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First kitten to appear from under the front deck. I hope there aren't any more...  

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@meep.meep, that is what they say but I also know that not everyone follows the directions to isolate their cat. I'm hoping the treatment is never necessary but I like to get a head start on fretting.

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1 hour ago, Gramto6 said:

First kitten to appear from under the front deck. I hope there aren't any more...  

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Awww the baby! There are probably more. Contact your local TNR facility ASAP. They're young enough that they can be probably become acclimated to hoomans and adopted.

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On 6/6/2021 at 5:54 PM, ABay said:

A few of us here have had cats given radioactive iodine. How do you keep the cat from tracking the super special litter around the house?

As per my vets recommendation I used the World’s Best litter brand. It clumps and they can be disposed of in the toilet (as per vet). It didn’t get tracked around, but I used some puppy pee pads size extra large under the litter try and it would keep it from being tracked through the house. My kitties don’t cuddle so I just kept away from her mouth and used gloves to clean the litter. 

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32 minutes ago, theredhead77 said:

Awww the baby! There are probably more. Contact your local TNR facility ASAP. They're young enough that they can be probably become acclimated to hoomans and adopted.

Four so far... my neighbor is sure mama is her daughter's lost cat. She says DD and GD will come and get some of them. I hope so. The weekend will probably be the best time...

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Let us know if you need help finding TnR and rescue organizations in your area. Time is of the essence. 

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2 hours ago, ABay said:

that is what they say but I also know that not everyone follows the directions to isolate their cat.

I wasn't told to isolate my cat, like shut him in his own room, just not to spend too much time right up close with him.  I noped out on that by Day Two.  The poor guy slept on the hallway floor outside the closed bedroom door the first night.  No way I was doing that to him again, when he wasn't going to increase my lifetime cumulative radiation exposure all that much (per state regulation, he had to be down to only a certain level - they measured how much he peed out - left in his system before he could be released in the first place).

That was all from the thyroid specialist who did the treatment; my primary vet, when she had it done on her own cat, did the same as me and went right back to cuddling by day two.  (I laughed when I "confessed" and she told me she did the same, and her thought process of Eh, even at a much higher level of exposure its effect would be on fertility, and I'm not having kids anyway.  Same, sister!)

As for the litter, I didn't worry about that, as he didn't track much.

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1 hour ago, Gramto6 said:

Today's cuteness:

 

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What's the plan to get them into homes? Or at the very least spayed and neutered. It won't be long until they can have babies.

 

In stray cat news, there are at least 3 in my complex. I'm working with my neighbors to find an organization to trap and release or foster but first we need the HOA to announce the plan so if these kitties have homes their owners bring them inside.

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2 hours ago, theredhead77 said:

What's the plan to get them into homes? Or at the very least spayed and neutered. It won't be long until they can have babies.

 

Their mama appears to be the missing cat of one of my neighbor's daughters. They want to collect them which makes me very happy. Hopefully it will happen this will happen by this weekend...

 

 

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Query.  I haven't had a cat in years, but adopted an adult cat 6 weeks ago.  At the shelter, I commented that they seemed pretty happy to be rid of her. "Oh, no, she's just an asshole with other cats. She's fine with humans."  Turns out, she seems to be an asshole in general, but it's kind of cool.  The shelter had no recommendations about food, so I just grabbed a big bag of "middle of the road" food in a quick trip to the supermarket.   She ate it happily.  I then bought a couple of bags of different, more expensive brands.   She seems to hate them both, and it's been a couple of days since the original food ran out. I might have a minute to get to the store tonight to buy the OG, but it will be inconvenient. She's not crazy enough to starve herself, is she?  If she is truly hungry, she will eat the other food until I get the stuff she likes, right?  Second query, when she arrived I gave her an old fuzzy blanket. She quickly made it her bed, loved it.  This week she hates it, is reluctant to even touch it if I put her toys in the middle.  I have washed it a few times already, so it's not that it smells or feels different. Any thoughts?

Or can all of this behaviour be summed up in "She's an asshole"? 

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Cats are fickle but that's not asshole behavior. If you washed the blanket after she was snuggling on it, it does smell different to her. Just leave it alone and hopefully she'll love it again.

Cats also need a stable diet. Changing the food, unless it's for allergy reasons, isn't a great idea can can cause stomach issues. I'd suggest getting the food she likes and donating the other food (if it's not open) or returning it, if you can.

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1. Happy to continue feeding her cheaper food.

2. She has loved the blanket since it has been washed, can’t figure out why the sudden change. I even put her treats on it and she will lean over to eat them while avoiding touching the blanket. whatevs. 

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I agree 100% with this:

38 minutes ago, theredhead77 said:

Cats are fickle

Heh.  

