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@bmasters9 Especially after seeing what your heat values are I’m so relieved to hear that your adorable little balls of fur are going to get a break from the heat today. A hug to your Mother,  who is now allowing you to do this. 

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I'm glad the kittens will be inside where they belong in that kind of heat!  Much relief here.

Sorrow here as well - @tiftgirl, my heart hurts in empathy for you on the loss of Shlamey.  What a whirlwind - you think she just has bad teeth and is a little slow to heal, then, whammo, aggressive cancer diagnosis.  I'm sorry for what you've been through, and for what you're now going through.  Your boss sounds understanding, so I hope if you need to take some time to just lie down and deal with feeling like you've been run over, you do that.  And any time you need to cry, vent, or share memories, we are here for you.

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1 hour ago, Bastet said:

I'm glad the kittens will be inside where they belong in that kind of heat!  Much relief here.

Just brought 'em in!

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Tiftgirl, I'm so sorry. Take care of yourself, it's hard.

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Every time I go in the shower, my cat hangs out in the bathroom.  The minute I step out and am drying off*, he comes rushing towards me like he is going to rub up against my legs so I am always trying to rush and dry them first in an effort to avoid having it happen, thereby transferring a ton of cat fur to my legs.  He always veers off at the last second, so this is probably just him playing head games with me.

*Prior owners remodeled the master bath to take out the oversized tub and separate shower stall that are the norm in this area.  They needed more closet space.  So my bathroom doesn't have a tub of any size anymore and a shower that gives you a little more room than a phone booth, so that is why I have to step out of the shower to dry off.

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He just wants to you to smell like him again.

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Pearl is a water-loving cat. She will stand with her front legs in the water bowl and lick water off her paws, THEN flicks her paws and water on the wall. We might have to put up plastic to save the wall. Outside, she loves the fountain and will sit on the top rock in the water. Her mama was a white barn cat and she's pure white, too, but has some Siamese features, and her cousin, Wren, is Siamese, but hates water, so I'm not sure why she loves water so much.

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Lily used to leap into the bathtub once it was empty, after I'd taken a bath in the winter.  It's a cast iron tub, so it stayed warm for a while.  Problem was, the tub wasn't entirely dry even though it was empty, so Lily would be enjoying the warmth and then realize one of her feet was wet.  Frantic foot-washing ensued until that foot was dry, and then she'd realize one of her other feet was wet and would frantically wash that one, and then the first foot would be wet again...

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I’ve only taken one bath since I’ve owned Alli, I’m a shower person.

But I tweaked a muscle and tried a hot bath and, well, as far as Alli was concerned it was as a total success as far as I was concerned an unmitigated disaster....

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Thank you all for such comforting words and thoughts they truly mean a lot to me.

Tues night her eye on that side was scrunched up and I thought the cancer was moving and that it was time.  We had a lovely night and I let her eat as much yogurt as she wanted (she loves it so much) and we had a talk and I told her how much I love her and that she would stop hurting and be happy and everything would be ok.  When we went to bed she snuggled up to me one last time.  Wed morning she did not want to get out of bed and she did not want breakfast and when I touched her body she kind of moaned a bit.

I called the Dr. and they said to come in then. I took her blanket so she wouldn't have to be on that cold table, but when we got there they were all ready. They had a lovely big pillow with a scoop in the middle.  The laid her blanket on top of it.  We got all the paperwork and bill paying done first and they explained how everything would happen.  They left us alone for a few minutes and she rubbed all over me was so sweet.  They took her and put in a catheter and then brought her back and put her on the pillow. I got up and was talking to her and petting her and the Dr. gave her the sedative and she just gently leaned into my hand and we laid her down.  I kissed and told her I loved her and that she could go.  The Dr. gave her the other shot and I just petted her and talked to her and then the Dr. said she wasn't in pain anymore.  The wrapped her in her blanket and took her out.  The nurse came back, not with a hair clipping, but with a plastic kind of ball (almost like a Christmas ornament you can fill with stuff) just full of her hair.

So, as odd as it probably sounds it was gentle and peaceful and sweet.

I go between just sobbing and then feeling kind of numb and at loose ends for a bit.  It goes back and forth.

I talked to Shana and explained that Shlamey is gone and we won't see her but she is still in our hearts and always will be. I'm not sure she understands. She seems to be looking for her but does not seem distressed about it.  She has been very sweet with me and keeps petting me and stroking my face because she knows I am sad.

