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Old 12-06-2018, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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OP,


What I suggest is ONLY a suggestion, based on my 10 years of volunteering with a local cat rescue.
Kitties often get lost in a large house and are unable to find the kitty box at first. Sometimes you add that with the fact that their tiny bladders only hold if for so long... We always recommended that new kitty stays in a smaller room for the first couple of days to adjust and learn the smells of the room. This will help him/her find the box when they are free in your home.


I hope this does not become an issue for you, but something to consider if it does.


I truly wish you and OH all the happiness only a soft purr can bring. Congratulations on your new family member!!
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Old 12-08-2018, 12:31 AM
 
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OP,


What I suggest is ONLY a suggestion, based on my 10 years of volunteering with a local cat rescue.
Kitties often get lost in a large house and are unable to find the kitty box at first. Sometimes you add that with the fact that their tiny bladders only hold if for so long... We always recommended that new kitty stays in a smaller room for the first couple of days to adjust and learn the smells of the room. This will help him/her find the box when they are free in your home.


I hope this does not become an issue for you, but something to consider if it does.


I truly wish you and OH all the happiness only a soft purr can bring. Congratulations on your new family member!!
Oh, first our house is only 750sqft. 4 rooms plus bath.tge litter box is in the spare bedroom.

Second, he found it and used it once by end of day one.

Third we did into him to the litterbox so hed know it was his.

I did suggest we temporary move it to short 6' hall in frint of bathroom so hed fibd it by the living room where he tended to stay.

Now the 3'tall scratch rope post is in the spare room too...if only we could get him to use it! He hasnt yet clawed the furniture, but does the berber wall to wall carpet !

Hell learn, hopefully Sooner than later.

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Old 12-08-2018, 01:04 AM
 
Location: MA
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I had to put down my precious golden retriever Jack last year at age 13, but his best bud, my cat fluffy, is 17,18 in 2 months.
These two are my oldest pets I have ever had💕💕miss my Jack still,hope to someday get another dog. Don't think Fluffy would appreciate a dog at this point 😏
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Old 12-08-2018, 04:22 AM
 
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I had to put down my precious golden retriever Jack last year at age 13, but his best bud, my cat fluffy, is 17,18 in 2 months.
These two are my oldest pets I have ever had💕💕miss my Jack still,hope to someday get another dog. Don't think Fluffy would appreciate a dog at this point 😏
Agree.
When our little girl passed, we decided against another cat due to our little boy being 16 and set in his ways, probably intolerant of a new cat.

Our new little boy well we are hoping sooner than later we will get him a sister.

Its a lot easier for them to get along if raised together.

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Old 12-08-2018, 07:58 AM
 
Location: equator
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Such a heartbreaking decision to make, Galaxhi, but when it's time it's the kindest thing you can do is to end your beloved pet's suffering. Hang onto the thoughts that you gave your kitty a wonderful long life, he knew your love every single day and he loved you back. And he'll take that love with him, experiencing it still, as you ease him onto the Path leading to the Rainbow Bridge.

We have a normal grey male cockatiel who's very close to 30 yrs old. We've had him since he was 3-4 months old, and we've shared our lives, the ups and downs, events, moves, and our love all that time. He's slowed down, spends most of his time perched on top of his cage on his playground, playing with his toys, eating, sleeping, and talking when he feels like it. His feet are arthritic, but he still takes a lap or two flight around the great room when he feels like it, joins in our conversations, and enjoys having his head scratched, sharing some meals with us. He occasionally goes into what look like seizures, when he does we hold him till the seizures stop a few minutes later, then he comes out of it, wonders what the fuss was all about, and starts talking. I know one day he won't come out of a seizure, and that will be it. But in the meantime, he seems to enjoy his life (he cracks me up when he drags his little mirrors around and props them up in different spots so he can see them), he eats well and he's interactive, so it's ok for now.
Birds are the best, and so underrated as pets! I had a 14-year-old Banty hen that was the sweetest pet ever. She even came to Vegas with us (snuck into the casino), and the beach.
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Old 12-08-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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We had two cats - a male & female from the same litter. We adopted them from a rescue shelter when they were kittens. The female made it to 18.

We had to put down our male cat. He had a great run -- 20 years, 6 months. I was hoping he could make it to 21 so we could throw a 21st birthday party for him Las Vegas style. We had him since he was about 6 weeks old or so.

He had a great personality. As an indoor-only cat, he would come to wherever we were. If we were hanging out in the kitchen, that's where he would be. When we were in the family room, so was he. When we were out for the evening, he would wait by the door coming in from the attached garage. He would even come when I whistle. He loved to ride in the car. Most cats hate the car because they associate it with going to the vet; Sporty knew he was going on vacation. He would periodically walk into my lap and look out the window, then return to the back and take a nap on long trips.

I remember him in his prime - extremely playful and intelligent. Once he crawled up a metal screen door and reached over with his paw to push the lever down to unlock it. I saw him jump onto a counter, open a box, take out a cookie, and close the box. If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have thought it possible.

Unfortunately, his health declined. He was almost completely deaf. He was diabetic & I gave him insulin shots 2x day. I hydrated him by giving him sub-Q fluids every day. He could only get on the couch with puppy stairs. He had quite a bit of arthritis in his back hips and legs, so he stopped covering up in his litter box. He lost quite a bit of weight and muscle mass even though he still had his appetite and ate well. And he did little besides sleep.

He had a great run. His life was better than that of most people on the planet. I'll always miss him.

Here he is with his sister (full litter-mate).

