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Title: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 04, 2017, 18:50:09 PM
I thought I'd better start a new thread here, since it looks like being a long story!
Bramble has been refusing to come in, apart from for food, and running off before I can close the door on her, for almost 4 weeks, but I think I'm steadily making progress. I didn't see her at all yesterday, but this morning I looked out of the bathroom window and saw her sitting on the wall.


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She's been closer than that, but today, when I came downstairs and appeared at the door, she didn't run away. That's a first!
This evening was even better. I went out with a handful of pieces of lamb, to bribe Lily into coming close enough for me to grab her (it worked!),and saw Bramble nearby, so I threw her a chunk of meat, but kept my distance. She scoffed that, and patiently waited for more. The only reason I'm not having a vegetarian meal tomorrow is that a neighbour's kid came past on a bike and scared her off. It wasn't deliberate, and the kid wasn't being horrible, so I can't really complain, and at least it wasn't me who scared Bramble!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 04, 2017, 20:01:03 PM
Aw Dave, that's real progress.  My fingers are well and truly crossed.   :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on August 06, 2017, 17:26:20 PM
I really hope that your patience pays off soon Dave!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 06, 2017, 19:05:08 PM
I went out to fetch Lily in and, instead of disappearing from sight as usual, Bramble just moved away a couple of feet. When I got Lily and Clio safely indoors, I put some chicken in the kennel. Hopefully Bramble will get it, and not the other local cats!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 08, 2017, 16:43:16 PM
I saw quite a bit of Bramble yesterday, when the weather was nice, but it's rained most of today, and I'm sure she's found somewhere to shelter nearby. I didn't expect to see her at all today but, in a lull in the rain, she appeared!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on August 08, 2017, 16:47:41 PM
I am glad she is still in the area and you get to see that she is OK  :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 08, 2017, 18:21:59 PM
:evillaugh:  Oh Dave - her face is so expressive.   :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 08, 2017, 19:59:33 PM
She's always looked grumpy, even as a kitten!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 08, 2017, 23:14:35 PM
Grumpy, but very, very cute. :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 09, 2017, 05:36:51 AM
 :evillaugh:  You're right, Dave. 
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: hollycat on August 09, 2017, 13:31:44 PM



Grumpy or not she is beautiful  :Luv2:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 09, 2017, 20:15:10 PM
She's getting closer!
Every time I  make a move towards the door she moves away, but not as far as before, and she moves back when I back away, so we're definitely making progress, though I still think there's a long way to go.


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 09, 2017, 20:34:05 PM
It sounds as if she is coming round. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 10, 2017, 06:44:02 AM
Sometimes the progress seems agonisingly slow to us, but its massive progress from her viewpoint.  You're doing well, Dave.   :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 10, 2017, 11:20:41 AM
She's started calling out to me, as if she wants attention, but running off if I approach. She's always been conflicted about whether to tolerate me or not!
I reckon, so long as I don't make any sudden moves, she'll come in eventually.
...and when she does, she's grounded!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on August 10, 2017, 11:31:12 AM
oh Dave she does sound like she loves you really!  I imagine as it gets colder she will be happy to stay in, mine definitely prefer it
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 10, 2017, 11:47:35 AM
They are funny things aren't they? Bob is more like a nervy feral than my strays and ferals. Yet she was born in a loving home.

It does sound as if you are making progress though. The cold weather is approaching fast, I'm sure that will hasten things. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Desley (booktigger) on August 10, 2017, 12:26:45 PM
Well, its some kind of progress
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 10, 2017, 13:36:25 PM
I call her my semi-feral, though she never was really. She was found when she was about 10 weeks old though, and I've read/heard that kittens should start socialising with humans by 8 weeks, so perhaps that's it. I gather her brother and sister were the same.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 10, 2017, 21:15:21 PM
I'm trying not to get too excited, but Bramble got closer still a few minutes ago. I'd already put some dry food in the kennel for her, when I saw her run past on the wall of my yard, so I put a tray of Sheba in the kennel too, then came back indoors. Bramble could see me watching, but went all the way into the kennel, and stayed quite a long time. I think she's finished the wet food, but I won't check until tomorrow, as I want to build up a bit more trust.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 10, 2017, 21:19:56 PM
Cautiously, but sounding good Dave. ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 11, 2017, 08:03:54 AM
Dave, that's great - softly softly........  ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 11, 2017, 17:20:06 PM
I spotted Bramble nearby again, so I put some wet food in the kennel, and she went straight in, as soon as she thought I wasn't looking:

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She actually went further in, so she couldn't see me and, as the back door was open and wouldn't make a noise to frighten her, I carefully and slowly crept towards her. I got right up to the kennel, and almost screwed up, because the hinges on the kennel door were on the side opposite me, but I managed to catch her!

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There's still a way to go before she'll let me stroke her, and she's grounded for now, but at least I know where she is!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 11, 2017, 17:36:07 PM
Well done, Dave  ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on August 11, 2017, 20:25:50 PM
Great news!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on August 11, 2017, 20:44:35 PM
It's so satisfying when a plan works, especially when good money has changed hands
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 11, 2017, 20:51:57 PM
They're all staying in tomorrow, as I'm going out in the evening, and I don't want to risk the others, especially Lily, being locked out, so Bramble can stay downstairs and get properly reacquainted, but then she'll be going upstairs to stay in my bedroom, and Lily and Clio can then go out. I'm not sure how I'd cope with 3 prisoners trying to escape!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 11, 2017, 21:36:10 PM
The reacquainting is going well. Clio actually let Bramble get closer, but I wasn't quick enough to get the photo!

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...and Lily would only wake up when the camera was out of reach!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Desley (booktigger) on August 11, 2017, 21:41:12 PM
Fantastic news, fingers crossed
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 11, 2017, 22:27:39 PM
These two are back to normal. I hope it doesn't take Bramble too long to forgive me for taking her to the vet!
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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on August 11, 2017, 23:22:12 PM
I am very glad things are going well  ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 12, 2017, 09:27:18 AM
Even more progress!  ;D
Lily and Bramble were sitting on the sofa, with Bramble on the arm, and I  decided it was time to turn in. I had to walk past them to get to the door to the stairs, and I expected Bramble to run away from me. Instead, although she flinched, she just curled up with Lily. She actually let me stroke her too!


