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I'm like that when I (rarely) go anywhere. I've only been gone overnight at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I miss my girls so much when I'm gone. I have a petsitting service come to my place so the girls get to stay home. My sister has a cat, so I get some surrogate kitty love over Thanksgiving.

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I make my mom fly up to “babysit” Alli... 

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Now that I'm away from my family and friends I hire a pet sitter to come to empty the litter box and provide cattention to my boys. 

Before I moved my mom and my friends would come in.

I hate leaving them but they're in good hands

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I took the plunge and made a consultation appointment to get radioactive iodine treatment for Lily.  Neither of us is enjoying the battle of wills about pills, so this is the right thing to do for the long haul.  But I feel terrible because it's going to involve so many things she hates: getting in the carrier, going somewhere in something with an engine, leaving her in a strange place where they stick her with needles, etc.

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I had to do that for Baxter; his T4 level was fine on the methimazole for a couple of years with just the occasional adjustment (and he gobbled up his pill in a treat with no issue), but then he became incredibly difficult to regulate and was undergoing frequent blood draws because of the medication adjustments.  Scintigraphy showed two rather large tumors, so the disease definitely needed to be dispatched with permanently at that point rather than treated with medication.  But I felt bad about the logistics of the radioiodine procedure for all the same reasons.  You'll both get through it -- short-term bad for long-term good.

The clinic where Baxter's was done had a webcam in each little cube, so I could watch him whenever I wanted. 

The hard part was when he came home, and I was supposed to limit my exposure to him.  Screw that; it lasted maybe a day.

Good thoughts to you and Lily.

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You know what would be great? If when my cat has a hanger-on situation, she would stand still and let me know vocally with a meow or howl--anything. Anything would be better than me noticing that both cats are looking curiously at something on the floor, and I think it's a bug, but when I go to inspect it, not only is there a turd on the carpet, I see a curated collection of poop schmears on the bathroom vinyl, the hallway carpet and the bathroom carpet, encompassing a six-foot round area.

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When Baxter had a turd stuck in his tailfeathers (or still half out the chute, as he had an occasional dry stool issue), he turned into a bucking bronco, and I'd have to chase along behind him attempting to retrieve it before he succeeded in flinging it off.

Switching cats, two nights ago Riley - a more inept bug hunter I have never had (which is fine; I completely respect the fact she makes friends with crickets and invites them to hang out next to her rather than capturing them, so I just call them all Jiminy and relocate them outside) - somehow discerned from the bedroom that a moth was in the living room and, by the nightlight in that room as sunlight dawned, captured it (fatally, alas).  (I was newly awake, as I frequently am in the middle of the night, and wondered why on earth she was getting up when she'd already completed her nightly "briefly leave Mommy's side to pee and kill off dinner" routine, and soon heard the pitter patter of paws running and jumping in the living room; investigating, I found the cause of her interest.)  She was so pleased with herself, she ran into the study to assert her authority by attacking a scratching post, so we played with the peacock feather for a while before I went back to bed; she joined me shortly and conked out, exhausted from her endeavors.

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I'm now picturing a floofy cat wearing a saddle while tearing off through the house.

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Night time nap on the beach.

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It was a busy day....

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On 7/10/2018 at 10:04 AM, DeLurker said:

On vacation for a week but miss my cat & dog so much it is ridiculous.  I clearly enjoy their company more than people company.

After inspecting every local boarding facility, including ones where they could share a room, my nephew's roomie is taking care of them.  

Got home late last night and Catty Face and Kook were very happy to see us.  I know the nephew's roomie Ash gave them great care (she's a dog groomer and is really good with animals.  Between the two of them there is 5 cats and 3 dogs). 

I knew the pets contribute greatly to my overall sense of well being, but this past week has been a vivid reminder of how much that is!

On 7/10/2018 at 6:11 PM, bosawks said:

I make my mom fly up to “babysit” Alli... 

Mom was meeting us for the week, so her fluff-n-stuff was being missed too.  One of my nieces was cat-sitting for her.

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How often do you all completely replace the litter box? I bought one less than a year ago that just stinks, no matter how long I soak it or air it out. I've dumped baking powder in it, bought Arm & Hammer litter box deodorizer, nothing works. It seems fine when there is litter in it but once I dump and clean it, YIKES! It's supposed to have that anti-microbe protection in it. 

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36 minutes ago, theredhead77 said:

How often do you all completely replace the litter box? I bought one less than a year ago that just stinks, no matter how long I soak it or air it out. I've dumped baking powder in it, bought Arm & Hammer litter box deodorizer, nothing works. It seems fine when there is litter in it but once I dump and clean it, YIKES! It's supposed to have that anti-microbe protection in it. 

