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Title: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sunshine on November 12, 2011, 04:49:48 PM
(Date Posted:08/07/2011 4:55 PM)


Click on the attachment to read the Aimoo thread and if you wish to add a reply please do so on this thread.

This is the first of several pdf attachments which contain some lovely words and pictures.
 >thumbsup<
 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sunshine on November 12, 2011, 04:53:30 PM
 :-)
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Post by: Sunshine on November 12, 2011, 04:55:17 PM
 >thumbsup<
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Post by: Sunshine on November 12, 2011, 04:59:34 PM
 :-) >thumbsup<
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Post by: Sunshine on November 14, 2011, 10:39:04 AM
Yvettea wrote

(Date Posted:11/11/2011 12:43 PM)

The goofhound has taken this to extremes - he now only goes to the toilet in a plant container - gets up there (its a large tub container) and looks like he is on the loo !

Now that would be a photo!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sunshine on November 14, 2011, 10:39:41 AM
auntieCtheM wrote

(Date Posted:12/11/2011 7:18 PM)

Come on hossy, I'd also like to admire the dogs loo - maybe I will show it to doggie to try to get her to follow suit.
smiley18 (is there a doggie one of these smileys?)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sunshine on November 14, 2011, 10:41:41 AM
auntieCtheM wrote

(Date Posted:12/11/2011 11:19 PM)

photograph of a giant-sized dog and a teeny weeny pussy-cat.  The cat has one paw out to the dog and is having a very serious talk.  The cat's words are underneath.  have fun.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sunshine on November 14, 2011, 10:42:42 AM
ilovepinkandpurple wrote

(Date Posted:13/11/2011 12:03 PM)

Thats a lovely photo Labadors love cats ad kittens  >blackcat< >love<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sunshine on November 14, 2011, 10:43:24 AM
auntieCtheM

(Date Posted:13/11/2011 8:40 PM)

Hi pink,
my doggie has Labrador in her, but she does not enjoy being near to cats at all.  My two do tolerate each other, but never get very close.  When I am in another room the two of them do sit in the kitchen, the cat on his chair and the doggie on the floor, for company.
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Post by: Sunshine on November 14, 2011, 10:44:23 AM
ilovepinkandpurple wrote

(Date Posted:13/11/2011 9:16 PM)

mines is a full labador and loves our cats and kittens  >rainbow<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on November 17, 2011, 08:56:57 PM
Ive just been to the vet again today.  I took my old rat, Septimus, as he was becoming wheezy.  The vet checked him out and confirmed what i thought and started him on baytril (antibiotics) and also arranged that i can just request some more should i need any without needing to take the rat to the vet.
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Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on November 17, 2011, 09:10:54 PM
Hi Legiron sorry to read septimus is sick >hugs<
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Post by: mareer on November 17, 2011, 09:38:03 PM
 hope he gets better soon   
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Post by: leg_iron on November 17, 2011, 09:59:13 PM
The antibiotic should work.  The vet couldnt find anything else wrong but if there is now improvement then I'll take him back.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on November 17, 2011, 10:21:32 PM
Hi leg,

Please give the rat a little stroke between the ears from me, please.  And the rest of the pets similar tickles 'cos I do not want them to get all jealous!
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Post by: Hurtyback on November 18, 2011, 01:04:51 PM
Awwww, poor Septimus! I do hope he is soon back to full health.
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Post by: Frances on November 18, 2011, 08:09:42 PM
(http://i751.photobucket.com/albums/xx155/new-be_2009/P1010436.jpg)
This is Dixie and the love of our life. Cinnamon Trust was mentioned .
 They found us Ann who comes and walks Dixie several times a week and even fosters her when I am in Hossy as Ry can't manage by himself.
They are Great and Ann and I have become great Friends. >biggrin<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on November 18, 2011, 08:20:06 PM
Dixie wouldn't look out of place on a chocolate box cover  >biggrin<
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Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on November 18, 2011, 09:08:03 PM
Hi Frances >rainbow< thats a lovely photo of Dixie >love<
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Post by: AndMac on November 19, 2011, 02:50:51 AM
How lovely to see you again, Frances.  Dixie is just utterly gorgeous. What a pin-up girl.
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Post by: mareer on November 19, 2011, 10:31:28 PM
 dixie is a lovely wee dog she is just like my next door neighbors ijust love a cuddle from her  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sunshine on November 20, 2011, 01:47:58 PM
I hope Septimus is getting better.

Dixie looks very sweet.

This is a picture which may go some way to explaining my typos and slow posts.
Milo on my [his] desk.

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Post by: Hurtyback on November 20, 2011, 02:21:50 PM
What a hndsome chap Milo is - I have a soft spot for ginger cats.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on November 20, 2011, 04:13:56 PM
I have yet to meet a ginger tom cat who is not friendly. That being said Milo screams and wails at the big fluffy black and white cat that keeps coming in his cat flap and eating his food. At first I thought the cat was a proper stray and did give it some food outside on the kitchen roof, but then I saw it in next doors garden bullying Milo and now I have to resist the urge to 'save' the cat I was calling Boris. Boris is still fluffy and clean so I reckon he has at least one home.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on November 20, 2011, 10:10:17 PM
I used to have a kitten that, I later found, out was having three breakfasts!!  No wonder he grew up to be huge.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 04, 2011, 10:41:10 AM
I haven't been around for a while as Harvey became more and more ill.  We finally decided that the best thing for him was to have him put to sleep. 

So now I'm missing my big bad boy basset more than I imagined.  We're all trying to get used to not having him around and it all seems quiet without him.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 04, 2011, 11:23:04 AM
 >hugs<

I am sorry to hear about Harvey. He sounded like a real character.

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Post by: leg_iron on December 04, 2011, 12:00:10 PM
Im sorry to hear about Harvey. 

 >hugs<
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 04, 2011, 04:04:56 PM
dd >hugs< I am so sorry to hear that Harvey has crossed Rainbow Bridge.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 04, 2011, 05:30:00 PM
*sob*
 >hugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 04, 2011, 06:34:03 PM
Thank you all for the hugs.  It's been a difficult time and was a horrible decision to have to make.  When I feel up to it, I'll post some pictures of him being naughty.

I hope everyone else and their pets are OK at the moment.  Cuddles and strokes all round.
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Post by: leg_iron on December 04, 2011, 07:27:24 PM
I can totally understand how your feeling as i had to make the same decision when i had to have Hector Rat put to sleep as he had a brain tumor.

 >hugs<
 >hugs<
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Post by: Defying Gravity on December 04, 2011, 07:47:12 PM
Ditch Dwellers, so sorry to hear your news.

I looked at this thread to post this picture of Luca the kitten. He was very interested in my cake and sat for ages on the coffee  table watching me. It's rare for him to sit still for long enough to get a clear picture.
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 04, 2011, 08:01:31 PM
dd, I think it is the hardest decision ever to make. When the time came for Chivvy, I felt such a traitor (and, even 1 year later, my eyes are leaking as I write about it). But it really is the final thing we can do for our faithful companions, to end their suffering and make sure the end comes when they are safe with us.

Luca cat is gawjus!
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on December 04, 2011, 08:22:09 PM
Rachel, I've been wondering where you were and I'm so sad to hear your news - hopefully you are having lots of cuddles with your other basset (I am right, that you had two?)

He was very interested in my cake and sat for ages on the coffee  table watching me.

I had a cat who tucked into a piece of Christmas cake I had just started - I'd only gone out to the kitchen to put the kettle on and couldn't believe it when I returned and saw her chomping away  >yikes<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 04, 2011, 09:08:13 PM
Ha! I've lost my dinner a few times, cooked and uncooked, by going out of the room for half a minute.  Greedy-guts.
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Post by: leg_iron on December 04, 2011, 09:45:52 PM
My mum's chocolate lab is dreadful for stealing food and other items.  She cant even turn her back when making a sandwhich because Lola will have stolen the bread!
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Post by: mareer on December 04, 2011, 09:52:12 PM
 so sorry you have lost harvey but he was a lucky boy to have a safe and happy home with you while he was here   
   >hugs<
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Post by: Defying Gravity on December 06, 2011, 03:54:19 PM
Luca finally got his wish and did actually manage to make off with a piece of cake yesterday, because I was distracted and on the phone. He's a real food thief and will go for anything, and because he's still a kitten he's really quick!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 07, 2011, 12:59:01 AM
 >giggle<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 07, 2011, 11:06:18 AM
Luca looks like a handful!  Very cheeky  >biggrin<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 07, 2011, 11:27:53 AM
Here's a picture of Harvey after he had ram raided a neighbours kitchen.  He had perfected a 'smash & grab' technique and if he sneaked off you just had to follow the laughter to find him tucking into whatever he had managed to steal.

Fortunately all our neighbours loved him and he could get away with anything!  Bread was his absolute favourite and he was known as the bread monster!  We all miss him.

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Post by: leg_iron on December 07, 2011, 12:02:26 PM
My boys have been known to raid their treat jar if i stupidly leave the lid off and they can get to it.
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 07, 2011, 01:49:03 PM
What a lovely picture of Harvey, I bet he was a real character!
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Post by: sherbs on December 07, 2011, 09:58:59 PM
DD

Big  >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on December 08, 2011, 09:38:44 AM
DD, I'm so sorry you have lost Harvey but he will always be in your heart.   >hugs<

His photo is lovely, what a character!! 
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 08, 2011, 09:09:50 PM
*giggle*  smashing beastie.  I bet he is looking down at you from a little white fluffy cloud wondering what he can grab next!
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Post by: leg_iron on December 09, 2011, 09:12:27 AM
Ive just seen an article saying that if you own certain pets then they could damage your love life! 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2071685/Owning-pet-damage-love-life-hamsters-guinea-pigs-safest-choice.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2071685/Owning-pet-damage-love-life-hamsters-guinea-pigs-safest-choice.html)

Im screwed as ive got 3 rats!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on December 09, 2011, 11:02:56 AM
Ferrets and rats I love, spiders I can tolerate (at a distance). Anyone with a snake in the house (other than the one-eyed variety  >whistle<) is a different matter  >yikes<
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Post by: sherbs on December 09, 2011, 07:33:13 PM
Hurtyback

You sacucy little minx  ;-)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 10, 2011, 06:31:39 PM
picture of nice doggie with text above.
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 10, 2011, 08:50:13 PM
I love it, auntie, it is so true  >thumbsup<
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Post by: Yvette on December 11, 2011, 08:40:00 AM
Im screwed as ive got 3 rats!!!

Unfortunate choice of words Leg_iron!   >lol< >lol< >lol<


I used to keep snakes.  Had eight of them at one time.  Once corn snake and seven royal pythons - they are quite small for pythons as they only grow to seven feet long.

I love them so much.  Especially my oldest pair.  They each had their own distinctive personality and were so calming and therapeutic to handle.

You usually find that people who are into reptiles meet other people who are into reptiles too.

Very sadly I had to give them up as I was in and out of hospital so much - another loss which illness and disability brought.

I now have two cats, brother and sister who sleep with me on my bed.  A *platonic* male friend went into my bedroom the other week (I can't remember why) and when he saw the two cat beds on my bed, he sniffed and said that my cats were very spoilt!!
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Post by: leg_iron on December 11, 2011, 09:51:31 AM
I did realise that after i had posted it!!!

I know so many people when i tell them that i have got 3 rats, they all say yuk, they say that they are horrible creatures as they think that they are dirty, disease spreading vermin.  That is totally untrue.  They are one of the cleanest pets that i have ever known.  They spend most of their time when they are awake washing themselves, from head to foot even cleaning their tails.  They can also be trained to use a litter tray.  I have not caught any nasty diseases from my 3 rats even after being bitten or scratched.  My family & friends do think that my boys are spoilt!  I dont have kids and i live on my own so they do get well looked after. 
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 11, 2011, 10:54:53 AM
I used to have a friend who kept rats, they were really good pets, clean, friendly and intelligent.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 11, 2011, 10:51:58 PM
http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/310/2/9/master_of_the_tardis__by_caycowa-d4fc8d9.png (http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/310/2/9/master_of_the_tardis__by_caycowa-d4fc8d9.png)

(I have not worked out why these do not turn up as images)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 27, 2011, 10:17:01 PM
I'm having trouble posting this so I will try for the third time:

It really is a dog.

http://www.deviantart.com/print/19393630/ (http://www.deviantart.com/print/19393630/)
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 27, 2011, 10:44:09 PM
I love the banana dog!

I've ordered a new coat for Barney (not quite as elaborate as the banana get-up!) and I'm hoping it will arrive soon.  As he's a peculiar shape and size, I have found a company that make made to measure dog coats.  It was no more expensive than some of the standard coats at the pet shop.  We tried a standard coat on him and it fitted in all the wrong places and looked really uncomfortable.

This Christmas has been a bit odd without Harvey and my thoughts are with all that have lost a pet recently.  My PA gave me a lovely framed photo that she had taken of Harvey as a present.  It was really kind of her.

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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 28, 2011, 12:44:19 AM
I will never forget what it is like to lose a pet.  My doggie's back legs are beginning to go so I am trying to prepare myself, yet again.  *sad smilie*   >bighugs< to you ditchdwellers.

But the banana dog.  Wot a hoot.  brilliant isn't it.
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 28, 2011, 09:18:10 AM
auntie  >hugs<
 
Poor banana dog - I think his owner deserves to be bitten  >lol<
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Post by: leg_iron on December 28, 2011, 05:10:17 PM
 >bighugs< Auntie & Ditchdweller
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Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on December 28, 2011, 05:32:03 PM
 >bighugs< to everybody who lost there pets .The banna coat is  >lol< wouldnt buy that for my dogs
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 28, 2011, 10:10:58 PM
Thanks for the  >bighugs< leg Iron & Pink.

Leg Iron, how are the rats?  Did they have any festive treats?  I imagine they would make short work of unwrapping presents!
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Post by: leg_iron on December 29, 2011, 09:21:18 PM
Septimus isnt very well.  Ive started him on baytril (antibiotic) as he's coughing and really sneezy.  Hartley & Topov are fine.  They had a big chew in each of their cages on xmas eve and some yoggie drops.  They wouldnt take 5 seconds to get into a pressie!!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 29, 2011, 11:34:00 PM
ah!

I do hope that rattie gets better soon.  There is nothing worse than having your pet being ill - one feels so helpless.

I did a silly thing and gave the cat some left-over turkey.  He had a little every day for a few days.  Yesterday I noticed that it has messed up his insides.  Oh dear.  If it does not sort itself out soon it will be down to the vets. 

And so will doggie as her back legs/hips are very dodgy indeed.
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Post by: Sofie on December 29, 2011, 11:39:42 PM
And so will doggie as her back legs/hips are very dodgy indeed.

Poor doggie. >hugs< We had that with one of ours too.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 29, 2011, 11:44:54 PM
I'm hoping that there is some medication to take the pains away for her Sofie.  She is always so astonished when her legs collapse as she goes down the three steps to get out of the dog flap and into the garden.
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Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on December 29, 2011, 11:53:34 PM
ah!

I do hope that rattie gets better soon.  There is nothing worse than having your pet being ill - one feels so helpless.

I did a silly thing and gave the cat some left-over turkey.  He had a little every day for a few days.  Yesterday I noticed that it has messed up his insides.  Oh dear.  If it does not sort itself out soon it will be down to the vets. 

And so will doggie as her back legs/hips are very dodgy indeed.
>bighugs< for your doggie and cat
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 29, 2011, 11:57:22 PM
Thanks for your good wishes.  I will pass them on to the pets.

Hello to Septimus.
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Post by: hossylass on December 30, 2011, 12:31:12 AM
Auntie, try giving the cat some yoghurt.

It rebalances the gut bacteria.

Old horse got salmonella, and was very ill - he got yoghurt and has recovered without a huge vet bill. (Also beneficial for people and animals that have been wormed, traumatised, had anti-biotics or eaten too much of the wrong thing!)

Glucosamine and codliver oil and a copper collar are all suggestions for the dog, and a heat lamp maybe? (infra red bulbs from a farm shop are about £4-£6 and you can use an old lamp for the fitting.)
A memory foam bed can help too... you can buy memory foam quite cheap from markets, or use a memory foam bathmat over a folded duvet.
A doggie chiropractor may bring some relief too.
There are a few different types, my own chiropractor is McTimony, which is gentle - good for dislocators, but there are more aggressive ones (real bone crunchers) and other types, like the Tellington Touch practitioners who sort of combine a gentle massage approach with a sort of accupressure release, and is supposed to be very calming ...
They are just suggestions, but to be honest I have had amazing results myself, and pretty unbelievable ones with the old horse, so maybe not such a mad idea?

Only saying this as goofhound sometimes had back twinges that terrify him, but last year his back legs refused to co-operate at all. He was run over a few years ago and I suspect some residual damage, trapped nerve, dodgy disc. Next time it happens he is straight onto the memory foam and a chiropractor visit!

I wouldn't discount herbal pain relief either, the horse has had devils claw, which is also available for dogs, and then there is also willow bark, but dont use these for a long time.
I have tried another one, years ago before I was really crooked, but was still in a lot of pain, but for the life of me I cant remember it, excpet my vet recommended it for me...

Whatever you try though, if your vet has prescribed something (or your GP) dont give (or take) herbal products alongside medication - the results can be horrific, so always check that the two things are compatible (quite often the herbal and the prescribed contain  similar ingredients).
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 30, 2011, 01:30:52 AM
Yoghurt?  As it happens I have some soya yoghurt in at the moment.  I wonder if that is any good?

I'll try it on him tomorrow as I'm off to bed now.  Thank you for all the suggestions.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: hossylass on December 30, 2011, 10:58:37 AM
Not sure about soya yoghurt, it may have to be standard cow yoghurt (or of animal origin) to have the same "healthy" bacteria.
I have genuinely no idea about that!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on December 30, 2011, 11:34:07 AM
Not sure about soya yoghurt, it may have to be standard cow yoghurt (or of animal origin) to have the same "healthy" bacteria.
I have genuinely no idea about that!

I do not think that soya yoghurt will help as it is the "healthy" bacteria that occurs in live/bio animal yoghurt - ie yoghurt made from cow/goat/sheep milk.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 30, 2011, 02:31:51 PM
I made memory foam beds for the dog using the old mattress topper from our bed.  I think it's helping a bit as the dog doesn't fidget as much as he used to.  I would add gentle massage to Hossy's suggestions.  When combined with heat it seems quite effective.  Barney takes norocarp from the vets which is an anti inflammatory which keeps him comfortable.  His food also contains supplements aimed at older dogs.  I hope your dog gets over his over indulgence soon!
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Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on December 30, 2011, 03:07:26 PM
thats interesting about yougert i must try that if or dogs or cats are ever sick  >tah< >thumbsup<
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 30, 2011, 03:58:22 PM
((Septimus)) ((poorly dogs and cats))
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 31, 2011, 01:04:53 AM
Today nature has been good to the cat and his insides are now better.  It was the turkey - just too rich for a cat who was a stray for a very long time I suppose.  I'm jolly pleased about that.

The doggie is going to have to go to the vets.  She is now very reluctant to try going down the three steps into the garden.  Whenever she does it she is in so much of a rush that she lands in one leap with her back legs splayed out on either side.  Very uncomfortable I would think.  Apart from this she is still happy and tail-waggy so it is worth persevering.

*smiley with down-turned mouth* (Amazing that there is not one of these)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on December 31, 2011, 06:35:36 AM
Today nature has been good to the cat and his insides are now better.  It was the turkey - just too rich for a cat who was a stray for a very long time I suppose.  I'm jolly pleased about that.

The doggie is going to have to go to the vets.  She is now very reluctant to try going down the three steps into the garden.  Whenever she does it she is in so much of a rush that she lands in one leap with her back legs splayed out on either side.  Very uncomfortable I would think.  Apart from this she is still happy and tail-waggy so it is worth persevering.

*smiley with down-turned mouth* (Amazing that there is not one of these)

Poor doggie - it is horrible when they cannot do what they want to do.  :-(

Pereg had a bit of a strange "turn" yesterday morning and I thought she was brewing up a seizure - gave her a calming tablet and she stopped the horrid shaking and trembling and frightened look in her eyes - maybe the tablet stopped a possible partial seizure from developing?  I know it would not, could not, have stopped a Grand Mal but then her GMs just happen with no warning. 

Tomorrow will be her third birthday - well she was ~6 weeks old when I rescued her from the Shelter on 18 February 2009 so decided on 1 January as her birthday!  >rainbow<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on December 31, 2011, 01:41:37 PM
Happy birthday, for tomorrow, to Pereg  >cake<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 01, 2012, 09:54:50 AM
Happy birthday Pereg!

Did anyone else have ruddy fireworks last night?  Poor Barney was a quivering wreck again, so we didn't get to sleep until we were sure they were over.  This was despite the fact it was raining.  I hope we don't get any more tonight.

Hoping it will be a good year for us all and our animal companions.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 01, 2012, 10:35:35 AM
I think there were fireworks everywhere.  I know my mum's dogs go mad whenever there are fireworks.  Im glad that my rats dont notice them.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on January 01, 2012, 12:35:59 PM
Pereg says thank you for the birthday wishes  >magicfairy<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 01, 2012, 12:38:55 PM
Today nature has been good to the cat and his insides are now better.  It was the turkey - just too rich for a cat who was a stray for a very long time I suppose.  I'm jolly pleased about that.

The doggie is going to have to go to the vets.  She is now very reluctant to try going down the three steps into the garden.  Whenever she does it she is in so much of a rush that she lands in one leap with her back legs splayed out on either side.  Very uncomfortable I would think.  Apart from this she is still happy and tail-waggy so it is worth persevering.

*smiley with down-turned mouth* (Amazing that there is not one of these)
>bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 01, 2012, 12:42:18 PM
Happy birthday Pereg!

Did anyone else have ruddy fireworks last night?  Poor Barney was a quivering wreck again, so we didn't get to sleep until we were sure they were over.  This was despite the fact it was raining.  I hope we don't get any more tonight.

Hoping it will be a good year for us all and our animal companions.
one of our dogs was scared and ran into the kitchen  hid under the  table the other two where fine
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 01, 2012, 12:43:44 PM
Happy birthday Pereg  >bighugs< >dog<  >rainbow<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 02, 2012, 06:44:57 PM
I have a very poorly rat.  Septimus is my old rat and i started him on antibiotics end of last week as he was a bit respy.  Rats are prone to respiratory problems & he's had a bout in november which was successfully treated with baytril (antibiotic).  I started him on the antibiotic end of last week and he seems ok till late last night/this morning.  He's hardly eating and not drinking.  Hes just curled up in his house not doing anything.  I think that there is something sinister going on as he suddenly changed.  He normally objects to being picked up but hasnt today and hes hardly registering me when i stroke him.  His brother had to be put to sleep last year becuase of a pituatiry tumor.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: suessad on January 02, 2012, 06:48:30 PM
Legiron, I'm sorry to hear he's not well.
I hope the medicine and lots of cuddles from you make him feel better soon.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 02, 2012, 07:00:34 PM
I think it is something sinister thats going on.  With the rapid speed of his decline and his change of personality makes me think that hes got a tumour somewhere.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 02, 2012, 08:05:43 PM
I'm so sorry, Leg Iron.  Is there any chance of getting him to the vet tomorrow?  I guess all you can do is try to get him to drink something and keep him warm and comfortable.

 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 02, 2012, 08:28:56 PM
He did get up off his bed & had a wash.  He did fall over when he was washing also he did have difficulty climbing up to his tavourite bed.  He did eat some yoghurt and a bit of banana though nothing to drink. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 02, 2012, 08:52:57 PM
 >bighugs< Septimus
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 02, 2012, 09:31:42 PM
leg_iron and Septimus  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 02, 2012, 11:03:49 PM
Ive managed to get him a bit if water, hes also had some yoghurt & watery baby porridge.  When i let the other boys out he wanted to come out & play!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 02, 2012, 11:47:00 PM
Hi leg,

fingers crossed
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 02, 2012, 11:51:08 PM
It is weird how he is presenting tonight.  It does seem a quite a rapid change from how he was curled up on his bed not wanting to do anything to then wanting to come out & play!  just glad i got some food into him.  He had some cucumber just now which is full of water.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 02, 2012, 11:55:51 PM
Isn't it difficult to know what to do, leg?

My cat who had the colly-wobbles for a few days and then got better has now got bad again.  So maybe it was not the christmas turkey after all.

Oh well, he is drinking a lot, thank goodness, so maybe it is his kidneys that have taken a turn for the worst.  At least the hols are over so that we can pop into the vets if there is a sudden need.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 03, 2012, 08:19:42 AM
It is so hard to see our companoins become ill and not be able to help  :-( . I do hope that Septimus Rat and Puss Cat are better this morning.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 03, 2012, 11:23:30 PM
The cat has been cuddled a lot by a friend who came to visit. so he is very happy at the moment.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 04, 2012, 08:26:03 PM
Septimus Update I do wonder if he has had a stroke as he hasnt got worse since monday. I did catch him drinking for the first time from his bottle tonight which was good to see. I know he has been getting fluid as i did see him pee last night, i had been giving him chunks of cucumber & porridge thinned down a bit. I found some nuggets that i had in the cupboard and he did eat some as he can manage the big items but not the small seeds & grains in thr rat rations mix he normally has. His balance is still affected as he has difficulty climbing and he did fall off his shelf onto a hammock this morning which hes not done before. Ive booked him into the vets tomorrow and i'll see what the vet has to say.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 04, 2012, 08:48:00 PM
 >fingerscrossed< Thanks for the update, leg_iron.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 04, 2012, 09:25:59 PM
Septimus Update I do wonder if he has had a stroke as he hasnt got worse since monday. I did catch him drinking for the first time from his bottle tonight which was good to see. I know he has been getting fluid as i did see him pee last night, i had been giving him chunks of cucumber & porridge thinned down a bit. I found some nuggets that i had in the cupboard and he did eat some as he can manage the big items but not the small seeds & grains in thr rat rations mix he normally has. His balance is still affected as he has difficulty climbing and he did fall off his shelf onto a hammock this morning which hes not done before. Ive booked him into the vets tomorrow and i'll see what the vet has to say.
Hi Legiron maybe Septimus will be backto his old self in the morning >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 04, 2012, 09:34:41 PM
It would be nice to think he would be back to his old self but ive got to be realistic.  He is quite unwell & he is old too so ive got to look at his quality of life which is not good. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 04, 2012, 09:35:34 PM
Little tickle under the chin for rattie and also another tickle for leg!
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 05, 2012, 07:53:56 AM
Leg_iron and Septimus will be in my thoughts today  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 05, 2012, 09:11:03 AM
Sending Get Well vibes to all poorly pet companions.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 05, 2012, 07:11:47 PM
Septimus Update: Ive just come back from taking Septimus to the vets.  He examined him & couldnt see any obvious neurological problems.  Septimus was quite lively tonight for the first time since monday which is bloody typical!!!.  He's prescribed him some painkillers as he thought that he couldnnt be eating because he was in pain.  NO he cant eat as he cant coordinate his hands very well.  I'll give the painkillers a go & buy him some wet food from rat rations.  I will also move him into a smaller cage to see his that is easier form him.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 06, 2012, 07:48:51 AM
Septimus died during the night.  He was in his house when i found him this morning when i went to feed them.  Hes not suffering now and im glad he died at home. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 06, 2012, 09:22:07 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that.   >hugs<

You did all you could for him, and it sounds like he died peacefully. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: suessad on January 06, 2012, 09:34:48 AM
Sorry to hear that Legiron.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 06, 2012, 01:06:26 PM
I am so sorry to hear that Septimus Rat has crossed Rainbow Bridge. I am sending lots of  >hugs<  to leg_iron.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 06, 2012, 05:45:23 PM
 >hugs<

Just think of all the fun he is having up there playing with all the other lovely pets that we miss so much down here.

*sob*
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on January 06, 2012, 05:49:46 PM
Very sorry to hear that Septimus has gone to the Bridge  :-(

 >hugs<  leg_iron  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 06, 2012, 06:14:29 PM
Thanks for all of your messages.  He's now at peace with his brother, Hector.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 06, 2012, 08:52:25 PM
 >bighugs< Legiron
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: sherbs on January 06, 2012, 09:00:38 PM
So sorry Legiron

He is at peace now, and not in any pain, you loved him and looked after him so well.

 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 07, 2012, 10:51:36 AM
I'm so sorry too.  It is heartbreaking to lose a much loved pet companion.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 07, 2012, 11:14:16 AM
Thanks everyone for your kind messages.  It was very much appreciated.  Ive taken him to the vets this morning so he can be cremated so i can have his ashes to scatter in my mum's garden.  Its where i scattered Hector ashes.  Hector was his brother who i had to have put to sleep last year because of a brain tumour.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 10, 2012, 08:27:00 PM
Hartley & Topov are quite unsettled at the moment because Septimus was the dominant rat of the group even though he didnt live with them.  They are really wary when they come out to play.  Topov will sit on the cage door and stay there until he feels really brave then he will come out for a bit but then scurry back into his cage.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 10, 2012, 08:35:16 PM
My boycat was the dominant one of our pair. When he died last year, it was interesting to see how his sister's character started to change. For instance, he had always been the vocal one while she had a very quiet voice. She became much louder after he had gone!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 10, 2012, 08:41:25 PM
I think Hartley is the dominant rat out of the 2 of them so he's got to get used to be the big boss!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 11, 2012, 12:52:34 AM
My cat is trying to be the dominant one in the household.  But I will not let him better me!! He eats when I say so, not just because it is getting dark.   >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 11, 2012, 07:40:37 AM
They do say that cats own their masters
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 11, 2012, 11:24:57 AM
Leg Iron - I know that we haven't met before on this board, but I'm sorry for your loss. The death of a pet si always such a wrench.  >hugs<

AuntieCtheM, my own cat doesn't really try to dominate. It's more that, being feline, he likes to do some things at times of the day which aren't always convenient for his Opposable Thumb (ie me). 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 11, 2012, 06:04:47 PM
 >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 11, 2012, 07:38:33 PM
Not about pets but rather lovely:


LISTEN TO YOUR HEART ~ Mike Rowland, Film by Ruedi & Priska Abbühl (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkY03n0_sD8#ws) 
 

 
 
 
 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 11, 2012, 07:58:24 PM
I love the bit @ 20 seconds in - it looks as if the penguins are lining up to audition  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 11, 2012, 09:53:04 PM
Ivy is definitely the boss of Ebbie and he certainly knows his place!

But since he has recovered, he does give back as good as he gets!   >thumbsup<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 11, 2012, 10:13:56 PM
Hi NeuralgicNeurotic, thanks for your message.  Its strange without having Septimus around.  Septimus & his brother Hector were my first pair of rats.  I'd had Septimus for a good 18 months & Hector for about 11 months when he had to be put to sleep as he had a brain tumour.  Tumours are quite common in rats.  Hartley & Topov were quite good tonight.  They seemed to be out playing for a bit longer tonight. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 11, 2012, 11:09:37 PM
wow that is so  >cool< auntieCthem  >magicfairy< i love the bit where the mum waddles along with her baby on her feet and when the other baby one puts its wing over the one beside it  >thumbsup< and when they slide along on there belly  >tah<  >thankyou<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 12, 2012, 04:39:50 AM
Hi leg,

I expect that you other two are quite pleased to be free from the bossy one.  ;-)   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 12, 2012, 04:40:28 AM
Hi Pink,

I have penguins on my toilet seat!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 12, 2012, 09:57:06 AM
I have penguins on my toilet seat!

I hope they don't take bites out of your nether regions!!   >yikes<   >lol<  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ilovepinkandpurple on January 12, 2012, 05:42:58 PM
Hi Pink,

I have penguins on my toilet seat!
>cool< >rainbow<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 13, 2012, 07:45:10 AM
Hartley & Topov seemed to be a little bit better last night.  They were playing out of their cage for a bit longer & Topov even came out on his own and was roaming around their playpen without scampering back to the safety of his cage every few seconds.  Also Hartley didnt bite me yesterday.  Ive got to collect Septimus' ashes from the vets today.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 13, 2012, 11:11:38 AM
leg_iron  >hugs< , that will be a difficult task for you I suspect.
 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 13, 2012, 06:37:42 PM
It actually wasnt too bad.  This is the 2nd time ive had to do it.  I'll arrange to go up to my mum's sometime and scatter his ashes where Hector's ashes were scattered.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 15, 2012, 10:44:07 PM
I still haven't scattered Harvey's ashes yet.  It's that final letting go bit that I'm just not ready to do yet.  We've already chosen the spot - in the woods that lead down to the foreshore where he enjoyed going for walks - it's waiting for the right time now.

Leg iron, I'm pleased you have somewhere nice to scatter Septimus' ashes.  It's so important to feel happy with the place you have chosen.

How are the other ratties settling down?  It may take a while for them to get used to the new dynamic.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 15, 2012, 11:10:21 PM
They do seem to be settling down a bit now.  They are playing for longer periods out of the cage and roaming further away from the cage without scarpering back to the safety of their cage.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on January 16, 2012, 01:28:16 PM
I have just ordered a special tag for Pereg!

(https://www.dogtagart.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/width_thumb_overlay/tag/116-wed-10122011-1614-dog-tag-epilepsy_bleed.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 16, 2012, 02:23:46 PM
Awwww, that is both smart and practical  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on January 16, 2012, 02:44:59 PM
Awwww, that is both smart and practical  >thumbsup<

I think it is so cute!  Someone on a canine epilepsy site told me about it - there are lots of different tags for dogs and cats with different special needs - I think it is such a good idea!  I think Pereg will look very smart with her special tag - well she is a special girl isn't she!  >rainbow<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on January 21, 2012, 10:33:42 AM
Sleep sweetly Little One 21/1/2010

You were not that old, were you. You were not ill, were you. You were not suffering, were you.

You just came to bed that night, cuddled up to me - and I do not know why but I put your blankie over you because I thought you might be cold.

And for some unknown reason at 4.30am I woke and put my hand under you, under the duvet because you were sleeping on top of the duvet - and you did not move. So I put a hand out and on top of you and you were warm and soft but I could not feel you breathing and could not feel your heart beating.

So I got a torch and shone it on you and as I did I watched the light go out of your beautiful eyes.

You woke me to say goodbye.

And I keep your picture as the wallpaper on my computer - the first photograph I took of you as I did not have a camera until then.

Sleep sweetly my Little One. Run free and wait for us.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 21, 2012, 01:17:49 PM
Oh Rosie  >hugs< . I am so sorry.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on January 21, 2012, 02:09:07 PM
It is two years since she left us.  And today I feel it more than I have done for so long.  Been crying most of the day and poor Pereg cannot understand it so licks my face and says "mommy, I am here, please do not cry".  But my little Lexie was my sole companion for such a long time and she should not have left me when she did.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 21, 2012, 02:14:56 PM
I'm sorry, I misunderstood and thought you meant that Pereg had left us. I am so glad that you still have her, even though your heart is sore for Lexie  >rose<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 22, 2012, 11:37:40 AM
I just caught up on this thread. Leg iron, sorry to hear that Septimus died, at least as you say he died at home.

When I was young there was no option but to bury pets and so wehn we moved house it would be upsetting for me. I think being able to get our beloved pets cremated after thay are gone does help with the grieving process and also lets us pick a place the pet would want to be.

Rosie,

Do you have a link to the place you ordered the special tag from or was it your local vets?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 22, 2012, 06:42:29 PM
Rosie, I hope you are feeling a little better today.  It can take a long time to come to terms with loss of a pet, and even though you have Pereg, you'll always have that special place in your heart for Lexie.


I need some good old practical solutions from you ever resourceful Ouchers!

Barney the basset has developed a taste for vegetables.  He absolutely loves them.  Loves them to the extent that he will do anything to get his huge bassety paws on them.  Carrots are a particular favourite (as I discovered after he had eaten the best part of a bag full); he's also eaten half a butternut squash, a cauliflower, some potatoes, and an onion.  Yes, a whole raw onion.  At 1am this morning (we were woken up by the crashes in the kitchen).  He obviously woke up with the munchies and looked for something to eat!

So, the dilemma is - where and how to I store my veggies?  We've tried a number of solutions so far and have found that he will rip open bags (including cotton bags), can prise the lid from plastic storage boxes, and chew through wicker baskets!  Has anyone had a similar problem with dogs and veggies, and what storage solution did you come up with?  I'm very limited on space and do not have room in any of the cupboards to store them in there. 

As you can tell, Barney is settling in really well  >biggrin<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 22, 2012, 06:45:51 PM
Any space on top of the cupboards?  What about those plastic storage boxes with clip-on lids?  Can he get through those?

'huge bassety paws'   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on January 22, 2012, 06:47:12 PM
I'm sorry, I misunderstood and thought you meant that Pereg had left us. I am so glad that you still have her, even though your heart is sore for Lexie  >rose<

I thought that too.

 >hugs< Rosie.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 22, 2012, 07:01:27 PM
Ditchdwellers,

The Manchester terriers I had loved carrots, but not so much they would steal them :-)

Root vegetables usually need to be stored in airy conditions that are cool and this is why my sister uses hessian bags to store the excess from the allotment in the gargage. She puts the bags on hooks, so what I am thinking for your veg is how about getting cotton on hessian bags for life from the supermarket. Take any plastic inner lining out and hang the bags on the back of the kitchen door - if there is space?

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 22, 2012, 07:17:17 PM
(http://ouchtoo.org/coppermine/albums/userpics/normal_Sharka_est_1982.jpg)

Sharka was my cat from me going to BIG School until after my 21st birthday. Even though I have had other cats since Sharka has a special place in my heart because she was so special, would meet me on the way home from school, keep my head warm when I was sleeping and was just a good friend to me.

Getting another cat or pet can never replace the ones we have lost but each pet we have brings something different into our lives.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on January 22, 2012, 07:45:41 PM
My parents replace their door (we have a porch and a door after that) and is currently a panel which is half the height of the door. This means that when someone opens the door, Benji is perched against the door and stands there wagging his tail. So sweet.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 22, 2012, 08:17:17 PM
What breed of dog is Benji?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on January 22, 2012, 08:46:44 PM
Rosie, I hope you are feeling a little better today.  It can take a long time to come to terms with loss of a pet, and even though you have Pereg, you'll always have that special place in your heart for Lexie.


I need some good old practical solutions from you ever resourceful Ouchers!

Barney the basset has developed a taste for vegetables.  He absolutely loves them.  Loves them to the extent that he will do anything to get his huge bassety paws on them.  Carrots are a particular favourite (as I discovered after he had eaten the best part of a bag full); he's also eaten half a butternut squash, a cauliflower, some potatoes, and an onion.  Yes, a whole raw onion.  At 1am this morning (we were woken up by the crashes in the kitchen).  He obviously woke up with the munchies and looked for something to eat!

So, the dilemma is - where and how to I store my veggies?  We've tried a number of solutions so far and have found that he will rip open bags (including cotton bags), can prise the lid from plastic storage boxes, and chew through wicker baskets!  Has anyone had a similar problem with dogs and veggies, and what storage solution did you come up with?  I'm very limited on space and do not have room in any of the cupboards to store them in there. 

As you can tell, Barney is settling in really well  >biggrin<

Vegetables are fine - Pereg is on a BARF diet [Bones And Raw Food] although I lightly steam the veggies for her as dogs cannot get benefit from raw veggies unless they are chombled in a processor, or frozen or steamed, but please NEVER NEVER NEVER let him eat onions as they are toxic for dogs.

If you or anyone wants I will be only too happy to pass on correct proven details of what a dog can eat and what they must not eat.

[Pereg has just farted and stunk the place out!]
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 24, 2012, 08:58:58 PM
I know there are certain foods that i cant feed my rats.  There are some foods that female rats can have in small quantities but male rats cant have like mango.  also some foods have to be cooked first before they can be given to the rats. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 24, 2012, 09:12:04 PM
Thanks for the info Rosie.  I think Barney mostly shredded the onion judging from the mess on the floor!  I have temporarily sorted out the veggie storage problem by putting them all in the saucepan cupboard, and leaving all the pans in a stack on the floor.  At least I know they're safe in there (until he works out how to open the door!), and it will do until I can sort out a more permanent solution.  I may try the bag idea if I can find somewhere to hang it that he can't get to, but I still can!

Sunshine, what lovely markings on your cat; she's really striking.  It's surprising what an impact pets have on our lives as we grow up, and I often associate different periods of my life and events with the pets that I had at that time. 

Legiron, I hadn't realised that you had to be so careful with the food for rats.  I had always assumed that they could eat anything and everything. 

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 24, 2012, 10:10:08 PM
I always they could eat anything but they cant.  Male rats cant have citrus fruit as it will cause cancer.  blue cheeses are toxic to rats.  They can also be quite fussy with their food.  My boys would rather eat banana than carrot.  They do have a sweet tooth.   
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 24, 2012, 10:45:29 PM
Doggie loves carrots but will not touch banana.   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on January 24, 2012, 10:49:03 PM
One of my parents dogs like raw Brussel Sprouts...

I think mum once gave one of our dogs (he's no longer with us, sadly) pineapple. He wasn't too keen on it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 25, 2012, 05:45:07 PM
My friend's retriever used to drool for oranges.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 25, 2012, 06:11:20 PM
Barney's like that with pears.  By the time you've eaten it and are ready to pass him the core, he's sitting in a small puddle!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 25, 2012, 09:47:46 PM
My boys go wild in the mornings as are waiting for me to feed them as they have a piece of banana as part of their breakfast.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 25, 2012, 09:56:42 PM
The boys at play.

Hartley (L) & Topov (R)

(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/IMG_0127.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 25, 2012, 10:03:52 PM
They are cute! 

They look very similar - do they have different body markings so you can tell them apart?

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 25, 2012, 10:11:47 PM
Hartley is sandy coloured all over & Topov is champagne hooded.  Thats a dark beige head with a dark beige stripe going down his back.  the rest of him is white.  They both have pink eyes.  Also Hartley is the fat rat where as topov is quite slim.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 25, 2012, 10:41:56 PM
Oh!!

Sweeties.  Big hugs.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 26, 2012, 07:52:12 AM
Ditchdweller, you can buy attachments for cupboards to prevent children from getting into cupboards, so maybe one of those might prevent Harvey getting in to the veg?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 26, 2012, 07:53:19 AM
Photos of Sharka, Topov and Hartley are delightful. 

I am a cat person but a friend of mine has rats and they are very cute. And clever.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 26, 2012, 09:14:32 AM
I agree, Yvette, I also used to have a friend who kept rats and they were very clever. Hartley and Topov are very cute.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 26, 2012, 04:26:02 PM
I can see that Hartley has the more fuller figure!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 26, 2012, 05:25:51 PM
Your being very polite DD.  I just call him a fat rat!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 26, 2012, 06:38:12 PM
Your being very polite DD.  I just call him a fat rat!

 >lol<
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Post by: Prabhakari on January 26, 2012, 10:04:22 PM
Snork!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 27, 2012, 02:58:56 PM
Quote
Sunshine, what lovely markings on your cat; she's really striking.  It's surprising what an impact pets have on our lives as we grow up, and I often associate different periods of my life and events with the pets that I had at that time. 

Ditchdweller,

Thank you.
I agree with you about periods of life and events being associated with pets. I also think the character of a pet it influence by how they are brought up - the same way it is with people. Like Jess my Manchester terrier was with me all the time and I trained her (sort of) so she was mine and I was her's. Whereas Megs and Luka tend to listen to Mr Sunshine more and also Mr Sunshine and I just cant get into the habit of using the same training words, but then Mr Sunshine did spend time in Wales sheperding so he does know collies better than I do.

Yvette,
 :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 30, 2012, 10:14:25 PM
The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 30, 2012, 10:19:03 PM
Ive just had Hartley & Topov grooming my hand.  They were doing that for a good 10 minutes though it did get a bit uncomfortable when they tried gnawing on my finger nails!!  They were very gentle however.  I think it was part of the domminace thing.  They must see me as the big boss!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 30, 2012, 10:34:58 PM
They must see me as the big boss!!

aka The Bringer of Food  ;-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 30, 2012, 10:41:03 PM
I couldn't resist posting this link to the Bunny Grand National for all you animal lovers.  These rabbits are gorgeous and I'm impressed by how high they can jump!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-16787028
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on January 30, 2012, 10:41:43 PM
>>>>>>>>>> >blacksheep< we sheeps protest at the way sheepdogs use their cold noses. OM!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 30, 2012, 10:53:00 PM
Oh Hurty, I loved the jumping bunnies.  I used to have a series of bunnies, and I adored them.  Sadly they are too much work for me now, but yes, they can jump very high, especially when you have just spent an hour running round the garden trying to catch one and just as you are about to grab hold it jumps half a mile in the air and escapes, yet again!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on January 30, 2012, 11:09:31 PM
I beg forgiveness for this link, but it is still worth a look, in spite of where it is from.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2093886/Meet-rabbit-resident-sheep-dog-farm.html
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 31, 2012, 05:42:46 PM
That is great, Prab!
 
auntie, I'm afraid that the jumping bunny link was from Ditchy rather than me  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 31, 2012, 08:34:57 PM
DD, i think your right there.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 31, 2012, 10:27:59 PM
Oh oops, sorry about the misnaming both of you. >whistle<

OMG that sheepbunny with the sheep.  What a splendid animal.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 31, 2012, 10:45:41 PM
My rat, Topov,  can jump quite some distance & thats from standing still.  He will stand on his back legs against the outside of their cage & jump quite a long way up the bars.  Hartley is a bit too fat to do this!!!  He tends to stand upright against the bars and climb up instead.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Danslatete on February 02, 2012, 11:11:17 AM
Sad day tues. My 7yr old guinea pig Spike died. My youngest son had to have a day off school yesterday as he was so upset.
We also have a hamster nearing the end of his years too, he looks sooo old. This is the worst thing about having small pets for the children.
We also managed to rehome two more birds over the christmas period, so we now have Harry the harris Hawk, Pip the Peregrine and Belle the Sparrow Hawk. Not exactly cuddly tho!
We also have a 2 yr old guinea pig Panda as well as our mad springer spaniel Jenn, much more cuddly.
I would be lost without my furry and feathered friends.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 02, 2012, 11:23:23 AM
Awww, I am sorry to hear about Spike  :-( . As you say, the problem with small animals is that they have such a short lifespan compared to ours, heartbreak is never far away.
 
Cuddly they may not be, but I do envy you the raptors  >love<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 02, 2012, 11:57:51 AM
Danslatete,

Sorry about Spike, I did not know little animals could live that long so at lease he had a good innings.
Thank you for the reminder about the birds, do they come back if you let them fly, if so it must be an amazing sight.
:-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 02, 2012, 04:30:30 PM
Hi Danslate

 >chocolate< >tea<   

>treehug<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 02, 2012, 07:59:34 PM
Hi Danslate, I'm so sorry to hear about spike.  Thats a good age for a guinea pig.  I know what losing small pets is like.  My old rat, Septimus, died just after new year.  He was nearly 2.  His brother had to be put to sleep last May because of a brain tumour.

 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Danslatete on February 02, 2012, 09:32:03 PM
Yes sunshine the birds do fly and the always come back for a snackette of day old cockerel chick! As it is a tad chilly here at the mo they are feeding on quail or venison. they use up more energy keeping warm. It truly is a wonderful sight. very calming.
The Harris hunts rabbits so it keeps the farmers happy..although it must un nerve the bunny population.
The perry keeps down the pidgeon populace, so that to keeps the farmers happy as they like to eat the cattle fodder!
The suggy is just 6 months so is only flying on a line. If the birdies decide to go fly about then we have to track the with a telemetry set. They wear a transmitter(or 2). No losses yet...fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fizzbw on February 03, 2012, 11:49:52 AM
Hiya,

I'm new here! I couldn't find a dedicated intros thread, so I thought I'd add to this one as it's about the most important part of my life.

I have two horses and two dogs, a cat and a hamster. I live with my parents (I'm 40) who help out a lot. The horses, one Connemara Pony and a Shetland live on our own land and I have a short walk to give them hay and feed. I do clicker training with them to make them easy for a feeble person to handle. I've had the Connemara since he was a foal, he's 12 now. He's my reason for living and even though can no longer ride we have a lot of fun together still. I can't do anything else other than do the horses which gives me a reason to get out of bed and to cope with the pain.

My dogs are a lurcher and a labradoodle, the lurcher sleeps on my bed and listens to me cry when the pain gets too much. And my hamster Sally is the biggest personality even though he is small.

I used to work in London and had a very good job, then 9 years ago I developed trigeminal neuralgia and I'm a rare case where nothing works, three brain surgeries and now I have a motor cortex stimulator which has yet to be that effective. I take large doses of fentanyl oramorph, tramadol and others but have pretty shoddy pain control. But I have a lot of love and light in my life!

Lovely to be here.

Niki xxx
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 03, 2012, 03:32:26 PM
Hello Niki,

Yup, you are so right.  Our pets are what keeps a great many of us going.  Do give yours lots of pats and tickles from me.

 >welcome<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 03, 2012, 04:24:20 PM
Danslatete, sorry to hear about your guinea pig.  I used to have lots of guineas, and some of them lived to a ripe old age.  They make such lovely pets and I'm always the first in the queue to cuddle one if given half the chance.

Nice to meet you Niki!    >welcome<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 03, 2012, 04:43:59 PM
We've been taking Barney to special training classes for dogs with 'issues'.  He is aggressive towards towards some dogs, and charges at them at full speed, rather like a torpedo.  It seems to be quite random and is alarming for both us and the owners of the dogs he's charging at!

I took him to be assessed at a local dog training centre and they decided that his aggression is due to fear.  This is probably because he was so socially isolated by his previous owners and he just doesn't know how to act around strange people and strange dogs.  So, he's been going to a training class called 'Fearful Fido's'; there are only 4 dogs (including Barney) in the class and they each have their own pod to settle in so that they can't see the other dogs.  We then do lots of confidence boosting exercises and basic obedience tasks.  We also learn how to distract the dogs from potentially triggering situations and how to react in conflict situations.  Part of the confidence boosting activities has been dog agility.  Poor Barney!  An overweight basset with limited attention span is not the ideal candidate for dog agility.  Bless him, it has been hilarious.  He's doing really well though, and seems to enjoy it.  I'm going to try to film him next week, and if i can work out how, I'll post a link to it here.  It will be guaranteed to make you smile! 
It's the last Fearful Fido's class next week.  He then goes up into the next level class.  He's not yet ready for the obedience classes with lots of other dogs.

I enjoy the classes too.  It makes me go out, so I have to get dressed at least once a week!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 03, 2012, 04:55:56 PM
Poor old Barney, does he fall over his ears??
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 04, 2012, 11:11:34 AM
Hi Fizzbw/Nikki,

Welcome to Ouch Too, it is lovely to read about your pets and that they are a comfort to you. I and a few other members here have Trigeminal Neuralgia. Each of us have it differently and you are the first person to post about brain surgery. I am sorry that it has not been possible to control the pay you are in.

We do have a Getting to Know you thread http://ouchtoo.org/index.php?topic=978.0, it is quite long and of course we don't expect new people to be able to read it all :-)

Ditchdweller,

Fearful Fido classes sound fun and productive. When Megs was a puppy we had a bloke living with us who had and Airedale terrier that started to bully Luka, so Megs got in the habit of waiting at the bottom of the stairs to ambush him. This led into her jumping on dogs who pestered and sniffed her on dog walks. She is almost six now and much better than she used to be but still she can be a little sod if another dog worries her.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 04, 2012, 07:41:41 PM
My parents used to run Riding for the Disabled.
When they had to stop, a special cup was created as a prize, in their honour.
Horses are wonderful.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 04, 2012, 10:50:10 PM
I did have a bit of a panic earleir. I'd cleaned the cage out & refilled it with clean bedding. I looked in later & couldn't find topov rat. Eventually i found him buried in a big pile of bedding.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 05, 2012, 09:48:31 AM
Norty Topov, to worry you like that! I bet he was snuggled down, all nice and warm.
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Post by: leg_iron on February 05, 2012, 11:17:56 AM
I thought he'd escaped!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 06, 2012, 12:26:35 AM
I know what you mean.  I must know exactly where each pet is else I start ever so slightly panic and start rushing about calling for them.  Daft, isn't it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fizzbw on February 06, 2012, 11:00:28 AM
I accidentally left my hamsters cage open the other night, luckily he started to climb up a vacuum bag of clothes that was on the floor and I got up and rescued him. I have a lurcher asleep on my bed as well!!

