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Returning after a year

Puss'FavPerson
July 24th, 2008, 06:49 PM
Hello again!

I found your site a little over a year ago, when my beloved Puss was having health issues (fungus infection in her spine). It was tremendously helpful to come here and "talk" to other fur-folks.

We went through a lot, she and our family with her ... In the end, we lost her, but she, and we, had a whole "extra" good year together. We had to put her down July 4th'08. Her illness had deteriorated 6 inches of her back, from her neck to mid-back, and her discs were all fused in the area. Puss was 10 years old.

So, we now have brought a new kitten into our family. Not to replace Puss, cause no one could, but to share the "kitty-love" we all have in our house!

My boys (10&12) have named her "cookie" ... and they're having a great time bonding with her. This is their first kitten - Puss was already 1 when we got her.

I haven't lived more than 3 weeks in my entire life without a cat (42.75yrs!), however, it's been at least fifteen years since I had a "baby" to train!

I hope y'all will help with some of the exciting and frustrating kitten hurdles to come! Once I re-educate myself on "how to", I'll send along Cookie's pic.

hazelrunpack
July 24th, 2008, 08:18 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about Puss. :grouphug: I remember what a struggle you were having with her illness. :sad:

:candle: Puss

But a new kitten! :D How exciting! I'm looking forward to pictures of your new little darling. And may you have at least twice as many years with Cookie as you did with your beloved Puss :grouphug:

Welcome back!

Frenchy
July 24th, 2008, 08:33 PM
I'm very sorry about Puss :rip:

Good for you for adopting another kitty :thumbs up

sugarcatmom
July 24th, 2008, 09:21 PM
I would also like to add my condolences on the passing of Puss. You gave it a good fight, that's for sure! Now she's fungus-free and feeling frisky again. http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/animals/animal0048.gif (http://www.mysmiley.net)

Congratulations on adding Cookie to your family. Pictures are definitely called for! Maybe you can also share some pics of Puss, if that's okay.

Love4himies
July 25th, 2008, 07:15 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Puss. :candle: :grouphug:

A kitten, eh? :laughing: Your children will have fun and keep the kitten tired.

As for training, consistency, consistency, consistency. When I am training my fosters, they are not allowed to bite hands or feet, nobody is allowed to wiggle fingers or toes. I will take my hand away and get a toy to redirect their attention to it.

I also continuously show them to scratch the scratching post and as soon as they try furniture, they are picked up and taken to the closest scratching post.

As for curtains, I only have one pair in my house and they are taken down when there are kittens in the house, haven't been able to stop them from climbing them :laughing:

Of course lots and lots of love and cuddling :cloud9:

And finally, I would like to add that feeding raw to my foster kittens have led to them have far superior muscle mass than any kitten not fed raw, to the point when my last fosters went to be altered, the vet made a comment on their wonderful health and strength. My current fosters, who are feral and I have had since Sunday, spent three weeks in a shelter where they were fed cheap corn filled food, after five days of raw I have noticed a HUGE difference in their muscle mass and coats. I feed them Nature's Variety and Pawsitively-raw. ;)

Guinness' mom
July 25th, 2008, 10:19 AM
I'm sorry to hear about Puss...:sorry:
Hope you are having lot's of fun with the kitten...look forward to pictures.