Where do I fit on my bed? I slide in on the edge where Sunny and Timmy are, then gently push my behind toward those same interlopers. They shove over unwillingly and sometimes just get up and get onto the same spot on the blanket they were already occupying on TOP of ME! That's about 40 pounds of cats!!! No wonder I wake up all achy! But to be fair, they don't stay there all night. Usually after they get some pets and treats they leave the bed. Sometimes I can't figure out where they are hiding all night long. But, by morning they are back to climb over me to wake me up. Just like real kids! Sunny-Boy on the bottom left. Pinky above him. Georgie above right and Timmy, bottom right. My cats get along amazingly well. I introduced Timmy as a kitten to adult Bambi in 2009. She mothered him until he became an obnoxious teenager, when I introduced kitten Buffy who Timmy adopted. They were playmates for about a year. They are no longer close, but tolerate each other just fine. They cross each other's path and only Buffy gives a grouchy growl. She doesn't seem to like anyone. But, she is a calico after all. And they have a reputation for being cantankerous!
Then, there were two kittens who lived with us for a few months, no longer with us, that Timmy adopted and loved on. Then, Ninja (the second), a black cat who was added to the menagerie. He was easily acclimated. He'd had previous contact with a lot of other pets in his two years. Then I adopted Sunny-Boy. Being so quasi-feral, he became Ninja's best buddy and love interest. (Yes, cats can be gay). But, Ninja got outside one day and never came back. The animal control had picked up his body about a week later. My heart was broken, and Sunny missed his buddy so much. He would meow for him at night out in the catio. Almost as if he were calling for him. Eventually he settled down. But still he does a little bit of calling, now and then. He carries around a little stuffed animal when he does that. So Sunny began to relate to Timmy and mothered the new bottle-baby kittens I adopted last October, one of which was Pinky. The following week I rescued Georgie off the street after he was thrown from a car window right in front of me! Since he was sick I had to keep him in the bathroom for months. The other kids tolerate him quite well. Though, Sunny gently smacks him on the head when he has no manners and is too intrusive,. Then Georgie lies down and rolls over for him to apologize. Then maybe he will get a forgiving lick on the face from Sunny. Pinky loves him as a brother and they play all the time. Though Georgie is about two months older than Pinky, he is outweighed by several pounds. Pinky is such a chubby boy! Timmy nuzzles and licks Pinky now, and so does Sunny and Georgie. He's still everybody's baby. Unlike some cat households, I think it is just luck that they all get along so well. Or maybe it's just the careful way I slowly introduce them. I never have flying fur, except from Timmy who sheds enough for all six cats!
Timmy says good morning! May I have some of your tea? No? Then why do you come into the catio every day this way?. It's torture, you know, when you sit there having toast and tea without offering us a treat too! Oh cruel cat mom! Note: Timmy says this while standing on my lap! Standing! I say! He weighs a ton!
This is my handsome house panther, Ninja, who has a problem. He is behaving like he's living freely in the jungle.
Every so often he does not use the litter box. He chooses instead any receptacle made of plastic, such as an empty laundry basket, though there are plenty litter boxes about the house.
He has also occasionally peed on the guest bed, and a couple times on the carpet. I had to replace the mattress. It was so unsalvageable. The carpet, I used a product that removes the stain and odor.
I hope this doesn't turn out to be a medical issue. ManCats do have problems that way. It can be quite painful for them, and quite expensive at the vet's to treat it. If it's a behavior problem, I am still trying to figure it out.
Could be because his first two years were spent in a van with a homeless family. As he grew up, he got to have more freedom and often went outdoors to play. Perhaps he finds being confined to the house too stressful. Or maybe I'm not cleaning out the litter box often enough. Or, maybe it's the brand of litter I'm using. Or just plain stress?
I don't know how I can work with this, aside from letting him be an outside cat. My ex-feral, Sunny-boy is very attached to Ninja and would freak out if they had to be separated. I don't dare let Sunny be an outside cat. He is way too skittish. He would be miserable. My plan right now is to get another large litter box and add it to the ones I already have. My litter boxes are actually large plastic file boxes from the business supply store. They are much deeper than a regular litter box and offers a bit more privacy and less tracking of litter outside of the box.
CALLING ALL CAT LOVERS: Learn from experts and be inspired by the ingenuity of ten Santa Cruz County cat owners providing unique CATIOS, outdoor enclosures for their cats!
Watsonville Catio location 10 Carita Ct (Near Bronte and Bridge)
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 9
What do bird-lovers and cat-lovers have in common? We all want what’s best for the animals we love. Lucky for us there's a unique solution that keeps cats and birds safe at the same time, and many of our neighbors are using it.
On Saturday, April 9, the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter and Native Animal Rescue of Santa Cruz County are teaming up to produce Santa Cruz County's first annual self-guided Catio Tour.
You may ask, “What’s a catio?” Good question! Add the word “cat” to the word “patio,” and you get “catio.” A catio is an outdoor enclosure for cats; a place where cats can enjoy the outdoors and still be safe from predators. And just as important, wild birds can be safe from cats.
The purpose of the first Santa Cruz County Catio Tour is to educate the community about this highly successful way of protecting cats from predators and birds from cats. The catios on display run the gamut from small window boxes to large freestanding enclosures where cats and their owners can enjoy each other.
Eleven local catio owners from Boulder Creek to Watsonville have offered to exhibit their catios from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 9.
It’s been a busy day watching our dozen or so entertaining friends swimming in the Fish Tank! We were frightened a bit last week when CatMom started emptying out all the water. What was she going to do with our fishies? But, the Monk came to the rescue and brought in another temporary home for them, while the large tank was emptied.
I enjoy counting them, but always get confused! There are more than twelve, I am sure! Maybe less than 20. The new borrowed aquarium is so lovely! We, all three of us, cannot fit together in front of it, like we did on the bench that was in front of the larger aquarium. The Monk and CatMom emptied the big one completely now and we are sad to see it go. They said something about a leak. But the fishies don't seem to mind their new smaller home.
My favorite fish is the Oranda. I named her Splash! She has a huge red hat she wears atop her head. It is difficult to tell how she stays afloat! She seems so top heavy. The Monk says he is going to make fresh sushi, and we all get very interested. But, I know he is just joking around.