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How many Mudcats have cats!?

Anne Lister 10 Jan 17 - 02:58 PM
Senoufou 10 Jan 17 - 02:35 PM
keberoxu 10 Jan 17 - 01:14 PM
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Senoufou 03 Jan 17 - 02:11 PM
Charmion 03 Jan 17 - 01:40 PM
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Senoufou 03 Jan 17 - 03:44 AM
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Senoufou 02 Jan 17 - 09:21 AM
keberoxu 27 Dec 16 - 11:16 AM
Senoufou 27 Dec 16 - 06:59 AM
Jack Campin 27 Dec 16 - 06:50 AM
John MacKenzie 27 Dec 16 - 04:43 AM
kendall 26 Dec 16 - 07:27 PM
keberoxu 26 Dec 16 - 06:43 PM
Joe Offer 25 Dec 16 - 10:18 PM
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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Anne Lister
Date: 10 Jan 17 - 02:58 PM

Since I posted in 2009 we have acquired a second cat. He is a quarter Bengal, an eighth Ragdoll, an eighth Snowshoe and the rest moggie (but we have seen photos of his Dad and he looks very Siamese). His name is Mylo. My husband tends to think that Persia (who you might recall is a rescue cat from the mean streets of Barry) is like Nessa (from Gavin and Stacey, for those of you who watched it) while Mylo is rather more Hugh Grant, with his pedigree upbringing. Mylo has just been talking to me in the kitchen (being a very chatty cat) and I think he's been requesting me to turn the wind down outside as it's putting him off going out there. Oh, if you want an image - Mylo is white and grey, while Persia is a dark tortie.
Can't imagine life now without cats, but I don't think we could cope with more than two, especially as these two get very possessive about us, laps and places to sleep!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 10 Jan 17 - 02:35 PM

The two cats that are left, Murphy and Smokey, have been moping around looking sad. I'm sure they're missing Minty too. Winter doesn't help, as they miss the sunshine and warmth.

My sister up in Scotland is soon going to collect a rescued cat from a shelter. She had to have her old black cat put to sleep. He was 20 and had been a super chap. She's seen a female called Mela, which means 'black' in Polish. It's a British type, black all over (she showed me a photo) Mela is a bit timid and hasn't had a happy life, so hopefully she'll relax and enjoy living with my sis. Like me, she adores cats and has never been without one.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Jan 17 - 01:14 PM

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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 03:07 PM

Charmion, and Eliza, that is a post I should dearly like to read myself....the description of singing with the cats in the kitchen.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 02:11 PM

Thank you so much Charmion and keberoxu for your kind and understanding words.
I've never had a female cat, but I have found Siamese to be less long-lived than British ones. My British Shorthair was 17 when he died, but most of my Siamese have been between 12 and 15 at the most. The various strays I've taken in (and who can refuse a hungry,lost cat at the door?) were of indeterminate ages.
My husband has often talked to ours in Malinke, and funnily enough they seem to understand. He rang his mum in Africa this morning to tell her Minty has died. She was astonished to discover he was talking about a cat, not a person. (Cats over there finish up in the pot!) She didn't quite know how to react, so began reciting Muslim prayers for the soul of the departed. I did smile when I heard him replying "Amen. Amen. Amen."
Still feeling sad, but still sure we did the right thing.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 01:40 PM

Oh, Eliza, I'm sorry poor Minty is gone.

One of my favourites of your posts is that one in which you described your husband dancing around the kitchen, waving a dish in the air and singing "Chicken! Chicken!" while the cats thronged his ankles and howled. It just won't be the same as a duet.

