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22 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

What a cute dog, but I do have to wonder what the dog is thinking about all of this  ♥️ stuff.

 

Alli is thinking in her best Lin Manuel, “Love is love is love”.

Or, “Is this bandana edible?”

One of the two.... 

 

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5 hours ago, WhereThereIsLife said:

Alli is thinking “Ooh, a new bandana means another photo op.  Yesss!”

My aunt and uncle used to have a couple dogs that they loved to dress up at Christmastime. One loved all the attention she got, she'd prance around the house in her little outfit all, "Look at me, aren't I cute?", while the other was always sitting off to the side all grumpy, like, "Why am I wearing this stupid outfit?" 

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EeeWWWW gross gross gross ! Maggots! One of the cans of cat food broke in transit and there were maggots everywhere. I managed to salvage 3 of the 24 cans in the flat and threw the rest out, then cleaned the kitchen as best I can--my leg is still so painful I can hardly walk so scrubbing the floor is out of the question but I think I got all of the little bastards.

With the amount I order from Chewy and the condition the boxes often arrive in, it's surprising something like this hasn't happened before.

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Mr Gunderson and I went cat auditioning today! We found a young pair of bonded sisters at a rescue organization and met them at a “meow mixer” at a local pet store. One hopped right out of the cage to be petted and she rubbed herself all over our hands and feet. She even flopped over to have her tummy scratched. The other kitty didn’t come out of the cage but let us pet her and wanted us to scratch her chin. Both of them were very interested in the feather toy. We have to wait for our application to be approved, and if all goes well we can adopt and bring them home on Wednesday. 

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Great news, @MargeGunderson!

I'm taking a break from painting window trim to report that it is the same with painting as it has been with all other projects around the house thus far:  While Maddie and Baxter were both assistants, Riley is a supervisor.  So instead of having to watch her to make sure there are no paws put on wet paint, I am watched by her, while she plays with her toys or sits half asleep on her scratcher.

Maddie was really involved with anything I was working on, which once meant sitting on my stomach while I replaced the garbage disposal.  Baxter usually "helped" for a while and then took a nap on top of a screwdriver or wrench.  Mind you, this was the same cat who spent five minutes arranging pillows to get comfortable.

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On 2/16/2020 at 5:30 PM, ABay said:

EeeWWWW gross gross gross ! Maggots! One of the cans of cat food broke in transit and there were maggots everywhere. I managed to salvage 3 of the 24 cans in the flat and threw the rest out, then cleaned the kitchen as best I can--my leg is still so painful I can hardly walk so scrubbing the floor is out of the question but I think I got all of the little bastards.

With the amount I order from Chewy and the condition the boxes often arrive in, it's surprising something like this hasn't happened before.

I am beginning to have the same issues with Chewy. None as bad as what you described, but more often than not the cans are badly dented and I am concerned about whether or not that they are ok to feed the cats. Mind, these cans are in cases and usually have a top cardboard cover. One case so was bad that I wondered if they repackaged the dented cans to sell. I may have to begin to go back to the pet supply store. 

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Good puppies! I love the wheelchair with long stick & ball.

@Mindthinkr, when I called Chewy for a replacement case, I mentioned the ineffective tape and rough handling and hope it was passed on.

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Pet adoption is much more competitive than it was when I last brought home cats. It looks like we are not getting the 2 that we visited on Saturday; another application was approved before ours. A few others we have inquired about are already in line for adoption as well. It's great that they are all getting good homes but I wish it was easier for us to find our pair! I think we are going to choose a few places to put in applications and then just wait to see. Kitten season starts soon and we will get little ones if we can't adopt an older bonded pair.

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On 2/26/2020 at 12:50 PM, MargeGunderson said:

Pet adoption is much more competitive than it was when I last brought home cats. It looks like we are not getting the 2 that we visited on Saturday; another application was approved before ours. A few others we have inquired about are already in line for adoption as well. It's great that they are all getting good homes but I wish it was easier for us to find our pair! I think we are going to choose a few places to put in applications and then just wait to see. Kitten season starts soon and we will get little ones if we can't adopt an older bonded pair.

I found my girls (mother and daughter) on Petfinder.com. It has listings for the animal control and foster organizations in my area. I think I was able to search for a bonded pair. Also, you might consider adopting black cats, which are less likely to be adopted because people are superstitious. My girls, both black, had been in their foster home for a year. They are the best and the love they have for each other leaves me awestruck.

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Question.

You get up and leave the room for a few minutes, perhaps grabbing a snack.  When you come back into the room you notice that your pet is now laying down where you once sat.   Do you reclaim your seat by moving the pet out of the way or do you sit somewhere else?

My pets run the house, I sit somewhere else.   It is kind of strange, I adopt to kittens (now cats) and now they run the house.   I do everything on their terms.  I am not sure that is how it is supposed to work.

 

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3 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

My pets run the house, I sit somewhere else.   It is kind of strange, I adopt to kittens (now cats) and now they run the house.   I do everything on their terms.  I am not sure that is how it is supposed to work.

 

Yes. Yes it is.