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 12, 2017, 14:03:39 PM
Dave, I can't believe this - it's just amazing!  An so good to see!   :wow:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: hollycat on August 12, 2017, 14:18:17 PM
 

Great pics and commentary  :Luv2: :Luv2: :Luv2:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 12, 2017, 17:25:47 PM
Thanks! I was afraid I might be overdoing the photos! I probably should ease off a little, if only to avoid alarming Bramble.
No pic this time, because I was too busy fending off Lily who was trying to steal my dinner, but Bramble overcame her distrust of me to sit in front of me until I gave her some meat from my plate. Things are almost back to normal, but I'm still not ready to risk letting her out.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 12, 2017, 17:41:07 PM
I don't blame you. :hug: How long is she grounded for?
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 12, 2017, 17:54:34 PM
I'm not sure. A week or two, probably. She'll be on her own a lot of the time, as I  don't want to keep the other two in for no good reason. I'm never going to be certain she won't stay out again, so I'll just have to guess.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 12, 2017, 17:55:59 PM
I would have said at least a week, with lots of chikkun to remind her of how good home is. ;)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 12, 2017, 18:11:51 PM
Not just chicken. Today it was lamb. I always buy more meat than I would normally need so the cats can have some. It's mainly to bribe Lily into coming in, but I can't leave the others out!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 12, 2017, 20:21:30 PM
Perish the thought. ;) :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 13, 2017, 20:04:30 PM
I'm keeping Bramble upstairs while the other two are out, then letting her down when the door is shut so she can socialise. It seems to be working, but the time she comes down will vary, depending on when Lily comes in. The weather forecast for the next couple of days is for rain, so Lily shouldn't be out late.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 13, 2017, 23:04:27 PM
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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on August 13, 2017, 23:21:33 PM
Awww, lovely photos!  :Luv2:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 14, 2017, 10:56:18 AM
Lily doesn't look that impressed at being used as a pillow. :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 14, 2017, 12:58:12 PM
 :rofl:
She wasn't too bothered, it was me taking the photo she wasn.'t impressed with. I had to move to get the angle, and the noise woke her up.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 14, 2017, 13:06:54 PM
It's so lovely to see her back in the house again, Dave, and snuggling up with Lily, too.   :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 14, 2017, 13:39:55 PM
Lily just came in (Clio was already inside), so I locked up and went upstairs to let Bramble out. She ran downstairs, yowling all the way, and started scratching at the bottom of the door to the living room, impatient for me to get down there and open it. When I eventually did, Lily was waiting on the other side, and started bouncing around like Tigger!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 14, 2017, 15:00:56 PM
Aww, couldn't wait to be a pillow again. :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 14, 2017, 16:04:23 PM
All together, more or less. They got closer than this, and Clio didn't growl as she usually does, but they wouldn't play ball when they saw the camera!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 14, 2017, 18:12:05 PM
They look like they're running a protection racket in this one, with Lily in charge and Bramble providing the muscle.
It feels like a protection racket sometimes too!
   :rofl:

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 14, 2017, 18:44:06 PM
And it looks like it too!  :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 15, 2017, 16:52:06 PM
I had to take Clio to the vet today (routine injection for flea allergy, plus Effipro for her and the other two). She's usually very well behaved, but this time she was crying all the way there and she wouldn't get back in the carrier at the end of the visit. She was so rattled that when I got home I got Lily in as soon as possible so I could keep Clio in. Of course, that meant Bramble could come downstairs. I expected Clio to kick up a fuss if Bramble got too close, but the opposite seems to have happened.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on August 15, 2017, 20:57:51 PM
It's great to know that they are, at least, tolerating each other.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 16, 2017, 03:38:21 AM
A lovely piccy, picking up the hints of red in Brambles fur. :Luv: And so close to Clio too. ;D :Luv2:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 19, 2017, 19:34:56 PM
Another bit of progress - Bramble just used me as a stepping stone, when she could more easily have got where she was going by avoiding me!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 20, 2017, 13:47:57 PM
That is good news Dave. :wow: :wow: :wow:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 21, 2017, 06:51:47 AM
Baby steps, but giant strides.   :wow:

My OH was trying very gently to brush Malt when he was on his knee, and she shot into the air and ran and hid, glaring at him.   

Every time we may fool ourselves into thinking she's getting a bit more "handleable" she shows us that's not the case.  Nontheless, to be where we are after two years is still a source of great pleasure.

Hoping Bramble's continuing to enjoy her time indoors.   :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on August 21, 2017, 18:28:07 PM
I have never had the nerve to try and brush Sky. Good job she is shorthaired!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 21, 2017, 18:46:54 PM
Thankfully I don't have to brush Bramble. She takes care of herself most of the time, and if she needs more grooming Lily takes care of it!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on August 22, 2017, 07:15:44 AM
:wow: :wow: :wow:   Aw, that's just lovely!!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on August 22, 2017, 16:22:07 PM
so cute to see cats snuggling
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 22, 2017, 17:27:20 PM
They are very sweet together, good to see Clio being affectionate to her too. :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 26, 2017, 17:48:27 PM
How much longer is Bramble grounded for Dave?
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 26, 2017, 19:17:45 PM
I was thinking of letting her out tomorrow, but she started acting up and hissing at me when I went near her so I think I'll give it another week. I managed to stroke her a couple of times, so she's settled down a bit, but she's still flinching. I can't keep her in forever though, as much as I'd like to!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on August 30, 2017, 19:56:32 PM
Bramble was a bit wary when I approached, but didn't flinch at all! She's settling down nicely now, so this Sunday will probably be the big day. I'll worry until she comes back in, of course, but it'll have to be done!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on August 30, 2017, 20:52:53 PM
Awwww  ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on August 30, 2017, 23:35:56 PM
I hope she behaves after her grounding. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 03, 2017, 13:38:18 PM
Bramble went out this morning, and then it started raining, not hard but persistent....and she stayed out, looking just as grumpy and stubborn as she did before her incarceration, and running away and hiding if I made a move towards her. I thought I'd made a big mistake, but then she came in while I wasn't looking, and stayed there long enough for me to shut the door.