I just miss my girl and wish I could have, I don't even know what I wish it's not like I could have made her better or prevented that.  I guess my heart still doesn't quite believe that even though my head knows it is true.

I will just be glad when I get her ashes back and she is back home where she belongs.

PS - all the tub talk - Shlamey loved to "drink"from the tub faucet and I would always turn it on a very slow drip, so, not enough to quench a thirst, but it was her thing and she loved it.  I just realized that I am still doing it and it is dripping now.  I don't think I want to stop it yet though.

Edited by tiftgirl. Reason: Add Shlamey's tub story.
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Sir Robin needs your help.  He has been hacking a bit in the last week with what I assume is a hairball issue.  He drinks lots of water and I brush him everyday to get rid of loose hairs, but he does eat dry food.

I did some research online and saw lots of recommendations for giving him some pumpkin puree.  I ended up buying Gerber pumpkin baby food instead because I figured that it was a better size and resealable.  The ingredients are just pumpkin and water.

How much and for how long should I give it to him? 

I've been mixing about a teaspoon in with some of Kook's canned food (Kook gets dry, but canned is used to make a meatball around any meds I need to give him) because when one pet gets a treat, they both expect a treat.

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27 minutes ago, DeLurker said:

Sir Robin needs your help.  He has been hacking a bit in the last week with what I assume is a hairball issue.  He drinks lots of water and I brush him everyday to get rid of loose hairs, but he does eat dry food.

I did some research online and saw lots of recommendations for giving him some pumpkin puree.  I ended up buying Gerber pumpkin baby food instead because I figured that it was a better size and resealable.  The ingredients are just pumpkin and water.

How much and for how long should I give it to him? 

I've been mixing about a teaspoon in with some of Kook's canned food (Kook gets dry, but canned is used to make a meatball around any meds I need to give him) because when one pet gets a treat, they both expect a treat.

Science Diet makes a dry food called Hairball formula which I have been known to mix in with the Mindthinkr kitties regular dry food. I have also used a product called Laxatone (recommended by my vet) and can put a smidge on one of their paws which they will happily lick up. They have different flavors of it and it does seem to help. 

I’ve seen things here about the pumpkin purée but have no experience with it. I hope Sir Robin is just having a temporary glitch. 

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Pumpkin for dogs is good for diarrhea and constipation, it gets them coming and going as it were....

Alli gets some with every meal to keep her regular, since, with her stomach issues she has trouble with both and it works great.

I acknowledge that I might be hyper vigilant over her dietary issues but look at this face!

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1 hour ago, bosawks said:

Pumpkin for dogs is good for diarrhea and constipation, it gets them coming and going as it were....

Alli gets some with every meal to keep her regular, since, with her stomach issues she has trouble with both and it works great.

I acknowledge that I might be hyper vigilant over her dietary issues but look at this face!

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Alli has a heart shape in her face...I’m sure she has a great heart as well. You are lucky to have such a wonderful partner. 

Edited by Mindthinkr. Reason: I spelled Alli’s Name wrong. Bad me.
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Alli could be your legal defense if you ever commit a crime a la Son of Sam...just make sure you get a jury trial and show them that picture!

Kook gets some plain yogurt mixed in with his dry food in the morning to help keep things regular too.  He just thinks of it as his morning treat.

@Mindthinkr - thanks!  He eats Science Diet prescription food for dental care reasons and he loves it.  It never occurred to me there might be a dry food to address this problem.  Probably a good idea if I mix the two and just keep him on it as a maintenance item.

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1 hour ago, DeLurker said:

Sir Robin needs your help.  He has been hacking a bit in the last week with what I assume is a hairball issue.  He drinks lots of water and I brush him everyday to get rid of loose hairs, but he does eat dry food.

I did some research online and saw lots of recommendations for giving him some pumpkin puree.  I ended up buying Gerber pumpkin baby food instead because I figured that it was a better size and resealable.  The ingredients are just pumpkin and water.

How much and for how long should I give it to him? 

Fiber is good for hairballs, so you're on the right track with the pumpkin (unflavored, unsweetened psyllium is easier and cheaper - but that's if you're feeding wet food to mix it into it; feeding dry, if your cat is one of those who'll eat pumpkin, that's the way to go).  Generally, you give a teaspoon a day.  You may want to start with 1/2 teaspoon.  You can give it until the problem goes away, stop, and see if the problem comes back.  If the pumpkin needs to become an ongoing addition to his food, at that small amount it's no problem to continue indefinitely.

