How to keep a cat happy
Dulce loves being at Five O’Clock Somewhere, and especially since Tres’ death, she does not like being home alone when the rest of the family goes away. For the past few years, the cats have traveled with us. For the past year and a half, that allowed us to give Tres his medicine and his special diet cat food; now it eases Dulce’s separation anxiety.
However, getting there is not half the fun for Dulce, or at least it usually hasn’t been. She has generally been very vocal about her displeasure, often meowing nonstop for the entire journey. Sometimes, she will be quieter – for example, when riding in El Caballero she would occasionally quiet down about a half-hour into the trip, and she was more likely to be quiet when Tadpole or I was driving than when Pat was.
We tried getting some tranquilizer pills from the vet. We discovered that Dulce is a “talkative drunk” – the pills just made her more loquacious and a little bit groggy.
Now we have discovered what she really wants: a land yacht.
With El Caballero deceased, and with a limited-service donut on the right-rear of the Miata (reminder to self: Find out whether Jerry has a name for the car) until the special-ordered performance tires come in at the tire shop, and the “Service Engine Soon” light lit on Babe’s dashboard (we have an appointment at the Ford dealer for Monday morning), we decided to rent a car for this weekend’s journey northward.
Because it was only $3 more than a small car, Pat chose to rent a full-size car, so we’d have a trunk roomy enough to put in a couple of spinnakers, and the rear seat would have room for Tadpole’s legs, which get longer seemingly by an inch a day.
We got a Buick LaCrosse land yacht. It is luxurious, with lots of padding and cushioning and sound-dampening stuff throughout the interior. It just plain glides over the road, even on rough surfaces such as the washboarded gravel road leading to Five O’Clock Somewhere. It has automatic everything, including automatic climate control that quickly brought the cabin to a comfortable temperature and kept it that way with a minimum of noise and fuss.
And most important, Dulce stopped meowing after only a few blocks and settled down to enjoy the journey.
She’s come a long way from the starving stray that was rescued from a blizzard in the
And now, we know, she also has a taste for luxurious automobiles.