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    I'm gonna call him Tuna... UPDATE:

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    Saralaya
    Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:34 am
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    Pot Scrubber wrote:
    You guys are so sweet. I guess Tuna is part of our family... but honestly I don't know what to do.

    The dogs get along with him for the most part. Demon actually likes him and wants to play chase. Tuna is still a young enough kitty that he is playful and they get along fine. Farrah is not as pleased with the situation and doesn't like him but Tuna doesn't put up with any crap from her so they just avoid one another. I walked into living room yesterday and Tuna's hair was all puffed up and his back was arched. He and Farrah were staring each down daring the other to move. I don't know what that was about. I just clapped my hands really loud and they both scrambled away. I'm sure Farrah started it, though! They'll work it out eventually.

    The one thing that is bothering me is a litter box. I don't have anywhere to put one. Farrah has a disgusting habit of eating cat poop. We have stray cats that live at my apt complex and she actively looks for cat crap to chew. I have to watch her every second on our walks or she will find some and start munching. Pretty disgusting, huh? Boo hiss Farrah! Yuck. Anyway...

    I have a large 1200 sq foot apt but nowhere to put a litter box indoors without Farrah having access to a buffet anytime she wants a snack. I have two small patios where I could put one and not deal with the issue but how do I let him have access to the litter box but keep Farrah away from it?

    I know my dogs bowel habits very well and they poop like clockwork on our walks and never mess in the house. Are cats as predictable? Can I maybe put him on the enclosed patio for an hour until he does his business and then let him back in? Or do cats just go whenever they feel like it?

    So far he is an indoor/outdoor kitty and does his potty duties outside. Our winter weather in Texas is sometimes very cold in Jan/Feb but we rarely have much snow and ice that would be prohibitive of him going outside at night if he wants to. He hasn't hit kitty cat puberty yet but the day I see testicles he will go to the vet the next day to be neutered so as not to add to the already problematic cat population around here. I dunno what to do... I never planned on having another pet until both of my dogs were gone and then I planned on getting a senior aged animal from the animal shelter. Tuna is still a baby and will be around for a long time but he is welcomed to live with me forever. He's a very sweet BIG boy. I think he is a Maine Coon and probably already weighs 15 lbs and I wouldn't be surprised if he weighs 40 when he is grown. Both of my dogs combined don't weigh 40lbs. icon_lol.gif


    Ohhhh Potsie... when a cat is 6 months old he has already HIT puberty and is moving on from there! It's possible that he has had his surgery already but you may want to feel him up .... kitty genitals are not easily visible especially with long fur..... icon_eek.gif It won't hurt him and you nay be able ti find out what's um.... actually there......

    A question about Farrah's not so delicate culinary habits..... are you SURE it's cat poop she is eating? If it is, she should be digging it up from some place and you could see that. Cats do not always hide their pee outside, as a matter of fact intact males especially spray urine indoors and out to mark their territory.... but poop.... poop they always cover up. It's a survival instinct as it prevents predators from easily tracking them from the scent of their poop. That's why cats are so easy to litter train, you just have to show them where they can easily hide their stuff and they will use it. Is it possible that she's going after dog poop that has not been scooped? If so, your concern about a litter box is solved. What do you think?

    ETA: My girls usually use the litter box around the same time every day, probably because they get fed around the same time every day....
    Connie Lea
    Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:55 am
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    Potsie - do you have a washer and dryer? Our dogs also had the same disgusting habit so I put our cat box on top of the dryer. I put the cat food on top of my sewing machine, but could also be put on the washer. It's probably a little close to the dryer, but I had a problem with my dogs eating cat food too, which isn't good for them. My daughter keeps her litter box in the closet with the door slightly open, but she has big dogs so that wouldn't work for either us or you. She put her cat food on top of her refrigerator, but I didn't really want my cats jumping up there. Or you could teach him to go in the toilet. There are some cats that do this, but I for one wouldn't have the patience to try to teach one.
    Saralaya
    Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:01 pm
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    Connie Lea wrote:
    Potsie - do you have a washer and dryer? Our dogs also had the same disgusting habit so I put our cat box on top of the dryer. I put the cat food on top of my sewing machine, but could also be put on the washer. It's probably a little close to the dryer, but I had a problem with my dogs eating cat food too, which isn't good for them. My daughter keeps her litter box in the closet with the door slightly open, but she has big dogs so that wouldn't work for either us or you. She put her cat food on top of her refrigerator, but I didn't really want my cats jumping up there. Or you could teach him to go in the toilet. There are some cats that do this, but I for one wouldn't have the patience to try to teach one.


    Connie... GREAT ideas!!!!
    Pot Scrubber
    Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:44 pm
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    Saralaya wrote:

    A question about Farrah's not so delicate culinary habits..... are you SURE it's cat poop she is eating? If it is, she should be digging it up from some place and you could see that. Cats do not always hide their pee outside, as a matter of fact intact males especially spray urine indoors and out to mark their territory.... but poop.... poop they always cover up. It's a survival instinct as it prevents predators from easily tracking them from the scent of their poop. That's why cats are so easy to litter train, you just have to show them where they can easily hide their stuff and they will use it. Is it possible that she's going after dog poop that has not been scooped? If so, your concern about a litter box is solved. What do you think?

    ETA: My girls usually use the litter box around the same time every day, probably because they get fed around the same time every day....

    It's definitely cat poop she is eating. She passes by a pile of dog poop on the ground without giving it a second glance. Somehow... she can smell cat poop and digs it up. It only takes her a few seconds so I have to watch her like a hawk.

    When I walk my dogs Demon is on a leash because without one he is all over the place looking for mischief and impossible to control. Farrah is a good girl and stays close about 5 feet behind us and I glance back every 30 seconds or so to check on her.

