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Created on November 27th, 2010

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GT Bulmer
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Nov 27th 2010 at 20:40 PM

Dee Westcott has some great discussion groups going for other pets and animals. How about one for cat lovers? :-)

I have many stories about our beloved pet cat, Muffins, who died of old age several years ago. However, to start this group off, here is a more current story about a neighborhood cat who likes to come hunting on our property.

We have three bird feeders outside of our kitchen window: one attached to the house, and two platform feeders in the yard.

One platform feeder is about five feet off the ground. It's perfect for the birds, and the squirrels like to climb up their, too. But the cats don't seem to like to climb it and it's just high enough that the deer don't like it.

The other platform feeder "used to be" about a foot and half off the ground ... until two weeks ago when realized that it was serving as a "bird trap" for one of the local cats! lol

The cat would rest under the platform, just enjoying the day. When he felt like a snack, he would wait until a bird would land on the platform, then he would jump up, catch the bird with a claw, and that was it for that bird!

We didn't know this was happening until a couple of weeks ago when we saw it happen. That cat was fast! And the chickadee didn't have a chance.

Result: I raised the platform a couple of feet so the birds have a better chance of seeing the cat before it's too late! And it seems to have worked. The cat no longer sits there waiting for birds. lol

We don't mind the neighbor cat coming here to hunt because he helps to keep the mouse population down, too (we've observed his mouse-catching skills - amazing). But we felt bad once we realized that our bird feeding station was serving as a bird trap, too!

GT :-)


Soroya Ravencrest
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Dec 8th 2010 at 1:11 AM
Christian the Lion is my favorite big cat.

My 3 little devils are Gyzmo (8) and

...Kyro and Silva (nearly 5 twins). They come from the same litter and stalk/hunt/play together.


GT Bulmer
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Dec 8th 2010 at 19:23 PM

Hello, Soroya:

Cats are my favourite domestic animal, although I like other animals, too. But there's just something about cats that are soothing to my soul. And I agree with you – they can be little devils ... whatever their age happens to be!

Our most significant feline friend was Muffins, who we chose when she was a kitten and who remained a big part of our family until she died a few years ago from age-related ailments.

Muffins was the ultimate hunter, indoors or out, and she even took it upon herself to train another cat, whom she hated with a vengeance, but who we were obligated to keep and look after for a year or more.

The other cat was trained so well that a local farmer took her home (along with one of her kittens) to rid his barn of mice. He said that cat (and her kitten) were the best mousers he ever had. We told him that she was trained by the best!

We miss Muffins, but she gave us many years of joy and amusement.

GT :-)


Dee Westcott
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Dec 11th 2010 at 16:02 PM
Well Hello Soroya and GT

Nice Thread .. wow, I am sure glad you figured that out GT
that just made it way too easy for the cat to get those birds..poor little birdies!
Glad you got it all fixed now.. that is too funny that the cat does not lay there anymore LOL

We have 3 beautiful cats all with their own unique personalities
Dusty who is on our website and she owns a Safe list and a membership site LOL.. Dusty was my daughter's cat and we kept her..
Michelle who was my son's cat when he joined the Army and was over in Iraq .. once he came back and out of the Army .. Michelle was so comfy at our house .. he knew he had to just come and visit her often.. and that she had become ours..
Sheba was my husband's son's cat and of course .. we have her now too LOL. ....
Sheba is at least 13 years old .. Dusty is around that age also
and Michelle is unknown but we have had her at least 8 years
so she might be around 10 years old..
My son rescued her as she would have been put to sleep..
if not adopted..

Our three cats rule our living room! We almost have to ask permission just to sit on our own couch and love seat!
The only thing I do not like is the shedding all over my furniture.. but they are our girls and we love them dearly.
Good mousers too!
Happy holidays
Dee


GT Bulmer
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Dec 12th 2010 at 23:10 PM

Hello, Dee:

Great stories about your precious girls!

Our cat, Muffins, mentioned earlier, had her mischievous streaks. There were a few spots in the house where she would like to scratch: a certain spot on the side of the couch; a spot on the wall leading into my office; a large cardboard box in one of our cupboards where we stored bathroom tissue and maybe a few other spots.)

We would get after her time and time again, but you could tell by her attitude that she was just tolerating our intolerance and as soon as we turned our backs, she would be at it again!

Muffins has been gone for several years now (and that couch is gone, too), but the spot on the wall, the cardboard box (and maybe a few other spots around the house) have not been repaired or replaced and they serve as a daily reminder of Muffins. And as a source of enduring amusement, too!

GT :-)


Dee Westcott
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Dec 13th 2010 at 14:12 PM
LOL I hear you on that one!
Yes, we have that at our home too

Michelle loves to claw up the carpet right in the doorway of the living room.. UGH.. She did it in our last home.. which was brand new carpet and now as soon as we moved into this home she did it again first thing.. it is like her marking her territory or something not too sure why she does that!

