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Old 09-11-2019, 02:15 PM
JRR
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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My next door neighbor came by each day to make sure everything was ok with her food and water. My cat runs and hides when anyone comes into the house. She run and hide even if the door bell rings. She was feral all her life until I gave her a home 2-3 years ago and is still very afraid of people except for me. She's in her mid teens now.
I have two cats and my older one is exactly like that. Doorbell rings and you wont see her for a long time.

And my other young cat is exactly the opposite. When the doorbell rings, she runs to see who it is. And anyone who steps inside gets checked out completely. When the cable guy was here doing a repair, she was with him every step of the way. She was brought into our vet as a stray and she certainly wasn't mistreated as I have never had a cat who loves people as much as this one does.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I have two cats and my older one is exactly like that. Doorbell rings and you wont see her for a long time.

And my other young cat is exactly the opposite. When the doorbell rings, she runs to see who it is. And anyone who steps inside gets checked out completely. When the cable guy was here doing a repair, she was with him every step of the way. She was brought into our vet as a stray and she certainly wasn't mistreated as I have never had a cat who loves people as much as this one does.
Had two litter mate, sister cats and this is how they behaved. One would be handing the guy tools. The other hiding until he was gone.
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Had two litter mate, sister cats and this is how they behaved. One would be handing the guy tools. The other hiding until he was gone.



They can be so funny. I had a cat once who watched everything very closely..... wanted to make sure the job was done right!
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Our beloved Beatrice cat went peacefully to cat heaven tonight. She tried her best to stay with us but her liver had other plans.

I do not feel freed up to take a cruise around the world. I feel like I want another cat.

I have had cats continuously since the late Eighties. The tail count has waxed and waned; at one point we had seven fur slugs. And now there are zero.

It is not as liberating as I thought it would be.

So sorry to hear about your furbaby. When my Dakota died last year I felt totally lost for a little while but didn't want to get another one right away. I did get two kittens three weeks ago and, boy, has it been an
'adventure'! lol I had forgotten how kittens are but they remind me daily...no every minute...the things they can get into. I'm glad I got them because they seem to have brought back some of my 'oomph', or something. I AM having a problem with a room mate over them but she's welcome to leave anytime she wants. My furbabies aren't going anywhere!
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Old 09-12-2019, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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I have two cats and my older one is exactly like that. Doorbell rings and you wont see her for a long time.

And my other young cat is exactly the opposite. When the doorbell rings, she runs to see who it is. And anyone who steps inside gets checked out completely. When the cable guy was here doing a repair, she was with him every step of the way. She was brought into our vet as a stray and she certainly wasn't mistreated as I have never had a cat who loves people as much as this one does.

I have one like that. I don't think he "loves people" so much but he IS incredibly nosy! Got to know everything that's going on. His sister, not so much. She's still shy and while she is getting brave enough to get closer I still haven't been able to pick her up, pet and love on her. I keep telling her she doesn't know what she's missing and her brother gets it ALL. Well, he insists on it so I have no choice. lol
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Old Yesterday, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I'm in my 30's and I'm a dog person. I currently have just one dog named Shadow and he is a doxie/dachshund. I think this will be my last dog. I don't want the responsibility of taking care of anymore pets after Shadow.

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Your attitude may change when you grow up.
Most of us considered ourselves and others in our thirties to be fully grown up, and I think that of thirty-somethings now.

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Old Yesterday, 11:26 AM
 
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As this is a retirement forum, the chances are a baby pet will outlive most of us. As we age, if we feel the need for a pet, consider adopting an older one that you will/may outlive. Maybe even when that an elderly person left behind due to their death or placement where they could not have a pet.

I worry more about what will happen to my cat when I die as the what will happen to my son. My son will be upset and sad but he will understand and will have my money. My poor cat will not understand and she will need a new home.
My grandmother is 92, in relatively good health, and still lives on her own. Just after she turned 90 her beloved cat passed away. A couple of weeks later she went out and adopted a new 2 year old cat. As most of us know, cats can live for a very long time. I absolutely love my grandmother and hope she is a statistical anomaly, but I would imagine one of her grandchildren will be adopting an orphaned kitty sometime within the next several years.
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Old Yesterday, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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What are your current and past experiences with pets?
Had cats as a child. They are "okay". Have had dogs in my adult life. Lost my Japanese Chin several years ago and the trauma of losing him precluded me getting another dog/pet since. I think I'm ready again, but since I retired and moved to paradise, I haven't gotten one because I don't know how often I'll be on the road or out playing.

Currently running for the city council and if I'm elected, that will tie me down for the next four years and I'll go ahead and get another dog. Hopefully another Japanese Chin. They are wonderful little companions.
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Old Yesterday, 01:47 PM
 
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I was just reading about a "fospice" program at a local animal rescue where elderly and sick dogs who would otherwise be euthanized immediately rather than kept in the shelter are instead sent to live out their days with only comfort care at a volunteer foster's home. That's definitely something I would be interested in doing as a retiree, and I would think this would address a lot of seniors' concerns over the lifetime commitment and expense issues of typical pet ownership. Wonderful concept!
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Old Yesterday, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I was just reading about a "fospice" program at a local animal rescue where elderly and sick dogs who would otherwise be euthanized immediately rather than kept in the shelter are instead sent to live out their days with only comfort care at a volunteer foster's home. That's definitely something I would be interested in doing as a retiree, and I would think this would address a lot of seniors' concerns over the lifetime commitment and expense issues of typical pet ownership. Wonderful concept!
Great idea - I will definitely look into this.
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