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As not a cat person, I have to admit: the idea of a collar confuses me.

Although Bubba did look adorable in his! And if you’re trying to identify him that makes sense.

My sole experience as a cat owner is as a feral “barn cat” owner. I had a major rodent infestation on our property (which is like 1/5 of an acre in the middle of a town). Ground squirrels had taken over, chewed multiple holes in the foundation, and were accompanied by both roof rats and a type of mouse with large feet. It was bananas. The day the feral cats were delivered I trapped seven mice in two hours in the same two traps. I had gone down to the pound and asked for the meanest cats that would never be adopted and they lined me up with two such cats and a lovely woman (Ellen the Barn Cat Lady) who educated me about feral cats and cats in general. After a month in a giant cage in the garage, we released our cars Mr. Poirot and Miss Marple. Sad to say, Miss Marple dashed off and we never saw her again. Mr. Poirot stuck around for the last two years. But he’s absolutely not friendly and shy! However I adore him, which is sad because I’m allergic and he’d shred me if I tried to cuddle him. I made the mistake of trying to cozy up to him in the cage and he sliced my finger open. My bad. He won’t get near people, but he’s reduced the rodent population to almost zero on our lot and our neighbors. Recently a stellar’s jay took to eating all his food and he disappeared for about two weeks. We tried feeding him at night, switched to wet food, moved the food, nothing. So in desperation a month ago when I was heading out of town, I asked my neighbor to feed him on her porch. She had a wildlife camera and set it up! So I got the chance to see Mr. Poirot up close in eating mode. I love him even more. He is so cute! But he’ll never wear a collar or get flea meds or be a cuddled kitty. But I am thankful for his presence.

Here’s a screenshot of the video:
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First one is how Cleo tries to hypnotize me with her eyes. All the time. Always trying to hypnotize me.

And second one is of her and her best Joker expression and showing off her alien crop circles. A natural entertainer she is. Which is good because she’s not as natural at hunting, jumping, and not falling off of things.

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adorable pics! i love how she is looking at you…taranga use to look at me that way especially when its treat time. the other pic just cracks me up lol…she looks like the look at me, i am the cat that will do anything i want…i need to start a folder for bubbas pics. and download the rest on my phone so i have a place for them all…even tho they are all up on instagram. im working on trying to get a pic of him yawning lol…gotta have one of those…i managed to get it with taranga and calvin. and glad i did. a funny memory. keep bringing on the pics! i love them

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i became a moderator of the pet grief chat room. it makes me feel good that im being acknowledged as someone that helps others. iets weird. i just started today. so now there are rules to follow. darn. but im sure we will work our way around it. another person there is a mod as well. we both are. i became facebook friends with her as well. so weve are on each others side in helping each other.

i havent started the photo album yet. i look at pics of taranga and calvin and wanna cry. so i dont think its time for it yet. ill decorate the outside of it, etc and then eventually ill be ready to print. right now i cant. taranga will be gone 3 months on thurs…so the 17th will be a sad day for me.

bubba is good. ive been taking cute sleeping pics. he makes the cutest faces ever. i still need to catch a yawn pic. if i managed to do it for taranga and calvin i know i can get one from bubba. he meowed when i got home yesterday. i was at my best friends house from thurs till yesterday. now ill be at my boyfriends house for a few days. and so far he has had his collar back on for 24 hours now. lets hope it will stick this time. i keep trying. i feel better knowing he has a name tag on a collar so if he snuck out with me not knowing he did as he can do that. i remember waiting for my mom to get me and ill see him in the buildings hallway. i pretty much tell him to stay like a dog and he stays in the apt. but with him you never know.

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Congratulations! I’m certain you will be a wonderful moderator and a huge help to all those who come looking for support!

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thanks :)…me and the other friend are having a good time…we both been in the room all day…still the same as before mods but need to enfource a few rules lol…which we arent sure how good we will be at them

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bubba decided to scare me yesterday…he broke away from his harness. i see him running towards the woods and see my boyfriend run after him. i was freaking out that we wouldnt be able to find him. i was on the verge of crying. luckily my boyfriend managed to find him. i said bad kitty. we do not go chasing bunnies as i find out from my boyfriend… so he isnt allowed to have walks until we can find a harness where he cant break through it. he does pretty good with the harness but who knew he would break through it to chase a bunny. at least i know he likes bunnies as well. i didnt want to have to tell my friend that we lost bubba and we arent sure when he is coming back. i wouldve been devistated to lose an almost 2 year old. bady kitty. go ahead and scare mama

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Our little Siamese (full-grown at 7 pounds) always wiggled out of her harness. I gave up on taking her for walks. Sasha crossed the Rainbow Bridge many years ago and I still miss and love her.

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i dont want to give up on walks as he needs it…he is a hyper boy without it. plus he likes rides in the car so we need the harness on him. we just need to find a harness that he cant get out of to chase bunnies. he was doing fine until he saw a bunny. now he lost his privledges until we see my boyfriend. i should look online and see whats out there…see if we can find the perfect one. we may have to look in the dog section as they have more selections than the cat section. but im gonna look online…i may have to do a search in google for harness where they can escape. and sorry for your loss on sasha. you do miss your beloved no matter how long theyve been gone.

and its officially 3 months since taranga has been gone :frowning:

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@amymc I hope your search for a secure, inescapable harness is fruitful! You may need to change his name to Houdini!

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i indeed may have to! ill start calling him that and see how he reacts lol. but i think you are right.

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ive been researching harnesses. i need to measure him so i can be sure to get the right size. and make sure it is definitely will keep him in the harness! i need to find my tape measure that i have to measure him with. i know his neck size but it doesnt hurt to measure it anyways…especially when i want to buy him a patriots jersey. yes during football season he will be wearing on :slight_smile:

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we measured him so now we can get him a harness that will work out better than what he currently has. and hopefully wont be chasing any bunnies…im still leery in taking him for walks now without my boyfriend as i dont know what he’ll do. and im not fast enough to chase him.

we went to petco yesterday where we got him more food that he likes, a patriots jersey and a toy. now with this toy he kept walking to the cat section and playing with it. the second time he did it he played with it and my boyfriend decided we needed to get it for him. we came home, we played with him and this is what happened while i was taking a nap:

next time dont get him toys like this that will be destroyed on the same day lol. at least he now has catnip to calm him down lol

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Aww … he really liked it!

i guess he did. the catnip must of been strong in this one.

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How I know that I am a Crazy Cat Lady: I wake up ‘cos my butt is hanging over the side of the bed and Zane Grey is sprawled out next to me…and I hesitate to move him even an inch!!! :crazy_face::smile_cat::smile_cat::smile_cat:

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LOL! cats will rule the house. they will get whatever they want. even if is more room on the bed :slight_smile:

bubba has hopped on another window sill and knocked some stuff over. i really wish he would stop knocking stuff over. it drives me nuts. taranga and calvin didnt knock anything down. so its frustrating. i ordered two different harnesses to try on him. and hope one he’ll stay in. i researched it all and read the reviews, etc. so lets hope that they work. ill donate the other one that i bought him that he wasnt suppose to escape out of. overall he is liking the wet food ive been giving him, etc. he likes the new dry food as well. ill still give him the meow mix sometimes but mostly its the wellness fish flavored dry food.

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Our Lexie would do that, bat things off counters/shelves. It was a way to get attention. She’d look at you, look at what she was going to bat off, as if to say, “Play with me or else!”

he gets plenty of attention…lots of rubs, wet food, nap time, etc.

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