Whenever you think it stinks and can no longer keep it clean. Also when the cats scratch into the plastic so urine can leech into it. 

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I was texting with Ash who took care of the Kook and Catty Face while I was gone.  She said that Kook is the best behaved dog she's ever dealt with and she's a dog groomer!  He's a good boy but mostly that is on him.  He's smart, but not super obedient - he'll do things because he wants to, not because you want him to.  He's very calm and very affectionate, without being all in your face about it.

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On 7/15/2018 at 5:22 PM, Mindthinkr said:

Whenever you think it stinks and can no longer keep it clean. Also when the cats scratch into the plastic so urine can leech into it. 

I guess I'm gross because I never wash a cat litter box. When I'm scooping or changing out the litter entirely, the cats suddenly act like they haven't peed in days and are circling me and doing the pee-pee dance, so I'm on a deadline to get the job done. I usually throw out the whole box(es--there ate two) after about six months or so and start anew.

My late cats used to do this and my girls now do this, so I don't think I'm imagining it: one box has only pee and the other has pee and poop. The pee-only box never has poop in it. Do other multiple-cat households engage in this behavior?

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@bilgistic I might be the bad owner. I have 2 cats and only one box. I scoop it every day as my cats only poop once in the am and usually only pee twice per day. They are more regular than me (sorry if TMI)! 

Sometimes the scooping litter just doesn’t want to come out in small areas. When that happens I empty it completely and take it outside for a hose down. Then it’s a Lysol wash (wearing gloves), rinse thoroughly and sun dry. It’s because they are so regular that they don’t even bat an eyelash that it disappears for half an hour.  

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Unless I am going out of town I only have one box. I scoop it in the morning and when I get home from work. I completely change the litter once a week and make an effort to let it soak in Lysol too but sometimes I'm super lazy and just replace the litter. I use Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal (with the red on the box). 100% dust free, minimal tracking (no tracking until it gets close to change time) and a scent that doesn't bother me.

I almost picked up the litter box on Amazon lightening deal yesterday but I already spent $200 on other random crap.

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Look at these girls. They were beside me on the futon, and I can barely handle the cuteness. I'm not sure how Little Girl can breathe in that headlock, but she sure looks content. Peep her little spot of white belly floof.

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@bilgistic Absolutely beautiful. My little girl has that same white “floof”. Their coats are so shiny. You are lucky to have them and they are lucky to have you. Mine are my best friends. 

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I'm also a 2 cat, 1 box person. My girls don't go that often so I can get by with scooping once a day. I do a full clean once a week. I just wish I could get Diamond to stop trying to to dig a hole to China. Even with a hooded cover, she's managed to dump a good portion of fresh litter outside the box daily.

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I gave Riley a flea treatment tonight, because Chester - one of my parents' cats - has fleas (because his immune system is compromised right now, but that's a whole other story and we're only about 2/3 through the diagnostic stage, so I'm holding off on it - he's doing okay, and we'll figure it out).  Since I go to my parents' house every week or two (more now that Chester is sick), I wanted to dose Riley in case I bring some critters home with me. 

Well.  I'm fairly sure I could have strangled her with less objection.  There was the usual "OMG, you are getting ready to do something to me!" struggling, but then she initially calmed down when nothing worse happened to her than some liquid on her shoulder blades.  However, once it became clear there were more than a couple of drops involved, she went into full Sassy from Homeward Bound (The Incredible Journey) mode, hollering about "My fur!  My fur!"  And then tried to open my femoral artery using one of her back claws. 

But I persevered, she survived this horrible trauma, and we played with her catnip sock to recover.  I wouldn't trade her for the world, but I miss being spoiled by Maddie and Baxter allowing me to do just about anything to them without fuss.

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7 hours ago, DeLurker said:

@bmasters9 - how are the kittens doing?

Long story short: growing, eating, playful. 

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5 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

Speaking of how our furry friends are doing...

@MargeGunderson How is Kitty Gunderson the Elder doing? 

Aw, thanks for asking! She's doing surprisingly well these days. Even though we discontinued the laser treatment (in the end it wasn't really helping her), she seems to be getting around pretty well. She hates the heat we've been having but refuses to use the Coolaroo bed we got her. (That bed will be donated to our next door neighbor who is bringing home a french bulldog puppy in a few weeks!)

In just over a month she will be 22 - I can't believe how fortunate we are to still have her, and for her to be in good health for her age. She's requested the stinkiest can of Fancy Feast I can find.

