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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 10:34 PM
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We have our very first kitteh! He's orange and playful and ......different from dogs.....
Edited on Sat Nov-19-11 10:36 PM by Rowdyboy
My partner and I are dog people (he's had one dog or another for over 50 years but neither of us have ever had a cat). Last year we had the back yard fenced and soon a pregnant cat left us an unexpected gift. Out of the blue we had a small orange blur dodging our feet, desperately trying to tell us he was starving. We surely didn't want a cat but my partner reluctantly asked me to buy food. Four months later, we have a kitteh.

Our dog, a 12 year old Jack Russell isn't impressed but she's very easy going so its not a problem. The cat, born under our house is completely domesticated, loves belly rubs and tuna, and has had all his shots (as of yesterday). His name is Skimbleshanks (Yes, we love "Cats") but we just call him Hank (or more often Orange Kitty). Michael swears he'll be an "outside" cat. We'll see.

Anyway, wish me well on my new adventure.
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bluesbassman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 10:51 PM
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1. You've crossed over to the Dark Side!
Soon you'll be posting cute pictures and sharing funny anecdotes! :rofl:

Congrats! BTW, outdoor only cats are an urban myth. Invest in a good lint brush. :)
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 10:55 PM
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2. This thread is worthless without pictures.
:hi:

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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 11:47 PM
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7. I'm very embarrassed to say that I'm too technologically illiterate to post pictures....
We have a camera, we just aren't really good about using it.

He's just an average orange kitty, and I'd love to show him off. Someday we'll get it all together but not today.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 12:19 AM
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11. Our orange kitteh is now up to nearly 21 pounds. Here's a pic. The happiest cat I have ever
Edited on Sun Nov-20-11 12:20 AM by madinmaryland
seen.



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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 06:29 PM
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19. You have an orange kitteh!
I knew there was a reason I tolerated you. :P
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 10:57 PM
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3. ahem!
there is a lounge requirement for pictures here

enjoy your new servitude :rofl:
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 11:06 PM
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5. "Enjoy your new servitude." ROFL at that.
Edited on Sat Nov-19-11 11:08 PM by freshwest
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 11:51 PM
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9. And if I ever learn how to do it , you'll get 'em....
Cat weighs in at 8 lbs, dog at 12....they're so sweet.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 09:53 AM
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15. as mentioned below, we can walk you through it
don't be embarrassed lots of us needed help to learn.

we have a small dog/large cat situation here too - the look on the cat's face when this dog showed up was unforgettable! (there were already several large dogs here and that was all he was used to)
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:23 PM
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24. It's really pretty sad-we have the equipment, we're educated-just not
particularly comfortable with computers. I'm sure one of us will eventually have to-we catch hell daily from family and friends over not being on facebook.

It's probably more laziness than anything.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 10:58 PM
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4. love those orange kitties
Miss my orange boy Keiko. Enjoy!
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 11:34 PM
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6. I demand pictures --
pretty please :)

of the dog, too :D
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 11:49 PM
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8. God I'd love to. Its really very embarrassing to post such ignorance on DU
but its the truth. We actually don't know how.

Once one of us learns-look out....
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 12:01 AM
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10. set up a photobucket account. It is a free version available. Do you have a digital camera?
http://photobucket.com /

we can walk you through the process. It is easy if you know how to cut and paste.

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Paper Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 05:38 PM
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28. My sympathy...I am the same. Someday someone will come and help.
I learn by watching. I need someone to show me,step by step, how to get the pic's from the camera to DU.
I have a wonderful new(ish)shelter kitty who would love to meet all of you. Unfortunately, her mistress is too computer illiterate to do the job. Have camera, have computer, have no savvy.
Good luck with your kitty, cats are wonderful.
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 01:42 AM
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12. Well, will wonders never cease
"easy going" "jack russell". All in one sentence. With a straight face, as far as I can tell by the text.
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 11:20 PM
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23. She's 12 and developed a slightly more "laid back" attitude as she's aged....
Its not that she likes the cat, merely that she's way too important to care.
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 07:18 PM
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30. My JRTs have all been mellow. Of course they live on a farm and are out for many hrs/day... nt
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 01:45 AM
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13. You'll soon learn that your cat owns you.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 07:18 AM
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14. If she's going to be outside, be sure to get her fixed and a feline leukemia shot.
We lost a cat to the latter in the early 70's. He was an indoor cat but the vet said his mother was probably the carrier.

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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 11:00 AM
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16. Please don't let him be an outside cat.
Not just for his sake, but for the sake of the birds and other critters. And, be careful with the tuna. Too much fish is not good for kittehs.

Wishing you well on your new adventure. It sounds like it's already turning out to be a great one.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 12:40 PM
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17. I agree. No outside cat because one day you may find him on the side of the road. n/t
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BoWanZi Donating Member (502 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 07:35 PM
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22. Agreed, please no to being an outside kitty. I worry everytime my kitty sneaks out (bastard)
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 08:01 PM
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31. Yeah, there's so much danger out there.
One time my indoor cat got out and he parked himself in the middle of an intersection. Luckily I got him before a car did. He then lived until he was 19 INSIDE.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:45 PM
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18. orange and playful! that sounds perfect :D
He sounds like a good little guy! If you decided to make him a housecat he'd probably learn the litter box very easy. I made two ferals into housecats and and they learned to use the box right away.

I've always had cats, haven't had a dog since I lived with my parents, who've always had dogs and cats both. I was moving around too much to care for a dog but now that we're staying put a while we've thought of getting one. I'm so used to the peace and quiet though, I don't know that I can handle a crazy puppy. I should adopt an adult dog from the shelter.. well someday..

:loveya: to lucky little Hank!
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 06:46 PM
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20. ever had claws in the back at 3AM?
just to remind you he is there.
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riderinthestorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 07:22 PM
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21. My JRT and orange kitty are best friends! They're both about the same size and weight
and they love, love, love to play with each other. The orange kitty does a mock "scamper off in fright", and the Jack loves to "chase" him. They they tumble with each other in a mock battle. The cat will then stop and sit up while the JRT capers around him trying to entice him to have another round.

They snuggle up together in front of the wood stove and just really enjoy each other's company.

Its odd that I've almost always had an orange cat in my life. The very same day that our old orange cat passed away, this new one was dumped at the farm. Same day! That's how it's been in my experience so prepare yourself for a lifetime ahead of orangeness - once the karmic powers know you will love an orange cat, they just keep sending them!
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:04 PM
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25. From owner to owned.
Congratulations!
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:24 PM
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26. Sounds cute! Cats are a different experience than dogs.
Not better or worse, but different. They are not as independent as they seem at first.
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sibelian Donating Member (543 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 04:18 PM
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27. this video will prepare you for your future,,,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whwiMrBNWCA

although you've probably already seen it... :)
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 06:10 PM
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29. you and Micahel are total softies
:thumbsup:
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