It's only the second time I. 12 years of hamster ownership that I've left the cage open, pretty good with my memory!!

Glad topov rat was ok!

Fizzbw x
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 06, 2012, 04:02:32 PM
Ive got to take Hartley rat to the vets.  He's wheezy & needs some baytril. Though the vet wont give him some until he's been seen.
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Post by: sherbs on February 06, 2012, 06:48:17 PM
Yikes  >yikes<

Good luck at the vet, leg iron, I hope Hartley makes a full recovery
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 06, 2012, 08:36:47 PM
Hi Leg,

I hope that your vet is near to where you live.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 06, 2012, 09:06:52 PM
Hartley Update:  He's been checked out by the vet & the vet listened to his chest.  He's quite wheezy & has been started on baytril (antibiotics).  The vet is in town so its not too far for me to travel.  Hartley was vey good though didnt want to get into his travel box.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 06, 2012, 11:58:53 PM
He has been looking a bit sorry for himself tonight until I knocked over the treat jar. He was at the cage door like a shot. He didn't want to miss out on a treat. He can't allow his brother, Topov who's the submissive one, to have something nice if he can't have some too!

I remember when I went to let the boys out to play one evening, septimus rat wasn't ready to come out first so I let Hartley & Topov come out. Septimus had a right strop on in his cage! You wouldn't have thought that rats could throw a strop but septimus did. He was the dominant rat in the group being he was the oldest one. Now Hartley is the boss out of the 2 of em.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 07, 2012, 12:01:27 AM
I like this thread.

More pet tails/tales please.

With metta to all small friends, and large ones, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fizzbw on February 07, 2012, 11:31:50 AM
I hope he's well soon, baytril usually does the trick. It did the trick when my horse had antibiotic resistant pneumonia a few years ago, though it was the first time the vet had used baytril for anything bigger than a rabbit!

Lots of good vibes for recovery.

Niki xx
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on February 07, 2012, 01:58:54 PM
Prabhakari, always pleased to oblige with pet tales! I've said before on here that Luca my kitten is a food thief. On Monday last week I came home to find he'd eaten an entire pack of cat treats *and* the wrapper. Then a few days later I came home and he'd left me a present in the hallway. He'd caught and attacked that well known kitchen vermin - a box of meringues. They were all over the floor, and he was pouncing on them and then leaping back as if the bits of meringue were fighting back.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 07, 2012, 04:08:43 PM
I did once leave a nearly full bag of yoggie drops by the late septimus' cage. I went into feed them in the morning & the bag was inside his cage nearly empty! I thought the bag was far enough away from his cage but I was wrong!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 07, 2012, 09:33:05 PM
I had a huge bag of dry cat food and I mistakenly left it for a few days on the floor at the corner of the kitchen door, in which there is a cat flap.  One day I went in there and the whole bag had been pulled over to the cat flap.  Something outside had wanted a nibble but could not get the whole bag through the flap, no matter how hard it tried.  So eventually it just sat outside on the doorstep, presumably head through the flap, and chewed through the bag and half the contents.

probably the local fox.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 07, 2012, 09:44:06 PM
I remember when i was young we were to have xmas lunch at my grandparents.  But there was a bit of a problem.....my grandparents dog ate the capon that we were supposed to be eating for xmas lunch!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 07, 2012, 11:27:07 PM
A large black Labrador called Butch.
A large haunch of roast beef on a table.

Result. No roast beef. Guilty, but well-fed dog.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on February 08, 2012, 12:56:10 AM
 >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fizzbw on February 08, 2012, 11:16:38 AM
My cat brought a rabbit twice her size into the house at night, it fought the good fight but ultimately lost...it took me a long time to clean the battlefield!

The same cat loves to eat elastic bands! We have to be very careful not to leave them around!! Bonkers.

Niki xxx
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 11, 2012, 06:43:05 PM
For legiron:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-16996418

Crufts for rats!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 11, 2012, 07:13:03 PM
Hi DD, thanks for the link.  I did read that article earlier.  Cute looking rat too.  Its good that people are trying to counter the beliefs that fancy rats are dirty & spread diseases.  They are very clean & intelligent.  I would get some more rats if anything happens to Hartley & Topov.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 11, 2012, 08:51:05 PM
How's Hartley's wheezy chest?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 11, 2012, 09:49:12 PM
He's a lot better thanks.  Going to give him another 2 days worth of antibiotics as he was a bit wheezy on friday.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 12, 2012, 03:25:09 AM
Good to hear he's on the mend  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 12, 2012, 12:35:25 PM
My ginger tom had only 3 legs, following an argument with a car, and liked to play the 'disability card'. " Oh no Mummy, I couldn't possibly manage the cat-flap, you will have to open the door for me". Then I found him dragging a flapping thrush in through the cat-flap...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 12, 2012, 12:49:22 PM
My ginger tom had only 3 legs, following an argument with a car, and liked to play the 'disability card'. " Oh no Mummy, I couldn't possibly manage the cat-flap, you will have to open the door for me". Then I found him dragging a flapping thrush in through the cat-flap...

Where there's a will, there's a way. Cheeky thing  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 12, 2012, 12:55:37 PM
He was a really naughty boy and used to pick on his sister. If he had been on my lap and I put him off he would stroll over to his sister and bite her bum!
 
We lost him in November 2010 and I am only now starting to remember him as he was when he was well, rather than constantly replaying his last few days over and over in my head .
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 12, 2012, 01:00:40 PM
It's good to remember the funny, infuriating, heartwarming things our pets did when they were well.  It can make you smile and bring tears to your eyes all at the same time.

Barney seems to be getting a bit of the midnight munchies.  He waits until he thinks we're asleep (he checks up on us first in the bedroom) and then goes on a raid.  Now that I've moved all the veggies out of reach, he's going for his food bucket, a huge plastic bin with close fitting lid that is big enough to hold a large sack of food.  He's worked out how to prise the lid off and if he perches on the sofa, he can just reach into the bucket and snack until his heart's content.  This only works on a relatively full bucket though!

We don't have much room and have nowhere else to store the bucket, so we're now trying to devise some sort of Barney proof catch for the lid.  Little sod  >love<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 12, 2012, 01:02:32 PM
I love the image of him checking that you are in bed first!  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 12, 2012, 01:13:38 PM
Yes, he's a sneaky, devious, manipulative, stubborn, awkward, comical, cuddly, lump of loveliness.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 12, 2012, 05:22:25 PM
Tummies always come first.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 12, 2012, 05:23:38 PM
I LOVE Barney. He will go far.
I am one of those daft people who believe in rebirth for all living beings.
Barney is well on the way to running a MacDonald's.   >whistle<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 12, 2012, 05:55:43 PM
I LOVE Barney. He will go far.
I am one of those daft people who believe in rebirth for all living beings.
Barney is well on the way to running a MacDonald's.   >whistle<

He's a clown, that's for sure!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 12, 2012, 07:59:27 PM
Ive just had to cook some extra peas when i was cooking my evening meal so the boys could have some.  They do love them though they do make a mess with them as they leave all the skins lying around their cage.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 12, 2012, 09:32:24 PM
That is as bad as me giving the doggie a bowl of tea when I have a dandelion coffee.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 13, 2012, 04:15:03 PM
My mum has one of these
(http://www.birdfarm.com/images/birds/green-cheeked-conure-lg.jpg)
 
He is free-range in her flat and pretty well shares everything she eats and drinks.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 13, 2012, 05:25:16 PM
I remember when i was young, my mum had a ring necked parakeet.  God it was the most annying creature that i have ever known.  It used to squark something chronic & you had to put a cover over the cage when eating or when people came to visit.  There were times that my mum wanted to wring its neck!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 13, 2012, 05:47:06 PM
I prefer him to be caged when I am eating - I'm not terribly impressed with him helping himself from my plate and glass! Nor can I wear anything decent when I am there because it is sometimes impossible to get the green stain out of clothes...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 13, 2012, 06:26:07 PM
I wouldnt be keen for the parrott to be eating off my plate when i was trying to eat.  They do carry some not very nice diseases.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 13, 2012, 07:14:39 PM
Indeed - but mum is 86 and reckons that she must have a pretty good immune system to have lasted this long! One thing is sure though - I will not be taking on the bird when mum is no longer with us.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 13, 2012, 10:25:44 PM
Ive just moved the boys into their new cage.  Topov was ok but Hartley was a little git.  He didnt want to move.  I ended up having to take hold of him and carry him across to the new cage.  A few yoggie drops did seem to help them forgive me!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 14, 2012, 02:53:22 AM
Rats are clean. They would not live down sewers if they had any choice.
Rats are smart, clever and intelligent.

I wish all rats a good rebirth when their time arrives to depart for a new existence.

With metta to all rats, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 17, 2012, 09:28:00 PM
Hi leg,

I just found this - maybe you would like to add your rats to the 'rat section of photographs as this is a bit thin!!

http://www.libraryofpets.com/rodents.htm
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 17, 2012, 09:45:40 PM
Quote
Yes, he's a sneaky, devious, manipulative, stubborn, awkward, comical, cuddly, lump of loveliness.

Ditchdweller,

Awwww cute  :-)

One method that can be used on dogs is leaving metal cooking trays balanced so they fall with a HUGE clatter if the dog is nosing into something, but I suspect barney is immune.  >angel<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 18, 2012, 01:18:13 AM
Hey everyone, come and have a look at this - doggies!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHlJODYBLKs&list=PL54BDCD8D68D83740&index=1&feature=plpp_video
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 18, 2012, 01:25:58 AM
I love that Auntie!  I wonder how long it took to train them to do the routine? And did I see a goat sneak in towards the end  >whistle<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 18, 2012, 01:34:46 AM
 >lol< >lol< >lol< >lol< >lol< >lol< >lol<

yes, I think it was a goat - the only one that was allowed to misbehave!!

If you look at the out takes you will see how they did it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 18, 2012, 01:38:05 AM
I've just watched them - brilliant!! >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 18, 2012, 03:58:18 AM
My auntie was chased by a goat.



She left her handbag, hanging from a horn.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 18, 2012, 10:08:30 PM
Im having real problems with Hartley rat as he's become really bitey since Septimus died.  Im fed up of being bitten & having blood drawn.  Topov bit me tonight too!!  I did tell Hartley that i'll take him back to the shop if he keeps biting me.  Ive put a thread on the rat forum about this to see if i can get some advice.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on February 18, 2012, 10:43:09 PM
Oh dear, Leg iron.

I got bit by Benji the other day - no idea what that was about. Think he was meant to go for Jacko. (Jacko likes to flea Benji!)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 18, 2012, 10:44:04 PM
Best bit for me is the 'steps' >thumbsup<

Leg iron,

Its a silly suggestion but did you change something about you routine that means you smell different eg laundry detergent?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 18, 2012, 10:46:14 PM
The only things that have changed are that Septimus, my old rat & the dominant rat died & they have been moved into a new cage.  But Hartley was biting me before the cage move.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 19, 2012, 08:44:42 AM
Leggy  >hugs< , I do hope that other rat-keepers can come up with something that helps.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 19, 2012, 09:04:25 AM
When you played with them before Septimus died did you usually handle him first, if so you hands would have his scent on.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 19, 2012, 09:49:46 AM
I wonder if it is a dominance issue.  It could be that as he's trying to show that he is the alpha male he's defending them from danger.  I'm probably guessing.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 19, 2012, 09:57:28 PM
Hi leg,

Have a look at the video I posted above, that will make your bitten bit heal faster.

Aloe Vera gel also helps bites heal faster.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 19, 2012, 10:21:53 PM
They have just been out for an hour and he was really good. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 19, 2012, 11:56:56 PM
If a pet is ill and in pain, can one tell?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 20, 2012, 01:04:53 AM
Oh yes, very much so.  It is much like looking at a baby - they cannot tell you what is wrong, but it is obvious that they are not well.

Even a pet that you do not know, you can still tell that it is not well.  If you know the pet you can often tell which bit of it is not feeling too good.  After all, they are mammals and sentient beings.  So that are really not that different from humans.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 20, 2012, 05:55:18 AM
I just wondered if biting was a way of saying something is wrong.

Horses have a language. Mum had a book about it.
I remember that if one horse was scared another would soothe it by laying its neck and head across the shoulders of the horse that was scared.

A good trainer will learn the language and use this method to soothe a frightened horse.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 20, 2012, 11:33:02 AM
Legiron had mentioned that Hartley had been on antibiotics for a chest infection so may be he was having an off day and just feeling a bit crotchety.
I can always tell when Barney's not feeling quite right.  As owners, you get used to what is normal behaviour for your pet and can quickly notice when they are feeling ill.  With the dogs, I've found they tend to be a bit more withdrawn and subdued than usual when they are in pain.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 20, 2012, 06:43:23 PM
One of the girls i often ask questions on the forum thinks that it could be a surge of testosterone as a result of the death of Septimus, who was the alpha male.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 20, 2012, 10:22:24 PM
Hes just ripped a good inch long gash in my finger tonight. He was right at the far corner underneath the cage & he didnt want to come out so he attacked my hand. Ive had enough. My fingers are taking a beating.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 20, 2012, 11:29:49 PM
hi leg,

Have you thought about just letting him have his own way.  Maybe he had a reason for not wanting to come out, maybe he just wanted to be left alone.  I have found this with my cat - he is very wilful and will dig his claws in if he does not want to do something.  So he has taught me to just leave him be by the useful method of drawing blood when he does not want to do what I want him to do.

*poor little finger* :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 20, 2012, 11:49:58 PM
Do your pets snore?  My cat has a very loud snore, all on the same note.  I can hear it now from the other side of the room.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 21, 2012, 12:18:09 AM
I was trying to get him back into his cage after play time. If I left him alone he could be under the cage for hours.  I can't leave him out as I have to keep his playpen up & it takes up a large chunk of the sitting room up & he was starting to chew my carpet too!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 21, 2012, 01:17:13 AM
Thick leather gardening gloves???
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 21, 2012, 05:55:28 AM
Chain mail gauntlets or welding gloves?
How about a recording of something soothing?

Get a mirror.
provide a tunnel maze.
Find out where he would like to go on holiday.

What you need is a special thread on things that your pets would like.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on February 21, 2012, 10:05:15 PM
Auntie, my older cat snores, especially when he's curled right up. It's very sweet.


I had a phone message from the vet today. They were inviting Luca the kitten for an 'adolescent health check' now that he's reached the grand old age of 7 months. I'm a bit worried that he's going to turn into a teenager and start locking himself in his bedroom and listening to heavy metal. Or that he'll get even naughtier - as I started to write this he was happily trotting out of my bedroom carrying a very precious glass necklace in his mouth....
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 21, 2012, 11:47:56 PM
Hi DG,

 >lol< >lol< >lol<

And I have just kicked the cat!  he has taken to sitting under my computer chair when I am in it, but not quite far enough underneath.  So when I change my position I kick him.  Well, I was just laughing at the picture of your cat in my mind and I moved violently, and the cat was in the way of my feet.  Ha ha.  He has walked out of the room now.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 22, 2012, 07:07:12 AM
Huge SNORK for De.Gravity's kit.        >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 22, 2012, 11:14:45 AM
The cat that we lost in december used to snore and wheeze. She had done it ever since she was a kit and the vet said that there was no sign of a problem. She also had the loudest purr in town  >biggrin<
 
Def Grav, my friend's kitten is now around 8 months old and she is really naughty - and also rather smart. They are now using treats to teach her to scratch at the post rather than the furniture. Her latest is to demand your attention, lead you to the post, place on paw on it and await her treat...  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on February 22, 2012, 01:15:20 PM
Auntie, I hope your cat will forgive me for making you kick it! Mind you, I kick mine almost every morning as I'm stumbling blearily downstairs and they run in front of me to get to the food bow before I do.

Hurtyback, that's very clever of your friends' cat! I don't think Luca is too bad for a kitten - or that he's that clever! Unfortunately one of the rooms in my house (rented) has that puffy wallpaper (I don't know what it's called), and Luca thinks it's a sort of giant scratching post. So I have to try and keep him out of there. I also just got up because I thought someone was knocking at my door, and it was the cats!! (One outside the door and one inside.) I don't know if one of them was throwing himself at the door or what, but I heard it from a couple of rooms away.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 22, 2012, 10:44:24 PM
This cat was a stray, I got him from an animal charity.  He had been a stray and dribbles from every opening he has and also is probably rather elderly. 

It has taken him 18 months or so to get to the point when he feels comfortable enough to come up to me and to sit by me.  Every now and then he makes another little step forward to behaving like a domesticated moggie.  I am so pleased with him.

On the other hand he has just started to have fleas again - I cuddled him last night and developed a little red lump afterwards. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on February 22, 2012, 11:08:48 PM
  With the dogs, I've found they tend to be a bit more withdrawn and subdued than usual when they are in pain.

One dog we had, was really snappy weeks before we had him put to sleep.

Jacko is back to his normal annoying self. He won't leave Benji alone. Benji can manage with being flead; but doesn't like Jacko annoying him whilst he's eating. I don't think Jacko will ever learn.

Both dogs decided today, that they'd either jump up next to me and then fart, or fart just before they jumped up. Smelly sods!

There was a bingo advert on TV recently, with Basil Brush on. My dad says (I do see it too!) he looks like Jacko. >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 23, 2012, 12:12:44 PM
Do your pets snore?  My cat has a very loud snore, all on the same note.  I can hear it now from the other side of the room.

I can hear mine snoring from other parts of the house! He also has a fantastic habit of going round to everyone in the house pretending he hasn't been fed. If this doesn't work, then he heads out and tours the neighbourhood doing the same thing. He often comes reeling back of a morning, smelling strongly of sardines.

This is pretty forgivable, though. He was abandoned by the people who used to liver across the street, and so had to live on his wits for a long while, before deciding that moving in here was the thing to do.

I know that this has probably been done to death, but has anyone seen the Dog's Diary Vs the Cat's Diary?

Extracts from the Dog's Diary:

Day number 181
8:00 am - OH WOW! DOG FOOD! BRILLIANT!
9:30 am - OH WOW! A CAR RIDE! BRILLIANT!
9:40 am - OH WOW! A WALK! BRILLIANT!
10:30 am - OH WOW! A CAR RIDE! BRILLIANT!
11:30 am - OH WOW! DOG FOOD! BRILLIANT!
12:00 noon - OH WOW! THE KIDS! BRILLIANT!
1:00 pm OH WOW! THE GARDEN! BRILLIANT!
4:00 pm - OH WOW! THE KIDS! BRILLIANT!
5:00 PM - OH WOW! DOG FOOD! BRILLIANT!
5:30 PM - OH WOW! MUM! BRILLIANT!
8:30 PM - OH WOW! WATCHED TV WITH THE HUMANS! BRILLIANT!
10:00 PM - OH WOW! BED! BRILLIANT!

Extracts from the Cat's Diary 

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal or some kind of muck from a tin. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture.Tomorrow I may shred another cardigan.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded. Must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to eject a hairball on their favourite seat. Will try for the bed tomorrow.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was... Not working according to plan.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary confinement throughout the event, however, I could hear the noise and smell the foul odour of the glass tubes they call "beer." More importantly, I overheard that my confinement was due to my power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, as he speaks to them regularly. I am certain he reports my activities. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait. It is only a matter of time...

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 23, 2012, 01:12:43 PM
Hilarious!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 23, 2012, 04:43:49 PM
This is rather nice
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xkdzcl_les-animaux-sont-des-etres-sensibles_animals?start=12#from=embed (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xkdzcl_les-animaux-sont-des-etres-sensibles_animals?start=12#from=embed)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 23, 2012, 06:36:33 PM
That was lovely! I was particularly fond of the dog who was being sat on by the cat, who was in turn grooming the rat. And the teeny monkey being tended to by the leopard.

Thanks for posting that.  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 23, 2012, 08:27:51 PM
Dog then cat Diary >lol< >thumbsup<

Hurtyback,

The clips are very nice. Here is more information on the elephant and a dog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59v3PmKp-5Y
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 23, 2012, 09:04:19 PM
Im going to talk to my vet about hartley.  Hes bitten me 4 times tonight without provocation & he's drawn blood too.  I started a thread on the rat forum & people are saying he needs to be castrated.  I cant carry on with getting bitten every day.  Im concerned that hes really going to bite me.  Ive got numerous scars in my fingers & colleagues are starting to ask about them.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 23, 2012, 09:56:45 PM
It seems that the 'I'm going to bite you just because I can nah na na nah nah' attitude is typical of an over confident rat with shed loads of testosterone surging round his body.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 23, 2012, 10:15:17 PM
So is he going to get the chop then?  I mean not him himself, but his bits?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 23, 2012, 11:16:44 PM
Gosh, I didn't realise you could get rats castrated.  It makes sense though.  How do you think it would change his relationship with your other rat?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 23, 2012, 11:22:16 PM
I'll see what the vet says as i might have to get both done.  Im hoping that it shouldnt affect it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 24, 2012, 11:38:49 AM
Yes, I was wondering whether you would need to get them both done to prevent the other one displaying the same behaviour.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 24, 2012, 11:43:27 AM
I don't know about rats but a friend had a similar problem with rabbits.

One was aggressively dominant and that was neutered after which the other one became aggressive, and also had to be done.

They were supposed to be does but I believe rabbits are difficult to sex when young.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 24, 2012, 01:12:09 PM
Well, Stallions tremble when they hear about nuts in May.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 24, 2012, 09:06:03 PM
I spoke to the vet today & he suggested trying a drug called tardak.  Its meant to calm testosterone levels.  Your going to laugh at this.  Hartley (aka Damien) has been a model rat tonight.  Hes not even tried to bite me tonight.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 25, 2012, 12:05:53 AM
That's because 'he knows.'
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 25, 2012, 07:55:43 AM
As my mum said "Castration is a powerful threat". That's why he's been behaving himself last night.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 27, 2012, 09:33:20 AM
I hope that all is well with Hartley and Topov, Leg_iron.

My cat went out at around 3.00 yesterday afternoon, and still hasn't reappeared. I'm trying very hard not to panic, as he does have a predilection for adventure, and has vanished for 48 hours once or twice in the past. It hasn't happened for a long while, though. It's been raining for several hours, so it's entirely possible he's snoozing on someone's sofa at the moment, sleeping off a tin of sardines.

I hope so. I can't stand the thought of him being out there cold, wet and hungry or worse.  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 27, 2012, 12:42:12 PM
I too, hope all will be well.

I have tracked down missing pets a few times. So I wish you a happy return.   >hugs<

With metta, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 27, 2012, 12:54:52 PM
Thank you Prabhakari. That is greatly appreciated.

He's got a microchip, so at least if anyone takes him to a vet or a shelter, I'll get word.

I'm still hoping he's just enjoying the hospitality of some kindly neighbour, and that he'll be home when he hears the call of his own dish and bed.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 27, 2012, 02:35:16 PM
I tracked missing pets for people with map dowsing.
I also was able to 'see' the pets and tell people where to find them.

Sorry I cannot help you. Cats are independent.
I hope to hear that your one returns to his servant.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 28, 2012, 12:14:16 AM
I was wrong when I thought that Hartley aka Damien (from the omen) was calming down. He's still biting me. He must have bitten me a good 4 or 5 times today. So he's off to the vet on Thursday to try this tardak. If that doesnt work then he'll have to have the snip.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on February 28, 2012, 12:21:54 AM
Is there a film on U=== showing the operation?

You could let Hartley watch it >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 28, 2012, 01:15:54 AM
Prabhakari, you are naughty! >lol<

Still no sign of George.

I'll start phoning the animal shelters tomorrow.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 28, 2012, 09:00:23 PM
24 hours exactly is quite common in cats I believe.

I once looked after someone elses cat for 6 months whilst they moved etc.  He disappeared very early on.  Then 24 later he appeared exactly where last seen.  You cat will have sheltered somewhere out of the rain and now will be somewhere comfortable and warm I expect.

 >fingerscrossed<
here pussy, pussy.  here pussy, pussy.  here pussy, pussy.  here pussy, pussy.  here pussy, pussy.  here pussy, pussy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 01, 2012, 05:44:47 PM
He still hasn't returned, and I'm worried sick. I would like, if I may to post a couple of photographs of him. The second is my overall favourite. It shows the lovely gloss of his coat, and the green of the hedge is matched by the colour of his eyes.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 01, 2012, 05:48:15 PM
Darn - second photo is too large. :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: suessad on March 01, 2012, 06:53:25 PM
I was wrong when I thought that Hartley aka Damien (from the omen) was calming down. He's still biting me. He must have bitten me a good 4 or 5 times today. So he's off to the vet on Thursday to try this tardak. If that doesnt work then he'll have to have the snip.

How did it go at the vets Legiron.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: suessad on March 01, 2012, 06:55:32 PM
NN. Lovely photo of your cat.
Can you get some copied and ask local shops to put one up. ?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 01, 2012, 07:17:19 PM
Thanks suesad. He's a lovely cat.

We're leafleting the whole area.I've been writing about it in a thread on the 3am board, so don't want to go hijacking another thread, but everything that can be done, is being done. Will investigate placing adverts in local papers tomorrow.

Hope everything has gone well for your furry companions, Leg_Iron.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on March 01, 2012, 08:01:47 PM
I too, wish that your small friend is safe and well, and will return soon.

With metta, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 01, 2012, 09:17:00 PM
What a handsome chap Goerge is! I do hope that he will soon be home, safe and sound.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 01, 2012, 11:20:04 PM
He is a smashing boy.   >fingerscrossed<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 01, 2012, 11:41:51 PM
I took Hartley (aka Damien from the omen!) to the vet. He's had a dose of a drug called Tardak which should help combat his aggressiveness due to his high testosterone levels. If it doesn't work then the boys will be having the snip!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on March 02, 2012, 12:40:50 AM
Song for Hartley:

After the Ball is over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtwYVvtOIuM
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 02, 2012, 10:46:49 AM
I'd leave cherry tomatoes off Hartley's menu for the time being Leg_Iron. No need to be insensitive. ;-) I hope both he and Topov are keeping well.

Thanks to everyone who has said nice things about George.  >bighugs< Am feeling a bit more positive. There's a lot of goodwill out there.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 02, 2012, 10:48:41 AM
Fingers crossed NN  >fingerscrossed<
 
 >fingerscrossed<  also for leg-iron. I do hope that this medication does the trick.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on March 02, 2012, 11:51:18 AM
It is not to be relied on at all, but for what it is worth, I just did a pendulum reading for George, and his health is excellent.
The pendulum reading also indicated that he would return.


I do hope that it is true. I am totally out of practice with pet dowsing.
I just wish for a HAPPY RETURN!   >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 04, 2012, 11:15:33 AM
Prabhakari, thank you!  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 09, 2012, 08:41:11 PM
Hormonal rat update:  Hartley does seem to be calmer.  He's only had a couple of goes at me & when he has connected with my fingers he's not drawn blood.  I think the Tardak is starting to work.

Hi NN, any news on George?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 09, 2012, 11:12:22 PM
I'm very glad to hear that Hartley seems to be a little less fraught, Leg_Iron. No need for you to rush out and invest in a pair of chain-mail gloves then >biggrin<

And yes - there is news of George. The best news!

He's home!

Details here:
http://ouchtoo.org/index.php?topic=2348.msg22623#msg22623

Thank you, all of you, for all your support and kindness! >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: RococoSoul on March 09, 2012, 11:23:09 PM
Thought I'd share some pics of our family pets  :-)

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/166815_485577121742_727411742_6621596_4468659_n.jpg)

Me and Bluebell

(http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262_20899046742_727411742_989734_498_n.jpg)

Me and Jake

(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/4249_84314091742_727411742_2302879_8183463_n.jpg)

Holly

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/20972_1295071489851_1022221891_30914982_3734601_n.jpg)

Lily - Awww

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/426036_3193359105855_1022221891_33083391_105530125_n.jpg)

And the newest addition arrived today - Ollie the Bichon Frise :)

Sorry about the length of the post, but their soooo cute, so we're forgiven. Right?  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 09, 2012, 11:28:04 PM
I think you'll be forgiven, RococoSoul.

Those are lovely pictures. >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on March 09, 2012, 11:33:42 PM
Those cats eyes are scary, Rococo!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: kate on March 09, 2012, 11:35:24 PM
OH Rococo

I have to say that they are all so beautiful

Jake with his serene smile and Holly blissful in the rain
certainly raised a smile for me today -so thank you for sharing  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: RococoSoul on March 09, 2012, 11:38:06 PM
Those cats eyes are scary, Rococo!

Lol, Lily's or Bluebell's? Just a little  >lol<

You're all welcome  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on March 09, 2012, 11:42:21 PM
Both!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 10, 2012, 12:36:13 AM
Is Ollie the white one or the blue one in that photograph?   >lol<

What a teeny little kitten - is that an ash-tray it is sitting in?

They are all pretty good.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: RococoSoul on March 10, 2012, 01:42:46 AM
Is Ollie the white one or the blue one in that photograph?   >lol<

What a teeny little kitten - is that an ash-tray it is sitting in?

They are all pretty good.

The blue one is my step father  >lol<

Lily is in the fruit bowl, she'd curl up in there of her own accord. She is actually a twin of Bluebell. She had quite a nasty accident not long after the pic was taken and we nearly lost her. She shattered her hip and the muscle didn't form correctly when it healed. So we have a disabled kitty!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 10, 2012, 01:49:17 PM
NN i'm so please for you that George has come home.

Nice photo's RococoSoul.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 10, 2012, 02:52:14 PM
Lovely photo's, Rococo, thanks for sharing them  >thumbsup< .
Leg-iron, it is good to know that the drugs seem to be kicking in  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on March 10, 2012, 10:04:12 PM
I thought I was buying myself a footstool. I was mistaken. Turns out I was buying a big comfy cat bed. Silly me...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on March 10, 2012, 10:22:01 PM
Twice this week Jacko has fallen into my parents garden pond. I don't think he'll ever learn. We used to have a greyhound who liked paddling in the pond!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 11, 2012, 11:04:03 PM
Hi DGravity,

Oh yes, that new foot-stall is obviously the most comfy place in the house.  Have you had a chance to try it out on yourself yet or did the cats sneak in before you?  With one of my cats in the past it used to sit on the sofa whilst I was relegated to the floor!!

They look so relaxed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on March 12, 2012, 01:59:26 AM
>>>>>>> >blacksheep< Not to mention squashed. Om!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 12, 2012, 09:51:24 AM
Funny article from crufts: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113545/Crufts-2012-Libby-dog-halts-middle-routine-bathroom-break--video.html

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on March 12, 2012, 07:53:40 PM
Auntie, if I put my feet on it they sort of arrange themselves precariously around my feet. They've fallen off more than once due to trying to sit on it while it's at an angle (it's a bean bag so putting a foot just on one side makes it lean).
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 12, 2012, 07:54:20 PM
Hilarious!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on March 13, 2012, 10:25:31 PM
For AuntieCtheM....

He is snoring....

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 14, 2012, 09:14:05 PM
awww! - I can almost hear the purrs.  How lovely.  Thank you so much.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: RococoSoul on March 14, 2012, 09:21:36 PM
Ollie's been to the doggy barbers :)

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/430276_10150598613386743_727411742_9678009_667569816_n.jpg)

Before.

(http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/428118_10150598612986743_727411742_9678008_691502933_n.jpg)

After.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 14, 2012, 09:23:56 PM
His fur will grow again - how long does it take?  I think he is gorgeous with the long hair in the 'before' pic.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: RococoSoul on March 14, 2012, 09:34:31 PM
He only arrived with my family last week from a lovely lady who'd rescued him. He was a matted mess and had infected ears as a result. Took nearly four hours to clip him but he'll be groomed regularly now. Be back to his fluffy self in no time :)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 14, 2012, 09:39:51 PM
Oh goodee.

All my pets have been rescued.  They are so rewarding and always so happy to be in a comfortable non-threatening place, as they bite you or stick their claws into your favourite jumper. >angel<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on March 14, 2012, 09:47:16 PM
Something not nice happened to Dixie my baby (In the Picture)Last saturday Next doors cats that have attacked her before came in through open door she heard and dived off to sort them out .
 Before I could get there I heard a yelp. She came in on 3 legs. Now just over a year ago her other patella kept slipping so had to have operation. My friend took her to vets again. He said yep other patella loose .
 But by Monday I though after lots more running on 3 legs and pain it looked different more hip related so today she went to vets to be knocked out and Xrays taken. Yep Vet and I both Right . Patella moving and hip totally out of joint. So Xrays sent to surgeon for his opinion. Hopefully he can fix both with one operation.
Thank goodness she is insured. But still have to find £90 from somewhere.
Ryan my son who has a brain tumour only just out of Hossy after being very ill. and I am also just out after an operation. Now  our girl will be in doggy Hossy . (Never rains but it pours !!)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on March 14, 2012, 10:39:02 PM
Oh goodee.

All my pets have been rescued.  They are so rewarding and always so happy to be in a comfortable non-threatening place, as they bite you or stick their claws into your favourite jumper. >angel<

Same here. We got our current 2 and last 2 dogs from the same rescue centre. Jacko has now decided that if you don't make a fuss of him, he'll go up on his back legs and just sniff your face. His eyes are a strange yellow / light brown colour - not the sort of thing I want staring at me... >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: RococoSoul on March 15, 2012, 01:26:52 AM
Oh goodee.

All my pets have been rescued.  They are so rewarding and always so happy to be in a comfortable non-threatening place, as they bite you or stick their claws into your favourite jumper. >angel<

Same here, well Bluebell, Lily, Jake and Ollie.

Something not nice happened to Dixie my baby (In the Picture)....

Sorry to hear all you're going through atm, hope you all improve soon  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 17, 2012, 02:22:34 PM
My 2 boys came from the Pets @ Home adoption centre.  They had been in the shop but no one wanted them as they were about 5 months old. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 18, 2012, 11:14:29 PM
Frances  >hugs<

I hope that everyone in your family will soon be much better.

"All my pets have been rescued"

Same here, with one exception, although none came from an official rescue centre. Lucky, the family cat I grew up with, had been adopted by my parents from friends of theirs who were moving abroad. Potter was discovered as a a very weak and thin kitten 14 years later. We think someone had dumped him in the woods close to my Mum's house. I adopted first independently owned cat, Koshka, from some 'people' who were going to drown her as she was the unwanted kitten of the litter. Koshka currently lives with my Mum, as I ended up revolving in and out of hospital for several years, and had no-one close at hand to help look after her when I couldn't be around. By the time I was comparatively well and settled, Koshka was so attached to Mum and her house, that it would have been just cruel to move her. I help Mum out with food and vets bills. George was left behind after a couple who lived close to where I am now split up and moved away. He vanished for several months, then re-appeared in a very sorry condition, and it took some time to turn him into the healthy lad he is today. He does need Frontlined, though. It would seem that he brought some fleas back with him from his little adventure!  >lol<

"My 2 boys came from the Pets @ Home adoption centre.  They had been in the shop but no one wanted them as they were about 5 months old." 


Some people do have very funny attitudes towards older animals. The vet I use for George takes in and re-homes abandoned cats. They have no trouble in getting kittens adopted, but have a lot of difficulty with more mature cats. Having had experience of both, I'd honestly rather adopt a mature cat. Kittens are really lovely, but they can be hard work at times! They also told me that they have problems getting black and black and white cats re-homed. Apparently they're not 'pretty' enough!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 18, 2012, 11:52:25 PM
Yes that is what the cats vet said as well.  My cat is a golden oldie from the Cats Protection people.  So he is old, sick and black and white.  Why noone wanted him I do not know, he has turned out to be very affectionate.  But yes, people seem to want grey kittens.

I would not have had a pure black cat as if it curls up under a table I would not have been able to find it!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 19, 2012, 05:35:08 PM
My mum is a foster kitten parent for the Cats protection league & she has said that black & black & white cats no one wants.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 19, 2012, 11:51:55 PM
Isn't that sad.  Poor ole moggies.  I go for character first.  Image, image.  Cars and clothes and now even their pets.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Danslatete on March 20, 2012, 01:15:23 PM
We have two birds that are rescued. Alittle more difficult to rehome, not so cute and cuddly creatures that are killers. I takes time to build the required mews so sometimes they have to be housed in the workshop temporarily.
Our dog was bought as a pup. We tried to rehome but we had 'young' children and they would not consider us a suitable home, even tho we live on a farm with feilds for them to run around in all day, and the fact that i am home most of the day every day. I aslo was told that socialiseing the dogs could be a problem as we are remote. My mum has two dogs, our neighbour has two dogs and most of the occupiers of the cottages in the hamlet have a dog. Its a rural community! There are cats a plenty too, not to mention goats, sheep and cattle.
Our unsuitable home has lovingly kept our dog for 6 yrs now. It has been vaccinated every year, has insurance and has the really important things like lots of love , walks, and awarm comfy bed in three rooms, and good food.
I sponsor two guide dogs instead of the rescue places now.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 21, 2012, 12:14:12 AM
Barney came from the Basset Hound Welfare, as we are deemed to live in unsuitable accommodation as far as the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust are concerned.  BHW were only too happy for us to rehome with them as we already had a basset and had been members for years.

Barney's just completed the last session at his Fearful Fido's classes and has been awarded a certificate for reaching Level 1.  >star< We're thinking of taking him to the Doggy Detectives classes next so that he can develop his scenting ability.  For a hound, he's hopeless at using his nose, as his previous owners (all 5 of them) don't seem to have bothered with walking or socialising him.  He still doesn't know how to play with a ball! 

he's now got lots of doggy friends and loves his walks, so we're hoping that the Doggy Detectives will give him something more to enjoy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 21, 2012, 01:18:39 AM
"Doggy detectives"  >lol< >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 21, 2012, 10:48:02 AM
Awww, bless Barney!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on March 21, 2012, 11:23:46 AM
We had problems getting a dog from a local shelter - because ours wasn't spade. We went somewhere else and had no problem at all. We now have other dogs from there.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on March 21, 2012, 01:41:38 PM
When I first read ditchdweller's post I thought she wrote 'dodgy detectives' and had this vision of a basset in a grubby mac.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 21, 2012, 06:55:16 PM
When I first read ditchdweller's post I thought she wrote 'dodgy detectives' and had this vision of a basset in a grubby mac.

 >lol<  He could pull off the look quite well!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 21, 2012, 09:45:00 PM
I did chuckle when i read oldtone's post. I have got to book Hartley into the vet's for his little op.  He's still biting me & showing aggression towards me especially when im trying to clean his cage.  He'll be squeaking in falcetto soon!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 21, 2012, 09:49:15 PM
Let's hope he'll be more manageable after he's been 'done'.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 21, 2012, 10:41:44 PM
Ive been bitten twice tonight.  !st by Topov but he went for the wet wipes that i was cleaning his cage with & the 2nd time it was hartley & he really meant it!!  I did curse him lots & lots!!  It bloody hurt & bled lots.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 22, 2012, 11:05:03 AM
I sense rat stew in the offing...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 22, 2012, 05:56:13 PM
I got my own back on him!! Ive booked him into the vets on monday to have his little op!!!  He'll be squeaking several octaves higher when he comes back from the vets.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 22, 2012, 06:01:47 PM
Hope all goes well for the little fellah!  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 22, 2012, 06:50:50 PM
It should be ok.  I'll be a nervous wreck on monday.  Its the first time a pet of mine has needed surgery.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 22, 2012, 08:02:47 PM
Leg_Iron >hugs<

Please try not to worry *too* much. It's never nice to have to subject anyone to surgery, but sometimes it has to be done. I've seen one male and one female cat through neutering, and last summer George needed to have two teeth removed due to a nasty condition known as Feline Resorptive Lesions. They all lived to tell the tale (or should that be tail) despite being pretty poorly for a few days afterwards. We're all pretty poorly after an operation, no matter how routine!

I suppose the best advice I can give you is to try to keep everything as calm and routine as possible and to arm yourself with information about after-care - and give the vet a call about this if need be. And don't be scared to ring the out of hours service for advice. I was confused about when I should start giving George his pain killing medication after his dental operation, and got good advice for free. It helps to keep you calm, as well as giving the four-legged mob the care they need in such a situation.

It's obvious that you care deeply for your four-footed fellahs and that you'll do a great job! >bighugs<

Please keep us updated! >thumbsup<


Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: sherbs on March 22, 2012, 08:10:35 PM
Leg_Iron  >hugs<

Agree with what NN said, all will be fine, the little fella will soon be running around driving you nuts again soon !!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 22, 2012, 08:22:59 PM
Luckily rats do not have very long memories and he will still want his dins afterwards.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on March 22, 2012, 08:33:39 PM
He'll want his WHAT afterwards?

Oh, you mean food.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 22, 2012, 08:36:44 PM
 >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on March 22, 2012, 09:53:30 PM
Dixie has to go in on Tues . Her knee and hip keeps dislocating.  They are hoping fixing her knee (She has already had other one done)It will mean her hip stabilises.
She will be in about 3 days and I have already paid out £400 for xrays etc. Now probably another £2000  for the op.
Hope pet plan will cover it. Although it cost £30 a month and I have to pay first £90. it still cheaper.
I will be a nervous wreck next week, It will be so strange without her and trying to keep her quiet for 2 months is no fun.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 26, 2012, 03:53:32 PM
Hartley update: Hartley rat died this afternoon just before 2.45pm He had been to be neutered & when i phoned them @ 2.15pm everything was ok. He was just waiting for his final vet check before being allowed home. The sister at the practice phoned me at 2.45 to inform me. I just cant belive it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 26, 2012, 04:08:46 PM
Oh leg-iron, I am so sorry to hear that  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on March 26, 2012, 04:22:18 PM
 >bighugs< leg iron & Topov
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 26, 2012, 06:59:47 PM
 >hugs<

So, so sorry to hear that Leg iron.  I'll be thinking of you.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 26, 2012, 07:11:36 PM
I cant beleive it.  I spoke to the staff at the vets & they think it was a delayed reaction to the ananesthetic.  Also there could have been something going on that was undetected.  Im going to have him cremated so i can scatter his ashes.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on March 26, 2012, 07:20:04 PM
Sorry to hear thar leg_iron.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on March 26, 2012, 07:56:10 PM
Sorry to hear your news leg_iron.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on March 26, 2012, 08:07:26 PM
That's rotten news, Legiron, but know that you did your very best for the little fella, and that's all we can do....
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: hossylass on March 26, 2012, 10:40:53 PM
Oh Leg_iron, I am so sorry.
Really upset for you - I know how much those little chaps mean to you.

But you gave him much more fun and games and treats and company and exercise than most pets get - you have been a loving and devoted Dad to the those boys. There may have been something amiss with the poor chap.
Sometimes things just die, no matter how hard we try, or how much we care.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: mareer on March 26, 2012, 10:56:43 PM
 so sorry about your wee pet he was lucky to have a safe and happy home with you while he was here.
                                                                                                                                      maree >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2012, 10:58:33 PM
It is sad.
Even the best friends have to part in the end.

Can you think of Hartley being reborn, and so going on living?

With metta, Prabhakari.  >rose<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 26, 2012, 11:19:40 PM
Thank you all for your kind messages.  I know i did the right thing for him but its still such a shock.  Topov doesnt know what to do with himself. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2012, 11:24:18 PM
Oh poor, poor Topov. He must be feeling so lonely.

I wish him Loving Kindness to warm him in his sorrow.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 26, 2012, 11:27:59 PM
Leg_Iron >bighugs<

I'm so sorry this has happened to Hartley and to you.

Cremation with ashes retained for scattering is a very good thing - it allows you to say your goodbyes in your own time and in a place you know will be right for both of you.

 >bighugs< for both you and Topov.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 28, 2012, 12:54:09 AM
I'm devastated.  Poor 'old rattie. 

Still, you were right in getting him to the vets, you could not have gone on as you were.  But all the same  *sob*.



Here is something to cheer you up - not about rats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=aRtA1Svyr_U
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on March 28, 2012, 07:33:26 PM
That was an incredible video Auntie. 

i also went to the vets to settle the bill for hartleys op & cremation.  the vets told me that they wouldnt charge me for Hartleys op.  They were so shocked when hartley died.  They also agreed with me that there could have been an undiagnosed problem that could have contributed to his death.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 28, 2012, 07:36:07 PM
Thanks for letting us know how you're getting along, Leg Iron >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 28, 2012, 07:40:13 PM
I have seen that vid before, but never fail to marvel at the way the individual feathers mover!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 29, 2012, 08:57:44 PM
Yes Hurty, you can see why human flying machines just could not fly in the same way.  The way the feathers part and change their orientation as required.  Stunning.

 >hugs< for John
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 01, 2012, 01:23:13 AM
I've just shouted really loudly at the dog.  Poor thing was so upset!

and it was nothing to do with her.  I have bought a new sewing machine, all mod cons, and the dealer does not run classes.  So I am struggling on my own trying to learn how to work a computerised bit of machinery.  Last time I phoned the helpline they tried to get me to buy a really expensive new programme, but after I stood my ground it turned out that all I needed was to know which button to push and in what order.  When I asked why that instruction was not in the book the man said that they cannot put everything in it!!

anyway, I've been struggling on and off for about a week or so to do my first big project and it is taking ages and ages.

All doggie wanted to do was go to bed, and I shouted at her because I am so frustrated with not being taught how to use this bit of equipment.

So the question is shall I go and say I am sorry to doggie - she is now in bed in the porch, possibly asleep.  Or shall I leave it until the morning , when she will probably have forgotten.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 01, 2012, 12:24:46 PM
I would go and say sorry to the dog - although it's a bit late to for me be weighing in with advice at 12.09 on the following afternoon!

BF did something similar to George last night. George suddenly appeared from behind a curtain, causing BF to jump and drop the glass of water he was carrying. BF yelled, and George took off out, I got upset with BF as I'd heard an upsetting story about a cat in the neighbourhood being attacked, and ... you get the picture.

I hope your dog is ok, and that you're feeling a bit less frustrated about the sewing machine. >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on April 01, 2012, 01:08:31 PM
What's the betting your instructions were written by a computer geek rather than a sewing anorak. So many instructions tell you what is obvious and not what you need to do to undertake a task.

Having written a few I know the latter is more difficult as you have to anticipate what people want to do. Quite bizarre things sometimes.

I guess all you can do is to get to grips with your machine quickly and run up a new blanket for you poor dog's basket.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 01, 2012, 07:28:41 PM
I find that instructions are often not basic enough.  I tend to need an idiots guide as some instructions infer some sort of knowledge to begin with!

I'm sure your doggie will have forgiven you by now.

Here's a picture of my chaps:

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on April 01, 2012, 07:31:42 PM
Beautiful dog, DW. :-)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 01, 2012, 08:14:27 PM
Aww!!  They look like really bosom pals.

NN, doggie has been out for a nice walkie and I have been angry and frustrated with everything I have come across.  You know how it is, when you get angry with one thing the anger gets transferred to everything that goes wrong - like the supermarket plonking their dustbin right in the middle of the path so I would have had to walk in the road with dog and my own trolley.  I moved it and shouted at it, even though the security man was watching.  My idiot neighbour put his rubbish bag in the middle of my hedge - that got thrown off and I shouted at him.  Tomorrow I am going to have a go about the physiotherapist who is behaving very unprofessionally towards me which is generating mental health issues.

(However it did give me the energy to to write back to the tax people which is long overdue.)

 >steam<  >steam<
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 01, 2012, 09:05:53 PM
auntie  >hugs< .
 
Awww, what a handsome chap Barney is - and Mr Ditchy isn't bad either  >whistle<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 01, 2012, 09:21:39 PM
hurty, thank you for that hug.  Much needed at the moment.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 01, 2012, 09:25:00 PM
oldtone said: "What's the betting your instructions were written by a computer geek rather than a sewing anorak. So many instructions tell you what is obvious and not what you need to do to undertake a task. "

Absolutely totally correct.  So many instructions have this problem. 

And what is more, they expect you to know how to read the instructions in loads of languages too!!  >erm<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 01, 2012, 09:41:45 PM
Auntie >bighugs<

Lovely picture, DD! What a handsome pair of chaps!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 01, 2012, 10:47:27 PM
This made me smile:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/78895815/custom-order-for-donna
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 02, 2012, 12:00:40 AM
Hi auntie, what a lovely picture. Thanks for posting it. Have found a breeder near to where i live but all of her own bred bucks have been reserved but she does have 2 litters of rescue babies that she will be rehoming towards the end of next month. I'm not sure whether I'm brave enough to take on rescue babies. Would prefer from a breeder who bred the rats themselves rather than a pet shop as they will have been handled lots & they will know what bad traits have not been bred into their stock. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 04, 2012, 05:17:08 PM
I've found another breeder who was got 2 litters of dumbo rats, aged 9 & 11 weeks. Going to see them tomorrow after work. I do suspect that I'll come home with a couple of new additions to the family! Don't know what Topov will make of it but he's so lonely at the moment.
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 04, 2012, 07:51:45 PM
Awwww, poor little chap! I hope that he soon gets some new pals to play with.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 05, 2012, 01:30:49 PM
Will you be bringing the new rats straight home with you?  It must be hard to choose from a selection!  I hope they settle in quickly and make friends with Topov easily  >thumbsup<

Please post some pics when you can.  I would love to meet the new additions to the family!
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Post by: leg_iron on April 05, 2012, 08:22:07 PM
Ive brought the new rats home with me.  It was hard to decide which ones to get.  They were all lovely & full of mischief!!  I have got 1 blac & white, 1 blue (Dark slate grey) & white & 1 dark fawn (Beige).
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 05, 2012, 08:54:29 PM
Three!!!! That's great.  Have a lovely evening settling in with your new additions  >biggrin<
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Post by: leg_iron on April 05, 2012, 09:54:42 PM
i thought 3 was a good number to get!!  1 is black & white, 1 is Blue (slate grey) & white & 1 is dark fawn (Dark beige).
i'll try & get some piccies over the weekend. Im planning on calling them Ajax, Achillies & Apollo. one is a bit sneezy but that just could be because of the change of environment.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 05, 2012, 10:53:33 PM
Welcome home ratties!
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Post by: leg_iron on April 05, 2012, 11:59:23 PM
They are real characters!!  When the breeder was showing me what rats he had they were causing chaos by escaping from their cage & being really michevious!!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 06, 2012, 12:52:42 AM
Im planning on calling them Ajax, Achillies & Apollo. one is a bit sneezy but that just could be because of the change of environment.

Excellent names, Leg_Iron, and congratulations on the new additions to your household! >thumbsup<

Hope the sneezy fellah will be non-sneezy soon.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 06, 2012, 01:14:03 AM
I am so glad that you have found some new ratties, I hope that they all settle down well together.
 
My friend phoned me today with some rather sad news - Kitten has leucemia  :-(
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Post by: leg_iron on April 06, 2012, 10:30:31 AM
The sneezy rat is a bit wheezy but is eating & drinking ok.  vets only running an emergency service.  Have started a thread on the forum as ive got some baytril antibiotic liquid that i would like to start him on before i get to see the vet.  Rats are prone to respiratory problems.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 07, 2012, 01:55:17 AM
Oh Hurty, that is very sad.  Is there a way of treating kittens?  Is it something your friend would want to do?
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Post by: hossylass on April 07, 2012, 03:11:48 AM
Fingers crossed for the sneezy rat.

I hope they all bring you much pleasure :)
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Post by: leg_iron on April 07, 2012, 08:54:17 AM
They are all sneezy & a bit wheezy.  Im taking them to the vets shortly to get tthem checked out.  They are eating & drinking ok & full of energy & mischief!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: hossylass on April 07, 2012, 10:52:52 AM
Hope it all goes well at the vets.
What people can forget is that such a smalll animal lives an accelerated life, so whereas we can put off going to the doc's, tiny animals will succumb much quicker.
Its worth paying for the vet and knowing what you are dealing with, even if it turns out to be nothing.
Give them a tickle from me! :)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 07, 2012, 12:42:59 PM
Oh Hurty, that is very sad.  Is there a way of treating kittens?  Is it something your friend would want to do?

It seems that chemo is sometimes an option, we are waiting to hear the results of the tests to find out exactly what kind of leukemia we are dealing with. Kitten has a tumour on the space between her lungs, that is what caused the fluid on her lungs. It is likely that this will get worse and cause more breathing problems. It seems that it will be a case of loving and enjoying her while she still has a good quality of life, then letting her go...
 