Phew!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on September 03, 2017, 15:14:15 PM
Really glad for you, and her! :wow:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 03, 2017, 15:27:57 PM
I'll be nervous every day for a while yet, but it's a good start!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on September 03, 2017, 17:30:34 PM
I'm so glad that Madam came in of her own accord!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on September 04, 2017, 07:40:02 AM
You're bound to be nervous Dave, but so pleased she came in of her own volition.  :wow:

Our little Malt has just begun to go out again at night on her own, after her misadventure in June.  Can't say I'm keen, but hope that the cooler nights may help to keep her indoors soon.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 04, 2017, 12:19:37 PM
It's sunny today, so she might be a bit more reluctant to come in, but at least she came in when it rained instead of running away, which is what she was doing before, even when it was tipping down.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 05, 2017, 16:08:03 PM
 :censored:
She wouldn't come in last night, and she's running off every time she sees me, so we're back to square one. At least she's nearby, and it'll be colder soon, so plan B might have a chance.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on September 05, 2017, 16:10:00 PM
what a shame, must be so frustrating for you, still like you say it is getting colder
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on September 06, 2017, 06:51:53 AM
 :-: :-:  Oh Bramble....... :doh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 07, 2017, 19:19:49 PM
...and she's back!
She doesn't like it though, and keeps crying to go out, so I'm sure she'll play silly beggars again. On the other hand, this time she stayed much more visible. Last time there were days when I didn't see her at all, this time I saw her several times during the day and evening.


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on September 09, 2017, 15:23:24 PM
 :wow:  Am so glad Dave.  You must be relieved.  Has she stayed in (silly question, but I have to ask  :doh:)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on September 09, 2017, 15:38:38 PM
She really is giving you the run-around, isn't she?! :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 09, 2017, 16:29:13 PM
My brother is over for a visit, which involves going to the pub at least twice, and I generally keep the cats in all day when I'm out in the evening, if possible, so they're all stuck indoors until he goes back on Monday morning!
Last time I kept Bramble upstairs while the others went out, this time they're all together, and she seems more settled. I'll find out if I'm right on Monday!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on September 09, 2017, 18:12:15 PM
You'll have to foster a Felix Crispie addiction the same as my cats have, one hint of the crinkle of the packet and I am surrounded by adoring cats, unfortunately the only thing they are adoring is the treats. :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 09, 2017, 18:35:20 PM
I'll give that a try.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 13, 2017, 16:13:12 PM
Back to square one. She went out on Monday morning and, apart from sneaking back for food, won't come in. At least she's using the kennel, and she's staying closer for longer, so I know it's her eating the food in the kennel. It's rained quite heavily, but it's still not all that cold yet so, fingers crossed, there's still hope!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on September 13, 2017, 16:14:42 PM
Naughty Bramble, how very frustrating for you Dave. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on September 13, 2017, 16:19:37 PM
Even Lily has started coming in early now the weather is less pleasant - Bramble must have been really annoyed by that vet visit!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on October 16, 2017, 16:56:57 PM
Bramble still won't come in, but something just happened that makes me think she's getting less skittish.
I was just about to put some chicken out for her when I saw her sitting on the wall. Normally, she scarpers as soon as I approach the door, but this time she stayed put. She let me get within 4 feet, then waited for me to leave and ate the chicken. (I sneaked a peek though a window!)
It doesn't sound like much, but I'll take whatever progress I can get!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on October 16, 2017, 22:34:58 PM
Progress is progress Dave. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on October 16, 2017, 23:41:17 PM
I'm hoping she comes in before the fireworks start, or at least isn't scared away by them.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on October 17, 2017, 05:46:46 AM
I definitely see it as progress, Dave, but also understand your desire to have her back inside.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on October 17, 2017, 14:32:01 PM
This must be terribly frustrating for you Dave - not to mention worrying!  :( I do hope Bramble soon decides that it is so much more comfortable inside  :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on October 24, 2017, 16:29:30 PM
More progress today, I think. Clio spends a lot of time in the kennel, pinching the food I put out for Bramble, but I think her presence makes Bramble a bit calmer, and less likely to run off when she sees or hears me. (Clio's in the second picture too, but in the corner so you can hardly see her.)

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on October 25, 2017, 13:15:09 PM
Even more progress. I've only ever seen Bramble inside the kennel when the food I leave for her is at the back. Even when it's pouring down, she finds somewhere else to shelter.
Last night, as I was putting food out for her, I saw Bramble curled up inside the kennel. As soon as she saw me she ran off, else I would have caught her, and I thought I'd made her too nervous to return to the kennel, but I left the food, hoped for the best, and went up to bed.
On the way though, I shone a torch out of an upstairs window, and there she was, back in the kennel!
:)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on October 25, 2017, 15:18:51 PM
that's excellent, Dave - now she has found it let's hope she makes it her home, at least while she insists on stopping out

it just means she's your outdoor cat, that's all
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on October 31, 2017, 12:56:29 PM
I think Kay's right Dave.  It seems she prefers to be outside, frustrating (and understandably upsetting) though that is.  Incidentally, you have made the outdoor shelter particularly inviting.   :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on October 31, 2017, 15:08:05 PM
:thanks: It's the upcoming fireworks that have me worried. Hopefully they won't panic her into leaving the area.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 05, 2017, 15:25:59 PM
As expected, it was like World War Three out there last night, and Bramble was nowhere to be seen. I was getting a bit worried that she'd been scared away, or worse, then a couple of hours ago she turned up. Phew!
I checked the food in the kennel was topped up, and she moved away a bit, but she came back soon after I got out of the way, and she's been sat on the bin for almost an hour.


