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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-07-05 07:28
Subject: [portland] Home needed for my cats
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Tags:cats, portland
I need to find a home here in Portland for my two cats. They are pleasant middle-aged cats who have lived together with me for about four years. They're not adapting well to my move to Nuevo Rancho lake and the very busy travel schedule I keep, and they need to live somewhere with more consistent care and attention. If you're in the Portland area and can take in two more animal friends, please let me know.
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shadowhelm: muchtolearn
User: shadowhelm
Date: 2007-07-05 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:muchtolearn
Bad news. They won't adapt well with a new person either. Put them in a single room with water, food, cat scratcher and bed. Plug in a feliway scent device and give them time.

Really.

Don't forget, you have a friend who is an animal expert to draw on experience from.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-07-05 15:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I just can't deal with this, M. I started them that way over here, in a single room with all their stuff and an old shirt of mine for the scent. They only misbehave when I'm gone, so I can't intercept it or deal with it as it happens.
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2007-07-05 17:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
lots of catnip.. keep the little buggers stoned.

If you still need to find them a new home, put "Successful Literary Cats" in their description. They have a lot of experiance in guiding an author.
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scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2007-07-05 21:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm so sorry it's come to this, Jay.
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frabjouslinz
User: frabjouslinz
Date: 2007-07-05 23:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm so sorry, Jay. My life is a little hectic at the moment, too. But if no one comes forward and you can't find a good home for them in Portland, call me and we'll discuss. Poor kitties.
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dinogrl: lazer breath
User: dinogrl
Date: 2007-07-06 00:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lazer breath
Aw. Frank spoke to this in his post, and I commented about one of my cats. Unfortunately, they are communicating their discontent with you in a major way. So sorry to hear of this. Poor kitties, poor you!

Spike so far hasn't resorted to this. He just sits on top of my head the first night back home to make sure I'm "immoblized". He doesn't leave my side the entire time I'm home either.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-06 06:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Housecats? Shut in all day? You might try installing a cat door so they can go outside and get lives. If that doesn't work, you might shut them out of the house and give them a cat door into the garage. Or into a nice new doghouse.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-07-06 12:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
FWiW, they're indoor cats due to the large differential in health and lifespan between indoor and outdoor cats.
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kara_gnome
User: kara_gnome
Date: 2007-07-06 14:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And thank you for having them indoors. We have dogs with a high fence and all that, but every once in a while, we have to rush out and rescue a treed cat. And sometimes, horrifyingly, we don't get there in time as the cat didn't make it to the tree.

They're not bad dogs, but in their lights they're saving us and the yard from the horrible invaders or something.

I'm sure they'll find a nice home. An ad in the paper might help, too, and cards up at the local store? But good luck with your kitties.
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seventorches
User: seventorches
Date: 2007-07-07 05:04 (UTC)
Subject: catsitter
I'd advise having The Child come over and sit for you. These cats have lived in the same basement all their short lives, and you've shipped them to a distant planet and abandoned them (in their view). A sitter, a person who is designated to go in there and be their pet monkey, may help during your lengthy absences.

These are socialized cats (I've met them). I'm not too surprised you're having problems with your move and travel schedule. I recommend having a human being around for them in the next few weeks when you're traveling. The Child ought to be able to fit a few 15-minute string-chasing sessions into her day, and if she can't, you can probably get an honest-to-goodness housesitter who can. This means going in and saying good morning to them, good afternoon after school, good night... Heck, if I were The Child, I'd be offering to stay over, but I'm not her. Maybe if she does her homework in your place, or something.

I'd do it, but I have a day job in Eugene.

This is not a guaranteed cure, as we are having similar trouble with our three and we come home every night. Could be the weather...
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2007-07-08 00:00 (UTC)
Subject: taking the pressure off
I know Jay would prefer to have the problem just vanish. But if that's not possible....

These cats have lived in the same basement all their short lives

In that case, giving them full access to outdoors might be too much for them. But what about people from the Portland area doing a 'barn raising' of an outdoor confinement area where the cats could have some grassy lawn space (as well as a good solid doghouse shelter). That could give them time to calm down, give time for a new home to appear ... whatever.

There are kits for this sort of thing, if money is easier than time.

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