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5/22/18 10:19 A

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I live out in the country, on the end of a dead end road, just past the horse farm and across the street from the donkey pasture. When the power goes out there is a priority list and we are last. We don't have a generator. We have 5, 3 gallon water jugs and a 5 gallon jug for drinking. People and animals. Beyond that we pull out the camp stove and lanterns. We were both raised with hurricanes, so stay prepared for outages.

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5/22/18 9:49 A

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We have way too much development for the power input. When the power company tries to get new lines brought in, people scream Not In My backyard.

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5/21/18 11:04 P

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One would think that in the suburbs of D.C. they could do a better job with the power. That is terrible that it is always going out.



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We were without power from 4 days in 2003 during Hurricane Isabelle. I thought that was an outlier, but we kept having days without power. It's throwing all the food out that gets to me. My middle son lives out in the country on well and septic, and he was told to have a generator installed. He doesn't lose power often, but when it goes out it can be a week or more to get it back. He convinced me to spend the money on a generator rather than do a fancy remodel in the bathrooms. He was right.

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5/21/18 10:32 A

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The longest we have been without power was 2 weeks. The hardest part of that is we have a well. No power no water.

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5/21/18 9:32 A

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Power came back on yesterday afternoon on my end of the street. The other end, the end that NEVER loses power, had to wait an extra 6 hours. Now they know how it feels.

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5/20/18 10:59 P

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That is horrible. Hope it is back on soon.

Orzo threw up again tonight and since then he has been yowling all over the place like I didn't feed him. I am not going to give him more. He does the throwing up once or twice a month as long as he is getting the senior cat food. And as long as he doesn't pig out like he did when I got the last bag of dry food for him.



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5/20/18 7:31 A

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Take care Nell

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The neighborhood has been without power for 26 hours now. We have a multi day power failure every couple of months. I am so glad I bit the bullet and had a generator installed!

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Deborah, I know what you mean about them always knowing your feelings. I have often thought of my past dogs, cats, or horses, or seen something on the internet that makes me cry and Orzo will come jump in my lap and start rubbing his head on me or lick my cheek. So sweet. He and my dog will also stay right by me when I am feeling sick. Even when my friend came to help me one time they wouldn't leave my side.

Nan, Orzo also has his dry food all the time and he often will turn and eat that right after I give him the spoonful of canned and ignore the canned. He will probably do that with the next can because I opened Halo instead of Friskies. That isn't the cheap canned food, so he doesn't like it. Of any canned he will only eat a heaped teaspoon.



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My cats yowl for food at their regular times, but I don't think it's because they are hungry. I keep dry food out 24/7, but two of them like the wet food. Sometimes, they just lick it a couple of times and walk away. I think they just like the idea that they can make me do something.

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5/15/18 4:00 P

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My kits have been extra loving lately. I think they know I was blue for Mother's Day (missing my Mom). Jynx, my big ole' guy, jumped up onto my chest for a snuggle..hasn't done that for months. Dixie-Girl wanted more scratchin' and lovin' than usual. It is always amazing to me how our pets seem to know when we need them the most.
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Orzo has started yowling for his food earlier and earlier in the evenings and I know if I feed him that early he will want it earlier in the morning. Last night he was literally yelling at me to feed him NOW. I didn't. He got it at 8:00, then came in and started yowling at me again. Not sure what he wants then.

This morning I got hit with the earlier for breakfast. He wanted me to get up and feed him at 4:30. He is not being very considerate, especially since I have been having trouble sleeping. Then after I fed him he didn't eat it all.

Just because I have been getting up to go play games doesn't mean I need to get up in the middle of the night.



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5/15/18 1:49 P

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I'm not suggesting you buy anything. I just thought you would like to see this ad.



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I woke up at 3 to loud thunder and vivid lightning. The cats usually yammer for food when I get up, this morning they are quiet. Even they know it's way too early.

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All 4 of my boys called me yesterday. I call that a great day, even if I didn't actually see any of them.

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5/13/18 9:10 P

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HAPPY, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL THE SPARKLING MOMS!! emoticon
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My mother made many a joke about Mothers day, but always took the cards us children sent her. Now she is a minister and Mothers Day is a big deal and a lot of work.