As for the blanket, it probably picked up a smell that she doesn't like. Cats have a sense of smell equal to if not better than dogs, and it doesn't take much for them to literally and/or figuratively turn their nose up at something. 

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@Quof Did you use a dryer sheet? Or even your dryer may have some residual smell from use of a prior one. That might be too foreign of a smell and why the kitty is no longer interested in the blanket. You are still in the adjustment period. Give it some time and it should all work out. Glad you figured out the food issue quickly. It is probably what the cat was used to. 

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Cats are indeed fickle. I think it’s to keep their human servants on their toes. Last week’s favorite napping spot? Won’t go near it for months. The special dental treats that they begged for every day for the last month? No longer edible. Such is the life of a cat owner. But in return, I get this

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14 hours ago, Gramto6 said:

Today's cuteness:

 

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so cute! I am an "adult cat only" type of gal but I think kittens are absolutely precious.

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1 hour ago, MargeGunderson said:

Cats are indeed fickle. I think it’s to keep their human servants on their toes. Last week’s favorite napping spot? Won’t go near it for months. The special dental treats that they begged for every day for the last month? No longer edible. Such is the life of a cat owner. But in return, I get this

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I love those "mix & match" kitties!  It's like someone took their favorite leftover bits from all the other cats and combined them to make a new one.

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10 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

@Quof Did you use a dryer sheet? Or even your dryer may have some residual smell from use of a prior one. That might be too foreign of a smell and why the kitty is no longer interested in the blanket. You are still in the adjustment period. Give it some time and it should all work out. Glad you figured out the food issue quickly. It is probably what the cat was used to. 

Dryer sheet or could be the "fragrance" in the detergent is the culprit. Cats like or dislike smells we humans don't appreciate or are even able to detect. I had one cat go nuts for the left armpit of a particular t-shirt but never the right pit, and no matter how many times I washed that shirt whenever I wore it he would dive head-first into it and try to roll around. All 17lbs of him. 

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23 hours ago, MargeGunderson said:

Cats are indeed fickle. I think it’s to keep their human servants on their toes. Last week’s favorite napping spot? Won’t go near it for months. The special dental treats that they begged for every day for the last month? No longer edible. Such is the life of a cat owner.

Their favorite flavor of wet food that Mom bought on sale online?  They’re tired of it.

(Not that that’s ever happened to me, of course…)

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1 hour ago, smittykins said:

Their favorite flavor of wet food that Mom bought on sale online?  They’re tired of it.

(Not that that’s ever happened to me, of course…)

Heh.  Worst offenders in my house are the teenage children and breakfast cereal. Every time I buy one box of something, they eat it in 24 hours. Then I buy 4 when it's on sale, and they wouldn't touch it with a ten foot stick.

 

I try to never give Luna the same flavor of wet food more than once every 4 days, and as of today, she hasn't ever completely bailed on a specific type.  She has a very strong preference for bird flavors, and if it says something like Liver or Hearts on it, that's her absolute favorite.  

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Making sure that footstool stays balanced is hard work!

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A backyard visitor (a feral cat that lives in my neighborhood). 
 

Cosmo and the cat were unphased by each other. 

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Cats definitely hate it when their routine is upset.   I had to change the order of feeding for Cubby, because the vet wanted him to take calming pills for a couple of days before he and his side kick  (the bigger cat he bullies) went into the vet for their annual turn their heads and meow.

Normally, the cats get fed wet food a couple of times a day and then at night dry food.  Well, as I have said before, Cubby easily gets pissed off and is a biter when you rub him the wrong way.  Sometimes when you rub him the right way he still gets pissed and bites.  In any case,  there was no way that I was going to attempt to manual give him two pills twice on back to back days.  So I decided to give both cats dry food earlier and the wet food later with the two pills in the wet food for Cubby.   Well, the bigger cat through a shit fit, wondering where his wet food was.  He just sat there and stared at me for hours, because I gave him dry food instead of wet food, in his normal wet food time slot.

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On 6/13/2021 at 6:13 PM, icemiser69 said:

He just sat there and stared at me for hours, because I gave him dry food instead of wet food, in his normal wet food time slot.

Sounds exactly like...

...every cat that ever existed.  

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I posted quite a while ago a beautiful horse ran solo I’m happy to announce a beautiful white horse has joined the game.  They’re living amongst each other like friends.   Signed- a person who actually has an innate fear of horses but struggled more than necessary with Brown Beauty living alone 

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16 hours ago, Scarlett45 said:

Blake says hi. 

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I love his blaze!

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Yesterday's cuteness. Bird got the window...they like cat chow too!!

 

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I need to learn how to crop my photos!

