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The Cat Thread

Tell us about your personal sphinx(es) please DLers. Do you have one or more? Would you like to have one? What’s the cutest thing about your feline(s)? Any preferences when it comes to breeds? Pics are welcome and tips and tricks too we all know they’re quirky.

I have a soft spot for red and blue ones but currently more than happy with my tuxedo. Posted a pic of him in another thread but this is him in the laundry room.

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by Anonymousreply 251a day ago

This is my eldercat Charlie when he was a kitten. He's ten now, extremely smart and dignified. He was a reckless lad at this age, though, and had a hero-worship crush on an older cat, Whiskers. He caused Whiskers a lot of grief, showing his love by gnawing the top of Whiskers' head or grabbing him by the throat.

Charlie had another older cat as a mentor, a tuxedo Manx Cat called Seth. Seth followed him around like Jiminy Cricket following Pinnochio, trying to keep him out of harm's way.

We still have Charlie, but Seth and Whiskers have passed on.

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by Anonymousreply 107/16/2020

That isn't a tuxedo cat. It's a black cat with white paws.

by Anonymousreply 207/16/2020

R2 Shut up Op he's a beautiful cat, as is the other one

by Anonymousreply 307/16/2020

R3 thanks😘

R2 I’m not a native speaker. I though this was the right name for black and white cats with a white chest

R1 Miss Lucy what a cutie, a real hometiger with the stripes. Did he get along with Whiskers eventually? Is he ik now without both Seth(sounds like his big brother) and Whiskers?

by Anonymousreply 407/16/2020

Ik=ok

by Anonymousreply 507/16/2020

I have a flame point Siamese. He is LOUD but sweet

by Anonymousreply 607/16/2020

It IS a beautiful cat but it's not a tuxedo cat. It's too black.

r3

by Anonymousreply 707/16/2020

R1 MissLucy, Charlie is quite the tiger. You didn't mention Dax, or maybe I'm confusing your cats with a different DLer...

by Anonymousreply 807/16/2020

OP Your cat is adorable! Name, please?

by Anonymousreply 907/16/2020

R7 fair enough you thought me something 😉 he is cuddly and very vocal. A real sweetheart.

by Anonymousreply 1007/16/2020

PUSSY!

by Anonymousreply 1107/16/2020

Oh autocorrect “taught”

by Anonymousreply 1207/16/2020

Here's a pic of a tuxedo cat...and his son!

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by Anonymousreply 1307/16/2020

R6 tell us about his character if you please

by Anonymousreply 1407/16/2020

R9 his name is Brat. He can be very mischievous

by Anonymousreply 1507/16/2020

My cat, Pete, has a strange 'gifting' thing. He has two toys in particular that he uses. Every night, he brings them - one at a time - upstairs into my bedroom and onto the bed while I'm reading. He then settles down for a nap. In the morning, he brings them - one at a time - downstairs. One toy always goes into his dry food dish. The other toy is brought to me.

This is a daily routine. I would know something is terribly wrong if it ever stopped.

by Anonymousreply 1607/16/2020

OP, you do have a tuxedo cat. Don't listen to r2. Charlie is very cute.

[Quote]Tuxedo cats have a prominent bicolor pattern. Their appeal comes from the stark black-and-white contrast of their coat combined with the pattern, which is reminiscent of formal wear for men. Any combination of the black-and-white pattern qualifies as a tuxedo, but generally, the body is black and the chest and paws are white.

Charlie has a white chest and paws. Charlie is a tuxedo, case closed.

by Anonymousreply 1707/16/2020

Here's a rather old image of my brood - I miss them all and was glad to have them in my life. I now have one senior male cat who is truly a wonderful companion cat. I've been lucky over the years will all my cats having a rather pleasant personality and have gotten along with each other as a new cat was added.

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by Anonymousreply 1807/16/2020

Another image of the same 3 cats along with my orange tabby 'Buster'. They were the best of friends with each other and me.

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by Anonymousreply 1907/16/2020

I've had numerous cats growing up. In my experience, tuxedo cats have been pretty affectionate. Orange tabbies as well.

We also had some breed at two different times that looked like Siberian Forest Cats (one was dark and one later was all white), and they were very unfriendly. They didn't like to be pet, they would hide from you constantly even though we were never mean to them. They might on rare occasions approach you and sit near you, but if you moved or got up, they would get very startled and runaway.

To be fair, those last two we got when they were older, not kittens so maybe they weren't used to humans.

by Anonymousreply 2007/16/2020

R16 what does he look like? Is he a cuddler? I think it’s cute he has his routine with the toys

by Anonymousreply 2107/16/2020

R17 thank you hun!

by Anonymousreply 2207/16/2020

r14, he's very affectionate, loves attention, and will scream at me if I don't pay attention to him or give him treats. He also insists on drinking from the kitchen faucet.

by Anonymousreply 2307/16/2020

r17

No it's NOT a tuxedo cat. It's a black cat with white paws. Too much black and not enough vest.

by Anonymousreply 2407/16/2020

R18 R19 some lovely cats!! They comfy and relaxed. You were a good boss. After a while they become family. It’s nice you still have one cat left. I know the house can feel so empty without one....:.

by Anonymousreply 2507/16/2020

R20 my kitten is very affectionate too, more so than my previous red one(but loved him dearly). Every cat has a different personality and most of them are not obedient but isn’t it why we love them. The outside cats need to live there in my experience, they thrive when they are outdoors and they usually come home for a nap and some food. Still family.

by Anonymousreply 2607/16/2020

R4 After Charlie lost his kittenish craziness, he got along fine with Whiskers. Whiskers was the alpha cat at that time, and it's interesting that now Charlie is the alpha. Charlie also has a "girfriend" named Peggy, a half Bengal we adopted a few years ago. He loves her dearly. A few days after we adopted her, she was spending most of her time in the bedroom, and would sleep there at night. We'd close the door to keep the other cats out, because we didn't want any violent altercations during the night. One night Charlie came to the bedroom door and sang her a "song." It was very melodic, and went on and on at some length. She crouched near the door and listened intently to the whole thing.

She is not allowed out unless she is on a leash, because she's a serious flight risk. However, in spite of all our best intentions, she got out one day and took off across the field, with me after her. When I got half way across, I realized that Charlie was following me, and he was yowling at her. Suddenly she stopped and turned around, went back to Charlie and crouched beside him. I whisked her up and we all returned home.

Charlie is also fond of Dax, our young Tuxedo cat. I think that he considers himself Dax's mentor.

by Anonymousreply 2707/16/2020

R8 Yes, Dax is the black and white tuxedo cat. I decided to give Charlie a little publicity, since I went on at length about Dax previously.

by Anonymousreply 2807/16/2020

R27 thank you, it’s so touching that Charlie’s girl Peggy was so charmed by him. You have quite the cat family. Enjoy the love and purrs

by Anonymousreply 2907/16/2020

A number of years ago, I had a female cat named Allie. This was long before the arrival of Peggy. I know I must have a picture of her somewhere, so I'll look for it later. She was an average cat, looks-wise, with a sort of brindled brown coat. She had always been rather high-strung and nervous. Her sense of balance never seemed to be particularly good. One day, she took a fall from the top of a bookcase and hit her head. After that incident, she had frequent seizures, sometimes one a day, which would scare the hell out of the other cats, who probably thought she was possessed.

Charlie was around at that time, and became very attached to her. If he heard her having a seizure, he would run to her, stand in front of her with back arched and fur standing on end, glaring around at the other cats in case they had any thoughts of harming her while she was helpless.

Allie slept in the back porch. We had a blanket for her, water, food etc. One winter night, my partner shook me awake, and whispered, "There's a strange noise out in the back porch."

I got up, and we made our way up the hallway, not knowing what kind of sight was going to confront us. The sound was eerie, unearthly. I had never heard anything like it before. It was a high-pitched chittering sound, and it was loud. It sounded like an animal in distress.

When we reached the porch, which is large, Allie was sitting at the top of the basement steps, looking around, bewildered. There is a large antique storage bench out there against the wall near the back door, and pushed into a corner. The sound seemed to be coming from beneath that bench. Carefully I went over to it.

The sound seemed to be coming from the corner. Very slowly and carefully, I moved the bench sightly and looked down. I know I smiled.

My partner was flattened against the wall on the other side of the door. He said, "What is it? What is it?"

I looked back down at the tiny face looking up at me so innocently, wearing its white winter fur, and I said, "It's a weasel."

We opened the back door wide, and eventually the weasel skedaddled. We figured that it had gotten into the house through the dryer vent in the basement, that was temporarily disconnected. It must have made its way up the steps, and very possibly witnessed Allie taking one of her seizures, which was an alarming sight to say the least, and then decided it wanted out of there, fast, hence the panicked chittering.

by Anonymousreply 3007/16/2020

My cat and I were watching a documentary on the Secret Service. They showed a bomb-sniffing dog sniffing around the Presidential Suite and now I’m sure my girl has her heart set on becoming a secret service cat. I don’t have the heart to tell her she’s too old.

by Anonymousreply 3107/16/2020

R31,

Check out Larry the Cat at No 10 Downing Street.

OP, great thread!

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by Anonymousreply 3207/16/2020

[quote]what does he look like? Is he a cuddler? I think it’s cute he has his routine with the toys.