Happy Mothers Day


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My mother always hated Mother's Day so vociferously (she thought it was a fake holiday to sell greeting cards), so I've never thought much about it. It's a lovely thought, though.

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5/11/18 8:56 A

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I wear the original flex in the ocean all summer long, but it isn't my main Fitbit. I don't sync but once or trice a day so I like a face

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my Flex 2 would be ok in water, but not the original Flex. One of my cats took one of my bands somewhere, I had to get new ones. I found the original band when I pulled out the dressers on spring to clean.

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5/9/18 10:36 P

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Oh, dear. That would not be good if the tracker ended up with the band in the water bowl.

I was out at the barn today and they had 4 kittens, probably around 8 months old, in with the ducks, geese and chickens. That totally surprised me. I don't know how they got in with the fowl.



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5/9/18 9:47 A

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I woke up this morning to discover a sweet little kitty had decided my tracker band belonged in the dogs water bowl. Good thing I had taken the tracker out of the band to put in a cloth sleep band.

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I wish Orzo would learn that. I don't think he cares much. I have screamed in pain and he will quickly run off, but he still will come back and use his claws. I am getting scars from him.



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Fancy use to do that when I first got her. Then one day I yelled ouch!! She still swats at me, but keeps her claws in.

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That is horrible what she went through. You are an angel to have taken her and taken such good care of her.

Orzo was a naughty boy today. I took him for his claws to be trimmed and he fought with the groomer. He never does that at the groomer, only with me. Maybe they took too long to suit him because the helper said he only fought for 2 claws. Otherwise he was good. I had to get them done. He has been grabbing hold of everything and sinking those claws in.



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My Bengal was a rescue. She was so tiny and sick and full of milk when I got her. The bad people that had her bred her as a kitten then dumped her at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. She was more milk than cat. She was so sick that I had her at the vet every day for about three weeks or more. I was home from work for 3 days holding hot/warm compresses above her nose because she couldn't breathe. I had to drop her off at the vet because I had to go to work. I cried when I dropped her off because I thought she was going to die.

Fast forward 10 years, and she is okay--she has asthma and is on long term prednisone. I manage her with the lowest dose to keep her breathing.

Anyway the poor little cat has one rib that sticks out because she was too tiny for the litter of kittens she had. If I can get her to 7 pounds, I consider it a victory. She is so skinny that sometimes I plead with her to take one more bite of her food. Sometimes she complies to get me off her back.

Oh and I have to wash all my clothes in hypoallergenic laundry soap; otherwise, when I cuddle her she goes into an asthma attack.



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My two younger cats are about 6 1/2 pounds, but the old one, Siobhan, is about 10 pounds. She is fat! I comment on her weight to her all the time, but she doesn't care. You can't fat shame a cat.

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In recent years I had only known cats over 10 pounds. I don't know how much the cats I had in the past weighed. They never were weighed while I had them. When I got Orzo he weighed something like 9.7 pounds. When I first saw him his head looked pretty large, but doesn't so much now. I just thought he was going to be a large cat. Not so. He now weighs less than 8 pounds. He has been found to be healthy; he just doesn't eat a lot even though he is very vocal about being fed when he wants to be fed.



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5/4/18 9:45 P

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Except when we had the little kitty with genetic problems I have the smallest cat I have ever had, Fancy is only 9 pounds. I'm use to big cats.

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Yesterday was vet day. Each of my kits needed one shot. Dixie is doing well, a little slow to move around but, she is at least up and about. Jynx on the other hand is having difficulty with the hip he got his shot in, he is walking slowly and with a slight limp. Hubs is calling him a wimp, but, I call it just sensitive. He was the sickest of the two when we got them and was pampered more to get him thru to being a healthy kit. Both are little heavy weights: Dixie weighed in at 9.8 and Jynx topped the scales at 10.1. No wonder he kills my left arm when I pick him up!! LOL
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Once again the cats woke me up early. Siobhan keeps trying to open a closet door and the banging wakes me up.

