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9/28/16 11:31 A

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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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9/28/16 11:11 A

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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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9/22/16 8:28 P

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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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9/22/16 11:19 A

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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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9/22/16 5:53 A

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Charlotte, any sight of Mr. Brian?

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9/22/16 12:26 A

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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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9/9/16 2:30 P

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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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9/1/16 11:52 P

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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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9/1/16 9:14 A

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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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8/31/16 11:30 A

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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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8/31/16 10:09 A

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One of my past pet cats just loved memory foam - kneaded a big hole in our mattress, purring all the while. I think she was a sabatour from the mattress manufacturer. emoticon

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I didn't know this until I changed out my mattress a couple years ago, but they wear out inside after 10 years, depending on how good the manufacturer is. They fill up with mites, and dead skin cells, which I find strange considering I have the mattress pad, plus a sheet on it and wouldn't allow anyone to sleep on any mattress of mine without those things on them. But apparently, they still get mites and dead skin cells in them anyway. Plus, I happen to know that nothing made of fabric or insulation is mite free, so the mites are built right into the mattress, and the carpets on the floor. But hey, their free!

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Anyway, when I found out that they only last for 10 years, I was bummed! They are so expensive and it means all my hard work of keeping them clean and well maintained is basically fruitless. Rats.

But the biggest drawback, I found for myself, is that as the mattress breakdown over the years, my back and hips begin to hurt more and more and nothing helps that. So it seems to be a thing that needs to be replaced on some kind of cycle.

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I do wish I could get Orzo use to having his nails clipped. I haven't ever hit his quick and neither has Anne. Don't know about previous owners. He just gets worse and worse, though. At the groomer's he just totally shocked me.

It is pretty comfortable sleeping on the new mattress. Both Cassie and Orzo think so, too. In fact, Orzo left me a little while ago and is in there sleeping now. I did sleep in the recliner last night, but got up this morning and moved to the bed because my back was hurting. I just have to go back and forth.

I have one counter pretty well done now. I have to put the crackers back in the bread box after it gets dry. I washed the inside out to get rid of anything in there that would attract bugs. Now for the stove side.



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Darlene, good luck with your mattress. Mine is only 10 yrs old, but I am not comfortable sleeping all night in bed now. Go out in living room and sleep on Lazyboy sofa. Chrisy in my lap until my leg starts hurting, then I try to move her and she gets mad at me and runs away to her "secret place". It's no secret, Garfy and I know where to find her.
I thought I would never get the know how to clip Garfy, but I have learned to do it by myself. He is pretty good at laying down quietly while I wrap my arm around him to clip. You have to be very careful not to cut into the quick. It could injure them badly.

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I finally got Orzo to the groomer today and got his nails clipped. After all the fighting we have had to go through doing his nails and last time needing two to hold him while I clipped, the groomer had him lying over her shoulder while she clipped his front ones. He ran back into his carrier so she had to put him in a collar for his back, but only loosely and he stood nicely on the groom table while she did his back. I was in shock. He was just so good for her. I thought that they would have to have someone else in there helping hold him. Of course, he got some treats before we left.

I am trying to get a new mattress set (new for me, anyway). A lady has it on sale near here and I had to measure mine to see if it is the right size and then the truck to see if they will fit in there. I am waiting for her to call back. What I have would fit in there, so I am pretty sure we will be okay. That is, IF I was not too late calling her back.



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Boy, I don't know what I was thinking when I wrote that. I got treats for Orzo, but they were a sample (I didn't really see much of anything for cats, but maybe didn't look in the right places). The chews are dog dental chews. They will be coming out soon in Petco, but they are high priced. Made in U.S. (I think local, but not sure -- I'm in Colorado).

Trying to get things re-arranged in my kitchen so it doesn't get such a mess that I can't do anything in there. I got all Orzo's treats and such into the big bathroom where he has to be fed so the dog doesn't eat his food (I can't use anything in there anyway, cause it doesn't work). Can't figure out what to do with his cans of food, though. His dry is under the sink in Tupperware and the treats on top of that.



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I never tried chews for my cats, but am sure they would love them, especially Mr. Brian who can be a bit of a "gourmet" at times. They're just for treats, right? or do you mix them up with other food?
It's hard sometimes to feed at the same time every day especially in the summer when the farm is in full production. However, they have their ways of letting you know if they're really hungry. Mr. Brian sits at his bowl and glares at me; the outdoor mama cat howls at the door.