R21 Thanks. Pete is a black and gray striped tiger and he's a cuddler now that he's older (10). I forgot to mention that he's also a "Hemingway" cat - he's polydactyl. Six toes on one front paw and seven on the other front paw. When he stretches and spreads his toes, his front paws look like catcher's mitts!

by Anonymousreply 3307/16/2020

[quote]He also insists on drinking from the kitchen faucet.

R23 Mine drinks from the bath faucet and if that's not available, he drinks from the toilet bowl! I gave up putting out a bowl of water for him. As long as the toilet is available, he's happy. When I run a bath, he sits on the edge of the tub and drinks from the faucet.

by Anonymousreply 3407/16/2020

Miss Lucy R30 thanks for sharing so much about your cats. Enjoy reading it but sad because of Allie. In the 80s when I was a toddler we had two cats a grey tabby and a tabby and white one. The lady cat had seizures too. I still remember how she jumped and fell down when she had one. It was heartbreaking even when I was so little it hurt so much to see it. I know what you and your partner felt. It’s so painful but we give them the care that we can. My parents went to the vet with her. How did it end for your dear Allie? Quite extraordinary that the weasel sensed it btw 🙏🏻♥️

by Anonymousreply 3507/16/2020

Please let's not forget Dewey the Library Cat!

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by Anonymousreply 3607/16/2020

^ Well I never in all my life!

by Anonymousreply 3707/16/2020

R32 love it! Thank you 😻

by Anonymousreply 3807/16/2020

R33 you have one special tiger! If you can share a pic sometime I’d love to see it.

by Anonymousreply 3907/16/2020

R34 my day reviius cat used to drink from our small pond in the garden. Cats do seem to have a distinct taste..... toilet, pond, rain.....

by Anonymousreply 4007/16/2020

Previous 🤦🏻

by Anonymousreply 4107/16/2020

Well! Where do I begin?

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by Anonymousreply 4207/16/2020

Well! Where do I begin?😱

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by Anonymousreply 4307/16/2020

Well really!

Where do I begin?😱

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by Anonymousreply 4407/16/2020

R42 nostalgia!!! Thanks love it my dad used to love it too

by Anonymousreply 4507/16/2020

R42 nostalgia!!! Thanks love it my dad used to love it too

by Anonymousreply 4607/16/2020

R2 Not sure why you are being such a nazi about the tuxedo cat thing. I agree with OP and R17 and so does Google apparently. Here is the image that appears when you Google "images of tuxedo cats".

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R39 I wish I could but I don't know how to share pix on DL!

by Anonymousreply 4807/16/2020

R35 It was about four years ago that Allie died. She was lying on her blanket, and two of our other cats joined her and snuggled with her, which I thought was amazing. I kept checking her throughout the evening, talking to her and petting her. She was comfortable. The last time I went to check, she had gotten up and gone down two of the basement steps. She was dead, but in a comfortable position, so I think that she went painlessly, possibly in her sleep.

by Anonymousreply 4907/16/2020

Here’s a funny pic of my girl Olivia (named after Benson on SVU!)

She’s a medium hair tuxedo (I’ll post another pic) adopted from the desert of CA. She was in a hoarders house full of cats. She’s 10 now and I got her at one. She’s my best buddy, as I live alone. She’s come with me on multiple road trips.

My favorite thing is her greetings - whenever I walk in the door she runs to a rug and rolls around. Even if I’m only gone a few hours. Her meow sounds like a squeak. She loves watching birds and going outside though where I live right now I don’t take her out. My other favorite thing is that she lays next to me nice and close but never on me. She is a sassy girl. Thanks OP!

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by Anonymousreply 5007/16/2020

Here’s another to see her markings. She has a white chin, belly, chest and four white paws.

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by Anonymousreply 5107/16/2020

R50 She's beautiful and her tail is gorgeous! I love her white whiskers.

by Anonymousreply 5207/16/2020

r50 Your Olivia is a stunning cat. What a beauty!

by Anonymousreply 5307/16/2020

R47 thanks doll ♥️

by Anonymousreply 5407/16/2020

Thank you R52 and R53!

by Anonymousreply 5507/16/2020

I love this thread. I lost my Igmu, a crazy wild thing that I just loved, about 5 years ago and haven't felt like getting a new cat just yet.

by Anonymousreply 5607/16/2020

Just one more - This is my Shadow - 15 yoa and a sweetheart in every way. I adopted him at the C'ville SPCA 11 years ago. He is gray/white Tuxedo (mostly white front/chest). The image reflects his weight (18lbs!) about 8 years ago. He is now about 12lbs which is better for him. I know the day will come when he must depart but I hope to have him around for at least a couple more years. He's had issues over the years (as any living creature does) and with age some are chronic but they are addressed and he is in good health and content.

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What a precious boy, R57.

by Anonymousreply 5807/16/2020

R19 Your brood is gorgeous. They look happy and healthy.

by Anonymousreply 5907/16/2020

OK - this is really the last one! Here is a pic of my two Girls (Muffin and Cloudie). They departed 12 and 8 years ago respectively but I still remember them fondly. Muffin (in background) wandered up to my house in 1994 - I believe she was a stray but I was allowed to care for her for the next 14 years. Cloudie (foreground) was adopted from the local shelter in 1998 as a kitten and was a bit testy at times but overall a good girl and got along with all the others I had at the time. Her coat/fur was like cotton candy and very difficult to manage but she deserved all the attention I gave her. I'm so lucky to have had so many wonderful cat companions in my life along the way. They are like children to me in a way but I don't have to buy video games for them or drive them to soccer practice!

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by Anonymousreply 6007/16/2020

r60, they're cuties

by Anonymousreply 6107/16/2020

R56 so sorry for your loss, it’s the end of an era in a way isn’t it, when one of our cat family members leave us? and trust the intuition you don’t have to adopt a new one but when it feels right go for it. I did I have no regrets

by Anonymousreply 6207/16/2020

R60 Icky some beauties! Love your posts on this thread. Your cats wouldn’t have thrived if they hadn’t felt your care and love.

by Anonymousreply 6307/16/2020

R60 I love Muffin's distinctive coloring - that completely black tail and the top of her head. Cloudie looks like cotton candy but she also looks full of attitude in that picture! Beautiful, both of them.

by Anonymousreply 6407/16/2020

R56 You'll know when the time is right. Or, like me, the cat will find you. I've lost three in my life and each time I swore 'never again' and never looked for another. Then some strange situation occurred and that was it - the cats chose me!

by Anonymousreply 6507/16/2020

OP: your tuxedo kitty is very cute, but naughty looking.

by Anonymousreply 6607/16/2020

Greetings cat lovers! Thanks for the kind comments regarding my posts/images of my former/current companions(s). And thanks to OP for starting this most wonderful thread. I believe that our four legged companions (cats, dogs, horses, goats, cows, etc.) are sent to us even though we 'think' we pick them. They choose us for a reason that we may not understand. Considering the turbulent times we are living in, our four legged 'gifts' are providing comfort that is so necessary today.

Also, thanks to those who have shared their images and back stories regarding their current/past companions. I'm sure most of us know of the 'Rainbow Bridge' - that when we finally pass, we will be reunited with our four legged gifts that were with us along the path of life.

Gotta go - the litter needs scoopin" - again!

by Anonymousreply 6707/16/2020

The OP's cat is not a tuxedo cat. The poster that said that is correct. Not all black cats with a little white are tuxedos.

by Anonymousreply 6807/16/2020

So sweet, OP. I love the white boots and cute laundry pic. Beautiful tiger, MissLucy.

(I love all these stories and photos, post as many as you wish!)

by Anonymousreply 6907/16/2020

damn, they ain't kidding. it gets dead at prime time.

by Anonymousreply 7007/16/2020

Icky - loved seeing your cats! The pile of four, oh my goodness. Thanks for sharing. They sure were lucky to have met you.

by Anonymousreply 7107/16/2020

R66 he is! That’s why we named him Brat. He’s a very cuddly and affectionate cat but he likes to scratch the wallpaper(and yes he has a big cat scratch pole), hides in the closets sometimes and meows just to get attention even when he can easily walk out, he meows whenever he is alone in a room(and not sleeping), he likes to play fetch and eats the butter from your sandwich if you’re not careful.

He’s an indoor cat so sometimes when someone comes into the house or goes out, I’ll lock the door of the room he’s in for a few minutes. When I get back well.....look at the pic and see for yourself. He’s usually purring like crazy up there but can’t jump off by himself so I have to get the carrier, open it and hold it up and then he’ll jump in.

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R36 I read a book about him! Sweet.

by Anonymousreply 7307/17/2020

I have two sweet boys - Himalayan 21 and Siamese 12. Himi came to me at 7 yrs adopted as a friend-of-a-friend situation. Couple yrs later, after catsitting for a friend during their vacation, my Himi was depressed when the other cat left! UGH...He wanted another cat, so I got a baby Siamese boy @ 12 wks. He was 2 lbs! Can you imagine? Fit in my palm except for his looong Siamese legs. So cute. Anyhow, they have been best buds ever since. Himi is alpha. I am sure the Siamese only knows he is a cat because of the older one. Follows him around like a bad rash...LOL. has def FOMO. Can you spot the tiny head in the pic? Little shit...

