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Risottogirl's picture

They plotted against me... (post #48214)

My SO and the stray he recently found.


And coaxed into the house during the day while I was at work.


A week before we move.


After we discussed the "getting another kitty" thing DOZENS of times.


The deal is supposed to be when I am ready (he is always ready, he'd adopt every stray that came along) and then I get to pick the cat(s) and name them. WHEN I AM READY.


I tried not to have a fit and told him calmly that this is NOT the right time and he needs to find a home/shelter for the cat (a small female, long hair calico). He has been "trying" for the last couple of days (insert emoticon for HUGE eyeroll), calling all the no-kill shelters. He said he had to take her to "our" (very $$) vet  and get her "checked out" so a shelter will want her. No diseases, no parasites, no worms and now she has all her shots. $196 later. For a stray (eyeroll again).


He has been dutifully keeping her in the back hall, where he has a litter box and dishes set up. He hasn't said a word about keeping her.


I have been doing my best to ignore the cat, warning him NOT to get too attached. He discovered it coming around in the mornings, when he was seeing a lot of feathers in our yard near where he feeds the birds. Apparently she was catching her breakfast in our yard. He says it took a few days to coax her to come to him and she was definitely wild as she was all dirty and matted. He is like a cat whisperer, they follow him like the Pied Piper!


Okay, so the two of them totally manipulated me. She is the sweetest, most charming kitty and has totally taken to this "house" thing. She lounges on the couch, sits in a patch of sun on the oriental rug and washes up. She even lets him scratch her belly!!!


Last night after SO went to bed, she hopped onto my lap and reached up and touched my face with her paw.


Okay, they win.


Let me introduce you to Olive. She looks big, but it is all fluff, she weighs only 8.5 lbs.


 


 


 


 


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

plantlust's picture

(post #48214, reply #1 of 96)

Cats know when you are against them.

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #48214, reply #3 of 96)

Then they pull out all the stops sucking up.


This one is good.


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

whatscooking's picture

(post #48214, reply #36 of 96)

Cats know when you are against them.


LOL, I totally agree.  They're telepathic.


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Wolvie's picture

(post #48214, reply #2 of 96)

A beauty! Congrats to you  and Hello Olive!!

"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

Risottogirl's picture

(post #48214, reply #4 of 96)

I guess the new house needs a new kitty...or so my Mom ever so gently suggested when I complained vehemently to her about SO's recent find.


Olive is DEFINITELY going to be an indoor kitty, so I hope she can adapt. SO thinks she was born a stray, or dumped as a kitten, not quite feral, but definitely always outdoors. The vet guessed she is one and a half to two years old from looking at her teeth. She is not spayed (yet). So far she seems to be enjoying indoor life, not racing crazily from open window to open window crying to go out as my sister's cat did for almost a year.


Maybe SO WAS sincerely looking for a shelter, because I think he would have had her spayed while she was at the vet if he really planned to try and keep her.


 


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Wolvie's picture

(post #48214, reply #5 of 96)

2 of my 3 kitties are rescues from outdoors in Massa. One from the great outdoors in WV.


They have worked out fine - I don't let them out - too many critters abound. They want to go out sometimes of course, but  I don't find it too difficult to keep  them in and occupied. We've never had any problems with furniture destruction and such either - I did buy a giant cat tree play thing tho.


(and I truly will get to the mailbox this week - fed ex would be so much better for my memory - so if you want me to do that, let me know - I could send it straight to the house. :-)  )


"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


Khalil Gibran

 

Risottogirl's picture

(post #48214, reply #6 of 96)

...whatever is easiest for you... We are maintaining the PMB address for at least another 3 months, even tho it is in Belmont. SO has too much website stuff coming from oldsters, he doesn't want anything lost in transition. Fedex can go there because it isn't a PO box, it has a street address - a UPS store.


I think rescues/strays do make the best pets. I really just didn't want one more thing to deal with right now - work is merciless at the moment, plus moving, etc. SO rarely simplifies anything...ever...usually he complicates everything :)


This one is a sweetie. She is on my lap with her  front paws entwined around my wrist - leaving me one hand to type with!


I have never had a long hair cat, though. I have NOT missed the cat hair in the time we've been feline free. I see a lot of brushing in my future (which she seems to LOVE).


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Wolvie's picture

(post #48214, reply #8 of 96)

I need a phone number for the store - or your new addy and same, whichever works - fed ex is easier for me because I have an account and don't even think about it. :-)


And as for SO and difficult... isn't that what they are for? ;-0


"Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #48214, reply #7 of 96)

Oh, this was a priceless post, got me laughing so hard....

you know, I have to say that Olive belongs in that couch. She seems to be totally comfy, as if she's never been anywhere else in the world!

