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Nov. 19th, 2007

07:58 am - Housing

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I think I may have this problem solved. But the solutions are a bit problematic.

One place I looked at has a basement to live in with very little light and oppressively low ceilings. I would feel as though I were living in a warren. I don't think I could do it long term. But she does have a room available upstairs. I'd have to put a lot in storage, but that could definitely work. It's also reasonably cheap.

The catch is that the woman renting the place would be living there, is someone I think is extremely attractive and tells me (and it feels like this is a good thing in her mind) that I remind her of her ex-husband because I've worked with computers since I was a small child. This could be great, awful, or simply very awkward.

There is another place that I think will take me. And they have tons of space. But I don't actually like them. They live in LA, so that might not be much of a problem. But also Zow couldn't live with me because they want him declawed or with those little claw sheathes on. :-/ I couldn't do that to poor Zow.

They are also a lot more expensive. I would be doubling my rent to move there.

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From:joreth
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Just so you know, I had to use the claw sheaths one year when Onyx (who is allergic to fleas) scratched herself so bad she was scabby from eyes to shoulders. They're about as annoying to put on as it is to trim their claws (which I do regularly) and they are mostly unnoticeable by the cat once their on.

(the picture is not Onyx, BTW, it's Misty)
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. That's good to know. :-) I thought they'd be a lot more intrusive than that. I know that declawing is an awful thing to do to a cat.

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From:joreth
Date:November 19th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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I would never declaw a cat. It takes part of the bone off somewhere around what would be our first knuckle.
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)

Misty

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I should take pictures of my cat. :-) Misty looks very sweet in that picture. :-)

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From:joreth
Date:November 19th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Misty

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I have far too many pictures of my cats. I even had enough to put together a calendar of cat pictures! I'm way more annoying than a newborn's mother!

Misty is sweet, in a neurotic, co-dependent, monogamous sort of way :-D
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From:mysticalforest
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
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What's wrong with claw sheathes?
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Well, I thought they'd be kind of mean and a huge pain. But according to joreth it doesn't seem like it would be that way.

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From:klicrai
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Well, it sounds like you have a couple of options even if they aren't ideal. If I were you I'd take the potentially awkward situation and keep looking. Do to your circumstances it will likely take you a while to find a place you like, but I'm certain it can be done.
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 19th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
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That's what I'm leaning towards as well. Price and liking your landlord are really nice features. Apparently claw sheathes are not so awful as I thought they'd be.

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From:joreth
Date:November 19th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
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They're a lot like fake nails on women. You super-glue them on (they come with their own glue) and they fit over the claw and allow the cat to retract its claws naturally. The cat might get annoyed when he goes to jump on something and can't dig his claws in to get better purchase, but otherwise they're mostly unnoticable. To put them on, you hold the cat and grasp the paw, extending the claw like you would for a trim. Then you slip the pre-glued sheath over the extended claw and hold for a couple of seconds while it dries. The cat hardly even notices ... some notice more than others but it's not harmful.
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From:zaiah
Date:November 19th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Yay for options! So you're leaning towards #1?
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 20th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
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I was, but there was a miscommunication and she's looking at other applications ahead of mine. :-/

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From:rainonthewind
Date:November 20th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
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Assuming my house purchase goes through, I could take Zow to live at my place from mid December until you wanted him back - we can try bathing him, and if that doesn't solve the allergy issue, he can live mostly outside, which he has been interested in anyway. The house is at the end of a dead end cul-de-sac in a little neighborhood, and borders on a green belt, so while coyotes would be a small worry, getting hit by a car would not be likely.
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From:klicrai
Date:November 20th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC)
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Oh, he would be such a happy kitty! I could see Zow running free through the brush, hunting bugs and small birds.
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 20th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
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I could too. :-)

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From:omnifarious
Date:November 20th, 2007 07:43 am (UTC)
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You know, no matter how things work out for me with housing, maybe we should have a shared custody arrangement where he gets to spend June->August there. :-) He would like being able to be outdoors.

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From:rainonthewind
Date:November 20th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
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He would, but most kitties really don't like moving. And the neighborhood association says only two cats/dogs. I really want a dog, and judging by the rodent turds I also really need a full time rodent-hunting cat.
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 20th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
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*nod* Oh, well. :-/

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