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I'm not in the country, but it isn't safe here in the city, either. Cats are disappearing all over the place near here. Orzo is pretty content to stay an indoor cat. April wasn't for some reason. I got her as a kitten and always tried to keep her an indoor cat, but she would sneak out every chance she got. We started out trying to catch her to get her back in and she would run off down the street. Then I figured out that if we just left her, she would go to the back yard and stay there. She did scare me half to death one night when she got out late and I couldn't get her back in until about 3 in the morning. I finally told her to get back in the house when she got out once and she actually did it. Never had a problem after that because she would always go back in the house if I told her to.

I wouldn't mind letting Orzo out if I had a completely enclosed area for him to go into where none of the wild animals could get in.



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I live in the country, People dump cats out here by the car load. The last coyote raid, The lady next door that put out food for the strays said she figures the coyotes got about 40 cats between her place and the other 2 house on the block that feed cats.

Fancy isn't allowed outside. I'm not sure what all these cats have.

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I haven't seen an outdoor cat around here in a long time. We all used to let our cats out to roam, it's too dangerous anymore.

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I never had a husband or boyfriend to worry about whether he would like a cat around. Neither of my parents wanted a cat around, though. When my one cat had been kicked by someone at the barn and her hip dislocated, though, my Dad said to bring her home. Only problem is she ran off the first night when she was let out. I got April after Dad passed away and she always liked to stay with Mom. When Mom was outside one time and a tabby (brown or gray since April looked gray) came up by her, she said she asked her, "April, where did you come from?" Suddenly, April ran up by her side to make sure she knew which cat was her. Of course, Mom liked April and wouldn't have given her away. Can't say the same about my dogs. She was always trying to get rid of them behind my back.



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M husband loves cat, he just takes time to get over them. If it was a cat that would sit in his lap and beg him to pet him the next cat will most likely prefer me. The little cat we had sat in my husbands lap most of the time, I would get home from work and ask if he had done his exercises, No the cat wouldn't let me.

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Cat ownership was part of the deal when I married my husband. If he didn't like cats, there would be no marriage. Fortunately, he is as big a cat lover as I am.

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It has always been months before I got another cat. The last 2 only lived about 5 years after I adopted them. But then one was very small for her age and the vet said she had a genic defect and would die young and the other the pound told me she was 9 when I got her. When she started moving around the house I thought she was closer to 15. Mom says there was a cat waiting eside my cradle when I came home from the hospital and except for a going to college I think there always has been a cat. If my husband isn't ready for a cat, he won't let me go to the pet store to get the dog food. One of those little things will grab me and not let go. He says they know I was raised by a cat and think a home isn't a home without one.

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Cleaners this morning, the cats will go into hiding.

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For future, there are very nice disposable fiberboard cat boxes. I have a few on hand in case of any emergencies such as a weather emergency where we would have to leave quickly.

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This year my good white cat (rescue), could be going on her 16 th year. She is very healthy, runs, albeit not as fast when she was younger, and plays with her toys. She can still climb her cat tree and her 4 ft scratch post. I usually put one of her toys at the top to encourage her to exercise.

She has a heart murmur, but the cat cardiologist gave her an echocardiogram two years in a row and said that she was stable and not to worry anymore.

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The vet can prescribe valium for the cats. It's an anti-anxiety med that is safe for cats.

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I traveled from Florida to TX with two cats. The first mile was noisy, after that the worse thing was that they didn't have a litter box. The harness and leash thing didn't work and they weren't going to do their thing at a rest area. That meant cleaning their carriers when we stopped for the night. We gave them water, but didn't feed them during the trip. The vet said they wouldn't eat while we were traveling and if they did it would come back up. After the 2 days they weren't happy for a few days, then settled in nicely.

The vet said that there were oils that would calm the cat down, but to try them and make sure the cat cat was OK with them before traveling and now I see thunder jackets. I would try them first too.

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So I'm moving to TN in June. How do I travel with two cats? I have carriers and harnesses for them. I want to get some relaxing pills from the vet and hope they will last the trip - 10-12 hrs. I am so afraid of them getting out of the car when we pull to a rest area to rest and we open the door. I'm making a vet appt for a checkup before I go. Not looking forward to this long journey with my two fur-children.