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That might work. For now I think I would have to mash by hand. I got some chews at the Pet Expo today, so down to nothing for money again.



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Darlene, my kids used a little baby food grinder when their kids were little, and they didn't want to pay for organic baby food. They'd mash up their own dinner, nothing special for the baby. You don't want to give people food to a cat, but you could grind anything through it, even cat food. And add a little chicken broth if you like. They look like a big pepper grinder, but all parts are washable. Would that work?

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Orzo gets in front of me when I am on the computer. Since it is a laptop that makes it really difficult to type or even just see the screen. If I am on the phone he rubs his head on the phone and tries to shove it out of my hand.

This morning Orzo was so insistent that I get up and feed him. I finally gave up and got up, cut things short, and fed him. He wouldn't eat it after I gave it to him. What a brat. Now he is getting in my way so I have trouble seeing what I am doing.

The Pet Expo it today and tomorrow. I was thinking I wouldn't be able to go, but might be able to manage now if I don't go buy things. They have free nail trims and Cassie is always needing something like that, so it would cost half for parking what it costs for having them trimmed at the groomer. They also often have pet food samples which would help with being able to feed both Cassie and Orzo more. I'll be having to get Orzo more canned soon, so if they have samples of that it will help.

I am wondering if I can somehow mash food that is in chunks for Orzo. Maybe he would like something like that and he could have some of the sauces that come on those.



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Charlotte, My cats visit me while on computer too!!. Garfy also likes to wrap hi "little" self around my neck while I am on the phone texting. You can imagine that my typing is not the best. LOL!!!

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Just stopping by to say hello. It's been a busy summer on the farm for the human and the feline species. Speaking of being awol, Mr. Brian gave me a scare by disappearing for nearly five days - probably because we had a house full of visitors and a big motor home in the yard at the time- a lot more hubbub than he's used to. There was an agressive feral tomcat visiting that time too, so maybe they had a "gentlemanly discussion". Anyway, I was so sure he was gone for good this time, but thankfully "the cat came back" the day after the last visitor left. He was hungry but otherwise fine. Since then, he's been Mr. Needy & hardly has left my side.
The little semi-feral mama cat has had her kittens but hidden them well. Probably under the old granary where there's a den made. She'll come to the porch to be fed, & her flight zone is lessening, but I haven't been able to touch her yet. We have had a feral cat colony of up to 18 in the past, but she is the only one around just now. I should try to trap her and take her to the vet for spaying, but she's still pretty suspicious of those strange cats with two legs.
Mr. Brian is now in front of the computer screen so signin off for now....

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Thank you. My furkids are my family. Otherwise I am alone.

Cassie and I went out to see Fancy today and take her food out there. We didn't get to stay very long because it started thundering. I did get to get some of the dried mud off her. I also talked to Monte for a while and found out that he had put in a gate for me to go through into the runs. I didn't see it last time because I would always go in on Fancy's side and that entailed opening the fence. The gate is on Jack's side, so went in there and walked around to Fancy's side where they were both waiting for me to get over there and give them some goodies. I wish it hadn't started thundering because I would have liked to stay there longer. I hope I can get out there another time this month.



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Darlene, I love that you love your little fur babies so much. HUGS!!!

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It would be an invite around here. Not too sure about where Cassie was before, though somebody might have thought she would be a good working dog from the breed. I don't think she would have anything to do with cattle, though. I'm just glad they gave her back to Lori and she didn't get hit. The male she was with at first is also an escape artist, but more into it than she is. He was in Wyoming with another friend of Lori's and she said he would jump any fence and if the runs were covered he would dig under. He wouldn't stay in a run without another dog in there with him. She was teaching him how to be indoors since he had been outdoors only before. Cassie spent some time indoors when she was back with Lori, but wasn't the house dog. Move her here and she immediately became the house dog. I didn't even think about it.



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Left alone in the yard was a sign for someone to take the dog. That's what people do just take them out of yards and sell them to Labs. Thank God you got Cassie in time.

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I am so lucky to have Cassie. The two places she was before didn't have any time for her and she loves people. Those people, at least the first one, bought her from the breeder. That one had her and a male and gave them both back. The second one was co-owner with the breeder. She started body building and, I guess, left Cassie alone in the yard, so Cassie went looking for her. Back to the breeder. So breeder's daughter showed her to her CH.

