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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 07-11-2012, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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*** Beware adopting former stray cats ***

They steal your computer chair.



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DO you also feel wracked with guilt when you move them OFF your chair so you can use it? I have to keep reminding myself that it's MY darn chair and he has a million OTHER beds in the apartment.....
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I sing a song like this...

Here comes my butt
Here comes my butt
Closer closer to the cat
Gonna squash a kitty flat!


And match deed to word. She moves eventually.
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Yes, and it's been really bad. Adopting 3 adult strays from the streets with a 6-month difference between the adoptions is extremely hard, especially while taking care of a 20+ strays' colony at the same time. Lots of problems and some very challenging situations. I never ONCE lost my temper, spoke an annoyed word to them or got discouraged in 2 years.

But the computer chair issue broke me. I was shocked to see that I'm absolutely unable to gather the strength of character to take the chair back from her. And on top of that, because I'm autistic, I become depressed if I don't have free access to my computer chair, which is my safe spot in the world. I'm not able to think clearly, concentrate on things, plan or perform daily tasks.

A couple days ago it got so bad I sprinkled her with a few drops of water and she indeed jumped off the chair.

I feel so bad about it. I never thought I'd sprinkle a cat with water one day. I keep seeing it as they already had enough suffering in their lives in the streets, how can I do this to her. So I pamper them without boundaries. And though I don't understand why, former strays have a strange fascination with the computer chair, it gives them the reassurance they crave.

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No matter how much you spend on a cozy wonderful bed, they will sleep in a cardboard box.

I think it reminds them of their hobo roots.
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NO way. I scoop up whomever is on the chair (usually MowMow) and place them on a different bed that I think they'll like. In front of the fan, in a sun spot, or some such thing.

If it is Book I shake the treat bag and give him noms. If I picked him up he would just jump down from the new spot and follow me.
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Well, you could pick her up and give her a snuggle to get her to jump back down on the floor...

I actually don't have this issue with them stealing my computer chair. But if I was stting on the couch and then leave to another room and come back, Harli has often stolen my place. When I'm on the computer, my problem is that Harli wants to walk in front of the screen, so I'll give my attention to her instead. Sometimes Lily does it too, but more often she just settles into a nearby cat bed or the chair next to my drawing table instead.


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I will admit that I've stacked things on the chair to keep them from laying on it

A pile of books, the computer room trash can, the desktop organizer.....stuff to make it look less attractive so I could make a break for the bathroom and still have my chair when I got back.
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If it is Book I shake the treat bag and give him noms.
Andrew did this with Io, and now when I get the treats, instead of doing her tricks right away she jumps on his chair. >:[

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Jacq, I tried sitting next to her, but she became argumentative, indignant and ended up clawing me off.

'How DARE you! Who's supposed to sit in the comfiest chair in the house? The CAT is, of course!'

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