Is it my imagination, or are tomcats more vulnerable to disease than females? Most of my ladies have lived to advanced ages, but I've never had a tom who made it beyond 13 (at best guess). Kidney disease, crystaluria, pancreatic disease -- it's quite the list. But Perdita, a foundling kitten who lost her mother before she was weaned, lived to be 19 despite chronic thyroid problems, and Lucy, who came to me as a stunted stray, made it to the age of 16 -- and finally died of cancer.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 01:12 PM

In fact, Eliza, I have spoken with one or two breeders of pedigreed pet animals, of dogs or of cats. The good kind, who are protective and devoted to the animals. And for them as well, when their elderly males and females, long retired from breeding, have to be put down, the grief is terribly intense. The good breeders get attached to their cats / dogs, just as the pet owners do.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 03 Jan 17 - 03:44 AM

Thank you keberoxu. I've cried quite a bit, and sadly so has my husband. He and Minty had a real bond. So many times in the past I've had to take a cat to the vet for the final journey, and it never ever gets any easier. But somehow the older one gets, the harder it becomes. The pain of grief is so intense.
I'm sure it's no different for owners of dogs, or in fact any creature we've grown to love.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 08:33 PM

Ah, Eliza, even when it is inevitable and merciful, it really smarts. Good on you both for doing what your cat needed when he needed it.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 02 Jan 17 - 09:21 AM

We're very very sad today, as we've just had to have our little Minty put to sleep. His triaditis flared up again last week and he was in a bad way this morning. I felt it was cruel to go on, and we took him to the vet's. My husband has just buried him under the pear tree in the corner of our garden. We'll miss him so much, he was a real character. But he'd had a lovely life in the countryside, with his brother and other cats, plenty of love and fun, and good food etc.

Rest In Peace little Minty.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 27 Dec 16 - 11:16 AM

Captain, your Sam sounds like a grand little companion.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 27 Dec 16 - 06:59 AM

Until a few years ago we lived in another village, in a house with a huge garden bordering on fields. No fences, just a ditch. Our cats over the years seemed to be more interested in shrews, field mice, rats, baby rabbits, the odd wood pigeon and once a pheasant. We often saw Hissing Sid, a huge grass snake, which our cats used to torment and poke, but never hurt. It was very rare indeed that they came in with a songbird of any sort. Now they're (like me) quite old, they don't hunt or catch anything.
Mind you they were usually stuffed with food. I had a colleague who went shooting, and he gave me rabbits and wood pigeons free, as long as I was prepared to skin/pluck and draw the things. (I was) The cats always shared this food with us. They crunched, gnawed and munched their way through all sorts of good stuff. I don't suppose they could summon up too much energy for chasing songbirds!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 Dec 16 - 06:50 AM

I haven't yet seen an estimate of how many birds are killed by domestic cats that seemed to be based on honest and well-informed statistical methodology. Everybody seems to extrapolate from some sample without any attempt to show how representative it is.

We're in a village with a lot of green space and a few minutes walk from open fields, so there are a lot of birds available. Our three cats seem to kill a bit more than one bird each per year (and some near misses, like the pissed-off magpie we found sitting on the pillow which our Ollie had given up on trying to kill). They managed about double that when they were younger, and one year wiped out an entire nestful. Not good but not exactly an environmental disaster either.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Dec 16 - 04:43 AM

Cats kill millions of song birds every year.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: kendall
Date: 26 Dec 16 - 07:27 PM

I lost my old dog, Charlie, in July. I've always had a dog or a cat. So, I went to the animal rescue and adopted a 3 year old neutered male. Orange and white. Feisty but loves attention, and sleeps with me.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Dec 16 - 06:43 PM

"Mad Mick" .... sounds like your regional answer to Glasgow's Sam the Skull.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 10:18 PM

Hmmm. At the time this thread was started in 2000, I had five feral cats living in my yard, in an area of Sacramento that had lots of feral cats. There was rabies found in a feral cat in that area this month, so I imagine the feral cat population will be significantly reduced soon.
So, I got married in 2002 and moved into my wife's home in the foothills - with 3 dogs and 3 cats and an 11-year-old boy. And then the neighbor's cat moved in, bringing the total number of cats to four. We eventually got down to one dog and one cat, but then the other neighbor's two dogs moved in and the last cat died, so now we're a 3-dog, no-cat family, and the boy is 27 and still with us.
I like it that way.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 09:40 PM

We have no cats at this time, though we've had plenty of them over the years, sometimes four or five at a time. We live on a rural road where people often dump unwanted pets, and we could usually depend on a new cat showing up on the doorstep every year or so. But since a puppy (who subsequently grew into a rather large dog) showed up on that same doorstep a few years back, the cats have stopped. We'll see one in the yard every now and then, but they're too leary of the dog to make hanging around a habit.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 08:08 PM

The predator thing can be inconsistently presented when a cat is highly domesticated and human-friendly.

