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Old March 12th 06, 12:34 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote:

Matthew AKA NMR ( NO MORE RETAIL ) wrote:


Sounds like a time for soft paws


You mean those claw-covers you glue onto the natural claws?
I was going to suggest those, but couldn't remember what
they were called. I suppose it depends upon where you live,
but I don't think a basement is a very good environment for
a cat - too dark and too damp.


I think he meant that Susan could put Soft Paws (or a similar product)
onto Otis, so when he tried to scratch her, it wouldn't actually break
the skin. And then he *wouldn't* need to be put into the basement!

Joyce
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Old March 12th 06, 01:05 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"dnr" wrote in message
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Susan M wrote:
That's the way we feel about Chester. He wakes us up with his
Kramer-like slides onto the bed

I've been very worried about Otis since you posted
he was barfing a lot. Glad to hear he's still annoying
you....long live Otis & Chester


Awww - thanks. Otis is still nauseated and still licks his lips. I'm not
sure if I'll take him back to TED just yet though since he's not barfing and
he had a couple months of this once before. He's had full blood work and
urine in the last few months too for his dental and he was healthy as can
be. Poor little guy.

Susan M
Otis and Chester


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Old March 12th 06, 01:06 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Sounds like a time for soft paws


Otis is an indoor/outdoor cat so I don't *think* that those would work. I'd
want him to have a full set of sharp claws for safety reasons when he's out.
Besides, I'm sure he'd find some other surefire way to get my attention like
lying on top of my nose and mouth at the same time or something :-)

Susan M
Otis and Chester


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Old March 12th 06, 01:08 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)" wrote in message
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You mean those claw-covers you glue onto the natural claws? I was going to
suggest those, but couldn't remember what they were called. I suppose it
depends upon where you live, but I don't think a basement is a very good
environment for a cat - too dark and too damp. (Unless, of course,
there's a pet flap in one of the windows - but if you don't want them to
be indoor/outdoor, that's no solution either.)


We live in such a dry climate that the basement is nice and cosy - not damp
or icky like that so I think its healthy enough to be down there. We can't
let the boys out at night here for safety reasons though - too much
wildlife. They go out during certain hours in the daytime - after sunrise
and they're in before dusk.

Susan M
Otis and Chester


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Old March 12th 06, 01:12 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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I think he meant that Susan could put Soft Paws (or a similar product)
onto Otis, so when he tried to scratch her, it wouldn't actually break
the skin. And then he *wouldn't* need to be put into the basement!


Well Joyce - Otis is a persistent boy and would find something else to do
He also paws open the closet doors, finds plastic bags and licks them and
makes a huge ruckus. He walks on my throat, trying to do a cat paw
tracheotomy, he yowls, he knocks things off of the dressers, and, if you
don't pay attention, will eventually pee on the wall. He hasn't done that
since we've started letting him out again and he seems ok in the basement so
far. He's near the litter boxes down there and there's a bed with a big
comfy down quilt on top. We're keeping fingers crossed on that one.

He's a real little monster sometimes!

Susan M
Otis and Chester


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Old March 12th 06, 01:32 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"Christina Websell" wrote in message
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I'm sorry to hear that Otis is still disturbing you in the night.

I remember I replied once before ;-) when I said I don't allow my cats in
my bedroom. It's out of bounds 24/7 as I don't want them to get used to
going in there. There are allowed the run of the house otherwise. I
sleep very badly anyway so I don't want the possibility of the cats waking
me if I happen to be asleep!


Rusty is not allowed in my bedroom either. He sleeps in his own room
with the door closed. I let him out first thing in the morning. One
time I got a complaint from a downstair neighbour about noises at 6 am.
It was Rusty jumping on and off a horizontal heating duct. Now he is
in a room where there is no furniture.
Rusty also snores in his sleep. When he was boarded at the vet, the vet tech
was surprised to hear his snores. She said she has never heard a cat snored
like that. I also has trouble sleeping so I can't sleep in the same room as
Rusty.

Winnie





I understand your feelings: but you need to sleep. Continually disturbed
nights are bad for you. How about putting the boys in the basement
Sunday-Thursday nights and letting them be with you on Friday & Saturday
night? Then you could take turns napping in the day if you needed to.
Just an idea for a compromise.

Oh well, we'll do this for a while and see if we become human again. We
might start to like being awake all day ;-)


You can't really go on like this, can you? Otis seems over-attached to
you and I can't help thinking that because you love him a lot and want him
to be happy, that you are "enabling" him to remain so.
It would be different if he would just snuggle up all night quietly with
you, but he doesn't..
My two seem quite happy to sleep downstairs at night, or on the spare bed
in the next bedroom. They are rarely noisy, sometimes I hear them
galumphing around as if they are chasing each other and just occasionally
Boyfie will forget it's not a weekday and will meow outside my bedroom
door at 7.15ish to ask me if I realise that the alarm hasn't gone off and
now I will be late for work. He's pretty good about this though, it's
only once in a while.

