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Dodge! decided this evening that the time has come to charge about all around downstairs.

Poor Wong! & Pip! have come upstairs for some peace ... Wong! occasionally ventures down, gets chased, chases back, panics, hisses & scarpers back upstairs again.

Interesting times :-)

I hope photos might be forthcoming this weekend ...
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Question: Is it possible to re-enable a disconnected cable telephone line in the UK?

Background:

Mater has just rented a purpose-built flat with a phone socket in the corner of the lounge.

A series of frustrating phone calls has suggested that this phone socket is connected to a useless piece of obsolete string.

To translate - it appears this is some kind of cable telephone line (probably Virgin Media fibre optic) rather than a copper BT line.

Can someone who knows how this all works answer a simple question which Virgin Media, BT & other phone companies are all disagreeing over:

Can Mater get this in situ line re-activated, or is it a disposable piece of junk which has to be left for dead and replaced?

Supplementary question: if these kinds of cable telephone lines are one-use-only disposable tissues, why would you run one to a purpose-built rented flat, which is going to have a new tenant as often as every 6 months?
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Interesting! By living in the library for three weeks whilst waiting for a clean bill of health, it seems that Dodge! has claimed that territory.

We have had the library door standing open for 6 hours, but Dodge! has not yet ventured out.

Meanwhile, Wong! has sat staring in from beyond the threshold for much of the morning - otherwise, Wong! has been Wong!ling & Bong!ling around the house in a state of excitement, or snuggling up with me (I'm fighting the end of 'flu) or creeping over the threshold, hissing & darting off again.

Pip! is also pretty excited, but again, respecting the 'invisible force field' across the library doorway marking the territory of the Dodge!

Our best guess is that Dodge! might venture out to explore in the dead of night when the Monkees (!) are asleep.
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I am fighting off some virus today, resting to prepare for Mater's hospital discharge in 10 days.

Some items which have caught my eye recently ...

All Cats Have Asperger's Syndrome
a book by Kathy Hoopman
ISBN 978-1-843-10481-0

The Transition Companion
a book by Rob Hopkins
http://www.greenbooks.co.uk/en/Book/403/The-Transition-Companion.html

Garrow's Law
a TV series inspired by history
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrow's_Law
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Dodge! has been given a clean bill of health, but is extremely pissed off. So we'll start with introducing Dodge! & Pip! tomorrow morning to see how that goes.

Wong! is still vague & absent-minded about eating without reminders - but is now eating well when reminders are given. So looking good on that front. But Wong! will Wanic! & Wiss! (that's Wong! for panic & hiss) on meeting a new feline (for up to a week) so let's let Dodge! & Pip! get to know one another a bit first ...

Hopefully, pictures will follow in the next week or three.
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Blood tests look OK, so Wong! & I took the pet taxi back to the V-E-T for a vitamin B12 injection plus a quarter of a magic pill, both designed to stimulate appetite.

I'm following Wong! about with food still, whilst also going in to the library to feed the Dodger & trying not feed too much to Pip! who is rather prosperous.

Some signs of increased Wong! appetite :-)
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Wong! seems considerably better. Here's how that goes ... Wong! still wasn't doing enough input-output this morning, so I booked to see the V-E-T (who glories in the name of Mr Bone ). When we arrived, Mr Bone agreed that Wong! has lost a significantly more weight since we visited recently, and that's worrying given that Wong! seemed to be eating half or less than normal. Cue three-way struggle to get a blood sample from Wong!'s long, taut, panicky neck :-(

Guess what the first thing Wong! did when we got home - well, OK, the second thing after running around going "Wong! Wong! Wong!" for ten minutes? Eats the best meal we've seen since before the sickness started, then makes the most major output since same.

Fingers crossed that the blood tests come back clear, and it could just be a combination of feeling a bit post-tummy bug for 2+ weeks compounded by the excitement of knowing that Someone of the Kitten Persuasion is In The Library ...

G is now away for the next 3 evenings, so we had to see the V-E-T tonight. Le sigh!
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I'm hoping that our other resident Wong! experts can advise me.

Wong! had some kind of tummy upset a few weeks ago, involving a bit of nausea and sickness. The V-E-T said it seemed to be something Wong! had eaten, gave a 3 day course of antibiotics just in case & sent us home. The nausea subsided, but Wong! still isn't really eating enough.