I do hope that the sneezy and wheezy rat boys are getting better.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 07, 2012, 04:51:26 PM
I went to the vets with the new boys this morning.  They have been given some baytril liquid (abtibiotics) as the vet did listen to their chest & they were a bit wheezy.
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Post by: hossylass on April 07, 2012, 08:44:33 PM
Sorry about the kitten Hurtyback :(
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Post by: leg_iron on April 07, 2012, 09:22:22 PM
Hi Hurtyback.  Sorry to hear about the cat.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 11, 2012, 08:28:49 AM
The new boys are still a bit sneezy but they are eating & drinking well. They are settling in well & interacting well with me. Still very skittish but it's early days. They are real characters! When I go into feed them in the morning they are waiting for me & as soon as I open their cage door they are trying to escape! I'll try & post some photos of the boys soon. 
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 11, 2012, 11:01:00 AM
It sounds like all is going well  >thumbsup< 

How are they getting on with Topov?  Is he going to be top ratty?

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 11, 2012, 02:36:13 PM
I am glad to hear that the boys seem to be settling into their new home.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 11, 2012, 02:43:25 PM
Here's a great video of a bear.  OK, so I don't have one as a pet, I just love this video:

http://www.wimp.com/forestnight/

(it shows a bear scratching his back against a tree, and set to music.  It was shot at night and is in black and white)
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on April 13, 2012, 07:18:50 PM
http://youtu.be/Q34z5dCmC4M

French with subtitles

Ditchdweller,

The bear clip is  >happier<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 14, 2012, 01:50:42 AM
Oh sunshine.   >crying<  poor henri.

(Just loved it.  thank you)
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on April 14, 2012, 11:18:13 AM
Auntie,

 >crying< especially at the end but in a  >biggrin< way. Reminded me a bit of Garfield.
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 14, 2012, 11:59:46 AM
I'm afraid that I did laugh at Henri  >blush<
 
The bear reminded me of Baloo, from the Jungle Book  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 16, 2012, 03:41:23 PM
Ive just come back from the vets after taking Topov rat.  I have had to have him put to sleep.  The vet agreed with me that he had a brain tumour & they felt that there was nothing that they could do for him.  They thought that they would be delaying the inevitable.
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 16, 2012, 03:48:30 PM
Oh no! You really have had a rotten time recently  >bighugs< . I do hope that the new boys settle down and give you enormous pleasure for a very long time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 16, 2012, 03:52:22 PM
I am having bloody awful luck with my rats at the moment.  None of them have reached 2 years old.  Perhaps because i got the new boys from a breeder they will live longer.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 16, 2012, 03:55:29 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that  >hugs<

I hope the new boys have got over their wheezy chests and are enjoying their new home with you.

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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 17, 2012, 02:16:37 AM
Oh Leg!!   >hugs<
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Post by: AndMac on April 21, 2012, 09:41:33 PM
Oh Leg-iron I have only just caught up with this. I am sorry.  I know that rats are so pre-disposed to cancer, it's what's put me off owning them. I hope the new lads are all recovering well and are starting to settle in.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 22, 2012, 10:51:47 AM
I wouldnt let the fact that some rats do get tumors put you off keeping them.  They make such good pets.  I know that i gave Hector & Topov, who both died from pititary tumours, the best care that they could have. 
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Post by: Sofie on April 22, 2012, 10:52:55 AM
Oh Leg-iron I have only just caught up with this. I am sorry.  I know that rats are so pre-disposed to cancer, it's what's put me off owning them. I hope the new lads are all recovering well and are starting to settle in.

We never had problems like that with ours. Due to someone's inability to sex them, we once ended up with 16 babies. >yikes<
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Post by: leg_iron on April 22, 2012, 10:59:57 AM
Wow 16 baby ratties!!!  I'm finding 3 little ones are enough!!!  They are so funny to watch especially when they are having a manic spell when they charge round their cage like a herd of elephants who've drunk too much red bull!!  I didnt think that 3 small rats could make so much noise when they are playing!
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 22, 2012, 11:22:24 AM
They sound like fun!
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 22, 2012, 01:54:28 PM
They sound like fun!

Just what I was thinking!
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Post by: leg_iron on April 22, 2012, 04:25:24 PM
Achilles Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Achilles.jpg)
Ajax Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Ajax.jpg)
Apollo Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Apollo.jpg)
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Post by: Sofie on April 22, 2012, 07:53:43 PM
Beautiful :-)
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 22, 2012, 08:23:09 PM
Lovely pics Legiron  >thumbsup<
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 22, 2012, 08:43:17 PM
What handsome chaps they are, leg_iron!
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Post by: leg_iron on April 22, 2012, 08:43:54 PM
Sorry about the slightly fuzzy pics.  they were taken on my iPhone & the camera isnt brilliant & i got slightly shakey left hand!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 22, 2012, 08:46:23 PM
They are so cute.  Their ears are on the side of their head & a bit bigger than normal hence "Dumbo" rats.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 22, 2012, 09:45:35 PM
Ooo I just luv the dumbo rats.
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Post by: leg_iron on April 22, 2012, 11:08:15 PM
I've just let them out for the first time.  Ajax was the bravest & came out of the cage for the longest time but the others did come out for a short time.  Its early days.  They will build up their confidence.
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Post by: AndMac on April 23, 2012, 03:13:59 AM
*Makes mental note to look for 'Dumbo' rats in future*
They are absolutely gorgeous. Looking forward to reading more about them.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 23, 2012, 10:42:08 PM
I want this doggie:

http://www.dogwork.com/clhg9/
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Post by: Sofie on April 23, 2012, 10:45:18 PM
>lol< I would love it if my parents dogs tidied up after themselves.
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 24, 2012, 02:54:32 PM
How great is that dog?! I would love one like that  >biggrin<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 24, 2012, 03:13:18 PM
Hmm, definitely not a basset  >lol<
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Post by: oldtone27 on April 24, 2012, 03:40:10 PM
What else do you expect a retriever to do?  >dog< The clue is in the name.  ;-)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 24, 2012, 10:39:02 PM
My doggie is part retriever, and I have never managed to get her to retrieve anything.  Usually if she is bothered to chase after something she picks it up and runs off with it.  Retrieve she does not do.
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Post by: Sofie on April 24, 2012, 11:10:44 PM
One of our dogs is part retriever. When he was a puppy, we'd leave the porch door open, which had shoes and coats in. Anyway, many times he was caught bringing in dad's slipper and chewing it. >lol<

He has grown up a bit now. But is such a creep.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 27, 2012, 12:23:32 AM
I had to laugh at Achilles tonight. I cleaned their cage, litter tray & house as it was a bit smelly. I put fresh bedding in their house but it didn't last in there for long. He transferred the bedding into the litter tray & made his new bed there! For some reason all my rats love kipping in their litter tray. I don't know why as they are very clean animals.
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Post by: Hurtyback on April 27, 2012, 02:34:58 PM
I guess it is their way of telling you who is boss  >lol<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 27, 2012, 03:24:43 PM
I once had a hamster who insisted on moving his bedding over his food bowl, so that he didn't have to go far for a snack!

 >hamster<  He was a greedy little thing!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 27, 2012, 11:06:27 PM
Ive just had fun trying to get 3 naughty full of energy ratties back into their cage after playtime.  It took me ages to get them back in as they kept coming back out after they ran back into their cage.  Eventually they ran back into the back of the cage & i could close the door!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 28, 2012, 12:35:32 AM
I guess it is their way of telling you who is boss   >lol<
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Post by: Frances on April 28, 2012, 04:24:41 PM
And its not you Leggy !
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Post by: leg_iron on April 28, 2012, 05:12:42 PM
they have got me well & truely wrapped round their little paws!!
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Post by: Sofie on April 28, 2012, 08:23:26 PM
Does anyone elses dog dribble over themselves? Benji does it a lot.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 28, 2012, 08:59:14 PM
Try having a basset hound!  They slobber like you wouldn't believe, and it's thick and sticky, a bit like wallpaper paste.  I'm always having to wash Barney's ears where he makes such a mess of them, and when he shakes you need to be wearing waterproofs!  Everything we own has dog slobber on it.  But we still love him  >love<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on April 28, 2012, 09:47:28 PM
One of my neighbours has a boxer; he's very friendly, bounces around and slobbers all over anyone who is within reach.  I'm sure his human must expend some effort cleaning up after him indoors.  He is a very nice dog, though.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 28, 2012, 11:39:27 PM
That was one of my criteria when I was going round the dog homes looking.  No dribbling.  Yuch!  Definitely something I could not cope with.  I can just about tolerate all the dog and cat hairs and footprints. 

Next time I am thinking of looking for a no-hair-drop pooch.  But shush! don't tell doggie that.
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Post by: leg_iron on April 29, 2012, 01:05:55 PM
So your getting a Mexican hairless dog next time then?
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 29, 2012, 03:13:53 PM
I don't like hairless breeds of dogs or anything else actually.

Some breeds shed their coats more quickly than others.  I'm surprised how much bassets shed considering they're a short haired breed.  We use a furminator on him to brush his coat and it takes out masses of the loose fur.  I'm collecting it and putting it out for the birds to use in nest building at the moment.  We've got blue tits in one of the nest boxes, and I've seen them pick some up and take it back to the nest, so hopefully they will be nice and snug this season.
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Post by: leg_iron on April 29, 2012, 04:20:07 PM
I know people on the rat forum i use who have hairless rats & i do wonder why.  I cant see the point of hairless animals.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 29, 2012, 08:46:11 PM
They have the same personalities I 'spose but they are a bit, umm, naked!  Makes me squirm somewhat

I like soft warm fur, (and dandruff and fleas)!!
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Post by: leg_iron on April 29, 2012, 09:30:53 PM
I often read on the forum posts about hairless rats getting scratches from their mates because they dont have any protection from their fur.
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Post by: Sofie on April 30, 2012, 11:36:26 AM
Jacko has less fur than Benji; but Jacko sheds his fur more.
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Post by: AndMac on April 30, 2012, 10:33:43 PM
A good friend of mine had to keep his dog kennelled  outside as it just destroyed the house, it was completely brainless and flung itself everywhere.
It grew very, very thick fur as a result and when you groomed it a cloud of fur (gingerish) used to rise up. When he was in the car with you, you could see it drifting round and settling everywhere as he continually danced around. I've never known a house with so many lint rollers and clothes brushes.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 30, 2012, 11:02:07 PM
That is because some of us just go around with furry clothes. >lol<
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Post by: leg_iron on May 01, 2012, 07:15:27 PM
Ive just seen this funny article in the Daily Mail.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2137884/The-London-Dungeon-Rat-Walk-Robson-rodent-wins-dream-role.html
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 01, 2012, 09:38:19 PM
 >lol<  Good for Robson!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 01, 2012, 11:59:37 PM
He is a handsome chappie.  That grey bit on the end of his nose makes him rather distinguished, don't you think?
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Post by: leg_iron on May 02, 2012, 07:44:52 AM
I agree with you Auntie.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on May 02, 2012, 07:10:33 PM
So, what tricks are you planning on teaching the boys, Legiron?
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Post by: leg_iron on May 02, 2012, 07:44:58 PM
Think I'll teach em how to dance like fred & Ginger complete with top hat & tails!!!
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Post by: ditchdwellers on May 04, 2012, 05:29:07 PM
 >cool<

Barney absolutely stinks today.  He found something nice to eat in the reeds yesterday and the smell is awful.  And he keeps wanting to climb onto the sofa and give me a slobbery kiss and cuddle  >yikes<  I gave him some mints to eat, and my PA has just given him a good brush (I think I need to pay her double for that!) and he is slightly less fragrant!  Little bugger! :-)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 06, 2012, 12:05:05 AM
Here is one idea:

http://www.theskichannel.com/featured/20120320/ratatouille-the-snowboarding-opossum/
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 06, 2012, 03:49:30 PM
Awwww.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 06, 2012, 06:51:41 PM
A friend always comments that doggie's breath smells.  Yesterday I was in the doggie warehouse and found a liquid that you put into their water and it is supposed to help get rid of the plaque, of which she has plenty.  So I started today.

I'll let you know if it works.  However since the first ingredient is 'aqua' ie water, I do not hold out a lot of hope.
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Post by: leg_iron on May 07, 2012, 12:15:04 AM
I've just moved the 3 amigos into the big cage. Think they do like it. They settled in really quickly  i did scatter some of the cardboard from the base of their old cage into the new one. It then smells a bit familiar to them. There's loads more room for them to charge around and also space for them to get away from each other should they need to.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on May 07, 2012, 10:37:05 AM
Good to hear the boys are settling down well.

Here's a clip for all cat lovers:

http://www.wimp.com/stopnightmare/
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 07, 2012, 05:33:09 PM
Awwww, how sweet!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 07, 2012, 09:23:34 PM
Oh my, what a caring mother.  You can just see how tired mum is and how much she wishes that baby would just relax and let her have some sleep.   :-)
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Post by: Defying Gravity on May 16, 2012, 10:23:09 PM
Oh, *so* cute! Incidentally, does anyone know how cats' colours work? Mum there was tabby with a ginger kitten for example, and I know that my black and white cat's mum was a torte/tabby mix. Does it mean dad was black and white, or is it random?
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Post by: Sofie on May 17, 2012, 10:46:03 PM
How do my parents stop one of the dogs constantly licking himself? There's no cut, scab, etc. and he had a shower last weekend.
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Post by: oldtone27 on May 18, 2012, 12:32:48 PM
Defying Gravity, you may find the following link to the Wikipedia entry on cat colouring useful. The only problem is that it is a bit technical.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_coat_genetics

The following link is simpler I think being intended for kids. Definitely easy to follow though.

http://kids.cfa.org/understanding-cat-colors.pdf

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 18, 2012, 06:12:59 PM
Barney's suffering from separation anxiety so badly, that we've decided to try him at Doggie Day Care, a play school for dogs run by our local dog training centre.  He went for a one hour taster session so that he could be assessed and to see if he could cope with it.  They know him from the training we've been doing with them, so they knew what to expect!

He managed really well, and he's going back next week for a 2 hour session.  They think a half day or full day would be too much for him to cope with at the moment, so we're going to build him up gradually.  It would be really helpful for us to have somewhere we can take him when family and friends are unable to dog sit, especially when I need to go to hospital and it's going to take all day! 

I felt awful dropping him off - a bit like taking your child to nursery for the first time, and I worried about him terribly, even though I knew they know what they're doing and he would be well looked after  >blush<

Sofie - dogs can lick for all sorts of reasons.  Could it be a reaction to the shampoo that he was washed with?  If you're worried about it, and he doesn't stop then you may need to ask the vet to have a look.  Sometimes dogs can get into a sort of licking frenzy, and it could be a sign that he's anxious.  Has his routine changed recently?  Is his flea protection up to date?  We have been advised by our vet to change the brand of flea treatment we were using (Frontline) as it was proving not to be quite as effective as it used to be.  We now use Advocate, which also covers worming too http://www.animeddirect.co.uk/dogs/flea-and-tick/advocate-40-for-small-dogs-up-to-4kg.html

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on May 18, 2012, 06:54:31 PM
Thanks DW. He's been licking that same part of his leg for ages. Way before he had his shower on Saturday.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 19, 2012, 06:10:17 PM
Sofie,

Has the dog a rash anywhere?  Did he have his flea stuff on the back of his neck recently?  Has he licked away the fur 'cos if so he should get to the vets to see if they can spot something.  Big cuddle to dog  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 19, 2012, 06:28:04 PM
I'm getting  bit concerned about doggie.  She is very old and arthritic and is starting to go off her food.  She prefers to sleep indoors rather than go out into the garden like she always used to.  So I am a bit upset, in advance of anything happening.

We are going away for a few weeks.  I think that I will find out where the nearest vet is to the caravan site, just in case.


[sometimes I wish I had two avatars so that I can swap to a downwards smiley one when talking about non-happy things]
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on May 19, 2012, 07:31:04 PM
Sofie,

Has the dog a rash anywhere?  Did he have his flea stuff on the back of his neck recently?  Has he licked away the fur 'cos if so he should get to the vets to see if they can spot something.  Big cuddle to dog  >hugs<

No to everything. He's mostly white and has short fur; so if we'd see if he did have fleas. He does lick his feet a lot too - mostly where his dewclaws were. They were removed because he caught them all the time and had to constantly be clipped.

It's just his feet he licks.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 19, 2012, 08:01:50 PM
Auntie, sorry to hear your old girl is out of sorts.  Does she take medication for her arthritis?  Does she need to increase the dose?  If she's losing interest in life, she may be suffering from canine cognitive dysfunction (dementia), which is what Harvey had.  http://www.hoppity.co.uk/Homes_gardens/canine_cognitive_dysfunction.htm
Harvey didn't show all the symptoms, but those he did have worsened with time.  The vet prescribed Vivitonin and it definitely perked him up for a while.  I guess you may need a visit to the vet to rule out any underlying problems.  A blood test will show up any major problems, although it won't show dementia.  It's horrible when our pets are ill  >hugs<

On another note, the campsite may have a board with emergency contact details on, including vets.  Perhaps you could phone them before you go to find out before you start trying to track a vet down yourself.  I hope your holiday goes well.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 20, 2012, 12:31:15 PM
Just done their weekly cage clean.  They are so bloody messy!!  They have chucked so much bedding out of their cage & they've started to poo outside their cage.  What lovely creatures are they!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 20, 2012, 02:32:38 PM
Charming critters!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 20, 2012, 10:41:07 PM
Auntie,

Sorry to hear about you dog feeling her age. I am kind of dreading Megs and Lwca getting older because I am not sure the minds are going to let their bodies slow down. I hope you are all able to enjoy the holiday despite the aches and pains of getting old.

 >hugs<

Sofie,

Dogs also lick themselves if they are bruised or sore. Megs ripped a dew claw a while ago and it looks okay now but I think her leg aches so she licks it for comfort.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 06, 2012, 02:54:54 AM
Hello,

doggie is back and has had a wonderful time.  I think that all she needed was a break, like I did.  She has been bouncing about in the park - quite unlike how she has been recently.  Not for long mind, and she is still sleeping a lot, but she obviously has had a great time away.  She has been going up to all sorts of strangers asking for head tickles - very funny as everyone who passes her stops to give her a pat.  Quite a little charmer.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on June 06, 2012, 12:27:16 PM
Hi Auntie,
Good to have you back.   >biggrin<
Great to hear that you all enjoyed your holiday (hope the weather was good for you), and that doggie had a good rest and change of scene.
Older dogs do tend to sleep more, so I wouldn't be too alarmed by her snoozing the day away.  She's obviously still enjoying her walks and meeting people so that's a good thing.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 06, 2012, 01:32:50 PM
Welcome home, auntie, I am glad that you and doggie had a good time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 06, 2012, 07:11:38 PM
Quote
Quite a little charmer.

Meg's can be like that with people but if she does it with a dog we tend to quickly get her interested in bringing back 'her' ball or else we risk her going from aww what a nice doggy let me sniff you look I am wagging my tail to get off thats my ball and shrieking.

It is good to read your dog is okay and you both had a enjoyable time  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 06, 2012, 08:26:49 PM
Flossie says thank you for your good wishes everyone.

Yes, she did have a good time, al;though it was rather hot at the first place she was taken to, and so she had to spend most of the time resting in the shade of the caravan and not getting out and about quite so much as she would have liked. 

At the second place doggie did get a bit fed up one evening as she was left outside the caravan until after dark as the cat and the human seem to have gone to sleep inside and forgotten all about her waiting patiently.  Never mind, she got in eventually, just before  heavy dew came down.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: boccius on June 09, 2012, 03:58:45 PM
I mentioned before how the guard dogs at our pet crematorium bark their nuts off when you drive in, but then quieten down if you walk past their pen with the body of a pet.

Happened a couple of years ago when we took Charlie there, and yesterday, when it was old Rosie's turn, same thing.

Drove in, parked next to the dog pen, all three big healthy alsatians barking their heads off. We got out of the car, with Rosie's body in an open box, covered with flowers, and silence. Three big alsatians just stood there. Took the body across the yard to where you leave your loved ones, returned 15 minutes later, and the dogs were still subdued.

Got back in the car, and as if a switch had been thrown, all three were barking again - before we'd even started the engine.

What exactly they sense I don't know, whether it's Rosie's spirit or our sadness, but something happens beyond my explanation.

And our devastation at having to leave Rosie there, in a strange place, was tempered by the thought that these three dogs, her mortal enemies for 19 years, were somehow standing guard.

How daft is that.


A.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on June 09, 2012, 04:12:19 PM
Not daft at all, Allen.  Hope you are OK (as OK as you can be when you just lost a loved one).>bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 09, 2012, 08:46:09 PM
So sorry for your loss.  Its not daft.  Im sure that they know that you are taking a pet on their final journey.  Ive got Septimus, Hartley & Topov's ashes ( 3 of my rats), to take to my mum's to be scattered in her garden.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 09, 2012, 11:22:41 PM
Boccius,

Quote
What exactly they sense I don't know, whether it's Rosie's spirit or our sadness, but something happens beyond my explanation.

Animals can bring us nearer to ourselves and remind us of what is important - thank you for sharing  >hugs<

The rescue kitten/cat I got a couple of months ago is on my desk as I type and she put her tail across my hand, like she is saying a gentle Hi.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: boccius on June 10, 2012, 11:36:17 AM
Thank you for the kind thoughts, which are much appreciated.

This picture is of Rosie, aged about 18, full of beans as ever:

(http://ouchtoo.org/coppermine/albums/userpics/normal_rosie_keen_march_2011.JPG)

We've been blessed with cats, and hope they were happy with us.

Allen.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 10, 2012, 03:51:43 PM
Boccius,

Rosie looks lovely and very like a tabby I used to have. In my experience tabbies are so mischievious and clever, Sharka used to meet me on the way home from school and jump on my shoulder so I could carry her the last few yards. The thing about cats is if they are not happy they can and do just get up and leave.

You might 'see' Rosie around the house for a few weeks it is just a thing some do they give their owners a longer goodbye.
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dark_Divinity on June 10, 2012, 04:08:47 PM
Is it possible that pets come back to visit you after they have passed on? I have experienced now and again rooms changing smell and sometimes at night what feels like an animal sitting on my bed. Could all be in my head or could be my rabbit coming back to check up on me... >angel<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: boccius on June 10, 2012, 04:19:35 PM
A Buddhist sage, Daisaku Ikeda once wrote:

Life is not simply the subjective experience of an individual living person or even the social experience among species. Life is the mutually inclusive relationship between all living things and the environment and encompasses the entire scope of everything conceivable and even things yet inconceivable.

So, Dark Divinity, quite possibly...


A.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 10, 2012, 09:01:08 PM
Dark Divinity,

I do hope it is your bunny come to have a nose twitch with you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on June 10, 2012, 09:04:48 PM
Allen, So sorry to hear that you have lost your companion.  The picture of her is lovely, and I can't believe that she was 18 when you took the photo;  she looks like a much younger cat.  She obviously had a lovely home during her long life with you.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 10, 2012, 09:34:32 PM
I am so sorry that your beautiful Rosie has crossed Rainbow Bridge  >rainbow2< .
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on June 10, 2012, 11:05:30 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your loss Allen.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dark_Divinity on June 11, 2012, 08:51:04 PM
Dark Divinity,

I do hope it is your bunny come to have a nose twitch with you.

I like to think so, probably come back to see if I got any dandelions for him. Bless him.  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on June 13, 2012, 11:54:30 PM
What a gorgeous cat, how lucky you both were to have had each other.
About 18 months after I left my elderly dog in Germany with new owners, I had a very vivid dream where I came home to this house and she greeted me as she always did.
When I woke up I "knew" instantly that she had passed over and had come to say goodbye.
I still believe this.  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on June 25, 2012, 04:15:40 PM
How's everyone getting on with their furry friends?

Barney's doing really well at Doggie Day Care.  He tried a 4 hour session last week, and it was decided that 4 hours is a little too much for him at the moment, so he went for 3 hours today and had a lovely time.  He went at 11am so that he could be there in time for their snack and rest time at 12!  Play starts again at 1pm and we picked him up at 2pm.  He's going for another 3 hour session next week and after a few more weeks, we're going to try him on 4 hours again.

His best friend there is a chocolate lab called Chocolate.  She's lovely and belongs to one of the people who works at Doggie Day Care.

I hope all is well with everybody else  >dog<

 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on June 25, 2012, 04:24:38 PM
Ours are fine, thanks. Benji has started barking at the dog across the street when that dog barks and Benji barks at the postman.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 25, 2012, 05:37:33 PM
It sounds as if Barney is having a great time. I didn't even know there was such a thing as 'doggie daycare'!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 25, 2012, 05:59:23 PM
The boys are fine.  I have some new photos of the boys.
Apollo Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Facebook/Rat%20Photos/456905_239988399452458_1382267533_o.jpg)
Achilles Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Facebook/Rat%20Photos/459000_239988592785772_203878643_o.jpg)
Ajax Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Facebook/Rat%20Photos/288475_239988512785780_975269746_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on June 25, 2012, 08:56:24 PM
Good to hear everyone is OK. 

Sophie, has Benji got over his itchy rash thing?

Legiron, I love the pictures of the boys.  They look quite mischievous  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on June 25, 2012, 09:14:52 PM
It was jacko who has that. He's not as bad now, thanks.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 25, 2012, 10:26:56 PM
*waves to all the furries*

 >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on June 25, 2012, 11:00:36 PM
Both my cats had upset tummies last week, it was a bit grim. Now the kitten (who's a cat now really) seems to have a slightly sore leg. I'm keeping an eye on him to see if he needs the vet. He's still leaping around though!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 25, 2012, 11:53:00 PM
Evening Auntie.  DD they are really naughty at times, but they do call a group of rats a mischief!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 26, 2012, 12:05:00 AM
EVening/night?? Leg!

My cat has had tummy troubles too over the last week.  It started with me trying a new sort of cat food, which came out again undigested. (It is OK, I will not go on about it any more).  I am about to write to the food-making company and tell them as my cat may not be the only one that has been fed this new food. 

(It comes in a purple box.)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on June 26, 2012, 11:49:23 AM
Since I had to restrict their food anyway I took the opportunity to stop giving them sachets of meat and just give them more dry biscuits. I'd always hoped that their high quality biscuits balanced out the normal sachets, but I'm told that the biscuits are better for them, as long as they are good ones. And as they would only eat Tesco sachets but there isn't a Tesco nearby, this is my first step to being able to get cheaper Asda shopping deliveries instead of Tesco! (Next step is to change over the cat litter...)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 26, 2012, 03:27:57 PM
When I first started my rats on the food they have now, it did have some unpleasant side effects as its got garlic in it and their poo was so smelly for a couple of weeks until their guts got used to it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 26, 2012, 06:25:39 PM
What does the garlic do to the rats, leg?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 26, 2012, 07:05:30 PM
Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photo's, leg_iron!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 26, 2012, 07:29:55 PM
I think the garlic helps their immune system as well as giving them smelly poo for a few weeks!!!  Im glad that i managed to get some up to date photos of them.  Normally they scarper when i try & grab my phone to try & take some photos of them.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 12, 2012, 02:04:45 PM
Lidl's have some pet bargains coming up! Not actual  pet's just some accessories  >lol<

http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_32922.htm
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 15, 2012, 09:37:58 PM
Barney helped with the gardening today. 

He dug up a cabbage. 

And then ate it! 

He'd just had his dinner, so he couldn't have been starving!  Great help he is  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 15, 2012, 10:12:28 PM
And what did he do with the whitefly?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on July 15, 2012, 10:54:34 PM
Why do big dogs try to squeeze their bums into tiny spaces? Benji does this and I've then got to try to squeeze my bum in between him and Jacko.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on July 15, 2012, 11:54:13 PM
My 3 boys try & climb inside an empty tissue box.  Its so funny to watch though i do feel sorry for the rat at the bottom especially when fat apollo climbs into the box.. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 16, 2012, 11:45:39 AM
And what did he do with the whitefly?

The whitefly haven't had a chance with all the rain this year.  I'm sure there were a few slugs for added protein though  >biggrin<

Sofie, I don't think dogs realise how big they are!  It sounds like the same thing applies to Leg Iron's rats too!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on July 16, 2012, 04:16:23 PM
I guess we all like to kid ourselves that our bums are smaller than they really are!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 16, 2012, 07:47:46 PM
For some of us it is not just our bums!

I am in proportion and my shape remains the same whatever dress size I am.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 16, 2012, 08:09:12 PM
Me too  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on July 17, 2012, 10:13:22 PM
I guess we all like to kid ourselves that our bums are smaller than they really are!

 >lol< Meanwhile, Jacko tries to take up as much room as he can...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 18, 2012, 02:51:55 AM
But not as much as Sir Cumference takes up, by all accounts.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on July 18, 2012, 05:28:58 AM
Nearly 16 months now since Pereg had her first Grand Mal epileptic seizure, and since then both her and my life has drastically changed. "Real life" interrupted my forum life and I guess that both Pereg are mostly amongst those others who come this way and then go, and then appear again like a bad penny - or maybe more like a flickering candle?

My beloved girl is still with me
 (http://oi47.tinypic.com/k33fjm.jpg)
 - not a new picture but then I do not take many of her as she does not like posing.

The change to a fully raw [more Prey than BARF] diet, plus all the liver protecting supplements and other vitamin and mineral supplements are keeping her well.  She is happy, she is beautiful, and I love her more than I ever imagined it was possible to love a dog.
_________________
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on July 18, 2012, 08:52:50 AM
Very glad to hear Pereg is well - hope you are too, Rosie.  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on July 18, 2012, 10:03:55 AM
Rosie, it's nice to hear from you :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 18, 2012, 10:00:51 PM
How come the doggie is hogging the sofa??   >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on July 18, 2012, 11:11:27 PM
The floor is never good enough... >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on July 19, 2012, 05:27:24 AM
How come the doggie is hogging the sofa??   >lol<

Because the sofa, which opens to a double bed but has only ever been used as such on two occasions, was originally bought for little Lexie!   Half of it is "occupied" by Pereg's toy basket, which is half under the tray/table thingy, which is in front of two accordian files and a load of filing shoved between the two, but luckily you can't see all that mess in the piccie!!

The floor is never good enough... >lol<

The floor is fine - Pereg flonks down where she fancies - currently on the floor leaning against one of my front wheels.

Let's face it - I only live here by courtesy of de dawg!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on July 19, 2012, 12:06:58 PM
Hi Rosie, it is lovely to 'see' you again and to learn that your beautiful Pereg is doing well  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 26, 2012, 12:46:38 AM
Well, that was jolly exciting.  I've just sat down again.

Doggie suddenly barked a lot and rushed out of the sitting room, down the hall, across the kitchen and out of the back dog flap.  Bark, bark.  I followed her and put the cat to bed, came back into the sitting room and saw this flash of brown streak behind the sofa!  How odd.  There was the ghost cat that someone had seen in this room about 50 years ago whose shadow I occasionally catch, but it was not like this.

Turned out to be the local fox!  In my sitting room, wondering how he was going to get out again.  A lovely healthy animal that I am well acquainted with as he leaves his take-away dinners on my lawn a lot, as well as being somewhat noisy in the middle of the night.

I managed to herd it back out into the hall - but I had shut the kitchen door and now it was trapped between me and the door.  O-Oh, would it turn to attack me?  I turned around and picked up a piece of wood that should have been in the basement, and pushed open the kitchen door with it, leaning over Mr Fox to do so.  I fervently hoped that he would not jump up at me.

Oh no, doggie had come back in and by now was behind the kitchen door just as fox was running through the door.  Clash of four-legged creatures!

*bark, bark, flurry of noses and paws*

Fox ran out into the garden, cat rushed into kitchen to see what was going on, doggie is in all of a fluster, and I stood there and laughed.  *grin*
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 05, 2012, 06:50:52 PM
Turned out to be the local fox!  In my sitting room, wondering how he was going to get out again.     >yikes<

Goodness Auntie, as you say, "that was jolly exciting."

I am so glad the fox did not attack you or your dog and cat.  Phew.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 05, 2012, 06:51:34 PM
This is so cute: puppy saying, "I love you."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JRjP7gHwF8I
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 09, 2012, 07:29:46 PM
A new rat photo.  Its Apollo & Ajax chilling out.
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/ApolloAjax.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 09, 2012, 11:27:25 PM
Aw!! leg, they are so lovely and look so relaxed and happy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: suessad on August 10, 2012, 11:33:32 AM
 >thumbsup< Lovely one Yvette.

 Legiron, They are so cute and look very happy. Pleased to see they get on so well together.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 10, 2012, 02:37:09 PM
Awwww, leggy, what a lovely photo of your ratty boys. Thank you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 11, 2012, 12:45:58 PM
I love the way they seem to be snuggled up together.  They obviously get on well together!  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 11, 2012, 05:28:11 PM
Achilles cant fit in there when Apollo & Ajajx are in there.  They have the odd moment when they dont get on but they soon make up. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 12, 2012, 09:09:23 AM
There was a bit of handbags at 5 paces in the cage last night between Apollo & Achilles.  Dont know what caused that but it seemed to calm down shortly afterwards.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 15, 2012, 12:10:10 AM
Your ratties are gorgeous, legiron.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 17, 2012, 03:46:22 PM
I thought i was going to lose Ajax last night.  I thought he had had a stroke.  He was moving around really strangely.  I took him out of the cage & put him in his travel box.  He just led there & when he did move he seemed to be leaning to one side.  He also felt cold.  He did seem to pick up later on last night & i returned him to his cage as the others were missing him.  He wa back to his normal self this morning, eating & drinking fine this morning with no sign of imparement.  I'm taking him to the vets later to get him checked out.   
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 17, 2012, 08:18:46 PM
Vet couldnt find anything wrong.  Doesnt think its a stroke.  He's too young & he's now back to normal & its not an infection as hes not showing any symptoms.  It could be a form of epilepsy, petit mal ebsences.  Have to monitor him & record any further episodes. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 17, 2012, 08:22:09 PM
Sorry to hear that.  Let's hope it's a one off.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 17, 2012, 09:19:18 PM
I really thought id lost him last night.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 18, 2012, 03:48:21 PM
leg_iron  >hugs< , I am glad that Ajax is back to normal again.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 18, 2012, 06:42:35 PM
He seems fine now.  The vet thought he was named after the dutch football team.  NO he is named after the Greek God.  I hate football!!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on August 18, 2012, 06:53:24 PM
Not the cleaning product brand then? (PS, fab rats.)
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Post by: leg_iron on August 18, 2012, 07:09:36 PM
Thats what the receptionist at the vets thought when i registered him & his brothers, Apollo & Achilles.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 21, 2012, 03:24:48 PM
It's official.  Barney has 'issues'.

On Saturday we had a dog behaviourist come out to see us, and she confirmed our suspicions that Barney has anxiety problems.  She's used to seeing him from training class and from doggie day care and says he is the most anxious dog she has ever come across.  It's not anything that we're doing wrong, rather it's the cumulative effects of his previous 5 homes.  In fact, he's improved since he came here, we just need more professional help.  I've got an appointment to see the vet next Wednesday to talk things through and hopefully start him off on doggie prozac which will hopefully help him and stop the panic attacks.

In the meantime, we have to try to avoid stressful situations for him and help keep him calm.  So lots of cuddles and quiet time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 21, 2012, 10:18:24 PM
hugs to Barney  >hugs<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on August 23, 2012, 09:53:06 PM
Oh dear, doggie is not well.  She is 14 years old and has kennel cough!  I thought only puppies got that.  It started last night and we went to the vets a few hours ago.  I like to wait a day if anyone (pet or me) is ill as, you never know, it might just go away.

She is on antibiotics and the vet suggested I get benilyn from the chemist, child strength, and give her two spoonfuls at a time. It is not too bad, the vet says and her lungs are OK.  She whoops as though she has whooping cough, as though she is trying to throw up, but there is nothing there.  I managed to get her to lick water from a cupped hand last night and that did help to ease her throat a little.  Anyway, she has had two antibiotics in some dog food tonight, so we shall see what happens.  The vet said if she is not better in 5 days to take her back.

We are going on holiday in a weeks time.  >doh<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 23, 2012, 10:55:07 PM
Hi auntie, thats typical!  Hope she is feeling better soon.  Ajax is back to his cheeky self after his strange episode last week.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 24, 2012, 06:22:19 PM
Oh dear Auntie.  Antibiotics tend to work quite quickly, so hopefully doggie will be feeling a little better soon.  Typical that it should happen just before  a holiday!

Legiron, pleased to hear that Ajax has not had any further episodes and is back to normal.

Barney has had a very disturbed week.  So much for trying to keep him calm!  After falling in the canal on Wednesday morning (I was on the way to my parents, who were looking after him for me, for the afternoon), he promptly fell in the pond in my parents garden!  I would have thought that one dunking for the day would have been enough!  Yesterday he slept all day after his eventful day previously, and today he's been very restless and anxious.  I wrapped him up in his Thundershirt this afternoon and he's calmed down and is now snoring on the sofa.

I've only just discovered Thundershirts - my vet recommended them - and it really seems to help him.  It's one of those things that I wouldn't have believed unless I had seen it myself.  Here's a link if anyone else is interested in them:

http://www.thundershirt.com/

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 24, 2012, 09:27:37 PM
I don't suppose that they do try-on ones before you buy?  I'd love to try the coat on my cat as he is still a bit nervy although I have had him for 2 years now.

Does it really work?

Doggie is already getting better.  Much less of the whooping episodes.  Thanks for asking about her.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 24, 2012, 09:40:30 PM
I have found that it really does work for Barney.  He reacts badly to storms - quakes and shakes, salivates, and hyperventilates - yet when we had a storm last weekend, we wrapped him in his thundershirt and he didn't shake, salivate or pant excessively.  We were able to distract him with food and games, and although he was aware of the thunder and was nervous, it was a 80% improvement on previous storms.  I'm trying to use it to calm him when he has an anxiety attack and becomes restless, and I definitely think it's helping.  If you buy one, most retailers offer a 45 day moneyback guarantee.  They are expensive, so it's worth shopping around and ensure you can get your money back if it doesn't work for you.

Good to hear that doggie is recovering!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 29, 2012, 09:47:59 PM
One Monday night, Barney stole and ate an entire 500g bag of boiled sweets.  We had no idea he done this and on Tuesday morning were concerned when he didn't eat his breakfast - very unlike him to turn down food.  It wasn't until later in the morning that I saw the empty bag under a chair that I realised what had happened.  He had eaten all the sweets including the wrappers.  I phoned the vet and they said he may be sick and have a bit of a sugar rush and come down, and provide he drank plenty he would be OK.  All day yesterday he was very miserable, and didn't start being sick until we went to bed.  Then he had us up every hour, on the hour, to go outside.  At 3.30am, I cooked him some rice, as he had brought up all the sweetie wrappers and his stomach was making the most horrendous noises.  At  5am he finally settled down, just in time for the alarm to go off at 6!

Today he's been much better, and has been for a walk, as well as a trip to the vet to talk about his anxiety problems.  He's been put on an antidepressant and we will see how this goes for a couple of months.  I really do hope it works as the prescription cost £106 for a months supply. >yikes<  I wasn't expecting it to be so expensive, still if he needs it then he has to have it. 

 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on August 29, 2012, 09:58:31 PM
Hope Barney is ok. Reminds me of something that happened 4-5 years ago with one of my parents dogs. She'd swallowed a hair band. We didn't know this and were baffled as to why she kept throwing up. She did eventually throw up this hair band.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on August 29, 2012, 10:53:01 PM
Ditchdwellers, I hope Barney starts to feel better soon. Just in case you don't know, it's sometimes cheaper to ask your vet to write a prescription and then buy the drugs from an online pharmacy. It's legal to do this as long as you have a prescription, you will have to send the prescription to them before they'll send you the drugs. Your vet will probably charge for the prescription though, so do the sums first! I do this with my cats' prescription only flea/worm treatment and I save about £10 each time - the treatment is about half the price of getting it from the vet, but I also have to pay £12.50 per prescription.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 29, 2012, 11:18:37 PM
Bl...y animals!!

Flossie is now well again.  We are off on our hols in the caravan with the cat so will not be able to give news until we get back.  No fancy phones here.

All the best to you all.  I'll be back sooner if the weather remains poor.

 >hugs< to all that feel in need.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 30, 2012, 01:34:48 PM
I am glad to hear that Flossie is well again  >thumbsup< .
 
Poor old Barney, I am so glad that the Thunderblanket seems to help. It looks rather like the weighted blankets available for people with autism (for example).
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 30, 2012, 10:08:13 PM
Have a wonderful holiday Auntie and I'm so glad Flossie is on the mend.
 
I just hope Barney is feeling better too!

Thanks for the link for Thundershirts, I'm going to see if I can get one for Ebs.

He is so much better now but is still not fully back to full strength.  He and Ives are both on another shed load of tablets because the parasite Ebs had (and Ives probably had too) causes a stomach infection.  Hopefully the tablets will get Ebs up and running and will be the end of him being poorly.

Ives had the stomach infection too but never showed any sign of being poorly, unlike her brother Ebs.

Trying to take rear-end samples from each of them was rather difficult as they had to be kept in separate rooms and also prevented from accessing the cat flap or getting out through the back or front doors.

Ives was quite good and produced a sample overnight but not Ebs.  He held on for twenty six hours!  He was determined to get outside and it was a nightmare trying to keep him in and also keep Ives separate from him.

They have to take these tablets for two weeks, wait two weeks and then provide another sample.  NIghtmare.

But thank goodness they are both insured.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 13, 2012, 01:34:40 PM
I am currently enjoying being 'auntie'  to a little black cat. He's been here since yesterday, presumed lost. We are genuinely making every attempt to find his home  - but I must admit that I would not mind if they don't turn up!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 13, 2012, 06:51:57 PM
Hurtyback, please take your orphan to a Vet - they will be able to scan your little cat and find out if s/he has a microchip to indentify their owner.

Someone may be heartbroken at the loss of their little kitten.   :-(
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Post by: Hurtyback on September 13, 2012, 07:58:31 PM
Yvette, I did that last evening - he is not chipped  :-( . I have rung the local vets, PDSA and Cats Protection people. We also spoke to our neighbour who knows everything and everyone. I have been putting off posting notices because it is more difficult for me (physically) but I will have to do that tomorrow.
 
Having had cats go missing myself I understand how distressing it is and really have been trying to find his family. CPL advise that I don't simply let him out and hope he finds his way home as we are too near to a dual carriageway.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 13, 2012, 08:33:07 PM
Oh dear, Hurty.

You really have made a huge effort to find your little orphan's family.

What will you call him/her if s/he stays with you?

I think it would be good to name him/her Lucky, as s/he is very lucky to have found you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 13, 2012, 08:37:10 PM
We have had a 'Lucky' before - not so lucky as it was one of the cats that got lost  :-( . For some reason, we are calling this chap 'Alfie'. He is currently asleep at the bottom of my bed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on September 13, 2012, 09:07:44 PM
On the one hand I hope you find the owners of the kitten, and on the other, I hope you get to keep him!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on September 21, 2012, 05:25:36 PM
We are back from our hols.

Flossie has fully recovered, plus a bit more.  She is 14 now but I actually watched her running around a field!  Not for long mind.  But it was a lovely sight.  When she is happy her tail goes round and round like a propeller, and her ears flop up and down like mad; hahaha.

The rescued cat has started to become more adventurous now and actually left the caravan and went for little walks on his own.  His favourite sitting place is under the caravan just beyond arms length in all directions.  Crafty.

On day I was trying to teach him not to sit on my pillow and sleep, but stay in his own cosy, furry bed.  So I picked him up and placed him on his side in his bed.  He showed how much he objected to this by, without warning, suddenly weeing from this sideways position.  A steady, long, warm stream that only just missed me.  I had to grab the litter tray pretty fast and hold it in the stream to catch as much as I could.   did I say crafty?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on September 21, 2012, 06:15:56 PM
That is naughty! Chinchillas do that if you invade their territory.

Any ideas how to stop Jacko from licking his feet, please? Mum doesn't think there's anything wrong with him; but it looks like either his nails are just filthy or he's done something.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 21, 2012, 06:57:49 PM
Quote
Flossie has fully recovered, plus a bit more.  She is 14 now but I actually watched her running around a field!  Not for long mind.  But it was a lovely sight.  When she is happy her tail goes round and round like a propeller, and her ears flop up and down like mad;


Wonderful.  >star<    >magic<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Sofie on September 21, 2012, 07:39:21 PM
How was the holiday, Auntie?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 22, 2012, 06:19:54 PM
Welcome home auntie  :-) .
 
Well, Alfie and I have had some ups and downs, thinking that we had found his family and then finding that we were wrong. I was just starting to relax, then someone further down our road reported missing a cat fitting his description. I was a bit cross because they didn't seem to have made any effort to find him other than answering the CPL advert in the local paper, then they didn't return our call. So Mr H talked to them and said that I had fallen in love with the cat and wanted to take him off their hands. The result is that Alfie is now offically mine - and I am overjoyed  >biggrin<
 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on September 22, 2012, 06:36:57 PM
That's great news Hurty!  >thumbsup<  I hope you have many happy years with Alfie.

Auntie, your kitty sounds quite a character!  Pleased to hear that doggie benefited so much from your holiday.  I hope you did too.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on September 23, 2012, 10:41:52 PM
Since we have got back poor 'ole doggie has been asleep - yup, I have seen her doing nothing else.  It is probably the lack of large flat open fields that does it. 

Mind you I have found it difficult to motivate myself to get moving too - must have used up all my energy whilst we were away.  However I did manage to haul myself into the local shopping centre yesterday and buy some things in a shop that was closing down - and then lost my jacket in the melee to get out.  I am so annoyed about that.  They would not let me go back in to look for it.  But I did buy the most gorgeous table lamp at a truly silly price, and even less because I paid in cash.  Is a new lamp a good swap for an old jacket, I wonder?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 24, 2012, 10:27:48 AM
Alfie is now offically mine - and I am overjoyed

Wonderful news!   >magic<


Is a new lamp a good swap for an old jacket, I wonder?  

How annoying the shop would not allow you to search for your jacket.  Can you contact Trading Standards about it?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: stalwart on September 24, 2012, 03:44:25 PM
Alfie is now offically mine - and I am overjoyed

Wonderful news!   >magic<


Is a new lamp a good swap for an old jacket, I wonder?  

How annoying the shop would not allow you to search for your jacket.  Can you contact Trading Standards about it?

It depends what happens when you rub it I suppose >whistle<

auntie I now have visions of someone thinking you were trying on the jacket and ripping it off you to get it first >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on September 24, 2012, 03:57:54 PM
(glad you saw the joke in there!)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on October 22, 2012, 02:37:16 PM
Very long time since I have been here - sorry - life sort of takes up too much time.

Pereg is doing fine B"H and has made it to one year Grand Mal seizure-free.  I have also managed to get her weight down to only 200g more than she weighed before the epilepsy and medication caused her to go from 17kg to 20.8kg in just six months - she is now down to 17.2kg but it has been hard work, weighing all her food.

I am not really up to date with anything that has been happening on Ouch Too so would be grateful if someone could please let me know of anything important I should know.

love to everyone

Rosie xx
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on October 22, 2012, 07:32:37 PM
Rosie, it is s nice to hear from you again - and to hear that your beautiful Pereg is diong well  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on October 22, 2012, 08:02:53 PM
Hi Rosie, good to see you posting again - can't think off-hand of anything you need to know specifically; we're all ticking over in just about the way we always do, cursing the benefits system and calling our politicians rude names, but still having a laugh along the way  >biggrin<

Well done for your 'work' on Pereg's weight and pleased that she's in finer fettle these days  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on October 23, 2012, 07:26:12 AM
Lovely to see you again, Rosie.  >hugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on October 23, 2012, 04:13:18 PM
Hi Rosie.  Glad to hear that Pereg is doing well.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on October 24, 2012, 08:26:44 AM
Pereg yesterday evening having nom noms!

(http://oi45.tinypic.com/vjmrp.jpg)

She really is a beautiful and wonderful friend, and I frequently think that it was fate that made me choose the pup that would end up being epileptic.  Because if I had not taken her I am sure nobody else would have done what I do for her.  And I do not want praise or anything as I just do what is right for her.

I have been reading all about the ATOS or whatever it is that is causing so much grief for people, and can only be grateful that although it took me many years and tests and blah blah blah, I eventually was granted my disability pensions and allowances for life.  But I have a friend in England who is bed-bound [oh how I hate that expression but do not know what else to call it] and who has to have 24 hour care.  And the powers that be have demanded she go for an ATOS assessment?  Threatening or she goes or her allowance, whatever it is, is cut off.  Also her housing allowance and...

...I mean what on earth is going on in the UK these days?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on October 24, 2012, 09:46:51 AM
What's going on is a bunch of politicians - who haven't a clue about life at the sharp edge - basically trying to slice huge amounts off the welfare budget and then wrapping it up in a load of bull**** about 'helping disabled people to get back into work, for their own good', like we're all being done some massive favour  >doh<  >doh< 

Great photo of Pereg there  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on October 24, 2012, 11:17:03 AM
What I hear is that things have gone pear-shaped regarding disability pension/benefits/allowances in the UK.  OK so it took me years of fighting to get where I am today, and will never be called for another assessment, but what on earth would happen if I was back in the UK?

I know this is not the correct section/thread, so apologies for going off topic, but would ATOS or who/whatever demand I go for re-assessment if I was in the UK?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on October 24, 2012, 11:24:55 AM
I seem to remember you are 60 or over? - if you have reached State Pension age before the year 2014, none of this will affect you! 

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 24, 2012, 12:26:58 PM
Hi there, Rosie The First

What a beautiful girl Pereg is, and congratulations on getting her weight under control. My cat, George, is also prone to chunkiness, so it's always good hear successful stories of weight management.  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on October 24, 2012, 02:29:52 PM
When Barney Basset came to live with us he weighed an enormous 43 kgs.  He now weighs a more suitable 36 kgs, and finds it so much easier to get around than he used to.  Keeping his weight down is tricky though as he will steal as much food as he can get his muddy paws on.  I feed him carrots as treats as he loves veg and it fills him up when he's hungry!

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on October 24, 2012, 05:28:13 PM
I seem to remember you are 60 or over? - if you have reached State Pension age before the year 2014, none of this will affect you!

Yeah, I am 70 now so very ancient!  And of course I left the UK in 1985 as a fit and healthy person...

For me what is happening in the UK is immaterial, but it affects me because of friends I have in the UK who are now being called up for ATOS assessments.


Hi there, Rosie The First

What a beautiful girl Pereg is, and congratulations on getting her weight under control. My cat, George, is also prone to chunkiness, so it's always good hear successful stories of weight management.  >thumbsup<

Thank you.  She is rather beautiful and very sweet but then I am biased.  There are, I am sure, many people here who remember my little Lexie from the old BBC Ouch board.  Seems like years ago now.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on October 25, 2012, 08:55:19 AM
I remember Lexie.

I am so glad you have Pereg. She certainly was enjoying her dinner in your photo!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on October 25, 2012, 09:54:58 PM
That was not dinner, that was just nom noms!  I mean she is fed on raw but that was a recreational bone, not a meal bone! 

Lexie - ah little Lexie.  She was so different to Pereg - quiet, undemanding, easy-going - and I miss her so much.

(http://oi50.tinypic.com/353366v.jpg)

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on November 08, 2012, 07:18:38 PM
I did see a funny thing eith my boys yesterday.  I have to give 2 of them some baytril (antibiotics) which is mixed in with ambrosia ready made custard (other brands of ready made custard is available).  They were all in a row & i noticed that they were holding onto each other's tails.  It was such a cute thing.  Shame i couldnt get a photo of it.
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Post by: Yvette on November 08, 2012, 09:01:56 PM
How cute.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on November 08, 2012, 09:03:59 PM
Ah!
Took doggie out for a walk this afternoon whilst the weather was OK.  We went through a wild patch and I spend a while removing lots of burrs from her long hair.   Then she promptly sat down - right into the heap of burrs I had just removed!

 >doh<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on November 08, 2012, 10:04:48 PM
Thats typical!!!
Ive never seen my boys do that before with their tails.  I know they do use them for balance but i dont know why they did that with their tails.  They have often been together on the cage door like they were yesterday but ive never seen them to that before.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on November 08, 2012, 10:53:52 PM
Aww, it must have looked very cute leg_iron!
 
Alfie is a real little pickle, very energetic and getting more naughty as he becomes more sure of us. I love him to bits and daily give thanks to whatever power sent him to us  >biggrin< .
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on November 09, 2012, 03:23:56 PM
Sounds like Alfie is settling in well.

