OMG! Hubby took in a stray Cat & it's making me CRAZY!!!!!

  1. This cat is beautiful, though obviously malnourished. It is a cream-colored fluffball, with a really long straight tail, very fuzzy tail! Very dirty, and has these huge paws, but I can feel her hipbones sticking out, poor thing. She wolfed down a can of tuna, and then a few hours later a whole bowl of whiskas.

    She is super-lovable, and right now is meow-ing her head off, driving me NUTS, b/c she wants to roll around on me, make bread on me, and rub herself all over me! I will love her for sure, but I have NEVER seen a cat so friendly!!

    Geez, first the dog, who is a spoiled angel-princess, now this cat, they both want to be on my lap at the same time, it's hysterical. They are already fighting over the window ledge. The dog likes to jump up on the couch, and look out the window, she's a big scary watch dog you know. Now here comes this cat, who also seems to have liked this spot, and it is FREAKING the dog out!!!

    Finally, the dog is upsatirs w hubby, now the cat won't leave me alone. Anyone ever had such a friendly kitty??

    PS, this cat needs a bath BAD, do I dare??
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  3. by   hoolahan
    Think if I feed her again, she'll shut up??
  4. by   kittyw
    Awwwwww.... She sounds soooo cute!!!

    When I took in my last stray, she ate 3 bowls of food before she was finally content. And then she slept on the bed ... hissing at my first cat - and chasing the much bigger cat off the bed.

    Just make sure you get a vet appt to make sure she's a healthy cat - I've had good luck with my strays (no fleas or ear mites).

    Best of luck to you and your kitty!!!! She just sounds so cute!!! (Before long she'll be in front of the computer screen like mine are)
  5. by   tiger
    aawwwwww! how sweet. she probably belonged to someone and has ben lost. now she's craving all that attention she missed and guess what. TAG, your it. i'm sure she and your puppydog will work things out. watch out for that biscuit(how do you spell biscuit) making though. my cat can get pretty rough when she really wants my attention. ouch! i have bathed my cat before and it was not fun. good luck!
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by hoolahan

    PS, this cat needs a bath BAD, do I dare??
    1. Know that although the kitty cat has the advantage of quickness and lack of concern for human life, you have the advantage of strength. Capitalize on that advantage by selecting the battlefield. Don't try to bathe him in an open area where he can force you to chase him. Pick a very small bathroom. If your bathroom is more than four feet square, we recommend that you get in the tub with the cat and close the sliding-glass doors as if you were about to take a shower. (A simple shower curtain will not do. A berserk cat can shred a three-ply rubber shower curtain quicker than a politician can shift positions.)
    2. Know that a cat has claws and will not hesitate to remove all the skin from your body. Your advantage here is that you are smart and know how to dress to protect yourself. We recommend canvas overalls tucked into high-top construction boots, a pair of steel-mesh gloves, an army helmet, a hockey face-mask, and a long-sleeved flak jacket.
    3. Use the element of surprise. Pick up your cat nonchalantly, as if to simply carry him to his supper dish. (Cats will not usually notice your strange attire. They have little or no interest in fashion as a rule.)
    4. Once you are inside the bathroom, speed is essential to survival. In a single liquid motion, shut the bathroom door, step into the tub enclosure, slide the glass door shut, dip the cat in the water and squirt him with shampoo. You have now begun one of the wildest 45 seconds of your life.
    5. Cats have no handles. Add the fact that he now has soapy fur, and the problem is radically compounded. Do not expect to hold on to him for more than two or three seconds at a time. When you have him, however, you must remember to give him another squirt of shampoo and rub like crazy. He'll then spring free and fall back into the water, thereby rinsing himself off. (The national record for cats is three latherings, so don't expect too much.)
    6. Next, the cat must be dried. Novice cat bathers always assume this part will be the most difficult, for humans generally are worn out at this point and the cat is just getting really determined. In fact, the drying is simple compared with what you have just been through. That's because by now the cat is semi-permanently affixed to your right leg.
    7. You simply pop the drain plug with your foot, reach for your towel and wait. (Occasionally, however, the cat will end up clinging to the top of your army helmet. If this happens, the best thing you can do is to shake him loose and to encourage him toward your leg.) After all the water is drained from the tub, it is a simple matter to just reach down and dry the cat.
    In a few days the cat will relax enough to be removed from your leg. He will usually have nothing to say for about three weeks and will spend a lot of time sitting with his back to you. He might even become psychoceramic and develop the fixed stare of a plaster figurine.
    You will be tempted to assume he is angry. This isn't usually the case. As a rule he is simply plotting ways to get through your defenses and injure you for life the next time you decide to give him a bath. But at least now he smells a lot better.
  7. by   sunnygirl272

    1. Thoroughly clean the toilet.
    2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted.
    3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.
    4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape).
    CAUTION: Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for any purchase they can find.
    5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a 'power wash and rinse' which I have found to be quite effective.
    6. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.
    7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.
    8. The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where he will dry himself.


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  8. by   hoolahan
    Sunny, too funny!!

    Tiger, the stinking cat was already on the computer keyboard sticking her face into my face!

    OK, one more bowl of food, maybe two, anything to SHUT HER UP!!!!!
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  10. by   aimeee
    LOL re the bath! Hoolio, I brought home a stray yesterday too! We were out buying guinea pig food and they had a crate of kittens that somebody had just dumped at a customer's home. 2 weeks ago our beloved b/w cat was killed by a car so we were all feeling the gap in our home. We are still deciding on a name. She is laying in my lap now purring up a storm.
  11. by   Rustyhammer
    Everytime I've given my cat a bath he's loved problems..
    I just hate all that hair on my tongue.
  12. by   sunnygirl272
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Everytime I've given my cat a bath he's loved problems..
    I just hate all that hair on my tongue.

    teehee..i..buh...i...oh, never mind...i just can't run with it...
  13. by   prmenrs
    2 things, hoolio--

    I think her name is Tag (tag, you're it), and PET GROOMER!! Use a carrier to take her there, just in case she doesn't like cars!

    I had a little black male many years ago that was like that, he was a little TOO intense.

    Also, when you take her to the vets, get her checked for kitty viruses [**important] and see if she has a ID chip.
  14. by   tiger
    and please, tell us the bath story if you decided to go for it.