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« Reply #1450 on: 26 Mar 2019, 22:13 »



My special girl Claudia! She's 12, totally deaf, has problems controlling her bladder and is literally the dumbest animal I've ever owned. We had to throw out a cat tree of hers a couple weeks ago because it was soaked in cat piss and the smell wouldn't come out and she's still looking for it. But she's a real sweetheart!! loves belly rubs and drools with happiness whenever you pet her. My roommates and I adopted her because she was the least adoptable cat at the shelter and we're a bunch of bleeding hearts  <3
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« Reply #1451 on: 27 Mar 2019, 03:08 »

Username Corvid? Queer flag? Unadoptable cat? You are my kind of person.

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« Reply #1452 on: 27 Mar 2019, 07:13 »

I don't think he appreciated me tucking him in

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« Reply #1453 on: 08 Apr 2019, 19:55 »


I hope y'all don't mind another Claudia pic! She was sleeping in a very cute way this afternoon
(it's worth mentioning that her headpressing isn't medically dangerous, we've had it checked out and that's just how she likes to sleep)
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« Reply #1454 on: 17 Apr 2019, 18:45 »

Here is my Good Boy:



His name is Gus.  Adopted from a shelter about 5 years ago now.  He loves belly rubs, Milk Bones, and walkies.
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« Reply #1455 on: 18 Apr 2019, 10:12 »

Hi Gus!
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« Reply #1456 on: 22 Apr 2019, 09:36 »


Claudia is adorable, and I love the faceplant  :mrgreen:
See my 14-year old Tommy
And my sweet, funny, and veritable purr-machine Sophie turned 13 yesterday!
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« Reply #1457 on: 02 Aug 2019, 19:25 »

Today I went to a Petco (US chain store, sells pet-related products) to get our two cats some flea drops and some catfood.

As happens, I guess, about three days out of seven, they had animals from the local animal-rescue shelter penned next to the check-out line where customers can hopefully fall in love with them and give them homes. 

But today, the adorable kittens were frolicking in a pen with an equally adorable sign above it: 

"Fresh, locally-grown, Organic Kittens."

I had a chuckle and asked the bloke behind the counter about it, and he says it definitely makes a difference in that more of the kittens find homes when the sign is up.

Hey, if it works.... 
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« Reply #1458 on: 09 Aug 2019, 13:29 »

The same guy tipped me to a thing I'd not have guessed exists.

A food additive adored by health food enthusiasts and reputed to treat a number of ills when ingested orally....
https://www.amazon.com/Diatomaceous-Earth-Food-Grade-10/dp/B00025H2PY/ref=sr_1_5

is also a pesticide suitable for home insect control and (if you are careful to get the food grade stuff) safe for direct application to your pets as a flea powder.
https://www.amazon.com/Bonide-Products-121-037321001218-Diatomaceous/dp/B00PWX6H8O/ref=sr_1_21

Yes, those are literally the same product.  99+% pure diatomaceous earth with no additives, fillers or diluents.  Uh, since that's actually silicon dioxide, I really have no idea what the 'Organic' claim in the first product description means.  That's not 'organic' in ANY interpretation of the word I understand.

Apparently this is also sold in a "pool grade" or "filter grade" purity for some other applications, and those should NOT be used for either of the above two applications because it contains impurities (which can be poisons) or bits that might not be finely enough powdered - which could possibly act like tiny bits of fiberglass if inhaled.  Food grade product is free of both.

I had known about diatomaceous earth for pest control for some time, but hadn't appreciated how COMPLETELY harmless the food grade variety really is to us mammals.

This is just silicon dioxide - which is to say, a type of powdered rock one hundred percent inert with respect to our digestive enzymes and body chemistry.  I have no idea what benefits the foodies think they're getting out of this, they might as well be swallowing a marble.  This stuff is safer than garden dirt.

