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Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I don't think we've had a pet thread for a while. Hosts, if I've missed an existing one, please feel free to close this!

Most of my friends have or have had furry friends in their homes. I think our lives have been made better because of their presence...barring the occasional whiny puppy at 2:00 AM, or the cat using the good chair as a scratching post.

Today, I am missing the last of three cats who have owned me over the past twenty-three years. Mama Cat died Wednesday, and as I held her and petted her in her last hours, I told her what a good and special companion she has been to me. I think her purrs told me that she felt comfort in her last day, and that she was glad to be at home.

So, are there others here who feel the same? Do you have fond memories of a furry friend, or has one of your pets made you laugh today? Let's share our stories.
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
LOL, my animal companion is in my garden and is not allowed to enter my happy home [Smile]
 
Posted by no prophet's flag is set so... (# 15560) on :
 
I take Klingon War Dog* out in the morning just after 6. The routine in winter is I ask her "do you want to see if there are any bunnies?", and then we run** a little 20 minute route together. The rabbits are huge and snowy white, and very fast. When we come home the cat comes over to see her and ask about the bunnies, in a rather bossy way, and also reminds her not to even think of sniffing around the cat food.

*Klingon War Dog: breed indeterminate, some herding behaviour, she was a traumatised rescue dog, left in a box at -35°C. So we thought she needed a very brave name. She is not very brave and neither am I, but we're braver together, which is what we tell her every day.

**run: this is an optimistic description
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by no prophet's flag is set so...:

*Klingon War Dog: breed indeterminate, some herding behaviour, she was a traumatised rescue dog, left in a box at -35°C. So we thought she needed a very brave name. She is not very brave and neither am I, but we're braver together, which is what we tell her every day.

I love this. Thank you for rescuing this dear dog.

My own sweet dog was technically a shelter dog, but never suffered any abuse -- she was born at the shelter, to a mother who'd been abused. She's the love of my life and my very best friend.
[Axe murder]
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
Judy, I am so sorry. I still miss my kitty.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
So sorry to hear this Judy [Votive]

I wouldn't be without my pooches. They are big and strong and energetic and hard work, but I love them to pieces.

When I get too old to hold a lead with a strong Lab on the other end I will get a little dachshund. But I hope that's a long, long time off.

I'd love to have a cat too but Mr Boogs doesn't like them at all - humph!
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
I have had Molly ( named after the Unsinkable Molly Brown) our rescue for almost a year. From shy quiet girl she is now defender of the home. She alarms us when delivery men comes to kill us and steal all of our wealth. She gets me out for a 40 minute walk each morning rain or shine, and for this I am most thankful. Although Mr Image said he "had no interest in a dog, but he was fine if I wanted one and it was to be my dog and not his at all"-----------Guess whose lap she naps on and who sneaks her treats. We are guessing that Molly's mom was a fox terrier and her dad was a traveling man.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
My cat Tobermorey was adopted from the Scottish Fold Rescue organization. I decided that a Fold needed to be named after a single malt. He has all the catly instincts but is effete, and now slowed by arthritis. I have to pick him up to lift him to join me in bed.
 
Posted by Uncle Pete (# 10422) on :
 
I don't have pets. Abhor cats. Love all my neigbours' dogs. Just a few: Danny, an aging, but still adorable toy poodle, Magnus and Molly, pugs who live across the hall from me. Cindy, an ancient basset hound. My very favourite is Annie, a rescue dog, abandoned because she had cancer, but who now flourishes. And a dozen more who, given a chance, will come over to greet me.

If I visit people with cats, I swallow antihistamines and do my best to ignore them, hoping they will return the favour. I see Oreo once a year at a Christmas party. He loves attention, steals any unattended drink or food, and mews until you acknowledge him. Last year, he was well behaved, but I heard he scoffed the left-over paté when his servants' backs were turned.
 
Posted by Og: Thread Killer (# 3200) on :
 
Our cats Sparrow and Koi are now both about 4.

I'm just getting used to them slowly changing over the vast list of what they hold near and dear in their routines. Its like time lapse photography - you only notice the routines have changed if you examine what was the routines 2 weeks ago.
 
Posted by St Everild (# 3626) on :
 
We are considering adding a 3 year old cat to our household of 2 eight year old cats....any advice as to how to do it would be very much appreciated.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Traditionally you begin by keeping the two sets of felines in separate rooms for a few days. They can exchange sniffs under the door. If there are cat beds or cushions, swap them around halfway along, so that smells can become familiar. If you have such a thing as a pet or child gate, it is worth then setting it up, so that the parties can look at each other but not interact. After another day or so, remove the barrier. You may wish to keep the parties separated at night, or when you are not on hand to supervise.
It helps to liberally dispense treats, so that the general feeling "good things occur in the presence of this other cat" can arise. Do not feed them from the same bowl, or possibly even the same area, so that food rivalries are kept at bay, but feed them at the same time, again so that good things occur all together. Also, be sure that everybody has their own cat box/tray.
 
Posted by Niteowl (# 15841) on :
 
I have both a feathered pet and a furry one. I have a parrot who I've had for 23 years and a small Terrier who was an abused rescue. Very sweet, but it's been an "adventure" teaching her things most dogs learn as pups, like potty training as she was 3 when I got her. The parrot is a very cuddly guy, but does bite when he feels aggrieved. My life is much richer for both.
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
I have 3 rescue cats - an eighteen year old, who wakes only to eat and practice her antisocial habits; and two 8 year olds, one of whom has various ailments associated with herpes (which I'm told 3/4 of cats in Sydney have) and the other of whom has just been diagnosed FIV+. If my vets had a frequent flyer scheme, I'd be platinum level, year in, year out, without even trying. I wouldn't part with any of them (or the vets, who are without exception entirely brilliant).

Jedijudy - I'm very sorry for your loss of Mama Cat.

[ 23. January 2016, 08:49: Message edited by: Kittyville ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Thank you all for your kind words.

It feels strange to not have anyone to feed or water or pet every day. (It's not quite the same giving the orchids their light feeding every day.)

I do feel very special, though, as several family members and friends have called to my attention that Mama Cat chose me for her person. She was abandoned as a young and very pregnant kitty, and suddenly showed up at my doorstep. Daughter-Unit sat on that very doorstep and Mama Cat immediately climbed into her lap and declared us her people.

I don't anticipate adopting another pet, and think I'll just pet on my parents' cats and D-U's cats and bunny. But one never knows when one will be adopted by a furry friend, does one?
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I've never been a pet-owner; my dad was a keen gardener in his day, so pets weren't really an option. Our neighbours always had dogs, plus a succession of sundry other animals (cats, rabbits, guinea-pigs) and I was very fond of them, but didn't have the responsibility of looking after them (or the same heart-ache when they died).

Sorry to hear of your loss, JJ - RIP Mama Cat.
 
Posted by mousethief (# 953) on :
 
So sorry to hear of your loss, Judy.

Our doggy Kudzu, a Goldendoodle, is 10 years old. He is a retired service dog and a very sweet and lovable companion in our home.
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
The goat which used to go for a daily walk with his owner and dog has died. Now the dog won't walk without his companion.

Report here
 
Posted by no prophet's flag is set so... (# 15560) on :
 
We had a cat called Mama Puss. It is very hard to lose a companion. I lost my therapy dog 4 years ago. We visited hospitals mostly. Cancer, after surgery he was 3 legged for 18 months. I cannot imagine life without animals. We also have a fishpond. Goldies, mollies and koi learn to come and be petted just like air breathing friends. In winter they are in an aquarium with mega filtration.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
I have three cats and a turtle. The cats are Bjorn, Spyder, and Sibyl. Sibyl was my mother's cat, that i had to take in when she died, and she's never gotten along with the other two, which makes things difficult. Even after a few years there's still hissing and growling and chasing amongst the three of them. The two boys gt along very well, though.

The turtle is Christie. She was bought twenty years ago when my then five year old daughter insisted on getting one of those cute little baby turtles that were being (illegally) sold on street corners at the time. I didn't want to get one because I thought it would just die in a few weeks. ha! She is very big now, and rather soothing to watch swimming back and forth...
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I'd love to have a cat too but Mr Boogs doesn't like them at all - humph!

I suppose divorce would be a bit drastic

[Two face]

Huia
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
Poor Molly was sick today. She is prone to eat strange things, once grabbing a tooth out of the grass and chewing for all she was worth until I forced her mouth open. Our house has wood floors and a tile entry. She managed to throw up on each of the three rugs we have scatted throughout the house in turn and hit the bare flooring not one time.

This evening she is I am happy to say back to her old self, meanwhile I spent the day cleaning the carpets.
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
Usually our retriever spend inordinate amounts of time outside in the front garden, receiving grateful attention from passersby.

The wind has just started up though and our lovely dog has just high-tailed it onto the couch and is sitting shivering as the wind howls and roars up and down the street.

Never seen him scared of wind before.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
My daughter horrified me, when she was 11, by bringing home an anole lizard from school. I hoped for years that Jesus would call the reptile home to His bosom, but it hung on for five years.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I came home last night to find somebody had thrown up bright orange puke on the new mat I bought for just inside the back door. I suspect Cloud, the demanding wee cat that comes in to raid Georgie-Porgy's food dish. Fortunately I bought it for utilitarian, rather than decorative reasons and it's some kind of easy wash fabric backed with rubber, so all I had to do was throw a few buckets of soapy water over it, rinse it and leave it outside draped over some railings. [Smile] .

Cloud (named by a Shipmate because he's grey and leaks) is becoming a bit of a problem. I need to circulate the neighbourhood with a description as he seems to be trying to move in. If no one claims him I'll contact the SPCA, because Georgie wants to be an only cat. Besides that, if he only eats at my place he will starve when I go away and G-P goes to the cattery.

I said exactly the same thing when Georgie-Porgy moved in [Hot and Hormonal] and I'm afraid that Cloud is just as determined. [Help]

Huia
 
Posted by Lucia (# 15201) on :
 
Ideally we need to find a new home for our cat as we are moving countries in the summer. The family I hoped might take her have said no. I know someone else who has expressed interest in having her but they live in a flat so cat would not be easily able to go outside as she is used to and also this friend is regularly away outside of school term term and our poor cat doesn't really like being left on her own, even if there is someone coming in to feed her.

If we can't find anyone the other option would be to take her back to the UK with us. I think she would hate the weather there though! She does not like rain or wind! The stress is that time is running out if we want to leave the option open of taking her. She would have to be micro chipped and vaccinated against rabies. Then tested after 30 days. Then you have to wait three months before she can travel. That is getting very close to when we expect to be moving. And also there is the expense involved in the whole process, and the nightmare of trying to get the appropriate paperwork correctly completed and translated...

All along we have said that we would try to re-home her here in Tunisia. I'm not sure that having a cat when we are trying to set up home again and possibly needing to do a fair bit of visiting /traveling is going to be very practical! Husband is not that keen to take her (she pesters him a lot! He is her favourite person in the family it seems, even though he is the least keen on her!) I and the children will miss her... she has been part of our household for over six years, she has lots of personality and is a friendly presence around the house.

Oh what to do??

[Frown]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Cats are so contrary, aren't they? They seem to pick the cat dislikers to cozy up to.

My Belle would lie on the back of the couch behind the head of one of my friends who hates and is terrified of cats. Even though I'd carry Belle to a different place, she would sneak her way to the spot behind my friend every time.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
I used to keep and breed cockatiels. My friend is scared of birds and she always wanted me to put them in their cages when she came round (they were very tame and flew free - even often joining me in the shower!)

She said she was afraid of them getting tangled in her hair. I said that would never happen.

The very next day one of them got tangled in my hair - what a flapping commotion that was!!
 
Posted by Ariel (# 58) on :
 
A friend of mine had one. The family kept a special collection of brightly coloured chiffon headscarves handy because the bird would land on your head unless you were wearing one of these. There was no way to avoid looking like a wally when visiting as everybody had either a headscarf or a bird on their head.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Ariel, that must go to the quotes file! Love it!

Today, I was at my Sunday School class's monthly pot luck. There is usually a program to enjoy after eating. The program today was a K9 officer with the Sheriff's Department. It was very good!

Toward the end of the program, another officer brought his canine officer co-worker into the building so we could see him. Samson is a big boy, two years old, and weighs one hundred and five pounds. He is not one of the K9 officers that you can pet, even though some of the dogs in the Unit are very social.

We learned a lot about how they are trained, and how much they love to go to work. The dogs actually think they are playing, as that's how they are trained!

They had just brought down a bad guy who, even though the deputy told him to stop, started running away. Bad and dumb move. Samson loves to catch bad guys! And so he did!

[ETA this is obviously not my pet, but I enjoyed seeing the beautiful dog and thought y'all might like to hear about him!]

[ 30. January 2016, 20:31: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I used to keep and breed cockatiels. My friend is scared of birds and she always wanted me to put them in their cages when she came round (they were very tame and flew free - even often joining me in the shower!)

She said she was afraid of them getting tangled in her hair. I said that would never happen.

The very next day one of them got tangled in my hair - what a flapping commotion that was!!

Boogie, my grandmother used to let her budgerigar fly free in the house. I would open her front door and call down the very long hall asking her to put it back in cage before I went closer. I love looking at birds in the wild, can sort of cope with looking at a caged bird, although I feel sorry for it. But a bird flapping around in the same room as I am in? The thought even makes me shudder.

There is a new advertisement on TV which I cannot watch. A woman opens a bill or something at her letterbox and starts to laugh. As she reads more the laughter turns to a cackle and gets louder and louder. Lorikeets or similar descend from the tres in their dozens to land on her. The ad details are sketchy, I can't watch it to see if I am accurate.

A bird sanctuary on Gold Coast, Currumbin, has birds flying down to visitors for feeding. As a child when I visited there with an aunt and uncle, I could not get out of the car in case a stray bird thought I might have had something for it.

Irrational? Possibly but it is there. As it is not something which would happen often, I have never done anything about my feelings. Irrational, but very real to me.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
We learned a lot about how they are trained, and how much they love to go to work. The dogs actually think they are playing, as that's how they are trained!

You reminded me of a comic in this morning's paper (if it's no longer Saturday, click back to January 30).
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
That was funny, Pigwidgeon!

The Sunday School class was going into great detail about the dog and information we had for the benefit of those who weren't there. You can tell there are a lot of animal lovers around.
 
Posted by BessLane (# 15176) on :
 
I currently have three mainly inside cats and one mainly porch cat. Squeak is 5 and HUGE and likes to stand on my chest about 20 seconds before my alarm goes off in the morning. Ransom is 4 and a dainty little girl who will run to the back door the second she hears hubby's truck because he is her person and most definately not mine. And Other Quat is a year and half old male who is the most talkative feline I've ever known. The porch cat is Lemmie, and she comes in a couple of times a day for food but then promptly scratches at the door to be let back outside. She has taught the other three to do this as well so when I'm home, I'm mostly playing doorkeeper for a bunch of fuzz balls who think its a great game to go in and out and in and out and....

Hubby keeps mumbling about going down to just two but he secretly likes Lemmie quite a bit. I have discovered them snoozing quite comfortably together in his chair multiple times so he's not fooling me [Smile]
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
This week I succumbed to pity and allowed my two cats to stay in the house while I was at work. Usually they are banished to the utility room where they have food, water, sheepskin lined beds, litter trays and a cat flap to the outer air.

What a pity that, after a week, the house smells faintly zoo-like. I wouldn't say there had been any accidents, but we will have to revert to the no cats in the house scenario when I'm not there.

I could also try opening the occasional window - it doesn't always happen in the worst of the wintry weather... [Eek!]
 
Posted by St Everild (# 3626) on :
 
Delighted to announce that we have another cat to add to our current 2.

She is the same breed (Korat), is rising 3 years old (the current 2 will be 9 this year) and is very sweet and very strong-willed!

She also has a very small sweet squeaky voice - the current 2 (being distantly related to the Siamese) have voices to match...so it is quite surprising that she does not.

We have had her for just over a week, and everyone is getting on quite well now. The growling and hissing have stopped, and everyone ate something together in the same room this afternoon - yay!
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I have a fluffy cat who lives with me and numerous feline visitors. One of these, Cloud, so named because he's grey and leaks, I accidently shut I the garage overnight. The next day I decided to ride my bike. I opened the garage door and Cloud shot out. Most cats would have then run away, but not Cloud. He ran up the path a couple of metres, turned around a swore loud and long at me, then he stuck his tail in the air and stalked off.

Actually he was really lucky as sometimes I don't ride my bike for days on end, so have no need to open the garage. From now on the garage door will be shut unless I'm actually wheeling my bike out.

Now that my computer is working again I'll have to leaflet letterboxes to see if he does have a home because he's awfully thin.

Huia
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
In the cul de sac where I live, apparently every house has 1-2 dogs or cats - sometimes up to 6 or 8, where they haven't caught the female in time.

My two, full siblings of Birman/alley cat parentage, enjoy their territory, so I wouldn't bring in another resident to disturb their peace, but it's hard when a local long-haired black and white kitten decides it loves me and wants a cuddle, and to follow me home.

Most of the local cats would cheerfully adopt a further kitchen to help feed their constant appetites. To this end, they are all suspiciously friendly, and a granite heart is required in order for me to avoid becoming the cat lady of the area. Indoors, I have all the cat I can handle with the existing couple.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
I'd love a cat to follow me home - it would be my chance to adopt a cat!

(No chance with two big dogs here!)

Twiglet - guide dog puppy - is ten months old now. So I could hear any time the date that she's off to Big School. They usually go between 12 and 14 months. The time has passed too quickly :'(

I won't be getting my next pup until October as I'm going away for lots of long weekends in the summer - Majorca, then Malaga City, then Heidelberg then Heidelberg again!

The house will be toooo quiet!!

[Smile]
 
Posted by Dormouse (# 5954) on :
 
I recently received 4 catnip mice through the post from a Blog Swap. It is great fun watching the Very Bad Cats going "I love yooooooooooo" as they roll around with the mice clutched to their boozums!

[ 17. March 2016, 10:09: Message edited by: Dormouse ]
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
When I was living in Africa, at one point I had 19 cats in my garden.
 
Posted by Beethoven (# 114) on :
 
Facebook told me yesterday that it was exactly three years since O-Puss 2 came home to us. He's an absolute delight, ever so cuddly and friendly, and remarkably talkative with a wonderful range of noises. And if only the pups were less chase-y it would be wonderful - but nowadays the cats live upstairs (or O-Puss 1 in DD2's room), and the dogs are downstairs. I wouldn't be without any of them though, despite the horrifying amount of fur all around the house!
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
What you need is a Furminator. It is a grooming tool with a blade in it, and you can get them in all sizes from kitten to horse. I use one on my three cats at this time of the year. I can get enough fur off of them to upholster an entirely separate feline. I usually just let the fuzz blow away across the yard (I always Furminate them outdoors to save on cleaning) and the local birds have a good time lining nests with it.
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
My solution is that none of my pets enter my house [Smile]
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
I'd love a cat to follow me home - it would be my chance to adopt a cat!

(No chance with two big dogs here!)

Twiglet - guide dog puppy - is ten months old now. So I could hear any time the date that she's off to Big School. They usually go between 12 and 14 months. The time has passed too quickly :'(

I won't be getting my next pup until October as I'm going away for lots of long weekends in the summer - Majorca, then Malaga City, then Heidelberg then Heidelberg again!

