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6/21/17 7:56 P

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Glad you are back home again Nell and with your kitties. Bet they are happy you are there, too.

It is hot here. I am sure happy I am not in Arizona. We had 99 yesterday and 98 today. Tomorrow we are supposed to have a cold front coming in keeping it in the 80s. I am just staying inside for now. I need to get something out of the truck, but I am not going out yet. Orzo still thinks he wants to go out, but I think he is really content to stay in where it is cooler. Cassie is just happy to be wherever I am.



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I was just overnight at the hospital, but oh I am thrilled to see my kitties again!!

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Off to the hospital in an hour.

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I hope that your surgery goes well and recoveryi s uneventful.



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6/19/17 8:18 A

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Tomorrow is surgery day. When I get back I won't be allowed to lift more than 10 pounds, which is one cat at a time.

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6/18/17 11:24 P

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Orzo gets locked in one room or another all the time, but I am careful to keep an eye out for him when I open a closet door. Otherwise I will end up locking him in one of them. He is always trying to go in the linen closet and I really don't want him in there.




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I kept hearing a cat cry, turns out Rosie got locked in the closet. I have no idea how she got there, she's out now. I wonder if she learned a lesson?

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Hope your surgery doesn't keep you down long.



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6/17/17 7:39 A

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Three more days until my surgery. Hubby has no idea how to care for the cats, that's on my son. I just wish I knew in advance if I'll need him for one day or two.

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Orzo wouldn't agree with you. He thinks 4:30 is a fine time to feed the cats. He actually didn't start his ordering until about 6:00 this morning, though. I finally got up at 7:00. Had bible study today. Orzo and Cassie are glad I am home now. If my leg keeps up this funny feel, though, I may have to go downtown.



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6/15/17 4:56 A

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I can't believe I woke up at 4:30. It's way too early to feed the cats and they are confused. Not too early for coffee, though.

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Orzo is definitely like that and very demanding. Now he is trying to sneak out the door to go outside again. I don't know why. He has been so good for the last 4 years. So the water bottle goes by both doors again. The only thing he doesn't get is the time outside. Guess he is jealous of Cassie getting to go outside, but she can't sleep on my lap because there isn't enough room and she is too heavy.



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I do the same: dry food out 24/7, wet food twice a day, but they still demand that wet food, even if all they do is lick it a little.

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6/12/17 10:20 P

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That is so sweet about the new kitty. I haven't had a kitten around since 1991 or 92. Orzo was estimated to be 5 when I got him. That is okay. He needed to come here to live with me. I do wish he would let me decide when to get up and when it is time to feed in the evenings (twice a day for a little canned and any time he wants for the dry).



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That gives me kitten lust! I'm glad I got all 3 of my cats as tiny kittens, but I do miss kittenhood. It sure doesn't last very long. Your niece is so lucky!

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6/12/17 4:39 P

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My niece got her first kitten yesterday. My brother reports that she's been reduced to just three words: "aww", "ooh", and "kitty".

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My cats are always on high surfaces, I swear the higher they are, the better they like them. My dog owning friends are horrified to see a cat sitting on the table where we'll be eating. I'll shoo them off when we sit down, and they'll pop back up the second I start clearing. I guess it makes them feel superior. Which, as we all know, they are.

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6/4/17 11:10 P

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Orzo decided he needed a look in the closet last night. I had the door closed, but he opened it. He didn't go in, just looked in there, then left. Sometimes I just wonder. He has also decided he needs to play with the plastic bag I have for trash in the other room (just one of those small ones) and I can't get him to stop that. He did that when I first got him, but hasn't done it in a while. Now he gets on the tables, steals my food and chews on my shoes again.



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6/4/17 4:44 P

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Glad you got it fixed Darlene! Sorry you missed the photo for Shutterbugs! emoticon

Edited by: NEELOJ at: 6/4/2017 (16:45)
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6/3/17 9:57 P

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Looks like the ignition switch or module was the culprit. Once he started fooling with it the wires to the relay started working and the truck started. So he got one he had extra when he fixed his sister's truck. Would have been nice if my truck had been as easy to diagnose. He was here the entire evening Thursday and Today for several hours before he found it.



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6/3/17 9:03 A

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Good luck with the repair. I always manage to make things worse rather than better.

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Biggest problem if it is the relay itself and nott he computer signal is trying to open that box to change the wire. Danny tried to open it and couldn't get it. He finally noticed there is a hole in the side he could look in and see where the wires were. There is a green and white one that isn't hot that looks like one that should be.

Got rides to Bible study this morning and then to lunch and a couple other places. Got some strawberry plants and a few flowers and then some special birthday treats for Cassie, whose birthday is today. So it was nice to get away.

Orzo is ordering me to come feed. Guess the next advertisement I will have to let Cassie out and feed both of them.



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6/2/17 7:36 A

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A relay is probably not an expensive fix, they are just the devil to locate.

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Jo, your kitty is so cute.

Danny came over and looked at the truck. It isn't the fuel pump that is the problem, but the relay that isn't getting the message to turn on the fuel pump. Not sure exactly where in that. Could be the computer or the wiring. Had to quit for the night to try again Saturday. At least we know where, just have to find exactly what.

Meanwhile, Orzo is climbing on my lap to curl up. Last night I was awake all night (not sleepy) so slept a while this morning and he nicely let me sleep without trying to wake me up, even after I got up once, then went back to sleep again for a little while. (had to get the trash out).



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Darlene, some days are like that. I hope you have a better day today!

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So sorry Darlene.... sometimes life can seem so hard!!
Maybe this photo will help make you smile. I just had to take the picture when I saw CeCe sitting there this morning like she Ruled the household!!!
I call it, "Miss Queen CeCe on her Throne" in the Catio!!! I am sure that is exactly what she was thinking!!! ha ha





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5/31/17 4:39 P

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I do live in a big city, but from where I live in the city you can go catch the bus and have to transfer to most places and the buses are never on schedule. I was going to go to a doctor's appointment one time by bus and was glad I didn't. I passed the one bus I would have been on by several blocks and the bus I had to transfer to went past in front of me by about 2 blocks. I would have had to literally run to the doctor's office which was just over a mile from the intersection. The buses from here are a half hour apart but the connections aren't scheduled for each of the half hours. I will do the bus to go downtown or just straight west of me, but I just don't find connections to where I am normally going.

This afternoon I decided to reheat the half burger I had left from breakfast. I just barely turned on the burner. Problem was I turned it the wrong way and burned that burger completely.Guess this just isn't my week.



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Darlene, it's hard when necessary equipment doesn't work. Unless you live in a big city, reliable wheels are essential.

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I finally got my truck back around 4 o'clock this afternoon. I went out to 4 stores afterwards and the truck didn't want to start after the 4th one. I don't know what to do anymore. I couldn't afford the work in the first place (cousin paid for it), but at least they didn't charge again since the fuel pump they put in didn't work, either. So what is it now? I have nothing to pay for more work on it. I texted my friend that usually works on the truck, so maybe he can help whenever he is around. Haven't heard from him, so he may be working in Wyoming or down in Durango or somewhere.

Orzo and Cassie are happy I am home. It was nice today, so Cassie and I spent a lot of time outside. I have been trying to clean out a flower bed. Not much in the way of flowers in it. Friday I got baby strawberry plants and I got them planted Sunday. Today I wanted to get a larger strawberry plant, but can't find any organic ones (in fact I couldn't find any where I went). Guess I will have to go to the nursery I usually go to.



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Back to normal today after the long weekend.

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It is so disillusioning when our equipment fails, whether it's a car or a computer or the hot water heater. I know it's a first world problem, but it's still tough.

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I can just picture that. Orzo doesn't normally do that, but he does try to figure out who is in the entertainment center under the TV.

Today Orzo is wanting some green chili that a friend brought me. Yesterday I had a bad day because my truck wouldn't start again when I wasn't near home. I got the fuel pump replaced last week, but it was a bad one, so they have ordered a new one to put in. Won't get it done until Tuesday.



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My nephew used my garage yesterday to work on his car. It was unsuccessful, I had to follow him to the shop where he left it until next week, but it was someone making noise in the garage. The cats spent the entire time staring at the door and the wall next to the garage trying to figure out the unusual sounds.

