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Re: Our Animals

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:51 am

We said goodbye to baby Gracie the other day. Cancer. She was about 10 or 12 years old, another one with radial agenisis. She never did socialize very well with the others. Gonna be a hell of a crowd at the rainbow bridge when I finally get there. Coco, Beeper, Radio, Snoopy, Nuke, Rocky, Stinky, Winkie, Psycho, Lucky, Sneaky Pete, Girlie, Cody, Hightops, Mondo, PeeWee, Harry, Pez, Cutie, Rocky II, Amos, Kara, Izzy, Chellie, Jaws, Fudgie, Spike, Woofie, Devil Kitty, Mr. Jones, Elvis, Smudgie, Harley, Joey, Wakka, Calli, and Tictac have all gone ahead. Still have 20 more, plus the dog, and I might have missed one or two. 21 is our lowest total for quite some time. I think we had 23 when we moved up here 15 years ago. We maxed out at 44, been on the downswing for a few years now. Keeps me off the streets, I suppose.
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Re: Our Animals

Postby ChowMein » Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:42 am

I have only waited on a grand total of five cats at once , all rescues and one neighbourhood that liked to visit every day .
I found good homes for them all .
Fritz remained boss cat the entire time though "Big Boy" ( a Maine Coon ) was twice his size .
I look forward to meeting up again with Basher , Katy , MuckMuck , Tuffy , KitKat ,Kat , Big Boy and Fritz once again .
We'll go hang out with PoN and Dom .

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Re: Our Animals

Postby ItchyPirate » Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:14 pm

I found a little kitten abandoned in a local parking lot back in June. Stray cats are nothing new around here, and I normally don't worry about them -- cats are very versatile and capable of thriving just about anywhere there's food and water to be found. It's when I find a kitten with no mother nearby that I get worried, especially with this one: she had some sort of "eye goo" that was glueing her eyes shut (she looked to be a month old, and they're able to see at roughly 1 to 2 weeks), and she seemed weaker than most 1-month-olds (which is fairly weak to begin with since they're only just beginning to walk around and explore on their own).

I called for a ride and took her to a local animal shelter. They asked us to foster her for a couple of weeks so she could recover and not make the other animals sick. It was while we were fostering her that she started climbing into my bed to cuddle with me. She even figured out how to push her way underneath the blanket, and would grab at my belly with her mouth similar to the way kittens try to grab at their mothers for feeding. That's when I decided to keep her.

We have two adult cats, a mother and a daughter. They normally stay outside all summer (except in those rare instances where the temperature approaches 100 Farenheit), and we brought them in near the beginning of October when the weather started getting cold. They're mature enough not to go "marking their territory", but they seem to fight with the kitten a lot. They're even tense enough that the mother keeps attacking her own daughter for seemingly no reason! :furious: :facewall: :nefyoobash:

I keep having to separate them and stick them in separate rooms to calm them down.

The kitten seems quite healthy though, and she still seems to treat me like her mother instead of her property (which is a bit odd considering the old'n'true mantra "You don't own your cat, your cat owns you" -- a mantra the two adults seem to hold to!). Hopefully soon, she and the other cats will learn to get along.

I still visit that parking lot as frequently as time will allow (at least once per week), just to see if I can spot the mother. So far, the only cat I've seen is a black midget cat (I wander if midget cats count toward being amoung His Noodliness' favored people?) and a smallish calico -- neither of which look remotely like the kitten (even ignoring fur color). Though I am thinking that the kitten was abandoned by people and that the mother might not be anywhere nearby -- it was while I was waiting for my ride that I saw a pair of kids come into the parking lot, and I overheard one of them say "kitty go kamikaze"; then they turned around and looked at me holding the kitten, gave me a bit of a surprised look despite the distance between us, then quietly kept walking. What nerve!


P.S. Even if I were a cat, I couldn't be a mother since I'm a dude, but the kitten doesn't seem to realize that! (cats in the wild rarely get input from their fathers, it's normally the mother that raises kittens)
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Re: Our Animals

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:05 am

Your cats are looking to establish a new social pecking order. Any change in the number of cats in our household will initiate this behavior, regardless of the type of change - new cat arrives, old cat (high or low on the totem pole) passes on. With three cats you should have three litterboxes, unless you clean them more than once per day, in which case you could get by with two. Same with watering stations. If you feed constantly (always a pan of dry food out), you should have at least two of those stations as well.

With our menagerie, we have 12 litterboxes (cleaned twice daily); seven water bowls and three fountains (replenished twice daily); four dry food stations, and a morning round of individually tailored bowls with wet food. A couple of special case cats get supplementary feedings throughout the day. They have free access to roughly 1200 square feet, with numerous articles of cat-furniture and other opportunities for them to hang out in relative privacy. The older ones have seen so many come and go that they don't much notice any more (Romeow is nearly 20, and has lived with every one that I listed up there), but the 13-and-under crowd are not generally so easygoing.

