Yoohoo!

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Registered: 11-16-2001
Yoohoo!
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Wed, 10-06-2010 - 9:49am

How has everybody been doing since we last saw each other last week?

How are you?

It's been pretty wet here, some areas are under flood alert. The week-end was pretty quiet. I know I did something on Saturday but I forget what (oh, yeah, *now* I remember heh heh) and we had a girls' lunch on Sunday followed by some shopping (I was good - didn't buy anything.) I also tested out the boards this week-end, too. It's quite different, it's going to take some getting used to, and I hope that you'll be patient enough to go through the learning curve.

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Registered: 09-20-2007
In reply to: libelulle
Wed, 10-06-2010 - 7:12pm

DH and I went to the beach at Kiawah Island on Saturday, then we went to see the Angel Oak, which is a beautiful tree that is 65 feet tall. Then we went out to dinner. Other than that, not much is going on with me. I keep looking for a job, to no avail. I've now put in 16 applications to the vet clinics, though I still have a lot more to go to. This is starting to annoy me.

The weather here has been gorgeous. We are actually having a fall this year. One thing that I am bummed out about is that the Renaissance faire starts this weekend in NC, but we just don't have the money to go to it.

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In reply to: libelulle
Wed, 10-06-2010 - 9:16pm
I keep forgetting that you have beaches there. The Angel Oak must be so impressive to see. Why is it called Angel Oak? Is there a story to that?

I hope that something comes up soon for you work-wise. I'm also sorry that you can't go to the Renaissance Faire this year. Hopefully you can go next year.

How are you cats settling down in their new home?
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In reply to: libelulle
Thu, 10-07-2010 - 12:16am

The Angel Oak is called that because that was the family name who owned the land in the 1800s that the tree is on. If you look at websites they claim that the tree is around 1,200 years old, but the tests run on the tree estimate it to be about 500 years old. Here is a photo of it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Angel_Oak_Tree_in_SC.jpg

The cats are loving it here. It's starting to get chilly at night, so they are starting to sleep with us more. Last night we had all four of them in bed with us. The two older cats, who are both around 12, are really enjoying their retirement. I was worried that they'd both be pacing all the time and yowling to be let outside, but they settled down really well.

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In reply to: libelulle
Thu, 10-07-2010 - 7:29am
So your cats are indoor/sunroom cats? Or is this new?

Oh my, that is a beautiful, gorgeous, sumptuous tree. All trees should be like that! May it live for another 1,200 years.

((((hugs))))
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In reply to: libelulle
Thu, 10-07-2010 - 1:37pm

Our two older cats, Billy and Blackie, were indoor/outdoor, while the two kittens, Oscar and Siren, were stictly indoors. While I was growing up we never had strictly indoor cats. My mother grew up in an era where animals might have been seen as pets, but they had a purpose, like a hunting dog. They weren't seen as members of the family. I see it as completely different, where my pets are my babies and it's my responsibity to care for them as I would my child. So I knew that when I moved my cats would be compeletly indoors. I lost one of my cats a couple of years ago when he was hit by a car and I still grieve for him and won't talk about him to my mother, since she was the one who refused to have completely indoor cats. The kittens were completely indoors because I put my foot down about that and had raised them since they were both three weeks old.

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In reply to: libelulle
Fri, 10-08-2010 - 12:27am
That's interesting. My father, who loved the cats, always said that it was the cats' right to go out, be outdoors, go exploring, and even get into fights. Which is why our cats were always indoor/outdoor. I think they were the alpha cats of the neighbourhood, too.
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In reply to: libelulle
Fri, 10-08-2010 - 7:55am

I've read those same arguments, but being indoors only is a much better way to live for a cat. There are a lot more dangers for outdoor cats to deal with: being poisoned, being shot, being drowned, caught in bear traps, being hit by cars, being killed by wild animals, being killed by dogs, being used as bait in dogfighting, being tortured and killed in rituals, being tortured and left for dead, freezing in the winter, slow starvation, being caught and sold for animal experimentations, dying of preventable diseases, dying of wounds received in a cat fight, caught and taken to a shelter to be ethuanized, getting accidentally trapped in a basement and starved to death, etc.

Indoors has its own dangers, of course. But one of the habits of cats is that when they get sick or injured they will hide, and when outdoor cats hide you might not find them until it's too late. When you have an indoor cat you know all of its hiding spots, so you can take it to the vet before it's too late for the cat.

There are lots of ways to keep indoor cats entertained so that they won't get bored. Oscar and Siren haven't been outdoors since they were three weeks old and they could barely walk then, so they certainly don't miss anything. Billy and Blackie have realized that being indoors is a lot nicer. They've realized that they can live in a climate controlled environment, don't have to get wet by rain, don't have to rush across the street to avoid an oncoming car, don't have to worry about the coyotes (they are a growing problem in my mother's neighborhood), that they don't have to die of rabies or feline lukemia or feline distemper since they always get their vaccinations, that they will be protected during Halloween, etc.

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In reply to: libelulle
Fri, 10-08-2010 - 9:18am
It's not quite the same here - we're smack in the middle of the city and thre's aren't a lot of wild life. We're also in a residential neighbourhood, so no traps, etc. We pretty much know the cats that are around here, and they pretty much also hand around our house, too. Our house is also pretty much indoor outdoor, too...

And no one is going to take them to a shelter to be euthanized!