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    genkicoll

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by genkicoll on Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:25 am

    Thus far, Ceri is alternating between hissing and cleaning Jasmine.  I'm betting that by tomorrow they'll be best buds Sunny


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by genkicoll on Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:16 pm

    Jasmine is a hoot. She's sweet and loving one minute, and mile-a-minute spaztic the next Laugh  "Jasmine" really doesn't suit her when she's hyper, so we call her "Jazzy J" when she's that way.

    My nephew has a really nice camera in his phone, and he sent me this pic today:


    You can see a little bit of that mischief shining through, eh? Elk grin


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by luvtoread on Sun Dec 07, 2014 8:17 am

    My....what large ears you have Jazzy!!    So glad things are going well with this new
    spaz addition  Laugh

    I did a Charter trip yesterday and didn't get in till midnight.    Well,   my daughter's cat,
    Riley,   must have decided I was late for work this morning....which means I was not
    attending to his cat needs.    I wish animals would understand about Sundays.  lemme sleep
    Why he did not just bug my daughter at  5:30 is beyond me.   So I am    Yawn

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by pippi on Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:30 am

    The baby goes away today.  She has really attached herself to me, but not to Elder Kitten, so I think it is for the best.  But still, I am Cry

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:09 pm

    It is always very sad pippi, particularly if they are emotionally needy. Just think, now she can get a home, where she'll be spoiled rotten as the only pet, and 2 years from now, she might be well mannered  And you can get a better idea of exactly what sort of kitten is likely to be happy in your home.

    Speaking of well-mannered cats, the hellion astonished me yesterday, when she tapped noses with the cat she normally treats as a demon from hell! And today she went outside, and mummy wasn't there to watch over her! Such a brave little girl she is now! She also came back riddled with prickles throughout her beautiful grey medium hair, but it was worth it!  Gah! Sigh  Wub

    Oh, and she now invites others to visit her apartment in the laundry! They can eat her food, bask in her sun-soaked cat perches, but must not use her kitty litter. Belly laugh That's my girl!

    Jackie's one who has a multitude of names genki. Got Jackpot, because I'd asked the local vet to let me know if any kittens turned up for rehoming, and my preferences were grey or fluffy. Then I was passing one afternoon and popped on into the vet's office, and there she was, a little ball of cute fluffy grey kitten!

    But quickly it became Jacky, because she is one of those cats who just brings out the nurturer in me, so she needed a cute name. Then there came Fluffy One when she rolls over and demands a belly rub, and her favourite, Jackety Jack. I was dancing and singing nonsense rhymes with her when I came up with that one!  Laugh

    They're such a joy. Even the emotionally deprived hellions! At least she didn't pee on you pippiBelly laugh

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by pippi on Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:33 pm

    Yes, Justie, my husband found a rescue where we will bring Elder Kitten to choose her own sister!!!  How cool / scary is THAT?  They have 3 little girl babies for EK to choose between.  I hope she stays on her Good Cat behavior when he takes her - while EK is a fabulous darling, she has her hellion moments, too!

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:39 pm

    That sounds wonderful, pippi! I'd be of no use, I'd want them all  Wub Don't think it's happened more than a handful of times, that I have stayed strong willed enough to take only one kitten in a litter!  Whistle

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by Esme on Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:14 pm


    Merry Christmas from Santa, Penny, and Bubba!

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:30 pm

    pippi wrote:Yes, it helps.  We're calling the foster and returning her (hopefully) tomorrow.  I've tried the the water, the loud noise - both just make her more aggressive.  Trying to 'stop this behavior with kindness' (i.e. petting her, cooing at her, etc) doesn't work, either, she tries to claw us.

    Thanks, Justie.  I think while I still feel guilty, this is the right decision.  Your guidance and comments are really, really helpful.  I consider you my Cat Expert friend.  Offering

    Thank you, pippi, for your kind consideration!  Oh You 

    I know one thing. If it hadn't been for you asking questions, heaven knows how long it would have been that I'd wake up to the fact that I had 5 little furry charges who were not getting the attention and love they deserved. It has taken so little effort to make each of my little kitty cats into happier and better behaved and oh so much more cuddlier babies.

