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My friend's cats are like that. I think I have seen one of them about twice, at a distance. Minnie will come out some, but it has to be just one person other than her family and very quiet. Her male will come out and visit as long as there aren't kids.

Orzo runs when someone comes to the door and after they come in he climbs up on the back of the chair for them to love on him. I wonder who he thinks will be in back of the door when they come.



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My sister and BIL will be here for the weekend. Two of the cats will remain in hiding, the youngest will come out when she decides they are safe.

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I have that same problem with Spark emails. Sometimes they don't come through and I have to go to the Team pages and re-subscribe. I know they all fall out after a week of inaction, but a day?

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I keep losing my teams. Guess when I get tired and miss things for a couple days, I completely lose them.

Some time back people were talking about some cat sanctuaries and this one showed up on Facebook today. I thought maybe you would be interested in seeing it.
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Happy Valentine's Day to all!

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Happy Valentine's Day!!!

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Have a great day!

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It's 50 now. It was supposed to be warmer but the sun didn't come out. I have fresh dry laundry on the bed and the cats like to sleep on it, but they like it better when the sun pours in on top of them.

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told to expect 82 today, just so happens that is the record for today if we hit 83 we break another record

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Another cold day. A truck blew off the Bay Bridge-Tunnel yesterday killing the driver. It was in the 70s on Wed and Thursday, didn't get out of the 20s yesterday, and will be back to 60 on Sunday. We're getting weather whiplash this year.

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Living 20 miles from the NRG, I am so sick of the Super Bowl. I'll be glad when it is over. Maybe then there will be something else on the news.

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This is Superbowl weekend, the end of yet another season. Though the Redskins season ended a month ago. Still, it's a big event for two teams, I'll enjoy it, then put football away until next season.

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I have had cats all my life and they have always just stopped and cleaned themselves. Then I got Lola from the pound, she was 8 r and had some very uncat like habits. I never saw her clean herself, not even wash her face. I asked the vet about it, The vet said she was cleaning herself, she was a very clean cat.

After about a year I saw her clean herself. She was behind some boxes in the back bedroom closet. I have had her 2 1/2 years now and she has washed her face in my presence maybe twice. Except when I saw her in the closet, I have never seam her clean herself.

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I've always wondered what the cats feel is "dirty" and requires bathing. They'll be sitting quietly, then suddenly attack a spot for cleaning. It always looks fine to me, I wonder what they are feeling?

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Orzo just spent quite a while giving himself a good bath. Well, at least on his front legs. He is on my arm again. He has been pretty nice to me the last almost a week since I have a bad sinus infection and can't sleep at night. He has been allowing me to stay asleep till 9 or 10 most of the time. He did decide I needed to wake up at 7 the other day when I didn't get to sleep until 5. That is okay. If I fall asleep during the day he just lays on my stomach (I am sleeping in the recliner) and sleeps himself. I think we might be doing that in just a few minutes. Might make for a really late supper.



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My cats have to watch their woodland buddies through the windows, and have no idea what they smell like.

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emoticon to all from me and Mr. Brian emoticon it's been awhile since we dropped by; hope you all have been keeping well and having lots of adventures. The weatherman is giving us a break from the usual minus temps - it's a few degrees above freezing and actually rained a bit last night. Needless to say, Mr. Brian and his barnyard buddies (that sounds like a good name for a country band!) are gadding about outdoors all day.
A nice change for him from watching the paper in the printer and parking in front of the computer screen.

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Yeah, he has sent posts that didn't make much sense since I hadn't finished them. Mostly he just decides he will get in my way. He will also rub on the phone if I am talking to someone.

Cassie must have a really dirty face lately. Orzo has been washing it more often and I think 20 times the other day. He makes a very good doggy mother.


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A cat helping with the computer is totally unhelpful! I wonder why they like those keys?

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Orzo likes to lie in the areas where the sun comes in or in the window, but he is the opposite of your Lola when it comes to his eating. He is going through his dry food like crazy. Normally he doesn't eat a lot, but I've been filling his bowl twice a week lately. Usually the dry food will last a couple weeks. His wet he eats a heaping teaspoon twice a day and that is all he will eat of that.

