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12/4/16 7:19 P

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Of now Lola is eating like there is no tomorrow. Crazy cat

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12/4/16 6:47 A

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I have a problem, Lola cry that she is hungry, but when I feed her she just looks at it and walks away. She is 10 so I tried several kinds of canned cat food think it might be her teeth, she nibbled on each foe a day or 2 and left them. One day she decided she wanted the dogs food. I gave her some in her room where the dogs couldn't bother and she eat that for a day or two, now nothing. I'm on my way to the pet store to see what else I can tempt her with, any suggestions.

DH won't hear of me taking her to the vet. The vet told him another cat 10 year old cat was healthy and gave her something that would increase her apatite and the cat passed 12 hours later.

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12/3/16 9:55 P

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Orzo doesn't seem interested in the Christmas decorations. I have had a small, decorated tree over next to the table he likes to sleep on and I don't think he has ever touched it. Funny, because he will bat everything else in the house around and he will knock everything off my coffee table.

Today I went to a pet food store grand opening and got both dog and cat some treats. They were giving away gift bags, one for cats and one for dogs, and gave me one of each. The kids now have their Christmas presents (though they don't have them yet). I thought that was a pretty good deal. There are treats and toys in each bag.



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My cats are picky about what food they eat. They'll eat Friskies but not Iams. They like tuna but not salmon. But then they'll eat artificial Christmas tree needles. Is it taste or just cussedness?

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had a cat that knocked everything off the mantel, I could decorate anywhere else I wanted but not the mantel. I had another cat that took the angel off the top of the tree. She didn't touch anything else just the angel.

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Anyone else having interesting interactions between the cats and Christmas decorations? So far I've had to move the Advent Wreath, Rosie keeps knocking over the candles. And the decorating hasn't even begun yet. We got Rosie on December 20 last year, she was only 7 1/2 weeks old, so not able to wreak havoc. This year will be different. The other two are interested but not fascinated.

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11/23/16 10:22 A

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All our kitties found their homes. And no one turned them away and risked making God mad

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Our feral cat population on the farm is usually around a dozen in the winter, when some of the wanderers come in looking for shelter. Sometimes, if I can catch the tamer ones, I'll take them to a spay/neuter clinic our vet runs every so often.

Feline rhinitis is a problem here especially for the kittens. It was worse when we had cows in the barn, but now that space is cleaned out & used for hay and equipment storage so I haven't noticed as much wheezing & sneezing. The hawks and coyotes do their part to keep the population under control.

MaryAlice - We used to get many cats dumped off usually at the edge of one of the fields, but not so much the last few years. They don't always find friendly faces.

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11/21/16 2:02 P

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When I lived on the farm there were no small animal vets around. Cats were not only allowed to bread out of control, they were encouraged to. About every 2 years feline distemper came though and wiped out 1/2 to 3/4 the population.

For this reason we let our cats breed out of control. The first time distemper came though we had 25 cats. We didn't lose a single one. Thinking we were lucky. We gave cats to people that lost all there cats. The next time we had over 50 cats. Again we didn't lose a single cat, not only that but none of the cats that had been born on our farm died, but their offspring did.

This time we weren't afraid to give away most of our cats. Really we dumped our cats off at the edge of the Indian villages. They believed if a cat chose you and you cared for it, it was God smiling on you.

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Our working cat population is up to 8 now living in the barn and patrolling the farm every day. Dh has set up a few "amenities" for them - a shelter made of bales with a heated pet mat on the floor, a heated water bowl and of course the food dishes. They get dry food once a day - the rest of the cuisine is up to them. Since we don't have any cows in the barn any more, it can get quite cold on our many minus temp winter days, so the heated mat and water bowl are a necessity.
Mr, Brian the pampered house cat is #9. He still brings me a mouse every so often just to show that he does earn his keep. Took him to the vet last week for a rabies shot & deworming. Despite his 2 month absence, the vet pronounced him in tip top condition.

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I guess that they are getting too many cats in shelters here (or at least at Dumb Friends) because they now have ads for working cats or barn cats. When I got Orzo they wanted them to be indoor cats so they wouldn't get lost or hurt or killed. Didn't matter to me if they wanted them inside or not. I won't let him out around here. It's okay. He can work in the house being a comforter, washing Cassie's face, and catching any mice that decide they can come in here. And he stays safe.



