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Author Topic: Bisi, Beau, Sir W. and Miss Lilly  (Read 4428 times)
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« on: March 21, 2017, 08:39:57 AM »

Greetings!

We have been very busy, and very tired, and very everything!  so much news, but when I try to think of it all, it goes away.  LOL

First, my lawsuit settled, and I bought a house.  Yay!  Gorgeous townhouse, three levels, tuck-under garage, two decks (one above the other), 2 bedrooms, a great room, kitchen and a "spare" room on the garage level, three and a half baths.  It's almost 3 times the size as my old apartment.  I can't believe how lucky I got.

So me and the kitties moved on January 30th, the day of settlement, because the next day I had to go back to Philly to do a deposition for work, then the movers came on the day after that, and then furniture arrived on Thursday and Friday.  I finally got a new chair, and a futon for the 2nd bedroom.

The cats are in heaven, they have so much room, but Beau is still very territorial, although generally less aggressive and more loving now.

I found a chair on craig's list for the kitchen (yes there is room for a chair in the kitchen!), put Sir's blanket on it, and made it "his" spot.  The kitchen gets the best sunlight and all the cats love that room, but he gets the chair.   Grin  Miss Lilly now eats with the family, as does Sir, all in the kitchen.  No feeding cage.  But I do have to stand guard over bowls and make sure Bisi doesn't steal, and Beau doesn't butt in.

Sir sleeps on my big round chair at nights...I think.  He might be sneaking upstairs to sleep under the bed, as well.  He starts meowing around 6 am and comes up on the bed when I turn on the light and everyone else scatters.  He follows me into the bathroom and talks to me and asks for pets and sometimes gets in my lap while I use the toilet.  Beau drinks from the tap during all this.  Then I have to wait for Beau to be done to brush my teeth.  LOL

Sir gave me a health scare a couple weeks ago, and I posted in the sick cat thread about it.  Since then, he's been coming up on my lap in my chair, following me around, letting me carry him up and down the stairs (I call it giving him a ride), and it breaks my heart but makes so happy at the same time.  He is skin and bones Sad  But is slowly gaining weight again. 

Bisi and Beau had their dentals, neither had teeth pulled.  Bisi slept for a day after.  Beau was hyper for most of that evening into the following morning, then crashed and slept for a whole day.  Before the dentals, I took them both individually to the vet.  Bisi was fine, but Beau decided he didn't want to sleep with me the night after his vet visit and shots.  I looked around for him and Bisi both, and found them in the guest room, on the futon (not touching!) together.  I will no longer believe Bisi when she screams bloody murder and runs from Beau.  Silly girl loves him.  Kiss

Miss Lilly was hurting last week, we had 18 inches of snow or more.  I never know when to give her pain medicine, and half the time forget I have some.  Not good.  I need to pay more attention, especially as the spring storms approach.  Next week is supposed to be rain all week, so i will have to remember to watch her and make her more comfortable.  She is definitely a "biting" cat, constantly nibbling on my hand and chin, and once went for my neck.  She sleeps on the pillow next to me, and at least once a night sticks her butt in my ear.  Pushy!  When it was really cold, she figured out that she could sleep under the covers with me. 

Bisi is very jealous of Beau and Miss Lilly, and Beau is jealous of Miss Lilly.  Both of them get super cute when competing for my attention, and I have to make sure everyone gets some attention. 

I'm trying to post pictures, but apparently, something has changed?  I will keep trying.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 08:43:35 AM »

Our new house!


Sir, with his Cheeze-its


Beau, sitting on the ledge, and Bisi (I think) walking toward him on the floor.


Everyone in the kitchen, eating:


Bisi on my lap in the kitchen, sitting in Sir's chair:


Beau sitting on the shelf, in the coat closet:

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 04:09:35 PM »

Congratulations to all of you in your beautiful new place! Very nice! And the kitties look great too! Glad they are more relaxed and enjoying your new home!
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2017, 05:23:14 AM »

The house looks great ! Finally plenty of room for all of you  Smiley Wish I had known you came down , next time let me know so we can meet for lunch or dinner . Glad everyone is doing well .
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2017, 07:34:48 PM »

Thanks for the update!  I am so glad that things are going so well for you and the kitties.  Your new house looks lovely, and I am sure that the kitties are enjoying all of the space.  The kitties all looks great!  Looking forward to more pictures of the crew and the new house!   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2017, 10:47:12 AM »

A new house! How exciting! So many new places for the kitties to explore! I'm so happy to hear everyone is doing well and I hope Sir gains more weight!
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2017, 11:13:11 PM »

AWESOME!  Merrihart - that's so wonderful!  Congratulations!  I know over the many years we've "known" each other that you've had housing issues and moving here and having this issue thereā€¦ this is really great news!  And wow, it's gorgeous and spacious!  Yay!  I'll bet the kitties are in heaven!  And you, too!  Woo!