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on November 06, 2017, 13:31:10 PM
glad you have seen her, she keeps you on your toes doesn't she!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: hollycat on November 06, 2017, 21:04:17 PM




Glad she's ok
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 08, 2017, 00:22:15 AM
I had quite a fright today. I was in town, about half a mile away from home, and the other side of a very busy road, when (I'm 99% sure) I saw Bramble. As soon as she saw me, she ran straight across that busy road.  Thankfully she got to the other side unscathed, though a car did pull up quite sharply.
I haven't seen her near home yet, but I'm fairly certain it's her eating the food in the kennel.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on November 08, 2017, 06:51:37 AM
Oh Gods, Dave.  That's scary.  I do hope it wasn't Bramble.   :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on November 08, 2017, 13:06:39 PM
I hope that it wasn't her and that she is closer to home. :hug: I suspect that when you finally get her again her days as an outdoor cat are numbered.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 08, 2017, 13:14:43 PM
I still haven't seen her since town. That doesn't necessarily mean anything, I've gone days without seeing her before, but I'll feel a bit calmer once I've seen her.
The food is still being eaten, and if it was being taken by other cats I would have spotted at least one of them by now, I'm sure, so I'm still hopeful.
And yes, she'll be under close arrest indefinitely the first chance I get!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 09, 2017, 03:21:29 AM
I was starting to panic, as I still hadn't seen Bramble, and I was wondering if I might just be feeding other people's cats, but I just shine a torch from an upstairs windofw, and there she was!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on November 09, 2017, 06:17:19 AM
That's wonderful Dave. :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: You must be so relieved. ;D :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on November 09, 2017, 08:15:28 AM
   Phew!!   That's a real relief, Dave.  Am hoping she'll see sense very soon, and come back indoors. 
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on November 09, 2017, 08:23:09 AM
glad to hear it, I hate seeing cats by busy roads and they aren't even mine so can imagine how you felt
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 20, 2017, 02:20:04 AM
Bramble's been keeping out of sight again, for several days this time, then all of a sudden she's started coming a bit closer, probably waiting for me to put her food out!.
I had another heart in mouth moment a few days ago, when I was coming home on my scooter. I saw her sitting on the pavement at the end of my road, but when she heard me, she ran straight over the main road. It's not a particularly busy road most of the time, but when it is, the cars are often going well over the speed limit. Luckily she survived unscathed, and she was in the kennel later that night.
I'm seriously considering getting a trap, just so I can relax a bit.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on November 20, 2017, 10:43:02 AM
oh Dave what a worry for you
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Desley (booktigger) on November 20, 2017, 13:11:01 PM
Good luck
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 20, 2017, 14:46:46 PM
 :thanks:
On the plus side Lily, who had been staying out overnight more and more, possibly copying Bramble, even though the weather is getting colder, is now coming indoors with no fuss, encouraged by pouches of Purina Gourmet, which she seems to go mad for! One less cat to worry about!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on November 25, 2017, 01:22:54 AM
Pleased about the doppelganger :Luv: :naughty: One less to worry about. Aided by Gourmet.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 28, 2017, 17:27:35 PM
Finally got around to ordering a cat trap. All being well, it  should be here by the end of the week. It's collapsible, so it'll beeasy to store in case I need it again.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on November 28, 2017, 17:47:31 PM
fingers crossed for you, Dave - the battle of wills between you and Bramble must be so frustrating for you

what an unusual character she is though
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 28, 2017, 19:30:51 PM
The funny thing is, Bramble used to be the easiest to get to come in. All I had to do was take one step outside and she'd run straight in - now she runs away instead.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on November 30, 2017, 09:59:36 AM
Has she been in since the cold snap, Dave?
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 30, 2017, 12:55:00 PM
She may have sneaked in to grab some food, but I haven't seen her inside, just a fleeting glimpse outside, so she's still coming to the kennel to eat.
The trap arrived today, and I've just spent half an hour figuring out how it works. It wouldn't have taken nearly so long, but Lily "helped"!
I have to go out for an hour or two shortly, and I'd rather not leave the trap unattended even for a short time, so I'll set it when I come home.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on November 30, 2017, 12:57:10 PM
hope you catch her Dave, such a shame she is so wary.  its freezing here, can't get mine to go out!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 30, 2017, 13:08:37 PM
It's  :censored: cold here too! It's dry and sunny though, so the food I use as bait won't wash away.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 30, 2017, 15:33:39 PM
Trap set and baited, and Bramble  set it off inside 3 minutes.
Unfortunately, she set it off from outside the trap, as she was suspicious and tried to reach the food through the wires, so I've reset it and moved it so it backs onto a wall.
Fingers crossed!


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 30, 2017, 17:27:47 PM
...and she's back!
I looked out of the window and the trap seemed unsprung, but it was dark and so is Bramble. I didn't want to keep opening the door to look properly as the noise would scare her off, but then I heard her yowling, and sure enough, there she was.
She's a bit unsettled, probably annoyed at being caught, but she's eaten since she came in.
Also, Lily's a bit over excited and keeps pouncing on Bramble, so it might take a while to adjust!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on November 30, 2017, 18:32:55 PM
Well, it didn't take long for them to settle, though Bramble was a bit cautious at first. I'm still keeping her indoors for the foreseeable future!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on November 30, 2017, 20:44:30 PM
it's odd how settled she seems once indoors, despite her antics outdoors

but definitely Dave 1 Bramble 0 for now anyway :evillaugh: :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on December 01, 2017, 07:33:14 AM
Well done, Dave.  Good to see her back indoors.   :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on December 01, 2017, 08:20:31 AM
well done Dave, she doesn't look unhappy either!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 01, 2017, 12:29:47 PM
She did seem very settled - until I took her upstairs. I'm not letting her out for a while, but I don't want Lily to feel as if she's being punished, so she can go out. At the moment, Lily's coming home fairly early (she's in now), though I don't entirely trust her so, when I'm going out for the evening, I don't let her out. I'll be going out tomorrow evening, so all the cats can mingle downstairs for a bit longer.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 01, 2017, 17:47:00 PM
Still close today, but I daren't let Bramble out yet.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on December 01, 2017, 21:52:04 PM
Much as I disagree with cats being restricted without reason if they are used to being outdoor cats, I'd be keeping Bramble under house arrest until Christmas at least. :shify: :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 01, 2017, 22:12:46 PM
I want to try to give her time to forget about the trap, if possible, in case I need to use it again. :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on December 02, 2017, 07:59:58 AM
Time to get some of the faux ivy that you get to disguise the bins and such to disguise the bright metal of the trap if you need to use it again. ;)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 02, 2017, 17:36:01 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of some sort of plastic sheeting, at least at first, to keep any rain off the bait. I thought I'd need something of the sort on Thursday, as it had rained all week, but I got lucky. :)

Still calm and collected. Bramble is even letting me stroke her, but I think she's just biding her time until she sees an opportunity to escape!