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11/8/16 2:59 P

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On Galveston Island, they decided to get rid of all the feral cats, rounded them up and shipped them to shelters. The mouse population around the jetties grew so fast they couldn't keep up with it. So they went and got some feral cats, neutered them and let them go on the jetties. Now every so often someone goes out and collects the cats that have been dumped neuters them and lets them go again. If you are on the jetties and see a cat that hasn't had one ear clipped you call the city and they have it neutered

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Update on the Parliamentary cats - their compound is now closed as other rodent control methods are used. There was a spay/neuter program, eventually only four cats left who died of old age. Any other cats dropped off were taken to a no-kill shelter and many were adopted. Some interesting videos about this colony on YouTube,

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The problem with feral cat compounds is that they grow exponentially. We have to remember that in the wild, the food chain is what limits population. We have this romantic view of animals living in their natural habitat, and forget the violence that involves.

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That is really nice for the feral cats. I don't know if they have anything like that around here. I really doubt it. They had a bunch of feral cats where a friend of mine used to work and he befriended them and took them all home. A couple stayed leery of people other than him, but I know that some would curl up in his lap, too. One of them brought home a kitten that stayed with them, too. I think he had 9 cats at the time with Baby.



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Lucky cats..someone must care for them a lot. There's a similar encampment on Parliament Hill in Canada's capital city, Ottawa. Volunteers look after a colony of feral cats decended from a pair brought in many years ago to control the mice in the Parliamentary Library. They've become a bit of a tourist attraction too, although visitors are strictly forbidden to feed them.

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11/7/16 7:20 A

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I'm on Walk4Life, We walk different trail and they post pictures of what we saw. I'm on the Appalachian Trail. We just stopped in Erwing TN for supplies. Here is a picture of what we saw and an explanation.



While walking around Erwin, I discovered this little homeless encampment for... cats! There were about a dozen cats loitering around here and most of them scattered when I approached to take this photo, but you can still see four of them (three white and one black) in the back near the right side of the photo. Other cats went inside of the structures.

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11/3/16 10:28 P

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I have a quilt covering my leather recliner. It has little claw marks all over it. He hasn't really scratched on it but started to a couple times. He just climbs up on it. The fake leather in the corner of the room needs completely reupolstered due to a former cat and the dogs when they were puppies. Now Orzo thinks it is his to scratch on, but he has gotten better. He runs and jumps on the arm and then to the top of the back. That chair I would like to get fix. It is a massaging chair (don't have the massage stuff for it, though) and if I can reupolster it and fill in between the parts of the leg rest part, it will be really more comfortable than anything else I have. Not sure how to do that, though.



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I hear you about the puncture wounds. Mine are all back thanks to Mr. Brian's needy kneading, Time for a trim. I've also had to put back a thick cover over our leather footstool, which doesn't need any more scars either.

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One of the good things about winter (and there are so few) is that arms and legs are more protected than in the shorts and tank top summer. I'm always amazed at what can trigger a sudden launch: a phone ringing, a sound in another part of the house that I can't even hear. Those hind claws can do some damage. My husband is on blood thinners, so there is a lot of blood. And the cats don't care.

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Don't know, but they must be pretty nutritious because barn cats live on them without a bunch of other food.

Today Orzo got his nails trimmed. Monday he dug his claw into my arm when I tried to move him while the kids were coming to the door. I just can't believe how good he is at the groomer's. There were 2 of them this time, but he just stood there nicely while they trimmed. Then he waited with me in the store while Cassie got her nails trimmed. Hopefully I will quit getting my arms and legs scratched and bruised now.



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I wonder what the nutritional content of a mouse is? It's not in the Spark database.

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I wish I could get the zoomies like Orzo does and I could also lose weight. Orzo doesn't get them a lot, unless he is getting them during the night, but that cat is skinny and he does eat pretty well. He gets his small portion of canned twice a day plus all he wants of dry. Now he also adds the mice once in a while. Not sure what he weighs now, but no more than 10 pounds.



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Darlene, if I got the zoomies like the cats, I'd be in much better shape than I am.