I have rarely encountered a kitten or cat that would not make a game of pouncing on something, ANYthing, that moved in an arresting visual fashion. That does not mean that said cat will know how to dispatch one of its fellow warm-blooded beasties. Cats stalk instinctively as well, I believe.

But hunting and dispatching prey requires skill as well as instinct. Skill has to be acquired through a learning process. A lot of times, for a cat, that means there is another cat present who is already a good mouser/ratter, and can demonstrate to the learning cat how the thing is carried through.

I grew up where there were barns; and where there were barns, there were barn cats. Feral often as not, or semi-feral. Their lives depended at least partly on their hunting, so they got on with it, and did not like humans wanting to get hands-on friendly with them.

After all, being a lap-cat is something else that has to be demonstrated, practiced, and learned...although it seems like it looks a lot easier than being Nimrod The Mighty Hunter.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 08:10 AM

Cats as ratters or even micers is not something I've really known. Sure they may bring you the odd present doing no harm in the field in but I don't see (at least well fed pet cats) them as being that effective pest controllers.

A friend of mine had a mouse infestation in her flat. A cat of her own wouldn't be practical, she travels too much. But she'd heard that cat fluff was a mouse repellent. So I collected a bagful of surplus fluff from our long-haired lilac tortie Chloe. It worked - she hasn't had mice for a year.

The thing is, Chloe is nearly 19 years old, has almost no teeth, and has probably never caught anything in her life. Any prey would suffer nothing worse than a geriatric gumming. But her fluff seems to be absolutely terrifying.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 08:02 AM

Guess those sort of things can happen. Our "snotcat" (snotty superior attitude) was huge, I think now maybe largely Norwegian Forest and was't always kindly disposed to our other (neutered) tom. Lost him to cat aides - I believe it was a problem in that community before that particular community died out by people neutering the males - but I'd imagine that at one stage of his life (which I think runs having a prior owner before going feral) he was "the biggest kid on the block" round here.

Friendly neighbour seems to think his female is untouchable but I've got photos where "puss puss", the one I don't think will truly make friends with me chases her up a tree. He's not bad though he just has his food (maybe even a second helping) and then (partly due to something like a spoonerism on my part and partly due to him used to spraying a lot) "piss pusses" off. He seems more puzzled that aggressive if he sees me handle one of our in/out door cats.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 07:23 AM

We have accquired two in recent weeks, one two year old abandoned by neighbours of a friend, and the other a young kitten.
The aim is to have them as a deterrent against the rabbits. They may be even catch some! The problem is that I expect some of our local birds to be in danger as I looked out the window first thing today to find the two year old 15 feet up a tree.

Robin


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 07:14 AM

Hahaha! Love the name Rasputin! There's an evil white cat who lives up the road. He keeps hanging round ours, bursting through the cat flap and hoovering up any food he finds on the floor. Ours are terrified of him. We called him 'Mad Mick'. He attacks any cats he comes across, and has cost many of our neighbours money at the vet's for stitching up wounds and torn ears. We now chase him with a water pistol whenever he shows his evil face.
I went to see his owners (lovely couple, new residents, and they feed him well) and laughingly asked if they knew he was a psycho-cat. They said his name is 'Spirit'. Bloody 'Evil Spirit' if you ask me. They have another cat, called 'Marmite'. (You either love it or hate it) We had a laugh, and there isn't a lot they can do really. I think it needs psychoanalysis or something!
We got a funny Christmas card through our door. "With love from 'Spirit'" Gaaaah! Hee hee!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 06:54 AM

Yep. Agreed.

We've not had a Siamese (and I think all our cats have been findlings in one way or other - strays or "who want's a kitten") but my father's parents had one for a while.

