CitiKitty Week 10:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 16-03-2011

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Here we are at my joshed about 10 weeks and guess what, we are toilet trained! Surprised? Don’t be. I lied.

Going back a step has really helped Knyckles feel more comfortable with the toilet again. She was getting to where she didn’t even want to go near it. She is peeing in it regularly without needed assistance but she’s still pooping on the floor. She does try her hardest to cover it with our tile floor though.

At times I feel like I’m beating a dead horse (Good lord, that’s an awful saying. Who started that and why am I endorsing it?) but I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet (Towel? I’m not using a towel. What’s with all of the clichés today?). Remember a few weeks ago when I said that perhaps she’ll get comfortable using the toilet and correct herself? That’s what I’m hoping for again. She gets her wet food when she pees in the toilet and if she ever poops in it again I’ll probably throw her a parade. The dry treats stopped being encouraging a couple of weeks ago. Occasionally I can get her to sit on the box for a treat, but instead of staying on the box and contemplating the toilet like I desire she takes it into her mouth and eats it elsewhere – fail. She’s also learned that even if she pees just the tiniest of bits she gets some delicious wet food; therefore we are peeing several times a day. Smart cat. Frustrated human.

Perhaps we are at a stalemate. I am still hopeful. We’ll see.

Dishwasher mishap:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 15-03-2011

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We’ve all seen those movies where the character mistakenly puts dishwashing soap into the dishwasher instead of detergent or the whole box of laundry detergent into the washing machine. Well, we did an experiment and found out that the movies are telling the truth about that one; the dishwasher really does overflow with bubbles as I’m sure the washing machine would as well.

After unknowingly beginning the experiment, we sat in the study working on the computer for a while. Our beloved Knyckles came into the room multiple times meowing to gain our attention and then running into the kitchen. Sadly, we paid little attention to her. Between her sweet little face and her cries for help we should’ve heard “Dad, Mom, something’s gone awry in the kitchen! Come, come quick! I need your assistance. My intense glare isn’t doing anything to the approaching beast!” Instead we heard, “Pay attention to me, stop looking at the computer. I’m a person too.” Here we thought she was being selfish but rather she was trying to save the kitchen from being overtaken by soap bubbles. What a wonderful cat we have. Lesson learned: pay attention to your furry family members.

Cat around Villa:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 06-03-2011

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It has been a while since posting adorable kitty pictures. How did I let that happen? She’s just asking to be featured on the blog.

On my love sac . She’s been getting more use out of it than me lately.

“Clean comforter? Don’t mind if I do.”

The joys of waking up next to a furry face. I have two of those nowadays!

Giving Mom a scare on a regular afternoon. “She thinks you can’t lose a cat in a two bedroom apartment. Muhaha!”

CitiKitty week 8:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 02-03-2011

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*sigh* Well, we are at a standstill. Knyckles is still holding and not going as regularly as she used to. When she does go she pees in the pot and poohs on the floor. Remember when I joked about it taking 10 week to train her? I think that might have been too optimistic. Perhaps I’m not being as diligent as I was with her. There was a woman who wrote on the CitiKitty website that it took her 5 months to train her cat, can I last that long? I thought about going back a step but I’m not 100% sure if we should or not. I’m thinking when she gets comfortable peeing in it she’ll start using it for numero two. We’ll see. *sigh*

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CitiKitty Week 7:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 23-02-2011

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Another accident, nuff said.

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CitiKitty Week 4:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 02-02-2011

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This is for the patient at heart. Luckily I’m very patient with small things like animals and children; it’s the large things I am impatient with like myself and appliances. After applauding myself on Knyckles using the potty without a step, we had a turn to the dark side. One day with no usage, two days with not a drop, three days without even venturing into the bathroom and in a few hours it would be four days. I was starting to panic imagining her little innards backing up and eventually exploding from her bullheadedness. I had replaced her box after the first day worried that perhaps she didn’t like jumping onto the toilet but that obviously didn’t help. As we hit the evening of the third day, I took my post next to her bathroom and encouraged away. She came and sat with me then lay on her box and thirty minutes later she was up there peeing, and peeing, and peeing, and peeing. She peed so much that it filled over half of the CitiKitty covering her back feet before leaking into the toilet. Aha! Perhaps this is why she didn’t want to go. I cleaned the CitiKitty and then followed her around from room to room until she gave up, trudged back to the toilet and finished her business. Since then she’s been going like a champ. I think she’s learned to go often so she doesn’t get her feet messed. She still won’t put her feet on the seat. We scraped by this week with no accidents, but I know for certain that if I wasn’t home and encouraging her we would’ve had one. Last night I removed the second portion and the hole looks huge! Wish us luck this next week.

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/

CitiKitty Week 3:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 27-01-2011

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Week 2 went well considering the task at hand. Knyckles didn’t seem to mind the removal of her walkway and readily used the box to get onto the toilet, however she had some technical problems with – how shall I say this – body placement (?). She still wants to have all four feet in the litter during the more serious potty business resulting in a couple of misses. I consulted a few highly unknowledgeable sources on the subject and we agreed that although she was missing, she was on the toilet and trying therefore the process shouldn’t be postponed. I’m assuming that as the CitiKitty itself becomes less and less she’ll readjust her footing and the problem will be solved. As long as she continues to get on the toilet to go to the bathroom, I’m happy.

My sources and I also decided to remove the box while the hole in the CitiKitty is still small so that she can figure out jumping and balancing without the threat of falling in, which I think would result in NEVER using the toilet again. While she had no problem using the toilet without the box, I am glad I started with the walkway. The walkway made it so much easier for her to adjust to the new litter box. Once she was familiar with using the CitiKitty, replacing the walkway with a small box and then removing that didn’t seem to hinder her in anyway.

