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Old 07-30-2013, 12:46 AM   #41
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when a cat leaves you a mouse it is a sign of either affection or wanting to show its usefulness.

Dont throw the mouse away right away in front of it
Smart, smart advice, bluez!! You need to praise the cat and act like you're happy to have the "present." Praising the pet acknowledges his work of bringing it to you and strengthens the bond between you and the animal. Place the "present" up high (out of sight) and dispose of it after the pet has wandered off.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:46 AM   #42
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It's tough to beat a good buddy. Mine guards my range bag. Keeps a solid handle on it.
This little fella sat outside of work for a while and one day walking out eating a Slim Jim, he jumped in my truck and sat on my lap wanting some. I gave him some and he didn't jump out. I left the door open and he curled up in the passenger seat. Three years later, he's my little cuddly independent pal.

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Old 07-30-2013, 02:03 AM   #43
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All 3 of our current cats are rescues. We had them spayed and neutered. One, the oldest (male) goes outside when he escapes and mixes it up with the feral cats- which is where he came from. The two females are new, my wife wanted a black kitten, so she ended up with two of them (didn't bother asking me about it though). We hardly spend anything on them other than the initial costs of getting them shots and fixed. Buy the cheapest food we can find at Costco. If you feed them too much they will get obese and useless. Feed outside cats enough to keep them alive and they will hunt for the rest. I don't do litter boxes anymore. I was the only one who did them at all from when my wife first got pregnant until the boys started to help (which was rarely). I kept tapering off until I am no longer expected to do it. never got any thanks for doing the job anyhow (from the people or the cats).

I do like that the feral cats outside keep the rat and mice population in check. They just get fed a bit and all of them were fixed. That's the only expense there.
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Only advice I have is leave him outside
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Sort of the same advice as others vet, flea spray, etc. In my opinion they are not inside the house animals though. If you want him in the house let him come and go as he pleases. They are hunters and cooping them up is not natural to them, they need to roam.

Your first statement about the cat adopting you is 100% accurate though, you may think you are in charge but you are not.
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Ok so I will be getting Smoke to the vet as soon as I can and I have already got him real cat food and some flea stuff.

Almost every time he sits in my lap now he will look up at me and then gently tap me on the nose with his paw. Is he telling me something?
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Oh yeah and I named him Smoke.
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Ok so I will be getting Smoke to the vet as soon as I can and I have already got him real cat food and some flea stuff.

Almost every time he sits in my lap now he will look up at me and then gently tap me on the nose with his paw. Is he telling me something?
Yeah your nose is in his way!!! Just kidding, don't try to apply too much logic to anything a cat does. If it makes sense to them they don't care if it makes sense to you, you are just the staff.
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Oh yeah and I named him Smoke.
Once you give 'em a name you are done for.
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Ok so I will be getting Smoke to the vet as soon as I can and I have already got him real cat food and some flea stuff.

Almost every time he sits in my lap now he will look up at me and then gently tap me on the nose with his paw. Is he telling me something?
Yes he is..But it is a mystery just what. I had one cat that used to do that when I was asleep. Oddly enough it was always just before my alarm went off to go to work.
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