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post Sep 23 2013, 05:49 AM
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Hi DannysMom

Thank you for your reply. That video is soooooo funny! I cannot wait to see if my cats do that. At the moment Keelan strokes the cats etc but I have to be there with him or else he will get a bit forceful by accident and hit them. But they always try and lay down with him. I do not think they will try and lick him yet as he will just kick them! I did spend a lot of time through July and the start of August in the garden but the weather has not been the best for it lately so I think it will be a next year thing now. Of course if we are lucky enough to get snow this year I will certainly be taking him out in that so he can experience it.

That is so funny that Shelley likes top watch cartoons. I think Ellie has got bored of watching CBeebies (our baby tv over here) so does not tend to watch tele anymore. She accidentally scratched Keelans hand a few days ago.....not purposely but she was hiding under the coffee table and wanted one of Keelans toys but Keelan reached for it at the same time and her claw caught him. She looked most upset when he started to cry. He didnt cry for long and then she went and laid next to where he was sitting as if to say sorry!

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post Sep 28 2013, 11:47 AM
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xxForeverxx, that is so sweet that your cats lay down with little Keelan. It looks like they are really warming up to him and enjoy being with him. That is really wonderful! smile.gif I'm sure from the way you described it that Ellie did feel bad when little Keelan started to cry after she had accidentally scratched his hand. How sweet of her to lay down next to him. Keelan sounds like an active little boy. Just wait until he starts to walk, then he will be all over the place! laugh.gif That is so funny how Ellie also likes Keelan's toys.

I'm glad you got to spend time in the garden. I like being outside as it is so relaxing just sitting out there and letting the warm sun shine on me. Unfortunately it has cooled down quite a bit here. I had been hoping for temps in the 80s through September, but we are in the low 70s. This year will be your first Christmas with Keelan. Are you getting a special ornament for him?

I hope Ellie, Pixie, and Fudge are getting along well. I love their names!


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post Oct 10 2013, 06:36 PM
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xxForeverxx, you have GOT to see this video! It is soooo cute! smile.gif

http://lovemeow.com/2013/10/cats-love-babies/

When I watched this I was just so amazed at how gentle the cats were around these little babies, and they seemed to enjoy being petted by those tiny little hands.


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post Nov 6 2013, 06:56 AM
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Hi Dannysmom.

Thanks for the reply. Well we have a crawling standing Keelan now so its full speed ahead. To all the women that kept telling me boys are always late with everything developmental were all wrong!!

Yes we have a first christmas ornament for him and my mum has brought him a christmas sack with his name on for all his presents. He is going to be truely poilt by everyone! Takes the pressure off of us a little bit though financially.

Are you looking forward to putting your christmas tree up with your kitties?

The cats are getting along brilliantly! All being cheeky. That video is brilliant. Fudge and Ellie walk past keelan and stroke there bodies up against him. The only one who never has is Pixie but she tends to stay away until he has gone to bed laugh.gif Although she is more confident now and very cheeky I still think she does not know what to make of him.

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post Nov 9 2013, 12:02 PM
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Hello xxForeverxx, oh wow so Keelan is crawling and standing! In a few months he'll be 1 year old already. Is he talking yet? I don't know at what age babies start talking. Maybe his first word will be 'kitty'. smile.gif That is so sweet how Fudge and Ellie walk by him and rub their bodies against him, almost like they are "marking" him. I would have thought that Fudge was the shy one and not Pixie. I remember how he had been so scared when one of your friends came over with her baby. I think Pixie will warm up to Keelan eventually. Have you had any snow yet? We are in the 50s during the day and the low 40s at night. I will probably be putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving in keeping with tradition here in the US. The stores were quick to put out the Christmas candy soon after Halloween and I just had to get some Hershey's candy canes. They're like Hershey's kisses, but white with mint in them. I like the Cadbury chocolate too.