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 11, 2017, 01:13:59 AM
Bramble has now taken to jumping onto my chair whenever I get up. That and sidling up beside me to be stroked when I'm sitting on it, including when Lily's on my lap, nudging Lily until she gives Bramble a wash! I couldn't reach my camera for that, but here's a photo of Bramble looking daggers at me because she thinks I'm about to turf her out of the chair!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on December 11, 2017, 06:22:46 AM
I think you need to choose another chair! :rofl:

Seriously, it's good that she is calm and affectionate - until you let her out again. :naughty:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on December 11, 2017, 06:38:55 AM
In this respect, the cold weather is your friend, Dave.   :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 11, 2017, 11:24:37 AM
Unless she manages to somehow escape (and we all know how crafty cats can be!) Bramble will be staying in until the first Sunday of the new year. It might have been sooner, but then I realised that there would almost certainly be fireworks on New Years Eve. I got off fairly lightly in November, but my (and the cats') luck can't hold!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 13, 2017, 00:19:08 AM
Oh for crying out loud, she's got an accomplice now!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 13, 2017, 05:12:57 AM
Clio has been keeping out of the way of the other cats since Bramble came back in, but now they're getting reacquainted.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on December 13, 2017, 09:10:55 AM
they look pretty happy with the arrangement, funny how she is so hard to get in but loves it when she is
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 19, 2017, 16:02:20 PM
they look pretty happy with the arrangement, funny how she is so hard to get in but loves it when she is

I think it's a matter of trust - she hasn't trusted me since I took her to the vet. I seem to be getting some of that trust back though. I hadn't seen her for a while, and started looking around, when I caught a glimpse of her out of the corner of my eye. She was asleep, but I think I disturbed her when I reached for my phone to take a photo. Even so, she stayed put for a while, which is progress!
  ;D

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: hollycat on December 21, 2017, 13:53:17 PM



Lovely pics Dave
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 27, 2017, 20:02:15 PM
 :thanks:

Sooner or later I'm going to have to let Bramble out, but for now I'll just sit back and enjoy seeing her settled with the other cats:

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on December 27, 2017, 20:24:21 PM
 :Luv2:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on December 27, 2017, 20:35:37 PM
Don't blame you at all Dave, enjoy it while it lasts. :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on December 27, 2017, 21:43:30 PM
Awww, that is so lovely to see  ;D My 2 barely tolerate each other!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 30, 2017, 23:45:41 PM
She seems so settled I'd almost be tempted to let her out tomorrow, except for the inevitable fireworks.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on December 31, 2017, 00:23:46 AM
Awww! Ickle black bunny feets. :Luv:

I wouldn't let her out just yet either Dave. Maybe for even another couple of weeks if your place is as firework crazy as ours. >:(
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: hollycat on December 31, 2017, 01:19:43 AM




 :Luv: :Luv: :Luv: :Luv: :Luv: :Luv: :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on December 31, 2017, 02:35:25 AM
At the moment, the plan is to let her out a full week after the fireworks stop, whenever that is, but I'll take account of her mood, and if she seems nervous or moody (or moodier than usual!) I'll keep her in a bit longer.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 01, 2018, 22:02:21 PM
Yet another sleep photo.
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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on January 01, 2018, 23:44:35 PM
It's lovely that your cats bundle together Dave, mine sleep close to one another, but rarely close enough to act as pillows. :Luv2: :Luv2:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 02, 2018, 09:40:08 AM
At the other end of the sofa is Clio, being aloof. She doesn't much like other cats. Very occasionally, she'll allow Bramble close, but her expression shows she's only tolerating such contact, not enjoying it!
Here's a photo from August, just after I trapped Bramble in the kennel, shortly before I let her out too early and couldn't get her in. Clio was there first, and Bramble crept up afterwards.
Lily, being young and boisterous, isn't tolerated by Clio at all!


