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Today we've had the first of 3 days with a temperature of under 20c. Georgie-Porgy is back to her usual cheeky self. She came running along the top of the fence when I called [Yipee] yelling her greetings.

I bought some raw meat to test her appetite and she scoffed it down and demanded more. I have made an appointment at the vets' for her as it's close to the time for her vaccinations anyway and they may suggest ways to combat the coming hot days, February being our hottest month.

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Huia,DIL started feeding her little Abyssinian raw meat at the end of her very long life where she used at least 11/9 of her lives. This was vet's suggestion. She loved it and her coat and general liveliness improved. Not that she had been fed rubbish. Far from it, but not raw meat. Raw meat was scavenged from neighbour's BBQ or caught, such as a stupid pigeon. She was about nineteen when she died.

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A friend is using freeze-dried raw nuggets for her cat, with such good result that I've purchased some too. I'll post the name when the shipment arrives -- I can't find her original post.

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We can buy plastic pots of raw meat and I think G-P will be having it more often. I will probably break it down into Georgie sized portions and freeze it.

She had a thyroid test at the vets because she has lost weight - now being only 2.75 kg (6 lb). Also had all her vaccinations including FIV.

She has now had a second breakfast and gone outside to sit in the sun. Fortunately the forecasted temperature is under 20c, making us both happy.

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All right, here we are. I have here a bag jof Nature's Variety Instinct Rarmarket Nuggets for Cats. This is the chicken flavor. Am off now to open the bag and offer it to felines, and see how they go down.

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All right, here we are. I have here a bag jof Nature's Variety Instinct Rarmarket Nuggets for Cats. This is the chicken flavor. Am off now to open the bag and offer it to felines, and see how they go down.

I rather think mouse-flavoured would be best. It might remind them of their purpose on Earth. For special treats, perhaps chipmunk-flavoured. [Biased]
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These nuggets, about the size of a mini candy bar, are friable in the fingers and powerfully redolent of chicken. The cats love it -- I divided two among the three of them (one cat is plump and allegedly on a weight-loss regimen) and they ate it right up. I will only give it to them once a day, easing them into it.

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Huia, thank you....
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I rather think mouse-flavoured would be best. It might remind them of their purpose on Earth. For special treats, perhaps chipmunk-flavoured. [Biased]

I think the most exotic meat for pets I've seen on sale here is kangaroo meat. It's either imported from Australia (we don't have kangaroos here) or is in fact wallaby meat. Wallabies are similar to kangaroos, but smaller and were let loose in parts of NZ for hunting. In some areas they have become a pest.

When I see it I always have a mental picture of the cats leaping across the yard in long bounds when the treats jar is rattled.

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... a mental picture of the cats leaping across the yard in long bounds when the treats jar is rattled ...

Tabby is usually quite a sedate sort of cat, but she can't half go when you rattle the treat packet.

Maybe not quite like this, but you get the idea ... [Big Grin]

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"Temptations, Crack cocaine for cats" That's what a friend of mine told me.

I've found them useful when a vet appointment is in the offing.

I just had a call from the vet, G-P has an overactive thyroid. We are considering options. [Frown]

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Update:
Nothing quite like being off work and in a bit of a grumpy mood to sort these matts!
So after an hour, she is half done. She had enough though so i was roundly boxed across the cheeks (with her claws in thank goodness)

So now one side looks fabulous whilst the other side looks Appalling
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After a strong cup of tea, it's round two. Unfortunately this is the arthritic side though.....
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[ 10. February 2017, 15:36: Message edited by: Ethne Alba ]

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Huia
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I cut out some of Georgie's matted fur once and thought she might end up looking moth-eaten, but I couldn't even tell after I had brushed her. Now I try to use the furminator regularly and let the fur blow around the back yard so the birds can use it to line their nests.

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I cannot believe that having mats in your fur is comfortable for the animal. Much better to get them out, and if it takes several sessions that is OK.

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Do any of you ever experience mild electric shocks from your cats?

Occasionally when I'm having Therapeutic Cat Time™ - usually just stroking her back - I'll feel a sudden shock, which makes me jump and although Tabby doesn't appear to feel it, she obviously notices that I've moved suddenly.

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My Cavalier spaniels used to get mats. I tackled them with a human hair brush called a 'tangle teaser'.

It's great. I use one still with the Labradors because you can groom them indoors without fur flying around.

(When I have a yellow pup I save the fur in a jar for the birds in spring, the birds don't like the black fur and don't take it from my apple shaped fur dispenser - I've no idea why, they love the yellow - I've got a big jar of Bruce's fur ready for the spring)

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Boogie, perhaps the black fur reminds them of a local predator?

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Boogie, perhaps the black fur reminds them of a local predator?

Or maybe it's the wrong texture - it's certainly coarser than the yellow.

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Boogie, I thought of you when I read this story in this morning's paper (I hope it can be opened across the Pond -- if not, let me know).

Just look at that adorable face!
[Axe murder]

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Ahead of time....as this is the hurdle that will appear next week:

Hints and tips on getting stroppy cats to take tablets?

