Guest Post: WereBear And The Advantages Of Adopting Two

So while we are all ooooo-ing and aaah-ing about the latest Balloon-Juice adoption, our very own WereBear had a spell cast over her by these two little sweeties. When I read her blog post I asked her if she’d share it as a guest post here. I thought with all our cat adoptions recently, it would be nice to remind people we have a ready resource for those pesky cat and kitten questions. I was also wondering if you guys would be interested in her doing guest posts a couple times a month, maybe answering your burning cat questions?

Meanwhile, here are the latest members of the extended Balloon-Juice pet family. From WereBear

image of two tabby leopard-spotted kittens, one with red collar and one with green, sitting on the tray of their big wire cage and looking at the camera filtered with a bold art filter

Welcome, MC Hammer and Fresh Prince!

Yes, two Beta Cat Type boys. The smallest Cat Social Unit.Which is how, and why, they came to live with us yesterday evening. Because it was a rescue.

offer I couldn’t refuse

These kittens were part of the shelter system. They were in no immediate danger.

I was so not in the market. Mr WayofCats had been very sick, which dragged me down from exhaustion. Finances were even tighter as a result.

When Tristan kept scratching his head and making Owie! sounds, I got him into the vet’s as soon as they opened. Then this happened.

image of two gray tabby kittens reaching past their cage towards a cat carrier on the chair next to them
Tristan, sulking in carrier on right (not seen) while Fresh Prince and MC Hammer express concern.

These two kittens, working as a team, moved in the big cage to get on the shelf nearby. Then, still consulting each other, they stuck their paws out or made facial expressions of concern. The sides of this carrier are made of mesh. They and Tristan could see each other.

I said, “See, Tristan, they are worried about you.” But I’d already seen enough to know I was in trouble.

They were a bonded pair.

Cat Social Units

Tristan’s problem was cleared up with an exam and two shots. But my problem continued. These two kittens needed to be adopted together.

But it would also mean they would have to wait, growing up in cages and playrooms, getting longer and leggier and (to the unenlightened) less-cute every day. Which was better than the alternative, which was to break their little hearts by separating them.

“They are so attuned to each other,” I remarked to the person in reception.

“The shelter wants them to stay together.”

Then we both made those quick sad faces. We knew that was a barrier to adoption.

teamwork

Fresh Prince and MC Hammer, their shelter names, had an extraordinary connection for kittens so young. They were 3-4 months old, and had been rescued from a feral colony.

At the beginning of fall local shelters were often jammed by these successful strategies. Which was good. But so many competing choices set this pair’s odds of adoption back even further.

Watching them play and communicate like an Impossible Mission Force, I saw what the shelter had seen. These two weren’t twins, but there was a very strong brother bond.

Both Betas, but I figured Fresh Prince, with his abundant white from chin to tail, had more Gamma. While MC Hammer showed signs he leaned towards the Alpha side of the range.

I could not catch a break. They would be exactly suited to joining my Cat Civilization. Just when I was halfway through my upcoming book on that very subject, with proper choosing and introductions being featured prominently in it.

So I was looking at a future where I kept my mouth shut, and the entire time I’ll be writing a book about cat partnerships. I won’t know what happened to these little fellows. Or I can go by the shelter and see how they are still waiting for a home.

Writer’s block is hard enough. I caved and asked for an application. 

essence of rescue

This wasn’t an immediate emergency. But the shelter, vet’s office, and I all knew this was a potential one. They had already, in a foster home, made great strides out of ferality. The best way to support their taming and max out potential was to give them a real home, soon.

When I talked to them, they drew near, even reaching for my fingers with their paws through the bars. They were coming along wonderfully, but all that effort could backslide if they didn’t get enough play and socialization.

All because people don’t understand how adopting two cats at a time is so much easier.

hive mind

After a busy morning, the kittens seek out nap spots near me. MC Hammer has chosen a bookcase with a duffle bag under it, so all that shows is his paw. While Fresh Prince is in the open, but on top of a storage drawer set, with his back to a corner.