The house will be toooo quiet!!

[Smile]

But Tatze will be good company.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
But Tatze will be good company.

Oh yes, she will be. I have also offered to board guide dogs and pups any time too [Smile]
 
Posted by rolyn (# 16840) on :
 
We've have a ginger, neutered tom called Thomas. He is a wonderfully intelligent and knowing animal, -- and this observation comes from someone raised on a farm where cats were mainly just there for a purpose.

It often welcomes me home from work and seems to know when someone is in need of affection. Consequently he now spends a good deal of time with my partner's elderly father whose health has been failing somewhat since Christmas.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
At long last the puppy has grown out of pinching and playing with shoes and socks (after many, many "leave it" lessons!

She fell asleep next to them [Smile]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Awww! [Axe murder]

I am missing having a cat or two, but need to not adopt one at this time. My heart still hurts, and I still look for Mama Cat in all her usual places.

There is comfort, though! I will sit with an elderly friend while her daughter goes out tonight and two Havanese dogs who consider me their aunt will love on me! Pet therapy!
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Tonight my beloved ginger ninja trotted over the rainbow bridge. He had an aggressive tumour, which started in his sinus and spread rapidly. It is a terrible cliché about the green dream being the last kind thing you can do for them, but it really was in this case.

I will miss him horribly. He was a truly special cat.
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
[Votive]
Kittyville, so sad for you.
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Thanks, Jacobsen. I feel oddly relieved, but just had another good cry, writing an email to someone else who would want to know.
 
Posted by ElaineC (# 12244) on :
 
[Votive]

So sorry for your loss.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Kittyville [Votive]
I'm so sorry. My heart hurts for you.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Sorry to hear about your, um, kitty, Kittyville.

RIP, pussycat. [Votive]
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Thanks, all. I feel much more at peace with it today.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Happy Birthday Tatze, three years old today and still no fool!

She got her posh new collar for her birthday.

(Tatze is named after a German guide dog who belongs to a friend of my son's - her name means "paw")
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Aaaaahhh! Happy birthday Tatze! [Smile]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Love the collar!

Happy Birthday Pooch.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Happy Birthday, Tatze! Snazzy collar and a beautiful dog!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
What a beautiful girl!!
 
Posted by St Everild (# 3626) on :
 
We added another cat to our happy home about 4 weeks ago, naively thinking that she would be company for the two older males (who were brought up with two older females from the age of about 14 weeks).

She is aged 3, and is a sweet little thing. She was lovely for the first 3 ½ weeks...then she had us and them sussed, and she turned into a devil cat. The noise was indescribable, the threats blood-curdling, and the males were very shocked indeed as she rampaged around, swearing, threatening and generally being thoroughly unpleasant.

We have spent the week watching them all work out who is where, and how to behave around each other...

I have realised just how much we anthropomorphise our cats, and how much better it is to behave a s zoologist and observe them from a safe distance.

They are getting there. The boys give her an Evil Glare, and she will back off and suddenly discover something much more important to be doing somewhere else.

It has all been extremely wearing though.

Cats. Huh.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
I hesitate to ask the obvious, but this little cat has been spayed, yes? How long ago? (Sometimes it takes a while for the hormones to die down in the system.)
 
Posted by St Everild (# 3626) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
I hesitate to ask the obvious, but this little cat has been spayed, yes? How long ago? (Sometimes it takes a while for the hormones to die down in the system.)

Yes, she was spayed at the end of January.
I don't know how long it would take for her hormones to settle down?
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
That I couldn't say. But you would think several months would be long enough.
 
Posted by Lucia (# 15201) on :
 
Today I had a hopeful conversation with a friend who it turns out is thinking of getting a cat. I've been worrying about our cat as we need to rehome her with someone before we leave to move back to the UK in June. (Don't think cat would like living in England, too much rain and wind, and the paperwork and expense makes it a bit complicated for us.)
Anyway friend will hopefully come round to meet cat in the next couple of weeks. She wanted a grey cat, well ours is grey and white and very pretty and sweet natured so I'm hoping she will be smitten with her!

One concern though is our cat is used to being allowed to roam outside and this friend lives in an upstairs apartment with just a balcony for outside space. Cat is about 8 years old, and not as active as when she was younger. Do any of you have experience of a cat changing to a fully indoor life? Is she likely to adapt to it or might she be very miserable? Cat is house trained and uses a litter box so no problem with that.

I'm so desperate to find cat a home that I'm not in a position to be picky!
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
It should not be a problem, especially as the cat is older. Is the balcony safe for a feline?

My daughter is expecting her first. She has a cat and a Great Dane, and the two do not get on. She asked us today to take the cat. I am reluctant, since I already have 3, but perhaps on a temporary basis. The baby will be born and grow, right?
 
Posted by Lucia (# 15201) on :
 
I haven't seen the balcony but I suspect it will be safer than the wall surrounding our three storey high flat roof that cat regularly runs around on...
 
Posted by Jengie jon (# 273) on :
 
Lucia

My parents' cat did that when they moved from one house to another. She was allowed out at both but at the second decided it was not worth the effort to fight for new territory so stayed indoors.

She adapted completely and there was no balcony. She must have lived quite happily there for a year or so. She was already older than your cat (14 years) and died within weeks of my grandmother.

Jengie
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I need to do some research on difference kinds of cat food. The fat'n'fluffy one has been eating Whiskas pouches, but now Greenpeace allege that the company catching the fish, Thai Union are involved in destructive fishing and slave labour.

I have already switched form another brand due to earlier slave labour concerns and I thought the NZ Government had addressed this issue, but it appears not.

I may have to take up fishing myself, anyone have a spare rod? [Help] (Being an obligate carnivore Georgie is not interested in the vegetarian option
[Roll Eyes] )


Huia
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
You could try a gradual move to the veggie option with grated cheese added, most cats love cheese.
 
Posted by Jengie jon (# 273) on :
 
Huia

On the advice of my cousin, a vet, my parents fed their cat on rice and fish and chip shop fish scraps for years.

The cat loved it, I am not sure Mum did as the boiling fish and rice together stunk the house out.

Jengie
 
Posted by Gee D (# 13815) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Huia:
I need to do some research on difference kinds of cat food. The fat'n'fluffy one has been eating Whiskas pouches, but now Greenpeace allege that the company catching the fish, Thai Union are involved in destructive fishing and slave labour.

I have already switched form another brand due to earlier slave labour concerns and I thought the NZ Government had addressed this issue, but it appears not.

Huia

I'd be checking out the evidence of the claims made by Greenpeace before taking drastic steps.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
For older cats dry kibble is unhealthy; they do better on canned food. The manufacturers make varieties for every possible health issue; mine are on 'urinary maintenance formula.'
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Brenda, I would repeat Gee D's warning of research there. I am not a vet but have seen cases with medicines for people where the formula is identical but product is marketed for different puposes and has different labels. A well known analgesic down here had products for headahes, period pain, back pain. Separate packets and instructions. Identical product in every packet. Different prices.

I use an anti inflammatory cream. Same brand and different prices and supposed purposes. . One is marketed as Arthritis cream, the other as a cream for aches and pains etc. When I first saw this I checked. Formula is identical but arthritis cream is dearer.

As i said, I am not a vet, but that seems a situation ripe for something similar to trap caring owners. I hope I am wrong.

[ 19. May 2016, 13:07: Message edited by: Lothlorien ]
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
My poor pup is having a stressful time. A Blue Jay has build a nest in a large oak tree by our back stairs and every time the dog goes out into the yard the jay dive bombs her. So now she hangs out on the porch sunk down low on her belly and makes a run for it anytime she needs to relieve herself. I am really not sure what to do. Any ideas?
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I think it's different from the pain medication case Loth because G-P does get fur balls when she doesn't have the food that helps her digestion deal with fur balls. The dry food she eats has other options, but they are all the same price. Because it is a regular purchase I only buy it on special.

GeeD, I do take your point about Greenpeace but the topic of slavery in the fishing industry has been raised before in Parliament here and some measures were taken to stop it happening by (as I understand it)forcing fishing boats working off the NZ coast to follow NZ laws. As for the 'destructive fishing' a fisherman was on the radio this morning admitting to dumping fish, which effectively means that his boat had taken over its quota. It seems that this is not uncommon and there are calls that go beyond those of Greenpeace for an investigation of the whole fishing industry here.

I think G-P may be trying some raw meat which is sourced locally in addition to chicken necks to clean her teeth (as recommended by the vet).

Huia
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
That is good that the advertised different food seem to be really different.. The other cases just made me wonder.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
My poor pup is having a stressful time. A Blue Jay has build a nest in a large oak tree by our back stairs and every time the dog goes out into the yard the jay dive bombs her. So now she hangs out on the porch sunk down low on her belly and makes a run for it anytime she needs to relieve herself. I am really not sure what to do. Any ideas?

Can you go out with her? You're a big, tall human* and might intimidate the blue jay; you could even wave your arms or something.

*nothing personal -- I don't know how big you are. I'm thinking from the bird's point of view.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Go out carrying an open umbrella, to shield your dog.
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
Pigwidgeon asked

quote:
Can you go out with her? You're a big, tall human* and might intimidate the blue jay; you could even wave your arms or something.
*nothing personal -- I don't know how big you are. I'm thinking from the bird's point of view.

I stand out with her, but I also have a relationship with the Jays who I have known for a number of years. I put 6 peanuts out for them then ring a bell and they come to eat. The female is very careful and picks up each nut taking the larger ones, the male just flies down grabs any nut and flies away. So they are not at all afraid of me and I do not want them to be. But waving arms around is a good idea. I will give it a try. They are very quick with their bomb runs.
 
Posted by lily pad (# 11456) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
My poor pup is having a stressful time. A Blue Jay has build a nest in a large oak tree by our back stairs and every time the dog goes out into the yard the jay dive bombs her. So now she hangs out on the porch sunk down low on her belly and makes a run for it anytime she needs to relieve herself. I am really not sure what to do. Any ideas?

I wonder about putting a coat or t-shirt on the dog to make her look quite different to the jay? I agree with the others that you will have to go out with her for the next while if only to get her confidence back up. Is there a different part of the yard that you could go to?

My dog was attacked by crows and had to have a visit to the vet to get lacerations cleaned up so I know how intimidating a bird can be. A dog trainer told me to be very sure not to indulge the fear or my dog would not get over the attack. For about two weeks, every time I saw a crow I barked at it. Yes, it made for some funny times. She calmed down about them but has always remained fairly wary of crows.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
The Birds, possibly Hitchcock's finest!
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
The worm has turned.
Dog turned around ran and jumped at jay. . Jay yelled and flew away. Dog is very pleased with herself. Tail held high and she just pranced back up the steps into the house.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Honour is satisfied [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
My last Airbnb guest had several bags to load into his car, and, though he remembered to lock the front door as he left, didn't shut it in between loading runs. Thus the evil and sneaky cat snuck back into the house unobserved, got locked in, and had been copiously sick by the time I got back from work. My carpets are, of course, pale-coloured. Fortunately, like most pet-owners, I have a handy supply of carpet cleaning stuff, so no permanent damage was done.

Must add to the list of house rules:
Be sure to outwit cats upon leaving. [Ultra confused]
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
Dog is very pleased with herself. Tail held high and she just pranced back up the steps into the house.

[Axe murder]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jacobsen:
... Be sure to outwit cats upon leaving.

When we were packing up the house in Belfast for moving here, it was a gloriously sunny summer's day, and we had the French door in the dining-room open. Next door's cat came in and probably thought all his Christmases had come at once: cardboard boxes by the dozen, empty counter-tops (and even high-level cupboards) to climb up on ...

In the end, we asked the neighbours if they would close him inside, as we were afraid he'd get locked in the house, or worse, get into a box and end up in a container heading across the Atlantic ... [Eek!]
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
Would just like to thank everyone for comments some time ago about the Furminator. We acquired 2 long-haired ladies recently (supposedly to keep the Youcat happy) and it's been worth its weight in Iams. Yessie had to be shaved by the vet as everything was a horrible matted mess underneath, but now she looks lovely. And I have enough fluff to stuff a cushion. Really - hyperbole free zone. Now, if they could decide to get on with the others.....
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
I love the Furminator. Especially at this time of the year, when they're turning their coats, you can get off huge drifts of fluff. I cannot understand why one cat can have enough fur to upholster at least one other feline.
 
Posted by Nick Tamen (# 15164) on :
 
We once had a collie who was a wonderful dog in almost every way. Cats made her crazy, though. Our kids wanted a cat too, but we had to say that was impossible as long as our dog was around.

Eleven years ago, that dog had a stroke and died. Within hours of her death, a gray cat appeared at our house and quickly worked her way into our life and our hearts. We think she was around 2 or 3 at the time. She had been spayed already—our best guess was that she had been abandoned. We never really could accept that it was just coincidence that she appeared on the same night that our dog died.

Tonight, after a week of not eating much, not feeling well and a couple of visits to the vet, that cat died. She was sweet and affectionate, but could be feisty when she needed to be. My daughter loved that about her. I had never had a cat before, having grown up in a dog family. I was surprised at how quickly she grew on me.

RIP Smokey Jo.

[Votive]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nick Tamen:
...RIP Smokey Jo.

[Votive]

Amen to that.
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
[Votive]
And now to see who turns up for you...

Seriously considering portable air conditioner for the cats in this weather.
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Glad Smokey Jo found your family, Nick Tamen. RIP Smokey Jo.
 
Posted by Nick Tamen (# 15164) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Fredegund:
And now to see who turns up for you...

[Smile]
We had that thought, especially since our daughter is wanting a dog of her own. (We have one other cat, which is our son's, and a golden retriever.)

Thanks all.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Sorry to hear of your loss, NT.

RIP Smokey Joe. [Votive]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I'm very sorry for your loss, Nick Tamen. It's so hard to say goodbye to our little furry friends. [Votive]

You have brought to mind our cat Smokey Jo, which we had before I was even in school...a very long time ago, indeed! [Smile]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
In September last year a small grey cat with a weird meow came into my house and calmly started eating Georgie Porgy's food. We both chased him off, but he hung around. For a couple of months he even sported a collar, so I knew he must belong somewhere, but was never quite sure where.

A friend suggested I name him Cloud because he was grey and leaked. On really cold nights I would find him curled up on the mat in the porch, and sometimes in the hall near the heatpump. Once he got shut in the garage and when I opened the door the next day ran up the path, then stopped and turned around to tell me off.

Today I came home and he was sleeping on the bench in the sun. When I looked a few hours later he was still there, but he had turned around and it looked as if there was blood on his nose and his eyes weren't normal. I visited the houses up a long driveway where I thought he lived, but everyone denied he was theirs, so I rang the SPCA who said they would be here in half an hour, if I would make sure he stayed.

I spent a hour talking to him and gently stroking his head. He tried to get up when he saw the SPCA woman, but he was having difficulty and I held him still. I had to sign a form saying I didn't know who he belonged to and they took him away.

I will miss him.

[Waterworks] Huia [Waterworks]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Poor Cloud. [Frown]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Frown]

For Cloud's family to miraculously find him. [Votive]

[ 24. July 2016, 11:31: Message edited by: jedijudy ]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Just rang the SPCA.

Cloud was too badly injured to save. He is now pain free.

Huia.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
So sorry for your loss, Huia.
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Always such mixed feelings at a time like this, Huia. Sorry for your loss.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I'm so sorry. [Votive] [Frown]
 
Posted by Nick Tamen (# 15164) on :
 
[Votive]

RIP Cloud.
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
[Votive]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
So sorry [Tear]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Sorry to hear that, Huia.

RIP Cloud. [Votive]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Oh dear, the puppy has gone and I am weeping. Why do I do this to myself?

I know why, it's the best job and best fun in the world, a super challenge and a great excuse for visiting many cafes etc and asking all and sundry to join you. It's a brilliant way to have 'colleagues' and a reason to chat about our obsession together. Best of all you get the most beautiful, intelligent puppies to care for.

Of course, the end result is new 'eyes' and a very special companion for a VI or blind person, which is, for them, an absolute life changer.

My head says all that, but my heart says 'ouch, you broke me yet again' [Tear]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Boogie, God bless you for giving these puppies a great start on their careers! The people these animals help have much improved lives, and it wouldn't be possible without people like you who allow your hearts to be captured, then broken when they advance to the next stage.
<3
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
JJ's absolutely right, Boogie - what you and your fellow trainers do for the puppies is a godsend to the people who will ultimately be their humans.

You wouldn't be normal if you didn't feel a bit broken-hearted whenever your students graduate.

Give Tatze a big hug, and look forward to your next charge.

{{Boogie}}
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Thank you both xx

I have news about Gypsy. She has been withdrawn due to her owner becoming very ill and unable to keep her. This caused Gypsy some stress and the team decided it wouldn't be fair to train her with a new owner.

The good news is that Gypsy's trainer fell for her and she's now living with her as her forever dog. She's sent me some lovely photos.

She said "Gypsy is now no longer the property of guide dogs and is now a fully fledged member of the family. She definitely has her little paws under the table now and is loving a pets life. My mum adores her and spoils her rotten, she loves my old Swiss Shep and has great fun when I bring other guide dogs home (she's still bossy). I've attached some pics, she really likes my nan (87yrs) and the sofa he he and she has a ball too."

It's wonderful to see Gypsy so happy and healthy, but sad she couldn't continue to guide as she was a star at it.

I was offered her first but, very reluctantly and with very mixed feelings said no, as I would have had to stop puppy walking. When they told me her trainer wanted her I was really pleased.


Here is her blog.
 
Posted by Dormouse (# 5954) on :
 
Our beloved George cat went missing on Saturday night...He is a house cat, allowed on the balcony, and he dissappeared overnight from Saturday to Sunday. We guess he climbed down the ivy (or jumped, as it's only one floor) and hasn't been seen since. He's not very savvy or streetwise and we fear he's just got lost and can't find his way home. We live in a village, but it's quite large, with some busy roads and mad French drivers. Please pray that he either finds his way home, or has a quick end. I hate to think he may be injured somewhere and unable to get home. [Waterworks]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Glad to hear it worked out for Gypsy after all - she looks like such a lovely dog, it's great to know that someone's fallen in love with her.

Dormouse - [Votive] that George finds his way home safely.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Dormouse I hope George comes home soon. It's always a worry when they behave out of character.

Huia
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
Seconding that, Dormouse. I worry about all ours even though they are allowed out. Found Madam sitting on the wall of the house opposite last night. Convinced she thinks she owns the street. And she yelled blue murder when we wouldn't let her out again.
Here's hoping he's on his way home to you.
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
[Votive] for George.

And advice for Issues Over Feeding Bowls please? Old dog has taken to snaffling ancient cat's food.

Our previous methods of coping with this had merely resulted in the utility area becoming something akin to a fortress. So last night i sorted the whole area out, restoring a seating area and a aura of respectability to the whole area.....

This morning i am faced with an outraged cat, dog with a guilty face and a licked pristine-clean cat bowl.