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on January 02, 2018, 09:50:11 AM
in my experience it's unusual for girl cats to tolerate each other at all, so to have two bonded and a third happy to tolerate them from a small distance is really lucky- especially when one of them keeps coming and going :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on January 02, 2018, 10:19:35 AM
I agree kay, the girls in my life are so less tolerant than the boys have been
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 02, 2018, 20:41:56 PM
All they seem to do at the moment is sleep, which can get a bit boring. On the other hand, it's easier to get them in focus.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 08, 2018, 22:31:19 PM
Something very odd just happened. I fell asleep in the chair -no, that's not the odd thing, happens all the time these days - it's what happened while I was asleep that's odd!
I was woken by a cat, sitting on my lap and licking my hand. Again,neither of those things is unusual, though if Lily sits on my lap she just goes to sleep, and if it was Clio I'd feel her claws digging into me, as she struggles to retract them.
Bramble has never sat on my lap. She's stood on my lap, and she's sat half on my lap and half on the arm of the chair, always with a definite eye on an escape route, but never sat fully on my lap.
Until now! OK, she still had half an eye on escape, but I reckon, if I'd wanted to, I could have grabbed her, so I think she's let her guard down. She stayed a while too, but when she wandered off it was a relief - I had cramp, but didn't want to scare her away with any sudden movements. I really think this a major development.
Or she may just be lulling me into a false sense of security, waiting for me to leave a door open so she can scarper!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 09, 2018, 00:32:08 AM
Once Bramble had wandered off, and after I'd stretched the cramp away, Lily quickly took her place, but Bramble still wanted some attention. This time I managed to reach my phone, so I took a few pictures. Because I  was struggling to avoid disturbing Bramble, I only had one hand free, and I couldn't see the screen, so I only got a couple of usable photos!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 09, 2018, 05:48:42 AM
Blimey Dave!!!   You must've felt amazing.   :wow:  Well done, Bramble (and well done you!)    ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 09, 2018, 08:36:34 AM
It did feel amazing, at least it did once I'd managed to prise my eyes open. I'd worked out that it was probably Bramble - her fur isn't quite as soft as Clio's or Lily's - but I couldn't quite believe it until I saw her!  :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 09, 2018, 08:48:02 AM
 :evillaugh: :evillaugh:  It's such a lovely reward for all your patience.   :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on January 09, 2018, 22:00:32 PM
What a wonderful wake up for you Dave, :wow: :wow: :wow:, let's just hope she builds on it before you let her out. :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 09, 2018, 22:25:54 PM
Unless she suddenly starts looking panicky, she'll be going out on Sunday morning. The fireworks seem to be well and truly over, so if she insists on staying out, at least I won't have to worry about that, and it'll be a while before the next lot.
Of course, she might behave herself and not stay out after all, but I don't want to set myself up for disappointment!
  :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 10, 2018, 05:37:48 AM
  is she still showing signs of wanting to go out Dave?  Am just wondering if you could perhaps keep her in until the end of the month and see how she goes?  Am thinking of the progress you've  won from her very recently. 
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 10, 2018, 07:17:36 AM
Not really, apart from wanting to see what's on the other side of a closed door, but that's just being a cat!  :rofl: It applies to inside doors too.
Letting her out is going to be nerve-wracking, whenever it happens, but I've got to bite the bullet sometime. At least I know she can look after herself out there, and that she tends to come home, if only for dinner!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 10, 2018, 08:33:52 AM
:evillaugh:  I know what you mean.  I said to my OH, if I had my way, our cats would never get to go out until they were in their 20's and accompanied by an appropriate adult.   ;)  He was very good at supervising the girls when they began to explore outdoors, but I was a nervous wreck, and my heart was constantly in my mouth.  :doh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 10, 2018, 09:03:38 AM
It's only recently it's been a problem with Bramble. I don't recall being this nervous when I first got her as a kitten. Before the vet visit that sparked this little adventure, all I had to do to get her to run scurrying in was take one step outside.
Lily, on the other hand, has always been a minx for staying out, and I've had to use all sorts of trickery to get her in - that is, until I managed to trap Bramble. Now she's in and out all morning, and I have no trouble shutting the door with her inside.
Contrary little
:censored:s!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 11, 2018, 23:14:03 PM
Lily's still doing her best to make Bramble feel at home.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 12, 2018, 05:48:02 AM
 :) :)seeing that is just magical, Dave   :Luv2:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 12, 2018, 10:23:17 AM
I spotted Bramble out of the corner of my eye sitting behind me on the back of my chair, so I  grabbed the nearest camera. Unfortunately, the one time the phone camera would have been the best option, I could only reach the "proper" camera, so I had to take my best guess to get an over the shoulder shot. I also didn't want to scare her with the flash, so it's a bit blurred.

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 12, 2018, 20:50:47 PM
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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 14, 2018, 10:10:53 AM
After a nail-biting few hours, Bramble strolled in and settled herself down for a sleep. Clio was in her box, and I managed to coax Lily in, so I shut the door and decided that today was a success!
I'll probably leave it a little longer tomorrow, but I've had enough excitement for one day!
:rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on January 14, 2018, 13:43:59 PM
You mean Bramble has been out and come back in again of her own accord? Maybe she values Lily's attentions more than the lure of the great outdoors.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on January 14, 2018, 14:00:33 PM
That is fantastic news Dave, perhaps she has forgiven you the vet visit now? She looks very happy being washed. :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 14, 2018, 14:33:51 PM
Even better, she keeps coming to me to be stroked, or to sleep on the chair back behind me. It's taking ages to type this - not only am I having to use the onscreen keyboard, I'm having to use my left hand, as Bramble has put her head under my right hand, and I'm making the most of the purring!
I just hope it lasts!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 14, 2018, 16:44:48 PM
 :wow:  I very much hope that it does last xxxx
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on January 14, 2018, 22:36:33 PM
That is great news Dave! I hope that this was just a 'blip' and Bramble is happy coming home again when she has been out.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 14, 2018, 23:10:35 PM
Time will tell! She's currently sleeping behind my head again. When she's there I get a bit of peace, something she's given me very little of all day. Not that I'm complaining, of course. It can be a bit tiring, but it's better than the alternative!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 15, 2018, 13:18:45 PM
...and she's still behaving herself. She went out for a little while, but came back in very soon after. I think she may have gone out a few times, but she was settled in my chair long before the rain started pouring down. Lily ran in then, so I locked up for another day.
I hardly dare believe it, but I think she's forgiven me for the vet visit!


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 15, 2018, 13:28:59 PM
 :narna dance: :yayyy: :dance: :star1:

It certainly looks that way.   ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on January 15, 2018, 19:24:15 PM
I do hope you are right Dave!  :crossed:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 18, 2018, 15:47:11 PM
She's still behaving, even when it's not raining! I'm sure she'll want to stay out longer when the weather gets warmer, but I don't expect she'll be afraid to come in. I just hope I won't need to take her to the vet again anytime soon!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: hollycat on January 21, 2018, 12:50:59 PM

 :Luv2: :Luv2: :Luv2: :Luv: :Luv: :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 21, 2018, 14:47:00 PM
I've been a bit worried about Clio since Bramble came back. Currently she's spending most of the day in her cardboard box, and I thought one of the others had upset her. She used to spend some time with Bramble, but I hadn't seen them together, until today. It looks like Bramble's been completely accepted back into the fold!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on January 21, 2018, 17:43:26 PM
That is good news and a lovely photo Dave. :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 23, 2018, 14:12:43 PM
I just had a nail-biting hour getting the cats in, but it wasn't what I expected.
Bramble and Clio were both in, just Lily out. It's a miserable day, so I thought I might as well shut the door  and leave the weather to its own devices. The usual routine is to rattle the bolt on the gate to attract Lily's attention, then let her see a pouch of Gourmet food, which brings her running. (I've no idea why , but it doesn't work with any other pouches I've tried!)
So far, so good, and I put the food in the bowl. Normally, Lily has her head in the bowl before all the food has gone in, but Bramble and Clio got there first, leaving Lily sat outside looking enviously on, but unwilling to commit to coming in, so I let them finish, then tried again, but the same thing happened!
I gave up for half an hour, and succeeded on the third attempt, but when I went out to attract Lily's attention the third time, Bramble was outside. When she saw me, she looked ready to run, and she did, but she ran straight indoors, just like she used to do.
Phew!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on January 23, 2018, 14:21:51 PM
sounds to me as if your cats are taking it in turns to gang up to get the better of you, Dave

