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Emergency! I've have no experience ridding my orchids of these pest!

This is a discussion on Emergency! I've have no experience ridding my orchids of these pest! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; If they're girls you could always name them orchid, lily and rose - - martha...

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    If they're girls you could always name them orchid, lily and rose - - martha

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    They are sooooo endlessly cute! I have a cat, but mine cannot be bothered. Goes and gets himself misted now and again. Oh, wrong...he does try to nibble in the roots of my red vanda (ascocenda to be precise), but he leaves the other one alone. I wonder if it's the scent that makes the difference.
    Tell us their names!
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    Right now they are named Kitten 1, Kitten 2 and Kitten 3! I may take Martha's naming advice! loo

    Quote Originally Posted by PetSlayer View Post
    They are sooooo endlessly cute! I have a cat, but mine cannot be bothered. Goes and gets himself misted now and again. Oh, wrong...he does try to nibble in the roots of my red vanda (ascocenda to be precise), but he leaves the other one alone. I wonder if it's the scent that makes the difference.
    Tell us their names!
    Laura

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    Well, let's be sensible about naming cats.
    If you want them to learn their own name fast, think: open vowels, short and not similar sounds. As a beginning of a name, A is good, Sh combination is great. Like Ada or Shelly. I do enjoy giving my cats ordinary names like John or Nick, always good to confuse the neighbours . But the best ones are always the ones that have lots of vowels, like Andy. Don't think orchids, think cats. A, E and S are well heard and likable sounds for cats, they will learn fast.

    And I promise you one thing: even if you give them long names, you will end up calling them something else, short and clear. Especially when you want them out of the flowers!

    I'm a vet and a cat mom, I know these things

    Give them a scratching from me!

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    OK, since my efforts to rehome them is not working out, I will take your advice on the naming!

    Quote Originally Posted by PetSlayer View Post
    Well, let's be sensible about naming cats.
    If you want them to learn their own name fast, think: open vowels, short and not similar sounds. As a beginning of a name, A is good, Sh combination is great. Like Ada or Shelly. I do enjoy giving my cats ordinary names like John or Nick, always good to confuse the neighbours . But the best ones are always the ones that have lots of vowels, like Andy. Don't think orchids, think cats. A, E and S are well heard and likable sounds for cats, they will learn fast.

    And I promise you one thing: even if you give them long names, you will end up calling them something else, short and clear. Especially when you want them out of the flowers!

    I'm a vet and a cat mom, I know these things

    Give them a scratching from me!

    Laura

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    Vowel endings also help, and it doesn't hurt to have 'hard' consonants. My cat names have been Terra (she came with it and knew her name), Emma and Maxxi, both acquired as kittens but for a long time I believe they thought theirs names were EmmaNO and MaxxiNo. Hannah is the current cat, not my first choice but she's a rescue named by little girls as a kitten. I'm not sure she actually knows this name or just plain "NO" but at 5 years old I'm not going to rename her although I do call her squeaky an awful lot because that's the sound she makes.

    I'm not sure they actually learn their names or just respond to the tone of voice you're using when you talk to them or yell at them as the situation warrants. I have to agree that short names are better than long ones.

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    They seem to be having fun!!! LOL! They look quite relaxed...

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    Do cats actually respond? Or do they just come over when and if they feel like it?

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    I've cared for a few cats in my lifetime and it is a determined by personality, some come when you call and others look at you like you have two heads when you call them!

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    Do cats actually respond? Or do they just come over when and if they feel like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Do cats actually respond? Or do they just come over when and if they feel like it?
    It depends. In my experience, all cats come when called (after they learned their names). The very smart/social ones can give you a "what" like meow when you call and peek around the corner to see what the fuss is all about.
    The way they are reared as kittens seems important, the more human contact, the better the understanding and/of body language. We are usefull servants/ scratching machines until someone comes up with a tin/box/bag opener that can be operated by paws. Quite often I got that look from cats, the one that says "yeah, say my name...see if I care", seasoned with a complacent or ironic blink.
    Basically, cats are a lot like orchids, whatever you do, there is their way or no way
    Laura

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