Thank you Little Molly’s Dad and HBBC’s Mom for posting updates… I DO love to hear about them all! HBBC Mom, now I’m going to have to Google ‘catmint flowers.’ I’m quite sure that my kitties will have to have some! What an honor that Little Molly is, in fact, named after me. I’m not even going to attempt to not let it ‘go to my head.’ 😀
What do you think folks? Would I be pushing my luck a bit too far to place a hint — make that a strong hint — for a PHOTO OF LITTLE MOLLY!? I could ratchet up the pressure a tad and leak that I have a very cute photo of her brother, Lenny, for the newsletter and of course we’ve already all seen her sister, Misha, in videos. Surely Little Molly is at least as cute has her sis and bro? 😀
But my lips are sealed… I’m not saying another word. Not one! On that subject — for now. What follows is a report on what’s going on with the rest of the crew here at Mythicbells. We are all returning to a semblance of normal. The kitties can all pass for normal at this point. I can’t vouch for myself, of course, and the kitties aren’t talking. I’m reaching new heights in cat wrangling aka feline management. I assure you that all is going quite well, though I am dealing with a couple of behavioral issues — mainly with Sequoia and Nugget. I am NOT taking bets as to how successful I’ll be in solving them.
I’m sure that many of you can identify with how difficult it is for a control freak such as myself to let ‘them’ work it out among themselves. I have been doing that to some extent. The fact that I no longer have an all out war on my hands helps a great deal since I’m not worried about bloodshed — only delicate little psyches. So, when Tiny Bear growls at Sahara and tells her just where to ‘stick it,’ I shrug my shoulders and go on about my business.
Seemingly unaffected by the recent turmoil in the house are my two ‘home-grown’ kitties: Gypsy Rose and Kalahari. Both are such sweeties and are doing well. Gypsy Rose will be 5 this year! She doesn’t play much with the other kitties, but she does love to race around the enclosure. Of course most of you’ve seen Kalahari racing around. He is the world’s first and hopefully only ‘PuppyCat’ and quite the character. Sirocco is the “Goody Monster” — ever hopeful of getting a treat by climbing up on the goody table and looking cute. She’s been very playful in her own tiny pixie-like way. Sequoia is much more robust in appearance than her half sister, Sirocco, and loves to race around with Kalahari. She is still very much the kitten! But I suspect that she is going to take after her auntie Sahara and be an evil queen when she has kittens, so I’ll be ready for that. Sahara is also doing well. She and Tiny Bear both are my resident beauties the yin and the yang of the shaded silver/goldens. And, lest we forget, Simba Kahn is also well. He’s giving me a break from the tom cat routine with minimal spraying and also he has accepted his stud pants with fairly good grace which he wears in the evenings so that I can relax a bit when he starts his “rounds.” I’ve removed his cabana for now and he has free run of the house at night. In the mornings I enjoy having them all pile on the bed with me. Nugget sleeps with me as part of her therapy (read below), but she is fine with everyone joining us for our morning get together. The only two who normally don’t join us are Sirocco and Sahara for reasons they have not yet divulged.
Hmmm I’m getting off track here. Behavioral issues. I’m sure all of your ears quivered at that statement. I’ve been fighting an issue with Nugget since fall of 2007 which was just about the time Simba Kahn matured and a little after his first litter of kittens left for their new home. I began finding urine in the bathroom sinks. It took me a few weeks to determine who the culprit was and you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that it was Nugget. I immediately had her checked out for medical reasons. Alas there were none. I’ve attempted a number of solutions over the 3 years to no avail. Sometimes it’s worse than others and naturally has become worse this year due to the stressful feline dynamics of late. When her habit spread from the sinks to other areas of the house I was not a happy camper. But I will continue to work on it. I have not yet attempted a medical approach, but in her case that might be a viable option to explore. It is an accepted practice to put cats on anti-anxiety drugs for this. I know that it’s nerves with Nugget and she is getting additional harassment from Sirocco and Sequoia.
Then — AND THEN! –when the G and H litters were born I found that little Sequoia was making “mistakes.” What a nice way to say it…. HA! I’ve been all over her like a … what do they say? I don’t know, but I’m sure she feels like someone is following her wherever she goes. I feel that I might be able to curb her behavior by preventing it often enough and long enough, and I think I’m making progress with her? I hope. One additional note on Sequoia is that she is an intact female, so if it’s hormonal, then she’s in the same category as Simba Kahn … in other words … this is perfectly normal! SIGH!
For any of you who have ever dealt with this kind of thing — don’t you just want to take all of the suggestions and cram them where the sun don’t shine? The articles make it sound like if you just do this or that, it will work, no problem. Well, I have a reality check for them. Some things work sometimes for a while, then they don’t, and you have to just keep on keeping on. An elevated litter box seemed to work for Nugget for a while and is showing some promise again. An empty litter box with no litter is another intermittent solution I’m working on. Aversion using scat mats, tin foil, etc are also useful IF one area is involved… and, of course, clean, clean, clean and more clean!
More litter boxes. Check! Clean litter boxes. Check! Location variations and stratum variations. Check! Reduce stress. Check! Feliway collars, spray, and diffusers … HA! These cost a fortune and you’ll find a puddle of urine right next to them.
So, now that all of you with new Mythicbells kittens are shaking in your boots … NOT TO WORRY! This is a common problem, but it’s not THAT common given the number of domestic cats now sharing our lives. In other words, if your cats are spayed/neutered and if you keep your numbers down, and if you mind litter box cleanliness and placement and do not try any drastic change in the cat litter, you should never see a problem. Nugget is my first that wasn’t related to a health issue in over fifty years of having cats with the first gazillion decades of me being a horrible litter box caretaker.