Do i really have to resort to feeding one in the back garden and one in the front?
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Fingers crossed for George's safe return, Dormouse.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Praying for George to find his way home safely. [Frown] [Votive]

Once, Mom and Dad's cat, Moo, was totally missing. He's an inside cat only, but has tried to sneak outside several times. They were yelling "Moo! Moo!" all over the neighborhood and couldn't find him. After giving up, Mom went to the closet to get something off a high shelf, and there was Moo, enjoying his dark, high napping place behind conveniently placed boxes.
 
Posted by Dormouse (# 5954) on :
 
Still missing. We think (not accusing; just thinking) that someone (we think we know who) has taken him in & won't give him back. We have circumstantial evidence, some witnesses who say he has been seen with a cat very similar to George since G disappeared, yet he has denied to MreD's face having a ginger/white cat. MrD has been inside his flat but it was such a hoarder's paradise it was hard to see anything except boxes.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
It is astounding to me that with so many dogs and cats needing a good home, that there are folks who have taken the pets of other folks. Even though this may not be the case with George, I think most of us know of people who have gone through this particular heartache.

(((Dormouse))) [Votive]
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Totally agree, jedijudy. I remain convinced that my missing cat was "adopted" by someone else, on the day they left the neighbourhood, with no thought to the fact that he already had an owner who would miss him terribly. Another expression of the increasing self-centredness of some people today?

Mind you, with so many cats needing to be rescued, I also struggle to understand people who spend upwards of A$1000 on breed kittens. Esp designer cats like Bengals, which they are unprepared for and subsequently struggle to properly care for.
 
Posted by lily pad (# 11456) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ethne Alba:
[Votive] for George.

And advice for Issues Over Feeding Bowls please? Old dog has taken to snaffling ancient cat's food.

Our previous methods of coping with this had merely resulted in the utility area becoming something akin to a fortress. So last night i sorted the whole area out, restoring a seating area and a aura of respectability to the whole area.....

This morning i am faced with an outraged cat, dog with a guilty face and a licked pristine-clean cat bowl.

Do i really have to resort to feeding one in the back garden and one in the front?

I've heard of people feeding the cat up on the washing machine or a raised bench - anywhere the dog can't reach. Poor cat. Lucky dog! [Smile]
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
Poor cat? Surely s/he will enjoy smirking over what is, to the dog, unreachable food.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I read somewhere that cats that share their house with a dog [Biased] are seldom over weight.

Georgie-Porgy is moulting, and the house is drowning in it. I am going to increase the Furminator use to twice a day to avoid her getting fur balls. I bought a new kind of comb as well, for the dreadlock like tangles. The woman who sold it to me said that some cats hate it, but G-P purrs like a dynamo on steroids.

Huia
 
Posted by Jane R (# 331) on :
 
[Votive] for George.

We have a temporary dog; belongs to a neighbour who was taken into hospital yesterday. His brother is in France at the moment and he has no other relatives nearby, so we are keeping the dog until someone can collect him.

It's very strange having a dog in the house... he thinks so too. He can't understand why we all disappeared upstairs after breakfast (to our offices, to work) instead of staying in the living room with him...
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jane R:
[Votive] for George.

We have a temporary dog; belongs to a neighbour who was taken into hospital yesterday. His brother is in France at the moment and he has no other relatives nearby, so we are keeping the dog until someone can collect him.

It's very strange having a dog in the house... he thinks so too. He can't understand why we all disappeared upstairs after breakfast (to our offices, to work) instead of staying in the living room with him...

Bless you for taking him in -- even if you do strange things like working upstairs just to confuse him.
[Smile]
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
I really don't want to go back to using a table......

Am now feeding outside.
[Frown]
 
Posted by Dormouse (# 5954) on :
 
George is still missing. We are still searching. We still have our suspicions about this gentleman…BUT we insist to everyone that we are NOT accusing him of taking George. We only want to verify that his ginger/white cat is not George. However…
* despite having been seen cradling a ginger/white cat, saying it was his, and it was castrated, he denies having a ginger/white cat.
* a g/w cat has been seen twice in his appartment window. However this may have been the tortie/calico cat that he is believed to also own.)
* he has been seen transporting a g/w cat ( although this may have been the tortie/calico cat that he is believed to also own.) from his car to his flat.
* he has now blacked out the windows of his car so you can’t look in.

We now wonder if he is moving the cats to different places, especially at the weekend, as that’s when we are more likely to come calling. So, once my mum has left, we are thinking we may just wait outside the appartment block on Friday evening/ Saturday morning to see what happens. We also have people in the next block keeping their eyes firmly on this guy who will phone us as soon as they see anything suspicious.

The Gendarmes have told us that there IS a law against stealing pets, but we still require proof. A contact at the Mairie is going to see if they can do anything.

Meanwhile, we trail around the village chasing up possible sightings (so we aren’t just putting all our eggs in this guy’s basket) and plaintively calling out George’s name. Someone kindly offered us two small cats if we can’t find George – very kind, but that’s not the point!!!

Still very sad [Waterworks]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
As I mentioned on the prayer thread, my elderly (16 years old) Spyder cat has been poorly. I rushed him to the emergency 24 hour vet Thursday night because of how lethargic and zoned out he was acting, where they found nothing substantially wrong. They say he may have an enlarged heart and/or a thyroid condition, so I have made an appointment with my regular vet for Monday for the thyroid test, and he should have a sonogram of his heart on Thursday.

Right now he's eating again after two days of not, and seems more active and alert than he's been since Wednesday.

I know 16 is getting along there, but I hope he's still got a couple of good years. He's a sweet cat, and I do love him.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Get well soon Spyder xx
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Yes - best wishes for recovery for Spyder and a few more happy years for you together.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I hope that Spyder cat's tests relieve your mind, Nicolemr! Hoping for more good years for both of you!

In July I drove twenty miles each way for three weeks to feed and medicate Cubby, a sweet twelve-year-old white and tabby cat. He has just been diagnosed with an incurable (and painful) disease. [Waterworks] He will be making his final journey to the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday. Please pray for M and D and their children. M has had Cubby since he was a kitten, well before she met her husband.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Thanks guys. Spyder had his thyroid test today, I get the result tomorrow. He lost a little weight since Thursday, not surprising since he didn't eat for two days, but he seems quite his old self now.

Prayers for Cubby and his family.

[Votive]
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Poor Cubby [Frown]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Spyder's thyroid test was negative, the vet was surprised, as am I, but there is another test pending which might tell more. Meanwhile he seems quite himself again.
 
Posted by Jane R (# 331) on :
 
The Temporary Dog has now been picked up by his owner's niece. His owner died on Saturday.

[Votive]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Spyder's been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. That's the most common form of heart disease in cats, a thickening of the walls of the heart that make it difficult to move blood through it. He's been put on two medications which I'm going to have to dose him with daily. The irony is that he is behaving completely normal and fine. If he hadn't been so bad last week that I took him in, I'd never have known there was anything wrong.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Hope he gets meds which sort it nicolemr xx

[ 18. September 2016, 15:16: Message edited by: Boogie ]
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
5 days ago Robbie-the-cat left the house and very uncharacteristically didn't return, which became less likely as the hours ticked by because he would be beginning to feel the effects of being without his dementia meds. He was 19 and I think he went somewhere quiet to take his last long nap.
Truffles-the-cat is very unsettled and grieving in her own way (probably more than I am!) and I wonder if she knows where he chose and is visiting because she vanishes now & then. Thankfully she comes home now and then, and is snacking even if she doesn't finish a complete dish, and appreciates a lap so I've decided to cancel a short break that I'd booked for this week because I think she needs stability and don't want her moving out too. I've plugged the Feliway in and am using a calming spray around her, so hopefully she'll settle soon.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
My cat Tobey vanished on Thursday, not returning for supper that evening. We haven't seen him since, although I call him and we have searched the neighborhood. He was 13 and somewhat frail with arthritis, and so would not have wandered far. I hope that he felt ill and hid away to die. This would be better than being nabbed by a coyote or a fox. I wish there was some way to know his fate.
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
So sorry Brenda. Often the worse part is not knowing.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
And this morning very early Tobey simply reappeared on the front step. He was hungry and thirsty but entirely nonchalant. What were you worried about? I knew where I was. Tiresome creature, we immediately fed him two breakfasts.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
And this morning very early Tobey simply reappeared on the front step. He was hungry and thirsty but entirely nonchalant. What were you worried about? I knew where I was. Tiresome creature, we immediately fed him two breakfasts.

So glad he's back -- having had adventures he'll never tell you about.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Glad to hear about Tobey, BC. [Smile]
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Welcome back, Tobey!
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Good news about Tobey!
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
YaY Tobey! [Yipee]

Meanwhile I am being punished for being away by having a furry shadow that comes everywhere with me, unless I shut her inside or sneak away quietly. She goes outside herself, but as soon as she comes back in meows loudly until I call to her.

I even had to cross stitch with her on my lap. We have played some boisterous games, but she wants to cuddle more than anything. I think she probably picked up how distressed I was when I came home.

Huia
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I was chatting to neighbour "boy" this week (he'll be 30 in December), who is currently home from Dubai for a few weeks, and learnt that our poor long-suffering cat, who is always hungry, usually begs breakfast at his house - his dad is a fish merchant and is a complete softy.

Hmmmm.

Now I don't feel so bad about sometimes making her wait a bit for her lunch.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
More weirdness from the fluffy one. I was sitting quietly cross stitching when the loudest meow I have ever heard Georgie-Porgy let lose came from the suitcase where she was sleeping. Maybe she was dreaming or it might just be attention seeking, so we had a cuddle and she went back to sleep.

If she doesn't get back to her usual behaviour soon a visit to the vet may be in order, or could Feliway calm her down? I hesitate to go to the vet because travelling in cars causes extra distress.

Huia
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
I have heard good things about Feliway.
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
Feliway is great - I'm also trying Pet Remedy de-stress and calming because I can use it in the caravan when there is no power.
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
Today Remaining Cat and I spent an hour in my touring caravan which I've brought from storage and parked near the house, all part of a Big Plan to take her with me on trips. She lasted very well, no scrabbling to be let out, wandering around checking out the windows (but not asking to be let out of them) and coming to my lap (I took a book and cup of coffee in with me) and side for cuddles now and then. After over an hour she began to let me know that she'd had enough so we went back to the house. We'll have another few sessions like that and then I'll try out both of us staying in it overnight (trying not to think about what the neighbours think about the Mad Cat Woman!) before going on a trip to a nearby Fabulous Forest. She is also getting used to a harness that she'll be wearing on these trips - we are taking everything gently and gradually so she doesn't get stressed, and at 12 yrs she seems to be taking things in her stride.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
It is astonishing what one can train a cat to tolerate. (I assume you are being lavish with treats, so that she associates the space with Good Stuff Happening.) I taught a cat once not only to ride in the car, but to lounge on the back deck under the rear windshield. He would nap and sun himself; mostly other drivers thought he was a stuffed toy but occasionally one would see someone doing a double-take.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I have a friend [in Texas, naturally] who has trained his cats to tolerate being bathed - he started when they were very young and he can't say that they actually enjoy it but they do tolerate it without much fuss.
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
Wodders, you've reminded me of my Persian who would tolerate a bath but would grumble and moan the whole time.
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
After today's session with Remaining Cat in the caravan, she has gone into major sulk mode. From tomorrow I'll try another tack with her - leaving the door open so she can join me there when she feels like it..... which might possibly be never.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
So after all the expense and worry with Spyder and his heart condition, one of my other cats, Sybil, has just been to the vet and run up a huge bill. She wasn't acting right, and wasn't eating right for a couple of day. It turned out she was badly constipated, and they gave her an enema but the doctor says it's a bit of a mystery why she was constipated, and I should keep an eye on her.

I love my cats but they are driving me to ruin!
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Modern technology means that vets can spend a fortune on fixing up your pet. You can get MRIs and CAT scans and blood work and wow! It costs as much as it does for a human being, only you have no insurance. It is important to keep an eye on the vet and not let her go her limit on this.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Our poor and much loved labradoodle is now about 90% blind and 75% deaf, but there's nothing wrong with her nose ... she can smell food from Object V774104 (way beyond Pluto) and when she does her wobbly old legs suddenly channel Usain Bolt x Derek Drouin simultaneously.

She's been a love-sponge and love-well for 13 years, and we're making sure, despite the contempt of her two canine cohabitants, that few waking moments are without affection flowing her way.

[Axe murder]

[ 07. October 2016, 19:01: Message edited by: Zappa ]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Georgie-Porgie once had a cat scan because a vet could feel lumps in her intestines. As the took her away I said, " Be a good cat Georgie and don't have anything expensive, we can't afford it."

The vet must have heard, because I didn't get charged for the whiff of knock out gas they gave her. In the end it was just a thickening of her intestinal walls, but I'm glad I did it because it would have been picked up in every examination she had and I would be worried about her being in pain or needing emergency help at a very expensive time.

It's a really tricky thing to know when and how much to treat and when to euthanize. There was a cat caught in a fire here and the family asked for donations so they could have it treated. It took months and the animal was in considerable pain. I would also wonder about the quality of its life afterwards. I think I would have had it put to sleep [Waterworks] .

Having said that, all but one of my cats have died a natural death and one was even interred by a professional grave digger (youngest brother's then employment).

Huia
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Zappa:
Our poor and much loved labradoodle is now about 90% blind and 75% deaf, but there's nothing wrong with her nose ... she can smell food from Object V774104 (way beyond Pluto) and when she does her wobbly old legs suddenly channel Usain Bolt x Derek Drouin simultaneously.

She's been a love-sponge and love-well for 13 years, and we're making sure, despite the contempt of her two canine cohabitants, that few waking moments are without affection flowing her way.

[Axe murder]

Zappa - [Overused]

My beloved pup is now 12, healthy but getting a little slower and more inclined to nap. But also a "love-sponge and love-well."
[Smile]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I've never been owned by a pet, but the terms "love-sponge" and "love-well" sound delightfully appropriate.

Long life to all your sponges and wells! [Smile]
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
I have a 16-year-old cat, who's had kidney disease/failure for a few years now.

At this point, she's eating almost nothing, and she's fur and bones, and her back legs are pretty wobbly. I wonder if the wobbly legs are due to her lack of adequate nutrition? But one result is that she's started peeing in bed at night. My bed. Right next to and under me. She keeps sleeping in the same spot, too. I don't even know if she's aware of it - if it's just too much trouble getting up, or if she's losing control.

It's harrowing watching her starve herself. I keep trying what I can. She seems to currently be willing to drink that special lactose-free milk they make for cats, maybe a tablespoon or two's worth a day. Last week, I pureed tuna fish from a can, and she loved it...until the third time I gave it to her. Today, I put some high-calorie gel (which she won't touch on its own) into a Pill Pocket and shoved it down her throat like a pill. I'm thinking I might just need to force-feed her like that.

The problem is, I'm woefully under-employed and can't afford to take her to the vet. Or, even if I could, I couldn't afford any treatments they'd have to offer, or any special food they'd want her to eat. But I wonder if she needs an anti-nausea medication.

Her tastes have all radically changed: All her life, she only liked chicken, and maybe turkey, dry food. She learned to eat cat food, but only pate. She does still prefer dry food (which isn't good for a cat with kidney disease, but if she'll eat ANYTHING I'll give it to her!) and pate, but about 6 months ago, she started turning her nose up at chicken and suddenly liked tuna - which she never liked before. She also used to love Fortiflora, a malt-flavored probiotic powder you put on their food to combat digestive issues (I first used it when switching her to wet food to avoid diarrhea) but now she hates it. I mean, she was a total crackhead for it in the past; won't touch it now. She doesn't even like catnip anymore. She loved pumpkin the first time I gave it to her recently, but hates it now.

Any ideas? Especially for someone currently only earning just less than $500/month?
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
It would be worth contacting local vets, or even local veterinary colleges, to see if you could negotiate free or discounted treatment for the animal. What's the worst that can happen? Nothing.
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
Yeah, I'm poking around...there's one that has extremely limited appointments for non-wellness visits that only charges $25 for a physical, so I'll call them tomorrow. And continue force-feeding her, I guess!

Her name is Taffeta, if anyone wants to mention her in their prayers. [Votive]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Perhaps there is a local veterinary college that might have a low cost clinic?

Prayers for Taffeta. [Votive]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Bless her and you churchgeek 🐾💕

Might it be time to have her gently put to sleep? She has had a good long life and pain meds would not really improve her condition. It may be the kindest thing.
 
Posted by iGeek (# 777) on :
 
Two dogs and a cat here.

A 9 year old West Highland Terrier named Robbie (short for Robert Burns, natch) and a 1.5 year old Jack Russell Terrier/Chihuahua mix -- best guess -- dumped-puppy-on-the-railroad-tracks rescue; she goes by the name of Lily and is the only girl in the home and a bit of a spoiled princess (must wee... must wee... must wee... eww! eww! water on the grass! *dainty squat and tinkle* back home... back home... back home...)

Bear is an 8 year old formerly feral black medium hair something from a no-kill shelter who has become more social in middle age. Must always be in the same room with us and occasionally deigns to sit in our laps.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Severe aftershock yesterday evening decided me that I needed finally buy some Feliway. The only problem is that my reaction caused greater stress to Georgie than the quake did [Roll Eyes]

I made it up to her by playing a vigorous game of "catch the orange thing" with her pounce toy, which calmed us both. A small feed of catnip helped.

Because of the tsunami warning last week I decided to look for a new cattery as the one she usually goes to is on low lying ground less than a metre from the shoreline. The woman I spoke to sounded as besotted with cats as I am, but much better qualified. Feedback on a local information website is excellent and I'm going to visit next week. I may be overreacting, but knowing she was safe would be one less thing to worry about if I had to go up north in a hurry..

Huia
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Huia:
I made it up to her by playing a vigorous game of "catch the orange thing"...

That has a whole different meaning in the U.S. these days (and you're apt to attract the attention of the Secret Service).

[Biased]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Yes, but in this case the orange thing was the recipient of the cat's urges....
hmmm, better not take that parallel too far in AS.

I will never see "the orange thing" in the same light again.

Geddit Georgie -Porgy!

Huia
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
I now have a mental image of my three cats chasing around a mouse-sized Trump. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
Bless her and you churchgeek 🐾💕

Might it be time to have her gently put to sleep? She has had a good long life and pain meds would not really improve her condition. It may be the kindest thing.

I am considering that. She doesn't quite seem like she's lost the will to live, but I'm keeping an eye on her. I hear euthanizing a cat is about $45-150... not sure I can afford that! Maybe I can find a low-cost vet to do it. But I'm not giving up just yet. I'm force-feeding her to see if it helps. (It's not that hard; I've mixed a high-protein paste with some dehydrated cat food into little pill-sized globs and give them to her like I would pills. She generally gets up and drinks her milk or water after that.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
We've no pets here at the moment (full-time working + small child means that right now it's not practical or fair), but I love the idea and hope that we can get a pet at some point - I'd love a dog. However, other than goldfish I've never had a pet in my life even as a child, and I'm really aware when I go to other people's homes with my job that I'm quite wary of their pets (especially dogs). So I don't know how much of quite fancying a pet is just unrealistic daydreaming.

My daughter (nearly 3) announced the other week that she needed a dog. But then a couple of weeks earlier she announced that she needed a brother or sister, so I'm not sure she really gets what it's all about! (Have to say, the dog is much more realistic a prospect, but she's going to have to learn some more patience!)

