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    Quote Originally Posted by PetersCreek View Post
    Our boy, Jackson, was a bit traumatized by the earthquake. Evidently, his new safe space is under the Christmas tree. But my wife said he spent time with on the arm of the recliner until an aftershock hit and as gravitationally-challenge as he is, he jumped straight up...catching impressive air...and went right back under the tree.
    Well, isn't that what you are supposed to do in an earthquake, getting under something to protect yourself from falling objects.
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    Took 3 cats to vet yesterday for routine exam. NOT.

    1. Bandit, the tabby alpha male, has pancreatitis and needed shots, change in diet. Pooped and barfed all over the vet's office, but they cleaned it up.
    2. Percy, the black kitten we recently rescued (#8) sneezed his little pea brain out with an upper respiratory infection, got a shot.
    3. Midnight, the deranged black ninja cat, was fine except that he bit the vets when they tried to do his blood work.

    Cats are all fine now. Vets have bandages.
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    Recommend welding gauntlets for delicate handling of cats

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    I had one cat that really hated to go to the vet. I remember taking him one time where he managed absolutely huge jumps, almost seeming to levitate from the table onto a spot above the cabinets just under the ceiling. I couldn't see any convenient interim jumping points. And once he got up there, he wasn't interested in anyone touching him, including me (despite normally being very friendly - I can't remember any other situation where he would be prone to try to scratch or bite). The vet told me he'd need to be sedated for any future examinations. Luckily, he was a fairly healthy cat until he got up in years, and then he wasn't quite so rambunctious.

    My current cat will let the vet do their job without interference. She's very good at the vet, except for wanting to let you know every 30 seconds how unhappy she is, with a pitiful "Mrrow." Actually, she'll let you know the from the minute she is put in the car up until the minute she gets back home.

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    Is this a dead badger? a miniature yak? a tacky-looking shawl? a cat?

    Cinnamon Sundae, asleep as usual.
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    Mrs M unwrapped some Amazon.com order or other, and found it was padded by a huge sheet of brown paper, maybe 3' x 24'.
    She gave that to the cats to play with. The youngest one can go on for an hour at a time, jumping into it, thrashing around in it, losing toys in it, and occasionally ripping it.
    Then again, this one can make a fun toy out of anything.
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    By the way cat friends, if you have never seen the Cole & Marmalade Cat Logic video, you need to.
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    I'd send you a picture of one but it would just show a blanket over my legs in the recliner.
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    It used to be that one of our older cats, Bandit, and I did not get along well, and after numerous confrontations and disagreements, we finally settled our issues and live together quite well.

    The solution was, anything and everything that Bandit wants me to do, I do, and everything is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    It used to be that one of our older cats, Bandit, and I did not get along well, and after numerous confrontations and disagreements, we finally settled our issues and live together quite well.

    The solution was, anything and everything that Bandit wants me to do, I do, and everything is fine.
    Funny, but that same system also works works with spouses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Funny, but that same system also works works with spouses.
    I knew that from day one. Wasn't sure it was the same with cats, but it is.
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    Speaking of catnip and its magical healing powers...


    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...-patients.html

    Researchers find how the plant produces the intoxicating chemical - and say it could be used to help cancer patients
    By Annie Palmer For Dailymail.com Published: 14:34 EST, 10 December 2018 | Updated: 18:57 EST, 10 December 2018

    • Catnip contains a chemical, called Nepetalactone, that makes cats go crazy
    • Scientists studied how the plant produces the chemical in a two-step process
    • They hope that the process can be modeled for how other plants synthesize chemicals, such as vincristine and vinblastine, which are used to treat cancer
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    I'd really like an odd-eyed white Turkish Angora....

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    I'd actually prefer that people stop intentionally breeding for harmful genetic defects like blue eyes in white cats, which also result in deafness. Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougar View Post
    I'd really like an odd-eyed white Turkish Angora....

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    I love gold eyes on a black cat.

    I've owned three over the years. All pound kitties.
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    My wife has been rescuing cats for 15 years, and me for the last 7 with her. They're all mutts.
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    Our newest ex-stray cat, a female tortie once known as Number Nine but now called Rosie Rockett, went to the vet yesterday. She was clearly terrified, peed in her carrier on the way home, stayed near me, etc. One other thing she did was drool everywhere, big strands of it from her mouth. The vet was concerned Rosie had painful dental issues, and she does have her two upper canines broken off down to the gum level (how did THAT happen?). No sign of infection, though. Also some plaque, but we will get her on the dental plan at Banfield like the other eight cats and she'll be fine.