Are you still taking Ellie out for walks? I so loved that photo you had of her walking in the snow. She is such a pretty cat


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post Dec 21 2013, 01:12 PM
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Hello DannysMom

Yes Keelan is on the move. He is now standing for a few seconds on his own with no support and had a lovely trip to the walk in centre (which is like a doctors but there open every day and you do not ave to make an appointment) today as he fell forward and bashed his head on the corner of the wall.

He doesnt say any words but I expect that to come after hes a year maybe a bit before. and amazingly at 10 months he still has no teeth lol I can actually imagine his first word being Ellie!

Trust me Fudge is still scared of every little noise he hears but he is also very affectionate with me and think he knows Keelan is part of the family.

No snow yet and we have not been forecast any sad.gif I love the snow and want to take Keelan out in it......before he an walk and roll around and slip in it rolleyes.gif

I of course assume your Christmas tree is up now. How do Mindy and Shelley cope with it? Mine is up high so the only thing I have to watch is that the cats do not go behind it and wee!! That has happened before blink.gif

Oooooo those candy canes sound nice. I love chocolate and I have to admit I use Christmas as a massive excuse to eat tons of it!

Ellie has become so good with Keelan. Being a typical older baby Keelan gets excited when he sees Ellie and has started grabbing her and she just lays there all relaxed letting him get away with it! The others just run away.

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post Dec 26 2013, 12:32 PM
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Hello xxForeverxx, I am sorry to hear that little Keelan bashed his head. I hope he is much better now and that he had an enjoyable Christmas. He must be such a little treasure! smile.gif Some people had brought their little babies to the Christmas Eve church service, and I thought that was so sweet. Did you get any snow yet? We had 80 degrees last Sunday but on Christmas Eve the temps had really dropped. I remember when I was a kid I had so much fun playing in the snow, so I'm sure little Keelan will enjoy it as well. How sweet of Ellie to be so patient with him! smile.gif But then again she has experience, being a mom herself, and I'm sure her kittens did all kinds of crazy things.

My Christmas tree has been up since the day after Thanksgiving and my girls are enjoying it. Shelley has been sleeping under it a lot. Mindy tried to chew on it as always, but she is better with it now and also enjoys sleeping under it. I even have a picture with both of them under the tree at the same time! smile.gif Do you have a real tree? Maybe that is why your cats think it's a good place to go and wee.

Did Ellie, Fudge and Pixie have a good Christmas? Are they still getting along well?


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post Jan 27 2014, 05:51 AM
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Hello DannysMom

Keelan is all healed now. And as so well behaved when we took him to be checked out rolleyes.gif was just a small practice of what the next how ever many years are going to be like with a boy! laugh.gif

We havent had any snow yet. I want some so badly! Not even a little sign of it. I saw you had it quite bad over there? Did it affect your area as badly as I saw on TV?

I do have a real tree yes and you are probably right! We managed the whole christmas without a naughty wee though wink.gif

They all had a wonderful christmas thanks. I seem to be finding Ellie and Pixie laying near each other more now. Not quite together like Pixie and Fudge do but I do not expect them too as Fudge and Pixie have the sibling bond. Its just nice to see them close.

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post Jan 29 2014, 07:28 PM
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Hello xxForverxx, I am so glad that little Keelan is alright again. Yes, boys will be boys! smile.gif We got some snow last week, just a few inches but lots of ice underneath because it had rained first. Last night we got almost 10 inches. It looks like a winter wonderland out there! The last time we got that much snow was Christmas Day 2010. That's a bit odd that you haven't had any snow yet, but I hope you'll get some so that you can take little Keelan out and Ellie too. That's nice that you had a real tree. They smell so nice. We always had a real one when I was growing up. I am glad your fur kids didn't wee behind the tree during the holidays! smile.gif That is so sweet that Ellie and Pixie like laying together. They have come a long way together! I remember when you were saying that Ellie was hissing at the kittens when you first had her, but it all worked out. I take it Fudge gets along better with Pixie? I guess since Ellie and Pixie are both females they kinda take to each other. Would be nice if Fudge joined in too. I wonder if Keelan is going to start chasing the cats when he learns to walk? laugh.gif


