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LOL I can relate. I have a naughty little kitty, too.

Posted By: silly cat, silly cat on 2005-11-20
In Reply to: OT: Cat vent! - diddles

The house can be so quiet during the day with the kids and husband all gone. Then kitty decides it's time to play. He likes to try to get my Betta fish out of the bowl. He pounces on my dogs to get them to chase him around and around the house. He tries to claw the walls, furniture or carpet. He rubs against me and wants to be held. He jumps up on my keyboard or lap. He can't play with his toys. Oh, no! He's got to bug me. Sometimes, he's so frustratingly attention seeking that I have to stick him in "his" room until I'm done working. He used to sleep in a cubby hole on my desk when he was a tiny kitty. Now, he's so big that he knocks things over. The worst one was when he jumped up on my desk and knocked over a vase full of flowers and water. Crack, splash! All over everything.

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So glad he is okay. Had a similar episode with Stuart a kitty we adopted in July. He had cold-like symptoms and weighed less than 1 pound. Took atbc, Lysine and eye drops and is now fine. Hope you have the same results.
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Your kitty is beautiful!!! (nm)
I am so happy for you and the kitty--sm
I had just thought about you guys this afternoon and was somewhat worried because you had not posted. So Glad he is doing better...and you too.!
MissouriMT how is kitty doing?

I hope he's back home and doing better.

Hope you kitty does okay.
hope Tom kitty is better soon
Sending prayers that he back home soon and feeling all better!
God bless little kitty.
Possible Solution For Kitty
I have a female cat who does the same thing. She tries to use her box and never attempts to do her business anywhere else in the house. She just has a little problem determining her positioning in the box. I have a big roll of 33-gallon plastic garbage bags and use these under the box. If Miss Kitty misses and pees over the edge, I just remove the plastic garbage bag and dispose of it and put a new one down. These cats are trying to do the right thing, but they just have a little trouble...LOL. Also, I agree that a bigger, uncovered box might be a good idea for your big boy. Good luck!
Big kitty troubles...
I also have a big kitty though not quite as big as yours. He does not quite seem to get his rear in to do his number two business either and it always ends up on the floor in front of the box. I have a regular size litter box and my mother has said they come in larger sizes and has suggested trying this. I plan to purchase one ASAP! He never goes on the floor and is very clean otherwise.

To the other poster who suggested just throw him outside, to some that would be like throwing a family member out of the house; I could never even consider that. There are other options and I know my kitty does not do this on purpose, he just needs an adjustment made to meet his particular needs. Good luck in finding what works for you and your big furry friend!
Sorry about your kitty, glad he's better. (SM)
I have 2 cats. When they were kittens they sat in my lap together, then they switched to the monitor. One of them still dominates the monitor and is hovering like Snoopy in Vulture Mode right now! I could not venture a guess how much cat hair must be in there! Anyway, it is one of the reasons I will try to stay working at home - KITTIES!

Did anybody else see this poor kitty picture?

Copy and paste, you will be amazed and sad at the same time.




Your kitty is a beauty! Enjoyed your

blog.  Like the others, it made me appreciate what I have so much.  Your "little corner of the world" where you work looks so much like mine.  I, too, have my bird feeders and bird bath to look out at.  I also have two kitties who are my "co-workers".  Tip (angel in Thai), my ?-percent Siamese kitty is sleeping right next to my keyboard right now.  Taz (yes, a little black and white devil) stepped away for a while.  Sometimes I get so mad and hate transcription, but we really have to count our blessings.  Working in the comfort and safety of our home with our animal pals and family close by is worth its weight in gold!!! Thanks for bringing a smile to my face, MTBlab. 

Kitty prayers needed!
MissouriMT - could we have a kitty update?
I posted below, not sure if you saw it though. 
My kitty is sick and I don't know anything about cats.

He's about 3 or 4 months old.  He is a very playful kitty.  Usually attacking my ankles or feet when I work, attacking the dog's tail, etc.  A couple of days ago he just wasn't himself.  Laying around, not playful at all.  Yesterday and last night, he threw up three times, and today he basically laid in the same spot all day long sleeping and barely moving.  I'm not sure when was the last time he used the litter box.  I took him to the vet and they are keeping him overnight.  They indicated he was pretty sick because he didn't resist having his blood taken or being poked on and he didn't try to groom himself after they were done.  We haven't had him long.  We adopted from the animal shelter.  He was the only survivor of his litter and the momma cat was killed by a car. 