Lovely to hear that everyone's furry friends are ok.  Barney is now on his second month of antidepressants to help with his anxiety and they are certainly making a difference.  I can now leave him for 20 minutes before he starts howling, and he's starting to be more naughty (much more like a Bassett) which is great fun to see.  He's still got an ear infection that won't clear up, so back to the vets next week.  He's been with us for a year now and I think he's finally getting settled.  He's a lovely big lump and I'm so glad he's with us.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on November 09, 2012, 03:53:32 PM
I am so glad to hear that Barney is gradually settling down and starting to feel at home with you  :-)   
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on November 09, 2012, 06:12:18 PM
 :-) thanks Hurty, it's been a bit of a struggle but we are getting there!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on November 09, 2012, 09:28:18 PM
leg_iron, it's *always* the way! Never a camera to hand when something special happens. >doh<

Ditchdwellers - that's good news >thumbsup<

Hurtyback - Alfie sounds brilliant >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 02, 2012, 09:54:05 PM
Poor old George is in a bad way tonight :-(

At about 3.30 this afternoon one of the neighbours arrived at the door to tell me that George had been in a really vicious fight and was looking badly injured. He was lying in the shadow of a car in the next street, conscious, but with the fur on his chest, neck and one side of his face soaked with blood. Neighbour fetched a large tray to stretcher him home while housemate called the vet, then the troops were rallied for a trip across town to the out of hours veterinary hospital as per vet's instructions. George was deathly quiet in the car - not like him at all - and breathing very rapidly. Was terrified he was going into shock and that we'd lose him before we could even get him to the vet. It was a massive relief when, as soon as we got into reception, George began his loud, protesting 'Noooooo! I don't want to be at the vet!!' mew.

Half of the left hand side of his face and neck and most of his chest had to be shaved to reveal the full extent of the injuries - a horrible puncture wound on the commisure of his mouth, 2 more equally nasty ones on his throat and one at his left thoracic inlet, plus a centimetre long tear at the base of his ear which has had to be stapled. As is usual with puncture injuries in cats, the wounds on his face, neck and chest have been left open and draining to minimise the risk of infection, so it still looks as though he's bleeding badly, although this isn't the case. He's had a hefty shot of antibiotics and painkillers, and is scheduled for more at his usual practice tomorrow morning.

Poor lad.  :-(  At least the painkiller has left him comfortable enough to get some sleep.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on December 02, 2012, 10:17:56 PM
Oh poor George!! I do hope that he has a comfortable night and heals quickly. NN, I suspect you might need some of these  >hugs<
 
Alfie has just stood firmly in his litter tray and sprayed up the back of the couch  :-( 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 03, 2012, 07:13:39 AM
Thanks, Hurtyback. He slept well, and is now taking an interest in some food - always a good sign. :-)

And poor Alfie! Do you have any idea what might have caused him to want to spray indoors? Have you had any new furniture delivered lately, for instance, or could he be having a territorial dispute with another cat in the area?

I know that Yvette recommended a good cleaning product in the 'Like cats?' thread, which would definitely benefit your sofa. Failing that, washing the affected area with a solution of biological washing powder in hot water is also recommended for cat urine - the enzymes in the powder break down the protein that causes the urine to stick to surfaces.

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Post by: Yvette on December 03, 2012, 08:04:07 AM
How dreadful for George and you!  Lots of gentle strokes and hugs for you both.   >bighugs<

I hope the shock doesn't affect you too badly and I hope George recuperates well.  Poor little thing.  >blackcat<

P.S.  The cleaning solution I recommended is Simple Solution:

http://www.simplesolution.com/products/just-for-cats.html
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 03, 2012, 09:18:10 AM
Poor George!  It sounds very traumatic for you both, and I hope he had a comfortable night.  I also hope you managed to get some sleep too  >hugs<
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 03, 2012, 10:55:14 AM
Thanks NN and Yvette. I have no idea what caused Alfie to spray, no new furniture or suchlike and he isn't out enough to engage in territorial disputes. Praps I should have told him off at the time but I was rather thrown by the fact that he was standing in his litter tray!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 03, 2012, 12:12:47 PM
Thanks everyone. >bighugs<

George is now back from his usual vet. The injuries are consistent with a very sustained and aggressive attack, probably from a large Tom. Can't say I'm feeling well-disposed towards whoever in the neighbourhood hasn't bothered to have their cat neutered >angry<

He's got a 5 day course of antibiotics (to be ground up and hidden in some tasty morsel) and another shot of painkillers. Thankfully the injuries have been treated early enough to prevent abscesses from setting in, so he'll be spared that at least.

Hurtyback, hopefully you'll get to the root of Alfie's mysterious spraying soon.  >blackcat<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 03, 2012, 06:36:35 PM
This is getting like an episode of neighbours!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 03, 2012, 06:58:24 PM
It's not that boring, is it?
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 04, 2012, 07:42:17 PM
By no means - full of sudden amazing twists and turns that you would never think up yourself.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 04, 2012, 08:31:01 PM
Sorry Aunite - thought you might be implying that I was waffling on a bit too much :-)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 05, 2012, 03:45:05 PM
Not at all - it is all quite riveting.  You never know what is going to happen next to a lovely pet.
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Post by: leg_iron on December 05, 2012, 09:37:23 PM
There was a bit of rattie aggro last night between Apollo & Ajax last night.  I what caused it was some food.  Apollo is the boss & Ajax must have had some food.  There was a lot of posturing & squeaking & Ajax did pin Apollo on his back.  I opened the cage & parted them.  They did have another bout later when i let them out for play time.  I would start worrying when there is blood showing but ive not had anything like that happen.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 05, 2012, 11:15:38 PM
See what I mean?  A totally unexpected happening.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 06, 2012, 08:45:33 AM
Sorry for misunderstanding, Auntie - have been feeling a bit over-sensitive for the last few days.

Actually, your soap opera comparison is very apt! I have now discovered the identity of the other cat - he is another neutered male who lives with a nice lady about 10 doors down from me. He used to live in the next street, and was adopted after suffering very similar neglect and eventual abandonment to George. So his former mistreatment definitely accounts for his aggression. Also like George, he is accustomed to being the dominant cat in his street. In fact, the more the lady told me, the more it seemed that her cat was a mirror image of George about 5 years ago, before he moved in here and settled down to become a gentleman of leisure. No wonder the fight turned so nasty - apparently the other cat needed a trip to the vet as well, although just for a check up and antibiotic jab the following morning. George, being the smaller, older and better socialised of the two has been the more severely injured by a long way.

Myself and the other lady are staying in touch to see what we can do to stop our respective felines from coming to blows again!

Leg_Iron, I hope that Apollo and Ajax are uninjured and that their differences can be resolved soon.
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Post by: Yvette on December 06, 2012, 08:51:03 AM
I'm glad you've met your neighbour and she wants damage limitation too.

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Post by: Hurtyback on December 06, 2012, 05:31:06 PM
I am glad that you have met Custer's owner and know that she will also be trying to stop a recurrence of the nasty fight.
 
I also hope that Ajax and Apollo have sorted their dominance issues without bloodshed.
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Post by: Jockice on December 06, 2012, 06:42:12 PM
Bad news about Pongo, star of getting peed on by me/falling on my head/dead bird under my bed/live mouse in my trousers stories.

She's lost a lot of weignt in the last few weeks and it turns out she has a tumour in her stomach which they can't do anything about and have given her a couple of months at most to live. She doesn't seem to be in pain and is still eating, so I've brought her home for now but if it gets any worse I'l take her to be put to sleep.

She's nearly 17, which isn't a bad age for a cat. My longest-lasting pet ever and definitely the most annoying. But you can't share a house with something for a third of your life without having some sort of mutual affection. I even started crying at the vets, which is most unlike me. Incidentally, without even knowing what each other were doing, my sister was at the vet's too today, where she had her very old and very lovely cat Cassie put to sleep. She's been on her last legs for at least a year though.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: sherbs on December 06, 2012, 07:03:02 PM
Jockie

So sorry that Pongo is unwell.  Fingers crossed that the tumour isn't too aggressive, and Pongo has some time with you before the inevitable.
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Post by: Jockice on December 06, 2012, 07:04:26 PM
Thanks Sherbs.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 06, 2012, 07:21:07 PM
Hi Jockice,

I know exactly what you are going through as my cat had a tumour too and could not eat anymore.  So I had her put down about a month ago.   

>hugs< to you and gentle tickle to the pussy-cat.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on December 06, 2012, 07:54:33 PM
Ditto from me, remembering how I felt when I had to say goodbye to my very first cat Misty, who did live to the ripe old age of eighteen - but even when you know they've 'had a good innings', it still hurts like any other loss..
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 06, 2012, 08:29:02 PM
Sorry to hear that, jockice. 
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 06, 2012, 09:49:46 PM
Jockice and Pongo  >hugs< . We lost our last cat, at the age of 20, this time last year and I know how hard it is to lose someone/thing that has shared your life for so long.
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Post by: Jockice on December 07, 2012, 02:20:57 AM
Thanks everyone.
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Post by: Yvette on December 07, 2012, 10:17:30 AM
I'm so sorry Jockice. I feel so much for you and your sister. 

My old cat was called Cassie too and she had to be put to sleep because she was in so much pain and nothing could be done.

What are you going to do about Christmas?  Can you take Pongo with you to your family or would it be better for her to stay at home as she has always done with your neighbour feeding her?
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Post by: Jockice on December 07, 2012, 01:57:29 PM
She's remarkably perky today. There's life in the old mog yet. Haven't spoken to my sis yet (I tried phoning her but couldn't get hold of her then fell asleep until the early hours) but she'll be upset. Cassie was possibly the nicest cat on earth. Don't think she's ever not had a cat. A couple of months ago she had three but Lily (my niece's, but she'd moved back home) got run over and Bonnie went back to my niece's ex.

Regarding Christmas, I've texted my mate Richard who usually feeds her when I'm away. My neighbour has done it occasionally but Richard is a real cat lover and he's offered to take her in over Christmas if I go away, which is really nice.
I was thinking about taking Pongo up with me but she hates being in the basket, plus my sis has two dogs, both of which are lovely, but I doubt if she'd be able to cope with them. If it looks like the end I'll stay here. We'll see.
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Post by: Yvette on December 07, 2012, 03:59:39 PM
Jockice  >hugs<
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Post by: Jockice on December 07, 2012, 05:01:16 PM
Cheers Yvette.
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Post by: Jockice on December 07, 2012, 05:05:30 PM
She's eating the remains of my pasta now!
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Post by: seegee on December 07, 2012, 07:45:38 PM
 >hugs< Jockice & Pongo.
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Post by: Jockice on December 07, 2012, 08:03:29 PM
She bit me a few minutes ago! I am so pleased. What a cat.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 07, 2012, 08:26:50 PM
 >lol<
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Post by: sherbs on December 07, 2012, 08:48:03 PM
Hurrah for Pongo

Both my cats died wthin a year of each other, the little white one went last september, and everyday i used to look at her and think, "not many days left for you old girl" she was 19, but she lasted a further year than i thought she would, So who knows, maybe Pongo will still be around for a good few months yet.

Cats seem to hang on forever thank goodness,     >blackcat<    To all the cat lovers in the house, say yeh oh, yeh oh, yey yey oh (sorry a bit of rapping going on there)
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Post by: Yvette on December 08, 2012, 08:23:06 AM
To all the cat lovers in the house, say yeh oh, yeh oh, yey yey oh

I've just sung that out loud and Ivy has looked at me as if to say:  >doh<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 08, 2012, 11:31:56 AM
Jockice

I'm so sorry to hear the bad news about Pongo. Went through something similar with my very first cat, Lucky, who died of kidney cancer aged 18. Parents had adopted her when I was 1, so having grown up with her, it was a terrible wrench when she passed away. Vet gave me and Mum similar advice - as long as she was eating and mobile, she wasn't in any pain, and no action was necessary, but if the situation changed she would have to be put down. That didn't happen - one night she snuggled up in her favourite snoozing place, and never woke up again. I hope that when Pongo's time comes, it will be as peaceful as Lucky's was.

 >bighugs< to both you and your sister.
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Post by: Jockice on December 08, 2012, 01:18:54 PM
Thanks NN. She's behaving much the same as usual at the moment,ie being annoying, but I know I'll really miss her when the time comes. Just hoping it's not for a while yet.

My sis got a sympathy card from the vets this morning. That's thoughtful. My niece was about one when Cassie arrived too, so she's pretty upset.
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Post by: leg_iron on December 08, 2012, 09:11:42 PM
Sorry to hear that Pongo is not well. 

Ajax, Achilles & Apollo regularly have a squabble especially if they have had some chews put into their cage.  I try & cut the chews into pieces so that they all have an equal sized piece each.  Apollo often steals all the pieces of the chew & stashed them in his favourite hiding place.  Though often the others steal them back!!  They are sometimes worse than kids!!!
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 08, 2012, 09:58:10 PM
Sorry to hear your sad news Jockice, I had my first pet a dog as a puppy when I was nine years old and was married with my first child on the way when we had to have her put to sleep as she was so sick with arthritis and cancer. So I understand how attached you can become to a pet over the years. :-(

Regards John
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Post by: Jockice on December 09, 2012, 02:50:58 AM
Thanks to both of you.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 09, 2012, 10:18:31 AM
Jockice,

All I have are  >bighugs<

NN,

Milo our ginger cat keeps getting into fights with the resident bully but nothing as bad as what happened to George. It is good to know your neighbours were there to help and you managed to get him to the vets. Cat (and dog) bites often cause a great deal more damage a few days after the bite itself as infection sets in.
 >hugs<

Hurtyback,

Alfies spraying sounds similar to what our new kitten cat Daisy did. She is a rescue kitten cat and had a traumatic time being homeless and with her own kittens in a shed when she was less than a year old herself. She is half the size of a normal cat and we are told by the vets will never get any bigger except width ways if I feed her too much. Any way to cut a long story short after living with us for about two months and using the cat tray in the bedroom she started doing what is called 'middening' which is basically pooing and peeing all over the place eg under the bed on the rugs in a blatant way. I found out about middening by way of Google and the solution I used was to get another cat tray for Tigs and Milo to use in the bathroom, change the cat litter from wooden pellets to clumping clay and also to get a Feliway plug in diffuser http://www.feliway.co.uk/. Luckily we have a carpet cleaner so the rugs did not have to be thrown away and I was able to get the smell out of the laminate flooring. Within two days Daisy stopped middening and the boys got used the idea that the bedroom is her domain. Hopefully by next summer she will start using the cat flap in the bathroom window but Milo and Daisy have to sort themselves out first because he still seems to think she wants to wrestle, not that she allows him to touch her, so he goes and finds Tigs.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 10, 2012, 11:04:00 PM
I could not resist this:  Christmas goats:

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/b4_EdJ-XkUA?rel=0
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 11, 2012, 08:22:33 AM
Aww - cute! Thanks, Auntie!

Quote
Milo our ginger cat keeps getting into fights with the resident bully but nothing as bad as what happened to George. It is good to know your neighbours were there to help and you managed to get him to the vets. Cat (and dog) bites often cause a great deal more damage a few days after the bite itself as infection sets in.
 >hugs<

Thanks, Sunshine. George will be on antibiotics until Thursday morning, when he gets his staples out. I think he'll be wondering why he's suddenly not getting tuna for breakfast any longer!
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 11, 2012, 12:53:53 PM
Poor old George! I am glad that he is getting better.
 
Thanks for your comments about the 'middening'. We had a previous rescue cat who did that to the degree that we had to take her to a cat sanctuary to live  >crying< . This was before the days of the diffusers, the vets couldn't offer any help and her favourite place to deposit was on Hurtyboy's toys!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 11, 2012, 10:56:50 PM
Poor dog!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 13, 2012, 01:30:15 PM
Had to cancel George's appointment this morning. My digestive system was very unhappy indeed last night, so I feel weaker and wobblier than usual today. Hopefully I can take him tomorrow.

Hurtyback, I hope the Feliway diffuser works out well for you. Didn't have to use one for George's biting behaviour, as it was better to just distract him with play to help work off his nervous energy, but I know plenty of cat lovers who swear by them.

Auntie  >lol< Poor dog indeed!
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Post by: Yvette on December 13, 2012, 08:46:46 PM
Vet phoned this afternoon with Ebby's blood results as he has been losing weight again.

Poor chap has anaemia and has to have more blood tests next week to try to discover the reason for his anaemia. I feel so sorry for him.  :-(

Update: Have managed to get an appointment for today (Friday 14th Dec) .
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 14, 2012, 01:22:11 AM
Oh dear!
 >hugs<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 14, 2012, 01:31:42 AM
Hopefully it'll be something straightforward and easily remedied, Yvette >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on December 14, 2012, 08:58:50 AM
I hope so too, NN.  But when I researched feline anaemia it all looked very complicated. 

It could  be one of a number of blood disorders or he could be having a bleed from somewhere.

Hopefully the blood tests will show up which it is.
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Post by: Jockice on December 14, 2012, 10:05:37 AM
Aw. Get well soon Ebby.
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Post by: Yvette on December 14, 2012, 11:30:44 AM
Thanks Jockice. 

How is Pongo?

Ebby reminds me of her as lately the samples I've had to take to the Vet have stank to high heaven. *holds nose*
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 14, 2012, 05:21:54 PM
Awww, poor Ebby and George  :-(
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 14, 2012, 06:58:04 PM
Got George down to the vet this morning. He's now had the staples removed from his ear, and his other wounds are healing well. He should be fit enough to get his boosters in about another 10 days or so.

Jockice, hope that Pongo is still being her usual tearaway self.

Yvette, let us know how Ebby gets on with the tests.

 >bighugs< to all.
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Post by: Jockice on December 14, 2012, 07:53:05 PM
Pongo's asleep most of the time and seems to have very little energy. She's taking the occasional nibble of food but not much. I think her tearaway days are well and truly over, sad to say. She's a shadow of her former self. It's only a few weeks ago she was driving me to distraction by continually walking across the keyboard when I was trying to use it. I wish she'd do it now.
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Post by: Jockice on December 14, 2012, 08:06:51 PM
Here she is six weeks ago. I'll remember her this way.



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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 15, 2012, 12:18:35 AM
Yes, Jockice, they do go downhill so suddenly don't they.   >hugs<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 15, 2012, 10:01:07 AM
That's a lovely photo, Jockice.

Sorry to hear she's become so frail >hugs<
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Post by: Jockice on December 15, 2012, 10:10:13 AM
Cheers. That was at the point she stopped walking across the keyboard and decided to just sit in the middle of it. Creating maximum annoyance at all times. That was her credo. She still has a little bit of life in her but nothing like the old days.
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 15, 2012, 10:36:32 AM
Jockice and Pongo  >hugs< May you always remember her like that.
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Post by: Jockice on December 15, 2012, 11:06:02 AM
Thanks Hurtyback.
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Post by: Jockice on December 17, 2012, 10:00:08 AM
I'm taking her to the vets for the final time later today. In the last couple of days her legs have gone and so has her bladder (two problems I'm very familiar with) and the slightest movement seems to leave her exhausted. I just don't want her suffering. So it's bye bye moggie mate. I love that cat.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 17, 2012, 10:36:55 AM
Jockice and Pongo >bighugs<
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 17, 2012, 10:44:54 AM
 >hugs< it is hard to know what to say... it is a hard decision to make and I am glad now the time is here you are able to make it.
 >bighugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 17, 2012, 11:36:11 AM
Jockice, I'm so sorry to hear that it is now time to make that awful decision.   >rainbow2<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on December 17, 2012, 11:39:57 AM
Thanks for sharing that photo with us - know that you always have done your best by her, including this final act of caring (and it's OK to shed a few tears)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 17, 2012, 01:48:06 PM
 >hugs< >hugs<
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Post by: Jockice on December 17, 2012, 01:54:55 PM
Thanks again everyone.
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 17, 2012, 03:26:46 PM
 :-(  >hugs<
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Post by: myrtlemaid on December 17, 2012, 03:42:00 PM
really sad to hear this .. she was a character we all first met via you along while ago and her antics and your reactions to them made me smile.. sometimes the last act of love we can show a pet is to allow their suffering to cease.. remember her naughty , funny times and a little bit of her will survive.

hugs jox.
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Post by: leg_iron on December 17, 2012, 05:24:51 PM
Jockice, I'm really sorry to read this.  Its a very hard decision to make but you did the right thing for her.   >bighugs<
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Post by: AndMac on December 17, 2012, 06:25:50 PM
I'm so sorry, Jockice. What a fortunate cat to have had such a caring owner. 

I can remember some of those stories too, how they made me smile (and laugh out loud for one particularly memorable one..)

It's so hard to say goodbye but you know you have done the right thing for her. You'll have lots of memories of a lively, naughty feline who enjoyed life.
 
 If only all animals were so lucky.
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Post by: Yvette on December 17, 2012, 06:41:15 PM
Jockice, I am so very sorry for you and dear Pongo.    >blackcat<

Pongo's photo is lovely and she will live on with you in your heart and mind always. 

And with us all on this board.   >hugs<


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Post by: Jockice on December 17, 2012, 07:07:38 PM
"I can remember some of those stories too, how they made me smile (and laugh out loud for one particularly memorable one."

She got her revenge this morning. My carpet hasn't been so wet since I accidentally flooded the place about ten years ago. She's forgiven though. And for the falling on my head bit and the dead bird under my bed/live mouse in my trousers escapades.

She's a legend! And thanks again to everyone for being so nice. That's one thing I really like about this board. We may disagree on things but if someone's upset you care. xx
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Post by: sherbs on December 17, 2012, 07:20:00 PM
Oh Jockie

So sorry for the loss of Pongo.
 

 >hugs<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 17, 2012, 10:26:33 PM
"sob"

Sometimes I say really rude things to my pets in a loving voice - they never know!
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Post by: Jockice on December 19, 2012, 08:41:52 PM
Yeah, I did that too. She'd be miaowing for food (or just to annoy me) and I'd go: "Shut your stinking feline hole, stinking feline." She never complained. As long as I gave her food that is. The place seems incredibly empty without her now. It's beyond weird.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 19, 2012, 09:42:17 PM
It's beyond weird.

I know what you mean.  It took me quite a while to get used to not having Harvey around when he died last year.  I still miss him and still occasionally cry when i think about him, although that is a lot less now.  When we talk about him, its usually prefaced with "the little bugger", and then we can laugh and smile about his various antics.

Pets enrich our lives and when they die, we lose a member of the family.  Its heartbreaking, but I wouldn't be without them.
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Post by: leg_iron on December 19, 2012, 09:59:19 PM
Hi Jockice, hope your ok. 

Auntie, i'm sure that we all do that with our pets.  I do curse my boys sometimes, especially when Achilles jumps onto my back & just hangs there with his claws digging into me.

I know when I had to have Hector put to sleep in May 2011, it felt so strange for a while just having the 1 rat, Septimus instead of 2 rats.  I agree with you DD, Pets do enrich our lives so much.  I wouldnt be without my rats.  When i went into hospital for my last lot of surgery, Septimus & Hector were being looked after by a pet sitter at their house.  The flat felt so empty & it was horrible without them. 
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Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 06:18:24 AM
I'm okay thanks. It's a bit strange, the number of catchphrases I used when talking to her that I'd never really thought about but am thinking about now. I had a good weep last night and it's sort of cleared my system. I'm now thinking of the good times instead of the last few days, although I'm glad I was with her to the very end. I couldn't not have been, even though it was definitely in the ten saddest moments of my life. And I have lost both of my parents, so I do have got a sense of proportion over the whole thing...

I told a friend of mine who really really doesn't like cats - she's allergic to them and hates fur on her clothes - and she was sympathetic too. In fact it was her who made me think 'I'd better take that mog to the vets' because even she noticed the weight loss and lethargy when she came round earlier in the month. I was trying to pretend it wasn't happening, although it all did happen pretty fast.

And my mate Richard has more or less court-martialled me into coming with him and his wife to a local animal shelter to look at kittens in the New Year. I'm trying to resist but I think it's inevitable. His old moggie had to be put to sleep earlier this year (as incidentally did our closest mutual (school)friend's) and he's probably right about the best way to get over it being getting another hungry mouth to feed. Miaowing gits.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 06:32:56 AM
PS, in the last couple of days I started calling her by her real name, Catrina. She was called that when I got her (emotionally blackmailed into taking her by a girlfriend whose best friend worked at a vet's and who dumped me a couple of weeks later) but she became Pongo a few years later when I was lying on the couch and she jumped up and stuck her disgusting little arse directly in my face.

When I was trying to get her in, I'd shout 'Cat' though, so she knew she was one and that her name was a derivative of this. Probably. I can't remember this but apparently my nana used to shout to her mogs in exactly the same way.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 20, 2012, 08:52:47 AM
His old moggie had to be put to sleep earlier this year (as incidentally did our closest mutual (school)friend's)

I nearly had heart failure reading the above as I missed the last 's' of the sentence. Phew!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 20, 2012, 09:01:30 AM
Getting a rescue kitten or cat is a wonderful idea Jockice.

After my cat Cassie died, my house didn't feel like a home without a cat.  And now I have two.

Although it is not good news for Ebby.  He has Corona virus, which is a precursor to Feline Infectious Peritonits.  He has lost so much weight and is now anaemic.  He had to go to the vet again this week for further, specialist, blood tests to check why his blood tests came back with anaemia last week.

Ebby has started to smell too.  A kind of disgusting lavender 'gone bad' type of smell. No wonder Ivy is forever grooming him.  She probably can't stand him ponging.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 09:16:32 AM
"His old moggie had to be put to sleep earlier this year (as incidentally did our closest mutual (school)friend's)

I nearly had heart failure reading the above as I missed the last 's' of the sentence. Phew!"


Yeah, sorry about that. Although I can think of quite a few people I was at school with who I'd like to see put down.

Sorry about Ebby. Fingers crossed for him though.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on December 20, 2012, 09:41:02 AM
And my mate Richard has more or less court-martialled me into coming with him and his wife to a local animal shelter to look at kittens in the New Year. I'm trying to resist but I think it's inevitable.

 >thumbsup<  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 10:04:12 AM
I meany commandeered. I don't think there'll be a military trial. Although maybe. Rich's family have army links.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 10:04:55 AM
I meant...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 20, 2012, 11:42:11 AM
Yvette,

 >hugs< I hope Ebby's health starts to improve soon.

Jockice,

I thinking taking on another cat/kitten is a good idea. Cats are so different from dogs , always doing their own thing, they even have a way of getting attention by ignoring their human, but when they are no longer around they are missed in so many ways. Cats are the only trip hazard which can be loved for themselves being themselves, whereas with dogs for me at least there is always a feeling that they can be trained.

 >bighugs<

ps Miaowing gits.
 >lol< Milo lurks in the upstairs bathroom and expects  to be fed every time a human appears in the vicinity. Mr Sunshine fed him and I fed him the Mr Sunshine fed him again  >doh< both Milo and Tiggs got too fat so we now start the day with a ration of dried cat food in a big mug. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 12:06:09 PM
I''ve always been a dog man believe it or not. I had two when I was a kid but they both died aged two. The second one got distemper and I went to the vets with my dad when she was put to sleep. I felt exactly the same as that 12-year-old kid on Monday this week. Exactly.

We never had cats at home (my mum was scared of them for some reason) and I wasn't a fan of them at all, even though my sis always had at least one - and sometimes three - after she left home. But a year after I moved into this flat one of my next door neighbours' cats had kittens and I was offered one and in a fit of generosity took one in on a return-if-I-don't like policy.

And that was it. I was hooked. The first night I placed her in the lobby and firmly shut the bedroom door but that didn't last long. Constant miaowing to get in just keeps you awake. The cat formerly known as Jarvis (I was told it was male and got it the week my mates Pulp made their Top Of The Pops debut, but later found out I'd mishead and she was very much a girl) got run over on Valentine's Day 1999 by which time she'd grudgingly shared the premises with Catrina/Pongo for nearly two years. C/P had been badly treated and abandoned at the vets and for the first few weeks it was like living with a wld miniature tiger (and I got a parking ticket when I went to pick her up) and it's one of the proudest boasts of my life that I turned into what could at times be regarded as a domesticated animal.

I'd love a dog but don't think it would be really far as I wouldn't be able to take it out for walks, or at least not the type of walks I'd like to take dogs on. But I will be spending Christmas in the company of the wonderful Brock and Rita, my sister's two hounds. I bought their presents before I bothered with any human members of the family.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 12:09:53 PM
And while we're being sentimental, here's the dear departed Jarvis centre stage as a kitten with her brothers and sisters.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 12:17:30 PM
"it's one of the proudest boasts of my life that I turned into what could at times be regarded as a domesticated animal."


Er, that should read  "I turned her into..." Pongo didn't tame me although she might have thought she did.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 12:39:41 PM
And me earlier this year with the brilliant Brock and Rita. (I've only just discovered how to post pictures on here and am quite excited about it.)

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 12:40:28 PM
Brock left, Rita right.  Me in the middle.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 12:41:25 PM
I#m getting everything wrong today. Rita's on the left, Brock's on the right. I'm still in the middle though.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 20, 2012, 01:37:50 PM
Jockice, if you feel ready for another cat, then a rescue cat/kitten is a grand idea!

Yvette, I hope that you and the vet can get Ebby well as soon as possible.  >hugs<

Sunshine, do you think cat's have some sort of social networking site where they swap hints on how to manipulate humans, because all of that sounds very, very familiar! 


Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 20, 2012, 07:14:16 PM
Just had to post this. It is so touching.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/photo-john-unger-cradles-arthritic-sleeping-dog-lake-superior-ease-best-friend-pain-article-1.1133642
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 20, 2012, 08:10:23 PM
I saw that (in the Daily Mail of all places) a few weeks ago. It's lovely.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 20, 2012, 08:48:54 PM
Yes Jockice I thought it may be a little old but could not resist putting it up here because as you say its just so lovely. :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 20, 2012, 09:21:31 PM
Jockice,

Lovely kittens. The dogs look bouncey and affectionate are they?
I am glad you posted the picture which included you because while i have seen you on Facebook it is good to see you here too
 :-)

John,

The story of Schoep is very heart warming, there is a link from there to this longer interview http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/239104/

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But the breakup with his fianceé caused Unger to enter a depression. One night, he said, he went to a breakwater in Lake Michigan off Milwaukee with thoughts of suicide.

“To be honest with you, I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me (that night). He just snapped me out of it. I don’t know how to explain it. He just snapped me out of it. … I just want to do whatever I can for this dog because he basically saved my ass.”

and

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It’s the right community for people who love dogs, Hudson said.

“Bayfield is a dog town,” she said. “We all love dogs. A lot of us have them, and basically we keep track of each other and our dogs.”

Cat, dog or small furry like Legiron's rats pets make such a difference.
When Mr Sunshine was ill and in hospital we took Luka his husky cross into the hospital grounds so Mr Sunshine could see him it made a difference that can't be quantified.

Btw it has taken me several days to work out why you changed your name to Sinister John  >doh<  >bighugs<
NN,

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Sunshine, do you think cat's have some sort of social networking site where they swap hints on how to manipulate humans, because all of that sounds very, very familiar! 

LOL  >lol<the thing about cats is they are really small tigers and if allowed out the become wild again.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 21, 2012, 12:00:32 PM
"Lovely kittens. The dogs look bouncey and affectionate are they?
I am glad you posted the picture which included you because while i have seen you on Facebook it is good to see you here too."


The dogs are magnificent. I would quite willingly marry those dogs. And as far as photos with me in it go, it's not a bad one. Keeping it slightly out of focus is the secret I think.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 21, 2012, 02:01:32 PM
Thank goodness for variable focus lenses.  >biggrin<

Mind you as for me I'm more photogenic with the lens cap left on.  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 21, 2012, 06:49:19 PM
Ebby has gone to play with Pongo in 'pain-free' land.

He has had Corona virus since at least August and was getting no better and losing more weight.

At least he isn't suffering anymore.  I shall miss him so very much.

I feel numb.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 21, 2012, 07:14:43 PM
Yvette so sorry for your loss poor Ebby.


 :-(  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on December 21, 2012, 07:25:33 PM
Really sorry to hear that, Yvette, at this time of year too  >rose<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 21, 2012, 07:26:22 PM
Yvette and Ebby >bighugs< >bighugs<

What a heartbreaking decision to have to make, but undoubtedly the most compassionate and loving thing your could do for him. >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 21, 2012, 08:10:23 PM
Oh Yvette, I'm so sorry.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: sherbs on December 21, 2012, 08:40:14 PM
Oh Yvette

I am so, so sorry to hear this sad news

 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 21, 2012, 08:42:19 PM
 >hugs< >hugs< >hugs< >hugs< >hugs< >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 22, 2012, 12:15:32 AM
I am so very sorry Yvette. It's heartbreaking. I hope Ebby and Pongo are now mates on Rainbow Bridge.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 22, 2012, 12:18:57 AM
http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm


And let's raise a glass to all our departed pets.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on December 22, 2012, 02:15:59 PM
Yvete, i'm so sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 22, 2012, 02:38:16 PM
Thank you all for your very kind and caring wishes.

I am still numb.  I keep looking for him.

Ivy was looking for Ebs this morning.  She seems very subdued. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on December 22, 2012, 02:39:39 PM
 >bighugs< to those who are missing their pets and >hugs< to Ivy who is missing her friend.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 22, 2012, 03:04:01 PM
Yvette,

 >hugs< for you and Ivy.

Jockice,

The Rainbow Bridge poem is lovely (I cried good tears if that makes sense).

 >bighugs< to all
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 22, 2012, 07:54:26 PM
I looked round for my old cat yesterday too.  *sob*  I just forgot for a moment. 

But looking forward to the next one very much. *smile*
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 22, 2012, 08:45:33 PM
Thanks for posting the link to Rainbow Bridge, Jockice.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 23, 2012, 10:49:32 AM
Ivy has been looking for and miaowing for Ebbs this morning.  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 23, 2012, 11:59:19 AM
I spoke to the vet nurse today to arrange for Ebs to have an individual cremation and for his ashes to be returned in a scatter box, so he can be buried in the garden with Cassie.

The nurse said that in additon to the Corona virus, Ebby had feline pancreatitis which is very difficult to treat and is also fatal.  I know I did the right thing but it is so hard being without him.

I keep thinking that perhaps I could have kept him alive a bit longer on the steriods but I know that wouldn't have been fair to him because he couldn't get the goodness out of his food even when he ate more.  Enzyme treatment can apparently help a bit but it isn't a cure.  It is just something to keep them alive a bit longer.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 23, 2012, 12:55:36 PM
You did the right thing, and although I know its only natural to think " what if?" (I did the same thing when we had to Harvey put to sleep last year) you know deep down that you made the best decision you could for Ebbs.

We still have Harveys ashes here as we don't seem to have found the right time to scatter them.  Its that last bit of letting go that I'm not quite ready for yet.

 >bighugs< to all who are missing their departed pets at this time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on December 23, 2012, 04:02:41 PM
All of my rats who have died have been cremated.  I have scattered their ashes in my mum's garden where a lot of the family pets are buried.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 23, 2012, 04:27:31 PM
I've never wanted to keep the ashes.  To me as soon as they have had the injection and have been put to sleep they are no longer my perky pet.  They are just a bundle of old fur on the vet's table. 

I hope that this does not upset anyone, but that is how it is for me.  I have them alive and lively in my head; I do not need a physical thing to remember them by.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 23, 2012, 05:30:50 PM
Depending on which pet it is we either scatter the ashes in woodland under a particular tree where we planted bulbs (a long time ago), bury them in the garden under a rose or with Toby the cat that loved the outdoors I scattered his ashes on 'my hill' in Osmotherly Moor.

For me being able to give the pet a individual cremation eases the pain. I do see what you mean though Auntie. Mr Sunshine's very old cat ~whooshed~ away very quickly. I do believe as with anything once living the spirit can linger sometimes or just revisit the old life.

One thing about cats is that they do sometimes go missing never to be seen again. All our cats and dogs have microchips.

Yvette and Jockice,

 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 23, 2012, 07:33:24 PM
I'm getting The Pongster's ashes but haven't a clue what to do with them. I think I'll scatter them in one of her outdoor resting spots, either behind my bedroom window or in the little bit of bush at the side of the house. I'll decide when I get them.

The only animals I've had buried are Jimmy the tortoise and Bluey aka Brutus the budgie, in a little raised bit of land in my parents' back yard. My two dogs, Kerry and Shep, were put to sleep but I don't know what happened afterwards (I was eight for one and 12 for the other), and my sister, who was visiting at the time, took Jarvis's body to be cremated after she was run over. My dad paid for it, which was nice of him, as in common with my mum (probably the only thing they did have in common) he really didn't like cats. I'm not sure what happened to the ashes though. I never asked. I'd seen her after the car hit her and was too upset to really do anything anyway.

Here's to all of them anyway. Great pets one and all.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 23, 2012, 07:46:40 PM
I've kept Pongo's collar though. That was really sad, taking it off before taking her to the vets. I still have Jarv's too, with a little bloodstain on the name tag.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 23, 2012, 10:38:47 PM
You sentimental 'ole sausage Jockice.

Here's to all of them anyway. Great pets one and all. >tea<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 24, 2012, 10:28:10 AM
I put Ebby's collar in my knicker drawer.  Don't ask.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 24, 2012, 11:04:08 AM
I kept Harveys puppy collar.  Its the first one I bought for him and its so tiny, compared to the great big lump he grew into.  It makes me smile when I see it in the drawer  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 25, 2012, 11:25:01 PM
My dearest boy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 25, 2012, 11:51:55 PM
What a shiny healthy coat he had.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 26, 2012, 01:23:14 AM
Aw. What a sweetie.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 26, 2012, 04:37:34 PM
He was a very handsome boy before he became ill eighteen months ago.
 
His sister is a 'red' Burmese and her coat does not shine because it is a lighter colour and different texture.

This is the photo which I want enlarged and put into a nice frame.  I have to think of where to place his photo as I want to look at it but not all the time as I shall cry.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 26, 2012, 05:16:01 PM
Lovely photo of Ebbs  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 26, 2012, 06:35:39 PM
He had very striking eyes.  Most handsome.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 26, 2012, 07:26:44 PM
doggie!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4U2W65KOHj8

Video of a pug dog that has trouble running in a straight line.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 26, 2012, 09:56:35 PM
 >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 27, 2012, 07:52:58 PM
I had to take Barney to the vet this afternoon as we noticed a strange lump on his foot yesterday.  The vet aspirated the lump and has looked at the cells under the microscope and she's worried by what she saw.  She's sent the sample off for analysis, but she's warned us that it looks like he may have a mast cell tumour.  Because of the location of the lump, it won't be possible to remove it so our options will be limited.  I feel numb.  I can't bear to think of losing him so soon.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 27, 2012, 07:56:26 PM
Ditchdewllers >hugs< Please try not to torment yourself by assuming the worst.

Yvette, what a beautiful photograph >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on December 27, 2012, 08:27:16 PM
Oh dear, there has been some bad news while I was away  :-( .
 
((Jockice and Yvette)) What a handsome chap Ebby was, such knowing eyes.
 
((Ivy))
 
It is so hard to say Goodbye to our faithful companions, it makes me feel like such a traitor when it happens. But it really is the last act of love and kindess that we can do for them and they deserve no less.
 
((DD and Barney)) it is too soon after Harvey!!
 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 27, 2012, 08:28:10 PM
What can I possibly say except best of luck to Barney?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 27, 2012, 08:53:43 PM
We all love Barney.  Sending you virtual magic-wand-get-well-spell.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on December 27, 2012, 11:34:57 PM
C'mon Barney...

The link to Loca the pug didn't work  >thumbsdown<  but  here's the official Loca video.  >thumbsup< http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2RJN9a_jdM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2RJN9a_jdM)


edit > to embed the video - SM :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on December 28, 2012, 09:23:22 AM
Awww, how cute is Loca??
 
I will be away again over the weekend, but I will be rooting for Barney while I am gone!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 28, 2012, 11:24:40 AM
I do so hope Barney will be able to have treatment.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 28, 2012, 03:02:40 PM
Thanksfor all your kind words about Barney.  I'm trying not to worry too much but you know how it is.  I had a bit of a sleepless night, worrying of course, and now I'm determined to not think about it until I get the results.  Cross fingers all will be well.

I liked the video of the pug  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on December 28, 2012, 06:06:48 PM
Huge hugs to Barney and to you, DD, I hope you can get some better rest tonight. Fingers crossed.

There are lots of Loca The Pug videos on YouTube - one went up today. She is a little  >star<
 All of the videos are good, what a clever owner she has.

 Another star is made in 2012,  showing that a life with a disability can be a full life. Who would have banked on it being a pug though?!  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 28, 2012, 06:26:13 PM
More of Ebby
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 28, 2012, 06:27:02 PM
In better times.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on December 28, 2012, 06:40:57 PM
I meant to comment earlier, Yvette, what a spectacular boy Ebby was. Thank you for these lovely pictures.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 28, 2012, 07:14:47 PM
AndMac,

Now I have watched the video I can say its so lovely made me smile at cry a bit at the same time  >star<

Ditchdweller,

It can be so difficult to hold down worry when waiting for results in regard to a pets health. I think part of this is that our pets cant tell us how they feel or what they want. I hope you get some good news soon  >fingerscrossed<.

Yvette,

Both Ivy and Ebs look so beautiful- warn, fed and happy.  >bighugs<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 29, 2012, 10:47:54 AM
I am so grateful to Ebby for enriching my life in his very special way.

It makes it all the worse that he did not have the opportunity to live out his life and enjoy it as he should have done.

I am so upset and struggling. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on December 29, 2012, 11:10:57 AM
Yvette,

I think when a pet has has a long illness their owner has to make decisions about medication and treatment, and has to give hands on care themselves the pet it takes time and energy that you now have back. I guess it is the same when someone cares for a human who dies, I know when mum died it took a long time for my older sister to get used to not buying 'treats' to give to mum to brighten her day.

Also as you say,

Quote
It makes it all the worse that he did not have the opportunity to live out his life and enjoy it as he should have done.
>hugs<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on December 29, 2012, 02:40:02 PM
You did the right thing Yvette. Hard decision I know but from what you said Ebby was fading away anyway.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 30, 2012, 10:09:47 AM
Thanks Sunshine and Jockice. 

I know these things 'logically' but my heart keeps telling me I should have insisted on Ebby being put on stronger steriods, plus enzymes for his pancreatitis.  Perhaps more treatment would have made him better.

The Vet nurse has had a couple of conversations with me (she said I could phone her anytime, and when she could, she would talk with me) because all of the staff at the clinic knew and loved Ebby so well - as he was there so frequently.

She says that I had done everything I could and had always worked with them in giving Ebby the correct diet and his tablets/treatment etc.

But I still feel I should have tried more and tried harder to get him better, although I know rationally that because Corona Virus (which he had as well as the pancreatitis) is a pre-cursor to Feline Infectious Peritonitis, it was only a matter of that he developed a very nasty, painful illness. 

Also, because he  was infectious (he didn't have an immunity to the Corona Virus, he actually had it) it meant he couldn't go outside because he would pass it on to other cats.  This was not a problem in winter, but in the summer he would have hated being kept indoors as he loved to sunbathe and follow the sun around the garden and would not have understood why his sister could go out and he couldn't (she has an immunity and isn't infectious).

I keep telling myself all this and written down it does make me understand logically that I did the right thing for him, but my heart doesn't understand.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on December 30, 2012, 11:55:07 AM
Yvette, i agree with Jockice.  Its a very hard decision to make which ive had to make a couple of times, but you did the right thing for Ebby. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dark_Divinity on December 30, 2012, 12:34:48 PM
I really liked the Loca the pug video. Warm and fuzzy, glad you decided to post it.

It made me feel alittle better and more hopeful that I will get where I feel that I need to be.  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 04, 2013, 08:10:43 PM
Just to let you all know Barney has been the all clear  >biggrin<

It's just a cyst and no treatment is required.  I'm just so relieved.  Thank you for all your kind words, it really helped  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 04, 2013, 08:18:48 PM
That's great. Hurrah for Barney.
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Post by: Yvette on January 05, 2013, 10:49:46 AM
I am delighted for you and Barney. What a relief Phew!
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Post by: Yvette on January 05, 2013, 10:55:41 AM
I am feeling a bit better about Ebby now.  Thank you all so much for your support, you have been so kind.

I wanted to book  Ives in for  a full check-up and the nurse asked one of the vets who knew Ebbs to phone me about what checks I wanted.  He said there was no point in checking Ives as she was fit and healthy and she is due in next month for her vaccination so he will check her over.

He reiterated that there was nothing that could be done for Ebbs and that he was starving to death because he couldn't digest his food and no enzymes would or could have reversed the chronic pancreatitis.  He reminded me that Ebby was severely anaemic which is what was making him so tired and he wasn't living his life, he was just exisiting.

He said that I had done everything for him and that I shouldn't blame myself.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 05, 2013, 12:51:37 PM
That's brilliant news about Barney,Ditchdewllers! Really pleased for you both.  >hugs<

Yvette, I hope the reassurance from the vet has helped to give you some peace of mind. >hugs<
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 05, 2013, 03:06:02 PM
Yvette  >hugs< , I think it is natural to question whether you could have done anything else (I know I did with both Chivvy and Punky). I do hope that the vet's words have reassured you.
 
Hurrah for Barney!!  >magicfairy<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 05, 2013, 03:50:29 PM
Bit pat to Barney.   >thumbsup< >thumbsup<

Pets just wriggle their way into our hearts, don't they.  But they live on in our memories.  All my past pets do.  I remember them all with great affection, even though I may have a tear in my eye at the same time.  Even the mucky one who dribbled his way around the house.  *sigh*

Hug to Yvette, Jockice and all of us who have lost pets recently and in the past.  >hugs<
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Post by: Jockice on January 05, 2013, 07:36:06 PM
Ta. I'm going to get a new cat in a couple of weeks time. Not as a Pongo substitute though, as a seperate entity. This is the first time my flat has been cat free since the summer of 94 and it's just weird.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on January 05, 2013, 11:05:30 PM
Jockice, will you be getting a kitten or an adult cat?  I wonder what sort of personality it will have.  One of the joys of having Barney this last year has been watching his character develop as he gains confidence.  He's very different to Harvey, even though they are the same breed, and I'm really enjoying his company.

Thank you to everyone for your good wishes, and Barney is happily snoring in front of the fire having had a bit of a pampered week!

Yvette, I hope you feel reassured regarding Ebby after your chat with the vet.  Its the hardest decision any pet owner has to make and also one of the most loving  >hugs<
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Post by: Jockice on January 06, 2013, 06:17:20 AM
Dunno. A youngish one but not necessarily a kitten. Just see what's available. Not even sure where I'm going yet. I've been recommended four different places. Rich (my former cat feeder friend) has suggested the RSPCA place but there is a little cat shelter closer to me.  There are also two out-of-town animal sanctuaries. At the moment I'm leaning towards the cat shelter (although I was severely patronised on my only previous visit there in the nineties by a member of staff who seemed to be under the impression that crutches equal lack of intelligence) for the simple reason that there is nothing there but cats. I have a feeling if I went somewhere else I'd end up coming home with four dogs and a pony. And a cat.

The only stipulation I have about newmog is that it isn't black and white. Too Pongoesque.
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Post by: Yvette on January 06, 2013, 11:36:49 AM
This is the first time my flat has been cat free since the summer of 94 and it's just weird.

It was similar when my old cat Cassie died.  I swore I would never have another cat but my house did not feel like a home without a cat.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 06, 2013, 11:53:31 AM
Best of luck with finding your new feline companion, Jockice. Wherever you decide to go, may the best cat find you.
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 06, 2013, 12:15:42 PM
I echo NN's sentiments  :-)
 
We are having great fun with Alfie, although he can be exhausting at times. It is real eye-opener having a young cat again after so many years!
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Post by: Yvette on January 06, 2013, 02:32:17 PM
Ditto NN and Hurty.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 06, 2013, 07:33:59 PM
I know what you mean jockice - not to get a cat the same colour as the last.  When my tabby died and I was at a cat place looking for the next cat, I saw a lovely tabby and I burst out into tears.  No way could I have taken in another Tabby.  Now I could, but this was some years ago.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 06, 2013, 07:48:44 PM
It is more than 2 years since we lost Chivvy and I now have my handsome Alfie - but a ginger cat can still reduce me to tears!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2013, 07:51:22 AM
Ginger cats have always had it in for me. Must be a hair jealousy thing. One of my sister's decided to sleep on my face while I was asleep in her living room once, and then there's the long, complicated tale involving Solomon, who belonged to a girlfriend of mine and ended up (through no doing of mine) being featured in the paper I worked for (described as 'the notorious Solomon') and then on page three of The Sun. Not as a model though.

However, I'm softening towards them. There are a couple of nice ones on the RSPCA and cat shelter websites. So I'll see over the next couple of weeks.
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Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2013, 09:18:34 AM
Hmm. Just logged onto Facebook and a friend of mine on there (one who I actually know in person, in fact I had a real life conversation with her less than a week ago) has put a thing on about having to separate her two cats because they just don't get on, so she's looking for someone to look after one of them, a cute-looking two-year-old tabby. Or is it tortoiseshell? I don't know the difference.

I've sent her a message expressing my interest, but it sounds from her Facebook posting that she might want the mog back at some point, and I doubt if I'd want to give her back. We shall see.
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Post by: Yvette on January 07, 2013, 10:35:22 AM
You probably read about the recent court case where a couple asked their Vet to find someone to foster their cat while they were having building work done and the lady who looked after the cat wanted to keep the cat.

As the original owners had not paid the lady for looking after the cat, or paid for any of the cat's food, the court said that the foster carer could keep the cat - especially as there wasn't any paperwork which the foster carer had signed to say she was fostering, not keeping, the cat.

So you quite rightly need to be careful if you think that looking after your friend's cat will only be temporary. 

I was in a similar dilemma with Ebby and Ivy.  Ivy kept bullying Ebby so a few times, friends had Ivy for a couple of weeks to give Ebby some respite.  They go away quite a lot and do not want a cat of their own for that reason, so I knew I would always get her back. 

But another person, a neighbour who has recently moved, wanted to look after Ivy as she used to visit her when she lived next door to me and she was missing her.  But I thought I might have a struggle to get Ivy back from her as she was talking about buying a bed for her and a scratching post etc., even though I had explained that I have a spare cat scratching post and bed etc for when I am away and they stay with friends.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2013, 10:43:48 AM
Indeed Yvette. That's why I've asked her. Her Facebook posting isn't that clear. I would have no real objection to taking the cat in for a couple of weeks if she can't find anyone else to do that but I want one of my own at some point soon.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2013, 02:21:16 PM
Right, I've got a reply. She said that she made it sound temporary because if the cat didn't like its new surroundings/owner she would have her back and try to find another new home. Which sounds fair enough to me but I know how possessive people can be towards pets so I'm still not saying I definitely want her, just that I'll have a look. Apparently someone else is interested too and I won't stand in their way if they really want her. It's only three weeks since I lost Pongo and I'm still coming to terms with her demise.

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Post by: Yvette on January 07, 2013, 06:30:43 PM
Very wise Jockice.
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Post by: sherbs on January 07, 2013, 08:07:31 PM
Very wise indeed jockie, i think if i were you i would go to the cats shelter and get your own cat, as you just never know how things may turn out with the friends cat.

Its been over 1 yr now since my kitty passed away, and i still dont feel ready for a new kitty.  Somedays i do think how nice it would be to have some company again, but its not quite the right time yet.  Maybe come the summer i will think about it again.

Anyway, whatever you decide Jockie keep us posted



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2013, 10:51:47 PM
I'm going to go and have a look tomorrow. ****'s only had the cats a few months (I think she got them from a shelter) but they just don't get on. It happens. Jarv and Pongo definitely didn't. I'll see how it goes anyway. She looks (and sounds) like a nice cat and she's still pretty young so won't be too set in her ways. I'm tempted but not making up my mind just yet.

I'm also meant to be picking up Pongo's ashes from the vets tomorrow. That will not be fun.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 07, 2013, 11:37:40 PM
Oh yeah, apparently she never bites or scratches. Pongo did nothing but bite and scratch.
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Post by: Yvette on January 08, 2013, 08:54:05 AM
I cried when I collected Ebby's ashes from the vets.

But having him home with me is comforting.  Just to know he is still here, albeit in another form does help.

