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Old 05-03-2002, 12:06 PM
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I have TEN cats, but most of them are very sweet.
The few that are shy are my three adult males, Thomas,
Mario, and Bufont. Thomas is a feral. The other nine are
extremely curious and follow me wherever I go. Right
now, however, they seem to believe our garden to be
their personal litter box. I am at my wit's end. Does
anyone have a suggestion?
Bye for now.
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Old 05-03-2002, 12:41 PM
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I know what you are going through. A couple of cats in the neighboorhood insist on using our mulch as their personal cat box. My husband and I are still trying to figure out what to do. Someone suggested chicken wire over the mulch. We might try that.
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Old 05-03-2002, 07:58 PM
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Moth balls may help, although they stink if your flower garden is very close to the house. I also don't know what they do to the plants. My DM used to use them when the neighbors' cats did that.
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Old 05-03-2002, 08:17 PM
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Lightbulb New fangled hair ball remedy....

Ok this may or may not be new to any of you but I read the other day that a little bit of peanut butter will work just as well as any hairball remedy. I'll bet it's cheaper too. They say the cats will lick it off your finger, and if not just put a dollop onto their lips....then they will eat it. I figure it's worth trying.....?????
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Old 05-03-2002, 11:24 PM
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Hey I am going to try that today. It sounds like it would make sence - I know one of my kittens loves to lick my finger when I have peanut butter on my toast so I would think she would take it pretty well and the oils in the pb should help their tummies.

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Old 05-04-2002, 03:50 AM
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Mothballs Didn't Help :-(

We tried putting mothballs on top of the mulch but it didnt work. Yes it does make your yard stinky but I havent seen any moths around lately either!! LOL
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Old 05-04-2002, 09:03 AM
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shocking Too many kitties!!!

Like I said in my first post, my cats are many in number.Thomas is feral, so it is hard to get near him. He visits every couple of weeks
to eat a little cat food and see the family. The oldest cat ,Smokey , has a bad paw and cut ear , but she is still very sweet. Our oldest dog , Spike, is her best friend. They have been friends ever since they were puppy and kitten. Does anyone else have any pets that act like
this? I think it's sweet.
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Old 05-04-2002, 09:24 AM
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Get a tissue.....this is a sad one!

We had a 12 year old schnauzzer that was the best friend/big sister to our oldest cat (who is 10 now). In fact when the cat was weaned the dog let her nurse on her, even though she had no milk! Anyway they were always bestest friends. The dog got sick and we had to have her put down after 2 longs years of agonizing over it. We took the dog to the vet, had her put down (sob) and then brought her home to bury her in the garden (dh had already dug the grave). When we were putting her in the ground the cat came over and was looking into the box at the dog. Dh lifted the dog out of the box, the cat sort of sniffed and he put the dog in the grave and covered her up. We were crying something fierce BUT the saddest part is this. The cat walked around for days making the sound that her mama made when we gave her kittens away sort of a wistful, purring calling sound. AND she still rolled around and around on the grave in the dirt and still, some 8 months later lays beside the grave.
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I worked for a hospice for 6 years. Pets grieve people too.
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Old 05-04-2002, 03:07 PM
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Regrets

You know, I've regretted everyday since that we didn't let the cat have a few minutes to say goodbye to the dog. We just didn't think about it......sigh. She isn't the same, although she loves the new puppy and vice versa, the old dog was her sister. I know you are right about them mourning people too Renee. When I was a youngster I had a poodle that I had raised from a 6 wk. old pup. One summer when she was about 3 I went to visit my sister for a month in another state and my mom said that she and dad both thought that they would have to make me come home cuz my baby was starving herself while I was away. (and laying in wait for me at the front door)
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