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Does anyone else here (is anyone else old enough lol) to remember the "Dear Kitten" commercials?

They slayed me.

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1 hour ago, PumpkinPK said:

Does anyone else here (is anyone else old enough lol) to remember the "Dear Kitten" commercials?

I sure hope so, they came out in 2014.

I love them. And I love the cold weather because my two sweet cuddle bugs have turned into snuggle monsters. Sometimes it's emphasis on the monster part, usually at 3am.

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1 hour ago, PumpkinPK said:

Does anyone else here (is anyone else old enough lol) to remember the "Dear Kitten" commercials?

They slayed me.

I love those!

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3 hours ago, PumpkinPK said:

Any advice?

There are German shepherd rescue groups around the country. Is there anyway you could email or Facebook any of them? You could try calling the local SPCA as well and see if they know of any. Best of luck. Poor baby. 😢

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8 hours ago, Giant Misfit said:

There are German shepherd rescue groups around the country. Is there anyway you could email or Facebook any of them? You could try calling the local SPCA as well and see if they know of any. Best of luck. Poor baby. 😢

Thanks GM!

The shelter is already doing that...  but I really am finally ready for a new dog after our Golden Retarded of 15 yrs passed, right before my 15 yr old cat.  I've never been petless like this, and I'm so sad about it.

Idk how to explain this, but I KNOW she is my dog.  I love her already, and can offer lots of time, attention, and we can give her a great forever home.

I really need help figuring our how to make her not want to tear 92 lb me apart.  I'm so kind to animals (esp to ones who have been through all she has), but that dog will seriously kill me.  Idk why she hates me so much.  I can't even sit on the ground and put a treat in front of her.

2 hours ago, MargeGunderson said:

@PumpkinPK, thank you for those! I needed a pick me up today. I would love to have a grey cat like that. So handsome! Also, "Vacuum" never fails to slay me. 

So delighted others enjoyed them too.

I rhink "Vacuum" was my favorite!

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4 minutes ago, PumpkinPK said:

I really need help figurimg our how to make her not want to tear 92 lb me apart.  I'm so kind to animals (esp to ones who habe been through all she has), but that dog will seriously kill me.  Idk why she hates me so much.  I can't even sit on the ground and put a treat in front of her.

It may be as simple as she doesn’t like or trust women. Try not to take it so hard or personally. I think that it’s great that you are willing to love her and do right by her, but y’all may not be a good fit together. I applaud your efforts. 

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15 hours ago, PumpkinPK said:

Does anyone else here (is anyone else old enough lol) to remember the "Dear Kitten" commercials?

They slayed me.

I have had a horrible day and I just watched all 13 and I am in tears from laughing so hard.  I don't know what my favorite part is vacuum, santa claws, the one about the bathroom, kitty got a big belly!

They are just all so true!

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14 hours ago, theredhead77 said:

I sure hope so, they came out in 2014.

Oh my goodness, yes, I had a brief moment of "Wait, I know time is really flying by at this point, but Dear Kitten wasn't very long ago, was it?!"

The original is my favorite, especially "human larva".  Next on my list is the Regarding the Dog version.

I think this playlist has all of them; if not, most.

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13 hours ago, PumpkinPK said:

Thanks GM!

The shelter is already doing that...  but I really am finally ready for a new dog after our Golden Retarded of 15 yrs passed, right before my 15 yr old cat.  I've never been petless like this, and I'm so sad about it.

Idk how to explain this, but I KNOW she is my dog.  I love her already, and can offer lots of time, attention, and we can give her a great forever home.

I really need help figuring our how to make her not want to tear 92 lb me apart.  I'm so kind to animals (esp to ones who have been through all she has), but that dog will seriously kill me.  Idk why she hates me so much.  I can't even sit on the ground and put a treat in front of her.

So delighted others enjoyed them too.

I rhink "Vacuum" was my favorite!

I think we (greatly including myself) assign human properties to pets.   She may not be a good fit with a female. Why?  We don’t know bc you’re nice and wonderful and would give her the best life. But she is an animal. It breaks my heart her story- for the dog and her owner.  If she’s not the best fit for you- that is because she’s a dog and can’t say those thoughts to herself (this person  is awesome and even close to my old stomping ground!).  I wish they could. I love your spirit and just overall niceness. I can’t imagine how happy your next pet will be in such a great home.  
 

