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Ser Lucien Liliane

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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1365 on: December 19, 2013, 12:40:56 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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Hm. Looks like it's basically a sideways-oriented Furminator. Try a wire slicker brush instead, or even an undercoat comb (looks basically just like a metal version of a human comb - usually sold in the dog section) if Ciaran has long hair. Those rubber "gentle grooming" brushes might help get him used to the sensation of being brushed, too, but they're not too good for removing hair.

Here's hoping something works. :)
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1366 on: December 19, 2013, 02:41:35 PM »
Dear Alice,

Could you leave the mice outside in the future?
If you are going to leave them in my pants, please, please, please, make sure they are deceased next time.

Love, Marcel


p.s. I walked around in those pants for 15 minutes this morning, before I noticed some inexplicable movements.
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1367 on: December 19, 2013, 02:50:04 PM »
Dear Harley,

I didn't know you had the ability to open the heavy exterior door. I know I saw you on the second floor, drinking water, and then DS finds you by the mailbox! You crossed two busy intersections and it is a miracle you are still alive. Please don't do that again.

Love,

Mom

Dear Mischief/Biscuit,

Please stop chewing on the artificial Christmas tree. You are going to hurt yourself one of these days.

No love,

Mom

Dear Mocha,

Please stop decorating the food and water dishes with toys and yogurt lids. Also, I know you have suddenly developed a passion for yogurt, but you have to wait for the human to be done with their part first.

Love,

Mom
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1368 on: December 19, 2013, 03:07:12 PM »
Dear Alice,

Could you leave the mice outside in the future?
If you are going to leave them in my pants, please, please, please, make sure they are deceased next time.

Love, Marcel


p.s. I walked around in those pants for 15 minutes this morning, before I noticed some inexplicable movements.

Ok so I just made a sound that is not usually heard in nature

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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1369 on: December 19, 2013, 04:47:12 PM »
Dear Baby Coffee Bean,

You just started purring when petted.  You constantly cuddle with me if you're not getting dinner from mama.  Can you stop being so cute so I can get some housework done?

Love,

The babysitter

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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1370 on: December 19, 2013, 05:09:49 PM »
Dear Baby Coffee Bean,

You just started purring when petted.  You constantly cuddle with me if you're not getting dinner from mama.  Can you stop being so cute so I can get some housework done?

Love,

The babysitter

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You ask me not be cute? Don't know how not be cute.

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« Reply #1371 on: December 19, 2013, 08:34:32 PM »
Also, I know you have suddenly developed a passion for yogurt, but you have to wait for the human to be done with their part first.

We had a cat that loved yogurt.  He'd be up on Mom's lap, trying to stick his head in while she was eating it.  So she started taking the lid off, put a spoonful of yogurt on the lid on the floor for the cat and if she ate quick, she could finish her yogurt before the cat would bug her again.  Then she'd put the empty cup down.  Once, the cat got it stuck on his head!  It took Mom a while to free him because she was laughing so hard.
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1372 on: December 19, 2013, 10:31:57 PM »
My big tomcat Neko is a yogurt junkie.  It doesn't matter what flavor, he'll try to mug me for it.  I've had to lock myself in my office just to get to eat in peace.  He hasn't gotten his head stuck, but only because I usually eat Yoplait & he is a BIG cat, but it is not for lack of trying.

Ms_Cellany, My Tyra kitty is a groomer.  She usually grooms DH because his hair is shorter.  When she tries to groom me, it is 'lick, lick, ptooooi, lick, lick, ptooooi"  >:D  My hair is a LOT longer.  ;D

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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1373 on: December 22, 2013, 02:00:23 PM »
Dear whichever cat decided to pee on my bed, not once, but twice:

STOP THAT. >:( You have ruined my feather blanket, and if I can't get that smell out of my mattress, I might just be tempted to turn you into a dingdangity fur coat! Argh!

No love,
the Not-Furry One.

(Not a stress thing, I think one of the cats is not feeling very well. At least I've narrowed it down to either Lily or Sophie, but I really have no way of telling which one unless I catch them peeing on something else... *sigh*)
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« Reply #1374 on: December 22, 2013, 02:26:23 PM »
Liliane - you need a bottle of Nature's Miracle.  Its available at pet supply places, in the Clean Up aisle.  Use it like the package says - saturate the smelly spot, let it dry naturally.  If it dries in less than 6 hours you didn't use enough, try again. 

If the smell can be removed from your mattress and feather blanket Nature's Miracle is the product that will do it. 

It may leave a water mark.  Use any upholstery cleaner to get rid of that. 

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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1375 on: December 22, 2013, 02:44:50 PM »
Liliane - you need a bottle of Nature's Miracle.  Its available at pet supply places, in the Clean Up aisle.  Use it like the package says - saturate the smelly spot, let it dry naturally.  If it dries in less than 6 hours you didn't use enough, try again. 

If the smell can be removed from your mattress and feather blanket Nature's Miracle is the product that will do it. 

It may leave a water mark.  Use any upholstery cleaner to get rid of that.

I've got a bottle, and it seems to be working on my mattress. The blanket's beyond repair - whoever made the mess dribbled all the way down the blanket and it's soaked into the feathers. I did want to get a proper blanket shell and better feathers, I guess now I have an excuse... *sigh*
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1376 on: December 22, 2013, 03:04:52 PM »
Can you wash it with vinegar?

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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1377 on: December 22, 2013, 03:08:51 PM »
Can you wash it with vinegar?

No. It's a full-size blanket and there's no laundromats with a washer big enough. Trust me, I've looked into every option, I really don't want to have to remake the blanket, but that's what has to happen. :-\
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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1378 on: December 22, 2013, 03:47:22 PM »
I still think Nature's Miracle can save the feather blanket.  They way I see it, that blanket is headed for the trash.  So try it.  The worst that can happen is that the blanket still goes to the trash. 

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Re: S/O Dear Dog...Dear Cat
« Reply #1379 on: December 22, 2013, 03:59:42 PM »
I still think Nature's Miracle can save the feather blanket.  They way I see it, that blanket is headed for the trash.  So try it.  The worst that can happen is that the blanket still goes to the trash.

I've already tried - it only made it smell even worse, actually, probably because the feathers got wet. It's alright, I really did need an excuse to get a proper blanket shell and better feathers.

(ETA: I have given it another soaking with Nature's Miracle and I'll let it sit overnight. Mutter grumble cats...)
« Last Edit: December 22, 2013, 05:39:05 PM by Liliane »
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