I am really bummed for my kids.  We just lost our cat and dog this past winter in a house fire and I just don't know how my kids are going to react if something is wrong with our new kitty.

My kitty drinks out of the toliet as well!
This is my first cat so I'm new to all of this, having dogs all my life. I bet your cat will come back home. My mother's cat goes off all the time and comes back weeks later.
cord biting kitty
I have a cat who has chewed through my foot pedal cord, and I had to go to the store and buy a cored protector to put over the original cord.  I have black electrical tape on most of all my other computer-related cords.  Finally, I purchased some stuff at the pet store called Indoor Bitter End.  I cut the power to everything and carefully sprayed it on all my cords, obviously avoiding exposed wires, plugs, and outlets.  I can say that she hasn't chewed on any of them since I sprayed them!  I type in the basement and know that sometimes it's impossible to confine a cat or kitten and since they have a short attention span are not easily trainable.  Maybe this will help.
My vet told me kitty has to be over 3 pounds--sm
before it can be spade, but since most kitties don't get adopted as soon as they are 6 weeks old, I think that is just a standard on the SPCA site you visited. I waited until my little girl kittie was 6 months old before I had her spade. If the SPCA is specifying six weeks after adoption, it is probably because they are offering some kind of discount if it is done by then.
My kitty likes to sneak under my chair.
He'll brush the tip of his tail every so softly on my leg so I think it's a bug or something.  When I smack at it, he rubs under my hand for pets.  Little weirdo.  He likes to lick my toes, too.  Icky sandpaper tongue.  LOL
Is she ever precious! Looks like she's the deli owner's kitty.
I was hoping she had a home and it looks like she does!
That is such good news, I am sooooo happy for you and Tom Kitty
Cats' names are Miss Jiff, Squeaky, Bob, and Bib Kitty. nm

Dogs: Maggie and Slade, Cat: Kitty (official is Socks)- sm
Update on Tom kitty - we brought him home Saturday and he is back to his playful self today. SM

I brought him home from the vet on Saturday.  He was still running a temperature, but it was much lower - 103.  It had been 106 when we took him to the vet.  He was still lethargic, but had started to groom himself.  I have antibiotics I have to give him twice a day, by Sunday afternoon he was becoming playful again and was drinking a lot more and started to eat more.  Today, he is back to his old self.  Attacking my PC wires and walking on my keyboard, trying to get my fingers when I type.

I am so relieved! 

I can relate!
I had a rotten day yesterday - dictator from H*** - U start to think you're losing your mind relistening to the same sentence over and over and over and...well, U get the point. But today is a new day! Yea!
i can really relate
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LOL. I can sure relate to that.

I think I'll start *borrowing* that phrase!  LOL again!

Thanks for the laugh, and thanks for posting. 

I can relate!
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I'm with you.  I'll never have only 1 account.  I have 2 right now and working on getting my third. 

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Gosh I'm so sorry for your loss. I know first hand how devastating suicide is (if it was intentional - you didn't say), but again, so sorry. Thanks for sharing.
Ohh, I can relate! (NM)
I can relate -- sm
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Try to relax . . .
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I can SO relate! sm

Except that now, my kids think I work 24/7 because when they were little, I had to much of the time (no support).  I did work 20-hour days at times, but not now they are grown.

Mother's Day: 

Tad (as in Tadpole, the pole was dropped, he is nearly 6'7"):  Hi mom!

Hiya Tad.

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It is my weekend...I don't work Sunday or Monday.

Tad:  You are NOT working??? You take TWO days off?  Ummm so you can talk for a minute?


Tad: You really aren't working??

I trained 'em too well.  DD is here for the summer and she is so respectful of my working hours too.