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It’s been a tough weekend for the Kitties Gunderson. The Younger is at the animal hospital. Last night she started to spit up foam and was hiding. We took her in and when they checked her out they thought they found a mass in her abdomen. The good news is that after an ultrasound they did not find a tumor, but she has an inflamed pancreas and her kidney values are high (but in the expected range of a kitty of 18 years). She spent the night and will be there overnight again while they are culturing her urine and retesting her pancreas levels. We visited today and she is very alert and looking for attention from everyone. Apparently she is quite the little flirt. We’ll get to take her home tomorrow.

The Elder went to the vet on Friday for a checkup and got a new medicine for pain. We gave it to her last night and about an hour later had to rush the other one to the vet. When we got back home, The Elder was unable to stand up on her back legs, which were basically sliding out from under her. She’s a little unsteady sometimes because of her arthritis but this was far beyond that. I looked up her new medication and her reaction is an uncommon but known side effect. I stayed with her all night in the living room to keep an eye on her. Fortunately she was moving around much better in the morning - better than usual, in fact. The vet’s office advised we not give her anymore of the new medicine and watch her closely. She’s also doing better now and doesn’t seem to be suffering any lingering effects. 

Mr Gunderson and I are exhausted, but happy that both are doing well. Hug your pets extra tight tonight!

@DeLurker, there’s a hair ball “medicine” that you can pick up at pet stores. They are usually a paste or gel that you can give to your cat. I’ve used them in the past successfully. 

@bosawks, Alli is a charmer!

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@MargeGunderson - the critters and I are sending healing thoughts out to the Kitties Gunderson, and hoping for swift recoveries.

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All in a morning's work when it comes to my kittens:

--Sally learned to arch her back, and she and Wilma went at it briefly, and I think that she and Harry did it as well, and maybe even Wilma and Harry. 

--Harry went on the floor of the porch, albeit I didn't catch it until it was much too late (at least it was No. 1, and not No. 2). He and Sally were climbing in plants, and I assumed (foolishly) that they were bent on destruction; what I should have took it as was a desperate attempt to find a place to relieve themselves. Henceforth, I'll have to learn to read that better, and take them back to the cage when they show the signs. 

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Cats (and kittens) should always have access to a litter box.  And water. (And, in my opinion, food - unless otherwise indicated by a vet or obesity).

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11 minutes ago, walnutqueen said:

Cats (and kittens) should always have access to a litter box.  And water. (And, in my opinion, food - unless otherwise indicated by a vet or obesity).

That is true! While they're at their playtime, if they show signs of needing to go to the bathroom (or needing a drink of water), they're going right back to the cage where their litter box and water are (and playtime ends right there, on the spot). 

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Would it hurt to have a box where they're playing?

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1 minute ago, riley702 said:

Would it hurt to have a box where they're playing?

There's an idea! I still have to learn to read the signs, though.

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31 minutes ago, bmasters9 said:

There's an idea! I still have to learn to read the signs, though.

Cats are not like dogs, and "learning to read the signs" can lead to kidney disease and/or behavioral problems.

They need an accessible litterbox.  As they grow, they may be reluctant to share said litter box.  Each cat should have a separate litterbox  ...  ;-)

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@MargeGunderson, I love that Kitty Gunderson the "Younger" is 18! You're obviously doing something right to have taken care of them into their senior years. How old is KG the Elder?

You may already be doing this for KGE--I gave my late kitty girl Cosequin for arthritis (glucosamine and chondroitin, the same stuff people take for arthritis), and she did really well on it. It's available over the counter. It's fairly inexpensive online ($20 or less); PetSmart really upcharges it in-store. 

We send healing purrs!

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16 minutes ago, Petunia13 said:

This broke me. 

Ask me again why I hate people.

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I was ok with it until the ending. WTF? Why would a shelter electrocute a dog? Sorry, as an Animal Control Officer/shelter worker I found the ending super offensive...

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I didn’t watch it (I get nightmares when I see bad things happen to defenseless animals) but find it very repulsive that people can have disregard for animals, their care and their lives. 

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51 minutes ago, riley702 said:

It was the previous owner, I thought.

I don't think it's supposed to be the same guy. Their hair is drawn differently. I had to know.

The cartoon depicts a very realistic situation EXCEPT for the last bit--what @AgentRXS said. I'm going to assume the illustrator did it for sensationalism, but it's irresponsible and disturbing at best and dangerous at worst.

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So very glad I didn't watch it - I am murderous enough as it is. 