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by Anonymousreply 7407/18/2020

R74 so cute and look at those ears of your Siamese 😻 How’s the grooming for the Himalayan?

by Anonymousreply 7507/18/2020

R74 Himi used to get a mowhawk shave 3-4 times/yr (longer strip from nape to tail) at the puppy parlour (they took cats too) which was sooo cute and the rest of him felt like a velveteen rabbit. But he is too old now, so I do a quick brush daily, and then have to trim the mats piecemeal. It's a process. He haaates the brush. The Siamese is a little weirdo and looooves the brush. He self-brushes, actually, if I just hold it out. I had mobile groomers come in for the Himi a few yrs ago (when he was only 18!) and he flipped out cirque de soleil styles and did an aerial somersault into the living room 6 ft away from the kitchen. So, I thought I killed him. He was fine, but majorly pissed off for 3 days (the TRUST was broken!) so no more shaving for him. Plus, my heart can't take it!

by Anonymousreply 7607/18/2020

I had a Himalayan. He lived to be 22!

by Anonymousreply 7707/18/2020

My 6 year old male has stopped sleeping with me at night. Bad enough I can't get a human to sleep with me, but now felines are rejecting me. Where did I go wrong? How can I get him back.

by Anonymousreply 7807/18/2020

R77 WOW!! Love this so much! At 21, my Himi is perfect, except arthritis and sleeps a lot. Still plays with the 12 yr old "baby"...video is better w sound...LOL...

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Oh shit...vid didn't work...it's really cute tho!! Lol..

by Anonymousreply 8007/18/2020

Op your cat is gorgeous

by Anonymousreply 8107/18/2020

R78 - they do this sometimes! Maybe it's too hot in the house? Treats by the bed help...have you learned nothing in your yrs of dating? LOL

by Anonymousreply 8207/18/2020

R74 That picture is adorable. The two of them are precious.

by Anonymousreply 8307/18/2020

R76 Himi has quite the beautiful fur! I was curious about the grooming. can we blame him for not wanting to be groomed at home haha😁 at least he lets you do it. Love the ears and the mask of your Siamese too. Wonderful cat fam.

by Anonymousreply 8407/18/2020

R78 the easiest way is putting the box and the food your cat loves most in your room and then close the door when the cat is inside at night If I may be honest, do you think your cat senses your mood? I understand very well you want the company. I enjoy having my sweet ball of fur on the bed too. Grief put my former cat off, when I lost someone close and I felt low he didn’t sleep in my room often. It was like he wanted me to feel I should get up off the floor so to speak. Hope your cat will be back to cuddle at night soon anyway.

by Anonymousreply 8507/18/2020

I heard my cat chattering at a dove this morning. That dove was damn lucky my cat is an indoor-only cat. You should see what she does to a Da Bird toy.

by Anonymousreply 8607/18/2020

Have posted once before about my cat, Meno. Since I am pretty old, didn't have cell phones while I had her for 8 glorious years in my thirties. Raised her from a tiny kitty. She had "kitten fever" when I got her from a shelter. I nursed her, made a little oxygen tent from a vaporizer covered with a rigged up tent from plastic drape from the dry cleaners. Stayed home from work for a few days to make her drink from a dropper. I had never taken care of anything before.

She looked like a glamour puss but really was a comedian. More dog like than any cat I have known. She followed me around, chirping and chattering. If I was not paying attention, she would lie on her back, clutching the bottom of the sofa with front legs and drag herself back and then forth as if on a clothesline. Sometimes she would fling herself up and backwards in a near somersault. Then land and look me in the eye, then chirp as if to say Well? She would fetch a peanut in its shell, batting it like a hockey puck. Pick it up and bring it to me. She would only place it in a shoe, not my hand. Then over and over again. She greeted me each morning with gentle taps on my cheek, then would run her cheeks and whiskers along my chin. She loved to eat, almost anything. But especially anything I was eating, she would not stop begging until she had a taste. When I was sad, or sick, she never left my side, purring like a motor. The best company ever.

She died very suddenly. Did not seem herself for a day or so, then just laid quietly. Near 30 years ago, did not find out what caused it. Have had 2 other cats, nice but pale imitations.

Sorry for the tome, but reminiscing about her made me happy.

by Anonymousreply 8707/18/2020

[87] - Thanks so much for your most heartfelt story. It is a shame that humans don't have the compassion/dedication/forgiveness or personality that our heaven sent pets have. They accept us as we are as we do them yet humans seem to find fault at every turn and exploit them to tear down someone who doesn't measure up to 'their' expectations. OTOH, we and our pets give (far more than take) to each other w/o question which, I believe, makes us a better person. I am 'old' like you (a very young at heart and still healthy 70!!!) but I'm so glad to have my dear Shadow to share the remaining days with. Thanks for being who you are!!

by Anonymousreply 8807/18/2020

Your tuxedo cat is gorgeous, OP. Ignore the not-a-tuxedo troll. He’s either blind or deranged, possible both.

Love the thread. We have a preference for sweet and mischievous solid black male cats (we’ve had 6 over the years), but a couple of adorably imperious gray ladies have found their way to our home too.

by Anonymousreply 8907/18/2020

R87. You made me cry. And your cat and I have very, very, VERY close names. Lovely tribute. And I could feel her spirit in every word. Learning about her made ME happy. So thank you .

by Anonymousreply 9007/18/2020

R87 thank you for sharing that touching story!

by Anonymousreply 9107/19/2020

R81 and R89 thank you! He’s such a sweetie. He likes kids too. For now it’s important for him to eat well and grow, he was the smallest one from the nest and at 8 weeks he had the size of a 5 weeks old.

by Anonymousreply 9207/19/2020

Any pics R89?

R86 the special sound they make when they see a bird.... According to my vet it’s the sound of excitement

by Anonymousreply 9307/19/2020

"I've had numerous cats growing up. In my experience, tuxedo cats have been pretty affectionate. Orange tabbies as well."

Another fool who thinks you can tell how affectionate a cat is by its color.

by Anonymousreply 9407/19/2020

[quote] Another fool who thinks you can tell how affectionate a cat is by its color.

In terms of DNA it could make some sense.

by Anonymousreply 9507/19/2020

My calico was very standoff-ish and full of attitude. She would have nothing to do with the other cats and they treated her like a queen. I was telling my vet about her behavior and he laughingly said she wasn't alone. He said calico cats have a reputation for being bitches!

by Anonymousreply 9607/19/2020

Also there are no male calicos right? When I was young we had one. Loved her but she set her boundaries. No fucking around with that one.

by Anonymousreply 9707/19/2020

Here's a happy clowder of cats! There is an Island in Japan that is called Cat Island. Can you imagine having to manage this menagerie without having conflicts?

Over the years I've been blessed to have many cats in my life and each one was introduced into the existing family w/o issue - no fighting or friction whatsoever. Maybe I was lucky but they all got along with each other and me.

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R97 It would be very rare to find a male calico, as it would also be rare to see a male tortoiseshell, also known as torties. It's a sex-linked characteristic. As well, the vast majority of gingers are male, although it's not impossible to see a ginger female.

I live in Nova Scotia. My father used to do business with a building supply company that brought a lot of material down from New Brunswick. One day he noticed a ginger Manx Cat (no tail) on their premises and was told that she had stowed away in a lumber truck in Northern New Brunswick. Dad brought the cat home and we discovered that it was a female. When we took her to the vet to be spayed, the vet advised us that she was pregnant.

We took her back home and some time afterward she gave birth to three kittens - a ginger and white male with a tail, a tailless female who was a calico, and a tailless tortoiseshell also with no tail.

Of course we kept them all. Dad was the ultimate cat man.

by Anonymousreply 9907/19/2020

Lovely thread. I love cats and all the pictures and stories here are great. :-)

I have two cats, one is a female British shorthair (silver) and the other is a ginger tabby, they are both so different. The ginger is feisty and doesn't really like people and won't let anyone near him, except for us. The foxes that come around are scared of him. The British shorthair is very mellow and will let anyone pet her. They both get on very well, though.

by Anonymousreply 10007/19/2020

I have never had a pet.

I love other people’s animals though. And maybe one day I will get a kitty. But it would have to be outdoorsy and maybe live on the back porch or shed.

by Anonymousreply 10107/19/2020

R97 According to my vet, calicos are always female. The rare non-female is usually a hermaphrodite. He said when he was in vet school at Ohio State, there was one who had the run of the entire feline area of the vet school. It was primarily purchased as an example of this rare quality and stole everyone's heart. Vet also said he didn't know of any male calicos but if they did exist, they'd be worth a fortune to any vet school who would treat it like a king!

by Anonymousreply 10207/19/2020

R99 Miss Lucy you are like the “mother” of cat owning DLers. You have had experience with so many lovely felines. Love reading about them and your father was the one who ignited the flame? So sweet that your family kept all the kittens.

by Anonymousreply 10307/19/2020

R101 consider a kitten from a farm they are so used to being outdoors they will only come inside to get some rest and some food. Mine was a great hunter too. Bye, bye mice.

by Anonymousreply 10407/19/2020

R99 Miss Lucy, how great that you dad inspired your love of cats. I love the story of the stowaway Manx cat! R103 is correct. You are definitely the leader in this cat clubhouse.

by Anonymousreply 10507/19/2020

Cat and animal story:

When my older sister had a date, she was never ready so the date had to wait in the den on the couch. Our pets - three cats and a dog - would line up sitting on the furniture opposite the couch and stare at him. I know this because she told me he complained that they made him feel uncomfortable.

by Anonymousreply 10607/19/2020

R103 and R105 Thank you so much. I'm overwhelmed by your kindness. It's so good to find a place with like-minded people where I can blather on about cats and nobody gets bored with me.

by Anonymousreply 10707/19/2020

I want to visit the Cat Temple!