Except to chitinous insects.  The powdered bits are sharp and just a bit harder than an insect's shell.  Once a bug gets some of this powder on its shell,  whenever it moves the stuff abrades the shell - until it wears thin enough for water to evaporate through and the bug dehydrates.  Kills 'em dead in an average of 3 hours.  It's not a 'poison' as we understand the term, because its action is purely mechanical.

But we mammals can eat it by the spoonful if we want.   It's hydrophilic, and with water sticking to it the sharp abrasive bits aren't exposed.  Because our digestive system isn't bone-dry, it gets wet and that makes it inert.  It can't do anything to us.  Well, except make us excrete water so we have to drink a bit more. 
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« Reply #1459 on: 09 Jan 2020, 14:34 »

The family dog is going in for surgery next week to remove three tumours and also get spayed because otherwise they'll grow back. It's riskier than normal because she has a couple conditions but the main one is with her oesophagus so there's an increased chance of vomit and regurgitation. If that happens she could get pneumonia and that could be very bad for her.

I'm hopeful but terrified.Trying to be optimistic but I'm the one who's pushed for her to go the vet to get the growths looked at then I'm the one that pushed for the surgery and if she does die I'm terrified my mum will never forgive me. I know it needs done because there's other bigger risks if nothing is done but still gonna be very scared until we get her back.
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« Reply #1460 on: 09 Jan 2020, 14:58 »

All best wishes, Welu. It's tough, but I believe you're doing the right thing. Don't let go of that.
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« Reply #1461 on: 10 Jan 2020, 03:06 »

Fingers, legs and teeth crossed here...
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« Reply #1462 on: 10 Jan 2020, 04:34 »

Thanks a lot <3
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« Reply #1463 on: 14 Jan 2020, 07:43 »

Dog had her surgery yesterday. There were actually five lumps but the vet is pretty sure they're not cancerous. They're getting checked to be sure. It couldn't have gone better. There was a little issue with her taking to the anesthetic but that was expected.
She's home and recovering now. She's getting better really fast and vet is impressed with her progress. Gonna go back in ten days to get her stitches out.
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« Reply #1464 on: 14 Jan 2020, 16:38 »

Hooray!
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« Reply #1465 on: 15 Jan 2020, 04:32 »


SUPERB!!!!
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« Reply #1466 on: 13 Oct 2020, 12:41 »

Family dog had to be suddenly put down tonight. She was okay Saturday, then didn't eat from Sunday night. Brought her to the vet and turns out she had kidney cancer that had spread to her liver, nothing to be done about it. Mum and I are hurting.
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« Reply #1467 on: 13 Oct 2020, 13:35 »

I'm so sorry for your loss, Welu :(
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« Reply #1468 on: 17 Oct 2020, 17:19 »

I am so sorry, Welu. It is hard to lose a beloved family pet.  :-(
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« Reply #1469 on: 17 Oct 2020, 17:54 »

Leo's pretty chill with the baby, put some times I feel he's at his wits end
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« Reply #1470 on: 18 Oct 2020, 13:38 »

I'm so sorry for your loss, Welu :(

I am so sorry, Welu. It is hard to lose a beloved family pet.  :-(

Thanks <3
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« Reply #1471 on: 20 Oct 2020, 12:39 »

Family dog had to be suddenly put down tonight. She was okay Saturday, then didn't eat from Sunday night. Brought her to the vet and turns out she had kidney cancer that had spread to her liver, nothing to be done about it. Mum and I are hurting.

I'm still only on the first relationship I have had with a dog. I don't know what this is like, and I am dreading it. Wish I could give you a hug, if you wanted one.

