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Is it OK if your cat cuddles with someone else?

  1. Jul 9, 2007 #1

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    My neighbors down the street have (well actually had) a cat called "The Evil Nigel". Nigel started coming over to visit my neighbor, Amelia, and she began petting him and feeding him and letting him stay in her apartment overnight. I don't think he was getting much attention at his house and the food was much better at Amelia's, so for all intents an purposes, The Evil Nigel is now her cat.

    The neighbors at the house are a little peeved at Amelia, but ultimately it was the cat's decision. They aren't quite irritated enough to lock up Nigel at their house, but they do make snide comments about Amelia "stealing their cat".

    So, do your cats suck up to the neighbors? Ever make you insecure?
     
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    Actually, thats how I got my cat. The neighbors had two cats and two dogs, but my cat did not get along with other animals, so she would come over to our house. When we tried to take her back into the house she would fight and kick and scratch. Eventually, they said we should just keep her.
     
  4. Jul 9, 2007 #3

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    Now that you mention it, they do have some other dogs and cats at that house.
     
  5. Jul 9, 2007 #4

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    This sounds like something right out of ABC's newest show:

    "Desperate Houscats":rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:





    HAHAHA!!! I'm sorry. I couldn't resist!:biggrin:
     
  6. Jul 9, 2007 #5

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    Yes, but only for money. :tongue2:

    Congratulations on your promotion! :approve:
     
  7. Jul 9, 2007 #6

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    Good one! Here's a clip from one of the episodes:

    :biggrin:
     
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  8. Jul 9, 2007 #7

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    :rofl: I could never pimp out my cat!

    Thanks! :smile:
     
  9. Jul 9, 2007 #8
    I lost two of my cats to the cat lady who lives on our road, she apparently has loads of them and most if not all are ex owned by the people in the area, she puts out treats and stuff to encourage cats to move in, cats being disloyal tend to go where the living is easy.

    I'd say it's wrong, and I want my cats back but I'm not going to drag them screeching back to my house. Let's just say the nutty cat lady is not that popular though, one day she will get her come uppance, perhaps all her cats will leave in a mass exodus.

    I imagine her as a lonely (at least for human company) Crazy old lady, it makes me feel better in a schardenfroider sort of way. :smile:
     
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  10. Jul 9, 2007 #9

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    Or they will eat her. I guess that "Got Milk" commercial about the cat lady who ran out of cream never made it across the pond..?
     
  11. Jul 9, 2007 #10

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    We had a beautifully-marked mixed-breed dog when I was a kid, and she was quite an escape artist. About the time I left for college and my sisters were left with responsibility of taking her out for her morning bathroom break, she would take off running and disappear only to return home about 1/2 hour. When I came home for a visit, I went looking for her, only to see her coming out the front door of an old farmhouse about 4 houses away. I started to scold her for running away and the woman who was letting her out asked that I not scold her because she was responsible for Lady's morning disappearances. It seems that Lady would show up on their front steps most mornings and scratch at the door a bit and the woman would let her in and cook her a scrambled egg and a piece of dry toast. That explained why Lady seemed less interested in her kibble dog-food. She was getting the royal treatment at the neighbor's. The woman was a retired nutritionist and she had moved in to take care of her 95+ year-old uncle and befriended our dog.
     
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    :rofl: it has now. Thanks.
     
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  13. Jul 9, 2007 #12

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    Incredible! That IS the royal treatment!

    Yes, yes! That's the one! I love that commercial!
     
  14. Jul 9, 2007 #13
    I tend to "whore" my cat out :biggrin:
     
  15. Jul 9, 2007 #14

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    :eek:I never want to meet any of your customers...............ever.
     
  16. Jul 9, 2007 #15

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    I think Greg was just teasing me about my use of the word "pimp". or... maybe he's completely serious. :bugeye:
    I try not to ask too many questions. Going back to stock the fish freezer now.
     
  17. Jul 9, 2007 #16
    I had a cat that I had to put a little sign on her collar. She would vanish for days on end. With in a week, she was home every night.
    I AM NOT A STRAY
    DON'T FEED ME
    EVEN IF I ACT CUTE
     
  18. Jul 9, 2007 #17

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    :rofl: That's great! And, that gets right to the point of my concern about a cat having multiple homes...I know I'm very fussy about what I feed my cat and monitoring what she eats and making sure she stays a healthy weight, so if someone else is supplementing their diet, you have no way to know what they are getting fed and how much and before you know it, you have Tubby the cat, or one that has a nutrient deficiency from pigging out on unbalanced diets, etc.

    When I lived in apartments, one cat came around on a freezing cold night. That one I took in for a night because I thought it was way too cold for a cat to be outside (any water would have been frozen over, and they had advisories to keep pets indoors). I was going to put a similar collar on it the next day, "If I have an owner, please keep me home on freezing nights or I'm adopting a neighbor," but someone else recognized the cat and told me it belonged to someone just a few units down. I still didn't like the idea they left the cat out on such a bitter night, and it seemed eager to come indoors when I let it (I didn't even have tasty treats, just a bowl of unfrozen water). With apartments, you never can be sure if a new visitor is a new tenant's cat or one that escaped and got left behind during a move, and I didn't want to leave it out in such horrid weather if it was abandoned.
     
  19. Jul 9, 2007 #18
    My friends dog used to do the same thing. She would be let outside to use the bathroom, then would scamper off to a neighbors to be fed. The people kept it for 3 days once, and my friend and her family were freaking out.

    Back in New Hampshire, everyone around us had a lot of acreage. Everyone's pets have free roam over it, and we all recognize eachothers. The horses graze across all the properties, the dogs all get together and have a little pack, and the cats know which houses they can go to on cold nights. You know what they say "It takes a village to raise a... pet."
     
  20. Jul 9, 2007 #19

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    :rofl::rofl:That is awesome!
     
  21. Jul 9, 2007 #20

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    Sounds like it was darned effective, too!
     
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