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4/29/17 4:48 A

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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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4/28/17 2:07 P

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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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4/28/17 9:03 A

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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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4/27/17 8:44 P

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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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4/26/17 2:52 P

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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.

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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4/26/17 9:03 A

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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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4/25/17 11:04 P

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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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4/23/17 1:25 P

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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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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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4/23/17 6:49 A

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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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4/22/17 10:51 P

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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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4/21/17 9:02 P

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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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4/21/17 12:12 P

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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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4/20/17 11:35 P

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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.

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 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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4/20/17 3:18 P

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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.

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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4/20/17 1:32 P

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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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4/15/17 12:03 P

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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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4/11/17 2:17 P

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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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That is Good question, I do not know. I do know cats can give lots of comfort and I agree that even though cats are very smart they are also very independent so not usually trainable.

Edited by: NEELOJ at: 4/10/2017 (22:46)
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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Sounds like my dog and cat. Cassie is pretty calm and laid back until we go out for a walk or something. She will get concerned if I am sick and in bed, but mainly calm. Pretty odd for an ACD, but all mine have been that way most of their lives. Orzo, on the other hand, is always coming if I am upset or not feeling well. I am thinking something else, too, that I am going to ask here.

Can cats be used as service animals? I have bradycardia and am wondering if the heart rate is going really low when I am napping. Orzo will wake me up and won't leave me alone until I am fully awake. You always hear about service dogs and even horses, but could a cat be one? I know they aren't trained to do things like pick up things you drop or anything, probably can't be trained for that, but what about for things like epileptic service animals or diabetes service animal?



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She is very bonded to me. KoKo is more like me, lazy, relaxed, calm 'ol Tom cat.
But I feel like CeCe is more of my caretaker or mother. She really worries about me when I am hurt or sick. She is my little sweet heart.

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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Jo, you know she loves you and relies on you when she knows where to go to get rid of that intruder.



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Talking about spooked, that happens a lot with my CeCe. She is a timid little girl.
I have a fenced in Catio on my upper deck and neighborhood cats come up the steps to visit through the fence occasionally. KoKo, her brother will talk with them, but it freaks CeCe out.
One day she came in meowing then went back out. After she did this the third time in succession I noticed her tail was all fluffed out and realize she wanted me to come out. She thought I needed to chase that cat away, which I did. She then calmed down.
So funny......

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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Who knows what goes through their little cat brains? Good thing they have "staff" to clean up their messes emoticon

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I don't know what they were thinking this morning, but two of the cats spooked when I fed them, and the launch away from the food knocked the water bowl and the food plate upside down. Nothing like having to clean first thing in the morning.

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Orzo has things down like that, too. I'm sure he would prefer I do things differently, though. When I'm through in the bathroom we go in and feed Cassie, then in to feed Orzo. Cassie gets first because it keeps her occupied when I feed Orzo and she isn't trying to get up and get his.

I am hoping the Rockies season will go better than it has the last 10 years. They will start off the season winning for about 3 weeks, then they couldn't win a game if they had it handed to them on a silver platter. Never can understand that.



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Mr. Brian has my morning routine down pat - he follows me through it all, then the minute we're downstairs, he either sits at his food bowl or goes to the door to be let out. We are truly creatures of habit.

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Baseball season starts today! It's really spring!

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Jo, that is the kind of thing I expected of cats -- the running and hiding from strangers. I don't think Orzo knows a stranger. He just wants everyone to love him.

I have decided that Orzo can't be a cat. He looks like one, but he doesn't act like one. I am use to dogs following me into the bathroom. That is what they do. But Orzo does, too. I have Cassie in front of me and Orzo next to me in there. I think he is a dog in a cats costume. He doesn't act like an independent cat at all. He does boss us around, though.



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Glad your cats survived Nell!
My two will run and hide under my bed when strangers are around or when things scare them.
CeCe is a nervous cat and she licks a small patch of fur off when she is really upset, like every 4th of July!

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The cats survived the work in the attic. What really drove them nuts was when the guys were in the upper attic, and closed the bedroom doors to contain the mess falling down. They do not like closed doors!

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Orzo only needs to go for his nails. He is a domestic short hair. My friend has a Maine Coon and I don't think he ever gets mats. I don't know if they even have to brush him at all. Don't know why he doesn't mat.

A woman who lived with us for a while had Persians. She never brushed them, just took them to a groomer to shave them every 3 or 4 months after they got all matted. She had gotten thos cats to show and breed. Needless to say, she never got that done. She didn't even care about her dog when she got a bad infection. I talked to my vet about her dog and he gave me the antibiotics she needed. Without them, the dog would have died.