I sometimes hold and stroke the little box he is in and talk to him.  Don't know if that is a bit strange though.
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Post by: Jockice on January 08, 2013, 09:31:11 AM
It's not at all Yvette. I still have a lump in my throat every time I see Pongo's collar. It's on a shelf directly above where I'm sitting now. I'll put it in a drawer with Jarv's when I'm ready. I don't know what I'm going to do with Pongo's ashes. Probably keep them for a while. I don't think I'll cry though, although you never know.

It's weird how things affect you. When I was up at my sister's at Christmas we had a chat about staying to watch our prospective cats put to sleep. I didn't cry during that (although I did on the phone to the vets that morning), I just felt numb, while my sister was crying so much that the vet let her leave through the back entrance so she wouldn't have to go past other people.
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Post by: Yvette on January 08, 2013, 01:19:59 PM
Ebby's collar is in my knicker drawer.  I don't know why I put it in there but it is.

The Vet let me go out through the back of the surgery too - perhaps seeing clients crying as they leave is off-putting to others?

I am really, really worried about Ivy today.  She had diahorrea in the kitchen this morning and that is what Ebby had too.

I am going to keep her in tomorrow afternoon and evening to get samples of 'both' from her to take to the Vet on Thursday as I have to go to the Dentist and the surgery is nearby.   

I can't take samples tomorrow as I have to go to hospital for injections under guided ultra-sound into my shoulders (they are so painful it will be wonderful to get some relief for a few months so I can't cancel the appointment as it will be months before I can be rebooked).

Another different thing Ivy did today, was she peed in the kitchen sink!   I was by the sink (which had no washing up bowl in it as I had taken it out) and she jumped down from the window sill where she sits to look out and before I knew what she was doing, she actually squatted down and did a pee!   I saw it going down the plug hole.  I didn't dare lift her out as she was mid-pee and I was so shocked I just did nothing.

It is raining here today, so perhaps she didn't want to go outside through her cat flap as she uses the garden?  I hope she doesn't make a habit of it though - especially if the washing up bowl is in the sink!!!   >yikes<
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Post by: Jockice on January 08, 2013, 06:04:42 PM
I never made it to  pick up Pongo's ashes. Couldn't face it. The vets I go to is right at the other end of the city (I knew someone who worked there and continued going there after she left and we've now totally lost touch, or rather since she got married at the start of the century she's cut me completely out of her life even though we'd been friends since the age of 13) and I drove halfway there and turned back. I'll do it later this week.

On a more positive note, I popped round to see my friend's cat...and was won over, so she's come home with me. Lotte's her name and I'll post photos as soon as she comes out from under the bed.

I really hope Ivy's okay Yvette. I have every possible finger crossed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 08, 2013, 07:37:26 PM
Ivy and Yvette  >hugs<
 
Welcome home Lotte  :-)
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Post by: sherbs on January 08, 2013, 07:56:39 PM
Fantastic new Jockie

Welocme home Lotte, Jockie will give you a kind loving home, so long as you dont pee in any unusual places   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 08, 2013, 08:22:22 PM
Welocme home Lotte, Jockie will give you a kind loving home, so long as you dont pee in any unusual places   

It is Lotte who needs to be concerned about where Jockice pees!!

Sorry Jockice, I couldn't resist reminding you of a previous incident (s).

I am so glad you have brought Lotte home with you - she will have a wonderful life with you.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 08, 2013, 08:39:19 PM
Yeah, I will have to christen her at some point.

Meanwhile, here she is. On her previous owner's bed, not mine. She's still under that.

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Post by: ditchdwellers on January 08, 2013, 08:39:36 PM
I look forward to seeing the pictures of
Lotte when she emerges.

Yvette, here are some special strokes for Ivy.  >hugs<  I do so hope that she is ok.
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 08, 2013, 08:40:33 PM
Lotte is a very pretty girl - a really stripey tabby!
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Post by: Jockice on January 08, 2013, 08:40:59 PM
Yeah, we all want Ivy to be okay. Everything's crossed.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on January 08, 2013, 08:41:30 PM
Oops, cross posted!  Shes a cutie.  I hope she settles in to her new home soon.  >thumbsup<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 08, 2013, 08:42:46 PM
Yvette >bighugs<

Is there any possibility that Ivy is just trying to adjust to being the only cat in the house, and that this might account for her strange peeing behaviour?  >fingerscrossed<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 08, 2013, 08:45:10 PM
Jockice - congrats to you and Lotte >hugs<
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Post by: leg_iron on January 08, 2013, 10:21:11 PM
Some Rattie photos:
Apollo trying to escape!!
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Rats047_zps216524d9.jpg)

Apollo doing his favourite thing, filling his face!!!
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Rats042_zps420b00ae.jpg)

Ajax making a mess with a grape!!
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Rats046_zps9b2cdae4.jpg)
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Post by: Jockice on January 08, 2013, 10:25:49 PM
Fantastic rats.
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Post by: myrtlemaid on January 08, 2013, 10:41:44 PM
Some great pet pictures...Lotte is gorgeous she looks areallady...andthe rats are very cute ...love the grey one !
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Post by: Yvette on January 09, 2013, 08:17:46 AM
The little rats are gorgeous. 

They have such cute snuffly little noses and such bright, clever eyes. 
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Post by: Yvette on January 09, 2013, 08:18:32 AM
Thanks for the photo of Lotte, she looks a cutie.

I hope you have both had a good night with no traumas or miaowing all night.
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 09, 2013, 04:14:50 PM
Lovely rattie photos - their intelligence shines out of their eyes, doesn't it?!
 
I hope that Lotte had a settled night and that Ivy is well.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on January 09, 2013, 04:55:46 PM
Great to see the rats looking so good!
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Post by: Jockice on January 09, 2013, 05:22:58 PM
Lotte's still under the bed but comes out if I lie down on the floor and talk to her She's also used the litter tray, which is a great relief. She joined me up on the bed last night though and is fairly friendly as long as I'm lying down. She'll get used to me standing up eventually I hope.

Picked up Pongo's ashes today. They're in a little ceramic pot which I have put on a shelf above me with her collar round it.
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Post by: Yvette on January 09, 2013, 05:49:04 PM
Ivy had diahorrea *again* today. In the kitchen *again*. 

She had it on Monday too.  In the kitchen.

I don't know if she had diahorrea yesterday as she may have done it outside (she has a cat flap and can come in and out at will).

I'm keeping her in this evening to get a sample to take to the vets as I couldn't save any off the mat (which has had to be thrown out) as I had walked in it and spread it all over.  Yuck!

She is quite subdued so I hope the results come back quickly so she can have some treatment.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 09, 2013, 05:49:22 PM
Picked up Pongo's ashes today. They're in a little ceramic pot which I have put on a shelf above me with her collar round it.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 09, 2013, 06:00:53 PM
I really hope Ivy's okay.
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Post by: Yvette on January 09, 2013, 06:02:24 PM
Thank you and to everyone else who has sent their kind wishes.
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 09, 2013, 08:46:50 PM
Jockice  >hugs< .
 
Yvette and Ivy  >hugs<
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Post by: myrtlemaid on January 09, 2013, 10:15:31 PM
Great to hear lotte is starting to settle in sure you'll soon me firm friends soon.


Yvette hope Ivy is soon diagnosed so that then you know what you are dealing with.

Hugs to both and to both cats .... hugs jox
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 09, 2013, 10:19:47 PM
tickles and hugs to all pets as appropriate.  >hugs<

Lotte is a lovely stripey little soul jockice.  Congrats on getting such a lovely animal.

Glad to see the ratties again and so pleased that they are looking so happy.

Cleaning up after animals is not much fun is it Yvette.  Some cat occasionally comes into my conservatory though the dog flap and I have to clear up after it first thing just after I have got up.  blauch!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 09, 2013, 10:52:46 PM
Yvette, i hope that Ivy is better soon.

Jockice, Glad you got another cat.  She looks a lovely cat. 

I'll try & get some photos of Achilles & post them soon.  He's a bit camera shy at times!!
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Post by: AndMac on January 10, 2013, 01:09:05 AM
I'm so pleased that you have Lotte, Jockice, I have never seen a tabby so clearly marked as her ... Yvette, everything crossed for Ivy. You don't need that.   >hugs<

A huge AWW at the pics of Ajax and Apollo.   >love< 

I've cried for the loss of  most of my pets, big and small,  as an adult.  I never cry at human funerals though. (Do my grieving in private).

 I had to cycle home after taking Smudge the cockatiel to be put down, eight years ago - almost to the day -  and as it was dark, I was quite concerned about my ability to see if I started sobbing. 
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Post by: Jockice on January 10, 2013, 07:36:48 AM
Morning. Thanks everyone. I didn't intend to get another cat quite so soon after I lost Pongo (although it seemed inevitable I'd get one) but then my friend (we've never been close mates but have known each other for at least 15 years, although not well enough to know that either of us had cats) put out the appeal for a new home for Lotte and I thought: "Why not?"

**** had only had her two for three months and they came from a rescue shelter, so it saves me having to go to one myself (as I've said before I was scared if I set foot in one of those places I'd come home with several animals) but Lotte seems quite domesticated. A totally different character from Pongo though. I've never met a cat like Pongo in my life anyway. Living with her was like that TV programme The Odd Couple and I could get a million new cats and she'd still be in my mind.

 Lotte seems much more like my sister's old cat Cassie on first impressions anyway. It's my theory that while animals have different looks and personalities babies are all exactly the same. Indistinguishable. This hasn't proved popular with some people.

(Did I ever mention my first ever meeting with Cassie? I was visiting my sister and she was at work when I was due to arrive so left me the key in the secret hiding place outside. I decided to have a kip so lay on top of one of the beds. Later on I woke up and as often happens, my legs went into spasm. Unfotunately there was a cat between them - which until I woke up didn't even know was there -  who got trapped while I writhed waiting for them to stop spamsing so I could free it. It took a few minutes but Cassie was so pleasant that she didn't even complain. Pongo would have bitten off and eaten several of my limbs by then.)
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Post by: Yvette on January 10, 2013, 08:13:15 AM
Pongo would have bitten off and eaten several of my limbs by then    >yikes<

Let's hope that Lotte is more like Cassie!

Ivy has had diahorrea for the third time.  I left a litter tray in the kitchen for her, into which I put her several times, but no, she did it on the floor where the rug had been.  >doh<

At least there was lots of 'sample' there as I gave her lots to eat yesterday afternoon and evening.

She is on a pouch of easy digestible food but is obviously not digesting it.

Hopefully, it won't take too long for the results to get back.  If I get the sample in before 10am, the courier will take it straight to the lab.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 10, 2013, 09:32:22 AM
Yvette,

 >hugs< for you and Ivy.

Hopefully Ivy is poorly because of the loss of Ebby and not anything that needs treatment. After you see what the vet says I suggest you get one of those Feliway plug ins which help cats feel more calm and safe because it gives of the same hormones that a mother cat has.

Jockice,

Lotte sounds and looks lovely. I had not realised Pongo was quite such a character, I probably needed to have read more Cafe threads.
The fact she will get on the bed with you sounds friendly. With Daisy it too almost a week before we got a proper hello. I know what you mean about rescue centres and wanting to take more than one cat home. My local vet has a nurse who rehomes kittens and cats and it was easier getting Daisy from her because we got to know some of her character because she was living in the nurses home.

Leg iron,

Nice ratty photo :-)
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 10, 2013, 11:57:12 AM
We took Alfie,as a 'stray', in one evening and he was immediately friendly and affectionate. Tht same evening he came and lay on my chest when I was on the bed. They are all such individuals, aren't they?!  >blackcat<
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Post by: Jockice on January 10, 2013, 11:57:19 AM
Pongo had...er...shall we say... problems. At first anyway. She was abandoned outside a vets and seemed to have been treated very badly for the first year of her life, before I got her. Honestly, it was like living with a wildcat for the first few weeks. She'd hiss, bite and scratch if I went near her, and poor Jarv couldn't even get near the food bowl (although once they had become more settled, Jarv showed an up-till-then undiscovered aggressive side). Pongo, or Catrina as she was then, was also very thin at first. She had a weedy puss complex. Boom boom.

A couple of weeks after getting her I was woken up in the middle of the night by something brushing against my face. I opened my eyes to see her directly in front of me and instinctively protected the eyes, while also making a crucifix sign. But she just wanted stroked like a normal cat. Aww. The next morning she was on the landing and I bent down to give her another stroke. Guess what happened?

So it took a long time to get her acting like an ordinary domesticated animal, at least most of the time, but she still had a habit of just turning into the wildcat again and doing stupid things. She got stuck up a tree less than two years ago. What sort of 15-year-old cat suddenly decides to climb up a tree? In the end I had to get a teenage boy (a pupil of the violin teacher next door) to climb on top of my car and swing a crutch in her direction to get her to jump. Ridiculous animal but I'm missing her a lot.

Lotte's a different kettle of fish, but I'm sure she'll have some antics later on.
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Post by: Yvette on January 10, 2013, 08:24:43 PM
She had a weedy puss complex. Boom boom.  >doh<   >lol<
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Post by: Yvette on January 10, 2013, 08:30:09 PM
No 'present' for me after my return from taking the sample to the vet and my visit to the dentist.

I am dreading tomorrow morning though.


Thanks for mentioning the Feliway Sunshine.  It may well be worth getting one but I shall wait until the Vet phones with the results, as there is a strong possibility that Ives has caught something from another cat in the area which Ebby also caught as he had Clostridium tummy bug and Corona Virus, both of which cause diahorrea.

They were both rescue cats who were used to going in and out of a cat flap so it will be really hard to keep Ives in if there is a cat in the area who is spreading all this stuff.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 11, 2013, 10:02:08 AM
Ivy had diahorrea again - the fourth day running (pun not intentional).

Phoned the Vet surgery and nurse advised me to starve her for twenty four hours.

She is drinking water at the moment, but if she stops drinking I am to take her in as she will have to go on an IV drip.

I hope the sample results won't take long.  He sample went to the lab yesterday, so hopefully, they have started testing it.  Do Vet laboratories work over the weekend?
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Post by: Jockice on January 11, 2013, 10:10:18 AM
Not sure Yvette but hopefully you'll get the results back soon and even more hopefully they'll be good ones.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 11, 2013, 07:49:04 PM
 >hugs< to Yvette and pussycat.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 11, 2013, 10:03:28 PM
Yvette, I hope that Ivy will be ok >hugs<
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Post by: Jockice on January 12, 2013, 08:52:32 AM
"Oh yeah, apparently she never bites or scratches. Pongo did nothing but bite and scratch."


Hmm, well that would explain the blood pouring from my nose earlier this morning...




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Post by: leg_iron on January 12, 2013, 09:32:21 AM
I had to take Achilles to the vets last night as he's become wheezy again.  Rats are prone to respiratory problems & he's had several bouts since november.  The vet i saw put him back on baytril & has said to keep him on it for at least 7 - 10 days after the symptoms disappear.  I'd better go & buy some shares in Ambrosia ready made custard (other brands of ready made custard are available).
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 12, 2013, 10:44:20 AM
Know the feeling, Leg Iron. When George was on his course of antibiotics, I was practically buying Cat Pate in bulk.

Wishing Achilles a speedy recovery.  >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on January 12, 2013, 10:45:43 AM
Hmm, well that would explain the blood pouring from my nose earlier this morning...


Oh no, Jockice...  How did it happen?  Did she leash a sudden attack on you?

Leg Iron, I hope little Achilles gets better soon.
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Post by: Jockice on January 12, 2013, 11:01:36 AM
Think she was platying rather than attacking, but I was lying down at the time and her claw caught me on the nose. Ouch.

Fingers crossed for Achilles.
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Post by: leg_iron on January 12, 2013, 01:34:42 PM
Putting the baytril into custard is the easiest way of getting the baytril into my boys.  The baytril is really quite bitter & i would not even attempt to grab hold of them & squirt it down his throat.  I'd stress them out if i grabbed hold of him & shoved a syring into his mouth & squirted bitter meds down his throat. 
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 12, 2013, 05:59:40 PM
Hi Jockice, so the new cat is playing with you?  Oh, that is wonderful.  S/he must be feeling at home.
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Post by: Rosie on January 13, 2013, 07:22:56 AM
I have been AWOL for far too long to even try to catch up on everyone's special friends, so please forgive me.  I thought you might like an update on Pereg - I have not forgotten my beloved Lexi and next week will be the third anniversary of her leaving me - but Pereg?  What can I say about this little booger who has taken over my life, and, at times, sanity?

Although I guess that her problems have actually saved my sanity!

I have no idea how old/young she was when I brought her home from the Shelter but put her birthday down as 1 January so she is just four years old now.  But her fourth Gotcha Day will be on 18 February, and I might let her have an extra sardine to celebrate it!

Pereg is epileptic and will always be epileptic, but but but after a totally disastrous few days in October 2011 when I was waiting for my Vet to come and help her to the Bridge, he and I then decided to not only increase her meds again but to give them every 8 hours and not the normal 12 hours.  It boogers up my sleep but it seems to be what she needed.  He will not add any more anti-epileptic drugs because in his view most do not work and those that do cause more side effects than are worth it.  As he said, do I want a rug on the floor which I only know is alive because it breathes?

She has a lot of supplements to help support her liver [Phenobarbitone is processed through the liver and can damage it] and so far her full blood tests every six months are giving good results.  Of course with no pet insurance this is all eating deeply into my pension but my Pereg is worth it.

I started changing her from dog food [kibble] about June 2011 I think [her first seizure was on 1 April that year] and she has been fully on raw since shortly after that.  There are no pet food suppliers here so her raw is from the poulterer/butcher where I get my own meat.  The difference is that she has hers raw and I cook mine!  She has a lot of vegetables to bulk out her first meal and those I blanch and freeze and also use some in my own food.  But it is all a lot of work to keep a check that she has sufficient vitamins and supplements.

I also buy fresh sardines from the fish van that sometimes comes round, open freeze them and twice a week she has them as her RMB [raw meaty bone] second meal.  Yesterday evening's RMB meal were two chicken wings - today will be a chicken back/carcass - tomorrow will be sardines.

It takes up so much of my time though and I am old and sleep deprivation is never much fun is it - and poor Pereg needs to go out for a pee during the night because of her medication.  I sometimes manage to go back to bed for a rest after she has had her 7am Pb but then have to be up again because she has something else due at 8am.

People ask me why I do all this - why I bother.  And my answer is because I love her.  She no more chose to be epileptic than I chose to end up with a broken neck and back and spend the rest of my life being a wheelie.
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Post by: Jockice on January 13, 2013, 10:39:15 AM
"Hi Jockice, so the new cat is playing with you?  Oh, that is wonderful.  S/he must be feeling at home."


Yip, she beat me at chess but I thrashed her at kickboxing.

But seriously, she seems right at home now. Bit of an explorer though. When I was in bed last night she climbed onto the very highest shelf in the whole room, a shelf so high that I don't even use  - it's out of my reach unless I use a stepladder or something - and all that is on it is a picture drawn by my aunt Kathleen (who died 12 years ago, and it was up there before then). Don't think Pongo ever went up there. I waited for the inevitable crash on the way down (the two shelves below are stuffed to the brims wth books and there is a television directly below) but she got down very nimbly.

The other cat that she didn't get on with (Betsey) is also apparently doing just fine as a solo pet now, so it was definitely the right decision to separate them.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 13, 2013, 12:21:44 PM
I am delighted for you and Lotte.  And Betsey.
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Post by: Yvette on January 22, 2013, 03:06:18 PM
Good news - which I completely forgot to post!   >doh<

The Vet phoned on Friday afternoon - all was clear.   Ivy has no parasites or worms (she is wormed every twelve weeks with a tablet I buy from the vet, so she shouldn't have worms.) 

But, when I told Vet she *still* had diahorrea, he said it could be a bacterial overgrowth (I forgot to ask why it didn't that show in the sample?) and  he said he would post out some antibiotics (because I explained I couldn't get in due to several inches of snow, which isn't helped by my living on a side road, which is on a hill, and doesn't get cleared by the council).

The antibiotics arrived yesterday - one each morning and one each evening for a week.  If Ivy still has diahorrea after the course has finished, she will have to have blood tests, so I am keeping my fingers crossed for her.   >x-fingers<
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Post by: Jockice on January 22, 2013, 03:28:01 PM
Excellent. My fingers are crossed too.
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Post by: Yvette on January 22, 2013, 03:46:03 PM
Thanks.
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 22, 2013, 04:46:22 PM
Thanks for the updates folks. It sounds as if it is mostly good news  >biggrin<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 22, 2013, 05:59:40 PM
That's good news, Yvette. Fingers crossed for you both >fingerscrossed<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 22, 2013, 07:55:38 PM
 >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 22, 2013, 10:31:02 PM
"I have been AWOL for far too long to even try to catch up on everyone's special friends, so please forgive me.  I thought you might like an update on Pereg - I have not forgotten my beloved Lexi and next week will be the third anniversary of her leaving me - but Pereg?  What can I say about this little booger who has taken over my life, and, at times, sanity?"


Good to hear about Pereg Rosie. And hope Lexi's anniversary wasn't too upsetting for you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 22, 2013, 10:55:06 PM
Here's Lotte. Made herself right at home she has. That white bit of leg annoys me though (even though that's how she got her name - Mistress Lotte Longstocking apparently) and I feel like getting some felt pens and colouring it in.

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Post by: Jockice on January 22, 2013, 10:57:10 PM
Aargh. Wrong picture. Here's the one I intended to post...

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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 23, 2013, 12:03:08 AM
Ah!  tickle ickle tummy!
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Post by: Yvette on January 23, 2013, 07:58:13 AM
Lotte's little white sock is cute. 
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on January 23, 2013, 09:01:14 AM
Will she tolerate her belly being tickled?  My Cindy loves a good tummy rub and will roll over on her back to invite it - without getting playful and swiping with paws and claws!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 23, 2013, 09:12:51 AM
Yeah, she's fine with it. Enjoys a nice bit of clawing/play biting too though. She's currently chasing a roll of tape around the carpet though.

For Facebook users and fox fans. http://www.facebook.com/tracey.plant1/friends?ref=ts&ft_ref=mni#!/photo.php?v=10151253295601925
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 23, 2013, 11:00:27 AM
Yvette,

Good to read the tests were clear. Antibotics themselves can cause upset stomachs too. Maybe it would be worth changing Ivy's food to something for sensitive stomachs until things settle down.

Daisy gets Arden Grange sensitive and it really helps her.

Jockice,

I love the photos of Lotte she is very pretty.

The video of the fox is enlightening, I did not know they could be so waggy tailed and cute.
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 23, 2013, 04:33:17 PM
Awww, Lotte is lovely  >love<
 
Alfie enjoys a tummy tickle, but is not averse to biting and clawing at times!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 23, 2013, 07:35:08 PM
That fox is adorable.  Thanks Jockice.

Rolling over and exposing one's tummy is a sign of submission.  The animal recognises that you are above it in the animal hierarchy and is exposing it's softer parts to show this. 

Yes, and it also looks very cutsie to us.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 23, 2013, 09:31:23 PM
Lotte's into Africa. The David Attenborough TV programme that is. She's watching intently.

Submissive though? Hmm.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 23, 2013, 09:59:57 PM
Oh boo! For the past 2 nights, Alfie has weed on Mr Hurty's clothes after he has taken them off for the night  :-( . I have not seen the event, so I don't know whether it was spraying or not. Alfie has been neutered but, even so, I suspect this might be a male dominance issue. I will be phoning the vet tomorrow to ask whether a Feliway diffuser might help. The short-term solution is for Mr H to hang his clothes up, rather than leaving them on the floor , but his tolerance for a weeing cat will be minimal...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 24, 2013, 01:00:51 AM
After I'd had her for about a week, Lotte started peeing on the living room floor. Either behind the TV or under this desk.  Not all the time but a couple for each venue. The litter tray - a covered one - is in the lobby. So I brought a basin into the living room to see if she would use that. She did, although, she did a particularly unpleasant jobbie this morning while one of my neighbours was in the living room.

I've now brought the covered litter tray into here and she's used that a couple of times. I think it's a door thing. I usually have the door almost but not quite shut to keep the heat in. Pongo would just claw it open but Lotte won't do that and won't go into the lobby unless I physically open the door. Even though her food's in the lobby too. Strange animal.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 24, 2013, 02:43:36 AM
Can you put a cat flap in the door? 

That way you can keep the door shut to keep in the warmth and Lotte can get out to her litter tray.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 24, 2013, 02:57:41 AM
As Ivy sleeps on my bed and because she has had diahorrea and the weather has been so dreadful, I have kept a litter tray in the bathroom (next door to my bedroom) for her to use, at night - it is a long way to go downstairs and through to the sitting room to go out through the cat flap.   

For the last few nights she has only peed in it so she must be going outside for the other despite the weather.

She has used the litter tray a few times to pee during the day too (probably because it has been so cold and snowy outside), but there have been no poos during the day either, thank goodness, as they stink to high heaven.

Since she peed, and then a few days later pooed, in the kitchen sink (fortunately the washing up bowl wasn't in the sink at the time), I have kept the washing up bowl in the sink and covered it over with a tray, so she can't use it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on January 24, 2013, 09:24:43 AM
"Can you put a cat flap in the door? "

Suppose I could but according to her previous owner, she's perfectly capable of opening doors and is just doing it as part of a power struggle. In which case her ability to have peeing protests means she has the upper hand over me. She has used the tray this morning though, for both a pee and a poo. Good girl.

Hope Ivy's okay.


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Post by: Dic Penderyn on January 24, 2013, 03:18:54 PM
This is Sox.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on January 24, 2013, 05:24:35 PM
Great picture.  What breed is Sox?
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on January 24, 2013, 06:51:22 PM
Labrador plus Staff more Labrador than Staff though she's big softy.
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Post by: Jockice on January 24, 2013, 07:58:24 PM
Lovely dog.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on January 24, 2013, 08:45:26 PM
Labrador plus Staff more Labrador than Staff though she's big softy.

I know of a staffie with similar markings, so I did wonder at the breed!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 24, 2013, 10:06:00 PM
What a nice face.  no, no, not you John, the doggie!!
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 24, 2013, 11:27:11 PM
Awww, Sox is lovely!
 
Our cats do have the upper paw when they stage a 'dirty protest' don't they!  Alfie doesn't seem stressed and is showing no sign of urinary tract infection. I have ordered a Feliway diffuser online anyway, it is due to be delivered tomorrow  >x-fingers<
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Post by: Yvette on January 25, 2013, 09:25:31 AM
Thanks for the photo of Sox.  >dog<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 25, 2013, 09:11:53 PM
Another Labrador mixture.  Labradors do not seem to be very fussy when it comes to choosing who they want to do it with.  >biggrin<
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Post by: Yvette on January 26, 2013, 10:08:04 AM
Dogs per se arent fussy who they do it with.

A friend has a collie and jack russell cross.  The mother was the collie and would have had to lie down for the jack russell to reach.  >doh<
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on January 26, 2013, 05:33:35 PM
Unless the Jack Russel had a box to stand on.  >lol<
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 26, 2013, 07:00:28 PM
Sox looks very like my 'Father in laws dog' its a good mix.

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Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 26, 2013, 07:05:13 PM
Megs in the snow watching her ball slowly move - click on the photo and it will load a bit bigger.

 >attachment<
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on January 26, 2013, 07:06:27 PM
Yes she's a lovely dog very well behaved but barks like crazy when someone comes to the door even if its one of us.  >lol<
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on January 26, 2013, 07:12:59 PM
Is megs an Autralian Shepherd love the blue eyes.
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 26, 2013, 07:14:12 PM
Is megs an Autralian Shepherd love the blue eyes.

She is really pretty, isn't she?!
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Post by: Jockice on January 26, 2013, 07:47:03 PM
That is gorgeous.
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Post by: sherbs on January 26, 2013, 08:53:07 PM
Megs is so pretty 
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 26, 2013, 10:30:12 PM
Thank you  >wolf<

Megs is a blue merle border collie which is similar to a Australian Shepherd.
I am lucky to have her because when she was a pup she was very sickly and at 8 weeks was definitely a little runt. The vet gave us special paste to improve her digestion and bowel situation and she mostly grew out of the condition by the time she was 3.


 >attachment< Luka was still a pup himself and not fully grown when we got Megs.

 >attachment<
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Post by: Jockice on January 26, 2013, 10:43:43 PM
Wow! Gorgeous!
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 27, 2013, 11:01:07 AM
Jockice  >biggrin<

Mr Sunshine told people at work that Megs was Luka's new squeak toy, when in fact it was Megs chasing about after Luka. He would skid her across the old laminate floor and she would quickly get back onto her feet and run back to him.

Here is a photo of the two pups in the garden.
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Post by: Jockice on January 27, 2013, 12:42:06 PM
Lotte's been out this morning. Only briefly but at least she now knows there's a world beyond this flat.
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Post by: ATurtle on January 27, 2013, 01:21:29 PM
My faithful friend, who sort of tolerates me, is Missy.  She insists I feed her, she insists I change the batteries on the cat flap so only she is able to get into the house, she insists I share my dinner with her (not always).

She does wierd stuff like eating the Gurkha starter Chicken Choela, basically chicken cooked in garlic and then with added garlic with an extra serving of garlic on top!  She loves it!
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/83957353/Cat%20Chhoela2.jpg)

Just this very morning, she decided Dad had slept long enough and walked onto the duvet pulling it down against my knees! "Missy, stop, that hurts!"   So she climbed up onto my knee and started paddling! Did you know cats could fly?   >blackcat<

(Honestly, she didn't fly, I picked her up and moved her down onto the bed.  But there have been times, like when she bit my toe in bed!)
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 27, 2013, 04:11:04 PM
Tee hee, Missy sounds a right pickle  >lol< . Have you seen  the 'Simon's cat' videos on Youtube?  There is a lovely one that shows the cat trying to wake Simon.
 
Sunshine, thank you for posting the photo's of Luca and Meg, they are both beautiful  >love<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 27, 2013, 04:24:51 PM
I like black cats.  Your one, Turtle, has a very shiny coat.

I was talking to a rescue home person who told me that black cats and black and white ones are the last ones to be chosen.  For some reason people do not like black cats.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 27, 2013, 04:28:41 PM
I like black cats.  Your one, Turtle, has a very shiny coat.

I was talking to a rescue home person who told me that black cats and black and white ones are the last ones to be chosen.  For some reason people do not like black cats.

Some people believe black cats to be unlucky, others think that the are 'boring' because they have no markings. I love my little black boy  >blackcat<
 
Edited in order to make sense!
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Post by: ATurtle on January 27, 2013, 06:22:15 PM
Black cats are not boring even a ten year old can play!  Missy does, any piece of paper, cotton bud, pencil or leaf and she goes mad!

Black cats are not unlucky, I have had a black cat cross my path every day, but I think she must have missed the day I went for my Atos Assessment!
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Post by: Yvette on January 27, 2013, 06:26:27 PM
I like black cats too.   >blackcat<

Missy is gorgeous.
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Post by: sherbs on January 27, 2013, 08:26:19 PM
Lotte's been out this morning. Only briefly but at least she now knows there's a world beyond this flat.

Well thats it now Jockie, be prepared for Lotte bringing all sorts back into your house, watch out for birds and mice being dragged through the cat flap. (thats what my cats used to do)   >yikes<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on January 27, 2013, 11:45:22 PM
My mum does kitten fostering for the cats protection league & she's told me that black & black & white cats no one wants for some reason.
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Post by: Jockice on January 27, 2013, 11:49:52 PM
There is no cat flap and there is no way a cat or anything else can get past without a security check. And the days of them sneaking things (ie dead birds under the bed or live mice into the trousers I'm wearing) past me are long gone, since I got new windows that only open at the top. Pongo left the odd present outside though but my inability to bend down meant that my upstairs neighbour had to do the removal bit.

Anyway Lotte was only out for about a minute. She seems to prefer watching the telly. Lazy little sod.

I like black cats. Met some nice ones in my time. A young couple in one of the other flats had a little beaut which they had to get a new home for at short notice last Christmas. They basically got chucked out because the landlord went bankrupt. And as if by chance I found out about that about ten minutes after giving a mate a lift home from our work festive do during which he mentioned that his mum was looking for a new moggie. Sorted.

And as for black and white ones Pongo was of that ilk and my former next-door neighbours got a lookalike at one poiint.They met briefly in the passageway but didn't seem to get on. Birds of a feather. Or not.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 28, 2013, 08:21:00 AM
ATurtle - Missy looks lovely! >blackcat<

Auntie and Leg_Iron - I think the problems that various cat shelters are having in getting homes for black and black and white cats is a fashion thing. At the moment they're just not seen as 'special' or 'individual' enough for most people. Which is just plain stupid. How can anyone judge how 'special' an animal is by looking at its coat?

Jockice - it's good to know that Lotte is getting to grips with her new environment.

Yvette - keep us updated on how things are going with Ivy.  >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on January 28, 2013, 09:13:01 AM
Thank you.

I will keep you updated. 

She has an appointment with the Vet tomorrow morning for blood tests.  She seems alright in herself.  She is still playing - her favourite game is chasing after the end of a piece of string which I shake and wriggle about.  She has lost weight though.
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Post by: Yvette on January 28, 2013, 06:57:21 PM
I have kept Ivy in this afternoon so I can take another sample to the Vet tomorrow - it smells so bad it made me choke. 

And I've not been able to eat dinner yet either.   >yikes<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 28, 2013, 07:05:40 PM
Oh dear Yvette.  The things we have to do for our pets.

I had a bunny whose bum I had to wipe all the time when it was ill.  Oh!!!
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Post by: Yvette on January 28, 2013, 08:16:37 PM
*holds nose*   >yikes<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 28, 2013, 09:23:51 PM
Mum gave me something called a Chef's Candle for use when George has to be confined to barracks. It doesn't disguise the scent completely, but does take the edge off a bit. It certainly does counteract the rendering-plant whiff of his favourite food, though.

http://www.lakeland.co.uk/9288/Chefs-Candle
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Post by: Yvette on January 29, 2013, 08:33:31 AM
Thanks NN.  >thumbsup<
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Post by: leg_iron on January 29, 2013, 07:39:37 PM
I use something called "Tap a drop" if the boys are a bit smelly.   I put a drop on a bit of tissue & it does make a difference.  It neutralises the smells not mask them & safe to use near pets.  There are a range of fragrances & i do like the citrus one.  I got it from one of the suppliiers of rat bits and pieces.  It was recommended to me by one of the best rat forums that i use.  Link to the rat website where i buy it from.
http://www.ratwarehouse.co.uk/shop_view.php?cat=21
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Post by: Yvette on January 30, 2013, 08:07:31 AM
Thanks for that, I'll send for some.
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Post by: Yvette on January 30, 2013, 08:08:26 AM
Update on Ivy - she had blood tests taken yesterday and was prescribed another lot of (different) antibiotics to take.

Am now waiting for results of the blood tests to see where we go from here.
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Post by: leg_iron on January 30, 2013, 07:19:16 PM
The rat warehouse are very quick with their dispatch.  I ordered some bits for my boys yesterday evening & they emailed me to say that my bits were in the post today.
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Post by: Yvette on January 30, 2013, 11:14:42 PM
Leg_Iron, what are the other fragrances like please? 

I am wondering what the Soft Linen, Baby Powder and Spring Mint are like because some fragrances don't actually smell like they are supposed to.
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Post by: leg_iron on January 31, 2013, 12:30:00 AM
Hi yvette, I'll email Sabby who runs rat warehouse & make some enquiries about the fragrances you are asking about. 
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Post by: Yvette on January 31, 2013, 01:53:40 AM
Thank you, that is really kind of you.  Much appreciated.   >magicfairy<
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Post by: Hurtyback on January 31, 2013, 01:46:13 PM
My fingers are firmly crossed for Ivy  >x-fingers<
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Post by: Jockice on January 31, 2013, 02:20:39 PM
And mine.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 31, 2013, 05:48:57 PM
Two nights running doggie has not been able to contain herself any longer and has relieved herself on the kitchen floor.  Being a good doggie she did it on the lino rather than the carpet.

I'm wondering whether it is all the strong wind outside that is doing it, or that her years are now taking their toll and her insides are beginning to give up.  Should I put out a litter tray for her.  I have the large one that the last cat used to use, and still have tray liners.  Hmmm?
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Post by: leg_iron on January 31, 2013, 06:03:53 PM
Hi Yvette, I've got a reply from Sabby at the Rat Warehouse with regard to the Tap a drop deodoriser that they sell.  She says: "Hi John, well it is a bit hard to recommend for people because we all have different tastes, but out of the three I prefer soft linen. The mint is very sharp and I find it a little harsh, the baby powder is kind of a sweet scent, and lots of people love it, I find it sickly. The soft linen just smells fresh, it smells like fabric softener and it's not too intrusive. Citrus is my top favourite followed by soft linen."

I have the citrus one & its nice.  You only need a drop on a bit of tissue for it to help with the smells.
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Post by: Yvette on February 01, 2013, 03:06:22 PM
leg-iron, thank you so much.  I will send off for both the citrus and the soft linen.  I'm very grateful to you.


Auntie, does doggie go outside during the day?  Does s/he whine at the door to be let out? 
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 01, 2013, 04:49:18 PM
Fingers crossed for Ivy here too >fingerscrossed<
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Post by: Yvette on February 01, 2013, 05:51:11 PM
Thanks everyone. 

When I get the results of her blood tests, I'll post what they are.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on February 01, 2013, 11:33:01 PM
Doggie was fine overnight.  Yes she goes out during the day quite happily and just asks me to unlock the door so she can get to the dog flap.  It is too cold to leave the door open all the time in the winter.

Hopefully it was just one/two of those things.   >x-fingers<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 02, 2013, 09:59:37 AM
Good to know that doggie managed well last night, Auntie. You could be right about the windy weather playing a part. George usually takes a stroll round the neighbourhood at dusk, and presumably answers the call of nature somewhere along the way. On of the especially gusty nights, he asked to go out, then flew straight back in again when a tin can began to rattle noisily past the gate.

Poor lad - he looked very startled. He was fine after about an hour or so, but his evening sojourn was an unusually brief one, nevertheless.

Perhaps doggie was similarly startled?
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 02, 2013, 10:11:58 AM
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Hopefully it was just one/two of those things.   >x-fingers<

 >x-fingers<I know what you mean about needing to lock the dog flap. The downside to this for us is we sometimes forget the dogs are outside and cat get themselves back in and then wonder ' Why is the dog barking? Oh sorry doggie you were locked out  >blushing<

Yvette,

I hope you get some good news today  >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on February 02, 2013, 02:42:46 PM
The Vet phoned this morning.  Sort of good news. 

Ivy's blood results were completely clear (as her fecael sample results were last week), but as she still has diahorrea, there is still a problem.

Vet thinks it could be something like IBS, so she has to continue with the current 10 day course of antibiotics (different to the week's course she had before) and if she still has diahorrea, the Vet will start her on a low dose steriod.

At least Ivy doesn't have pancreatitis (yet) but it is not right that she still has diahorrea.  She is on the Vet recommended Royal Cannin Sensitive diet (pouches) so all I can continue to do is follow the Vet's advice.
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Post by: Jockice on February 02, 2013, 03:23:52 PM
Fingers still crossed!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on February 02, 2013, 07:57:49 PM
Oh poor Ivy.  What a pain.

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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 02, 2013, 08:09:53 PM
Poor Ivy. >hugs<  Still, it is good to know that her blood tests were clear, as that will hopefully allow the Vet to narrow their field of enquiry, and get to the root of the problem more quickly.  >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on February 03, 2013, 10:09:42 AM
Thank you everyone for your support. You are all so kind.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on February 03, 2013, 10:34:48 AM
 >hugs< for both you and Ivy.  Hopefully the diet will help and she'll soon be on the mend.
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Post by: Hurtyback on February 03, 2013, 04:38:11 PM
Yvette and Ivy  >bighugs<
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 04, 2013, 09:09:33 AM
Yvette,

It might be worth giving dried food a try because cats Daisy my kitten cat has Arden Grange Cat Sensitive and it stops her bloody lose poop.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arden-Grange-Cat-Sensitive-2-5/dp/B002DG9QBI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1359968519&sr=8-4

I call her a kitten cat because she was found in a shed with her kittens when she herself was only about 4 months old. Having kittens so young means that she will always be little. My local vet advertised that she needed a new home and that is how I ended up with Daisy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on February 04, 2013, 10:09:37 AM
Ah, dear little Daisy.


Thanks for the informatin about the dry food.  I will ask the Vet about it as he says they always use Royal Cannin Sensitive wet food in the surgery for diahorrea.

The blurb for the Royal Cannin states:

Sensitivity Control Wet is for the nutritional management of: Food hypersensitivity with dermatological and/or gastrointestinal signs.

Food intolerance (including lactose intolerance). Acute or chronic diarrhoea in kittens and adult cats. Chicken, duck and rice are rarely involved in food allergy. These protein sources are highly digestible. This approach reduces the risk of allergic reaction in the cat. 

Very high amounts of biotin, niacin and pantothenic acid in combination with zinc reduce water losses through the skin and support the barrier effect of the skin.  Eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids, which are omega 3 long chain fatty acids, help maintain skin health and the integrity of the intestinal mucosa. 

The combination of fermentable fibres (beet pulp, FOS) with zeolite helps to maintain a balanced gastrointestinal microflora and to protect the intestinal mucosa.

This food is gluten and lactose free.Veterinary diets are formulated for the nutritional support of cats with specific clinical conditions and are recommended to be used under veterinary advice.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 04, 2013, 05:04:52 PM
 :-) the wet food sounds good and easily digested and when it comes to a pets health we need to buy what is best for them. I am a bit biased against wet food because our cats scoff it so quickly I am surprised they dont get hiccups, but it is good when they are off their food.

When the vet nurse delivered Daisy she brought a bag of
http://www.hillspet.co.uk/en-gb/products/pd-feline-prescription-diet-dd-venison-and-green-pea-dry.html

which was good for her but proved more costly and difficult to obtain than the Arden Grange.

Hugs to you both.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on February 04, 2013, 07:50:56 PM
Yum - I think the Sensitivity Control Wet would suit me very well.
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Post by: Yvette on February 04, 2013, 08:24:48 PM
 >lol<   >lol<    >lol<

Sunshine, thanks for that information. I've saved it and will ask the Vet.
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Post by: Jockice on February 04, 2013, 09:46:08 PM
Hope it goes well Yvette.

Lotte update! She's very settled now and has accepted me as her unpaid servant. She even woke me up this morning by putting her front paws on the bed and sticking her snout into my face. And miaowing. She sounds like a trimphone when she does that. And I have a trimphone but at least I can - and nearly always do - ignore that.

She goes out now too, but only in the evenings. And she managed to sneak past one of my neighbours on their way in earlier to get into the main passageway. Which suited me fine as I didn't have to go out into the rain to call her in.

She eats a lot though, and does very smelly poos but at least she's stopped peeing on the floor, thanks to me getting an extra litter tray so she now has no excuses. She's nowt like Pongo  but it's good to have her around.
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Post by: Yvette on February 05, 2013, 01:39:30 PM
I'm delighted you are both settling down so well together.  >thumbsup<
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Post by: Yvette on February 05, 2013, 01:41:02 PM
This came by email and is so true:

My cat sleeps about 20 hours a  day.
       
He has his food prepared for him. He can eat whenever he wants.
 
His meals are provided at no cost to him. 
 
He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year if any medical needs arise.
 
For this he pays nothing. 
 
He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs and he is not required to do any upkeep..
 
If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up. 
 
He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. 
 
He receives these accommodations absolutely free. 
 
He is living like a King, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever..
 
All of his costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day.
 
I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick  ........


I think my cat is a member of Parliament!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 05, 2013, 02:07:14 PM
 >lol< >lol<
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Post by: Jockice on February 05, 2013, 04:02:48 PM
"I'm delighted you are both settling down so well together."


She's now decided to sleep on a little trolley which at the moment has clean clothes on it. Naughty Lotte.
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Post by: Yvette on February 05, 2013, 04:59:42 PM
Ivy has had diahorrea on a (empty) bookshelf.  :-(

One of my bookcases is by a heating vent so I keep the shelf by the vent empty, to allow the heat through (the bookcase has no back), and she likes to lie on that shelf as it is one of the warmest places in the house.

She obviously didn't make it outside, as when I came in there was a dreadful smell in the room and I found a semi-formed poo on the shelf. 

At least is was semi-formed and not her usual brown puddle, so she must be on the mend.   >thumbsup<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 06, 2013, 09:00:22 AM
Jockice - at least her fur isn't black. When George falls asleep on a pile of clean washing it ends up looking as though it's in the later stages of puberty.

Yvette  >hugs< I hope that the clean-up operation has been successful, and that Ivy is indeed on the mend. 
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Post by: ditchdwellers on February 06, 2013, 12:58:09 PM
I find that anything white gets covered in Barneys black hairs, and anything black gets covered in the white ones!  I find a mottled grey is the best colour for clothes and blankets, very boring but practical!

Yvette, how is Ivy doing today?
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Post by: Yvette on February 07, 2013, 12:40:40 AM
She almost made it to her litter tray this evening but there were two small 'dollops' on the floor on the way, so she is obviously getting taken very short, poor girl.   :-(

She goes back to the Vet on Tuesday so if she is still having diahorrea (as she has had two courses of antibiotics - one week of one lot and ten days of another lot) he will put her on a course of low dose steroids. 

I feel so sorry for her.

Thank you all so much for asking after her and sending your good wishes.  >tah<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on February 07, 2013, 07:34:50 PM
tickles for Ivy.  :-)
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Post by: Hurtyback on February 08, 2013, 04:31:44 PM
Poor Ivy, it must be distressing if she has always been clean in the past  :-(  and poor Yvette, having to deal with  it >feeling-sick<
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Post by: Yvette on February 08, 2013, 08:42:53 PM
Poor Ivy, it must be distressing if she has always been clean in the past and poor Yvette, having to deal with  it.

Thank you Hurty.  I have to admit it isn't easy cleaning up after Ivy, especially the smell, and it is really nice of you to realise that.   >thankyou<

I sent off for the Nilodor smell remover which Leg_iron recommended and it has helped considerably, thank you kindly, Leg_iron.    >thankyou<    I sent off for both the citrus and the linen scents and prefer the  linen scent, but, to me, the linen scent is doesn't seem to work as well as the citrus.

I've recommended the citrus to my Auntie as she gets IBS diahorrea and is so embarrassed if she is 'taken short' and has to use a public loo.

Good news today! 

I have been teaching Ivy to use the lavatory.  Yes, honestly.  I bought a portable bidet pan which fits on the lavatory pan, underneath the raised toilet seat frame.  Yes, it is a bit of a pain to have to lift the raised toilet seat frame when I want to use the lavatory but I have a commode in my bedroom so I can always use that.

I put some kitty litter in the bidet pan and lifted Ivy on to the lavatory seat to explore.  She knows what kitty litter is for and had a good sniff at it.  Later on, I lifted her onto it again to get the hang of getting onto the lavatory seat and feel secure about being on it.

Yesterday she used it twice and again today twice - for both pees and poos!!

Apparently, when your cat is used to using the pan, you cut a small hole in the middle and when your cat is used to that, you cut a larger hole and so on, until the cat just uses the lavatory seat.

She is such a good girl.   >star<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on February 08, 2013, 09:11:27 PM
Doesn't cat litter block up the loo?
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Post by: Yvette on February 08, 2013, 09:20:25 PM
No, once you start cutting a hole in the bidet pan you don't put any kitty litter in there, but the cat is supposed to be used to using the loo, so will continue to use the bidet pan.

At the moment, I am emptying the bidet pan into bags and taking them outside.
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Post by: Jockice on February 10, 2013, 05:01:52 AM
"at least she's stopped peeing on the floor."


Famous last words. I got up about an hour ago and went for a pee. She followed me in and while watching what I was doing decided to have one herself on the bathroom floor. Simultaneous urinination. Nice. Still at least it's not carpeted.

This one is very fussy about her litter trays. With Pongo I sometimes went entire weeks without changing it (or having to) and she didn't seem to mind or use anywhere else. However, Lots turns her nose up after it's been used a couple of times (sorry puss, when I wake up at 4am changing your litter is not the first thing on my mind), and the bag of litter I bought on my last Tesco trip ten days ago is now almost empty. With Pongo they would last over a month.

I popped into a pet shop yesterday and bought a !HUGE! bag of litter, so big that the assistant had to use a trolley to take it out to the car, where it still is at the moment. I'll have to ask a neighbour to bring it in for me later today. Or use the wheeled shopping trolley I have in the cellar head. Or something. I think I'm going to need it soon.

Apart from that she's a really nice cat. She really is.
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Post by: Yvette on February 10, 2013, 10:19:23 AM
I got up about an hour ago and went for a pee. She followed me in and while watching what I was doing decided to have one herself on the bathroom floor. Simultaneous urinination.      >doh<    >crying<


Apart from that she's a really nice cat. She really is.   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 10, 2013, 11:10:53 AM
Jockice,

You might want to try a sifting cat tray like this on http://www.pet-supermarket.co.uk/Products/CA0882/van-ness-sifting-cat-pan-with-frame-clumping- the clean cat litter falls though the holes and the poop and clumps of wee stay in the sieve to be more easily disposed of. I have one for Daisy because she is still not going out. The cat flap is in the bathroom and she does not want to go past Milo. Also when Daisy was middening we stopped using the wood based cat litter at tried this http://www.petsathome.com/shop/clumping-kitten-litter-7kg-by-clean-n-tidy-15273 it has a odour in it that encourages use. It is a bit expensive but once Lottie is in the swing of things you can by the one for adults. You can buy it in a box which is easier to move because it will skid on the floor.

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Apart from that she's a really nice cat. She really is.

Good to hear because some rescue cats take a long time to accept new humans.

Yvette,

The idea of teach Ivy to use the loo is interesting if I tried that with Tigga he would probably manage the learning process but then always be at risk of falling in because he is not the most agile cat I ever had.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on February 10, 2013, 07:25:21 PM
Thanks. I may get one of these. She hasn't gone on the carpet - as far as I know anyway - for at least a week but this morning's synchonised wazzing event took me by surprise. The mega-litter bag is in the flat now so she has no excuse.

She actually is a very pleasant little moggie, although she does have her strange little ways, as indeed does everybody and everything alive. Her previous owner wants to come and visit her later this week. She's welcome but one thing's for sure. She ain't having her back.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on February 10, 2013, 10:14:28 PM
Is Lotte microchipped? 

If not, get her down to the vet asap and have her microchipped.  That will be proof of ownership! 

If she has been microchipped, you need to get her details transferred to your name and address asap.  And get her registered with your Vet.
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Post by: Jockice on February 10, 2013, 11:52:22 PM
She is, but for the old owner. I will get it changed though. ****'s bringing the details round during the week. Sure there will be no dispute over my ownership anyway. I've known *** a long time and I doubt she'd try anything. Betsey and Lotte seem to be better off on their own, plus I did **** a favour recently and I could withdraw my goodwill at any time.

Nowt to worry about...
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Post by: Jockice on February 10, 2013, 11:57:06 PM
Plus it's all in writing anyway. Facebook messages but writing nonetheless.
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Post by: Yvette on February 11, 2013, 09:24:37 AM
Good.  >thumbsup<
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Post by: Yvette on February 12, 2013, 12:47:08 PM
Have returned from the Vet. He thinks it *could* be IBD, so Ivy is now on a three week course of low dose steriods. If they don't work she will have another three week course of steriods, but double the dose.

If that doesn't work, she will have to be referred to the Bristol Veterinary University, which is, apparently, the best place for cats in all of Western Europe.
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Post by: Hurtyback on February 12, 2013, 03:58:39 PM
Thanks for the update Yvette, fingers crossed that the steroids do the trick.
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Post by: Yvette on February 13, 2013, 07:35:11 AM
Ivy is really ill so I am going to take her to the Vet so we can be there for when it opens.

My Befriender took us to the Vet yesterday for her annual vaccination and she was fine before the vaccination. 

But when we got home she just curled up in her bed and hasn't eaten or drunk since. 

I thought at first that the vaccination had made her feel a bit poorly and carried a saucer of water to her bed and held it to her mouth so she could have a drink but she wouldn't - not even when I dabbed her mouth with the water.

I left her downstairs last night (she usually sleeps with me) as I thought it would be better for her than my carrying her up to bed and thought when I got up this morning she was be fine, but she isn't.  I've carried water to her again but she won't drink nor eat.