My fellow man aorta consider it dumb fucking luck that I am a recluse.

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Kitty Gunderson the Younger has returned home. She was glad to see us and to sit on “her” chair again. She has anti nausea and pain medication to take for the next few days, and we are to discontinue her Prednisone. Her pancreas and kidney function are almost back to normal. She’s already begging for cat treats so her appetite has returned. I’m going to work from home the next couple of days to keep an eye on her.

Kitty Gunderson the Elder ( @bilgistic, the Elder is 22 in August), is also feeling good. The evil Green Mousie was lured out from under the television cabinet during the night and met a sad end on the living room rug. She also came upstairs and on the bed this morning, but was nice enough to let me sleep a little longer (after making sure I knew she was there and that she is A Very Fierce Hunter of stuffed mice). 

So much for a quiet weekend! Thanks for all of the good thoughts you all sent their way.

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Great to hear about the Kitties Gunderson!

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On 6/19/2018 at 4:30 PM, bmasters9 said:

It's practically a furnace out there on the porch where the kittens are; Wilma and Sally are panting, and won't even drink water to slake their thirst; Harry can't keep his eyes open either! We had a fan going to try to cool them off, but it was counterproductive; it was forcing more hot air down, having the opposite effect; my mother got some ice packs to put in the cage, and hopefully that'll mitigate the heat. 

 

On 6/19/2018 at 4:44 PM, bmasters9 said:

Not an option; my mother is allergic to cats. Hopefully, it'll get cooler in the night, and that might mitigate it.

 

9 hours ago, bmasters9 said:

All in a morning's work when it comes to my kittens:

--Sally learned to arch her back, and she and Wilma went at it briefly, and I think that she and Harry did it as well, and maybe even Wilma and Harry. 

--Harry went on the floor of the porch, albeit I didn't catch it until it was much too late (at least it was No. 1, and not No. 2). He and Sally were climbing in plants, and I assumed (foolishly) that they were bent on destruction; what I should have took it as was a desperate attempt to find a place to relieve themselves. Henceforth, I'll have to learn to read that better, and take them back to the cage when they show the signs. 

 

8 hours ago, bmasters9 said:

That is true! While they're at their playtime, if they show signs of needing to go to the bathroom (or needing a drink of water), they're going right back to the cage where their litter box and water are (and playtime ends right there, on the spot). 

 

8 hours ago, bmasters9 said:

There's an idea! I still have to learn to read the signs, though.

@bmasters9 I strongly encourage you to read about how to care for cats and kittens. There are very distressing things being shared about how the kittens are being treated.

1) There are no signs when a cat has to use the bathroom. They should always have easy and unrestricted access to the litter box, food and water.

2) Why are these kittens being kept in a cage in an area that has weather extremes, or in a cage at all? If your mom is that allergic perhaps these kittens need to find a new home where they can have room to roam and play freely, instead of spending their lives in a cage, only to be let out when their hooman has time to give them attention.

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Foggy day at the beach today but it didn’t slow Alli down!

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53 minutes ago, theredhead77 said:

 

 

 

 

@bmasters9 I strongly encourage you to read about how to care for cats and kittens. There are very distressing things being shared about how the kittens are being treated.

1) There are no signs when a cat has to use the bathroom. They should always have easy and unrestricted access to the litter box, food and water.

2) Why are these kittens being kept in a cage in an area that has weather extremes, or in a cage at all? If your mom is that allergic perhaps these kittens need to find a new home where they can have room to roam and play freely, instead of spending their lives in a cage, only to be let out when their hooman has time to give them attention.

What "she" said ^^^. (And thanks, @theredhead77, for voicing many of our concerns).

Please remind us WHY you have kittens in the first place? (with an allergic Mum it doesn't make much sense).

And then, please take our helpful suggestions to heart.  We all love our critters, and only want the very best for your poor wee kittens.

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I am LMAO. Big boy HATES my nail file. We have had many sword fights when I use it. We just had one and now he’s hitting at the bed covers thinking that it’s there...hidden.  It isn’t. He is so big and yet such a scaredy-cat. If there’s a rumble of thunder he’s under the bed. His sister will go to the window and watch. He amuses me so much at times. I’m grateful for the gift that my cats give me in love and entertainment every day. 

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I have zero tolerance for animals being mistreated and while it comes across as ignorance rather than maliciousness, it's still incredibly cruel and frankly this is how anti-social cats come about. Then they're surrendered to a shelter because they're mean, hiss, bite, don't use the litter box, aren't social.