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3 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

Do you reclaim your seat by moving the pet out of the way or do you sit somewhere else?

Heh. I absolutely reclaim my seat. 

Luna (cat) will need to be physically moved. Neo just needs to be told MOVE. Norman may or may not respond to the verbal command, but I can just toss a toy on the floor and he'll go running after it.

Of course I may end up with some sort animal on my lap shortly thereafter, so I'm willing to share my seat. But it's definitely my seat.

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4 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

You get up and leave the room for a few minutes, perhaps grabbing a snack.  When you come back into the room you notice that your pet is now laying down where you once sat.   Do you reclaim your seat by moving the pet out of the way or do you sit somewhere else?

This literally happens every time I get up.  I swear she lays in wait.  I generally pick her up an dput her in my lap.  She immediately departs.  With a haughty, "how dare you?" look.

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7 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

You get up and leave the room for a few minutes, perhaps grabbing a snack.  When you come back into the room you notice that your pet is now laying down where you once sat.   Do you reclaim your seat by moving the pet out of the way or do you sit somewhere else?

If there's room, I sit down next to Riley, since she'll immediately get on my lap and then I can scoot us into whatever position I want.

She never sits in my office chair by herself*, but Maddie and Baxter used to.  If I needed to sit down and work, I'd move them, but if I was just coming in to compose a single email or something like that, I'd kneel on the floor in between the chair and my desk and type that way.

*But, boy, does she want to be on my lap when I'm in it.  I let her sit there when I'm just reading, then tap her and say "scoot" when I need her to move so I can type.  She jumps up on the desk and stays there for a while, waiting for the typing to stop so she can get back in my lap.  If the typing goes on too long, or she gets shooed out of my lap too many times, she'll finally give up and go sleep on the office couch instead.

 

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15 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

You get up and leave the room for a few minutes, perhaps grabbing a snack.  When you come back into the room you notice that your pet is now laying down where you once sat.   Do you reclaim your seat by moving the pet out of the way or do you sit somewhere else?

They like the body heat left behind. I'll sit next to them or elsewhere. Or take that opportunity to do something productive.

 

15 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

My pets run the house, I sit somewhere else.   It is kind of strange, I adopt to kittens (now cats) and now they run the house.   I do everything on their terms.  I am not sure that is how it is supposed to work.

It is. Your home is their entire world. You are 110% responsible for their mental and physical well being and care.. Having a cat is like having a toddler. You try and talk with them and reason with them and they still do whatever the fuck they want when they want. You can teach a toddler, you can't really teach a cat.

They do pick up on patterns. I get "yelled" at if I am late with the kitten-cats treat. He gets one every day when I come home from work (around 5:30pm). On the weekends he's in the kitchen around 5:30 meowing at me.

There are things you can do, like not train them to associate you with food, so they don't wake you in the middle of the night to eat. Make sure they get some solid heavy play time in shortly before you go to bed so they sleep through the night. Make sure they have plenty of toys, perches and places to scratch in every room of the house. Battery powered hunting toys are great and if you can find something they both like they could very well play together or side-by-side for awhile and let you do other things.

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1 minute ago, theredhead77 said:

They do pick up on patterns. I get "yelled" at if I am late with the kitten-cats treat. He gets one every day when I come home from work (around 5:30pm). On the weekends he's in the kitchen around 5:30 meowing at me.

One of our cats is the same way. She knows when it's breakfast time, and will pester us about it until she gets fed. And if my mom leaves earlier than normal, or comes home late, for whatever reason, she will meow up a storm. 

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1 minute ago, Annber03 said:

One of our cats is the same way. She knows when it's breakfast time, and will pester us about it until she gets fed. And if my mom leaves earlier than normal, or comes home late, for whatever reason, she will meow up a storm. 

That's why I have gravity feeders and allow them to eat on demand. I am not the source of their food on a regular schedule. They don't over-eat though, if they did I'm sure I'd be in an entire different predicament. 

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Parker is now curled up in my lap and Sophie is snoozing next to me (she fell asleep while getting her tummy rubbed). We were expecting them to be shy but they have settled right in. Tomorrow we have to do some more cat proofing - there were some things we didn’t think of, like clearing off our fireplace mantle. I’m work from home for the foreseeable future due to corona virus in my company, so we’ll get lots of bonding time. 

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@emma675, we found them on Petfinder (thanks, @bilgistic!) and visited the shelter on the same day. We were actually interested in a different pair that had been housed together, but when we got there Mr Gunderson was immediately drawn to Sophie. Fortunately Parker was also available, and is about the same age. She had been spayed earlier in the day so was groggy and not very interested in us. The staff assured us that she was sweet and mellow, so we took a chance. Both are total love bugs!

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The decibels coming out of this deceptively sweet face are truly shocking.

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8 hours ago, MargeGunderson said:

They just met about 20 minutes ago and are already friends.

That is fantastic!

I love that you went in to look at an established pair - which would have been a wonderful adoption story on its own - and wound up doing a mix and match instead because that's just how things went.