    Jackie the solitary is being almost sociable! Toby the enormous King of Da Cats Bebee looks forward to his half-rations and nap beside Mum while she eats hers, and doesn't seem to mind that he can't get any of the girls' dinners from them any more. ALL of them now come out to see who is visiting. Which is an achievement beyond my wildest dreams. When the landlords representatives or the local social support people, or even the town's tireless JWs, come to my place, they all knew they were coming to visit a person who has been certified as mentally ill, and here she is with 5 "invisible" cats. Of which they is no evidence except a lot of fur and a mounted cat that she blithely says, "oh yes, she's real. The taxidermist who does marsupials in the Perth Museum did her for me." Well, I mean, you'd have to wonder, wouldn't you? 

    So thank you pippi, for giving me the starting point. thankee

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by genkicoll on Sun Dec 14, 2014 8:06 pm

    Esme, that is adorable!  I couldn't resist tampering with the picture, though :p

    Bubba looks a lot like my BiL's elderly dog, Romeo (although Romeo is quite a bit heavier!)

    Pippi, how are things going on the kitten front?  Ceri went into heat right about the time we got Jazzy, so she really wasn't terribly keen on having Jasmine around.  As of yesterday, Ceri is no longer in heat, and she and Jasmine have started sleeping together (although Jazzy still prefers to sleep in our arms!  Such a cutie! Wub  )


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by luvtoread on Sat Dec 27, 2014 4:31 pm


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by genkicoll on Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:12 pm

    Belly laugh  That's about right, too, for cats AND kids!


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by luvtoread on Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:35 pm

    If you all want a really good laugh,  I found this about cats

    http://www.boredpanda.com/cat-logic-funny/

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by genkicoll on Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:31 pm

    Those are great Laugh  I can relate to most of them!


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:10 am

    The funnies were great! Thank you for sharing.

    My youngster Fiver died in my arms tonight, of an apparent poisoning.

    I can't talk about it now, and I'll imagine I wil be offline for quite a time. He was my baby, and celebrated 3rd birthday just this last Sunday.

    I am not in a happy place... laughs would be good.!

    Justie

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by Sable on Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:29 am

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Just.  My condolences.  Offering

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by luvtoread on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:15 am

    I am so sorry.....please do not stay away too long, we will be here for you

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by genkicoll on Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:51 am

    JustTheFacts wrote:The funnies were great! Thank you for sharing.

    My youngster Fiver died in my arms tonight, of an apparent poisoning.

    I can't talk about it now, and I'll imagine I wil be offline for quite a time. He was my baby, and celebrated 3rd birthday just this last Sunday.

    I am not in a happy place... laughs would be good.!

    Justie

    Oh no, Justie, I'm so sorry Cry 

    Rest in peace, Fiver Offering


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by djrum on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:10 pm

    Oh no, that's terrible. I am so sorry for your loss, Justie. Half Flower

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by Esme on Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Justie. It hurt so much when we lose one of our furbabies. Don't stay away long; let us help you if we can.  Hug

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by JustTheFacts on Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:34 am

    I am still not talking, but at the risk of over-sharing, I am sharing my grief over the death of Fiver with you, Dear Ones. In the 'spoiler' section is a eulogy I guess you'd call it, about Fiver. It's long and potentially upsetting, so if you choose not to read it, that's okay. 


    Here I have included the song I bowdlerized as part of my ritual.


    A funeral ceremony is an important part of my coping with the death of my loved ones. I have had to sing this dirge to far too many cats. In memory of all of them,

    (I sing this song to the tune of “To all the girls I’ve loved before”)

    To all the cats I've loved before
    Who travelled in and out my door
    I'm glad they came along
    I dedicate this song
    To all the cats I've loved before


    All the cats who shared my life
    To whom I’ve had to say goodbye
    They live within my heart
    I'll always be a part
    Of all the cats I've loved before


    But the winds of change are always blowing
    And every time I pray you’ll stay
    The winds of change continue blowing
    And they just carry you away...


    To all the cats I've loved... before

    Apologies to the Songwriters (Hammond, Albert / David, Hal),

    Spoiler:



    IN FIVER’S NAME

    He was always a free spirit – and now he’s free.

    Fiver’s name comes from a couple of pop references. The book, Watership Down, a “story about rabbits”, but really a political commentary, much like “Animal Farm”. It had as a lead character a rabbit named Fiver. Fiver, to rabbits, meant “more than four”, because they were restricted by their own four toes from thinking further. It meant, “runt” for the same reason. This rabbit was  somewhat fey and also a free-thinking sort of a rabbit, for all his size and strength limitations.

