I’ve been telling everyone that the permanent residents aren’t interested in the Target RV scratcher, but then I moved it downstairs, and Newt moved in. So that’s my pro tip for you: if your cat ignores the bed or scratcher or whatever you bought for them, then move it. If they continue to ignore it, move it again. Eventually you’ll find the right spot – or not. I mean, I don’t know your cats, I only know my own. (Also, don’t move it to a place where you’re not willing to leave it FOREVER.)
I generally tell people who adopt my fosters (and really, anyone who asks for advice) “Begin as you mean to go on.” Because if you start doing something for a cat or kitten, they will expect you to do it for them forever. AND YOU WILL. For example: this freakin’ window in the kitchen. At one point Fred opened the window to let Khal (or Archie or Newt or someone) out into the back yard* and now if they want in or out, they sit there and wait patiently for that window to open.
(There are two cat doors from the living room to the screened porch, and two cat doors from the screen porch to the back yard. Why go out the cat doors when eventually a human will wander along and open the window for you?)
*We have a cat fence around our back yard (we got it from purrfectfence.com). It does a great job of confining the cats to the back yard. They’re allowed out there during the day (basically sun-up to about an hour before dusk.)
Fun fact: a few months before Khal showed up again after he’d been gone for a year (see the profile of him from earlier today for more details), a beautiful fluffy black kitten showed up on our property. She looked EXACTLY like him – that’s her on the left, Khal on the right. I was out of town, so Fred ended up trapping her. She became Privet, who we fostered along with the Evergreens litter in 2016. I don’t want to disparage Khal as a love-em-and-leave-em kinda guy, but she looked EXACTLY like him and he WAS unneutered. Just sayin’.
Hurray, hurray, Fleur was adopted today!! She joins two siblings in her new home – a young kitty who needs a friend so the older kitty can have a little peace. Happy life, sweet girl! ❤️
2018: No entry.
2017: “Lady, I think you know what I’m thinkin’, but I’ll tell you anyway: you go ‘way.”
2016: TBT: Flat Holly.
2015: (That’s Archie over by the door with the impatient Ears of Someone Open This Door Already.)
2014: Ever wondered what the underside of Molly looks like? Here you go!
2013: No entry.
2012: No entry.
2011: We got ‘em out to the pond, and they went in the water like they were doing us a favor.
2010: If today’s pictures have a common theme, I think it would be “I haz a snuggle.”
2009: Mike & Gus: Brudderly…. love?
2008: What I love about this picture is how appalled Delmar looks that Miz Poo is in the bed.
2007: No entry.
2006: “I’ve got the litter-on-my-nose, needin-a-snack, my-brother’s-pickin-on-me, I-need-a-snuggle, please-stop-messing-with-my-fur…”
2005: No entry.