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Old 10-23-2006, 06:56 PM   #29
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Terrific photos...

Thanks for sharing! We have 3 cats (sort of an accident...went to get one and came back with 2 to join the Maine Coon. I have reached "Cat saturation". Sooo tired of 4 litter boxes (I was always told to have one for each cat + one more.) I use Litter Pine, so there is no odor at all, just the hassle of keeping them clean. When we travel we have to have pet sitters and that adds up. Recently I was contemplating finding homes for 2 of them, but I honestly couldn't part with any one of them. They are part of our family and we'll just have to manage. Sure wish they could Airstream, but it is harder to teach old cats new tricks than it is dogs!

Enjoy those babies. Smart to get them young and teach them to travel!
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Old 10-23-2006, 09:51 PM   #30
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Well, a couple days ago they ripped down the curtains on one window by leaping up and sticking to them (anyone remember David Letterman's Velcro stunt?), so I decided they can't go in the trailer until they calm down a little!
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Old 10-23-2006, 10:20 PM   #31
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Gee, our two cats were really looking forward to meeting them at the Beverly Beach Bash this weekend! Oh well. See you when you get here.

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Old 10-27-2006, 06:23 AM   #32
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Dogs are so tolerant of kittens. Good boy Chester!
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:37 AM   #33
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Hey Stef., cut their nails and they have a hard time clinging to the curtains. If you get them use to having their nails cut at a young age, it's easy the rest of their lives. When mine start trying to cling to me and sliding down my legs, I get out the nail cutters. I got tired of going to work looking as if I worked in a wild animal park or the roller derby.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:41 AM   #34
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New pictures. Is this typical Siamese or what?
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Your siamese is so cute!

So tell me, fellow kitten owners, do your kittens suckle on things? Mine drive me nuts suckling on the blanket when they go to bed. They get this weird sleepy look, start kneading with the paws, and sucking on the blanket, and their eyes roll back and they're in this weird state like their hypnotized. They wake me up doing this in the middle of the night, and the sucking sound is LOUD. Very annoying. Please tell me this is normal kitten behavior and they grow out of this!
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Old 10-27-2006, 03:13 PM   #36
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Lily never does that, but our previous cat did. Drove me nutz too!

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Were they taken from their mother before she naturally weaned them? This may be a response to a too-early withdrawal from nursing. ???? I don't know and I wouldn't know a cure for it except, hopefully, time and growing up! Good luck~G
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Or it could be they are vampire kittens.
Don't go to sleep at night with them in the house! LOL
Halloween is just around the corner maybe they are just practicing.
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Were they taken from their mother before she naturally weaned them? This may be a response to a too-early withdrawal from nursing. ????
I always thought that was the problem with our first kitty, we saved her from the pound at 6 weeks but she never was as well-adjusted as Lily who stayed with mom & sibs until 12 weeks.

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Thanks for sharing! We have 3 cats (sort of an accident...went to get one and came back with 2 to join the Maine Coon. I have reached "Cat saturation". Sooo tired of 4 litter boxes (I was always told to have one for each cat + one more.) I use Litter Pine, so there is no odor at all, just the hassle of keeping them clean. When we travel we have to have pet sitters and that adds up. Recently I was contemplating finding homes for 2 of them, but I honestly couldn't part with any one of them. They are part of our family and we'll just have to manage. Sure wish they could Airstream, but it is harder to teach old cats new tricks than it is dogs!

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Auretrvr,
We had 3 cats growing up and they all used the same litter box. But they were indoor/outdoor cats so maybe they didn't all use the box...but it sure looked like it on rainy days I had two cats here for a while and they shared the litter box and water dish but not the food bowls.

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Love your Siamese!

They are the best cats... high activity and borderline psycho... but intelligent and affectionate, Definitely! They need to get lots of exercise and entertainment to keep out of trouble. When I had my Siamese, a friend who owned a tree service would periodically find me a cat tree - literally. He'd bring over a 5 ft section of log with 3 or four branches on it. I'd screw a foot onto it and let the cat go wild. He'd claw most of the bark off in a couple of weeks and slowly turn a 5 or 6 inch trunk into toothpicks. Of course when I came home he'd normally be sprawled on a notch between branches, with claws hanging down just waiting for a real or imaginary critter to hunt. I'd always get that distinctive Siamese Chirr-rr-rrp greeting, followed by the deep contralto Row-er-row-row-row! That cat could purr louder than any other I've ever owned.

Yours appear to be "Applehead" siamese - or the older more rounded heads as opposed to the very long narrow head with bat ears that breeders have developed as "desireable". Like the "piggy Persians" with the absolutely flat faces which have tear ducts and sinuses that can't drain properly, the extreme Siamese tends to look crosseyed and has so little nose break (the nose is a straight line coming down from the forehead rather than having any indentation at eye level), that they tend to have vision problems.

The Applehead is what Siamese looked like 30-50 years ago - and is a much healthier and robust cat. Did you know that they will often learn to play fetch with you? Crumble up waxed paper or aluminum foil into a ping-pong sized ball, and toss it to them... they will play hockey with it, then carry it back in the mouth and drop it at your feet.. or even in your hand after a bit of practice. They also love the smell of tobacco, so the celophane wrapper from a pack of cigarettes makes a great ball too.

Cats CAN be trained, but they will never be as obedient as dogs. I've always been able to train them to sit up and beg for cat treats, and I had one who would rub MY chin, just by saying the word "Chin"... he was a red tip Siamese named Jean-Luc, who lived to be 17. He also could break out of the house by opening the attic door, jumping down from the attic to a large tree, and then going for a tour of the neighborhood. I thought I'd lost him several times only to have him come back sometimes days later. He actually turned doorknobs to open doors... not an easy trick especially as we had round crystal knobs, not the European style long handles.

Jeepers, I wonder if I could keep just one cat? Wah! I miss them.

Jasmine, aka "Spazzman" our office cat is finally taming down a bit. She likes to have her head rubbed, but if you touch her back she comes out fighting.. and she has a nasty habit of biting. As she gets older the biting is diminishing, but she'll never be a lovey cat.

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Old 10-28-2006, 05:14 PM   #42
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Smile Can you see the kitties hidden in this picture?

This thread is so much fun...hubby is allergic so no kitties here for us. Lovely stories and photos all!!
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