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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1350 on: December 11, 2013, 09:34:07 PM »
Dear Coffee Bean,

I am accomplishing nothing for awhile because you have discovered, at the tender age of 5 1/2 weeks, how very good it is to sit on laps.  I seem to have created a cuddle monster.  You may also be the cutest alien since E.T. given that you come when called (learned that one at 4 1/2 weeks!) already.  I need to remember to wear my khakis tomorrow so I can take a proper photo of your adorableness.

Love,

The Babysitter/Royal Throne

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« Reply #1351 on: December 12, 2013, 04:52:00 AM »
Dear Cat,

when I'm frantically searching for you after not having seen you for an hour, it would be nice of you to make some kind of noise so I can free you from the hamper in the closet before your need to go to the bathroom becomes too urgent.

Sincerely,

the can-opener-lady who has to get special detergent now

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« Reply #1352 on: December 12, 2013, 05:22:48 PM »
Dear Ninja,

You aren't actually very fierce or stealthy. And when you pick a fight with the stray tomcat, you're not going to win. Especially if you forget to run into the backyard where the doggies will fight your battles for you. Now that you have a war wound, I'm not going to let you back out. Sorry Ninja, you're an indoor kitty, at least until you're fully healed. And no amount of glaring at me is going to change my mind.

Love,
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« Reply #1353 on: December 12, 2013, 05:42:46 PM »
Dear Mayer,

When you went to see The Sweetie by the fire, it made a lovely picture of peace and warmth.

In reality, she was crooning, "Don't bite me; don't bite me. Donnnn'tttt biiiittte."



You bit her. You are a jerk.

Love,
The one you don't bite quite as often.

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« Reply #1354 on: December 12, 2013, 07:00:09 PM »
Dear Mayer,

When you went to see The Sweetie by the fire, it made a lovely picture of peace and warmth.

In reality, she was crooning, "Don't bite me; don't bite me. Donnnn'tttt biiiittte."



You bit her. You are a jerk.

Love,
The one you don't bite quite as often.


How do you get them to stop biting?

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« Reply #1355 on: December 12, 2013, 07:43:12 PM »
I've found negative reinforcement works really well with my kitties.  They aren't biters, but my alpha cat tends get into hissy, bitey moods as she's gotten older.

One thing they all hate is the sound of change jangling and the dreaded spray bottle of wetness. So when she goes after one of the other kitties, I immediately grab some change and start shaking it. If I'm fast I can catch her in the middle of the bad behavior and she'll stop it immediately.

I'm sure she does it when I'm not around, but she's smart enough to stop when I'm there :)

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« Reply #1356 on: December 12, 2013, 08:59:49 PM »
Dear Mayer:

Tactical error, bro. Head butts and purrs get more treats. Sometimes even catnip, but you might have to resort to kneading the air for that.

But seriously, you lost a spot by the *fire* because you felt like biting the hand that feeds you? Not cool, dude, just not cool.

Get your act together,

Fred (currently on warm lap getting ear scritches because I lick the hand that feeds me instead of biting it)
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« Reply #1357 on: December 12, 2013, 09:07:21 PM »
Dear Ivory,
I love you, and I know you love me. You love getting scritches and petting and such on my lap. But DO NOT come on my lap, fart-bomb me and leave.

Your nose-plugging human.

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« Reply #1358 on: December 13, 2013, 06:25:13 AM »
Dear Ciaran,

I get up every day at 4:30 to feed you gushifud. Because I love you, and I know you love your gushifud. But please... please for the love of pete, do not wake me up at 2:40 demanding gushifud. Because in order to stop your screaming, I will give it to you. And you won't have any for breakfast.

Love,

Your exhausted servant.

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« Reply #1359 on: December 13, 2013, 08:55:37 AM »
Dear Ivory,
I love you, and I know you love me. You love getting scritches and petting and such on my lap. But DO NOT come on my lap, fart-bomb me and leave.