Good friends of ours recently became the forever humans to a rescue greyhound, and I'm loving hearing of their adventures. Maybe one day ...
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Huia:
... I will never see "the orange thing" in the same light again ...

Georgy-Porgy - KILL!!! [Devil]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by churchgeek:
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
Bless her and you churchgeek 🐾💕

Might it be time to have her gently put to sleep? She has had a good long life and pain meds would not really improve her condition. It may be the kindest thing.

I am considering that. She doesn't quite seem like she's lost the will to live, but I'm keeping an eye on her. I hear euthanizing a cat is about $45-150... not sure I can afford that! Maybe I can find a low-cost vet to do it. But I'm not giving up just yet. I'm force-feeding her to see if it helps. (It's not that hard; I've mixed a high-protein paste with some dehydrated cat food into little pill-sized globs and give them to her like I would pills. She generally gets up and drinks her milk or water after that.
This is so sad, I really feel for you. Does your country not have the equivalent of the PDSA ?
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
Does your country not have the equivalent of the PDSA ?

There are some individual businesses and charities that provide free or less expensive services. You can look by state here. When my kitties were old and in need of more frequent veterinary care, I was very glad to have a discount vet near my home.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
My sister and brother-in-law had two old cats which both went to the Rainbow Bridge this past year. This week my b-i-l brought two puppies and a kitten home!!!

There is a charity in their town that goes around to the kill shelters and rescues the puppies and kittens. They then go to various businesses every month looking for forever homes for the babies. Sis and b-i-l have been talking for a few months of adopting a kitten or puppy. Hah!!! So, my sis has been training the two Australian Shepherds (who had never been separated, so came as a set). The kitty thinks he's a Siamese Shepherd, and was totally shocked to see himself in a mirror yesterday.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I don't often join in on this thread, but we're going to be house-sitting for a couple of friends from New Year until Easter (they've got a place in France - not envious at all, no, no ...).

What is bothering me is it's not just house-sitting - it's cat-sitting, and I've never had a living creature be dependent on me before, so I may well be asking for advice.

We're assured that she's in good health, and a very easy cat to look after, but she's still a cat ... [Eek!]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
We're assured that she's in good health, and a very easy cat to look after, but she's still a cat ... [Eek!]

Just treat her with due deference, acknowledge her beauty and overall superiority and you should be OK.

Poor Georgie-Porgy had a horrible day. I had someone around to fix the spouting and sort out some other minor, but noisy jobs. What I didn't realise was that some earthquake damage to the wastewater system outside my house was also being fixed today. I came home to discover a shell-shocked cat. I fed her tea an hour early and she seems to be recovering well.

Huia
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
Piglet - don't worry. You will be perfectly trained within 24 hours, I promise!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Thanks, both. Never having been owned by a cat before, I'm sure you can understand our trepidation. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Piglet, we slaves of cats will be glad to help if you have any questions when you house sit!

I'm dog sitting for a good friend. She has two Havanese that are very spoiled, partly because of their Aunt jedijudy. They have three different treats (or as they are known here...T things) available: the preferred treats, the acceptable treats and dog biscuits, known as cookies, which are ok if nothing else is available. Lizards are probably preferable. Anyway, if a cookie is offered, the boy dog will take it to the cookie-eating area and crunch happily away. The girl dog gives me a "Really, Aunt jj? Really?" look and sadly carries it with her for hours until her brother takes it from her, whereupon she gets extremely indignant.

Now, if I break the cookie and give them each a half, they will both eat them almost immediately.

Do any of you dog people have a theory about what's going on with that?
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
Does your country not have the equivalent of the PDSA ?

There are some individual businesses and charities that provide free or less expensive services. You can look by state here. When my kitties were old and in need of more frequent veterinary care, I was very glad to have a discount vet near my home.
The ones I find in Michigan only (1) spay and neuter; or (2) offer food and supplies.

You'd think one of these organizations would offer help with euthanasia; after all, do they want people trying to do that themselves? (Mind you, I could never.)

There's a clinic around here that does walk-in spay/neuter services, and very limited appointments for physical exams. I spoke with them on the phone today, and they said they were booked, but I could try the spay/neuter days, and if they're not busy, they could take me. I'll call on Tuesday (their next clinic day) to see if they're busy. It's only $25 for the physical exam. I don't know if they do euthanasia, but at least they might be able to tell me if it's really time or not.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
churchgeek and Taffeta
[Votive]
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Piglet, we slaves of cats will be glad to help if you have any questions when you house sit!

I'm dog sitting for a good friend. She has two Havanese that are very spoiled, partly because of their Aunt jedijudy. They have three different treats (or as they are known here...T things) available: the preferred treats, the acceptable treats and dog biscuits, known as cookies, which are ok if nothing else is available. Lizards are probably preferable. Anyway, if a cookie is offered, the boy dog will take it to the cookie-eating area and crunch happily away. The girl dog gives me a "Really, Aunt jj? Really?" look and sadly carries it with her for hours until her brother takes it from her, whereupon she gets extremely indignant.

Now, if I break the cookie and give them each a half, they will both eat them almost immediately.

Do any of you dog people have a theory about what's going on with that?

In the girl's mind, the cookie is only desirable if the boy indicates he wants it. If he's chomping on the other half or trying to steal it, that means it's a good one. Otherwise not.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
That makes sense, Lamb Chopped. Dog ways are different than the ways of Cats!
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
Dog ways are different than the ways of Cats!

Too right, especially when it comes to previously unencountered food or treats, when they (well, certainly any of those I've shared a home with) seem to think you are trying to poison them.
 
Posted by neandergirl (# 8916) on :
 
Churchgeek, I can't speak about Michigan, but in MD many vet clinics have a hardship fund which can be used to make up the difference between what a service costs and what a client can pay. In my neighbourhood, we also have had people crowdfund for needed vet services; most recently a veteran whose dog developed a tumour on his back and needed surgery. Fingers crossed for you and the cat
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
Well, I called the vet we've been to and liked here in Detroit, and it turned out I had enough money...

She was a little better the last couple of days, but I still went in not really expecting to bring her home, and I didn't. I was able to be right with her when she died.

She seems to have had cancer in or around her colon, or lymphoma in that area. I'm glad she wasn't feeling her absolute worst on her last day. It was even an uncharacteristically warm, sunny day for this time of year, which helped, since my car has no heat. (It's only about a 15-20 min. drive to the vet, but that's taking the freeway, which is loud - especially in my car with its exhaust leak...did I mention I'm poor? [Roll Eyes] )

Some of you may have seen my post about it on facebook. I'm overwhelmed with all the responses of love and support! It really was the right decision. I'm only a little teary here and there, but feeling down - this plus other reasons. Also, it's 1:15 a.m. right now, and I seem to be avoiding going in my room and going to bed.

(My cat had lived exclusively in my room, because my roommate has other cats, and Taffeta hated other cats. So I did get her food bowl, water bowl, and all the litter stuff out this afternoon.)

Thanks to everyone for your caring comments and advice! It was helpful to be able to come here and articulate everything as I was preparing for this.
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Churchgeek, I am very sorry to hear this. So hard. So hard. May you find comfort in your memories of Taffeta.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Oh Churchgeek, I'm so sorry. It's hard to say goodbye to a friend.

Huia
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
(((Churchgeek))) [Votive]

Taffeta was a lucky girl to have you as her person.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Bless you churchgeek [Votive] [Votive]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
So sorry for you, Churchgeek.
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
Thanks, everybody! [Tear]
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
Hubby and I went away for 4 days and bordered our rescue dog at the vet's kennel. I took her blanket and toy but felt just so guilty. It was the first time we had ever left her in the 18months we have had her. I was worried that she would think she had been abandoned again. Turns out according to staff notes she had a wonderful time, was a favorite with all the staff and ran to me like her long lost best friend when I arrived to pick her up. I have a feeling it was harder on me then on her to be boarded.
She indeed seems non the worse for being left and settled right into her usual home routine.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
So sorry to hear of your loss, Churchgeek.

RIP Taffeta. [Votive]
 
Posted by neandergirl (# 8916) on :
 
((churchgeek))
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
Her ashes arrived today. While I wait to decide where to keep them until I decide what to do with them, they're in a bag (they were delivered in a paper bag...which we all know cats love!) under my dresser where she'd been sleeping lately (there's a heater vent under there, another thing cats love). Since I keep expecting her to be there, especially when I walk into my room, it seems appropriate enough.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
What colour was she churchgeek?

We'd love to do you a tea light holder with her name on, like the one on my 'Room' blog x


My Guide Dog supervisor visited us yesterday, she was with us nearly two hours!

We went for a walk round a shop so that she can see how Mollie's shop training is going.

Mollie ticked all the boxes. She's gaining weight well and is healthy and lively. She has no food aggression (they always test for that in the first visit) and she's learning 'sit' 'down' and 'upsit' - she waits for her dinner really well (must do a video!)

My supervisor says she wees too many times in an hour so I need to wait 'till her bladder is full before I take her out. Easier said than done lol! The fine line between asking her to go outside often (which she's really good at now) and letting her bladder fill up so that she asks to go out herself and her bladder capacity grows is not an easy one!

Round the shops Mollie is beginning to get moving rather than sit looking around but I was getting in the habit of using treats to coax her and that's not a good idea, so I'm working on using an encouraging voice and purposeful walk to encourage her. Even at this young age (9 weeks) they are learning to walk round shops, ignoring bits on the floor and all other distractions. She's doing really well for her age. Of course, my worry is widdles and poos so I go to shops which have an outside space no other dogs are allowed in, quite a lot have little 'garden centre' area. I've only ever had one indoor accident in shops with five pups - so I want to keep up that record! Also, it sets up a really good habit and expectation in the pups [Smile]

She's fast asleep now - she sleeps a LOT!!

Still no crocapup!! - she's gentle with her teeth and snoozes the evening away until I wake her up to play before bed. Touch wood I've got a rare non-crocador!
 
Posted by Baker (# 18458) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
My cat Tobermorey was adopted from the Scottish Fold Rescue organization. I decided that a Fold needed to be named after a single malt. He has all the catly instincts but is effete, and now slowed by arthritis. I have to pick him up to lift him to join me in bed.

I am so glad to find someone else with a cat named Tobermory!!! I had a cat with that name for thirteen years. Of course he was named for the cat in H.H. Munro's classic short story. If you want I could send his food and water bowl with his name printed on it. I had it special made for him from folks who do it for a cat rescue group. When Toby passed I couldn't just throw it away.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
I would love it, but I live in the US and the postage would probably be brutal.
 
Posted by Baker (# 18458) on :
 
Well, I live in the US too! It m ight not be too bad. Let me know if you change your mind!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:

In July I drove twenty miles each way for three weeks to feed and medicate Cubby, a sweet twelve-year-old white and tabby cat. He has just been diagnosed with an incurable (and painful) disease. [Waterworks] He will be making his final journey to the Rainbow Bridge on Wednesday. Please pray for M and D and their children. M has had Cubby since he was a kitten, well before she met her husband.

I saw Cubby's human yesterday. She and her little son were on their way to buy a kitten (or two! BOGO!!) M had thought she couldn't let another kitty into her life and endure the pain of losing a beloved pet again. I was tickled to hear her so enthusiastic about adopting two kitties!

BTW, Cubbie was named for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. I told M that he was the angel that propelled the Cubs to win the World Series shortly after he went to the Rainbow Bridge, which is exactly what she had been thinking, too! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Twilight (# 2832) on :
 
My old, diabetic cat, Mickey, died on Thanksgiving evening, about an hour after a nice meal of shredded turkey and her last insulin injection. She was really only terribly ill for about two days, moaning from time to time and incontinent. I'm glad now that our vet was out of town for the holiday because I know I would have taken him in, and that would have just frightened him and probably only stretched the misery out -- his blood sugar had been in 500's the last visit a few weeks ago.

I miss him about twenty times a day, but my dog you guys! My little dachshund adored her cat, he has always been there throughout her life, yet every sighting was newly thrilling, every opportunity to stretch out on his fat tummy and lick down his throat was taken.(So weird to see.)

Now she wont quit searching for Mickey, even making me get up at night for a look outside if she hears anything, checking under the trees and shrubs. Sigh. It's breaking my old, cold heart.
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
So sorry for you both.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Sorry to hear that, Twilight - prayers ascending for you (and your wee dog).

RIP Mickey. [Tear]
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Dogs have such faithful hearts. My daughter had a cat and a Great Dane. The Dane loved the cat, who did not at all reciprocate. When the cat died the dog was heartbroken. He went and lay down on her grave. And when my daughter had us take the cat food/dishes away, the dog was frantic. "Oh no! they're taking her DISH, my God, this is terrible!"
 
Posted by Twilight (# 2832) on :
 
Oh, Brenda. I love a Great Dane, I can just picture that. The last few years, we had to take Mickey to the vet about once a month to have his blood sugar tested, and as soon as we would get the crate out Maggie would start to panic, once the cat was loaded in the car Maggie would throw her head back and bay. They were the only times I would remember that the hund in dachshund means hound.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Twilight and Maggie and little Mickey. [Votive]

I have a friend who was owned by two cats, Mickey and Maggie! Mickey went to the Rainbow Bridge a few months ago. [Votive]
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
I have a Great Dane who is now five years old, along with two small rescue dogs who are half-Pomeranian and seven years old. They have never cared for him at all, ignore him or growl at him if he tries to lie down near them. He adores them, gets distressed when they go off to Paws & Claws Dog Salon to be washed and trimmed and runs to greet them when they return. It is sad to watch his attempts to befriend them or attract their attention, but also very funny.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
My daughter's dog tried to play with the cat, to wash her, to sleep with her. She would have none of it -- it was like watching Pepe LePew trying to woo the lady skunk. The solution may be to get a kitten to be raised with the dog.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Oh dear ... at a routine visit to the vet for our three dogs an agressive tumour was discovered on one of them, Bonnie ... off to the national rolls royce of veterinary hospitals tomorrow.

Here's hoping we're early enough ... but sadly I have my doubts.
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Oh Zappa, I hope you are in time too. Not good news at all for everyone. [Votive]
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
[Votive] Bonnie
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
For Bonnie to have excellent treatment and a healthy future. [Votive]
 
Posted by Twilight (# 2832) on :
 
[Votive] For Bonnie and those who love her.

[coding - WW]

[ 13. December 2016, 23:35: Message edited by: Welease Woderwick ]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
{{{Zappa and Bonnie}}} [Votive]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
**bump**

Just dropping in to report on progress re: cat-sitting. I was tidying up the kitchen last night and heard the furore of turbo-charged cat coming from the dining-room. When I went to investigate, she was chasing a mouse (I don't think there had been any in the house up till now). They sped off into the sitting-room (which we don't really use - there's a TV den upstairs) and I decided to leave them to it.

When I came down this morning to get lunch ready, I went through the sitting-room and found the corpse of the executed mouse on the rug in front of the fireplace. It looked a bit odd, as though it had either already started to decompose, or she'd tried to eat it and spat it out ... [Eek!]

Having disposed of it, I wasn't sure whether to be cross or grateful, and decided on grateful - after all, we don't really want the wee buggers chasing round the place.

I'm really getting quite fond of her (the cat, not the mouse) - she seems to have taken to us quite well, and she can be very affectionate when she's in the mood. I'm not at the stage where I'd want one of my own, but I think I'll miss her when we move out.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
I have a black cat who is a deadly huntress, an instinctive killer. Her favorite prey is voles (field mice), which haunt the local bird feeders. She has cleaned out all the ones in our yard and now obliges the neighbors. There was a period of time when she was bringing back a vole a day. She lays them neatly on the front step, always in a place where your foot is most likely to descend, and her due is the right front leg, which she neatly gnaws off. The rest is for us, her family, to divide. My husband has the melancholy duty of picking the thing up with a trowel and flinging it into the deep brush. The next day a new one would appear, and I began to wonder -- is the cat simply fetching the tossed vole and laying it back down on the step? So one day I carefully marked the vole, on a back foot, with a blue Sharpie, before disposal. The next day there was the usual rodent on the step. It had no blue dot/ We were getting a new, fresh vole every day.
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
The Lovely Lionel of blessèd memory, my fabulous black and white cat who died late last year, was also a tremendous hunter. Less consistency in the amount of tribute, though. Sometimes just a muzzle and a paw. When he had kidney trouble, he had to go on a low protein diet. The problem was, as I told the vet, if he didn't feel that sufficient protein was on offer at home, he, ahem, made his own arrangements.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
This brings back such bitter-sweet memories of my little cat Ginger Chops who would wait until I was lying in the bath with a book before dropping maimed and wriggling lizards, rain spiders and even a frog into the bathwater near my submerged feet. The resulting shrieks and splashy scramble was gratifying to him, I suppose.
 
Posted by Twilight (# 2832) on :
 
Oh MaryLouise, between that story and your prissy little Pomeranians, you have me cracking up this morning. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
A sign of true love, sharing the wild game with the house people. I'm dying thinking about the gifts being shared in the bath! [Killing me]

Piglet, I'm so glad the kitty and you are becoming friends! I'm wondering if there will be a permanent feline addition to the Piglet household in the future. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
We are here again, the ancient cat and i.

Ok, so she is in no pain....eats well, although forgets that she has eaten just as soon as she has left the place where she eats....is using the litter tray fine.....manages to jump up onto a bed or a chair to sleep ( no sleeping in nice cat beds for her, thank-you-very-much-indeed)...

But, she cannot groom herself anymore beyond a desultory face wipe...her coat, even when wipe-washed and groomed, is frankly shabby, i mean all her hair is there, it's just er permanently-tousled....she either sleeps for ages...or...runs all over the house like a kitten......occasionally she limps, but that goes after a while....occasionally she looks as though her hips are out, but a day of rest sees her back to normal....

She is nineteen.
And when last was taken to the vets, because she forgot how to use the litter tray, we discussed how much intervention i would want for her.
In short, not a lot.

So...i know nothing about older cats.
Do you kind people have any hints and tips to help me...to help us?

Many thanks

[ 24. January 2017, 19:03: Message edited by: Ethne Alba ]
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Is she used to be brushed? A gentle daily brushing would smooth the fur and get rid of dead hair.
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
(just caught me before leaving for supper preparation...)

Yes she is brushed...loads of hair comes out, but not enough to leave her bald so that's ok.

She quite likes being brushed, but not on her flanks... thighs.... what is the right word for this? She flinches and will tap my hands away briskly.

Does one add anything to elderly cat's hair when brushing??
I really am very ignorant and google is not my friend on this matter as it's either Go To The Vets....or....use this expensive stuff in a bottle. there must be a middle way. Surely?
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
No, just straight brushing is fine. Use a rubber or soft brush, not a wire one. Her skin is probably thin and sensitive, like all old critters. The gentle washing with a damp washcloth is like her own tongue, washing.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
... I'm wondering if there will be a permanent feline addition to the Piglet household in the future. [Big Grin]

I very much doubt it, although even D. is now having Therapeutic Cat Time™ with Tabby sitting on top of the grand piano to be stroked.

She likes to come and sit on the computer desk, occasionally expressing an opinion by having a stroll across the keyboard, and getting hugs.