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by Anonymousreply 10807/19/2020

R108 They believe cats bring luck right? When visit better visit the cat isle too(someone shared it earlier).

by Anonymousreply 10907/19/2020

No more?

by Anonymousreply 11007/24/2020

I have 2 girls. One’s elderly and the other one’s still a kitten.

I love them both and the best part about this pandemic other than not dying, is spending lots of quality time with both.

My eldest needs me around more, and the kitten is really fun and loves playing, so being home with them 24/7 is better than being home 24/7 without them.

by Anonymousreply 11107/24/2020

Okay, I'll bite. Here goes...This is a ghost story, so if it's not everyone's cup of tea, ignore it.

A number of years ago, I had a cat named Tom. He was totally black, not a very large cat, and had a huge personality. He was a real character. He had been born in this house, the only live kitten in the litter, as a result of an unplanned pregnancy on the part of my black female cat, Kit. A sister was born dead. He was one of my all time legendary cats. He lived a long good life and died peacefully about five years ago.

Now, this is not the main part of the story, but it has to be mentioned, because it is a prelude to what happened later. Back in February, my partner and I were hanging a couple of pictures in the bedroom and the dog was there with us. We started talking about Tom, telling amusing stories. Suddenly we noticed that the dog's eyes were following the movement of something we couldn't see, something that was moving across one dresser, then over the top of the wardrobe. Jokingly we said that Tom must be there with us, because he was like Beetlejuice, say his name three time and he'd appear on the scene. A good laugh was had by all.

A couple of months ago, I'm walking down the hallway from the bedroom area, and my cat Charlie is at my side. As we approach the living room/kitchen area, Tom comes out of the living room, as solid as he was in life, crosses in front of us, and enters the kitchen. Tom is so close to me that if I had bent over I could have easily touched him. I can tell by Charlie's reaction that he has seen Tom, as well. As we enter the kitchen, Tom crosses the room in front of us, and proceeds to the other side of the fridge. We follow, but there is no cat there.

Fast forward to this past Monday. My partner was in the spare bedroom, looking for something.. I was gathering dishes together in the kitchen. Suddenly I heard a cat running like mad, coming from the direction of the master bedroom. Now, that bedroom is at the end of a long hallway. When the hallway reaches the spare bedroom, there's a right angle turn leading to the kitchen/dining room/living room area. I went to the kitchen door and looked up the hallway. Around the corner comes Dax, and behind him a totally black cat. We don't have a totally black cat. As they come closer, I can see that Dax is totally freaked, ears back and eyes wide. Now I can get a better look of the cat pursuing him. It's Tom again, as solid as he was in life. They pass me, and Dax races through the living room doorway like Ichabod Crane being pursued by the Headless Horseman. Tom vanishes at the entrance to the room. One second he's there, the next second he has vanished. I yell to my partner and tell him the story. Like me, he takes these things for granted now. He realizes that he's hooked himself up with a ghost magnet. Dax is freaked out for the rest of the day.

On the following morning, I'm in the bedroom, door closed, I open the door to go out, and Tom passes me in the doorway, entering the room. He isn't as solid as he was the day before, but he's definitely identifiable. I see Dax down the hallway, peering tentatively around the corner. Apparently, he too, has seen Tom again. It wasn't until today that he got over his jitteryness.

I could write a book, quite honestly.

by Anonymousreply 11207/24/2020

I’ve always wanted a cat. I’ve become more allergic as I get older though. Don’t think it’s gonna happen. But if I were to get a kitty cat I would get one that looks like this:

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by Anonymousreply 11307/24/2020

R112 what a story! Thanks for sharing. Tom must love you very much if he still sticks around. You are a strong medium. In my old house I used to see a cat from time to time but not as solid as you see Tom.

by Anonymousreply 11407/25/2020

R112, I just woke up to go pee, & read your story.

Now I’m not going to be able to fall back asleep. That’s the best spook I’ve had in a while!

by Anonymousreply 11507/25/2020

At first I thought they were being mean to this cat, but clearly the cat was having a blast being slid, it kept coming back for more.

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by Anonymousreply 11607/25/2020

At first I thought they were being mean to this cat, but clearly the cat was having a blast being slid, it kept coming back for more.

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by Anonymousreply 11707/25/2020

I ❤️️ this cat.

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by Anonymousreply 11807/25/2020

R112- WONDERFUL stuff. I had goosebumps!

Tom rocks on. YES.

by Anonymousreply 11907/25/2020

Someone up thread mentioned about their cat(s) chattering which is a really neat thing to observe. On a similar theme, I happened across a Youtube video of two cats 'talking' to each other. It is just too precious! I have provided a link to the video. There is also one with 3 cats chattering in the window as they watch the birds/squirrels. No link though.

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by Anonymousreply 12007/25/2020

We have 3 black kittehs, Hoss, Maine Coon, Pasha, Burmese and a teenager, Pablo, we call him, Junior. Hoss and Pasha were so sweet, protective of junior. Grooming him, wrestling him. This has now become daily sexual assault for Junior. Junior's nasty, strolling his ass around like a twink. They're all so nasty, lol Wouldn't trade them and yes they are all neutered and Pasha only has one testicle. Like Juanita Barlets boyfriend

by Anonymousreply 12107/25/2020

"This has now become daily sexual assault for Junior."

GET IT FIXED, you mutherfucker.

by Anonymousreply 12207/25/2020

Unclench. It was a funny story and NO ANIMALS HAVE HAVE BEEN HARMED. WE DON'T SIT A ROUND IN AROUND WATCHING OUR CATS RAPE EACH OTHER. Geez!

Unclench. Funny story however we don't sit around watching our cats RAPE EACH other.

by Anonymousreply 12307/25/2020

R120 so cute! My cat heard the video and started to look around to see where the cat sounds were coming from lol

R121 I assume they do get along in general?

by Anonymousreply 12407/25/2020

My cat likes eating hard boiled eggs, is that normal?

by Anonymousreply 12507/29/2020

Yes normal and healthy

by Anonymousreply 12607/29/2020

Thanks R126 I never had cat before who liked it. A previous one did eat spinache and tomato and that surprised me too

by Anonymousreply 12707/29/2020

I would never do that to an egg, r126, but I did have one cat whom I would make a 9-Lives omelette every Saturday back in the '80s.

by Anonymousreply 12807/29/2020

Sphynx male. Perfectly bald. Brightest blue eyes.

Lykoi female. The best cat/pet I’ve ever owned. Acts like a dog (as does the sphynx), so lovable, talkative, beautiful.

When this duo is gone, it will be back to adopting alley kittens. I love both breeds, but a lot of skin care with each.

by Anonymousreply 12907/29/2020

My cats, two siblings, are in cat heaven now. I adopted them from a bad home when they were very little. I made catnip toys for them. They liked football and volleyball, too. When they got older they used to sleep together with me on both sides of my pillow. They lived long. They were the best thing that happened in my less than happy life.

by Anonymousreply 13007/29/2020

Thanks for sharing stories everyone, lovely reading them! A cat omelette I should give it a try some time for the feline friend.

R130 you don’t consider adopting again? It’s always good to have some furry friends around

by Anonymousreply 13107/29/2020

Bless you R30. You're a good person.

by Anonymousreply 13207/29/2020

R132 MissLucy, did you mean R130? You just posted a comment to yourself...

by Anonymousreply 13307/29/2020

"My cat likes eating hard boiled eggs, is that normal?"

R125, you cat probably also likes pepperoni pizza but it shout not be eating it. Cats that eat people food are fat and unhealthy. Jeez, I'm happy you don't have children. Would you let them go on the ice cream diet?

by Anonymousreply 13407/29/2020

CORRECTION:

R125, Your cat probably also likes pepperoni pizza but it should not be eating it. Cats that eat people food are fat and unhealthy. Jeez, I'm happy you don't have children. Would you let them go on the ice cream diet?

by Anonymousreply 13507/29/2020

R133 Yes, thanks! I meant 130. So here it goes again: Bless you [R130]. You're a good person!

by Anonymousreply 13607/29/2020

R135 Wrong. A bit of people food will not make a cat fat. Sure, a consistent diet of people food will pack on the pounds but a little treat won't hurt your cat.

by Anonymousreply 13707/29/2020

135 he secretly ate a bit of leftover egg. I left it on the counter because I didn’t think he’d be interested. I’m not actively feeding him eggs. He seemed to enjoy it so I thought oh what the heck. No salt on it either. My kids have never been overweight so no, cat and kids don’t live on treats in this household.