I hope you find a solution, Susan.

Tweed





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Old March 14th 06, 08:51 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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Susan M wrote:

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I think he meant that Susan could put Soft Paws (or a similar product)
onto Otis, so when he tried to scratch her, it wouldn't actually break
the skin. And then he *wouldn't* need to be put into the basement!



Well Joyce - Otis is a persistent boy and would find something else to do
He also paws open the closet doors, finds plastic bags and licks them and
makes a huge ruckus. He walks on my throat, trying to do a cat paw
tracheotomy, he yowls, he knocks things off of the dressers, and, if you
don't pay attention, will eventually pee on the wall. He hasn't done that
since we've started letting him out again and he seems ok in the basement so
far. He's near the litter boxes down there and there's a bed with a big
comfy down quilt on top. We're keeping fingers crossed on that one.

He's a real little monster sometimes!

Susan M
Otis and Chester


You are so patient with Otis, Susan. Shutting him in the basement at
least a few nights a week is a must, since you *need* your sleep too,
Susan. And Otis has a nice bed there also, so he will be ok. Maybe you
can cuddle with the kitties *before* you all go to bed and first thing
in the morning.
Hugs,
Polonca and Soncek

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Old March 15th 06, 12:29 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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occasionally Boyfie will
forget it's not a weekday and will meow outside my bedroom door at 7.15ish
to ask me if I realise that the alarm hasn't gone off and now I will be late
for work. He's pretty good about this though, it's only once in a while.

I hope you find a solution, Susan.

Tweed////


LOL! I have to SET the alarm for my crew when I'm away, otherwise they
don't bother to get out of bed when the petsitter comes to give them
breakfast. Hell, I have to set the alarm for them to get out of bed on
the weekend otherwise they don't get up!

Talk about having a solid routine in the mornings!

7am, alarm goes, mommy switches the snooze button on, no-one moves....
7.10am, Alarm goes off,mommy switches the snooze button on, no-one
moves....
7.20am... Alarm goes off,mommy switches the snooze button on, no-one
moves....
7.30am, Alarm goes off, OMG, we're running late, cats all suddenly wake
up and charge down to the kitchen, and yell for breakfast...
7.31am, we REALLY yell at mommy because she hasn't got down the stairs
yet, and OH MY GOD Mommy, our blood sugar is crashing and we're going to
faint from lack of food!

Helen M






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Old March 26th 06, 07:29 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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"Christina Websell" wrote in
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occasionally Boyfie will
forget it's not a weekday and will meow outside my bedroom door at
7.15ish
to ask me if I realise that the alarm hasn't gone off and now I will be
late
for work. He's pretty good about this though, it's only once in a while.

I hope you find a solution, Susan.

Tweed////


LOL! I have to SET the alarm for my crew when I'm away, otherwise they
don't bother to get out of bed when the petsitter comes to give them
breakfast. Hell, I have to set the alarm for them to get out of bed on
the weekend otherwise they don't get up!


LOL! Mine are always up before me, even in the week.

7am, alarm goes, mommy switches the snooze button on, no-one moves....
7.10am, Alarm goes off,mommy switches the snooze button on, no-one
moves....
7.20am... Alarm goes off,mommy switches the snooze button on, no-one
moves....
7.30am, Alarm goes off, OMG, we're running late, cats all suddenly wake
up and charge down to the kitchen, and yell for breakfast...
7.31am, we REALLY yell at mommy because she hasn't got down the stairs
yet, and OH MY GOD Mommy, our blood sugar is crashing and we're going to
faint from lack of food!


The first part sounds like me. 6.45 a.m, snooze button. 6.54 a.m, snooze
button. 7.03 Aaargh!! Get up immediately or will be late for work.
The cats are waiting downstairs. My bedroom is out of bounds but the spare
bedroom (double bed with nice comfy quilt) is available 24/7.
It seems this is only okay if the back door is open overnight.
Boyfie kept me awake all night, meowing outside my bedroom because he had to
be kept in for *one night!* to keep him safe.
"Oh, I need to go out on rat patrol right now"
Go away.
"I need a wee desperately, let me out."
No, use the litter box I gave you and SHUT UP and let me get some sleep.
"I never wee inside der howse"
Just do it for once..
"No, meow, meow, meow/ ad infin.." Until morning. When he still couldn't
go out as the terriers had arrived, so he caved in and sat on the soil I'd
provided and peed for what seemed like 5 minutes.
Awww.
Poor chap, but I would rather he stayed in the house and had to pee where he
didn't really want to, than be killed by the terriers and they certainly
would kill him if they found him. They are mean beasties, but bred for the
job they are supposed to do. Kill.

Tweed



 




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