I managed to get her some food for the next 3 months or so. Don't know how that is going to affect things for next month. I had coupons that totaled 15% off for the dog food, 10% off for the horse feed, so I thought I'd try it instead of the Pet Food Pantry.

Orzo is in my lap again. Such a sweet boy as long as he doesn't want me to get up.



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So sad when people adopt an animal with no intentions of taking the time to break them in. Then they return the poor things and each time it breaks the little one's heart. You are good to take Cassie in. I'm sure it has been worth it. Hugs!!

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April was a tiny kitten when I got her. Annie had been with cats when she was a little puppy and I had an older rescue Aussie (well, he was about the same age as Annie then, about 1 1/2 for Annie and almost 2 for Ben) so I wasn't too sure about Ben until I held April down so he could see her. He gave her a big kiss. I never would have thought April would not get along with the pups when they were born. Maybe she knew Blue had so much prey drive. He also fought with his brother and uncle Ben.

Orzo was nasty with Cassie for a couple months, then just stayed away from her. He finally got more accepting I think almost a year later. They started face washing a few months after that. I am so glad they get along because I don't think I could give either of them up. I almost had to give Cassie back because of finances, but her breeder said she would supply food for her. She also got food for Orzo. (I didn't buy Cassie, she was given to me by the breeder. She had been returned to her twice).



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We all understand the dangers that can ensue with outdoor cats, but don't think that our other pets will kill their fellows. It's a reminder that they are animals, with the instincts of their wild kin. I have female cats only, and bring them in as tiny kittens. The older cats are always more patient with babies, and by the time the kittens grow they are accustomed to them. It's a time consuming process, a new kitten can't be out of sight for a month, day or night, during the integration process. I sleep on the sofa on the porch for a month with a new one, and hubby and I take turns running errands or going to church so she is never alone. It's worth the effort.

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So sorry for your loss of that kitty. Glad that Orzo not that combative! HUGS!!!

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It was crushed. The only thing they said they could do was take out that part of her jaw since it was crushed so bad and there was no guarantee she would ever try to eat or be able to eat after that. I wish she wasn't hurt so bad and I wish that Blue hadn't hated her so much. I guess April thought the pups were invading her territory, so she would fight with them and they would fight with her.

Orzo made me get up around 6:15 this morning and I had only gotten to bed about 3:15 or 3:30. I was trying to get a couple watercolor paintings done.



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Couldn't the vet fix the jaw??

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The swimmer I was thinking of from here is Missy Franklin. I don't know if they showed her in the semifinal yet, but she was 3rd in her heat of the 200 meter back stroke today. They were showing that she had dragged her feet on take-off and that slowed her down. I think she was 1st at the turns, though. Then the others caught up with her. I don't remember too well. I was down at the hospital trying to get some information I needed to enroll in the computer program to get my lab results and such. Some gal at the eye clinic put down that I declined to get in that, but I didn't. I just hadn't been able to figure out how to do it and it said that they would help people at the doctor offices, but no one did.

Yes, Blue ended up breaking April's jaw. It kind of was April's fault. She kept starting fights with the pups pretty much since they were born. But then Blue's fault because he was so prey driven. I think that last time he actually stepped on her, not biting. She didn't have any wet spots on her at all. And he looked totally shocked that something was wrong with her. It was very sad for me. I didn't even think of getting another cat until I knew that Venture was not going to be around but for a couple more weeks (in 2012) because of the cancer. Then I wandered to the adoption centers at Petco and Petsmart. There was a little black kitten at one of them that I wanted to go back for, but I couldn't figure out which store he was at. I also wanted to make sure I got one that would get along with dogs because I knew eventually I would get another dog. They told me that Orzo seemed to want to be with the dogs, but they were wrong. He wanted to beat them up. He did that to Cassie when I brought her home, but I was able to get him to stop that and now he loves her.



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Michael and Ledecky both winning gold, but I only look at recaps. I can't get into sports. Makes me sad that I can barely walk.
How's little Orzo doing? And did you mean to say your doggie did in one of your cats??

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Our swimmer hasn't been doing too well this year. She is from fairly close to my place in the SE Denver area (she is in a suburb, though, while I'm in the city). She did really well the last Olympics, though. Of course, I can't remember her name right now. I saw the ladies relay (where they cut down to semifinals) and they said she wouldn't be in the final because she was too slow. She was a lot faster last Olympics. That is sad.