I do agree with R137 that sometimes a cat or another pet should be allowed to try a little bit of our food. When it’s unprepared meat or cooked fish or veggies, why not? Variety is the spice of life.

by Anonymousreply 13807/29/2020

I'll give my cat a little piece of people food on occasion like chicken, though it's only after I've eaten, only in his dish. No counter jumping, he knows that and wouldn't do it.

by Anonymousreply 13907/29/2020

EG here. I have cats now but growing up, we always had dogs. Actual dog food was expensive, a luxury, so our dogs always ate our meal scraps. We had mutts and they all lived active, healthy lives into their old age. I realize cats are different but they are hunters and have only been domesticated within the past 50 years or so. Farm cats lived on mice (raw meat). I'm guessing purebred cats need strict special diets but a good old mixed breed tiger can certainly tolerate some a little piece of chicken or fish once in a while. You know you've given him too much when he wolfs it down and pukes it up within an hour!

by Anonymousreply 14007/29/2020

You’re good at raising your cat R135. You should have kids too if you don’t have them 😉 I don’t ever let my boy jump on the counter when I’m preparing food but he is naughty......he tries. My kids are not strict enough with him sometimes because they think it’s cute when he sits next to their plate🤦‍♂️The hubby is also quite taken with him so it’s mostly up to me to try and teach him the house rules.

by Anonymousreply 14107/29/2020

R131 Thank you; I'd love to have cats again, but as we know, they can live like 20 years, and I'm well over 50...:) I'm worried I'd leave them behind me. I've no kids who could take care of them. But who knows, maybe I'll do some cat sitting or something.

R132 R136 Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 14207/29/2020

R142, get an adult cat that has ten or less years left on him.

by Anonymousreply 14307/29/2020

I have a Russian white cat that my mom found wandering around at about three weeks old. It now weights 18 pounds. It's three years old, but acts like it's 20. He lets me rub his head and cheeks, but I'm not allowed to pick him up at all, and he won't sit on my lap or even lay close to me.

About six months ago, I adopted a Russian black feral cat with a patch of stray white hairs on his chest. This cat also came from my mom's neighborhood. He's probably the nephew of my first cat. He's a year old and obsessed with playing. If he's asleep in the bedroom, and I'm in the living room cleaning up, if I pick up his favorite toy to move it aside, he comes running into the living room screeching at me to play with him. He's more affectionate; he rubs up against my ankles and asks to be petted.

He wants so bad to cuddle with the older cat, but the older cat didn't get proper socialization with cats and is standoffish. They do get along with each other, though, because I introduced them to each other slowly. It's fun to watch them chase each other back and forth.

by Anonymousreply 14407/29/2020

R142 whenever you’re across the pond you can babysit my cat haha. He loves people and cuddles.

R144 adopting feral cats, I didn’t know they made such great indoor companions. They sound lovely. Even indoor cats aren’t always cuddly.

by Anonymousreply 14507/29/2020

Thanks, R145. My black cat, in spite of his petite size, is a vicious predator towards his toys. With real birds, though, he's apparently not that intimidating.

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by Anonymousreply 14607/29/2020

^^That pigeon is a total tease!

by Anonymousreply 14707/29/2020

R146 great to watch this!😻 Yes the pigeon seems to dare him to attack. Your cat looks beautiful, such shiny fur. He has a good life and it shows.

by Anonymousreply 14807/29/2020

Thanks, R147 and R148. That bird at R146 is a mourning dove. (My cat is very petite.)

Now, here he is with some pigeons. He's a lot less brave!

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by Anonymousreply 14907/29/2020

R149 so cute!!! In his defence he was outnumbered

by Anonymousreply 15007/29/2020

R146, that isn't a bird, that's a PIGEON.

by Anonymousreply 15107/29/2020

R151, R146 is a mourning dove. R149 is a pigeon (three of them).

My cat is so petite that the dove looks like pigeon-sized in comparison. However, when the cat comes across a real pigeon, it dwarfs him, and he runs away

by Anonymousreply 15207/29/2020

This thread is so very gay.

by Anonymousreply 15307/29/2020

When my Siamese was about 5 months old I was eating dinner in front of the tv. My plate was on the ottoman (of course). Little cat snuck up beside me and as I was distracted watching a show. I suddenly became aware that a chicken leg was moving slowly off my plate! I mean, the leg was almost as big as him! Chicken thief! One loud and surprised "Hey!" and little cat took off. I did not miss my supper. Another time he stole an entire giant onion ring and ran away to scarf it under the dining room table. I have no idea how he didn't get total diarrhea but he obviously was born with the potential to be a little garbage can. I don't let him eat people food but he is crafty...

by Anonymousreply 15407/29/2020

Cute story, R154. But reminder to pet parents - Cats and dogs should NOT be given chicken bones. They can splinter in their throat.

by Anonymousreply 15507/29/2020

R154 He didn't leave you a warm pile of puke? My boy would steal food and then heave it up an hour later. He was a very adventurous eater.

by Anonymousreply 15607/29/2020

Sometimes I eat raw spinach, and I pile some leaves on a plate. I put the plate on a TV tray next to my computer. A few times, when I suddenly turned my head away from my computer and towards my plate, I saw a black paw suddenly reach to the table top and swipe a spinach leaf. And then, shockingly, the cat ate the spinach leaf. I guess it's healthy, so I'm not too concerned.

by Anonymousreply 15707/29/2020

Confession. My cats freak out when there's a knock at the door, and to avoid any potential visitors (intruders), they bolt into the bedroom and hunker down in a hiding place for an hour or so. Sometimes when they're annoying me with their constant meowing (one wants me to pet him while he eats his dry food, the other wants me to swing his mouse-on-a-rope toy around for an hour), I'll walk past the door and discreetly knock on it myself from the inside. Then the cats bolt towards the bedroom, leaving me in peace in the living room to watch TV or surf the web.

by Anonymousreply 15807/29/2020

R158 Mine freak at the doorbell. If I want a little peace I'll ring the doorbell and they run upstairs and hide. They are so sweet but sometimes I need a bit of space. Also, if one of them sneaks out to the porch and gets too inquisitive about the outside all I have to do is ring the doorbell and they run inside.

by Anonymousreply 15907/29/2020

R158 and R159 We can’t be their servants 24/7

by Anonymousreply 16007/29/2020

This happened about 15 years ago. I was living where I am now, a sort of semi-rural setting, with fields and forest land to each side, and woods some distance from the house at the back of the property. At that time I had two cats. Rufus was a black and white spotted cat who had belonged to a late partner, and Rusty, a ginger male who had been my late father's cat. They were both alpha cats, but got along well together, and were, apparently, hunting companions. Shortly before, I had caught them stalking what appeared to be an injured albatross on the front lawn. I called the Department of Natural Resources and two employees arrived in record time to take the bird away to a rehab center.

Anyway...on this particular night I was awakened by a shrill screeching sound outside my bedroom window. It was a moonlit night and I looked out. Rusty and Rufus were circling menacingly around something so I thought I'd better hightail it out there...with a flashlight.

What I found was this. At the back corner of the house was a mother field mouse, leaping forward at the two cats while screaming at them, and behind her was her brood of young ones. I could see their eyes shining. Apparently they had been foraging in the longish grass and had been taken by surprise with the arrival of the two barbarians. Fortunately, the two barbarians were sufficiently taken aback by this show of aggression on the part of the field mouse.

I grabbed one of the barbarians and tossed him into the house, while the other one took off across the field. When I checked, the mouse family had fled.

by Anonymousreply 16107/30/2020

R161 You are so kind! Were Rusty and Rufus confused by your action? I intervened in a similar circumstance (cat v chipmunk) and my cat was disgusted with my behavior. He spent the rest of the day showing me his backside and ignoring my attempts to be friendly.

by Anonymousreply 16207/30/2020

I hope this cats name is Shadow.

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R161 another wonderful story, thank you for sharing. You saved those mice you have a big heart. The mom was brave I have to say, going up against not one but two cats!

by Anonymousreply 16407/30/2020

R162 Actually I think they knew exactly what would happen if they were caught. They were both very intelligent but great schemers. They knew from experience that I was a mouse-hugger, bird-hugger, prey-hugger in general. And although both of those grand cats have since passed on, we now have Dax who also knows that we always side with their prey, and that they have to keep their "dark side" hidden

We sometimes have mice in the house - not big, fat field mice, but the small house mouse. A year ago my partner took down his bamboo steamer from the top shelf of the pantry (he had not used it for a while) and discovered that at some point a mouse had made a nest in it. Like me, he's very zen about these things. It's always keep calm and carry on.

Last summer, he interrupted Peggy and Dax rooting around in a corner of the back porch and suspected that they had seen a mouse. He scatted them out of there and started to prepare a meal. At some point he became aware that Dax had trotted into the kitchen from the back porch, very business-like, with something swinging from his mouth. Immediately he started yelling "Dax!!!!!! Drop it drop it drop it drop it.....!!!!!"

I was in the bedroom, and as soon as I hear the (familiar) drop it song, I came running. Sure enough, Dax was carrying a live mouse. I grabbed him and started my own drop it song, shaking him a bit while prying his mouth open. Sure enough he dropped the mouse, which was miraculously uninjured. Dax does not kill his prey. He keeps it alive so that he can play with it, watch it run around. I grabbed the poor creature and took it outside. It tried to bite me twice but I prevailed, and set it down in the garden; It looked up at me for a moment and ran off. All in a day's work.

by Anonymousreply 16507/30/2020

Deacdes ago we had four indoor-outdoor cats. My dumb as a rock but extremely handsome grey stray would swat at birds and rodents, but he was a lover not a killer. He regularly went on play dates with a little calico girl who came to call. He was fixed, btw.

by Anonymousreply 16607/30/2020

OP, that cat is gorgeous, and I love reading about the quirky personalities of every kitters here.

My tuxedo (barely, with a few white hairs on the belly and chest) girl is now ten and I adopted her at 6. She's living with my ex-partner and yes, we arrange visits. I'm allowed to see her in 'her' home - the ex' partnership abode- and she's gotten used to the arrangement and will sleep with me when I show up. She's better than any guard dog and one night she proved her mettle when an intruder broke into the barn which was steps from our front door.

I was asleep with her on the couch when she jumped on my stomach. This is a very sweet cat, and small, so when I woke up after she threw all her weight into it, I knew something was wrong. As soon as she knew I was awake, she began to meow loudly and run back and forth to the door. She's not an outside cat, so again, I figured there was an animal or something wrong outside the door. When I went to open it, like an idiot, she actually grabbed my leg and held on, and a good thing. I got a large flashlight and shined it toward the barn to see a black bear tearing at a hole in the side of the barn. I figured he was after the chicken feed I kept in the cans behind that wall and so I turned on the floodlights and used a boat siren I keep around to scare him off. Girl was right beside me and growling the whole time.

She's one of the smartest beings I've met and one of the quickest. She's managed to catch two bats, in the dark, and woke me both times by meowing loudly. I release them outside because she never harms them, but I think it's more about not really understanding what to do about a 'mouse with wings'. Otherwise, she's a little killer and I have to make sure she doesn't get outside to chase birds or chipmunks.

She didn't even scratch me when she grabbed my leg. Whenever I have to give her medicine she always gives me a couple of those quick cat slaps, but no claws.

by Anonymousreply 16707/30/2020

R167 🥰

by Anonymousreply 16807/30/2020

R167 What an awesome story! Thank you for sharing. Sending many good vibes your way.

by Anonymousreply 16907/30/2020

R164 I guess I'm truly my father's son in every way. He was constantly rescuing living things - birds, mice, cats and kittens. Thank you so much for your kind comment.

by Anonymousreply 17007/30/2020

More cat posts! The news is so depressing lately. I want to see more fluffy cuteness (that might or might not allow itself to be cuddled). Get to it!

by Anonymousreply 17107/30/2020

At around 6 a.m. this morning, I woke to the sound of one of my cats shrieking. The two cats were on the floor with their legs around each other; they resembled a rolling yin-yang symbol. They were trying to beat the hell out of each other. It always starts the same way. The smaller fellow wants to play, so he starts a playful wrestling match. Then the bigger fellow forgets that they're playing, and he tries to beat the hell out of the smaller fellow. (He didn't get proper socialization as a kitten.)

Hopefully the smaller guy will stop picking fights with the bigger guy. Their photo is below. The big guy is 18 pounds. The small guy is a very petite cat; though fully grown, he weights just 9 pounds.

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by Anonymousreply 17207/30/2020

Beautiful R172! Both are and happy they get along

by Anonymousreply 17307/30/2020

This isn’t about my own two cats but about a neighborhood cat that I managed to take to get treated for wounds from fights or dog attacks. He’s apparently an outdoor cat “owned” by a neighbor who obviously doesn’t take good care of him. He’s not neutered and had been looking thinner and beat up. He came into my patio over a week ago and stayed after I fed him. He came back the next day, I managed to entice him into the carrier. He couldn’t move very well due to bite wounds on his leg as well as his abdomen. I didn’t tell the neighbor that I took their cat to get treated, they also didn’t seem anxious to look for him.

Long story short, after I called to check up on him I was told that the cat tested positive for FIV and since he wasn’t chipped he was considered a stray. If no one claims him then he would be neutered and released back to the neighborhood.

Obviously the neighbors are scum for not taking care of the cat and now he’s fucked because of FIV. The cat had been siring litters in the neighborhood and in fact I’m pretty sure he’s the daddy of my almost 5-month-old kitten. He had likely mated with another neighbor’s cat who’s also an outdoor cat but better taken care of.

What should I do when the cat gets released back to the neighborhood? I plan to keep feeding him good food if he comes to the patio again. The asshole neighbors should be shamed about not caring for the cat. He’s a big and fluffy white/ brown/ gray patched boy, not mean or skittish, the shelter said if it weren’t for his FIV he’d be placed into foster. I just want his asshole “owners” to be shamed for the way they’d neglected the cat, now he’s going to live a short life outdoors.

by Anonymousreply 17407/30/2020

R144 / R172 Beautiful creatures! I can imagine them looking like yin-yang when wrestling! Thank you for sharing.

by Anonymousreply 17507/30/2020

I've had Kitty Lou about two months now. She's a beautiful six-year-old with a long tortoiseshell coat and is spirited but very ladylike. I get the impression that her previous human must have loved her very much (for one thing, she weighs about 8 lbs more than she ought to) and that it must have been some tragedy that landed Kitty Lou at the Humane Society, like her owner dying of old age or Covid or having to give her up because they lost their job. They told me at the HS to feed her nothing but canned food. However, when I brought her home, I happened to have some Meow Mix on the shelf and she went on a hunger strike until I gave in and gave her dry food instead of that wet crap they made her eat at the HS. However, I tested her with different flavors of Fancy Feast and negotiated a deal where she would follow the HS diet and eat Seafood Feast, Ocean Whitefish and Tuna, and Chicken Classic. None of that beef or turkey crap.

by Anonymousreply 17607/30/2020

R174 Heartbreaking. I have no advice to offer but thank you for your kindness.

by Anonymousreply 17707/30/2020

R172 Those two cats of yours are absolutely gorgeous. What a beautiful picture of them.

by Anonymousreply 17807/30/2020

R174, why can't you keep him? He won't be fighting or looking to mate with other cats after being fixed. He'll probably be more friendly to people too. Isn't FIV manageable? I'll bet your neighbors didn't miss him and don't give a shit where he is.

by Anonymousreply 17907/30/2020

R179 I can’t keep him indoors with my two non-FIV cats.

by Anonymousreply 18007/30/2020

R174 If it was me, I'd simply take the cat in and to hell with the owner. However, you'd need to get your own cats immunized against FIV first. I've been there, done that, in a sense. A cat that had been roaming my father's neighborhood, was being horribly neglected by his owner and my father found him lying in his garden with a huge running abcess on his side. Dad took him in and had him looked after, neutered, and immunized. He wasn't FIV positive, but he was deaf, anemic, and eventually developed urinary blockage that required a perineal urethrostomy. That was expensive surgery, but I paid for everything. When Dad died, I took Spider to live with me, and he was close to 20 when he died.

by Anonymousreply 18107/30/2020

r172

You have to restart the cat introduction process. It won't get better on its own.

by Anonymousreply 18207/30/2020

R181 I thought FIV vaccine was discontinued? Also I read it wasn’t effective against all strains but was only about 80% effective overall.

I’ll look out for the cat, make sure he knows there’s food in the patio and a place to sleep. If he looks sick I’ll take him to the shelter again for treatment. I will be letting other neighbors know so that they understand this is what’s going on.

by Anonymousreply 18307/30/2020

R174 / R183 You are doing all you can do while trying to keep your cats safe. I hope your kindness is rewarded.

by Anonymousreply 18407/30/2020

R183 You're right, it has been discontinued. I wasn't aware of that. I think the plan you've devised is the best possible. Good luck!

by Anonymousreply 18507/30/2020

My cat Cosmo has been my best buddy during COVID-19 work-from-home. It took some getting used to for him. He'd jump on the bed, look at me with an "Oh shit, she's not going to work today EITHER!" look, and jump down. We are happily co-existing now.

The cutest thing he does now is jump on my lap while I'm on the toilet. I hum "Getting to Know You" while scratching the top of his head with my chin. It makes him lean back against me and close his eyes.

I've attached some pics of my baby boy, lovey joy!

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by Anonymousreply 18607/30/2020

^ What a cutie

by Anonymousreply 18707/30/2020

Cosmo is a handsome boy, R186

by Anonymousreply 18807/30/2020

Whah! Cosmo is a wee stunner! Lucky gal!

by Anonymousreply 18907/30/2020

Thank you, R187 and R188! He loves to spend time laying on his back (and sometimes sleeps that way). I know he's feeling happy, safe, and content. A cat's stomach is their most vulnerable spot. They only show it when they feel secure.

by Anonymousreply 19007/30/2020

Here we have Tom and Whiskers. Tom is the black "ghost cat" mentioned in a lengthy post above. Whiskers worshiped him. Whiskers is also the cat whom Charlie worshiped, and showed his love by gnawing the top of Whiskers' head.