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I'm so glad that Mr. Brian is home. It sounds like maybe someone thought they were doing him a favor and took him in, maybe thinking someone had dumped him rather than him just being out wandering.

If a cat had a Fitbit, do you think it would stay put when they got the zoomies? Orzo sure had them yesterday. Up on the back of the chair, back down, down the hall and back to the chair a few times. Most of the time he is just nice and calm, then he gets the zoomies once in a while.





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I'm so glad Mr. Brian came home! Too bad he can't tell you where he's been. I'm sure there is quite a story there!

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So glad to hear Mr. Brian came home! emoticon

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Well, good news for me and bad news for the mice - Mr. Brian, my prodigal cat, has returned, seemingly none the worse for wear after a nearly two month absence. I was so sure he had gone for good this time, so am very glad that he survived the dangers lurking in the country. It hasn't taken him long to claim all his favourite spots and get back into his old routines, including waking me up early (currently 5 am) for breakfast. Now he's asleep in his chair and I'm going to make coffee. Busy day coming up so might as well get a good start.
Kitty fitbits...interesting idea Nell. As long as the exercise minutes would be transferable to kitty companions emoticon

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I've often thought it would be fun to have a little kitty Fitbit. They got a lot of steps in between very long naps, there would be a lot of gaps on the graph. Maybe a Fitbit on the tail? Would every swish count?

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emoticon you're so right about time flying by. At least we get an hour back next week when we change back to standard time from daylight saving. Not much daylight left to save this time of year.
Had a few nostalgic moments thinking of my kitty companions loved and lost. They enrich your life in so many ways. I still haven't decided to get another indoor cat - the outdoor rodent control officers have been on the job - found another "gift" (dead mouse) on the front step this morning. Haven't caught any in the house for almost a week. Still cleaning up after the first invasion. The late Miss Peanut, like most of my indoor cats, preferred napping to being on rodent patrol.

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Zoe, my Calico cat & companion of 14 yrs passed away Sept. 19. Hard to believe it's been a year. Time sure passes by fast these days.

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One year ago today, my Isabelle died and we buried her in the woods. Unknown to us at the time, a litter was born on this same day down in Blacksburg. We got one of those kittens on Dec 20th, she is now happily ensconced in our household. Has it really been a year since we lost Isabelle?

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Orzo was being funny this morning. First he started looking in the toilet. He had water and that toilet is the one that the water is turned off to. Then he went in the kitchen and scratched next to the water bowl before getting a little bit of a drink. Later on he went in Cassie's crate and scratched a little before drinking the water in there. I have never seen him do that before.

Anybody have any new tips on how to get Orzo to keep his claws in when he kneads on me? I will need to take him in to get his nails clipped again, but would like to be able to wait a couple more weeks since the credit cards are maxed. He is also tearing up my clothes when he does that and I can't afford any to replace them.



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My late cats (Mr. Brian & Miss Peanut) were both fascinated by dripping or running water bathtub, toilet or sink - all were worth a look & sometimes a paw bat. No interest in napping in the sink or tub - at least that I saw. Not the right shape probably.
I'm warming to the idea of adopting an indoor cat, or as dh calls it, a rodent control officer. We've caught 9 mice altogether - no activity noticed for the past four days so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Still cleaning up the mess though - those little blighters were everywhere!

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That evil eye is funny, Nell. I have seen pictures of the cats in sinks and I think if the one in the big bathroom here was cleared out and the faucet working Orzo would be in there a lot. Now he gets in the bathtub after I have been in there because I use hot water and he likes that it is still warm. Then he comes out and lays on my lap and I am always wondering why he is wet. emoticon emoticon



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My newest cat has decided she likes to curl up in the bathroom sink. I saw a House Hunters one time where a single woman insisted on dual sinks in her bathroom so her cat could have one of them. Of course, when I need to use the sink, I get the evil eye.

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Orzo knows he isn't suppose to be on the counters, stove and table in the kitchen because he gets off as soon as I walk in there. Well, the stove and counter, anyway. He still will get up on the table even if I am in there. His counter he is allowed on is the one in the big bathroom since I had to have a place the dog couldn't get to to eat his food. There is a table by the window in the living room he is allowed on, too. I don't want him up anywhere that I have food, though (other than his, of course).