Part of my problem would be financial - if we had a pet and he/she became ill, I don't think we could afford vets' fees - and part would be emotional - I'd hate it if he/she were in pain, and when The End came I'd be a complete wreck.
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
No, just straight brushing is fine. Use a rubber or soft brush, not a wire one. Her skin is probably thin and sensitive, like all old critters. The gentle washing with a damp washcloth is like her own tongue, washing.

She might like to be stroked with your hand in a damp rubber glove - one of mine did.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
You should consider pet fostering, then. Being a temporary home for felines, on their way to their permanent situation.
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
Or not. We've fostered feral kittens until tame enough to go to new homes. Result? We were up to 6 of our own at one point. It hurt too much to let them go, and noone was ever good enough for them.
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
Oh helpful thoughts....thank you everyone.

Sadly after a day away at work and a day out today i've just had a good look....and there is something not right at all about her flanks. the skin area has come up all bumpy and lumpy and she Really won't let me anywhere near that part of her.

It's the vets tomorrow.... yikes.....
[Frown]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
{{Ethne's pussycat}} [Votive]
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
[Votive]
 
Posted by Baker (# 18458) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by jedijudy:
They had just brought down a bad guy who, even though the deputy told him to stop, started running away. Bad and dumb move. Samson loves to catch bad guys! And so he did!

I know this is replying to an old post but I wanted to repeat something my mother told me.

She arrived home to find her back door slightly ajar. So she didn't go in and called the police. It was a K-9 unit that responded. The officer went to the door and called in that the police had arrived. No response so he sent in the dog. Turns out nobody was there. The human officer said that sometimes crooks will not respond to a human, but if they call in that the dog is ready, the crook will come out with their hands up, more afraid of the dog than the person.
 
Posted by Dormouse (# 5954) on :
 
A while back I mentioned that our lovely George cat had gone walkabout and not returned. Sadly he still hasn't come back, but we have acquired another ginger-and-white boy...Someone had taken in a friendly g-&-w cat and called us thinking it might be George. We went to see, and, although it wasn't George, he was very friendly. We said we'd look after him while trying to find owner -- posters around the village (Mairie, bakers, supermarket, vets), and also ads on three Lost Cat sites have brought no response so it looks like his stay is becoming permanent.

We have called him Jasper - not such a good idea as one tends to start with the right sound but call him George by mistake. They are similar! He will be getting his balls lopped off soon - we hope this may mean fewer ructions, as the other cats are finding it hard to accept this newcomer. He and Pomme left huge amounts of fur on the salon floor this morning through a very noisy spat.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Even after the excision the effects of the hormones may last a while, so peace may not reign in hour household for some weeks. Do you use Feliway, or some of the other cat calming agents?
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
Well.

Arthritis in one back hip and matting (of only a few small areas.)

The first is being dealt with by cheap as chips pain control (Just as long as the blood tests come back alright....please dear Lord..).

The second is being treated by me at home, after the vet showing us how to strip out the under fur. Our cat loathes this and is not above batting my hand away, but so far so good.

Phew.
And Thanx
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
On a proud pet owner note as we near our second year with our 6-8 year old border collie and Jack rescue mix, Molly. I am pleased to announce that Miss Molly knows, Go to your spot ( a place on the hall rug she waits when door bell rings.) sit, stay, come, lay down, up, and her newest trick over when she jumps high over a broom handle I hold out. She also knows bed, nap, go to the chair, sit for a treat, and look out the window. A sheer genius I know. She does not understand fetch and seems very puzzled why I would throw a perfectly good ball away across the yard. [Confused] All of this and she also warns of the danger of certain death by package delivery when big brown UPS delivery truck is anywhere in the neighborhood. So happy we rescued her.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Georgie-Porgy is missing in action. Last seen eating breakfast at 8.30 am, usually has tea around 5pm - it's now 10.30pm [Waterworks]

Huia
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Votive] For safe return of Georgie-Porgy. (((Huia)))
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
OK
[Help]

So the under-fur dealing-with (small patches of matting as she can't groom and i hadn't dealt with those bits properly) is gong ahead....i've had expert tuition from the vet.....yet our cat is currently batting away my hands and if i continue, is attempting to bite me.

It is not hurting her, she Would be scratching me were that the case. I've had her nineteen years and am well aware of the variety of ways in which she shows her displeasure! Biting is reserved for "I really don't like this"...and not...."it hurts."

Do i just continue..... and wear gloves?
Pay £60 for a veterinary nurse to deal with it?
Or what?

Hints.
Tips.

Many thanks

[ 05. February 2017, 12:35: Message edited by: Ethne Alba ]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
{{{Huia and Georgie-Porgy}}} [Votive]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Ethne, I would try to weigh up such factors as whether my budget could handle it, how big the problem was and whether I felt up to taking on or would use the vet's training to blitz her tangles regularly once the nurse had sorted the current problem. I once had to keep a cat inside and give him pills for a few days. After he has successfully escaped twice (broken window catch) and we had fought over the pills I took him back to the vets and asked that they keep him in their hospital for a few days.

As for Georgie-Porgy, little ratbag strolled in at 3.30am. I am wondering if she ate elsewhere because she wasn't demanding food. She did eat her usual amount for breakfast though, so I don't she doesn't seem unwell.

I know a few hours late isn't much, and if it was the late Sam I wouldn't have worried, but Georgie has very regular habits.

Huia
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Glad G-P is back. She was probably miffed that you blamed her for the collapsing bed and threatened to put her on a diet.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Ethne Alba and Ancient Cat [Votive]

Glad for the return of GP!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Glad to hear G-P came back safely. Fortunately for us, Tabby is very definitely an Indoor Cat; she'll only go out as far as the back deck. At current temperatures (at the moment -10° but feeling like -17) she won't stay out for long - just long enough to put the wind up the birdies and make sure they know whose deck it is. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
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.

Huia
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
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.

Huia
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Uncle Pete (# 10422) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
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]
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
Huia, thank you....
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Uncle Pete:
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.

Huia
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Huia:
... 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]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
"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]
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
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
[Frown]

After a strong cup of tea, it's round two. Unfortunately this is the arthritic side though.....
.
.
.
.

[ 10. February 2017, 15:36: Message edited by: Ethne Alba ]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
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.

Huia
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
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)
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Boogie, perhaps the black fur reminds them of a local predator?
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lothlorien:
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.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
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]
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
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.......)

[ 13. February 2017, 18:18: Message edited by: Ethne Alba ]
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
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
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
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!)
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
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.

Huia
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Yay, first pill disappeared with the speed of a
conjuring trick [Yipee] [Yipee] Sleight of paw?

Huia - greatly relieved.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
MaryLouise and Brenda - it sounds like Great Danes really suffer with unrequited love. [Axe murder]

Huia
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I think one of my main problems is that I keep on anthropomorphising people - it usually ends in disappointment.
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
Thank you!
[Smile]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
[tangent]
quote:
Originally posted by MaryLouise:
... 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.
[Projectile]

[/tangent OFF]

Back to the pooches and pussycats. [Smile]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by Gee D (# 13815) on :
 
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.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Waterworks]
Wodders, that's just terrible and so sad. [Frown]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
WW, that's awful. So sorry.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
{{{WW and Himself}}} [Frown]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Thank you all.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
So sad,WW.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Spyder, my cat who has the heart problem, had blood tests last week, which weren't entirely good. Some of his levels are high and it may be from the heart medicine. So now he's getting his blood pressure checked and having a urinalysis, and then they'll decide if his medicines should be changed.

This is getting awfully expensive now. [Frown]
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
{{WW & themselves}}
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolemr:
This is getting awfully expensive now. [Frown]

[Votive] for you and Spyder.

Because Georgie-Porgy has developed a condition requiring life-long medication I have spent a lot of time thinking about how far I go to sustain life, I've always thought that it's the quality rather than quantity that matters, but I find the actual decision making a difficult process. With Patch I just looked at her and saw that she didn't seem to be enjoying life anymore, but it seems a very subjective process [Confused]

Huia
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Spyder's blood pressure was normal. Next is the urinalysis.

Huia, yeah, I know what you mean. Spyder is still obviously enjoying his life, to look at him or watch him you'd never know anything was wrong.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Just back from Guide Dog puppy class - exhausted!

Mollie is nice and rested and full of beans as it's over an hour journey and she slept in the car all the way home - so no rest for the wicked!


[Smile]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Home from the vet and good news - on the last visit Georgie-Porgy had lost so much weight that I thought I would have to change her name to Skinny Minnie, but now she's back in the normal range.

They did slightly increase her meds, but put them in a "childproof" bottle, which I couldn't open. [Mad] Unfortunately I don't have a child at hand to help either, so I took it back today and one of the staff did it for me.

My other complaint is that the instructions that came with the meds are almost incomprehensible. For goodness sake I have a Masters and my vocabulary is reasonably wide, so how people manage to understand this stuff is beyond me. The one instruction that was written in plain English was to read the info sheet before giving the cat a pill - so no pressure or anything [Roll Eyes]

We go back in 4 weeks, then if all is well, not for another 3 months.

huia
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Huia, thanks for sharing Georgie-Porgy's good news! Hoping for the medicine to do its work, and to not cause you distress! [Biased]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Glad to hear about G-P - hope the new tablets work well.

As you haven't any children in the house, I hope the vet's clinic transferred the tablets to an ordinary bottle that you can open.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
It was only the initial opening that was impossible for me, so in future I'll get them to do it on the spot before I leave the hospital.

All my cats, plus a stray with FIV (cat AIDS) have been treated there and the staff are brilliant. While there has been a turnover in vets, two of the vet nurses have been there over 20 years [Axe murder]

Huia
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
My Spyder, the cat who was being treated for his heart, died last night. It was fast and I hope painless. I was out with friends, when I left he was fine, and when I came home he was gone.

I am hurting today. [Tear]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I am so sorry to hear about Spyder Nicole, he sounded like a special cat.

I've always found it leaves a hole in my life when a cat dies, even if you have others they are all such individuals that one doesn't replace another.

Huia
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolemr:
My Spyder, the cat who was being treated for his heart, died last night. It was fast and I hope painless. I was out with friends, when I left he was fine, and when I came home he was gone.

I am hurting today. [Tear]

So sorry to hear this, Nicole. Hugs.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
So sorry to hear about your cat, Nicole.

RIP Spyder. [Tear]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I'm so sorry, Nicole. Spyder was a lucky kitty to have you as his person. [Tear]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Thank you everyone for your sympathy and kind words.
 
Posted by Jengie jon (# 273) on :
 
Nicole

This coincidence may be of some comfort.

I got it I think thanks to Snowgoose.

Jengie
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Thanks Jengie Jon, that's nice.
 
Posted by St Everild (# 3626) on :
 
So sorry to hear about Spyder. They leave paw prints on your heart.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Last night, Daughter-Unit called me to let me know that their big black kitty was just diagnosed with diabetes. [Frown]

He has always been a huge cat, solid like a concrete block, but with tiny little feet, so that when he would stand on my lap, it felt like a table leg, with the table attached, was resting on me.

Well, D-U had told me a few weeks ago that Onyx had lost about four pounds suddenly, and Saturday, he couldn't stand up.

The vet must have thought D-U and her dear hubby would put Onyx down, but she let him know in no uncertain terms that she was not about to do that to her sweet kitty, and that she would do whatever it takes to save his life.

She's such a good girl! [Axe murder]
 
Posted by teddybear (# 7842) on :
 
March 28th, I had to have my 15 year old Siamese, Butch, put to sleep. She had lived with me (and owned me) since she was a 3 month old kitten. She had had minor health issues for years, but they were becoming major health issues requiring frequent trips to the vet. She was also beginning to develop some new, more serious problems and was not wanting to eat or drink as she ought. Finally, it all got to the point where she was miserable all the time and I couldn't allow her to go on like this any longer. I held her as she went to sleep and she even purred a bit for me, and she was a cat that never purred. She touched my face with her paw and then dropped off to sleep. My vet cried along with me. Her long time companion, Lady, missed her for about a week, but now seems to have forgotten her. I never will.

[ 10. April 2017, 19:39: Message edited by: teddybear ]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Jedijudy, my mother had a cat who lived for years with diabetes. It was labor intensive, he needed a urine test every day, and insulin shots every day, but my mother was devoted to him. He was happy and otherwise healthy and lived a long life.

Teddybear, so sorry for your loss.

St Everild, thank you.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Teddybear, I'm so sorry that your kitty Butch is gone. She obviously loved you and was glad for your presence at the end. [Tear]

Thanks, Nicolemr! It's amazing what veterinary science can do for our furry family members! Onyx is only about seven years old, so hopefully will have many happy years left!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Teddybear, so sorry to hear about your pussycat.

RIP Butch. [Frown]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Onyx had his first insulin injection yesterday, and he never even noticed! [Big Grin]
This is good news for me, since I will be doing Grandma duties for Onyx a few days later this month. Looking forward to having a kitty in my house again! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Back to the Animal and Bird Hospital for Georgie-Porgy today for a blood test for her hyper thyroid condition. If this one is OK we won't have to go back for 3 months (fingers crossed).

I don't mind taking her, it's just that I don't have a car and only a few taxi drivers are willing to take a cat in a cage. We have had to wait an hour and a half for one to arrive. It's a long time for her to wait cooped up. I try to put off actually caging her for as long as possible. Fortunately we will be seeing the nurse today and her timing is more flexible than the vet's. We almost missed a vet's appointment once due to the non-arrival of a taxi. [Mad]

Huia
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Here's hoping Georgie-Porgy has great blood test results!

Onyx went for a recheck today and the vet was flabbergasted that his numbers were already perfect! Apparently finding the problem and treating him has already worked its magic!
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Great news, Judy.

When we had place in bush, we had to catch our cat early in the morning. She could unfailingly pick the day for returning to suburbia and would run off and hide.

Huia, is there a neighbour you could perhaps get to give you a lift?
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
JJ, will Onyx still have to have insulin injections, or have them less frequently, if they make his numbers add up as easily as that?

Sorry - I'm a bit of an ignoramus about such things.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Two good pieces of news.

Georgie's blood test showed that her hyper- thyroid condition is under control and she is gaining weight. She has to go back in 4 weeks as this was only the first test completed since using the gel.

One of the vet nurses told me about a woman who is adding transport to the range of services she offers for pets. She gave me the woman's card and, with my permission, passed my phone number on. I am so relieved. [Yipee]

Huia
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Happy to hear good news about Georgy-Porgy and Onyx.

And that you have a reliable vet transport prospect, Huia. When we take my [gigantic] Great Dane to the vet now, we have to get two well-built youngsters to help us lift him into the back seat of the car because he has taken a dislike to car travel and lies down on the ground with his long legs stuck up in the air, rolling his eyes naughtily at us and refusing to budge. He likes to be lifted in a blanket sling. Once inside the car he sits up straight and looks solemn as a judge, behaves beautifully all the way to the vet. The vet won't take his nonsense and just orders him back into car after the session (while giving us withering looks for being pathetic incapable dog owners).
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
There was the moment in the vets when I was dealing with two very overexcited puppies in for their first jabs. At one point I very firmly enunciated "Sit!" looking down and guiding the more recalcitrant puppy into the required position, to hear giggles around the waiting room. Apparently every other dog in the room obediently sat down - and one of mine.
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by MaryLouise:
The vet won't take his nonsense and just orders him back into car after the session (while giving us withering looks for being pathetic incapable dog owners).

To be fair, in his place I'd be more inclined to obey the one who was known for sticking needles in me.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Piglet, actually, the reason Onyx had to go for a recheck was because he was very lethargic and didn't eat. So the vet lowered his dose, and he is full of energy and seems to be very happy!

That makes me a very happy kitty grandma!
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
Once again, we've gone from One-step -away -from -being -put -to -sleep ...... to.....running around like a spring kitten and being perfectly, completely, totally well.

[Ultra confused]

However. Whatever happens in the future,we have made the firm decision that no way/ no how is this ancient moggy going to be forced to take tablets. That was tried and the results were ....um....a waste of time and painful for all concerned......
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Will he eat cat treats? If so, get yourself some Pill Pockets. They are simply cat treats with a hollow center. Give him three or four, then slip in one with the pill in it. The packets are not expensive, so if it's a failure you won't be much out of pocket.
Even if you do not need to pill him now, it might not be a bad idea to get him going on treats now. So as to be ready...
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ethne Alba:
However. Whatever happens in the future,we have made the firm decision that no way/ no how is this ancient moggy going to be forced to take tablets. That was tried and the results were ....um....a waste of time and painful for all concerned......

Ethne Alba, I decided that's what I'll do if the ear gel doesn't work with Georgie-Porgy, after the failure of the mixture that I had to wrap the pill into. Neither of us could cope with pill popping on a daily basis.

Thankfully it does seem to be working.

Huia
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
... At one point I very firmly enunciated "Sit!" ...

Are you a reincarnation of Barbara Woodhouse in Real Life? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
Treats....of any and every variety going .....have historically not been acceptable.

It's food. Or... birds... mice....but she is far too old to go hunting any more!

I've tried treats and all manner of stuff. She delicately eats them and then kindly slips the minuscule granuals of 'ground up whatever on earth we've given her' back onto the side of her plate.

And then refuses to eat ANYthing for a few days.

I could always try an old mouse, but i think killing birds is possibly not allowed in the UK any longer....
.
.
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ethne Alba:

I've tried treats and all manner of stuff. She delicately eats them and then kindly slips the minuscule granuals of 'ground up whatever on earth we've given her' back onto the side of her plate.

.
.

My niece's boxer dog could eat a huge plate of kibble, meat and leftovers easily. If there was even one pea in leftovers, that would be delicately left in centre of otherwise empty bowl. The speed at which his food went down made me wonder how he managed to isolate just one pea.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Busy making bone broth in the slow cooker for my ageing dogs. I have found that even fussy dogs will take some of this and it is so simple.

I get a kilo or so of fresh beef bones from a local butcher or the meat counter person at the supermarket, then put this into a 5-litre slow cooker along with other saved bones (the frozen backbone from a spatchcocked chicken, some chicken wings or a couple of chicken drumsticks, bones saved from making shin in stews or soups). I fill up the slow cooker two-thirds with water. Then I splash in half-a-tablespoon or so of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. This will help the broth gel. After that I put the slow cooker on high for an hour and then on low for between 12 and 24 hours, depending on how much concentrated stock I want. I check every six or so hours but usually it doesn't need topping up. The slow cooker uses very little electricity, so it is fairly economical.

Then I strain off the stock and freeze it in containers, add a spoonful to ordinary food or dilute for a plain broth. Some people add grated carrot or parsley to the broth, but I find the stock is rich enough.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
That sounds a bit like a recipe I read in a book I got out of the library called "the Trainable Cat*." I think I may make some for Georgie. I'm not sure about the vinegar/lemon juice though.

*All I can say is that the writer had heaps more patience than I have.

Huia
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
... At one point I very firmly enunciated "Sit!" ...

