New "child" in the house

Posted by: MacBozo

New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 04:58 AM

After being pet-less for 3 years, my wife finally caved on Saturday and went and got one of the kittens from my daughter. She's about 8 weeks old, the runt, and full of piss and vinegar. If I can get her to stay still long enough, I'll try to get a picture later. This morning, she has decided that my lap is her home.
Posted by: MicMeister

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 05:00 AM

So she picked you right away. Now you're stuck with her for the next decade or two. wink
Posted by: DLC

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 05:34 AM

Took our 20+ yr old cat to the vet last week*. They had 2 kittens there for adoption. They are so cute and fun to watch, but then they get big and take lots of responsibility. Once Smokey is gone, we have 1 more- William - that is about 15-16. Once he's gone- no more.. we love them but they do take a toll. My wife said any other pets we get are totally outdoor animals ! After we relocate to Texas- I'm thinking a medium to large yard dog. wink
* we're having to do 100-150 cc ID injections (back) every other day (at home) to keep her hydrated... NOT fun !! frown But she is looking lots better !! more pep too !
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 08:16 AM

Introducing "Cali-Wag:"



Cali for calico (Betsy's name) and Wag for Wags (Penny's name because her tail wags when she runs).
Posted by: MrB

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 09:18 AM

Cute cat. Been thinking of getting a pet but then I think of all the responsibility .

Every time I would knave the house I would have to deal with it

Dave
Posted by: Jim_

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 09:41 AM

Renal failure is the most common form of death in cats. Good for you guys to do that for her.
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 09:42 AM

Very cute kitten.

Last time we lost one of our cats to old age, I wanted to get another kitten, but my wife wouldn't let me. It might outlive us, she said.

That put things in perspective!
Posted by: Jim_

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 09:43 AM

Kittens are so cute, she is a doll. cool
All Calicos are almost always female BTW. Cat trivia.
Posted by: Leslie

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 09:59 AM

As far as cats go, she is adorable. Those are some ears! Oops, did she hear me say that?
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:07 AM

Cat Colors

She looks like an inquisitive one..
smile
..and smart enough to have "picked" you.

I hope you get to enjoy her company
for a good long time.
Posted by: Nana

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:09 AM

Originally Posted By: MrB
Cute cat. Been thinking of getting a pet but then I think of all the responsibility .

Every time I would knave the house I would have to deal with it

Dave

Cats take care of themselves. I have a 3 year old bad ass cat which I leave alone a week at a time.
I have an electric litter box & a 2 week timer feeder.
When I return, he never knows I've been away! I walk through the door, he looks at me like I'm crazy & goes right back to sleep.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:14 AM

yes
4 of my last 5 cats that lived happily
for exactly 20 years each succumbed to
renal failure in the end.
(easy to detect from the smell ammonia
on their breath)

Was lost Hector at 18 to heart failure.
Posted by: Leslie

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:16 AM

Quote:
Cats take care of themselves. I have a 3 year old bad ass cat which I leave alone a week at a time.
I have an electric litter box & a 2 week timer feeder.
When I return, he never knows I've been away! I walk through the door, he looks at me like I'm crazy & goes right back to sleep.


So, remind me, what is the point of having a cat?
Posted by: Nana

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:20 AM

Originally Posted By: Leslie
Quote:
Cats take care of themselves. I have a 3 year old bad ass cat which I leave alone a week at a time.
I have an electric litter box & a 2 week timer feeder.
When I return, he never knows I've been away! I walk through the door, he looks at me like I'm crazy & goes right back to sleep.


So, remind me, what is the point of having a cat?

They mind their own business! laugh
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:20 AM


The Ears are No Big Thing
wink
they grow into them
she's just at that "awkward age"
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:24 AM

Those eyes don't miss a thing either.
Posted by: DLC

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:24 AM

Originally Posted By: Nana
When I return, he never knows I've been away! I walk through the door, he looks at me like I'm crazy & goes right back to sleep.


Yeah he has you trained very well !! laugh

MacB: Yes very cute cat !! I can't stare them directly in the eyes... otherwise they've got me captured !! wink

Reboot : Yes, and we know it's a battle against aging that ultimately we'll (us and Smokey) lose. But it could buy us 6 -12 months. Her BUN and creatine levels are high normal right now with the infusions, but the Vet did say she's showing early signs. If we don't do it she could go down hill fast. frown
Posted by: MicMeister

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:28 AM

Our cats show their feelings have been hurt by avoiding us and turning their backs on us even when we've been away for a weekend and somebody has been over to feed them daily. laugh
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 10:39 AM

When we would return after a few days of vacation, even when someone stopped in every day, our last cat would be hoarse from calling for us while we were away. He would be stuck to us for several days after we returned.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: New "child" in the house - 09/27/10 11:34 AM

I read a book once titled "How To Talk To Your Cat"

it said: Just TALK To It!
It understands far more than you'd think!

When you're planning to go away, TELL the Cat.
Tell her that you are going away.. how long
you'll be away.. and when she can expect you to return.

It really did help! Even though my mom would
stay through the weekend to care for them,
we'd still get 'The Cold Shoulder' with that:
"Oh! You're BACK!" look when we got home from camping.
Once they knew what to expect,
they seemed genuinely Glad to See Us!

"THE TALK" became part of our leaving- for-the-
weekend-routine.