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Oct 01, 2007 08:42 # 44975

oKtosiTe * replies...

Re: New flatmate

She's a cute one alright.
I like to feed my pets as much unprocessed food as possible. Then again, my (half) Jack Russell is a real hunter, and quite often I can feed her her own prey.
When I still had a cat I usually fed him meat intended for human consumption.

Or is it?

Aug 29, 2007 11:11 # 44879

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

Yeah, I'm interested in new-flat-pictures :)

You'd just have to point your mouse cursor on one of the pictures above and press the left key ;D

cu, w0lf.

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Aug 29, 2007 11:57 # 44880

andromacha *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

Nemo is just awfully cute. I have taken some pictures of our Luna so that I can soon post them as well. Lately I found a forum about everything concerning cats and dogs, and I already joined... too bad that it is an all-Italian thing, otherwise I would have encouraged you to join it as well.

Luna seems to be wanting my constant attention. If I leave the room she is eating in, she will come after a few seconds to look for me meowing. Right now she is in fact sitting in a chair at the table right beside me, half awake half asleep. She is so cute!!

Ginster, I encourage you to feed Nemo products that are designed exclusively for him though. Felix should have a line for kittens as well as other brands. Here in Italy we have Almo, Hill's, Iams... these are the first that I can come up with. All of them have a kittens line. Generally speaking kittens should eat mainly chicken meat and fish. In particular, Luna seems to like a lot these:

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Also, I have a question for you so that we can share our common experiences :P Do you manage to keep your apartment totally odour free? I mean, during the day I leave Luna's litter box outside, and still "her" room doesn't smell like roses. During the night I take it inside, because I don't want to let Luna free to wander on the balcony when Neil and I are asleep and she is unsupervised. How do you approach all this litter box problem?

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Aug 29, 2007 12:09 # 44881

andromacha *** has all the information you need...

Pictures of Luna

Here I am back. I just uploaded some pictures of Luna on flickr, so I will see if I can manage to get them here as well.

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She was falling asleep in the kitchen right beside me earlier today, and I thought that I should have taken a picture, as she was so cute.

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This one makes me laugh. As soon as she saw the camera, she looked up curiously in the most natural way. She must be a top-model in disguise :)

More pictures to come. Neil took a lot of pictures with the camera lately and I don't have any more space to take some others, so I will let him delete those he doesn't wanna keep, and then we'll take more pictures of our kitty :)

Italy no longer accepts illegal immigrants. Mr. B sink their boats!!!!!!!

Aug 30, 2007 09:07 # 44887

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

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Ginster, I encourage you to feed Nemo products that are designed exclusively for him though. Felix should have a line for kittens as well as other brands. Here in Italy we have Almo, Hill's, Iams... these are the first that I can come up with. All of them have a kittens line. Generally speaking kittens should eat mainly chicken meat and fish. In particular, Luna seems to like a lot these:

Well, thats your point of view. Other people would point out that cats should eat lots of different meals. Also, when we first gave food "Speziell für Katzenkinder" to him, he developed diarrhea.
He's already used to "normal" cat food, so why change that? Of course we give him some additional stuff like milk specially prepared for kittens etc., but really there aint no great difference between standard cat food and stuff "specially" prepared for kittens.

But what I'd like to try is to get him used to dry food ("Trockenfutter"), thus we could give him that during the day and a "wet" meal every morning and in the evening.

Do you manage to keep your apartment totally odour free? I mean, during the day I leave Luna's litter box outside, and still "her" room doesn't smell like roses. During the night I take it inside, because I don't want to let Luna free to wander on the balcony when Neil and I are asleep and she is unsupervised. How do you approach all this litter box problem?

Nemo's litter box is located in the bath room - there wouldnt be any other space left for it, anyway. My beloved one suggested we could put it up in the floor, but that certainly would lead to stumbling over it all the time, so I discarded this idea.

Of course its sometimes smelly, but well - your odours might also be that, aint it? Just think about it when you hit the toilet and have eaten some rather 'strong' food which was spiced up with garlic and onions ;)

We change the bedding every 5 to 7 days, so it wont starting to smell too much. Also, we use coarse-grained litter, which tends to absorb smells and liquids rather easily.

