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Old 10 January 2016, 12:33 AM
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Roberta~

I know this is a new place and you are not sure what is going on. But this is your furr-ever home. Please come out and get to know me!
Kuromi lived under the sofa and behind the cupboards for the better part of a month. She'd eat and drink and come out at night to use her litter box but it took some time for her to actually explore. Now she's more or less glued to me.
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Old 10 January 2016, 01:07 AM
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She comes out to use the box and eat when I'm either out or asleep.
That's what those Kittens Under Bed did, too. I only needed to put the food dishes under the bed the first day. The next morning it was obvious that they'd come out during the night at least enough to find and use the pan; so I started putting the food dishes across the room, also. (They were shut in one room, partly to make sure they didn't escape the house, and partly because an older tom who had already been here several years had threatened them -- he got over it eventually and they all became close friends.) It still took a day or two until they'd come out to eat while I was there, and several days before I could touch either without setting off a mad dash on the part of both for Underbed Safety.

Not long after that they were all over me.
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Old 10 January 2016, 01:51 AM
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I don't know where she is hiding.
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Old 10 January 2016, 02:24 AM
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They find hiding places that humans can't detect. But she'll come out and be your girl, I'm sure.
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Old 10 January 2016, 02:30 AM
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She just materialized and ran across the room.
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Old 10 January 2016, 04:07 AM
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I don't know where she is hiding.
It's astonishing what a small space a kitten can fit into; as well as what they can get into, and what they can climb.

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She just materialized and ran across the room.
Aha!

-- she may be testing to make sure you don't chase her.

(At another stage of relationship, a cat suddenly running across the room in your line of sight may want you to chase her. But I doubt that it's that, right now.)
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Old 11 January 2016, 03:26 AM
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Roberta has come out of her shell, pretty much. She slept at m feet last night and woke me up this morning. When I came home from church she was nowhere to be found, but after lunch when I lay down for my nap, she joined me for snuggles, and has been around off and on all evening.
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Old 11 January 2016, 03:37 PM
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Prrrrrr . . .

I was thinking last night that I've known more than one case in which an Underbed Kitten first came out in the middle of the night to get on the bed with a sleeping human.
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Old 11 January 2016, 06:29 PM
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Well, Elkhound, if she has accepted her new home, she has a lot of exploring to do. You can't expect her to fawn over you like a common pooch!
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Old 11 January 2016, 06:34 PM
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Dear Hooman Elkhound --

Yeah, I'm 'splorin'.

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Old 12 January 2016, 01:24 PM
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They find hiding places that humans can't detect.
Got that right! a few years ago DH and I had our vents cleaned. Eventually two of our three cats (at that time) reappeared, but DH and I had to look all over the house for #3. I did find him behind the downstairs toilet, but Bast only knows where he'd been before then.
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Old 19 January 2016, 03:29 PM
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Dear Flanders--
You better be inside now!! I know you like to spend most of the day outside, and that you're double-coated, but you have no doghouse. Hopefully DH called you in by now. We'll go for a walk when I get home!!
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Old 19 January 2016, 06:12 PM
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Dear Roberta~

Thank you for at least coming out and warming up to me. I love how you have become a lapcat and a bedcat. This is your furr-ever home.

Sometimes I still cry about Rupert & Zane. That doesn't mean I don't love you.
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Old 19 January 2016, 07:35 PM
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Dear Roberta~

Thank you for at least coming out and warming up to me. I love how you have become a lapcat and a bedcat. This is your furr-ever home.

Sometimes I still cry about Rupert & Zane. That doesn't mean I don't love you.
Dear Roberta--
We humans are like that; we mourn your predecessor(s) but love you will all our hearts. Now go head-bonk Elkhound.

Staffer Dawn from Maryland
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Old 23 January 2016, 01:35 AM
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Dear Sabrina-Kitty,

I'm glad you're enjoying the hot spot I set up for you using a heating pad and a blanket. I'm sorry it took us so long to figure out that the reason you spent so much walking around and doing that deep, full-blooded yowl, was because you were cold. From what I've read, kitties like things much warmer than humans. Also, we got you when I was like thirteen and since I'm thirty now, that means you're pretty damn long in the tooth, so much so that I'm starting to wonder if we should have named you Methuselah rather than Sabrina. Probably true among cats as it is among humans: you get cold more easily as you get older.

So, sorry it took us so long to figure it out. We don't speak very good Cat and you don't speak very good Human, but I'm afraid those are the only languages we can use with each other.

Though it did give me a nice swelling of pride, knowing that one of my ideas actually worked. Maybe I don't have the problem-solving skills of a drunk chimp. Though I'm wondering if I should be like Homer at the end of Bart's Comet where after Lisa and Bart point out that he was right, Homer's like, "I know, kids, I'm scared too."

Enjoy your cozy warm spot.

Sincerely,
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Old 23 January 2016, 11:08 AM
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Dear Imhotep,

I think we both agree that cats are carnivores. So your reason for attacking half a tomato on the cutting board (which you have never really paid any attention to before this) would be...? And was it really necessary for me to haul you out of the just knocked over trash can after I tossed the tomato remnants? Show some dignity!

sincerely your human
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Old 23 January 2016, 03:41 PM
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we got you when I was like thirteen and since I'm thirty now, that means you're pretty damn long in the tooth, so much so that I'm starting to wonder if we should have named you Methuselah rather than Sabrina. Probably true among cats as it is among humans: you get cold more easily as you get older.
Yup, older cats do get cold more easily.

I've watched the progression, in many cats, from "Play outside! Play outside all day! Who cares if it's 15ºF out there?" gradually changing, as the cat ages, to "Still not summer outside? Think I'll spend the day next to the wood stove."

-- she's 17? That's an old cat; but not an extraordinarily old cat. Quite a lot of well-taken-care-of cats will get into their late teens. Over 20 is unusual; but far from unheard of.
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Old 23 January 2016, 05:28 PM
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Once, when our power was out after an ice storm, I fashioned a little sweater for our geriatric and very skinny Gobi by cutting the foot off an angora sock.
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Old 27 January 2016, 06:25 PM
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Dear Flanders:
What am I feeding you that makes you cut such SBDs? Can't be the dog food, you've been eating that for a few years with no issues. I'm going to take a serious look at your treats. Or is this some kind of an unholy alliance with DH to cause me misery?

She who TAKES YOU TO THE DOG PARK EVEN WHEN THERE'S STILL SNOW ON THE GROUND!!!!*




*the main road and the park roads are fine though.
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Old 28 January 2016, 06:41 AM
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Dear Big Baby Boss,

Thank you so much for being my big baby boss.

Love,
Your pet human
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