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Yes, cats think you are yelling at them whenever you yell. Probably because they are up to no good. LOL!!
Michael Phelps is from here. Just a few miles down in Baltimore. He has really put himself back together in the past few years. Think I have seen him in passing a few times. He's a really big guy, hard to miss. A girl named Ledecky (?) comes from the Washington area, just down the road too. They are both super Olympians. Maybe it's because there is nothing else for kids to do around here but get into trouble or become great, one or the other.
Garfy does claw the carpet sometimes, but it doesn't bother me. He mostly digs at his trees. I have 5 in my small apt. There are lots of windows and they love being in the trees to check out the "hood". Chrisy is very arthritic and it takes a while to get up into a tree, even though I put little stools for her to climb up into them. She has one tree that is a stairway to the top, it leads to my desk, so she likes to get her love loves while I am typing notes to you guys.

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Orzo has been pretty easy to keep inside. I have to use the spray bottle sometimes, but he really doesn't try to sneak past like April used to. I got her as a kitten and after all her yowling when she got in heat I had her spayed. She would sneak out every chance she got. We finally found out if we didn't go after her she would just go in the back yard. Then I told her one time to get back in the house and she immediately went back in. That was all it took from then on. She was easy to stop from clawing things except for the massage chair that is a soft fake leather. Used the spray bottle for that and it only took twice. I don't know what she did to keep her claws from getting long because we could never clip them even with two of us. She never used them on me unless she was in trouble (like when she needed them clipped). She fought with my dogs, though, and that was her undoing. I miss her. She got along with Annie and Ben, but not the pups. With Ben he would chase her down the hall to the bedroom, then she would chase him back to the living room.

I am watching the olympics. Too bad they already told the results, but I am still getting excited when I watch those swimmers. Guess I really don't know the results on them. I just drove both Orzo and Cassie nuts because I was yelling at them to hurry up (the swimmers, not the dog and cat).



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Darlene, from all I've heard from you, you are a great fur baby momma. Nine Lives is another food that I am not sure of. I used to buy cases of it for the feral farm because that was what they wanted to eat. Guess it's the smell.
Men not having animals neutered is just plain dumb. Garfy was found outside. The lady had been feeding him for almost 2 months. He had been someone's baby, but they never had him neutered. It was not done until he was in shelter at 3 yrs old. Now he is confused and tries to mate with his 14 1/2 yr old spayed sister almost daily. I have things plugged in to try to stop him. I tried a rub on but it did not really work. Oh, well!!! emoticon
PS He has not been outside since I got him. Hopefully, he never will be.

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I don't know if they make any Puss-N-Boots anymore. The other one she wanted me to feed was 9 Lives. Those for the dry food. Every time I feed something like that, including Friskies and Purina, in the dry he gets his poos all over the floor outside his litter box. I don't really understand that. He tries to get it in the box. He doesn't have that problem on the other foods.

Nell, I would love to live in the country, but I could not do the farmer/rancher thing with the animals. Maybe farmer if I could get the help to harvest. And horses. And help dogs and cats.

I will spay/neuter cats because I can't control where they go if they get outside. I can control my dogs and haven't had any of them breed without my knowledge since my dachshund when I was about 15 (the weimeraner jumped our fence). My other females haven't been spayed until they were older and I only bred one (on purpose with her). Cassie was the earliest spay. I neutered one male early as he was not breeding quality, for sure. The other one was neutered later. I think anyone has to be responsible when they have dogs or cats and either spay/neuter or keep control so they don't breed unintentionally. I really don't think that if you have a top notch registered dog (or cat) that people should be telling you you cannot become a breeder and be an ethical one. I also don't agree with those men who say they won't neuter for the reasons you were telling about. Of course, I don't agree with a friend of mine who thinks that it isn't fair to cats to not let them roam around outside even when they are in an area with a lot of traffic. But then, that is me. I'd rather my cat be safe at home.



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My father's early life was on a farm, and I used to spend summers up there when I was little. That was back in the 50s. My uncle never had his barn cats or his working dogs neutered, he said it diminished their working prowess, the dogs that rounded up the cows and his deer hunting dogs, and the barn mousers. Only one dog was allowed in the house, the rest lived in the barn. The had a lot of barn cats, but still had to drown excess kittens. I never saw very many puppies.

He never hesitated a second, though, in castrating the hogs or the male calves. The heifers he kept to breed and produce milk, the bull was kept way away from the house, but all of them eventually ended up at the slaughterhouse. They treated all the animals very well, but couldn't get too attached. I know that's how it works, and has worked for thousands of years, but I don't think I would be a good farmer. I get too attached.

