Wednesday, 26 August 2020

NIGHTMARE BEDTIMES

 We are starting a new regime at night for the pesky cats.

Lately it has been really getting to us the messing about with food at the end of the day when all we want to do it go to bed.

Rupert needs to have the laxative in his food to avoid fur balls, Rowan like her dish of food on the top of 3 stairs that go through the flat and Polly has hers in the bathroom with the door shut.  The reason being that when she had the kittens (12 years ago) they always pinched her food, thus she always ate in the bathroom,  (I know, we are mad).

Rupert often will not eat his own and jumps off the table (where he usually eats, I know we are mad) to get to the other dishes, this worries us as we don't want him to be ill with a fur ball as the other dishes do not have laxative on them.

ARE YOU KEEPING UP?

So the decision is to put a small amount of the liquid laxative in all 5 dishes of food and throw them down (not literally, although we feel like this sometimes) and let them get on with it.

Now we are just hoping that the laxative doesn't work toooooooo well and we end up with 5 cats with diarrhea. lol

I can hear some of you saying 'why do you not feed them earlier'?

The reason for this is that if they are fed too early, when it is time for bed they start cavorting and causing problems.  Feeding them late means they all settle down for the night and we can sleep easy.

PHEW!

I KNOW WE ARE MAD.


29 comments:

  1. If you are mad I am mad so we'll just say that we are not mad we are the perfect parents. We all do things differently because we know what works best for us. People have often asked me why we feed our dogs at 3 in the afternoon and that's because my husband always got home he worked 7 to 3 and when he got home he said the dogs and we got used to it and that's what works. Also the vet wanted to know why I give big his pill at 5 a.m. it's because I take mine at 5 a.m. and if I don't give him when I take mine then I won't remember it. I fully understand what you're saying and I hope you don't get the cats with diarrhea thing. I can't even think of a way that you could get him to eat his food because I know I'm having trouble getting big to eat and cats are even worse about trying to make them do something. Someone suggested to me about big that I put the meds in ensure or something that they like a liquid and shoot it in their mouth with one of those feeding syringes. Only you know if that would work

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  2. No, you're not mad, you just care a lot for your furry family!
    They have us so well trained, don't they?
    Sometimes our cat will sit and wait for his food to be brought to the sitting room, rather than eat in the kitchen (which is where he mostly eats)... Contrary is not the word!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie, I, the Tigger, expect my dish of food to be brought to my high place bed - especially at breakfast time when i can't be bothered climbing down for it. All this is what humans are for.

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    2. Hello Tigger....although for some reason my owner/slave calls me Tiggyboo.I do like my treats placed on the work surface in the kitchen,then all 4 other cats can follow if they wish.My owner/slave mutters something,every day for the last 10 years,but we still do it!,xx

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  3. We do let our cats get away with things, my oldest cat will only eat one brand, only fish flavours and has to be in jelly, often she only eats the jelly, other cat ears all the leftovers once she has ate her own.

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  4. I understand all this completely. We don't have our own cats now but I often look after the two cats and dog next door and feeding them can be tricky, dog first in the dining room to keep him occupied whilst cat one, who has to have special food, is fed in the kitchen, watch her eat then lift the food up on to the working surface so the dog doesn't get it or he will put on too much weight, the other cat eats up over the washing machine. The things we do for our beloved pets:)

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  5. Mad maybe...but, wonderful cat owners!

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  6. Ha! As the owner of two cats, I think I can truthfully say that most cat owners are MAD! 🐈🐈

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  7. We have had many cats, and have one now. We adore him. So I completely understand! I love knowing what other people are doing with their pets. Keep us posted on the new food plan!

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  8. I understand completely - at one time we had four cats. Two could be kept together and the other two had to be kept in separate rooms from them and each other. The two that could be kept together had to eat different food. One was a picky eater and so we fed him on top of an old clothes dryer in the basement so the other one (a greedy girl) wouldn't eat his food. We shuffled the cats all around every day several times so they would all have "freedom" for awhile. WE ARE MAD TOO. lol We are down to two cats now and I still don't know how we did it back then. Good luck on the laxative front :D

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  9. *haha* If you are mad then I am too, Briony. What I'm hoping for is that one cat doesn't eat 3 bowls of food...with the laxatives in them. :-O :-) Keep us posted how your new routine is going. Love, Andrea xoxo

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  10. Hmmmm - 5 cats with the runs. That could be interesting.

