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Ming - 9 lives, 7ish left
Man alive - if she can get into it - she will. Kitten turns 14 weeks old tomorrow. If I open the microwave (on a table), she jumps in. If I reach for something, there's her little "hand" right there. She is, however, getting better about trying to follow me out the door - in fact she is very good about not trying to sneak out now.
Saturday. I always remind everyone to put the toilet seat down - especially the roommate's new SFB (last word being "brains" btw). Well I clean out my fishie and dump the water down the toilet. I turn to put down the fish tank and guess who jumps into the toilet - freaks out - jumps straight up and back out. Had the toilet seat (not lid) been down - she would have had a hard time getting out.
So - she's sitting off to the side - totally wet. I wash her (I mean a mixture of fishie poo water and toilet - yummy) and dry her off.
Now it's midnight - and the two kittens are racing around. She runs by this effin cat toy I bought 2 weeks ago - $7 POS that consists of a plastic base with three wires extending off of it where a hanging ball or feather thing are attached. They love it.
Well - she runs by and then SCREAMS - WTF - the stupid hanging balls, etc are attached to the wire - that is loosely curved around - and the "hook" is now embedded in her lower eyelid. And she's pulling on it and screaming - an AWFUL STOMACH RETCHING SOUND TOO! So I grab her and freak out - she's bleeding and writhing around - the metal wire was resting on her eyeball - so I pull that away and get my clippers out and snip off the hanging toy's thread that had also gone thru her eyelid. And then I start screaming for Dave. I cannot move or let her go otherwise she will either rip herself and or - most likely ruin her eyeball.
I scream for roommate for nearly 10 minutes as he gets himself out of his sleep - I was really ready to reach for my phone and call 911. I needed wire cutters. FINALLY he gets up. Of course he doesn't know where his are and so I told him that I have a small pair of needle nose pliers/wire cutters in the tool bag I always have in my backpack.
Took us nearly 10 minutes to get it out - had to back feed it as the hook was wrapped right around her eyelid.
And I'm crying. So I go wash her off, get the blood off - and examine her - eye is fine - puffed up though. I set her down and she runs off to play again.
wtf. My stomach was so upset.
I also decided then and there that she is NOT going to get the cat play tower I had on hold - that was as tall as me because that little snit would probably jump off it and break something.
SO - I am even MORE on alert for being kitten safe. Mom is irritated with me as when we look at something, etc - like a floor lamp - I walk over - wiggle it and then try to tip it over and she asks what I'm doing - and I respond - seeing if it's kitten proof.
I cannot imagine you people who are parents what you have gone thru or child proofed your place!
Oh and the dam cat toy is being mailed back to Hartz Mountain with a demand they take it off the market or remodel it so the "hooks" at the end are completely enclosed.