    Also Fiver was my fifth Mt Barker cat, and, knowing that Bobo would not last much longer, basically the fifth cat in my little menagerie. 

    The other pop reference was to a movie of the early 80s (?) in which a little robot with AI escapes the laboratory and finds shelter in a family prepared to risk everything to prevent him returning to his life of torment. He eventually developed true self-awareness, and began to assert at every opportunity “Number Five is alive”. This became a kind of greeting code between us, I would address him with “Number Fiver is aliver”. 

    When his tendency to dice with death began to show, and once he began taking off over the fence and returning only for “tucker time”, my greeting became “Number Fiver still aliver.” And it was always with a sense of relief that I was able to say it. Right up to the night he died, and while he was suffering horrible pain and distress, I tried to soothe him with those very special “just for us” words. The two of us had been through so much on his last dance with death, surely we could manage this as well. If we could both just hang on till the emergency vet called back.

    In the end, Fiver lasted less than an hour from the first symptom till the last death rattle – yes, that is exactly what it sounds like, before the vet got back to us. But it would have done no good anyway, there was nothing she could have done except ease his passing. As his struggles grew weaker, I took as much comfort as I could that I was able to hold him and soothe him. I hope he knew I was there. And, as happens with every dead pet, the moment he died, he immediately looked restful and comfortable and “just sleeping”.

    Unwanted kitten of community cats, he was just a handful of scrappy ginger and white fur. But he was the bravest kitten I’ve ever known, welcoming attention when he received it, but never asking for it. He was very much a cat’s cat, preferring the company of Tobie, my Bengal, who weighed at least five times Fiver, from his first night with us. It was so sweet to see him following Tobie around, mimicking his behaviour, even his walk. 

    But Tobie is a spoiled-rotten pedigree who never learnt any manners at the breeding cattery he was raised in, so Fiver didn’t either. Just a couple of days before his death, in a moment of exuberant affection, he accidentally scratched me because he never learned how to hold onto something with retracted claws. He wanted to lick my thumb and he was not going to give that hand up easily. (That was my fault as much as Tobie’s, with a dying cat in the house when Fiver arrived, he never did get the proper training he deserved.) For the first time in 15 years, around 100 cats and countless thousands of kitten scratches, it got infected. Now I wish I could keep it that way, but it is already healing.

    There is so much more to say about him, how many times he came close to death but survived, how he brought in a poisoned haunch of rabbit, and how none of my cats ate it, saving me the horror of losing more than one at once, and allowing me a false sense of relief that he was safe from that danger at least. How incredibly agile and acrobatic he was – even by cat standards. And how he was the first cat I ever knew who didn’t mind his collar and bell. In fact, when he lost his, and I told him I was cross because I would have to get him another one, he went and brought it back in. I swear it! He really did bring it back to me, but I don’t  suppose he actually understood what I said, not really right?

    That’s my poor little boy, killed one week after his 2nd birthday. I used to so much love just watching him, asleep or stalking moths or scaling the 10ft high fence by way of the clothesline. He will be much missed, not just by me, but also by Tobie, who is still outside crying for him on and off all day.

    For those of you who lasted all the way through this, thank you. It means a lot that people care and understand my love for my ‘family’.


     Justie


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by luvtoread on Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:44 am

    JTF---so glad you wrote that. I hope you do not mind my saying that it
    made me smile, thinking about Fiver and his antics.
    Also, the thought you gave to naming him, because I am terrible at coming
    up with names, is impressive to me.
    It is hard with a cat that is a "free spirit". I lost a cat because of his inability
    to stay nearby and indoors.
    He knew he had a home to come to and be loved. Never forget that.

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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by genkicoll on Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:55 pm

    I have no words right now, Justie.  This is all I can do for now:  Hug


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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by orphaned on Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:53 am

    Half Flower

    Justie ...

    so sorry for your loss ....




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    Re: Our Furbabies

    Post by JustTheFacts on Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:14 am

    Thank you for your support everyone. It helps a lot knowing I am not alone and that my friends understand my loss and all it means to me. 

    I love you all.  heart flowers

    Especial thank you to orphaned. The dragons are helping too.

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