Thursday, February 22, 2007

Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!




,m yyyyyyyyyy6 (typed by the cat that jumped onto the keyboard)

Let me talk about my cats for a moment. We have two now. One died a while ago. If I've said any of this before just pretend I didn't and act like it's all new and exciting! We have Stripers (grey and black and fluffy) and Suzie (black, not fluffy). When we got them each child had "their own" and Aiden desperately wanted Stripers to be a boy. "Can't we just pretend it's a boy?" he'd plead. Nevertheless, Stripers remained a girl. Suzie, on the other hand, not so much... Let me explain. When our neighbors gave us the cats he told us they were all girls. He was wrong. Emma had a friend over last month and her mother was over. She said," You know Suzie's a boy, right?" Of course I didn't know Suzie was a boy. Do you think I would have named Suzie Suzie if she didn't have Suzie parts? We were paranoid about a kitten population before that let alone actually having a male and a female! Veterinarian clinic, here I come! It's kind of tricky deciding whether or not to spend money on outdoor cats like this because who knows when they'll get run over or eaten by wild animals. It could be a real waste of money! But, the fact is that these cats our great. They're kind and fun and they play all over the yard, running up trees to the tip top and things of that nature. They like us and they try to hop in our car with us. They try to get in the house and they hang on the screen doors and windows looking in at us to say "hi". It's funny. We decided, they're worth it and so is not having to buy loads of cat food for a million kittens.

It's done. Their kitten makers have been removed or cut out or broken or whatever they do! The tricky thing is they're required to stay in the house for ten days. Are they going to climb up my shower curtain? Are they going to pee on my clean clothes like Ben's cats always did growing up? After talking to others around here I came to my own conclusion that they can go outside but for a minimal amount of time. They just have to stay clean and dry. The trick will come when it starts to rain. Will they use the litter box? Will they get stir crazy? I hate litter boxes. That's why I like outdoor cats!

So far we get clawed a bit more than we used to, not out of dislike, just a stretch here and there or a foot swipe underneath the dinner table. They lay around in the warm house absorbing the soft couch and the cozy beds. After I felt a swipe on my lip as I was falling asleep last night I decided to shut all our bedroom doors to prevent any problems or startling claws in the face. I still like our cats but I will be delighted when they can stay outside to their hearts content. I might even let them in the house once in a while... But I haven't talked to the husband about that yet, so...

9 comments:

tara said...

youre lucky, your animals only have to stay inside for 10 days...our dumbass dog stays in the house forever...aparently she doesnt like being cooped up in the house for 12 hours because the other day she ate my rug, curtains and coffee table. dumbass.
(feel free to edit my unfortunate language...but sometimes that is the name that suits her best.)

Nana Lesa said...

Just a note of clarification on the cat that peed on Ben's clean clothes when he was a kid....the clean clothes were NOT put away, but either on the floor of the closet or in a basket in his closet. They still shouldn't have peed on them, but they didn't get in the drawers or anything like that. I too love having cats that are outdoors! Much cleaner. When we had our spayed and neutered, they were still confined to our shed, so we didn't have to let them in the house. They still sneak in occasionally, but only until caught. Hope they survive now that they are gender neutral!
Love, Lesa

dodyb said...

From a professional :)

Truth be told....In reality....mr. kitty can go out after a couple of days..there incisions are small and heal fast. Ms. kitty can do the same. Just keep an eye on the incision.
I would love to have outdoor cats again but..living in the city..not good.

Julia Stewart said...

FYI - some shelters and rescue centers will help pay for spaying or neutering dogs and cats. I am not sure if it is retroactive... but it never hurts to ask!!!

J

Chezam said...

I am picking up a clear signal at my house again! So I can comment and post blogs more regularly again. Also, the kalama library, little though it may be, has wireless! I have a laptop! My daughter loves to play with the little kids teaset there! Needless to say, I'll be in the library a lot, posting, commenting and other-ing on the internet now. Jen--miss ya. Good blogs my friend. Something to aspire to... and congrats on fixing the cats. It's a worthy investment.

rici said...
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rici said...

man...I always feel so bad whenever I have had to fix a kitty. I guess I just like kittens so much and love to see how well the mamas take care of them. I have two cats right now, and although they are a "joy," I'm getting a little tired of them. Indiana got his cat butt kicked BIG TIME last year and now he is a scaredy cat!! They really DO exist!! He hates going outside;afraid of another whoopin'. He got his throat sliced open by a really mean orange cat who has since moved from the neighborhood. Yippee! Tinkerbell is a little dare devil and I think she has a death wish. Only time will tell...

Priscilla said...

All these cat stories makes me want to get one..or maybe a dog. I really don't know if I would choose a cat or dog...they both are so fun in different ways. Maybe someday we can be petowners...and have wonderful neutering stories to write about on our blog...

Kaydub said...

Too bad for you all that the best pet in the world, Lucy the Wonder Dog, lives with me & Brenda.

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