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Old 08-14-2007, 11:22 AM   #616
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Well, we moved! The cats are cool with their new digs. They aren't really trained on the cat door yet, but I'll get them some treats and work on that. They know they can go through it, but they're all afraid to push it. I was super impressed with how quickly Poshie came around. When it came time to move, we put Marijke in the crate first and Posh took off b/c she knows that means "car". I finally got her, but in the hallway of our building she started scratching the living daylights out of me (and I was wearing a tank top) and got away, ran straight into this other girl's apartment as she was just coming home. It was really funny and luckily Posh was so confused she just stood there in the girl's bedroom. When we got to the new house, she hid behind the washer and then after about three hours, she changed her mind and came out and has been fine ever since. They love having so many more windows. Soon, the landlords are fixing the screens on our porch and once that's done, the cats can be out there as much as they like (right now there's a gaping hole).

The dog minds them and they are good with her except Beckham can be a jerk. He will corner the dog and when she tries to get away, he hisses and spits at her. I've watched the cats run and play and the dog has no interest (in terms of prey drive) in cats. Right now, they all like to lay in a circle a few feet apart and just watch and sniff each other. Marijke is the most brave and will sniff the dog in the face. The dog always backs away first b/c she's sort of skittish and avoids direct eye contact, but hey, I'd rather have a slightly skittish dog than a dog raising its back to my cats! The cats have caused far more trouble by trying to eat the dog food and using the dog's one toy (the only toy she plays with) as their personal punching bag and scratching post. Thank the lord in heaven this dog was raised around house cats.
Awwwww . . . little living creatures! They will enjoy their new digs.
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I'm glad they've moved well




We're convinced that when we moved 6 years ago it gave Chloe post-traumatic stress disorder...she didn't used to be afraid of anything, and ever since then she is the epitome of a scaredy cat
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I'm glad everything is going well over there, Liesje!
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:52 PM   #619
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We're convinced that when we moved 6 years ago it gave Chloe post-traumatic stress disorder...she didn't used to be afraid of anything, and ever since then she is the epitome of a scaredy cat
Yeah the main reason I havent even considered moving is because of the cats. I think Zoey would be fine but Saki is already a scaredy cat I think he'd completely freak out. Plus I got the two feral cats outside that I cant just abandon. It really is hard on them changing their whole environment, even if they seem like they adjust quickly.
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Chloe hasn't seemed to be eating much lately.

Maybe the diet food is doing its job and keeping her full, I don't know, but its unusual to look in her bowl and see it still with food. She's acting normal and not hungry, so I don't know. We'll keep an eye on how much she eats.
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Haha, Marijke has a crush on the cable guy! He came to turn on the cable and program the digital box and while he was waiting on the couch, Marijke just waltzed right up to him, stood on her hind legs and looked at his face while sniffing him all over. Then she gave him the rubs so I called her off (I try to assume that strangers don't like cats).

Poshie has decided that the dog should be followed b/c the dog = treats and food other than cat food!
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OK, Chloe just coughed up a massive hairball so maybe she'll eat some more...
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This is a cats and dogs thing, but geez....

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/pet/399606997.html

*hugs my three shelter cats*
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OK, Chloe just coughed up a massive hairball so maybe she'll eat some more...

aww poor chloe...


I hope she gets better...
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OK, Chloe just coughed up a massive hairball so maybe she'll eat some more...
Poor little kitty. We gotta figure this out already. Is it possible Chloe is eating something in the house that you don't know about. Something that may not be food?

The Otto man was playing with something that was like a party favor or new years party thing which had glittery strips of mylar like strands. I think he ate one of the strands and he was kinda dry heaving for a couple of days till he heaved once and one of those strands was in there. I was wondering if he was sick, but the coughing stopped after that. That's why I asked.
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She keeps throwing up the little that she's been eating.


I'm hoping its just some hairball lodged in her tummy, so we forced some laxatone down her throat which should help things. But if it's more than just a hairball that means yet another trip to the vet.


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Is Chloe overweight by any chance? Or even slightly pleasantly plump. If so, maybe you can cut the food out entirely for a day or two and see if anything changes.

< Doesn't have a lot of faith in vets for these type of guessing situations.
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Poor Chloe! Sounds like she might have a blockage of some sort if she can't keep anything down. Perhaps she's getting hairballs from all the grooming she may have been doing on her hind end?

Beckham seems to be puking hairballs at a much greater frequency. Time to get him to deal with brushing and possibly change his diet...again... It must partially be a gray cat thing b/c his fur is so much thinner, softer, but much more dense than the other two. Marijke has longer hair, but she barely sheds at all. Beckham sheds more than the other two cats (and maybe even the dog) combined. Of the 7 cats I've had in my house in the past few years, his fur is totally different from all of them.
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We think it's probably a blockage. The good thing is she's been acting relatively normal despite the fact that she's having trouble keeping food down. We've been getting laxatone in her so hopefully that blockage will be breaking up and she'll be able to eat again.
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Poor Chloe! Sounds like she might have a blockage of some sort if she can't keep anything down. Perhaps she's getting hairballs from all the grooming she may have been doing on her hind end?

Beckham seems to be puking hairballs at a much greater frequency. Time to get him to deal with brushing and possibly change his diet...again... It must partially be a gray cat thing b/c his fur is so much thinner, softer, but much more dense than the other two. Marijke has longer hair, but she barely sheds at all. Beckham sheds more than the other two cats (and maybe even the dog) combined. Of the 7 cats I've had in my house in the past few years, his fur is totally different from all of them.
That could be. Out of my three, Jack has really silky fur, but it is oddly thick. And he sheds by the tons, sometimes I wonder how he isn't bald. He gets hairballs more frequently, too. I use one of those pet mitt things and he loves it!
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