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Advice from Multiple Cat Owners???

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Currently, I have a dog, a cat and three ferrets. The last member to join my household was my cat. He is a 4 year old Siamese cat. He was raised from a kitten with my (then) four approximately 3-4 year old ferrets and ten year old dog. Now my ferrets are 7-8 and my dog is 14, so they are all seniors. We're looking to add another Siamese for him to play with. The kitten would more than likely be his niece or nephew by blood (his breeder has two litters currently). My Siamese is okay with being in a multipet household, though he is most dominant. He only stands down to one of my ferrets and ignores another. The third he bats at (she interestingly enough helped "raise" him when we got him). He plays with my dog, but my dog is very submissive, and my cat takes advantage of that. However, he is extremely distraught if we leave with the dog, especially overnight, even though the pet sitter stops by to care for him.

My question is, given the details or not taking them into account, whichever works, does anyone have advice on how to make introductions as smooth as possible between him and the kitten. If they don't become friends, I don't know what to do. My cat is going to be heartbroken and confused if left alone once my dog passes away, and at 14, time is precious.

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TIEDYED69PEACE 3/21/2013 4:17PM

    Thank you Koffeenut! I'm hoping all goes well! :)

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KOFFEENUT 3/21/2013 3:47PM

    The suggestions Brandiw7 has are good - introducing them gradually. Especially if the kitten is young I wouldn't expect an issue. The only experience I have is with grown cats (unfortunately!). I adopted a year-old shelter cat who took a month to get accustomed to us. A brief two months later, my Dad passed away and we inherited his 12-year-old cat who had never lived with other animals (and barely tolerated me for the first 2 months). Now I have two grown cats who DON'T get along. Even though I introduced them as Brandiw7 suggested above, I think my Dad's cat is just old enough that it was too much change for her. My recommendation is to go with a younger kitten - and good luck!

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TIEDYED69PEACE 3/21/2013 3:30PM

    Thanks BrandiW7! I think he'll love to play. I'm hoping introductions go smoothly and fast but I've never owned two cats at the same time. How did you get your cats and kittens to get along? Did you just introduce them right away?

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BRANDIW7 3/21/2013 3:27PM

    In my experience, most cats can eventually learn to live together. Honestly, most of my cats have never had a problem with kittens. If they aren't interested in playing, they simply ignore it or give it a little pop on the head.

If you want to take it slow, you can separate them for a week or two (put the kitten in a spare bedroom, and allow the older cat free roam). Then, feed them on either side of the door, so they can smell/hear each other. Eventually you can switch any beds/linens that the cats use so that they can get used to each others scent. Then you can let them look and sniff each other through a baby gate. If that goes well, you can try to integrate them.

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Quick One

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sometimes you need a break from weight loss. I apparently needed January and February to snooze. Anyway, picked back up in March. There was no weight gain for 2013 and I have begun watching my calories and weighing in again. Second weigh in? 1lb lighter than the first! emoticon

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 3/21/2013 3:00PM

    a break can be so beneficial at times!!

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TOPCAT93 3/21/2013 11:58AM

    sometimes we get so hung up on wt. loss we do need breaks to refocus whats right

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Running Pains

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

So I've been doing the C25k for about 8 weeks now. I'm proud of myself, let's just say that. For the past three weeks, I've been repeating Week 5 Day 1 over and over again, because I didn't believe in myself to advance and I didn't want to set myself up to failure. To further the problem, where in the beginning I used to actually enjoy the runs, I started dreading them because literally from the first time I did W5D1 EVERY SINGLE TIME I got to the third 5 min run with 3 min left to go, I got side stitches... Sometimes, I would start to get them in the second run, but whether or not I did, without fail, third run, three minutes to go every time.
I tried changing what I ate, I tried changing when I eat, I tried drinking more, drinking less, stretching more, stretching less, breathing as deeply as I could possibly come up with (my lung would hurt afterwards!).... nothing helped. Ugh!
Well, yesterday I took things into my own hands. I hit 5min on the first run and kept going. I did Week 5 Day 2! And I kicked W5D2's ass! Woohoo! It was a great run! I read earlier that day that people who breath in while they strike their right foot down are more susceptible to side stitches and cramps, so I focused on breathing on the left foot when I could. (I'm lefty so I'm sure if I'm breathing, it's on the wrong side, we do everything wrong! hehe) I also limited my water intake for about three hours prior to the run and took just one sip of water during the run. Afterwords, I couldn't stop drinking!
Anyway, no cramps. I don't know if any of my tactics worked or if Week 5 Day 1 was just cursed, but I feel a whole lot better now that I accomplished something! Go me!


