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  1. Juniper_Junebug

    Food plan for cat sitting

    Until now, I've been able to take Juno to my mom's house when I've had to leave town for work. But in a few weeks, I need to be out of town when my mom is also away. I'll be gone Tuesday afternoon to Saturday evening. My mother can visit Friday and Saturday morning only. So I found a cat...
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    Juno Is Getting Worse, Not Better, at Travel?

    I adopted Juno as a kitten during the first year of Covid, so it was just she and I for more than a year. Since then, I've taken her to my mother's house about 9 times in the last year, including various holidays when I'm there with her. She seems mostly comfortable there now and she likes my...
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    Back to back trips

    I've got two back-to-back international work trips coming up, separated by about four days. My mother, who lives nearby, is going to watch Juno at her house (I can't ask her to stay at my house for a host of reasons). She's watched Juno several times before and Juno has gotten more and more...
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    Bringing the birds back for Boo

    I live in a condo in an urban area, and I have a 4th floor deck with a little suction cupped bird feeder, right on the other side of where my kitty has her perch. In days gone by, the birds would come and provide Juno with entertainment. But I took the feeder down last spring when there was an...
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    Juno Is Tired of All Her Toys

    This is a variation of Struggling With Playtime, but it's a new development, and I'm hoping for some Juno-specific insight. Juno is a few months shy of 2 years old (as I write it, I can't believe it!). We generally have a morning and evening play session, with ad hoc shorter sessions during...
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    Can cats understand pointing

    Do cats have the capacity to understand what it means when a human points at something, i.e., that the human wants the cat to look at that thing, not at the pointed finger? I'd love to be able to teach Juno this so she looks at the birds as they show up on our deck instead of looking at my...
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    Cat personification

    I'm curious about other people's thoughts and experiences with personifying (i.e., projecting human-experienced thoughts and feelings on) our kitties. On the one hand, cats obviously do have a wide range of emotions. But on the other, they are built with very different instincts, so it seems...
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    "Burying" in the bed

    This morning Juno started intently scratching at the bed with motions like she was trying to bury something. At first I was worried she had vomited (seeing or hearing her "bury" is generally how I figure out that's happened), but upon inspection, no. She did it at two different places on the...
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    Cat communicating with teeth

    Juno (1+ yo) has been a little bitey for a while, mostly in retaliation for my doing something she doesn't like, such as removing her from the counter. It seems premeditated-- she'll make like she's waking away and then come back and lightly attack my ankles. But recently it's gotten worse. At...
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    Ringworm timeline

    I can't believe I have to make this post, but Juno developed a tiny bald spot behind her ear that seems consistent with ringworm. Even though neither she nor I have been in contact with any animals in the last two weeks. It was normal under a blacklight but I understand that's not terribly...
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    One year checkup: Questions to ask vet

    My kitty (15-ish months) will be going in for her yearly checkup next week, including to get her rabies shot. Since my vet is still not letting people inside, I'm trying to understand all the things I should be prepared to ask in the few minutes I have on the phone with the vet/tech before and...
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    Silver vine / catnip: how often is too often

    My Juno only ever seemed mildly amused by catnip (unless she was literally ingesting it, which happened once when I turned my back), but she's digging the silver vine. I'm into it too, because it means she plays with whatever toy I rub it on--even the ones she exiled to the island of misfit...
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    Sleeping & Routine

    When I adopted Juno last year at 4 months, I did not let her in my bedroom; I read somewhere that if you're not sure you want your cat sleeping with you, it's better to keep them out from the start so they don't think of the bedroom as *their* territory. So far so good, but Juno has started...
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    Life After a Laser Pointer

    Is there life after a laser pointer? What does it look like? I had read mixed views about them, so I only just bought Juno (just over 1yo) one recently. I think she is addicted. At first, she would look for the thing for 20 minutes after. I tried the tricks I read, ending by shining it on a...
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    Licking mat / frozen food for delayed meal?

    Has anyone tried freezing wet food in a thin layer over a licking mat, and using that as as a way to serve a midday meal that can be put out in the morning before work? I got an automatic feeder now that I'm going back to the office but I find it to be a hassle. So right now, I just put out...
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    Kitty's first time away from home

    I took my Juno (1 yo) to my mother's house last night to try to get her used to it, in advance of when I may need to leave her here during prolonged travel. I decided it might be better to have some practice while I'm here, before leaving her alone with my mother (who she's met before). I...
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    Removing loose hair without a brush

    Is there some sort of instrument or material that could be used to pet a cat down to remove already loose hair, that isn't a brush? I've tried at least half a dozen different brushes of varying types and my cats will not abide any of them without bribery and considerable angst. She's a DSH...
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    Adjusting meals post COVID

    Here's another solicitation for advice on helping kitty adjust to my being back in the office. Since adopting Juno in October as a kitten, I've been feeding her three meals a day, plus a little kibble late at night. Now that I'm going back in the office more, I need to figure out a new...
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    Adjusting to back-to-work with a COVID kitten

    I got Juno at around 4 months last October, and for most of that time, I was working from home and rarely out of the house for too long. When I adopted her, I was clear with all the rescues I applied to that I wanted one cat and so I put in for an adult. But she needed a foster and when she was...
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    Cats and stuffed animals

    So my brother just sent me a stuffed animal shaped like a gray cat. Above average realistic but, I mean, it can't smell like a cat. Juno HATES her new stuffed rival. At first, she approached it with trepidation, hiding behind my legs, then approaching it. But pretty soon, she was smacking...
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