Recently Orzo has been insisting on getting on the computer instead of laying on my arm next to it.



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I posted here yesterday, but the internet was up and down. Must have gone down when I hit send. I love the country, but the internet can be iffy.

As you know I've been having problems get Lola to eat and keep eating. Lola is a tortoiseshell, but loves the heat and out on the porch. She would sleep out on the porch in the sun, under the tin roof when it is 100. I think she just doesn't like that it is cold on the porch. I've gotten her to eat two little cans of cat food a day, but no dry. It is a good thing I retired, she wants feed 6 times a day and wants her food heated. The temps will be in the 70s for a few days near the end of the week, maybe that will make her happier.

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The cleaners are here and the cats are in deep hiding.

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The cats are at the window watching the snow come down. I'm sure they'd love to smell it to see what it really is.

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The cats are sniffing the places that the trees used to be, looking for the cozy, secluded batting to curl up in. Rosie was quite the "help" in taking it all down. She had to swat just about every item going into the boxes. She only left when I pulled out the vacuum to get up the needles.

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Happy New Year everybody. We have been having a quiet day and had a quiet New Year's Eve.

Christmas I gave Cassie and Orzo what was in the bags I got from a store grand opening. Cassie got a couple of toys with squeekers, but she doesn't play with anything. One of those is a rope tug toy with a football design stretched across it and a squeeky in the middle. Orzo has decided he likes it. It's a bit large for him to do anything with, but he chews on the rope. He also got one of those feather things that hang down from a stick which he likes, too, but he tries to eat all those feathers. Both got some food samples. There were a couple other things that I got, but mainly for them.



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Today I'll take the Christmas decorations down. The cats will be disappointed to lose their little cozy hiding places under the trees.

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You all's cats sound like my friends'. Friday at Bible study they were all in hiding at Anne's, including her big male. He did come out for a while, but it took about an hour before he showed up. The other two will hide if anyone is there at all. Then yesterday Alice's cats all stayed in hiding most of the time. One came out, but that cat has gotten mean and no one dared go near him. The others showed their faces, but didn't want anything to do with anyone.

I got the nicest travel mug from Alice's family. It is all covered with cats and has a very secure closer on top. Just right for my tea.



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My boys will tell you Lola sits under the table, if you let her alone she stays there, if you try to pet her she will bo under a bed and since she is black and there are 5 beds good luck in figuring out which one.

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My trio of kitties weren't friendly to company. No surprise. They just sit & stare.....then take off if someone makes a move towards them. Oh, well...maybe next year. They're only 7 months old. emoticon

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The cats are out and about after being in deep hiding while the chaos of Christmas ensued.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

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I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
When wild and sweet,
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Of peace on earth, good will to men!
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We are back to 20% chance of a white Christmas except for the temperature to keep it that way. It is forecast to be 45. So nice after the below 0 of last weekend. I have been just wearing a sweater when I go out.

I still haven't gotten my Christmas all done yet. Hope I can get things done before we go to Alice's tomorrow evening.

Cassie and Orzo will get those packages I got from the one store grand opening. I hope they like them.

Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.



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Rainy and gray this morning, a good morning to stay in and bake and prep food for tomorrow.

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Rainy Saturday morning. emoticon

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No snow south of Houston in TX

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Happy gotcha day, Nell and Rosie. I'm glad that Rosie gives you such comfort.

We have had some snow this fall, the most being last weekend when we got 6 inches. They keep going back and forth if we will get a white Christmas. Yesterday they said 50% chance, today it says 0% chance. I don't know what the local TV says. I fell asleep before the news came on with Orzo sleeping on my lap.



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No snow from this part if Texas

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Nell, I won't be sending you any snow from Fl. emoticon

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Keep the snow near you! It impacts travel and I want my family all here without incident. It's the only day of the year we can all get together.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...

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Happy Anniversary on your adoption Rosie and to your forever Momma. emoticon


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Happy adoption day Rosie. emoticon

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One year ago today we drove the two hours to pick up our Rosie, a purebred Siamese, 7 1/2 weeks old. She sure has filled the gap left by Isabelle's death the previous October.