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We cat owners just intuitively cover any food sitting on the counter if we are not in the immediate area. Dogs can't jump on the counter, cats can...and will. My cats are forbidden on the kitchen counter, the only place in the house I chase them away, but we all know how "forbidden" works for cats. It only works if we are there to enforce it. My dog owning friends don't understand why I have to put everything back in the fridge before we eat our sandwiches. Even the top of the fridge is accessible to any self-respecting cat.

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Our kitchen table is under a sunny, south-facing window - a magnet for any normal cat, even the late Mr. Brian. I tried the spray bottle trick but that only worked when I was around. When we were eating, he sat on the kitchen stool nearby, but try to read anything at the table...impossible to keep him away, as you can see.


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Orzo gets on the table, too. Also the sink and stove. He used to get in the sink after some bones I would put in there in bags, because it was too late to take them to the outside trash and he would throw them out to the dog.

Orzo just got off my lap, but he has been up here cuddling. I think he got down because he is wanting me to feed pretty soon. He is so sweet. When we all go to bed he will jump up last and go directly to Cassie to wash her face. Then back across me to sleep on the opposite side and curl up close.



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I've noticed that my dog owning friends are appalled that the cats get up on the table. I lift them down while we're eating, but they watch carefully and are up as soon as someone stands up. It's THEIR house, after all, I just live here.

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I thought the mice here were bad, but those you have are worse, Charlotte. They do get into my cabinets and drawers, though, so I have to wash everything before I use it.

Nell, I had a cat out at the barn many years ago who would bring the mice in from the field and play with them. Actually, he mainly just brought them in and wouldn't let them go while he ate his food, but he eventually let them go. As long as those mice stayed out of the feed they were just something to play with. If they got in the grain, they were dead and eaten.

Tipsy could be so funny. Besides playing with mice like that, he would sit on the pop machine (chest type) while we ate and if we had potato chips he would wait until we had them almost to our mouths and then knock them out of our hands. Unfortunately, he went and visited the pigs, too. Not a good idea.



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Our mice are in the attic, sometimes they fall down into a wall. The cats will stare at the wall until the scritching and scratching stops. On the rare occasion a mouse gets into the house, they'll play with it until it's dead, but won't eat it. They are truly spoiled!

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Well that saying "When the cat's away, the mice will play" is definitely true. My Mr. Brian disappeared several weeks before we went on a two week holiday. In the rush to leave, we forgot to set some traps, so returned on Sat. to discover that the results of a mouse invasion - all the kitchen surfaces, (not inside the cupboards though thankfully), bathrooms (they ate the soap), windowsills, all the bedrooms, bottom dresser drawers- nothing seems untouched. So, I've been disinfecting, scrubbing non stop ever since ... definitely not one of the perks of living in an old house in the country in the fall ... So I've changed my mind about replacing Mr. Brian - a cat in this house at least is definitely needed! Until then, the traps are set.

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I ran the little gas fire on the porch this morning to cut the chill. I won't turn over to heat for another few weeks. The cats line up on the hearth when the gas logs in the fireplace downstairs are on. No sun to bask in today.

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It has been getting cold in the mornings lately and gets really cold in my house from now through May. So far it has just been morning cold. I had to turn the thermostat up when I got up this morning so that the heater would turn on. Orzo just loves the heater. He comes in and sits right in front of the vent (blocking the warm air from me, for the most part) and when it turns off he will sit and look at it like he can will it to come back on.

He has some Blue canned food. Doesn't like it. I don't know what the different companies do to make their food taste different, but he prefers the cheap stuff -- Friskies. This was from the Pet Food Pantry, though, so not a chosen brand.



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Charlotte, I am so sorry that Mr. Brian didn't come back home. I used to worry about April disappearing like that. One reason Orzo stays inside. I was afraid he would bet lost when I got him and he hasn't ever been out since, so I don't know if he would know his way now, either. I know they are suppose to be able to find their way instinctively, but I would still be worried.



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I've been through cats getting hit by cars (one time it happened while I was at the store and a neighbor buried him before I even got home), and I had a cat that ran away. This is why my cats stay indoors only. I even had to sign a contract with the breeder that they would never be allowed out of doors. I have to be more assiduous with the litter boxes than I did back when my cats were allowed out, but it's safer for them, and provides peace of mind for me. Life without cats? Never happen for me.