Are you a reincarnation of Barbara Woodhouse in Real Life? [Big Grin]
Exactly who I thought of, too!
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Oh I remember that -- when you couldn't go down the street without hearing dog owners shrilling, "Walkies!" etc
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
My Molly who I though safely playing in our fenced back yard apparently figured out how to pop the latch on the gate and decided to take herself for a walk. When after 1/2 an hour I went looking to see what she was up to, I noticed she had gotten out. I decided to take our usual morning walk route and indeed there she was bounding through a field. She looked up at the car and I swear smiled and came running over. I opened the door and she just hopped in as if everything was normal. The gate has a new latch. So scary for me, with deer, snakes, and cars to worry about, but I think she had a great time.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
So glad you found Molly. I'm sure she was smiling.
[Smile]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I wasn't sure whether Barbara Woodhouse was known outside of the UK (hence the Wikipedia link), but I see she must have been. [Smile]
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Molly the escape artist!

Piglet, yes, we get a number of BBC news and lifestyle programmes along with US crime series, CNN News. I'd like more local content but our public broadcaster seems to have a limited budget.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I remember hearing about folks watching BW on the TV with their dogs in the same room. When she would say "SiT" in her special way, dogs who heard her on the TV would immediately sit! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
Sang in the choir for the first time this Easter (they invited pick-up singers to swell the usual crowd). Halfway through the second service I feel a warm, fuzzy something intruding itself slowly under my arm. We were packed like sardines in the loft, so I turned to see whose knee was invading--to look straight into the guileless eyes of a golden retriever who very much wanted a petting!

Our congregation has a so-called "comfort dog" that travels to various disasters, etc. for people to pet. Somehow he wound up in the choir loft that day, trolling for pats. The whole lot of us were giggling.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
He obviously felt that a Choir on Easter Sunday needed some extra loving.
[Smile]
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
He got that one right!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I think that's one of the coolest things I've ever heard.

[Axe murder]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I think all choirs should have comfort dogs or cats! What an excellent surprise!
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
How lovely Lamb Chopped!

[Axe murder]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I hope the dog didn't hear the choir, think "That sounds like a disaster!" and assume he/she was called to duty again!
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
Well, I was told we were dreadful, but considering the source I think we did pretty well. My own puppy gave me the side-eye when I got home, though, with the smell of Strange Dog all over me.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
There's a large, fluffy ginger cat stuck up our tree, any ideas what we should do?

There's a photo on my 'garden' blog.

[Help]
 
Posted by Jane R (# 331) on :
 
Try standing at the bottom of the tree and opening a tin of tuna...
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Firemen will tell you that the skeletons of trapped cats are never found in trees. The cat will, if left alone, come down by herself, possibly under cover of darkness. Trying to coax or or (worse yet) climb up and grab her will simply drive her higher up into the boughs.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Jane R:
Try standing at the bottom of the tree and opening a tin of tuna...

... or rattling a bag of cat treats. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
I can't believe nobody has brought this thread up yet.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
[Killing me]
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
I can't believe nobody has brought this thread up yet.

Thank you, LC. Kenwritez and other names from the past too. What a gem.

I was wallowing around a few weeks ago in In Memoriam and enjoyed some of his writing. I wondered what had led me there and then realise it was the anniversary of Dad's death the next day. Subconscious prodding, I guess.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
There's a large, fluffy ginger cat stuck up our tree, any ideas what we should do?...

Target practice?
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
The cat was trying to get down but it was caught in a fork in the branches (you can see if you enlarge the photo) and its back legs were dangling so it couldn't get purchase with it's back claws. After about four hours I concluded that I'd never sleep with it up there. So I got out the extension ladder and shoved its bum with it.

The cat half fell, half scrambled down.

Relief!
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
I can't believe nobody has brought this thread up yet.

Imagine what ken would do with Trump!

[Killing me]
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Well done, Boogie.

The 'Jesuit' rescue was hilarious.
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Unfortunately, MaryLouise, Kenwritez is exercising his many talents in other climes than these. He left us quite unexpectedly some time ago.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I had never had occasion to discover this before, but medicating Georgie-Porgy has taught me that cats have really strong muscles in their ears. Administering gel when a cat is folding her ears to frustrate you is quite a challenge. Mind you I wouldn't appreciate anyone sticking cold stuff in my ears first thing in the morning either. [Devil]

Huia

[ 20. April 2017, 11:39: Message edited by: Huia ]
 
Posted by Moo (# 107) on :
 
If you enjoyed that thread of KenWritez's, here are some of his best.

Moo
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Moo:
If you enjoyed that thread of KenWritez's, here are some of his best.

Moo

Whoops! Moo, that thread is about Ken, not KenWritez.

Huia
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Here's the thread of KenWritez's posts.
 
Posted by Moo (# 107) on :
 
Oops! Sorry.

Moo
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
I miss them both.

[Waterworks]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
To be honest what alerted me was the English references and the lack of cat threatening posts.

I too miss them both. John Donne's
No man is an island springs to mind.

Huia
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Brilliant threads and very funny -- wish I'd known both of them.

[ 21. April 2017, 13:13: Message edited by: MaryLouise ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
My diabetic Grandkitty is staying with me for a few days!!

He took his insulin shots very well, and is following me around and purring a lot!

It's nice to have a kitty in the house again. [Smile]
 
Posted by Lucia (# 15201) on :
 
Now that Mr Lucia and I are both gainfully employed we have returned to the question of acquiring another cat. (Our previous beloved furry friend was rehomed with another family before we moved back to the UK last summer. One of the worst things about leaving...) Today we went to look at a potential cat to adopt at the local Cat's Protection shelter. She is a very friendly small black cat. Rather skinny as she is only about two years old and has had two lots of kittens, the last ones earlier this year. The kittens have been rehomed elsewhere but I think we are going to take her. Much debate this evening about what we might call her!
She needs to have her final vaccinations next week and I need to go shopping for some cat 'equipment' ie bowls, litter tray etc.
It will be funny to have a cat about the house again! Just will have to work out how to discourage her from going after the birds attracted to the bird feeders in the neighbour's garden...
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
We have found a bell to be marvelously effective. It is possible that you cannot know the name of the cat until she moves in. I have an orange cat unoriginally named Tiger. His name should have been Werther, because he's constantly feeling sorry for himself, moaning about how he's starving, unloved, about to perish right here on the doorstep, look at my ribs sticking out...
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
The cat we were looking after was a bit like that, despite being considerably larger when her usual humans came back than she'd been when they left.

Tabby*: Meow!!

Me: No.

Tabby: Meow!!

Me: What part of "no" don't you understand?

Tabby: Meow!!

D.: What part of "meow" don't you understand?

[Killing me]

* talking of imaginative names ... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Piglet, well done learning Cat so quickly! Some people never learn and have no clue what Kitty (or Tabby as the case may be) is talking about! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Onyx has gone home with my daughter and son-in-law. *sigh* At least I could have him for a few days!

I did find out something about him during his brief stay here; he's terrified of piano music!! And, I don't think it was because I was playing badly!! My old girl kitties loved sitting with me when I played, but then, they had heard the piano since they were kittens. I suppose it was a normal part of their lives.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Mollie comes to Church with me. She snoozes through the sermons and stands up for the hymns like a good Methodist
[Angel]

We usually have just a piano or organ but, once a month, we have a band with clarinets, sax, flutes and so on - she's fine with all of them.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I think I have finally mastered the art of rubbing gel into the hairless part of Georgie-Porgy's ears without the fuss and drama. (Actually it's more that she is more resigned to having it done and doesn't try to escape, but waits patiently on her mat while I put the gloves on and check the syringe).

I have evolved a regular routine, so we both know the sequence, which ends with her being fed a small sachet of food she really loves, followed by breakfast. Under this regime she is back to normal weight and much happier.

This is such a relief. [Smile]

Huia
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
It is astonishing what you can get pets to tolerate, as long as you give them food after. "Sorrow reigneth, but joy cometh in the morning."
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Well. the purveyors of this gastronomic feast appear to think it is a full meal for a cat, but G-P thinks of it as an entrée. [Big Grin]

At least her weight is now within the normal range.

More blood tests and a weigh-in next week.

Huia
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Huia, that's great news about Georgie-Porgy!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Indeed - well done Huia and G-P! [Smile]
 
Posted by Anselmina (# 3032) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
It is astonishing what you can get pets to tolerate, as long as you give them food after. "Sorrow reigneth, but joy cometh in the morning."

Yeah, well I'll tell you what comes in the morning - and it's not joy; it's soft, warm and smelly and gets picked up in bags and carefully disposed of [Projectile] [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
My cat Bjorn is missing. He isn't in my apartment. Either he snuck out when I left this morning or someone was in my apartment during the day. I am devastated. So soon after Spyder died I can't handle this.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
I posted this on the prayer thread, and only now see that you've posted here. Google 'find lost pet' and find a site like this one for your region. There are things you can do to find a lost pet but you should do them soon.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
I found Bjorn last night, quick work on answered prayers. As I was closing my curtains for bed I spotted him out the window. I ran out and squeezed through a gate and half climbed a fence and was able to get him to come to me and bring him in!
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
If they are not accustomed to the outdoors it's all usually overwhelming, and they don't go far. Good for you, that you caught him before he went to ground.
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
I recently read that if your indoor cat gets out, you should place the cat's litter box by your door and the cat will find it's way home. Worth a try I would think.
 
Posted by Lucia (# 15201) on :
 
She has arrived! I went and picked up our new cat from the shelter today. At the moment I have confined her to just the living room and the kitchen downstairs but she has realised that there is a door that leads somewhere else and is desperate to explore!
She spent the afternoon thoroughly inspecting, sniffing and investigating her new living arrangements. Has found food, litter tray and scratching post and had made use of each appropriately, and has spent time gazing longingly out of the window either at the garden or the street.
She has been confined to a pen at the cat shelter for three months so I think she is enjoying her new freedom!
She has also happily received a fair amount of fussing and stroking from us. It feels nice to have a cat around the house again!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Happy new cat! [Smile]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Congratulations Lucia!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
That's wonderful, Lucia! Sounds like the start of a beautiful relationship!
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Lovely news Lucia [Yipee]
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Enjoy the new cat.
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
Welcome to your new kitty. Name?
 
Posted by Lucia (# 15201) on :
 
I can't believe how relaxed this cat is about being somewhere new! No fear, just curiosity!
Our kids have decided she should be called Ebony. I'm only giving you one guess what colour she is! We're trying to get her used to her new name, using it a lot, especially when feeding her Dreamies (cat treats!).
I found out a bit more of her history from the cat shelter lady. Apparently she was brought in by a gypsy family who had her before. She has obviously been kindly treated as she is very sociable and affectionate with humans but she hadn't been neutered, vaccinated, wormed etc. Don't know why they rehomed her, maybe because of the kittens? She had two grown kittens and was pregnant with two more. Perhaps they couldn't afford to do what was needed for her or didn't want that many cats!
I let her out of the living room and allowed her to explore the stairs, upstairs landing and bathroom. She seemed a little hesitant about the stairs and it occured to me that if she was living with gypsy travellers before she might well not have been in a house with stairs (more likely living in a caravan) and then she was at the cats shelter in a pen. So perhaps stairs are a new experience for her!
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
To make your future life easier:
Vary her diet. Canned, dried, bits of people food, pieces of cantaloupe. Everything. A day may come when you have to put her on a specific diet, and then she'll eat it.
Go buy a packet of Pill Pockets, the treats with a hollow center, and start getting her to like them. When some day you need to pill her, the Pill Pockets will make this chore easy.
Accustom her to riding in the car. You'll have to take her to the vet at some point, and it would be nice if the ride was peaceable. If your wish is to have a boating cat, a cat on a motorcycle, etc., start her as young as you can.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
There used to be a wonderful black cat called Rastus that travelled around NZ on a motorbike with his owner, unfortunately they were both killed in an accident.

I've had two black cats at different times, Mr Mid(night) and the late Great Sam. At present there is a young black cat hanging around that thinks I should adopt her too. I'm not interested because I know where she belongs, but I've named her Spooky because she came in like the ghost of Sam.

Georgie-Porgy hates her and takes the occasional swipe at her.

Huia

[ 07. May 2017, 03:53: Message edited by: Huia ]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
We have a 10 year old [human] neighbour across the lane who has three cats he has raised from kittens but at least two of them quite fancy being adopted by us - we have decided not to encourage them as this might upset young Surya more than a bit and he is a good lad from a lovely family.

However I rather suspect Himself is encouraging them on the quiet when nobody is watching!
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Ebony sounds wonderful as a new cat companion. With an intriguing history, #catenvy. When I've had small kittens or puppies I always get them used to my putting my fingers in their mouths (scooping motions to back of the mouth) and inside ears so that if I have to do it later, they don't get alarmed and bite. Sometimes this has worked.
 
Posted by Laud-able (# 9896) on :
 
Long ago one of our churchwardens had a large black cat called Rastus. He had his own footstool with a grospoint top and cabriole legs, but he was so big that when he sat on the footstool with his forepaws folded he looked as though he was standing on four little french-polished wooden legs.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
A friend, plagued by mice, asked to borrow a cat. I have three. I would have thought a pest control contractor would be a better bet, but have agreed to lend her my most annoying cat. She is the only cat not on a medical regimen or special diet, and is also a deadly huntress. There was a period where she was bringing home a vole a day, laying them neatly on the front step.
We have gathered a bagful of cat stuff (bowls, favorite sweatshirt to sleep on, etc.) to send with her. I am hoping she'll settle down and start killing; it is possible that she'll go on strike if she dislikes her new digs.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
How's the killing machine doing Brenda?

Winter temperatures have hit here and I was reading a thread on a NZ website about keeping elderly cats warm. When I finished it I went looking for Georgie-Porgy. I found her nestled in one of those shopping totes lined with foil, designed to keep groceries warm or cold until the shopper can get them home. The first time I looked there were only a few black hairs visible, but now she's warmed up a bit her head is sticking out, while her body is in the bag.

She is definitely one of the most entertaining cats I've ever lived with [Axe murder]

Huia
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
I have the best mental image, Huia...
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
I had a cat bed, a rather spendy one which (as you might expect) no cat would deign to touch with the back of one paw. So I was going to give it away on Freecycle, and to this end put it out on the front porch ready for pickup. Before I could post the offer Tobey the cat discovered it. It was his favorite, his beloved, no! You cannot give it away! He has been sleeping in it in the colder weather every day. Only now, when the weather is warmer, has he resorted to a paper bag.
Little Black the mighty huntress spent one night hiding under a bureau. But then she came out and adopted her annoying ways, hopping up onto the bed at 3 am and kneading hair or weighting down covers. No word about the death and destruction that are supposed to follow in her train yet.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
If you look at my 'Room' photo blog you will see that Mollie is now taller than her 'sister' who is four years old.

Mollie has passed her conformation and temperament tests to become a Mummy for Guide Dogs. Eye tests next month. She's eight months old now and a cheeky, lively, feisty monkey!

[Smile]
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
When the pup and I were out for our morning walk she stopped dead in her tracks not moving and staring into the field above our house. I did not see a thing. When I finally got her to walk forward there lay a baby deer no bigger then a minute and I am sure it was born in the last day or two. So cute we quickly walked away with pup looking back over her shoulder . She is use to adult deer but I do not think she has seen such a small one before. Makes me wonder what she would have done left on her own.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
An outside the happy home story: I have a mockingbird that sits at the very top of my elm tree every day and sings his little heart out. A few days ago, I was in the back yard, admiring the clouds, listening to my mockingbird, and just enjoying the morning. All of a sudden, I heard Mr. Mockingbird change his tune. He was doing a passable job of mimicking a blue jay! It was like blue jay speak with a heavy accent! I looked up, and a blue jay was flying right by Mr. M! I think he was trying to speak to him in his own language! [Big Grin]
 
Posted by simontoad (# 18096) on :
 
I saw the first lambs of the season struggling to traverse a bit of steep land yesterday. I think of lambs as a spring thing, but I'm basically a boy from the 'burbs.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
This has been a hellish week because my Great Dane, aged seven, fell ill suddenly and was in pain, restless and vomiting. We took him through to the vet on Saturday morning and she kept him in while she did tests: blood tests, x-rays, a liver biopsy, minor surgery for a benign growth. All of the tests inconclusive but she rehydrated him on a drip and the raging enteritis stopped with antibiotics. She says we can come and fetch him at 3pm this afternoon and then said in a light humorous tone that we may need to mortgage the house to pay for the treatments, lab tests, surgery etc.

I'm so happy he is coming home.

[ 21. August 2017, 08:16: Message edited by: MaryLouise ]
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
My daughter and her husband own a Great Dane. Like many very large dogs, they're not an especially long-lived breed, alas. Hope yours gets better.
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
We have an old Golden Retriever and an ancient female cat, but next week a springer spaniel is coming to stay for a few weeks.

We had a trial run last week and the spaniel tried to lick our cat.
Cat spat, hissed, threw herself at him and then scratched him.
SS retreated in shock but cat then removed herself until the intruder had left.

Ideas for this upcoming stay anyone?
I think we'll have to keep the cat upstairs and the SS downstairs, whatever else happens.....
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[ 21. August 2017, 19:50: Message edited by: Ethne Alba ]
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Brenda, I do know that and wouldn't go through this heartbreak again. He was a gift in unusual circumstances and six or seven years seemed a long time when he was a little puppy with saucers for feet.

But the big dog came home, very happy to see everyone, settled on his favourite sofa, wheezing a little and farting. Ignored by the small dogs he greeted with such enthusiasm.

Taking it one day at a time.

Ethne Alba, they might set boundaries by themselves. Cats are smart about getting dogs to keep a safe distance.

[ 22. August 2017, 06:17: Message edited by: MaryLouise ]
 
Posted by Ethne Alba (# 5804) on :
 
MaryLouise, thank you!
Here's hoping....
 
Posted by LutheranChik (# 9826) on :
 
Kittyville: Sorry for your loss...our beloved cat Mollie had a similar fast decline, and we made the same decision, even though it was difficult.

Our current four-leggeds are Chica the chihuawhat, who was adopted about 7 years ago on her last day at the local pound -- dead dog walking -- and Hobo, who came to us as a bedraggled kitten that Chica discovered living in the space under our then- deck. We have no idea how she got there, although a scar on her neck else me think that she'd escaped the teeth of a predator. We had been feeding leftovers and dog kibble to a resident opossum in our yard all winter -- we suspect she'd been eating from that bowl. Anyway, for a couple of weeks Chica had been going crazy about some animal below the deck; she hates,squirrels, so we didn't pay a lot of attention. Finally one day I went outside to feed the birds and Blossom the 'Possum when I heard what sounded like a tiny me w. I tried looking between the floorboards, and there were two little eyes staring up at me.

Well, it was April and still snowy and sub- freezing outside, so we mobilized to save this poor kitty. I slid an old insulated coat under the deck and tried to make it into a little bed; we put proper cat food outside. I consistently spoke to her all day long. Then one day we saw her in the daytime, furtively eating her food. When she started playing with a piece of twine I hung between the floorboards, I knew she was tameable. Pretty soon I had her peeking out from the deck, playing with a toy mouse. She was even playing with Chica, extending her little paw. ( Chica, for her part, was smitten with this creature.) Finally, two months later, Hobo let me pet her...and the rest is history. She is a great cat -- whip- smart, self- house- trained, amazingly friendly for a feral cat.When we finally got her to the vet to be spayed, he calculated that she'd only been about 4 months old when we found her, or she found us.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
My new Guide Dog puppy arrives tomorrow. He's a yellow 3/4 Golden Retriever and 1/4 Flatcoat.