this time Lily agreed to play hard to get in so the other two got two pouches of Gourmet - no doubt other plans to outwit you are in the offing
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 23, 2018, 14:25:50 PM
 :rofl:
That's just how it felt!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 23, 2018, 15:24:22 PM
 :evillaugh:  Cat connivance at its best!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on January 23, 2018, 15:29:48 PM
 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 24, 2018, 20:37:58 PM
I don't know what's got into Bramble. She isn't just sleeping on the back of my chair, she just spent 10 minutes or so giving the top of my head a wash. I'm going to have to wash it again before I go to bed!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on January 24, 2018, 21:37:59 PM
At least balding heads are easy to wash Dave. :naughty: :evillaugh: :evillaugh: :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on January 24, 2018, 21:54:22 PM
 :rofl:
It wasn't the bald patch though, she drenched my hair!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on January 24, 2018, 22:20:41 PM
 :evillaugh: :evillaugh: :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on January 25, 2018, 06:50:28 AM
That's so lovely Dave.  My sister's old cat used to love to comb her paws through long hair.  It could be quite therapeutic, until she really got going, when it became painful.   :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on February 02, 2018, 20:45:56 PM
Things are still going great with Bramble. She's coming to me for attention more and more, even when Lily isn't already on my lap!
I'm starting to relax now, though the downside is that, because I'm determined to make the most of this friendliness, I'm getting cramp from sitting still for too long at a time. It's worth it!
This is Lily on my lap, with Bramble on the arm of the chair.


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on February 02, 2018, 21:06:24 PM
Dave, the cramp is so worth it.  There are times at night when I'm the recipient of snoozles and my back is screaming with nerve pain but I refuse to give in to it and let it spoil the pleasure.  I so know what you mean, as will others.    :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on February 09, 2018, 19:39:39 PM
...and still giving me cramp, but this time in daylight so the picture's a bit clearer. She's spent most of the day, and evening, like this, apart from when I went out shopping, and the other times I got out of the chair. Oh, and I had two more hair washes!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on February 09, 2018, 20:45:13 PM
 :Luv2: :Luv2:   :evillaugh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on February 10, 2018, 07:03:01 AM
Getting better and better Dave ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on February 10, 2018, 15:37:13 PM
Another huge step forward today. I was getting dinner ready, and peeling some spuds. Of course, all three cats turned up, as they always do if they think there's the slightest chance they might get some of my food!
Lily and Clio always come close, especially Lily, who I often have to elbow off the worktop, but Bramble keeps a discreet distance....until today. Today she was as much underfoot as the others!
They all got fed when I started cutting up the beef, but no doubt I'll get mugged again when I  try to eat it!

Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on February 11, 2018, 17:02:00 PM
You'd be worried if it were any other way, Dave. ;D :Luv:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on February 11, 2018, 17:51:14 PM
Absolutely! The nuisance they make of themselves is much better than worrying about them when they're not! Although, I have wondered occasionally if I should get hold of a scanner and check that it's really Bramble. She'd been getting friendlier before her adventure, but it was very slow progress. Now, she's forever demanding attention, washing my hair for me, and trying to trip me up!
It's great!
  ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on February 12, 2018, 07:07:06 AM
Quote
I have wondered occasionally if I should get hold of a scanner and check that it's really Bramble.






 :evillaugh: :evillaugh:  Understandable Dave.  You must be feeling so chuffed though.  You've done an incredible job, with your patience and persistence.  I doubt I could have managed it.  I'd probably just have been whining and wringing my hands and feeling sorry for myself, but your plan worked brilliantly.  Well done.  Am so glad that you're now surrounded by eager felines when you're busy in the kitchen.   :) :)









Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 17, 2018, 12:31:39 PM
Yet another corner turned with Bramble. She's sat on my lap before, but it's always either been bolt upright or half on my lap and half on the arm of the chair, with an escape route in view at all times!
This time, although she was only half on my lap, she had her chin resting on my hand, and she was purring away happily and dozing. In this pic, she heard my reachng for my phone but, amazingly, she only opened her eyes half way, so she's obviously quite relaxed.


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on March 17, 2018, 18:41:31 PM
Well done Dave. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 18, 2018, 10:32:55 AM
I'm not sure how much credit I can take, other than doing my best to ignore her until she comes to me, but thanks!  ;D
Although,I'm quite pleased with how I managed not to react when Bramble accidentally scratched me. I'm not sure how it happened exactly, but Lily was involved probably trying to play while Bramble wanted to sleep, but it ended with Bramble falling, trying to catch herself on the arm of the chair, and finding my hand there instead!
Fortunately, it didn't hurt straight away so I didn't make any sudden noise or movement that would scare her away.
Or maybe it's just my reactions slowing down with age!
  :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 18, 2018, 11:13:50 AM
...and Bramble's just spent almost half an hour sleeping on my lap, without even a hint of looking for an escape route. I now need to move around a bit to get rid of the cramp.   :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on March 18, 2018, 12:46:31 PM
so now it's you who needs the escape route - what a turn around :wow:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 18, 2018, 13:01:42 PM
 :rofl:
And I didn't get much of a stretch. As soon as I sat down again she was back, this time with Lily!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on March 18, 2018, 14:07:22 PM
aww bless

I hope you've left some room there for Clio
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on March 18, 2018, 14:11:33 PM
 :Luv: :Luv: :Luv: Bless!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 18, 2018, 15:35:10 PM
aww bless

I hope you've left some room there for Clio
No photo, as I  couldn't reach a phone or camera this time, but Clio and Bramble spent a while on my lap shortly after those photos were taken. :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 18, 2018, 16:13:11 PM
...and now Clio's joined Lily to sit on me. It's not often they spend any time together as Lily is usually much too energetic for Clio.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on March 18, 2018, 17:16:30 PM
I see that you are enjoying your new job as a cat bed then Dave. :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 18, 2018, 17:33:14 PM
 :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on March 19, 2018, 19:54:29 PM
Another half hour (so far) with Bramble on my lap, completely this time, apart from resting her head on my hand, which means I'm having to type this left-handed on an onscreen keyboard. It's so slow, and I'm seizing up with cramp again. I'm in  :censored: agony, but it's worth it!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on March 19, 2018, 19:59:40 PM
How awful for you, Dave  :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on April 12, 2018, 22:11:55 PM
Bramble seems to have settled down after the loss of Clio. I was worried that she'd be skittish, especially after she saw the carrier, which she really doesn't like!
For the last few weeks, the pair of them have been cosying up on the back of my chair, and I've just noticed she seems to be leaving room for Clio.


