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I'm finally updating my web site and I needed a bunch more pictures. Here is Pascal's response:

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This reminds of the joke,
 

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Why do male cats lick their balls?

Because they can.

 

 

And now the kits have definitely reached the adorable stage. They will be five weeks old on Monday. When I open the door to the enclosure, the white one very purposely marches out. :lol:

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Over $1000 Cdn. That doesn’t even cover my costs. Small breeders don’t make a profit. I’m still getting started, so I need to talk to other breeders to really figure things out.

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Have you heard of the Labradoodle? They aren’t even purebred and they go for $3000! They are really popular, so breeders can charge a lot.

Even adopting a pet from a shelter costs $200 here.

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Jeez-um!  I think you can just walk in and pick up a pet from a shelter here--no cost to you.  You say $1000 doesn't even cover your costs?

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Pascal is a step above Frankie.

Frankie was washing his butt.  Frankie was startled by his penis.  Frankie bit and yanked it.

Frankie regretted everything.

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Was he ok?

18 minutes ago, Malonn said:

Jeez-um!  I think you can just walk in and pick up a pet from a shelter here--no cost to you.  You say $1000 doesn't even cover your costs?

Vet fees are expensive. Then you've got the cost of the breeding animals, equipment, food and other supplies. I spent $9000 on my breeding animals. It would have been a LOT more if I'd imported the cats from Russia, which is what the woman I bought them from had done. She sold Darwin and Curie at a big discount just to get them sold.

I'd be very surprised if you could get a shelter animal for free. They should have all their shots and be altered (i.e. neutered or spayed). Even with donations, it's hard for shelters to break even.

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He was fine!  He got many cuddles and ear scritches because it's not his fault he's convinced he's only as big as his head and everything after his shoulders belongs to another, much larger cat that follows him around.  And he's also the sweetest baby ever.

I've just never seen a cat recoil that fast before in my life.  And I've seen cats bite angry beetles and wasps and had to wash out their mouths.

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3 hours ago, Malonn said:

Jeez-um!  I think you can just walk in and pick up a pet from a shelter here--no cost to you.  You say $1000 doesn't even cover your costs?

The shelters around here charge about $70-100 for an adoption because that helps to cover the base shots and fixing for all the pets.  Even our older and already fixed kitty was $70, because that cost covered a kitten.

Purebreds are different because you're paying for the bloodline.  Think of it as the difference between buying an indie game vs a triple A game.  Both are awesome, but only one will let you become a pro gamer.

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Even the different colours have different prices because of their rarity. First you have to import the cats and then you need to come up with the right combination to get the results you want. I seriously lucked out with my first pair because I had no clue what I was doing. Now I would focus more on getting a chinchilla colour, which would be pretty expensive.

And I think it's time to announce that I got my site updated finally. Cor Auratum is my cattery. The logo was done by Amadaun. Thanks Ama! Btw, I didn't change the colour, I just put it on the banner with the dark blue background and I thought the effect looked awesome. If you visit on a mobile device with low resolution, like a cellphone, you'll see the banner change and the logo drops down and shows its real colours.

I still have a few fixes to upload to the live site, which I'll do shortly.

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Actually I doubt it's cats doing that. Cats bury their waste, so they'll use your garden. Toms will spray to mark their territory.

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They also can't stand the smell of citrus.  Spray the area down with a hose to get rid of any urine scent, and then leave out citrus peels to chase them away.

...granted, our feral cats are a bit...bigger.

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I’ve had cats that don’t react to citrus! My first cat didn’t like citrus and we used to scatter citrus peels around the Christmas tree to keep him at bay, but all our cats since just play with the peels! Doesn’t faze Brits at all. Mind you, water doesn’t faze them much either. :rofl:

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Get a scatmat or make your own?

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Try a solar version of this than runs of AA batteries or the like:

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You might try the easy and cheap solutions first, my favorite being taking masking tape and making large loops with the stick side out and placing them like tank treads on sheets of aluminum foil. The cats don't like the crinckle of aluminum foil and they hate anything sticky on their paws. 

