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Old 03-01-2008, 10:50 PM   #166
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Holy crap, VP they are too adorable!!!!

Little itty kitties.
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Kittens. I want all of them. And that is too funn she had them in the litterbox. That is just like a cat.

My brother's new cat had kittens not too long ago. He got the cat from a friend of his that was moving and the friend failed to mention she was an unfixed female that happened to be pregnant. He is trying to find homes for them, but if he can't, he is going to keep them. There are only three, so I guess that wouldn't be too hard for him. I'm considering taking the black, TV remote hogging one.





I want them all!!! That is... too much cuteness. They look mighty cheeky.
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Oh my God!! I wish someone could have video taped me this evening when I came in.
There were 2 male cats on the stairs outside my apartment and to females in heat inside.
All just waiting for me to let them in or out. One of the males followed me to the door and tried to get in. I was blocking him with my purse while Lovey was trying to get out. Another male was watching from the yard.
Lovey got past me and this male cat immediately pounce on her while I was grabbing for her. He was actually mounting her while I was trying to pick her up.
I got her inside with this other male following and Lovey trying to get out of my arms. I moved him out with my foot and slammed the door.
I had to bring Bela out of the spare room (who was rolling around on the floor like, here I am come and get me) to stop Lovey from meowing to get out. The window was raised and she was trying to push out the screen.
I could have won the prize on americas funniest home videos with that scene.
Bela is being spayed next week and I'm setting up an appointment for Lovey.
I feel like I'm running a cat brothel..
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Cuteness overload

Some new pics of Ms Mia





She wanted to know if Bono was ok.
She looks like a real nosey girl.
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all beautiful kitties. i've got one of abby which i should post up. once i find it, anyway. lol.
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These kittens made me want another, but I found out my local zoning limit is three. Guess I'm done for now
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How many do you have?

I certainly understand now how people can end up with many more cats than they'd intended.
I had to do a quick check to see if there was a limit to how many I could have here before I answered. Can't find any (there isn't for dogs either). Whew!

I have 10 cats (and one poor overwhelmed dog ), and sometimes my brother's/niece's cat (Spunky Butt) comes over to stay for a while and hang out with the other cats.

It's not really my fault -- they were all strays and I just couldn't send them off when they were hungry and cold and pitiful. I'm such a sucker.

Here's a pic (it's blurry as all heck though...sorry about that) of Miss Myrrh when she first arrived a little more than three years ago.



It was cold and dark and miserable outside when the dog alerted me to this horrible little intruder (Zeke is on the melodramatic side) and I went out and found this poor tiny skinny little thing. Of course I brought her in. She was not only very skinny, but also sick. For the first few days I really didn't think she was going to make it she was so sick. I took her to the vet and got medicine for her but she was so tiny and so very sick I really feared for her. Then when I was sure she was pretty much done for I went in to check on her and when I did she woke up, staggered to her feet, looked around and said "where's the food?" I thought "Huh, guess she's going to live." That pic was when I first brought her in -- she actually looked worse two or three days later (because of her illness), but I didn't get any pics then..

It took her almost a year to decide she liked me (she loves me a lot now ), and I think the only other cat she likes is Loki and even he is apt to get a smack if she's in one of her moods. She dislikes Spunky Butt intensely and will chase him down and smack the snot out of him even though he is more than twice her size. She's a little terror but I love her.
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These kittens made me want another, but I found out my local zoning limit is three. Guess I'm done for now
Zoning limit? That's interesting. I guess it makes sense in some areas.

The kittens make me want another too, but I don't want to upset Chloe.
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I had to do a quick check to see if there was a limit to how many I could have here before I answered. Can't find any (there isn't for dogs either). Whew!

I have 10 cats (and one poor overwhelmed dog ), and sometimes my brother's/niece's cat (Spunky Butt) comes over to stay for a while and hang out with the other cats.

It's not really my fault -- they were all strays and I just couldn't send them off when they were hungry and cold and pitiful. I'm such a sucker.

Here's a pic (it's blurry as all heck though...sorry about that) of Miss Myrrh when she first arrived a little more than three years ago.



It was cold and dark and miserable outside when the dog alerted me to this horrible little intruder (Zeke is on the melodramatic side) and I went out and found this poor tiny skinny little thing. Of course I brought her in. She was not only very skinny, but also sick. For the first few days I really didn't think she was going to make it she was so sick. I took her to the vet and got medicine for her but she was so tiny and so very sick I really feared for her. Then when I was sure she was pretty much done for I went in to check on her and when I did she woke up, staggered to her feet, looked around and said "where's the food?" I thought "Huh, guess she's going to live." That pic was when I first brought her in -- she actually looked worse two or three days later (because of her illness), but I didn't get any pics then..

It took her almost a year to decide she liked me (she loves me a lot now ), and I think the only other cat she likes is Loki and even he is apt to get a smack if she's in one of her moods. She dislikes Spunky Butt intensely and will chase him down and smack the snot out of him even though he is more than twice her size. She's a little terror but I love her.
Awww, what an amazing story!

