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@bilgistic My cats, although bigger than yours, look so much the same. Last night they sandwiched me in and I couldn’t even turn over or spread out at all and I agree totally...it’s a nightmare if I have to get up to use the bathroom. Still I wouldn’t trade them in for all the tea in China.  

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Sometimes when I return from the bathroom, Riley has so thoroughly moved into my vacated warm spot that I have to move my pillows to the other side of the bed and settle in there - at which point she promptly moves over to join me (she must be on me, pressed right up against me, or curled up between my legs at all times while we sleep, unless it's hot, at which point she sleeps up by my head and keeps a paw on my shoulder to make sure I don't get away).  So I often just nudge her out of the way, reclaim my spot, and she happily snuggles back in.

Maddie and Baxter both had to be touching me, too.  I loathe sharing a bed with another person even without them touching me (which they are not allowed to do - when it's time for sleep, get the hell away from me; I don't even want their nostril air touching me, let alone their physical body), but I am perfectly fine with clingy cats.  I must admit, though, I also enjoy sleeping with Bandit and Chester when I'm cat-sitting at my parents' house -- they cuddle with me, and then sleep in their own spots, only lightly touching me.  It is nice to be able to move so freely (I switch positions multiple times throughout the night).

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14 hours ago, Bastet said:

I loathe sharing a bed with another person even without them touching me (which they are not allowed to do - when it's time for sleep, get the hell away from me; I don't even want their nostril air touching me, let alone their physical body), but I am perfectly fine with clingy cats.

That is me.  Could not stand breathing in some other human's used air, much less having any part of their body touching me while I sleep, but the kitties can, and do, get away with everything.  Fortunately, they are my sole companions, and have been for many years.

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Lily comes home tomorrow morning.  She pretty much stopped eating as of Wednesday, because she hates the hospital so much.  She hasn't held grudges much, but if she's ever going to, I wouldn't blame her for doing it now.

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I'm glad she's almost home!  Baxter did the same thing.  He also refused to pee, which was a problem, since they needed to test his urine to see how much of the radioactive iodine remained in his system; it had to get down to a certain level before he could be released.  He was quite the unhappy camper.  I could watch him on a webcam, and the poor guy hardly ever slept, either.  Here are a couple of webcam stills (notice the untouched bowl of the dry food I'd sent with him, since it was his favorite treat in the world):

 

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I'm actually glad I didn't get pictures of Lily, because they would have made me feel worse than I did already!  I dropped her off at 8:30 Tuesday morning and it took me until about 6:30 Tuesday night to stop feeling guilty about it.

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He couldn't sleep away from home even if he wasn't scared -- back when I used to take him and Maddie over to my parents' house, he wouldn't sleep, even when his head and eyes were drooping.  He was fine there (he ate, played, and cuddled), but it wasn't home, so he wasn't going to sleep.  One time we were there for a very long day, and we got home, I put him on the bed and went to the bathroom; he was sound asleep, snoring, by the time I got out.  Twice we had to stay at my parents' house for several days due to tenting for termites (once at my condo and then again at my house), and both times he did not sleep until exhaustion took over on day two.

He'd been hospitalized overnight before, but never for days, plus this was a special facility, with quarantine procedures, so he wasn't even getting the usual interaction with techs he knew.  I knew it was going to be rougher on him than the average cat, but the pills simply weren't working anymore, despite all our tinkering with the dosage (no wonder, once I saw on scintigraphy how large the tumors had become), so it needed to be done.

Hopefully Lily is more pissed off than scared, @EighteenTwelve.  And, yeah, there were times I thought I'd have been better off not looking in on the webcam to confirm he was miserable.  Two people could be signed in at once, and my mom and two of my best friends had the log-in info, too; I had it up on my computer all day, so they had to log in and out to keep from locking each other out.  I wish we could have talked to him, although that probably would have just thoroughly confused him. 

Let us know how she is when you get her home, and how you both do with her at-home quarantine. 

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She's home, and has decided that I'm still me, so she's mostly OK with being in quarantine.  Still not eating a lot, but drank all the broth out of a can of wet food and wanted a couple of fragments of cheese when offered.  Hopefully she'll get the idea and eat the rest of the wet food before tomorrow.

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Ick. I had to spend several minutes cleaning pigeon blood off the front window as the neighborhood hawk struck again this morning. 