I may have met him but can't really remember that at the moment (and this would have been in our first time round in N Wales - say my later primary/ up to early secondary years and granddad in Norwich) but I do remember they called him Rasputin.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 06:06 AM

Jon, that's so difficult isn't it? Minty gets bouts of triaditis, inflammation of three organs of the body. It can be painful and needs treatment. The last time was touch-and-go, and cost us nearly £800. He's getting old now, and like you we don't want to put him through being in the vet's for 3 days on a drip, crying for us and trying to grab us with his paw when we visited. Heartbreaking.
However at the moment he's quite perky and has regained his lost weight. But I think the last act of love is to send them on in peace and end the suffering. I must have wept lakes over the years over my lost little mates.
The three Siamese horrors are at this moment in the kitchen munching away on some lovely big lumps of cooked chicken breast. (Well, it is Christmas!)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: JHW
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 05:43 AM

Used to have a faithful Ginger Tom but long gone now. Re Joe's account of cats v critters I sat my cat down one day and gave him a right verbal bollocking about chasing birds on the yard wall. He never did again, sat initially gnashing his teeth then got used to them coming and going from the honeysuckle on his wall and sat contented.

If you like Ginger Cats see Bob the Street Cat film. Scroll down for Trailer


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: The Sandman
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 05:08 AM

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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 05:04 AM

"until the lump is troubling her now. "

I'm meant until the lump (if it returns) shows signs of distressing her.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 05:02 AM

We are sort of wondering about that with one at the moment, Senoufu. I don't remember what it's called but its some sort of tumour - apparently it doesn't spread to other organs but it gets bigger - from what I read she may have a couple of years maybe longer maybe shorter.

We got her to our local vets when we first noticed the small lump developing on her shoulder. They tried to remove it but it came back first time and she's now had surgery twice in the space of a couple of months. We've had her rather unsettled, dressed in a (now off) red jacket. We are optimistic that the second op has been more successful but also believe we can not inflict another stressful round of vet trips (that you can't even explain to them) on her. It's sort of fingers crossed and I think we leave it, if it returns again, until the lump is troubling her now.

Like most/all who've had a few pets over years I've seen a few go through accidents and illnesses. It's never easy.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Senoufou
Date: 25 Dec 16 - 03:53 AM

I've had cats all my long life, usually four or five at a time. I used to show them at the General Cat Fancy shows, and in those days I had British Black Shorthairs. (dense jet-black fur and deep orange eyes) I won several Firsts and even a Premier medal (highest honour for neutered cats) with my lovely Ashmere Augustus (Gussie for short)
Then I started to have Siamese, and there was no going back. They're little monkeys but extremely affectionate and intelligent. Along the way, several poor little strays have found their way to my door, and being a soft twit I've taken them in.
Our cats now are two brothers (Minty and Murphy, one seal point and one blue point) and SmokeyPokey (blue point)
I've never had a cat that only wanted food and a nice fire. They've all been loving and wanting to be near me at all times. When my husband was in Africa last year, his 'favourite', Minty, pined for him dreadfully and spent the entire five weeks gazing out of the window hoping he'd see him coming home. When he finally arrived, the reunion brought tears to my eyes.
The only drawback with cats is their short life-span compared to ours. It's so hard to say goodbye, and the grief is terrible when you lose a cat. It never gets any easier.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 11:22 PM

beautiful cat, Joe!

My cats are similar. I last was owned by a cat in the late 70s, when I lived in a ground-floor apartment with a yard. Next papartment had no yard, so I gave her to the pensioner couple next door. She decided their son was her person & when he came home from work, it was his lap she sat in!

Ever since I've had cat ornaments & toys in my collections. Plus lots of photos I've taken of cats I've come across in my life.

sanda


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Joe_F
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 08:53 PM

http://come-to-think.livejournal.com/39862.html


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 08:40 PM

Cats as ratters or even micers is not something I've really known. Sure they may bring you the odd present doing no harm in the field in but I don't see (at least well fed pet cats) them as being that effective pest controllers.

In the home their first love is often cupboard love and their own comfort usually comes first

I like them though and think many of us humans want a relationship with some other type of creature. While not for all, cats can fulfil that sort of role.

In current situation, we have the challenge - an older feral tom who on a good day I can get within a foot of (with loads of hisses) but I can't/would not try to touch and he is unlikely to move further from that stance and our getting old a bit indoor pair (actually both originally at different times feral kittens but young when they took to us).