I am so worried.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on February 13, 2013, 09:01:08 AM
Oh Yvette. What can I say? I just really hope she's okay.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on February 13, 2013, 09:38:23 AM
I'll be thinking of you  >hugs<
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 13, 2013, 11:05:10 AM
 >bighugs< I hope Ivy is okay.
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Post by: Yvette on February 13, 2013, 11:35:17 AM
Thank you all so much.

Ivy has a very high temperature so the Vet has kept her in for treatment to bring her temperature down.  He said that it is likely she hasn't eaten or drunk because of the fever and once the fever comes down, she will begin to eat and drink again.

However, if she doesn't, he can put her on a drip to keep her hydrated.

She hadn't used the litter tray during the night so he massaged her bladded (after first putting a dish underneath her) and she must have done at least half a pint of pee.  He tested it and there was nothing wrong with it, so she  must have just wanted to lie still and not get out of her bed.  (I wish I had her bladder control).

He is going to start her on a new (third antibiotic) too and will ring me this evening to update me on how she is.  He would have rang this afternoon too, but I have an Oncology check-up with the Consultant and may not be home until 5pm, depending on the hospital transport and the traffic.

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Post by: seegee on February 13, 2013, 12:30:32 PM
 >bighugs< Yvette & very gentle strokes for Ivy.  >hugs<
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Post by: Hurtyback on February 13, 2013, 02:16:36 PM
Yvette and Ivy  >bighugs<  what a terrible worry for you  :-(
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Post by: ditchdwellers on February 13, 2013, 02:21:06 PM
Ivy is in the best place for her at the moment and hopefully the vet can work out what is wrong with her soon.

Hope your appointment goes OK too Yvette.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on February 13, 2013, 06:55:03 PM
Thanks everyone.

The Vet has just rung. He has given her a couple of injections to bring her temperature down, which are working.

She is still very lethargic but has eaten a little and has drunk some water.  She has not peed or pooed yet though. She is being kept in overnight and depending upon how she is tomorrow morning, I may be able to bring her home. 

I've been so worried about her all day.

My appointment went well.  I have been referred for an MRI scan.  I don't mind them so it is just another appointment and procedure for me thank goodness. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on February 13, 2013, 07:58:00 PM
Fingers crossed for both of you. Lots doesn't seem to stop peeing or pooing. It's her hobby.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on February 13, 2013, 08:29:03 PM
Hope Ivy is soon on the mend.

Jockice, is Lotte young? When I got my kitten he seemed to go all the time compared to the older cat, so much that for a while I called him super-pooper-Luca.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on February 13, 2013, 09:27:36 PM
Yeah, she's two. Last night she was outside for about five hours (I was out too. She rarely wants to go out when I'm in but if she sees me put a coat on in the evening she follows me to the door). I let her in and she immediately ran to the litter tray and dropped one. A big smelly one. Thanks for that cat.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on February 13, 2013, 10:35:20 PM
Lots doesn't seem to stop peeing or pooing. It's her hobby.

A very wet, smelly hobby. *holds nose*.

How annoying - for Lots to have been outside for five hours and waited to go back inside to use her litter tray.

Perhaps she doesn't know she can 'go' outside?  Would scattering lots (no pun intended) of her used kitty litter outside encourage her to do her business outside?

I buy the wood cat litter which degrades down, so if you have somewhere outside that you could scatter it, would be degrade into compost.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 13, 2013, 10:41:13 PM
My last cat used to do that too, particularly if the weather was not good.
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Post by: Jockice on February 14, 2013, 06:01:23 AM
Cats love doing it. They think it's funny.
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Post by: Yvette on February 14, 2013, 10:34:56 AM
Vet has phoned. Ivy has spent a 'comfortable night'.  Her temperature is down and she had has a little food, but not a proper meal.  Vet will phone again about 3pm for me to decide whether Ivy stays in for another night or I bring her home.

I would prefer her to stay there until she had had a proper meal and has done a poo, which she hasn't yet. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 14, 2013, 06:48:36 PM
They do that with humans too.  When I was in hospital with bad food poisoning they would not let me out until I had been to the loo as well.   >lol<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on February 14, 2013, 07:21:13 PM
Any news Yvette?
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Post by: Yvette on February 15, 2013, 12:52:23 PM
Ivy came home yesterday late afternoon.   >biggrin<  With a third lot of antibiotics.  They finish on Sunday.

I didn't post as I was too knackered. 

She still hadn't done a poo at the Vet's but her temperature had come down and she was a lot brighter and she had been eating a little bit.

The Vet gave me a couple of tins of Recovery Diet for her to have and she ate last night.  I put some more of the Recovery Diet down this morning - you have to warm it slightly to make the aroma tempt the cat, but she has turned her nose up at it. I'll leave it down for a bit longer and if she hasn't eaten if by this afternoon will throw it and put some of the Sensitive Diet down.

She had diahorrea again this morning so I phoned the Vet and asked for a probiotic for her.  The idea came to me this morning and I asked him if a lack of the correct intestinal flora could cause the diahorrea because her blood, urine and faecal tests are all ok and he said it was worth a try.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 15, 2013, 12:57:48 PM
Yvette and Ivy >hugs< , I really hope that Ivy starts to get better soon!
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 15, 2013, 01:37:23 PM
 >bighugs< Probiotics are a good idea only it can be really difficult to get a cat to eat the paste it comes in, Daisy would run away from the smell of it and hide under the bed.

Tt was way easier with Megs the collie because I could bribe her with cheese.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on February 17, 2013, 07:46:13 PM
Ivy did not like being given the Probiotic the first time, as she did not know what it is.  It comes in a large plastic  syringe which has a dial on it, so you can dial the correct dose.

Once she tasted it, she loved it, so she has been very good about taking it since thank goodness., as she has to have three times a day before food.  Phew.

I lost her last antibiotic tablet this morning.  I cut open the foil thingy with my thumb nail and when I went to take it out, the tiny little tablet flicked up and away.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 17, 2013, 08:28:26 PM
I often lose my own pills on the floor and have to scrabble around for them!!

Luckily doggie's medication is liquid and comes with a handy syringe else that would probably end up on the floor too.
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Post by: Jockice on February 17, 2013, 09:48:16 PM
I realised a few days ago that despite owning Pongo for almost 16 years I'd never had a photo taken with her. Then Lotte jumped up on my lap in search of food...


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Post by: KizzyKazaer on February 17, 2013, 09:59:57 PM
What a lovely moment for you  >biggrin<

I've had to 'Frontline' Cindy today - I'm afraid with her being a totally indoor cat, I haven't been keeping up with it  >blush<  So a flea attack crept up on her without me noticing - I suppose I could have brought them in from other cats in the family that I've made a fuss of, probably around Christmas.  Well, I hope it's just fleas anyway - I noticed over the last week that under her fur, there were tiny scabs and she was licking the base of the tail area a lot like it was bothering her.  Looking up the symptoms online suggested that fleas were the culprit - so I'm hoping that indeed is the case, as I would dread taking her to the v.e.t....
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Post by: leg_iron on February 17, 2013, 11:13:06 PM
I often give my boys live yoghurt especially after they have been on a course of antibiotics.
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Post by: leg_iron on February 17, 2013, 11:24:12 PM
Finally some up to date photos of Achilles Rat.
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Achillesrat_4_zpsc7b0d5d2.jpg)
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Achillesrat_3_zpsb7095b86.jpg)
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Achillesrat_2_zps12e17b91.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ATurtle on February 17, 2013, 11:30:54 PM
KK, our little friends, little fiends can lay dormant in bedding, furnishings, carpets, flooring for some time, the entire life cycle usually takes a month or so; time is dependent on temperature and humidity.  They can be tracked in by visitors, but once you have had them, it's the devil's own job to get rid of them totally.

 >blackcat< >blackcat< >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 17, 2013, 11:38:11 PM
What a lovely healthy rattie. Such a sweetie too.

Oh yes, fleas.  They prefer me to the cat. 

(I still do not have a cat.  I've had a visitor who is allergic to cats, so have had to put off the acquisition of my new one.)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on February 18, 2013, 12:32:22 AM
I do sometimes have to treat my boys with spot-on as they can be troubled with mites. They carry the mites on their bodies & they have been unwell or under stress they can have problems with the mites causing them to scratch like crazy. I do think Apollo needs a dose of spot-on applying. It's easily available at the pet shop in an individual dose designed for small furry animals. Only problem is that its hard to apply as they won't keep still.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 18, 2013, 04:52:39 PM
Lovely photo's of Lotte and Achilles  >thumbsup<
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Post by: Jockice on February 18, 2013, 07:18:52 PM
But not of me. Achilles is a fine rat though.
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Post by: Hurtyback on February 18, 2013, 07:42:13 PM
Sorry Jockice, you are so handsome that I didn't think it needed saying...
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Post by: Yvette on February 18, 2013, 08:02:55 PM
Achilles is a very handsome boy.  Wonderful photos thanks.
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Post by: Yvette on February 18, 2013, 08:03:43 PM
Jockice, I didn't realise how tiny Lots is.  She is gorgeous. 

Who is the guy holding her?  >whistle<
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Post by: Jockice on February 18, 2013, 08:10:09 PM
She is a little cutie. That's her tamer, wearing a matching jumper.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on February 19, 2013, 01:49:44 PM
Lovely to see the latest pics of your pets (and their owners!)
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 21, 2013, 05:52:41 PM
Just catching up with this thread.

Yvette - I'm so sorry to read that Ivy has been ill. I'm glad that she seems to be on the mend >hugs<

Lovely pictures of Lotte and Achilles Jockice and Leg Iron >thumbsup<

Kizzy - ahh the Frontline ritual. George acts as though he's being murdered when I apply his, and his Profender. Much food-related bribery needs to be involved. He was absolutely crawling with fleas when we first adopted him, so we got a long-acting spray - think it's called 'Acclaim' - from the vet to treat the carpets and furniture with as an added precaution. Flea bites drive me utterly crazy. Can't imagine what it must be like for the affected cat!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 25, 2013, 11:44:28 AM
Kizzy,

It sounds like a classic case of fleas. Hopefully it is sorted and if there are fleas lurking in the carpet you will get bitten on the ankles and know to get the carpet spray out. Generally stuff like Frontline stops the flea life cycle and any baby fleas from before the spot treatment will jump on the cat rather than humans and thereby stopping another generation. its biological warfare in our own homes really.

Yvette,

How is Ivy doing?
Daisy stopped eating and we did not see her drinking for three days, so Mr Sunshine took her to the vets and the vet gave her the all clear. After another day we tried her with wet food and she started eating a bit more as the days went by. the only problem then being that all three cats now want went food.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on February 25, 2013, 01:57:27 PM
What a relief that Daisy is now eating. And with wet food, they get fluid too, so that helps.   >thumbsup<

Ivy, despite being on low dose steroids for ten days or so, still has diahorrea.  Another eleven days, and if she still has the big D, she wil have three weeks of double the dose of steroids.

She is eating me out of house and home as the steroids make her hungry and you should see how she runs and jumps about the place!  She races up and down the stairs like Usain Bolt!  She is now Olympic Cat.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 25, 2013, 02:06:45 PM
Just watch out for her front paw when she does the 'lightening bolt'.
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Post by: Yvette on February 25, 2013, 05:54:58 PM
 >lol<

She is curled up asleep on the computer table as I type - she must be worn out with all her running around.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 25, 2013, 08:43:28 PM
Quote
She races up and down the stairs like Usain Bolt!  She is now Olympic Cat.
>big-smile< >thumb-up<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on February 25, 2013, 09:57:45 PM
Great to hear that felines who had lost their appetites have now recovered them  >thumbsup<  It's always a worry if an animal goes off their grub - though all the cats I've ever had have gone through phases of rejecting their food for a few days and then eating normally again, all for no apparent reason.  The way of the cat is forever mysterious..

Thanks to those wishing Cindy relief from the dreaded fleas - just over a week now from the treatment and she seems to be licking and scratching less, and not quite so 'scabby'-feeling underneath her coat.  I've not seen evidence of the critters in the carpet fibres so far, but I do have a special spray should any come to light - warfare it will be, and no prisoners taken  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on February 27, 2013, 03:46:08 PM
So cute .......

Mom cats hugs kitten.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4KVoEVcr0&sns=em
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Post by: Hurtyback on February 28, 2013, 04:39:43 PM
So cute .......

Mom cats hugs kitten.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4KVoEVcr0&sns=em (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw4KVoEVcr0&sns=em)

How cute is that?!  >love<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on March 02, 2013, 11:05:53 AM
How about this for a pet?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21630212

I see one advantage as it would save the owner trouble if the dog was also taught to fetch the breeze block. A self exercising dog.  >dog-<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on March 02, 2013, 04:02:14 PM
Does it make coffee and cook?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on March 23, 2013, 03:57:59 PM
Our household gained a new pet today... The existing ones weren't convinced though!
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on March 23, 2013, 05:58:54 PM
 >lol<  Great pics!

I can't believe it, tomorrow Cindy is due for another Frontline treatment - does everybody else adhere to the 'every five weeks' rule?  or is it just a bit of a con by the manufacturers to get us to run out of the product faster >cynic mode on<
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Post by: Jockice on March 23, 2013, 05:59:22 PM
Cool. Well freezing actually.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on March 23, 2013, 07:46:18 PM
Love the snow cat, very creative!

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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 23, 2013, 08:55:45 PM
I've been given conflicting advice about the frequency of applying Frontline. My former vet suggested every 8 weeks in the winter and every 5 weeks at the height of the flea season in the spring and summer.  The new vet advocates an application every 5 weeks.  Personally, I think it's worth it - George is not only protected from flea infestation, and its increased risk of tapeworm trouble, but it prevents any ticks from getting burrowed in as well. And it's also very good to have no Lords-a-Leaping on my soft furnishings and carpets as well >yikes<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on March 24, 2013, 12:12:57 PM
I use Advocat every six weeks for Ivy,

Good news too- she has gone up from one steroid tablet a day to one steriod tablets twice a day and her poo is looking much better.  It is still very soft but it is formed - no more diahorrea, liquid or otherwise.  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on March 24, 2013, 12:47:27 PM
Lords-a-Leaping

 >lol< what a wonderful way to describe the annoying little critters  >biggrin<

Yvette, I am delighted to hear that Ivy's deposits are of the firmer kind, that must be a huge relief  >whatarelief<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on March 24, 2013, 01:29:01 PM
Hurrah for Ivy and her solid...er...defecations.
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Post by: Hurtyback on March 24, 2013, 05:23:43 PM
I am soooo glad to hear that Ivy is getting better.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 24, 2013, 08:36:25 PM
Quote
I use Advocat every six weeks for Ivy,

I had mental images of a cat being plied with festive liqueur until re-reading that name >doh<

Brilliant news about the improvement in Ivy's condition  >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on March 24, 2013, 09:37:06 PM
NN  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on March 31, 2013, 07:39:19 AM
Ivy is ill *again*.

She has a 'thing' for nibbling plastic carrier bags and now elastic rubber bands.

I do my best to keep carrier bags and rubber bands out of her way but yesterday she found a rubber band which was on my desk. But I couldn't be sure whether there were one or two bands, so when she started coughing and had a little choke, I didn't know if she had swallowed a band.

I phoned the Vet surgery and the nurse told me to mix up a little salt with warm water or a little bit of washing soda and warm water to make her vomit. Which it did.  But there was no rubber band in what came back up. So I feel cross with myself for giving her an emetic for nothing.

She has been sleeping ever since and has not wanted to eat or drink, although I did try to give her some water on a teaspoon last night. I feel really bad that I have made her so poorly.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on March 31, 2013, 08:07:52 AM
Aw. Poor Ivy. Hope she improves again.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on March 31, 2013, 09:47:41 AM
Don't be too hard on yourself.  You  did what was best for Ivy, and I'm sure she will be back to eating and drinking soon whenher tummy has settled.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 31, 2013, 12:27:44 PM
 >bighugs< A day or two of feeling off colour is probably less harmful for Ivy than having an elastic band tangled up in her guts.  Hopefully she'll be back on her food and fluids soon.
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Post by: Hurtyback on March 31, 2013, 11:43:21 PM
Yvette and Ivy  >hugs< , the poor lass has had a really rough time recently!
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Post by: AndMac on April 02, 2013, 12:54:13 AM
This little lady is quite well at the moment. My daughter's lovely Springer, Beth.

(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq187/mcculloch29/122.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on April 02, 2013, 07:45:21 AM
Aw. Lovely. An aunt of mine had a lovely springer when I was a kid which got overfed and underexercised and ended up being basically obsese. Poor thing. The weird bit about it was that she had another dog, a mongrel, which was brought up in exactly the same conditions and never seemed to put any weight on.

Like humans I suppose, each dog has different genetics and that's why I hate the way that it's considered okay to insult overweight people.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 02, 2013, 09:27:40 AM
Beth looks like a lovely dog AndMac.  :-)

Yvette, how it Ivy keeping now?

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Post by: Dic Penderyn on April 02, 2013, 09:31:02 AM
I seem to remember reading somewhere that generally mongrels are healthier and more long lived than purebreds.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on April 02, 2013, 12:41:12 PM
Beth IS a lovely dog, my daughter has to be a bit careful with treats as she is a greedy dog too. (Butter wouldn't melt in that shot, but you should see what she can do to steal food!).
She was the runt of a litter of 10 - working stock, not KC Reg, so fairly hardy dogs.

 My daughter had express instructions not to get the alpha puppy or the runt, but DGD dropped Beth when giving her a cuddle, so they felt obliged to take her.
 Now she is significantly bigger than several of her littermates who also live locally. This was  probably due to really good puppy care, as she left her Mum much too early, (6 weeks) but wasn't getting enough food, anyway.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on April 02, 2013, 03:51:57 PM
Beth is absolutely gorgeous.  She has such a beautiful face.  Butter certainly wouldn't melt!  >whistle<

As for Ivy, it has gone from bad to worse and she had to have an emergency operation yesterday afternoon from which she will take some time to recover.   :-(

The rubber band incident happened on Saturday afternoon.  She didn't eat or drink anything that evening. 

Nor all day Sunday or Monday morning.  I kept dipping my finger in water and wiping her mouth and offered her her water bowl and food bowl but she didn't want to know.  All she did was curl up and sleep.

By yesterday morning I was frantic and took her to the Vet.  When I rang up I was told that because it was Easter Monday, it was emergency treatment only and I stressed that it was an emergency as she hadn't eaten or drunk for two days.

She was given a barium meal and it showed there was an obstruction in her gullet so she had to have surgery.  Also when the Vet tried to flush her gullet with water it all came back.

However, when she was operated on there was nothing in her gullet or stomach.  The vet thinks that the vomiting made her throat sore, which is why she wouldn't eat or drink and that the barium stuck to the inflammation in her gullet.

The only good thing about it all,  is that the Vet had a good look around her intestines (because of her chronic diahorrea) and could find nothing wrong with her intestines, so it isn't being caused by Crohns disease, although it could still be IBD.

I feel so guilty and bad that I didn't take more care to put the rubber bands away out of her reach.  And feel even worse that I gave her an emetic - even though it was on the advice of the Vet Nurse - which made her throat so sore and painful that she couldn't eat.

She was needlessly made to vomit and have surgery that she didn't need.  I feel so sorry for her and so angry with myself.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 02, 2013, 04:12:58 PM
Yvette  >hugs< , please try not to be angry with yourself - you did what seemed best at the time, bearing in mind that Ivy could not tell you whether she had eaten the lacky band! I do hope that this will be the end of her run of ill health.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 02, 2013, 04:22:19 PM
Yvette and Ivy  >bighugs< >bighugs<

Seconding what Hurtyback said.
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Post by: Jockice on April 02, 2013, 06:09:23 PM
Thirded.
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Post by: seegee on April 02, 2013, 06:51:02 PM
Yvette, you did what was advised by the vet. surgery.  You can't see the future or inside anyone's body (human or feline) - you did the best you possibly could & there's nothing to feel guilty or bad about.  >bighugs<  Hope Ivy's soon back to her usual self. >blackcat< >hugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 02, 2013, 06:53:58 PM
I agree.  All we can do is what we think is right at that time, and you did what you thought to be right.  You have nothing to reproach yourself for.
Wishing Ivy a speedy recovery from her operation. >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 02, 2013, 09:40:44 PM
Oh dear, poor both of you.  One thing after another, isn't it.  At least you are reassured that there is nothing wrong. 

Little pussy-cat will get back to normal in due course, I am sure.  Of course you had to take her to the vets.  And yes, it always happens over bank holidays: typical of pets to arrange it in this way.
 >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on April 03, 2013, 12:59:29 PM
Thank you all so much for your support.  I cannot explain how grateful I am.

The Vet phoned this morning.  Ivy is a lot brighter and has peed and poo'd. The poo is normal, which is good to know.

She is still refusing to eat.  I told them yesterday that she likes the Royal Canin Sensitive pouches of chicken and rice but she wouldn't eat it, or anything else they tried to tempt her with.

Because she is not eating she has to stay in for another night until she does eat, which I think is sensible.

Fortunatley the insurance covers everything, except the excess, which I paid on  Monday when I took her in.

I am so glad she is on the mend and am wondering if there is a medication gel which would numb her throat to enable her to eat?  When I ring this afternoon I will ask.

Overall, although I am relieved she is doing well, I am completely exhausted.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 03, 2013, 01:28:42 PM
 >hugs<  so pleased to hear that Ivy is making a steady recovery.  Here's hoping she will be eating soon so that she can come home.  No doubt you are still worrying about her, so please remember to look after yourself too.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on April 03, 2013, 01:34:13 PM
Yvette,

I agree with what other people have said you can only go with the advice the vet gives you. It is good to read Ivy is on the mend.

AndMac

Beth looks a picture of fun and health. From what I have heard Springers can be a bit of a handful but do make great family dogs.

For the past month or so I have been wondering if Megs is getting podgy, but then when we were out yesterday she had a swim in a pond and dripping wet she has a pretty good figure and does not need to diet. Whereas for me the opposite is true in that clothes hide my podge, hmm who am I kidding  >lol<. The weird thing is when my old Manchester Terrier was too fat and had to go on a diet so did I because I greatly reduced my snacking and junk food intake because I did not want Jess looking at me with her reproachful brown eyes.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 03, 2013, 02:05:07 PM
I am glad to hear that Ivy is recovering well. Poor girl probably now associates eating with pain, so it is no wonder she is reluctant to try!
 
I do second the plea for you to look after yourself too, Yvette  >rose<
 
Yes, Beth looks lovely. My friend has a young Springer that loves to eat socks - unfortunately, they do not always make their way out the other end without help  >feeling-sick<
 
Alfie is a little larger than he should be, especially for a young cat. He is very 'food driven' and the vet says he probably always will be. It might be due to him having to fend for himself for a little while when he was between homes - or he might just be a greedypuss  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on April 04, 2013, 10:31:38 AM
The Vet has phoned. Ivy has to stay in for at least one more night as she still has a temperature and is not eating.   Poor little thing.

I am missing her terribly. :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 04, 2013, 10:56:21 AM
Poor Ivy and poor you >bighugs<

At least she is somewhere where she can be constantly monitored and treated when necessary.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 04, 2013, 12:59:01 PM
She's probably missing you too!   >hugs<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on April 04, 2013, 07:03:56 PM
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on April 05, 2013, 09:25:43 AM
Ivy has got her appetite back so can come home today.    >biggrin<

I am so relieved and happy. 
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 05, 2013, 11:20:42 AM
Excellent news. Really pleased for both of you! >hugs< >hugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on April 05, 2013, 12:20:12 PM
Good news at last! >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on April 05, 2013, 07:19:42 PM
Brilliant! Hurrah for Ivy!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 05, 2013, 07:54:24 PM
Let's hope that her internal problems are now all in the past and that Ivy smells lovely now.
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Post by: Yvette on April 05, 2013, 08:48:50 PM
Ivy is home!! 

I am so happy. 

And Ivy is very happy too.  I was worried she might be cross with me for leaving her at the Vets to have surgery and injections and have her temperature taken twice a day, but she was very forgiving.   >star<

I feel sorry for her though, as she wants to go outside but can't because of her stitches. They are all internal and the wound is very neat and tidy but it is a very long incision.  It is swollen and very raised but the Vet said that was normal.  She has been on antibiotics and was given a long lasting antibiotic injection today to tide her over the next few days.

She has an appointment on Tuesday morning to check her wound and if it is ok, she can go out after that.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 06, 2013, 02:48:36 PM
Fingers crossed that all will go well on Tuesday >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on April 06, 2013, 03:01:09 PM
Thanks NN.

Ivy has already been out - twice this morning!

I didn't realise she was in the sitting room the first time and she got out before I could close the door and stop her. 

The second time, as it is such a sunny day and I wanted to keep the door open, I put a craft table sideways across the door to stop her getting out but she jumped over it.  >doh<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 06, 2013, 04:03:42 PM
Damn those cats and their accursed agility >lol<

When George has to be kept in in takes a herculean effort to contain him. He's annoyingly good at hiding in dark corners and then darting out through whatever egress can be found.

Hope Ivy is none the worse for her trips outdoors.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on April 06, 2013, 11:00:40 PM
Its very difficult to stop a cat doing something if it is determined.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on April 07, 2013, 09:34:26 AM
She's fine thanks.  But still trying all escape exits!

She goes back to the vet on Tuesday for a check up.  She's not eating very much still.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 08, 2013, 08:38:36 PM
Just wanted to wish you both the all the best for tomorrow, Yvette. >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 08, 2013, 09:37:07 PM
Woohoo, welcome home Ivy!  >applause<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on April 10, 2013, 03:15:29 PM
Ivy is doing really well.  The Vet said her temperature was good and that she can go outside from today.

She is loving going outside but this morning she was sick - she probably ate her breakfast too quickly so she will be back on one teaspoon at a time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on April 10, 2013, 10:06:19 PM
Great. Three cheers for Ivy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 10, 2013, 10:10:48 PM
 >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on April 11, 2013, 01:28:24 PM
Thank you so much, everyone.

Considering Ivy had major surgery only ten days ago she is doing really well. 

She sleeps a lot and only eats a little bit at a time (except for yesteday morning when she brought it back up) but is really bright and alert when she is awake (unlike me!)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Pink Campervan on April 11, 2013, 04:12:55 PM
This was my faithful friend Georgie who sadly passed away on the 10 th April aged 10. I miss him everyday. >crying<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 11, 2013, 07:09:26 PM
 >hugs<  so sorry for your loss.  Losing a dearly loved pet is a dreadful thing to go through.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on April 11, 2013, 07:47:46 PM
So sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 11, 2013, 08:11:19 PM
Beautiful doggie.  He looks so sweet.  I do hope that you have lots of lovely memories of him that will make you laugh.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on April 11, 2013, 08:15:40 PM
My deepest condolences - I really feel for what you are going through.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Pink Campervan on April 11, 2013, 09:18:12 PM
Thanks everone, don't know why the pictures upside down. I have ten years of good memories of George we had a good time together, he was a big part of our family. He was naughty and would nick shoes in exchange for biscuits and tap on the fridge door for a slice of ham or a mini sausage roll, typical greedy lab, lol.  Collecting his ashes on Saturday to be buried in a flower bed of wild meadow flowers. He was a lovely, amusing dog and we spoilt him thoroughly lol. RIP Georgie-boy






Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on April 11, 2013, 09:45:34 PM
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Thanks everone, don't know why the pictures upside down

I fixed it for you.

 >bighugs<

sorry to tired atm to type more.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on April 12, 2013, 02:01:24 AM
What a sweet looking dog. Sorry about your loss.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 12, 2013, 12:02:21 PM
What a handsome fellow, Pinkcampervan. So sorry to hear of your loss.  >bighugs<

Incidentally, my resident feline also goes by the name of George.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 07, 2013, 10:38:12 PM
I had to take doggie to the vet today.  She has been off hard food for a couple of weeks and her breath started smelling a bit strong, so I worked out that she probably had tooth ache.  And she has.

The vet listened to her chest and she has now a heart murmur - it seems that bad teeth and cardiac murmur go together.  Anyway, she is on an antibiotic and has to go in next week for a general anesthetic and tooth sort-out.  Poor 'ole doggie.  He put her on something else as well, forget what it is, that is supposed to be like a lovely treat - to be taken one hour before meals.  But do you think she likes this big hard pill.  Nah, of course not, she spat it out in the blink of an eye.  So how am I going to get her to take it is she will not swallow it and I cannot crush it up into nice food.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 08, 2013, 08:22:51 AM
Poor pooch!   Have you tried smearing the pill in butter?   Works a treat with barney! 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 08, 2013, 09:23:26 AM
Cheese, although you shouldn't give it to a dog regularly, works wonders for my neighbour's dog.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 08, 2013, 03:41:22 PM
PC  >hugs< , thank you for posting the lovely photo of George, I am so sorry that he has crossed Rainbow Bridge now.
 
Auntie, poor doggie I bet that toothache is horrid!  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 08, 2013, 05:32:28 PM
Poor 'ole doggie is sleeping most of her time away - and that also might be related to the toothache and cardiac murmur problem. 

I managed to get the giant pill down her throat this morning by posting it down her open mouth and then holding it closed and rubbing her throat.  Twice a day for the next week is going to be such fun, one hour before mealtimes!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 08, 2013, 06:12:41 PM
The boys.
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Rats008_zpsa383b344.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/Rats008_zpsa383b344.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 08, 2013, 06:44:43 PM
Hello boys, hi Leg, I was wondering how you were doing.

I managed to get another giant pill down the doggie tonight - but only after her spitting it out twice.  I noticed it on the floor half an hour after I thought it had gone down.  So she is just having to wait an extra half hour before getting her supper.  silly doggie.  She'll learn soon as she is a clever dog.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 09, 2013, 04:10:52 PM
I feel awful - having to press on the sides of doggie's mouth to get her to open up, I accidently pressed on her bad tooth.  Oh poor girlie must have been in such pain!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 09, 2013, 05:41:27 PM
It's horrible having to do things like this to our pets, who just don't understand that you are trying to help them. 

Just got back from the vets with Barney as he has another ear infection, and he howled so much the vet had to give up on the examination.  Now we have some more ear drops for him and put them in as soon as we got back.  Poor thing was so upset we had to feed him straight after, as food always calms him down.  A full belly = a contented hound!   He needs a check up next week, but the drops usually work wonders so I'm not worried about it at all.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 09, 2013, 07:52:31 PM
I am quite lucky that i can mix the antibiotics that my boys have into ready made custard.  I have had a few people ask why i go to all the hassle of mixing the meds into custard & also having to give the others plain custard.  Its much easier doing it that way than having to take hold of a wriggling rat and try to get them to swallow the bitter liquid.  If i was a rat i wouldnt like to be grabbed & have meds forced down my throat.  I would rather have  a little custard to eat off a spoon twice a day.  I'm sure that ive got shares in Ambrosia with the amount of their ready made custard.  Other brands of ready made custard are available.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 09, 2013, 08:23:56 PM
Glad to hear you have found a solution that works Legiron!  I have to admit, the only way to get the drops in Barneys ears is to bribe him with treats.  It's a two person operation - we sit at opposite ends of the sofa, Barney puts his front legs up onto the sofa in between us, and hubby holds the treats and I have the drops.  Whilst Barney is distracted by the treats, I have perfect access to his ears as he's just at the right height.  Then we have to swap ends of the sofa, so that I can get to the other ear!  It reduces stress and he knows the routine, as he needs his ears cleaning every night and seems to look forward to the treats.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 09, 2013, 08:38:56 PM
Poor Doggie! Did the vet prescribe any painkillers? When George needed 2 teeth out last year, I was issued with a liquid painkiller which could be hidden in soft and tempting foods. It certainly seemed to help keep him comfortable while his gums healed up.

Wishing both Barney and Doggie a very swift recovery. >hugs< >hugs<
 

Hi again Leg Iron. Glad to hear that the boys are getting on ok. And I would agree - it's always a lot easier to administer medication in food, no matter what animals we're dealing with!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 09, 2013, 10:54:13 PM
Poor doggie. Poor Auntie.  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 10, 2013, 09:20:59 PM
Doggie is already on liquid painkillers for her arthritis, so that is sorted.

Usual tussle tonight to get the giant pill down her.  Five more minutes now and I can give her some soft food as we went out earlier so supper is rather late.  Never mind, it is actually not too much of a bother, spitty hands can be washed afterwards, and doggie does not bear me any ill-will for the performance we go through. 

It is quite delightful to be trusted so much.  I'm sure that she knows I am not doing it through any malice.  As someone above has said - doing this sort of thing is just part and parcel of the things one does to look after one's pet.  It goes hand-in-hand with the tickles and cuddles (and bum-wiping!!).
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 11, 2013, 02:21:24 PM
I have to give Ivy a tablet every morning as her IBS returned a few weeks ago.  I need to get her to use the litter tray this week coming, to check if the one tablet is enough as she was previously on two tablets.  She has not had any accidents in the house though, for which I am extremely grateful.

She is so good about taking tablets and having treatment and doesn't bear malice.  I get her wet food out first and just before I put it down for her, give her the tablet.  She will spit it out if I don't do it properly which is fair enough.

The hair across her tummy which had to be shaved for her op, is being to grow back.  It is so soft and downy. The scar is visible, but has completely healed. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 11, 2013, 02:44:32 PM
It sounds as if Ivy is doing well now Yvette  >thumbsup< . I hope that the same goes for Doggie, Barney and the Ratty boys.
 
My friend's cat lost a lot of fur due to chemo treatment, it was lovely as it was growing back - all soft and downy. She is all re-furred now, long and thick.
 
 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 14, 2013, 09:02:40 PM
Update on doggie.  She is back home again and her breath does not smell now.  She is still a bit wobbly 'drunk' and is reluctant to get up.  She has now had a bowl of tea, which she loves, and I spoon-fed her half her supper (with painkillers in it) before she got the idea and wolfed down the rest herself.  So I am pretty sure that she will be OK in a day or so.  Hooray!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 14, 2013, 09:14:26 PM
I've been to the vets twice in the last week.  Took Apollo to the vets last week as he was wheezy & is now on baytril.  Achilles went back yesterday as he was wheezy.  He had a 2nd injection of oxytetracycline as the baytril had stopped working.  The vet I saw last night was so good & listened to everything I said.  He did say that he would try & get him the doxycycline that I asked for. 

It was so much better than when I took him back on Easter Saturday as he was really wheezy.  The vet I saw that day wouldn’t give him any more antibiotics as she said he had 2 lots & if they didn’t work then nothing would.  She also did suggest it was an allergy, which it wasn’t.  She didn’t like me standing up to her & asking for him to have doxycycline as I’d been seeking advice on the rat forum.  The look of horror on her face when I politely asked for the doxycycline.  She still believed it was an allergy.  It was an infection as he responded to the oxytetracysline & even by the following day he was much less wheezy.   
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 14, 2013, 09:40:07 PM
Good news Auntie.  Please give doggie some extra cuddles from me.  I'm sure she will  be back to herself in a day or two.

Legiron, sorry to hear the boys are back on antibiotics and hope they recover soon.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 14, 2013, 09:46:42 PM
Good news Auntie.  They should be ok with the antibiotics as they have an upper respiratory infections which they are prone to.
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Post by: Yvette on May 14, 2013, 09:56:32 PM
I wish them a speedy recovery.   >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 14, 2013, 10:04:03 PM
Auntie, thanks for the update on doggie. That's good news  >hugs<

Leg Iron, wishing the boys all the best for a swift recovery  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 14, 2013, 10:09:15 PM
Thank you all.  I'm soon going off to bed.  But doggie is sitting in her favourite spot on the carpet whining continuously now.  She is most unhappy. 

I think that the anesthetic may have worn off and doggie now has a very sore mouth.  I am wondering if I should give her an extra dose of arthritis painkiller.  It is about 4 hours since she had the last dose.  She is only supposed to have it twice a day, but I am rather concerned.  What do you think?

Tickles to ratties.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 15, 2013, 03:53:02 PM
Poor doggie  :-(  I do hope that she and auntie both had a restful night.
Leggie, I'm sorry to hear that the boys are in trouble again! Here's hoping that the antib's do the trick.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 15, 2013, 05:46:04 PM
Auntie, how did you and doggie get on last night?
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Post by: leg_iron on May 15, 2013, 06:16:24 PM
Hi Auntie, how was doggie last night?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 15, 2013, 09:48:51 PM
Hello, doggie has not whined today, but is off her food a bit.  We went for a gentle stroll around the block on the lead, and she walked OK.  However she is still not a happy doggie.  We are going back to the vets for a check-up tomorrow.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 15, 2013, 11:03:36 PM
I hope that doggie's check-up goes well >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 16, 2013, 06:52:46 PM
Ive just sorted out some antibiotics to have in case Achilles gets wheezy again.  I would have to give him 2.5mg twice a day but the only problem is that i can only get 20mg tablets so he would need 1/8th of a tablet.  I will get some mini scales & crush them up & divide it up & the hide it in something nice.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 16, 2013, 07:46:13 PM
Thank you NN.  I did not take her as I had to stay in for something else.  But we have another appointment tomorrow. 

She is so much better today; I am so relieved.  We went for a little stroll when the sun came out, and she actually ran down the road.  Slowly, it is true, but it was a proper run.  I did grin.  She has also eaten a Bonio, and she has been off hard food for weeks.  That is another milestone as far as I am concerned.  Phew.   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 16, 2013, 07:52:31 PM
Auntie, thats really good to hear.
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Post by: Yvette on May 16, 2013, 08:04:04 PM
What a relief Auntie.


Leg-iron, what a good idea for the antibiotics.  I do so hope they both get better soon.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 16, 2013, 09:33:30 PM
I've arranged to get some doxycycline because the baytril, thats normally used when they are wheezy, stopped working & it means that he doesnt have to keep going to the vets for an injection of oxytetracycline. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 16, 2013, 09:54:01 PM
That sounds like a good idea Legiron.

Auntie, pleased to hear that doggie is doing better today and is beginning to enjoy life again.  Hope all goes well with the checkup.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 18, 2013, 03:42:55 PM
Barney had to go for an emergency appointment at the vets this morning.  He is prone to subcutaneous cysts (its a basset thing), and one on his ear became infected and burst.  It was just weeping a little yesterday and I bathed it in Pevidine and it seemed fine, then when we got up this morning it was a suppurating mess.  Poor thing.
So now he is on antibiotics and needs his ear bathing twice a day.  Hopefully it will clear up in a few days.  He's not quite himself at the moment as it must be painful.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 18, 2013, 06:48:14 PM
Poor Barney.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 19, 2013, 09:25:02 AM
Get well soon, Barney.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 19, 2013, 05:31:43 PM
Poor Barney - he does have rather a lot of ear too, doesn't he?!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 19, 2013, 07:20:39 PM
Doggie sends Barney a little 'woof'.

We went to the vets and doggies' gums have now healed.  I have to keep on the anti-biotics until they they are all gone, and that is that.   :-)

Poor doggie does not understand why she is not getting her food on time every day now.  All she is getting is a teaspoonful - with ground-up pill mixed in - and then what must seem like ages afterwards, more food.  It must be such a mystery for her.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 20, 2013, 07:54:51 PM
I was getting ready for work this morning when i noticed a hole in the back of the left leg of my work trousers.  It was a certain beige & white rather rotund rodent who resides in my sitting room, it was Apollo!!  Little bugger!!  it must have happened on friday evening when i sat in front of their cage cross legged after getting in from work.  I opened the cage & he charged down the door & he loves hiding between my legs.  He must have had a bit of a nibble. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 20, 2013, 08:50:22 PM
Best wishes to Barney, DD >hugs< >dog<

Auntie, glad to hear that doggie is on the mend >thumbsup<

Leg Iron, look on the bright side. The nibble could have happened somewhere higher >yikes<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 20, 2013, 09:21:01 PM
Years ago, the son of one of my friends had a hamster or a guinea pig (can't remember which as it was so long ago).

There was a large group of us round at her house for a charity coffee morning and one lady was sitting next to the hamster/guinea pig cage.  Without anyone realising what it was doing (I suppose because we were all yacking away), the furry animal ate a large piece of her jacket!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 20, 2013, 09:45:20 PM
Apollo is a little rotund bugger.  Hes the worst rat for chewing clothes.  Ive got a couple of t-shirts with lots of holes in caused by Apollo!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 20, 2013, 10:53:52 PM
One of my past bunnies was a chewer too.  Clothes, cables, shoes, paper and cardboard - you name it, bunny chewed it.  I was still finding chewed things a couple of years after it's passing. 

I still occasionally wear a tee-shirt with holes around the neck where bunny chewed.  Makes me smile these days as I would find a bunny too much work so I cannot have one now.  But I still look at bunnies in the pet shop and get tears in my eyes.  Silly me.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on May 21, 2013, 08:12:35 AM
Lotte chewed a friend's scarf to bits when she made the mistake of leaving it over a chair in my living room.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on May 21, 2013, 11:55:06 AM
Wow... She must have taken against that friend, big style, Jockice.
 My most destructive pet was Smudge the cockatiel, another Grade 1 Nibbler. As I type this I'm looking at the frame of a painting in my lounge that he ruined, (It's one I commissioned as well, sod's law, he couldn't have gone for one of the cheaper ones!)

Smudge was a real character, he sadly developed diabetes that took him early, aged about 11-12. He was a stray, so may have been older, but they can last until 25. As it was, diabetes normally kills birds quickly but he lived with it for years.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on May 21, 2013, 04:58:47 PM
Years ago we had terrible trouble with our BT phone line. Eventually one day I decided to clean behind the cupboard it was on.
Guess what the wire was covered in little bite holes.  It must have been a field mouse as we had never seen any signs of the House variety.
Now the BT men had been numerous times and not spotted it. !!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 21, 2013, 09:33:37 PM
Living with little furry creatures seems to be a human-nature thing.  Almost every society keeps pets of some sort.  Luckily we love them so much.

BTW doggie is weller now than she has been for months.  She is just bouncing around the place, not quite like a spring lamb, but a very happy doggie.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 21, 2013, 10:34:36 PM
Pleased to hear that doggie is well and truly on the road to recovery.

Barney managed  to fall in the canal this evening and made quite a splash.   We was going to visit a friend and slipped off her gang plank because he tried to manoeuvre around a ladder and ran out of space!
Hubby took him home and dried him with the hairdryer so now he's all fluffy.  The biggest bonus is that be   now smells slightly less foxy than he did this morning; the smell of damp dog is not quite as bad!



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on May 22, 2013, 08:30:22 AM
"She must have taken against that friend, big style, Jockice."

Think it was the scarf rather than the friend. I came back home on Monday evening to be greeted by Lotte with a dead bird in her mouth, which she seemed determined to give me as a present. Er, no thanks. Get me some chocolates instead. That's the trouble with cats, they can be nice, but are also ruthless, cold-blooded evil killers too. Little fluffy git.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 22, 2013, 11:37:58 AM
Auntie, I am so glad that Doggie is well again  >biggrin<
Poor Barney1 I'm glad that he is nice and clean now though.
LOL @ the antics of Apollo and Lotte!  >lol<
I was talking to my new neighbour this morning, she says that Alfie is not a bit wary of them and happily walks into their house when the door is open!
 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 22, 2013, 02:33:59 PM
That's the trouble with cats, they can be nice, but are also ruthless, cold-blooded evil killers too.

They can't help it! 

It isn't as if they *chose* to become killers - it is a survival instinct hardwired into their genes from thousands of years ago to ensure they could catch food.

Since then they have become pets, but the hunting instinct is still in their genes.  Because we have made them into pets we have exacerbated the situation as well cared for cats are well fed but as they still have that killer instinct they don't kill for food now.  But as the gene is still hardwired into them, they kill and bring it back as presents for us or they play with it because they don't know how to kill it but know they are supposed to hunt.

Ivy used to be cruel to Ebby before he died. She bullied him dreadfully.  She was really nasty to him. Now she is the only cat, you wouldn't think she was ever a bully as she is so loving and butter wouldn't melt in her mouth.  I love her dearly but I can't forget how she made Ebby's life a misery. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 25, 2013, 09:43:33 PM
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t isn't as if they *chose* to become killers - it is a survival instinct hardwired into their genes from thousands of years ago to ensure they could catch food.

Since then they have become pets, but the hunting instinct is still in their genes.  Because we have made them into pets we have exacerbated the situation as well cared for cats are well fed but as they still have that killer instinct they don't kill for food now.  But as the gene is still hardwired into them, they kill and bring it back as presents for us or they play with it because they don't know how to kill it but know they are supposed to hunt.

Well said >thumbsup<

In fact, hunting is an indication that a cat is both healthy and happy. Once had to ask a lady in the next street to stop feeding pigeons outside her house, as George was using it like a takeaway >doh<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 26, 2013, 09:47:27 AM
Thank you NN.  I think cats are very unfairly maligned for their hunting which they cannot help.  It is our fault as we have made them into pets.

Not all that long ago, cats were never fed by humans.  They caught their own food and kept human habitations clear of mice.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on May 26, 2013, 10:55:17 AM
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Not all that long ago, cats were never fed by humans.

I'm not sure that's true. I'm not aware of the earliest known association with humans but they were certainly deified by the ancient Egyptians.

I suspect that cats have been fed from time to time to keep them around. They are scavengers so are always attracted by an easy meal. If they find one they will come to see if there is another. That way they can be encouraged to stay and predate your pests rather than move on to somewhere else.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 26, 2013, 12:08:12 PM
It seems as though the process of domestication began during the Neolithic age, in the early stages of the development of agriculture.


Study Traces Cat’s Ancestry to Middle East
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/29/science/29cat.html?_r=0

Oldest Known Pet Cat? 9,500-Year-Old Burial Found on Cyprus
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/04/0408_040408_oldestpetcat.html

The Evolution of House Cats
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-taming-of-the-cat


So whether or not cats were intentionally domesticated by humans remains unclear, but it is pretty certain that the development of our own society played a direct role in the emergence of Felis Catus as a distinct species from Felis Silvestris.

As we benefited enormously from the hunting abilities of cats in the past, I think it's a bit much to condemn them for perfectly natural behaviour, just because it offends our sensibilities.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on May 26, 2013, 06:01:21 PM
Unfortunately the habit of forming gardens rich in insect life has also led to urban wild bird populations rising, whilst the decimation of hedgerows and the countryside mean that urban environments are crucial to wild bird survival.

So wildlife lovers set out urban gardens to support and attract birds, which in turn are attacked by cats allowed to roam freely leading to further impacts on their population.  It isn't just sensibilities offended, bird populations really are at risk from pet and feral cats.

I know that the cat lovers amongst you will have read this many times before, but please do think of the impact your pets have. I have no wish to fall out with anyone, but the above is exactly why I have never kept a cat, though I would love a Burmese or similar breed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 26, 2013, 06:04:01 PM
I suspect that cats have been fed from time to time to keep them around. They are scavengers so are always attracted by an easy meal. If they find one they will come to see if there is another. That way they can be encouraged to stay and predate your pests rather than move on to somewhere else.

Well put oldtone.

I should have made my post clearer to mean that cats haven't always been fed as pets as they are nowadays.  And as you say, as cats have been prized as vermin catchers, people would encourage them to stay and predate their vermin instead of moving on.

As we benefited enormously from the hunting abilities of cats in the past, I think it's a bit much to condemn them for perfectly natural behaviour, just because it offends our sensibilities.

Absolutely NN.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 26, 2013, 06:07:01 PM
It isn't just sensibilities offended, bird populations really are at risk from pet and feral cats.

But it isn't the fault of cats.  It is the fault of capitalistic farming which has eradicated the hedgerows.  Housing development has eradicated much of the countryside, so again it is humans' which have affected the bird life.

Cats shouldn't be blamed for their predation of birds.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 26, 2013, 07:00:38 PM
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So wildlife lovers set out urban gardens to support and attract birds, which in turn are attacked by cats allowed to roam freely leading to further impacts on their population.  It isn't just sensibilities offended, bird populations really are at risk from pet and feral cats.

So, effectively what you're saying is that bird populations are at risk because of irresponsible humans who either won't monitor their cat's activity, and keep them in during those times of day when birds are most vulnerable, or who abandon un-neutered cats and kittens, allowing feral cat colonies to arise in the first place.  ;-)

I've helped to feed feral colonies in the past, so am a little protective of them. Feral cats are a problem created by humans, and they can have a terrible time. There are plenty of humane solutions to limit any impact they might have on wildlife, but they all require time and effort. Probably the best thing any compassionate person can do is to firstly, pick up any stray or abandoned cats and kittens and if adopting them yourself is out of the question, make sure they get to a vet or an animal charity for re-homing, or re-uniting with owners in the case of strays. If anyone suspects that a feral colony is being established in their area, (feral cats are very easily distinguished from their domestic counterparts by their complete mistrust of humans) again notifying your local branch of Cats Protection of the colony's presence, and establishing suitable shelters and a feeding routine is best. Once regular feeding is established, then a Trap, Neuter, Release can be organised. The cats are humanely trapped, and taken for neutering and vaccination, then released back into their territory, where they continue to be fed and monitored for signs of sickness or injury. In this way you end up with 2-4 healthy feral cats, which will in turn deter other feral cats from moving into the area, rather than dozens of sick and starving creatures, fighting among themselves for what little food is available, hunting anything that moves and breeding out of control. 

Sorry, that all turned into a bit of a rant.  >blush<

I'm not trying to say that cat owners who live in areas with large wild bird populations shouldn't behave responsibly, I'm just saying that we shouldn't blame cats for doing what is natural to them when they don't.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on May 26, 2013, 09:24:45 PM
As you say, you can't blame the cats for being cats. I wasn't aware that was what happened with feral cats but it makes sense to release them, like that.  Though the poor things can't have long lifespans, what with traffic, dogs, foxes, cat flu and winter weather. 
To provide a bit of light relief from this topic...
In 1997 my Dad visited Latvia - he was Latvian - and was taken ill whilst he was there. (He died 2 months later of lung cancer, undiagnosed at that time).  He was there for 3-4 days.

Whilst in hospital he quickly befriended the feral cats living in the grounds - he was a real animal lover - and fed them as much as he could.

On Day 3 he was bored and picked up the hospital rules and regulations to read...

"RULE 1. DON'T FEED THE CATS."  >lol<

A rebel to the last, my Dad....  >biggergrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 27, 2013, 12:20:02 AM
I heard recently, although I don't remember where, that the RSPB now say that the wild bird population isn't lower in areas where there are a lot of cats. They think this is because the cats take the easier pickings which are usually birds that are old or sick, thus keeping the avian gene pool strong and healthy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 27, 2013, 09:34:15 AM
Thanks Hurty.  >thumbsup<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 27, 2013, 09:57:57 AM
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I wasn't aware that was what happened with feral cats but it makes sense to release them, like that.  Though the poor things can't have long lifespans, what with traffic, dogs, foxes, cat flu and winter weather.

You're right in that the lifespan of a feral cat is nothing like as long as that of a domestic cat, but where a colony is well looked after, they can live for around 5-7 years. Compare this with the appallingly short 6-18 months that they'll live without neutering and vaccination, and it's easy to see that the effort taken in doing so is well worth it. The reason why the cats are released after trapping, neutering and vaccination is simply because the majority of feral cats will never be suitable for being placed in homes. Feral kittens must be socialised very quickly, and most people don't spot the presence of a colony until well after the kittens are weaned and out and about from the den, by which time it's too late. Winter weather shelters aren't difficult to make, so the biggest threats to the animals are, as you said, traffic and the like of foxes. The best any colony caretaker can do is accept that it's impossible to protect the feral cats from everything, and that by feeding and monitoring the cats you're giving them the best possible chance of survival.

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On Day 3 he was bored and picked up the hospital rules and regulations to read...

"RULE 1. DON'T FEED THE CATS."  >lol<

A rebel to the last, my Dad....  >biggergrin<
>lol< >lol<

I heard recently, although I don't remember where, that the RSPB now say that the wild bird population isn't lower in areas where there are a lot of cats. They think this is because the cats take the easier pickings which are usually birds that are old or sick, thus keeping the avian gene pool strong and healthy.

This seems to be the report you're talking about here, Hurtyback:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/gardening/unwantedvisitors/cats/birddeclines.aspx

Yay - cats vindicated at last!  >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on May 27, 2013, 11:45:41 AM
I have been AWOL for a long time now but life interrupted me.   Pereg broke a wonderful streak by having a major Grand Mal seizure at 2am on 5 April, had two more on 18 April and another 2 on 9 May. 