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  11. Can you not let them out at night? If we don't let Domino out. He wakes us up with psst pstt.., sound in our ears.

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    1. We live near a busy road and the cars go down here like maniacs especially at night. Also we have a very large ginger tom who is king of the manor. Years ago when this area was more peaceful and not so many cars our other cats always had the choice of going out at night through the car flap.

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  12. They are family aren't they so it seems perfectly normal to me that you go out of your way to cover their whims and needs. I remember when we tried to change our cat's routine....it wasn't easy at all and we just had the one so I don't envy you the chore of changing your cats' routine at all. I still see myself as a member of the mad cat owner's club LOL! Amanda :-)

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  13. That sounds like an exhausting nighttime routine

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  14. Yes, mad - but we all are. Our four will all eat in the kitchen, but not necessarily at the same time. If they think there's a chance of being put in baskets then there will never be more than one cat in the kitchen. Our little black lady will only eat one particular brand and flavour, so we have to buy it in single pouches - ok until the lockdown and the supermarket limited customers to two of any item...
    Of course, our big fella, who is supposed to be on a hypoallergenic diet, eats his own food and then drives her off her dish. Fortunately, the other two are not as fussy, though we have to dose one of them with metcam. Add the dose to her food, the vet says - our experience is that no cat will touch food with metcam added. So we will have to try and grab her and syringe it down her throat- but not tonight, she's gone into hiding under the settee and is snoring loudly.

    Good luck with the new regime.
    x

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  15. When Doug and I got married it meant I arrived with Kim the Cat in Sophie the Labrador's house. Labradors love their food so Kim has always been fed in my bedroom. I sleep with Kim on the bottom of my bed and Sophie has her own bed in with Doug. You are not the only ones who are mad....

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  16. We're all mad when it comes to our furry friends. I always thought I'd have a well trained dog but in reality I'm the one who's been trained by Archie, I'm at his beck and call.

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  17. When we had our dog we only had one cat, millie and she was fed on the draining board because Flo, our dog, would pinch her food. We no longer have a dog and Millie and molly will happily eat together. I do get about the last meal before bed though, and its usual for one of mine to use the litter tray just as Im Going to bed so another job has to be done. I did gasp when I read the comment saying cant they go out at night!!! My two have never ever been out at night, they don't even go out in the rain! And we too have a nasty Tom cat visitor who lies in wait. If you're mad then so am I, I make my cats a hot water bottle in winter and leave a fan on for them when it's hot. Good cat mums is what we are :-)

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    1. Rupert is the only one of the five who ventures further than the garden and I would rather he didn't. When he was younger we would stay up no matter what time and wait for him to come in so that we could shut up for the night, often he would be along the end of our alley sitting looking at us, lol but of course he was forgiven. Otherwise they are all in at night.

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  18. "I know we are mad"...You said it babe and who am I to disagree? Fortunately for you we have "care in the community" now and not great mental hospitals on the edges of our towns and cities.

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  19. I think all animal lovers are mad. We always had a glass (not a bowl) of water on the bathroom floor for one of our cats, who wouldn't drink anywhere or from anything else. Pets certainly train their humans well! xx

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    1. Oh I am a very well trained cat owner,lol.Filbert,one of my 5 cats,will only drink from a slightly running tap in the kitchen sink.I have to run it so it isnt cloudy so he can put his face under it and I have to wait until hes finished.It is a good job I am not on a water meter,lol,xx

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  20. I don't think you're mad, Briony... you've just found a system that works. I feed Goldie her last meal right as I go to bed, as she sleep with me behind the closed door of my bedroom. So the ONLY way for her to go into the bedroom with me is by leading her with a plate of food. Most nights I don't like having to do that chore right before bed but... it is what it is. Hope your new schedule & routine works out with everybody. 5 cats with diarrhea.... oh my word.... don't even think such a thought, girl. *lol* Love you, Andrea xoxo

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  21. Oh my. I hope that laxative doesn't cause problems! LOL

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  22. Anyone been on ilona meanqueen's blog recently? She's gone full on tin foil hat conspiracist mode lol

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  23. Hope you're all keeping safe and well. Hugs x

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