The Cat Thread


  • Pitcrew

    So the devious purpose of this thread is to share my GoFundMe. Some of you may have seen in the RL threads that I'm working on saving up money to get my cat out to me. And while I'm looking into the emotional support animal certification in case it can off-set some costs, I am not relying on it. Thus I'm trying to save up the total cost I estimate needing (about $1k). And I need that by the end of November, which isn't long for someone like me who has just a bit more than 'making ends meet' money.

    This is definitely an 'every little bit helps' situation and any money left over will go to stuff the cat needs once she's here (like food, toys, litter box, registration, etc.).

    If you can chip in: https://www.gofundme.com/bringikehome

    So! To keep this from just being a begging type thread... I thought we could share pics.

    Here's my two cats. Ashes (the grey and white one) and Ike (the black one). Ashes is too old to move cross-country (upstate SC to Seattle region) and my mother adores her, so I know she's being very well cared for (I get many photos of her lounging in windows and cuddling in blankets).

    Ashes:
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    Ike:
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  • Creator

    I don't have much ATM, but I hope that helps!


  • Pitcrew

    @somasatori said in The Cat Thread:

    I don't have much ATM, but I hope that helps!

    <3 As mentioned, every little bit helps! Where I'm at now covers / almost covers how much the add-on to fly her back in the cabin with me will cost. (I've been told round-trip runs about $150 at most generally, so I'm estimating about $75 for that part!)


  • Politics

    This may or may not be helpful in your situation, but if you can't manage to raise the full amount by November most of the bigger airlines allow pets to travel unaccompanied, as long as they have their vet certificates in order. You just need someone to check them in, and then someone to pick them up at the other end.


  • Pitcrew

    @VulgarKitten said in The Cat Thread:

    This may or may not be helpful in your situation, but if you can't manage to raise the full amount by November most of the bigger airlines allow pets to travel unaccompanied, as long as they have their vet certificates in order. You just need someone to check them in, and then someone to pick them up at the other end.

    Yeah. I just get anxious about that sort of method. That's a long trip in which I'll have no idea what the status is of the cat.


  • Admin

    @Auspice Speaking as someone who carried his cat on a trans-Atlantic flight before in the cabin, the cat's status was: mewling. Constantly.

    12 goddamn hours she mewled at me. And other people. And in general. You'd think she'd shut up after a while but nooo.

    Then she got out of the carrier, begrudgingly let the dogs sniff her to establish it's really her, went to pee and was over it.



  • There was an article that popped up on my FB yesterday. Someone working for an airline was talking about the different things that happen with the dudes that are on the ground and loading luggage, etc. One of the things mentioned? The dogs will be afraid the entire time. The cats? No fucks given.

    And that's the moral. Do not worry about your cat travelling. They give no fucks. You may get snubbed for a while after releasing them from their 'terrible imprisonment'... but they'll get over it. We've taken cats from Iowa to Florida, from Florida to Texas... they've never really had an issue with it.


  • Pitcrew

    You might also want to get pricing from pet shipping/transport services. They really are out there, and many will give you updates on your pet en route.


  • Pitcrew

    @Cupcake said in The Cat Thread:

    You might also want to get pricing from pet shipping/transport services. They really are out there, and many will give you updates on your pet en route.

    The last time I looked, most services that do this would be roughly $500... Which is what I'm estimating for my ticket + hers already, based on plane ticket cost trends. So I might as well include the visit to see family and be there with her myself.

    If they were less, I'd be considering that route.


  • Coder

    This is SuzieQ.
    She is/was a feral cat that sort of attached herself to me.
    She's mostly an outside cat, but acts like a dog.
    That is she comes in at night, comes running when I whistle, follows me around wherever I go like she's on a leash, and scratches at the door to go outside to the bathroom.
    I think she's about 7 years old.


  • Pitcrew

    I love cats with dog-like behavior.

    Ike will play fetch. Never had a dog that would, but damn my little 8lb cat does.

    I also love when feral cats 'adopt' someone. They know. They can totally sense who a good catmom/dad will be.



  • We too had a cat-dog, as we referred to our mostly-outdoor cat, Chipper. He'd walk with us everywhere he could, up to a certain point, escorting us half-way to the store (or all the way, in a few cases - I thought he was going to walk into the store with us one day when we were still in Maryland) and he was very protective of the boys, staying with them when they were young and playing in the backyard. He was also very protective of the kittens when they'd accidentally get out. There was one time all four of them - Peanut, Red, Patches and Eamon - got out and were tooling around the yard. Chipper went between where they were and the front door where he meowed until I came out to see what was up. He then led me to the backyard where the naughty bebes were playing and then followed behind me when I herded them back in. :) I miss him.


  • Pitcrew

    @Apu said in The Cat Thread:

    We too had a cat-dog, as we referred to our mostly-outdoor cat, Chipper. He'd walk with us everywhere he could, up to a certain point, escorting us half-way to the store (or all the way, in a few cases - I thought he was going to walk into the store with us one day when we were still in Maryland) and he was very protective of the boys, staying with them when they were young and playing in the backyard. He was also very protective of the kittens when they'd accidentally get out. There was one time all four of them - Peanut, Red, Patches and Eamon - got out and were tooling around the yard. Chipper went between where they were and the front door where he meowed until I came out to see what was up. He then led me to the backyard where the naughty bebes were playing and then followed behind me when I herded them back in. :) I miss him.

    When I was a teenager and still living in MD, we had a stray 'adopt' us. Named him Chip. He was super loving and cuddly. He taught two kittens we got how to hunt.


  • Pitcrew

    @Auspice said in The Cat Thread:

    When I was a teenager and still living in MD, we had a stray 'adopt' us. Named him Chip. He was super loving and cuddly. He taught two kittens we got how to hunt.

    When I was a kid living in MD, we also had a stray adopt us. Named her Tuxedo. She was super haughty and superior. She was disgusted at how bad the two kittens we got were at hunting.



  • @Auspice

    Chipper once brought in a living baby bunny when Tinker and Iceberg were kittens. Bunny, who was saved by my husband, was adorable. But, needless to say, I was not amused. XD


  • Pitcrew

    @Apu Tux at least didn't bring her kills into the house. She chewed off their heads and left them on our doorstep instead.



  • @Roz

    Oh, Chipper did that as well. But for some reason I guess he decided that he had to teach the girls, his poor indoor-only siblings, how to hunt. Was the only time he did that, though. Guess my screaming and the bunny being taken outside made him realize that was not a good thing.


  • Pitcrew

    Before Chip showed up, our street had a mole problem.

    For about a month, we had 1-2 moles on our doorstep every day.
    He often brought half-dead mice into the house.
    He brought a large garden snake home once.
    A bluejay another time.

    That cat was a hunting fool.


  • Pitcrew

    A little while after we moved away from Maryland, our neighbor told my mom about how her son was doing some sort of nature project and that there used to be so many chipmunks around and now there were no chipmunks left.



  • @Roz We got everything but the heads, with one of our previous cats.

    We had this mental image of her giant, calico cow-print fat ass lounging around in a smoking jacket in a room filled with trophies, a snifter of brandy, and a cigar for years.

    To this day, we think most of these creatures were simply caught off guard, potentially laughing to themselves, because they did not expect the twenty-two pound blubber-bomb with fur and markings visible from space (especially in the grass) to actually try to pounce on them.

    She also believed she was invisible whenever she stuck her head under a throw rug. She was a very special snowflake.


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