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by Anonymousreply 19107/30/2020

Tom and Whiskers are cuties - especially Whiskers! I've always liked two-toned cats as most of those I've had over the years have been so. They look so sweet and content.

by Anonymousreply 19207/30/2020

Two beauties miss Lucy! They look very connected. ♥️♥️♥️

by Anonymousreply 19307/30/2020

Thank you R192. There are actually better pictures of Tom somewhere, but I'm not sure where I've stored them. Whiskers loved Tom so much I know he'd have taken a bullet for him.

by Anonymousreply 19407/30/2020

Thank you, R193. Tom was so spoiled that he went through life basking in his own glory. Whiskers followed him everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 19507/30/2020

I've posted many images throughout this tread but since the tread is 'hot' I'll post a few more images. This is Cecil - I adopted him from my sister as he was being difficult due to the renovation of her house. He has since passed but was a real doll and so docile especially when he came down with 'fatty liver' disease. I had to feed him with a syringe daily for nearly 6 weeks because he would not eat. He pulled through and was with me for another four years. His first owners (before my sister got him from a local vet) had his front claws removed (how awful) and he'd walk kinda funny but I thought it was cute.

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by Anonymousreply 19607/30/2020

Another pic of Cecil (wearing the martian ears in above image) and Shadow (the big gray lump in the middle) and Cloudie (far left). Cecil would pester Shadow to groom him and Shadow did w/o fuss. Cloudie (seen in other posts) was a bit prissy but would lick my ear - kinda like a cat kiss. I still have Shadow and am glad I do since he is so nice to have around and care for considering all the global turbulence.

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by Anonymousreply 19707/30/2020

Icky, your cats are precious. So beautiful, all of them.

by Anonymousreply 19807/30/2020

Ok - last one - really! This is a very old image (17 years!) of my three charges before moving to my current home. Some have seen Muffin (white w/black) in other images but Luckie (buff/tan) and Sparky (black/white) are making their introduction on this thread. Sparky was just a baby kitten when I found him - when I first saw him I knew he was mine. He was a very special cat to me in many ways and his coat/fur was super soft - almost like silk. All my cats then remained indoors but when I moved to my present home I'd let them out to romp around. Unfortunately Sparky contracted something called 'Bobcat Fever' (I don't recall the clinical name) which is almost always fatal. It was a tough time for me but I am so grateful I was able to share over 6 years with him along with the others. As I've mentioned before each cat I'd acquire would just join the existing brood and everyone got along - I guess the universe sent the cats to me when it knew I needed them and they me.

OTOH, I've watched that show 'My Cat From Hell' and wonder how I always managed to get such gentle cats whereas others get the demon cats!

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by Anonymousreply 19907/30/2020

I love the photo at R199. It's a mosaic of fur!

by Anonymousreply 20007/30/2020

They're gorgeous, R199!

by Anonymousreply 20107/30/2020

Copying this from a post I made some time ago...(Now I have a picture of Lucky uploaded - He's the one turned toward the camera.)

A number of years ago, I had a cat named Lucky.. He was the son of a pregnant feral cat I had taken in, and had named Jasmine. When Jasmine's kittens were being born, Lucky was a breech birth. She was laboring terribly, trying to get the kitten out, but nothing was happening. I could see the kitten's backside so I grabbed as much of him as I could, and gave a mighty pull. I must have been causing Jasmine some extra distress, because she sank her teeth into my left hand and wouldn't let go. I wouldn't let go, either, so with one hand throbbing like hell, I managed to get the kitten out. I made sure he was breathing okay, and gave him to his mother. All was well.

I found homes for all the other kittens, but I kept Lucky for myself. After all, we had a bond. He was a thin wiry little guy, grey with white trim, a very loving and pleasant little cat. One August, he managed to get out of the house, and he didn't come back. There is woodland and forest behind the house, and I figured he either got lost, or was killed by a wild animal. Four months passed, and there was no sign of Lucky.

Near the end of November, I was getting ready to go to a late movie. It was probably about nine o'clock. I was in the shower, the water was running, I could hear nothing but the water, and suddenly, it hit me. Lucky is on the back step.

I was so surprised, shaken, thrilled, that, water still running I rushed stark naked out of the shower to the back door, threw the door open, and yes, Lucky was there, weaving back and forth impatiently on the step, as if he had never been gone.

I am also terribly thankful that it was Lucky there and not some unsuspecting person who would be traumatized for life because a naked man had opened the door.

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by Anonymousreply 20207/30/2020

I had a beige American short hair male that I rescued. He was so beautiful and I named him Gatsby after the fictional character. He thought he was a dog because when me or my parents would come home he would run to the door and jump to greet us. He even loved walking on a leash and at 7 PM would run to the closet where I kept the leash and demand to be taken outside. He lived 20 years. Best cat ever. I later got a dark gray and white Maine Coon I named Daisy who would make strange purring noises and those two loved each other and she died right after him.

by Anonymousreply 20307/30/2020

[202] - Wow! What a wonderful picture that is similar to one I posted up thread. Lucky is truly lucky and a cherub to boot. I think it's so wonderful that cats can get along so well, in spite of the occasional squabbles, where humans are in constant conflict, or so it seems. I only have one cat left (Shadow) and have vowed that he is the last. Not that I mind the trials and tribulations of pet ownership, but having to lift 42lbs tubs of cat litter out of the car and drag them into the house and perpetually cleaning litter boxes for nearly 30 years is getting old as am I . Still, the rewards are priceless in spite of the effort so when the time comes, I may be blessed with another 4 legged fur ball!

by Anonymousreply 20407/30/2020

[203] - Another wonderful cat-panion story! That's a made up word but so appropriate here. Even though we are 'supposed' to be the most intelligent species on the planet we really aren't IMMHO. The universe is really in control and guides things our way even though we 'think' we are calling the shots. Sorry to go down this side street (or Back Street - that wonderful Susan Hayward movie) but it's getting late and Shadow is demanding my attention again as usual.

Cheers to all!

by Anonymousreply 20507/30/2020

"He thought he was a dog because when me or my parents would come home he would run to the door and jump to greet us."

That is not unusual CAT behavior.

by Anonymousreply 20607/30/2020

R197 R199 gorgeous kittens! It’s touching to see and read how everyone on this thread is so loving and dedicated towards their cat family.

I have a neighbour who lives at the road nearby where many cats get run over and yet he lets his cat outside 24/7. I hope it will survive.

by Anonymousreply 20707/31/2020

R202 you have a strong bond with all your cats, if you could sense he was there. Wow! So happy he returned. He just took a sabbatical 😉the cats look beautiful.

R203 touching story....when Daisy’s love had gone she had to follow. ♥️ Cat love is real. Must have been tough for you though losing them both.

by Anonymousreply 20807/31/2020

My love for cats started with this guy. His name was Puma and we had a calico girl too to keep him company. He died when I was very young but I still remember him. This is one of the last photos of him somewhere around 1986. Photography was a hobby of my dad, he used to develop his photos himself at home and this is one of them.

Puma was neutered but still very defensive of his lady and if our garden. He regularly got in a fight with cats who trespassed. After a fight his ear got infected badly and despite antibiotics and treatment it never fully healed as the photo shows. He was a bit overweight but he could sprint!!! As soon as he saw another cat, a mouse or a bird in the garden he was like a lightning bolt. He’d be there before you could blink your eyes.

Indoors he was sweet and cuddly. Even when I was a toddler he would sit on my lap. He got bladder issues like many neutered cats do and unfortunately an operation and treatment didn’t work and the vet advised my parents to put him down because he was in a lot of pain. My dad was so devastated after both the cats passed that my sister and I weren’t allowed to have pets again until I was 15. Puma you are missed!

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by Anonymousreply 20907/31/2020

R209 Puma is a beautiful boy and he was cherished fondly. The ear lends character. I had a cat called Tiger when I was very young, in fact my first pet, and the same thing happened to his ear.

by Anonymousreply 21007/31/2020

"He got bladder issues like many neutered cats do"

Male cats - neutered or unneutered - are prone to bladder and urinary track issues.

by Anonymousreply 21107/31/2020

R210 thanks Miss Lucy! So sweet. Cats have two layers of ear skin and when the infection festers between those two layers it’s hard to heal I suppose. Sorry Tiger had the same injury! Hope he still had a good cat life afterwards🙏🏻 Puma did thankfully.

by Anonymousreply 21207/31/2020

R211 thanks, my vet once sad it’s important to not have a cat neutered around six months but preferably a bit older because then the urinary track has fully developed. I didn’t have my last tom cat neutered and I don’t know if I’ll get my current one neutered(he doesn’t go outside).

by Anonymousreply 21307/31/2020

[quote]the urinary track

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by Anonymousreply 21407/31/2020

Sorry tracT autocorrect and not wearing glasses. Thanks

by Anonymousreply 21507/31/2020

Oh, fuck autocorrect. Turn it OFF.

by Anonymousreply 21607/31/2020

OP: the naughty look on your super cute kitty’s face still cracks up me, every time i see this thread and happen to glance at the pic.

by Anonymousreply 21707/31/2020

R212 I'm not sure how old Tiger was when he died. He was around when I was born, and he died when I was 14. My father wasn't even sure. BTW, Tiger was a huge solid grey Manx cat and he had been a stray.