@bosawks What is your car setup?  Knox is a frequent traveler in a 4-runner and I’ve got her in a dog bed in the back. That looks secure and intriguing. 

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On 10/26/2019 at 8:35 AM, KnoxForPres said:

@bosawks What is your car setup?  Knox is a frequent traveler in a 4-runner and I’ve got her in a dog bed in the back. That looks secure and intriguing. 

@KnoxForPres it’s a hammock style car cover.  I prefer the kind that almost looks like a rectangular box once you get it secured.

Amazon has a nice selection in the $30-$35 range and if you keep your eye out for deal of the day even cheaper.

Alli is a boisterous one and is hard on them and they still last 3-4 years.

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Yesterday was National Black Cat Day. It is always Black Cat Day at Chez Bay, but Girl Cat accepts it as her due that once a year other plebians honor her.

Two new cat trees, mostly assembled arrived today. The timing is a coincidence with the holiday ^^^ I ordered them now because it's bulk trash month so the old ones can go to the curb. I am, and forever more shall be, in agony after partially dismantling the 7 foot monster and somehow getting down my very long driveway and out to the curb. So heavy and awkward. I thought I was going to pass out before I got back into the house.

Girl Cat will, of course, ignore her new furniture for a few months.

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22 minutes ago, ABay said:

Girl Cat will, of course, ignore her new furniture for a few months.

Until one day when you cannot find her ANYWHERE, and you loudly call for her while checking all her usual hidey-holes.  Meanwhile, you should be looking UP - as she'll be silently watching you while perched unblinkingly on the top level of that damned tree!

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The day that Shadow got her cat tree was the same one in which she took an unauthorized stroll outside, thanks to Grandma not latching the door securely.  When I noticed it was open, I ran outside to find her on the front porch, and when she saw me, she darted around the corner of the building.(Fortunately, about 15-20 seconds after I yelled “SHADOW, GET YOUR A** BACK HERE *NOW*,” she came back.  It had just snowed, and I imagine that as soon as those little dainty feet made contact, she was like “Nuh-uh.”)

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Girl Cat actually used her new trees last night! And this morning she was ensconced in one of the curved perches to watch the birds.

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31 minutes ago, bosawks said:

Happy Howloween!!!!!

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She looks so happy to be dressed up as Wonder Woofman(?)...

hope she gets lots of treats!

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The dog on the left looks like he is dressed as a member of the Village People.

My cats are used to getting fed at a certain time.  Apparently they don't have an adjustment for daylight savings.

One cat sucks food down like a vacuum cleaner and the other cat just picks at his food, so I have to keep them separated so the one that eats fast doesn't vacuum up the other cat's food. 

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I don't know if anyone else hears listens to The Magnus Archives, but it makes me love badass Gertrude even more that she started waging war on the Fears because Desolation killed her cat.

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7 minutes ago, ABay said:

I don't know if anyone else hears listens to The Magnus Archives, but it makes me love badass Gertrude even more that she started waging war on the Fears because Desolation killed her cat.

I have no idea what Magnus Archives is, but I'll join any warfare against cat killers.  Fuck, I'll take 'em all on, no troops required.

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From the website:

"The Magnus Archives is a weekly horror fiction anthology podcast examining what lurks in the archives of the Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join new head archivist Jonathan Sims as he attempts to bring a seemingly neglected collection of supernatural statements up to date, converting them to audio and supplementing them with follow-up work from his small but dedicated team."

I'm not really a horror fan but this is easily the best fictional narrative podcast I've listened to. The bit bout Gertrude was just a passing line. No actual cats were harmed, on or off air, in the making of this podcast.

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We took Jake to a local dog park over the weekend. He got to run and make some new friends!

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My parents are gone this week, so I'm taking care of the boys (since I work remotely, I basically spend 24 hours at my house, then 24 hours at theirs).  Chester cuddles, plays, and talks with me like normal when they're gone, but he doesn't eat as well when it's just me because the anxiety over my mom (to whom he is incredibly bonded) being gone for more than a couple of days triggers his IBD.  They never leave for more than two weeks because of it, and this is just one week.  It's not a big problem, but I do everything I can (short of force feeding, which under the circumstances would be more stress on him than is called for) to get him to eat at least 80% of his usual calories, since the disease at this stage makes keeping weight on him a major struggle under the best of circumstances.