I thought you might like to see this

(http://oi44.tinypic.com/35d5d82.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 27, 2013, 01:22:07 PM
What a beautiful picture Rosie.  Sorry that Pereg has been unwell again, and I hope things soon settle down  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 27, 2013, 03:58:43 PM
It is lovely to see you again Rosie. Pereg is so beautiful and gentle-looking, it is heartbreaking to think of her unwell.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on May 27, 2013, 04:15:59 PM
If those who have pet cats don't like to think of them bringing dead birds, etc. home, perhaps the traditional method of adding a bell to the cat's collar might lead to fewer catches.  I know most cats aren't exactly keen on the bells but they soon get used to it & it acts as a warning to smaller animals... unless it's one of those smart cats that can successfully remove bells, in which case you have to accept any "gifts"! >lol<
The presence of a cat will still generally deter mice of course.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 27, 2013, 05:17:10 PM
My cat won't tolerate anything on his collar. He wears an unadorned collar OK but keeps on taking off the one he now has with a magnet on (to open his cat flap) and does the same it there is a name-tag or bell attached.
 
Surely any bird that needs a bell to warn it of danger won't be long for this world anyway?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on May 27, 2013, 05:21:29 PM
Apparently Lotte's like that. She has a collar but no bell. The previous owner says she tried but Lots wouldn't tolerate it. Pongo always had a bell on, so I could hear her coming. When I come home nowadays Lotte just runs at me if she's outside. She ran into one of my crutches a couple of weeks ago. Daft animal.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 27, 2013, 07:55:11 PM
What a beautiful girl Pereg is.  I am so sorry she has been poorly again Rosie.

I hope you are keeping as well as you can.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 27, 2013, 08:35:56 PM
George won't even tolerate a collar, let alone a bell!

And hello again Rosie. Thank you for sharing that lovely photo of Pereg. I hope that she is recovering well after the seizure >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 27, 2013, 08:47:28 PM
My last cat used to take off any collar that I put on.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on May 28, 2013, 04:43:35 AM
"A rebel to the last, my Dad....  >"

Don't remind me. A few weeks before he died my dad was taken into the local hospice (the same one my mum had died in three years earlier). I'd visit him every day but one evening I got a panicked phone call from them saying he'd vanished. I didn't panic. I knew that a couple of his friends had been visiting and I also knew there was a big football match on TV that night. He'd got them to take him back to his house to watch it but didn't bother telling the staff. I had to apologise to them and explain to him that the hospice wasn't just somewhere you could come and go from as you please. Incidentally one of his friends was a priest...

He wanted to die at home anyway, and did. I wasn't there. It was the only 15 minutes of that day I wasn't. I'd popped back to my flat to feed Pongo. I'm sure he only did it to annoy me. His family have previous on that. His sister was in hospital for several days with her son - my cousin - constantly by her side. He was eventually convinced by the hospital staff to pop home, get changed and freshened up. Guess what happened?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on May 28, 2013, 01:55:05 PM
What a beautiful girl Pereg is.  I am so sorry she has been poorly again Rosie.

I hope you are keeping as well as you can.   >hugs<

I am sorry I missed your birthday Yvette, please accept my apoligies and belated birthday wishes.  Life sort of got on top of me and since the Monster came back for Pereg my life, of necessity, revolves around her.

I am tired - I am exhausted just thinking about doing things.  One of the side effects of Pereg's medication is that she needs to go out in the night for a pee, but then I also need to get up in the night for a pee - old  age and spinal cord damage - same old, same old, but then again I am old even though it is difficult to accept it.

And life goes on whether I am here or not.  But I do think about you all and wish you well.

xx
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 28, 2013, 07:39:48 PM
Sending you and Pereg lots of love and gentle huggies, Rosie.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 29, 2013, 01:14:01 PM
Hi Rosie  > waves <

Just attaching a picture of Cindy on her cushion that I 'took' with the webcam:



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 29, 2013, 01:16:26 PM
Blimey, it worked  >magic<

Another, closer up:
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Post by: suessad on May 29, 2013, 01:39:33 PM
Isn't she cute.
Found this elsewhere.
Well, I thought it funny.  >whistle<
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 29, 2013, 04:15:06 PM
 >lol<  I love it Suessad  >thumbsup<
 
I also love the photo of Cindy  >love<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 29, 2013, 09:18:17 PM
Cindy is so cute.  >blackcat<

Ivy has been climbing today! I mean climbing!  As in climbing up high.

Next door has put up scaffolding next to the adjoining fence so she was up the fence and then up the scaffolding like a rat up a drain pipe!  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 30, 2013, 09:53:07 AM
Aww, Cindy looks lovely  >love<

Suessad >biggergrin<

Yvette, maybe Ivy has decided to take up Parkour. Start to worry if she comes home sporting a pair of lycra leggings  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 30, 2013, 05:22:32 PM
 >tah< for all your comments about Cindy, I was trying to 'snap' her up close in her adorable sprawled-and-sleeping pose, but she became alert when I moved in nearer!

Suessad, well found  >lol<

Sounds like Ivy is in very good health there with her gymnastic activities, Yvette  >biggrin< 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 31, 2013, 01:06:51 PM
Tried to get a piccie of George looking very sweet at the end of the bed. Alas he moved, and as I didn't think anyone would like a picture of a black and white cat grooming his backside, I'll post my favourite xkdc cartoon instead. We've all been there.



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on May 31, 2013, 07:08:24 PM
Yvette, maybe Ivy has decided to take up Parkour. Start to worry if she comes home sporting a pair of lycra leggings 

She would still look beautiful.  >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on May 31, 2013, 07:37:07 PM
I actually talk pretty normally to pets. I have friends and family who revert to about six months old when meeting an animal. Like grown women talking in baby voices there's no need for it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 31, 2013, 08:06:51 PM
Yes, I admit it - I talk baby talk to animals. 

And I say inane things to my own doggie like 'you're the best doggie I have ever had'  when the dog knows that it is the only dog I have ever had.  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on May 31, 2013, 08:32:41 PM
The guy who feeds my mogs when I go on holiday is dreadful for that sort of thing. A former schoolmate. He's not a hardman by any stretch of the imagination but he is very male, if you see what I mean.

However, put him anywhere near a cat and he goes back to infanthood. I cringe. He and his wife have been married a quarter of a century but don't have any children and she openly admits that cats are a child substitute to them. But children grow up whereas cats seemingly don't.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on June 01, 2013, 07:08:50 AM
I baby talk to Ivy.  There is nothing wrong with it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on June 01, 2013, 07:37:17 AM
It's probably more sensible than trying to have discussions about political theory with Lotte.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 01, 2013, 12:03:35 PM
It's probably more sensible than trying to have discussions about political theory with Lotte.

 >lol<

My MH condition causes me to mutter aloud almost constantly, and I do notice that my mutterings become very cutsey indeed when George is around. Causes my housemates no end of amusement.  >blush<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on June 01, 2013, 12:35:30 PM
If I have a song in my head I often make up my own words and my absolute horror I realised once while cleaning up that I was singing (to the tune of The Osmonds'/Boyzone's Love Me For A Reason) that I 'love my fluffy kitten, cos my kitten's got fluff.'

I really don't know what dark recess of my mind that came from. But I'm glad it went back in there.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 01, 2013, 03:00:20 PM
Think I'd be more horrified to find myself singing along to anything covered by Boyzone. ;-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on June 01, 2013, 03:34:28 PM
I thought they were Ireland's greatest export...
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 01, 2013, 03:57:22 PM
Yes, because no-one could wait to get rid of them.



>Edited for typo
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 01, 2013, 05:12:07 PM
I often sing to my pets.  I think it calms them down when they are a bit worked-up about something.  And yes, the words are exceedingly daft, just like wot Jockice said above.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 01, 2013, 06:17:53 PM
My singing would never calm anything or anyone!  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 01, 2013, 11:20:56 PM
Nor would mine!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on June 02, 2013, 12:44:03 AM
I 'love my fluffy kitten, cos my kitten's got fluff.'

Aaahhhh.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 12, 2013, 09:25:14 PM
I saw this on a ratty website & did laugh as i was reading this.

The Bad Rat Pledge

Inspired by The Bad Pets Lists

I will not graze on the carpet.
It is not considered "cool" to beat up rats smaller than myself.
There is no need to steal treats from others when I am given one of equal size of my own
I will not leave raisins on the sofa for unsuspecting human butts.
Pots are for growing plants in, not digging up.
I will refrain from climbing down the blouses of female visitors.
There is no nutritional value in used tissues.
Chewing on electrical cords is not fun, even if it elicits such an enthusiastic response from my human.
Peeing on the remote control does not give me the right to choose the tv channel, nor does it endear myself to my humans so that they turn the tv off and play with me.
I will not develop a foam mining enterprise in my human's mattress.
Unlike their favourite old t-shirt, peeing on their crisp newly ironed white business shirt as they leave for work will not elicit a loving response.
Licking my goolies in public is considered a faux pas.
I will not create a fake massacre scene in my cage when I eat red foods.
Barbering others is nothing more than gratuitous graffiti.
I will not start a game of hide and seek every time my human calls me back to my cage.
If I was meant to eat recycled paper pellets, they would be placed in my food bowl rather than my litter tray.
I will endure a bath like the calm, dignified rodent I am.
Bath time means a bath, not a chance to jump out and eat the soap.
I will do my best not to tread in squishy raisins and trample them all over the house and my human.
I will not find amusement in nipping my cagemate's butt as he exits the hammock.
Adding urine to my water does not make it taste better.
When my human lets me out after completing their 100 page assignment, I will refrain from exploring the Delete key.
Chewing of cage wires does not elicit a favourable response from my human.
When dinner is being served, I will control myself and share with my cagemates in a sensible fashion.
I will go about my night-time business in respectful silence.
When I don't want to go home to the cage yet, I will not wedge myself under immovable furniture.
I will not give my human a heart attack by sleeping soundly with my eyes open.
Human saliva is not a tasty treat.
I am not qualified to give my human a manicure, pedicure, ear cleaning, nose cleaning, or dental exam.
I will not try to run off to the boy rats' cage at every possible chance.
The newspaper that lines my shelf does not need to be shredded to bits and thrown out the cage bars.
I do not need to pee on the magazine my human is reading, even if it is "yellow journalism".
My human lovingly handcrafted this cozy hammock for me... so I must not pee in it, poop in it, eat staining foods in it, or chew six holes in it.
I will refrain from sofa spelunking.
I will not squeak in bloody terror when my human is trying to give me medicine and I will certainly not spit it out afterwards.
I will not climb the curtains and play along the curtain rod just out of reach of my human.
Band-Aids are there for a purpose and are not to be removed without permission.
I will not sit on top of the boys' cage when I am in heat and flap my ears coyly to drive them insane.
I will not teach my offspring to be as bad as I am.
I will not climb into the printer, scanner or paper shredder, especially when it is on.  That also goes for the washing machine, clothes dryer, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
I will refrain from jumping into my human's coffee mug and then walking coffee prints all over the table.
My food is placed in my own bowl, not on my human's dinner plate.
I will not throw bedding out of my cage at the cat.
When the dog barks at me and sticks his nose into my cage, I will not stoop to his level and bite him... after all, he's just a big stupid beast and doesn't know any better.
I will not bite my human's earrings, especially when she is wearing them.
Humping my cagemates is not an acceptable outlet for sexual frustration.
I will choose a more appropriate place than the litter tray to wrestle with my cagemate.
Chewing small holes in blankets, towels, clothes, bedcovers, etc is not appreciated as "ratty lace".
Socked toes are not fair game.
I will eat all the skins of my fresh foods rather than scatter them all over the cage.
I will use my cage brick to keep my claws blunt, not as a honing tool for precision sharpness.
Diving down my human's shirt and scratching them with my nails just to hear them squeal is not an acceptable game.
Free range time is a privilege, not a right.
Begging for another treat after stashing the first one does not fool my human.
I will try to remember to groom my tail... at least once a year.
When visiting the vet, I will conduct myself with decorum.
It's rarely ever wise to chew a hammock hook while lazing in it.
I will not tunnel under my bedding and knock all my toys, cagemates and food bowls over.
Yogurt drops are to be eaten in moderation, so I will refrain from begging for them 24 hours a day.
When I'm working with my human in a PR capacity, I will not pee on, chew the clothes of, poop on, bite, sniff embarrassing body parts of, scratch the skin of, or otherwise deter those who might be interested in having rats as pets.
I will stash anything I get my hands on in a location known and accessible to my human.
It is not considered polite to take food from my human's mouth.
I will strike perfect statuesque poses every time the camera lens points in my direction.
I will refrain from flaunting my enormous torpedoes at anatomically inadequate human male visitors.
Just because my owners fingers smell like avocado does not mean they are edible.
I will not attempt to mate with the rat girls through their cage bars.
Candles are for humans, I must not eat the wax.
I will endure my human's cuddling, belly kissing and smoochy baby talk with stoic dignity.
If I simply must chew something, I will opt for one of the countless expensive chew toys my human provides for me that lie around like abandoned relics in my cage.
I will not demand avocado and smoked salmon for dinner every night.
My human does not approve of kisses immediately after I've groomed my butt.
I will not look all angelic while my human is attempting to reprimand me.
My human provides me with lots of toys, I do not need to play with other household items.
I will not cling to that spot between my human's shoulder blades where I cannot be removed without assistance.
I must remember that human skin simply does not have the traction required for vertical climbs.
Sneaking up on the family cat and biting his tail is not considered good form.
I will not sniff human's breath, then turn around and sniff my goolies for comparison.
I will refrain from climbing into the popcorn bag until my owner has had a chance to taste it.
I will not eat, threaten to eat, bite, groom excessively, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise terrorize my new cagemates.
Walking down one level of my cage to use the litter tray is not inconvenient.  Besides, it's good exercise for me.
I will not pee in my dry food mix.
Water bowls are not provided for tail washing, dangling balls in or as a repository for unwanted lab blocks.
I understand that my human must spend time on the computer instead of playing with me, and will therefore not chew through the mouse cord to get attention any chance I get.
I will not resort to maniacal blood-letting with my cagemates over inconsequential things like inequality in treat size, use of the nest box, or who gets to go out the cage door first at free range time.
I will not poop uncontrollably in front of strangers.
I will not hump one of my cage mates when my human has visitors so my human gets asked embarrassing questions like, "Did you know your rats are mating?" so s/he has to explain why girl rats do this to one another.
Peeing all over myself and my cagemates does not make us smell irresistible.
When called, my cagemates and I will return home after free range time in a prompt and orderly fashion.
I will not make so much racket in my cage at night by throwing various toys etc about and make give our human heart failure because s/he thinks there are burglars in the house and then look innocent when our human gets up to check.
Paper towels are not rat food.
When conversing with other rats, I will not refer to my human as "The Rat Slave".
I will not stare forlornly at my human, nose pressed through the bars of the cage, when she is having dinner and make her feel guilty so we get most of what she was eating.
I will not.... I will not...
Ah, stuff it, I'll do whatever the heck I want to do, because my human doesn't believe there is such a thing as a 'bad' rat, and even if I destroy things of great value or behave in a terribly embarrassing way (including using guests as a urinal), s/he's just going to say 'awwwww' and give us extra avocado treats and tummy kisses!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on June 12, 2013, 09:32:55 PM
That's brilliant!  Love it  >lol<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 12, 2013, 11:32:13 PM
I did larff.  I can just visualize a big furry rat thinking all of these things!
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Post by: Yvette on June 13, 2013, 08:37:11 AM
Excellent.  >thumbsup<
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 13, 2013, 11:17:46 AM
That is brilliant, thank you  >thumbsup<
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Post by: leg_iron on June 13, 2013, 08:53:59 PM
My boys did read it & have chosen to totally ignore everything thats written in that pledge!!
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Post by: Yvette on June 14, 2013, 09:22:58 AM
 >lol<
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 14, 2013, 10:39:36 AM
Re message 1157

Kizzy,

For some unknown reason I thought Cindy was a black cat, so was surprised to see she is calico, she looks lovely and she must be pretty athletic to balance on a cushion like that. When I was deciding what type of kitten to get I read up a bit and apparently both black Torties and Calicos have 'tortitude, does Cindy?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 14, 2013, 10:44:00 AM
NN,

The diagram made me  >lol< and cringe because Mr Sunshine have gone into baby talk overdrive since we got Zuzu.

Jockice,

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It's probably more sensible than trying to have discussions about political theory with Lotte.

:-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on June 14, 2013, 10:58:30 AM
'Tortitude'  >lol<  just been looking it up:

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“Torties or calicos are just feisty little girls. They just want it their way, and if you do something that is not the way they want it, they let you know,”

That sounds pretty much like my Cindy  >biggergrin< (it's my namesake who's black - Mum and Dad's Kizzy).  Talking of balancing, and I've probably mentioned this before, she sometimes - when the furniture is in the right position - jumps from a desk to the top of my living room door and perches there.  Likewise on her scratching post! 

I'd say she was 'gently' feisty - she's never used claws or teeth against me, but she can hiss very convincingly if I try to move her from somewhere I don't want her to be... and when miffed for other reasons, will do the old 'glare and stalk away in disgust' to dramatic effect  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 14, 2013, 12:51:13 PM
Leg Iron, loved the Rat Plegde >thumbsup<

Well, poor old George had to go the vet yet again on Wednesday - an abcess was forming on his cheek at the site of yet another fight injury. Thankfully it could be treated with an injectable antibiotic, so no lancing and cleaning out required. I really wish there was we could do to stop him from fighting with the other cat, but there isn't. 
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 14, 2013, 03:31:36 PM
Awww, poor George!
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Post by: Jockice on June 14, 2013, 04:37:53 PM
"It's probably more sensible than trying to have discussions about political theory with Lotte."


And here's what happens when I try to study it.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 14, 2013, 06:58:24 PM
Thanks Hurtyback.

I know I shouldn't find it so upsetting, but I do - it's difficult not to feel poorly disposed towards the other cat, despite how completely irrational that is. It's not the other cat's fault, it's not George's fault, and it's not the fault of any of us 'Opposable Thumbs' involved. But it is so, so difficult to see my wee cat getting injured so much, knowing that there's nothing anyone can do, and that by trying to intervene, I could upset whatever space-sharing arrangement they'll eventually arrive at. The sense of helplessness is overwhelming at times - all my knowledge and experience can't prevent this from happening, and it's horrible.  >crying<

The good thing is that, injures aside, George seems in rude health. His weight is nice and stable, and he's not exhibiting any stress or anxiety behaviours, so he appears to be taking the situation in his stride, and isn't feeling bullied by his opponent. I just have to keep remembering that the other cat has only been in the street for 6 or so months, and it can take between 9 and 12 for territorial disputes between dominant and evenly-matched males to subside, whether or not they're neutered.

Jockice, that's a lovely picture of Lotte. Thanks for posting it. You've helped to cheer me up a bit.  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on June 15, 2013, 09:27:18 AM
A pleasure NN. Hope George is okay. Lotte's gone into keyboard overdrive in the last few days. She rarely went near it until then. Now she can't keep off it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on June 15, 2013, 01:46:56 PM
It looks as if my daughter and son in law may be getting a boy Springer puppy - they already have Beth, who is female and 6.
 She has never been good with other dogs as she was the runt and had to leave Mum early, she just wasn't thriving. She is now bigger than several of her litter mates who live locally.
If they do get him, I hope it goes well, they plan plenty of intros before a final decision.
I love puppy cuddles. >dog-< >dog-< >dog-<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on June 16, 2013, 10:35:00 AM
Lotte is lovely. That could be her name - Lovely Lotte!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 16, 2013, 12:12:53 PM
How lovely AndMac! I hope that the intro's go well and that both doggies settle down together  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on June 16, 2013, 01:22:26 PM
"Lotte is lovely. That could be her name - Lovely Lotte!"

It's Naughty Lotte!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 17, 2013, 12:51:26 PM
Jockice,

Is Lotte into scrolling the screen to get attention? It is good to see her again.

NN,

There is a cat that comes and bullies Milo. It looks like a full tom is big black and white and fluffy, so we ended up calling it Boris. Milo really does love it is Boris has come in the catflap and a human arrives because it means Milo's confidence shoots up and he chases Boris out.

Milo regularly has odd scratches and sometimes bites but we are fairly lucky that they rarely get infected, but it does mean Milo has hurty spots that I only find when he bites me as I pet his belly or chest. Hopefully George and the other cat will reach a non violent solution in time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 21, 2013, 01:16:34 PM
Thanks Sunshine, I'm sure they will - eventually.

Sorry for the emotional outburst. It was just getting to me a bit.

AndMac - That's great! Hope you get some nice photos of the new doggie to share.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 21, 2013, 10:49:48 PM
Here NN something to make you remember that you never have to apologise for outbursting.  It is something we are all prone to do on here, on occasion.  Make sure that the volume is not too loud!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=532774820096602&set=vb.288148664559220&type=2&theater
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Post by: Yvette on June 22, 2013, 04:24:58 PM
It made me laugh out loud!   >lol<   >lol<
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on June 22, 2013, 06:27:50 PM
That is so funny it's made my day.  I can't understand what the neighbours were complaining about they obviously have no apreciation for the fine arts.  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 22, 2013, 09:45:59 PM
>lol<

It doesn't say much for the owner's musical talent if that's the dog's interpretation of it!

Thanks for posting the link, Auntie >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 22, 2013, 09:47:46 PM
I know.  And it obviously knew exactly what it was doing too.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on June 23, 2013, 10:01:34 AM
Here is something to warm the cockles of your heart just a short youtube clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhvrw3dkXD0
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on June 23, 2013, 10:41:00 AM
Awww, that was lovely and a 'restore faith in human nature' type of thing - well found!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 23, 2013, 10:45:52 PM
That brought tears to my eyes.  They were so happy to see mummy again, weren't they.
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Post by: Yvette on June 24, 2013, 03:37:04 PM
Awwww - wonderful clip. Thanks Dic.  >tah<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 25, 2013, 10:46:48 AM
That was lovely, Dic. Thanks for posting :-)
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Post by: leg_iron on June 27, 2013, 09:50:52 AM
Latest Rattie photos.
Apollo Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/015_zpse319f80c.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/015_zpse319f80c.jpg.html)
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/014_zps8b8d94d9.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/014_zps8b8d94d9.jpg.html)
Ajax Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/011_zpsdf781085.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/011_zpsdf781085.jpg.html)
Achilles Rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/009_zps9a066dd4.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/009_zps9a066dd4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 27, 2013, 01:15:15 PM
They really are handsome rattyboys, Leggie, such bright, inquisitive eyes!
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Post by: Yvette on June 27, 2013, 02:34:33 PM
I agree. They are very cute indeed.  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 27, 2013, 05:04:03 PM
tickle, tickle, tickle.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 29, 2013, 06:25:11 PM
What a handsome pair, Leg Iron >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on June 30, 2013, 09:25:40 AM
Ivy is not happy - and neither am I.  :-(

I bought the Hills special diet food which Sunshine recommended and the first time Ivy had it; she ate it all and eveb licked the dish clean.  I'm onto a winner here, thinks me.  >doh<

After the first dish of it, she has refused to touch it.   >angry<

So she is back on her Royal Canin diet which the Vet recommended.

And I've given the Hills stuff to the local Rescue Centre.  I know I could have returned it under the Hill's guarantee but I bought it online and couldn't be bothered with the hassle. Giving it to the Rescue Centre is part of my giving to charity as they always need food.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 30, 2013, 09:33:46 AM
 >hugs<

That's a disappointment, but at least the food will be put to good use. It would be useful if the specialist pet food manufacturers did smaller, sample sizes of their wares, so that you're not committed to buying a large pack, only to find that it's not to your pet's taste after all.

Does the Royal Canin food agree with Ivy all right? You've posted before that she's had problems with her digestion.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on June 30, 2013, 09:44:12 AM
Royal Cannin is the best for her thanks.

I have phoned Hills in the past and asked for samples but was told they don't provide samples as they have a money back guarantee.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 30, 2013, 09:57:29 AM
Which isn't much good if the guarantee is too much of a pain to actually use!

Don't know if it'll cheer anyone up, but I got a nice photo of George this morning:

>Edit: It might be handy if I got the orientation right! >doh<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 30, 2013, 12:25:31 PM
Ok, finally got it right!

That's him striking his 'Elder Statesfeline' pose on top of the recycling box in the front garden. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on June 30, 2013, 07:08:19 PM
Gorgeous George.  >love<

I could kiss him to bits.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 30, 2013, 08:10:12 PM
Nice puss.

(need a tickle cat smile here!)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on June 30, 2013, 09:18:20 PM
"I bought the Hills special diet food which Sunshine recommended and the first time Ivy had it; she ate it all and eveb licked the dish clean.  I'm onto a winner here, thinks me."

Lotte's not fond of it either. I've just chucked half a bag of it out. Mind you it was for older cats (a remnant from Pongo days) and was also out of date.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 01, 2013, 09:34:22 AM
Aww, thanks Yvette and Auntie.

Gorgeous George is how the nice receptionist lady at the vet refers to him :-)

I assembled the cat drinking fountain for him yesterday, and he's completely ignoring it. >lol<

He wandered in, eyed it suspiciously, gave an eloquent flick of the tail, and stalked off outside again.

Typical.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on July 01, 2013, 10:21:21 AM
That's cats for you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on July 01, 2013, 03:02:07 PM
What a handsome chap George is!  >love<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on July 01, 2013, 04:36:44 PM
He is a bit of a sweetie.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on July 01, 2013, 05:10:18 PM
George is a very handsome cat!

I've just arranged today for my two cats to be looked after by a professional pet sitter instead of going to the cattery when I'm away for a few days in August. The lady is coming to meet them next week. Has anyone else ever used this sort of service? I'm slightly anxious about giving someone my keys, but have seen references and she will show me her insurance next week. Is there anything else I should check?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: sherbs on July 01, 2013, 07:52:44 PM
Awww,

 George is certainly gorgeous, he looks just like my big black and white cat, except mine was half Siamese and half moggy type straggler, so he had a pointy nose and loved to pose around the neighbourhood strutting his stuff     >biggergrin<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on July 02, 2013, 08:06:15 AM
Has she been CRB checked?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on July 02, 2013, 11:29:39 AM
Yes she's going to bring that with her too.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 02, 2013, 01:52:23 PM
Thanks to everyone for saying nice things about George :-)

He's still in a huff about the drinking fountain.

DG, best of luck with the 'cat-sitter'. I hope she proves to be a worthy candidate.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on July 19, 2013, 07:55:06 PM
A sad story involving a cute chocolate & white dumbo rat:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370182/An-RAC-patrolman-surprise-discovering-rat-bonnet-car-Yeovil-Somerset.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370182/An-RAC-patrolman-surprise-discovering-rat-bonnet-car-Yeovil-Somerset.html)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on July 31, 2013, 08:05:20 PM
Poor little ratty.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on August 01, 2013, 12:19:49 PM
A sad story involving a cute chocolate & white dumbo rat:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370182/An-RAC-patrolman-surprise-discovering-rat-bonnet-car-Yeovil-Somerset.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370182/An-RAC-patrolman-surprise-discovering-rat-bonnet-car-Yeovil-Somerset.html)
Stupid people, poor rat.  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 01, 2013, 06:52:17 PM
I couldnt belive it when i read the story.  Surely if someone thought the rat wasnt a wild one, why didnt they call the RSPCA?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on August 01, 2013, 10:59:26 PM
Aw. Awful.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on August 03, 2013, 01:33:23 PM
Remember my daughter's Springer, beautiful Beth?

There is a new canine addition to the family, Beth is tolerating him remarkably well. This is Walter, 10 weeks old. Only decent shot I could get of him was when he was asleep! Like Beth he is a liver and white English Springer Spaniel. 

(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq187/mcculloch29/PuppyWalter005.jpg) (http://s446.photobucket.com/user/mcculloch29/media/PuppyWalter005.jpg.html)

Here's Beth again, for those who missed her earlier.
(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq187/mcculloch29/122.jpg) (http://s446.photobucket.com/user/mcculloch29/media/122.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 03, 2013, 02:52:09 PM
Ahhh, they are both so beautiful.   >love<

Thanks for posting their photos.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 03, 2013, 08:46:32 PM
Awww, that are beautiful AndMac!
 
We still have Cleo here with us but things are not much better. Alfie still prefers to stay out rather than sharing space with Cleo. I am keeping my ear to the ground in case there is anyone who would rehome her, I don't want her to go to a rehoming place unless there really is no alternative.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on August 05, 2013, 01:13:19 PM
A sad story involving a cute chocolate & white dumbo rat:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370182/An-RAC-patrolman-surprise-discovering-rat-bonnet-car-Yeovil-Somerset.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2370182/An-RAC-patrolman-surprise-discovering-rat-bonnet-car-Yeovil-Somerset.html)

I did a bit of hunting around and have found a non-Daily-Fail source for that story:

http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Yeovil-mechanic-t-fix-windscreen-wiper-s-rat-car/story-19557052-detail/story.html

Poor ratty! And what a pair of utter planks those guys were! It's unbelievable that they tried to set a cat on the poor creature, horrible for the rat and hardly good treatment of the cat either - the average cat just won't tackle an adult rat.   

Absolute pillocks!  >angry<

And on a happier note, thanks for the lovely doggie photos, AndMac >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 30, 2013, 12:41:03 PM
Had an emergency trip to the vets this morning.  Barney managed to swallow my meds.  My husband always sorts my meds out for me and puts them in a small dish with a biscuit and brings them in to the bedroom.  This morning I was dealing with a very large burst abscess and hadn't taken my meds, so Barney helped himself to the biscuit and managed to swallow a paracetamol, ibuprofen, dantrium a nd a vit d tablet.  I noticed quite quickly,  so phoned my husband who had just left for work and then called the vet who said to bring him straight in.  So we managed to get him to the vets within 20 mins of him taking the drugs.

Poor Barney was given an injection to make him sick and then a vet nurse took us to a covered outside area and waited with us while Barney was horribly sick.  The vet kept popping in to check through the vomit, and after about half an hour he stopped being sick.  The vet called the poisons unit as he wasn't sure what effects the dantrium may have on him (at a further cost of £25), and I was relieved to find out that it wouldn't mean a stay in the vets as an inpatient.

So, £126 later, we are now back home with a very miserable basset hound who is sleeping off the effects of this mornings escapde.
I think I need a lie down too!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on August 30, 2013, 12:51:04 PM
 >yikes< at the cost as well as the actual incident - just as well you were able to act so quickly!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on August 30, 2013, 01:16:02 PM
Not surprised you need a lie down after that! >yikes<
 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 30, 2013, 01:21:03 PM
We're used to having expensive vet bills as one of Barneys essential meds cost £113 a month!  He also has another daily med that is relatively cheap and needs 3 monthly check ups for his ear troubles, so we know we need to budget at least £200 a month for him to cover food etc.  This is just one of those unexpected costs that can arise when you have a dog!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 30, 2013, 01:57:58 PM
dd and Barney  >hugs<  I am so glad that he is OK!
 
Cleo is currently at the vet's sleeping off the anaesthetic having had 8 teeth removed. I was warned yesterday to expect a 'worse-case scenario ball-park figure' of £380 but, by the way the vet nurse was talking after the op, I am girding my loins in case it is even more! The thing that makes me really cross is that SIl handed Cleo over to us without a word, knowing that this work was advised at least a year ago  >steam<
 
Things are slightly better here, we have had both cats in the same room for an hour or two on several occasions. Alfie actually seemed to 'engineer' such an encounter yesterday but he doesn't like Cleo getting too close and can still be quite unsettled if he is somewhere that her scent is strong.
 
I have a lovely friend who always had cats until the last few years. Now that all her reasons for being cat-free (such as travelling to London every fortnight to look after her mother, who is now living locally) are gone, she is seriously thinking about taking Cleo on. I would let her go if friend wants her as I do think that Cleo really wants to be an 'only cat' and I know she would have a perfect home with my friend. She is coming to visit next Friday, so my fingers are crossed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 30, 2013, 03:19:36 PM
Oh dear hurty.  I hope the bill won't be too much and that cleo makes a swift recovery.   

Rehoming her with your friend sounds like a good idea for you all.

Barney is now back on his feet and we just wandered down to a neighbour for a chat and a quick play with her dog and you wouldn't think there had been anything wrong with him earlier.  Typical!  Although I'm actually relieved that he's back to his old self so quickly.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on August 30, 2013, 07:47:04 PM
 >thumbsup<

Hurtyback, it seems a tad .. tough to me, that you should meet the full veterinary expenses for a cat you're trying to rehome for her own good, any chance the friend taking her on might chip in with a contribution?  That seems fair to me.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 30, 2013, 10:22:19 PM
DD, I am so glad Barney is back to his usual self.  Phew!

Perhaps Mr DD will need to cover the dish containing your meds and biscuit with a saucer after this - because despite his unpleasant experience, it probably won't put Barney off attempting to scoff your biscuit (plus meds) again!  >yikes<

Beagles are dreadful for 'scavenging'.  My ex-partner's parents had a Beagle and he got up to all sorts of things!

Years ago my partner and I were staying with his parents for New Year.  After New Year's Day lunch, my partner's mother wanted to leave clearing the table and washing the dishes until later as there was a film on tv she wanted us all to watch together.

A while after the film had begun, there were some funny noises coming from the dining room.  Their Beagle, who was also called Barney, had jumped up on a chair and then on to the table and was finishing all the left overs!!!    >lol<

Another time, my partner's father had taken Barney for a walk and called in to their local newsagent to pick up a paper.  Before going into the shop, he attached Barney's lead (as he did every morning) to one of those large, heavy metal ice cream signs which are on a big round base.

He came out of the shop to find Barney half-way down the street (dragging the heavy sign behind him) as he was trying to catch up with a bitch in heat.  >lol<

Poor Barney paid heavily for that escapade as he was swiftly booked in for 'that op'!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on September 04, 2013, 07:13:19 PM
Talking about pets eating stuff they should not - I was just sitting here typing and started to hear rustling noises in the hall.  I ignored them to start with thinking the doggie had found a plastic bag and was playing with it.  What I forgot was that I had some very old bits of meat in the fridge that I wanted to throw out, way past their sell-by date.  Rather than just putting them in the kitchen bin I put them in a plastic bag ready to go straight out into the dust-bin. 

Then I forgot to go outside.  Yup, you've guessed it.  Doggie had made a hole in the bottom of the bag and by the time I got there all the meat had gone.  Now who is likely to be throwing up in the night??
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on September 04, 2013, 07:37:47 PM
Oh dear!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 04, 2013, 08:40:37 PM
Oh dear auntie! I do hope that doggie is Ok.
 
Glad to hear that barnie is back to normal. I do agree that Beagles are terrible scavengers. However, if I remember correctly, Barney is a Bassett?
 
Cleo was absolutely fine after having her teeth removed and, thankfully, the bill was a bit less than anticipated. My friend has not yet agreed to have her, so I don't think I can ask her to pay part of the bill just yet!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on September 04, 2013, 09:13:54 PM
Well doggie has had more than one enormous burp so far!  My fault, I should not have left the bag in the hall.

I am glad that Cleo is OK.  When doggie had her three teeth out recently she was a bit groggy for a couple of days and after that she was back to normal.  Although I have noticed that she is not quite so keen on crunchy biscuits now.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 10, 2013, 12:15:53 PM
I was woken up this morning in such a wonderful way - by a lick on the nose!

Unfortunately, a cat's tongue is rough and raspy, but even so, it was very sweet way of Ivy to let me know she wanted feeding.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on September 15, 2013, 10:09:54 AM
I'm glad to hear that Barney and Cleo are recovering well after their respective perils, and hope that Doggie suffered no ill effects from the manky meat!  >hugs< to all three.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on September 15, 2013, 05:38:57 PM
Doggie is just fine, she had no ill effects at all.  thank goodness.  Poor little sole is very old now, probably round 15.  She totters about and sleeps most of the time.  I feel bad about waking her up to lick out some left-over dinner! 

A gentleman stopped us in the street a few days ago to compare himself with her; and funnily enough they did look similar, although I expect that the man's nose was not as wet as doggies nose.   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 15, 2013, 07:56:32 PM
And did the man wag his tail at you too?  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 15, 2013, 08:38:32 PM
I'm glad to hear that doggie is non the worse after her exploits.
 
Cleo has fully recovered from her tooth extraction. Friend does not want another cat, so Cleo is still here. Alfie does seem to be getting a bit braver and will be in the same room - as long as she doesn't glare at him. She is a real sweetie with us and we have decided to stop actively looking for another home and see how things go.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on September 15, 2013, 09:02:00 PM
Maybe it's just a question of time for them to accept each other.  Anyway I'm pleased to hear that Cleo has recovered from her op.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 20, 2013, 07:25:33 PM
My best friend's cat crossed Rainbow Bridge today. I know she wasn't mine, but I have known and loved her for 15 years and she will be sadly missed.
 
It's the worst part of giving our hearts to our 4 legged friends, isn't it?  >crying<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 21, 2013, 10:36:13 AM
It is so hard.  The more we love them the more it hurts.

I am still upset at losing Ebby.  It has been nine months now and I still wonder if there had been anything more I or the vet could have done.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 22, 2013, 06:12:04 PM
Yvette   >hugs<  I do know that feeling! However, I know that - at best- I would only have gained a few days and I always promised that I wouldn't put Chivvy through a lot of treatment as he hated it so much. I swore that I would never put myself through that heartbreak again and now I have both Alfie and Cleo...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on September 22, 2013, 08:33:24 PM
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/20/death-cats-assisted-dying?commentpage=1
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 23, 2013, 05:51:23 PM
Jockice, she was certainly right about feeling like a murderer for having her cat put to sleep even though the vet said it was suffering. 

Thanks for the hug Hurtyback.

The more we love them the more it hurts.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 23, 2013, 07:33:52 PM
I saw something on a card the other day. It said 'Grief; the pain no-one can heal. Love; the joy no-one can steal.' It seemed to sum it up for me.
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Post by: Yvette on September 23, 2013, 08:36:12 PM
Absolutely. Thank you so much for posting that Hurtyback.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on September 24, 2013, 08:10:39 PM
Has everyone seen the recent programme on dogs?  It is called something like the wonder of dogs  There were doggies everywhere frisking about.  Very entertaining indeed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on September 24, 2013, 08:23:17 PM
I watched it on iPlayer and really enjoyed it.  The scene where the enormous mastiff was playing with his little friend was lovely.  I'm not sure what day it is broadcast, but I'll keep an eye out for the next episode.

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Post by: auntieCtheM on September 24, 2013, 09:05:44 PM
Yes, I saw it on iplayer too.  Now I know what a 'onesie' is!!
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Post by: Yvette on September 26, 2013, 02:01:32 PM
Steve, how is Sky today?

I hope she is eating and back to her usual self.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on September 26, 2013, 02:44:17 PM
I've just had some very sad news regarding Mum's cat, Koshka. She hasn't been seen for 3 days now, and as she is 20 years old, we're bracing ourselves for the possibility that she may have gone off somewhere to die. Mum has been out searching the garage and garden, and asking the neighbours to do likewise, but so far, no news.

It's terrible to think of her dying outside in the cold. We both knew that, at her age, she might not have much time left, but we had always hoped that when the time came she would pass away peacefully, curled up in her favourite chair, safe and warm.

Steve, I hope that Sky is doing better >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on September 26, 2013, 02:53:13 PM
I am so sorry to hear this NN. I do hope that you get news of Kosha soon, not knowing is the hardest thing  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on September 26, 2013, 05:48:36 PM
How very  sad, I have heard similar stories, it's heartbreaking that having had them with you for so long, you aren't there at the end.
The most recent animal that I had PTS was my cockatiel, Smudge, in 2005. I know I did exactly the right thing. He had such a will to live and had been such a strong bird that when greatly weakened by diabetes, he wouldn't pass over. His quality of life became very poor extremely quickly, it was an easy choice to make.
 The majority of our pets have passed quietly and peacefully without the vet's assistance, and many of them chipped at my heart. Some belonged to my children so my attachment to these was usually - but not always - less.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on September 27, 2013, 10:04:10 AM
NN, as sad as it is for your Mum, Koshka may have made the choice for herself to go away somewhere quiet to die.

For all you know, she may have had a favourite place of her own, which your Mum did not know of.

May she rest in peace.  (Koshka, not your Mum)   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on September 28, 2013, 01:49:15 PM
Hurty, AndMac and Yvette, thank you >bighugs<

There still hasn't been any news.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on September 28, 2013, 08:01:26 PM
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on September 29, 2013, 10:34:18 PM
any news on Koshka?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on September 30, 2013, 11:42:10 PM
Not yet.  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on October 01, 2013, 09:19:21 AM
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on October 01, 2013, 01:22:20 PM
I have been through this myself and I know how hard it is not to know what has happened  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on October 01, 2013, 08:16:14 PM
Heres a cute pic of Sky sitting under my arm and watching me use the PC.

(http://s24.postimg.org/xd5ybiiad/skypc.jpg)

She's taken to trying all the food I eat, including my morning toast, spicy chicken, chilli sauce, sausages, beans, ham, corned beef, soup and other things.

The only thing she doesn't like so far is peanut butter  :)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on October 02, 2013, 01:57:58 PM
Awwww, she's adorable!  >love<
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Post by: Yvette on October 02, 2013, 07:19:43 PM
She is really beautiful.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on October 02, 2013, 09:12:58 PM
Yes, cats eat anything meaty and most of the things you list do have meat in them.  And I am sure that these are nibbles only and in addition to her normal cat food. 

I once had a kitten that was given three breakfasts a day, once with me and then with two neighbours at the back.  It was many months before I found out what was going on. He grew up into a very large tabby cat.   >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 03, 2013, 12:37:32 PM
Auntie, Yvette and Hurty, thanks >bighugs<

Steve, Sky is absolutely beautiful.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on October 08, 2013, 08:15:25 PM
I was expecting this to happen at some time but didn't expect it quite so fast.. eek!

It seems Sky has fleas!!

I say 'seems' as I have not found a live one yet but I have my suspicions, a: she seems to be scratching a bit and b: I noticed a few tiny black fleck where she was sleeping today, I hazard a guess at flea muck!

She's never been out, so I'm not sure exactly where they have come from but the neighbour has a dogs and several visitors over the last month have pets so perhaps they hitched a ride!

anyway..  with her being a kitten still, I am unsure what to do (she is approx 3 months 1 week old)  I know you can buy things like frontline but is it safe to use on a kitten?  I would not want to hurt her.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 08, 2013, 08:40:31 PM
Fleas do love to get around, don't they >lol<

13 weeks is fine for administering a flea treatment to a kitten. Whichever vet clinic Sky is registered with will be able to supply you with something suitable.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 08, 2013, 09:36:20 PM
Oh, and before I forget, the easiest way to determine if she does have the dreaded Leapy Lees is to take a couple of the black flecks you found, put them on a bit of kitchen roll and apply a drop of water to each one. If it's flea dirt, a reddish stain will start to appear around the fleck. Sometimes black flecks on a cat's bedding can be ear wax, which is a whole different ball game.

If it does turn out that Sky has picked up a flea or two, you might also need to talk to the vet about worming treatments. Fleas can harbour eggs from a certain type of tapeworm, which animals then ingest if they swallow a flea while grooming.

Once Sky is treated (if she actually needs it of course!) give her bedding a wash on a long hot cycle, and give your place a good vacuuming to pick up any stragglers, as it were. My ancient vacuum cleaner still has a bag, which I periodically give a good dousing with long-acting flea spray, so that if any eggs, larvae or adult fleas get sucked up, they ain't going anywhere.  >devil<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on October 08, 2013, 09:54:50 PM
Don't be tempted to use any of the 'Bob Martin' stuff found at supermarkets. There have been reports of cats becoming very ill, even when these are used correctly  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on October 09, 2013, 12:04:11 PM
Thanks everyone.

Have been in contact with the local PDSA and they sell some stuff that will be okay for her, had to tell them her age and current weight.  my mum is going to pick it up today for me.

Still not seen one of the 'little offenders' (as The Good Life put it) but better to be safe than sorry.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 09, 2013, 01:05:42 PM
Don't be tempted to use any of the 'Bob Martin' stuff found at supermarkets. There have been reports of cats becoming very ill, even when these are used correctly  :-(

I'm firmly of the opinion that the sale of flea and worm treatments should be subject to greater controls. Those OTC supermarket-type preparations are dangerous.

Steve, I'm so glad that you have access to PDSA services. They're a fantastic organisation. >thumbsup<
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Post by: Hurtyback on October 09, 2013, 02:34:38 PM
I agree NN. I was horrified when I found out how dangerous these things are, yet they are freely available in any supermarket!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on October 10, 2013, 07:49:02 PM
I have had to treat the boys on several occasions as they have had problems with mites.  They have mites permanetly on their body but sometimes the mites will cause them to really scratch themselves.  I use Beapher spot-on that i get from a company called the rat warehouse.  The dose is designed for furry critters that weigh over 300gms.  Trying to put the spot-on onto the back of their neck is fun for one person.  Rats are so wriggley & squirmey & you need several pairs of hands to apply spot-on.  i drop it onto their neck & rub it into the fur & onto the as best as i can. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on October 10, 2013, 08:29:56 PM
This has reminded me to put flea treatment on the dog.  I try to do it each month, but do forget now and then.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 13, 2013, 11:16:42 AM
I've just had a call from Mum. Koshka's remains were discovered yesterday evening, in an old pigeon shed several houses away. After this length of time, there's wasn't much of her left, but Koshka wore a collar, so it was easy enough to identify her. This morning, a neighbour helped Mum to bury her in her favourite spot in the garden.

Koshka had a very long and happy life, and got up to plenty of mischief along the way The pigeon shed was rather an apt spot for her to go to die, as many years ago, Mum had to shamefacedly confess to the previous owner of that house, after Koshka decided to eat one of his birds. She remained active until the end, and elderly though she was, could still lead Mum a merry old dance when the notion took her.

Rest in peace, Koshka, and thanks for all the lovely memories.  >blackcat< >rose<   
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on October 13, 2013, 11:26:31 AM
I'm pleased that your mum has had the opportunity to bury Koshka and find out what happened to her.  >bighugs<  >dove<
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Post by: SteveX on October 13, 2013, 12:31:26 PM
I'm very sorry to read that :(

RIP Koshka
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on October 13, 2013, 01:01:59 PM
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Rest in peace, Koshka, and thanks for all the lovely memories.  >blackcat< >rose<   

 >rose< >rainbow2<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on October 13, 2013, 01:44:56 PM
It must be a relief to have found Koshka.

May she rest in peace.  >dove<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on October 13, 2013, 04:31:55 PM
NN, I am sorry that the news is bad but glad that you and your mum now know what has happened to her and can grieve for your loss.


Play well at The Bridge sweet Koshka  >dove<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on October 13, 2013, 05:20:55 PM
Aw, shame. Still it sounds like she had a peaceful passing anyway.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on October 13, 2013, 05:50:40 PM
 >hugs<  If the memories put a smile on your face then the cat has done her job well.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on October 19, 2013, 01:55:45 PM
I had to have Apollo put to sleep this morning.  He had had a big stroke overnight & his kidneys were failing.  He'd had a small stroke last week but he seemed to be ok & he was still eating & drinking.  When i fed them this morning, Apollo didnt appear because he was curled up in his house. Achilles & Ajax are ok though very quiet.  Ive given them some fuss & they have got a big chew to gnaw away on.

RIP Apollo. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 19, 2013, 02:51:43 PM
 >hugs< Leg Iron, I'm so sorry to hear that.  >hugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on October 19, 2013, 03:10:46 PM
So sorry to hear that  >hugs<
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Post by: Frances on October 19, 2013, 04:43:39 PM
So Sorry Leggy ((Hugs)))
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Post by: auntieCtheM on October 19, 2013, 06:26:05 PM
Oh leg, I am so sorry.   >hugs<  Was Apollo very old?
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Post by: Jockice on October 19, 2013, 06:30:16 PM
Really sorry to hear that Leg Iron.
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Post by: leg_iron on October 19, 2013, 06:49:31 PM
He was about 20-21 months old.  Thanks for your messages.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on October 19, 2013, 07:40:44 PM
What would that be: middle aged for a rat?
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Post by: seegee on October 19, 2013, 07:44:42 PM
  >bighugs< leg_iron, Achilles &  Ajax
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Post by: Hurtyback on October 19, 2013, 07:55:09 PM
Leggy  >hugs< , I am so sorry to hear that.
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Post by: SteveX on October 19, 2013, 09:22:32 PM
Leg Iron,  I am so sorry to hear that.  >hugs<
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Post by: leg_iron on October 19, 2013, 09:49:31 PM
Hi Hurty back.  Yeah, thats about middle age for a rat. 
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Post by: auntieCtheM on October 19, 2013, 10:18:56 PM
Oh dear.  Rather sooner than you would have expected then.  I'm so sorry.  He was a super little rat.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on October 20, 2013, 08:57:05 AM
I know.  He'd had a small stroke early last week but seemed to be ok.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on October 20, 2013, 09:44:09 AM
I'm so sorry leg_iron.   >dove<
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Post by: leg_iron on October 21, 2013, 02:12:23 PM
Thanks for all your messages.  Achillies & Ajax were really quite subdued yesterday.  They seem a bit brighter today.  I finished work early to give them some TLC & fuss.
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Post by: Hurtyback on October 21, 2013, 03:32:11 PM
I guess the 2 remaining ratties will have to sort out the hierarchy again.
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Post by: leg_iron on October 22, 2013, 07:17:40 PM
I think Achilles will become the dominanty rat out of the 2 of them.  They do seem a bit more lively today.
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Post by: Yvette on October 22, 2013, 09:24:26 PM
You must be so relieved they are more lively today.   >hugs<
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Post by: Hurtyback on October 22, 2013, 09:42:47 PM
Glad to hear that the boys seem a bit livelier today leg_iron  >thumbsup<
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Post by: leg_iron on October 23, 2013, 07:40:57 PM
They are curled up together at the moment asleep.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 23, 2013, 10:10:41 PM
 >bighugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on October 24, 2013, 06:39:23 PM
www.wimp.com/dogbeds/

A video showing cats getting one over on their dog companions  >biggrin<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on October 24, 2013, 08:08:21 PM
 >lol< >lol<

Loved it.
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Post by: ATurtle on October 25, 2013, 11:39:44 AM
Three weeks ago, a new arrival entered the Turtle household.

She was born on the first of July in Spain, she was advertised by the rescue centre that had saved her, her siblings and mum on Facebook.

I saw her and fell in love with her!

This animal now stops me working, by sitting on the keyboard or my chest so I can't see the screen of my laptop.  She sleeps on my bed, pushing me on to the edge of it.  Then she looks at me and I can't tell her off.

This is Mally.  (If you're on facebook, search for "Mally Cat" she has her own page!)

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/83957353/Cuddles.jpg)
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on October 25, 2013, 12:16:13 PM
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This animal now stops me working, by sitting on the keyboard or my chest so I can't see the screen of my laptop.  She sleeps on my bed, pushing me on to the edge of it.  Then she looks at me and I can't tell her off.

She's quickly established who's really in control in your household, then..

..but she looks like a real soppy, cuddly cat - and I'd swear she is smiling!

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Post by: Yvette on October 25, 2013, 01:15:53 PM
She is gorgeous.  Thank you so much for posting her photo.  >biggrin<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on October 25, 2013, 08:36:55 PM
 >biggrin<
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Post by: seegee on October 25, 2013, 08:49:43 PM
A cat with a pet dog to cuddle... >lol<  Nice photo Tony, Mally cat looks lovely. >biggrin<
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Post by: SteveX on October 25, 2013, 08:55:14 PM
Awwww she is so lovely :)
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Post by: AndMac on October 26, 2013, 12:37:00 AM
That is one lovely little cat.  >angel<  I just 'Liked' her on Facebook. There are quite a few Mally Cats on FB but I found the right one.  >biggergrin<
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Post by: Jockice on October 26, 2013, 04:35:38 AM
1st of July was Princess Di's birthday you know. And Debbie Harry. And my cousin Stuart. So now you know.

Nice cat.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on October 26, 2013, 03:43:26 PM
Mally looks really sweet, Turtle >love<

Jokice, thanks. That knowledge has made my life complete >biggrin<
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Post by: Hurtyback on October 26, 2013, 03:58:50 PM
Awww, Mally is beautiful!