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« Reply #1472 on: 22 Oct 2020, 03:10 »

Thank you. This is the fourth pet/second dog I've lost but it's the first time we had to put them to sleep. My brothers and I were sending photos and memories back and forth the whole day after which helped a lot.
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« Reply #1473 on: 23 Oct 2020, 15:40 »

I remember when our cat died. Although a "second hand" cat, its death hurt.
Why second hand? Technically lived two houses over, original "owners" got a second, young dog. Cat disagreed, decided our household was a good replacement. Lived with us six or seven out of 16 or 17 years, still hurt as hell.
Cat of a Twitch streamer I used to watch died recently, and I was struck by onion ninjas. A pet I've never met IRL brought me to the verge of tears, and usually I'm not much of an emotional person.


Long story short: pets are a special kind of family, and the loss of a pet os always a trying time. Godspeed to all of them, and my condolences to those who have been graced by their presence.
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« Reply #1474 on: 23 Dec 2020, 12:57 »

I've bought a house across the street from my parents' house, but stayed living with them because the COVID restrictions are based on people being in the same household. They've been having their boiler replaced over the past few days and we've been living in my house during the day while the work is being done (we know the builders as friends, so there's no trust issues there).

Today, because the work was likely to be distressing to a nervous cat (not to mention dangerous for him and the builders) we brought him over to my house and kept him there, thinking that he'd be happier in a quiet house even if it smelled funny. After a bit of yowling, he settled down on my mother's lap and had a snooze, then sat in the staircase watching people, then had an explore, and climbed in the bathtub... and then he did the most offensive smelling poo I've ever come across. The whole house stank of it for about an hour, even after hosing it down the drain with the shower and opening all the windows.

Little darling.
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« Reply #1475 on: 23 Dec 2020, 15:46 »

Autumn's battle joined
Warmer days start shedding season
Roombas always lose.
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« Reply #1476 on: 23 Dec 2020, 20:54 »

Today, because the work was likely to be distressing to a nervous cat (not to mention dangerous for him and the builders)

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Little darling.
At least it isn’t your shoes?
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« Reply #1477 on: 23 Dec 2020, 23:36 »

Actually I was thinking, if a litterbox isn't available, the bathtub is one of the LEAST obnoxious possible places for the kitty to take a dump.

Also?  When a kitty takes a dump that smells *REALLY* horrible, there's something wrong.  The cat may be ill.  If not, it may be terrified. Believe it or not, a terrified/stressed state is enough to cause cats to have unusually stinky poop.
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« Reply #1478 on: 24 Dec 2020, 01:29 »

He's got cancer, the poor thing, though it doesn't seem to be having any particularly bad effects as yet. He went to the vet only a couple of days ago and they said he seemed fine (aside from the tumour of course). He doesn't like change at the best of times, so people making loud noises and cutting holes in his house is probably not a fun time for him either. They should be finished today, thankfully, so hopefully things will be back to normal by the weekend.
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« Reply #1479 on: 27 Feb 2021, 18:56 »

They love us back. This dog saved its human's life.

https://abc7ny.com/dog-saves-owner-german-shepherd-stroke-good-news/10315368/

He could not get up after his stroke. The dog came over, he grabbed her collar, she dragged him to his phone.

How the bloody $#@! did she know to drag him to the phone?!
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« Reply #1480 on: 28 Feb 2021, 08:56 »

Dogs & cats are smarter than we usually give them credit for.  They watch us and learn, especially if we pay attention to them.  They learn patterns.  They learn what we do when our patterns break.  And often dogs understand the slightest twitches and reactions in our body language or on our faces when they mean we like or don't like what they're doing (cats too, although they don't usually care as much what we like or don't like).  The dog was smart, and the guy was lucky.  Good for them both!

I don't think they really get language - A lot of people are sure they understand every word, but science doesn't support that. I am sure though, that they learn to distinguish phrases that we use to mean different things.  The rhythm, the tone of voice, the sounds - your entire sentence is one word to a dog.  But the dog can learn a fair number of 'words' that are associated with some pretty sophisticated patterns of action.

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« Reply #1481 on: 28 Feb 2021, 14:23 »

Dogs can learn all sorts of shit.

My dog has told me when one of the cats is sick before.

