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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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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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