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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Dawn F on April 13, 2018, 13:57:07 PM
 :Luv2: hard to believe she hasn't always been on the back of the chair!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on April 13, 2018, 15:26:44 PM
Bramble's only been doing this since her "Stubborn Adventure". She's slept there before, but has always run off when I've approached. Now she stays there when I sit down, and I get frequent neck massages!
I wasn't sure she'd continue with Clio gone, but she has.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Kay&2Ts on April 13, 2018, 15:57:29 PM
my Tosker always sleeps on the back of my chair - unfortunately as he has major congestion problems his noisy breathing makes it difficult for me to hear the TV - and then there are the regular bouts of intense sneezing accompanied by flying snot

so if you ever care to do a swop with Bramble ....................................  :sneaky: :sneaky:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on April 13, 2018, 16:45:22 PM
The walls between my house and next door are a bit thin, so I use headphones when I watch television. Having said that, when I'm not watching telly, Bramble's snoring is fairly quiet, and oddly soothing, so I'll stick with Bramble thanks! :)
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on April 13, 2018, 23:24:47 PM
Flying snot is never a good plan Dave, I'd stick with Bramble too. :naughty:

Sorry Kay. :evillaugh: :evillaugh: :evillaugh: Try a shower cap whilst watching telly. :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on May 04, 2018, 20:01:52 PM
I had a worrying start to the week. On Monday, Bramble wouldn't come in, and ran off whenever she saw me. I thought I was back at square one, and that I'd have to get the trap out again, but then around 8 in the evening she appeared at the door, waiting patiently to be let in!
It's a bit tricky with two cats that are in the habit of staying out. Lily was in, so I shut an inside door to keep her in, leaving the outside door open so Bramble wouldn't feel shut out.
The rest of the week, both of them have come in at a reasonable time, so I've (mostly) stopped worrying!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on May 04, 2018, 20:42:56 PM
Typical cat, everything on her own terms. :naughty: I am pleased that you didn't have to go through all that again Dave. :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on May 06, 2018, 13:00:10 PM
....AND she's off again. I didn't see her at all yesterday after she  went out in the morning, and I was starting to panic. I was about to post on a local Facebook lost pets page, when she came in for some food. She ran off when I  moved towards the door, so I don't think I'll be able to relax for a while.
Nothing's happened to scare her off, as far as I can tell, I think she's just enjoying the warm weather, so I'll be hoping for rain soon!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on May 07, 2018, 06:25:52 AM
Oh Dave.   :doh: :doh: Nooooo!   :(
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on May 07, 2018, 11:49:02 AM
Yep! She's still coming in to eat, but she won't let me shut her in. In fact, she's in now, eating, but if I move an inch, she'll bolt.
There's rain forecast in the next few days, so I'll see what happens then, and leave the kennel door open at night. If she doesn't come in, and stay in, soon, I'll get the trap out again, but I don't want to overuse that option in case she gets wise to it.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on May 07, 2018, 14:21:16 PM
Oh Dave! What  pickle she is  :(
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Sue P (Paddysmum) on May 11, 2018, 07:04:25 AM
Any joy with Bramble, Dave?
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on May 11, 2018, 10:53:52 AM
Unfortunately not. I've got to go out for a few hours today, but I'll be setting the trap when I come home, with some really smelly food that I know she likes!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on May 29, 2018, 04:14:55 AM
What is going on with Bramble Dave? It's ages since you posted about her. :hug:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on May 29, 2018, 13:20:44 PM
She's still staying out sadly, but coming in for food. The trap didn't work, I think it must have upset her the first time, and she's wary of it now.
I though I might have better luck during the heavy rain, but no. In fact, Lily has started staying out late and, during some thunderstorms, stayed out until 4 in the morning! I think it's too warm to make them want to be indoors.
Roll on winter!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on May 29, 2018, 21:33:05 PM
Dave, I am sorry that your girlies are being 'dirty stop outs'  :(
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on May 29, 2018, 21:47:54 PM
Well, at least Lily comes in (eventually!)
And Bramble is staying close to home a lot more often than last time.
I've covered the trap with some cheap pet mats/blankets, and left it closed. Bramble walks past it to get to her food so, in time, I might be able to set it and catch her.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on June 02, 2018, 19:33:00 PM
 :crossed: Norty Bramble, Lily not being far behind. :shocked:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on June 02, 2018, 20:00:34 PM
I stayed up until after 7 this morning trying to get Lily in. Luckily I'd already done all my shopping for the weekend so I had time to catch up on sleep!
On a brighter note, Bramble is staying closer for longer, though she still runs off if I get too close.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Lyn (Slugsta) on June 03, 2018, 11:31:54 AM
Dave, did you manage to get Lily in eventually?

It is good news that Bramble is staying closer - but it would be even better if she came home!
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on June 03, 2018, 11:49:00 AM
Yes, Lily came in, and wasn't allowed out again until this morning!
I don't think either of them will be in a hurry to come in until it gets a lot cooler.
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on June 03, 2018, 14:00:01 PM
I think Bramble is beyond stubborn now. Pig headed may be nearer the truth. You must be the only person in Britain, apart from Andrew who suffers in the warmer weather, that is praying for Winter. :doh:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on June 03, 2018, 14:51:21 PM
Rain would be nice too!    :rofl:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on June 03, 2018, 15:03:13 PM
Save me watering my pots. :naughty:
Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: DaveD on June 10, 2018, 21:25:47 PM
Both of the little  :censored: are just sitting there taunting me. If I step outside, they scarper!

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Title: Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
Post by: Judecat (Paula) on June 10, 2018, 21:31:33 PM
Little so and so's. :rofl: I think you need a new gate Dave. :naughty: