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Old 18th May 2017, 6:21 AM   #1591
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Fingers crossed out flotilla arrive this evening. We've been without our cats for a month since we left Darwin and Australia for NZ. They are going to be in for a shock coming from the tropics to the cusp of an NZ winter.
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Old 18th May 2017, 9:20 AM   #1592
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Been thinking about making a rather large cat walk/area down the side of the property (has plenty of dirt down that side) for my asshole cat to go down.

how do inside cats usually go with areas outside the house. Mine's NEVER been outside unless in a cat carrier, hell even with the door wide open he doesn't even run out, just sits there smelling and looking into the great beyond stunned out of his mind.

How about disease in general? Is he going to be more susceptible to disease if he is going outside, but in a controlled area?
Great idea. Ours were pretty much the same when we did our first run. Although we'd had them outside on leads. They sort of got the hang of the cat flap, but no really. We took it off more often than not. We shouldn't have put it off as long as we did though. They loved it. Even a fairly limited outside space gave them a lot of stimulation.

Ask the vet. Apart from the standard F3 or whatever, FIV is the main one they ask about whether they're outside cats or not, but potentially still not needed if in an enclosure. And yeah fleas maybe more of an issue? Maybe worms if they get hold of the odd mouse?

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Fingers crossed out flotilla arrive this evening. We've been without our cats for a month since we left Darwin and Australia for NZ. They are going to be in for a shock coming from the tropics to the cusp of an NZ winter.
Hopefully they come through well. Not quite the extremes you've gone to, but ours adjusted to Brisbane to Hobart weather fine. One gets more dandruff with the drier air now. Apart from that, they're just more snuggly because it's cold.
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Old 18th May 2017, 9:43 AM   #1593
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Hopefully they come through well. Not quite the extremes you've gone to, but ours adjusted to Brisbane to Hobart weather fine. One gets more dandruff with the drier air now. Apart from that, they're just more snuggly because it's cold.
We hope so too. They should be landing soon in Aukland from Brisbane. They go into temp boarding while their carriers are cleaned and then they shunt off again at 5pm and hopefully have them 50 minutes after that after a short local flight (8 hour round trip drive to get them otherwise from Aukland).
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We hope so too. They should be landing soon in Aukland from Brisbane. They go into temp boarding while their carriers are cleaned and then they shunt off again at 5pm and hopefully have them 50 minutes after that after a short local flight (8 hour round trip drive to get them otherwise from Aukland).
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Old 18th May 2017, 8:26 PM   #1595
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Cat flotilla payload has been successfully escorted safely to the rendezvous point. They are slowly settling in and we're starting to get rubs out of them all. Fisher the 5000km kitten immediately just went into kitten mode on leaving the carrier and went about being a cheeky little ass.

They were here for only hours and have already knocked my beer over due to barreling around after each other.

Life's back to normal then...
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Old 18th May 2017, 9:01 PM   #1596
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Life's back to normal then...
They just need to get the hang of asking for fush for their dinner...

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Old 19th May 2017, 4:40 AM   #1597
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They just need to get the hang of asking for fush for their dinner...

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Well it's been nearly 6 months since Satai first arrived, and - well, my wife was right. He's tempered and learned to socialise as he's grown, and is growing into a lithe, stunningly beautiful and intelligent cat. He's managed to chip his way in and soften Daddy's cold, wizened heart. Intensely curious, playful, and as affectionate as fuck, he has a disarming naivety that terrifies both of us: he has no idea that anything could hurt him - leading to some anxious moments, and a lot of continuous work "Cat-proofing" the house.





Salai, the burmese has likewise matured. The complete opposite to Satai mostly completely chill, and sleeps with Mum and Dad on the bed. We've had to watch his weight: he's far less active than Satai and has an abiding interest in all things digestible.



No translation needed here: I think we all know what he's asking for



Sal and Satai have grown very close. They playfight, sleep, wash and gang up on Mum & Dad together: dammit the wife was right again

They love the rug daddy uses when watching television!


On Mum & Dad's bed.


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Salai's a bit scary.... That face: "hand over the treats or I will murder you as you sleep"
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Well it's been nearly 6 months since Satai first arrived, and - well, my wife was right. He's tempered and learned to socialise as he's grown, and is growing into a lithe, stunningly beautiful and intelligent cat. He's managed to chip his way in and soften Daddy's cold, wizened heart. Intensely curious, playful, and as affectionate as fuck, he has a disarming naivety that terrifies both of us: he has no idea that anything could hurt him - leading to some anxious moments, and a lot of continuous work "Cat-proofing" the house.

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Salai, the burmese has likewise matured. The complete opposite to Satai mostly completely chill, and sleeps with Mum and Dad on the bed. We've had to watch his weight: he's far less active than Satai and has an abiding interest in all things digestible.

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No translation needed here: I think we all know what he's asking for

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Sal and Satai have grown very close. They playfight, sleep, wash and gang up on Mum & Dad together: dammit the wife was right again

They love the rug daddy uses when watching television!
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On Mum & Dad's bed.
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Awesome post, and I'm so glad you seem to be taking the bengalness in your stride. I can relate to all your comments about Satai's personality and issues with cat-proofing very much.

It is an ongoing thing as they are so intelligent and are always finding new and exciting ways to annoy the shit out of you to get what they want or to potentially damage themselves. haha.

We've been looking for a house to buy for around 5 months now fairly intensively and some of our main requirements that have been hard to find have been to do with layout related to the cats needs... so whipped.

"Airlocks" everywhere is a big thing we wanted. Because 1 door just isn't enough... Double doors to prevent escapes when we come and go, outdoor areas that can easily be netted in, airlock to separate them from us at night, airlock to separate them from my office during the day, suitable litter area, high ceilings for potential high cat runs, the list goes on. Oh, and a house that the humans actually like too would be nice.
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