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I placed some excess grocery bags on top of my cabinets. Diamond decided she was going to nest in them to keep her self warm (its below 70 here, so it is cold for her FL-born and raised self). She is so silly.

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If anyone is so inclined, the North Valley Animal Disaster group has been working their asses off to rescue and reunite pets from the Camp fire (this is the fire that burned the town of Paradise to the ground). They also took on the heartbreaking task of trying to find animal survivors within the ashes.

https://www.nvadg.org/

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7 hours ago, ratgirlagogo said:

Like there was ever a cat who could resist going inside a box or a bag.

Something must be “off” with my kitties because they’ve never been into bags or boxes. 

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Luna... Big fan of bags and boxes. Also a big fan of swatting at any hands or legs that get to close to her when she's in a bag or box. 

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7 hours ago, ratgirlagogo said:

Like there was ever a cat who could resist going inside a box or a bag.

I've never had a cat that did the bag thing, not even the family cats when I was a kid.  They've been so-so on the boxes too.

I was completely amazed to learn it was a thing that most cats did.

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22 minutes ago, Mindthinkr said:

Something must be “off” with my kitties because they’ve never been into bags or boxes. 

My cat who I got as an adult has never been into bags or boxes either. I leave boxes out every so often to see if he'll change his mind. He hasn't as of yet.

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3 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

Something must be “off” with my kitties because they’ve never been into bags or boxes. 

Neither is Riley, and I always tell her she's going to get kicked out of the cat club for that -- a lifetime of cat ownership, and this is the first time I've had that happen.  Like @Jaded, I periodically leave a box or sack out to see if she has changed her mind.

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Heh. When I get a delivery from Amazon the kitten-cat is on top of the box, trying to get in it within seconds of me setting it down.

I once made the cardinal sin of not leaving any boxes behind. I sure heard about it until I bought something else on Amazon.

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4 minutes ago, Bastet said:

Big cats like boxes too (you may want to mute; it has annoying music):

 

Rusty seemed to be the only one who knew how to box. I love the lion flattening the box then sitting on it. 

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7 minutes ago, Mindthinkr said:

I loved how the Panther Jumanji was as determined to eat the box as well as play with it.

That was my favorite, too; that's Bandit with sacks - he eats them from inside, and then sleeps in his pile of confetti.  I don't have a picture of that, but I do of my favorite thing about cats and boxes - how they squish themselves into ones smaller than they are.  Here's Bandit sleeping in a shoebox lid:

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17 hours ago, ratgirlagogo said:

Like there was ever a cat who could resist going inside a box or a bag.

 This was the first time she's shown any interest in bags, that's why I thought it was so cute. Boxes, on the other hand, are instant hits:

 

 

 

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If you can find the video of that cat & firefighter it is something that just makes you feel smile.

Edited by DeLurker · Reason: Using gooey & warm in the context of the fires was dumb.
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13 hours ago, isalicat said:

Okay for all you animal lovers, here is a wonderful story from a terrible place (just now):

https://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/Cat-loves-firefighter-rescuer-Paradise-Camp-Fire-13405593.php

Thank you for sharing that story. The horror of what happened to Paradise doesn't even have words. So many living beings were failed.

On 11/18/2018 at 1:40 PM, theredhead77 said:

If anyone is so inclined, the North Valley Animal Disaster group has been working their asses off to rescue and reunite pets from the Camp fire (this is the fire that burned the town of Paradise to the ground). They also took on the heartbreaking task of trying to find animal survivors within the ashes.

https://www.nvadg.org/

I posted this upthread but it's worth quoting myself as this thread grows. The bottom of this story has links to additional places that are helping animals (and humans)

 

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On 9/8/2018 at 11:47 AM, CrazyDog said:

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I haven't posted here much, but I had to share that we lost our poor Elliot this morning. He had a long and complex medical history, and got to the point where he had 3 serious conditions develop quickly, on top of his existing kidney issues. We are heartbroken, but know we made the right choice. He had enough sass left to give us an annoyed swish of his tail as we sat with him, and we were happy to see his old (cranky) self was still there :)

Elliot was a gift because he was such an unusual cat. I adopted him after fostering him, and he was such a grouch (much hissing, swatting, etc.) that I knew he was not going to be a candidate for adoption at the shelter. I ended up taking him back home after he was deemed a "behaviour fail" and he was a challenge. I never knew his backstory to know if he was under-socialized, or had been abused. He was never a lap cat, and really didn't like to be handled at all (especially at the vet, hoo boy). But he grew to love head scratches, and cheek scratches, and in his own way, would headbutt our hands for more pets, and then gently bite us, lol. 