His name is Keir.

We've still got Mollie - 11 months old.

Let the mayhem begin! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Thank you, LutheranChik. I love the stories of how both Chica and Hobo came to be with you.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Boogie, I'll be watching for pictures of the whole gang.
[Smile]
 
Posted by LutheranChik (# 9826) on :
 
We are house- hunting -- long story -- and we've been living in an apartment since last October...nice, ground floor, patio. Problem was, only cats are allowed here. Our landlord, who's a very nice man, gave us dispensation to keep Chica on weekends, but that's it. (He's had issues with dog owners before.) Thank God -- thank God -- our dog-loving friend -- lives maybe three miles down the highway and offered to keep Chica during the week. She has a
Pomeranian, an only dog since her kitty died alwhile back, who is home all day, waa very lonely and starting to do neurotic things,while home alone. This arrangement has worked out well for all of us, although it was tough at first.

Meanwhile Hobo moved in with us...and promptly disappeared, slipping out the patio door a couple of days into our arriall. We figured the call of the wild, plus the trauma of moving, had been too much for her. I waa heartbroken, and afraid because our neighborhood is close to a busy commercial area, but I thought, well, she's spayed and has her shots; she's street-smart; maybe she'll wind up in someone else's yard and adopt them. But we put food outside for her every day, and after not quite a week she turned up at the patio door: "Let me in." But she is,adamantly an indoor/outdoor cat. She leaves every morning around 7 or 8 and comes home around 5 or 6. Even in the worst of the wintertime, she only stayed indoors for maybe three weeks. We really have no idea where she spends the day, although we have caught glimpses of her in a nearby wooded greenbelt area with a couple of other cats...in the shrubs that border our apartment building...at the VFE lodge on the river across from our apartment...and at the motel complex behind us, which includes the owners' house and also, I think, has resident cats. So maybe we're just boring. She loves Chica's weekends -- the two have a little lovefest every Friday night when Chica arrives -- but Hobo still heads out on her rounds every morning.We suspect she's cultivated human and canine, as well as feline, friends all through the neighborhood.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
She may be Two-Timing you, a term coined by Paul Gallico. Another home, complete with food dish and TLC. I have a cat Tiger (orange tabby) who Two-Times us with a family across the back yards. Once I spotted him crossing the yard on his way to visit his other family, and I called, "I see you, Tiger!" He was horribly embarrassed and slunk into the underbrush.
 
Posted by Egeria (# 4517) on :
 
Unfortunately, I have to have hip replacement surgery in a few days and will be out of commission for a while. When I get home, I'll have to take it easy for a few weeks--puttering around the apartment, doing simple PT, etc. No running or jumping! No sudden moves! And I have a lively cat. She has now reached middle age, so no longer spends every evening dashing around after her toys (one of her nicknames is Miss Velociraptor--clever girl!). But she will still need attention, playtime, and lap time. Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep a cat entertained during one's own convalescence? And how to keep her off one's incision? (The vet did say he didn't think this would be a problem.)
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
A laser pointer. Or one of those fishing-pole toys.
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
I suspect that if you have a cold pack on your incision, no cat will want to sit there.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
Boogie, I'll be watching for pictures of the whole gang.
[Smile]

He's here and he's enormous - 12 weeks old!

Photo on my 'room' blog [Smile]
 
Posted by Moo (# 107) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
He's here and he's enormous - 12 weeks old!

Photo on my 'room' blog [Smile]

That is a vast quantity of dog.

Moo
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
quote:
Originally posted by Pigwidgeon:
Boogie, I'll be watching for pictures of the whole gang.
[Smile]

He's here and he's enormous - 12 weeks old!

Photo on my 'room' blog [Smile]

And he's beautiful! (12 weeks? By the time he's full grown he'll be a horse!)
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
He's gorgeous, Boogie!!

Yeah, he's going to be a horse when he's grown. [Smile]
 
Posted by Twilight (# 2832) on :
 
That's the biggest puppy I've ever seen! Just yummy.

We had a two-timer cat while we lived in England. A beautiful orange boy who lived two doors down. He would be on his front porch when we drove home and somehow at our backdoor by the time we parked around back. His family had several other cats and were gone a lot so we got to enjoy him most of the time.

We were never sure what he loved best, us, or our big American refrigerator. We have a picture of him climbing the shelves while I took things out.
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
My grandparents had a two-timing ginger cat who visited faithfully on every major holiday. My grandmother put on a great spread. He really liked those little hotdog thingies.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Tiger is well known around the neighborhood, and whenever he doesn't show up for dinner we assume he's over at his other family, which is probably having salmon for dinner or something. Occasionally too he will spurn his own humble kibble, giving us the glare that says, "You know, the -Fergusons- have filet mignon, and they -share- with the cat."
 
Posted by Twilight (# 2832) on :
 
Have you all seen, Otis? He was spotted headed home after the Texas flood carrying the huge bag of dog food he had taken along when he evacuated himself to higher ground. If only humans made such good decisions in an emergency.

Otis
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Twilight:
Have you all seen, Otis? He was spotted headed home after the Texas flood carrying the huge bag of dog food he had taken along when he evacuated himself to higher ground. If only humans made such good decisions in an emergency.

Otis

[Axe murder]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Keir is an absolute poppet and Mollie is besotted with him.

He's the first pup I've had who doesn't mouth or bite at all. What a joy! Our four year old twins can actually play with him, which the needle crocapup teeth always prevented until the pups were six months old.

His toilet training is going well and he loves to snooze with the big girls. When we visit shops we get nowhere due to admirers.

More photos and a video of the three of them hoolying on my 'Room' blog

[Smile]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
We were visiting a couple of friends yesterday, and I spent the afternoon being eaten by their (utterly adorable) six-month-old Havanese puppy.

I don't think her biting was in any way vicious - I assume it was just her way of exploring - but her humans were mortified and kept calling her off.

I don't think any harm was done - well, there wasn't any blood ... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
We were visiting a couple of friends yesterday, and I spent the afternoon being eaten by their (utterly adorable) six-month-old Havanese puppy.

I don't think her biting was in any way vicious - I assume it was just her way of exploring - but her humans were mortified and kept calling her off.

I don't think any harm was done - well, there wasn't any blood ... [Big Grin]

Yes, it's all play. If you look at the video of the dogs playing you'll see a lot of mouth and teeth involved. Of course, they have to learn that human skin is neither thick nor tough nor covered in fur like a dog's coat. Labrador pups, especially, draw blood when mouthing humans and this may be the case with Havanese too, so would be the cause of your friends' worry. Teaching bite inhibition is quite a long job with some breeds. But - they already have a lot of bite inhibition, a pup can easily eat a raw chicken wing in seconds - so they would have our fingers off if they were not already holding back somewhat.

[Smile]
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
Bad news. We have had plumbing problems over the past few months. First mysterious leak under kitchen sink that would fail to leak each time the plumber arrived. ( he made 2 trips ) Finally I was able to spot the source and new garbage disposal was installed. Trip #3. On each of these trips plumber made a bit of a fuss over our Molly. Petting her and letting her inspect what he was doing under the sink. Next came a leak around bathroom sink that required two visits. On second trip our dear dog Molly grew very excited and acted like her new best friend had come to visit. I think when you have a plumber come to your house so often that the dog welcomes them home you clearly have a problem.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Boogie, your dogs are such beauties.

Graven Image, I can identify. The new vet, tall, blonde and sadly destined for a more ambitious clinical post elsewhere is smitten with my recovering Great Dane and pops in to see him every other day. She also checks his anal temperature, his throat, his sutures from a minor op, then plays with him and they wrestle together on the sofa while I look on primly from a distance. She wants a dog just like him and admits freely that thoughts of kidnapping him go through her head at times. She say he has the kindest, most intelligent and thoughtful eyes she has ever seen.

The dog waits for her at the front gate each morning. He is equally smitten and can tell when her car is coming down the road.

Is she going to charge me for all these house calls? She travels around doing locums for horses and cattle on local farms and small-holdings but goes out of her way to come and visit the Great Dane. I adore my dog but have always thought of him as a little stupid, so obviously I have missed out on the kindest, most intelligent, thoughtful etc.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
MaryLouise, I love Great Danes! When I was younger, and was owned by a Dalmatian, Mom and I went to visit someone who had a Harlequin Great Dane. Mom got very concerned and asked if Duchess was going to get that big! [Big Grin]

I was visiting my sister in July, and she has two Australian shepherd puppies (and a Siamese kitten who thinks he's a puppy, too...a Siamese shepherd!!) and apparently they grab sheep by the ears to herd them. They would grab my hand with just their lips in attempts to herd me! [Big Grin] I'm glad they didn't use their teeth!
 
Posted by daisydaisy (# 12167) on :
 
Oh dear. Neurotic cat is apparently not coping with my absence too well, after only 3 nights away. Thankfully her stand-in staff is happy to pamper her and provide a lap in exchange for some peace and quiet at my place but I confess to considering cutting this trip short and running home to her. The power such a small animal has!
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
My elderly cat Bjorn (he's between 15 and 18, not sure, since he came from a rescue organization) started not eating well awhile ago. It got worse and worse, until he didn't eat at all, and had lost a lot of weight, so I brought him in to the vet.

I should explain that, due to a urinary problem about 10 years ago, Bjorn eats only prescription food, and I've always given him the dry version of it, and up until this started happening, he always chowed down on it enthusiastically.

Well, the vet checked him out, and then got him a can of wet food. Bjorn jumped at it. So, after taking some blood tests they sent me home with samples of the prescription diet wet canned version, and for two nights now he's been happily scarfing it down. Problem solved.

And the blood tests all came back normal too. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
You could say he was Re-Bjorn [Big Grin]

Great news Nicole.

Huia
 
Posted by LutheranChik (# 9826) on :
 
We keep our kitchen slider door open a tiny bit when we're home so Hobo, our indoor/ outdoor cat, can drift in and out until her bedtime. A couple of evenings ago, an hour or after we saw her head for our bedroom, we heard crunching in the kitchen. " Huh," I murmured. " Hobo must really be hungry tonight." I happened to glance through the doorway. Hobo was not eating her food...someone else's cat was. Well, we're all about radical hospitity here, so...

[ 21. September 2017, 02:02: Message edited by: LutheranChik ]
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
We went to a medieval village in France this week, where many of the heavy original doors have holes bored in them, low down. They are cat portals.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
I had six feline refugees staying with me during some weather we had recently. [Roll Eyes] Three went home with their human staff within two days, and I got to keep my Grandkitties while D-U and her dear hubby went to clean up the mess at their home. They were with me for a week! [Yipee]

Prince Charming is huge and decided I was his temporary person. (He was actually born in my house.) Most nights he slept with me, digging his backbone into my leg. He seemed to like having his head on my foot, and stretching his body along mine. His tail came above my waist in that position.

I was sad to see them go. However, you can't tell my allergy doc that I kept them here! I'm not allowed to have cats in my house since they are my biggest allergens. I still love kitties!
 
Posted by simontoad (# 18096) on :
 
Ahh, Prince Charming reminds me of long-gone giant cat Mal, or Big Mal for short. He was named for a very tall Prime Minister and was much loved. He was with me in the early 1990's, a rescue cat gone too soon.
 
Posted by Chorister (# 473) on :
 
My favourite, of several cats, was the one who used to climb up my legs and body in order to wrap herself around my neck as I walked about the house doing chores and odd jobs. Sadly, she was run over at a year old and I really missed my neck warmer. <3
 
Posted by LutheranChik (# 9826) on :
 
Our hungry visitor turned out to be a sad case -- lost or abandoned, matted, skin and bones...and declawed. Do not get me started. But thanks to the miracle of the Internet, one of my Facebook acquaintances who lives two hours away wants to adopt her. So we're working out the logistics of getting this kitty, who is sweet and friendly but shares our cat's wanderlust, in a carrier and on her way to a charmed life up north.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
My Bjorn has stopped eating again. Tomorrow I'm calling the vet to see if there's anything he can do or if this is the end. [Frown] [Waterworks] Please pray for him.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
{{{Bjorn (and Nicole)}}} [Votive]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
The vet has given me an appetite stimulant for Bjorn. He ate tonight, a healthy amount, so I am hopeful.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
That must be such a relief, Nicolemr. I hope he rallies.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolemr:
The vet has given me an appetite stimulant for Bjorn. He ate tonight, a healthy amount, so I am hopeful.

Go for it Bjorn!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Glad to hear it, Nicole! [Smile]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Bjorn has stopped eating even with the appetite stimulant. The vet is stumped. Last night I force fed him with a syringe, as per the vet's instructions. I'll keep that up as long as it takes...
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Lovely Keir has earned his jacket already and he's only 17 weeks old!

Clever boy!

You can see a photo of him looking like a teddy-in-a-jacket on my 'room' blog.

[Big Grin]

I've still got Mollie (12 month old Guide Dog puppy) and my own Lab Tatze (four years old). My friend's dog, Zaba, is visiting this week so that makes four - dog heaven! Keir loves them all.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Well done Keir - clever dog! [Overused]

[ 30. September 2017, 21:10: Message edited by: Piglet ]
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
On the referral of my vet, I took Bjorn to a specialist today, and after spending a lot of money for hospitalization and test and a sonogram the verdict is that it;s probably lymphoma.

Has anyone here had to deal with their cat being treated for that? I have to decide to treat aggessively, or treat they symptoms. I don't know what to do.
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
Years ago, when I had a favorite cat suffering from cancer, I asked the vet what she would do if it were her cat. She said that the treatment for this particular cancer (a brain tumor) was difficult and painful, and that she would make her own cat comfortable and see that she didn't suffer. (She also gently let me know that it was very expensive and not likely to work for long.)

I don't know much about lymphoma and its treatments, but I would try to make sure that the treatment didn't cause more feline suffering than the lack thereof.

And having said that, I hope the lymphoma can be cured.
 
Posted by Kittyville (# 16106) on :
 
Nicole, I lost a cat to lymphoma a few years ago. It was treatable, but the treatment itself brought on diabetes. He went downhill very fast in the end. I often wonder if I prolonged his life in a not-very-good way for him, but he seemed happy at first.

I'm very sorry to hear about Bjorn. Strength to you to make the best decision for you both.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Nicole, an unbearable decision and no easy answers. You might, as suggested, talk it over again with the specialist vet and your own vet about what the options would involve for the cat. When my little cat fell ill years ago, I found out all I could about the cancerous tumours and rates of growth, treated symptomatically with the help of a caring vet and then made a decision to end my cat's life when she was visibly weak and had no appetite left.

I'm so sorry to read this.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
I made the decision to go with the option of pallative treatment for Bjorn rather than aggressive diagnostics and chemotherapy. At his age it didn't seem the right thing to do to subject him to a treatment that would make him uncomfortable and probably gain him very little extra time. So he'll be on prednisone which should bring up his appetite and make him feel better, until it's time for him to leave me. [Tear]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
That sounds like a very brave decision, Nicole.

[Votive] for you and Bjorn. [Tear]
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
I know it's hard Nicole, but I think you're doing the right thing for both Bjorn and you.

[Votive]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
Bless you and him Nicolemr [Votive]
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Nicole and Bjorn [Votive]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
My thoughts are with you and Bjorn Nicole.

Huia
 
Posted by Egeria (# 4517) on :
 
Oh Nicole I am so sorry.

My first cat, Circe, developed diabetes at the age of 11. About nineteen months later, she began to look seedy, lost weight (she'd always been a rotund kitty), and started having bouts of violent diarrhea. The vet tried different insulin formulations and other medications--nothing seemed to make much difference. Then I noticed that one pupil seemed to be fixed--a trip to an eye specialist followed, then the removal of the eye, and the resulting biopsy showed lymphosarcoma. The specialist left the diagnosis on the answering machine, and I sat on the sofa and cried while Circe got very concerned and tried to comfort me. The treatment choices I was given were prednisone, an intermediate home chemo program, and aggressive chemotherapy (not affordable). Given her age and the fact that the disease had already spread through her body (so aggressive treatment probably wouldn't have given her much time), I chose the second option. It gave her about five weeks of reasonable comfort before the disease really took hold again. I spent as much time with her as I could. That's all I could do. And I wish I hadn't kept her at home for one last night together--she was really suffering by that time. [Votive]
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
Iris the Orange Menace is to be collected in the morning. I'm not sure how I'm going to get through this.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Bjorn is home, very weak, and didn't eat. I don't think he has very long to go.
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
Prayers that Bjorn may find comfort with you in his last days.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Nicolemr:
Bjorn is home, very weak, and didn't eat. I don't think he has very long to go.

Prayers for both of you.
[Votive]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Bjorn, Iris and Circe...beloved feline companions. [Votive]

Our hearts are so wrapped inside of their hearts, aren't they? <3
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
Iris was collected early this morning. She has been with me through every stage of the cancer, for almost seven years now. I had thought she would be with me to the end.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
((Ross)) So sorry.
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
Got a text from my sister to say their 4 month old kitten, Kismet, had been run over and killed by a delivery driver. This, two weeks after their eldest cat, Morpheus, had succumbed to pancreatic cancer.

Rough time on that side of the family. [Tear]
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
((Nicole)) I'm praying for you and Bjorn.

[Votive] for the family of Kismet and Morpheus.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
So sorry to be reading about everyone's feline friends.

[Votive] for all, especially Ross and Sipech's sister and her family.
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
Thank you, Piglet. It's been really tough losing Iris this way, but at least I understand what's going on. I can't help thinking that she's distressed, yanked out of her home and not knowing why.
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
Bjorn died during the night last night. Thanks for everyone's thoughts and prayers. [Tear]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
(((Nicolemr))) [Waterworks] [Votive]
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
(((Nicolemr))) [Votive]
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
[Tear] [Votive]
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
{{{Nicole}}} [Tear]
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
So sorry Nicole, a big hug [Votive]
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Calling those of you who are slaves to cats.....
Please can I have some help/advice?

I am cat sitting for a friend who is away for an extended break. I had to take him to the vet the other day, and the result of this is that I need to administer three different sets of eye drops/eye ointment twice a day (and one of them more if possible). How do I do it causing least stress to the cat and to me?

Because I need to leave each one to work in, I have to leave some time between each med, but I need to get all in before I go to work.... And it's getting to the point where every time I pick him up, he struggles because he thinks I'm going to mess with his eyes (some justification to be fair) .... Is there a technique? This morning I resorted to wrapping him in a blanket for the third med, which cut down on some of the wriggling. But I'd rather not if I can avoid it, as if I have to keep doing that I'm worried he just won't come near me at all (yeah, I know... first catch your cat).
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
Can only send best wishes for the eye drops. We had to do it with our Great White, only 2 types of drops with a gap, and we all lost blood. It all ended up rather hit and miss and hoping that he rubbed it into his eyes when he washed.
What's the matter with the eyes? GW's was the lower lid growing inwards and required surgery - but at least that put paid to the eye drops.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
The only way I could do it when we had cats was when the cat was asleep, putting it on a cotton pad and wiping it in the eye - not ideal but enough medication got in.
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Do you know how to wrap a cat? Get a large towel or perhaps a sheet, and wrap the animal tightly up in it. This prevents the cat from clawing away from you. You can hold the wrapped cat down on the table or on the floor between your knees, and quickly drop the drops in.
Always do this -before- feeding the animal. They soon learn that sorrow reigneth in the night but joy cometh in the morning, and put up with all your nonsense so that the food will appear.
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
True - GW would forgive most things if they were followed by garlic sausage.
Realistically, it takes 2 to wrap a cat and dose, so if you're on your own you need to evolve another arm or two.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
This may be where I went wrong... he did get treats afterwards but given we were in wrangling territory meds & treat probably weren't close enough together! (I did wrap him finally this morning. It was rather more successful than the previous attempt, but I felt a complete bastard for doing it!)
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
No, keep the food reward entirely for after. During is of no help at all. With a sturdy and large enough wrap you can do this alone. My model here is James Herriot, who describes his cat-wrapping skills lyrically in his animal books. His boast was that other vets said, "Herriot may have his limitations but by God he can wrap a cat."

