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Old 04-22-2007, 04:43 PM   #211
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And, some new pics! It's gone from freezing rain to 85 degrees here so the cats are enjoying sitting in the windows and going out on the deck (the blue thing is my dog crate which smells funny for some reason so I'm airing it out indefinitely).













Then everyone had to come inside because Posh jumped up and was tip-toeing along the railing and we're three stories up.
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Old 04-22-2007, 05:37 PM   #212
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Declawing is basically altering a kitty's physicality, for purely cosmetic/selfish human reasons. Every single cat in the world has been born with claws, it's a part of their body as much as their whiskers. And every breed/species of cat, both wild and domestic have them, naturally. To remove them would be interfere with it's natural body structure. If you concerned about the furniture - as Sicy mentioned there are plenty of scratching posts available out there. The claws aren't just for self-defence and scratching....

About having one kitty - we have one cat in the house too, and we're gone from about 8 am to 5 pm. Max ususually sleeps all day,and his owner keeps his food and water bowl full in the morning so he can eat whenever he wants. So far it's worked, as he is usually still asleep when we return and he wakes up about 5:30 and is wide awake and playful when we are all around to give him attention. Earlier, we did notice Max was a little agitated being alone, but that was because he had just moved in. Now, our house is his castle!

Cats pretty much sleep during the day, so I think you'd be fine with one, provided that you give him loads of attention when you come home.

Let us know what you decided!
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Liesje - is the black and white one Posh or Marijke? I always get the two girls mixed up

Soooo cute!
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Marijke is the grey striped poofball
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Marijke is the grey striped poofball
Yep. Poshie is my DSH tux and Marijke's my DMH torbie.
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OK peoples, I'm already beginning to study up on introducing a new dog to current cat residents. Anyone with experience or tips, please let me know! The trick is that they have such different social structures and I'm used to a cat structure (even though I'm more learned in dog structures and they make more sense) so I have to make sure the cats accept the dog in a cat way and the dog accepts the cats in a dog way, and do so without the cats feeling stiffed. The one thing I've got going for me is that my kits are indoor only. Dogs are very contextual and often live in peace with indoor cats, but prey drive kicks in when cats are outdoors
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Mr. Luigi is still a bit worn out from his weekend festivities of chasing PussPuss all over the apartment....

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Pretty bedding
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Mr. Luigi is so adorable!

His name isn't too bad either
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That is.... The cutest thing I have seen... ever.
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Mr Luigi is adorable!
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OK peoples, I'm already beginning to study up on introducing a new dog to current cat residents. Anyone with experience or tips, please let me know! The trick is that they have such different social structures and I'm used to a cat structure (even though I'm more learned in dog structures and they make more sense) so I have to make sure the cats accept the dog in a cat way and the dog accepts the cats in a dog way, and do so without the cats feeling stiffed. The one thing I've got going for me is that my kits are indoor only. Dogs are very contextual and often live in peace with indoor cats, but prey drive kicks in when cats are outdoors
There are lots of links on the web about this process and the proper way to do it.

http://www.sfgsrescue.org/articles/cat.htm

http://cats.about.com/cs/catmanageme...troducedog.htm
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I've been through both of those links already, but question some of the methods. The SFGS link I like in terms of the dog psychology, but I really want to do it without using a muzzle, especially with a dog who I'm concerned will be more reactive because of her bad past. I'm sort of torn because on one hand, the muzzle almost guarantees the dog cannot hurt the cat even if it tries, but on the other hand, the dog is already used to indoor cats and I'm not comfortable using muzzles, so the dog will quickly sense this and I won't be able to predict or control her reaction.

I'm thinking of getting a giant stuffed GSD so the cats get used to the presence of a large dog. My housemate had a stuffed Aussie puppy and the cats were convinced it was a real dog.
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Well, I think it's a good start that this dog is used to indoor cats
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