Friday, September 19, 2014

MORE CALIO CAT CAPERS

This girl of ours is proving to be super intelligent and learning so fast.   She has now been with use for six weeks and has, being a cat, taken over our home and our lives.

Candy amazed me a few nights back when I was in the bathroom using my Seretide puffer and preparing to clean my teeth.  I'd filled a glass with water when Candy jumped up on the vanity and began to drink water out of my glass.  I stopped her from doing this and washed out the glass and refilled it.


I'd left the cold water tap running a little and what did she do, after peering at the running water for a few moments, but begin drinking from the tap.  Now it has become a nightly ritual when I go into the bathroom.  I find her waiting outside the bathroom and when I leave the tap running a little, in she comes and up she hops and has a drink of water.  


I mentioned I'd not been able to get her to use the cat door.....well! today she used it to go both in and out which means we won't have to worry about propping it open giving an easy access to flies in hot weather.  As tomorrow is forecast to be 32ºC (89ºF) we feel very pleased about that aspect of it.  For a week or more I'd been gently pushing Candy's head against the little door so knew it would open.  Gradually I pushed a teeny bit harder so she would eventually go through the door.   I'd done that this morning and propped the door open again.  She came in and knocked the little prop away.  We then heard the door swinging and realised she'd let herself out.....all by herself.   The rest of the day she has gone out or come in at will so another problem solved.  Another good thing too is that today she doesn't appear to have used her tray at all so that too will save us time and money as well.

Today she again found a scrunched up plastic bag, brought it into the living room and placed it at my feet with a little miaow as if to say "Present for you mum."  Once she's done that she loses interest in it completely.

Plastic bags are not the only presents we've received unfortunately.  Three times yesterday Phil had to rescue legless lizards Candy had brought in and then to our sorrow it was a honeyeater.  It was already dead so nothing we could do about it.  How on earth Candy caught it we have no idea, but this particular type of medium honey eater does attack our finches cage most days and we are wondering if one had landed on the cage and Candy had been quick enough to catch it.  If ever we see doves we shoo them away and are trying to teach Candy not to touch any birds.  We can only hope we eventually succeed in doing so.

She has still slept on Phil's bed every night for 42 nights but a new routine has begun.  She now hops on my bed, walks around on it, and sometimes on me as well.  She looks into my face as if to say goodnight and then jumps across to Phil's bed and settles down for the night.  No matter how late we get up in the morning there she always is, on the foot of Phil's bad.

As Phil said to me yesterday "This cat has been good for you, Mimsie" to which I replied "I don't think she'd been bad for you either, mate."  She has really filled that huge hole that Precious left behind but she's not taken the memory of Precious away.  She will always be there as she was very precious as well.

Yes we are on a winner here if we could only find a way to counteract those 'smells' she sometimes fills the air with.  I've been told there are biscuits you can buy to counteract this but have also been told by the person who has tried them for his cats that they don't really work.  Ah well, I guess it's a small price to pay to have such a beautiful creature share our home and our lives.


14 comments:

  1. Cats are made to leap and explore. Can't help themselves.

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    1. This one loves to explore and she can certainly leap.

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  2. Love it. Jazz was partial to our water glasses too. And if the level fell too low for him he dipped his kitty litter scratchers into the glass and licked the water off. These days we have a bottle of water beside the bed instead. So far he hasn't managed to open them.

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    1. Thank you EC. Glad you enjoyed this little story
      We may have to find another way of having water available when we want it during the night although so far so good. I think she really prefers drinking straight from the tap.

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  3. Laughing out loud with your comment:) "I don't think she'd been bad for you either, mate." hug B

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    1. I guess that may have sounded very Australian the way I put it Buttons. x

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  4. Hari OM
    Calico character Candy catches critters... inevitable! Sounding like quite the little personality, stretching the envelope in her new home. What a delight. YAM xx

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    1. She made this her home from day one and she has now defended it with a couple of wee scratches to show for it. We are now keeping a more watchful eye on her.
      Your alliteration was a sheer delight. xx

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  5. Ah! Those "smells". Angel was quite smelly in the beginning when I was feeding him Whiskas food, even had really stinky breath. Now he has Fancy Feast and Dine wet foods, with Friskies dry food and his breath is un-noticeable and farts almost non existent. He hs just this second jumped up for a cuddle. He does the "goodnight" thing too! walks all over me and the bed, then settles at the bottom end.
    Nice alliteration there from Yamini.
    I'm glad Candy has learned to use the cat door at last, so much easier for you and Phil now that you don't have to get up each time she wants to come in or go out.
    Love the bathroom routine.

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    1. Candy's breath is find and we feed her Dine and Fancy Feast and ONE biscuits which the vet said were find for cats. I don't want to try changing the biscuits as she does like these and they are for furballs and urinary tract which sound good.
      Although she has learned to use the cat door she is like Precious was. If we are there then she wants us to open the door for her. I think they like the idea of having a butler.
      She is still coming in regularly for that nighttime drink.

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