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I brought a young cat into a home with an older dog. At first the cat wanted nothing to do with the dog, then the cat tried to play with the dog, dog didn't want to play, they had a few disagreements, nothing serious, ignored each other for awhile, then became friends. The dog still doesn't want to play, but the two great each other,sleep close to each other and respect each others space.

Maybe with them both being older, they will just respect each others space, but they have to figure it out.

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It will be hard to take care of a dog when the owner is on hospice care, let alone after she passes. But a pet is property, and the owner, or representative of the owner, has the only legitimate say. Sad, but there it is.

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I guess you would have to wait and see what happens with the little dog. It would be hard to know from where things are now. At least the family wants to keep her in the vicinity and is considering between just a couple of you.

Orzo is not about to leave my side while I am having problems with these allergies. Even when my friend came to bring me a couple things he didn't want to go far enough to say hi to her, but came back to me and she is the one he wanted to be with when I adopted him.

Trying to feel well enough to go to retreat tomorrow. I have been able to stay awake today since about 8:30, so if I fall asleep on time tonight I might be able to make it tomorrow.



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Hi there!

I hope everyone is having a great Friday. We actually have sunshine here in Upstate and I am enjoying it so much. Sunshine really perks up my mood.

I'm sorry to hear of the catbabies that are going to the vet. Hope they all get feeling better very soon.

I have a situation that has come up this week and I would really welcome everyone's input and experiences.

My neighbor, Ms. L, has been very ill in the hospital so her friends Jill, Gary and I have been helping to take care of her 10 year old Chihuahua mix. They bring in the mail, buy food for the dog and take it out a couple times during the day. I play with her in the afternoon and at night and take her out.

I have been having so much fun spending time with the dog! I brought her over here yesterday for a few hours. My cat was wary of her at first but then they both decided to look at each other from a distance. They ended up falling asleep on different sides of the living room, LOL.

Well, last night Ms. L's son called Jill, the other lady who was taking care of the dog and said he was bringing Ms. L back to her apartment and that she would be starting hospice care. They arrived late last night and got things set up.

I had mentioned to Jill how much I liked taking care of the dog. We talked about who would get the dog if it turned out Ms. L wasn't going to make it. I said I figured her family would or another friend that the dog adores. Jill said she wasn't sure and she wouldn't be able to take her. I said I would take the dog if nobody else wanted her. She is an adorable little dog, for sure. I didn't want her going to a shelter at 10 when she could just move across the hall and live quietly with me. Jill said she had told Ms. L that the dog had bonded to me. Her family said last night they thought it would be best that the dog stay in New York because at her age moving would be very hard on her. There is another person that wants her as well so I won't know what's going on for a couple days.

I have never owned a dog and my cat is 13 years old. Has anyone been through this? As I mentioned earlier things went okay when she stayed over here yesterday for about 7 hours. Nobody growled, hissed or snapped and I am hoping that would continue.

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@MINIMOE1 No, they have been traveling with us since they were kittens, so they are old pros at it. Jynx does cry almost all the way to our destinations, but, once we get there he is fine and happy.
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Deborah - what a cute pic of your fur babies. How nice that they're travellers along with you. Did you do any special training? My cats associate pet carriers and the car with a trip to the vet and always hide.

Speaking of vet, I have to take Mr. Brian there tomorrow. He's developed a bare patch on his left hip which is hot, swollen and raw from him scratching and licking it. May be ringworm..yuk!



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Our fur-babies on vacation with us..they loved watching the seagulls outside our hotel room...but, when a human was in sight..boy, they were down in a flash and under the bed!! LOL
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I think you guys are fortunate that your cats hide with strangers over. Since Orzo just wants to follow them all over to get some loving, I have to really try to keep an eye on him and take him somewhere so he won't bother them.

Had to go back to the doctor today since things got worse since Friday. When I was there I asked about always having sinus problems when a person doesn't have allergies, because that is what my parents were told -- that I had no allergies, but would always have sinus problems. She said she didn't think the doctor that told them that had tested for the right things. Guess not. I was never tested for allergies. I think maybe that went on a lot when I was little. Unless it was an obvious allergy, it didn't exist.

My mother developed allergies late, too. She hadn't been allergic to anything, then had penicillin one time and her hands broke out in bumps all over.



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Fancy does the same thing when the boys come. She is no where to be found, I walk them to the door, say goodby and when I turn around she is in my chair.

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Cleaners coming this morning. The cats will hide, and come out exactly seconds after they leave. I don't know how they know, but they KNOW.

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Allergies seem so common these days. Our family seems to have escaped any so far thank goodness.

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You can develop allergies later in life. My mother developed an allergy to sunlight when she was about 40, she would break out in hives all over unless she was completely covered up. My oldest son became lactose intolerant when he was nearing 40, and developed an allergy to latex (tree nuts, melons, kiwis, papaya, mango and bananas). It happens.

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I read about someone who had allergies to stuff outside that was dragged in by her dogs. She used a rag with vinegar (I think is what she said) to wipe them off all the time when they came in. I am wondering if using that on my cat and dog would help plus vacuuming all my blankets. If I can ever breathe well enough to get all that done.

I was always told before that I didn't have allergies. Never had an allergy to an animal, for sure. But Dr. Mary said since I went through the treatment for cancer I probably got allergies then. Ugh. And I was doing so good.



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I'm allergic to anything man made that you can smell and some you can't, but I'm not allergic to anything God made.

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I cannot imagine the horror of a cat allergy! I'm allergic to many environmental allergens, but thank God not cats!

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If you are allergic to cats, is there anything you can do other than pills and shots? I am not seriously allergic to him, just have a runny nose all the time. It might be making other allergies (that I didn't know I had) worse.



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That would be nice not to have hair all over every where. I have both cat and dog hair all over. Mostly I notice the cat hair because he is always in my lap.



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Maybe because I've never lived in the north, but I can never remember cat hair anything but the cat, not even the one time I had a long haired cat, I did have to keep her combed, but I don't remember her shading.

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Just finished dealing with one of the (minor) drawbacks of having indoor cats - cleaning up the cat hair - this time on my black slacks. Of course it would be the black slacks. Maybe I should switch to grey then the hair wouldn't show up so much. And then there's all the hair bits on the computer screen, the sofa, the carpet...etc. etc. Will deal with that later. emoticon

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I doubt that Orzo was raised inside since he was listed as lost and found, or stray. He used to try to get out all the time, but now he stays inside. He has always been a mama's boy, though, since that first 10 minutes after my friend left. He is also the comforter if I am upset about something. I can remember thinking about my last dog and starting to cry, or maybe it was the little mare I raised from birth. He ran over to me and rubbed on me.

He is a good mouser. though. My first cat, who was a barn cat, liked to play with the mice. He only killed them if they got in the grain bin.



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My cats were indoor cats from birth, as were their mothers. But when he had mice one time they were lethal killers, they just didn't eat their catch, just played with them.

Today is a warm day, the windows are open, and the cats are reclining on the sills smelling the smells, basking in the sun, and watching the birds.

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I've read it is because we keep cats inside, they are changing. I'm told most cats were raised indoors by mothers that were indoors, so they hunt by instinct. But their mother has to teach them to kill so our cats can't kill any more. That means were the cats use to be independent and able to care for themselves, they can't any more and are dependent. The more generations the cat has been indoors the more dependent they become. I'm not sure I believe all this, but it is what I've read. Even if you believe it, if you have pound cats, like I do. You don't know weather they were raised indoors by mothers that were raised indoors or not.

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I think Orzo has separation anxiety like a Velcro dog. This morning I needed to get into a closet so I closed the door to the bathroom to where it latched. Orzo immediately started yowling and scratching the door until I let him back in. Then he wouldn't leave the bathroom until I finished my bath and left myself. And I always heard cats were independent.