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I had a Himalayan at one time who needed to go to a groomer. She hated it, I had to muzzle her or the groomer wouldn't touch her. No more long haired cats for me! They can groom themselves. Or each other.

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Orzo decided to make me a liar today. I opened his carrier and he looked in, then decided it wasn't for him today. I had to guide him back to it. Not a big fight, though. Then he was totally silent all the way to the groomer, where he gave a couple little yowls. After he got his nails clipped, we went to another pet food place for more of his dental treats that he has decided are the only treats he likes. Cassie went with, but didn't need her nails done today. We got her some treats, too.

When we got home Orzo decided to stay in the carrier until I urged him to get out. Funny boy.



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The cats are doing OK, but the hammering hasn't started yet when they install the baffles between the joists. Right now they just keep looking at the ceiling.

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Orzo yowls the entire time he is in the carrier, but doesn't mind going in it. Everyone I know around here has to really fight to get their cats in the carrier. I was expecting that with Orzo (he was a pain when I got him), but when I opened the carrier he just walked right in. Now I just open it in front of him and in he goes. The new carrier is a little smaller, so I have to encourage his back end a little, but it is one of those soft side carriers with a furry bed-type bottom and openings all over that I can unzip and reach in and pet him.

Hope your kitties don't get too stressed, Nell.



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Good luck with the renovations... hope you and your cats come through OK. They don't deal well with any changes in routine do they?

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Today people are coming to remove and replace all the insulation in the attic. It will be a noisy, dirty two day job, I fear the cats will go crazy.

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CeCe hates the pet carrier! I can't even have it in the room or she hides under the bed where I can't reach her! And like you said, once at the vets she is so sweet and lovable and they brag on her!! (under my breath I am going grrrrr) ha ha
KoKo does't mind it to much but he is the one that will howl all the way there.

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Getting my Mr. Brian into a pet carrier is a major struggle and then I have to listen to his pitiful howling all the way to the vet. However,, at the vet's office, he's Mr. Cooperation emoticon go figure. I have to borrow a carrier from the vet - maybe it's the strange smells that bother him. Next time, I'll wipe it off. Fortunately, he's very healthy, so vet visits are few and far between.

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I have to take all my cats to the vet at the same time. That way when they come home, they all share the same strange scent. Years ago when I had a sickly cat that needed to go to the vet often, he told me to rub them all down with baby wipes when I got her home, so they wouldn't single her out as the strange one.

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Orzo will sleep just about anywhere. One of his favorite places is a table in the living room that is in front of the window. He will sleep there for a few hours in the morning until there just isn't any more sun coming in anywhere near there. Then he is usually on my arm or chair if I get up. Then he likes my beds. He also has the bed he was in at Petco and has just started curling up in it once in a while, but not often. I've only had him for a bit over 4 years and he hasn't used it since I brought him home.

Told my vet that I was thinking of bringing him in to meet him that day, but I didn't know if he would be there (Saturdays you can't really tell who will be working). So when Cassie goes back for her rabies shot, Orzo will go with to meet Dr. Herman. He has met Dr. Otero and thinks she is wonderful. Of course, he thinks every adult is there to love him. He's afraid of the little girl next door, though. He will just walk into his carrier to go places.



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Kitty and Cookie like to sleep on my bed by the room since it's the most sunny place in the home

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Ohhh yes !! Cats DO love to sleep !!



I got up "for a minute" literally,,, yuppers as cats LOVE to do she STOLE my chair !!

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Cats certainly are great sleepers, aren't they? My Mr. Brian likes any place that's soft and sunny, so it's often a surprise to see where he ends up snoozing. His absolute favourite is a old faux fur throw - it ended up on the floor one time and he claimed it immediately. i had to find some other coverup for my naps on the recliner. We spoil our furbabies for sure!

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Oh yes.... Especially CeCe. The blankets I spoke of that I put on chairs work most of the time, but eventually she will decide it is time to rearrange one of them and it has to be done from underneath!!! haha If KoKo see her doing that he will wait until she is all calmed down and then quietly sneak over and jump onto of her!! ha ha

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Do any of you have cats that burrow? My oldest always likes to burrow into a pile of laundry, or under a blanket, and has taught the other cats to do it. When there is a rumple anywhere, you have to do a cat check before sitting down.

