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ShadowWOW January 12th, 2001 10:42 PM

*Meeoowww*

susieB28 March 1st, 2001 01:55 AM

I have 2 cats; Duchess and O'Malley, and yes they are named after the cats in Aristocats, courtesy of my 5 yr old daughter...LOL

Terri March 1st, 2001 08:03 AM

I have one cat now, our old one died this past fall. The kitten is named Pixie and has been the source of many hours of enjoyment to our puppy and to us. I did a plaster sculpture of her and added fangs, it's called Paleo Pixie. I based this sculpture on her stalking abilities. :)

WA114 March 23rd, 2001 09:19 PM

ROFL!

My husband and I have two cats, and we have occasionally had to overcome difficult times. I just wanted to throw in my two cents and say that one should never underestimate the power of pet therapy. I think they'd have locked me up long ago were it not for the furkids. LMAO!

anniejoan March 24th, 2001 12:21 PM

Cat toy
 
I have an 11 year old manx cat who still thinks she's a kitten. She loves to cuddle and play and she loves dried catnip.
So I made her a really easy and inexpensive toy.
Take an empty toilet paper roll. Dip the middle section (sticky side) of a 3 inch piece of masking tape in dried catnip. With the two sticky ends of the tape, secure it inside the toilet paper roll.
TADA!!! A toy she absolutely loves and there is no mess.
She can smell the catnip but it doesn't end up all over the place.
She plays with it for hours and still is not bored with it.
When the catnip becomes stale, I can throw the toy out and make another. :D
Let me know how your cats like it.

WA114 March 24th, 2001 01:06 PM

Great idea, anniejoan! Thanks for sharing! :D

tupi March 26th, 2001 01:21 PM

....aaaaccchhhhhhoooooooo! scuse me.

:scratch..scratch....

I love cats


sniff, but... let me get my eye drops

they make me uncomfortable.

What wonderfuly audacious creatures they are though!

kathe nichols March 26th, 2001 01:38 PM

My cats are immune to catnip (it's a genetic thing) but they'll take the toilet paper roll, LOL! AND marbles, and any stray string, and socks, and...

WA114 March 26th, 2001 03:41 PM

LMAO!

Our little one likes to chew everything. The phone cord, toilet paper rolls, the corner of the remote control, etc. But they don't really play per se. You toss a toy or a foam ball and you get a scowl like:

Yeah? And what now, human? You expect moi to chase that thing around and thereby be the source of hours of amusement for you? Ha ha ha ha ha!

[kitty laughs so hard she falls off the top of the monitor...]

I don't think so, mortal!

Oh, how I would love to know what the little prissies are thinking sometimes...

ROFL

julesingresham July 4th, 2001 05:12 PM

LMAO WA114,my cats are like that to sometimes. It's like they are saying you expect me to play wtih that now. I even have one that is an alarm clock. He likes to get my husband and I up early on our days off.He'll bite our noses and cheeks or ears to wake us up. The only way to stop him is to keep him up late at night, Crazy critter. I'm glad to have him no matter what. Jules

