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RE: Should I Keep In House?

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Posted by: Orlff at Mon Jan 29 23:38:23 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Orlff ]  
   

Hi Taylor, it sounds to me like he was someone's pet that got dumped. I just recently had the same thing happen. My neighbors were moving and decided not to take their female black cat with them so they put her outside to fend for herself. I was furious, first of all she isn't spayed; second, she has no clue how to fend for herself and winter is here and she would probably not make it on her own.

I have 15 cats in the house, most of them have their claws. I do have several cat trees and things they can scratch but there are times when I have to get the fly swatter out and threaten to hit the hinneys. When they see the swatter they take off running (I don't ever hit them). The only real problem I have is constant cat fur all over everything and I don't have enough hands to pet everyone, especially when I go into the bathroom.

Several of them follow me around the house and I always have to watch where I walk because they don't always get out of the way and I have stepped on tails. Quite a few of them were ferals and strays. Four of them go outside during the day. I really don't like to let them out but they were outside cats and have never fully adjusted to being inside all the time.

I would never declaw a cat because of what they have to do to the cat. The tips of the toes are amputated and the cats are never quite the same plus it is a very painful operation and puts the cat through a lot of trauma. It is great that you took this boy in and the suggestion I would give to you is to get him neutered. Males are much friendlier once their "noogies" are removed. Give him lots of head butts and snuggles.
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