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Hear ye, hear ye,all you enablers come near to me! I got HER! UPDATE!

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  • Hear ye, hear ye,all you enablers come near to me! I got HER! UPDATE!

    well, I went to my sister's today, and she has a feral colony living there. She also has a couple of strays. I saw a beautiful longhair tabby, (my favorite of all cats.) I picked up this darling kitten and was completely smitten. Patty sez it comes from across the street. there is a roving pit bull and all these cats. WOULD I DARE TAKE HOME A THIRD CAT???? I do not think Dickens would like it, not sure what Bug would do. Not sure what the kitteh in question would do. It would screw up the feeding of the cats as where I do feed them is not big enough for 3. And then there are the vet bills. What should I do?

  • Larksmom
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    yes CT, mostly all alone, as per her choice. Although she is coming around to me, a little at a time. She is a grumpy cat! She has discovered the bed, and both of the boys usually sleep at the foot of the bed, so she will sashay up to the head. When I pet her, I hear a little grumpy growl. Then if she sees the boys, a much more seriously grumpy growl. When she deigns to come and sit on my lap. if I shift her at all-a whiny growl. Let that pass. The grooming isn't nearly as important right now, but oh my goodness, I do think she is part yak! I really wanted to save her, but I do wish a majical fairy would come down and find her a good cat person house with no other cats to bother. Dickens is... I would say somewhat dismayed. His life is just turned sort of topsy-turvy, and Bug still jumps on him a lot. He just seems to want peace at any price.
    As far as boxes, I have 3. I had 3 before, BUT the boys have mostly been going outside which is such a blessing. I had to keep her indoors for a while, till she got used to being here. She prefers to be outside, and that is fine with me. They all love to be out. I hadn't even cleaned a box in weeks as they rarely use them.

    you can also take her to the vet and get her shaved. A friend of mine has to do this with her Maine Coon (she does him in a lion cut, it's adorable!). They sedate, shave, send home.

    I am thinking seriously about doing that. I dislike shaved cats, but it may be the only way, and as it grows back in, she will hopefully decide grooming isn't so bad after all!
    Last edited by Larksmom; Jun. 14, 2019, 04:38 PM. Reason: and another thing...

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  • Alex and Bodie's Mom
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    It will still probably take some time to get her adjusted to living indoors, with other kitties. If they're not fighting, that's a good sign.

    In terms of grooming - some of mine hate it, some love it. I use a flea comb to work out dead hair - works great, and doesn't pull too much. But you can also take her to the vet and get her shaved. A friend of mine has to do this with her Maine Coon (she does him in a lion cut, it's adorable!). They sedate, shave, send home.

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  • CanadianTrotter
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    She needs her own place and space, she's up high on the table where she can see everything and feels safer there.You say she spends time alone, totally alone or just removed from everyone in the same space? Does she have a room to herself that she can go to, especially if you're not there or sleeping at night and unable to monitor them? Do you have enough litter boxes? Sounds like Dickens is trying to either maintain or establish hierarchy over Bug.


    If she doesn't appreciate patting then you need to give her a reason to appreciate it. Spend time patting her while holding her food dish before you put it down. Use treats to reward her for letting you pat her, she needs to associate good things with human contact. Once you have established that then you pat her with your hand and the brush and once she's used to having the brush around her then slowly start brushing her.

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  • She's Pure Gold
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    Give her time. It may take weeks, months, or years for her to come around. She needs time to acclimate and feel safe and secure. No helpful tips on the grooming, I would recommend just letting her be for now. Good luck!!

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  • Larksmom
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    OK, next update. Puddin has become fond of me, on her terms. Doesn't like touching. Much. Hates the boys. Sheds like a yak. NO grooming allowed. What are my options? She spends most of her time aline. Sometimes on the dining room table. I don't like that, but I allow it. (mostly don't actually eat there. Things collect there.) She is fed in the bathroom. Close to but not with the boys. They are puzzled and dismayed. Dickens has actually started hissing at Bug.
    She will occasionally allow me to pet her, but if I try to adjust her, there is a disgruntled 'mew', followed by a warning growl. I get it. She has been abused. She is coming on to me. But very slowly. What suggestions might you have for the grooming stuff?

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  • Foxtrot's
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    This is a fun thread and so happy it ends how you wanted it - after the previous sad thread we needed this! Happy Days!