Once a couple of days had passed and he went into his altered appetite routine, he seemed to perk back up over chicken-based food (regular [raw] food and treats) rather than his usual rabbit, so I went out this morning and picked up more of the raw chicken formula and various chicken and chicken&something freeze-dried treats to tempt him.  I came back to find that of the food smorgasbord I'd left him, he'd completely ignored the chicken and eaten all the rabbit!

All I can do is laugh.  He'll probably devour the chicken when my parents are home (they return Sunday), and Bandit will happily eat it, so no harm, but I am so very tired from running around between my house, theirs, and the house of my friend whose cats I was also taking care of this week (thankfully, she's on a plane home as we speak) that before I started laughing I stood in the kitchen staring at those bowls and muttering, "Really?"

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From my experience it is often difficult taking care of another person's pets.  Especially if those pets aren't familiar with the pet sitter.   For some reason it seems as though it messes with the pets' routine.   They are used to certain people being around and they have difficulty making the adjustment when those people aren't around.  That is especially the case when I stay over with them.   It takes forever to get those pets to settle down and go to sleep.

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Cats, especially, can be quite routine-oriented and not like having it messed with.  At least all the cats I take care of (my parents' two, a friend's four, and another friend's one) know me very well (they see me a lot when their people are home), so they have that comfort and security.  My friend with the four cats will not move closer to her job because it would be too far for me to go to take care of the cats when she's gone, and she doesn't want them to have "just" a pet-sitter, rather than Auntie Bastet.  That's dedication, because commuting in Los Angeles sucks.

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I just got my kitties back today after leaving them with my daughter’s family for a couple of weeks. How well I relate to all I have read above about how they react to changes in their routine and people. 

  When I first got them into my car I didn’t hear a peep. First car ride without incessant whining and protests. It took them and hour or so of roaming around to make sure that their home is the same except with some interesting new smells. Then they began to relax. First treat was a slice of bacon. Then I went to my bed and got in. Am watching Netflix with both of them sleeping with me. They wake up every now and then just to make sure this isn’t a dream. Big Boy was good. He just looks a little worse for wear because he didn’t get groomed. Little Girl was her usual nightmare self. She bit my daughter [Who wouldn’t have reported it (or pretended that one of her cats did it) knowing the consequences, but gratefully she had no infection.] 

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Yum. Bacon. 

For @JTMacc99

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@bosawks Loved Alli’s costume. 

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Aw, glad everyone is back home, @Mindthinkr.  That's what I do after I return from a trip -- crawl in bed, turn the television on, and let Riley snuggle away to make up for lost time.

Oh, and Chester?  Happily chowing down on all that chicken I bought now that my mom is home.  Goober.  It's going to be a nightmare at Thanksgiving when it's friends taking care of them instead of me - we've apologized to everyone in advance.  The friends will get lots of snuggles (and conversation; Chester and Bandit are both Chatty Cathys - and Bandit has no inside voice), but they'll be tearing their hair out trying to get him to eat and cleaning up after him.  They both have cats, too, so at least they're used to it.

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I've never been one to put stickers and such on my vehicles, but I put this on the Durango this week:

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My new neighbors have a sweet little dog who has the most adorable sweater--he looks like a little lamb with it on. The best part is the hood--it has little lamb ears. I'll try to get a picture.

Advice requested: How often should I clean the bird feeders? Four of them get a lot of traffic and I'm concerned about the finches catching something. On the other hand, they are a serious pain to wash because I don't really want to wash then in my tub but it's the only spot big enough, and doesn't require me to cart bucket after bucket of hot water outside.

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12 minutes ago, ABay said:

My new neighbors have a sweet little dog who has the most adorable sweater--he looks like a little lamb with it on. The best part is the hood--it has little lamb ears. I'll try to get a picture.

Advice requested: How often should I clean the bird feeders? Four of them get a lot of traffic and I'm concerned about the finches catching something. On the other hand, they are a serious pain to wash because I don't really want to wash then in my tub but it's the only spot big enough, and doesn't require me to cart bucket after bucket of hot water outside.