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Usually if Orzo isn't in my lap, he is in the other chair or on one of the beds. When warmer on a window sill. (it's cold today, so no window sill) I checked on the bed a bit ago, but he wasn't there. I unknowingly left my space heater on this morning and when I went back in the bathroom I found him lying next to the stool in front of the space heater. Guess he thinks the house is cold, too. He was so cute.



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We've had thunder several times the last week or so. It hasn't been too close, though. When it is really close Orzo will jump, but otherwise doesn't seem too bothered. I don't blame him for jumping. I do too.

Orzo was really upset with me today. Not my fault, but he doesn't realize that. Cassie and I went out to get her food and had to stop for gas first. Couldn't start the truck after getting gas. I had to push the truck out of the way, then call road assistance. Still couldn't get it started, so had to have it towed. Maybe Orzo was more upset because my neighbor picked Cassie up and brought her home without me. Poor guy may have thought something bad happened to me. Finally got the truck fixed and got home at 8:00.



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My cats don't like loud noise of any kind, and will retreat to the basement for the duration. That includes vacuum cleaners. The only time they hid out for a long time was after the earthquake in 2011, and that wasn't even loud, just creaking and shaking.

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Some of my friends reported tornados yesterday, but we just got a lot of rain and quite the thunder and lightning show. I discovered my kitten is scared of thunder, so she was in my arms for the worst of it. She's heard thunder before and not been this scared, so I don't know if this was a worse storm than she's heard before or if it's because she's having problems with her eyesight and the noise was just unusually disorienting.

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Happy Mother's Day to everyone, mothers of both fuzzy and unfuzzy children.

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Thank you!!!
And Happy Mothers Day to all of the Mom's of our Fur Babies!!!

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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I have grown the Kitty Grass before, but it didn't last very long. The Cat Nip outside is from when I had April, back in the 90s. I didn't even realize it was still growing, but moved the planter I had it in and took the growth down to a garden center and verified what it was. It grows outside the planter now, too, and a couple years ago I had a big patch of it down by the garden (almost 1/4 acre away from the original), but that patch died off last year.

Rosie sounds like a great supervisor. When I had some plumbing done (clean the main sewer from the house), Orzo had to be locked in the back bedroom. He was bugging Joe to pet and love on him the entire time he was checking things out. Couldn't let him keep that up with the snake coming in. Joe didn't have any problem with Orzo bugging him, thank goodness. Orzo will bug anyone who comes in the house for love.



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I have a contractor in the master bathroom to repair the wall behind the towel bar. The two older cats are hiding, Rosie is watching his every move, even the noisy moves.

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You are right, I have heard that too. I forgot about that.
Just wish mine would do it in the Catio where I can just wash it off!! ha ha

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I always believed that cats eat grass just to puke. They are obligate carnivores, they don't need any vegetable matter at all, but they sure do like to chew on plants. When I had outdoor cats, they ate grass and puked whenever they felt like it. I don't know if it's hairball control or bulimia.

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I have grown the Oat Grass before and KoKo and CeCe do like that a lot.
The only thing I have against it is that is makes them choke and of course after they come into the house it all comes back up onto the carpet!! I think they eat it too fast and don't chew it up enough.


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I have never been able to get catnip to grow at my house, not enough sun, I guess. I can grow oat grass, they love to chew on that, it's safe for cats. It only lasts a couple of weeks, though, then I have to replant.

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My catnip has started growing. I hope the little boy likes it. It's been around for years. I have given him dried and he likes that a lot (and his dental treats are catnip flavor and the only treats he wants to eat). After having catnip he will run around the house yowling - happily, I hope.



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Orzo makes me laugh!!
My two do not like any human food, even if I offer it to them. They don't even like regular Tuna that comes in a can.
The one thing they do dearly love is Asparagus when I cut it from my yard! They act like it is Catnip. Oh, and they do NOT like Catnip, fresh or dried!! ha ha


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Yesterday, Orzo stole a piece of my sandwich. He had been licking something off my shirt (I think some bread crust) and suddenly turned around and grabbed a bite. Guess that isn't so weird, but a little while ago he ate a cheese and sour cream potato chip. That I didn't expect. Guess I should since he likes chili and salsa.



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My baby brother is 65 today. Oh my, where do the years go?

