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In Case You Were Wondering

August 21st, 2010

I thought I’d write a post about Miss Mama and Little Softie to update you on how they’re doing. Miss Mama has been spayed and she’s all healed up and back her normal self. She’s decided that lounging around on the two chairs we have outside is her new favorite pastime.

We took Miss Mama in to get her fixed the week before we went to Monticello. She was remarkably easy to catch, I simply put food in the doorway of a cat carrier. When she stuck her head in to eat it, I slowly moved the bowl towards the back and she walked in, then I closed the door. We kept her overnight in the carrier (we didn’t want to try to catch her the morning we needed to take her in, and she wasn’t supposed to eat for 8 hrs) so she’d be ready to go at 7:30 the next morning. We dropped her off a the vet and picked her up the next evening. We kept her in a larger dog kennel in the garage for a few days and she seemed happy. We were wondering if she would run away and never come back when we released her. When we opened up the kennel door to let her out, she came out, stretched, purred and went right back in and laid down. I guess she wasn’t too mad at us.

They LOVE the pet door and think that the back of the garage is now their front porch. They spend a lot of time back there playing in the grass and lounging on the bales of peat moss we have stored under the rain barrels. They seem very comfortable in the garage and I think they’ll be there for quite a while. I need to start thinking about getting them a heated water bowl for the winter, and I need to make them up a warm box or bed for the winter. Our garage is an unattached pole building and it’s very cold in winter. I think an enclosed box with some straw will keep them nice and warm.

Little Softie is growing as well, she’s getting much taller and is starting to venture a little ways away from the garage. Soon enough she’ll be out hunting as well, although after her adventure she hasn’t been as brave as she used to be. It’s been fun watching her and mama play and run around. They seem like they’re having a great time here at Chiot’s Run.

Anything fun going on in your house?

6 Comments to “In Case You Were Wondering”
  1. Mike on August 21, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I love those last two pictures…she looks like a little panther.:)

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  2. Attila on August 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Mama was probably very grateful not to be a mama again, and again, and again…… Blissful, unencumbered life for her from now on!

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  3. MAYBELLINE on August 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    My garden kitties use a heating pad to keep them warm in the winter. Would something like that work for your kitties?

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  4. Miranda on August 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    TOADS! They’re everywhere. Little miss Pocket really loves (annoyingly so) to chase and pounce on them, though thankfully she seems to have gotten over putting them into her mouth. Toads are cute, but they’re also a bit poisonous and cause gross foamy dog mouth.

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  5. Teresa Anderson on August 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, I have read your blog for a while now but have never commented before but I had to this time.
    Just last week when I was at my parents a little black kitten that looks to be about the same size as your Little Softie showed up at the house.
    After asking all the neighbors and finding out it didn’t belong to them we decided to take it home with us.
    They have a couple barn/shop cats already and didn’t really want any more cats.
    We live in the country and really do need a cat to help with mouse control in our garage, so now that’s where kitty lives. He (I think) gets along with our dog and doesn’t seem to mind our 4 year old carrying it around in funny ways.
    Like you we are excited to watch the little one grow up.

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  6. Hanna Fushihara on August 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    So glad to see an update on them.
    We have large rubbermaid containers on our porch lined inside with styrofoam boards and stuffed with straw for our outdoor cats in the winter. Seems to work for them and they have all made it through super cold winters with them. Your post is reminding me to clean them out and put new straw in them and also make an extra one for the new cat.
    I change the water bowl every day, once or twice a day which is a pain in the butt. I might invest in a heated bowl this year.

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