Looks like I left poor old Squeekie off the list. What a great kitty he was.
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Re: Our Animals

Postby ItchyPirate » Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:01 am

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:Your cats are looking to establish a new social pecking order. Any change in the number of cats in our household will initiate this behavior, regardless of the type of change - new cat arrives, old cat (high or low on the totem pole) passes on. With three cats you should have three litterboxes, unless you clean them more than once per day, in which case you could get by with two. Same with watering stations. If you feed constantly (always a pan of dry food out), you should have at least two of those stations as well.


The problem is, finding room in the messy department store we call our home to keep an extra litter box, and the money for all that litter! We can barely clean two of them twice a week :shocked:

Things seem to be calming down between two of the cat. Momma cat is still not happy. I think she's mad at her daught for getting cozy with the newcomer. She's always been an attention seeking diva prima doness! :lurk: :love: :evilgrin: :lech: :idiot: :haha: :fsm_rock: :jack: :bounce: :grin:
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Re: Our Animals

Postby Nef Yoo BlackBeard » Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:16 am

Dere iss wun gude fing a bowt haffing pet snales .......

......dey all ways die at hoam . :welcome:
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Re: Our Animals

Postby ItchyPirate » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:29 pm

Nef Yoo BlackBeard wrote:Dere iss wun gude fing a bowt haffing pet snales .......

......dey all ways die at hoam . :welcome:


And hermit crabs :lech:
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Re: Our Animals

Postby Almighty Doer of Stuff » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:52 pm

ItchyPirate, hermit crabs frequently leave their shells to move into new ones. It's one of their most popular and interesting behaviors. I'm sure they can die between shells. Snails though, not so much.
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Re: Our Animals

Postby ChowMein » Sun Feb 21, 2016 2:25 am

Mad Dog McFlanagan brought aboard a laser pointer for his cat , Harold Lawrence . A good tyme had by all .
Along with Mad Dog was Captain Shaggy whom had previously been on another ship berthing three fertile female felines .
Harry Larry spent an hour molesting our guest Shaggy's arm thrice , mine own once (hastily , Shaggy faced several sustained attacks) until the Captain removed his greatcoat and washed his hands .
The cat then returned to the elusive red dot .

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Re: Our Animals

Postby ChowMein » Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:05 pm

The cat has been walking over and on my head early in the morning while i am trying to sleep .He then lies on the side of my face or beside my head and purrs .This has been occurring for the past ten days .
I find it amusing but I think i should discourage it but am not sure how to go about it .

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Re: Our Animals

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial » Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:50 am

ChowMein wrote:The cat has been walking over and on my head early in the morning while i am trying to sleep .He then lies on the side of my face or beside my head and purrs .This has been occurring for the past ten days .
I find it amusing but I think i should discourage it but am not sure how to go about it .

This is a common cat behavior. Your head is the warmest part of your body, and the cat has discovered this. Cats like warm things.
"Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens."
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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- Philip K Dick

What happens when all the renewable energy runs out?
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English isn't much of a language for swearing. When I studied Ancient Greek I was delighted to discover a single word - Rhaphanidosthai - which translates roughly as "Be thou thrust up the fundament with a radish for adultery."

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Re: Our Animals

Postby ChowMein » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:44 am

I think it's his way of saying " I own you, man " .

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Re: Our Animals

Postby ItchyPirate » Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:16 pm

ChowMein wrote:The cat has been walking over and on my head early in the morning while i am trying to sleep .He then lies on the side of my face or beside my head and purrs .This has been occurring for the past ten days .
I find it amusing but I think i should discourage it but am not sure how to go about it .


Not really something to be discouraged, unless it really bothers you. Cats like to cuddle, especially once they know they "own" you.

If it really does bother you that much, gently push him off and give a firm "No". If he doesn't get the message after a week or two, try to imitate a cat's growl after you push him off (not a serious growl, a "that bothers me" growl, any long-time cat person knows there's a difference!), then give a firm "No". Eventually he'll get the message.
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Re: Our Animals

Postby ChowMein » Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:12 pm

It's endearing , mainly because he only does it to me and noone else , yet .
I am a bit concerned about my remaining , failing eye .
He has stepped on my blinded eye once and am worried about him stepping on my " good one " .

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Re: Our Animals

Postby ChowMein » Sat May 14, 2016 6:06 pm

ET, the Extra Terrestrial wrote:
ChowMein wrote:The cat has been walking over and on my head early in the morning while i am trying to sleep .He then lies on the side of my face or beside my head and purrs .This has been occurring for the past ten days .
I find it amusing but I think i should discourage it but am not sure how to go about it .

This is a common cat behavior. Your head is the warmest part of your body, and the cat has discovered this. Cats like warm things.


He seems to be sticking his hindquarters into me face every night , frequently some nights/ mornings .
Is he willing me to pull his paw or is it some sort of dis?


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