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I woke up at 4, no idea why, but it's way too early to eat anything. The cats can wait, too, and just watch me as I drink coffee. And all three are here watching me type, wondering what on earth my priorities are.

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Great pictures, Jo.

Woke at 5:11 this morning. Cassie decided we should go back to bed for a while (I've had 4 to 6 hours a day this week), but Orzo thought I should get up at that time to feed them. He didn't get his way. Now he wants dinner already. That would mean he will want me to get up about 3 in the morning to give him his breakfast.



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Even though my two are house cats I do keep up with all of their shots. That way I don't have to worry if they get out or things passing through the screen on the Catio.
Here are a couple of pictures I took yesterday, one with a new flower pot I planted in the Catio.
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The windows are open and all the cats are stretched out on windowsills, all upstairs. They haven't been given the feline leukemia vaccine, so I can't risk another cat coming in contact with them, it can be transmitted through a screen.

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Orzo is also chewing on things again, Nell. So far he has stopped chewing on the electric cord to my computer, but he chews on my shoes, the velcro thing on my computer cord, and just started in on my tote bag my Bible study stuff is in. If my camera was in here he would be chewing on the strap to it. I don't know what that is all about. He can go in and chew on his food. But he has to be a brat.



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Nell, that is one of the reasons I like my Catio built on the upper deck. No fleas, ticks or lice 10 foot in the air, at least not so far!
A stray cat or two will come up the stairs once in a while but the screen door keeps them out even though there are a few times they hiss and growl. Haven't had anything other then that pass between them.

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I wouldn't let my cats out even in a confined space. I'm afraid of fleas coming in with them.

Rosie is chewing TV cables again. I bought fancy cord covers, and she has ripped them off. Looks like I'll have to wrap them all in duct tape. She doesn't like the feel of duct tape, but it's a chore.

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When I first got Orzo he would jump into the tub every time I was in the bathroom and ask me to turn the water on for him. I did that for a long time, but I couldn't afford the water bill because I kept forgetting to turn the water off. So he drinks from the bowls -- all 4 of them. The one is in Cassie's crate and he goes all the way in there to drink from it. Cassie cannot understand why he is in her crate. Then, he will also drink the water in my bath, though I have hot water in there. Sometimes I think he is just crazy. He is still lovable, though.

I think those chicken coops would be great catios. Can't afford anything, though. Not sure I can manage my garden again.



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Neil... I agree with our cats getting us trained! Mine "have" to get a drink from a trickle of water in the sink while I am in there!
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Val... Love the Earth Day Poem!

Darlene... I thought about the Dog Runs too before I had to Catio built. Didn't realize they would be able to get out of them.
I have seen a couple of times where people have used the small Chicken Coops they make now for people that like to have just 4 to 6 chickens. You might check them out online.

To have my deck built up and then closed in with hail screen and a screen door for the stairs and pet door in the storm door to the house, it cost me $700. Was not cheap but I used my income tax refund money that year! I would think something could be built a lot cheaper, but lumber is expense anymore. I had mine built solid like an added on room in case someday someone would like to close it in.


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My youngest cat insists on drinking water from unusual sources, like the sink or a water glass. There can be fresh water in the bowl, but she just has to drink from a glass if it's there. When my husband is in the bathroom, she demands that he run the cold water in a trickle so she can drink from it. I think it has more to do with controlling us than the water itself.

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My dog, Cassie, is always trying to prevent me from going anywhere by getting in the way when I am tying my shoes. I have to put her in her crate in order to tie them. Today Orzo got in on it. He was rubbing on my shoes and hands and feet while I was trying to tie my shoes. I don't know how I am going to get things done or get places with both of them ganging up on me. He hasn't ever done that before.

He is also trying to drink my chai tea lately, and sometimes just my water even though there is water in 4 bowls throughout the house.



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Jo, I would love to have a kitty condo like yours that Orzo could go enjoy the fresh air in. I kept trying to figure out how to get a dog run to work for that, but there were too many places for him to get out. A couple up the street from me had a cat they put in the dog run to let him out. Then someone kept allowing him out and they lost him. Very sad.