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Darlene, agreed, I want to learn something new everyday. I do crosswords that are slightly over my head to learn. And I have found that while I was being a wonk in school, others were learning practical lessons from life. I need to learn from them.
PUSS & BOOTS??? Do they even make that anymore?? I'm sure there is nothing good in one of those cans, especially for a kitty with a touchy tummy. LOL!!!

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I don't let anyone tell me what to do with my animals, actually. The person who kept telling me to get him declawed was someone who thought she knew everything and doesn't know half of what she thinks she does. She also kept telling me what to feed him, to the point that when I finally found what he could and would eat, she told me I needed to get Puss'n'Boots (which they don't have anywhere around here). So why should I give him something else when he is eating what he doesn't get sick on for the first time in a couple years. That would be stupid. She also told me what I needed to feed my horse (after asking me why I didn't sell her to the killers) and she has never owned a horse. Her uncle owned horses and her dad trained them, but she never took care of one in her life. I will take care of them the best I can do for them. Doesn't mean I won't ask for opinions on certain things like I have often in this team, but from someone like her that is just trying to show she is better than everyone else, forget it. I know there is always something to learn.



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Nell, I was talking about her friends who want her to declaw. She should never give into anyone else's idea of a good thing. But, neutering and declawing are two different things. You get an animal neutered for their health and to stop unwanted animals from coming into this world. It is rough enough for the ones here.

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I would never tell anyone whether or not to declaw. Cats do not become mean from declawing, but that isn't a reason to go ahead if that isn't something you think is best for your household. I have a very formal home with a lot of very expensive furniture and wool aubusson rugs and custom silk drapes. My declawed cats are sweet and active and happy in our home (good thing because I paid $600 for each of them), but everyone's home is different and have different requirements. I have no opinion for other people's cats.

I know many men who refuse to have their male dogs neutered because they think it's too cruel, that if they themselves didn't want to be castrated then their dogs shouldn't be castrated either. It's the same argument used against declawing, I don't understand it but it's their decision, not mine, I have no opinion.

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Darlene, don't let anyone tell you to declaw. It has become unlawful in some areas in the US and overseas. They have learned that cats need to be cats. I'm sure Orzo will not ruin your home. Garfy doesn't. emoticon

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All 3 of my cats are declawed, as were the 3 before them, and they have all been cuddly loves. Their personalities didn't change at all. I have a house full of very expensive furniture, and they can wale away at it with their paws (they don't know they don't have claws) and do no damage. They rough and tumble with each other, no detriment to any of them. They still have rear claws so could still do damage if they so chose, but they never do. They never go out, never even try anymore. The doors to the outside are the only doors that are ever closed to them, and they never try to get through them, or even pay much attention to them. If I close a bedroom or bathroom door, though, that results in outraged yowls. I'll open the door for them, they'll step in and step right out. They didn't really want in, they just don't want me telling them where they can and can't go inside the house. It's THEIR house, after all, we just live here.

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Oh, there I go misreading things again. You don't know how often I do that. Some things really come out funny when I do.

One of my friend's cats (here, not the one who kept telling me to declaw Orzo) is declawed, but she didn't do it. I don't know if that is Minnie, who is a bit shy, but doesn't get nasty, or Izzy, who will strike out if anyone but my friend's son tries to touch her. I think Minnie, though. All her cats are, in essence, rescues. Her oldest was kept from a girl who was on drugs. The other two were calls from the vet that they had a rescue.



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Darlene, Mickey Mouse was a cat I got from my DIL and Son. He was declawed. Kit Kat is the one who was abused and declawed. Chrisy had been declawed too. That was why I adopted her, thinking she would be good for Mickey Mouse. Now I have Garfy who is not declawed and Chrisy who is. I keep his nails clipped but have never seen evidence that he has scratched CM. He does tease her mercilessly but no injuries. Declawed cats seem to have emotional problems that do not happen to clawed cats. I would never declaw, my home is their home. If someone objects to the carpet being a little pulled and the several cat trees, they do not have to visit me.

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Poor Mickey Mouse. I don't understand how people can be so cruel. I had a friend that kept insisting I get Orzo declawed. What would happen if he got outside with the wild animals around here.

I am going to have to take the cans of Blue that I have left back. Blue does not seem to like them at all. He would rather eat his dry. I guess taking two back I can get 4 or 5 Friskies cans. Those he will like.



