Vacation is Over

We just returned from a week-long cruise on Saturday. We were supposed to go to the Virgin Islands but a hurricane forced us to different ports, but that is another story. By the time the cruise was over, we were more than ready to get home to see our boys.

We had no phone service for a week so we had to trust that our cats were being taken care of. Service returned Saturday morning when we arrived at Port Canaveral but we had no messages from the cat sitter. After we finally left the ship, Rose got a text from our backup cat sitter with a photo of each of the cats but no real explanation as to why she was there. At least we knew they were okay, that is all we cared about. We learned later that our cat-sitter had to go out of town that morning and just missed one visit.

When we got home Chris, Puck and Frankie were waiting for us at the door. It was like we had never left. They were happy to see us and wanted me to open a can of food for them right away. Even thought it wasn’t dinnertime, I couldn’t say no. I thought there was a small chance that at least one of them would be angry with us for leaving them but that didn’t happen.

Later I noticed that Chris had gained weight while we were gone. I have been concerned lately because he has plumped up a bit and I have tried to cut back on the dry food that I leave out. Chris does not eat enough of the wet food because he is addicted to the dry food. I have been slowly reducing his dry food in an attempt to reverse that problem, but my fear that something might happen to the cat-sitter promoted me to put out a gravity feeder in addition to their regular bowls.

Fat Cat Chris

Fat Cat Chris

Well, Chris seemed to take advantage of that. As I saw him lying on the floor like a beached whale, I petted his belly and said something about his weight gain. He didn’t like that. He growled and tried to bite me. I tried talking to him to calm him down but he kept growling at me so I just left him alone. Later he came and lied on my lap like nothing happened.

He also wasted no time in getting on the counter to beg for kitty treats and catnip. I guess everything is back to normal.

17 thoughts on “Vacation is Over

  1. Dennis

    In Northern Germany we call this “Sturmfreie Bude”, for example when I was a kid and parents were away for some time. I think the movie “Home Alone” describes it well. Not sure if it’s the right translation but you maybe call it “storm-free apartment”. I’m sure your cats enjoyed the free house as kids would do enjoy it too. Fortunately your cats are ok even if you were concerned. Good that you had a backup cat sitter. I think it is always better to make alternative plans, good that thought about that too. Was your cruise fun anyway even if you saw other ports? I hope you enjoyed your vacations.

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thank you Dennis. We had a good vacation and I plan on writing about it on my personal blog when I have time. I think the cats enjoy human contact but one week is not too long to be alone.

      I do not think there is an english equivalent to Strumfreie Bude but I have been wrong before. Perhaps someone else knows.

  2. Summer

    A couple of weeks ago, when my human and I were in Las Vegas for a few days for a cat show, when we got back, everything was back to normal… except Binga gave me kind of a dirty look, like she hadn’t expected me to come back.

  3. Cody-Cat Chat (@CatChatCaren)

    Poor Chris! Heck if someone called me a “Beached Whale” (which they often do), I would hiss at them and try to bite them too! Chris is one smart kitty! He found an “all-you-can-eat buffet! I am so sorry your trip had all of those mishaps….ugh! Glad you are home safe and sound!

    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Thanks. Our trip was different than planned but we still had fun. I also didn’t call Chris a beached whale to his face (just behind his back). I just said something like “look at how big your belly has gotten.” 🙂

  4. kittiesblue

    We usually give the cold shoulder if the humans have been gone for more than a couple of days. What can we say…the cat sitter spoils us. Mom has been trying to get Giulietta to eat more wet than dry food ’cause she is getting pudgy. She has been less than successful. Let us know how this goes with Chris. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  5. Charles Huss Post author

    Reblogged this on Bad Cat Chris and commented:

    Here is a post from October 2014 for Throwback Thursday. Apparently, that is the year Chris started gaining weight. Since then, I have cut way back on the amount of kibble I give him but he has still gained weight. I guess cats are just like people when they age.


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