Sheba on the other hand she is the bottom of the couch/love seat arms.. What's up with that? LOL

Dusty on the other hand would do the woodwork .. and that stopped right away as my husband cut a board of chip board and we leaned it up against the wall where she did it the most
and took her and showed her .. this is where we want you to do it.. and that is what she has used to sharpen her little claws .. regularly.. LOL. so Thank Goodness our Dusty is a good little girl and listens.. but mind you .. if we move her board
during when I vacuum and don't put it back .. she then let's us know that we DID NOT put it back where it belongs! LOL
Which we hurry up and remedy our Error.....

I had suggested to my husband to please cut some pieces of carpet and attach them to the arms of the couch/loveseat where Sheeba persists on doing her scratching .. (still waiting for hubby to do it LOL ) .. and as far as Michelles little naughtiness on the corner of the carpet.. well...... guess that will just be like that now until we replace this carpet but I most likely will not do this until she has passed away..
or if I decide to replace it .. I think we might have to somehow put a patch of old carpet on top for a temporary patch over where she scratches so that she does not ruin the new carpet again .. LOL ......
Cats what a subject they can be for a discussion.. as they do have a mind of their own .. and you are VERY CORRECT on what you said ..... when we tell them NO NO .. it is like they say .. Yeah Whatever Mom and as soon as we turn our backs .. they are at it again......... with the exception of Dusty......
but she has her other quirks LOL

Such as......
When she is ready to eat .. she will not eat out of her bowl
until we have jiggled her food bowl and made it so her food is
settled nicely evenly in the bowl.. she will stand and meow above her bowl until we do it .. geesh .. it is like Dusty if I was gone for a day or two and no one was here to jiggle your bowl would you starve to death until I come home? LOL
She is NOT spoiled at all is she? LOL
She has a tendency to always eat her cat food in the middle of the bowl so when she is done the middle is gone and just the food on the outside of the bowl all around it is just sitting there.. so when I giggle to bowl she now has her food in the middle to eat again.. Strange huh?

Well that is it for my story today LOL
I have a feeling we can keep this thread going for quite awhile
telling the little quirks our cats have ..(or Muffins did have)

Have a wonderful day
Dee


Marisa Horn
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Dec 13th 2010 at 14:47 PM
I am enjoying hearing about your kitties. I have meant to post here a few times and after starting things got too long and I stopped.
First let me tell you a little about my furry four legged ones. I have two. Happy is the older one, he is about 10 years. A tuxedo cat that we adopted from a shelter. He was already damaged psychologically at only 4 months, at least I think that was how old he was when we got him. He is just starting to trust me now, lol.

The other one is Shasta and she is 8 years old. I feel bad that I can not be sure of their ages without looking in up. Shasta is a Maine Coon which I had never heard of when we got her. She was in a small pet shop and they had no idea, at least they never said anything. They were just happy someone was taking one of the kittens. If it were up to me we would have had here brother and other sibs too.

Happy is just like your Dusty when it comes to shaking the food dish. He will come to me and let me know he was hungry and walk slowly in front of me until we get to his dish. The dish is just about always filled but it is like he needs you show him the dish and watch him start eating ... lol.

Shasta has no problem with eating until it is time to keep it in her stomach. She seems to eat too fast and up it comes. I have her to the point of stopping on her own and taking a trip to check out the birds and then eating a little more. Of course this is not always the case and many times if you are not around to get her to take a break there are little greeting around the food bowl for whoever gets there first.

So starts the story of Happy and Shasta .... lol



Dee Westcott
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Dec 13th 2010 at 15:04 PM
Great Story!

Yes... we have those glorious surprises also.. but we are not quite sure which cat leaves them for us in the livingroom.. NOt quite as neat as your Shasta (leaving it still in the bowl)..
Shasta is a tidy cat .. Smiles..

Oh boy when you said that .. it reminded me of another great topic for Cats.. is the coughing up Furr Balls! UGH
There is a medicine that comes in a tube that looks and smells like molasses.. that you can purchase from the vet to help with that though.. we ran out and need to replace it.. or I would grab the tube to let you know the name.... hmmmm.. that reminds me I need to call the previous Vet and find out what it is called so I can tell this new vet (since we moved to a different town) what I need him to stock up on LOL.. and get some..
It does not clear up the problem completely but it sure helps!
Our Michelle is the one that needs that medicine.. The other two don't seem to need it..

Great thread.. I am enjoying reading these..
Happy holidays
Dee


Marisa Horn
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Dec 13th 2010 at 21:39 PM
Hatz makes the molasses stuff - it is in a tube and called hairball rmemdey. You can probably get that in any store and I am sure it is cheaper than the stuff the vet gives you. Also we just started to try a new thing made by Whiskas - a pouch of treats to help with hairballs. Hard on the outside and soft on the inside. They both like it but only Shasta really needs it. I gag if I think too much about her cleaning all that hair ...lol

When using the tube stuff you have to be sure to mush it into their paw. I just wiped it onto a paw quick so they did not freak out and found it up against the wall. A couple good shakes of the paw is all it took to get it off. But I found that if I put it on the tip of my finger they will lick it off me. It must taste pretty good.

This is a good thread :)




Dee Westcott
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Dec 14th 2010 at 13:08 PM
Oh I just put it on my finger and opened her mouth and put it on her tongue LOL..
yes, that has to be the same stuff I had..
Will have to look .. yes I bet I could get it a lot cheaper on line .. send me a private message with a link of a site you use.. please



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