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Last night was going to get unseasonably cold again, so in order to keep our houseguest from turning into a Buddhacicle we opened the garage door and propped some pressboard slats in front of the lower half in an effort to make the garage warmer.

I'm not sure it didn't just have the effect of making the house colder, but it was worth a try, anyway.

One side effect of this was that we (or at least I) could hear Buddha meowing off and on in the night. Again, not a behavior of cats that haven't grown up around people. (Neither is being litterbox-trained, which Buddha definitely has been.) Cats that grow up in the wild don't generally meow, and when they do they don't talk up a storm about it.

The first time Buddha gave us one of these nocturnal dissertations was just as I was getting ready to turn off the light; laurie_robey was already asleep. After a few minutes of this, I went down and talked to him a bit, which seemed to calm him down. I think the poor old boy is just lonely, and I can't really blame him. We've had him locked up in the garage, after he's spent some unknown amount of time fending for himself in the wild ... not exactly the most social of situations.

Of course, the irony of him being lonely is that he's also a scaredy-cat of rare form -- so when we go in there to keep him company, he just presses himself firmly into the darkest corner and hisses at us if we get within five feet. But then when we leave, he starts mrowling pitiably again.

When he's shaved and bathed (and fixed), maybe we can let him roam the house, we'll see. There are rumors that it'll happen this weekend, if one of the many cat-rescue people we've spoken to actually materializes instead of just being an occasional voice over the phone.

Until then, it's still a cold concrete slab and midnight mrowling, I'm afraid. I feel bad about it, but I still think he's better off here than roaming the streets -- or the gas chamber.

-The Gneech

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laurie_robey
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
At least he's climbing up on the shelves now and using the cardboard box with the heat-retaining pad in it. He's acting more like a cat.
exatron
Apr. 18th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
My sister's older cat is a big scaredy lump, too. They want attention, but only from familiar people or other kitties.
sirfox
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Have you tried interacting with him with a laser pointer? He might enjoy chasing something moving, that isn't exactly a human being. He might also start to associate "people being around" with "fun play activity".
the_gneech
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
We don't have a laser pointer ATM, but it's a good thought.

We're trying to reintroduce him to being around people in stages, tho, so it's worth looking into!

-TG
dhlawrence
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm more inclined to favour the more traditional cat toys. Laser pointers are easy to follow, but they also don't give the cat a 'reward' - they're always chasing an intangible beam of light. If you have a catnip mouse or a ball with crinkly foil in it, they've got something they can actually catch, so the game is more fun.

And this is speaking from the experience of sharing a house with five cats and four kittens in the last two months!
laurie_robey
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
I tied a string to the catnip mouse last night and tried bouncing it around and dragging it across the floor. He just sort of watched. I couldn't tell if he was watching me or the mouse. Anytime I got the mouse closer than about three feet, he'd start growling at it. A laser pointer might be better, though, because we could stand in the kitchen and flash it around the room, so it wouldn't be so obvious that scary humans were causing this thing to move around.
torakiyoshi
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Did I miss something? When did you aquire a cat-- and a spiritually reincarnated one at that?

Have the best

-=TK
the_gneech
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
torakiyoshi
Apr. 18th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, ok. Tankee.

Have the best

-=TK
mammallamadevil
Apr. 18th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
yawl have been kinda preoccupied....
but yes, the poor starving ORPHAN cat went to the right people....(grin)

and, even with no fur, Buddha's darn kyoote

MLD
torakiyoshi
Apr. 18th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: yawl have been kinda preoccupied....
Aww, they shaved the poor baby? Nothing's more humiliating to the most graceful of all land animals.

Have the best

-=TK
laurie_robey
Apr. 18th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Re: yawl have been kinda preoccupied....
Not yet, but we might have to in order to get rid of the matted fur, fleas, and ticks. The vet removed two ticks, but who knows what he might have missed.
torakiyoshi
Apr. 18th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Re: yawl have been kinda preoccupied....
*nodnods* I knew it might be coming up. It's a reason I don't think I ever want a long-haired cat. They're beautiful and soooo soft, but I don't think I could deal with it if it had to be shaved for mats.

Have the best

-=TK
mammallamadevil
Apr. 18th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: yawl have been kinda preoccupied....
I had to do that with Marble, and basically it grows back quickly...

a softie for poor starving orphans....MLD
hossblacksilver
Apr. 19th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
Hissing is just his way of saying "Put 'em up. Put 'em up. I'll fight you with one paw behind my back. I'll fight you with both paws behind my back. I'll fight you with my eyes closed. Whoa, it's dark in there."
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