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post #31 of 47
Ours only occasionally get vehement enough to attract attention. They never come close to injuring each other, but sometimes the vocalization gets a bit much, in which case I just raise my voice to tell them "Knock it off, you two!" or "I don't care who started it, EVERYONE stop -- NOW!" -- which tends to do the trick.
post #32 of 47
fortunately, Miagi and Tiger get along well. but I had to intervene when Tiger was getting a drink yesterday and Miagi went to bite his butt. and I just yelled stop and he stopped but he got all ticked that I yelled at him. I try not to yell at them or my dogs but when they get in scuffles I think yelling makes it worse.
post #33 of 47
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fortunately, Miagi and Tiger get along well. but I had to intervene when Tiger was getting a drink yesterday and Miagi went to bite his butt. and I just yelled stop and he stopped but he got all ticked that I yelled at him. I try not to yell at them or my dogs but when they get in scuffles I think yelling makes it worse.
Yeah, there are 3 places where I'll stop even the stalking phase - in the litterbox, at the food bowl, and at the water bowl. I don't ever want them to think that is OK or use the places where they are vulnerable to ambush each other. Mojo is SO possessive of her litterboxes, it has proven to be a bit of a challenge but I think us non-furred cats have the upper paw on those spots not. For the most part anyway.
post #34 of 47
I intervene when there's growling, hissing, yowling, or poor Nabu just got tackled by Stimpy (Nabu is 9 lbs soaking wet, Stimpy is 17 lbs) and I hear the squeak as the air is knocked out of him.

I also used to intervene when Raven gave his signature air raid siren style yowl. It always meant he was about to open a can of whoop- on the other cat.
post #35 of 47
DAT! eh? I'll have to remember that next time Seesh, Rani, or Maryam take out after Suha (or Suha jumps Samuda!). Thanks, and keep up the good work -- I hear Portland is very weird indeed (LOL! JUST KIDDIN'!)
post #36 of 47
It's not often that we get involved - usually if there is ongoing crying or severe hissing. Generally raising our voices or standing up is enough to break them up. They're pretty good for the most part about not taking it too far.
post #37 of 47
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DAT! eh? I'll have to remember that next time Seesh, Rani, or Maryam take out after Suha (or Suha jumps Samuda!). Thanks, and keep up the good work -- I hear Portland is very weird indeed (LOL! JUST KIDDIN'!)
Very funny ... I'm a transplant here... Originally from Northern CA, by way of Syracuse, NY and Chicago, IL.

And yes, I DO have a 'Keep Portland Weird' bumper sticker on my Vehicular Unit... along with a few others... I love entertaining folks in stand-still commuter traffic!

Don't knock the DAT! until you see it working... JJ and Jack were going at it earlier... I said 'stop' first... yeah, right... like that's gonna work (at least not with my two). the fighting continued and I said DAT! they stopped. I think it's the sharp, quick sound. Dunno... but if it works in this house, I'll continue using it.

Amanda (going off to the couch to nurse my heel , which the IKEA bookcase decided to attack earlier, during assembly of said bookcase. Man, I need a workshop... heck, a bigger place would do. Ice cream... oh wait, had some already today... grr.)
post #38 of 47
Gosh,IKEA been very, very good to me! Almost all my furnishings have come from the Land of Blue and Yellow, and I don't recall a single one jumping out at me yet! D'ya think it's PERSONAL? Like, do you hate the Swedes or something???

Since when can one only have ice cream once in a given 24-hour period? I don't recall that being a commandment in anyone's religion, either! So I'd go for it! It's feel-better medicine, ain't it? Followed by a good cat-lick of the bowl, followed by a cuddle with said feline(s)!
post #39 of 47
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Gosh,IKEA been very, very good to me! Almost all my furnishings have come from the Land of Blue and Yellow, and I don't recall a single one jumping out at me yet! D'ya think it's PERSONAL? Like, do you hate the Swedes or something???

Since when can one only have ice cream once in a given 24-hour period? I don't recall that being a commandment in anyone's religion, either! So I'd go for it! It's feel-better medicine, ain't it? Followed by a good cat-lick of the bowl, followed by a cuddle with said feline(s)!


IKEA's been very good to me as well, they REALLY love me... but i was assembling the bookcase and the side panel (this is one of hte tall ones, too) wasn't leaning against the door jam as much as i thought it would... so, when I turned my back to get small metal stuff to assemble it... it flopped down to the floor, scraping/hitting my heel. tiny amount of blood, bruise, and the whole heel isn't very happy. I washed it, put neosporin on it and slapped (gently) a bandaid on it. Still throbs... but feeling better.

Mind you, this all is from the person who managed to get hurt working in a library... and no, it wasn't a paper cut. At least I didn't require stitches...

Yes, maybe more ice cream is in order. B&J's ... hmmm.... probably whatever 7-11 has in stock will do, but would prefer Chunky Monkey... been getting hooked on that stuff lately... BAD ME! See, technically I'm S'POSED to be on this thing called a D-I-E-T. My acupuncturist put me on an anti-inflammatory diet a week ago, due to my back spasms and the freakish shoulder pain... all that's gone now... and no, I haven't been behaving on the diet. Hey, they want me to stop eating chocolate... NEVER!! CAN'T MAKE ME!!!!!

