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Re: OT: The Kitten Wars

Yes it is Feliway. Kittens are indeed great fun. Mine were born under my deck to a semi-feral mother who I was able to catch and get spayed -- kept them like you as could not face the "worse" alternatives for them. However after 2 years am glad to have them somewhat calmer and may even put some of my decorations out again soon!
--Barb, Grass Valley CA
----- Original Message ----- From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:08 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] OT: The Kitten Wars

Oh cool..I googled the pheromones...is it Feliway? I have to get some
and see if it does any good. Thanks for the tip. Fingers are crossed.
I tell you what though, I would never advocate people just letting their
cats breed for fun, but this whole kitten thing has been such a blast.
(well, except for my two peabrains). We have just laughed and laughed
watching them scamper around. The two are so funny now, when we open the
door at night they come racing up and leap up our pants legs (this is
probably a habit I should stop, I know). One of them thinks the pattern
on the kitchen lineoleum is string and she fights with the floor, just
skittering around. I have always adopted older cats so I had no idea how
much fun this is. Still, these two little ones are getting fixed as soon
as they're old enough.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of sundrops@earthlink.net
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 8:57 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] OT: The Kitten Wars

Oh Cyndi, I can empathize.  My "kittens" are now 2 years old but my two
older cats, the male in particular, have still not gotten used to them.
He does not spray but is very nervous and stays inside only long enough
to eat.
The female went through a long period (probably over a year) of peeing
everywhere and I have every pee clean-up concoction in the book, but she
finally has settled down  in that regard.  As you said, the kittens seem
to delight in following my male cat around as though on purpose to bug
him! My latest tack is to follow the kittens around with a spray water
bottle when he is in the house and try to get the message across to just
leave him alone!  In anticipation of winter, I also have on order some
cat pheronomes
(spelling?) that come in a diffuser and are supposed to help in calming
cats in multi-cat situations, am hoping it works.  Good luck -- the
kittens sound adorable.
--Barb, Grass Valley CA where we are still getting smoky hours from fire
near Susanville, getting old
----- Original Message -----
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2007 8:40 AM
Subject: [CHAT] OT: The Kitten Wars

I mentioned before we took in a stray cat that had kittens right under

our front windows.  It was pretty fun watching them grow up. My husband

fell for one of the tortoiseshell ones so we figured we'd keep mama cat

and one kitten, which left me the task of finding homes for the other
three. You know that saying about friends and true friends, well, TRUE

friends would take a kitten. Apparently I don't have any of those. I
did  get one friend who said she'd take all three because she wanted
some  barn cats. Not exactly the life I wanted for them, but I decided
it  would give them a marginally better chance than me sitting in front

of  the grocery store handing them to strangers, or taking them to the

But since she didn't care what she got, and my husband was getting
more  and more attached to the two tortoiseshells, I decided to give
her mama  cat and two kittens with the hope that mama cat would help
them learn to  be outdoors-savvy. So we dropped them off Sunday, my
friend is keeping  them in her enclosed patio area till they're a
little bigger. Now we  have two kittens at home.
We were keeping the family locked in the back bathroom but once they
got  older letting them out when we were home. The problem is my other
two  cats are deathly afraid of the interlopers. And their food and
litter  box is down at that end of the house. So my two scaredy-cats
were hiding  in the bedroom all the time, apparently they come out to
eat when they  think the coast is clear, but we had to add a litter box

near there. I  was hoping once mama cat was gone it would get better
but not so far.
The kittens are fearless and expanding their territory, last night
they  discovered the bedroom. They were so happy to find out where we
went at  night. So now they're romping over the bed and the other two
are hiding  underneath. It's kinda sad seeing this big ol' cat hiss at
the kitten,  the kitten hisses back and the big cat runs away.
I'm tempted to lock them all in one room together for a couple days,
and  if I had a room to do it in I probably would, but I really don't
have a  good place for it. Meanwhile one of the older cats, or maybe
both of  them, is mad enough about the whole thing she's taken to
peeing on the  floor in our master bathroom. Sigh...I wonder how long
this goes on?
It's been a good six weeks since we started letting them out.


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