I wouldnt move the litter box around, as it does disturb the cat heavily. Probably Nemo would pee on the floor where the litter box was located before if we moved it away at night. Well, we aint got a balcony, so its no choice, anyway :D

Cats heavily depend on their sense of smell, so they also have kind of a 'smell map' in their brain that tells them where to find eg. the litter box or their food place. Removing the litter box would be like permanently moving your toilet around the house!

cu, w0lf.

beards are cool. every villain has one!

Aug 30, 2007 10:29 # 44888

andromacha *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

Yes, I give Luna dry food as well every so often. Sometimes I mix it a little bit with wet food as well. Today I took her to the vet for a checkup, because she has a little bit of diarrhea, and he gave her a shot of a mild antibiotics (he also found a little bit of fever). Considering that we got her from a shelter, he said that it is normal... maybe she has some parasites in her bowels so I will have to *sigh* collect some poo and take it to be analyzed... so thrilling, ain't it? :)

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Aug 31, 2007 17:11 # 44895

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

maybe she has some parasites in her bowels so I will have to *sigh* collect some poo and take it to be analyzed... so thrilling, ain't it? :

well, we already had to collect his poo off the floor, so I know much more .. thrilling stuff to do - like emptying a full bucket of puke into the toilet and similar "tasteful" activities ;-)

cu, w0lf.

beards are cool. every villain has one!

Sep 02, 2007 22:25 # 44897

andromacha *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

Fortunately for us Luna never pooed on the floor. However, the first day we took her home, she pooed on me and later on Neil (and it was diarrhea!)

One day we forgot to put the litter back inside and we went out to buy groceries, and when we got back... well Luna had pooed. But the smart cat didn't do it on the floor... I can't believe it, but she was smart enough to do it on some newspaper that was lying on the ground (we still had some things to trash from the moving and setting everything).

The other day we took her to the vet. She only has common worms, and we have already treated her. Well in the end she peed in the thingie that we use to carry her around. That is not really her fault though... we've been out for about 2 hours, and the poor cat had to release herself :) Fortunately I had put a rag in there, so it collected the liquid ;)

Tonight we went to see my parents who just came back from Austria, and we took Luna with us. We had her acquaintained with my parents' bathroom, so that she wouldn't be too excited to be in a new environment, and she has been the perfect kitten... didn't go crazy, used the bathroom only where she was supposed to... ate all her dinner. Neil and I were very pleased :)

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Sep 04, 2007 00:01 # 44901

ginsterbusch *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

Tonight we went to see my parents who just came back from Austria, and we took Luna with us. We had her acquaintained with my parents' bathroom, so that she wouldn't be too excited to be in a new environment, and she has been the perfect kitten... didn't go crazy, used the bathroom only where she was supposed to... ate all her dinner. Neil and I were very pleased :)

I also thought of this - maybe taking Nemo with me to work sometimes so he isnt that lonely during the day. But then, he probably is still too small for this.

cu, w0lf.

beards are cool. every villain has one!

Sep 04, 2007 07:59 # 44906

andromacha *** replies...

Re: New flatmate

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I also thought of this - maybe taking Nemo with me to work sometimes so he isnt that lonely during the day. But then, he probably is still too small for this.

I think that the problem with that is that I don't think that you can leave Nemo wander around the office (I assume?), so you'd probably have to keep him in the cage you use to transport him, and then you'd have also to think about where to put the litter box (which would stink :P).

When we brought her over at my parents, she was scared at first. She hissed at my dad (but also because his way of petting her was a little rough), and it was hard even for me and Neil to keep her still in our laps. Finally we set her in one of my parents' bathrooms, and apparently she was fine in there (if you don't count that she jumped in the tub, and left her pawprints all over the place :P)

My aunt (who is kind of an expert of apartment cats - at the moment she has 2) suggested to acquaintain the kitten first with a room for a few days, and then to let her wander around (aside from the off-limits rooms, which in our case are the bedroom, and the livingroom if she's not supervised, because she already ate part of the only plant we have there :P) Well, we didn't really keep her in the one room long enough I think, so when we let her free to wander she was still a little overexcited/scared. A few days ago I put the grid on the balcony so that she cannot fall off, and I gave her access to it. Well at first she hissed at me if I got close to her there. Now it is all normal to her though.

So I don't know if taking your cat to your workplace would be a good idea, unless you want to keep him in a cage all day. If cats have enough food, water and toys they can use on their own, they are fine if they stay alone for 8 hours. You just have to give him extra attention and petting at night when you return :)

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