bikerxena July 4th, 2001 08:38 PM

Hi fellow cat people! I have a great little cat named Ozzy. He's a shelter rescue cat. I was going to adopt a kitten, but went through the adult cat section because there were no kittens, and every cat seemed content...but one. One cat, terrified, gave me *THE LOOK* - "get me OUT of here!" A volunteer opened the cage, and I stroked his head, and he patted my arm with his tail. We bonded. I went back again the next day, having slept on it, and the poor cat was in "lockdown." He'd pitched a fit at one of the volunteers, riled up the other cats, and no one was allowed to touch him. Again, he singled me out with pleading eyes, and I knew I had to get him out of there. The people at the shelter thought I was nuts, to want an "incorrigible" cat. Well, I'd seen his gentle side, and was convinced he just needed love and quiet surroundings to be fine. It took a few days of going back every day, but finally a delightful Scottish woman was on duty, and when I explained the whole story to her and she seemed receptive, I convinced her to come to the cage with me. The little cat calmed down as I spoke to him and gave him "kitty blinks." The Scottish woman hesitantly opened his cage for me, and he immediately thrust his head under my hand to be petted, and again patted my arm with his big, fluffy tail. The Scottish woman said, "You two belong together." Yay! That day, I took him home, finally, and have never regretted it. I named him Ozzy after Mr. Osbourne, for having the dubious distinction of causing a several-kitty riot/lockdown at the shelter. <g><p>
I've had Ozzy for about a year now, and he's really a great cat. Most of the time he's a real sweetheart! He still grumble-growls sometimes when I pick him up, and occasionally hisses, but I've decided it's because he was both declawed and neutered before I adopted him, and he has no other way to assert himself. (They had him mis-identified as female in the shelter, and found out differently when they sent "her" to get spayed. Thank goodness the vet figured it out before they cut him open!) <p>
From the very first day, he's been the joy of my life! He greets me when I come home from work, and hangs out on the bed beside my computer when I'm online or working on the computer. He jumps on the bed, then walks up and kneads my stomach before I go to sleep. It seems to be a reassurance he needs. I love having him with me when I'm trying to fall asleep, since I'm a terrible insomniac and find him very soothing company.<p>
I've made my own style of catnip toys - I take an an old sock, stuff it with some dried catnip, and secure it with an elastic hairband. He chews on it and tosses it around like a little nutcase. <g>. He has some other toys that he'll get a wild hair to play with, but only if it's his *own* idea. I found a really cool thing at the pet store, too - catnip bubbles. You blow bubbles, and the cat chases them both for the catnip scent and the oddness of bubbles. It took a couple of tries before Ozzy caught on, but now he watches the bubbles, tries to sniff the ones that land on his fur, and eventually starts trying to stalk and pounce on them. It's a fun game for him and me both. Since I'm such a doting "mom," here's a link to some pictures of <a href="http://members.home.net/bikerdeena1/pics1.html"> <b>Ozzy</b> </a>on the day I brought him home. (They're a ways down the page, past the Harleys and Klingons. <g>) I also have pictures of Nordie, a black tom I took in from friends who had a new baby and couldn't deal with a sick cat. The poor ole guy had liver/pancreatic cancer, and lasted about a year at my place before the cancer got him. There are also pictures of my dear old orange cat Candy, who lived with me for 10 of her ~16 years and was SO cool. I just loved her. She succommed to feline chronic renal failure about a year before Nordie. Candy was very special to me, and I miss her still. Thank goodness for Ozzy, and the fact that he's grown to love being hugged and cuddled. He's such a baby, I've decided - a fraidy cat when a big truck drives through the comdo complex, but the best comfort I could ask for when trying to thwart insomnia at night. Pet therapy, indeed!<p>
On the same webpage, there's a link to pictures of a tiger I've grown to love, too. His name is Drifter, and he lives at a wildlife sanctuary north of here. A guy who owns a carwash down here sponsors him, so I've seen him up very close, uncaged but on a chain lead, and I've visited him at his home in the canyon, too. If you like big cats, you might want to take a look at the pics of Drifter hanging out at the carwash fountain. <g>

Lou July 4th, 2001 09:49 PM

(((((biker))))) :)

WA114 July 7th, 2001 09:17 PM

Well, sheesh. What can I say? Melt <i>my</i> heart, will ya, bikerxena? I never! LMAO!

Great story! Thanks! :D

bikerxena July 7th, 2001 09:29 PM

{{{{{Lou}}}}}<p>
{{{{{WA114}}}}}

ScoobyWOW July 16th, 2001 07:03 PM

Wait I believe you all said that wrong.. we do not own our cats.. they own US! They allow us to care and feed them and when they choose even allow us to pet them! :D

I am owned by two cats. One is an orange tabby named Milo who is 2 years old. The other is a long haired gray tabby named Shadow. He will be a year old in September and already is almost twice the size of my 2 yr old. I do believe someone slipped him some miracle grow when I was not paying attention! :D

My oldest cat is a HUGE baby and also very much a talker.. esp. at 4 am when we are all trying to sleep! LOL!
He also makes sure he gets his attention while I am chatting. He seems to think he is my boa..lol! He will climb me like I am a tree and then proceed to lay across my shoulders and go to sleep.

One thing about cats.. they used to be worshiped as Gods and they have NEVER forgotten it! :D

kathe nichols July 17th, 2001 12:37 PM

We just adopted another kitten. I'd been looking for a black kitten for a while, and there were NONE. My parents found this one on the 4th of July while they were walking to their home-town parade. She followed them and wanted attention, and they knew I wanted a black kitten, so they started knocking on doors to see if she belonged somewhere.