On a side note - gee, that's a really good idea to upgrade to large plates for food.  We use small dishes and I'm constantly cleaning up the floors.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 05:40:21 AM »

August - Thanks!  I do like the plates.  I got 5 of them, and wish I had gotten 5 more to rotate for cleaning.  I love these low shallow bowls for the kitties.



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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2017, 06:04:43 PM »

Congrats on new house, looks great! Im sure kitties are much happier with all that space.
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 11:10:05 AM »

Lilly seems to be turning agressive Sad  She is hissing and growling at everyone for the last week.  She still sleeps by my head, but she only gets on my lap when there is food involved.  She used to sleep on my lap with her claws dug in, as if she was afraid she'd be snatched away.  Beau had a knot on his chest a few weeks ago, and I am really scared that they fought.
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« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2017, 07:06:36 PM »

It probably would be a good idea to have the vet check her in case she is having some kind of medical problem.  You could try putting some Feliway diffusers around the house to try to calm everyone, and maybe rub some Rescue Remedy on Lilly's ears to keep her calm.  They may all still be working out their territorial issues in the new house also.  It can sometimes take a while for everyone to adjust to the new space. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2017, 08:24:03 PM »

It probably would be a good idea to have the vet check her in case she is having some kind of medical problem.  You could try putting some Feliway diffusers around the house to try to calm everyone, and maybe rub some Rescue Remedy on Lilly's ears to keep her calm.  They may all still be working out their territorial issues in the new house also.  It can sometimes take a while for everyone to adjust to the new space. 

I second that. Try Feliway first, but in my experience Feliway doesn't work equally well on all cats, but I also had good experience with Pet Remedy diffuser:
https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Rocks-Pet-Remedy-Refill/dp/B006H2UDW0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491452337&sr=8-1&keywords=pet+remedy+plug+in
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2017, 03:55:31 AM »

I did  have feliways plugged in shortly after I moved in, but I'm sure they are all empty by now!  Thanks for the reminder.

yes, if it continues, I'll have to take her in to the vet.  I'm sure her back and knees are affected by the changing weather, and I don't think she has worked out a space that is "hers" yet, with the exception of the window ledge at the sink, where she can watch me from a high position on the living level.  Maybe I should put a real shelf there, for her to sprawl out on. 

BTW, she has a tattoo in her ear.  Anyone know anything about pet tattoos?  There is one registry that uses them, but it's from pre-microchip days.
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2017, 04:17:41 PM »

Apparently, some vets use a tattoo on the ear to indicate a cat that has been spayed instead of "tipping the ear".  I doubt this is used when an individual owner has a cat spayed or neutered, and I am pretty sure that the ear tipping is done only when a TNR organization brings cats in to have them spayed or neutered to return them to a feral colony.  I had all females cats, and not of them got tattoos or had their ears tipped.

Here is a link that discusses the ear tattoos and ear tipping.

              http://pets.thenest.com/vets-tattoo-spayed-kittens-8675.html
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2017, 08:03:33 AM »

I'm glad to report that Lilly has settle down at last!  And she crawled onto my chest this morning and dozed, first all tense with her feat under her (meatloaf position), and then she slowly relaxed her weight to one side.  Yesterday, i saw her baking in the sun on the kitchen windowsill.  I think I need to get some type of bench or shelf built there, so the cats have more room to stretch out.  I wonder if I can get someone to make me a window seat there for cheap.  I thought about buying a padded bench, but didn't want to commit the money for one.  That was before I thought of the big chair there.  They all love that window, of course.

Sir seems to be feeling better, but he was back to following me around last night.  He does not want to be locked up anymore, and I'm trying to give him that freedom.  Maybe I need to buy a feed-safe.  I have the microchip feeding station on my wish list, I just can't bring myself to order it.
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