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  • Lamb ChoppedLamb Chopped Shipmate
    Is it possible for you to slip outside with a water sprayer and spray Ginger when you see him on the window sill? A friend recommended that to me with our pet and it's having a wonderful effect. Though you've probably tried it already...
  • MooMoo Kerygmania Host
    Is it possible for you to slip outside with a water sprayer and spray Ginger when you see him on the window sill? A friend recommended that to me with our pet and it's having a wonderful effect. Though you've probably tried it already...

    I've heard this works especially well with ice water.

  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    edited June 4
    I have thought of getting one of those toys that looks like a pink plastic machine gun to deal with unfriendly cats. :naughty:
  • We have water pistols at the front and back doors, but Ginger is very fast.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Confession time: my late father (who was a keen gardener, hence why we never had any pets) kept a slug-gun in the shed to fire at invading cats. I have no idea how good or otherwise a shot he was, but as he said, it would put the wind up them, and they'd think twice before coming back!
  • PigwidgeonPigwidgeon Shipmate
    Piglet wrote: »
    Confession time: my late father (who was a keen gardener, hence why we never had any pets) kept a slug-gun in the shed to fire at invading cats. I have no idea how good or otherwise a shot he was, but as he said, it would put the wind up them, and they'd think twice before coming back!

    I'm now picturing him shooting the cats with slimy gastropods, which are also much despised by gardeners.
    :wink:
  • Lamb ChoppedLamb Chopped Shipmate
    We have water pistols at the front and back doors, but Ginger is very fast.

    Got a kid who'd love to rig a water-bucket-with-rope over the outside window?
  • MooMoo Kerygmania Host
    Or maybe some sort of booby trap?
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    Pigwidgeon wrote: »
    I'm now picturing him shooting the cats with slimy gastropods, which are also much despised by gardeners.:wink:

    Much as that image appeals (not!), it was just a sort of revolver-sized gun that fired pellets a little smaller than a peanut.


  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    There was a ginger cat here called Barney - his name was on his collar. When Georgie-Porgy first turned up he hung around and once I chased him with the hose. The next day I found him fast asleep on the spare bed. He woke up and looked at me as if to say, "Oh, I suppose you want me to go now", and sauntered out the back door. He and G-P seemed to get on well, so I bowed to the inevitable and stopped chasing him. I spoke to a neighbour and she said that his staff worked long hours and no one knew then very well, but everyone knew Barney.
  • PendragonPendragon Shipmate
    I can tell the weather is rather warm currently: Maisy has actually been outside today, and more than once. These days she tends to be an indoor cat.
  • CathscatsCathscats Shipmate
    Our Maisie has become an almost entirely outdoor cat. She is dying of cancer, and now even has to be brought in to eat, as she won’t come of her own accord. Once presented with food, so far she does eat it, but she is fading away, and it is very sad. We made a bed for her in the open-sided wood shed, as she was trying to shelter under the bushes, and when the rain is heavy they aren’t really good enough. I tried to tell her that not having the sense to come in out of the rain was axiomatic.
  • RossweisseRossweisse Hell Host, 8th Day Host
    Oh, Cathscats! I am so sorry. That’s really difficult for all of you.
  • CathscatsCathscats Shipmate
    Well, it is and it's not. I don't think her demise is imminent, as she does still eat, though she is losing weight. And she still likes to help with the gardening, either by batting my hand when I pull out weeds or by sitting in the basket which I put them in. I haven't seen her up a tree recently though, and she was always a great climber.

    Meanwhile her daughter who has been browbeaten (physically beaten up on a daily basis) by her mother for 10 years is waxing fat and lording it gleefully over the indoors.
  • AravisAravis Shipmate
    Sending love to you and Maisie. My cat died of cancer a year ago and also had a strong instinct to go outside, though he found it physically difficult in his last week. He remained stable for a long time and then deteriorated very suddenly.
  • PigletPiglet All Saints Host, Circus Host
    {{{Cathscats and Maisie}}}
  • (((Maisie)))

    Our previous cats were a mother and daughter. The Cats Protection League begged us to take the mother as well as the kittens, saying that kittens were easy to find homes for, but that the mother might struggle to be homed. They said she was a devoted mother who would want to stay with her much loved kittens.

    They lied.

    Agnes made it abundantly clear that she wanted the kittens to leave home, go away, stop bothering her etc etc. Plato (male kitten) was quite independent, but Cleo (female kitten) remained under the maternal paw for the next 16 years.
  • AravisAravis Shipmate
    It was the opposite situation with the cats we had in January; I only wanted an adult cat, but we were persuaded to take the shyer kitten as well (I don’t know why, as she would have been much easier to rehome).

    Lyra’s shyness lasted for less than a week; Cassie, her mother, came from a bad situation (she gave birth to Lyra and sibling at the cats’ refuge) and doesn’t have the self confidence to tell Lyra off when she needs it. Lyra’s always attacking her and Cassie visibly tenses when Lyra comes into the room. I’m not experienced with kittens and am not sure what to do about this.
  • PendragonPendragon Shipmate
    Our two are mother and son. She was rescued with a newborn litter, and although the rest went fairly quickly, Monty was"too ugly" as his markings are not classic black and white mask like Maisy. He probably also has a touch of Siamese in his ancestry, which showed in his skull shape as a kitten, and would explain his slightly batty nature and the fact he is tall and slim when she is quite dumpy. So when we adopted them he was 6 months old and the rescue place didn't want to split them after being together so long.

    Apparently I was the first person Maisy showed an interest in, although he was used to the "please adopt me" routine. As far as their relationship goes, they get along and will sleep together, but they do squabble sometimes.
  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    I slept n this morning so Aroha's breakfast was late. When I picked up her dish I found that she had put Mousie* (her favourite toy in it.

    *Actually one of several mousies - she keeps hiding them.
  • Graven ImageGraven Image Shipmate
    I have a large very nice blue water bowl for dog Molly that I wash and put fresh water in each morning. On the porch I have a stained, rusty old tray that I put on the porch to catch run off water from a plant that is on a stand over it. The water is dark and dank. Guess where Molly choses to drink.
  • LydaLyda Shipmate
    My oldie cat, Ming, is having to get used to only having outdoor access to the back yard. I feel bad for him, but he has the habit of crossing the street to visit the neighbors. Previously that wasn't a problem because he had the good sense to look both ways. He actually still does, but he is so slow and arthritic that he can be half way across when a car appears and can't really hurry enough. I have a big, walled backyard plus a covered patio so technically it's not bad for him. But he really does like to watch the world go by out front. :disappointed:
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