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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #190 on: September 03, 2018, 18:42:49 PM »
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #189 on: September 03, 2018, 07:03:37 AM »
 :) :)   Super piccie 

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #188 on: September 02, 2018, 21:44:46 PM »
Think you are right Paula, don't think these would appreciate a farm life
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #187 on: August 31, 2018, 12:38:02 PM »
Love the pun Sue! It was Chanel who appreciated cheese unfortunately, not Coco. However last night Coco did sniff my hand, although then when I got a treat out, she changed her mind, so I had to put it in front of her.
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #186 on: August 31, 2018, 00:06:16 AM »
       IF YOU HAVE THE RIGHT BRIBE AND CHEESE IS EASY, THEY WORK WONDERS. DONT KNOW WHAT THE CALMING BISCUITS ARE THO

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #185 on: August 30, 2018, 14:12:22 PM »


Having a quick pop by and admiring the Catio - it looks fab, Desley.  What a great little des-res (pun intended!)   ;D ;D

Havent had much time to catch up since last week, but very impressed with this, and with Coco's reaction to your cheese bribe.   ;D



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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #184 on: August 30, 2018, 13:51:07 PM »
Yes, I'm not normally a fan of 'prescription' biscuits, but these do work. I also give them the calming treats you recommended. Yes, being on an upstairs window is why I've thought for years I couldn't have one.
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #183 on: August 30, 2018, 13:45:52 PM »
those calming biscuits are a god send!  the catio looks amazing - I had imagined it on the ground floor though so its a lot cleverer than I expected!

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #182 on: August 30, 2018, 13:43:05 PM »
Last night I tried to explain how to get out to Chanel, she initially tried to run when I approached the window (they were both in the bed), but when I started tapping the window, she was very interested! Coco was a lot less growly/hissy, maybe having two meals of calming biscuits is helping! She even nearly got very close to my feet to try and steal Chanel’s leftover tea. Had lots of interaction from Chanel too, which is good – I had a bit of cheese in there, she kind of took it from my hand, then she was fussing a bit after that, I tapped my leg and she put her paws on me thinking there was something good, so I got a couple of dreamies out and she tapped both of them off my leg.
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #181 on: August 22, 2018, 13:48:28 PM »
I did discuss that with the builder Sue – it is a quick and relatively inexpensive job, the downside is having people in their room to change the window pane, ideally they should be out of the room. That obviously isn’t an option at the moment, but if they like the catio, I’ll have to think of a way to get it changed, will be much easier, and the way it is has been built, it would be easy for them to use one.
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #180 on: August 21, 2018, 14:33:19 PM »


Wooohooo!!  Builder has arrived!!   ;D ;D

Desley, just a thought, but could the window arrangement accommodate a cat flap so they could access it through the flap?


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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #179 on: August 21, 2018, 13:33:54 PM »
Yes, when I looked at her, happy and relaxed to play with something I couldn’t see, it did feel like it was right to give them that chance (although still long term fosters!). I may be bothered by them having restricted space, but they don’t seem to be. They love home comforts too much to be farm cats. Had a lovely selfie with Chanel while reading their bedtime story to them. Builder has turned up, so have explained that there is going to be a lot of noise, but it will be worth it for them, and the deal is they have to come in at night, I’m not leaving the window open all night! I have shut the window and the curtain to minimise the noise for them.
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #178 on: August 21, 2018, 05:12:01 AM »


She looks so comfortable and relaxed.   :)



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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #177 on: August 20, 2018, 21:18:02 PM »
I really think, for what it's worth, that you have made the right decision keeping them until/if something better comes along, I really can't see them making happy farm cats.

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #176 on: August 20, 2018, 20:46:02 PM »
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #175 on: August 20, 2018, 19:44:52 PM »
Heard a noise, looked round to find Coco playing, not sure what with! Looking at the content look on her face, I think I have made the right decision
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #174 on: August 03, 2018, 12:36:01 PM »
Going with your heart isn’t always a good thing! They definitely trust me Gill, there are other people who would be able to give time and patience, but the problem is they are few and far between – was talking to a friend on Sat and as soon as I said they don’t like being touched, she thought they would be better on a farm, but they do love their home comforts.

Dawn, someone willing to accept and love them as they currently are, who can give them the time, space and patience to potentially improve, but to accept that may never happen, so with no pressure to conform  – think someone on CC summed it up well when she said ‘they need a very special home with no pressure on them to be polite, sociable or impress friends and family (like yours in fact)’ . I can do the love and patience,  it’s the time and space that is the issue, and why I’m conflicted, I don’t want to keep them for selfish reasons, and not do the best by them, they may flourish more if given more space and time
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #173 on: August 02, 2018, 15:25:42 PM »
I'd struggle to part with them!  I do see where you are coming from Desley out of interest what would the something better be?