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My two have always slept in a bed or on the blankets I have on my chairs. Of course they sleep other places too.
Just this last year I found the beds you see in the photos, at Walmart for only $6. Bought two & they loved them, so a few weeks later went back & bought two more. They are really nice bed for that price.
Maybe the reason mine like beds is because when they were tiny kittens I had a bed in my bed at night time for them. I always worried I would lay on top of them when they were little. They still sleep with me but no bed up there.

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've never had any luck with cat beds. They sleep where they want, when they want. Ah, the life of a cat!

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Cute. My computer is a laptop and on my lap in the living room, so Orzo is almost always on my lap here. Unfortunately, he often wants to be ON the computer. I think this is where he prefers me to be. He can be on my lap, so closer than when I am in bed. There he is next to me instead, or just between my knees. Mainly, I sleep between a dog and a cat.



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The latest with my two fur babies......
They always want to be near me and when I am at my computer desk one or the other are wanting to be in my lap or ON the computer! LOL
So I adjusted a few things and have put a bed on computer desk!
It is working great!!! Picture shows CeCe in the bed on the desk and KoKo on the floor in a bed right by feet!!
Silly babies!!! LOL





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My oldest cat is 11 years old and not well. She is losing weight, and heaving her breath. She huffs several times a day a pukes, either food or bile. I have a bad feeling about this. They all go to the vet in two months, we'll see how she's doing by then. I am not one to pay for extreme measures to keep a pet alive.

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Takes awhile to adjust to DST at our house too. But the bigger disruption in the spring are the "gentlemen callers", ie. the feral and semi feral toms that are making the rounds. Love is in the air! emoticon emoticon
Finally warming up here in Manitoba, so all the wildlife around the farm is much more active.

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As of 6:30 this morning, EDST!!

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Happy Spring Everyone!!!

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Rosie likes to drink water out of the bathroom faucet, and she likes to drink water off the floor of the shower before I dry it down. I don't know if she is thirsty, or just likes to be able to do it.

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I refill Orzo's dry food whenever it gets low, but the spoonful of canned he will only eat a little at a time and he insists on having it or he will beat me up (well, not really, but he won't leave me alone until I give it to him. I am surprised he hasn't started on me tonight. When I try to sleep a little longer he gets right in my face. Yes, he is the boss of the house. If he wants Cassie to go to her crate, he will tell her. She moves when he says to.

Orzo likes to drink the water from the bathtub when I am taking a bath (actually a soak). Last night he decided he needed a drink when the water wasn't high enough. He fell in. That hurt. He ended up scratching my waist from belly button all the way to the side. Gotta go get those nails trimmed again.

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We refill the food bowls when they get empty, which is every 2-3 days. We tried to schedule feeding, but with four cats it just got too difficult. With two it was easy, but when they outnumbered us and had 5am military strategies to get breakfast? It was just easier to keep the food at the ready.

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I don't know if they are aware of the clock, but my cats associate my coffeepot with their food. Morning and late afternoon, when they hear the coffee grinder, they are front and center.

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My cats are well aware of DST. They know when cat dinner time is, whether it's time change or not lol.

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I wish Orzo would be willing to try to keep me in bed. Will never happen.

Orzo has the same feeding that your cats do, Nell. He has his dry available at all times and has a little bit of canned morning and night. Not that much canned because he won't eat more than a heaping teaspoonful. He is currently ordering me to get his dinner canned for him. He has also walked across the computer and tried to push my phone out of my hand so I couldn't talk to my friend.



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My cats are blissfully unaware of DST, as was painfully obvious when they tried to keep me in bed as usual even though I needed to get up to write my paper on Sunday.

There was a contagious case of the zoomies this morning. I barely left the house with all my limbs intact.

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I'm glad my cats don't wake me up, I get up early enough as it is. I keep a bowl of dry cat food out 24/7, so they're never really hungry, just enjoy some wet food twice a day.

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3/14/17 1:34 A

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They were talking about your storm on our news tonight. Hope you are all okay and snug and warm inside.

Orzo is more insistent on what time I should get up, when he should be fed. Now he has already been fed and is ordering me around. It might be he just wants me to go to bed, though. This morning he got so insistent that I needed to get up RIGHT NOW that he got on top of my head and started pounding on it. That was a first. I pushed him off my head and he came back and started pounding again. That went on for about 4 or 5 times, at least. Now he is getting in front of me and pushing on my neck. He is just getting entirely too bossy.



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3/13/17 4:12 P

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Big Snow coming tonight. I sure am glad I don't have to walk a dog tomorrow!

Nell
Reston, Virginia (DC suburbs)

No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.

Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.


 current weight: -2.3  under
 
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