Discussion on Cats, Moggies and Felines in general [with Pictures]

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Been a few traumatic days here at Chez Suze as Barry went in for teeth cleaning (second time in his life) and had to have one of his canines removed. The alternative was $3000 worth of dental work to drill and fill, didn't seem worth it when there's little use for it in a very spoiled domestic cat. (though perhaps his mouse catching days are over? who knows?)

When we got him home, he woke me up because he was trying to rip out his stitches with his claws. Which led to an urgent search for his cone of shame. Which he HATED. Especially because the one we had was huge, so the next day a special trip was made to get him a smaller one which he could actually walk with and eat with.

Anyway, we judged it safe to remove the cone today and he's soooo much happier. A big relief for his anxious parents because I sat up with him that first night until 3am because we were all so distressed by the cone of shame. View attachment 244947
Poor Barry. Glad to hear he is feeling much better.
 

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Short trips away, we generally get in a service that comes and feeds the cat and sits with him twice per day. Longer trips away, we fish around for a young person to come and live with Barry. We put him in a cattery once and he was shaken up for weeks afterward. And then we had a catsitter leave us a note following a holiday that she didn't think Barry coped with being left alone for longer than a few days and she recommended (even though this meant she would get less work from us) that we get a live-in person (he seemed "cold and lonely" were her words).
 

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Max is still so young, give it a few years and he'll have settled down and be more comfortable with you being away. Earl was a bit of a pain early on, but once he realised we kept coming back it was easier. We also had friends pop in and check on him and feed him every day.

Or maybe Max needs a sibling to keep him company? ;)
 

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Max is still so young, give it a few years and he'll have settled down and be more comfortable with you being away. Earl was a bit of a pain early on, but once he realised we kept coming back it was easier. We also had friends pop in and check on him and feed him every day.

Or maybe Max needs a sibling to keep him company? ;)

It couldn't be another Bengal though, we'd have no house left with two of them! Getting a sitter, the only concern is him getting out, he has become more devious in his attempts. :) Contemplating having an extra door put in the hallway near the front door, also it would be better for heating.
 
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Getting a sitter, the only concern is him getting out, he has become more devious in his attempts. :)
This did happen with Earl. Friends came round to feed him and he dashed out the door as they tried to come in. Luckily we were coming home the next day so he just had to fend for himself for a night, but it's definitely not ideal!
 
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Contemplating having an extra door put in the hallway near the front door, also it would be better for heating.
We had a layout like this when Barry was young. We referred to it as the airlock and always made sure it was shut before we left the house. Now he's old, he rarely bolts but it was a godsend when he was young.
 
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I can't keep up with your moves
I know you lived in the eastern subs, and then went to HB, and then I thought you were going to Goolwa, but maybe not.
I don't think Pushka has seen this yet. They have moved into an apartment they have had for a while and planned to move into. The place down south is a holiday place.
 

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I can't keep up with your moves
I know you lived in the eastern subs, and then went to HB, and then I thought you were going to Goolwa, but maybe not.
You've done well! Our plan was to transition from old family home in eastern suburbs, move to a rental place at HB or similar, while waiting for son to exit this place which we bought 12 years ago and have rented out then it was for son to live in and complete his apprentice then buy his own place. When the son lived here then so did his cat. Hence @love_the_life comment. It was a long term plan for over 10 years to downsize to here.

But last October the son moved to the UK and just last week he and his soon to be wife bought a house - the one they were living in. In Tunbridge Wells.

Now the Goolwa reference. We have a beach shack on Lake Alexandrina which is on Fleurieu Peninsula near to Goolwa. To complicate that move, my elder son and his wife just bought a home at Victor Harbor which is next to Goolwa.

The Cat. I took him here when son had just left for the UK and he looked sad. He was looking for his owner, our son 😩. We have since removed all furniture and window treatments, painted and redid the laundry and bathroom. I did keep my sons work shirt 😔 which is hidden in my cupboard.

Anyway, cat is well and truly settled. A much better day yesterday. Moving Day we had left him in the HB place with no furniture, just his scratch pole, water and food so he didn't escape when we were moving in here. Let's say he was very pleased to see hubby come back to get him.

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