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    My daughters cat is a rescue from a kill shelter. When my daughter is home the cat is with her , she knows who saved her.

    I like cats too.

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    Beautiful kitty, QQQ.

    We've figured out something because our oldest has been having diarrhea--almost all the meat catfood is made with chicken plus flavoring--including Wellness, which is supposed to be a premium food--Turkey is really chicken with turkey flavoring, salmon and turkey, the same. And we figured out that he is allergic to chicken!

    So we have been trying some other brands that actually are other meats (venison, rabbit etc, and some food that includes green pea) and we think we have him back on track.
    "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
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    I love that Sula is helping Tavi play!
    It's all fun and games until someone ends up in a cone.

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    All kittens climb, and all kittens climb people. Once they are past the massless stage, this tends to hurt. How to deal with this?

    Simple! Act like it hurts, a lot. OW OW OW OW! Every kitten has learned from this that they should not climb people, because it hurts them. The lesson is easy to teach, and easy to learn.

    This is NOT the lesson Sula learned.

    Scene: the inlaws' kitchen over the holidays. They keep our cats when we do long mtb trips in the summer, but this was the first time Sula was there. First thing I warned of was that Sula very likely would appear on their shoulders at some point, probably on the stairs given the design, so don't freak out.

    Time: 3:30am, when MIL was up doing old person things in the kitchen. What, I don't know. It likely involved eating leftover prime rib in her super thick terry robe, knowing her.

    MIL finished and decided to go back to bed, turned towards the door out of the kitchen, when Sula ran at her full speed, jumped to her thigh, bounced to her chest/arm junction, then to her shoulder and stopped, purring. To quote, "I just wanted to laugh but I couldn't!" And she had the biggest smile on her face when she said it. She barely felt a thing, because Sula is very light of paw.

    Sula learned a lesson from the OW OW OW OW... she learned about clothing thickness. If we try to act hurt when she KNOWS she has not touched our skin, she gives us a look like a 10 year old would give you if you tried to play "got your nose".
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    All kittens climb, and all kittens climb people. Once they are past the massless stage, this tends to hurt. How to deal with this?

    Simple! Act like it hurts, a lot. OW OW OW OW! Every kitten has learned from this that they should not climb people, because it hurts them. The lesson is easy to teach, and easy to learn.

    This is NOT the lesson Sula learned.

    Scene: the inlaws' kitchen over the holidays. They keep our cats when we do long mtb trips in the summer, but this was the first time Sula was there. First thing I warned of was that Sula very likely would appear on their shoulders at some point, probably on the stairs given the design, so don't freak out.

    Time: 3:30am, when MIL was up doing old person things in the kitchen. What, I don't know. It likely involved eating leftover prime rib in her super thick terry robe, knowing her.

    MIL finished and decided to go back to bed, turned towards the door out of the kitchen, when Sula ran at her full speed, jumped to her thigh, bounced to her chest/arm junction, then to her shoulder and stopped, purring. To quote, "I just wanted to laugh but I couldn't!" And she had the biggest smile on her face when she said it. She barely felt a thing, because Sula is very light of paw.

    Sula learned a lesson from the OW OW OW OW... she learned about clothing thickness. If we try to act hurt when she KNOWS she has not touched our skin, she gives us a look like a 10 year old would give you if you tried to play "got your nose".
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    Mostly just some pics:

    another to be named later.-sulasmug.jpg



    another to be named later.-sulaffethbox.jpg



    another to be named later.-sulafacesq.jpg

    It seems that she has discovered that my beard is wet after a shower. She very much helps out by leaping into my arms (after I get dressed, at least after a couple of times of trying it when I was bare) and helps me by licking under my chin. That's a very hard place to get to, as she well knows. Who wants wet fur? No one! She is very intent and deeply purrs when doing so. This is every single morning, so she now has a very important job to do. It's her first real "job", though I am sure she will take on more as she matures. She's just that kind of cat.

    Interestingly, to me, is what has happened with the treat game we got. https://www.amazon.com/TRIXIE-Pet-Pr.../dp/B001O8L2UO

    At first, the kitten took to it, but would growl a bit at the others, who just watched. Our old fat cat eventually figured out the fishbowls, but would not get the food out of them until AFTER the kitten had left. Now, everyone plays, but fat cat still waits to do the fishbowls last. All of our cats have gotten better at the games.

    And they tend to hang out after the food is gone, just being social. Not only has the kitten gotten the older cats to raise their games, but they are also being far more social in general. Which is a good thing.


    If you like cat stories, try here to fill the void: The Way of Cats helps you understand, train, and love your pet cat That will take you to stories about Tristan, who is pretty much the type of cat Sula is.
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    Sweet baby...

    Our sad news is that our second oldest Mr. Fred (not the one with the food allergy) succumbed to kidney problems last week. I sort of knew something was up, but was in denial. He had seventeen and half good years with us, and will be missed...
    "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."
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    Live vicariously through yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paredown View Post
    Sweet baby...

    Our sad news is that our second oldest Mr. Fred (not the one with the food allergy) succumbed to kidney problems last week. I sort of knew something was up, but was in denial. He had seventeen and half good years with us, and will be missed...
    So sorry to read this. I've had 2 cats go to kidney disease. 1st one we did not do the under-the-skin-with-fluid injection thing, on the advise of our Vet at the time. 2nd cat I did that for 2 mos., wasn't pretty and now know the 1st Vet had it right.