    But she is a conniving beast and plays tricks on me. There is one area in particular in my apt complex where the ground is soft dirt and the stray cats use it as a litter box. She is always wanting to go there and forage for food but I won't let her. Anyway... one day after we passed that danger zone I thought all was safe and we continued on our merry way and when I looked back the little monster went back when I wasn't looking and was chowing down. Ugh! DISGUSTING!

    Anyway...What I've decided to do is put the litter box on my patio on an old wooden chair that I use as a decorative ornament thing with terra cotta pots on it. I'll put the litter box on the chair to keep it off of the ground. Farrah won't jump up there. (I don't think)

    I can't keep my patio door open 24/7, obviously, so I guess I need to buy a pet door from Home Depot for $100 bucks. Boo hiss! Tuna sure is costing me a lot of money and stress but I love him.

    It sucks being a new cat person.

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    K9 Owned
    Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:41 am
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    Oh the stories you'll have to tell if you meet up with his 'other' parents.

    You're telling stories about being a cat person. You're groovin on it! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif
    Pot Scrubber
    Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:02 am
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    K9 Owned wrote:
    Oh the stories you'll have to tell if you meet up with his 'other' parents.

    You're telling stories about being a cat person. You're groovin on it! icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif

    Yep.. I live in a small complex of only 60 apts and secrets around here are kept for a very short time.

    Tuna's other parents are being evicted so I'm sure his welfare is their last concern. They called him 'Boots' because of his white paws.

    Tuna is officially, mine, and part of my family, now.

    I think he will be happy here. I've never been a cat person but he has won my heart. He's a good boy.
    K9 Owned
    Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:52 am
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    How wonderful! I didn't know about his family moving out. Congratulations of the new furkid. icon_smile.gif
    Now of course we need pictures and will be watching out for Tuna stories. I love that name. icon_lol.gif
    Saralaya
    Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:21 pm
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    Ohhhh you are SO a "cat person" now! I agree with K9- we need more pictures and will expect Tuna stories. You are such a good person, if his original people are being evicted and haven't bothered to see where he is (not to mention that they let him run loose all the time......) icon_evil.gif then they certainly don't care about his welfare. Welcome to the Cat People Club!

    Watch out for this...... rotfl.gif

    Studentchef
    Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:44 pm
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    Potsie, it seems like Tuna adopted you, and may be with you full time once her other owners are evicted. I also think you are doing a good job of taking care of him/her.
    jneen
    Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:47 pm
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    So glad you've joined the ranks of cat people. I have always loved cats and haven't been without at least one since I became and adult (a looong time ago). I think most dogs will eat cat poop but some really relish it. My cats go outside so I don't have to deal with a littler box. I don't know if all my dogs eat cat poop, I prefer not to think about that, but I know Poppy will.

    One of my neighbors had a litter of teeny tiny Shitzu-poo something or others and I was really tempted to get one for Lexi for Christmas but I restrained myself. She loves to carry Maggie, the chihuahua, around. Of course every time Lexi relaxes her grip, Maggie is gone with the wind. She's pretty quick for an old, mangy dog.

    Looking forward to more Tuna stories, please.
    *Z*
    Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:40 pm
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    I read somewhere that dogs eat poo b/c there is so much filler in the pet foods that it is basically the same as it went it. They suggested changing to a food that doesn't have as much filler . It will make the poo unappetizing. That's what the article said, I don't have dogs so I can't vouch for it's effectiveness.
    Pot Scrubber
    Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:40 pm
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    Thanks, Critter peeps! I'll keep y'all updated on Project Tuna.
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    Cookgirl
    Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:51 am
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    I love Tuna!
    Saralaya
    Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:26 pm
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    Pot Scrubber wrote:
    Thanks, Critter peeps! I'll keep y'all updated on Project Tuna.
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    Potsie! We want more TUNA! How is he doing? How are you doing? How are the DOGS doing??

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    Pot Scrubber
    Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:11 pm
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    Saralaya wrote:
    Pot Scrubber wrote:
    Thanks, Critter peeps! I'll keep y'all updated on Project Tuna.
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    Potsie! We want more TUNA! How is he doing? How are you doing? How are the DOGS doing??

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    Thanks for asking Sara. Tuna is doing very well and blending in, nicely. He has a favorite spot in the living room on the back of the sofa by day where His Royal Highness takes a daily short 12 hour nap. icon_razz.gif

    He is very nocturnal but that is ok with me because I am, too. He meows and carries on an awful fuss about 10pm and WILL NOT SHUT UP until I let him out... then he comes back home about 1 or 2am screeching bloody murder for me to open the door to come back in. He is a very vocal kitty and I've even begun to understand what his different meows mean. I think I am becoming a Cat Whisperer.

    Farrah has grown to tolerate Tuna but she would rather he not be here. Demon is a good boy and actually plays with the cat. They are good buddies.

    My other dogs !Hercules! and Moose are not doing so well. They now live with my ex in the same apt complex so I see them almost every day. They have both become diabetic in the last 2 years and need daily insulin. !Hercules! is grossly overweight at a whopping 9 pounds but he should only weigh 6 pounds max. Moose is really deteriorating quickly and has become lethargic and disoriented. I think he may have had a recent mini stroke. He's not in any pain... just senile. I worry about him. I'm not sure his quality of life is going to be good for much longer. Demon still has seizures 2-3 times a year but the vet doesn't recommend medications since the seizures are mild and infrequent. The meds are pretty toxic and hard on the organs. He still acts like a puppy even at his age.

    All of the dogs are 12-15 years old and I think I'm in for a lot of doggie health stresses in the next couple of years.
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