They found one family who had been feeding her since the people next door to them had moved away and left her (!). They were glad to have someone WANT her. I say, someone needs their head examined, to abandon a beautiful and loving baby like this.

The vet says she's healthy, but a little underweight. We can fix that... She's a Manx (naturally tailless). We're calling her Libby (short for Liberty). The older cats think she is Evil Incarnate. I have to find time to follow her around with a camera and get some pics.

ScoobyWOW July 17th, 2001 06:57 PM

How wonderful kathe! Glad to see this kitten found a good and loving home! :) I know my life would not be complete without my two furballs underneath my feet all day. Especially my oldest one. My youngest still has too much kitten in him to be a lover boy yet but I am curing him of that rather quickly! :D As I am typing my oldest is in his usual "chatting" position..lol...lying across my shoulders like he is a boa! I swear he thinks I am his personal jungle gym/tree! I guess as long as he does not start seeing me as his personal scratching post I will be doing ok! ;)

DLC55 July 18th, 2001 08:03 PM

I can't remember a time when we didn't have a cat or two or even 23....all the mommas decided to have them all at one time. I think that was the most hectic but fun time the kids and I ever had. Imagine all those little furballs learning to walk and eat and use the litter pan, ROFL..we had a ball. We found each and everyone of them a handpicked home, only people we knew or friends of theirs who were referred got those babies. I still keep in touch with a few and have seen those kittens grow into some lovely creatures. We even made up birth certificates for the kittens complete with their paw prints. Imagine trying to keep those all straight!!

Currently we have 5 cats, 4 males and a female, who only has to stare down the males and they hightail it away from her.

I have 2 favorites. One is named Blackie who was born with a bit of trouble breathing. In fact, he wasn't breathing at all when momma brought him to me and sat there looking at me with this look of "Do something please!" I held this tiny unmoving baby and didn't know what else to do but give it mouth to mouth which wasn't a bit pleasant at the time. I just knew he wasn't going to make it, when suddenly, he started breathing. We kept Blackie, we just didn't have it in us to give him away. To say this cat is ungrateful to be alive is an understatement, ROFL... he's one of the meanest, stubbornest cats we have, but he's my baby, and every once in a while, he let's me pick him up and lays in my arms purring. But only for about 5 seconds then he's off again.

Then there is Cinnamon. He's a reddish blonde cat who is slightly brain damaged from an accident one winter. He disappeared one day and was gone for about 7 days. The kids were heartbroken. Then one day my son brought in a sign from outside with the description that fit Cinnamon. I called and went to see if it indeed was him. It was. He had been hit by the womans daughter and she wouldn't have it any other way but to take him to the vet. Cinnie had a concussion and slight brain damage but all in all was fine, with the exception that, he didn't remember who we were. We brought him home to begin his recuperation which included a new kitten to help him learn how to play again. It wasn't long before he was running and playing with that new kitten who just wouldn't leave him alone until they had run through the house tearing up whatever was in their path. We think Cinnie is going blind. He has a hard time focusing his eyes and squinches them up when he looks at you.

There are days when I'm sitting here and all of them have joined me. They'll be sleeping on top of the computer or the desk or the back of my chair or in my lap, all purring their different sounds. I wouldn't have it any other way.

ScoobyDoo July 21st, 2001 08:01 PM

{{{{{ DLC }}}}}

23 cats??? OMG! LOL! Well growing up I guess my family run a close second! :D We had 3 full grown cats all females and pregnant at the same time,they each had a litter of 5 on the SAME day, and 2 6 month old kittens. Needless to say anytime anyone in our neighborhood wanted a cat they came to our house! :D

Now this would not be complete without telling the story of how this whole brood got started!
I was 7 yrs old and my best friend and I were running away from home. I snuck out of the house in my jammies with footies in them at 3am and my best friend Sean was waiting for me on his bike with training wheels and a big wheel for me. I had packed in a pillow case 1 change of clothes, 10 dollars and a pb & j sammich. We never even made it out of the neighborhood..lol! We were almost out when we heard a cat crying form a tree. We decided we just HAD to rescue this cat before we started on our journey to Arizona!(Mind you we lived in Indpls, In.) Well the tree we were climbing to rescue this cat just happened to be in the yard of my Girl Scout Leaders! :eek: Next thing Sean and I know here comes a cop car! Major :eek: !!LOL! Well long story short, we were taken home, scolded by the cops and our parents and grounded for life. BUT I did get a cat out of the whole deal! :D Yes my parents let me keep the rescued cat and the first litter she had was three males and 2 females. We found homes for the three males but kept the two females. :)
And about a year and a half later we had 20 cats! LOL! We found them all good homes and kept the 2 6 month old kittens. (That being because my Mom told my Dad.. "It is either the cats or me! lol)

