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Old 12-24-2005, 07:08 PM   #256
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omg bg! That is way too cute for words!!
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Old 12-24-2005, 09:17 PM   #258
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This is my Roxy



And then she decided my butt looked like a comfy place to sit...





And if anyone's wondering, that big grey blob on her collar is the magnet for her cat flap
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Ok cat experts....*deep breath*

A few of you will remember my roomate who had a cat before and really didn't take that good a care of it. Well...long story short, that cat supposedly ran away the day after I left my trip to Ireland. My roomate went and got another cat. This cat is 4 months old and was at the shelter after being sent there from Lousiana due to the hurricane. Supposedly was quite the youngin at the time. Well, this cat just seems to want nothing to do with people. If you pick him up he'll kinda splay out and then try and burrow his head under your arm. He'll eventually purr but he just generally seems like he'd rather just hide out. I've been home all day and he is MIA, I've gone and looked for him several times just to make sure he's still here & when I find him he doesn't really come to me or anything. I don't know what to do, because I feel bad for him. Is this something that will take time? Is it because he's unsure of his new surroundings or is he just traumatized beyond anything? Oh yea, my roomate (who got him yesterday)wanted to know if I minded watching him for a few days while she leaves to go out of town for Christmas...*rolleyes*

Here's a pic of the poor guy
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starsgoblue,

Wow. How long have you guys had the new baby? When an animal has been under intense traumatic strain like he has, things really do take time. My baby Jarvis was lost on a pound truck for a couple days after returning from a check-up and it messed him up for a couple years.

The best I can advise since his behaviors sound like my Jarvie is to just steadily work with him and never say "to hell with it, this cat is crazy." He needs time to feel secure again.
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And if anyone's wondering, that big grey blob on her collar is the magnet for her cat flap
that's interesting.

what do you mean?

your cat is gorgeous.
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stars that really breaks my heart. Your roommate does not sound like anyone that should own a cat It does take time especially given what the kitty has been through. Can you try to play with him? If he wont get near you you could get a feather on a stick or a laser light, I have found almost all cats like these toys. Just make sure he's eating and drinking. That is really important. It just takes patience with some cats.


bg, those magnetic things are pretty neat for indoor/outdoor cats. The magnetic thing on the collar will open the flap. Otherwise it wont open. That keeps out raccoons and other animals that you dont want using the flap.
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Old 12-25-2005, 06:48 PM   #263
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bg, those magnetic things are pretty neat for indoor/outdoor cats. The magnetic thing on the collar will open the flap. Otherwise it wont open. That keeps out raccoons and other animals that you dont want using the flap.
aaaah, i see. that's pretty cool.

as far as the traumatized cats, it can take a very long time for them to get comfortable with people. when my daughter decided her gramma should get a cat, she put up a flyer in our local market because the only way my mom would go along with getting a cat (she wasn't thrilled about the idea) was if the cat was older, spayed, and de-clawed. (we don't believe in de-clawing, obviously, but my mom thought there was no way any cat would meet that criteria so she had her put that in the ad). well, if you can believe it, my daughter's ad was answered, and within days my mom had a cat.

this cat was so scared of anything that moved that my mom would have to tip-toe around her own house. this cat would take fifteen minutes just approaching her food dish, and forget about playing. we were lucky she ever came out from under the bed, for like, months. we have no idea what the previous owners put this cat through, but it couldn't have been good. you could start with the de-clawing, i suppose...

my mom has had this cat for over a year and now (finally) she comes out to see us when we visit, and drags her teaser out to play. she sits in the window (but only when my mom isn't home for some reason) and meows like crazy. the owners asked my mom to keep the name they gave her, which was allivay (the spelling of which we have no idea) we just call her vay-vay now. she's still a little strange, but we love her just the way she is.

just be patient and love them. it takes a long time, but they will grow to trust and love you.

here's a picture of vay-vay from yesterday.

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Thanks for the advice guys. I have been trying to make it a point in the past few days to try and coax him to play and if not at least to pet him and have him in my lap for bout 20 minutes or so. I hope he comes around and I hope my roomate tries to do the same, I'm afraid she'll just get 'bored' with the cat since that cat isn't entertaing enough or something.
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Wow, I'm usually a dog person, but now I think I want a cat too!

And starsgoblue, that cat is adorable. I hope he gets used to his new surroundings!
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Ohhh that is too bad! That's exactly why they clip their ear.. poor baby

But it was a boy? Couldnt they just take a look back there and see..
I have a fellow rescue colleague who is an expert at reaching back and squeezing to see what's up! Unfortunately the clinic I go to is a high volume one, they do like 100 surgeries a day and it's assembly line, especially with ferals, so nobody checked. He was OK though once I re-released him.
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Ok cat experts....*deep breath*

A few of you will remember my roomate who had a cat before and really didn't take that good a care of it. Well...long story short, that cat supposedly ran away the day after I left my trip to Ireland. My roomate went and got another cat. This cat is 4 months old and was at the shelter after being sent there from Lousiana due to the hurricane. Supposedly was quite the youngin at the time. Well, this cat just seems to want nothing to do with people. If you pick him up he'll kinda splay out and then try and burrow his head under your arm. He'll eventually purr but he just generally seems like he'd rather just hide out. I've been home all day and he is MIA, I've gone and looked for him several times just to make sure he's still here & when I find him he doesn't really come to me or anything. I don't know what to do, because I feel bad for him. Is this something that will take time? Is it because he's unsure of his new surroundings or is he just traumatized beyond anything? Oh yea, my roomate (who got him yesterday)wanted to know if I minded watching him for a few days while she leaves to go out of town for Christmas...*rolleyes*

Here's a pic of the poor guy
Hey there--speaking as someone who places animals for adoption...where I volunteer we take a lot of care to try to screen people properly but sometimes they just talk a good game.

The shelter your roommate got the kitty from might want to know that she's not that into being a guardian. Especially since they went to all that trouble to rescue him from NOLA. He deserves to be with someone who will take the responsibility seriously.

If I had placed him, I would want to know, that's for sure. ....just my two cents, realize you may not want to open a can of worms here, but for what it's worth...
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Had to post this one.. my ferals looking too cute on my patio chair

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I this thread! I love love love cats, I have two. I'm gonna post pics tomorrow.
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