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Thanks Darlene. Right now we have almost 20 new born calves running about and another 20 or so to follow. I just love their knobby little knees.
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Minimoe, I love your little calf. I would guess a lot of male cats would not want another to come in after they have owned the house for a while.

Orzo won't even allow a collar to be put on him. He did have an old one when I got him, and I got him a new one that he left on for 5 seconds. After that it was one second or less. April had a harness she wore, but she wouldn't walk with it.



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I know two people that walk their cats on a leash. One lives on a house boat and she walks her cat on a leash down the dock to her boat. The other walked her cat around in the yard to give it some outside time. The First Lady had a cat trainer teach her to walk her cat. She said it wasn't very hard since for the most part the cat wanted to walk down the middle of the dock and the leash was the length so the cat couldn't get too close to the edge of the dock. The second lady said she started with very young kittens and took them out and it was more following the kittens around and not letting them leave the yard.

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I'm on a condo board at the place I keep a rental unit. We have a rule that dogs have to be walked on the outer perimeter, and one woman thinks that's unfair. She has been photographed letting her dogs pee and poop on the interior portion of the property, so we cited her. She responded by saying that there is a girl who walks her cat on a leash, and why do we insist that dogs be walked in a certain place and not cats. She has no understanding that few cats will allow a leash, and that they won't do their business while out for a walk. You can't train a cat to poop on command (or do much of anything else on command), they prefer quiet seclusion to do their business. I have tried to put a harness on many of my cats, and either they went crazy trying to get it off, or they flopped over and played dead until I removed it.

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Springtime is slowly underway here on the farm. In the barn cats' world that means "gentlemen callers" , the occasional "gentlemanly discussions" (cat fights) and new kittens. We've had a beautiful tabby with white bib and paws adopt us over the winter. I suspect he was a drop-off as he's very tame and wouldn't take much encouragement to come in the house, but Mr. Brian is having none of that! He doesn't seem to mind being outside though and has found all the warm, sheltered spots in the yard and barn, so he's OK. A visit to "Uncle Gary", the vet, is in order soon. The rest of the outside cats are quite wild, so rounding them up for the operation would be quite the challenge.
Hope your springtime is warmer than ours - still snow on the ground and below freezing most days, but we live in hope!


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That's why I insist that all toilet lids be kept closed. I HAVE found toys floating in the water and I hate having to fish them out. When Vida was little she actually dove into the water after something and scared herself, I had to catch her before she ran too far with toilet water on her, and give her a fast bath. Unpleasant for all of us.

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I think I've mentioned, Fancy like to put things in the water bowl and play with the toy in the water. Well she is more like dog. When someones flushes the toilet, she run Ito the bathroom to watch the water go round and round. She has stick her paw out a few times like she was going to try and catch the water, but changed he mind. Shut hopes she doesn't think her toys belong in the toilet

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Oh, I am glad that Orzo doesn't do those things. The worst he has done is when he has caught a few mice he brings them into the room I am in to have his feast. I have to look the other way.



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3/31/18 9:22 A

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My cats put things INTO my shoes. I have to shake them before I put them on, and out comes pompoms, pipecleaners, fuzzy mice.

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Fancy races from one end of the house to the other a couple times a day, but what I was talking about is she attacks and kills just about every thing. Pulling the soles out of my shoes is one of her favorites.

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My oldest cat is 12, and she only runs when being chased, and has the weight to prove it. She does NOT like the other cats trying to play with her, lots of yowling when they try.

I have to vacuum the house today, so they'll all hide under the workbench in the basement until I'm done. My sister and her husband are coming to spend the night, they'll slowly sneak out and check them out, but they'll be fine once they realize no one is going to try to touch them without their permission.

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3/30/18 7:06 P

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MaryAlice, Orzo is 10 and still will get the zoomies. He does sleep a lot, but every once in a while he just runs all over the place.

When people come in my house Orzo will run into the hallway when the door opens for them, then peaks around the corner and comes into the living room to get whoever it is to pet him. Last time the plumber was here I ended up having to take Orzo back upstairs and lock him in the back room until Joe left. He just wouldn't leave Joe alone.