by Anonymousreply 21807/31/2020

Rufus and Rusty, (mentioned above stalking a female field mouse) were quite the hunters. I was often gifted with prey. Rufus arrived at the front door one day with an enormous live field mouse in his mouth. I had a dish of cat food in my hand at the time, and went out onto the step, wondering how I could save the poor creature. Then I realized I had the perfect weapon in my hand. I grabbed a huge gob of the cat food and smeared it over Rufus's face. Of course he dropped the mouse and it vanished quickly

Rusty finally decided that he would move in with a woman across the field, who had several cats, and was very good to them. He would visit me, of course, and quite frequently. Some distance behind the house there's a small swampy area infested with huge rats. One winter, he started leaving these dead rats on the front step, one almost every morning. I knew it was him because he'd often hang around until he was sure I had found my gift. By the time I'd find them, they'd be frozen there, sometimes in rather bizarre positions, and ugly, snarly expressions on their faces. There was also evidence that they had put up a fight. It was bizarre, to say the least. I could picture Rusty marching to the swamp every evening and challenging one of the rats to a fight to the death.

by Anonymousreply 21907/31/2020

R218 he didn’t die young thankfully. Love grey cats♥️

by Anonymousreply 22007/31/2020

R217 will you help me make an ever bigger mess of the guest/laundry room? 😉

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by Anonymousreply 22107/31/2020

R219 😖 rats.....Great hunter miss Lucy and thanks for sharing another memory! I’ve heard that mice and rats don’t go toners a place where there’s cats because they can smell the cats. That’s not entirely true I suppose. Love it how you’ve saved so many preys 🙏🏻💚

by Anonymousreply 22207/31/2020

You all are anthropomorphizing your cats. Sure they are cute but they are just cats. They don't think like humans. All they want is food and a place that is out of the elements.

by Anonymousreply 22307/31/2020

R222 here I should turn autocorrect off indeed. I meant to say I heard that mice don’t go near places where they can smell cats

by Anonymousreply 22407/31/2020

R213, that's very interesting. I adopted Cosmo from our local vet. Cos was neutered at 8 weeks. Crossing my fingers he doesn't develop any bladder or urinary tract issues. I try to feed him foods low in ash.

by Anonymousreply 22507/31/2020

R221: oh what a sweet heart. Those BIG round eyes are Everything 😍

by Anonymousreply 22607/31/2020

R225 don’t worry. It can cause problems but it’s not a given thing and since your boy looks so healthy and beautiful(and doesn’t have any problems on the litter box) I assume he’s fine! Even if problems arise some cats can definitely get cured. Make sure he drinks enough if you can. He’s lovely and would love to see more pics.

by Anonymousreply 22707/31/2020

R224 I do understand what you mean but nothing hurts as much as when someone close to you is saying “it was just an animal” when you just lost your pet. They’re family. I do not agree with you. Everything on this earth lives and has a soul. As humans we are overrating ourselves. The cat has a different perception but the connection is real.

by Anonymousreply 22807/31/2020

Beautifully said, R228. I agree with you completely.

by Anonymousreply 22907/31/2020

The biggest hunter I ever had was a gay neutered blonde guy named Dino. He once came in the den window with a live bird in his mouth that he abruptly dropped on the floor then left the room. I have no idea why, doubt it was a gift. I'd previously seen him stalk, kill and devour squirrels and mice.

People made jokes about how gay Dino was because he was positively *in love* with two neutered male cats we had - one, a stray we kept for a few years, the other at another time, a friend's blondie that stayed with us in a year while she was overseas. Dino would sit upright next to the object of his affections, cock his head to the side and stare. Neither cat seemed to mind since there was no physical contact.

by Anonymousreply 23007/31/2020

R239 you are a rare person🙏🏻 bless you. Wish there were more people like you around. ♥️

I’m going to scatter the ashes of my previous dear cat in Scotland. I always thought I’d move there and I promised him he’d hunt mice in the green hills. Things turned out differently. Scotland is my forever home and I thought it would be his too.

by Anonymousreply 23107/31/2020

R239 you are a rare person🙏🏻 bless you. Wish there were more people like you around. ♥️

I’m going to scatter the ashes of my previous dear cat in Scotland. I always thought I’d move there and I promised him he’d hunt mice in the green hills. Things turned out differently. Scotland is my forever home and I thought it would be his too.

by Anonymousreply 23207/31/2020

^ Clairvoyant

by Anonymousreply 23307/31/2020

This is Dobby. As you can see, he was born with curly fur, which was coarse and wiry. His mother had the usual straight cat fur. He must have been a kind of mutation. Nothing remarkable I can say about him. He was a quiet cat, never caused trouble, never did anything remarkable. He enjoyed attention, but was never anything but low-key. Even his eventual death was unremarkable. One day in his old age he simply lay down on the dog's bed and within fifteen minutes he was dead. No fuss, no bother.

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by Anonymousreply 23408/02/2020

[quote]One day in his old age he simply lay down on the dog's bed and within fifteen minutes he was dead. No fuss, no bother.

That's what Jeffrey Dahmer said about his victims.

by Anonymousreply 23508/02/2020

R234 awww he’s a special ginger. Never encountered one with curly fur myself. He never needed to be remarkable, he was there. I mean, so comforting to know you have this quiet and silent force in the home. Those cat family members leave a void as big as any other cat with a less quiet personality. You have(had) so many amazing cats. 🙏🏻♥️

by Anonymousreply 23608/02/2020

R235 Nice comparison. Not everyone who says the same line is equally mentally disturbed🙄 so what’s your cat story?

by Anonymousreply 23708/02/2020

Thank you, R236. Yes, I appreciated Dobby as much as I did any of the other cats. Cats have personalities as people do. We can't all be the life of the party.

by Anonymousreply 23808/02/2020

[234] - Dobby is a sweatheart and your description is so touching. Yes, each of our feline companions have unique personalities which make them memorable long after they have departed. His curly coat/fur makes him even more special beyond his demeanor. It's really funny that I love cats so much because when I was younger I was deathly allergic to them! I guess over the years my system adapted to them which is a good thing.

Cheers to you for sharing your Dobby with us!

by Anonymousreply 23908/02/2020

Found the cat dead as a doornail in the driveway. Not a mark on her. Reviewed cctv to see that she had been in the engine block when the car was leaving and must have snapped her neck.

She was maybe 8 years old and a great ratter. Now she’s continuing her journey as part of a forest.

by Anonymousreply 24008/02/2020

R240 how horrible, I’m sorry for your loss

by Anonymousreply 24108/02/2020

How are your felines doing DL? It’s 100.4F/39 degrees over here(heatwave). no airco. My kitten hangs out in his fav room. The one with all the mess and laundry. He dragged his bed partly behind an old computer screen and is chilling all day.

Makes me wonder if I should do the same. Just sit down and do nothing.

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by Anonymousreply 242Yesterday at 6:32 AM

R242/OP

by Anonymousreply 243Yesterday at 6:33 AM

R242 We're having a heat wave here, too. It's been sizzling hot since June 1 with no end in sight. No air conditioning, but windows are all open and we have fans set up in every room. I love the heat, but the cats have definitely slowed down in their activities. Dax minds the heat most because he has a thick, heavy coat with a woolly undercoat. Charlie, the only cat who is allowed outdoors, goes onto the deck at the back of the house and hides under an enormous rambling rose that projects onto the deck. He's cool as a cucumber in there.

by Anonymousreply 244a day ago

R244 wish I could join Charlie😉 sounds nice especially if there’s a little breeze too! We have fans too but still it feels like a hairdryer at times. Does it cool down at night? The past weeks it hardly dies here but I’ve noticed the kit is only a little bit active during the night. All purrs and all cuddly.

by Anonymousreply 245a day ago

R245 It's not much cooler at night, so we don't get much relief. My partner doesn't appreciate the heat quite as much as I do, and sometimes looks like a wilted flower. However, when he goes to work, he has the advantage of air conditioning.

by Anonymousreply 246a day ago

r242, that's an adorable picture!

I bought my cats a cooling bed - it's supposed to be for dogs but they love laying on it on a hot summer day

by Anonymousreply 247a day ago

It was bound to happen. I adopted a cat and all was well until he matured and then he became very aggressive. All of my previous cats were gentle and loving. His aggressiveness might have started when my boyfriend moved in with me and it didn't improve when the boyfriend moved out. A few years ago I had to re-home the cat because I was going to be traveling for a few years. Was nice to not have scratches and bites and the cat found a very friendly home. Now that I've returned home, I'm not going to ask for my cat back.

by Anonymousreply 248a day ago

R247 thank you. that’s a great idea. I’m going to look for one of those

by Anonymousreply 249a day ago

R246 I understand how your husband feels, the heat is tough on me too. My brain feels fried. This too shall pass. Doesn’t Dax get a summer fur btw?

by Anonymousreply 250a day ago

It's odd about Dax. His fur doesn't seem to change in the summer. We're suspicious that he may be part Persian due to the thickness of the fur and the thick woolly undercoat. His mother was a feral colony cat, but his father could have been any cat allowed to roam loose. We take him out briefly in the evening on a leash (which he doesn't like) to give him some fresh air and see the squirrels and birds in the trees, but in the heat of the day, he'll start to pant almost immediately.

by Anonymousreply 251a day ago
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