I think that Dumb Friend's adoption contract also said that the cats had to be kept inside, but now they have what they call a working cat adoption and those cats are outdoor cats, mainly for barns. That is where I had my first 3 cats -- at the barn.



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emoticon our furbabies are definitely safer inside.

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The contract I signed with the breeder where I bought my kittens includes a paragraph saying they will never be allowed outdoors. Long ago I had an indoor outdoor cat that picked up a worm that got into his brain. He died an ugly and rapid death. Lesson learned.

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I understand. I live on a corner with one street being a busy street. Then who knows what the stray cats carry!, lots of them around. I would be heart broken if something happened.

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I got April when she was 8 weeks and ended up with just a fight on the idea of the harness. I don't know anything about Orzo before age 5, so don't know if he ever had a collar or harness before Dumb Friends. I also keep him in the house, but he is starting to want to go outside, probably because Cassie goes out. Of course, Cassie needs to go out to do her business and he doesn't. I just can't let him out there with wild animals around here and hawks. There are too many cats disappearing from this neighborhood. One from down the street from me only a couple houses and one from the other end somewhere that looks almost like Orzo but has a little more white from the pictures she posted. I just can't allow that to happen to my little boy.



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When my KoKo and CeCe were about 6 months old I tried to train them to a halter and leash. I think in time KoKo may have taken to it but poor CeCe......
When I put it on her she just flopped down as if she were dead. Then as I tried to coach her up or to move she just used her front claws and pulled herself along as if she could not walk anymore!! It was so funny but I also felt so sorry for her so never tried it again.

Mine are house cats also so I don't worry about it anymore, they are now 5 years old.
At the beginning I thought it would be nice to let them get out into grass for a bit. But now I have a Catio for them and put potted plants in it for them.

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Darlene, my niece used to show cats, and she said that cats need to be trained to the harness and leash as kittens, or don't bother. I don't even have collars on my cats anymore, they never go outside so a collar isn't necessary. They'd hate collars.

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I found a harness and leash that I must have had for April that I couldn't get her trained for and was wondering if I could use it with Orzo. I doubt he would allow that, though. I got him a new collar after I got him and he would take it off within 5 seconds after I put it on. I didn't want the kind that wasn't a breakaway collar because I didn't want to take a chance on him getting hung up on one. My friend used one with her cat for a while, but he figured out how to get out of it and she gave up.



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My friend has trained her cat to a leash and takes for walks once or twice a day. I can't imagine a cat putting up with the restriction, but it seems to work for them. Safer for the cat too, not to mention the birds and small rodents.

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It's a gray, drizzly day today. The lady next door is walking her dogs, and I am so grateful my cats don't go out! I don't know how she manages to get those dogs clean before letting them into the house.

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Have a Blessed Easter everyone!

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HAPPY EASTER and SPRING Everyone!
I agree with Charlotte, my two do have me trained!!
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Here CeCe just can't wait to eat some grass I planted in the Catio!
I keep telling her to let it get bigger!!


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Good morning - way too early for me but the cat had other ideas. Turns out he just wanted company, so we went for a little ramble around the yard and looked at a beautiful but red sunrise, now he's disappeared on some catly pursuit. Nice spring rain yesterday, so everything smells so fresh. Dh is off to check on the cows and babies, so I guess our day has begun even though it's before 7 am.
Happy Easter/Happy Spring to all the SP kitties and their staff. emoticon emoticon

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My sister and her husband will be here this afternoon for Easter. The cats will take a few hours to adjust, but they'll be around, just beyond arm's length.

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Mr. Brian has me well trained. emoticon

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Part of the entertainment value of my cats is that they AREN'T trained. Just about everything they do is cute because it's unexpected.

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That's probably why cats are boss. People and dogs can be trained.

I have seen a video or two of cats that have been trained, but not many. One was a cat that did agility like a dog. Mine will come when I call him, but not all the time. Of course, Cassie doesn't come all the time, either.

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I read an interesting article about dogs vs cats in terms of traits like trainability. It said that dogs have been bred for specific traits for a couple of thousand years, but even today most cats don't choose their own partners. Cat breeding only started a couple of hundred years ago, and they were bred for appearance rather than other traits. That means they are genetically closer to wild animals than dogs. You might happen to have a cat that can be trained, but it isn't inherent in the species.

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