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Sun Mar 3, 2013, 10:25 AM

110. They say I have to enter a subject.

Yeah, that pet store woman was all kinds of wrong. Feline leukemia (feline AIDS) is most definitely not transmittable to humans or dogs, and most definitely not transmittable even to a cat by the touch of a human. By the way, the shots they have now will protect a cat from it for as long as three years.

From your first post: "I asked at the pet store what kind of treats do cats eat, and I was told I could give her the treats I was buying for my dog - sweet potato fries." That right there should have told you you were not dealing with a reliable source of information at the pet store. Shit, I wouldn't even give a dog sweet potato fries.

You seem to me to be quite intelligent, with excellent instincts. Your biggest hurdle right now seems to be a lack of confidence.

The vet who helped your friend with his Lab seems to be a good, competent vet and a good person. That's who I'd take Nikita to, if possible. As soon as possible. And by all means stick with PAWS.

Now I have a couple of questions. What makes you so sure Nikita is a female? Do you know how to tell the difference between a female cat and a male cat? My feral cat Magic (male) was once befriended by what I thought could only be a female, who'd abandoned "her" "home" down the street to hang around our place all the time. When "Jenny" went into what I thought was labor, and appeared to be having a hard time with it, I took "her" to an emergency veterinary clinic. There I was informed that "Jenny" was in fact a "Joey", and had problems voiding his urine. Thus the "difficult labor".

My current cats, twin tuxedos, Dude and Daphne, were advertised on a pet adoption site - C.A.T.S. - with the one I now call Daphne listed as male, and Dude listed as female. It wasn't until their vet came to undo their neutering stitches that it was determined who was which.

Another question: Are you determined to make Nikita a strictly indoor cat? I know, I know. The common wisdom these days, propagated especially by vets online, is that indoor cats live longer than indoor/outdoor cats. To which I call horseshit. As I've said, my feral indoor/outdoor cat Magic lived to the ripe old age of 18. The trick is to go outside with your cat. You've already done this. Nikita's walked with you and Cheyenne. She's far less likely than a strictly indoor cat to be accidentally let out of the house and freak. She gets roads and traffic and dogs. She's not likely to get run over by a car, as so many poor ignorant-of-the-outside cats are wont to do. (I'm thinking of a gorgeous loveable indoor cat (not mine) named Mystery who accidentally got out and promptly got run over by a car). The litter box is fine, but why shouldn't she enjoy the outside, as you and Cheyenne do?

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