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5 minutes ago, MargeGunderson said:

Aw, thanks for asking! She's doing surprisingly well these days. Even though we discontinued the laser treatment (in the end it wasn't really helping her), she seems to be getting around pretty well. She hates the heat we've been having but refuses to use the Coolaroo bed we got her. (That bed will be donated to our next door neighbor who is bringing home a french bulldog puppy in a few weeks!)

In just over a month she will be 22 - I can't believe how fortunate we are to still have her, and for her to be in good health for her age. She's requested the stinkiest can of Fancy Feast I can find.

The Fancy Feast Fish and Shrimp is pretty stinky to me. Anyway glad to hear that things are going well. Purrs to them from the Mindthinkr kitties. 

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Speaking of torturing our cats with completely normal things they overreact to, I clipped Little Girl's front nails the other night and she once again acted like I was definitely trying to kill her this time for certain.

I have to get her booty situated between my legs and encircle her body upright with my left arm, then hold her paws with my left hand while clipping with my right hand. If she would just sit still, it would take literally a minute. But no, miss drama queen has to squirm and fight and act like I'm taking the source of her strength like cutting Samson's hair.

Her nails get really sharp because we have two cardboard scratchers the girls use and she climbs the side of the cat tree by her claws instead of using the tiers to get to the top. It's all fun and games until she impatiently scales the back of my legs while waiting for food to be dished out, and I end up with two-foot-long gashes. So, yes, child, you have to get your nails clipped!

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1 hour ago, MargeGunderson said:

Aw, thanks for asking! She's doing surprisingly well these days. Even though we discontinued the laser treatment (in the end it wasn't really helping her), she seems to be getting around pretty well. She hates the heat we've been having but refuses to use the Coolaroo bed we got her. (That bed will be donated to our next door neighbor who is bringing home a french bulldog puppy in a few weeks!)

In just over a month she will be 22 - I can't believe how fortunate we are to still have her, and for her to be in good health for her age. She's requested the stinkiest can of Fancy Feast I can find.

We must celebrate with you and Kitty Gunderson the Elder next month!

My niece posted this on Instagram today. It's one of their seven(!!) cats' birthdays. I think this is Patrick.

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One of the "chores" I don't mind doing at my parents house is cutting the claws of my kitty Boo. He hates it and since he's older his back claws are thick! I bought my parents new clippers (their other clippers are older than me and I'm 41) but they refuse to use them. Poor kitty gets litter caked into his little toes and fur and when I clip his back claws the thick sheaths shed revealing his normal claw. I know at the end of it he's happy but damn it takes 3 days to get all his claws, even when I purrito him.

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This remindsme that it’s The Elder’s spa weekend. I have to spread it out over 3 days because she gets so mad. 1 day for nails (hers are so thick), one for wiping her down, and the last for brushing her. I think I need to add a recovery day for me. You’d think I was torturing her. 

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If you squint you can make out the well camouflaged Alli.

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I keep forgetting to pick up the kitten-cats favorite ball toys before bed and every time I forget (or can't find it) it's TIME!TO!PLAY!ON!HOOMAN!AT!3AM! 

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One of my friends is moving and one of her cats made a run for it while the movers were loading the truck. My friend is beyond distraught. This is a very skittish indoor cat and although it's still in the neighborhood--my friend saw her at the end of the driveway this morning)--she took off when my friend opened the door.  The final move is scheduled for Friday.  I don't know what will happen if she can't get hold of the cat by then.

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21 hours ago, ABay said:

One of my friends is moving and one of her cats made a run for it while the movers were loading the truck. My friend is beyond distraught. This is a very skittish indoor cat and although it's still in the neighborhood--my friend saw her at the end of the driveway this morning)--she took off when my friend opened the door.  The final move is scheduled for Friday.  I don't know what will happen if she can't get hold of the cat by then.

One of my cats escaped several years ago. We put out a box with her favorite snuggle blanket and some food and water at the back door. Like your friend, we also saw our cat in the neighborhood, and almost caught her but she ran off. She came waltzing back a few days later a couple of days later. I still remember how upset my husband and I were. Fingers crossed for your friend.

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3 hours ago, ABay said:

One of my friends is moving and one of her cats made a run for it while the movers were loading the truck. My friend is beyond distraught. This is a very skittish indoor cat and although it's still in the neighborhood--my friend saw her at the end of the driveway this morning)--she took off when my friend opened the door.  The final move is scheduled for Friday.  I don't know what will happen if she can't get hold of the cat by then.

Is the cat microchipped?

