacuum tool that reaches under the bed comes into play. It saved the day after I emptied the vacuum’s bagless fur-catching container three times. Four times if you count the rest of the bedroom floor that regularly receives more attention. My routine also involves vacuuming throw rugs, but this time it included the bottom of the cat trees and around the edges of the room. It’s amazing how much hair, fur, lint and little black sock fuzzies gather in special places.
I have a large bedroom that accommodates the usual bed and dresser, but also a computer/workspace and a semi-hidden kitty litter corner that contributes to the dust issue. If you ask Natasha, she will tell you that I’m very particular about keeping the litter corner clean and tidy, but it can still spread dust even when the litter company claims it’s dustless. I don’t believe it because I can see it rising when I pour a new layer in the box.
Anyhow, dusting was taken seriously and completed. Cat and human bedding went in the wash machine (except for the quilt that requires a trip to the laundromat), and, finally, the bathroom glowed clean with a fresh scent of bleachy bowl cleaner and Fabulosa, the disinfectant floor cleaner. Yum.
It was a nice day so the windows cracked open at my insistence. I don’t especially like the smell of bleach and Fabulosa, so if I can tone it down, I will. With recent bitter cold weather in February that kept the windows shut for two weeks, airing out the bedroom was a good and favorable thing.
It’s been a week without sneezy, puking cat events, so you can see why I may think the lack of house cleaning could have contributed to the earlier issue. Human mom had been sneezing a bit too, but she went a couple days forgetting her generic Allegra, so…
I only wish that the deep-cleaning of the sty would last for more then two or three weeks, that I could throw an anti-fur, anti-lint, anti-dust and dirt layer of Saran Wrap over the entire works. It would save energy that Gibbs expends watching me and time I could spend napping like a cat.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “-sty.” Find a word that ends in “-sty” or use the word “sty.” Enjoy!