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REDDBETSY 1/7/2013 10:32AM

    LOL I think that you are awesome-- I have been repeating Week 1 Day 1 on an endless loop.

I have a HRM, and my heart would go INSANE from just one MINUTE running (sad, I know)-- spiking up to like 185-190 while I ran. But I have been running my 1-minute intervals 2-3 times a week for almost 2 months (!) and on my last 'run' I got all the way to the last interval and made it a minute and a half before my HRM started beeping at me for hitting 170 BPM. I call that a victory!

I hope to move on to the next block of runs this week. Even if it takes me 8 Months instead of 8 Weeks-- I am going to finish this!

Perseverance! We Will Run!

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TIEDYED69PEACE 12/6/2012 8:25AM

    Thanks guys! :)

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/5/2012 11:45PM

    Great job! Keep it up!!!

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JUMPINJULIE 12/5/2012 10:47PM

    That is amazing i'm so happy for you. emoticon

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SAMMI4444 12/5/2012 4:04PM

    That's awesome! Congrats! Keep it up :)

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Work Woes

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Short one:

Did anyone out there ever work somewhere where someone or some people just won't let you do your job? Any advice?

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TIEDYED69PEACE 11/29/2012 4:41PM

    I have a problem at work where an employee who is considered management (somewhere between me and my boss, though she literally doesn't manage anything) does my job before I have the chance to do it. Basically she steals my work. I have even googled it and can't find any case like my own...

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CHRIMSONFYRE 11/29/2012 12:30PM

    Yes I have, I had to basically tell those people that I need to get my work done and that they are keeping me from doing that. If they were needing help, I told them to schedule some time with me around my work. If it was just them wanting to talk or socialize, I told them I need to keep to break time because my work is getting behind and it is important to me.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

10 pounds down, four weeks completed of the Couch to 5k. I'm on Week 5 Day 1B (B is because I am repeating it again :P)
The running is hard, and I am relieved on days that I go to the gym, but do something else, but I do like the running.
This week is (obviously) Thanksgiving. I need to alter my habits to fit in with Turkey Day, but this time is more difficult. In the past when I have dieted, I just simply didn't really diet on days like this. However, I'm not dieting this time; I have been changing my attitude towards food and exercise instead. So, I need to work out, but at the same time, I don't want to hear the criticism from family. Ugh what a drag, huh? That means getting up at the crack of dawn... or before the crack of dawn really... to run to my gym before it closes and before I make the long trek home.
Not done yet. Now I've got to run outside on Saturday too, since they live nowhere near a gym. My gym has a branch up that way, but like everything in my hometown, it is over a half an hour away. Ugh. I want to run outside, but my boyfriend is my workout buddy, and I know he's not going to be happy. Last time I said we were going to run outside while away from home, he conveniently forget his sneakers... lol. Oh well, getting there...
I'm excited and nervous to run outside... though that kind of goes with my holiday theme: excited and nervous. I'm excited to see family always, but I get stressed out because the holidays are difficult, time crunching, hair pulling... I feel like I'm being quartered by family members pulling me in each direction every time I'm in! lol
Wish me luck!

Everyone have a safe and happy holiday!

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TIEDYED69PEACE 11/21/2012 2:43PM

    Thanks! I couldn't go by myself because I was in an unfamiliar area last time, and I wasn't comfortable going on my own. This time, I let him know that I'm going with or without him! :) I hope it is with him, because I'm not really good at motivating myself by myself, but there's always a first time!

Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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EIC41299 11/21/2012 12:38PM

    Keep up the great success! Good luck with the holiday! If he does not run grab some music and make that be your running buddy. Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/20/2012 11:24PM

    Double check your partner so he has everything! Or if he forgets, don't let it derail YOU!

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JUMPINJULIE 11/20/2012 9:59PM

    You can do it.

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