I can definitely relate!! sm
I was and still am in your shoes as far as the finances go. I was making 8 cpl, but the platform was so bad, I was killing myself barely breaking 100 lph! I've been doing this for 18+ years, am a very fast typist, and use Expanders out the ying-yang. I just got hired on by an MTSO using the BayScribe platform. I'm making 8.5 cpl as an IC and am already typing more lph in my first week! That's with learning a new platform, dictators, and creating new templates as I go! I've got $3 in my pocket to last me until Thursday, am behind on most of my bills, but praise God, do have a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.

Have you considered finding another company or account??

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OMG! I can totally relate to this.
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I can totally relate sm
My son is the same way in school, very bright without even trying. In the National Honor Society, ranked 1 in his class and has always been the "smartest" kid in class, is very athletic, but sometimes just seems so unhappy. Peer pressure is terrible, especially if you don't "fit in" with the dummies. My son even plays football and lacrosse, and guess what, he gets the award every year for Athletic and Academic Achievement with a GPA of 3.8. Still, there is something making him unhappy.

Homeschool just might work for you. This is a tough age for all kids.
some various comments you all might relate too

When asked what I do for a living, I tell them, the response I get the most is this "oh, i've heard of that.  Been wanting to get into it as a side job."  Gee thanks. 

Or "Did you have to go to school for that?"  And actual disbelief when I tell them I did. 

Or "Don't you get sick of not being around people?"  Again...gee thanks.  What am I a shut in?  I still at least go out and check my mail a couple times a week!

Or "Whats that"  Blank look on face or extreme disinterest or disappointment.  Gee, thanks again. 

And here's the meanest one that I received from a guy I was dating for awhile "Are you just afraid of being successful?"  Hmmm.....can I get a gee thanks?

I can REALLY relate to you in one area...
My DH is a high school principal, however, we purposely and specifically moved to a different town so that our children would not have to go to school where their Dad works.  Our oldest (a senior this year) did her freshman year at the same high school, and then we moved.   Some kids were very rude, saying mean things about her dad within ear shot so that she would hear, and kids telling her that some senior was "looking for her" because he was mad at her dad.  As far as lying... I think you might try teaching her a lesson about lying.  Tell her you're going to get her a car and then when the day comes to go get it, you can say "oops, I was lying, we're not getting a car."  In other words, show her what being lied to make a person feel like.  She can know that you're doing it in order to teach her a lesson, and that she just might never know when you're lying or telling the truth.  She will soon realize what she is doing to you and what it's like to live with a liar.  My DD is very honest and we havn't had any troubles with her, but I've got 2 more coming up so who knows what's in store for me there.  There but for the Grace of God go I, so I will not boast about the one well-behaved teenager that I have raised.  Sometimes in spite of everything we do, and the best upbringing, some kids just make poor choices.  Hang in there.  I now know why God invented menopause. Can you imagine what these people having babies at 45 have in store for them in their 60s?  They're NUTS!
I can REALLY relate to you in one area...
Dear Lisa,

My ex's latest bimbo (who is now his wife) badmouthed me in front of my then 12 yr. old daughter. This trash even went as far as to discuss their intimate relationship in detail in front of my child.

Although my daughter lives with me, she has no respect for this trashy woman.

Your daughter will eventually see through this woman's lieing and manipulation. From 15 to 17 is a tough age for girls and your daughter is right smack in the middle.

I would be firm with my daughter and tell her that calling you names and being rude to your fiancee and his family is unacceptable and you just won't tolerate it.

Further, tell her that respect is earned and she'll have to clean up her act if she wants your respect.

Your daughter knows how to "push your buttons" but don't let her get to you. Ask her, "How would you like it if I called you names all the time?" When the shoe is on the other foot, teens have a tendency to think about things more than we realize.

A real job doesn't have to bring in a paycheck. The most important jobs that we women have is being a Mom. If we are able to juggle motherhood and still bring in a paycheck then all the better. It doesn't matter if your office is in the living room, or in an office downtown.

If that paycheck helps buy your daughter things that she wants, I would simply say next time she asks for something, "Sorry, I don't have a real job, so there's no real cash to get you what you want."

Sometimes you have to stop being the "nice parent" and put your foot on the brake. In the long run, your daughter will come around and respect you for it.

don't know but I feel for ya, can relate!