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Old 08-29-2009, 11:48 AM
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Also, I think those pine pellets might just be expensive wood stove pellets.

The wood stove pellets don't form hard clumps like clay litter, they turn to sawdust. We used wood stove for the rabbit boxes for years and they worked well, and the wood stove pellets are like, $5 for 40lbs or something like that? Really cheap.

I've heard good things about wood stove pellets, but I've been unable to try them out personally. I went to my local Home Depot asking for some and they looked at me like I was crazy

My experience is mostly with male cats as well, but I have met a few nice female cats too. When I went to the shelter to adopt after I lost Sam I looked at both genders, but it happened to be a male that clicked with me. I wouldn't given gender a second thought, and just see what cat clicks with your family.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:59 AM
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Awwww!!!!!

I just read the first post, but I wanted to give you my advice.

I grew up with dogs, but I think I'm more of a cat person somtimes.

Male cats are better pets then female cats, IMHO. Male cats actually seem to like people and are attention whores. My male cat actually gets separation anxiety when I'm gone, and is a total mush.

Female cats are more independent, less interested in people, and more apt to get annoyed with too much attention.

This is a rule, but as you know, there are exceptions to that and I've met some very sweet female kitties and some aloof male kitties.

Certain cat breeds are more people oriented then others- siamese cats are aloof and independent to the nth degree. Maine Coons and Rag Dolls and Persians are very people oriented (well, as far as cats go)

If you're looking for something specific, you could try a kitty rescue or just go to a shelter.

I have a Maine Coon mix (that I'm about to post some cute pictures of here) that I found at a shelter when he was 6 weeks old. I had no idea what he was until at 6 months he was a skinny 13 lbs and still growing.

With a shelter "mutt", you neeeeeever know.

As for food, wet is best. Dry food isn't really that good for cats. Innova, however, makes some fantastic cat food.

As for litter...I do the clay litter. Most cat people will tell you that's the devil, but Mr. Meowgi does fine with it.

The only thing about shelter cats that I would worry about is feline rhino virus, aka Kitty Herpes. My cat has feline herpes and any type of stress will bring it out in him. The shelter environment is bad for that.

But, any kitten anywhere could have it. Sometimes they're born with it. It's not as bad as it sounds, but once they have it you should try to limit their exposure to other cats if possible.

The boyfriend said I should tell you that Mr. Meowgi, though he is about 6 or so, acts like he's about 2 years old and is a total pain in the butt. He still runs around like a crazy cat and he's so noisy! He has to tell you everything that's going through his his head which comes out like, "MRROOOW? MEEEOOOWWWWWWWWWW. OOOOWWWWWWWW. meow?"

He has to be in the middle of all attention and he follows us around like a dog and is forever underfoot. In fact, right now he's watching me type this. He likes it when I move the cursor.

Any house plants are fair game, so we don't have any of those. He likes to chew them and knock them over and then bat the dirt clods all over the kitchen.

Er....I hope I didn't just talk you out of getting a cat. Just make sure you have plenty of toys around and hope that your kitty is not like mine LOL
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:03 PM
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AC .... I doubt if you'll have much say about the sex !
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:20 PM
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I concur with everyone here who feels that on the balance, male cats make better kids pets than females. I have three black cats because they are indeed hard to find homes for.

I have one cat that is exceptionally fussy about his cat litter. He only likes the stuff made out of corn cobs. There are several brands. It looks more expensive, but isn't really because it is sold by weight and is really light compared with clay. It clumps, but not as hard as clumping clay.

My three boys also like cats better than dogs. An interesting phenomenon.
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Old 08-29-2009, 12:37 PM
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I've found female cats to be more dignified and male cats to be friendlier and goofier. I had my males neutered as young kittens (well, the shelter did) and they have never, ever sprayed on anything. Bonus!

If you do go for kittens, rather than adults, think about getting two. Two kittens are honestly a lot less work than one kitten . . . They will wrestle and play with each other in the middle of the night instead of waking you up.

Oh, and I don't know if all kittens are like this, but mine LOVED to pounce on fingers. With their painful, tiny claws. Unless you want a full grown cat mauling your hands in a year or two, you need to get everyone on board with teaching the kittens that hands are not playthings. I did it by turning around and ignoring them for one minute every time they did it . . . Crying "OW!!" like they mortally wounded me also had a good effect.
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Boemy has given you fantastic advice about two kittens. That is so, so dead on.

Really, when cats hit about 4 months, they turn from these sweet, adorable babies into these demon animals that want to pounce on your legs as you walk by and hold on with their claws...

yes, two will keep eachother busy. you won't regret it.
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:31 PM
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not to be nit picky but I must say I disagree with this a lot. Siamese are known to be one of the most affection, dependent cat breeds in existence. They are often clingy to the point of being downright annoying to most people. They are "My" breed so I felt the need to say something, not to mention I wouldn't want Acamp getting a Siamese mix because she wanted an more independent animal, she'd be in for a surprise!

I have heard of some Siamese cats with extreme aggression problems, generally intact males. These cats are the exception and may be a result of over breeding, or poor upbringing, who knows. But the breed as a whole, and as it is supposed to be is extremely affectionate.
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Two kittens? Ok now you guys are pushing it, lol.
Obviously I'm not going to have too much say in the picking out the kitty other than it's going to be long-haired and I have to pay for it, .

So he and I looked on petfinder, and he liked the white striped one and the calico. He wasn't fond of the black ones I had kind of picked out, but I think if he met them in the shelter that might change.
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not to be nit picky but I must say I disagree with this a lot. Siamese are known to be one of the most affection, dependent cat breeds in existence. They are often clingy to the point of being downright annoying to most people. They are "My" breed so I felt the need to say something, not to mention I wouldn't want Acamp getting a Siamese mix because she wanted an more independent animal, she'd be in for a surprise!

I have heard of some Siamese cats with extreme aggression problems, generally intact males. These cats are the exception and may be a result of over breeding, or poor upbringing, who knows. But the breed as a whole, and as it is supposed to be is extremely affectionate.
Yikes! Okee! Got it. Siamese= crazy affectionate.
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:02 PM
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I will say that kittens do turn into wild demons for a while. Just remember that, just like puppies, they grow out of this stage.

My roommate in college got a kitten. She was going into vet school and had never been allowed to have a cat because her parents did not like them. She thought she should have some exposure to them before becoming a vet, thus we ended up with a kitten.

I remember, as he was attacking us in the middle of the night one night, that she decided we must bundle this kitten up and drive him to the vet school so they could rule out the fact that he had gone mad with rabies!! Of course, he was only kitten-mad.

We spent our first married summer with a kitten sweltering under heavy quilts because sweating with protective cover was better than being slashed to death in the middle of the night.

We have 2 cats now because we got the 2nd one to keep the lst one from constantly stalking our elderly dog! This was during that kitten stage.

Just keep in mind, they're cute as a button, and that ferocious kitty-lion stage is short-lived.

As a kid, I had a kitten that would go through that attack mode every evening, and I would be afraid. My dad would eventually have to get the kitten and hold her down, petting her, until she calmed. Then, I had another one who never did the attack. Every evening when she got into her crazy mode, she would shred the daily newspaper.
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