That green ear is from the tattoo ink with an N for neutered. The first thing they did when they woke up from anesthesia was clean each other. And created a green ear for each other.

It’s going to be easier to tame Fresh Prince, who already lets me catch him and cuddle him, responding with a happy purr and relaxation. Since he is so close to MC Hammer, taming one will help tame the other.

The relationship doesn’t have to be close for cats to learn from, and translate for, each other. But progress will happen even faster in a bonded pair with such good communication.

They love each other. So they trust each other.

The vet tech said as the anesthesia took hold they hugged each other tighter and tighter until they went out. She said she almost cried, she was so glad someone was going to take them, together.

the reason why

For people who do not understand the lure of cats as pets, it can become a source of cognitive dissonance. This is when the brain struggles to reconcile conflicting pieces of information.

The only way Cat Skeptics feel comfortable with the cat myths they cling to turns out to be asserting that the problem is Cat Appreciators. How can they like an evil beast who is both too stupid to know their own name and brilliant enough to plot a human’s demise?

The problem is ignorance. The solution is more love.

That is The Way.

This one headbutted my leg until I petted him for the first time. He has a purr like an elf outboard motor.

  • Find out how our last cat adoption came about with Welcome, Mithrandir. (Hint: it wasn’t planned.)
  • Funny thing, the adoption before that wasn’t planned either. I explain this emergency rescue in Welcome, Tristan.

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Head over to her site if you have cat questions. She has free content and some content with membership here and it’s all a great help with those troubling cat questions. And of course, her books are available here.

Okay, hit the comments and squeeee away! I’m sure WereBear will be around if you have questions. Meanwhile, let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in monthly or twice monthly guest posts with maybe cat Q&A.

 






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    Baud says:

    Congrats on the twins.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Awww…beautiful story. Beautiful boys.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Quick kitten update before I crash. (Been a long day.)

    These may be the first kitties I’ve ever met who were thoroughly unimpressed with tuna.

    We’ve progressed to brief belleh rubs (Maysie) and face bumps and purrs (Tux). Picking them up still causes them to sing “Don’t fence me in”, though.

    They’ve managed to lose the first two toys we gave them.

    No escape attempts yet. Also no hiding. We’re greeted with “Where’s the food!” when we open the door.

    So things are moving along nicely. Many blessings on Amy for a wonderful job socializing these darlings.

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    Spanky says:

    You don’t need to convince me; the last two adoptions were threesomes. And the surviving 17 y.o. from the previous pair is dozing on my lap.

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    HinTN says:

    burning cat

    The new, must-do, see-and-be-seen, performance art forum.

    Congrats, WereBear, on a fine pair of kitties

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Awww….

    That is all.

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    Adopting bonded Ric and Zooey (shelter names: Ricotta and Zuppa) together, as adult cats, was just the right thing for me to do. I didn’t want to deal with the hassles of domesticating a kitten, and, having had many cats in the distant past, I knew that two would provide companionship and stimulation for each other. They are good buddies, with the love and arguments that go with that. Although their coloring is very similar, just about everything else – body types, fur textures, meows and personalities – is different. They have their own relationship and so are not totally dependent on me. We’ve worked out how we live together and have flexibility for changes. They are great companions!

    And yes, the shelter lady was overjoyed that I wanted both of them. She practically leaped across the counter at the shelter’s second-hand store and hugged me.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    OK, a little more.

    This is my second bonded pair. The Vorwiggles twins, Max and Miles, were our first, about seven years ago now. Their foster mom also just about cried when I told her I wanted to take both. They’re still each other’s favorite toys.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    I also highly recommend adopting multiples.

    We are swamped with work right now, but when we get the chance, we’re looking for two to adopt.

    This is an amazing post — I’d love to see more of these. I have the book too!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    These may be the first kitties I’ve ever met who were thoroughly unimpressed with tuna.

