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Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:00 PM

My old cat

refuses to get down off my lap. I think I wore her out all year with my anger and cursing. I get up and down a lot while working, and she clings to my lap with her claws.

I tell her, "You're a cat and I am a human. I win." But, while she doesn't appear to be ill, she is sleeping soundly all day and most of the night, choosing my lap as her bed. It feels all right. I don't mind, but I feel guilty when I have to dislodge her.

Anyone who thinks that animals don't have emotions should hear this cat with her cat noises. I admit I can be guilty of projecting a human-like quality onto my animals, but this cat has called me a few names today. And, yesterday.

Plus, she now wants to eat my coffee cup pancakes. After a lifetime of meat and gravy products, she now competes for my food.

What is happening?? I hope my general demeanor can pick up after January 20th, when we are safe again. Maybe I dragged her down as we shared the last four years.

My gosh! I just remembered! I have catnip bubbles! I know catnip works on her. Since the CBD I tried had absolutely no effect on me, I wonder if she would mind if I tried her catnip?

Maybe--if llamas can have effective antibodies--the catnip bubbles might protect me? Worth trying...

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EndlessWire Dec 2020 OP
SoonerPride Dec 2020 #1
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #6
Vinca Dec 2020 #27
Bettie Dec 2020 #34
soldierant Dec 2020 #35
Ziggysmom Dec 2020 #2
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #4
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #14
Karadeniz Dec 2020 #20
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #30
wnylib Dec 2020 #32
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #8
jcgoldie Dec 2020 #3
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #10
Denzil_DC Dec 2020 #5
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #15
Denzil_DC Dec 2020 #18
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #21
soldierant Dec 2020 #36
Grasswire2 Dec 2020 #7
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #11
RKP5637 Dec 2020 #9
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #13
RKP5637 Dec 2020 #12
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #17
mtnsnake Dec 2020 #16
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #19
Lady Freedom Returns Dec 2020 #22
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #23
niyad Dec 2020 #24
japple Dec 2020 #25
niyad Dec 2020 #26
housecat Dec 2020 #28
pansypoo53219 Dec 2020 #29
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #31
pansypoo53219 Dec 2020 #40
marti Dec 2020 #33
EndlessWire Dec 2020 #37
noneof_theabove Dec 2020 #38
Ziggysmom Dec 2020 #39

Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:02 PM

1. This thread is worthless without pictures.

Now I want to see the cat.

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Response to SoonerPride (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:18 PM

6. I can't provide a picture

but, she is a calico cat. She came to my door in the country when she was pregnant. She knew what she was doing.

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:36 PM

27. Our old cat is a calico, too. She's 21 and, sad to say, kind of fading away. She hasn't got much

of an appetite and spends most of her day parked on the back of a chair in front of the pellet stove snoozing. She's funny, though. She totally loves my husband and does just about anything to get her ears rubbed by him and she curls up with him at night to sleep. Guess I'm the bad guy since I end up being claw cutter, ear drop doser and the person who carts her to the vets. As long as she doesn't appear to be suffering in any way, we'll let her live out her life doing whatever she feels like doing. She's the oldest cat I've ever had and she's been with us since she was a baby.

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 06:31 PM

34. My calico cats have always had really big personalities

She wants you to be happier and she knows you will be if she sits with you.

My current calico is Scout. She has claimed my youngest son and must sit on him every time he is sitting anywhere. She has been sitting with him every day while he does online school, purring her little heart out.

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 07:09 PM

35. Selfies are difficult enough

without having to take one of a cat in your lap.

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:03 PM

2. What are coffee cup pancakes?

My kids love the nip bubbles, too!

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Response to Ziggysmom (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:09 PM

4. That's what I wondered? How old is kitty?

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:32 PM

14. She's around fifteen.

I never knew exactly how old she was when she moved in. She hauled her pregnant self in and said, "Oh, Honey! I'm home! Where's the grub?" And, she never left, thank goodness.