Kitties won't shit where they eat. The litter box should be apart from their food and water. They should have a lot of space to run, jump, climb, explore, play, play-hunt and stimulation to help their kitten brains develop. They need freely given pets, freely given cuddles and freely given attention to bond with their hoomans. 

Please, @bmasters9 if your living situation means you can't appropriately care for kittens and cats, find a foster home so they can get the love, attention, socialization and care they deserve.

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@theredhead77 I just read your review of the new Jurassic movie. Like you I am very emotional when it comes to animals and any real or imagined harm to them. I won’t be seeing the movie with my grandchildren. It would break my heart. 

Sorry if this was too off topic. 

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I "caught" my girls laying like this last night on a little kitty quilt my mom made. My late girl kitty liked to lay there, too. Mama's in front and Little Girl's behind her.IMG_20180624_233522_crop_604x776.jpg.6abff22dd73de44ea673a288bec26f71.jpg

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@bilgistic, Your cats are gorgeous.

The other day I found my cat Cookie looking outside the patio door at something  intently.  Her tail was swishing back and forth but she wasn't chattering, so I figured it wasn't a bird.  Once I got closer, I saw there was a chipmunk on the patio, watching Cookie as she was watching it.  Fortunately for the chipmunk, the patio door was closed; however, the intensity Cookie showed gives me hope that, should a rodent get inside our home, she will take care of the problem quickly.  (My other cat Pumpkin is more of a lover than a fighter in his older years).

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Let me set the record straight on this-- I'm a responsible pet owner, and when I said that my kittens are in a "cage," I did not realize that my choice of words would be taken as negatively as it has been. It is really a "kennel" (I thought "kennel" and "cage" were interchangeable; apparently, they are not the same). They live on a screened-in porch where I let them out to eat and play during the day, then at night, I put them up, because we have coyotes in this area, and several people have lost full-grown cats to these coyotes. That's why I put them in the kennel at night; they're still on our screened-in porch, but I put them in a more secure kennel for their protection. The people who have condemned me for saying "cage" do not realize how responsible I am for my pets. Again, I apologize for saying "cage," as I did not realize that such terminology would be taken so negatively. 

The kittens' mother was run over by a car, and I adopted the kittens; had I not so done, they'd probably have been turned in to the humane society and euthanized; it was not my cat who had 'em, though. When my neighbors' cat was run over, my neighbor asked for adopters for the kittens; I took three, in the interest of saving lives.

I talked to a vet, and as soon as the kittens reach the proper weight for vaccination/spaying/neutering, they will have that done. 

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1 hour ago, bmasters9 said:

Let me set the record straight on this-- I'm a responsible pet owner, and when I said that my kittens are in a "cage," I did not realize that my choice of words would be taken as negatively as it has been. It is really a "kennel" (I thought "kennel" and "cage" were interchangeable; apparently, they are not the same). They live on a screened-in porch where I let them out to eat and play during the day, then at night, I put them up, because we have coyotes in this area, and several people have lost full-grown cats to these coyotes. That's why I put them in the kennel at night; they're still on our screened-in porch, but I put them in a more secure kennel for their protection. The people who have condemned me for saying "cage" do not realize how responsible I am for my pets. Again, I apologize for saying "cage," as I did not realize that such terminology would be taken so negatively. 

The kittens' mother was run over by a car, and I adopted the kittens; had I not so done, they'd probably have been turned in to the humane society and euthanized; it was not my cat who had 'em, though. When my neighbors' cat was run over, my neighbor asked for adopters for the kittens; I took three, in the interest of saving lives.

I talked to a vet, and as soon as the kittens reach the proper weight for vaccination/spaying/neutering, they will have that done. 

I am not judging you--I know your heart is in the right place. But some of the posts have been concerning in regards to heat, etc. Is there anyway you can put a portable A/C on the patio so that it maintains a cool temperature during the summer? Do the kittens have access to their litter box all day? You could even get disposable litterboxes if you don't want to deal with the mess of cleaning it out all the time.

Again, please don't read my post from a defensive standpoint. I am simply trying to help come up with suggestions to make the patio area a more comfortable environment for the kittens.

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Our three 9 month-old kittens go in and out all day, but sleep in a dog crate/kennel inside at night. We really didn't think they'd still be in it, but they really like sleeping in there, so we go with it. And they are kept inside if it is raining or even close to dark, because we have coyotes around here, too.

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