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I had to feed my newest kitten Gerber baby food chicken for awhile. She was so tiny I'd put in on my finger and let her lick it off. It's expensive, but easy to eat. As she grew it turned out she didn't like wet food of any kind, just Purina Naturals dry. Rachel Ray just came out with some kind of new cat food called Nutrish, we got a free sample with our newspaper one morning. Boy did they not like it, shoved it out of the way to get to the normal food.

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Darlene, after Mickey Mouse, I took a little tiny fellow out of the feral farm. He had been abused by his owners who just dropped him with a neighbor because he was "useless". Turns out the sweet little fellow, that I had for 14 mos before he died of cancer, had so few teeth that it was really hard for him to eat. I had to give him pate only. I just tried everything until I found a couple that he liked. Kit Kat seemed to have felt loved and cared for his last days on earth. That was all that was important. She dumped him knowing she had him declawed and he would have to defend himself against the neighbors 4 cats who were bigger and clawed. At the feral farm he hid under truck rather than go inside shed with other cats.

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I have wet his dry food before, but he wouldn't eat it that way at all. Didn't matter which kind. He really liked the Purina dry that a friend had brought to trade for whatever I had that he wouldn't eat at all (I think it was Canidae), but that gave him the runs. When I got him he was on Science Diet dry and the vet didn't think he was ready for the hard yet after having his teeth roots extracted. She gave me 2 cans (I think Iams) and he wouldn't touch them. So he eats a little cheap canned and the Blue Mature.

It has been cooler today, so he has spent most of the day on my lap instead of the bed in the back bedroom.



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Darlene, I took Chrisy off of Blue Sensitive Stomach and put her on Hills Science Diet Sensitive. Had to change her back to Blue. She was upchucking everywhere. She has been like this since I got her. She gobbles food because she and her brother (who died in the cold) had been abandoned in the country. Guess she had to eat fast or die. Have you tried to wet Orzo's favorite hard food??

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When I first got Orzo I tried something like the Lickables because he didn't seem to like anything. He would eat barely a teaspoon (level) of canned food and not much of the dry food. He would also only eat the chunky kind of canned food and not the pate. Now he just wants the pate and his Blue Mature. He also gets Friskies since that is what I can usually get cheaper. I did get a fairly good deal with his food the other day. They only had the large and medium bags of Blue, so I got a medium bag and had a coupon for it. Had a coupon for one can of food with 3 purchased, so I got those and on the way in I noticed that they had 1 can of dog food or cat food with the purchase of any dry food, so I got one of those, too. Then got a rewards credit. The Blue dry will last Orzo about 4 months. I will probably have to get more canned pretty soon, but it will last a couple of weeks, I guess.



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I remember the semi-soft food, I wonder where it went? I put down half a can twice a day, once at room temp, in the evening I give it 9 seconds in the microwave. Rosie only likes dry food, the other two like wet, but only the chunky kind, they won't eat pate. They don't like the fancy cat food, only Friskies, which is fine with me, I can get it at Walmart. They sniff it every time first, then walk around and sniff it from another direction, then lick it a few times before eating. What on earth are they sniffing for? It's the same food. Good thing it's cheap, they don't eat it all and I end up throwing out some every time, but I do what their majesties want.

Have you ever seen "Lickables"? It comes in a pouch and you squeeze it out onto the plate. That's pretty much all Isabelle ate during the last few months of her life.

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Those claws are sharp as pins even after they grow up. Orzo tried to climb in my lap when I was eating the other day and just about ripped my stomach out, it felt like. He also can't learn to not stick his claws out when he is putting his paw in my face and that hurts too.

Nell, your cats are smaller than mine. Orzo is suppose to be around 9 pounds, but I don't know that he is that big anymore. He doesn't eat all that much, even when he makes me get up early and feed him. He just picks at his dry food lately. Probably hurts his gums where he doesn't have teeth. I wish they had that semi-soft food they used to have around here. I did get one from a store near here, but he didn't like that at all.



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That's about the size my kittens are when I bring them home. Rosie was a whopping 11 ounces on December 20th (I used my kitchen scale). Now she's over 6 pounds, bigger than Vida who is 6 years older. Nowhere near Siobhan who is 11 pounds, my Fatso.

They are so cute when they are tiny! That photo doesn't show how sharp a kitten's claw are, though, like needles.

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You are probably right about that Nell.

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