Cornell says every couple of weeks, other places say four or five times a year.  I rarely clean mine with soap and water, but I do empty them regularly and sort of wipe them out, getting out all the stuck seed and random bits.  Mine get a fair amount of traffic, depending on the time of year and whether or not the Cooper's hawk is hanging around.  I probably rely on the rain/snow/etc. too much, but the birds seem happy and healthy.

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Speaking of birds. It’s been cold and rainy here. Two nights under freezing. I was debating bringing in the hummingbird feeders for the winter when all of a sudden one showed up. Ruby Throated female. Yesterday and today. My thought is to bring one in at night (so it never freezes) and leave the other out. If it freezes then I’ll replace it with the room temperature one until winter ends. I flummoxed by why it didn’t migrate. 

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We often have a few hummingbird stragglers around here, too -- sometimes even at the Christmas Bird Count (that starts mid-December).  The folks who have them at their feeders will bring in the feeders at night, then put them back out at first light.  They say the birds will be waiting for them, and will come to the feeders immediately. 

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1 hour ago, Browncoat said:

We often have a few hummingbird stragglers around here, too -- sometimes even at the Christmas Bird Count (that starts mid-December).  The folks who have them at their feeders will bring in the feeders at night, then put them back out at first light.  They say the birds will be waiting for them, and will come to the feeders immediately. 

That’s good to know that others experience this and that saving a non frozen feeder for mornings is the right thing to do. 

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Thanks, @Browncoat. I've been washing them with bleach and hot water as recommended by a few sites online, but probably not often enough because it's a hassle. Wiping them down would be a hell of a lot easier. Do you use anything in particular?

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47 minutes ago, ABay said:

Thanks, @Browncoat. I've been washing them with bleach and hot water as recommended by a few sites online, but probably not often enough because it's a hassle. Wiping them down would be a hell of a lot easier. Do you use anything in particular?

Just a damp cloth (like a Handi-Wipe or something I can wash if I want to, or discard if it gets worn out) around the seed ports.  The bottoms of mine come off, too, so I'll wipe around that as well.  I try to let it mostly dry before I add new seed, but since I don't get it terribly wet wiping it, it doesn't take long to dry.

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I don't know where all of the goldfinches went.  Normally I put out Nyjer seed socks and they come running (flying).

The only birds I have are a couple of small birds that don't know how to hang on the sock.  They just sit on a branch punching their beaks into the Nyjer seed sock like they are a couple of prizefighters hitting a heavy bag.

I have to bring those socks in at night.  A few years back, a deer grabbed a hold of one of them and yanked on it.  The solid steel pole the sock was hanging on bent in half.  I would have expected the sock to be torn off of the pole, nope.

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Goldfinches do migrate if I remember correctly. My winter guys are probably different than my summer ones. 
I haven’t been paying close attention to who is eating all of my black oil sunflower seeds. Looks like the usual mix here for the Hudson Valley. Now I’m going to take a closer look when the finches are here to see if it’s just house finches or both them and goldfinches. 

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15 minutes ago, JTMacc99 said:

Goldfinches do migrate if I remember correctly. My winter guys are probably different than my summer ones. 

Perhaps some do, but for a couple of decades I have had dozens hang around all winter long.

Back in the 70s when I was a child, we used to have trees upon trees full of Grosbeaks all winter long feeding at my parents' sunflower seed bird feeders.   All of sudden the Grosbeaks have disappeared.  I don't think I have seen a Grosbeak since 1980.

I only put out Nyjer seed socks, because squirrels tend to avoid them.   If I could put out sunflower seeds without having to chase squirrels out of the yard, I would.   I am never going to win a battle with a squirrel.   The feeder pole is too short to put any squirrel guards up.  Plus I have my feeder pole in an area of trees to help give the feeding birds cover from predators.

Plus squirrels have to eat too and I like them.  I don't want to see any harm come to them.    There are plenty of nuts around for the squirrels to eat.

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Look among your finches for purple finches, too.  I get those occasionally, mixed in with the many many house finches.  I don't have as many goldfinches as I used to, either.

I only see grosbeaks briefly during migration, but they live nearby in the higher elevations.

I only feed black oil sunflower seeds (year-round), and I have two suet feeders that I only use in the winter.

There was a bit on CBS Sunday morning today about David Sibley and birds.

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59 minutes ago, Browncoat said:

There was a bit on CBS Sunday morning today about David Sibley and birds.

I caught that and enjoyed watching the segment. I’m going to get one of his bird books. Hmm...it might also make a good Christmas present for the granddaughter who’s in charge of their hummingbird feeders and chickens. 

I’d love to own one of his originals. 

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I had to go to a client’s home they were renting to make sure the landlord came to unlock the doors for the people who who were scheduled to do a mold remediation on Friday (pro bono). Per the insurance policy I wasn’t  allowed on the property while they worked. So, while I was waiting, the most adorable kitty came up to me to keep me company! I don’t think she was a stray, because she was spayed. I had an enjoyable half hour playing with her and just wanted to scoop her up and take her home with me—But I couldn’t because-no pets where I live.😤😤

Isn’t she ADORABLE? (Yeah, that’s my leg! She was rubbing against it and curling herself under my arms—like a hug if you will🥰🥰🥰)

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1 hour ago, GHScorpiosRule said:

I had to go to a client’s home they were renting to make sure the landlord came to unlock the doors for the people who who were scheduled to do a mold remediation on Friday (pro bono). Per the insurance policy I wasn’t  allowed on the property while they worked. So, while I was waiting, the most adorable kitty came up to me to keep me company! I don’t think she was a stray, because she was spayed. I had an enjoyable half hour playing with her and just wanted to scoop her up and take her home with me—But I couldn’t because-no pets where I live.😤😤

Isn’t she ADORABLE? (Yeah, that’s my leg! She was rubbing against it and curling herself under my arms—like a hug if you will🥰🥰🥰)

I feel bad for people who would really like a pet, but can't have one do to their living arrangements.  There are so many homeless pets that need a good home.

I have always kept my cats as indoor cats.   I get really concerned when house pets are allowed to roam.   Too many predators, too many vehicles.

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3 hours ago, GHScorpiosRule said:

I don’t think she was a stray, because she was spayed.

How could you tell?  The only way I know that doesn't involve a vet is to shave the belly and look for a scar, or if she has a tipped or tattooed ear (which usually means she was spayed as part of a TNR program).  Much easier on a male!

I'm glad you had such excellent company while you waited.  I wish people would put ID tags on their pets, even if they're microchipped.  When I go for a walk, I sometimes see cats I assume are just chilling in their neighborhood, but without a tag I don't know for sure.  (Of course, they could be among the cats whose asshole owners moved and left them behind.)  All around, visible ID is helpful.  Some people who find a lost pet can't or don't know to take her/him to be scanned, so if there's a phone number right there on the pet, notification and reunion can happen much faster.

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10 minutes ago, Bastet said:

How could you tell?  The only way I know that doesn't involve a vet is to shave the belly and look for a scar, or if she has a tipped or tattooed ear (which usually means she was spayed as part of a TNR program).  Much easier on a male!

That seems like a friendly cat.  I thought most Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs tried to remove those cats that were friendly from colonies and find them loving homes?

I have heard of kittens being removed from those colonies and were found loving homes.

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23 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

That seems like a friendly cat.  I thought most Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs tried to remove those cats that were friendly from colonies and find them loving homes?

I have heard of kittens being removed from those colonies and were found loving homes.

Oh, dear, I certainly wasn't suggesting this cat was part of a feral colony - clearly not! - or even that she'd originated in one and been removed young and socialized some time ago, having lived in a home since (her ear isn't tipped and I wouldn't know about a tattoo from the photo).   I was just wondering about the means of detecting a spay in this case because none of the typical means - which is all I was listing - are apparent from the story and picture and I'm curious.

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19 hours ago, Bastet said:

How could you tell?  The only way I know that doesn't involve a vet is to shave the belly and look for a scar, or if she has a tipped or tattooed ear (which usually means she was spayed as part of a TNR program).  Much easier on a male!

Um...how to say this delicately? I didn't see any nipples where kittens would nurse, or any testicles, to indicate a male? And the only way I know to tell, was from my grandnephew, Ralphie, when he rolls over for a belly rub, I saw the scars? I guess I just assumed, as I've never had a pet before, but I have seen neutered/spayed/unneutered animals before.

And she didn't have a collar, so it is possible that some assholes decided they didn't want her anymore. But she didn't look malnourished. And she was happy to have someone to play with! I've always been allergic to kitties, but over the years,either the allergies disappeared, or Chemo killed them. If it's the latter, well, at least it had one advantage aside from killing the cancer.

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