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05:27 pm: Kitties in Quarantine
This is the traditional way to move new cats in, so Loki and Junie B are in the guest bathroom. I considered not taking them because Loki is massively matted (I've done some googling to find places that groom cats), but I was worried that since she had to get rid of them, she might do something drastic. She gave me all the bills in her wallet to help with the grooming. So once I find a place that will de-mat him, I have to have help to get him there. They're both overweight -- Junie is probably 16 pounds or so -- but Loki probably weighs about 25 pounds. I didn't realize he weighed so much until I lifted and carried him to the guest bath. I was thinking the mats took up more of the space. They'll both be getting less to eat than they did.

They're both very interested in me -- want to be petted, rub their heads on my hands -- and Loki has eyes and whiskers like Shiva. He even licks my wrist and purrs, although his purr is much deeper. Junie wants more reassurance, but comes to be petted.

Spirit wouldn't come out or then near me until about midnight and she woke me up every hour until 11am when I went and checked on the new kitties and then back to bed. I turned the alarm off and slept until 2pm while Spirit left me alone.

I'm not washing/changing sheets today. I know that's a shock, but there's a reason. During the week, I didn't write anything on the grocery list for tomorrow and there wasn't anything in the circular I needed, so I don't need to do grocery shopping tomorrow. With the rules about showering, I can't shower until tomorrow, and it would be nice to be mostly not-sweaty when I go to bed in clean sheets. So I'm washing cat blankies today and will do the sheets tomorrow.

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From:janetmk
Date:September 6th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Wonderful news about the cats.

You might ask your vet's office about the matting problem. Perhaps they can recommend someone good at cat grooming or maybe it would be safer if they did it (especially if the mats are really tight to the skin).

And, of course, I'll be glad to help with cat-transporting. I could come out any day except this Friday or Saturday the 19th.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
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Good idea to call the vet! I don't know if they would do it or not, since the two of them come to the house.

Thanks for the offer of help with cat-transporting. I'll let you know if I need it. :)
From:etumukutenyak
Date:September 6th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Your mobile vet should have a basic clipper, and that will remove the mats quickly enough. I use a small clipper on Cinder about twice a year. Her fur likes to clump up more than any other cat I've had.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that would be great. And I have laminate, so sweeping it up is pretty easy. The woman who brought them clearly didn't know that the clumping hurts him. I haven't found any lesions, but the pulling still hurts. And even though they have their vaccinations, I should really have them looked at.
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From:heleninwales
Date:September 6th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
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New cats! :)

I hope they settle in quickly and that Spirit takes to them.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I won't know for a bit, because they'll be in quarantine for a few days, probably.
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From:pameladean
Date:September 6th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Yay, kitties!

Our long-time veterinary office used to have one vet who would do grooming. She didn't charge for it, she just went after mats with some tools that she kept in the pockets of her coat. "Don't tell them out front," she would say. "They just tell me, 'This is a veterinary office, not a grooming parlor.'" She was magical at getting mats out and getting cats to sit still for it. But she's gone now and the other vets just recommend a particular grooming parlor.

P.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 7th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
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I just left a message for my vet, who comes to the house. They're only working Tuesday through Thursday this week, so it would help if they had time to come. After I went through all the paperwork that Nancy, the person who brought them, left with me, I found out that other than the recent rabies vac, they haven't seen a vet since they were born in 2005. If they don't do the clipping, they can probably recommend someone.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 7th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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Wow, that was fast. You already found two new cats. I'm obviously behind again.
I hope they'll both settle in well, you'll get the matting problem solved and they'll manage to lose the extra weight easily.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 7th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
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I think the weight is likely to be a problem, but the rest will probably work out fine. Thanks!
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From:agent_mimi
Date:September 7th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
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The cats sound like they'll work out well! Good luck!

Loki weighs the same as my Simon, and he is HARD to pick up. Simon's lost a couple of pounds, but ever since his intestinal surgery he's been huge. He may have mats because he can't reach to clean. We found that Simon's mats come out well with a small dog brush that has a single row of teeth about 0.5 cm apart.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 7th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
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It's entirely possible that he can't get to them because of his size. But the mats wouldn't possibly come out with a brush -- they'll have to be cut first.
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From:annafdd
Date:September 7th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC)
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Back in Winter I called a groomer who did house-calls for Simba. He did wonders, although Simba was Not Happy. Cutting the mats is ok, although the groomer says that it's not - but what you need is taking out all the dead undercoat fur trapped in. That needs a long vigorous combing, and then of course a continuous maintenance. Simba hasn't had a mat since!
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 7th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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My Brindle was partly Persian and I used to have to brush her every day and still take some mats out from her butt. She didn't like being brushed back there. I think I can keep up with brushing Loki once he has these mats out, but I couldn't comb them out -- I would just pull the mat away from his skin and hurt him.
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From:green_knight
Date:September 7th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
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Congratulations Marilee to the new members of the household, and congratulations Loki and Junie to finding a great home!
It sounds as if they've been subjected to less-than-knowledgeable owners :-(

Looking forward to further reports!
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 7th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I think they were a bit neglected in their former home. Thanks!
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