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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Grace Speaker » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:46 am

:meow: :lol: :meow:

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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Librarians Apprentice » Sun Sep 16, 2018 07:23 am

Grace Speaker wrote::meow: :lol: :meow:

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Just described Pilpellet to a T! :meow:
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Sandra » Mon Sep 17, 2018 06:32 pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45550545

Now I know cats will drag back almost anything...
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Grace Speaker » Mon Sep 17, 2018 07:33 pm

Sandra wrote:https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-45550545

Now I know cats will drag back almost anything...
:lol: :lol: :lol:

My Oscar used to bring all sorts of weird stuff back home in his younger days, including bobble hats, gloves, other people's bras, socks, sweet wrappers, children's toys and on one occasion a pair of big green y-fronts :shock: where he got most of it from thankfully remains a mystery!
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby phazedout » Thu Sep 20, 2018 05:28 am

So just over two weeks ago i picked up the cat i intended to call g'kar. My first boy kitteh and one i was looking forward to habing. In what should have been a flash of prescience he attempted to bite me as we were putting him in the crate but i fugured stressed kitteh plus at box, no issues.
Boy how wrog i was. The biting did not stop ,my new cat was hated by existing cat, there were hisses, screeches and a tonne of other noises i didn;t know she was capable of making, beig up to now a placid, chubby 11 1/2 year old ball of lovable floof.
Fast forward to Sunday and i went for a nap due to a late podcast recording on sunday evening, woke up to find the now aptly named chompsky on the bed beside me, i reached out to pet him and... boom
Latched on to my palm near the flashy part of th thumb with his teeth, all four paws and claws out scraping my forearm. Doc says the nerve damage to my right index finger will heal itself in time.
Old cat hates him, he clealry hated me or this scenario, thing is he's a "found feral" and i don't think will ever adjust to being an indoor kitteh.

Painful as it is i;ve returned him to the rescue cetnre. my placid ball of purry floof i back to her usual self and my hand is slowly healing.
I really hope he finds his forver home but I've decidedto remain a single ct household until my na'toth passes, then i'll get two together that know each other, my levels of stress and anxiety spiked horroendously while the cats were fighting and i just dont have the spoons to deal with it ''m afraid.
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Sandra » Thu Sep 20, 2018 09:04 am

If you have ever seen the Jackson Galaxy programmes (My cat from Hell), introducing two cats together is the hardest thing to do. (Oddly enough dogs are far easier)
Adding in the fact that the kitten in feral you had a massive task ahead.

Here's hoping someone goes looking for a hands-off cat and finds your black kitten
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Tonyblack » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:55 am

Phaze - If you are certain that you want another cat and are not going to return it when things don't go well, please look into introducing cats to each other. A new cat or kitten should be put in a safe room until it gets used to a strange environment with strange smells. After a few days you can swap blankets with the two cats so they start to get used to each other's scent. Visit a potential cat or kitten several times. Get a feel of how it reacts to you. You'll know before you adopt it if the interaction is positive. An aggressive cat or kitten may have un-diagnosed issues. It may have not had its bite tendencies corrected when it was small. Kittens, especially young ones that are teething, look to bite things. The correct way to deal with this is to give them a more appropriate thing to bite on that a human hand. Keep a small soft toy with you. And your older cat will not understand what is happening and of course will be aggressive. That is why it is important to introduce them at their own speed. They may never be great friends, but at least they won't attack a stranger.
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby phazedout » Thu Sep 20, 2018 08:28 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Phaze - If you are certain that you want another cat and are not going to return it when things don't go well, please look into introducing cats to each other. A new cat or kitten should be put in a safe room until it gets used to a strange environment with strange smells. After a few days you can swap blankets with the two cats so they start to get used to each other's scent. Visit a potential cat or kitten several times. Get a feel of how it reacts to you. You'll know before you adopt it if the interaction is positive. An aggressive cat or kitten may have un-diagnosed issues. It may have not had its bite tendencies corrected when it was small. Kittens, especially young ones that are teething, look to bite things. The correct way to deal with this is to give them a more appropriate thing to bite on that a human hand. Keep a small soft toy with you. And your older cat will not understand what is happening and of course will be aggressive. That is why it is important to introduce them at their own speed. They may never be great friends, but at least they won't attack a stranger.

kitteh is my slang term for cat, not kitten typo. He was an adult 4 year old cat. I'll be leaving na'toth as a solo cat until she passes and then will seek a pair who are socialised together. I'm just not up for introducing cats to each other, it's too stressful for all concerned.
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Sep 21, 2018 09:11 am

Hi Phaze, sorry to hear you had a mis-match with this rescue cat. I think the main problem here is that he was a rescued feral, as they really don't tend to adapt well to an in-door only environment and some cats just don't like having to share their home with any other cats. I think you did the right thing by returning him to the shelter as hopefully they'll be able to find him a home that is more suited to his temperament. Maybe if the shelter get a cat who is already an indoor cat or a kitten who doesn't know any different, you could try again if/when you're feeling up to it. They drive us nuts, but we love our :meow: :meow: :meow:
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Re: The insanity of pets in general.....

Postby chrisboote » Fri Sep 21, 2018 09:28 am

The insanity of pets in general.....

Reading things online in the small wee hours, noticed a movement near my feet out of the corner of my eye
Assumed it was just another spider (we get loads of tegenaria gigantea so not overly fussed) and ignored it - until it nuzzled up to my foot ... :o

Turns out that our little hamster had got out of her cage, dropped down from her position on top of the kitchen worktop, and wandered into the lounge in search of entertainment, cuddles and probably a treat

So either a) one of us left her cage lid open either fully or slightly (she can do a pull up and be on top of the cage in about five seconds if it's wide open) or b) more alarmingly, she's found a way to open her cage

We're going with a) for now as b) is a bit too worrying to contemplate - we've already had experiences with Harry Hamster being Harry Houdini in the past (ask when you see me) and don't want to go through that again ...
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Nonny Mouse » Fri Sep 21, 2018 08:29 pm

You haven't been reading her "The World According to Humphrey" have you? (It's an adorable children's series about a classroom hamster who knows how to escape his cage and does it often to help the kids out with their problems.)

At least she came to you instead of taking up residence in the walls.
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Re: The insanity of pets in general.....

Postby Grace Speaker » Fri Sep 21, 2018 08:30 pm

chrisboote wrote:The insanity of pets in general.....

Reading things online in the small wee hours, noticed a movement near my feet out of the corner of my eye
Assumed it was just another spider (we get loads of tegenaria gigantea so not overly fussed) and ignored it - until it nuzzled up to my foot ... :o

Turns out that our little hamster had got out of her cage, dropped down from her position on top of the kitchen worktop, and wandered into the lounge in search of entertainment, cuddles and probably a treat
:lol: I remember your tales of Harry Houdini and his antics, so loving that your current hammy is also an escape artist and that she's clever enough to come to you for a cuddle when her foraging expedition didn't prove fruitful
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Re: The insanity of cats.....

Postby Sandra » Sat Sep 22, 2018 09:10 am

I remember spending hours sitting on a classroom floor (during my A Levels) waiting for one of the Biology Gerbils (who had escaped) to pop-up out of the hole in the floor - I was armed with a card!

The classes that were being taught were very surprised to find one of the oldest girls in the school sitting on the floor at the back of class. Eventually the Gerbil got hungry - ran for the small pile of seeds sat there tempting. Cue the frantic rodent dash for behind the cupboard - into the cardboard tube (one end closed) I had put there to be a simple trap.

Much nicer than reading in the Library (though I had been reading while letting the gerbil get used to me just being there, not paying any attention...)
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