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Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:00 PM

Am I so strange?

My sister was (teasingly) laughing at me on Christmas Eve. Normally, in my house, I have about 10 cats, 2 of whom are old queens in their 20's. One is 20; one is 24. We also have a 2-yr old "puppy" who is about 90 pounds of all kinds of hound mix. The cats who want it get mushy food; the others who want it get kibble. All Fancy Feast, or better, depending on what they'll eat at the time. The oldsters get what a little bit better mix depending on their current needs. Yes, we cater to the cats.

To ensure the dog doesn't eat all the cat food, the cats have a separate room in the back of the house all to themselves, tho in the winter it's cold and I don't like the older cats to go back there. So, I keep a separate large bowl of kibble filled at all times in the middle of the kitchen table. Note... the "kitchen table" is not a place we eat. It's not a place *anyone* eats, except for the cats! (LOL) WE eat in the family room. When we hold gatherings, etc., food is all over the place. Cats leave it alone, they have their own. Friends are all over the house. (vaxxed and boosted, of course)

Okay, you get the picture. Now, my sister comes thru the house, laughing and meets me in the hall between the back and front of house saying "most people have a bowl of fruit in the center of their kitchen table. Only my sister has a bowl of cat kibble in the center of hers." She wasn't being mean. She meant it good heartedly, she knows I'd do anything for my cats. But it got me wondering... am I really so weird? I mean, there IS a plastic tablecloth between the bowl and the table, in case I did want to use it for anything else. My hubby and I are alone in this old house with just our critters most of the time; we never gave it a thought. I guess we've become crazy critter people? Anyone else out there resemble us?

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slightlv Dec 2021 OP
PoliticAverse Dec 2021 #1
slightlv Dec 2021 #10
Walleye Dec 2021 #2
slightlv Dec 2021 #11
Walleye Dec 2021 #12
Bernardo de La Paz Dec 2021 #3
slightlv Dec 2021 #14
applegrove Dec 2021 #4
slightlv Dec 2021 #15
applegrove Dec 2021 #20
sinkingfeeling Dec 2021 #5
Duppers Dec 2021 #6
3catwoman3 Dec 2021 #7
slightlv Dec 2021 #16
allegorical oracle Dec 2021 #8
slightlv Dec 2021 #17
tblue37 Dec 2021 #9
Freddie Dec 2021 #13
slightlv Dec 2021 #18
MuseRider Dec 2021 #19
Ocelot II Dec 2021 #21
niyad Dec 2021 #22
slightlv Dec 2021 #23

Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:02 PM

1. As long as you don't eat from a bowl on the floor you are probably fine. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 09:23 PM

10. If I did that

I'd never get up OFF the floor... the knees gave out decades ago, and the other hip is due to be replaced soon! (LOL) Besides, the dog weighs more than I do now!

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:15 PM

2. Well it seems perfectly sane and normal to me.

I like the T-shirt that says “my whole life is lived for the comfort and convenience of my cats”

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Response to Walleye (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 09:31 PM

11. They keep me warm on these cold nights,

so it's a symbiotic relationship! I'm the original "cat mom" around here. I try to place the feral kitties in loving homes, and I do TNSR when I have the money (not easy on social security only these days). But I work with the local human societies here and they help a lot. But those that are older, or are unplaceable... they have a home with me. I live in a military town - as in military university town. The students get pets and they leave the college and too many just leave their pets behind. (kick their butts!). I stood ready to help when I worked there. My 24 y.o was acquired that way. They left her behind. DECLAWED!!!!!!! Out in the cold, on her own!!! If I could have tracked them down, I'd have turned them into their commander, let me tell you! These were officers, we're talking about. (Note: I'm former military; Air Force). Lots of loving, patient care taught her to trust again and brought to this age.

I recently her the oldest cat is 34 y'o. I'm hoping to baby Micki to this age, but I don't know. She's looking pretty ragged. She's deaf and it looks like she's developing cataracts. But her appetite is strong, and she even has a happy hour once or twice every week. She still jumps, tho not as far or as high. And boy, does she have a voice on her! (LOL) I love her to pieces!

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Response to slightlv (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 09:38 PM

12. Good old kitty. People leave my apartment complex and leave kitties behind that's how I got mine

I always imagine, girl moves in with her boyfriend and has to get rid of her cat or vice versa. The one I have now was obviously in somebody’s home for a while before he lived on my back porch for months. He got in a fight with another cat and I had to have him treated, so I got him neutered and shots and made him an indoor cat. I love him to death. My outdoor cat is one of a dozen kittens we had trapped neutered and released at least 10 years ago. He’s the only one left, he’s very tame to me and comes up on my porch every night for supper. I guess I’m a little crazy over the cats too. I know what you mean about trying to support them on Social Security

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:17 PM

3. More people should be weird like you


You are not very weird, and a kind heart is never weird.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 10:31 PM

14. With all the news on DU today,

I'm beginning to think a kind heart is gonna be the death of me. My heart has never ached so hard in my life. I'm so tired of the fascists, the meanness around us. The guy across the alley from me has the most wonderful, beautiful lilac point Siamese cat, for example. Mr. Kitty LOVES to come over here to visit us. The guy lets him free roam. Doesn't keep him in the house. Doesn't take care of him, AFAIAC. His back is all matted. He comes over here, slips into my porch to get warm, get some treats and strokes and love. When we got our dog, before I put up our 6' fence, I caught him trying to cross the alley and raced over to take him back to his yard to keep him from an over-exuberant Lexy. The guy comes screaming obscenities out of his backdoor like he's going to attack me. I called the cops on him. One 6 foot fence and $5000 poor later, I feel a little safer. But Mr Kitty now comes to my front door. One of these days I swear he'll learn to ring the bell!