    My dearly departed semi-feral trio had zero interest in tuna (except in cat food), or any human food.

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    West of the Cascades says:

    I adopted two beautiful, four-year-old Maine Coon sisters two years ago (Sheba and Shasta – their shelter names), and they have been the loveliest, lovingest cats I could ever have imagined having in my home. They have no interest in tuna or even freshly-cooked salmon, but just enjoy eating the same kibble they had at the shelter (I got them from the Cat Adoption Team, via the late, lamented, possibly re-opening Purrington’s Cat Lounge).

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    WereBear says:

    Thank you, especially fellow “get them in bunches” Cat Appreciators.

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    WereBear says:

    @West of the Cascades: Reverend Jim, our Maine Coon Mix, is on a strict dinosaur diet. (Poultry.) Despite their backgrounds as ship’s cats, some don’t handle fish well.

    Of course, it’s all been in Mother Nature’s mixmaster many times now, when you adopt mixes.

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    Sab says:

    Connie Schultz retweeted about a Scott Simon piece on NPR about high suicide rates for veterinarians.

    Thank your vet today.

    I’ve had the same great couple of vets for twenty years. We have lost a couple of wonderful pets to various cancers. We need to be reminded that our vets also know us and our pets, and our loss is also theirs.

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    JPL says:

    WereBear thank you so much for sharing your story.

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    ThresherK says:

    Our best-getting-along pair in our household (two adults, one cat attached to each) were littermates.

    We hope to not have our two cats pass away in close succession ever again, but we’d look out for littermates or pairs if that were to happen.

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    Kineslaw says:

    We are on our third set of multiples, all adopted as kittens. They tend to me more affectionate than our singles, and are so much fun to watch interact. They are also good at amusing themselves late at night.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @zhena gogolia: The established cats are firmly in the seafood and dinosaur camp. Tuna either comes in cat food (because of the missing taurine) or in small quantities as a treat.

    When I bought kitten food yesterday, I got the tuna because every cat loves tuna, right? Not these two. So they’re eating mostly chicken kibble until I get to the store tomorrow.

    Tux climbed into my arms for a cuddle a few minutes ago. I also think he’s going to be a problem solver.

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    EL says:

    I’d love to see regular guest posts from Werebear, especially if they come with pictures of the new kitties!

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    WereBear says:

    @JPL: Here we all are, discussing the benefits. More people need to know!

    I’ve long helped people with their cat issues in comments, but would be glad to show up reliably if we have a set thing.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Boops to all the new lovelies.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    Have you cat people read Paul Gallico’s book The Abandoned? I’ve seen it advertised as a ‘middle grades’ book.

    My brother read parts of it to his grade-school one year.

    Strongly recommend that you check it out if you haven’t heard of it before.

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    Ladyraxterinok says:

    @Ladyraxterinok: Was the class he was teaching. Most really liked it.

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    Skepticat says:

    Two of my cats are sisters, born feral, and the third is obviously a cousin. He was one of the cats at one of our six feeding stations (a friend and I feed 56 cats a day–I just hope they all lived through the storm). He finally climbed on my golf cart and explained that there’d been a terrible mistake made–he really was a house cat and didn’t belong outside. Most of members the feral cat colony on the island are black and white, so I call mine the Holsteins. They all lie wrapped around another so you barely can tell one cat from another, and the male spends a lot of time grooming his pseudo sisters. They travel back and forth between Maine and Bahamas with great aplomb (once I wrestle them into their carriers). I hope we can return home soon.

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    Spanky says:

    @Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism:

    Tux climbed into my arms for a cuddle a few minutes ago. I also think he’s going to be a problem solver.

    It seems ridiculous to think that how a cat is marked signifies personality traits, but that certainly seems to be the case with b&w tuxedos. We’ve had four, and one trait they’ve all shared is “problem solving”, although sometimes the problem is how to get out of the house or into a forbidden space. They’ve all had strong personalities (three for good, one for evil). Don’t adopt a tux if you’re looking for a placid lap cat!