If no Chunky Monkey, then a nice big old Slurpee will do me just fine... I'm a sick, sick puppy. Yes, I admit that in public. Shush.

Back to your regularly scheduled topic.

Hijack over.

Thank you all for listening... er... reading... err... unless you ignored this post, and then ... well ... whatever... I'm going to 7-11 before it gets dark... I don't like my neighborhood after dark.

Amanda
post #40 of 47
Never fear -- JoJo, The Evil Glowy-Eyed Kitty of Portland, will protect you from her safe vantage point within the domicile! And I hope they have brand-new stock of Chunky Monkey for your pleasure.

Yeowch! That WOULD hoit. I have one of those bookcases, too. My ex put it together for me. He labored, I gained. Just the way it should be, eh?

Oh yeah, it's entirely possible to get hurt in a library. Headaches from all that knowledge! Or, think about -- stacks of books! OH NO! My municipal library has the distinction of having a world-famous CAT ROOM devoted entirely to -- you guessed it! -- all things feline. You can't take 'em out, but you can read 'em there. I can't wait to see which ones I have and which ones I have to acquire. I love this place! It has TNR as a municipal policy, too!!! How wonderful is THAT!

Well, I've done the diet thang and actually I'm really glad I did. But in small controlled doses (!) ice cream can be a healing balm. Right? RIGHT!
post #41 of 47
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Originally Posted by Tarasgirl06 View Post
Never fear -- JoJo, The Evil Glowy-Eyed Kitty of Portland, will protect you from her safe vantage point within the domicile! And I hope they have brand-new stock of Chunky Monkey for your pleasure.

Yeowch! That WOULD hoit. I have one of those bookcases, too. My ex put it together for me. He labored, I gained. Just the way it should be, eh?

Oh yeah, it's entirely possible to get hurt in a library. Headaches from all that knowledge! Or, think about -- stacks of books! OH NO! My municipal library has the distinction of having a world-famous CAT ROOM devoted entirely to -- you guessed it! -- all things feline. You can't take 'em out, but you can read 'em there. I can't wait to see which ones I have and which ones I have to acquire. I love this place! It has TNR as a municipal policy, too!!! How wonderful is THAT!

Well, I've done the diet thang and actually I'm really glad I did. But in small controlled doses (!) ice cream can be a healing balm. Right? RIGHT!
I've returned from 7-11... am sucking down my slurpee as I type (I'm a multi-tasker!! woohoo!!) the ice cream is in the freezer... they didn't have Chunky Monkey... considered Banana Split, but opted (strangely enough) for Willie Nelson's Peach Cobbler... another B&J creation. Funny thing about this is that growing up, I hated peaches and anything made with them... now, I'm starting to like stuff made with them... haven't gotten into eating them fresh... yet.

My injury at the library entails those metal bookends, two stuck together, unsticking and the metal slicing a knuckle. Yeah... blood and LOTS of it... hit a blood vessel. Wasn't [pretty... and if it had been one finger over, i'd have been flipping people off for a week because it was in a splint. Fortunately it was my index finger, not the middle one...

But i digress... the slurpee is making me shiver... so I'm gonna go put a sweatshirt on and bury myself under the mounds of throw blankets on the couch... all while still drinking my slurpee... I'm a glutton for punishment, really.

Hijack #2 over... b-b-b-b-rrrrrr.

Amanda
post #42 of 47
It's a lot more fun that way (undercover slurpee sipping)!!! And yeah, hear ya on peach stuff. I did the same thing. I still get creeped out by the fuzz, but as long as that's gone, the peach is history! And yes, I like fresh ones. Yellow ones, white ones, I love 'em all! And Willie Nelson is a great guy so, anything connected with him has gotta be all right with me.

Yeowwwwch! You couldn't be as clumsy as I am, could ya? I'm pretty much covered in scars and bruises and pretty much impervious to it all...and yes, if an accident CAN happen, chances are, it WILL! ARRRGH! Better have JoJo watch out for you -- you sound like your own worst enemy accident-wise, just like me! Right now Calo and Seesh are "spotting" for me, and being big helps (Calo is sacked out on the weight bench, eyes closed; Seesh is next to my IKEA bookcase, eyes also closed. Good help IS hard to find!)
post #43 of 47
Thread Starter 
Amanda, just remember the immortal words of Garfield:

Diet is just DIE with a T.
post #44 of 47
I use "DAT" on my dogs all the time. And the shelter dogs. "No" is too often used in human conversations & IMO confuses the animal, so I avoid using it....I tend to make up odd words or throw together syllables for commands. Yes, I'm weird.
post #45 of 47
Heidi, you should perhaps consider a cat behaviorist.Drop me a note and I will recommend one if you like. I only intervene when they start rabbit kicking. Other than that, I leave them alone.
post #46 of 47
I let them be unless Summer makes a hurt noise. Chevy bites a lot harder now I believe. I've thrown towels over them at times (when one is nearby) or just break it up. That usually works, but occasionally Chevy will occasionally try and continue by stalking and pouncing on her when she's clearly saying no walking away, ears back. I put him in a time out for a few minutes to calm down. He'll just keep doing it if I don't separate them. He's gotten better though....
post #47 of 47
I'm trying "DAT!". So far, they look at me like I've gone round the bend. They KNOW ^^
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