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Re: We love our pets!
« Reply #1150 on: 07 Oct 2014, 00:53 »

That is really sad, Kat.

But there are also happier occasions where cats do want the company of their humans (or at least some do). When my cat was pregnant a couple of years ago we built her kind of a nest to use as a place to give birth. It was placed in the hallway because there was no space elsewhere. One evening me and my roommate where watching a movie and the cat constantly came up to us, meowed and went away again. We ignored her because, well, we were watching a movie. When we were finished though we went into the hallway and the cat immediately bolted into the nest stayed there, looking at us expectingly. Figuring it might be time to have the babies we sat down in front of the box and kept her company. Not two hours later two of what would eventually be five newly born kittens were already there. Apparently she didn't want to start without ous.
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« Reply #1151 on: 07 Oct 2014, 05:17 »

My cat was wailing too when he died, but that was cause of a stroke he suffered. Died in my father's hands. But he was expecting it - he was avoiding us for weeks.

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« Reply #1152 on: 07 Oct 2014, 05:44 »

My dad's cat died last year, he was 14 and his health had been in a rapid decline. One day he just disappeared, and they couldn't find him anywhere. The next day a neighbour told them a cat had been crying in his garage, so they went over and found him in the corner, dirty, cold and unable to move. They took him to the vet and had him put down immediately, it was obvious he'd gone to the garage to die. :(

My old cat Sofus was only 9 when he died early this year, I don't know much about how he was behaving before he died since I wasn't home, but his kidneys had stopped working and there was no way of him getting better, so my mom and brother went to the vet and had him put down too. I didn't know until a couple days later, mom knew I was worried about school stuff and didn't want me to be sad while I was so busy. I'm really sad I wasn't there when he died, but at the same time I'm not sure how I'd handle it, and it's good knowing my mom and brother were there for him.
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« Reply #1153 on: 07 Oct 2014, 09:40 »

Fish are mysterious, unfathomable creatures with no effective way of communicating their needs.

I'll say this much - A Chinese takeaway near me had a couple of goldfish in a nice tank on the counter. After I'd visited a few times, I could swear that the damn things started to recognise me.
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« Reply #1154 on: 10 Oct 2014, 14:51 »

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« Reply #1155 on: 10 Oct 2014, 15:09 »

Aw! Such a cute doggy!
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« Reply #1156 on: 14 Oct 2014, 09:17 »

Frank has the rumbly tummies, and requires snugs to feel better.
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« Reply #1157 on: 16 Oct 2014, 11:53 »

Do guinea pigs need their nails trimmed?
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« Reply #1158 on: 16 Oct 2014, 12:54 »

Do guinea pigs need their nails trimmed?
Not generally, so long as they've got some hard surfaces in their enclosure to scratch/walk on.
Frank has the rumbly tummies, and requires snugs to feel better.

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« Reply #1159 on: 16 Oct 2014, 14:12 »

Do guinea pigs need their nails trimmed?

Usually, yeah. Unless they live on a surface that wears them down. I took mine to get them done at the vet in the first couples weeks I had them. That was three months ago and they're due another clipping. Actually they were probably due a couple weeks ago because a couple of the nails curl inward on each of them.

I've read a lot about people doing it themselves but I find it easier to have the vet do it.
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« Reply #1160 on: 16 Oct 2014, 14:43 »

I don't think my school would appreciate me billing them for nail clippings, so I'll do it myself with the help of a coworker. I have those special scissor-like clippers for my cat and I'll just take them to work with me one day.

Although, a trip to the vet might not hurt. I kind of think she needs a haircut. Her fur is super unruly.
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« Reply #1161 on: 16 Oct 2014, 15:02 »

This link has a bunch of helpful information for clipping piggie nails.

Edit: For some reason I use "piggie" for an individual guinea pigs even though the spelling "piggy" exists.
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« Reply #1162 on: 16 Oct 2014, 16:55 »

I would use Piggie as well.

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« Reply #1163 on: 16 Oct 2014, 20:28 »

I guess "piggy" sounds pejorative, almost. It's just weird to me to see "piggy/piggie" to refer to a guinea pig and not an actual pig.
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« Reply #1164 on: 16 Oct 2014, 22:04 »

It doesn't bother me, but I had lots of kids calling mine "pig" for a while because that's all they get out.

Now anytime they see a picture of a guinea pig, regardless of what it looks like, it's a "Maisy".  :-)
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« Reply #1165 on: 17 Oct 2014, 05:42 »

That's adorable!
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« Reply #1166 on: 17 Oct 2014, 07:39 »

The scissor-ish clippers will definitely be helpful for clipping. Those were the ones we used on Rocko.


I got a sympathy card from the vet yesterday. :-( *Sigh* I miss the little guy a lot. I still haven't dismantled his cage and just threw out his meds yesterday. It was a week ago today that he died.

I think one of the hardest parts to deal with in the coming months is going to be paying off his vet bills. Once a month I'll be reminded of how he was near the end of his life, instead of remembering the happy, chunky piggy we knew and loved. He just wasn't himself at the end and it hurts so much to think about how desperate and helpless I felt.  :cry:
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« Reply #1167 on: 17 Oct 2014, 10:15 »

I'm sorry to hear that. Had a similar experience when my first doggy died and she was ill for the last few months. As time goes on it becomes easier to remember the good times and know you made them feel as happy and loved as you could until and during their last moments.
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« Reply #1168 on: 20 Oct 2014, 10:34 »



Doggy and Piggie kind of interacting!
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« Reply #1169 on: 21 Oct 2014, 00:33 »

Cute! Do the pigs interact with your dog?
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« Reply #1170 on: 21 Oct 2014, 06:35 »

Eddie, in the photo, does. He comes up to the side of the cage and they sniff each other. Richie is a lot more skittish and I'm not sure he even knows the dog is about most of the time because he likes staying in his hideys.
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« Reply #1171 on: 21 Oct 2014, 12:44 »

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« Reply #1172 on: 22 Oct 2014, 15:40 »



Sleepy Teddy :wow:
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« Reply #1173 on: 22 Oct 2014, 15:55 »

Awww so cute!


