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Old 01-10-2002, 10:19 AM
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We have two cats. Taco is an outside/inside cat meaning that she comes & goes as she pleases. I've had her since she was born almost 5 years ago. She almost died at birth; my husband force-fed her out of a syringe. She's very special to us!
Gypsy is a TOTALLY outside cat meaning that she'd LOVE to come inside to make a snack out of our parakeets or guinea pigs.

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Old 01-10-2002, 08:38 PM
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lotsa kitties!

We have a total of 6 cats.

1 indoor cat who only wanders outside on occassion during the warm months when the door is standing open and she doesn't have to worry that a human might actually catch her and pet her. She's totally nuerotic! She lives in the basement most of the time by choice.

2 indoor/outdoor cats. Boo and Spooky, both black, both long haired. Very affectionate.

3 kittens that live outside that someone abandoned. They've adopted us and we feed them. Maybe some day they'll come in. I'm just hoping they survive the winter!
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Old 01-29-2002, 12:10 PM
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3 Cats for Me!

I have 3 cats, but I have a confession to make.
As much as I love them so much, they have been getting on my nerves more and more since I had my most recent newborn (who is 8 weeks now). I don't know if it's because I'm busy (and tired) with my 20 month old toddler AND a newborn, but I frequently find them to be more "in the way", and I feel SO guilty about it.
I don't know what to do!!! I just hope that I will quit feeling so irritable about my 3 cats soon.

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Old 01-29-2002, 12:15 PM
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I'm actually pretty glad you said that Kat, as I felt that same way for a long time after my kids were born. I thought I was the only one.

I have always been an avid pet lover, but I found that after having kids I had far less patience for my pet's little quirky habits. I don't mean to discourage you as you could very well be very different from me, but I have 4 kids ranging in age from 3-9 and it's just been this last few months that I had enough patience to get another dog. My cats are pretty low maintenance, but I did have one that I had to give away because I just didn't have the patience for him.

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Old 01-29-2002, 12:20 PM
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Thanks!

Thanks Amanda.
I feel better now knowing I'm not the only one who's been feeling guilty. All of my cats have been around BEFORE the kids came along (and that sure doesn't help in the GUILT department!). I'll just try to be as kind as I can without losing my mind!

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Old 01-29-2002, 12:35 PM
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Mine were here too before my kids. I had a GREAT dog, and I remember losing my patience with her so quickly after having my first child. I feel horrbily guilty about that. It's the stress of parenthood I guess.

Poor Missy (my doggie) was getting old and had arthritis. She started messing in the house. I ignored the fact that she was getting old and couldn't hold it as long. I got so mad at her for having accidents when I should have been more observant. Instead of getting mad I should have made sure I was able to get her out sooner. Poor thing. I miss her, she died when she was 13.
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Old 01-29-2002, 12:52 PM
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I have an aging cat who is also half blind. She misses the box a lot and I totally have lost my temper!!! Then of course later on I feel guilty.

Oh, the guilt.
Inside, we love our pets!!!
But like you said, we can feel guilty together.

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Old 01-29-2002, 01:40 PM
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What you are feeling is perfectable understandable! Just hang in there and realize that one day (I cannot say when! LOL) you'll feel back to your "normal" self.
I myself have 1 outside dog, 1 outside cat, 1 out & in cat, 5 guinea pigs (3 of which are expecting!!!), 6 parakeets, 2 fish aquariums, and 1 ferret. I also homeschool 4 of my 5 kids *and* babysit anywhere from 2-6 preschoolers. Trust me when I say that there are *LOTS* of days that I feel like throwing my hands up and yelling "THIS IS IT! SOMETHING HAS GOT TO GO!" but then I take a deep breath and realize that I wouldn't normally feel this way.......just on my hectic days! ;-)
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Old 01-29-2002, 04:49 PM
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Samantha,
I'll just believe in the idea that someday, I'll be able to enjoy my cats again the way I did before. Maybe when my DSs are a little older and they start to enjoy them (instead of pulling the ear and tail, poking eyes, kicking, the list goes on and on....)

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Old 02-25-2002, 03:21 PM
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Hi!

I have two kittens that are 8 months old. They are indoor cats since we live in a busy city and in an area where there are lots of racoons. The kittens are litter mates but are so very different - in size and in color except that they both have a white bib and white boots and all four feet.

Mittens is a black medium long hair. She is so fluffy and soft. I think she is the softest cat I have ever held - like silk. She is a gentle spirit who is laid back and takes life as it comes.

Little Bit ws very tiny when we got her. She is black and white short hair and the funniest little tail. She is a risk taker and demanding of what she wants. If she wants in my lap then what ever might be there gets pushed off. She will climb to the highest places she can find. She is always trying to figure out how to get to new places. When we took them to the vet the first time the vet wanted us to have her put down right then. She has pectus excavatum - her sterum instead of being flat it turns in on the lower half and presses on her lungs and heart. Her heart is on the right side and her left lung in very compemised. I told the vet no she seemed to be able to enjoy life and I would keep her as long as her life could be a quality life. So far she is showing him wrong. God sure gave her the spunk that she needs to deal with her body. We do have a problem finding food that she can keep down. Does any one have a suggestion of something that we could try. Or know anything about her condition I'd love to learn more as we have found anything about it.

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