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« Reply #1482 on: 01 Mar 2021, 12:02 »

Yesterday we had to make the hard decision on putting our cat down. Our beloved Paris (almost 20 years old) had stopped eating, and the vet couldn't really see a way going forward.

We buried her in the backyard and the kids decorated her grave with stones they found.

Rest in peace Paris. Even though you were one grouchy cat, you were also the sweetest of them all.
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« Reply #1483 on: 01 Mar 2021, 13:37 »

I am so sorry for your loss. They are family, because family is defined by love and commitment.
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« Reply #1485 on: 03 Mar 2021, 21:42 »

I don't use flea collars anymore. Every six months, I get prescription drops from the vet. Also help against ticks.

A chlorine spike in the last water change just took out my aquarium. Turns out my test kit is expired. Wonderful way to wake up.
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« Reply #1486 on: 06 May 2021, 09:09 »

My wife is softening her opposition to getting a dog, and neighbors are letting me borrow their black Lab for walks.

Cats like to sit in boxes whether they are real or not:
https://www.sciencealert.com/cats-don-t-just-like-to-sit-in-real-boxes-they-ll-choose-to-sit-in-illusions-of-boxes-too
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« Reply #1487 on: 20 May 2021, 23:16 »

Entirely off-topic, but it's been nagging me the last few times I'd visited this thread. Does anyone else see, at the top of this page of the thread, a user named Corvid. (19 posts.)
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« Reply #1488 on: 21 May 2021, 11:03 »

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« Reply #1489 on: 24 May 2021, 11:52 »

Must be some sort of avian thing.
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« Reply #1490 on: 28 May 2021, 07:12 »

I have lived in a house with a pet snake for years now, but had not actually had a proper interaction with him until last weekend.

I had, however, bumped into him - twice - when he has got out. I've actually held numerous snakes before (budum tish) so it's not fear that is the issue, but the circumstances in which I just stumbled upon him like that were far from ideal, and I was a bit anxious about him in particular - then between those two occasions he bit one of my housemates, the first time he has bitten anyone in well over a decade. He's a wee tree snake, so he's not doing any damage, but I mainly don't want to upset him, or worse, if he bites me and I physically (over)react rather than consciously, I could hurt him.

But his little house was being cleaned out this weekend so I got to go hang out with him. He is a dear sweet boy with a lovely face, and it was a special moment I got to have with him. Holding a snake is actually quite a lot like having a massage to me.

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« Reply #1491 on: 28 May 2021, 07:40 »

Oh, it is.  I remember having a Mexican boa across my shoulders once, and my tension just melted away.
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« Reply #1492 on: 01 Jun 2021, 21:34 »

We have had two cats for a long time now; they're fifteen this year.  Their names are Austen and Clemens.  Austen is a smallish female gray tabby, agile and skittish. Clemens is a largish, long-haired orange tabby with most of his tail missing, mellow and lazy.  They were born in the same litter, but they don't look much alike; we suspect that genetically they are probably half-siblings.   We got them at the local shelter.  We adore the little fuzzies, even though Austen has a bad habit of leaping up on things and knocking things down. 

But yesterday morning, something odd happened.  I fed the cats, upstairs, and left both happily munching their breakfast, then came downstairs to the kitchen to get my own breakfast.  And after only a few seconds, I felt cat fur on my ankles and I looked down and there was Austen.  She maiowed at me and rubbed my ankle and begged for treats, as is her habit.  I gave her one or two bits of cheese, as is mine.  She ate them off the floor appreciatively as I wondered why she'd left her breakfast upstairs, or how she'd got downstairs so quick.  I didn't think much more about it at the time.

In the afternoon, I saw Austen stretched out in one of her favorite spots in a sunbeam in the living room.  Then I went upstairs and saw Austen and Clemens curled up and snoozing in another of their favorite spots on the corner of our bed.  I was surprised, but ... I had paused to look into my wife's office so she could have got past me, and I know that she can and does fall asleep in ten seconds flat, regularly.  So.... Hm.  Never mind, I guess.