Today Orzo was a naughty boy. Probably was trying to rush over to steal my sandwich, but he knocked over my Christmas cactus and that knocked mama African violet off the table and broke the pot. When I took the pot to throw it away (just the outside part broke), he went after my sandwich and I had to get after him for that. I did find a new pot to use for the outside of the African violet pot. I don't know how long I have had that African violet, but long enough for it to have babies that I didn't know they had. So last year I had got these new pots and separated them. I lost the littlest babies, but have mama and the oldest baby still. I also got a little one that is a dark, brick red. These are some of the few plants I can actually keep growing, though African violets I have had problems with in the past.

If I miss things this weekend, I wish you all a blessed Easter.



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3/30/18 10:29 A

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Fancy, always goes and hides when people come over. But last time my daughter brought the boys over, Fancy disappeared, I thought nothing about it till my daughter came out of my room and told me my cat had a loud motor. Fancy was in the middle of the bed. I took the boys in to see her. She wasn't real happy about it but let them pet her and didn't run from them.

When I got Fancy she was a year old and acted like a young kitten. I thought it was because she spent 5 months in that little cage at the pound and had never had a chance to run and play. Well she is almost 2 now, and still runs and plays like a kitten. I'm thinking she is going to be one that plays all her life.

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The cats had a big fight at 6am, woke me up but not hubby. How can he sleep through a cat fight but not the sound of a toilet flushing?

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3/26/18 9:13 P

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Poor kitties. Orzo is the opposite. He would love to have people come see him. He would prefer I never go anywhere, though, and I will be going for Easter brunch, etc., on the 8th. Then a couple weeks later will be going to a retreat for a couple of days. Orzo and Cassie both have enough trouble when I just go to pickleball twice a week and now to Passion Play for four evenings this week.



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We'll be having company next weekend for Easter. The cats really hate having other people in the house.

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Tonight ... at 8:30 p.m. your time ... turn lights out for 60 minutes!



FYI: Starting as a symbolic lights out event in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now the world's largest grassroots movement for the environment, inspiring millions of people to take action for our planet and nature. Since then it has grown to engage more than 180 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour is a global WWF (formerly known as World Wildlife Fund) climate change initiative. It is an event that aims to create awareness of people taking responsibility towards a sustainable future by turning the lights off. Note: Earth Hour is not to be confused with Earth Day - they are separate events.

Happy Earth Hour Day!!!



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3/23/18 6:09 P

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Daddy always called the TV the worse thing ever invented and said you should have to be 21 to watch it. I was 22 when I saw my first TV movie. My then husband was so sure I would like it, I had read the book. I thought they destroyed the book and said now I understood Daddy said TV's were the worse thing ever invented. That was 43 years ago and the TV in our house gets turned on so my husband can watch the morning news, is turned off and not back on till the next morning. I have an e reader for reading and a tablet to play card games when I'm traveling.

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3/23/18 5:30 P

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I get Rizzoli and Isles late night on weekends (12 on Sun and 1:00 on Saturday). I wish I knew how to work the DVD recorder or the VHS recorder (though I might not have any of those empty tapes). Also would have liked it for something last night. I tried setting it up once before, but couldn't get it. Of course, the fact that part of the TV doesn't work to change to DVD instead of TV doesn't help, either.



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I've never used the closed caption feature. If it is a British show I do turn the volume up.

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Darlene, you can probably find an online guide to your remote. I wish I knew about closed captioning when I watched Rizzoli and Isles. I had a hard time hearing Angie Harmon. Some shows get behind on the captioning, like Brokenwood (which I loved!)

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I found something on my remote that is CCD. I pushed it and it comes up with CCD1, CCD2, CCD3, CCD4, Text1, Text2, Text3, Text4. Maybe that is it and I have to push the OK after getting to one of those.

Wow, I am beat today. I went to the 3 hours of pickleball games and 20 minutes of clinic/practice before them. Then after I got my laundry started I took Cassie for a walk. I was ready to drop by the time we got home. Tonight is practice for the Passion Play, which entails a lot of walking, too. I don't know if I am going to be able to get up tomorrow. emoticon I don't care. I like that pickleball.



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