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #172 on: August 02, 2018, 14:54:44 PM »
YOU NEED TO GO WITH YOUR HEART DESLEY, THEY TRUST YOU AND NEED YOU, ANOTHER PERSON WOULD BE HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO GIVE THEM THE TIME AND THE PATIENCE THAT YOU GIVE

IT COMES A POINT IN YOUR LIFE WHERE ALTHOUGH YOU ARE A RESCUER YOU NEED CATS OF YOUR OWN THAT CAUSE YOU TO LOVE THEM AND LOOK AFTER THEM FOR THEIR LIFE. THIS DOES NOT STOP YOU DOING RESCUE BUT MAYBE IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT WAY

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #171 on: August 02, 2018, 12:40:34 PM »
It is definitely more than Chanel has ever had Sue, not sure about Coco, as we don’t know her past, but something has happened to make her distrust humans, she isn’t a true feral, she’s had a home at some point. The most important thing is that they don’t seem stressed by the confinement. My heart would love to keep them, as with their nature, I don’t know how well they would transfer trust onto another person, especially after the reaction to me going away for one night – I’m away for 8 days next month, so that will be interesting, but my head doesn’t want to potentially ruin the chance of them getting something better by me keeping them. The last two nights I’ve fed Lucy on the landing outside the door to see if that helps her dislike of them. She has been good recently, although Sooty has been winding her up this week and she has lashed out at him
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #170 on: August 01, 2018, 15:41:12 PM »


Thing is, Desley, you're giving them options and that's more than they've had.  You've always said if their big chance came up you'd give it to them, so there's no harm, and every benefit, in continuing as you have been. 



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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #169 on: August 01, 2018, 13:37:13 PM »
Yes, they do seem a lot happier Sue. Odd that just moving the new scratch post a short distance (it was where the cube is on that pic!) is enough to get them both using it. They haven’t used the new shelf or the cat tree toy I put on the bookcase, not 100% they have used the new window toy either. Watching them interacting more made me feel a lot happier about my choice, they are still improving and Coco is getting braver and happily eating in front of me – however if something better came up I would still let them go.  Shame the enclosure has been put back till next week again, but at least it is cool enough to use Da Bird with Chanel
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #168 on: August 01, 2018, 08:59:56 AM »
I AGREE WITH SUE

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #167 on: August 01, 2018, 07:40:32 AM »


I've gotta say Desley, the girls look so much more at ease and relaxed in their improved quarters.   :wow:  It must make you feel so good about what you've been able to do.  ;D  I know it's a shame the window arrangement hasn't been done yet, but it'll be top notch for Coco and Chanel when it's finished. 



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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #166 on: August 01, 2018, 07:20:49 AM »
Another good night with them, I moved the new scratch post at weekend, both used it  :Luv2:  Chanel even went in the cube to retrieve a toy. Need to bring up one that Lucy doesn't use. They love the beds on the windowsill, keep finding them in them. I also made Lucy have her supper outside their door, might keep doing that, could help
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #165 on: July 28, 2018, 18:22:28 PM »
They are Gill, put an extra bed on the windowsill last night, so they are both on there, one in each bed! I popped in for 10 mins after getting back from lunch and got a bit of a glare from Coco, so I wonder if my concern about not being able to spend enough time with them really is an issue, not sure how much Coco really needs it. Chanel only really wants me from a play point of view, which I haven't been able to do recently - it is still 25 in here at the moment.
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #164 on: July 28, 2018, 15:34:06 PM »
OH THEY ARE DOING SO WELL AND HOPE THE ENCLOSURE WILL MAKE EVEN BETTER

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #163 on: July 28, 2018, 08:09:58 AM »
Coco has been more relaxed this past 24 hours, yesterday morning she looked like she would accept a treat, so I offered her one and she tapped my hand, last night she looked like she was going to play with a random bit of fluff, so I got the rainbow cord out and she had a play, but Chanel spoils it - am hoping that when they have the enclosure, Chanel will go out and Coco will stay in, and give me chance to do a bit of one on one with her. she was still a bit up for playing this morning  :Luv:
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #162 on: July 25, 2018, 19:58:48 PM »
LOL, I THINK I KNOW WHAT I CAN READ TO LUPIN

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #161 on: July 25, 2018, 13:36:35 PM »
I just read whatever I would normally read when in there Gill, they are currently being read a crime book, but they do enjoy the blog posts I read them at the weekend, especially the ones that involve sheep! In fact, I bought a book from that author just to read to the girls!
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #160 on: July 24, 2018, 22:39:03 PM »
WHAT DO YOU READ DESLEY, I MAY TRY IT WITH LUPIN