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    WereBear says:

    @Skepticat: I love stores about cats who travel. I think it helps to start them when they are young.

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    p.a. says:

    Aaaaawwwwwwww

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    Mike in Oly says:

    My husband and I adopted our Miss Pearl along with her brother Dandy (shelter names Sue Purr and Dan Dee – ugh) as adults. They had come from the same home when their momma had passed away and the kids kicked them out of the house. The neighbors called the rescue shelter to come get them as they were living under the porch of their previous home. We quickly learned they were not bonded in any way, shape or form and pretty much just ignored each other entirely. We sadly lost Dandy two years in to cancer, and then found Oliver. He had come from a home with 7 other cats and was stressed out about it and having urinary issues. A two cat house would suit him just fine. The shelter manager was so happy we wanted him she waved the adoption fee. Pearl accepted him right off and he was just fine with her as well, so things have settled in nicely with them. We could not be happier with our rescue babies. But when they go (many years from now, fingers crossed) we’d like to try kittens again. I miss having long hair cats, so that will be one criteria, and wed prefer a male/female pair, but would love to know what else to look for when kitten hunting. In the past it has always been ‘this kitten needs a home – we have a home’. But when setting out to deliberately look for the right pair, what do you look for other than aesthetics?

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    Auntie Anne says:

    @WereBear – I’m a subscriber, and a long-time fan! Congratulations on the new kitties! I would love it if you could see your way clear to doing a regular post here.

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    @Skepticat: Oh, man, now I’m all worried about all your island cats. Let us know.

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    WereBear says:

    @Spanky: I believe in such things. Like the mellow orange tabby cat personality.

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    Jay says:

    oh fuck me I just learned that field mice crawl inside tulips to pig out on pollen and then they overdo it and fall asleep inside the flower and I can't even. Look at his face close up 😭 pollen is nature's Dorito dust pic.twitter.com/JkXbIM0IGF— Julia Wertz (@Julia_Wertz) September 7, 2019

    I was always ambivalent about cats. Grandpaw and Dad hated cats.

    Then, working at the Crane Factory, ( port cranes, not the toilet company), met Lady Fan, a Siamese covered with ticks and fleas who raided our lunchroom.

    Got her washed and cleaned, flea collared, used to being fed, groomed and cuddled. At the end of the summer, took her home in a backpack. Hid her in my room. She loved climbing into the shower with me in the morning, getting washed and dried. Slept under the covers, curled up against my legs.

    Couldn’t keep her, but found her a great home.

    Never had a positive interaction with a cat after that, for years.

    Years and years later, SWMBO told me “we have cats!”.

    Popo and Cappy, cats she had with her ex, who’s new wife wanted them gone. Cappy just walked up to me, when his carrier was opened, curled up on my lap and said, “ so you are the new boy”.

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    Aleta says:

    @Mike in Oly: That’s a great question.

    And Yes please to Wear Bear.

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    Spanky says:

    @WereBear: Yep, that’s another one.

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    WereBear says:

    @Mike in Oly: But when setting out to deliberately look for the right pair, what do you look for other than aesthetics?

    In post above, and extensively in my book, I discuss how to tell what Cat Type a particular cat is. You mentioned longhairs, which have a lot of Persian. Our Mithrandir has a lot of what I call the Gamma Cat Type. Longhaired cats are prone to be mellow. Round head round eyes, probably Persian. I’m in the NE and you get a lot of Northern Breeds, Maine Coon/Norwegian Forest Cats, and they are what I call Beta Cat Types.

    These range from lively and social to quiet and self-contained. Which kind do you like?

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    Mary G says:

    WereBear, you’ve been my cat guru for years. I’ve learned so much, and that’s why I have two now.