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:57 PM

20. Both of you lucked out! When my oldest hit 15, I put him on the same kidney meds the vet

Prescribed for one of mine when we learned at 4 mos. his kidneys would never be right. That was about 7 yrs. ago. I figure if a cat lives long enough, its kidneys will fail...although that's not really true. My golden oldie has been on the meds...epakitin, rena plus...for a yr.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #20)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 06:05 PM

30. I am watching my cat carefully

but she seems fine. Good appetite, etc. I think she's slowing down, though.

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #30)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 06:13 PM

32. Cats pick up on our moods.

If you've been edgy and out of sorts, she might feel anxious about it and that could make her clingy.

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Response to Ziggysmom (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:22 PM

8. Klondike cakes

transferred to my cup so I have a handle. They are delicious, and have maple syrup in the ingredients so I don't have to add anything.

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:08 PM

3. They definitely have emotions

And they definitely learn your behavior and respond to manipulate you. The pancakes, however, probably not so good cats are obligate carnivores.

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:23 PM

10. She gets a taste

then I eat them all myself!

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:09 PM

5. Cats do pick up on atmospheres.

But besides that, as they get older, they can get more clingy. Some will start contact calling, often in the middle of the night. Their world may contract as they're able to cope less well with a larger territory.

If her new habits aren't bothering you, I wouldn't worry about it. As long as they have consistent love and a degree of routine, they'll usually adjust to and put up with a lot.

We've been through caring for older cats a few times now. Aside from the inevitable health problems, it can be a magical time of their life to enjoy with them.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:34 PM

15. She holds on with all four feet

and protests, bitterly. But, it's comfortable with her on my lap, as long as I don't try to stand up.

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:48 PM

18. Whenever we pick our girl up, say to move her round the house,

there's always one of her claws that gets stuck in our clothing when we go to put her down, which provokes some indignance till we untangle it. She has a colourful vocabulary which is continually expanding.

All four feet's claws shows impressive spirit and determination. She's entitled to protest. You're doing something she doesn't want you to do. You're entitled to do what you have to in order to get on with your day.

Our last but two cat showed signs of senility in his later years - the constant contact calling and world contraction I mentioned above, wouldn't let my wife get on with her work (we both work from home) without moithering her or trying to walk across her desk and laptop looking for a fuss.

We got a cat hammock that fit on a radiator next to my wife's workstation, so she was nearby and could pet him occasionally. That worked to an extent for a while. Then we had to resort to chucking a few catnip crunchies into the hammock every now and then. Fossicking around for them preoccupied him and gave us peace for some time, till either he fell asleep or was ready for some more.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:06 PM

21. Yeah, I think

that they lose control of their claws when they age. I should probably clip her claws, but somehow I don't. She still uses cardboard to scratch on, so I think we're good.

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Response to Denzil_DC (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 07:24 PM

36. Many years ago I had a cat who had a very colorful vocabulary without a sound.

We first noticed it when she leaped on the back of male cat, bit him sharply on the neck, jumped off and ran away. It was very clear (and there had been provocation.) It was clear to him too - after looking stunned for a few seconds, he started the fanny-washing of embarrassment.

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:21 PM

7. My cat, Kitty, wants to sleep INSIDE my pillow case these days.

She can't get close enough to me.

Putting my hand on her very warm, purry body is the best possible way to fall asleep. I have not enough words to say how much I value her companionship this year.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:24 PM

11. Yes. Exactly. n/t

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:22 PM

9. My beautiful human like cat always wanted to share his food with me. If I put my head near his

dish he would move over and look up - like saying we can share this if you want!

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:25 PM

13. That's so cute! n/t

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:25 PM

12. I love cats. If you have one that truly loves you, it's a beautiful heart warming experience! n/t

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:44 PM

17. I love watching my cat think and problem solve. n/t-

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:42 PM

16. Cats are amazing. They can be lovable and independent at the same time

and fascinating. There's nothing better than a cat cozying up to you, and few pets that are bolder than cats when they kick you out of your favorite chair so they can have it all to themselves. Cats will have none of that sit up Rover stuff or shake hands Rover stuff either. They rule.

