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User: _starofdawn
Date: 2010-01-01 11:29
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As inspired from a few comments in the other community...

Outside cats vs Inside cats?

List pros and cons and let's hear your opinion. Oh... and let's be nice.
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unnatural selection posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: 3speed
Date: 2009-12-18 13:28
Subject: Hi from n00b and KITTEH!
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Mewsic:Queen--Don't Stop Me Now
Oh man, the mere existence of this community is awesome. I made my icon a couple months ago, and upon seeing it, the lovely hazyl directed me here.

So hi! I'm Julie, I'm 28 and share my house with my boyfriend of nearly 6 years, two parakeets, two cockatiels, and our most recent addition, the lovable loaf-cat Fizzgig. After a few years of saying we'd never again own another cat, we wound up adopting him after minimal consideration. Before heading up to the shelter, we discussed our ideal cat and agreed to keep visiting every week until we found the perfect cat for us. We wanted an uncommonly large or small cat. Short hair a must, due to allergies. A manx or Scottish Fold or some other really interesting looking breed would be awesome. And as much as we both hate the idea of declawing a cat, we decided it would be pretty cool if the cat was already declawed. We definitely did NOT want a kitten.

We were taken back to the cat room, and yep, there they were. Tons and tons of kittens. I had almost given up hope, but there he was in the great big cage at the end of the row. 17.2lbs of 2-year-old, declawed, short-haired, Manx-y glory. From the moment I hefted him into my arms, I knew he was MINE. My boyfriend concurred, and since it was late, we left him there overnight, bought our cat supplies, got the house cat-proofed, and were back at noon the next day to make sure that nobody got to him before us!

He's been with us for three months now, and every day, his love and antics reassure me that adopting him was one of the best decisions I've ever made. We don't want children, EVER, but bringing Fizzgig into our lives has turned us from a couple into a family. We're even taking him to visit my folks over Christmas. My mom is an avowed cat-hater, but when she and Dad visited last month, they both fell in love with their "grandson" and have welcomed us to bring him to share Christmas with the family. (Anybody have any tips on traveling with cats? LOL)

So, without further ado, here are some pics of my furchild! FIZZGIG LOAFUMSCAT!Collapse )
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Lyssa posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: domenowtrent
Date: 2009-11-19 14:20
Subject: Kitty Colds
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My girlfriend and I just adopted a kitten last week. Gambit is three months old, and the cutest, tiniest little girl I've ever seen. She's got, what I believe is, an upper respitory infection, but we can't get her into the vet until Monday morning.

Her eyes are crusty, nose is stuffy, she sneezes and wheezes. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to lessen her discomfort? Run a humidifier? Something I can grab from PetCo or PetsMart like a kitty version of DayQuil?

Gambit and I appreciate any suggestions!
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Kitty posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: griza
Date: 2009-08-17 13:09
Subject: This is my cat Fuska
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Mewsic:The Postal Service - Against All Odds
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Lyssa posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: domenowtrent
Date: 2009-07-02 16:47
Subject: Update on Missing Cat
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Thanks for all of your thoughts and well-wishes, but Simon was unfortunately found in a trashbag on the side of the road today.
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Lyssa posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: domenowtrent
Date: 2009-06-30 18:58
Subject: Missing Cat
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My cat Simon, the escape artist, has once again gotten out. This time he's been gone for ten days. I am pretty much at my wits end as to how to get him back.

I have already:
-left food out
-left his litterbox out so he can smell himself
-left my dirty laundry out so he can smell me
-walked the neighborhood nightly, calling his name and shaking treats
-posted fliers
-posted notices on my neighbors doors
-left multiple messages on Craigslist
-visited both the Humane Society and County Animal Shelter twice (includes checking to DOA list)
-check the Humane Society and Animale Shelter websites daily
-had a Christian friend pray for him
-had a Pagan friend preform a ritual
-called local vets to see if someone's brought in a sick/injured stray
-borrowed a cat trap (I just set it up five minutes ago, so we'll see how that works)

Is there anything else, regardless of how ridiculous, that I can do to get him home? I dream about him, and it's devastating to feel so helpless.
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Lyssa posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: domenowtrent
Date: 2009-05-29 00:09
Subject: Simon
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I have two cats, one indoor/outdoor and the other indoor-only. My new roommate was moving in, forgot which was which, and let Simon outside. I am trying not to panic, but a week before my old roommate moved out, her cat went missing, which is upsetting in and of itself. But her Trey was a mostly outdoor cat, whereas Simon has NEVER been beyond our front step.

I went around the neighborhood shaking a bag of cat food and calling his name to no avail. I'm sure he'll come home at some point, but I am leaving the state in the morning for the weekend, and my new roommate is not likely to be home much to let him in if he decides to return while I'm gone.

So a few questions for my peace of mind: When you let your cat outdoors for the first time, how long was he/she gone before coming home? Did he/she seem to have any problem finding home? If Simon can't get in when he returns, is it likely he'll stay in the area or that he'll wander off somewhere else?

Thanks :(

EDIT: Thanks for all your help. I went outside this morning with a T-Shirt and bag of treats, detirmined to let Simon know where his home was--and then he comes bounding around the corner. Crying, cold, and distressed, but he's home. :D
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Allronix1 posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: allronix1
Date: 2009-05-28 13:16
Subject: Hit my cat, I hit your kid
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I apologize if this has been posted here already, but...thoughts?
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Nikki posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: nadalia
Date: 2009-05-12 10:19
Subject: Animal shelter in Pikeville, KY severely damaged by mudslides needs help.
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Article from: http://www.wkyt.com/wymtnews/headlines/44755667.html

One worker said it sounded like thunder when falling rock and mud crashed into the Pike County Animal Shelter. No animals were hurt, but about one hundred pets are without a home.
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To donate or help:

Phone: 606-437-7992
Email: ddstratton@setel.com

Pike County Humane Society
130 Chestnut Drive
Pikeville, KY

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M.K. Payne,B.Msc. posting in Cats, Not Kids
User: eoswildcat
Date: 2009-04-14 17:38
Subject: behavior/interaction issue
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Hi all-
I have a situation between 2 of my 4 cats that is rapidly deteriorating. It is new- they have been living together since they were kittens.

one is a Manx(male)- about three years old- the other a tabby(female)- just a few months older.

the manx seems to have provoked/offended/threatened the tabby somehow. He is the most social creature in the house- and usually will check to see if another cat is "ok" -from what we can tell if he feels he has caused offense- but this time she won't let him close- he tries to chase and play at times too- with the same growling/hissing result.

variations of this have been going on for weeks now, and the behavior does to fit neatly into any of the types of aggression I can find info on.

any help would be greatly appreciated.
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