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I always say that owning a cat is the next best thing to owning a monkey, and cats are a whole lot less dangerous. They really are incredibly curious about everything and are always exploring even very familiar territory. But you know what they say: "Curiosity kiled the cat."
How about kitty cat hazards some of us might not have thought about? I'll start. Shortly after I got Squeaky I found her up on the kitchen counter with her front leg way way down in my toaster. From that day forward, the toaster is only plugged in while making toast. What's your hazard other owners may not have thought of.
I decided to take a nap this afternoon and lI petted her for an extended period and she was in 7th heaven. Then when I decided to sleep she slept with her back against my body. We had a very snuggly time there.
She is even more underfoot now than before and vocalizes almost comstantly as she walks around the apartment (and Squeaky got her name for being talkative as it was).
OMG (forgive me the insincere religious reference), it's unbelievable how my absence affected her. She is still very vocal (even more than normal) and clingy. She hardly wants to leave my side. When I went to bed last night, she spent the whole night with me instead of playing on her own until about 5 am before coming to bed. And then about 7 am she started making biscuits (most of you will know the behavior). And when she wasn't doing that it was more of the "meh" (or more like "eh") vocalizing. She begs to be picked up and held more than usual. In fact, when I stepped out of the shower, still wet, she stood up on her hind legs and put her front paws on my soaking wet leg and I had to tell her no. Anyway, my absence obviously affected her deeply and it will be twice as hard to leave her alone the next time.
When I got home I opened the door and called to her. Nothing. I brought in my luggage and there she was in the bedroom door (she likes to chill and/or hide under my bed. She looked at me and then came over slowly, hesitantly. Apparently she was either remembering me or else just making sure it really was me. Well, the next thing I know she's rolling around on the floor a my feet and making a sound I can't really call a "meow." It was more like "meh." Anyway, she made that sound fairly constantly for a good 2 hours. Then she "helped" me unpack, stopping to jet all around the place at full speed every now and then.
Anyway, my question is answered: she was REALLY happy have me back.
I know how happy you are going to be when you're opening your front door and looking in for her. Coming home to a pet you love is so cool.
I return tomorrow evening about 9 pm Eastern Time.
When are you back home? I'm kind of waiting to find out what your 'punishment' will be, or whether she will just be glad to see you. Most often, it's punishment.
Well, Squeaky never warmed up to her sitter who describes my little angel as "snarly." LOL
My daughter, who I'm visiting, told me that after they go away for a while, upon returning their two felines meow a lot and are very affectionate. Someone else told me to expect to get the cold shoulder for a few days.
I really missed my kitty, but at least my daughter has two cats. One, Harley (a female named after the motorcycle brand...don't ask) is a rescued cat. They got her as a kitten. She is a little brain damaged from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Her husband is a manager at a car dealership and someone drove into their service department and said, "There's a kitten in my muffler." Apparently, they were more concerned about their muffler than the kitten. She was near death but my daughter spared no expense and nursed her back to health.
I say she's brain damaged because she's a little loopy for a cat and a bit hyperactive. But she's a sweetie who loves attention, so I often had to fend her off as I was trying to get things done, but whenever I could I let her hop up onto my lap for some lovin'.
Can't wait to see my little black cat again. I hope she's glad to see me!
In the UK spaying does not cost an arm or a leg, and if you on benifits, it can cost up to £19 , but if you working its about £50, I agree that spaying should be a community thing, to prevent unwanted kittens and abandoned cats... i think it also leads to the false science where councils go out on a cat killing spree, because people could not afford spaying.
With my permission she is sprinkling it over Squeaky's wet food and apparently Squeaky is finishing up her food. Maybe not the best way, but it gets it done. I told the sitter that now that we've solved that problem, she can concentrate on simply making sure the cat's basic needs are taken care of: food, water, scooping her litter every 2 or 3 days. Maybe Squeaky will warm up to her once she doesn't see the sitter as "that bad person who tries to force things into my mouth." LOL
On the other hand, maybe I have a one-man cat. Hopefully, if she needs meds again sometime it won't correspond with me being out of town. Squeaky may not enjoy it, but she will let me give her her medication. I simply pick her up (which the sitter hasn't been able to do successfully), hold her in my lap until she stops struggling, give her the dose through the back of her mouth where there is a gap, make sure she swallows, then offer her a treat.
The first time, she ran away under my bed. The second time she just ran to the other side of the room until I offered a treat. The last time I did it I asked her if she'd like a treat and instead of running away she ran straight to her treat bowl. So, I think I may have established a positive association in that little cat brain of hers.
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