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #159 on: July 24, 2018, 13:36:48 PM »
Rubbish pics, as I only had the tablet with me, but I’d dumped a blanket that needed washing on top of the box on Sun and Chanel dived on it, so swapped it for her favourite cushion and last night she was padding away while I read to them. Coco was in the bed on the floor when I first walked in, but I forgot something and when I went back in she’d moved to her usual spot. Chanel was quite brave this morning and sniffed my face, so she got a Dreamie for that – she has been braver since I moved the table next to the chair I sit on, so she can be close to me without me being aware! It is amazing how well they respond to being read to – wouldn’t do it with Lucy, she can get huffy when you try and talk to her, even if you are saying how much you love her!
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #158 on: July 24, 2018, 07:24:44 AM »
 :evillaugh: :evillaugh:

I love that, Desley. 

I used to underestimate the power of reading to cats in particular.  It wasn't until we got Moray, and we had to keep him away from Tinks initially, that I would read, and sit with him, telling him stories and other nonsense.  It gives them an opportunity to enjoy your company without stress, and they seem to know it's just for them.   When we got the gurlies, it was something I really think helped them to grow accustomed to our presence - that, and just sitting there watching catch up tv on the tablet, so they could explore without me being too direct with my presence.

I love that Coco "assumes the position" and settles down ready for a good story.   ;D




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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #157 on: July 23, 2018, 22:00:58 PM »
LOVE IT THEY GET A BEDROOM STORY AND CHANEL BEING MISCIEVOUS AND SUR SHE WILL LOVE THE ENCLOSURE

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #156 on: July 23, 2018, 13:35:58 PM »
Went up early last night, so spent a bit of time reading quietly before their bedtime story, Coco didn’t seem too impressed, but when I started reading she laid out with one leg stretched in front of her, it really does relax her. Unfortunately Chanel was in mischief mode last night (not sure 23 is cool enough to start playing Da Bird with her!), so spoiled the moment! She was hilarious though, I’m sure she is going to love the enclosure, and luckily I can leave it open all night if they refuse to come in – although I’m hoping they are food orientated enough not to miss supper!
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #155 on: July 22, 2018, 20:05:35 PM »
No Gill, just not a cat person, never mind complex cats. Apparently we've had someone wanting a pair of semi feral cats so hope she doesn't forget our conversation or I may have to adopt them.
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #154 on: July 22, 2018, 18:49:38 PM »
I DONT UNDERSTAND THE RESCUE WOMAN, IS SHE THICK

CHANEL GOING BONKERS FOR YOUR CRISPS LOL, SHE SOUNDS LIKE A REAL CAT

I WISH I HAD A BUILDER TO DO THINGS FOR ME THAT QUICK, OR DO ANYTHING

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #153 on: July 21, 2018, 18:26:13 PM »
Builder is hopeful he can do it Wed/Thu this week. Rescue lady rang about a home visit last night and asked me about the girls, she said she was concerned about how long I'd had them (she thinks people get fed up if they have had them a certain length of time!), she seemed to forget the conversation we had the other week, asked if I thought they should go back in a pen (can you imagine??) so I said they weren't homeable in the true sense, when I described what they needed, she thought it was impossible, so I said again about the long term foster bit, she didn't seem too enthusiastic, but left it that she would trust my judgement, so I'll take that as a yes I can! I didn't mention the enclosure again as she didn't seem keen on me paying last time. At least my vet was more enthusiastic about the scenario.

Last night I ended up having some crisps in here (I try not to eat in the cat room), Chanel went bonkers and started gently touching my arm and leg, so I obviously gave her a bit!
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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #152 on: July 20, 2018, 18:22:20 PM »
COCO AND CHANEL ARE FULL OF SURPISES  ;D

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Re: Meet Coco and Chanel
« Reply #151 on: July 20, 2018, 13:36:27 PM »
She really doesn’t Sue and thinks I’m too soft on her and that it’s made her worse, when the reality is I’ve found what calms her down the quickest, regardless of whether it is right or not. The sad part is because either the way my neighbour deals with her is harsher, or she picks up on the vibes, Lucy is very standoffish with her. Luckily I have a friend who isn’t put off by the hissing, and is happy to come round and just lie on my sofa when I go away, and Lucy will happily sit on her knee – she barely acknowledges her when I’m around, but my friend doesn’t get offended about that like my neighbour.
Had a good couple of days with them – when I changed the room the other week I moved some of the books from the bottom shelf of the bookcase and put a blanket on, they haven’t bothered with it, so I was going to wash it this weekend and put it away – one day this week Chanel was on it, last night not only was Coco on it, but didn’t move when I approached her to put her food in front of her!
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