Another possibility, if you have such a thing, is a large sturdy cloth sack or pillowcase. Invert it over the (ideally sleepy or unsuspecting) cat and gather it around the neck.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
You people are wonderful. Cat-wrapping and treats to follow worked well and whilst I still felt rotten about it, it was rather less stressful than previous attempts. And most of the meds went where they were supposed to go....

And the cat is still talking to me.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Kingsfold, you're a hero, it's difficult to do those things to a cat when you've lived with it and been the source of food and rewards for years - well done.

I've never had to wrap Georgie-Porgy fat'n'fluffy, but the first few times of administering gel to her ears were fairly fraught.

Huia
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I'm so glad nothing like that happened to Tabby when we were her servants. She's quite a laid-back cat, but in those circumstances I don't think I'd be a very laid-back human ... [Eek!]
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
It's actually kinder to overwhelm the cat with an immovable wrapping, than to allow her to struggle and possibly injure herself. (And claw you to shreds.) When it's inevitable they accept it.
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
Oh, the wrapped cat struggles and wriggles. He wasn't so well wrapped this morning, but the claws were all inside, and not being shredded has a lot going for it!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Well done, kingsfold! As has been said already, medicating a cat is hard enough for regular cat staff. You are a friend, indeed!!
 
Posted by Gill H (# 68) on :
 
I've been following this thread and it's time to introduce you to our lovely cat Spikey.

She's a rescue cat - we got her in January 2016 and were told at the time she was 17, but it's hard to believe. She looks much younger and doesn't have that scraggy look older cats can get.

We live 2 floors up with no garden, on the high street, so wanted an indoor cat. She is deaf which means she can't go out on her own anyway.

So we started taking her out on a lead with a little harness. It's mostly 'going out for a sit' rather than a walk, but she loves seeing people. So we go to the park, or to one of the local coffee shops with floor-to-ceiling windows, so she can sit next to the window and watch the world go by.

Here's a short photo montage:

Spikey

Anyway ... the vet has said she needs all her teeth out. Going for blood tests today to make sure she is strong enough for the general anaesthetic. If so, it will be done on Friday.
 
Posted by Kitten (# 1179) on :
 
She's lovely Gill

Good luck for Friday
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
She is a bonny cat - how will she manage without any teeth?

Best of luck on Friday.
 
Posted by no prophet's flag is set so... (# 15560) on :
 
Toothless cats can do quite fine. You just have to give them soft food. Our's (she's 21) likes nothing better than a gum rub, to the point she hugs the hand which is in her mouth, with hind legs against the forearm, much like a kitten might nurse on a finger.

The dog (a rescue) whom she's parented for 6 years, has taken to licking in her mouth as well which is a tad gross and odd, but the vet says it is just a sensitive area and enjoyable probably for both of them. The dog is sort of toothbrushing her. It is weird, animals are weird sometimes. But then humans are also weird. maybe more often.

[ 01. November 2017, 21:04: Message edited by: no prophet's flag is set so... ]
 
Posted by Gill H (# 68) on :
 
The vet says the gums harden and they even eat dry food again after a while. Currently she has both.

She also has a habit of yowling at night - probably due to her age. She'll come and settle on the bed for a while, but then goes for a wander and seems to forget how to find us again. The vet has given her a supplement which we tried mixing with Lick-e-lix last night (has anyone else discovered this creamy cat cocaine? She licks the bowl clean!)

Anyway, she chose to sleep in her own bed last night, and didn't wake till 4.30 am when she decided to serenade us. That's an improvement over most nights.

In other news - she had the tests yesterday, except the vet couldn't get a urine test, so I need to provide a sample.

For all those who (like me until yesterday) are wondering how the heck you do that for a cat...

We've cleaned out her litter tray and put in some special non-absorbent sand. The theory is that the urine will sit on top and I can collect it with a pipette and put it in the sample bottle.

I say theory, because last night she didn't use the tray at all, and this morning she still hasn't! She's happily curled up asleep. Hurry up and wee, Spikey!

Sheesh, and I thought by not having kids I'd escaped dealing with gross bodily fluids...
 
Posted by Fredegund (# 17952) on :
 
Hope the messy bit is happily over. It's amazing how well cats can eat with few or no teeth. My late lamented tridentine Burmese managed everything offered to her, and a few things that weren't, with just the 3 badly placed teeth. She bit us beautifully, as well.

Very worried about our feral. Daft object insists on going on, and can't always be found at night. Haven't seen him since yesterday morning, and with idiots setting off fireworks and trick or treating....
 
Posted by Gill H (# 68) on :
 
Mission ChatEau accomplished.

Now we've been told not to feed her after midnight tonight.

She's a mog, not a mogwai!
 
Posted by Gill H (# 68) on :
 
Well, she’s at the vet now, having the damaged teeth out.

The vet was very pleased with her blood tests and thinks (as we suspected) that she is actually much younger than 18.
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
She's a lovely cat, Gill. I trust all will be well.
 
Posted by Gill H (# 68) on :
 
She is home, they only took out about 6 teeth in the end. Currently high on painkillers I think - she's running round like a kitten, pupils so dilated she looks like Puss In Boots from Shrek. Eating more than I have ever seen her eat (the munchies?) But not meowing at all, which is odd considering she is extremely vocal.

As is the way of these things, they found something else to worry about, and it's ended up costing us twice as much. But hopefully the insurance will cover at least a sizeable chunk of the money, and we do have it put away (bye bye, this year's holiday!)
 
Posted by Nicolemr (# 28) on :
 
So glad to hear it went well, Gill.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Absolutely - here's to a speedy recovery.
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
May she recover thoroughly and quickly.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
You are a good kitty mom, Gill!

My three grandkitties are with me for a few days while Daughter-Unit and her dear hubby spend a long weekend with friends up at Disney. Ember, a plush tortie, is helping me explore the Ship tonight!
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Ember trying to be a Ship's Cat.
 
Posted by Boogie (# 13538) on :
 
An amazing story, retold by permission from my friend -

This is why I break my heart every year letting a much loved puppy go and become a life changer -

...

I left work at 5.30 today and unusually the battery on my phone died earlier today. Got on the train and ten minutes in, even more unusually my hearing aid batteries died... 😱 I’m really really anal about being able to hear as much as I can when I’m out and about, the only time I don’t have them in is when I’m asleep or in the bath or shower, so it really felt like a pigging big deal!

But, I gave my head a virtual wobble, told myself I know how many more stops I have to go and I don’t even have to direct SamJam home from the station. So I chilled out and just stared out the window into the blackness.

Two stops before mine the train stopped for an age, a ridiculous amount of time and then everyone on the carriage got up en mass and got off! 😳 normally in that sort of situation I would have checked Twitter, but as said earlier, phone was dead... so I got off too, and asked someone before I thought about it what had happened... the platform was completely (to me!) dark and so I can’t lip read and I have no working ears.... the person clearly answered me cos I heard “muff muffle gurgle gulll”

“Thanks!!!” I shrilled at the person (note I’m saying person cos I have NO idea if it was a man or woman!), I felt stupid at this point that I’d asked someone something KNOWING I wouldn’t be able to work out what had been said. I told Samson to find the way and he took me off to the exit, where I could see a departures board but just couldn’t make out what was said on it. The platform was absolutely rammed at this point, and I genuinely couldn’t make out if there was a member of staff on the platform. And anyway, even if there was I wasn’t going to be able to make out what they might say to me! So I got SamJam to leave the station thinking I’ll hail a cab home!

Got out of the station and stood at the edge of the pavement thinking I’ll see a cab in a bit... it’s probably my dodgy eyes, but it seems like car headlights are massively brighter this year, so I’m stood there being completely nightblind and yet completely blinded by what felt like countless stadium floodlights rushing towards me and burning the backs of my eyes... so I couldn’t see if there was the tale tale little yellow light bobbing along with headlights, so I’ve no idea if there was cabs.

So I took myself away from the edge of the pavement to have a little think, while I was doing that someone tapped my shoulder and said something to me, I’ve no idea what, I just told them I was fine! I don’t really know why, I felt vulnerable and didn’t want to broadcast to the world that not only can I not see but I can’t bloody well hear either...!

I looked down at SamJam and said “you’re gonna have to get me home mate...!” And it wasn’t a completely ridiculous statement, he knows the way because we used to do it every evening in the summer at my last job. That was a year ago, there’s a good chance he wouldn’t remember or would do that thing where he gets over excited and speed walks me when we do a route we haven’t done in a while.

So I told him to “find home” and off he set... and do you know what?! He went on a go slow, he plodded, he went at a fraction of the speed he would normally go at! It’s like he knew, he knew I needed it to be a completely different vibe from how we usually go, he forcibly body blocked me from things and people, I know this cos when I put my hand out I felt branches in front of my face, and a couple of people took my hand, one even put my hand on their elbow to guide us across a road.

He took me through B.. village, for those that don’t know it, it’s actually quite frantic with very narrow and uneven pavements in parts, he took me across B.. which is completely black, he took me down side roads, he took me on main roads, he did off curbs, he found suitable places to cross roads, he ignored me a few times when I told him to cross the road cos he realised that today, today he knows better and he found me a bus stop to get the bus home the remainder of the way.

We got a bus and at out stop he took the lead again and took me home, and for once he decided he didn’t HAVE to stop at the tree he normally stops at for a wee and general sniff and got us to the front door.

For most people, that journey is inconvenient,it would normally have been inconvenient for me too. But today, it was terrifying. It was terrifying, confusing, frustrating and painful (both emotionally and physically - in terms of my eyes being sore!)

All my technology I rely on, wasn’t there. I was completely deaf and I was completely blind. The sight I rely on to hear was defunct for so many reasons and the hearing I rely on to see was defunct due to my own stupidity. My stupidity also meant that I couldn’t take a picture of the departure board at the station to see what it said, had my phone had juice I could have hailed a cab, checked when the next train was or even have got people to have written what they needed to say to me... but instead I had to fully put my faith in this four legged, furry black beast, I do that anyway on a daily basis, but tonight I’m truly reminded of just how much he does...

I got home and I cried. It’s not something I often do, cry. But I think the combination of relief, frustration and disorientation was just a bit too much to cope with!

So here’s to Sammy boy, the dog that would be useless for anyone else, the dog that drives me up the wall sometimes, the dog who can be thick as two short planks, the dog who really is a bit of a princess, the dog I wouldn’t have any other way ❤️❤️❤️

[ 04. November 2017, 07:20: Message edited by: Boogie ]
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
Wonderful post, Boogie.
 
Posted by Gill H (# 68) on :
 
That's a great story, Boogie. Raising a virtual tot of rum to you for all your great work.

We think the vet may have switched cats on us! Spikey is so alert and happy - and hungry! Some of it may be the painkiller of course, which she's had another shot of today just to make sure. But she seems very well indeed.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Bravo, Samson! [Overused]

Glad to hear Spikey's feeling a bit better, Gill.
 
Posted by Rossweisse (# 2349) on :
 
Thank you, Boogie!

Yay for Spikey!
 
Posted by Bishops Finger (# 5430) on :
 
((SamJam The Great!))

I have to admit to not being a 'pet person', but when I hear stories like that, and of the many ways in which seemingly 'dumb' (hah!) animals can be of such support to people, I quietly thank God for the wonder of his creation, and for the human ingenuity that can employ and train his creatures.

[Overused]

IJ
 
Posted by jacobsen (# 14998) on :
 
Hear hear.
 
Posted by simontoad (# 18096) on :
 
Brilliant story!

There have been lots of rabbits at our place. From about 4pm Minnie starts sitting at the window on bunny-watch. Usually she barks so much that I go outside and shoo the bunny away. Now, clever Minnie gives a bark when she sees the bunny, goes and finds me and barks wildly until I go and shoo the bunny.

It's a pain, but its a cute pain.
 
Posted by Lamb Chopped (# 5528) on :
 
Meh. Our dog has devised a game of Fetch the Ball in which the humans fetch. Or so she hopes.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
Meh. Our dog has devised a game of Fetch the Ball in which the humans fetch. Or so she hopes.

You mean that's not the way it's supposed to be played?
 
Posted by Bishops Finger (# 5430) on :
 
simontoad, could you perhaps persuade Minnie to go out, and catch the bunnies for you?

They make a nice casserole, with leeks, carrots, herbs, and a white wine sauce.... [Two face]

IJ
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
My dad once had two purebred Afghan hounds. One of them, Daisy for short, was a delightful dog but not well endowed at all in the matter of intelligence. They lived on several acres in the Hills district of Sydney.

One morning dad saw her looking very proud of herself but did not know what she had done. She had caught a rabbit and buried it. Sort of buried it and the mound was moving up and down. The rabbit was not dead, but badly wounded and dad had to finish it off.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Poor bunny. [Frown]
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
Poor bunny. [Frown]

My thought too, although I realize that rabbits are a real problem in Australia.
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Unfortunately down here, rabbits can breed more quickly than die. So the population of bunnies increases.

[ 10. November 2017, 20:56: Message edited by: Lothlorien ]
 
Posted by Gill H (# 68) on :
 
Spikey update - she's miraculously recovered from having 6 teeth out, and is frisking around like a kitten!
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
Eating more than I have ever seen her eat (the munchies?) But not meowing at all, which is odd considering she is extremely vocal.

I'm late to the thread, but my Lissa was diagnosed with a problem where (to cut to the chase) her teeth do not play well with her gums. She ended up having about a third of her teeth removed.

The point is, she was very vocal before. After, she is still somewhat vocal, but not as much as usual. Her pre-surgery vocalizing was because her mouth hurt. She also gained weight! She couldn't eat as well before because the mouth hurt. Once she had the teeth removed, she could eat better. She will never be a big cat, but she is much heavier now than she was.

The thing is, cats do not actually chew their food. The teeth are not for that. So an indoor cat getting dry food (and Lissa only eats dry) or canned wet food will never miss the teeth!

Love to Spikey from Lissa (who was a shelter cat, too, once upon a time)!
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gill H:
Spikey update - she's miraculously recovered ...

Excellent news - happy pussycat! [Yipee]
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
My Molly has turned into an escape artist. We had chicken wire fencing bent into an L shape attached to three sides of our property over an already existing wire fence that she would dig under. The 4th side is fenced by neighbor with wood. All was well until a few weeks ago when pup has figured out how to climb and squeeze through the aging wood fence. She knows we do not want her to do this so she never does so if we are looking, but I will call for her and discover her in neighbors yard. ( Thankfully he likes her and says no mind. ) I fear she will leave his yard through the back of his fence and then out into the world. I have tried blocking fence with bits of wood and flower pots for a week now. I have her trapped for the moment but know it is only until she discovers another hole. Neighbor does not plan to replace fence until next year, ( just paid for family wedding ) so looks like I will end up having to pay for another fence on my property. Not good as it is the long part of our property. Small free dog from pound is getting to be expensive. Fencing, vet bill from eating a rubber ball, tore up two sofa pillows the first time she was left alone. Good thing we adore her.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Graven Image:
Good thing we adore her.

[Axe murder]
 
Posted by simontoad (# 18096) on :
 
Ahh, we have a Molly too who comes up to stay when my MIL works nights. She's currently lying on the floor beside me.
 
Posted by Ian Climacus (# 944) on :
 
Not in the home, but I saw this and thought of the cat lovers.
 
Posted by MaryLouise (# 18697) on :
 
My beloved Great Dane has been ill and the vet diagnosed a paralysed oesophagus, leading to an inability to regulate his temperature. She also thought there might be some intestinal blockage. He may be too old for surgery at seven years.

Surprisingly, he's doing well this week. He hoots rather than barks, but is eating well, no trouble swallowing, no constipation and no sudden rises in temperature. I wonder if he was over-stressed the day we took him in to the vet. He hates car journeys and had to be lifted into the back of the 4-wheel drive. So he was agitated, over-heated and in distress. The vet adores him and he usually cheers up to see her, but he didn't like the rectal thermometer at all.

When we got him home, he ran to greet his two small she-Pomeranian companions who ignored him, as usual. Then he drank some cold water, got onto his sofa and calmed down. I'm hoping he stays well for a while and we can see what other options are possible for a damaged oesophagus.
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
I am glad for you and him, MaryLouise. I hope it continues like this for a long time.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
{{{MaryLouise and the GD}}} [Votive]
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Georgie-Porgy is crying in the bathroom - we have a vet visit and she hasn't been fed since 7pm last night. She's off to have her fur trimmed so summer is easier for her.

I hate trapping her, but at least we now have a reliable pet taxi.

Huia
 
Posted by Lothlorien (# 4927) on :
 
Poor thing! Probably that could apply to you both. Do you have a treat for her return?
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
It was a nightmare. I suddenly remembered her ear gel and while I was trying to administer it she got away and into a cupboard that was full of plastic containers. I had to bribe her out with the smell of food that I couldn't let her eat.

It was completely unnecessary because she didn't need to be sedated - when she finally got to the vets she co-operated completely.

My reward on returning home was a letter from a lawyer with a cheque for a small legacy I had been left by one of my mother's cousins. It was a total surprise because I didn't think she approved of me.

This will be enough to pay for thyroid treatment for Georgie-Porgy [Yipee]

Huia
 
Posted by Brenda Clough (# 18061) on :
 
Very often the authoritative vet will get compliance, whereas you, the pliable human parent, get rebellion. My cats are always terrified but resigned, and when the vet is done they hop straight back into the carrier. "Home, Jeeves, and don't spare the horses!"
 
Posted by kingsfold (# 1726) on :
 
I was told to tell my guest cat that I was a vet as he will do anything for them.....

And that does seem to be true. Though I've discovered that not being prepared to stand too much in the way of nonsense from him makes the medication go a lot easier.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Kingsfold, I think you're right about not standing too much nonsense. The vet nurses manage cats well, calmly and gently but also firmly. I don't always manage this.

Huia
 
Posted by Graven Image (# 8755) on :
 
Molly the pup and I were out for her walk this morning. It is trash pick up day and so everyone has their cans out at the curb. As we were walking down the street suddenly a very large dog behind a wire fence started jumping on the fence, barking and growling at us. Molly puffed up and then lifted her leg up high and relieved herself on the can in front of the dog"s house. Molly is a female and I have never before seen her lift her leg or pee on a trash can. I do think she was sending a dog message and I have to admit I thought it was funny.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
Way to go Molly [Cool]

Huia
 


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