But I'm so tired of people hurting animals. Of people hurting people. It hurts to even think about it. I used to work in a library. I was IT. I love books. Look at what OK is doing with their own version of an SB8 bill. And Corps wanting to privatize libraries. Damn. The commons is almost gone now. The age of Aquarius is almost here. This is NOT how I saw us welcoming it in, all those many years ago back in the '60's. Did you??

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:20 PM

4. Just be glad your cat doesn't jump on the stove to get on the counter. My cat is no allowed on the

counter but if I use the can opener he thinks it is tuna and up on the stove top he goes. Needless to say if I have a burner on and take a pot off to drain pasta or something I put an empty pot on the hot burner. Be glad you don't panic every time you cook. I've tried showing him a hot burner but it doesn't stop the big guy.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 10:35 PM

15. Oh applegrove,

I feel for you...! I've got one of those electric stoves where you don't see the burners. Just a red cue on the backsplash that says "hot burner". I've only caught one of my cats anywhere NEAR the stove (my Japanese Bobtail) once and read her the riot act. Luckily, she never did it again. But I can't tell you how many skillets and/or pots I've ruined because I will not let a hot burner sit vacant until it can cool down... just in case.

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Response to slightlv (Reply #15)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 10:49 PM

20. Yes. It is a going concern. Hopefully my mitigation pot juggling will always work

to keep my cat safe. The other one doesn't dare jump up in the kitchen.

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:25 PM

5. No, just kind hearted.

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:35 PM

6. Sounds sane to me.

When one has doggies and kitties, food must be placed where the canine kids cannot reach it.

😼

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:42 PM

7. You sound very loving and your cats...

…are lucky to have you.

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 10:37 PM

16. When I was in 2nd grade

I told my best friend I was gonna come back in my next life as a giraffe. (No idea where the idea of reincarnation came from at THAT age!)

Today, I say I want to come back as a cat loved by someone who loves cats like I do. I'll deal with the lack of height, as long as I can love and be loved back!

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 08:55 PM

8. You're fine...

Don't sweat it. Life is what we enjoy when the opportunity arises, so make the most of it and enjoy the critters. I live in the middle of nowhere on 18 acres with one cat (down from six cats, two dogs and a horse). Read, eat, work, sleep when you want. Play music, paint, rearrange the furniture. It's called YOUR life -- so live it while you can.

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Response to allegorical oracle (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 10:39 PM

17. I'm still trying to figure out retirement

so far, the cats take up most of my time. Still trying to figure out what else... fibromyalgia limits what else I can do. I'm not use to being "idle"... ya know? Have worked since I was 14. This is just plain weird!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 09:05 PM

9. Sounds like paradise to me.

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 09:47 PM

13. Nah

We just had our Christmas party with friends (all vaxxed and boostered), I set a buffet on the dining room table. In the middle of the festivities our tux boy Andy took his rightful place in the middle of the buffet. Some people seemed horrified and DH yelled at him to get off the table, but I told people it was fine with me, Andy really doesn’t care about people food, he just wants the attention.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 10:41 PM

18. Now THIS sounds like MY house

and MY kind of gathering! (ROTFLMAO!) Freddie, you'd fit right in over here with my crew! You and Andy (and DH) are welcome anytime you pass through the flatland of KS!

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 10:42 PM

19. Nope, not strange at all.

They would be right at home in my house. I have to keep their food from the dog and one has been seriously ill so they have their food on the only table we have to eat on ONLY once in a while. They are our family.

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Wed Dec 29, 2021, 11:46 PM

21. Sounds perfectly normal to me.

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Thu Dec 30, 2021, 12:56 AM

22. You are NOT weird, you are a loving, kind, and thoughtful person who cares

deeply for her furchildren. Many years ago, I had to feed my cats in the bathroom, on the ledge above the toilet, with a door hinged so only they could get through. My Mal LOVED cat food, thought it almost as wonderful as whatever I was eating. And I do mean WHATEVER I was eating. His own food. . Meh.

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Response to slightlv (Original post)

Fri Dec 31, 2021, 04:54 PM

23. I think tonight, amidst all the hoopla of NYE,

I'm going to light a candle of remembrance for Betty White, and all she did for furbabies everywhere. A more righteous, dedicated champion I don't think they could have had. Rest in Power, Ms. White. You will be sorely missed.

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