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56 minutes ago, Antyronnen said:

These two (Tabitha and Xerxes), now long deceased, taught me the three Laws of Cats.

 

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If you point a finger at them they will sniff it

If you have an empty box they will climb into it

If you are working on something, preferably fragile or requiring concentration, they will sit on it.

 

There is a fourth law which, they told me, was so obvious it didn’t need formulation or codifying as a law : when I’m hungry you will feed me.

 

Antony

 

 

5. There is no shelf high enough to protect the fragile stuff you were working on while you are away 

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12 hours ago, lmagna said:

Isn't it funny how cats always take up any space that is available? Curled up in a bowl or stretched out on the floor taking up all of the available sunlight coming through the window or heat from the furnace. 

I've seen many pics of this.  Especially of them curled up in the strangest places.   It's almost like they're boneless.

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Not my cat.

 

We are currently saddled with 7 of them - all "inherited" from the kids in one way or another. Three of them (one pregnant) are strays rescued by a daughter which we're trying to socialise (the cats, not the daughter) so they can be adopted out. Sigh.

 

Steven

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2 hours ago, Louie da fly said:

We are currently saddled with 7 of them - all "inherited" from the kids in one way or another. Three of them (one pregnant) are strays rescued by a daughter which we're trying to socialize (the cats, not the daughter) so they can be adopted out. Sigh.

Been there, done that.  All of our cats have been strays except one which we adopted from a shelter.

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4 hours ago, Louie da fly said:

(the cats, not the daughter)

I have been trying to socialize my boys and then my grandsons for almost 54 years now and failed in every case. All of the cats, (and dogs) over those same years have done quite nicely in their socialization skills.

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My standard method for socializing stray cats.

 

I put them in the bedroom and let them find a safe spot. I put food, water and the litter box by that spot (perhaps spots, in your case)(Yes, I accept that there may be accidents, until they feel safer). I leave them alone during the day, and at night I go in and lay on the bed, reading out load for a couple hours. Generally within a few days they will start to come out, and then let you pet them, a day or so later. Finally they will start sleeping with you, or coming out for cuddling.

 

This has worked on many strays.

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