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Thanks for all your kind comments re: my Mr. Brian's disappearance. It's been at least a month since I've seen him. I can hope that he's found a better deal somewhere else (although I can't imagine how that could be possible) or that he died of natural causes. I packed up his food bowl and litter tray the other day - couldn't help shedding a tear. New resolution - no more house cats - yeah right, we'll see how long that lasts.


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Charlotte, any sight of Mr. Brian?

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It's a new season, a perfect opportunity to refresh, recharge and restart! Happy Autumn Everyone!!!

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Charlotte, I'm sorry to hear about Mr. Brian. Maybe hells still come back. Sometimes it takes a while for them to realize they had it pretty good at home. Praying for his safe return.

Edited by: SASSYSAX at: 9/9/2016 (21:26)
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The mice have stayed away from my house since I got Orzo. The other day I guess at least one decided it was safe for them in the house again because Orzo caught one and ate it. I couldn't believe he was actually a mouser suddenly. He was making horrible noises and I thought something was wrong with him. I kept him away from me for a while after that, but he is back on my lap now.



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When I was in high school, we had a cat named Persephone. All cats were indoor outdoor cats back then. She disappeared one day, never came home. Then when I was walking to school I saw her rush into a house about 4 blocks away. She had adopted another family. Sad, but she was safe and obviously happy.

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ditto for me re: fostering. I'd just want to keep them all. Some sad news...Mr. Brian, my indoor/outdoor kitty, has disappeared, this time for good, I fear. It's been nearly 2 weeks since I last saw him. Still feeding two feral cats,but just not the same. emoticon

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I know I could never foster because I would fail..I could never give them up.

Here is the link to my first book. It's about my cat Thor's experiences living with diabetes. It's written as if he were telling his story.

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I would have problems with that, too. Actually did try to foster a dog for a little while because where he was suppose to be fostered the person was never available to adopt him. Finally another person got him to the foster, who ended up adopting him. I haven't ever fostered any cats. Having the dogs I did for 16 years I couldn't possibly get any kittens to foster. I think my current dog would like the kittens, but I don't know about my cat.

A friend of mine lives near a foster home. They foster both dogs and cats there and everyone there is looking for a permanent home for one of the cats there. I don't know if he is a foster or just a friendly feral, but he is really sweet. They have a lot of cats in their area.



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I'd have a hard time letting go of kittens that I've gotten to know. I can adopt but I can't foster. I just get so attached to my babies!

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Happy Days to everyone! It's quiet around here today & that's just fine with me & the Trio of Kitties. A year ago I was out doing the polka ... now I'm lucky I can walk. Osteoarthritis really has me down. What a bummer! Kitties are a great comfort, of course. ....if they don't cause too much trouble. :) They're 4 months old ( as of the 2nd ) & can get rowdy. Son was here earlier & as usual, said I should be looking for homes for 2 of them. Well, we'll just see about that. :)

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The old mattress I had was well over 30 years old because they had it for quite a while before my dad died in 1990. The single bed is almost that old, too. I never heard that about the mites. I know I was warned about bed bugs, but haven't seen anything around the new mattress (or the old ones, either). I find Orzo in there a lot.

Our weather has been cooler for the last week or more. Sunday it is suppose to get back up to 90. The nights have been getting way down to around 50 and it is starting to get cold in the house again. It will stay really cold in the house until at least mid June once it gets cold. I hope that doesn't happen too soon. There are a couple things I need to do around my door and to the outside garage door to break some of that cold, and I will have to get somebody to help me get the window closed in here. It must be warped because Pete had to use a big screw driver to get it in position while I closed it last year. I did get some advise on the door from my cousin, so will work on that.



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It will cool off for about a week, then get back into the 90s. But the nights will be cooler because the days are shorter.

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emoticon Yes, indeed......Welcome September! Hopefully, it'll cool off now. emoticon

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I've heard the every 8 years, too, though I make it 12 thinking it's industry exaggeration. I always think my mattress is fine until I get the new one, and wonder how I never noticed the failure of the old one.

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