Foods that Wong! used to eat happily, are now being rejected. New foods which Wong! seems to like, are only being eaten in small quantities. Wong! often forgets to eat at all.

The output measure suggests Wong! should eating about four times more ... Edit The output measure has just comfortably doubled!

We're going to try another round of tempting new morsels today, but I'd be grateful for Wong! experts if they could say if they've seen this behaviour in Wong! or any of Family Wong! over the years, and if they know of any causes?

We will of course be taking Wong! back to the V-E-T tomorrow if we're still concerned.

Thank you!
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Apart from the fact that they are such different shapes they could be different species, Wong! and Pip! are almost like siblings together now. They eat from the same bowl ...

and they flail happily on the floor together )
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... when Wong!le's instincts turn to the Warm Cave (a.k.a. getting under the duvet in my left armpit), and Kitty Pip! tips Wong!le out of the cat hammock, even though the heating isn't on yet (!)

Yes, we will get pictures ... especially if they manage to both snuggle into the hammock together :-)

M. O. F.

Jul. 18th, 2011 08:36 pm
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Pip! has had a 'Ministry of Felines' check over at our V. E. T. - who thinks the wobbly legs are more likely to have been due to a spinal injury than a pre-natal infection.

That's sad. But still shouldn't deteriorate nor shorten Pip!'s life expectancy.

Lots of racing around of Pip! & Wong! taking it in turns to chase, but no 'rasslin' yet.

Still, pretty darned good :-)
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Not for some kitties ... Pip! lounging next to the Cthulhoid One: they met last night.

Pip!
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Wong! and Pip! were a lot less snuggly with me last night - seems they were too busy trying to work out the rules of their new games.

It's like Wong! wants to play French cricket, and Pip! wants to play rugby. I'm sure they'll work it out - compromising on Aussie rules footie, or something :-)

They are both regularly initiating a friendly mutual nose-sniff.

They both love Wong!'s green tassley Wong!ing rod, but so far have avoided colliding whilst both chasing it!

I am a bit caught up on my sleep, but not completely ...

Snoo!

Jul. 14th, 2011 07:38 am
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I seem to have spent all night being woke up by - mostly happy - kitties. Wobbly Kitty is starting to talk more, chirping with a Pip-pip-pip sound, so for now will go by the use-name of Pip!

Pip! likes to get into my armpit under the duvet in exactly the same place as Wong! ... although the inevitable hasn't yet happened. I think it was warm enough last night that Wong! didn't feel the need of the warm cave.

Pip! likes to sleep snuggled up against a monkey's face, on a pillow, it seems. No wonder being shut in the safe-room for the past few nights wasn't very popular!

Pip! also clearly loves to play, and came very close to playfully jumping on Wong! when I was trying to get 20 mins more sleep before the alarm this morning. So that all bodes well :-)

Wong! is very nearly half again bigger than Pip! in height, reach and weight, and not all that observant nor careful. But Pip! was very tolerant when Wong! didn't check before jumping on the bed just after Pip! had snuggled down between my ankles at the start of last night ... only a bit of hissing and a small dash, no swiping or walloping!

Oh, and at one point in the night when I did get off to sleep, I woke up in a very uncomfortable and contorted position - with Pip! asleep pushed up against the front of my knees, Wong! asleep pushed up against the back of my knees.

So I am very happy for them ... and very sleepy!!!
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Wong! now seems to have jumped - in three short days - from PANIC to that well-known tactic for play-fights, wave your legs in the air and pull yourself across the carpet with your claws ... Wobbly Kitty is sitting Bastet-like, watching with an indulgent expression from barely 3 feet away.

This seems like a remarkably short time for such a level of calm to have descended!
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More good progress - we're trying to explain that he needs to be a kindly uncle Wong!le to Wobbly Kitty, just like Uncle Boof! was to him ...

We have achieved mutual nose sniffage :-)

Wobbly Kitty seems to have got Wong! completely sussed - "All mouth and trousers" as Mater would say, and "not the sharpest knife in the drawer" - but I think she quietly finds Wong!'s purr cute :-)

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Jul. 12th, 2011 05:06 pm
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Wong! is starting to be more curious about than scared of Wobbly Kitty :-)

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