it's a big black sky over my town

  • Jul. 22nd, 2010 at 8:35 PM
notemily: A black-and-white kitten looking at the camera (misc - tinycat)
Took the kits to the Humane Society today for their check-up. The consensus: Oliver is still too sick and too small to be adopted, and while Ramona is over two pounds, the vet wants to make sure she's absolutely recovered from the URI before sending her out into the world. She did say that Oliver had gained 9 ounces, though. Go Oliver! All that eating paid off. He is now 1 pound, 12 ounces.

Oliver keeps being up-and-down, health-wise--one day he'll barely sneeze at all, then the next day he'll have several fits where he can't stop sneezing. He seems OK otherwise, just sneezy and full of kitten snot. So the vet upped his antibiotic dose and we're going to see where he's at next week.

As for Ramona's behavior problems, the vet said female cats and especially those with orange coloring (calicos and tortoiseshells) have a reputation for being temperamental. So... there's that. She said to keep working on socializing her. As far as the biting of me personally, I've found the best method is to say "ow!" in a high-pitched voice, like I'm another kitten and she's playing too rough with me. That worked almost right away and she's been gentler since I started doing that. She (and Oliver to a lesser extent) still tries to bite and claw things she shouldn't, like cords, and I'm not sure what to do about that, since the clapping method no longer seems to make her stop. Maybe I'll move to time-outs in the cage next, although I'm not sure if she'd consider it a punishment.

I bought her a scratching post to take out her scratching needs on, and a crinkly stuffed toy to bite and wrestle. She hasn't shown much interest in the scratching post yet. After getting over her initial "crinkly things are scary!" reaction (that I saw earlier with the metallic fish toy and the sparkly ball), she gave the toy a good thrashing.

In non-kitten news, Milwaukee is getting destroyed by weather. The interstate is flooded, there are tornado warnings everywhere, and there's a GIANT SINKHOLE at an intersection VERY CLOSE TO MY HOUSE. O_O Seriously, click that link. THERE IS A CAR IN IT.

From Twitter 07-14-2010

  • Jul. 15th, 2010 at 3:12 AM
notemily: Photo of me, a white girl in her mid-20s, wearing glasses, smiling, looking up and to the right (Default)

  • 00:00:19: For the record I can hear pretty well up to 14khz and nothing at all past 19.
  • 00:01:13: And now I have a headache.
  • 20:04:58: RT @StormTeam4: Tornado watch for all of Southeast Wisconsin until 1 am
  • 20:07:12: I got the Kitten Call! Kittens may be forthcoming!
  • 20:11:55: Heyy, it's a Scientology episode! #lawandorder
  • 20:27:30: "Lady, we have connections. To some of the finest prisons in the state. Do you hear what I'm telling you?" @lawandorder
  • 20:59:02: I forgot this episode's SUPER CREEPY ENDING. #lawandorder
  • 21:00:48: PSYCH TIME #psych
  • 21:11:55: Because of all the people shouting... when I went out. #Psych
  • 21:16:03: "Elvis died two years ago. Is there no end to your gullibility?" #Psych
  • 21:32:18: Ever since that courtroom episode I've thought that Gus should be a lawyer. #psych
  • 21:42:08: I think the storm is almost here.
  • 23:08:14: @convincingindie Well yeah, if someone is WRONG on the INTERNET, you can't just let that stand unchallenged
  • 23:12:09: @joshjs My roommate and I use it all the time. Is someone keeping track of these points?
  • 23:12:46: RT @IAM_SHAKESPEARE: BASTARD. I, madam? No, I have no reason for it-
  • 23:37:38: RT @MuchoMilwaukee: Oh shit! RT @TODAYSTMJ4: Reports of multi-alarm fire at Grand Avenue Mall building...

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