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Re: Re: Re: Christmas in March, vole damage

You're so right Marge. When people ask me if Sugar wouldn't be happier
w/ a playmate, after I get done guffawing, I explain that if I take a
long weekend off, by the 3rd or 4th day, she's ready for me to go back
to work. She's sleeping in mama's chair right now. Taking a break from
weeding to rest my back.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Marge Talt
Sent: 3/27/2004 1:22:31 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] Christmas in March, vole damage

> Well, Kitty, the poor thing has realized (probably for the first time
> in his life) that a human can be kind and has imprinted on you and is
> trying to make up for years of not having any affection.  I'm sure
> your other guys resent him no end, but, they might get used to him if
> he makes any effort to be friends.  If he just whacks them at every
> opportunity, they will have an uneasy truce but never any friendship.
>  I had one like that when I had my herd.  He didn't like anybody and
> nobody liked him, but they existed together.
> Cats, given their druthers, want to be only cats; they are not keen
> on sharing space with other cats, but they can learn to do so - after
> a fashion.
> I *know* how unsettling this sort of thing is; best of luck there and
> hopefully warm weather and going outside will take the pressure off.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> > 
> > The Fab 4 do not like Slugger.  He tries to get along, but also I
> think he
> > secretly enjoys taunting them by simply being there -smack in the
> middle of
> > the hallway, at the entrance from outside, in the doorway to the
> room I'm
> > in, on the ottoman next to my chair.  Jack growls incessantly at
> the sight
> > of him; Seamus cries unnervingly and unendingly; Mick walks in
> extreme slow
> > motion past him;  Braveheart is simply wary - but BH is wary of
> everything.
> > 
> > I have to say that my attitude toward Slugger alternates between
> finding him
> > sweet and annoying.  Since he was the neighborhood bully, a roving
> tomcat
> > that more or less ruled his domain and allowed no human near him
> (that I was
> > aware of), it has come as quite a surprise that, now healed, this
> cat won't
> > go away.  He prefers to stay in the house, on  my lap or at my side
> when
> > possible.  He follows me from room to room.  He prefers the
> litterbox to the
> > out of doors.  He wants attention.  I'm used to cats that take care
> of each
> > other with, of course, a daily dose or two of affection from me,
> but not
> > this constant need.  His presence also tends to keep the others at
> bay.
> > With the better weather coming on, however, I hope he'll tire of
> the novelty
> > of me.
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