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Response to mtnsnake (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 04:57 PM

19. I agree

they do what they want. But, all the cats I ever had would come when I called. True, every last one of them had a lag time. But, they would show up, like, "Okay, let's go see what *she* wants now."

I had a cat who would roll over on a hand signal. He taught that to himself, because he would roll over when I came home from work, and from there we worked it out.

We'd play hide n seek, and when I hid in a new spot and leapt out at him (that's what the game was,) he would then copy the new spot and leap out at me. He was an amazingly intelligent animal. I miss him to this day.

I actually have two cats. My second cat is the daughter to my lap cat, the last kitty from the litter of five cats that this mama cat had. She will use her paw to tap me and pull on my hand to get a good scratch and pet.

You see animals on You Tube doing this. I think it's more common than we think, and it is close to tool using, IMO.

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:10 PM

22. Don't tell a cat, "You're a cat and I am a human. I win."

It really doesn't work out well for you.

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:14 PM

23. LOL! n/t

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Response to Lady Freedom Returns (Reply #22)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:28 PM

24. That was my first thought as well!

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:33 PM

25. Your kitty might just be in need of a warm place to sleep--YOU! Get her a heating

pad. Get the kind that especially made for pets. Put it under a kitty bed or a thick, folded blanket. Instant bliss for your little calico. Chewy has some great products and they are an excellent company for all of your pet needs. Great customer service.

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:34 PM

26. My little rescue believes that my lap was created for his personal convenience. He would be

perfectly happy to sleep there until HE decides to move. He does not like it if I want to move when he does not? But listening to him purr is worth it.

As for the catnip. . If you are talking the regular stuff, it actually works as a cal active in humans. Just the opposite of most cats. On the other hand, one of my kits many years ago would spread her little stash out, roll in it,many then go to sleep on it. Never ate it.

We love our feline overlords.

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:36 PM

28. cats really try to hide how smart they are

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 05:55 PM

29. a few years ago i was making fur catnip toys. this house came w/ catnip plants + very GOOD catnip.

each 'ball' got fresh cat nip + I WAS GETTING HIGH from the nip.had to give cats dried nip. green gave them bad trips.

CBD works for me. not for my uncle...

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #29)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 06:08 PM

31. What dose of CBD do you use? n/t

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Response to EndlessWire (Reply #31)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 07:09 PM

40. well, i don't do a full dose of the drop kind. not sure how much, but i guess i don't need much. and

GET MINT if you get drops.

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 06:23 PM

33. time for a vet check

sleeping that much and change in diet may need to be looked into- my older kitty!(15) needed thyroid med- give it transdermal daily- easy and she's much better. Good luck!

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Response to marti (Reply #33)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 07:33 PM

37. TY! n/t

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Response to EndlessWire (Original post)

Wed Dec 23, 2020, 08:14 PM

38. Here is mine

Her Prissyness Queen Fluffy Of Coconuts - aka Fluffy
She likes eating solid coconut oil from the back of a spoon.
She is a Maine Coon about 14 years old and diabetic.
I got her when she was about a year old as a rescue.

Does not want me messing with her, nail clipping or just checking her out.

Reminds me of a cartoon where the queen is asking her knight if he is
going to claim more land for the kingdom. No my lady, I have to give the cat a pill.

She is "sleeper" which some are.
But when she is up, and will often hunt me down, to be the center of attention.
At times she is on the bed looking at the pillow and hollering for me that can be heard across the house.

She excels at math because when she wants a nap
she can calculate the exact center of the bed [twin] so I have to work around her.
Which is where she is right now and it is near bedtime.

You won't find a happier cat.
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Response to noneof_theabove (Reply #38)

Thu Dec 24, 2020, 01:34 AM

39. Aw, her little tongue is sticking out. Mine wants to help wrap gifts tonight.

This is Stanley, a shelter rescue. He is the nosiest cat Iíve ever had, gets into everything.

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