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post Mar 25 2014, 07:05 AM
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Hi DannysMom

We have had not a drop of snow which is such a shame as now Keelan is walking I have been desperate to take him out in some wellies in it! I had to take Ellie to the out of hours vets last sunday night. On the saturday I noticed she was really struggling to wee but seemed normal in herself. But by sunday evening she was just in and out of the litter tray and I just could not watch her any longer seem so desperate and couldnt wait for the vets the next day so took her to the emergency one. She had a water infection as you probably guessed. Has had antibiotics and is fine now. Only thing is they wanted a sample from her to check there was nothing underlying that caused the infection. Could I get one out of her when I wanted to? of course not rolleyes.gif So they gave me two choices.......wait and see if she gets another one, or give her to the vets for the day to get a sample out of her just to be on the safe side. So today I dragged her to the vets. I cant take the chance leaving her in case there is something more. Lots of cuddles for making her stay with the vets tonight though seeing as she feels fine.

Fudge and Pixie very close as you can imagine being siblings. They are always laying together pretty much on top of each other just to get closer and warm! Funny Ellie and Pixie don't tend to lay that close anymore. I think they go through fazes. Fudge is more likely to lay near Ellie. and sometimes I find all three more or less close together. I feel a bit sorry for Ellie sometimes, she is not bullied just wish she had the same relationship as Fudge and Pixie.

Well Keelan has been on the move for 2 months now. Fudge and Pixie run away straight away when they see him. Unfortunatley for Ellie she is so friendly she justs lay there and sometimes he goes to grab her so I have to keep my eye on the two of them!

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post Mar 26 2014, 08:01 PM
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Hello xxForeverxx, yes, it seems that Europe had a warm winter while we had snow storm after snow storm here in the US. But hopefully next year you will get some good snow and little Keelan can walk around and throw snowballs! smile.gif

I am so sorry to hear about Ellie and her infection, but I am glad to hear she is doing better with the antibiotic. You may want to check the food you are feeding her. Sometimes a high magnesium content in the food can cause urinary blockage or infections. Generally, wet food or semi-wet food is better than dry food, and the cat should drink lots of water. You could get one of those fountains to encourage Ellie to drink more water. Also avoid foods that contain wheat, soy or corn and feed smaller amount of foods during the day instead of big meals.

Yes, I think it is a bit like being the fifth wheel for Ellie. Fudge and Pixie are sibling, so they are naturally close, and it is hard for Ellie to fit in, but it is good that all three of them do lie together at times. I think they will grow more close as the years go by. That is so funny how Pixie and Fudge run when they see Keelan! smile.gif I can just see the look on their faces! I think with Ellie being a mother cat she is more tolerant. You are wise to keep an eye on them as kids like to pull a cat's tail and they just don't know any better at that age. There was a story here in the US where a family cat had her tail pulled by the baby and the cat scratched him. The parents left them unsupervised, and after the baby got scratched the Dad kicked the cat's behind, literally. Then the cat went beserk and charged after them and they had to barricade themselves in their bedroom and called 911. The cat is now in a shelter.

I think once Keelan gets older maybe Fudge and Pixie will snuggle with him and play with him.

Hoping Miss Ellie is much, much better now.


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post Jun 2 2014, 06:17 AM
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Hi DannysMom

Ellie is fine now. She had another infection not long after but once that healed up we finally gave in and let our cats out. Ellie wanted to go out so badly and it felt cruel to stop her. Fudge and Pixie just stay in the garden which is great as they get scared more easily. Ellie unfortunately is making up for lost time and the birds are not surviving very well outside unsure.gif I feel awful but it was a no win situation keeping them in or letting them out!

They have all been much more settled since giving them a cat flap though and they come in and stay in all night and sleep.