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    p.a. says:

    GF has 3 rescues. Tuxedo & Orange Tab are outdoor cats that were people cats, and a gray & white that was a feral kitten & now refuses to leave the house: “I know what’s out there!” 😉

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    geg6 says:

    As a new cat human, I would welcome some advice on the regular. We found Cleo as a tiny kitten (vet thinks she was about 4-6 weeks) in our garage, just about a year ago. Neither of us have ever had a cat, so it’s been a learning experience and lots of trial and error. Vet says she’s healthy and should thank her lucky stars she hid in our garage, so we must be doing something right.

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    Skepticat says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    Oh, man, now I’m all worried about all your island cats.

    Me too. I know they’re resilient, but this was beyond beyond. My partner in crime who was on the island through the whole thing (holed up in a bunker with six dogs and four cats—glad I didn’t have to clean up after that) just got her net connection back, and I hope to have (good) news soon. I shall pass it on.

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    Skepticat says:

    @geg6: Congratulations on being chosen.

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    Skepticat says:

    @p.a.:

    now refuses to leave the house: “I know what’s out there!”

    This is why my cats seldom ventured out even when the doors are left open. No fools they.

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    Mike in Oly says:

    @WereBear: We previously had: Chewie, medium-long haired calico girl who was super people oriented and very low-key. She was the ideal, perfect cat. An angel on four legs. Then came Tuck who was 18 pounds of tuxedo muscle with a magnificent coat. I suspected he had Maine coon in his background. He was laid back and very sweet with people. Miss Gracie Moleslayer was our Norwegian forest cat. Her coat was very difficult to deal with and she had a very strong personality and took no guff from people or other cats, tho oddly when out of her house she was as pliable as could be. Groomers and vets could do things to her that would have had me bloodied. I would not want another like her, tho I loved her dearly and she was quite affectionate her last few years, she did not get along with other cats and her coat was a huge problem for her and us. Then was Junebug a yellow tabby/tuxie. He was sunshine itself. Sweet, affectionate, full of personality, active and playful, with a big lions mane and a tail like a feather boa. He was strikingly beautiful. Sadly we lost him at three so did not get to experience the adult kitty he would grow into. We want another Chewie in a Tuck body with Junebug’s bright personality. A lap kitty that enjoys people but gets along well with other kitties too. I have your book, but it is still on the ‘to be read’ pile here on my desk. I am a slow reader now that the interwebs has my attentions.

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    debit says:

    I’m so happy by all the new cat news. Congrats@Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism: !! And congrats to our resident cat guru too!

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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Skepticat:

    My three who spent their first weeks outdoors never showed the slightest interest in escaping.

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    CaseyL says:

    Oh, I would love it if WereBear became a front pager!

    The only time I’ve adopted multiple kitties at once was with my current pair, Jeannie and Oscar. Jeannie arrived in our townhouse complex back in 2008 a homeless hungry girl whom everyone started feeding. Not feral; very clearly socialized and approachable. I never did find out what her story was, but considering that she got knocked up soon after she arrived here it’s possible she escaped her home while in heat. Cats in heat are pretty single-minded.

    Oscar is the last of her kittens (some neighbors found homes for the others) and I took them both when everyone else in the complex was “well, if no one else will, I will.’

    Jeannie was a wonderful mom, but when Oscar was about 6 months old she decided she was done – this would be when he decided to grab her, roll her onto the snow-covered ground, and wrestle-play. For about the fifth time that day. Oscar’s daddy was a huge Himalayan seal point who also hung around our complex, so Oscar at 6 months was already as big as Mom. Grown, he’s half again as large as she is.

    They do not like each other much. More precisely, Jeannie doesn’t like Oscar much. She has jealous moods when I swear she counts up how much attention I pay to Oscar and to her, and compares the results. She’ll hiss/spit/swat at him when she’s in A Mood. Oscar never ever retaliates, which fascinates me: is he still aware that she’s his mother? does that still mean something to him? Did she raise him not to hit girls?… It’s my belief that Jeannie feels like a failure as a Mom because the kid is still living at home.