Speaking of taking in strays and zoning regulations, I've been reading something tonight that I'm so upset and angry about.

This is going to be a long rant, because I'm pissed...

Just over a week ago in our local news, there was a story about a man who lives on the ground floor of an apartment complex. He has 3 cats of his own and was taking care of his mother's cat. As well, he's been feeding 4 strays on his balcony, and has set up a small makeshift shelter for them to protect them from the winter weather - and the past month has been brutal, one of the worst winters in decades here.

Neighbours complained, and he's being fined and being made to give up one of his indoor cats, and he was told to stop feeding the strays. Apparently we have a 3 cat limit too, but an SPCA official has said that it's not acted upon unless there are complaints.

I was catching up on some of the letters to the editor about this story from the past week. One woman stated that she lives in the same neighbourhood as this man, and that she chooses not to own pets, but still must suffer the consequences of others who do - cat excrement in gardens, males spraying against her house, etc. She reasoned that if the strays were not fed, they would move on to another neighbourhood. Um, hello? Starving these 4 cats is not going to solve your problem, lady.

Other letters pointed out how the lack of a low-cost spay-neuter program in this area is exacerbating the situation. Some described programs in other areas that have capture and release programs to spay/neuter strays and feral cats. A nearby city spent thousands of dollars to launch a project encouraging people to bring in strays. Of the several hundred that were brought in, and all but two were euthanized.

Some stats were given about our local SPCA - I think it said that 60% of cats brought in for whatever reason are euthanized. It also said that they are not government funded in any way, they rely on donations. I also know from checking their website that they charge well over $100 to adopt a cat. I've dealt with them in the past, and they are hugely ineffectual and inefficient.

Wtf?? I don't live in the back woods, or anything, I live in a city of 100,000 about 90 minutes from Toronto.

Conversely, the Toronto Humane Society has a policy of NO euthanizing, unless the animal is terminally ill and they can't do anything for them. Also, although they do have an involved adoption process, including an interview (when we adopted our pup from our local SPCA, we basically paid and left with her - no interview! ), their adoptions for all animals are free, they only request a donation. Like our SPCA, they rely on donations and volunteers to keep their facility operating. For example, here is their policy about feral cats: http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/feline/feral.asp

I can't praise the Toronto SPCA enough for their approach to animals. Our local shelter is light years away from their approach. I can't help but think that if our local SPCA would follow the same model as the Toronto one, people would be more willing to donate their money and time, and dogs and cats could be spayed and neutered, go to good families, and live out their lives happy and loved. It's just so fucking discouraging and sad to hear all of this about my own area, and I wish I had the knowledge or resources to do something about it.
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Lots going on lately.

Sue, I'm glad to hear Bela is back. I'm sure she and Lovey will settle in together soon enough. The spaying will help with that.

VP, those kittens are beyond adorable. They grow so fast, it is amazing. Thanks for sharing the pics.

LMPA, Mia is so cute. I love the spot on her nose.

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It is the same here, too. I guess I won't be taking one of my brother's kittens after all. Which might be for the best. My three can be a real handful. I've walked into a destroyed house a few times.

He has found home for the two grey tabbies, and he's become rather attached to the black one, so he is going to keep her. He named her Cleopatra.
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Oh SOOOOO many gorgeous, gorgeous kittens I wish I could just grab each and every one of them for a cuddle! Alas, I've been told that 2 cats is enough - so no kittens for me...
...unless one 'accidentally' followed me home
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Beckham is turning four about now. I got some snaps of him this morning.





Those are fantastic pics of him.
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Lots going on lately.

Sue, I'm glad to hear Bela is back. I'm sure she and Lovey will settle in together soon enough. The spaying will help with that.
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Thanks ylime, I'm really looking forward to that.. I actually had them together in the same room this morning. Bela was lying on the bed and I picked up Lovey and sat on the bed with her. Bela looked but didn't growl so that was progress.
I put Lovey down and she promply jumped back up on the bed, Of course that freaked Bela out - she spit at hissed really loud and Lovey went running.
She wants to be friends but Bela isn't ready to be all lovey dovey yet..

Angela H - and all others for all the well wishes..

Regarding how many cats: I'm trying to be really discrete (haha) because actually I don't think I'm allowed to have pets, period. So far management hasn't said anything but it could come up.. Doesn't help when both of them are in heat and other cats are hanging around outside. And there's Lovey meowing for the last 4 days - and LOUDLY! at times.

Loving all these kitten pics, too..
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Zoning limit? That's interesting. I guess it makes sense in some areas.

Yes, many cities and townships have limits. I have to be up on these things since I rent. It's not only my ass on the line but my landlord's! The police won't come over and check, but say my neighbors complained about cat urine smell or barking dogs, the AC would make a house call and if I had too many I would have to get rid of some. In Kentwood, where we technically live, it's 3 cats, 3 dogs. In Grand Rapids there's no limit on cats or dogs.
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