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    I know others have more pets, but for us this is a full house. We still have our foster pup (don't think the meet and greet last weekend was a success) and we got 2 tiny foster kittens delivered last Sunday.

    It's pretty chaotic still. The kittens had never met eachother before so at first they were growling and hissing at eachother too. And they growl and "spit" at Banjo - even though she tries so very, very hard to make friends with them and is very gentle. And they growl at the pup - who isn't trying to be gentle at all. And they growl at my cat who growls back and then runs off. Sigh.

    But things are slowly improving. The kittens finally started playing with eachother this morning. After days of patiently inching closer, Banjo finally managed to sniff one of the kitten's nose without getting growled at last night. She looked so very pleased with herself at this achievement. But then pushed it too far, too fast. The pup didn't show much of an interest in the kittens until she started trying to "pat" them yesterday but a couple of well-timed squirts of the spray bottle brought her back in line. Our cat unfortunately isn't adapting very well. She stayed out all night (I wasn't fast enough closing the door when she came in for her dinner). But I have also seen her ask the foster pup for support by running up to her and meowing at her. And got a nice gentle reaction. Which is a nice change from the foster pup trying to corner her to put a heavy paw on her back.

    I do love multi-pet households but it's pretty full on to start with.

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    naturally - we want to see photos...

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    Yep... photos!

    Thanks Beloz, I really enjoyed that I'd love to have a multipet household. I do miss cats... but not chance in the world with either Nero or Roxy *sigh* Although I think a cat that stood their ground would probably whip Nero into shape pretty quickly. Roxy is a whole different ballgame though...

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    Haha I'm so looking forward to being a foster carer one day although that isn't possible at the moment since we currently have 3 cats(used to have 5) and 3 dogs in an average sized house

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    I know how you feel Beloz - we currently have our 2 dogs, 2 cats and 1 foster cat (who is very underweight so needing a lot of attention but must be separated from our two)

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    Sounds like heaven, would love to have a house that full of pets and the time to play with them all. Unfortunately OH hates cats but has agreed to eventually having 2 bulldogs so hopefully our family will start to grow soon.

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    I can also relate to you Beloz! I have two dogs, three cats and two ferrets and of course there are the farm animals (chickens and cows) which i actually don't know how many we have
    The dogs and cats generally get along well... well by get along, i mean they have very little interest in each other, so they don't bother each other. However i have to keep the ferrets separate from the dogs and cats. Dodge would kill them in an instant cause they are small and fluffy like rabbits... and Koda would just squish them with his feet while he tries to play The cats aren't so bad with the ferrets, but the ferrets bite the cats... which doesn't go down well haha! It was hard when we first introduced our two new rescue cats to our current cat Seby. Seby hid from them for months on end, he just wanted absolutely nothing to do with them at all! Thankfully now things are a lot better and they all get along well, but still it was difficult!

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    I got quite upset last night about our cat not wanting to come inside anymore. I felt we were losing her. But then I went out the front and she came running up to talk to me as usual, so she seems to be fairly happy. I just don't want to force her to be in the house with the kittens (even though they stay in the bedroom, but that is the room our cat normally spends most time in) because it would stress her.

    Banjo still occasionally chases our cat, but the cat isn't scared of her. And the foster dog still hassles her every time she jumps over the backyard gate, though is ignoring her most of the time elsewhere. I'm going to Bunnings at lunchtime to get some shelf brackets and I'm going to put little shelves all along the backyard fence for our cat! And I will probably put some inside too. There are no mature trees or bushes in our yard (or our development full stop) yet, so she feels quite vulnerable.

    Banjo is very funny with these kittens. For some reason that I really don't get, she completely ignores the youngest black and white one but is quite fixated on the slightly bigger ginger one. Even though the younger one is too engrossed in his own little world to hiss much at the dogs and the ginger one still growls and spits if they get too close. I think she just likes a challenge.

    MDD, we had pet mice once and our staghound killed about 4 of them, I think. My daughter kept leaving the cage door open... It used to especially pee me off because that dog would completely ignore the feral mice that ran through our bedroom at times. But the pet mice were pretty stupid. If the dog sniffed their cage, they'd try to bite her nose! When they got out they just ran through the open instead of running for cover. I was very happy to give our last pair away to a family without other pets.

    I did promise my daughter we'd get chickens soon. Oh boy...

    And I keep forgetting to take photos when it's daylight. Things get pretty hectic between getting home from work and it getting dark. But from tomorrow arvo, I have 2 weeks off!

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    my hats off to you. good on ya beloz!

    it is good to have plenty of animals around, however our cat and dog's relationship consists of 2 things. The cat runs and the dog chases!
    "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" Author Unknown

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    So one of the kittens was adopted last week, the other brought back to his place of origin in case he needed further vet treatment for his limp. We got the brother of the adopted one soon after. Our foster pup was adopted yesterday and the kitten will be gone tomorrow morning. And the house feels very, very empty! My cat is pretty pleased, Banjo looks rather sorry for herself and I cannot bear the silence.

    So I've requested for 2 more kittens stat! They will arrive on Saturday. And I offered to take on another carer's 2 kittens if they don't get adopted by 23 Jan. So we may end up with 4. The more the merrier and definitely better than this silence. Not sure yet when we will get a new foster pup, but if they can find me one that won't chase cats, they might arrive this Saturday too.

    You do get used rather quickly to a pet-filled house!

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