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August 18th 2012
September 15th 2010
Sitting on a top bookshelf where he can watch everything going on
Like everyone except Buddha, his pet peeve is the claw clipper!
Jingle bell ball
Favorite Nap Spot:
The top bookshelf in my bedroom
Whiskas meat flavor dry food
He opens cabinet doors & likes to drink water right from the tap.
My son called me telling me about a cat in Pet Smart he wanted us to adopt, a black smoke female that looked much like Ashley (a black smoke who crossed the bridge years ago) and Midnight (a small black longhair who crossed the bridge peacefully at 3:05 AM Tuesday, April 17, 2012 & whose profile I will soon put up on Catster). I agreed and the next day we drove to Pet Smart to adopt the cat. The cats in that particular Pet Smart are from a very dedicated hard-working small cat rescue group that rescues cats from very high kill shelters, gets all the necessary vet work done for them & then puts them up for adoption. I decided to adopt two cats so on 8-18-12 Farrah, the black smoke longhair female and Moose, a black shorthair male came home & joined my feline family.
Moose is a big, amiable, easygoing fellow who was dumped in a high-kill shelter after his owner died & thankfully was rescued as told in the story of how I became his guardian, we adopted him along with Farrah. He's a very intelligent cat. He loves to open cabinet doors and if he can't con me to turn the faucet on for him to get himself a drink, he will turn the faucet on by himself. The only problem is....if I turn it on for him, I turn it off after he finishes getting his drink. Moose hasn't yet mastered the art of turning the faucet off after he's done (& probably never will...after all that's what our cats have us, their human slaves, for!)
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September 26th 2014 6:57 pm
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For some time now, I've been in and out of "kitty jail", as Mom sometimes jokingly calls it. Kitty jail is an extra large (Varikennel size 700) plastic airline dog crate in the front room. Finally, being a repeat offender, instead of a month's sentence I was sentenced to do three months time in kitty jail. As usual, while in jail I behaved myself and consistently pooped in the litter pan...well except for a few times when I accidentally hung my rear over the edge of the pan which of course resulted in a miss. Thank goodness, Mom doesn't count that kind of miss against me when I'm in jail.
A few weeks ago I completed my three-month sentence and was again released from jail with an admonishment to poop in the litter pan. So far, I've been good this time. I haven 't pooped on the floor even once and I've been out of jail about a month now. Mom says don't get complacent, what ever that means. She says just to be sure to continue my clean behavior.
August 18th 2013 3:52 pm
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Friday I was forced to sentence Moose to two weeks in kitty jail. What terrible crime did he commit, you might ask. The answer is that he committed what probably is the most common crime committed by a cat. Instead of using the litter pans he pooped on the living room carpet. This wasn't the first time. Sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning someone had pooped on the living room carpet and it wasn't until Friday that I caught the culprit in action...Moose.
I steam cleaned the carpet with carpet cleaner, again with apple cider vinegar, and followed up with a thorough spraying with Nature's Miracle followed by another spraying with Febreze. This makes sure there's no scent to lure cats back to the spot and also leaves the carpet smelling nice to the human nose.
When a cat relieves itself elsewhere instead of in the litter pan, the first thing I do is cage that cat. In a multiple cat household, the best way to know if an individual cat is ill or has a problem is to cage that cat. Caging a cat (I use extra large plastic dog airline crates for cat cages) allows you to easily see if the cat in question is eating, drinking, urinating, and defecating normally or not and know to take necessary action if the cat has a problem. Caging makes it easy to see if a cat has a urinary problem or other illness or problem, and makes it easy to monitor and treat an ill cat. A large plastic dog crate is also easy to clean and disinfect between uses and unlike wire cages, does a good job of keeping any messes confined for easy cleanup.
I've had quite a bit of success using the crate to retrain a cat to use the litter pan. After two weeks to a month of being caged, if the cat consistently uses the litter pan in the cage without accidents (providing of course that the cat is healthy and that the human keeps the litter pan clean enough for the cat's preferences), that usually the cat will continue using litter pans after he or she is released from kitty jail again.
Incidentally I've found that the cats all do like the equine wood pellets better than kitty litter. The pellets handle urine much better than litter does, lasts longer than kitty litter, are cheaper than kitty litter (as long as you buy the pellets marketed for horses or for stove pellets-there are some pellets being marketed for cats now at a price about three times higher than the price for the same kind of pellets marketed for horses and wood stoves!) and a bucket or trash bag of dirty/wet pellets is much lighter weight than a comparable bucket or trash bag of wet/dirty kitty litter. In my experience, cats are most likely to stop using litter pans if there is a buildup of feces in them so regular scooping of feces between box changes is very important.
Even with huge plastic storage bin litter pans, the majority of the cats prefer uncovered boxes vs covered boxes so I compromise. I usually leave the big plastic storage boxes uncovered unless I'm expecting visitors and then I temporarily cover the boxes that are in areas where visitors will see them.
So far, since Moose has been in kitty jail he has consistently been using his litter pan. He also is eating, drinking, and urinating normally. If he continues his good behavior and shows no sign of illness, he'll get back his freedom of the whole house in about a week and a half.
Even in kitty jail, Moose got to celebrate his Gotcha Day with a new toy, some catnip, and a treat of canned food!
June 20th 2013 8:16 pm
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As I'm sure you've heard by now, our newest family member is a great big creature called a puppy that is as big as three or four of us kitties put together. Now if that puppy wouldn't come running up to me like a thundering horse, almost stepping on me, sticking its nose in my face, pawing me, trying to lick me, having no manners at all; I wouldn't mind it so much. Some others of us cats think the same thing. So we all got together and agreed: That puppy needs to learn some manners NOW.
Here's a few of our rules for dogs we came up with so far. If anyone has any more good rules for dogs, feel free to add them to our list.
Thou shalt not chase kitties.
Thou shalt not even act like you WANT to chase kitties!
Thou shalt not come up and stick your nose in a cat's face.
Thou shalt not lick or slobber on me.
Thou shalt not put your doggy paws all over me.
Thou shalt walk slowly up to me and gently sniff me if you want me to tolerate your curiosity.
Thou shalt respect my wish to be left alone when I jump up on something out of your reach. Even if it's not out of your reach when you stand on your hind legs, when I jump up on something it means LEAVE ME ALONE!
We kitties understand you're a puppy & that you can't be expected to be as smart as a cat and know the rules 100% yet. That's why we're patient with you & slap you without using claws when you break our rules. But be aware, we won't give you the benefit of the doubt forever!
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