Moderators - this is my own photograph to share. The male is the ginger. His sister is the gray one. In contrast to the male, the female was dumb as a box of rocks - but very good looking.

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Old 01-15-2019, 04:31 AM
 
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Hiya all....OP here.

Well a month ago we got a new 4 month old rescue kitten.

He is very friendly and loving, to a fault when its bedtime!

But he IS A PAIN. weve not had a cat into everything, climbing (or attempting to climb) up on everything and causing general mayhem in a looooong time.

Today im calling the shelter to find out about getting him snipped. They do it for cheap. Comparatively the vets office wants more than $1k to give him one shot, office visit and to neuter him!!! ( we just spent a small fortune taking care of the 20y, 2 m old ).

His ne is Alex, short for Alexander the great, but i called him "squeakers" one day due his high pitched"squeaky " voice, and he came running. So squeakers is his nickname.

Hes lots of fun, but can sure cause a lot of trouble, so much for the new drapes, for instance....

Hes a real pickle, but hes our pickle.

We are certainly hoping getting him snipped will calm him down some.

The funniest thing is we have a full length mirror in the bathroom, he sees himself in it and attacks ths mirror!!!

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Old 01-15-2019, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Hiya all....OP here.

Well a month ago we got a new 4 month old rescue kitten.

He is very friendly and loving, to a fault when its bedtime!

But he IS A PAIN. weve not had a cat into everything, climbing (or attempting to climb) up on everything and causing general mayhem in a looooong time.

Today im calling the shelter to find out about getting him snipped. They do it for cheap. Comparatively the vets office wants more than $1k to give him one shot, office visit and to neuter him!!! ( we just spent a small fortune taking care of the 20y, 2 m old ).

His ne is Alex, short for Alexander the great, but i called him "squeakers" one day due his high pitched"squeaky " voice, and he came running. So squeakers is his nickname.

Hes lots of fun, but can sure cause a lot of trouble, so much for the new drapes, for instance....

Hes a real pickle, but hes our pickle.

We are certainly hoping getting him snipped will calm him down some.

The funniest thing is we have a full length mirror in the bathroom, he sees himself in it and attacks ths mirror!!!


What fun it was to read your post!! He will calm down after being neutered, but he's a baby and will have lots of energy!! My two are older and sleep a lot but have times when they are terrors. My male cat, Sam, is determined I get up around 4 a.m. and I usually go to bed at 1 a.m.
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:04 AM
 
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What fun it was to read your post!! He will calm down after being neutered, but he's a baby and will have lots of energy!! My two are older and sleep a lot but have times when they are terrors. My male cat, Sam, is determined I get up around 4 a.m. and I usually go to bed at 1 a.m.
We get up around 3 or 4 am. Because my OH has to leave about 5-5:15 to be to work at 6am.

From when my OH gets up until about noon, he is a terror on wheels!!!

Yes, we are definitely hoping getting him snipped will settle his furry butt down.

I caught him napping on the table in the living room, he knows better, but does it anyway.

We are so used to a cat who knows no taboes, no counters, no tv caninet, no sink is a place to be. We're trying hard to learn him!!!

Oh well.

Hope he has a nice long life with him. If we dont accidentally kick him to death when he jumps betwixt our legs while we are walking!. Even my cane doesnt deter him. And he always has to run ahead to where he thinks we are going so he can hide and "attack" us. Hes often wrong on where we are going!

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Old 01-15-2019, 10:20 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Such a heartbreaking decision to make, Galaxhi, but when it's time it's the kindest thing you can do is to end your beloved pet's suffering. Hang onto the thoughts that you gave your kitty a wonderful long life, he knew your love every single day and he loved you back. And he'll take that love with him, experiencing it still, as you ease him onto the Path leading to the Rainbow Bridge.

We have a normal grey male cockatiel who's very close to 30 yrs old. We've had him since he was 3-4 months old, and we've shared our lives, the ups and downs, events, moves, and our love all that time. He's slowed down, spends most of his time perched on top of his cage on his playground, playing with his toys, eating, sleeping, and talking when he feels like it. His feet are arthritic, but he still takes a lap or two flight around the great room when he feels like it, joins in our conversations, and enjoys having his head scratched, sharing some meals with us. He occasionally goes into what look like seizures, when he does we hold him till the seizures stop a few minutes later, then he comes out of it, wonders what the fuss was all about, and starts talking. I know one day he won't come out of a seizure, and that will be it. But in the meantime, he seems to enjoy his life (he cracks me up when he drags his little mirrors around and props them up in different spots so he can see them), he eats well and he's interactive, so it's ok for now.
Update on our 30 year old cockatiel, Coconut. He left us for the Rainbow Bridge on January 2, 2019. He was still eating, talking and responding to us just a short time before he died, in fact he was having his morning head scratch as he sat on my husband's shoulder. But we had noticed he seemed short of breath and tired with any exertion for a couple days, so I think maybe his brave old heart finally gave out.

My husband had put him back on his playground for a minute while he went to get something, and when he came back, Coconut was on the floor, sort of rocking from side to side. Hubby picked him up, and began cuddling him and scratching his head. He did this for some time, and after a while he said Coconut nibbled his finger a little, then just kind of faded out, and died.

As sad as we are over the loss of our long time friend, we know Coconut had a great life with us, he knew he was cherished and he loved us back. I can't think of a better way to go than being cuddled and scratched by your favorite person, and I think I will always treasure the thought that Coconut was even able to leave a final gift of a nibble to a loved one before he left us.
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