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If that happened to me (indoor cat runs away during move) I would basically be sitting on my front or back steps pretty much continuously calling for the cat (who is probably quite nearby) or just sitting there, hoping the wind would blow my scent towards the cat and he/she would come around to investigate. And this is why you lock your cats in the bathroom (with all the appropriate comforts of course) during a move and only let them out to get them into their carriers or whatever to be transported to the new home. All my cats deeply resented any disruption of their homes and I once had one escape from her carrier inside the car without me knowing (we were transporting tons of stuff, I was 8-1/2 months pregnant and had two other cats on board) and then when we opened the car door at our first stop, she made a run for it! Fortunately she only got as far as a few feet, got scared and dashed back under the car and we were able to coax her out and get her back into the car. I probably would have just stayed at that rest stop for the remainder of time if that is what it took to get my beautiful Kali back.

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Kitty Gunderson the Elder is enjoying the temporary break in the heat and humidity

 

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What a sweetheart!

On 7/24/2018 at 2:57 PM, ABay said:

One of my friends is moving and one of her cats made a run for it while the movers were loading the truck. My friend is beyond distraught. This is a very skittish indoor cat and although it's still in the neighborhood--my friend saw her at the end of the driveway this morning)--she took off when my friend opened the door.  The final move is scheduled for Friday.  I don't know what will happen if she can't get hold of the cat by then.

Did she find the kitty, please, oh, please?

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No and she's devastated. She has to vacate her house by 10 tomorrow morning and there's been no sign of the cat since she appeared in the driveway and disappeared again around dawn on Tuesday. My friend has been up and down  her street and adjoining ones, spoken to neighbors, left info with shelters...while still having to deal with a hundred other issues involving the house closing and the weather. She has another cat she has to drive across 5 states and settle into a new home. She was in tears when I spoke to her earlier.

I feel helpless and irrationally angry at the cat, and I'm on the verge of tears myself.

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Is there a neighbor who can continue to look for the cat after your friend leaves?  It seems to go one of two ways - the cat just shows back up and meows at the door, or you find her/him hiding somewhere (usually fairly close by, although some are found a surprising distance away).  You rarely hear about a lost cat responding to being called for and just running up to the owner who is canvassing the streets.  So if your friend isn't going to be there, I hope someone who will can continue the search, and continue spreading the word to other neighbors to be on the lookout for a cat hiding in their garage, in their bushes, under their car, etc.

If someone is moving into the house right away, has she been able to tell them about the missing cat, and ask them if she can leave behind a trap (baited with something that smells familiar, since it's a cat who's not normally outdoors - e.g. a blanket the cat naps on)?

I'd be going out of my mind in her situation; my sympathies to her!  Baxter got out once (well, they both did [pushed out a window screen], but as soon as I came home in the wee hours, Maddie was meowing at the door to get in, while he was nowhere to be found) and it took me about two hours to locate him (next door, hiding in a bush; my flashlight caught the reflection off his eyes).  Just in those two hours, I was about to hyperventilate. 

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3 minutes ago, Bastet said:

You rarely hear about a lost cat responding to being called for and just running up to the owner who is canvassing the streets.

Yes, this is why I asked about the microchipping (I assume it's not chipped?). Maybe a year and a half ago our indoor cat Nadji ran out the front door to greet Mr Rat when he was coming home from work at 2 or 3 in the morning.  She is solid black, ALWAYS runs between your legs, and  can only make a puny mouse-sized mew - long story short it was dark,he wasn't paying attention,and  he didn't realize she had run out onto the porch and locked the door behind him.  I was asleep.  Next morning I got up for work, opened the cat food cans - Chandu ran up, but no Nadji.  Blah blah blah, we realized she had gotten out somehow, put out food on the porch, walked around calling her, made up flyers and posted them around the neighborhood, called the local vets, posted things on online and on Facebook.  Nada.  Five weeks (!) later I was coming back from a deli two blocks from the apt. and saw Nadji in a driveway.  I put down the bags and started calling her and she hesitated, and then ran away.  Two days later we got a call from a vet's office because somebody had found her, and of course wanted to keep her because she is ADORABLE  and the vet scanned for a chip - a chip she only had because we adopted her from the ASPCA. We wouldn't have thought to chip her ourselves.   WHEW.  I don't think she ever ventured more than a couple of blocks from apartment but if she hadn't been chipped I don't think we ever would have gotten her back.  I never thought much about chipping before that, but I would advise EVERYONE to get their pet chipped now, even if they're indoor pets.

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I am beyond devastated for your friend @ABay. I second the suggestion of leaving things with her scent with the neighbors and hopefully she can communicate to the new owners. I think I'd get myself into a legal mess and refuse to leave until I found my kitty.

