Aby-a-Day – November 20: Shop therapy

After Jacoby’s assessment, we passed a Petco on the way home and decided to stop and pick up a few things since it was right there…and Jake could come inside with us.

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Jake was all for a little shopping excursion.

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He sat in the shopping cart’s baby seat very nicely and didn’t even try to get out and walk around.

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He was, however, very interested in this display of dog and cat beds.

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I think he saw something he really liked!

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As if we don’t have enough cat napping spots in our house already – there’s more cat furniture than human furniture!

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For a boycat, Jake is a very good shopper.

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He waits so patiently in the cart.

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And he advises us on our selections.

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He really does enjoy going out and helping us shop.

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We buy a lot of litter in one trip, especially in winter, so we are sure never to run out. Currently, we use a blend of Blue Buffalo Walnut and EverClean.

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When we got to the canned food aisle, Jake really perked up.

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It’s really interesting – even though cans of food have no food-like smell, he definitely recognises the cans as “food.” He even tried to get onto the shelf with the cans!

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“Heeeyyy…why’s the bag with the Aby on it marked down?”

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I think he’s sulking a bit here because I told him he doesn’t actually get to eat any of this food. The ProPlan is the girls’ food; Jake is, of course, on a strict UT prescription diet.

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The least fun part of any shopping trip is checkout. But even then, Jake just sat in the cart and observed.

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I think he was having a good time watching the clerk scan all the little cans of food.

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I was so proud of how nicely he sat while we had our purchases rung up.

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All the Petco salespeople were pretty impressed, too. They don’t see many cats come into the store in general, let alone one who’s so blase about shopping.

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I was happy that Jake enjoyed the trip to Petco so much, especially after his hissing and growling at the assessment. He didn’t growl or hiss once the entire time he was in the shopping cart. He didn’t even meow very much. It really proved to me that it isn’t being away from his home – or his stroller – that upsets him, but it’s something about the actual therapy visit process. So I think the break will be a good thing.