(I am in all seriousness considering paying a clever local teenager to do it, if i can't.......)

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Do they have Pill Pockets, where you are? Essentially cat treats, with a little hollow center. Get a large packet and start today, giving your cat an occasional unloaded Pill Pocket at intervals. The idea is to get him used to eating them. Then, when you load one with a pill and slip it in, he may not notice the addition. This is far and away the easiest way, and if you can orchestrate it will save you endless trouble.

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I certainly hope they have them here. Georgie is going on tablets for being hyperthyroid - and stroppy is a huge part of her personality. If neither of us can cope there is also a gel that can be rubbed into her skin, or at last resort she can be injected with a radio isotope.

I'm going to talk to the vet sometime this week.

Huia

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I give Spyder his heart medicine in pill pockets, he loves them. One problem, rarely, but occasionally, he manages to eat the pill pocket and not the pill. Then I have to put the pill in another pocket and try again.

The company that makes them is Greenies.

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quote:
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Boogie, I thought of you when I read this story in this morning's paper (I hope it can be opened across the Pond -- if not, let me know).

Just look at that adorable face!
[Axe murder]

Great story, gorgeous puppy. (But I'm very pleased we don't have to work in snow!)

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Pill pockets sounds such a good idea -- bookmarked for future notice.

My two small dogs went off to the dog salon to be trimmed and have toenails clipped. This happens every six weeks. Off they went with plumy tails waving and jumped onto the back seat of the car, not even a backward glance at the Great Dane who was howling with distress to see them go. When I let him out, he ran to the gate and craned his head around the fence in hopes they would hear him calling and turn around.

Then he came back into the house and searched for the Fabulous Sisters in all their favourite places, giving little grunts and yelps as he looked for them. After a while he became very nervous because he hates to be home alone with only me to protect him, so he crawled under the bed in the study, wedged himself in and lay there rolling his eyes at me, his jaw trembling. Great Danes can look as solemn as judges but he is a clown. When the small dogs arrive back home all perfumed and beribboned, he will be in raptures and they will ignore him.

I do try not to anthropomorphise my animals but sometimes I can't resist.

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No Pill pockets here, but there is a similar product I picked up at the vets, along with Georgie-Porgy's tiny pills [Yipee] The drugging starts tomorrow. In 3 weeks we go back for blood tests and I'll ask for her to be weighted again.

MaryLouise, your Great Dane sounds lovely.

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Yay, first pill disappeared with the speed of a
conjuring trick [Yipee] [Yipee] Sleight of paw?

Huia - greatly relieved.

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Very good! As the steeplechase riders say, always go over rough ground as lightly as you can. And dogs are easier about this than cats. Dogs will scarf down anything; I had a spaniel once who would gulp down pebbles if you flung them into the air like treats.

My daughter has a Great Dane, and when their cat died the dog was heartbroken. He lay on the grave and cried. Since my daughter had just had a baby they decided to not get a new cat for a while, and gave me all the cat's dishes, kibble, etc. The dog was very upset. You're taking her dish! OMG, you're taking her -food-!! What is funny is that the cat had always disliked the dog, and rejected his adoration.

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MaryLouise and Brenda - it sounds like Great Danes really suffer with unrequited love. [Axe murder]

Huia

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Huia, Brenda, the tried-and-trusted vet, who is anthropomorphic to an alarming degree, says the Great Dane has abandonment issues and is therefore prone to inappropriate crushes. I think the poor GD just wants friendly animal companions in the house!

My small half-Pomeranians arrived back with pink ribbons over their ears, silly pom-pommed tails and reeking of Estée Lauder's Youth Dew as well as some violet-scented talcum powder. I haven't smelled Youth Dew in years. The dog groomer saves the dregs of old perfumes (she wears copious lashings of Shalimar herself) to anoint her dog clients. Great Dane ecstatic to see small dogs and ignored as usual.

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I think one of my main problems is that I keep on anthropomorphising people - it usually ends in disappointment.

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Thank you!
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[tangent]
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... I haven't smelled Youth Dew in years ...

Neither have I, and if I never smell it again, it'll be too soon. The last time I did, it was on a w*rk colleague, who seemed to have drenched herself in it one lunch-time, and it gave me one of the worst headaches I've ever had. Horrid stuff.
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Back to the pooches and pussycats. [Smile]

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Our [semi-feral] cat and her new kittens were obviously attacked by something overnight and were all dead before we woke this morning, which is a bit sad - Himself is quite upset about it - the last of an unbroken line spanning my time in India.

Doubtless another feral cat [or cats] will arrive fairly soon to take over but it is still sad.

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I'd be upset, too - even the adult cat. It must have been something fairly strong to have killed all of them. Commiserations to Himself.

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[Waterworks]
Wodders, that's just terrible and so sad. [Frown]

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WW, that's awful. So sorry.

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{{{WW and Himself}}} [Frown]

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Thank you all.

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So sad,WW.

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