Congratulations to the four of you.  I'm sure if the previous Kitties Gunderson could see this development, they'd approve.  I look forward to a new set of pictures and stories.  How old are they estimated to be?

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I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. I forgot how active young cats are at night! Parker crawled right into bed and at various times was curled up next to me under the covers, curled up around my shoulder/neck with her face on my face, or waking me up to pet her. Sophie was jumping on and off the bed most of the night and so far only sleeps in short bursts. I think she’s still keyed up from all al of the changes, and will probably calm down a bit. Both purr loudly, snore, and love to make biscuits. Parker also loves to groom Sophie, who doesn’t seem to mind. Right now both are in the same cat bed (even though there are 4 cat beds) and Parker is all over Sophie. 

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3 hours ago, MargeGunderson said:

I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. I forgot how active young cats are at night! Parker crawled right into bed and at various times was curled up next to me under the covers, curled up around my shoulder/neck with her face on my face, or waking me up to pet her. Sophie was jumping on and off the bed most of the night and so far only sleeps in short bursts. I think she’s still keyed up from all al of the changes, and will probably calm down a bit. Both purr loudly, snore, and love to make biscuits. Parker also loves to groom Sophie, who doesn’t seem to mind. Right now both are in the same cat bed (even though there are 4 cat beds) and Parker is all over Sophie. 

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My heart! Congratulations to you all for finding each other!

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3 hours ago, MargeGunderson said:

I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.

I barely slept Riley's first night.  We got in bed around midnight, and she spent the next five hours talking to me, rolling around on my chest, and rubbing my face.  Then she finally wore out, and went to sleep under the office couch (that was her safe space when I got her [and where she still hides when I vacuum], and it took her a couple of weeks to feel comfortable sleeping "above ground", and then probably another week before she didn't keep at least one eye open).  So I think I dozed off some during those five hours, but didn't really get to sleep until 5:00 a.m.  It's exhausting having a new baby in the house.

I love how much your two girls love each other already!  Did you name them, or had the shelter already given them those names?  I like both of them.

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That is such a wonderful photo @MargeGunderson!  You have a gift!

When I had  cats they were always a single I got as a stray or from a shelter so don’t know a lot about duos but I’m kind of blown away at their immediate companionship!  What a joy for us to get to see it, too!  Really happy for all of you. 

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@Bastet, we named them after characters in one of the best TV shows of all time, Leverage. Both were strays with no real connection to their shelter names, so we didn’t hesitate to rename them. Sophie is 14 months and Parker is 12 months. 

We are so lucky that they get along right from the start. I was prepared to keep them separate and introduce them slowly this week, but no need for that. Sophie is a total hedonist, and Parker is so mellow we’ve been referring to her as The Dude (from the Big Lebowski).

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46 minutes ago, MargeGunderson said:

@Bastet, we named them after characters in one of the best TV shows of all time, Leverage.

I've never seen the show, but I like both names.

Unfortunately, most of my favorite characters have had names I don't like as cat names (e.g. two of my favorites were Lauras - Laura Holt, Remington Steele, and Laura Roslin, Battlestar Galactica - but I just don't ever look at a cat and think "Laura"), but I've named cats after two of the exceptions:  Maddie was named after Maddie Hayes (Moonlighting).  The character's full name was spelled Madolyn, but I didn't like that spelling, so Maddie was Madeleine.  Louise was named for Louise Sawyer (Thelma & Louise).  In fact, she got the character's middle name, Elizabeth, too. 

If it ever seems a match for a future cat, I may name one Murphy (Murphy Brown).  And maybe a Cagney (as in Cagney & Lacey; I don't like Christine, Mary Beth, or Lacey as cat names, but I kind of dig Cagney).  I don't like Sharon as a cat name, but maybe I could name a cat Raydor in honor of Sharon Raydor (The Closer/Major Crimes) - everyone who heard it would think Raider, but I'd know.

My mom just sent me this picture; my dad set his flannel shirt on a chair while he did something in the living room, and it still hasn't made it to the bedroom, because this happened:

 

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7 hours ago, MargeGunderson said:

I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. I forgot how active young cats are at night! Parker crawled right into bed and at various times was curled up next to me under the covers, curled up around my shoulder/neck with her face on my face, or waking me up to pet her. Sophie was jumping on and off the bed most of the night and so far only sleeps in short bursts. I think she’s still keyed up from all al of the changes, and will probably calm down a bit. Both purr loudly, snore, and love to make biscuits. Parker also loves to groom Sophie, who doesn’t seem to mind. Right now both are in the same cat bed (even though there are 4 cat beds) and Parker is all over Sophie. 

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SO SWEET!!

Also...what is this "sleep" of which you speak? I haven't slept properly in the 3 years we have had Chelsea. Granted...it is not entirely her fault. We were just getting her to the point where she would wait until 6:00 before waking us. Then, Hubby got a job that he has to be out of bed at 3:00 am three days a week. This is her natural wake up time, so...  😞 

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My cat and I had a discussion today about this self quarantine that I have placed myself on. Due to previous health issues I’m high risk should I contract it. You would think that they would be happy to have more playtime, treats and interaction, but no....

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