No pics yet, but I’ll get there. Last night three of the dogs (doberman, standard poodle and wolfhound mix) were kicking up a fuss. I figured they’d cornered a possum or something - it’s happened before and their barking had that sound.
I took a flashlight and went out to check, and there treed in my ancient lilac bush was an itty bitty tabby kitty. I brought her in and feed her. She ate some canned dogfood like a starving shark. I closed her in my dining room with food, water and a litter box.
Tonight she wants to be only on my shoulder. She’s very vocal. I think I’ll call her Lynette, after Sqeaky Fromm.
Anybody in Middle Tennessee want a gray tabby kitty? I’ll pay for the first vetting. I already have 6 large dogs, 4 cats, and two horses. I don’t need another pet, especially a baby.
Heh, the little wub would have had me hook line and sinker the first time she squeaked from atop my shoulder (Maryland, and another kitty would be problematic, sorry.) I’m impressed by your fortitude. I hope you find a good home for her.
Oh, this just keeps getting better. I just picked up what looks like a shih tzu mix right off the busy road. No collar, soaking wet and shivering in the rain. Hopefully he’s chipped and someone wants him back. He’s trimmed and he has no fleas and he’s a good weight, so someone must love him. He’s laying at my feet right now.
Ruby - My neice is very bright and very motivated. She thinks this will be the best place for her geeky personality. She’s a beautiful girl, about 5’7" and size 4. I hope she finds a nice boy there. Niece, in lieu of kitty and dog pics
This has to stop. Another animal showed up in my yard today. Only this time it was a rattlesnake. Smaller than the one I saw a couple years ago, about 24-30" longer and about as big around as my wrist. I called the dogs off and called my cop neighbor. He came over and shot it. I hate that it had to die, but it was only 20’ from the house.
Anyone have ideas about litter training this kitten? She’s confined to my dining room when not out with me, and she’s pooped in her litter box in there. But there are two other litter boxes, one in my room and one in the kitchen, but she keeps climbing on my bed and going there. I could put her in a large dog crate with just her food, water and litter box, but that seems mean. I’ve never had a kitten not catch on quickly.
She might just be nervous. It’s not cruel to keep a kitten in a confined space (like a bathroom) for awhile until she gets acclimated to the house. Depending on the size of the dog crate, she should be fine in there as long as she’s got everything she needs and she’s not left alone all day. If she’s using one litterbox then she gets the idea–are the others used by more than just her? Are you sure she knows where they are?
I’d keep her confined for awhile longer, then let her out for supervised visits to the rest of the house slowly until she’s settled.
She’s doing much better with the litterbox training. And she’s so affectionate! One of those flop down on your feet and wiggle sort of kittens. She’s not at all intimidated by the big dogs, and tried to poke her head into the doberman’s food dish to see if there’s anything she wants.