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May 5th, 2009
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I'm getting either crazier or catlady-er
Number ten has just been added to my household. She has yet to be formally introduced to the rest of the clan, because I've taken her to the vet first and they're keeping her overnight so they can fix her teeth tomorrow (and give her a chip and check her blood and etc.). But anyway, Mammaloe makes ten.

She's an elderly lady who was taken in by the kitten shelter last year. While there she gave birth to six beautiful baby cats who've all found good homes since then. She's got a chronic case of the sniffles though, and what with the shelter expecting new kittens that won't have a good immune system due to having to be bottle fed, it's better that she moves in with me. Which will in actuality happen tomorrow.

She was quite feral when she was first caught, but a year of TLC has taken care of that. She's still quite shy, but today at the vet I could take her out of her cage and hold her without trouble and she even allowed the vet to inspect her teeth. I think she'll be no trouble at all once she gets here.

I'll definitely take pictures and then try very hard to get around to posting piccies of all of my cats next week. Some of them will be big, so I'll put them behind a cut, to spare those of you with limited access to the intertubes.

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From:kalypso_v
Date:May 5th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Welcome to Mammaloe! I'll look forward to seeing all ten soon.
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From:jthijsen
Date:May 6th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
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I've got a great new camera, so it should be really soon.
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From:vilakins
Date:May 5th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
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You lovely kind cat-lady, and welcome to Mammaloe! I look forward to the pictures of her and the others.

Wow, sometimes I think four is a lot.

BTW I read recently about an 18-year-old cat who had spent most of her life at a shelter (but very loved and looked after) finally getting a home of her own. I'm glad she got that even if it's not for long, but she looked very healthy to me.
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From:jthijsen
Date:May 6th, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
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That's because all of your cats are still relatively young. Four of my ten are sedate elderly types who would list their favorite pastime as snoozing and eating, in that order. The two middle aged types are only busy in the evenings. If they were gone and only the youngsters were left, I'd be just as busy taking care of the whole lot. I also have a wonderful vet who doesn't mind coming to my house to give them their shots. A good vet is very much a blessing.

I'm very glad this elderly cat managed to find a good home. She may enjoy it for a while yet, some cats get to be older than twenty.
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From:vilakins
Date:May 6th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
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You're lucky to have such a good vet. Perhaps it's the number of cats. Jasmin's breeder's vet calls to inoculate and examine litters.

My vet will call to put an dying cat to sleep at home, but so far with three I've lost, that hasn't happened because one died under the anaesthetic while having teeth out (she had an suspected weak heart), one had cancer and was at the vet's when put down (but with me there) and of course so was poor little Tessa after I rushed her there. I'm hoping we'll have enough warning with Claudia for her to die peacefully here. She's very frail and thin now but still enjoying life, and the vet's very impressed at how well she's doing despite her kidney disease.
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From:jomacmouse
Date:May 6th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
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I'm getting either crazier or catlady-er

The two may not be mutually exclusive, y'know :-) Nevertheless, you've taken on something a lot of people wouldn't and may deserve some medal yet.
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From:jthijsen
Date:May 6th, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
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The medal should go to the kitten shelter. All of my cats can take care of themselves and only need me to refill their food bowls and clean out their litter boxes. Of course they also expect to be scritched at regular intervals, something I'm very conscientious about... :-D.

The kitten shelter, OTOH, regularly harbors kittens who have to be bottle fed. This is not as easy as it may sound: kittens need to be fed every two hours, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for at least four weeks (often for longer than that). The lady who runs the shelter does this every single summer for several litters. If that isn't worthy of a medal, I don't know what is.

I found out when I first got cats that having them around is good for me, it makes me feel a whole lot better. So this is my very modest way of giving something back.
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From:jomacmouse
Date:May 6th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
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The woman running the kitten shelter probably needs rather more than a medal, under the circumstances. Doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't have a medal for contributing to the mental and physical health of your cats. It would be inscribed:

To Jacqueline
For conscientious feeding and scritchery


Your cats would surely endorse such an award, yes?
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