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Old 10-28-2007, 10:56 PM   #21
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We totally agree Katie. We’ve had our share of losses, and it rocks you to the very core. Very, very disturbing and moving to lose a baby.

It’s only DW and I, and without the furry babies, this place would be an empty mausoleum. They are there for us every day, they do things on their own that entertain us, they are an integral part of the family. We have routines, and if I sit in a certain chair (reading chair) the eldest will come running every time for a rub. Clank a bowl a certain way, and the sound triggers treat time. When they play and “stampede”, all we do is watch and enjoy.

I was talking to DW the other day about this, and spoke of “how long” do we have? Then she showed me an article in “Cat Fancy”, a mag she subscribes to, that showed cats at 36 years of age. Our eldest is only 7. so I figure we got a ways to go (crosses fingers!).
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:07 PM   #22
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Katie, DW wanted me to ask, do you let your indoor babies sleep with you? She insists our babies have a place in the bed (just not on my feet!). How about you?
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:20 PM   #23
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Yes. Those who want to are allowed. At one time, our Cutie Cat (long gone) used to love sleeping on Buck's hip. Although, most of the time, our "children" prefer to sleep on their sofa, recliner and top of the refrigerator places.

As they get older, they don't find mommy and daddy very comfy at night. All they look for is a cushy place that is softened with an old blanket or afghan. We've learned that, over the years, they lose the attraction to us. They just want to be warm and comfy.

This is our experience after nearly 30 years of pets.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:28 PM   #24
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DW has a special wicker basket that the girls tend to love at night. DW keeps it close to the bed for them. Blade is a no-holds-barred always in the bed type of kitty. He’s getting on 5 years old, but every night he has to be tucked up next to mom. They follow her more than me. When we go to bed, they all come in the bedroom and find a place somewhere, but if she gets up before me, they all leave and follow her. Real Momma’s kitties!
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:45 PM   #25
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small taters, k.t.e.? hiss - spit!!!! lol.
i'm definitely giving those racoons and opossums i found on the jersey turnpike last summer better directions next time, and spending money to boot!

we've been on both sides of the children and pets fence, also. before our human child, we had our pet children. ya know, the kind that makes people with human kids sickened by how much we talk about them and love them like kids.

so far, we've only had to go through the loss of our first 2 cats over the years. once from old age, the other from a veterinarian's negligence.
i physically had to restrain dw from kicking the vet's butt when we went to pick his corpse up from the office.

my birds will hopefully live as long as me, or even longer. one is 20, and has 30 more to go, on average. and my molluccan is 13, with 60 or more to go.

yup, there's 7 cats, jkath, but 3 are outdoor cats that could be claimed by us or 2 other neighbors. they spend much of their days in our yard, but will go under our neighbor's porch during really bad weather. i drove home in a blizzard once just to help dig them out from a huge, icy snowdrift. then i drove back to work! my wife and the little old lady next door thought they couldn't breathe. they did give a weird meow of thanks when we opened an egress and gave them food, though.

our indoor cats: doodie - the alpha female, calico; hercules - a gentle giant purebred maine coon; bean bean - a stray grey tabby we took in at 2 weeks old. dw bottle fed her snuggled up in her hair for the first few months; and stinky - another stray grey tabby we took in as a kitten. had lots of gastrointestinal problems for her first year.

outdoor cats are: morris, who looks like the tv cat, and sylvester 1, and sylvester 2. we didn't realize at first that there were 2 nearly identical tuxedo cats until they both showed up together one day. hence, the names.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:52 PM   #26
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Yep, we know about the "momma's kitties" thing. My Ashley (my avatar) is very possessive. He will "bonk" anyone out of his way to be petted by me. Then there's the "brush" thing. It's when Buck and I brush them (any of them) with one of my old hairbrushes. Ashley, Tween, Tiggie, and Torie think they are the only one we are going to brush. Any one of them pushes the other one out of the way to be the "only" one to be brushed. What spoiled children they are!!!

Can you tell we are indulgent parents?

Still, our house would be empty without them.

P.S. You MUST read Paul Gallico's book, The Silent Maiow." It explains everything.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:56 PM   #27
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Good for you, bucky. You have as soft a heart as Buck and I do.

Go kitties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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small taters, k.t.e.? hiss - spit!!!! lol.
i'm definitely giving those racoons and opossums i found on the jersey turnpike last summer better directions next time, and spending money to boot!

we've been on both sides of the children and pets fence, also. before our human child, we had our pet children. ya know, the kind that makes people with human kids sickened by how much we talk about them and love them like kids.

so far, we've only had to go through the loss of our first 2 cats over the years. once from old age, the other from a veterinarian's negligence.
i physically had to restrain dw from kicking the vet's butt when we went to pick his corpse up from the office.

my birds will hopefully live as long as me, or even longer. one is 20, and has 30 more to go, on average. and my molluccan is 13, with 60 or more to go.

yup, there's 7 cats, jkath, but 3 are outdoor cats that could be claimed by us or 2 other neighbors. they spend much of their days in our yard, but will go under our neighbor's porch during really bad weather. i drove home in a blizzard once just to help dig them out from a huge, icy snowdrift. then i drove back to work! my wife and the little old lady next door thought they couldn't breathe. they did give a weird meow of thanks when we opened an egress and gave them food, though.

our indoor cats: doodie - the alpha female, calico; hercules - a gentle giant purebred maine coon; bean bean - a stray grey tabby we took in at 2 weeks old. dw bottle fed her snuggled up in her hair for the first few months; and stinky - another stray grey tabby we took in as a kitten. had lots of gastrointestinal problems for her first year.

outdoor cats are: morris, who looks like the tv cat, and sylvester 1, and sylvester 2. we didn't realize at first that there were 2 nearly identical tuxedo cats until they both showed up together one day. hence, the names.
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I have half a dozen now but the most I had inside was eight. I used to have several "outside" cats but they only came for dinner and went on their merry way again. The last stray I took in decided (before he came inside) that the front garden was his and chased all the other diners away. All apart from my eldest have been strays or left their (somewhat neglectful) homes to move in with me. My eldest turns 21 in a month. She is the last daughter of the second cat I ever had. When I moved to this house, I had Souska (the mother) and two of her daughters (Tequila and Tamalyn) but the house came with two toms, Ginnee and Greizie. Tam and Ginnee are the only ones left from that group now. I've also acquired K'Tan, Marmee, Kimba and Tabitha.

I can't say any of mine talk like that video, thank goodness!! Tabitha is the most vocal and can wake up the whole house because she is lonely or bored. Ginnee doesn't purr more than once or twice a year, otherwise they all do heaps of purring or very tiny meows. Kimba is very much like Blade, Keltin. Kimmy has to go to sleep touching me. It's only a problem when he rolls over onto my face! Tammy gave up sleeping in my room after Greizie died - they were like husband and wife. She now has the lounge by the heater. My electric bill was huge this winter cos I had to leave the heater on for her when it was very cold (by Perth's standards).
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Good for you, bucky. You have as soft a heart as Buck and I do.

Go kitties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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when i get the vet and food bills, i think my head is the soft part!

bilby, 8 indoor cats? how many litterboxes did you have? how many times did they have to be cleaned?

same question for keltin and k.t.e..

we have 3 boxes, cleaned once a day.
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Bilby, I love you. You are an angel. You understand what we do to take care of our furry "children." Bless you.

I'm worrying about my outside babies tonight because it's supposed to be the first "frost" of the season. I've made a shelter for them and I hope they learn how to get to it.

Life is good...with pets.
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