    It’s been fascinating living with them, seeing their interactions, wondering if theirs are typical of cat families or specific to them.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    We got a pair of long haired kittens just under two years ago, raised as orphans from 2 weeks old. As near as their first rescuer could tell, next week is their birthday. I’ve never had two that were bonded before and it has been so much fun!

    I’ve availed myself of werebear’s advice recently and it was worth every penny!

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    debit says:

    @Skepticat: We found a cat hanging out in our driveway one winter, gave him a pat, then went inside, only to find he was right on our heels. Poor guy had some minor frostbite on his pads and never, ever wanted to go back outside.

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    laura says:

    So we’re into year one of “feral kitten and runt -take one and the other dies on the mean streets” so we have two and they are lovely and crazy-making, and we love them like we’ve never had a kiki before. But of course, spouse and I both grew up in cat an dog and other creature households. they are exhausting, and there’s something to be said for a retired pair of cats. While I’ve not had the pleasure of an Orange Boy yet, I’m just sayin’ (this stole my heart the day I read it and hope you enjoy):

    https://www.pressreader.com/usa/san-francisco-chronicle/20080903/282441344887220

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    Tata says:

    After my cat died, I’d asked a rescue for two black cats that wanted to be together. Within days, my dad’s cancer turned out to be terminal. I spent a month taking care of him, then he died. When I went home, the rescue brought me two tiny kittens. The two kittens, who are now 12 years old, were the best thing that could have happened to me. I adore them. One is sitting on my lap, erasing as I type.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @Tata: @Tata: editing, not erasing

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    J R in WV says:

    One of our cats, the smaller one, is an outdoor cat, but when indoors at night will want to lay on top of me. I don’t squirm much while asleep, so cats love to sleep with me. The other cat, pumpkin, so called because of her spheroid shape before we got her intake regulated, is more an indoor cat, but will go outside from time to time.

    They both love tiny bits of people meats and seafood from the table. So does the dog. We manage to give each person the same number of treats, when treating occurs, which is maybe once every couple of weeks. We used to have a cat who actually had a place at the table. He didn’t beg, but loved it when he was served a tiny scrap of dinosaur/cow/seafood. Was very polite, but wanted to be part of the family sit down for dinner. Rufus was his name, because he was a white cat with red spots, particularly his head. As an elderly cat after I fell asleep he would slowly, slowly creep into bed and lay across my head and we were both the warmer for it. Loved that big 18 pound boy!

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    2liberal says:

    OT: what, no football thread? i wonder if the blogfather is serious about losing interest in the NFL. Or maybe he just wanted to wait until the Steelers aren’t playing the Patriots

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    rikyrah says:

    This is a beautiful post ❤️

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    Middlelee says:

    @Ladyraxterinok:
    Back in the early 1960s I read a book by Paul Gallico wherein an adult cat told a younger cat, “When in doubt, wash.” That’s all I remember of the book. Seems like decent advice.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Middlelee:

    That book is called “The Silent Miaow,” and it’s wonderful! The mother cat typed her instructions on an old manual typewriter, and her paws occasionally jammed the keys so that the letter that appeared was keyboard-adjacent to the one she meant to strike.

    Thus, “kitten” was rendered as “kotteb.” To this day, I think of all baby cats as kottebs.

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    Middlelee says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: @SiubhanDuinne:
    Thank you! I’ll see if my library has a copy.
    Sounds a bit like “Archie and Mehitabel,” except poor Archie had to land on his head to type.
    Oh Jesus, it remembered my info. Is this the new website?

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    Aleta says:

    There’s a book called All I Need to Know I Learned from my Cat. Cartoons and advice like (paraphr.) ‘curl up in a sunny spot’ and ‘exercise your human by encouraging it to run around with a string in hand.’

    My partner finally stopped saying ”Release the kraken” about Finn. Now calls him Screw Loose-ifer. (Or is it Loosifur). Finn’s had some issues.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Middlelee:

    It’s remembering my info too! Wonder if the miracle will still be around in the morning.