Dear Ivory,

Up your game. One word: Dutch oven.

Tactically,
Flora the Stinky
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1360 on: December 18, 2013, 10:27:27 PM »
Dear Luna,

My hair gel is not food.

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« Reply #1361 on: December 18, 2013, 10:45:06 PM »
Dear Branwen,

I'm very glad you love the brushies now, but must you climb into my lap and knead rapturously when I'm brushing you? It makes brushing your ruff terribly difficult and your gravity generator is clearly working overtime. I have paw bruises, cat.

Dear Rika,

The. Brush. Is. Not. Edible. No matter how much I laugh at you when you try to bite it, you should really stop that. And since when do you play with the loud rattly toy that used to scare the living daylights out of you? You're turning into a real cat!

Dear Lily,

I thought you had reached the pinnacle of earsplitting with your begging. Quit proving me wrong with all new caterwauling antics. You're not getting any more dingdangity cheese.

Dear Sophie,

It's bad enough that Rika crawls under my blankets - don't you start too! There's a whole unused pillow! Hog that instead, not my warm spot!

Dear whoever horked on my chair at god-ugly in the morning,

!&#**$(*(%($)*##!^)@$.

Mumble hiss,
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« Reply #1362 on: December 18, 2013, 10:57:40 PM »
Dear Liliane,

How did you get Branwen to accept the brushies? My Ciaran refuses to accept them, even though I tell him it will clean his coat. He insists his coat is fine.

Regards,

Nikko-chan

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« Reply #1363 on: December 18, 2013, 11:20:12 PM »
Dear Liliane,

How did you get Branwen to accept the brushies? My Ciaran refuses to accept them, even though I tell him it will clean his coat. He insists his coat is fine.

Regards,

Nikko-chan

Jealousy, I think. :) I had the hardest time getting her to hold still for brushies until she noticed her sister ADORES brushies. (Rika hated it at first too - she'd never been brushed in her life when I got her - she grew to love being brushed fairly quickly once I buckled down and started trying to brush her every day, and now when I get the brush and say "Brushies?" she comes running over making adorable "ik" noises. (Yes. Siamese.)) Branwen apparently decided that me giving attention to Rika and not her was just not on, and apparently the "hey, brushies are attention!" switch was then flipped in her brain. Now she also adores the brushies.

Other than that, I'd say just keep trying every day. Keep treats handy (I couldn't do for Rika, she won't eat them) and give lots of pettings, affirmative noises and a treat or two every time Ciaran holds still and accepts the brushies for more than a microsecond. It might be worth trying a new kind of brush too - what are you using? I had to get Rika used to brushies with a Furminator, in part due to her skin issues, and once she was used to that she didn't mind the slicker brush either.
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1364 on: December 19, 2013, 12:35:54 AM »
Dear Liliane,

How did you get Branwen to accept the brushies? My Ciaran refuses to accept them, even though I tell him it will clean his coat. He insists his coat is fine.

Regards,

Nikko-chan

Jealousy, I think. :) I had the hardest time getting her to hold still for brushies until she noticed her sister ADORES brushies. (Rika hated it at first too - she'd never been brushed in her life when I got her - she grew to love being brushed fairly quickly once I buckled down and started trying to brush her every day, and now when I get the brush and say "Brushies?" she comes running over making adorable "ik" noises. (Yes. Siamese.)) Branwen apparently decided that me giving attention to Rika and not her was just not on, and apparently the "hey, brushies are attention!" switch was then flipped in her brain. Now she also adores the brushies.

Other than that, I'd say just keep trying every day. Keep treats handy (I couldn't do for Rika, she won't eat them) and give lots of pettings, affirmative noises and a treat or two every time Ciaran holds still and accepts the brushies for more than a microsecond. It might be worth trying a new kind of brush too - what are you using? I had to get Rika used to brushies with a Furminator, in part due to her skin issues, and once she was used to that she didn't mind the slicker brush either.

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