However, there will be no photo since our week 3 will look exactly like week 2. Knyckles did famously until I didn’t clean it before she went number two leading her to do the doo on the floor – fail. She has started using the CitiKitty only at night while I’m sleeping. Why, I’m not sure. Could it seem humiliating to her? Perhaps. Would she rather have the comfort of knowing that the whole house is asleep? Apparently. Whatever the reason behind her now nightly ritual, I’m usually awakened by the constant scratching on the toilet lid, but not always. The CitiKitty directions say to wait a full week after an accident to remove the next portion; I guess that means human accident resulting in feline accident as well (?). To be safe and not rush my sweet cat, we’ll wait a week to take out the next section.

Because there is not enough litter for Knyckles to cover her nasty, it’s imperative that I clean it immediately for several reasons: the smell that not only wafts through the house but will drive her crazy if left uncovered and in case she has more business to do. It’s relatively easy to clean since the litter is flushable but in no way is enjoyable.

To get your own CitiKitty visit their website: http://www.citikitty.com/

CitiKitty Week 2:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 20-01-2011

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Hooray for successes! Knyckles must have been ashamed of her accident being posted online for the world to see because she has yet to have another one! We removed the middle portion of the CitiKitty yesterday and a several days ago degraded her walkway to a small step/box. In a few days that will be removed entirely –yay! She’s already used the new version of the CitiKitty and I’m very proud and hopeful that in 3 more weeks we will have a toilet trained cat; I knew she could do it! KNYCKLES, YOU GO GIRL! This is what the CitiKitty looks like in week two:

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CitiKitty Day 1:

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 13-01-2011

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I’ve had my fair share of potty training, however this training was solely on little persons. As big as my ego is on child rearing, it is nonexistent on the raising, training, or disciplining of a feline. To say I had my hesitancies on toilet training my cat, Knyckles, is a severe understatement. I will be posting updates on the success and/or failures of our CitiKitty experience periodically so that you too can see if both I and my cat have what it takes to potty train her.

After reading the very short and idiot proof handbook that accompanied our CitiKitty, I set up Knyckles bathroom in our guest bathroom. Yes, the cat has her own restroom. Both her previous litter boxes were removed and in place of them she had a tiny pretend litter box covering the toilet bowl. Despite my initial concerns, I was quite optimistic that Knyckles would be peeing on the pot in the minimum 4 week timeline. 36 hours later when she had yet to do her business and was meowing like a crazed animal, I was following her around the apartment making sure she didn’t just pop a squat on the laundry room floor. I even created a walkway out of a side table so that she didn’t have to jump onto the toilet but could instead walk into it like it was at the end of a runway. It was now 2:00am and I had been jumping out of bed every time she cried to stand next to her in her bathroom as she stared at the CitiKitty. Even this minuscule recognition of it earned a treat for her and she was finally getting in it and turning circles trying to make enough room for herself. And then finally, she dug out her cat courage and peed in the toilet…or into her litter box on the toilet. Hooray!

Cleaning it wasn’t the most fun I’d had all day either, although I was so elated that she’d gone in it at all that I might as well have been Snow White whistling while I worked. It wasn’t until the next morning when I found a little pile of pooh on the floor that I fully realized that this was going to be a long 4 or 5 or 10 week course in cat toilet training.

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July 28th, 2010 – Dhymes Dies

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Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 09-11-2010

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As much as I hate to put this in writing – because I still find myself in disbelief and somehow it feels like writing it down will make it actually true – my sweet Dhymes death was an unforgettable part of this summer. So here is my darling kitty’s obituary:

Dhymes passed away the evening of July 28th, 2010 at the International Veterinary Hospital in Kuwait. He was an 8 year old ball of fluff who even in his last moments tried to be his best. While he occasionally had trouble doing ordinary cat things, it all added up to making him a one of a kind cat. He met me at the front door regularly, allowed me to squeeze him tightly while falling asleep, and humored me in dressing him up and trimming him down. He ate through any package of bread or meat that I left in a grocery bag on the floor or on the counter and returned my scolds with classic puppy dog eyes, which are just as effective in a feline.

I have mentioned a woman named Jan in a previous post. She is what I would call one of my mother’s lifelong friends. When I had a game for my Tsunami Volleyball team in Jan’s town, we stayed with her at her home. Her cat, Annie, had just had a litter of 6 kittens a few weeks before. Knyckles and Dhymes were a part of that litter. Dhymes was the only male and the only kitten that featured his mother: white body with orange ears. The rest looked like their father: white bodies with some form of black ears. Annie rough housed Dhymes and cleaned him until we were certain he would bleed. He was treated differently than all the other kittens. At one point during our stay my mother said, “If I had a cat, I’d want one like him. He knows how to play and he knows how to relax!” A few months later when my mother went to visit Jan, two bigger kittens met her at the door as Jan hollered, “It’s time you take your cats home!” She explained to my mother how I needed a cat and if I wasn’t allowed a cat because my brother didn’t have a pet that she had one for him too. She even saved the one my mother had joshed about wanting even though he had been promised to someone else. And that is how they came to me: in a black carrier, in the red Miata on Mom’s way back to Georgia.

Although my brother adored Dhymes, his life got more hectic leaving him unable to care for him. So I was given the gift of Dhymes. The more I think of him, the more I realize what a constant he was in my life; as crushes came and went; as I muddled through high school and then college; as I moved from house to house and apartment to apartment; as I cried myself to sleep; and as I cursed the mundane life I led, he was there steadily purring he reassurance. And I couldn’t have asked for more than that.

He was loved, spoiled, and is terribly missed.