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Kittyville, so sad for you.

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Thanks, Jacobsen. I feel oddly relieved, but just had another good cry, writing an email to someone else who would want to know.
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So sorry for your loss.

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Kittyville [Votive]
I'm so sorry. My heart hurts for you.

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Sorry to hear about your, um, kitty, Kittyville.

RIP, pussycat. [Votive]

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Kittyville
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Thanks, all. I feel much more at peace with it today.
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Happy Birthday Tatze, three years old today and still no fool!

She got her posh new collar for her birthday.

(Tatze is named after a German guide dog who belongs to a friend of my son's - her name means "paw")

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Aaaaahhh! Happy birthday Tatze! [Smile]

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Welease Woderwick

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Love the collar!

Happy Birthday Pooch.

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Happy Birthday, Tatze! Snazzy collar and a beautiful dog!

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What a beautiful girl!!

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We added another cat to our happy home about 4 weeks ago, naively thinking that she would be company for the two older males (who were brought up with two older females from the age of about 14 weeks).

She is aged 3, and is a sweet little thing. She was lovely for the first 3 ½ weeks...then she had us and them sussed, and she turned into a devil cat. The noise was indescribable, the threats blood-curdling, and the males were very shocked indeed as she rampaged around, swearing, threatening and generally being thoroughly unpleasant.

We have spent the week watching them all work out who is where, and how to behave around each other...

I have realised just how much we anthropomorphise our cats, and how much better it is to behave a s zoologist and observe them from a safe distance.

They are getting there. The boys give her an Evil Glare, and she will back off and suddenly discover something much more important to be doing somewhere else.

It has all been extremely wearing though.

Cats. Huh.

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I hesitate to ask the obvious, but this little cat has been spayed, yes? How long ago? (Sometimes it takes a while for the hormones to die down in the system.)

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Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
I hesitate to ask the obvious, but this little cat has been spayed, yes? How long ago? (Sometimes it takes a while for the hormones to die down in the system.)

Yes, she was spayed at the end of January.
I don't know how long it would take for her hormones to settle down?

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Brenda Clough
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That I couldn't say. But you would think several months would be long enough.

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Lucia

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Today I had a hopeful conversation with a friend who it turns out is thinking of getting a cat. I've been worrying about our cat as we need to rehome her with someone before we leave to move back to the UK in June. (Don't think cat would like living in England, too much rain and wind, and the paperwork and expense makes it a bit complicated for us.)
Anyway friend will hopefully come round to meet cat in the next couple of weeks. She wanted a grey cat, well ours is grey and white and very pretty and sweet natured so I'm hoping she will be smitten with her!

One concern though is our cat is used to being allowed to roam outside and this friend lives in an upstairs apartment with just a balcony for outside space. Cat is about 8 years old, and not as active as when she was younger. Do any of you have experience of a cat changing to a fully indoor life? Is she likely to adapt to it or might she be very miserable? Cat is house trained and uses a litter box so no problem with that.

I'm so desperate to find cat a home that I'm not in a position to be picky!

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Brenda Clough
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It should not be a problem, especially as the cat is older. Is the balcony safe for a feline?

My daughter is expecting her first. She has a cat and a Great Dane, and the two do not get on. She asked us today to take the cat. I am reluctant, since I already have 3, but perhaps on a temporary basis. The baby will be born and grow, right?

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Lucia

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I haven't seen the balcony but I suspect it will be safer than the wall surrounding our three storey high flat roof that cat regularly runs around on...
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Lucia

My parents' cat did that when they moved from one house to another. She was allowed out at both but at the second decided it was not worth the effort to fight for new territory so stayed indoors.

She adapted completely and there was no balcony. She must have lived quite happily there for a year or so. She was already older than your cat (14 years) and died within weeks of my grandmother.

Jengie

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I need to do some research on difference kinds of cat food. The fat'n'fluffy one has been eating Whiskas pouches, but now Greenpeace allege that the company catching the fish, Thai Union are involved in destructive fishing and slave labour.

I have already switched form another brand due to earlier slave labour concerns and I thought the NZ Government had addressed this issue, but it appears not.

I may have to take up fishing myself, anyone have a spare rod? [Help] (Being an obligate carnivore Georgie is not interested in the vegetarian option
[Roll Eyes] )


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You could try a gradual move to the veggie option with grated cheese added, most cats love cheese.

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Jengie jon

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Huia

On the advice of my cousin, a vet, my parents fed their cat on rice and fish and chip shop fish scraps for years.

The cat loved it, I am not sure Mum did as the boiling fish and rice together stunk the house out.

Jengie

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quote:
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I need to do some research on difference kinds of cat food. The fat'n'fluffy one has been eating Whiskas pouches, but now Greenpeace allege that the company catching the fish, Thai Union are involved in destructive fishing and slave labour.

I have already switched form another brand due to earlier slave labour concerns and I thought the NZ Government had addressed this issue, but it appears not.

Huia

I'd be checking out the evidence of the claims made by Greenpeace before taking drastic steps.

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For older cats dry kibble is unhealthy; they do better on canned food. The manufacturers make varieties for every possible health issue; mine are on 'urinary maintenance formula.'

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Brenda, I would repeat Gee D's warning of research there. I am not a vet but have seen cases with medicines for people where the formula is identical but product is marketed for different puposes and has different labels. A well known analgesic down here had products for headahes, period pain, back pain. Separate packets and instructions. Identical product in every packet. Different prices.

I use an anti inflammatory cream. Same brand and different prices and supposed purposes. . One is marketed as Arthritis cream, the other as a cream for aches and pains etc. When I first saw this I checked. Formula is identical but arthritis cream is dearer.

As i said, I am not a vet, but that seems a situation ripe for something similar to trap caring owners. I hope I am wrong.

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My poor pup is having a stressful time. A Blue Jay has build a nest in a large oak tree by our back stairs and every time the dog goes out into the yard the jay dive bombs her. So now she hangs out on the porch sunk down low on her belly and makes a run for it anytime she needs to relieve herself. I am really not sure what to do. Any ideas?
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I think it's different from the pain medication case Loth because G-P does get fur balls when she doesn't have the food that helps her digestion deal with fur balls. The dry food she eats has other options, but they are all the same price. Because it is a regular purchase I only buy it on special.

GeeD, I do take your point about Greenpeace but the topic of slavery in the fishing industry has been raised before in Parliament here and some measures were taken to stop it happening by (as I understand it)forcing fishing boats working off the NZ coast to follow NZ laws. As for the 'destructive fishing' a fisherman was on the radio this morning admitting to dumping fish, which effectively means that his boat had taken over its quota. It seems that this is not uncommon and there are calls that go beyond those of Greenpeace for an investigation of the whole fishing industry here.

I think G-P may be trying some raw meat which is sourced locally in addition to chicken necks to clean her teeth (as recommended by the vet).

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Lothlorien
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That is good that the advertised different food seem to be really different.. The other cases just made me wonder.

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quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
My poor pup is having a stressful time. A Blue Jay has build a nest in a large oak tree by our back stairs and every time the dog goes out into the yard the jay dive bombs her. So now she hangs out on the porch sunk down low on her belly and makes a run for it anytime she needs to relieve herself. I am really not sure what to do. Any ideas?

Can you go out with her? You're a big, tall human* and might intimidate the blue jay; you could even wave your arms or something.

*nothing personal -- I don't know how big you are. I'm thinking from the bird's point of view.

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Go out carrying an open umbrella, to shield your dog.

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Pigwidgeon asked

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Can you go out with her? You're a big, tall human* and might intimidate the blue jay; you could even wave your arms or something.
*nothing personal -- I don't know how big you are. I'm thinking from the bird's point of view.

I stand out with her, but I also have a relationship with the Jays who I have known for a number of years. I put 6 peanuts out for them then ring a bell and they come to eat. The female is very careful and picks up each nut taking the larger ones, the male just flies down grabs any nut and flies away. So they are not at all afraid of me and I do not want them to be. But waving arms around is a good idea. I will give it a try. They are very quick with their bomb runs.
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quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
My poor pup is having a stressful time. A Blue Jay has build a nest in a large oak tree by our back stairs and every time the dog goes out into the yard the jay dive bombs her. So now she hangs out on the porch sunk down low on her belly and makes a run for it anytime she needs to relieve herself. I am really not sure what to do. Any ideas?

I wonder about putting a coat or t-shirt on the dog to make her look quite different to the jay? I agree with the others that you will have to go out with her for the next while if only to get her confidence back up. Is there a different part of the yard that you could go to?

My dog was attacked by crows and had to have a visit to the vet to get lacerations cleaned up so I know how intimidating a bird can be. A dog trainer told me to be very sure not to indulge the fear or my dog would not get over the attack. For about two weeks, every time I saw a crow I barked at it. Yes, it made for some funny times. She calmed down about them but has always remained fairly wary of crows.

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The Birds, possibly Hitchcock's finest!

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The worm has turned.
Dog turned around ran and jumped at jay. . Jay yelled and flew away. Dog is very pleased with herself. Tail held high and she just pranced back up the steps into the house.

