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Re: Pets!

Postby Brentai » Mon Jun 29, 2020 8:21 pm

I think people on The Internet tend to forget a lot.
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Re: Pets!

Postby beatbandito » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:58 pm

I could use some suggestions from the pet people, specifically cat, on where and what one should get.

I know the most basics, litter and litterbox, food and bowls, bed, some simulation toys like feather stick and jingle balls, brush, collars/flea collars. I grew up in cat houses, but getting possibly upper-kitten-aged cats two at once I want to make sure I'm covering everything, and not the more "they'll live" attitude our family may have had when I was a kid.

Beyond that, for things like cat towers / scratch posts, running wheels or similar does anyone have a preferred maker or suggestions on anything not mentioned above, or if anything is bunk?
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Re: Pets!

Postby Mongrel » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:40 pm

Boxes.

Cardboard boxes.

Lots.

Our living room has for years now looked like an Amazon fulfillment centre.
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Re: Pets!

Postby mharr » Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:29 pm

Pratchett wrote a non-fiction book about this, everything in it is true. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/344 ... erated_Cat

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Re: Pets!

Postby beatbandito » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:01 am

All my family's cats have always been free wheeling outdoor cats. But my first week here I saw another local cat unfortunately ended in the roadway and now every time I hear an engine speed past to get to the highway I think that my precious babies will never leave the house.

And Mongrel: I've saved every product box I've gotten since moving in. Vacuums, mowers, carpeting, the toys they wont ever actually play with. All shapes and sizes, more than I would actually be able to find once I get real furniture.
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Re: Pets!

Postby mharr » Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:14 pm

The modern view seems to be that freewheeling outdoor cats are a mistake of the past, given the absurd damage they do to everything smaller than them as an invasive species we're supposed to be keeping indoor ones only and sterlizing the semi-feral populations. People get very intense about this.

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Re: Pets!

Postby Mongrel » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:30 pm

mharr wrote:The modern view seems to be that freewheeling outdoor cats are a mistake of the past, given the absurd damage they do to everything smaller than them as an invasive species we're supposed to be keeping indoor ones only and sterlizing the semi-feral populations. People get very intense about this.

Yeah, indoor is best. Though if you can give them the run of a small outdoor area (good luck trying to cat-proof a backyard, but I suppose it's not outright impossible), that's a nice thing to do. A caged-in outdoor cat-run they can traipse out to at their leisure is also an option.

We let ours out on our balcony, but it was screened up tight - at least until a week ago when they replaced the railings, which involved tearing out the screen. So now we need to get it wired up again, because no fucking way are we letting them out on their own recognizance on a 6th-floor balcony with no safety net. Especially given Jake's tendency to glitch outside the old railing(!) and Elwood's love of catching cicadas which would perch on the old netting.
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Re: Pets!

Postby atog » Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:20 pm

beatbandito wrote:All my family's cats have always been free wheeling outdoor cats. But my first week here I saw another local cat unfortunately ended in the roadway and now every time I hear an engine speed past to get to the highway I think that my precious babies will never leave the house.

And Mongrel: I've saved every product box I've gotten since moving in. Vacuums, mowers, carpeting, the toys they wont ever actually play with. All shapes and sizes, more than I would actually be able to find once I get real furniture.

One of my classmates in the ultrasound program hailed from the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat. She lived on a hillside overlooking the main circumferential road around the island. Any cats she tried to take in, eventually ended up under a truck on that highway ;____;
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Re: Pets!

Postby beatbandito » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:16 pm

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Yup, that's right. More cardboard boxes.
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Re: Pets!

Postby mharr » Fri Jul 17, 2020 6:25 pm

Doglet surprised what looked like a young starving stray ginger cat in the village today, no idea if there's anything useful I can do about that. Anyone have experience with this sort of thing? (It was on the road directly bordering hillside woodland, so they have infinity hiding places up there.)

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Re: Pets!

Postby Mongrel » Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:03 pm

Starr suggested trying to put down a little fishies or something similar with a strong odour. While watching from a safe, but nearby distance so you can scoop up anybody that pokes out.

Obviously some other animals might have a go (and that's fine as long as you don't end up with a single repeat customer who has no business there), so bring a fair amount but only put down a little.
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Re: Pets!

Postby Niku » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:33 pm

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we've put it off for a long time because it was a pretty big investment to completely overhaul the setup, but since we had some extra stimulus money and feel pretty secure right now, these absolute kings finally have the palace they deserve.
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Re: Pets!

Postby Mongrel » Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:46 pm

They're made of soooofffffffft.
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