In the evening, at the time when we generally shut the cats inside, I was downstairs again and I called up to my dear wife, who told me both cats were upstairs so it was okay to latch the cat door.  Which I did, but then about twenty minutes later, I heard a cat maiowing to be let in and pushing at the cat door, and I looked outside and it was Austen.  I figured she'd probably leapt from the balcony again. That was one of her special tricks when she had really important cat business outside and we weren't doing door service up to her standards.  But she hadn't done that for years.  Anyway, I let her in and didn't think much more about it at the time. 

But this morning when I called our two cats to breakfast, all three of them came.  So.... the penny finally dropped.  Our little dupli-cat has a collar just like Austen's, but the tag hanging from it declares that her name is Alice.  The tag is otherwise completely unhelpful.  No phone number, no address, no additional bling for licenses and shots and etc.  Just the name.  We went to see if she has a chip implanted so as to track down her people that way, but she does not.  The vet we took her to says that she is healthy if a little malnourished, spayed, and probably eight years old.  She seems to be on friendly, familiar terms with both our cats, so I suppose she's been around here somewhere for a while.   None of our neighbors has had a little gray cat, much less one that went missing.  Nobody has put a notice at the shelter to watch for her. 

So it seems that the world has abandoned her, and she's responded by adopting us.  And we completed the ritual. We fed her.  Admittedly a case of mistaken identity, but all the same, we fed her.  Rules are rules.  I have no idea how long she lived with us before we noticed her.  And I can't even tell the difference between them just by looking.  I have to get a hand on them to know.  It's hard to explain but Alice and Austen *feel* just a little bit different.

So, we will be checking with shelters and places for a little while, but if her people don't somehow make themselves known, I think we now have three cats.
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« Reply #1493 on: 01 Jun 2021, 22:20 »

"Staff" doesn't "Adopt".  Staff are hired.  Your feline overlords should have made this clear by now.  :)
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« Reply #1495 on: 03 Jun 2021, 00:48 »

Mori, not only is that a lovely story, but also your dupli-cat pun puts the pun thread to utter shame.
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« Reply #1496 on: 03 Jun 2021, 10:50 »

I'm glad you liked it, but that pun was originally my wife's.  In that moment of disbelief, before she had actually seen Alice and Austen side by side and thought I was hallucinating or making things up, she said, "you're saying we've got a dupli-cat?"  I was barely awake myself and I think I had said something incoherent about Austen coming to breakfast twice at the same time.

We've never actually had a cat just move into our house before.  I've heard of it, I know it's not all that uncommon.  But this is the first time for us, and the fact that she looks exactly like one of the cats we already have made it just a little more confusing and surreal than I think it must usually be.

Alice's coat has more and stiffer guard hairs than Austen's.  That was the first thing I noticed, by touch.  And now that I know where to look, a couple of her stripes are in different places.  But the resemblance is really uncanny.  I don't know if it's just because she's still insecure or something, but she also seems to be a lot more of a lap cat than Austen, and wants attention.

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« Reply #1497 on: 05 Jun 2021, 13:40 »

I just spent a while brushing out my Calico.  She is Callie. (brilliant and imaginative naming, I know)
I swear, I've just removed a fat kitten's worth of fluff from her.
But then, Callie walks thru the sunlight, and I can see more drifting fur behind her.

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« Reply #1498 on: 05 Jun 2021, 17:45 »

And calicos have a color fur to show up on any background as well. Our new cat is a calico, just turned 1 year, and hasn't really started shedding much, but it's getting warm, so it probably won't be long for that first full exchange of coat.
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« Reply #1499 on: 05 Jun 2021, 21:49 »

Our late cat had a very convenient feature. She actively enjoyed being gone over with a lint roller. We caught useful amounts of her fur that way.
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