Next, you could try a simpler circuit such as a motion or pressure switch controlled power relay and connect it to a drill or blender on the sink. My favorite of these is the "blender defender" project you can find online. This is very cheap to build but you must program a chip with easy to use software to respond to the motion sensor, switch the relay on for a few seconds, and then switch it off.. 

Last, if you want to try to duplicate the scat mats, you can find some circuits online. Let freepatentsonline be your friend :) I found the patent for the device you mention and it is a standard dc to ac inverter circuit. You can buy the fully built inverters from someone that stocks E.R.G. power supplies, or find one in a junk device like an old laptop or flat panel monitor. You want a 5v or 9v to 200v inverter, usually 400Hz. 

The mat is a pattern of wires or aluminum foil strips or braid or any conductor glued to a flexible plastic sheet. You have two conductors that are spaced in your pattern such as conductor a is always .5" separated from conductor b so that no matter where the cat steps, its paws cross the 2 conductors. You connect your inverter to the wire ends of the tracks you lay on the mat and switch the inverter on with a pressure sensitive switch in or under the mat.. 

How you turn on the shock is up to you. You can take apart a junk keyboard and used the plastic sheets with carbon conductors inside as your a pressure sensitive mat or glue it inside 2 sheets of plastic. Or your could buy a novlety talking mat like the ones that scream at you for Halloween and rip the speaker part off and connect your switch right to those wires and glue your shock wires to the top of the mat. Then you just have to build the inveter/shock circuit. 

When I was younger, I had a neat electronics mail order project that I saw in the back of "Boy's Life". I got a project every few weeks for a year. One was a very simple "shock box". You put aluminum foil on 2 joining sectons of small box and another sheet on the other 2 sides in a way that make it almost impossible to pick up the box without your thumb on one electrode and your other fingers on the other. Inside the box was a "C" cell and a home made transformer. I don't remember the windings, but it was something like 10 turns of insulated magnet wire for the primary with say 400 turns for the secondary wrapped around a nail or stripped copper wire. 

The secondary connected to each conductor on the outside of the box while one end of the primary went to a nail that had .5" from the head to the tip coated in nail polish. The nail then went through a spring and the nail/spring assembly went through the bottom hole of a standard 90 degree angle bracket that was glued to the side of the small box with the "L" shape of the bracket just like an L on this screen. The one side glued to the inside of the box and the horizontal side open to the bottom of the box. The other end of the primary connected to the angle bracket. The wire was soldered to one end of the nail after the nail was inserted up through the bottom of the hole in the bracket. 

When the box sat on a table, the nail was pushed up into the box and the bottom end of the nail was basically up against the bottom of the angle bracket. The nail polish kept the nail from completing the circuit with the bracket. But when you lifted the box, the nail fell through the hole in the bracket with the spring keeping it from falling all the way through. But when the nail dangled there, it fell past the end of the nail polish insulation. Any normal jiggling of the box or even just the spring making the nail jump up and down banged the nail back and forth against the bracket hole basically creating an pulsed DC voltage into the primary of the coil. Instant shock! I trained myself to actually be able to hold the box despite it shocking me continuously. It finally broke from everyone droping it after they picked it up. :) 

The simplest circuit for you would be a 555 timer into a transformer like above that when switched on, created enough voltage at low current to deliver a mild shock. But the best circuit would have protection against a short in the mat or to "reset" after a certain number of seconds. 

WARNING: Be VERY careful with any of this and get qualified help if you have any questions about voltage and current. Even a "harmless" shock can cause someone sensitive to have a heart attack or panic attack and you could hurt yourself too or your pet.

I have heard that putting out coarse sandpaper is a cat deterrent, you might try that, it bugs their paws, and after awhile they'll just assume the sandpaper is up there and not jump up.

 

They may not like steel wire coil mesh mats either. Or try attaching one of these to your current mat.

 

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