That is awful about that poor cat being put in a shelter! I always keep an eye on Ellie and Keelan and in all honesty if keelan got a scratch I would put it down to him doing something to her not the other way round. I think too many animals are blamed for defending themselves the only way they know how when they are hurt by kids and adults.

Keelan has now learnt to go "awwwwww" and put his head on ellies belly laugh.gif

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Hello xxForeverxx, I am glad that Ellie is doing much better. I have been thinking of her and was wondering if she is okay. Sorry to hear that Ellie is stalking the birds outside. My Mindy would probably do the same thing. Have you thought about building a "catio", an outside enclosure big enough for the cats to enjoy the outdoors, but safely? Or perhaps supervising them while they are outside will help too. Aren't you worried that something might happen to them? It sounds like Ellie really loves being outside. My Tina was like that. She enjoyed exploring and stalking the birds.

That is so sweet about Keelan getting along so well with Ellie. It sounds like they are the best of friends. smile.gif


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post Nov 4 2014, 04:25 PM
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Hi DannysMom

Wow it has been so long as I have been rushed off my feet with my teacher training and looking after Keelan and all my furbabies. Since I told you Ellie was better Fudge got a urinary tract infection! More dangerous in males so he has been put on a special food like you said previously with Ellie. He has been absolutley fine though. Fudge and his sister are very much still house cats though they only go out for small plays in the garden and he is terrified of everything and there is another cat that keeps coming in out garden so wondering whether a couple of months ago that is what stressed him out. I have no worry about Fudge and Pixie outside as like I say they are still very much house cats. Ellie unfortunately is just a cat that likes to go and explore and there is not a lot I can do about that because of her past but they come in every day about half 5 and that is it until the next day as I will not have them out at night as I would worry.

We are now also trying to set up our conservatory for my two rabbits as one is now petty much classed as disabled.......due to incontinence he is not in any pain of course. But trying to do this when you have cats going in and out of the catflap in that room is difficult as I cannot figure out a set up!

I can imagine your Tina as a stalker of birds she just looked like she was a beautiful strong cat!

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QUOTE (xxForeverxx @ Nov 4 2014, 04:25 PM) *
Hi DannysMom

Wow it has been so long as I have been rushed off my feet with my teacher training and looking after Keelan and all my furbabies. Since I told you Ellie was better Fudge got a urinary tract infection! More dangerous in males so he has been put on a special food like you said previously with Ellie. He has been absolutley fine though. Fudge and his sister are very much still house cats though they only go out for small plays in the garden and he is terrified of everything and there is another cat that keeps coming in out garden so wondering whether a couple of months ago that is what stressed him out. I have no worry about Fudge and Pixie outside as like I say they are still very much house cats. Ellie unfortunately is just a cat that likes to go and explore and there is not a lot I can do about that because of her past but they come in every day about half 5 and that is it until the next day as I will not have them out at night as I would worry.

We are now also trying to set up our conservatory for my two rabbits as one is now petty much classed as disabled.......due to incontinence he is not in any pain of course. But trying to do this when you have cats going in and out of the catflap in that room is difficult as I cannot figure out a set up!

I can imagine your Tina as a stalker of birds she just looked like she was a beautiful strong cat!

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Hello xxForeverxx, I am sorry to hear about Fudge getting sick. I am so glad he is better and doing well on the special diet. That is nice that Fudge and Pixie just got out for a little while, that way they can enjoy some fresh air and do what cats love to do! smile.gif I am sure he did not like the other cat coming into his territory. Is it a stray or does it belong to your neighbors? It sounds like Ellie is enjoying her outings, and that she comes in for the night. I am sorry that one of your rabbits is disabled. Can you use little diapers (nappies I think you call them)? Can you block off the rabbit hutch somewhat so they have their privacy while the cats go in and out?

How is little Keelan doing? I imagine him running all over your house by now! smile.gif


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