Went to see the girls at Petsmart last night. Never ceases to amaze me that Lizzy, whom we feared would not adjust, actually seems to be the best adjusted of them all. Hope they learn to ‘work it’ soon and get adopted into loving homes. They all deserve that.
I just love that Lizzy turned out to be such a lovebug, and I don’t think it’ll be much longer for any of them before they’re adopted. I have a feeling that this is their weekend!
Do you leave a like a stone or something to mark their final places? Just wondering.
We do – every cat we’ve buried has a stone to mark his spot. They’re simple river stones engraved with the cat’s name, and Corbie’s arrived earlier this week.
BTW, did Challenger’s House tell you about donations from last week? I suspect that a lot of people were thinking of you and Fred.
I think the final total was around $850. Thank you all so much for your wonderful donations, they will absolutely go to good use!
I have a question for Friday…or maybe someone can offer some advice before then. I have a very skittish 2-year old female snowshoe mix who was born to a feral mother and rescued when she was about three months old. She will happily sit next to me and let me pet her for ages, but she startles very easily and will hide from strangers until they are gone. She hates being held (but I am working on that by picking her up, holding her and petting her for as long as she stays relaxed and letting her go as soon as she tenses up, to show her that it does not always end with being shoved in a carrier. So…my question is, would another cat help? And if so, younger or older? I normally have a rule that the cats can’t outnumber the humans so this would be breaking that, but if it helps Zola chill out, I’ll do it. Thoughts?
There were a few responses to your question in the comments to Tuesday’s post, and I think that ultimately the overall reaction was that another cat won’t necessarily help or hurt, but it’s hard to know without trying – and if you want to give it a try, fostering would be a really good way to do it.
I know that you’ve done many [reviews] about litter and that the readers have offered many opinions as well. I am looking for something specific though: Walmart used to carry a jug of Cat’s Pride Scoopable unscented CHEAP litter which suited us just fine. However, I have not been able to find it recently. I was wondering if there was a comparable litter that anyone knows of. I need UNscented and scoopable especially! I am currently using Companion which isn’t bad but a little dusty. TIA!
Before I suggest a litter, I do want to suggest that you check Chewy.com and see if they have the litter you like. Free shipping for orders over $49! I get my litter from there every month, and the FedEx guy knows to leave those boxes by the garage. Love it!
The litter I use is Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat, BUT it is not lightweight, and it’s not cheap (well, unless you compare it to Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract!)
I will add that I’ll be posting a Tidy Cat litter review on Sunday, but that litter is NOT unscented.
SO – who has a good litter suggestion? Let’s hear it! Scoopable, low-dust, and no fragrance… go!
Robyn, I wanted to share this with you in case you haven’t seen it: DIY Cat Bed Tent.
I had seen one similar – this one – which I saved to Pinterest and then pretty much never thought about again (I go through stages with Pinterest – I’ll be all over the boards for a few days, and then don’t even glance at it for months.) I like that this one you linked to has a box as a “base”, to make it more stable. I really need to make one of those, I bet Jake would love it!
I need some cat advice and I hope I could ask the help of the wonderful Love and Hisses community. I’m sorry, but this will be a bit long.
Not quite two years ago, I took in two cats in an emergency situation from a truly horrible hoarding situation. Both cats had suffered a good deal of abuse and neglect. To give you an idea of the conditions, one cat was a five year old female, and the other a year old male- and he’s her great-great-grandson, and had already fathered kittens of his own. They went, separately, into the two small bedrooms of my townhouse. I had hoped they would be fosters, as I am mostly full up, but both cats had issues enough to make adopting them out unlikely.
The female, Kala, who had aggression issues and bad food allergies, has mostly come around, and is nearly at the point that she can be integrated into the household, though she’ll likely always be a bit cranky and reactive.
The male, Caliel, however, is a sweetheart in theory, but I suspect he’s never advanced past a kittenish mental age, and maybe never will. He can’t learn not to knock things over and break things. He can’t learn to play nicely with other cats, and wants to pounce on everyone to get to know them. I’ve tried harness training him, putting up gates for long periods of time, but he just doesn’t understand how to not be a jerk. I really don’t think he’s trying to fight the others, he just really thinks that a whole body tackle is an appropriate form of interaction, and not just with cats. He’s affectionate once he gets to know someone, but he’ll put holes in your clothes because he can’t learn he’s too big to climb people or jump on them.
I don’t know what to do with him. I’d hate for him to have to spend the rest of his life in a spare room, but with his issues, I can’t let him out, and I’ve been unable to find a home for him either.
I don’t suppose anyone has a magic solution?
I don’t have any magic solutions, but thankfully Connie commented and said:
Lots and LOTs of play time.. wear that boy out at least twice a day. Praise the living daylights out of him when he is being ‘good’ and ignore him when he is being bad.. if you can’t ignore him simply put him on the ground with out saying anything or if you feel you have to say something either say ‘ow’ in a meow like fashion (if he hurt you) or a very disappointed tone.
Clicker training might also help him understand.. getting him to understand he can communicate is the key..
THANK YOU, Connie! Any other suggestions, you guys? I’d love to hear ’em!
2014: This is Dennis.
2013: “You know you wants to kiss me, lady.”
2012: Pet store kitties pics.
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: Funny the things that will turn unfriendly cats into friendly ones, isn’t it?
2008: Those cats could not have cared less.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.