DrFrankenHooty September 27th, 2001 12:21 PM

October again :D October 16 has been declared National Feral Cat Day. Our shelter is having a community fundraiser, there are various activites all over the US to help raise money for cutting down on populations. You can get more info at Alley Cat Allies. http://www.alleycat.org/


fishead October 3rd, 2001 09:54 AM

Biker
 
Just looked at the pic's of your Ozzy.
What a sweetheart!!!
Has anyone told you he has mane-coon in him.
I say this because we have a mane-coon(?sp)
You might be happy to know that she has all of the same grumpy expressions that your Ozzy has. Hisses for no particular reason, growls/grumbles and vocalizes when you pick her up. Basically has put the fear of God in anyone who has crossed her path. But we get to see the sweet side of her, when she plays with her stuffed dinosaur, when she hops up on the bed and demands scratches, when she "talks" to us.

Just wanted to share this with you.

Sunshine April 13th, 2002 07:07 PM

A furry friend
 
We don't have kids and may not have children...so I am looking for companionship. My first inclination was to geta dog, but we are apartment dweller and intend to stay in apartments for some years, thus I am not sure I am best suited. I am wondering if a CAT would be a better option. How though, do you find a snuggly cat? Most of the postings I ever see about cats...are that they are rambunctious. I wouldn't mind having a cat but would prefer a mellow creature, I think. Is it like looking for a dog that is a mellow being? Can anyone give me an inside scoop on having a cat in an apartment? Thanks in advance! Sunshine!

mickey April 14th, 2002 10:38 AM

I have 2 cats and a dog and I've found with my cats, it's all up to them when they want to be cuddly. Cats are independent and they make those decisions.

I got two because we going away and I thought the first one would love the company.

I got all my animals from the local pound because they need the homes and most of them are mix breeds which in my opinion are healthier animals. I'm a firm believer in giving strays a home.

Sunshine April 14th, 2002 07:49 PM

Rescue pets
 
Glad to hear you saved a few little ones! That is great! I will most likely get a kitten from a shelter. I will not buy from a pet store for several reasons. I do not believe in puppy mills. I think they are horrrific places and it is incredibly sad to think that bitches are made to have litter after litter. I think that it is very sad also to go into a pet shop to see a pup that has fleas and is not cared for much. Those dogs always seem to want out of the cages. It just blows my mind. I also cannot fathom paying as much money as people do for pups that come from shops! I love breed specific rescues but don't see very many breed specific rescues for cats! Anyway...my hat is off to you for getting shelter fluffs! Sunshine! :p

sunflower January 25th, 2003 10:53 PM

Cat Lover
 
Well I mentioned my dog so tis ony fare.

I have two cats they both weigh about 20 lbs each.I remember when I brought the dog home the mother cat just had kittens. Well I don't know what I was thinking about but I almost lost my leg when I stuck it between the cat trying to get at the dog lol. I will never forget that one.

Thank God for clumping litter needless to say I buy it by 50lbs bags. :)

What did the cat get when it crossed the desert? (Well Sandy Clause of course):angelic:

mary January 28th, 2003 03:59 PM

I own a kitten and my hubby has a cat. He got his from his sister, she was moving and needed a place for him for awhile. well its been six mnths and we still have him. lol Hubby says he will keep him. Then there is my kitten. She thinks she is a princess. She acts so refined. She will snub you sometimes when you alk to her. My 3 year old son named her choclate, because of her color. Oh she will play but only if she wants to. I have owned cats all my life. But Princess Choclate is the frist kitten that I have owned that is this lazy. All the other ones I have owned have been rambuncious. She is also the only cat with this much aditude at such an earily age that I have come across. lol You should see the looks she gives my 18 month old daughter. My daughter calls her and the kitten looks at like if to say " What planet do you come for agian? If you think I am coming to you, you've got to be crazy. " Then again kitten proubly sees that my daughter will sit on my hubbys kitty, so maybe she knows what she is saying.