I was planning on going to bed, but my cat has fallen asleep on my legs, so now I can't leave the couch. Oh well.
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« Reply #1174 on: 23 Oct 2014, 09:20 »

D'aww! Give Teddy a pet from me when they're awake and wanting pets.
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« Reply #1175 on: 23 Oct 2014, 17:59 »

This is my baby - she's an old girl (14), but she is the lovingest ball of fur you ever met.
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« Reply #1176 on: 25 Oct 2014, 21:17 »

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« Reply #1177 on: 25 Oct 2014, 22:04 »

So this anti-depressant that Kisa is on (for her appetite issues) has made her uncharacteristically affectionate. So affectionate, in fact, that she woke me up several times last night because she was standing on my shoulder and purring directly into my ear. I think I woke up 4 times last night because of my cat staring at me and purring in my face. I love her, but I really would prefer it if she slept at night.

But in regards to her eating issues, she's slowly eating more and more on her own and we've stopped force feeding her. We went away last weekend and I think she got upset and stopped eating, as she lost weight, but she's definitely eating more now than before we left, so that's good. Hopefully soon she'll actually gain some weight.
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« Reply #1178 on: 26 Oct 2014, 13:51 »

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« Reply #1179 on: 27 Oct 2014, 12:45 »



Awake Teddy :mrgreen:
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« Reply #1180 on: 28 Oct 2014, 18:44 »

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« Reply #1181 on: 08 Nov 2014, 13:01 »



Found him asleep like this. It's his favourite toy.
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« Reply #1182 on: 08 Nov 2014, 22:17 »

just tossed one of mine outta the room.  caught him burrowing into the filing box of old bills.

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« Reply #1183 on: 08 Nov 2014, 23:42 »

Pulled franks new bed out of the shipping box and he immediately jumped on it. Dog sure knows what's his.
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« Reply #1184 on: 09 Nov 2014, 04:48 »

I now have to hide the guinea pig food, the pellets, from the dog. She keeps shoving her head in the bag to munch it.
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« Reply #1185 on: 09 Nov 2014, 08:11 »



Meet Apollo, the pup from the party last night :wow:
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« Reply #1186 on: 16 Nov 2014, 10:21 »





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« Reply #1188 on: 17 Nov 2014, 18:02 »

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« Reply #1189 on: 19 Nov 2014, 18:35 »



TEDDY SAYS HI, FORUM
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« Reply #1190 on: 19 Nov 2014, 19:51 »

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« Reply #1191 on: 19 Nov 2014, 20:22 »

Alsatian/Beagle cross?
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« Reply #1192 on: 20 Nov 2014, 03:20 »

Lovely doggy.

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« Reply #1193 on: 21 Nov 2014, 15:13 »

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« Reply #1194 on: 23 Nov 2014, 17:58 »

Alsatian/Beagle cross?
Everyone thinks beagle, including me at first. But nope! He's a lab/chow mix! Maybe some beagle, but those are the main two.
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« Reply #1197 on: 24 Nov 2014, 07:27 »

Anyone have advice about introducing dogs to each other? I'm hoping Pixie will be able to stay with my parents and the family dog, Socks, when we're away in March.

Pixie is quite a nervous dog but she grew up surrounded by dogs so she's cautious but interested in strange ones. She's gradually warmed up to my neighbour's dog so I've seen if the other dog is chill then all is good for Pixie.

Socks hasn't been socialised at all and she's territorial. To me she seems very fearful of other dogs and my family and me are worried that means she could be really aggressive and even bite if she gets close to another dog. She practically squeals if a dog gets close and it's impossible to distract her or calm her down. The dogs have met briefly already, on leashes, and it's gone as expected, Pixie is nervous but interested until Socks freaks the hell out, which then upsets Pixie.

I'm looking up information but any personal stories?
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Anyone have advice about introducing dogs to each other? I'm hoping Pixie will be able to stay with my parents and the family dog, Socks, when we're away in March.

Pixie is quite a nervous dog but she grew up surrounded by dogs so she's cautious but interested in strange ones. She's gradually warmed up to my neighbour's dog so I've seen if the other dog is chill then all is good for Pixie.

Socks hasn't been socialised at all and she's territorial. To me she seems very fearful of other dogs and my family and me are worried that means she could be really aggressive and even bite if she gets close to another dog. She practically squeals if a dog gets close and it's impossible to distract her or calm her down. The dogs have met briefly already, on leashes, and it's gone as expected, Pixie is nervous but interested until Socks freaks the hell out, which then upsets Pixie.

I'm looking up information but any personal stories?

Keep them on task together. We're walking together, we're having an obedience lesson together, etc. this way both dogs are members under your leadership. If you just sort of let them do what they want at introduction, they will proceed to figuring out which one of them is in charge.

The answer needs to be neither, you're in charge
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« Reply #1199 on: 26 Nov 2014, 11:07 »

Thanks. Walking them together has been talked about, the next step is to do it then.
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