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On 6/17/2021 at 7:26 PM, Gramto6 said:

Yesterday's cuteness. Bird got the window...they like cat chow too!!

 

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I need to learn how to crop my photos!

They got bigger!

 

I hurt my back really badly gardening last weekend. I’ve never hurt my back before and by golly sweet baby Jesus this has been torture. Cosmo still loves me though our walks have been pitiful the last week. This morning I made it 3 blocks before I needed to turn around. I’m back in bed. 
 

But here’s a photo from a morning this week where I had to sit on my backyard swing before I could make it back up the stairs. The swing does help with the back (yes I know my backyard needs work, no one sees the back so I spend more time beautifying the front). 

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Hope you feel better soon, @Scarlett45.

So I finally bit the bullet and bought a water fountain for Shadow(Catit Senses 2.0 Flower Fountain).  So far, so good; it was easy to set up, relatively quiet(I’m using it without the flower to start with), and she seems to like it:

 

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30 minutes ago, smittykins said:

Hope you feel better soon, @Scarlett45.

So I finally bit the bullet and bought a water fountain for Shadow(Catit Senses 2.0 Flower Fountain).  So far, so good; it was easy to set up, relatively quiet(I’m using it without the flower to start with), and she seems to like it:

 

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I love a water fountain for my cats. Makes things so much easier. 

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2 hours ago, smittykins said:

So I finally bit the bullet and bought a water fountain for Shadow(Catit Senses 2.0 Flower Fountain).  So far, so good; it was easy to set up, relatively quiet(I’m using it without the flower to start with), and she seems to like it:

I have the same. It works well as long as you clean it once a week and replace the filter once a month. I had to replace one after 2 years with two cats in the house. The pump was making too much noise in the end.

I'm still dreaming about this one but they don't deliver to Canada (yet). No plastic and no filters to replace.

https://miaustore.com/us/

 

 

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Advice needed! My geriatic tom cat, Louis, had developed some big fur mats on his back because he was no longer able to reach there to clean himself. I tried brushing with various cat brushes to no good result, and finally bought a gadget that was specifically designed to remove fur mats without harming the cat's (or dog's) skin. It works on little mats but in the process of using it I discovered that Louis would let me cut off the mats, working carefully with some very sharp nail scissors so now they are gone. The skin and remaining fur look healthy (no infection or anything else I can see) but I do want to keep that area clean and mat free for him now. Any suggestions on what I should use? Plain warm water and a washcloth or something else? Thanks in advance! (by the way, he is 19 now and completely freaked out by anything related to cat carriers/vet visits so I was definitely avoiding the take him to the vet and having him sedated while they shaved him solution....and I did! YAY)

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17 minutes ago, isalicat said:

Advice needed! My geriatic tom cat, Louis, had developed some big fur mats on his back because he was no longer able to reach there to clean himself. I tried brushing with various cat brushes to no good result, and finally bought a gadget that was specifically designed to remove fur mats without harming the cat's (or dog's) skin. It works on little mats but in the process of using it I discovered that Louis would let me cut off the mats, working carefully with some very sharp nail scissors so now they are gone. The skin and remaining fur look healthy (no infection or anything else I can see) but I do want to keep that area clean and mat free for him now. Any suggestions on what I should use? Plain warm water and a washcloth or something else? Thanks in advance! (by the way, he is 19 now and completely freaked out by anything related to cat carriers/vet visits so I was definitely avoiding the take him to the vet and having him sedated while they shaved him solution....and I did! YAY)

Now that the mats have been cut, can you shave him? If his hind parts are shaved 2-3x a year- that should make things easier for him to keep clean. 
 

I had to take groom my long haired boy Charlie to the groomer to be shaved 2-3 times a year for the last 3 years of his life (thankfully for me, he didn’t mind the carrier and he didn’t need sedation). 

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33 minutes ago, Scarlett45 said:

Now that the mats have been cut, can you shave him? If his hind parts are shaved 2-3x a year- that should make things easier for him to keep clean. 
 

The mats were not on his hind parts (he is still keeping himself quite clean in back and underneath) but in the middle center of his back. He is not a long haired cat so at this point I think if I keep him clean and brushed on his back he should be okay without shaving. I don't know anything about his history (he picked me from the shelter 6 years ago) except that he was abandoned in a field and apparently has a very fraught relationship with cat carriers so I don't want to put him in one unless it is an emergency.

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14 minutes ago, isalicat said:

The mats were not on his hind parts (he is still keeping himself quite clean in back and underneath) but in the middle center of his back. He is not a long haired cat so at this point I think if I keep him clean and brushed on his back he should be okay without shaving. I don't know anything about his history (he picked me from the shelter 6 years ago) except that he was abandoned in a field and apparently has a very fraught relationship with cat carriers so I don't want to put him in one unless it is an emergency.

