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how to get a stray to use the litter box

So we now have taken in Phryne. As you may have seen in my previous post she is a 9yr old female stray cat. Gentle and affectionate. Only issue is that we have yet to get her to use a litter box. Any tips on how to facilitate that ?

Update 2/25:
The evening after I started to use unscented litter mixed with Dr Elsey's attractant she started to go to the box!

they are still messing with the $1400 check.

Just heard on MSNBC that the numbers had changed the past few hours. This was by a member of congress being interviewed. No more details that I could gather.

democrats versus republicans response on texas

I have seen reports of AOC and Beto o'Rourke both raising money and/or organizing efforts to help texans, Biden activated fema and signed an emergency declaration.

Meanwhile Cruz is flying to Cancun, a texas mayor had to resign after be berated his citizens for needing help and the governor is trying to blame the green new deal.

Who the hell can keep saying with a straight face that both party are the same and voting does not matter ?

update on stray cat rescue


so we brought her to vet today. We were surprised to find she is 9 to 10 yr old . She had been spayed before. The vet did not find any chip. That poor kitten probably got abandoned. She tested negative for feline leukemia which is great.

Vet found she had a rotten tooth so she removed it. She also has some skin dermatitis. Its not contagious and can be easily remedied with meds. A bit of cataract in one eye and a minor heart murmur. Vet gave her all the shots, dewormed her. We got her a nice flea colar ( we use Soresta , it works really well in our area) , a bed and a cat litter box.

No wonder she was done wanting to live outside and kept meowing at us until we took her in. She is a senior cat and was in 20F temps at night.

So she is home hiding under a china cabinet . Our bigger male cat is too fat to get to her so she has a safe space.

I guess she will slowly come out given time. When we are not monitoring , we keep the door closed to avoid having the other cat laying siege to the spot where she is hiding and scaring her.

He is getting used to her smell.

update 02/19.

we opened the door to the room. other cat zooms in to go to the kitchen where we keep the treats , realizes the other cat is in the way, put the brakes on, slide 90 degrees aside to dodge her and carries on...
Apparently no animosity , they are respecting each other's boundaries.

Touch down!

perseverance safely on the ground !

In Chicago if you do not remove the snow efficiently as a mayor or alderman

you get voted out. I wonder if Texans are going to turn on their governor in particular and the gop in general because of that debacle ? It has been steadily going towards blue each election cycle. Is it the event that will tip off the scales next election ?

Do the impeachment managers have time for rebuttal ?

They are very effectively making the case. If Trump lawyers who go next manage to murk the waters will the impeachment managers have time for rebuttal ? Will there be closing arguments like in a criminal trial ? How is it setup ?

Introducing a soon to be former stray cat to my house cat

So, the past few weeks a young stray cat has been getting closer and closer to us. We have been feeding her outside and she now jumps on our lap when we sit on the porch, loves to be patted.

We are planning to get her to the vet next week to get her shots and have her spayed. After this is done, we dont want to leave her outside in the cold recovering from the procedure so we will take her in. How would you introduce a new cat to your existing cat?

For what its worth, they have been looking at each other through the french doors and they seem more curious than aggressive towards each other.

on edit: here is a pic of her

The executive order by the president related to climate change and facilitating electric vehicles

was a stroke of genius. It arrived at exactly the right time. Not only is it necessary for existential reasons that we deal with climate change, it is also going to be a catalyst for car companies to fully commit.

We are seeing it right now with GM. The reason its a game changer is that even thought we had the technology and could scale it up, it, car makers were hesitant because they were not sure of both getting a market and having enough of one to justify big structural investments like charging stations all over the country.

The federal government declaring they are going to use electric vehicles changes all of that. The post office alone for example has a fleet of a 1/4 of a million trucks that are perfect for being electric. Their mail route is 50 miles or so and they come back to the warehouse every night (so they could be recharged easily).

I expect that the initiative will also include subsidies for car makers, tax incentives for people to buy such cars and ways to help build the infrastructure.

Ideally, President Biden will be able to build upon this EO to get actual legislation passed which strenghtens all of that.

Whose woods these are.

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost.
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