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 07:27 PM

We like cats for several reason, not least that we don't like rats and mice in the house. I don't know how effective the current incumbents would be as mousers because the word is evidently out among the neighbourhood rodents that our house is a no-go zone.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: jojofolkagogo
Date: 24 Dec 16 - 12:24 PM

I dont - who needs cats? They certainly dont need us !


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 04:46 AM

Hi Edthefolkie - couldn't agree more. The way I heard it was, dogs have owners, cats have staff.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: mouldy
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 04:15 PM

I'm also having to go over to the next village and serve my daughter's 2 - Jasper and Badger, a ginger tabby and a black and white with a curly tail - while she's on holiday this week.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 03:54 PM

No doubt somebody else since 2001 has pointed out that we don't have cats, cats have us?

Four Birmans have had us over the past 30 years - Jasmine and Toby (both Seals) - Jade (Blue) and now Willow, also a Blue Birman.

I can recommend this breed as they are very placid and friendly - the only downside is the CAT HAIRS EVERYWHERE (not to mention furballs behind the sofa from time to time.....)


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: mouldy
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 03:27 PM

I acquired my first cat since childhood (neutered tom called Tigger) just over a year ago, when he needed rehoming, as his owner was dying. He was said to be 10 years old, and used to dogs (I have a dog that is not aggressive to cats). The dog has learned not to be scared of him!

I had him at the vets for his annual booster last week, and she said that if he had just come in from the streets, she would assess him as only being about 5! He's a bog standard tabby and white moggy, but very quiet most of the time, and at the moment is curled up on my lap.
In the 13 months or so I have had him, he has never scratched me, and only nipped me once - when I was teasing him. He's very gentle. He puts up with me cutting his claws when they get too bad, and I even managed to post a worm tablet down his throttle the other day, despite his frantic back-peddling!

My dog is suffering from heart failure, at the reasonable age of 13 and a half. She could still be here for a while yet, as she is coping quite well at the moment, but how long is a mystery - the vet said it could be a week or a year. I shall miss her, but she won't be replaced. However, I can see myself letting another cat own me some day!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: SharonA
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 01:42 PM

I posted to this thread back on 09 July 2001, and I'm still a kitty-caregiver although I'm caring for different kitties now. Artie's health slowly declined after that 2001 post; he was diagnosed with cancer. I had wanted to adopt another cat but had put it off because of Artie's health and his radiation therapy. When his symptoms seemed to "level off" and even improve during the summer of '03, I asked my vet if he thought the stress of having another cat in the apartment would worsen his health, and I got the doc's OK to go ahead and get that second cat. I adopted 4-month-old Madison (a female) from a shelter, and kept the name they gave her, in early September.

There's no way to know whether Artie's health dive-bombed because of that adoption, or whether it was just a crisis waiting to happen, but about 5 weeks later, I had to have him put to sleep. Crisis followed crisis: my retina began to detach as I was having him buried at the local pet cemetery. Next thing I knew, I was going to Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia PA to get my retina re-attached.

Madison Mae -- as in "Madison may do what I tell her to do or Madison may not" -- is a brown torbie (tortoiseshell tabby). She was a problem child to begin with, having been raised on display in a shelter cage at PetSmart and continually exposed to gawking people and barking dogs. My preoccupation with Artie, my trip to the hospital and my recuperation (at the time I should have been bonding with Maddie and training her) didn't help any. I suspect that Maddie may have come from a litter of feral cats, and she is still something of a wild woman, distrustful of everyone else and sometimes not too sure about trusting me. She grows a little more pet-like every year, but often she chooses to hide under a blanket or inside a kitchen cabinet rather than hang out with me. The good news is that she prefers her scratching post to my furniture!

Hoping to find a cat that would be more affectionate and outgoing (and hoping to get Maddie to play/exercise and be less sedentary), I adopted a kitten from a different shelter this past June. The shelter named him Rex, and he's now Rupert Rex (as in "Rupert wrecks my home!" *grin* -- he raids wastebaskets, climbs the furniture, hides his toys behind chair cushions, pulls threads in my shower curtain, etc., etc.). He's a marmalade-orange tabby with more spots and dashes than stripes (and no white markings), and he's a joy to have around. Maddie doesn't agree -- she'd rather be an only cat -- but he chases her as much as she chases him so at least she's getting the exercise I'd hoped she would.

