So many people at the SDSU conference asked me about Zoe's health, so I figured that I would reassure all of you that she's doing better. Still a bit sniffly and we are still wiping her nose quite frequently (literally), but she's doing ok. She's not eating a tremendous amount at the moment, but that's a combination of the fact that she's teething and has also decided to go into heat.
Yes, go into heat, you heard me right. My five month old kitten is apparently an early-bloomer. This is not a delightful fact. She is scheduled to be spayed, microchipped, and get her rabies shot on February 22nd, and at the moment, there's nothing we can do but wait. Zoe is happily scenting everything in the house, using her scent glands, as well as walking around and occasionally trying to encourage imaginary male cats to mate with her. So, so delightful.
And have I mentioned the yowling? Do you wonder why I'm up at 5 am? That is because every time I have tried to go to sleep tonight, I am barely drifting off, just on the very edge of sleep, and then Zoe starts yowling at the things outside our back door. Yowling very loudly. And very often.
And the worst part is that there is nothing I can do for her. There's no way in hell that we'd even let her mate with another cat (I mean, there's a reason we've had her spaying appointment scheduled for the last month already), and she can't help the fact that she has hormones. Although I have been taking great joy in the fact that when I pick her up to comfort her, I can whisper sweet nothings into her ears, largely consisting of, "And soon you will have no more reproductive organs, my dear." I'm an evil, evil cat mommy. =)