Since then- and especially over the past few months- we've had some concerns about her ability to climb, jump, etc. due to arthritis issues. She had a noticeable limp for some time, but her medication seems to be helping, and her limp is all but gone. Between the various blocks, steps and ramps I've tried to fashion with my rough carpentry skills she's been able to get to most places easily enough with her ailing antique joints and all. She'd previously been able to jump up onto this bench with ease, but it had been quite a while since she even attempted it. We've always tried to watch to make sure she doesn't jump, but she hasn't even shown interest in it. Until the other night. We were sitting at the kitchen island and out of the corner of my eye I spotted large multicolored motion, and turned to see her perched on the bench behind us, just sitting there looking at us as if to say, "hey guys, whatcha doing?"
Even though we don't want her getting into habits that might aggravate her arthritis, we were happy to see her energy level returning. I immediately ran to the basement to get the simple set of steps I'd made which we hadn't been using, and set them by the bench.
Sure enough, she stepped right down to the floor, and over the next few minutes went up and down them several times, stopping occasionally to bathe.
Her pail of toys was on the bench, and we caught her with her head in it once or twice, and she even showed brief renewed interest in Miss Ellen's handmande 'nip ball.
Anyway, I know this is nothing exciting to most of you, but to us it was gratifying to see Her Highness feeling better and somewhat back to her old self. She's even gotten the zoomies these past few nights, scuttling back and forth behind the living room drapes, yowling like she's got a megaphone, her head zipping back and forth like she sees something we can't. We know that, at 17 she'll continue to have joint, kidney and other issues, but mom and I are grateful to see her being more active again.