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  • Larksmom
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    no, the owner now of the house, previous owner's niece who ran the cat off would qualify in my mind as an idiot. If you don't want her, give her away or take her to the pound, but to just cast her out is a crap thing to do. There are pit bulls running in that neighborhood. I had a dog that killed two of my cats a few years back. I had to have him pts. It broke my heart.
    Thank you. She IS pretty. She does look a lot like Lark.

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  • CanadianTrotter
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    Who's the "Idiot"? The previous owner that is now dead?

    Do you have the killer dog under control now so that your cats are safe?

    Glad that her tests came back negative and that she's already spayed and reasonably healthy. She's a pretty girl!

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  • Marla 100
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    Puddin may not realize it yet but that was her LUCKY DAY!

    So happy for you too. Enjoy, yeah she is a purdy one.

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  • JanM
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    I love that you got her, she was negative on everything that was scary, and she's already spayed.

    You're the first person in a year and a half that's been near her, and that resulted in a trip to the vet, and a strange place. She'll calm down, and be fine in a few days. At least Bug was OK with her.
    Last edited by JanM; May. 21, 2019, 10:17 AM.

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  • Christa P
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    Great update.

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  • Larksmom
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    OK, four more pics. I left her alone munching on canned cat food and closed the door. I came out to the living room and updated you guys, and made a phone call. Went back in 20 minutes or so and Bug had pushed to bathroom door open. I went in, and she was in the corner, but no one was hissing. I took these photos, and she seemed to not be disturbed. Click image for larger version

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  • Larksmom
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    I got HER! I got HER! Patty said she came out as soon as I left today. Oh, this is so exciting! Wait till you hear!!
    I raced her to the vet, and first thing, he said she was missing teeth, he said SHE, ( he looked and found!) and therefore not a kitten. OK. So then he shaved her belly, covered with mats, and found she had been spayed! YAY! Then they waved the wand, and she has been chipped. yay. They went in to look up the info, and sure enough, she belonged to Patty's neighbor, who died a year and a half ago! The female cat, as named Junior. Idiot! She is 10 years old! And cast out of her home. By rock throwing jerks. Gave her the FIV test, negative!YAY! So I had them give her a rabies shot and FIV. she is eating in the bathroom right now, with Bug and Dickens attentively at the door.
    I petted her gently, and she hissed at me! Every cat I have ever had has loved to have me run my hand down their back, and tighten down the tail. They love it. She, not so much. So here are the first pics of Puddin. Not great, but here they are:

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  • Alex and Bodie's Mom
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    You'll have to just grab him and quarantine him next time! It really is the only way to ensure you can grab poor Puddin' and get him safe. He'll do fine in a spare bathroom or a large crate in your bedroom with the door closed for a day or two until you can get him to the vet.

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  • Larksmom
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    well... not yet. I went back last night and he was there. I petted him, but didn't take him yet, didn't want him/her near my boys till I get an all clear from the vet. Today, NO SIGN OF THE CAT So frustrating! But I am back in the game!

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  • peedin
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    Kittehs!!!11!! Good luck! Take her home with you. She deserves a better home than with people who stomp their feet and yell at her.

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  • Larksmom
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    OK, Puddin' has been seen again! I went to my sister's again this morning, And. there. it. was. Puddin. It let me again pick it up. I tried to look for a sex organ with no luck. Puddin is very furry and I could not tell. Patty sez no one is claiming this cat. The people across the street stomp their feet and yell at the poor baby. I am going back for dinner, and since it is Sunday, I do NOT want to bring it home tonite. I will go back tomorrow with a carrier, and Toffee, as she needs her rabies shot and her nails trimmed.
    Wish me luck!

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  • Larksmom
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    Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
    this is horrible. I would FREAK if that was my cat but Nah, I am thinking of many many years ago when I was a hippie and moved about 9 times in two years.....I lost many cats, several got hit by cars, several died of FIV. Until I got Lark. He lived 18 years, and his mean sister, Little Miss Muffet, lived to be 19 and 1/2. I had a dog kill 2 since then, and am now settled with a 4 yr old Lil' Dickens, and a less than a yr old, nicknamed little sh*t. (Bugaboo.) I do not need another, but this one just folded into my arms. sigh. They saved me from myself.

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  • Equibrit
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    Do you have history ??
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...mfort-1.636303

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