    Good age though, I've a 15-1/2 girl currently, every day is more precious.

    @Qui, good to read the updates, you've a good cat their.

    FWIW there's a cat on Facebook - Bubba. That famous Calif. high school cat. I follow him, yet dread the day bad news comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paredown View Post
    Sweet baby...

    Our sad news is that our second oldest Mr. Fred (not the one with the food allergy) succumbed to kidney problems last week. I sort of knew something was up, but was in denial. He had seventeen and half good years with us, and will be missed...
    My condolences. That was a good run, something like 90 in cat years. Which I only know because our eldest was about that age, and lived a great life until the last two weeks. She had 6 great weeks with the kitten, then not so much. It was hard, given that she was such a great cat, in so many ways. But she was eating donuts and purring when we took her to the vet the last time, so we did what we could. That was four months ago, so I am pretty much to the happy memories stage now. Mostly.

    Some might remember demon eyed avatar cat. That was Max.

    I am convinced she taught Sula to talk. Not specifically, but taught her the idea of talking to humans in varied ways. Sula came pre-installed with "hungry!" and "I'm all alone!", but Max was a talker, super expressive for a cat. She lives on in Sula in quite a few ways.

    Max the sock bane, who was there every morning, and purred us to sleep every night when we went to bed, who checked on us regularly through the day, guarded our perimeter, killed the occasional mouse, took us for walks on the leash, trained many kittens, and was just all around a great cat. RIP Max.


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    I find cats fascinating especially some of the traits our 15 year old female now exhibits, among them is is howling around the house as if searching for her missing and deceased companions, being that she never made a peep. She also now chirps at us all the time, her talkative moments she learned from her brother/litter mate. She eats scraps on the dining room table, a trait she learned from 2 others but never did herself.

    It's almost as if they all communicate to each other in secret code and then carry on traditions established by others.

    Remarkably complex creatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    My condolences. That was a good run, something like 90 in cat years. Which I only know because our eldest was about that age, and lived a great life until the last two weeks. She had 6 great weeks with the kitten, then not so much. It was hard, given that she was such a great cat, in so many ways. But she was eating donuts and purring when we took her to the vet the last time, so we did what we could. That was four months ago, so I am pretty much to the happy memories stage now. Mostly.

    Some might remember demon eyed avatar cat. That was Max.

    I am convinced she taught Sula to talk. Not specifically, but taught her the idea of talking to humans in varied ways. Sula came pre-installed with "hungry!" and "I'm all alone!", but Max was a talker, super expressive for a cat. She lives on in Sula in quite a few ways.

    Max the sock bane, who was there every morning, and purred us to sleep every night when we went to bed, who checked on us regularly through the day, guarded our perimeter, killed the occasional mouse, took us for walks on the leash, trained many kittens, and was just all around a great cat. RIP Max.
    Condolences for your loss as well--Max probably waited until you guys were well established with the little one, and could leave in good conscience...

    I definitely think the teaching thing is real.

    We were retelling the story of Fred's mom Coco giving the kittens a hunting lesson in the kitchen with a near dead mouse in an email (hilarious, except to my wife who was on the counter) to one of the adoptive parents of Fred's siblings.

    She replied that Ruby (Fred's sister) was the best mouser she has ever lived with in a lifetime of cats so the lessons were good. And it really seems like our adopted stray has learned the full range of vocalizations for humans since he lived with our bunch, and now has the particular one for 'more food please' down cold.
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    Some toys are universal, some are special. Foam covered landscape wire twisted into various shapes are popular in our house. A plastic tube with a tiny bit of red fabric on one end, the remnants of a toy ferret, would show up occasionally for years. But feather on a string is a universally good cat toy.

    Sure, feather on a string is a great game. Then we got feather with a BELL on a string, and that sent Sula into a frenzy. She stole one when it arrived, and growled at everyone who approached. This became hers, to do with as she will. She plays with it a lot, in many places. Occasionally she will play fetch for a while with us.

    But the actual one we put on the string wand... WOW! She really wanted to kill it kill it, and not just play with it kill it. Crazy high jumps, vocalizing, and just generally full speed action that no one better get in the way of.

    And she very quickly started to snag it out of the air every, single time. And fast as she is, I did manage to notice how she did it. She started just waving her paw in front of the feather during her jumps, hitting the string, which would wrap half way around her paw (no more, no less), making it easy to bring in for a bite.

    Sula learned how to cheat at feather on a string.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiQuaeQuod View Post
    ...cheat ...
    Quite the rogue in other words.

    another to be named later.-roguecat.jpg


    (She can see the jingle feather storage spot from there.)
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    Great thread and photos. Here's to the new. And sadly to those who have left, let their memories live on.
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    My parents just had to put down their cat Nate who was barely 10 years old. Over the past week his poop had been decreasing in size, and by Friday he wasn't pooping at all. He'd also lost three pounds. The vet discovered a cancerous tumor in his colon said even with surgery and chemo he would only get a few months. If they did nothing, it'd be a couple days.
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