All this talk (and a friend rescuing an unchipped runaway dog from the freeway) prompted me to finally register the cat-cats microchip only to find out it was registered to the bitch who abandoned him! The company said they have to reach out to the previous owners and if there is no response they'll transfer the info. FUCK THAT! What if the bitch was all I've been looking for my cat (the shelter had records of all the times they called with no response and that I rescued him when he was on the euthanasia list)

I've had the cat-cat for nearly 3 years. I called the ASPCA shelter where I adopted him from, they sent me his rabies certificate with his chip number. I sent it to the chip company and said he's MY CAT, change it over immediately (ok, I was more polite and formal than that). 3 hours later I got a response they transferred the info.

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My cats getting out is pretty much my worst nightmare. My girls are microchipped but Bilgisticat and his older "sister" weren't because it wasn't common way back then.

@ABay, I really hope your friend's cat has an epiphany tonight and realizes that home is the place where food is easy to come by and that's where her people are. May her internal kitty compass guide her home.

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I'd strongly suggest she leave the door standing open, if possible. Its common for kitties to stay nearby and want to come inside, but be afraid of being out in the open. If they see a clear path to run in, they'll often make a break for it. Wishing her luck.

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Thank you for all the well wishes. The cat hasn't come back and my friend has had to leave the house but one of the neighbors is going to keep the carrier (the cat often sleeps in it) and some other stuff in case the cat reappears. Thank god for good neighhbors. I didn't ask about the microchip because my friend is already stressed beyond belief and blaming herself and I don't want to ask her something that could come across as accusatory.

I will be hugging my own cat a lot this weekend.

Anyone got any cute cat or dog pictures? I could use a lift. Alli must be doing something photogenic.

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Sorry I don’t know how to turn that right side up. The kitties babysitter sent me this photo of baby boy as I was away camping this week. He gets into this (my grandmother’s) rocking chair covered in multiple blankets and refuses to leave it unless he hears thunder. Then he goes under my bed! Chicken little. 

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3 hours ago, ABay said:

Thank you for all the well wishes. The cat hasn't come back and my friend has had to leave the house but one of the neighbors is going to keep the carrier (the cat often sleeps in it) and some other stuff in case the cat reappears. Thank god for good neighhbors. I didn't ask about the microchip because my friend is already stressed beyond belief and blaming herself and I don't want to ask her something that could come across as accusatory.

I will be hugging my own cat a lot this weekend.

Anyone got any cute cat or dog pictures? I could use a lift. Alli must be doing something photogenic.

Alli is very accommodating for her public during their time of need :-)

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3 hours ago, ABay said:

I didn't ask about the microchip because my friend is already stressed beyond belief and blaming herself and I don't want to ask her something that could come across as accusatory.

If it comes up in conversation that the cat is not chipped, you may want to suggest she ask the neighbor who is keeping an eye out to take some of the flyers (this is assuming she made flyers, of course) to nearby vet offices -- if someone finds and captures the cat, they may take her there to be scanned for a chip (I know you said she left info with the local shelters, some people avoid shelters, at least initially, and thus head to a vet's office for scanning).  That way, even though the scan wouldn't find anything, the staff would recognize the cat from the flyer and would have your friend's contact info that way.

3 hours ago, Mindthinkr said:

unless he hears thunder. Then he goes under my bed! Chicken little. 

Maddie did not like noises from above, either.  She was incredibly chill, but three things scared her (and sent her under the bed) -- thunder, fireworks, and a plane flying over while she was outside.  And with the first two, she would wait 20 minutes past the last thunderclap/explosion to make sure it was truly over before coming out.  And you could set your watch by those 20 minutes; it took me a while to notice the pattern, and then it was plain as day.

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7 hours ago, ABay said:

Anyone got any cute cat or dog pictures? I could use a lift.

I have 4 for you!

The 1st one is of Mr. Pennywise, my former parking lot cat at my job. I shared him like crazy on social media and he is now in a foster to adopt home. He's FIV positive, but that was no issue to his foster. He's loving the indoor life. Look at how he's looking at his new mama with such adoration.<3

The 2nd pic is of my former foster Adam (my avatar is his kitten pic) doing his best Al Bundy impression (his mom just sent me that photo recently).

The 3rd & 4th  pic are of Queen of the County Animal Care Parking Lot Ms. Orange Nutmeg Buttercup sitting on her carrier throne and looking regal.

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Kook & Catty Face.  They’ve been more snuggly since we callously went on vacation for a week without them. 

 

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