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Oh, so picky. Orzo likes the dry food better, but he insists on having a little canned morning and night. I guess, though, he is probably getting about the same amount of canned that you said you give Lola. He just likes a little bit more twice a day, rather than a smaller amount several times a day.

He was very nice to me this morning. He let me sleep completely till 8:00, then stood with his face by my ear and yowled for me to get me to wake up. Not a really loud yowl, but enough to get me awake. Usually 8:00 is later than he allows me to sleep. Maybe he had found a warm spot and decided to stay in it a bit longer.



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Lola love the heat and loves to be outside on the patio in the sun, under the tin roof when it is 100. Not happening now. I got one of those radiator heaters, put on low and put it in her room so her room is warmer then the rest of the house. I can't do much about the sun or outdoors Now she is complaining I don't feed her enough.

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Do you think she could have a cold so she didn't feel like eating? I don't really know that much about something like that. Orzo has times he will barely eat and then others he eats like a little pig (like now). I never noticed if when he doesn't eat much it is the same time as when he has a cold.



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I don't think it is lengtht of day. I live far enough south that the length of the day doesn't change that much. I keep dry cat food out, but she has never eaten a lot of that and doesn't paper to be eating any right now. Since I'm home, I have been feeding her a little caned several times during the day. 1/3 teaspoon 3 times a day is what she is eating now.

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It can't be temperature related because it's the same temp in your house all the time. I wonder if it's the length of daylight? I keep dry cat food out 24/7 and it disappears, so someone is eating it.

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I have a problem, Lola is a 10 year old cat I got from the pound 2 years ago. This is the first year we have had any cold weather since I got her. The early morning temps were in the 30-40 and Lola stopped eating. I tried different kinds of food, moving her food everything I could think of and she just lay under the table.

Yesterday the temp was in the 70's and she showed more interest in eating. This morning the temp was already 70 at 5:00A. and she was demanding her food. Which makes me think it it wether related. Well here's the problem. Tomorrow the high will be in the 40's with a wind chill in the 30's. Monday we will wake up in the 20's with it only going into the 30's. For the next 10 days we will be waking in the 30's and going into the 60's. How do I keep Lola eating. I know this is warm to most of you, so thought maybe someone else had a cat that had a problem with the cold.

Lola isn't a cuddle cat. She has never gotten in my lap She will stand beside your chair and ask to be petted, but you can't pick her up and she only wants petted for about 30 seconds.

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I haven't put up a tree so have no idea what Lola will do, but my guess is look at me as if I had lost my mind and then pretend it doesn't exist. Thats what she did when I got her and tried to play with her. She will watch lizards, frogs and bugs and knock them back out where she can see them if they try to run away, but never play with them or kill them.

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No Christmas tree (aka jungle gym) to tempt Mr. Brian at our house yet. He didn't pay much attention to it last year, but one never knows what goes on in those furry little brains. Had a good laugh over a cats and Christmas trees video posted on our Facebook page yesterday.

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My cats are loving the Christmas trees! They like to sleep on the batting underneath, and knock of ornaments. I have plastic ornaments on the bottom third for this reason.

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That's cute. Orzo has no qualms about cleaning himself while he is on my lap.

He has allowed Cassie a couple of very tiny kisses, but normally he won't let her do that. He is definitely boss in this house. I noticed that he is often rather grumpy about being touched or at least sounds like it. Touch him and he will sometimes yowl about it. But you'd better let him do what he wants. Of course, that is usually just loving on you. He will love on just about anyone.



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Mutt is obsessed with keeping cats faces clean. It as been 3 years and Lola will now sniff notes with Mutt. No face cleaning.

I've had Lola 3 years now and have never seen her clean herself, not even wash her face. I asked the vet about it and has told Lola was a very clean cat and she was keeping herself clean. One day, after 2 years, I caught her cleaning herself. Behind a stack of boxes in the back bedroom. I told the vet, she thought it was so funny and asked Lola if she needed a curtain to make sure I didn't peek. I decided Lola was a lady that liked her privacy and as long as she kept herself clean I wouldn't peek.

