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  1. Connie
    December 7, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    I LOVE Feliway! I always use it during new cat introduction period. First, in the new cat room during closed door period. Second, in other areas of the house during remaining introductory stages. Another really good time to use it is if you have a cat who is ill or is especially stressed out.

    I’m so glad Webster has a very loving home. He certainly deserves it. Maybe someday soon he and his kitty family will become fast friends.

    Of course, I have a soft spot for him because he looks like my kitty, Domino, who is also a long-hair, black and white Tuxedo boy. Dommie also has the sweetest, most loving personality and is so loving with one of his Snowshoe kitty sisters. With the other sister, not so much (she can be a bit of a bully).

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  2. Tanya Batz
    December 7, 2018 @ 10:03 pm

    I’ve been lovingly stalking you for over a year and this is my first reply. =)
    How have you not heard of Feliway?! It has been amazing for my cats. I have not used the diffuser. I like to use the spray bottle. A tiny one lasts forever. You spray it once on the areas the cats use most. With new cats it’s once every other day the first week. After that it’s 2 times a week until you no longer need it. The spray works wonders when you have to take kittens or an adult cat to the vet. One spray in their carrier and they’re not as anxious to take a trip. Kittens are a lot less freaked out by new felines than adult cats. So if you’re ever fostering an adult I highly recommend using Feliway.

    Also. In April I adopted THREE 4-week old abandoned kittens and it’s all your fault. One of them looks like Elvis. We call him Oreo. One went to live with a good friend. A few months after the adoption our grown up fluffy cat was hit by a car. It was a huge shock. I experienced a moment of insanity/frustration/fury/severe pain, that the very next day I adopted an 8 week old kitten that looks exactly like the one we lost. We (2 kids, husband, 3 dogs, kittens) all fell in love with him instantly. He is now mine and I am his. He thinks I’m his mom and like to nurse on my fingers and neck if I let him. I try to keep him away from my neck because, you know, my husband might get jealous if I got a hickey from another man.

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  3. April
    December 8, 2018 @ 2:13 am

    VEB you are the most wonderful cat person and writer! Thank you for being you, and for caring so much!! Thank you for sharing the joy and the sadness!

    Last summer I visited the Montenegro. It’s a tiny country, part of the former Yugoslavia. There are an estimated 100,000 stray cats and dogs there. They have a handful of municipal shelters for dogs. At least they call them shelters. Fenced enclosures, with dogs chained to wooden dog houses. No vet care, lots of disease. When they run out of food the dogs eat stale bead. Maybe contain 500 dogs total in all the shelters combined. Probably fewer than that.

    For cats there is nothing. No shelter. Lots of disease, injuries. Those plus the brutally cold winters are what keep the population in check. I was prepared to donate to a spay and neuter program there. But there wasn’t any program. The people who feed colonies of cats are demoralized and have no hope for improvement.

    So we started a group, Kotor Kitties, to create a program to spay and neuter the strays and spread some compassion. I would love to talk to you or any of your readers who would be interested in helping! You can find us on Facebook: Kotor Kitties. Taking on a whole country’s strays seems crazy, but what can you do?

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  4. Darling Lily
    December 8, 2018 @ 1:52 pm

    Another cryer over here. So much sweetness in one post! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Ralna Cunningham
    December 10, 2018 @ 10:15 pm

    I adopted an older lady several years ago, who reached through the bars of the cage at the shelter and tapped me on the shoulder. She chose me. She turned out to be an inscrutable tortoishell manx, who came to my pillow the first night, slept on my head and gave me a literal shoulder massage. Wow, I had no idea what a friend she would be.

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  6. Deborah Burns
    December 24, 2018 @ 2:56 pm

    So happy for Webster to have found a loving home with your wonderful friend! Even more wonderful that he bonded so quickly with your friends husband!
    All my adoptions have been adult cats who lost their homes and were left at shelters. I did have one who was a stray who lived in my garden (she was a lovely garden companion) until she was injured by raccoons and came inside to live after her leg had to amputated. Sadly, Miss Grrrr (Tiger) did not really like living inside and my other 2 adopted cats never accepted her, not that they accepted one another either. 🙁
    I am so sad for you about your most recent family of sweet kittens, Cow Man and his siblings. Such heartbreak…and you gave them a wonderful, much loved life to enjoy during their short lives – that means EVERYTHING. Thank you and Paul for giving them a home and love, and for doing the same for other kittens. Kindness is such an important quality.

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