alina March 17th, 2004 10:48 AM

Hi Ladies! Pets fascinate my daughter, especially cats and dogs. This summer it is her birthday and I'd like to buy her a kitten. Would you have any suggestions as to where would be a good place to buy them, etc.?
Thanks! :)

Savannah March 17th, 2004 11:58 AM

Cat Haven :P
thats where i found FELIX, or more to the point.. he found me.
Cat Haven is a shelter for felines that otherwise would be disposed off. when i went there i found 40odd cats, all shapes, sizes, age, colour and temperament. was SOOOO hard to choose.
none of the ones i liked felt 100% right, until i laid eyes on FELIX, who until that point was asleep or had his head stuck in the foodbowl ( that was a warning sign i failed to take note HAHA)
just when i was about to make my selection he turned around and looked at me and was SOOOOO beautiful. i went inside the cage ( generous sized ones!!!) and he stood on a ledge, front paws on my chest and looked me straight in the eyes... well that was THAT.
i took him home and he is the most awesome puss i have ever had, we are the perfect match!

are you looking for a kitten in particualar or would you consider an older cat as well?
personally i would always favour an older cat ( Felix was 18month).

crazymomma March 17th, 2004 12:16 PM

Savannah is right. I was going to suggest your local pet shelter. I have 3 cats. One is beyond nuts, but... she does have her moments. Happy kitty hunting. Unless you are looking for a special breed. If that is the case check the paper or your local pet shop.Personally I'd go to the shelter. Those babies need a home.

Cinderellen March 17th, 2004 02:44 PM

The local paper, the shelter, or a farmer are the best places to go. Pet store variety cats are usually overpriced and often sick. I bought two from pet stores. The second one was fine, he's healthy and happy now, if a little fat, ok at 24 lbs, he's more than a little fat, lol. However, the first one was taken away from his mother too young and never recovered. He was psycho and eventually had to be put down. I hated to do it, but he was headed down a dark road. There's always someone that didn't spay their female cat that's looking for a home for the "surprises". ;) Good luck.

alina March 17th, 2004 02:48 PM

Thanks! I think I would agree with you. Those poor babies from shelter... I will definitely choose shelter over a pet store. I am not sure about the breed, etc. I guess I'll have to look for someone like FELIX :)
Savannah, I'd like to get a kitten, I've had one back when I was a child myself. They are so playful and fun. Thanks for your help, though.
And thank you, crazymomma!

alina March 17th, 2004 02:51 PM

Oops, you are so quick, I didn't see your post, Cinderellen. Thank you too! Thank you, girls!

brede March 17th, 2004 03:48 PM

We have always gone to the animal shelter for our pets. I have a cat that is truly brain damaged. She snuck out of the house once and played tag with a truck. The right side of her head was dented in (closed skull fracture, broken eye orbit bones, broken upper jaw and lost her sight in her right eye). She has never tried to escape again. She has a few balance problems every once in a while (she'll be sitting, looking out the window and just tip over), and chases more "ghosts" than she used to. She is basically weird, I guess that's the polite way to put it!

alina March 17th, 2004 04:17 PM

Oh, my! Brede, that is so sad about your cat. :(
Poor baby

brede March 17th, 2004 04:20 PM

Don't feel sad about her, she is one happy cat. Purrs constantly, even when she sleeps!

alina March 17th, 2004 04:33 PM

I hope that she's not in pain.

brede March 17th, 2004 04:44 PM

None whatsoever. She just a dopey-little-happy cat who acts like a kitten even though she is 14 years old!!

Cinderellen March 17th, 2004 05:09 PM

I have a cat that bathes in the dog's water dish. He's watched me in our tub and mimics me. He also tries to eat his food like we do with his paws. It's cute really, if a little weird.

As far as breeds go, I would recommend staying away from Siamese cats. They're pretty moody and don't tolerate kids well. At least from my experience and from others I know that have had them.

brede March 18th, 2004 04:33 PM

My brother once had a mixed Siamese who wasn't prejudiced. She simply hated everyone!

Cinderellen March 19th, 2004 04:41 PM

We just had our long haired cat shaved for the spring. He's so funny looking I giggle whenever I see him. His hair used to get so matted that we'd have to have it shaved. More recently, he's taking better care of himself, but that makes him bring up hair balls 2 or 3 times a day. So off he went to the groomers again, lol. I wish I knew a different way to help him out, but the only thing I know to do is get rid of the problem, which is his hair.


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