    Archy, of course, was unable to use the shift key, so every “well boss” letter has an all-lower-case e. e. cummings whiff about it.

    As for Gallico, he also wrote “Thomasina,” on which Disney based the film “The Three Lives of Thomasina.”

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    dlwchico says:

    My two adopted brothers. They are great together, so glad I got them both.
    https://i.imgur.com/dhpoCIt.jpg

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    Msb says:

    YES to regular cat posts. I’m on my second pair of tabby sisters.

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    Gretchen says:

    We have orange boys Willie and Waylon, two rescues not related, totally different, and lovingly bonded. They do wrestle, but also spend a lot of time cleaning each other and sleeping curled up together. Willie needs to sit on my lap and hug me at least once a day and weighs 20 pounds. Waylon is smaller, clearly my husband’s cat – super curious, NOT a lap cat, and cries when Michael leaves the house. We both talk to them all the time and they talk back. They can’t go out because coyotes, but sit at the screen door and watch everything.

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    Mohagan says:

    I’d love regular posts/Q and A sessions with WereBear! We were down to 2 cats (we lost 3 elderly cats in year and adopted the 2 young ones because we knew losses were coming). Ayla my beautiful spotted! Tabby girl and Buster the tux boy. They are not litter mates but basically grew up together and are quite friendly but do not sleep together. I just pushed my luck and adopted a Siamese girl about 2 weeks ago as an early B.day present to myself. She and Ayla get along well and Buster is becoming reconciled although there is still a ways to go.

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    Kattails says:

    Yes please to regular cat posts. I need to subscribe to the Wayofcats site but $$ has been so tight of late I’m squeezing the quarters ’til the eagle poops. It will straighten out soon. Have done a consult and it was so helpful. (Hope Mr. Werebear is OK!!)
    @Skepticat: Have been thinking of you since your post recently about the destruction on the island, your house, and your sick cat.

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    SWMBO says:

    We are allergic to cats but did adopt half a litter of long haired dachshunds. We got the three brothers and they are best buds. We got a sister from a subsequent litter and she fits right in. They are all a pack that eat, sleep, play together. We got the boys at 10 weeks and the girl after she was 2 years old. I would definitely recommend multiples if you can swing it. They are all well socialized (sort of–one of them is territorial over our fence and will bite anyone who touches it. Even me.) If there is a familial medical issue, it makes it easier to diagnose and treat. (They are like most dachshunds and will crack a tooth on a hard bone.)

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    WereBear says:

    @Mike in Oly: my book has details but can you think back to head shape on the different cats. I like big happy cats with heads like softballs.

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    Barb 2 says:

    @Skepticat:

    That hurricane Dorian – living through that when it stalled for days in the Bahamas sounds like hell to me. The interviews with survivors give me nightmares! I was in the Caribbean when wrong way Lenny hit the island I was on. Wrong way because it began in the Gulf of Mexico and wouldn’t follow the weather guy’s prediction. That was a minor storm compared to Dorian! But I still clearly remember the sideways rain and the wind and the calm when the eye of the storm went over the island. We all rushed out to buy gas for our cars. Category 5 storm – scary.

    I’m wondering about the animals left behind. We did see photos of two small dogs being carried by rescuers. But no video of cats. Also birds are missing.

    Please keep us posted Skepticat when you go back to the Bahamas. Plus anything you hear about the survivors.

    Re traveling cats:
    My cat – a Japanese Bobtail is a traveling cat. Three round trips. From Seattle to Miami and then to the Caribbean. Plus several trips from Seattle to Arizona and New Mexico. We have seen many snow bird cats. Some even walk on leashes like my cat. Others are spotted by my cat – who seems to know which RVs carry cats. My cat has a Chihuahua – we aren’t species snobs. (Grin).

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    WereBear says:

    So happy with all the cat love!

    My internet went out last night and is still troublesome but I am on the case. Cell phone not the best for this.

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