    I was worried to pieces that she was in pain from her broken teeth, but some experimenting showed maybe not. She parades around tail high, meows and purrs all the time, lets me rub the sides of her jaw, head-butts me constantly, chews on her solid food, and so on, appearing to indicate that she is not in a great deal of pain. She even bit me once, when I tried to block her from leaving the room where she's recouperating from surgery. Oddly, the bite did not hurt at the time. It felt like I was being gummed. I realize now she bit me where she once had canines, which did not appear to hurt her.

    So, maybe Rosie does not drool out of pain, but only when nervous or frightened. She drooled a bit when we first brought her into the house, but doesn't do it anymore. She drooled yesterday on her first visit to the vet. So... no pain, maybe just anxious?

    Anyone else have a cat that drools when scared?

    Extra note: Vet gave her opinion that Rosie, whom we pegged at 8 months of age, was probably about 5 years old given the condition of her teeth. Holy cow, we sure missed that one! Got to get dental x-rays.
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    We have a cat who drools when she is extremely content. Which means, of course, on whoever is making her content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    We have a cat who drools when she is extremely content. Which means, of course, on whoever is making her content.
    Our girl cat drools a bit but then shakes her head violently after being touched on the head. We've come to expect and prepare for the onslaught of cat spittle, which with her is a Class II toxin.

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    White female longhair cat (Blizzard) drools when petted, creates a pond beneath her chin all over me.


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    Well, I don't have a cat. Not currently. In years past a few cats had me in captivity as a food source and shelter, but I escaped when my roommates moved away and the cats opted to go with them.

    But I agree with the current xkcd cartoon regarding cat cuteness.

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    We have nine cats. Nearly all of them are terrified of the outdoors; several were rescued from starvation outside, so it figures. They fight if you try to carry them out.

    The only cat who WANTS to go outdoors is the tabby alpha male, Bandit, who must sneak out to go under the house and look for... not sure what he is looking for. He spends 5 minutes under the house, then comes out if you call his name.

    Now it gets interesting. To get him back into the house, you have to wait until he walks up to your feet, then pick him up and carry him back into the house. If you do not pick him up outside, and instead you walk back to the door, he will go back under the house. He'll come out again if you call, then you MUST pick him up and carry him in. If you do not close the door fast enough, he will run back out and go under the house again. If you call him, pick him up, carry him in, CLOSE THE DOOR, then put him down, he will stay in.

    Went through this entire rigmarole this weekend. Little rat %$^@^%^*^(. He's screwing with me, I know he is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    Went through this entire rigmarole this weekend. Little rat %$^@^%^*^(. He's screwing with me, I know he is.
    More like he is training you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    More like he is training you.
    I'm not paranoia or anything, but Bandit really is plotting against me. They all are, all of them, plotting against me. I know they are. But I'm not paranoia about it.
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    We had a cat that was always trying to sneak out, anytime you opened the door. One time, in the middle of winter, I was going out and she snuck by me and raced out the door, only to come to a screeching halt on the front porch. I just kind of stood there for a moment with the door open as she looked at the snow-covered yard, looked back into the house, looked at the snow again, then turned around and calmly trotted back into the house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    I'm not paranoia or anything, but Bandit really is plotting against me. They all are, all of them, plotting against me. I know they are. But I'm not paranoia about it.
    It ain't paranoia if someone's really out to get ya.
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    Bandit, our tabby alpha cat. I know a lot of vets and cat experts say there are no alpha cats. Nonetheless...
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    You cannot look at a sleeping cat and feel tense. ~Jane Pauley

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    The thing about sleeping cats is....they might be, or might not. One of ours can appear to be out like a light, but her ears turn like a radar dish at the sound of her name.
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    Our older (maybe 6-7 months) cat likes to hang out on our back porch wandering around the swimming pool watching birds and squirrels outside the screen and looking for frogs and lizards to bother. We noticed that she'd been leaping over the pool corners, and this afternoon she managed to fall in. I just noticed that the water at the shallow part had been agitated and that the cat was racing across the porch, so she got out swiftly. I dragged her in the house and helped her dry off, though she accomplished most of the drying herself, paradoxically by licking her fur.

    Once dried, she wanted to go back out and showed no fear of the pool.

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