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Honour is satisfied [Big Grin]

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My last Airbnb guest had several bags to load into his car, and, though he remembered to lock the front door as he left, didn't shut it in between loading runs. Thus the evil and sneaky cat snuck back into the house unobserved, got locked in, and had been copiously sick by the time I got back from work. My carpets are, of course, pale-coloured. Fortunately, like most pet-owners, I have a handy supply of carpet cleaning stuff, so no permanent damage was done.

Must add to the list of house rules:
Be sure to outwit cats upon leaving. [Ultra confused]

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quote:
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Dog is very pleased with herself. Tail held high and she just pranced back up the steps into the house.

[Axe murder]

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quote:
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... Be sure to outwit cats upon leaving.

When we were packing up the house in Belfast for moving here, it was a gloriously sunny summer's day, and we had the French door in the dining-room open. Next door's cat came in and probably thought all his Christmases had come at once: cardboard boxes by the dozen, empty counter-tops (and even high-level cupboards) to climb up on ...

In the end, we asked the neighbours if they would close him inside, as we were afraid he'd get locked in the house, or worse, get into a box and end up in a container heading across the Atlantic ... [Eek!]

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Would just like to thank everyone for comments some time ago about the Furminator. We acquired 2 long-haired ladies recently (supposedly to keep the Youcat happy) and it's been worth its weight in Iams. Yessie had to be shaved by the vet as everything was a horrible matted mess underneath, but now she looks lovely. And I have enough fluff to stuff a cushion. Really - hyperbole free zone. Now, if they could decide to get on with the others.....

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I love the Furminator. Especially at this time of the year, when they're turning their coats, you can get off huge drifts of fluff. I cannot understand why one cat can have enough fur to upholster at least one other feline.

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We once had a collie who was a wonderful dog in almost every way. Cats made her crazy, though. Our kids wanted a cat too, but we had to say that was impossible as long as our dog was around.

Eleven years ago, that dog had a stroke and died. Within hours of her death, a gray cat appeared at our house and quickly worked her way into our life and our hearts. We think she was around 2 or 3 at the time. She had been spayed already—our best guess was that she had been abandoned. We never really could accept that it was just coincidence that she appeared on the same night that our dog died.

Tonight, after a week of not eating much, not feeling well and a couple of visits to the vet, that cat died. She was sweet and affectionate, but could be feisty when she needed to be. My daughter loved that about her. I had never had a cat before, having grown up in a dog family. I was surprised at how quickly she grew on me.

RIP Smokey Jo.

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quote:
Originally posted by Nick Tamen:
...RIP Smokey Jo.

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Amen to that.

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Fredegund
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And now to see who turns up for you...

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Glad Smokey Jo found your family, Nick Tamen. RIP Smokey Jo.
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Nick Tamen

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quote:
Originally posted by Fredegund:
And now to see who turns up for you...

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We had that thought, especially since our daughter is wanting a dog of her own. (We have one other cat, which is our son's, and a golden retriever.)

Thanks all.

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Piglet
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Sorry to hear of your loss, NT.

RIP Smokey Joe. [Votive]

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jedijudy

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I'm very sorry for your loss, Nick Tamen. It's so hard to say goodbye to our little furry friends. [Votive]

You have brought to mind our cat Smokey Jo, which we had before I was even in school...a very long time ago, indeed! [Smile]

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Huia
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In September last year a small grey cat with a weird meow came into my house and calmly started eating Georgie Porgy's food. We both chased him off, but he hung around. For a couple of months he even sported a collar, so I knew he must belong somewhere, but was never quite sure where.

A friend suggested I name him Cloud because he was grey and leaked. On really cold nights I would find him curled up on the mat in the porch, and sometimes in the hall near the heatpump. Once he got shut in the garage and when I opened the door the next day ran up the path, then stopped and turned around to tell me off.

Today I came home and he was sleeping on the bench in the sun. When I looked a few hours later he was still there, but he had turned around and it looked as if there was blood on his nose and his eyes weren't normal. I visited the houses up a long driveway where I thought he lived, but everyone denied he was theirs, so I rang the SPCA who said they would be here in half an hour, if I would make sure he stayed.

I spent a hour talking to him and gently stroking his head. He tried to get up when he saw the SPCA woman, but he was having difficulty and I held him still. I had to sign a form saying I didn't know who he belonged to and they took him away.

I will miss him.

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Piglet
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Poor Cloud. [Frown]

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jedijudy

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[Frown]

For Cloud's family to miraculously find him. [Votive]

[ 24. July 2016, 11:31: Message edited by: jedijudy ]

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