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Siameselade-the cat IS testing me now   When I don't jump out of bed in the morning when the alarm rings, she jumps on my face and starts pouding without mercy. If i still don't get up, she'll gather up the dogs for team work-she'll open the inside screendoor with her claws, then the 4 dogs throw themselves against the outside door and all 5 of them go running, laughing at me 
All those critters are expensive when it comes to stocking up food for them, but i could not get myself to get rid of them. What the heck-we can always macaroni and cheese while they feast!!
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Check out the cat and kitten that are hot on Corn's trail on the Afghanastan thread.  
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I surrender! I didn't mean anything Angel.

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Originally posted by Falcon Falcon wrote:

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  Thanks.  That is "Seven".  18.75 pounds of pure love and affection.  I'm 48, and 7 is about four now.  He'll be the last companion animal I will ever have.

He's been an indoor cat.  I live in the center of a large city and it's just not safe to let your cats roam around here.  I'll not have to worry about him dragging in the BF.  I have an 2nd story apartment in a four-plex, with huge windows on the north side, 4' wide and 6' tall.  he spends quite a bit of time watching the birds in the trees because the branches of the trees come within a few feet of the windows.  It's like TV for cats, LOL.

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Three of my four cats are pretty happy staying inside now. There are still longing looks out the window.

My other cat will do just about anything to sqeeze out the door when possible. For instance the UPS man coming to the door. Arrgh! Any ideas on making him a happier indoor cat would be gladly accepted.
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I heard that in the last days people will not have any cats or dogs or birds
I donít remember where
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I have one Siamese, a 3 yr old, who is afraid to go out.  The younger one he's just turned 1, he tries to sneak out with our little dog. 

I have actually hit him for it.  I don't normally discipline them, will speak to them when they're bugging the bird, but that's it.

Anyhow the younger one starts bugging my hubby about 5 am to get up.  As he's older I think it's around 6 now. Hubby has given up complaining to me as cats can do no wrong. Besides before we got married I told him the Siamese would be with me forever. Different cats but still 2 Siamese. Hubby complains somtimes, wait til he gets home tonite they broke his piggy bank and he's had it a long time. Where did the rest of the thread go?? Okay page 2. Somebody should have told me, I thought I was talking to myself.

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I have one outdoor cat that likes to come in to visit everyday. Then I have one adult cat that goes outside everytime he feels like it. I had tried to stop this forever but dang near killed myself trying to keep him inside. Then on top of the two adults we have two 8 week old kittens. So we have four cats total.

I wish I could figure out a way to train them to stay away from the door when I open it. I've used a spray bottle and that doesn't work. Anyone have any ideas? I'd really like to keep the indoor cats safe. I don't know if I could ever get the outdoor cat to stay inside. He's a very tempermental tom cat.

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WE have eight cats. There are three siamese and  three strays that we took in - they are all inside. We also have a feline leukemia positive cat that stays in a separate part of our house.

The last cat is an outside cat to keep the mice out of the airconditioning hoses of our van. She is often in our garage and she'll have to stay there during bf. 


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I have already decided that the pets will stay indoors once B/F gets near here...that includes the fat ole cat..the kitten does not go out and well the pup she is so little(6lbs) she is scared to go any further then the back deck...yes I have a mess to clean up...but I guess this would be my pratice
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try banging together to pot lids, they don't like loud noises. Or slappping your hands together. You got to get serious on this or you might lose them Ballons popping

 

 

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Siam~I'd not thought of banging lids together. I'm sure that will work. I'll give it a try this weekend. Thanks for the idea.
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We have 4 indoor cats and 5 outdoor cats. I'm sure the indoor cats will be fine none of them ever go outside. The 5 outdoor strays that I feed I do worry about whether they will make it through or not.
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i have 3 cats, one, who is my close friend, named jinx, likes to escape from the house.  we nicknamed him adventure boy.  the others are fat and happy, our biggest is named teddy and he facilitates the escape of jinx by pushing out the window screens with his big ass.
  
   besides without cats i won't have anybody to piss in my holster box.
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I have 2 indoor cats 1 porch cat and 15+ (at last count and much to my boyfriends dismay) outdoor barn cats.  The ones in will stay in, the ones  will have to stay out but I may be able to pen a few of them up in a 6x6 outdoor run off my catshed.  They don't all get along so I will have to make adjustments and decisions like euthanizing a couple that have been battling mild illnesses since kittenhood.  I don't want them to get sick and die slowly should there be no vet available to medicate them.  I also don't want to have real serious contact with them other than feeding and watering them if it gets real bad.  Also 4 dogs - 1 in and 3 out.  If I see that they are getting sick then they will have to be euthanized in some way (1st choice veterinarian), same with the cats but they will probably disappear and you won't find them to be able to assist them.  For those of you with garages you could build an attached pen with rabbit wire and 2x4's so they could get outside enjoyment.  
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good points Debtrag, your trying to avoid suffering.  I agree with your planning.
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Cats are pretty smart animals.  Unfortunately their instincts drive them to hunt anything that produces movement and noise.

I only have one to worry about fortunately, and he's been a housecat from the beginning.  Before I got him his previous owners left him outside much of the time, which I never understood because this is a big city and pets don't normally last very long when they spend the majority of the time outdoors.

It didn't take very long for 7 ( I have no idea what his previous owners named him) to learn that I didn't want, nor was I going to tolerate his "lust" for outdoor adventure.  I have always lived in second story apartments ( more plus than minus) and can leave the mini-blinds and drapes open around the clock which gives him plenty to watch.  He'll sit  on tables and in the houseplants next to the windows, hell, I even widened the window sills to accommodate his need for communing with nature.  He's as content as any cat I have ever seen.  He still trys to follow me out sometimes, but it's more that he wants to be with me than to go roaming around outside.

They will adjust to indoor only living.

If you have a cat that "trys" for the door when you open it I would suggest that you do the same thing I did when I first got 7.  If he was near the door looking to make an exit I would pick him up, pet him a few times, open the door and then set him back inside as I shut the door.  It takes about a week of doing this before they quit trying for an exit everytime you open the door.

Cats are "place" animals as oppossed to dogs which are "people" oriented".  A dog will follow you anywhere, a cat will not because they are very pensive about unknown environments.  If they don't know or have forgotten what is on the other side of a door they are extremely cautious about going out it.  Curious? Yes indeed.  But they are careful when they go into unknown places.

You just can't screw up once you decide to make a cat an indoor only model.  You can't keep them inside for two weeks and then one day decide to let them go out.  It sends a mixed message to them and then you have to go through all the nonsense again of picking them up and petting them while you are making your way through the exit.  tha's too much work to put yourself through and very confusing to the cat.

"Kitty greens" are a big help also.  Most of the time they want outside for the grass to chew on.  It helps them with hair ball vs digestive tract issues.  Provide some grass in an indoor window planter.

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I have two  stray cats that adopted me. They are staying indoors now...and one is still crying ten days later! Crying right now!!
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I have a problem with strays around my apartment complex.  I keep trying to get animal control to catch them and put them in the local shelter but they said they dont deal with cats only dogs.  I'm concerned cuz one got in a fight and its all cut and bloody.  It hangs around outside my door.  I've been thinking about trapping them and bringing them to an amimal shelter that does not distroy cats.  But i dont know exactly how to go about this.  I have to say there's not a bird in sight I think the cats have killed them all.
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