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Oct. 5th, 2009 | 11:20 am

My mad friend brought me a kitten yesterday. She popped round and I saw that she was carrying a suspiciously large bag, which, when she got into the flat, I saw contained a litter tray and a bag of cat litter. I started saying "why have you got a litter tray and a bag of cat litter in that bag" when she showed me a handbag, from which a small furry black and white head suddenly popped out.

This isn't entirely out of the blue as I did say at some point in the past that I missed having cats about and - not seriously I might add - asked if I could borrow one of hers. However I was fairly clear that I didn't really want to get a cat because the flat was too small and the lease doesn't allow pets. Actually I've not checked the lease specifically for that but I'm pretty sure - generally flats don't.

The fact remains that this is not by any means a big flat. Knock through a few walls and it would be a not-enormous bedsit. I've also just renewed the lease for another year. The danger of any landlords or agents coming round and saying "omg kitty OUT" is very slim, as the landlord seems happy enough to take my money and leave me alone unless I complain, and the letting agents, fairly typically for the profession, are more than happy to take his money and leave me alone. They're supposed to do an inspection every year but actually they've only ever done one, in the first year, presumably to see whether I had milk bottles of urine piled up around the walls or had replaced the kitchen with a meth lab. (People keep pets in flats where it's against the lease all the time, it's very common.) Also, this kitten seems very well house-trained and knows what a litter box is. It is still a worry though.

It also remains a tiny flat and what is a kitten going to do here? It seems the answer is climb all over me with sharp claws while I'm working under stupid deadlines, then hide behind the sofa.

I don't know. I should have been firmer about it and said "look, no, okay, stop no put the kitten away no I mean it take it away I didn't ask for a kitten I don't even want to look at it or see its cute feet GO AWAY" but I wasn't. This is not a good time for me to be taking on extra responsibility; I'm stressed as a bastard and have enough trouble with my own life. But it's a kitten, man. Me and this rubbish tiny flat are suddenly all it has in the world, and even the thought of sending it away literally makes me cry. It's not fair to put me in this sort of position.

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soho_iced

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from: soho_iced
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
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(Laughs like a drain.) Yes, kittens do that, this is why we now have three cats tearing the place up instead of two as planned.

To pass on some of the gems of wisdom we were briefed with:

1) we were actually advised against getting a single kitten because if it doesn't get lots of stimulation it will grow up seriously maladjusted, cf Mum's cat. You're at home a fair amount though so just grit your teeth and play with the little furry thing (pictures please).

2) if you're going to keep it, get it ID chipped & vaccinated, you prob. already know this. Yes I know if it never meets any other cats it can't get their germs but it keeps the Cat Gods happy.

3) even if you don't, neutering time is between 6 & 8 months depending on who you talk to. Much much better for everyone's quality of life including the cat's.

3) I recommend clumping litter, the fuller's earth type is fine smell wise and although it weighs a ton it is slower to get spread evenly around the flat.

4) don't leave anything even vaguely resembling a litter tray about (newspaper in a corner will do): ours got a bit confused at times.

5) You can get claw clipper things from a vet, for the sake of your skin/upholstery.

You could always look at it as a furry stress-reduction tool? Good company too.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know you had any cats - mind you, I've been accused of not paying attention before.

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Kitten

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
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OMG - you can barely look after yourself, let alone a dumb animal! Still, you can always pass it on to your sister .....

Yu do know that you have to clean out a litter tray at least twice a day and that cigarette smoke is not good for them? Go to petplanet and put in Omega paw self cleaning large box. This is what we had for our (indoor) cats - it was absolutely marvellous and well worth the cost - you never even have to SEE the litter and it does work.

Or perhaps give it back to your crazy friend?
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Crazy friend here

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
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FM plus kitty progress reports;
After initial stunned reaction followed by blind panic, followed by 'I'm sure this kitten doesn't like me', I now note that Mimi is fully in charge of the situation, and rules her human in the sublime way cats are wont to do.
I have never seen his flat look so tidy, and that's with a kitten leaping everywhere, and chasing everything. There have even been mutterings of 'better not drink too much, don't want to drunkenly stomp on a kitten'....
She is adorable, not at all shy, talkative, follows her human around, and when she wants attention climbs up the trouser leg and falls asleep on him.
I think it was love at first sight, y'know....

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get privacy for $5 via aussieintn

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from: aussieintn
date: Oct. 6th, 2009 01:26 am (UTC)
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It sounds like this could work out OK.

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Her geekiness knows no bounds

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from: vloky
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
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pictures please.

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Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

did you get the handbag, too?

from: cleanskies
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I find that a ribbon or a shoelace is an excellent extraction device for kittens behind sofas. Just trail it in line of sight and twitch it a bit.

I cried over my kitten, too. I think maybe you just do (however out of character).

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fridgemagnet

Re: did you get the handbag, too?

from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
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She did actually leave the handbag. There was no money in it though.

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Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

maybe you can sue for maintenance

from: cleanskies
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Well, at least that's a cosy place for kitten to hide, anyway. Does kitten have a name?

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fridgemagnet

Re: maybe you can sue for maintenance

from: fridgemagnet
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
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Mimi. Though this may change if "she" turns out to be a boy. Can be hard to tell with kittens.

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Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

oh,

from: cleanskies
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
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You'll be able to tell by the smell. Still, Mimi's a great name for a tom cat.

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Mimi

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 5th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Well, at least when you don't want to do something you can say - sorry got to get back to the flat or Mimi will be upset ..... shades of some sort of Audrey Tatou figure waiting at home.
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lilyvalley

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from: lilyvalley
date: Oct. 6th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
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ohmygawd, KITTEN!!!!!!!

I am so jealous. Pictures, pleeeease?

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lilyvalley

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from: lilyvalley
date: Oct. 6th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
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Oh, and...

Kittens are the best antidepressants ever. It is impossible to be sad with a little ball of fur climbing your leg or falling asleep on your lap.

And, and, kittens are great exercise, too: the last time I had a kitten, I lost 10 pounds, just from playing with it all the time.

And, and, and, damn, I am so jealous of you right now!

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