Little Roo came complete with ear mites and tapeworm; my struggles with his parasites and his digestion are recorded on my thread titled BS: Kitten healthy? Not? Advice, please -- and Joe Offer, bless his heart, offered a place on his website for my kitty-pictures (linked from the "Kitten healthy?" thread) since I don't have a site of my own yet. Thanks again, Joe!!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Becca72
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 01:33 PM

I share my living space with 3 lovely felines.
Madmardigan is 12 years old, white with tan patches and is the love of my life.
Mikey and Sheldon are brothers 3 1/2 years old, mostly black (each has a white patch on his pelvis and Mikey has a small white patch on his chest) and are the most intelligent cats I have ever met.

I have been getting that "feeling" lately about wanting another one but am denying myself and trying to remember that three's enough.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Mooh
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 08:48 AM

Beatrice was a feral kitten living in a ditch in rural Ontario, probably due for an early death, when she was rescued by someone and given to the OSPCA. She lived there for a while and became a favourite of the staff. Then my kids saw her, then my wife, and before I could say no, I was at the OSPCA filling out adoption papers. She's a champion mouser, sometimes even bringing them to me. She's otherwise quiet and serene, affectionate and passive, and she gets along with Rosie The Wonder Dog and Cosmo The Other Dog. Twice a day, usually morning and evening, she gets her exercise by racing back and forth through the house, but anytime she can be found playing with her toy mice. She doesn't go outside as we live on a busy street close to a highway.

The previous cat, Boots, is dearly missed by the girls in the family, and grudgingly by me. He was a screamer at night and most often had to spend the night outdoors. Strangely, the neighbours loved him.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 08:08 AM

We are owned and loved by Merlyn. She's a black and white tuxedo cat. She's nearly 9 and definitely prefers to be the only cat in the house. She's a real lap cat now and 'mothers' the kids!


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 05 Oct 09 - 04:13 AM

Erica and I have two cats whom you'd think were litter sisters, but they're not.

Smutts is tortie (US = calico) and white and is so named for the big black blaze on her face.

Maisie is white and tortie, and is so named because she is Maisie.

They wre both rescue kittens. Our old cat died two weeks before her 20th birthday. We cried our guts out for a fortnight and then went up the Animal Rescue.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Cats
Date: 04 Oct 09 - 03:40 PM

Pussy heaven is wherever your pussy wants to be when they have left this earth. For Deuteronomy and Nehemeziah, it's here with me. Sometimes people who visit here see a black flash out of the corner of their eye, look again and there is nothing there.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Stringsinger
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 07:24 PM

We love our nine cats. Each with his/her own personality.

Frank


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Smokey.
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 05:10 PM

I've got one - he lets me live in his house, but I suspect only because I can operate doors, clean things and use a tin-opener. We get on fine, as long as I behave myself.

Where's 'pussy heaven', exactly?
Just a casual enquiry on behalf of a friend..


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Cats
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 04:32 PM

Cat update. My two at school have gone to pussy heaven, I still have Isolde of the White Paws and Bathsheba Everdean and this week inherited the two farm cats from next door who did not want to go to their new house so now live here, Rosie a little black cat and Olly a white with grey ears.


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Ed T
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 03:51 PM

U mean like this 'un?
http://funnyanimals.org/funny/animals/images/Funny%2BAnimals_All_Big%2BBoys/I%2BOnce%2BCaught%2Ba%2BCat%2BThis%2BBig.jpg


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Subject: RE: How many Mudcats have cats!?
From: Tig
Date: 03 Oct 09 - 03:43 PM

Very sadly we are now down to 7.

Grebo - Firecat's very special cat - died last Monday at the age of 13 and a half.

We still have Paws, Scrappy, Samantha, Attitude, Trouble, Ginger Biscuit and Shadow. Unfortunately some of them are getting old too.


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