He mellowed throughout the years, and loved his catnip toys, sunny rooms, and his old, sagging bed by the fireplace (I bought him a new orthopedic bed, but NO, he wanted his old bed, always, ha) so he had it until the end. He was cute, and curious, and I think he enjoyed having us around, always on his terms. I will always appreciate loving such a unique, grumpy, and feisty boy and learning to appreciate him as he was. 

He's an especially hard loss because at one point, my SO and I (between our two cat families), had 7 cats. Now we are just down to one old lovely girl, and she will of course be getting even more spoiled.

We miss you Elliot!

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Thank you all, and I'll have to come back and share something positive with a pic of our last girl. She's 17, and I think a bit stressed at this point to be the last cat standing from our cat posse, and I think she's picking up on our sadness too, but she's a tough old lady.  We lost her brother back in July, so it's definitely been a tough year. She'll be getting spoiled of course, and I'm glad I'll be off work and home with her over the next few days. 

She'll probably perk up with all the smells of people food tomorrow and I'll have to make sure she gets extra big servings of Fancy Feast Turkey and Giblets :) (It's all she'll eat, brand-wise. Sigh.)

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This year I’m especially thankful to have this warm, caring group of people. You all were so supportive and thoughtful as I was going through all of Kitty Gunderson’s issues, and even more so when I had to say goodbye to her. I love seeing everyone’s adorable photos and hearing cute and funny stories of your pets. So, I’m thankful for you and all of your furry, feathered, and scaly family members. Happy Thanksgiving!

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It seems as if Harry is becoming quite the mouser/hunter-- yesterday morning, I saw him playing with what appeared to be a mole or a vole. I didn't have my phone on me to take a picture of it, but suffice to say that I think he's learned what it means to be a hunter.

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I made a cup of coffee and sat down to watch some news/weather.  Catty Face promptly took up his post sleeping in the cradle formed by my sitting in the lotus position (Indian style I think was the more common term growing up) and is snoozing away.

I now need another coffee, but am putting it off because clearly a cat napping shouldn’t be disturbed.

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I woke up this morning to the sound of a loud, guttural honking  that went on for about 20 minutes. I went outside to see what was going on and found 3 peacocks on my building's roof! I threw some blueberries up to them for breakfast, which they seemed to enjoy.

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19 hours ago, AgentRXS said:

I woke up this morning to the sound of a loud, guttural honking  that went on for about 20 minutes. I went outside to see what was going on and found 3 peacocks on my building's roof! I threw some blueberries up to them for breakfast, which they seemed to enjoy.

And that is how you get a peacock!

@bosawks 1,000,000 / 10. Will pet!

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Despite being a mix of two breeds of dogs known for guarding, Great Pyrenees and German Shepherd, Kook is definitely not a guard dog. 

He is an alert or an alarm dog - he will bark, very loudly, to tell you something is amiss.  He will continue barking until you go look and he knows you are aware of the danger.  He is not the kind of dog to rush fearlessly up the stairs when he hears something odd up there - he will bark, continuously, from the landing downstairs.

Kook's List of Things Amiss  in the past 24 hours:

  • Different car parked in neighbors driveway;
  • People putting up Christmas lights;
  • Pizza delivery car parked street in front of neighbor's;
  • Thud from shampoo bottle that slipped out of daughter's hand in the shower;
  • Neighbors bringing garbage cans out to the street; and
  • Any/all delivery trucks.
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Oh my, Kook is a silly dog.

In the Macc house, Danny (formerly fairly quiet yellow lab) over the last year or two has taken to just standing there and barking for no particular reason that anyone can figure out. Best theories so far are that:

  1. Neo (who talks a lot) has taught Danny to do the same thing, but Danny's got crickets between his ears sometimes and where Neo has a reason for barking, Danny hasn't figured out that he needs a reason.
  2. Danny is getting senile and he hears voices.
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