Please congratulate your SO for me - he is a great "politician"

 


 


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MadMom's picture

(post #48214, reply #9 of 96)

I was always a dog person, until we bought a house which "came with" a cat.  The cat was a stray, always outside, and the people who owned the house had been feeding her, but never brought her inside.  Younger DD (another cat whisperer, and dog whisperer, and house whisperer...can I just say she talks to animals?) worked with her until Kitty finally would be petted and come inside.  She was so beautiful.  I loved her totally, and still cry when I think of her.  She only lived a couple of years with us (I think she was well along in cat years when we got her) but she stole my heart.  You'll love Olive.



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Marie Louise's picture

(post #48214, reply #10 of 96)

She looks a lot like my beloved Katie, who died a few years ago. Enjoy!

Gretchen's picture

(post #48214, reply #11 of 96)

I'll tell you a "plot".  My very cute great-niece and nephews started saving their money unbeknownst to their parents to rent and\ RV so they could all go to the Grand Canyon (they are 13,11,8 and 6!!).  As they got a couple of hundred dollars they looked up how much this would be.
Course change.  With the blessing of their dad, they are giving their mom a new Irish setter puppy!!  Should be arriving (at their house) within the week!!  I think the count on dogs at their house is 3 at the moment--oh, and 10 (?) bunnies!!
And I think the "RV/dog fund" got padded!  It is a Trivelda breeder from Virginia--we thought they had "dropped out". BeaUtiful Irish.

Gretchen

 

Oh, and to bring it back to cats, when DS was about 5 he was standing out in front of the house. A car pulled up and a guy handed him a (darling) kitten, saying, here, kid, I found your kitten.  DS came in, saying "mom, I tried to tell him it wasn't ours".
We have had kittens along the way--not really by choice. But they have been "satisfactory".  Animal lovers.


Edited 7/21/2007 9:26 am ET by Gretchen

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MadMom's picture

(post #48214, reply #12 of 96)

I love the story about some guy dropping off a kitten.  You've got to admire his creativity, LOL.



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

Gretchen's picture

(post #48214, reply #13 of 96)

Yes, I think I have probably told both of those before.  Giving the kitten to a kid sure beats H___ out of drowning it!!  ;o)  and ;o(

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MadMom's picture

(post #48214, reply #14 of 96)

I don't remember either of them.  Of course, that's one of the joys of advanced age and advancing senility.  How quickly we forget, LOL.



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

debe5t's picture

(post #48214, reply #47 of 96)

DH loves my wonky memory.He can tell me the same joke over and over and I laugh every time.I enjoy being simple-minded.  ;-)


Deb

wisekaren's picture

(post #48214, reply #15 of 96)

You go, SO! Sorry, RisottoGirl, but they got you good -- and there will soon come a time when you can't imagine life without Olive. :-)
Karen

Jean's picture

(post #48214, reply #16 of 96)

Olive is a beauty. How could you resist!!



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annieqst's picture

(post #48214, reply #17 of 96)

Score!!

msm-s's picture

(post #48214, reply #18 of 96)

it's true, strays know when you need them to come into your life, whether you know it or not. i agree, in that photo olive looks like she's lived there for years. our current cat lily just showed up at the front door one day, meowing persistently to get in, as thouh she was mad she couldn't reach the doorbell. no turning back. i'm happy for you, and you will be too!

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assibams's picture

(post #48214, reply #19 of 96)

She's beautiful! And so true about the cat seeking their people out, not the other way round LOL


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Scoobster's picture

(post #48214, reply #20 of 96)

She is absolutely beautiful and bless you for giving her a home!

pamilyn's picture

(post #48214, reply #21 of 96)

Hello Olive! You know a good thing when you see it! Congratulations on the new addition to your family Risotto Girl. Sounds like all three of you will be getting lots of love. Way to go......Pamilyn

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avak123's picture

(post #48214, reply #22 of 96)

Olive is a beauty and I think will make a wonderful addition to your new home.


Congratulations!


 

soupereasy's picture

(post #48214, reply #23 of 96)

LOL! You have been touched...she does look like a charmer. :)

AnnL's picture

(post #48214, reply #24 of 96)

Aw, she's beautiful!  The Universe knows when you're ready, whether you know it or not, and sent her to you.  Enjoy her!

AnnL
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chiquiNO's picture

(post #48214, reply #25 of 96)

My good friend named her new kitty Olive...short for Olive Salad!! LOL  She came to New Orleans and fell in love with the Muffaletta and olive salad!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

whatscooking's picture

(post #48214, reply #50 of 96)

My cats always loved to lick olives.  They'd lick and the olive would roll, lick and roll, lick and roll, all over the house. 

Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth.
 Chief Seattle

Chicago-style deep-dish:  "Pizza for people who just aren't fat enough"
Anthony Bourdain
http://theoutdatedkitchen.blogspot.com/

chiquiNO's picture

(post #48214, reply #60 of 96)

Too Cute!!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans

 

deejeh's picture

(post #48214, reply #26 of 96)

What a gorgeous kitty!  She looks like a long-haired sister to my calico.  It sounds like she was fated to become a member of your household.


deej