Oh okay I see. That does sound like a good plan. 

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55 minutes ago, isalicat said:

at this point I think if I keep him clean and brushed on his back he should be okay without shaving.

Yeah, now that you've removed the mats and are starting fresh, regular brushing ought to be adequate going forward.  I wouldn't worry about washing that area he can't reach to groom, just brush it.

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9 hours ago, Scarlett45 said:

They got bigger!

 

Every single day!! 🥰

Hope you feel better soon!

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Cosmo is terrified to go outside again. He left a jerky treat IN THE GRASS to get back in the house around 7pm. 
 

That’s deep. I don’t want to terrify him poor guy. I guess I’ll try again right before bed. I know he can get UTIs from holding it too long. Ugh…..

 

Edited to add- he refused to go anywhere after that, and held it from 1pm Sunday-6:30am Monday. Here are some photos of him, at 9pm he was hiding under my desk, around 9:30pm I think he knew I wasn't going to force him out, and he came and laid near my bed. PETRIFIED. I care more about him not getting a UTI than cleaning up after him. 

 

He seems okay now, he had two walks so far, and its a bit cooler so he was happy. I have noticed his squeak toys are FILTHY, I should wash those.

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Monday night was a similar repeat to Sunday. I don't know whats going on outside in the evenings with him lately, but I dont want to stress him out. He was happy this morning, and enjoyed his walks, so I wont push it. I will try to push back is afternoon walk to 3 or 4 pm so that if he wont go out at night, he wont have to hold it in so long. 

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Oh, poor Cosmo, and poor you for being so worried about him. I hope that he gets back to his former ways. 

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12 minutes ago, MargeGunderson said:

Oh, poor Cosmo, and poor you for being so worried about him. I hope that he gets back to his former ways. 

I just dont want him to get a UTI from holding it in!

 

He seems happy enough until the evening comes.

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@Scarlett45 As someone who has added an older dog into their life, I think you are doing well. You seem to be using your patience and trying to understand him and his needs. Poor guy has also been through a lot of adjustments. He is lucky to have you. 
   I hope you can figure out what is scaring him at night. I’m also wondering if it may be due to loss of vision or that he can smell some predators around and know he does not have the ability to defend himself. You might want to get some of those puppy training pads and put one by the door so he feels he has a safe place to relieve himself. I use them under the litter box as accidents do happen with older pets and it makes clean up a snap. Best wishes and a hug for you. 

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Just now, Mindthinkr said:

@Scarlett45 As someone who has added an older dog into their life, I think you are doing well. You seem to be using your patience and trying to understand him and his needs. Poor guy has also been through a lot of adjustments. He is lucky to have you. 
   I hope you can figure out what is scaring him at night. I’m also wondering if it may be due to loss of vision or that he can smell some predators around and know he does not have the ability to defend himself. You might want to get some of those puppy training pads and put one by the door so he feels he has a safe place to relieve himself. I use them under the litter box as accidents do happen with older pets and it makes clean up a snap. Best wishes and a hug for you. 

Thank you so much for the suggestion! I come from a cat family, and have been a cat lady so this is pretty new to me. I think its the blasted firecrackers now that its summer time- if I can hear a "pop pop", I can only imagine what he can hear. He also does NOT like the heat, it has been cooler the last two mornings so he has been much more enthusiastic for his morning walks. 

I was kind of looking forward to us having long walks when it got hot (I love the heat) and hes like "ummm no, potty and back in the house". But his mood is still good as evidenced below.

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@Scarlett45, I went for a long time not posting, but I have followed your story of caring for Cosmo and then giving him a permanent home when his person died, despite your not being a dog lady. And I watched the look on his face go from one of fear and insecurity and loss to a look of love and belonging. All along I've thought what a wonderful person you are to do this. It sounds as if you rearranged a lot of your life for this sweet boy--something not many people would do.

It's upsetting to see him so stressed out again. I don't know what part of the country you live in, but it could very well be the heat. This might be some help: https://www.hgtv.com/lifestyle/family/pets/cooling-pet-products-for-summer. (The shoes are pretty hilarious-looking, but I know from walking dogs in NYC that pavement can get really scorching.) When we still had dogs, we never tried one of those cooling vests, but it might be worth a shot if it's the heat that's getting to him.

One thing we did try was the Thundershirt--we still have it, in case I can talk my husband into another dog. It helped sometimes, other times not. Another thing worth trying if fireworks or thunderstorms are scaring him. But it looks to me as if you're the best security blanket for Cosmo.🐕

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