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YaYawoman

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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2007 05:30      Profile for YaYawoman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
We went to the shelter yesterday and got a cat for my son's christmas present.

I picked it out without him there because with all the cats to choose from he would never have been able to pick, plus he is the sort of child who would fret over all the cats left behind.

So I picked an orange tabby. Grown, littertrained and almost as wide as long. a nice fat cat,who came right up and purred pick me human, since i jsut chose you. The lady at the shelter said he was turned in because he played too much and no one was available to play. I thought perfect! my son is 7 and continually playing too.

His size was a plus I thought concerning my son as well. I figured he was too big to be picked up and we could avoid the tears and scratches. you know, "mommmmmm, I was just trying to put the driving goggles on the cat and put him in the RC truck for a ride and he clawwwwwwwed me" scene.

Turns out it wasnt playing that got him turned in. He doesnt like it when all the humans go to sleep so tries to wake them up. hehehehe.

My son has named him. Several times. We have gone through gary, gilbert, garfield and fatcat. I pushed for schmee, but that was shotdown quickly.

So this cat has decided my son is waaay to busy so he hangs with me. Crocheting or knitting? There he is next to me. Posting on internet? yup, right alongside me. Im going to sleep and no bnaging mewing or noise is going to stop me? Alongside me purring louder than I snore.

I feel guilty a bit. My son asks me why gary gilbert garfield schmee doesnt like him and I try telling him to slow down, be easy and just pet him for a week or two and maybe he will play when he settles in.

Any suggestions from Geek cat people? We can only have one cat and I am not taking this one back to get a livelier one. I dont want to be responsible for this wonderful cats execution. yeah, im hooked. Color me sappy.

EDIT: I forgot to say that I am also feeling guilty because I am starting to realize that I picked a cat that I would like to live with rather than a cat my son would like. sigh, shameful really. Maybe if I tie a tuna steak around my son's neck?

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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2007 07:13      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've promised my SO a cat for Christmas (to be purchased next summer when we get our own place), so I'll let you know how we're getting on then! [Smile]
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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2007 09:01      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Yaya, you should know better. You do not pick cats, they pick you.

More than likely you are gonna need to get a second little fuzzball for your son. Older cats are definitely more particular than little ones.

Just go kitten hunting with him and keep a few extra band-aids and a tube of Neosporin around for a while.

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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2007 10:04      Profile for Nitrozac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Did you try the full array of cat toys? There's the jingly balls, the fishing poles, the fake mice... one sure fire way to get our cat to play is to slowly drag a rug or a blanket, she just goes crazy! Mayeb a bit of catnip is in order? Sounds like a wonderful kitty, I'd keep him!
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Icon 1 posted December 14, 2007 10:36      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
In my experience, you can't force a cat to like someone. Just the opposite in fact. Take our cats. I dislike them both to varying degrees. One is fat, stupid, and tends to attack our younger daughter without provocation. The other one yowls in the most annoying fashion imaginable when she wants a door to open. So who do they come to when they want a little luvin'? Yup, you guessed it. "El Gato Gordo", the one I dislike the most, seems to like me in inverse proportion. I wouldn't mind the other if she would shut her freakin' hole.

OK, that was a whole lot of rambling. Sorry.

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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2007 20:06      Profile for geekgoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Unfortunately, I don't think there's anything that you or your son can do. We had a similar situation when we adopted our first kitten...he sort of picked us. He came from a litter of 4 or 5 and when we were at his previous owners home, he wouldn't leave me alone. He kept climbing up my jeans and poking around in my purse while his brothers and sisters played amongst themselves. When I picked him up, he let me hold him like a baby (with him laying on his back) and he also let me touch his paws, so the trust was there instantly. We had about an hour-long drive home from the owners house, and he sat in my lap and stared at me the entire time. The attachment has been there since, and he's about a year and a half old now. It seems to me that animals pick their favorite person in the house and then that's it.

That's too bad for your son [Frown]

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Icon 1 posted December 29, 2007 23:59      Profile for YaYawoman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well it seems to be sorting itself out. He plays a tiny sloooow bit with my son and sleeps with him some nights. the rest of the time he is sleeping eating or splayed out on me.

I figure the vet is going to tell me to slim him down, and once some weight comes off he may feel a tad more energetic when playing. He is a VERY fatcat.

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something similar to this happened to me, someone had abandoned some kittens on the door step, my sister (who had wanted one for a long time) insisted that we get one. so now we have a black cat named angel. she absolutely adores me and will have almost nothing to do with the rest of the family what so ever. we had to get another one, he is named sammie, he is black and white and he loves everyone in the family but me.

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You should probably get a wiener dog now.

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