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Today when I was getting up I noticed again that it isn't just dogs that are velcro in this house. Cassie was in front of me, almost on my feet. Orzo was in back of and a little next to my feet. They just lay there and wait for me to feed them.

I was watching Orzo washing Cassie's face this morning. He is so intent on her always having a clean face and really seems to love her. It just reminded me of how far they have come since I first got Cassie and Orzo beat her up. It took him a few months to trust her and not hiss at her every time she walked by. I am just so glad they get along now.

It is almost gotcha day for Orzo.



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I stopped seeing those two brands about the time people started worrying about how good different kinds of food were for cats and what cats needed in their food.

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The cleaners have gone and the cats have emerged from wherever they hide.

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I remember the barn cats on the dairy farm my uncle owned back when I went up for summers. The cats would drink the first milk my uncle pulled from each teat before he put the machines on them. There was no way of knowing how it affected them, though, they had too many hidey holes in the hayloft, and they wouldn't let you get too near them.

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Charlotte, your Brian sounds like Orzo with the Friskies canned. I used to feed him the bits in sauce or gravy and he would eat them all up. Then he started licking the sauces off and leaving the rest. He couldn't handle the Friskies or Purina dry food though he loved it, wouldn't touch the Felidae (or Canidae, whatever they call it now). He also wouldn't touch any of the Blue except the Mature and won't touch their canned.

We used to give our cats at the barn milk, mixing it from dry. They never seemed to have a problem with it. I haven't actually given it to Orzo, but he has stolen mine. With the stomach problems he had before I started him on the Blue Mature, a friend of mine at the time kept insisting I give him milk, even after I told her that he couldn't have it (don't know if he could or not). She also told me that since she never heard of the Blue food that I should be feeding him Puss N Boots or 9 Lives. Heck, I never even see that anywhere now, and why should I change when I found something that doesn't make him sick.



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My vet told me that after a kitten was weened he wouldn't digest milk properly. Many cats enjoyed it, but got no befit from it and many enjoyed it but then had digestive problems. Since I can't drink milk and DH doesn't we don't have it in the house and don't want to spend the money on something the cats may or may not want and doesn't do them any good if they do drink it.

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Dairy gives my cats diarrhea, so no. They'll scarf it down (they love it) and I'll spend the next several days cleaning up.

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Do any of you feed milk to your fur babies? My Brian enjoys a tablespoon or so most every day but I've heard that their digestive systems can't handle it. He seems to do well with Friskies - dry Feline Favorites and the pate wet food, chicken or salmon, with a tablespoon of water mixed in. The shredded canned food doesn't work; he licks up the liquid and leaves the shreds!

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The big buckets of kitty litter I get sometimes have cat food samples. The only one they wouldn't touch was Rachel Ray's new cat food.

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I loved it when the pound gave me a carton of two or 3 meal samples of different kinds of art foods. When Lola decided not to eat I looked for the sample packages and was told they only have them when a company is doing promotions.

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That's a great idea. The boxes are fairly small and could be used for something like that. They have those 8-12 or 16 packs of cans, why can't they have the dry food in something like that?



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I wish cat food manufacturers would sell really small sizes of dry food so that it could be rotated and they could have something new all the time. There are a lot of snack packs for people, why not for cats?

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MaryAlice, Orzo will do that. He will decide that his canned food just isn't what he wants all of a sudden. I keep having to keep a variety for him or he will just quit eating, but he wants a spoonful of canned every morning and night. Other than that he has a bowl of dry food that stays all the time. For canned he prefers the cheap stuff, usually Friskies. For a while he wouldn't touch pate, but now that is all he eats. For dry he eats Blue Mature. That is apparently easier to digest. The others he had he would throw up every other day and then got to be daily. The Blue he goes at least a month without that problem. The representative told me it is supposed to be a bit softer, though it seems really hard to me. He is so funny. Every time I open a bag he thinks it is something totally new.



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

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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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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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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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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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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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11/7/16 9:46 A

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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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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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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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