Easy-peasy. She gets just a ½ a cup of dry food in her bowl in the morning and ¾ of a cup in the evening. (There are two lines on the translucent plastic cup as a guide.)
Her food is in the hall closet in a plastic bin. You can tell her “get your bowl!” when you feed her and she’ll go get it and bring it to you by the closet. This is basically my favorite thing. After, you can tell her “Out your bowl away.” and she’ll carry it back over to the living room.
Roux gets three Fluoxitine (Prozac) pills every night before bed. We just give them to her with a little peanut butter on our finger. The pills are in the same cupboard as the treats (above the toaster).
We try to do her meds at least an hour removed from feeding so she doesn’t associate the two.
We just leave some water in the bowl at all times. She’s good at regulating her intake. In the morning, if you’ll be gone for several hours, we limit it a little, so she doesn’t end up holding it in for hours.
We let Roux out first thing in the morning and then again after she’s eaten.
Just tell her to “go potty,” and make sure she does all the things before you leave. If she doesn’t come well when called, a last resort is to shake the treat container and say“Roux, come here.” That brings ‘er. Generally that’s not necessary at all, though.
We let her out in the morning, when we first get home in the evening, and right before bed. She might also nose at the bell on the door. Sometimes this is because she has to go, sometimes it’s because she wants to play outside.
The dog treat container is in the cupboard with the cat food. She can have treats a couple of times a day, if you want.
Roux stays in the room with us. We just prop the wooden gate up so she doesn’t get out. Roux might sleep on the bed. She also might not. But she probably will.
When you want her to go to bed, just get a couple of small treats (or her peanut butter/meds) and tell her to “Go goodnight!” She might be confused at first because that means our room, but she’ll figure it out pretty quickly. You can guide her to the room when you stay it the first few times.
- The best way to exercise her is to throw the ball for her in the yard. I throw it from by the fire pit over to the opposite corner so that she’s stopping/turning on grass, which prevents her from hurting her paws. A good 25-30 throws usually does it.
Milo is pretty easy. One key thing is that he is NEVER allowed outside.
One can of food in the morning and one can of food plus ~1/4 cup of dry food in the evening. He loves to chase things, might drool with excitement, and could be super vocal. Both his food and treats are in the upper cupboard four to the right of the stove.
Milo likes belly rubs. He might lay on you and drool (which is sorta gross). He might also try to flop on his back on you because he LOVES belly rubs.
He’s a cat He does his thing. Might sleep on the bed. Might not.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call or textus:
Password: cricketolivermiloroux (super hard to guess, I know…)
To turn the TV on, orange button on the Samsung remote.
To turn on the Sound bar, press the green power button on the small Sony remote.
Operating the TV
All of our services run through Apple TV. The tiny Apple TV remote will operate it. On there, you will find apps for most of the streaming services. We should be logged in to them all. For certain:
- HBO Max
- Disney +
- Various others
- YouTube TV (regular television)
Simply use the top half of the Apple TV remote to navigate. It’s a touch pad, so you just move your thumb around it and then click it to select something. The Apple TV should always be on.
If you want to watch TV, we have YouTube TV as our service in place of cable. You can select that app on the Apple TV and then go to the “Live” tab at the top, which will bring you to a regular TV menu. You can also select the magnifying glass icon and search for something by typing it or holding the microphone button and speaking your search.
Other House Stuff
Feel free to try any of the booze!
There’s also wine down in/next to the wine fridge. Feel free to help yourself to some of that. We have a few older cabs we’re sitting on, but otherwise it’s mostly there for drinking. Please don’t drink any wine with foil that has tooth marks in it. Those are from our weird border collie Oliver who chewed on a bunch of wine bottles one day. He’s since passed away. We drink those on his birthday.
Feel free to eat what you find in the fridge or cupboards.
The code for the alarm will be set with a temporary password that’s the last four digits of your phone number. When you arrive, simply put in the code within 30 seconds to disable it. The keypad is in the hall neat the front door.
To set the alarm, just press AWAY. You then have 45 seconds to exit. This will also lock the front door automatically.
You can also set the alarm to HOME when you’re home or sleeping. This enables the door and window sensors but not the motion sensors.
There is a camera in the kitchen and one in the TV room. It is only activated when the alarm goes off, mostly so if there is an alarm, we can check to see what’s up before they send the police out. We do not otherwise monitor the cameras in any way, but we’ve had to pay some false alarm fees to the city, so we started using the cameras to look so we can cancel an alarm and save the police the trip (and us the money!).
Please do not use the fireplace. The fireplaces in these houses were poorly designed and they do not draw well AT ALL. You’ll almost certainly end up with just a houseful of smoke.
The dining table is an old vintage table and we’ve just refinished it. Feel free to use it but please use placemats and coasters.