Thanks for the video DD, that made me go 'awwww' too  >biggrin<
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Post by: Yvette on November 21, 2013, 05:40:28 PM
Hi James, you and Sky may like this thread too.  >biggrin<   >blackcat<
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Post by: SteveX on November 21, 2013, 10:36:38 PM
James?

Its Steve :D

anyway.. heres a piccy of my little one having a snooze, I just love how the black-white pattern on her nose, matches up next to her paw.  sooooo cute :D

(http://s16.postimg.org/6r8k8w239/skysnooze.jpg)
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Post by: Yvette on November 22, 2013, 12:55:50 PM
I'm so sorry Steve!   >doh<     I've been having a difficult couple of days.

Sky looks so gorgeous.   I want to kiss the tip of her little nose.  >love< 
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Post by: Hurtyback on November 22, 2013, 03:41:19 PM
She is utterly adorable!!  >love<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on November 30, 2013, 10:58:46 PM
Have you all seen this series?  Awww!!!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03jp47m/Animal_Odd_Couples_Episode_1/
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Post by: Yvette on December 01, 2013, 10:11:30 AM
Yes, it is fabulous.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 05, 2013, 09:16:21 PM
Doggies!!

http://www.wimp.com/bringcorgis/
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Post by: Hurtyback on December 05, 2013, 09:40:53 PM
Awww, lovely doggies! Thank you Auntie  :-)


We had a minor miracle here yesterday. Alfie and Cleo were lay on the same bed for about 45 minutes. TBH, I don't think Cleo had noticed Alfie, but it was still a huge step forward. Just a couple of hours earlier she had been duffing him up...
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 15, 2013, 06:37:18 PM
Is anyone buying their four legged companions a festive gift?

I was amazed at the selection available in the pet shop last week.   Barney will probably have an extra piece of dried tripe - his absolute favourite treat - but I'm not giving him a special stocking!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 15, 2013, 07:26:35 PM
That's good news about Alfie and Cleo, Hurty >thumbsup<

DD, George needs a new blanket for his bed, so he will be getting that along with a pack of ping-pong balls (his favourite type of toy). As I'm finding it more difficult to play 'cat tennis' with him, I'm considering a Flying Frenzy, but think he'd need an especially strong/reinforced one, as he's very boisterous when playing. Reckon he'd have a conventional one demolished in a nanosecond  >lol<
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Post by: Yvette on December 15, 2013, 09:25:41 PM
You can buy replacements for the 'toy' piece for the Flying Frenzy.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 15, 2013, 10:46:13 PM
Thanks, Yvette. I'll put a Flying Frenzy on the list >thumbsup<
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Post by: james-1989 on December 16, 2013, 02:23:59 AM
My dog Roxie was wagging her tail in her sleep yesterday. I always wonder what she dreaming about. ditchdwellers - my dog has a stocking and presents  ;-) >blush< Might get her an advent cal lender next time...
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Post by: auntieCtheM on December 19, 2013, 06:58:54 PM
Yesterday I saw two black and white cats out of my kitchen window.  One was sitting on the horrid neighbour's conservatory roof, just outside my kitchen window.  The other one, looking almost the same, was sitting on the outside window-ledge of the first floor flat next door.

Today I saw four cats out of my kitchen window, all looking like brothers and sisters.  Two on the same window-ledge, one on the bathroom window-sill and one in the same place on the neighbour's conservatory roof.

I wonder how many cats I will see there tomorrow??
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 19, 2013, 07:16:57 PM
I'm not sure but it could be twelve by Christmas day.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on December 19, 2013, 07:35:52 PM
 >biggrin< you have a lot of cats near you Auntie!  I only see one cat around here, which belongs to one of the neighbours.  I often see her following her owner when she goes out for an evening walk.  She keeps a little distance behind and will suddenly shoot forward if my neighbour gets too far ahead.  It always makes me smile watching them on their evening constitutional.  >blackcat<

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Post by: Hurtyback on December 19, 2013, 10:07:38 PM
Alfie gets 'duffed up' by a local black and white cat - then again at home by Cleo, who is also black and white!


I don't do anything special for the cats at Christmas. I love them to bits but never forget that they are not actually human (better than, in many ways though  >biggrin< )!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 19, 2013, 10:46:06 PM
I have a friend who has a conservatory and a neighbourhood cat lies on her conservatory roof too.

She sent me a photo of the cat from underneath through the glass.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 20, 2013, 04:31:45 PM
Didn't see any black and white cats today.  Boo hoo.  Where have they all gone?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on December 22, 2013, 11:36:25 PM
No black and white cats here, but a beautiful grey and white dog. This was taken 27 years ago at Christmas, it's me with our family dog Holly,  who was an ex- RSPCA rescue. I came across it again today.
  Holly was fantastic, very few dogs could hold a candle to her in intelligence or looks. Not that I am biased...  >biggergrin<

(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq187/mcculloch29/IMG_1276.jpg) (http://s446.photobucket.com/user/mcculloch29/media/IMG_1276.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on December 23, 2013, 11:56:12 AM
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r164/falsecoloredeyes_/ace8636fcfe8f3fa72deb437c84f3827a15023c9_m.gif
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 23, 2013, 12:53:44 PM
Andmac, Holly looks fab - must have taken quite a lot of grooming!

Dic, love the cat brushing itself.   I wish I could teach Barney to do something similar.

Barney is well and truly in the dog house.   He just raided the fridge and ran off with a cooked ham and some chipolatas.   He dropped the chipolatas but ate the ham.  Now he's laying on the floor groaning.  I have no sympathy for him at all.  Little bugger!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 23, 2013, 05:17:34 PM
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Barney is well and truly in the dog house.   He just raided the fridge and ran off with a cooked ham and some chipolatas.   He dropped the chipolatas but ate the ham.

Naughty Barney!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on December 23, 2013, 05:18:13 PM
 >lol<    >lol<    >lol<     >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on December 23, 2013, 05:35:08 PM
Norty Barney indeed!  >lol<


I have some very good news! Last week my friend's vet thought that their young cat's lymphoma might have returned - quite a shock as they were using the word 'cure' as she did so well after the course of  chemo. After a repeat x-ray today, it appears that all is clear with no further sign of lymphoma  >biggrin<


That is a lovely Christmas present, especially as it is not long since my friend lost an older cat (also to lymphoma  :-( ).



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 23, 2013, 07:01:37 PM
What great news for your friend and their cat, Hurty  >thumbsup< >thumbsup<

AndMac, Holly looks like a lovely doggie  >love<

DD  >lol< Very naughty Barney! Me and Mum had a cat like that. Her finest hour was at my Dad's wake, when we walked into the kitchen to discover she'd helped herself to just about every part of of the lunch we'd prepared for the other mourners - the sandwiches (even the veggie ones), the cheese, and also the sponge cake. It really took something to make me and Mum laugh that day, but Lucky managed it.  >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 24, 2013, 10:36:26 PM
Here pussy, pussy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZuHZSbPJhaY
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 29, 2013, 04:11:48 PM
What a lovely cat!

Barney has fallen in the canal twice in three days!   Soggy doggy!   Fortunately my husband was home to fish him out.  He's not a natural swimmer and struggles to get out of the canal on his own.
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Post by: Yvette on December 29, 2013, 04:40:22 PM
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Soggy doggy!

Silly doggy too - to keep falling in.  >yikes<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 29, 2013, 07:08:49 PM
Oh poor Barney.  All those wet towels to dry him must be a nightmare for you to launder.  How old is Barney?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 29, 2013, 11:04:22 PM
Barneys ten and a half and has a touch of arthritis in the back legs so he can be a bit clumsy.  Both times he has fallen in lately, he has fallen off the gang plank, so my husband is going to make a new one.  The one we currently have was supposed to be a temporary measure so we need a safer one.

We've got through masses of towels and they are piled up in front of the fire trying to dry.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 29, 2013, 11:15:26 PM
Yes, I know about arthritis in doggies.  Is Barney on any painkiller yet?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 29, 2013, 11:24:24 PM
Yes, he's on norocarp from the vet which he takes daily, along with his antidepressant.   He has huge anxiety issues and they really help to keep him calm.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 29, 2013, 11:34:34 PM
My doggie is on loxicom for her arthritis.  I am sure that it helps.  But then I do not have a handy canal for her to fall into when her back legs give way.   >dog-<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on December 31, 2013, 07:47:52 PM
dd - I hope that Barney has now recovered from his soaking >dog<

Auntie - Loxicom is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, so should definitely be helping to ease doggie's arthritic pain. As for the canal, I'm sure that with all the rain of late, you might be closer to one than you think  >yikes< 



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on December 31, 2013, 08:08:59 PM
Yes, and it has been good for her too.  However, as of tonight doggie is on Prednisolone 5mg as her arthritis seems to have got worse since we last visited the vet. 

I've just looked up the side effects, and am jolly glad I did.  One side effect is altered behaviour and aggression.  Oh Dear!  (Oh well, as long as I know.)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on December 31, 2013, 08:20:06 PM
Auntie I hope the medication eases the arthritis.  It's horrible watching our pets aging.  >hugs<

I'm not looking forward to this evening as there will be fireworks later at the yacht club and barney will go bonkers.   He's out for a walk now to try to tire him out and when he gets in I'll put him in his thunder shirt,  turn the radio up and wait for the whizz bangs to start.
Wishing all our faithful friends a happy and anxiety free new year.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 01, 2014, 08:18:34 PM
I need some doggie advice.  She is now going to the toilet more times on the kitchen floor/rugs than she is in the garden.  At first I just wiped it up and then cleaned the floor/rugs with appropriate cleaner.  Today however has been bad - she has done it three times, once whilst I was in the room.  Is there any way I can dissuade her?

I've taken to just putting newspaper on top and leaving it to soak up the liquid.  Tomorrow I will throw away the newspaper and clean up the three places.  I presume that she will just go in three other places tomorrow.  I know I am going to get sick of doing this.

I am aware that she does not have long to go.  But as I have never had a dog before I do not know how to estimate how long she has left.  She seems happy enough, likes a tickle, tolerates a cuddle and still has bounce and a little play left in her.  Her arthritis is bad but she can still walk around the block, albeit slowly.

I've had a cat letter tray down on the floor for the past 5 or so weeks, but she ignores that.  She has only been on the new medication 24 hours, so that has not really had time to work. 

Is there anything I can do about this now do you think?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on January 01, 2014, 09:30:51 PM
Auntie. When Fudge our dog before Dixie had the same problem as she got older and in more pain. she would go out once a day to do her poo, but the effort of several times was just to much for her . So I bought some puppy pee pads and she never wet on the floor again , I just put one in the bathroom and left the door ajar. Now with Dixie its more that I am often to busy seeing to Ry to get to the door. So I have done the same and if I don't open the door to let her out when she asked she just goes in the bathroom. As its also a wet room so even if it ran off  I could easily rinse it down.
Maybe that would work for you.
Just a thought maybe the new drugs don't give her time to get outside, or she could have a kidney infection.
Frances.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 01, 2014, 09:40:15 PM
Do puppy pee pads have something in them to attract the dog to use them?  I have kitten pads but they do not seem to work on doggie.  She was not trained as a puppy onto newspaper so that does not work either.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on January 01, 2014, 10:32:17 PM
Yes they do Auntie you can buy a spray to encourage the doggie , The one I used when Dixie was little was made be Bob Martin.
It maybe helpful to put a pad by the door she usually goes out through til she is used to them.
They are already impregnated with some thing to attract the dog to go there. Don't get the cheap ones as they don't absorb enough and you get it running over the side.
This is in amazon Mikki Puppy Toilet Training Pads - Pup-pee Pads 100 Pack Its the one I get. Sometime Ebay has them cheaper. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on January 02, 2014, 05:02:03 PM
Auntie and doggie  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 02, 2014, 06:16:04 PM
The only experience I have of this is when harvey began to 'forget' his house training,  which turned out to be the start of dementia.   Nothing we did seemed to help.   It may be worth a chat with the vet to see if they can recommend something.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 02, 2014, 07:04:28 PM
Doggie was fine overnight and today too.

I've been to the vet and spoken to the nurse about the problem.  She has given me a tube and a syringe to get a sample the next time it happens.  Maybe there is something they can do to her waterworks.

I do not want to prolong her life, I just want to make sure she is as comfortable as possible whilst I have her.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 05, 2014, 06:30:39 PM
I'm glad to hear that she's had a more comfortable time for the last night or two.  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 06, 2014, 08:49:45 PM
Big hugs for you and doggie, Auntie.  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 06, 2014, 08:58:04 PM
 >bighugs< I agree with the puppy training pads option finances permitting, or getting a carpet remnant or piece of vinyl and put that on the floor. It does depend on the trip up factor.

Also if you know anyone with a large dog crate you could pop doggie in there for part of the day (supervised) and see if that helps. If you put a shout out on Freecycle or ask dog rescue organisations there might be one you can borrow.

More hugs for you both  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 06, 2014, 09:30:27 PM
Oh dear, doggie is back to going on the kitchen floor.  I've tried not washing the floor (which is vinyl) but just putting newspaper over the wee to see if she will go in the same place every time, but no.  She always chooses somewhere just off the edge of the newspaper.  I've put her 'presents' in the cat litter tray to encourage her to go there, but nope, and anyway I cannot stand the smell.

She goes during the day and night - I come downstairs whenever I wake up at night to mop up/pick up after her.  And it does not seem to matter whether I am in the room or not.

How will having her in a crate help, sunshine?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on January 18, 2014, 03:35:54 PM
I hope your doggie is okay auntie, give her a cuddle from me. :)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on January 18, 2014, 04:15:55 PM
Hi Steve,  well, I have solved the problem.  She now spends most of the time in the conservatory where there is a dog flap.  She can now get out into the garden really quickly and I do not have to get upset over the clearing up.  I allow her into the kitchen when I am in there, but then she goes back out.  It is the only way I can still love her.

Doggie is tottering along nicely.  The vet says that there is not long to go now.  She would not eat the special low-protein food that would stop her kidneys deteriorating further, but the vet says I might just as well feed her what she likes eating from now on.  So she is getting a mixture of the two types of food and I can also indulge her and let her eat human food too.  She just loves human food.

Thank you so much for asking, Steve.  I have given her a special cuddle from you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on January 18, 2014, 06:04:00 PM
Auntie,

Sorry about the lack of reply from me  >blush<

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How will having her in a crate help, sunshine?

It can be a way of finding out if the issue is behavioural or medical because most dogs would not want to be in a crate with their own poop or wee. Obviously if she does make a mess in the crate it will mean crating is a bad idea.

It is good to read you her being in the conservatory with the use of a dog flap has largely sorted things and also reassuring to know it was a physical issue not a behavioural one.

 >bighugs< to you and doggie.
I sometimes take having Luka and Megs for granted and your posts remind me to make sure I give them more of my time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on January 18, 2014, 06:08:58 PM
 >bighugs< to auntie and doggie.   I'm glad you have found a way of enjoying your time with your dog once again.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 18, 2014, 06:33:26 PM
 >bighugs< Agreed. It's good to know that you have found a solution which helps you both to feel more comfortable.  >dog<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 18, 2014, 06:49:59 PM
Thanks all.  The only thing is, I miss her.  She is usually asleep somewhere in the room I am in.  Now she is in a different room, away from me.   >crying<

Oh well, time for one of her twice-daily pills.  She hates having a huge pill thrust down her throat, poor thing.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 18, 2014, 06:51:56 PM
Hi Auntie, can you put up a child safety gate between the conservatory and the sitting room?  That way you can see each other.  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 18, 2014, 06:56:20 PM
Could do Yvette, but I would be shivering.  The conservatory is unheated, single-glazed and cold.  Needless to say the room I am in has central heating.  Doggie has a very thick, double coat and loves lying being a draft excluder at the base of the front door when it is snowing.  I do not!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 18, 2014, 07:39:43 PM
Could you get a second hand play pen for doggie so doggie can stay in the sitting room with you?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on January 18, 2014, 07:43:28 PM
Playpens on eBay. Plus there will probably be lots in your local papers.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/kiddicare-wooden-pine-playpen-/271370155966?pt=UK_Baby_Nursery_Furniture_ET&hash=item3f2eebf7be

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/john-lewis-baby-playpen-/321299323111?pt=UK_Baby_Nursery_Furniture_ET&hash=item4aceee98e7
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 18, 2014, 07:50:13 PM
That is an idea Yvette.  Thank you.  I will look into it.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on January 26, 2014, 02:56:34 PM
Fed up with scrinching sideways to work on my laptop while a cat is sitting on me, I just caught myself googling "lap tables to fit over cat". Cat takeover of my house/life is complete...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 26, 2014, 03:06:32 PM
Welcome to our world, DG.  >biggergrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on January 26, 2014, 05:20:04 PM
He just tried to burrow under the laptop while it was on my lap...  >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 26, 2014, 05:29:50 PM
This is quite a fun little quiz to find out what type of 'cat person' you are:

http://cats.about.com/library/catpersonquiz/blcatpersonquiz.htm

I come out as a cat lover who has not made a complete slave of myself - yet.   >lol<

Is this the first time you've had a cat, DG?

>Edit: Tidying up.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on January 26, 2014, 05:37:10 PM
The quiz doesn't want to work in my browser, unfortunately.

Yes these are my first cats, but I've had them about 3 years now. It's just that the younger cat has only recently decided it's nice to sit on people, so I want to encourage him and haven't had this particular dilemma before!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on January 26, 2014, 05:43:02 PM
Here is my Tizzie and one of my cats Bobo

(http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa89/BlessedbyHisGrace/TizampBobo_zps4550e20d.jpg) (http://s197.photobucket.com/user/BlessedbyHisGrace/media/TizampBobo_zps4550e20d.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on January 26, 2014, 06:28:18 PM
Lovely photo, Fiz.  That picture should be next to the dictionary entry for contentment. >tah<

DG, with George (my resident feline), I've encouraged him to snuggle up beside me instead of on me, as he weighs 5 kilos and having him on my lap can trigger Pudendal Neuralgia flare-ups. I started off by spreading a jumper he's particularly fond of next to me, as the familiar scent would make it attractive to him, and gave him lots of positive reinforcement every time he chose the jumper rather than me. Now, when he comes barging into my room making the 'pay attention to me' trill (sounds like a short mew combined with a purr),  I pat the area next to me, and he's quite happy to aim for that and get a nice 'hot lean' next to the human radiator.  >biggrin<

Time and patience is really what it takes to integrate human and feline behaviours. 

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on January 26, 2014, 07:14:10 PM
Ah!  I've always wanted to have a cat that the dog would let cuddle up. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on February 15, 2014, 05:47:00 AM
(http://i59.tinypic.com/a290y1.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on February 15, 2014, 06:00:45 AM
(http://i57.tinypic.com/2reqnw7.jpg)

(http://i57.tinypic.com/2ikccu9.jpg)
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Post by: Fiz on February 15, 2014, 08:40:40 AM
lovely Rosie
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Post by: ditchdwellers on February 15, 2014, 01:13:08 PM
Great photos Rosie.   How is Pereg getting on?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on February 15, 2014, 09:17:14 PM
lovely Rosie

Thank you! 


Great photos Rosie.   How is Pereg getting on?

I really should take more photographs of her but I am useless with a camera.

How is she doing?  I guess as well as I can hope for.  She is currently on Day 30 which is very good but I am on major seizure watch at the moment and tomorrow could easily be back to Day 0.  That is how it is.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 15, 2014, 09:24:54 PM
 >hugs< for you both. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 15, 2014, 10:00:11 PM
The photos show what a great dog Pereg is and its lovely to see her again  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on February 16, 2014, 02:03:09 PM
And we are back to Day Zero yet again - SIGH.

Pereg had a Grand Mal seizure at 4.3am.   >crying<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on February 16, 2014, 04:51:19 PM
 :-( >bighugs< >rose<

  >hugs< >dog-<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 16, 2014, 04:54:16 PM
 >bighugs<  >bighugs<

How is Pereg now, Rosie?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 16, 2014, 05:34:24 PM
Rosie and Pereg  >bighugs<


Beautiful photo's of Pereg, such kind, gentle eyes. >heart<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on February 16, 2014, 05:38:08 PM
The epilepsy must be exhausting for both you and Pereg  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Rosie on February 16, 2014, 08:11:49 PM
Pereg, of course, has no idea that there is anything wrong with her.  But being on seizure-watch all the time means that the slightest sound or movement of her during the night disturbs me, and any unusual sound from her during the day and I instantly have to check on her.  And I cannot leave her - OK so now I can get across the road to the little shop but maybe just once a week and it is buzz over there, get what I want, and buzz straight back, although I mostly telephone them and ask if they can bring whatever I want over for me.

But I have not been downtown or to the big shopping centre for just about three years now.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on February 18, 2014, 12:03:15 AM
 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 19, 2014, 08:28:00 PM
More pussy-cats:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/50-amazing-photos-from-cat-heaven-island-in-japan
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Post by: oldtone27 on February 19, 2014, 08:56:59 PM
I've just overdosed on cuteness.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on February 20, 2014, 01:15:52 AM
What's that cat doing halfway up the window?
http://s3-ec.buzzfed.com/static/enhanced/webdr03/2012/11/25/18/enhanced-buzz-wide-8278-1353887019-5.jpg
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on February 20, 2014, 09:45:56 AM
I think there's a mesh grille over the windows, which the cat is clinging to.

As for those amazing photos, I think the appropriate reaction is going 'squee' in a high-pitched girly voice.
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Post by: oldtone27 on February 20, 2014, 11:17:32 AM
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What's that cat doing halfway up the window?

Its Spider Cat.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on February 20, 2014, 12:25:03 PM
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What's that cat doing halfway up the window?

Its Spider Cat.

Something like that >lol< ...or it's part-lizard, with suckers on the feet... >whistle<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on February 20, 2014, 01:42:50 PM
Awwww, what a lovely place! I noticed a good proportion of lovely gingers too. I wonder if there are any genetic problems from interbreeding?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 20, 2014, 08:05:47 PM
Wasn't there an advert for milk or something that had loads of cats facing away from the camera all on the front lawn of a house?  I think it was meant to be cute, but I found it terrifying.

Now I just lurve cats.  But too many cats?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 20, 2014, 08:21:21 PM
Last night I saw an advert for biscuits that featured lots of grey fluffy kittens emerging from the packet. Spookily cute.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on February 21, 2014, 09:58:16 AM
It,s not so daft to talk to your dog it would seem.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26276660
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 21, 2014, 10:37:47 AM
"sausages"  >dog<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on February 21, 2014, 11:38:53 AM
I talk to everyone else's dogs - I think some of the humans expect me to recognise them when I see them without the dog, but I have difficulty with names & faces; dogs don't mind that. >biggrin< >dog-<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 21, 2014, 11:47:35 AM
My VI friends tell me people always talk to their guide dogs first.  >cool< >dog<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on February 21, 2014, 12:44:34 PM
Oh, I do try not to do that unless I'm on a bus/train so the dog is resting.  Even then I'll usually ask permission to talk to the guide dog, as I know some people find it distressing having a stranger they can't see fussing a working-dog. 

There's a guide dog training place here, so we often get puppy-walkers & trainers - I do my best to ignore those dogs completely, they need to learn what's OK while wearing the harness & leaping on humans is a definite NO.  I sometimes talk to the humans as the dogs need to get used to that (as most pups do).
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 21, 2014, 01:09:19 PM
Generally I understand the 'rule' is that if the guide dog is on the harness then its working. If its on the lead then its off duty. I think it is always polite to ask any dog's owner if it is ok to approach the dog.

I believe guide dogs are trained to sit under bus seats (if their construction allows) so its probably better they are left undisturbed otherwise they can get in the way of other passengers.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: wheelydad on February 21, 2014, 11:59:37 PM
I often travel to a nearby town by train, and a VI lady with  her guide dog, are often aboard. As i am a powerchair user, I asked if she would instruct her dog to move a couple of inches, so I can park safely.
 She now knows my voice and tells her dog "the wheelchair gentleman is here", but the dog moves over when he sees me, and his lady owner and I enjoy a friendly chat on the journey to town.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 22, 2014, 09:58:35 PM
Goats having such fun.  I hope that they do not suffer from sea-sickness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58-atNakMWw
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 22, 2014, 11:56:17 PM
The cat photos on the link Auntie gave a so lovely expect for one ginger who looks like he has been scrapping.

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Last night I saw an advert for biscuits that featured lots of grey fluffy kittens emerging from the packet. Spookily cute.

Spookily cute is a really good description. The first time I was OMG kids are going to put kittens in empty biscuit wrappers and then I realised it was cgi kittens.

WheelyDad,

That sounds so lovely thank you for posting it.
 :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on February 23, 2014, 12:00:10 AM
Auntie,

 >lol< I wonder if that can be described as goating around. I feel sorry for Mr Billy Goat who is tethered and could not join in.

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I hope that they do not suffer from sea-sickness:

Very wibbly wobble  >goat< >goat< >goat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on February 23, 2014, 10:55:56 AM
Who wants to count the kittens:

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/481273_253887574741444_44378493_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 23, 2014, 11:18:44 AM
I have counted them carefully (nothing better to do) and can confirm that there are several.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on February 23, 2014, 05:30:59 PM
 >biggrin<  I think that there are 6 warm and snuggly kittens.

On the other hand there may be 7.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on February 23, 2014, 05:33:00 PM
9? and a bit  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on February 23, 2014, 09:25:54 PM
Is there a prize for the right answer?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on February 23, 2014, 09:28:25 PM
Hmmm, I'll have to consider it, I haven't totalled up the little souls myself yet - perhaps this part-eaten apple which always seems to me to be grinning  >apple<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 04, 2014, 04:44:05 PM
How come I can get the doggie a vet's appointment within the hour but it takes over two weeks for me to get an appointment with the GP for something that is making me suffer???
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 04, 2014, 04:45:32 PM
How come I can get the doggie a vet's appointment within the hour but it takes over two weeks for me to get an appointment with the GP for something that is making me suffer???


Cos the vet gets paid per appointment and GPs don't!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 04, 2014, 04:48:39 PM
If that is true Hurty then it is about time the system was changed.  GP practises are supposed to be small businesses after all.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 04, 2014, 09:11:54 PM
Barney stole a loaf of bread and a packet of cheese straws from the kitchen worktop.   All that was left was a  crust and the packaging.   Little wotsit!
He's not had any dinner tonight and is looking a  bit sorry for himself.  He's about to go on his evening walk to see if any of it has worked its way through yet!

Auntie,  how's doggie?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 04, 2014, 10:13:11 PM
Doggie went to the vets today for a check-up.  I think he was surprised that she is still able to toddle around.  Not long to go now he says.  He has upped the dosage of one of her pills and did give another prescription for one month's supply.  Though he did offer 2 weeks supply first.

I'm OK about it.  Desperately sad of course since she is heading for being 16 years old and I have had her since she was 1.  But I thought her days were numbered two months ago.  So each extra day is a bonus. 

The biggest problem is that she walks so slowly that I get freezing cold taking her out.  There is no chance to have a brisk walk to warm up.  But she still sniffs around the place and smiles at me sometimes.  So I know that she is alright each day.  We are still being stopped in the street to talk to children and old ladies as doggie is still very cutsie.   >dog<

Barney is such a larff isn't he.  I hope that you had some alternative food for dinner.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on March 04, 2014, 10:43:28 PM
I had my first dog Trixie as a puppy when I was 9 years old. I was about 29  in the RAF and married with 2nd kiddie on the way when she finally passed at about 20 years old I was devastated but I realize now  that that was an extreme age for a dog.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 04, 2014, 10:52:31 PM
Goodness Dic, that is extremely aged for a dog.  She must have been lovely.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on March 04, 2014, 11:03:13 PM
She was only a little cross breed but we grew up together there was a time that I couldn't imagine life without her there, still choke up a little when I think on it. She was as you say a lovely dog. But in the end it was kinder to let her go I think.

Actually talking with my wife we think I was 30 my son was a few months old so she would have been twenty years and a few months old incredible.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 05, 2014, 05:25:09 PM
Auntie  >hugs<


I hate it that out furry friends have such short life-spans compared to ours. When I lost Chivvy I swore that I wouldn't put myself through that kind of distress again, but then I found that life without a feline companion was too sterile to be tolerated.




Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 05, 2014, 08:07:15 PM
I'm going to phone the Cats Protection people tomorrow and ask if they have a golden oldie cat for me to take in.   I need a cat to play with.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on March 06, 2014, 11:16:22 AM
We had a budgie when I was young - he was a couple of years older than me & died when I was 11, so he was fairly old for a small bird.  He died suddenly & hadn't been ill, so Mum didn't believe me at first when I got home from school & called that he was dead. 
He had been active & friendly all his life, talkative & gentle with humans.  He got out one day when someone left the big doors open at the back of the house, but came back when called as he usually came to people if indoors. >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on March 06, 2014, 12:52:03 PM
I've never owned birds, he sounded like a right character!

Auntie, one of the best decisions you'll make  >blackcat<  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on March 06, 2014, 03:19:53 PM
I had a budgie too, Bluey AKA Brutus. Got him when I was 13 and had him for around 12 years. I wouldn't do it now because I don't like seeing caged birds or animals, but I was very fond of him and' he'd often fly around the house anyway. Eventually though, because my mum was very ill, and had to spend most of her time lying down in a bed we'd set up in the front living room and he kept her awake, he got relegated to my bedroom. Where he kept me awake. Which was fine. I once walked into my bedroom naked after having a bath though and he flew straight towards the most delicate part of my body. I felt justified in that case in swatting him away.

He couldn't say a word though. Not one. A cousin who is slightly younger than me had a budgie first. A green one called Ringo who could say several things and also impersonate the trimphone. Unfortunately (and I don't know how he managed this) he became enormously fat  and if you let him out of the cage would attempt to fly across the room and would plunge to the ground. Poor thing.

Meanwhile, here's my latest pet. A cat, a pillar.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 06, 2014, 03:43:48 PM
I'm going to phone the Cats Protection people tomorrow and ask if they have a golden oldie cat for me to take in.   I need a cat to play with.

 >hugs< >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on March 06, 2014, 04:19:58 PM
Our budgie was out of the cage a lot, the room was a big one, the depth of the house.  Many days the cage door was open from the first human coming down in the morning until the last shut the cage door, put a cover over the cage & went to bed. 
I think we used to shut him in if using the hoover, for safety, but otherwise he was OK to fly when he chose to. 
He used to gently get hold of a human's bottom lip or ear-lobe with his beak & nibble - it was a pleasant tickly feeling. >biggrin<
He liked to splash when we brought a dish of water for him to bathe in - he got lots of attention as when he was young there were 7 humans in the house.  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on March 06, 2014, 04:20:40 PM
Hope you find the right cat soon, auntie. >thumbsup< :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 06, 2014, 04:38:12 PM
Sounds like a lovely plan auntie  >thumbsup<   >biggrin<


My mother has a conure ( a small parrotty thing) that is free-flying in the flat. He is generally good company for her, although he can be a bit of a nuisance if she is trying to sew etc. The biggest problem is the free-range poo, mum doesn't always notice it - be it on the floor, fuurniture or her clothes  >feeling-sick<  Mum is out a lot now though and the bird is left on his own, which really isn't ideal when he was used to so much company  :-(  I don't know what will happen to him when mum dies - maybe I will feed him to the cats  >devil<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 06, 2014, 06:34:28 PM
When I was a child we had a budgie.  But my parents decided that as we were all out during the day it was not fair to the bird, so she gave it to my grandmother.  That budgie lasted for years and years.  My grandmother used to swear at it as it used to sit on the top of a mirror and poo behind.  hehehe.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 11, 2014, 09:37:31 PM
I went mad today and came home with a new cat.  Yippee!!!!!!!

It is a male ginger tabby and he came from the Cats Protection.  He lived with another cat and a man, who unfortunately died.  The neighbour spent months feeding the two cats in the garden, instead of telling someone about the cats.  Luckily they did, eventually.  Although they wanted to rehome the two cats together I said that I could only take one.  So I have the older cat.  At the moment he is hiding under a radiator in the laundry room.  I look in every now and then just to make sure he is OK.

I am thrilled. 

His name is Jules, which I do not like.  it is too hard to say.  So I will have to think up something else.  Try saying 'here Jules, Jules, Jules' very fast.  Impossible.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 11, 2014, 09:49:48 PM
That is lovely news auntie!  >biggrin<


My mum has decided to get Pip, the bird, rehomed as she really is not able to give him the attention he is used to. I think it is probably the best thing although I know she will miss the little chap (or chapess, we don't actually know which).
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 11, 2014, 10:43:18 PM
That's great news Auntie!  I hope he settles in soon and feels at home with you.  >hugs<

Hurty, I can understand why your mum is passing on her pet and even though it's for the best, I'm sure it will be a wrench  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on March 12, 2014, 12:36:14 AM
Jockice,

Cute word play and photo  >thumbsup<

Auntie,

Sometimes it is easy to think of a name straightaway like it was for Milo and then others the cat ends up with more than one name eg Tigger gets called Bear a lot.

 >attachment<

edit second photo deleted because there was paperwork on my desk  >doh<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 12, 2014, 08:20:30 PM
The new cat is an expert at hiding at the moment.  I have no idea where is is.  He has eaten a little and used the litter tray.  But I have looked all over the laundry room and cannot find him.  He cannot get out of there so he must have found a very dark corner to curl up in.  I keep going in to see if he has appeared but no luck so far.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on March 12, 2014, 09:19:51 PM
Auntie,

You have had cats before so I know you'll know what you are doing and new cat is eating and weeing. Him hiding is much better than having a cat dashing for the door and being lost. I have heard that wearing a jumper or fleece and then leaving it in the room the cat is in an help a new cat settle in.

Maybe try a Feliway Diffuser, I have used them a few times now and they helped Daisy to stop middening and also shortened the time it took for Tigs and Milo to accept Zuzu when she came to live here.

Ginger cats have alot of personality so I doubt he will be a 'wallflower' for long.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 13, 2014, 07:24:16 PM
Fantastic news, Auntie!  >hugs<

I know that lots of vets recommend creating a 'safe' room for introducing a cat to a new environment, so by hiding, it sounds as though your new feline has created one of his own. The suggestion about leaving a worn item of your clothing in the room with Jules to help him acclimatise to an unfamiliar scent is a very good one, and I can also vouch for the efficacy of Feliway diffusers. Got one when George was being bullied last year, and it did seem to help him to stay a bit calmer.

Hopefully he'll soon feel up to coming out and making friends, and you can find a nice nickname for him.   

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 13, 2014, 09:22:33 PM
Well I think I have a new cat.  The food is being eaten and the litter tray is still being used.  But, as yet, no sign of the cat. 

I think it is hilarious.  Though I am getting a bit worried.  I would like to phone the Cats Protection lady and tell her how well cat is doing.  But how can I when I have not seen him?   >cat<

I looked up that catty thing you mentioned as I have never heard of it before.  If this goes on for much longer I may nip out and get one.  There is a pets R us not too far away.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on March 13, 2014, 09:42:06 PM
Maybe you can call him "the amazing invisible Juju" as he seems determined to be unseen - Ju or Juju may be easier to call than Jules?  Some people are sure that cats recognise a voice, a smell & never recognise any words, so it may not matter what he's called (to him, anyway).  Hope he comes out soon & proves more companionable.  >blackcat<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 14, 2014, 12:00:25 AM
cleo was called 'Fliss' when she came to us, but that had to be changed as it is also the name of my son's partner. Doesn't make a bit of difference as she doesn't answer to either name!  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: broke chick on March 14, 2014, 12:53:26 AM
Well I've been trying to post a photo of my cats but haven't had any luck. I have some photos in flickr but there is some problem with the site and it keeps throwing me out. I've also got some photo's on facebook but don't seem to be able to copy and paste them either.  Unfortunately I'm not very technologically minded!!

I'll describe them for you! Mindy is the oldest at about 13½ she is a black and white with a big fluffy tail. She is the mother of Booboo who is a beautiful tabby boy of about 12 years old.  My newest cat is a ginger and white girl called Poppy that I got from the CPL. She is about 3½ years old and was semi feral for the first 8 months of her life.  She was called Pumpkin when I first met her but I couldn't get on with that name and started calling her Poppy by mistake (cos I quite often get my words wrong!) They all hate each other and tend to keep away from each other.  I had visions of them all curled up together but that has never happened!!

BC x
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on March 14, 2014, 07:53:06 AM
Your Poppy sounds very similar to my Cindy, a tortie-and-white who was also a rescue puss - three years old when I acquired her in 2006 and very, very scared of humankind due to previous 'owners'.  In her first few weeks with me, she went a step further than just hiding like auntie's Jules (after an initial couple of nights behind the cooker):  she leapt on to the highest places she could find, like shelves, top of bookcase, top of boiler (!)  That's where she seemed to feel safe and I had to leave her to get on with it, within reason.

Gradually she ventured lower and stayed more in the open, and a few months after she entered my home, she became a gentle, loving feline who is even now perched on my leg purring loudly as I type... How is your 'taming' of Poppy going, as it sounds like early days..
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on March 14, 2014, 10:14:05 AM
My understanding is that if you have an invisible cat you look out for its grin.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on March 14, 2014, 10:20:44 AM
Broke Chick,

There is a thread in the Learning Zone about how to attach (post) pictures here is the link http://ouchtoo.org/index.php?topic=20.0. I dont have a Flickr account yet but now you mention it I could do with making one for Ouch Too and making a tutorial thread.

Your cats sound lovely.

Oldtone,

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My understanding is that if you have an invisible cat you look out for its grin.

LOL Alice in Wonderland reference.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 14, 2014, 06:52:15 PM
Looks like my job is to keep filling up the food bowl and emptying the litter tray.  All without the compensation of having a furry creature on my lap. *sigh*   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 17, 2014, 07:36:53 PM
Here is a dog and a cat with different temperaments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D5bPLxU8U8
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on March 17, 2014, 08:34:38 PM
Here is a dog and a cat with different temperaments:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D5bPLxU8U8

LOL  >lol< >cool<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on March 18, 2014, 06:02:35 AM
Here's a dog being naughty while the cat looks on in disgust.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/03/17/hidden-camera-dog-plays-on-bed_n_4978078.html
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Jockice on March 18, 2014, 06:07:34 AM
Ah, same thing! Sorry.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 18, 2014, 10:29:44 PM
That's OK Jockice, great minds and all that.

Here is a doggie:
http://imgur.com/gallery/1jmLucF
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 19, 2014, 09:58:58 PM
LOL @ the links  >lol<


Stick with it auntie, it is still early days for puss.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 26, 2014, 08:49:17 PM
Doggie has had a sudden deterioration in her walking.  So I looked at her feet and noticed that her front toenails were really long, one in particular.  So we popped into the vet and for about £6 had her toenails clipped.  All done.  Now she is walking so much better.  She will be 16 in June.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 26, 2014, 09:53:45 PM
Hurrah for doggie!


How are things with puss now?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 26, 2014, 09:56:59 PM
Oh Hurty *hangs head in shame*

Cat ran away.

I am so upset.  And the Cats Protection people are upset with me.  I've done all the normal things like telling neighbours and putting notices on lampposts.  I've been to the vet to tell them too.  There have been two occasions when people have told me about stray ginger cats in their garden, but neither of them have been my one.   >crying<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 26, 2014, 10:56:16 PM
 >bighugs< >bighugs< >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on March 27, 2014, 02:31:19 AM
 >bighugs< >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on March 27, 2014, 09:19:56 AM
Auntie,

 >bighugs<

In many ways cats are only on loan to us because we can lose them for allsorts of reasons. These days I only start to relax after I have had a new cat for a year, when I know it is pretty health and also if it goes out it does not get lost easily.

Also some cats just dont want to be house cats. Ages ago some one on here posted about a cat that visited various neighbours and got feed by them but did not have one home.

It would be worth ringing the RSPCA to let them know about missing cat and also Google lost pets and the area you live in to see if there is a Facebook group for lost pets around where you live.

The warm weather is on its way and the cat has a good chance of being okay.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on March 27, 2014, 03:05:16 PM
I am not impressed with the Cats Protection League being upset with you.  >bighugs<  Pillocks. They gave you a nasty, anti-social animal that had no desire to integrate.
Although not a cat person I read a very good book about a very timid cat who was eventually socialised by its owner. I thought it had some good advice on cat care and animal psychology. Link.
 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tilly-The-Ugliest-Cat-Rescued/dp/0600624668/ref=tmm_pap_title_popover?ie=UTF8&qid=1395932483&sr=1-3 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tilly-The-Ugliest-Cat-Rescued/dp/0600624668/ref=tmm_pap_title_popover?ie=UTF8&qid=1395932483&sr=1-3).

I gave the book to my former cleaner, as she had a new rescue cat, to replace one that ran away /met an unknown end  - she thought it was very good.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 27, 2014, 05:07:20 PM
Auntie  >bighugs<


Cleo was my SIL's cat, rehomes to them from CPL. Cleo went missing very soon after being taken home and was gone for several months. Just when SIL was thinking about getting another cat, they had a call to say that Cleo had been found. She never showed any desire to wander again, neither with SIl or since she has been here with us.


I assume that cat was microchipped by CPL before you had her? I have just read of a cat who was missing for 2.5 years and finally returned, thanks to the microchip!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 27, 2014, 06:31:34 PM
Auntie,  I'm so sorry to hear that.  Please don't blame yourself  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 27, 2014, 06:48:38 PM
I do blame myself.  I left the top half of the stable door open so he jumped out.  He was hiding behind the washing machine and I thought that he was too timid to run away and would stay there.  I was wrong.

He had been fed in a garden for months so he is used to being out-of-doors.  I just did not think.  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 27, 2014, 07:06:17 PM
  >hugs<  >chocolate<  >hugs<



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 27, 2014, 07:25:26 PM
Later the same evening.  I've just had a phone call - someone at the back of me has seen a ginger cat in her garden.  Off I go with cat box at the ready, food, a bowl and a torch.  When I get there the cat runs off.  I do not think it is Joules but have asked the lady to phone me if she sees it again.  I looked on the CPL website to check but Joules photograph has been taken down, so phoned someone to ask for a pic and left a message.

Went into the kitchen to talk to the doggie - and she has had an enormous wee on the floor!

How much spare time would I have if I did not have pets!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on March 27, 2014, 07:55:30 PM
Enough to get totally bored in.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on March 27, 2014, 09:30:59 PM
Auntie, please try not to beat yourself up about it, cats can get into, and out of, places that we think impossible  >hugs<   >chocolate<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on March 27, 2014, 09:41:49 PM
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Auntie, please try not to beat yourself up about it

Seconded - I once tried to give a home to a farm cat that was, as it turned out, rather on the feral side.  She jumped out of a first-floor window, landed unhurt and was never seen again.  What was I supposed to do, keep the place sealed up indefinitely?  If a cat wants out, they will find a way, and it doesn't necessarily indicate any negligence or cruelty on behalf of an owner either! 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 27, 2014, 10:09:04 PM
Yes, I suppose you are right.  I was getting a bit distressed that he was making no sign of making himself known from behind the machine.  But silly me, I am missing him.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on March 30, 2014, 10:27:14 AM
Don't ask me why when or how I just came across it randomly browsing.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 30, 2014, 11:47:55 AM
Dic, your picture reminds me of the night I saw two rather inebriated young men trying to run down a staircase at a station, while dressed as either half of a pantomime cow.

You never have a camera when you need one!

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Auntie, please try not to beat yourself up about it

Seconded

Thirded!  >hugs<

CPL are being very unfair in their attitude towards you. Even cats who have been settled in one location for years can decide to head off for an adventure, so they have no business being upset with you!

You have nothing to blame yourself for. When a cat wants out, it will get out, no matter what. He might not have got very far - the time George went missing for 10 days, he'd only covered two miles in that period - so you may still be able to retrieve him.

Gumtree has a lost and found pets section where you can advertise for free:

http://www.gumtree.com/pets-missing-lost-found

Lots of rescue centres and animal welfare groups monitor the Gumtree site, and also have Facebook pages etc, where you might be able to list Joules as missing.

I know that you've been in touch with your own vet, but if there are any other surgeries or rescue facilities in your area, leaving details with them can also be useful, as people will often bring a foundling to their nearest vet to see if they have a microchip.

Leaflet drops are also good, but require a huge amount of help, so aren't always practical. The 'leaflets' don't have to be anything fancy - the time we had to do it, we were distributing nothing more than a small slip of paper with a few details and a contact number, but it still generated a good few calls.

Lastly, if your local paper has a missing pets section in their classifieds, then this is also a good bet. 

Once again, you have nothing to beat yourself up about. Cats sometimes go awol. It happens.  >bighugs< >chocolate< >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on March 30, 2014, 01:44:46 PM
Dic, that picture is amazing. I just  can't imagine how they managed to dress up a horse like that!

Barney has been on a sleepover at my parents this weekend to try and get him used to being away from home before we go on holiday in May.   It's been horribly quiet and has made us realise how much he means to us.   He may be a pain in the wotsit at times and we have to constantly manage our day
around him and his many issues,  but we would hate not to have him living with us.
We pick him up this afternoon and I just hope he didn't disgrace himself too much!   When he was there in the week (he goes one afternoon a week while I go shopping etc) he dug up some interesting things in the compost heap and ate my mum's seed potatoes from the greenhouse.  It's never a dull moment with a basset!

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on March 30, 2014, 07:38:23 PM
Hi NN,

I've posted an ad on gumtree.  Thanks for the address.  I've been out to see yet another ginger cat in someone's garden, that makes three cats I have seen.  But it was not the right one.  I think that I will put up some more posters further away from my house.  Luckily the weather has been very kind since he went missing so if he is hiding out somewhere he will not be too uncomfortable.

Meanwhile doggie is managing to hold on.  Sometimes her back legs just give way, but she recovers quite quickly.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on March 30, 2014, 10:46:44 PM
 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on March 31, 2014, 11:53:01 PM
The equine onesies are not a joke, they actually have a practical purpose.
 Brilliant for keeping flies off a horse, preventing various skin nasties, and especially for keeping a horse clean if he/she is going to a show, or just likes getting mucky.
Would I put one on one of my horses... err, pass.  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on April 01, 2014, 08:21:45 AM
But the horse did look a little embarrassed at having it's photo taken in one.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 01, 2014, 11:07:02 AM
   When he was there in the week (he goes one afternoon a week while I go shopping etc) he dug up some interesting things in the compost heap and ate my mum's seed potatoes from the greenhouse.  It's never a dull moment with a basset!

I do love reading about Barney's exploits!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 08, 2014, 09:20:36 PM
Wish I could change my avatar for a downward smiley one.  It is doggie.  For two nights running she has woken me up from where she sleeps in the kitchen, whining.  She has wanted to go out into the garden but her back legs had given way and she was stuck on the kitchen floor and could not contain herself.  She nearly got taken to the vets on Monday, but I decided to hang on and as she did not wake me last night I am going to keep on observing and cleaning up after her.

Not long to go now methinks.   >crying< 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 08, 2014, 09:25:22 PM
Oh Auntie!  :-(   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 08, 2014, 10:16:30 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that.   :-(  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 08, 2014, 10:55:20 PM
Auntie  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on April 09, 2014, 01:22:45 AM
Really sorry to hear that  >hugs<

 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on April 09, 2014, 01:08:00 PM
Auntie,

 >bighugs< it is the hardest time  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 09, 2014, 06:48:43 PM
It is all a bit up and down.  Today she was a lot better, has not wee'd on the floor and managed to toddle around the block in the sunshine.  We've lived together for 15 years.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 09, 2014, 07:35:12 PM
Doggie will let you know when the time is right Auntie  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 09, 2014, 08:11:25 PM
I had a long talk with the nurses at the vets about that.  I know what to do with cats, but doggie is the only dog I have ever had, so I was quite concerned as to whether I would recognise the right time.  From what they said it will be just as you say Hurty.  You look at the pet and the pet looks at you and you communicate.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 22, 2014, 11:23:09 PM
A bit of light relief - doggie is still tottering around.

http://faithtap.com/1038/dog-and-cats-teach-offspring-on-stairs/

Watch both videos!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 23, 2014, 12:04:36 PM
 >lol< That poor kitten!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 23, 2014, 01:51:30 PM
Love the vid auntie  >lol< ! Glad to hear that doggie is still with us  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 27, 2014, 07:06:21 PM
Had a bit of a disastrous day today.  We were supposed to be taking my stepson out for a birthday lunch treat today and I have been looking forward to it all week.  Last night I had a gastroparesis flare up and spent the night throwing up so I couldn't go out today.  We had arranged for Barney to go to my parents for the day and he was going to have another sleepover to get him used to being away from us.
So, my husband dropped Barney off at the Basset Hotel leaving me to catch up on some much needed sleep, and went out to lunch.

Later on this afternoon I got a frantic call from my dad to say they were at the vets.  Barney had eaten some slug pellets he had found in their greenhouse.  The vet made him sick and kept him in for observation for a few hours.  He's now home feeling very under the weather.  He's very shaky and wobbly and we have some medication to give him if he starts getting tremors. If he does, then we need to get him back to the vet urgently.
Looks like it will be another sleepless night for us  :-(   I'm still really worried about him.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 27, 2014, 07:12:30 PM
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 27, 2014, 10:07:51 PM
Oh Barney, really!  Are basset hounds more curious than other dogs?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 27, 2014, 10:14:45 PM
Unfortunately,  barney has taken a turn for the worse and is spending the night at the vets.  They've put him on a drip and pumped him full of diazepam to reduce the spasms.  He couldn't stand and it took both the vet and my husband to carry him into the surgery.
He looks so very ill and sad.
I'm waiting for the vet to phone with an update.   :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 27, 2014, 10:24:38 PM
Oh Barney!  >hugs< >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on April 27, 2014, 11:05:07 PM
Poor old Barney do hope he'll be ok.  >hugs< >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on April 27, 2014, 11:09:17 PM
 >hugs< >hugs< >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 28, 2014, 10:23:17 AM
Dd and Barney  >hugs< , I have everything crossed for you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 28, 2014, 12:36:54 PM
Barney is back home!
The vet called at midnight to say that they had given him some anti epilepsy meds as the diazepam hadn't worked.  She warned me that he was very ill and did I want her to phone me if he went downhill or should they just put him to sleep and tell me in the morning.  I said that I wanted to know so didn't get any sleep at all for worrying. They phoned at 8.30 this morning to say he was much improved and my husband  collected him and brought him home.
He's eaten his breakfast and has settled down snoring.  He's still a bit wobbly on his back legs so I'm hoping that after a good sleep he'll be feeling better.

The vet was really good with him and called in a vet nurse at 10pm so that someone could sit with him all night.   They worked out a rota so that he was monitored all the time.

I can't tell you how relieved I am that he's back home and should make a full recovery.  I think that if he was a smaller dog we would have lost him.

Now I just need to catch up on some sleep!   >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on April 28, 2014, 01:11:20 PM
Blimey, DD, you've certainly had a time of it with being ill yourself as well - delighted that Barney has survived this latest mishap, but now I just have to ask: is there anything he doesn't eat  >yikes<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 28, 2014, 03:49:44 PM
Good boy Barney! I'm so glad he is out of the woods and back home  >biggrin< >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on April 28, 2014, 05:21:30 PM
Thanks to everyone for the good wishes.
We have both managed to catch up on some sleep today.
Barney has become very anxious again,  just when we were starting to cut down on his anxiety medication.   The vet did warn us that any stressful event would set him back and I reckon the last 24 hours can definitely be classed as stressful!

We have found something barney doesn't eat - activated charcoal.  The vet tried to feed him some to soak up the poison in his stomach and he refused to touch it.  Typical. The one time we really needed him to eat something and he decides differently  >doh<

His back legs are still a bit wobbly but I'm hoping that will correct itself in a day or so.

Pets are a wonderful addition to our lives,  even though they are such a worry at times.   They're worth it!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on April 28, 2014, 05:26:02 PM
Quote
Typical. The one time we really needed him to eat something and he decides differently  >doh<
Sure he hasn't got a smattering of cat in him?  ;-)

Quote
Pets are a wonderful addition to our lives,  even though they are such a worry at times.   They're worth it!
>thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on April 28, 2014, 07:56:26 PM
Oh my ditchwellers.  What an episode!   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on April 28, 2014, 08:36:14 PM
DD, I'm so glad that Barney is doing well, and is back home with you >bighugs< >dog<

Quote
Typical. The one time we really needed him to eat something and he decides differently  >doh<
Sure he hasn't got a smattering of cat in him?  ;-)

 >biggrin<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on April 29, 2014, 12:37:27 PM
 >thumbsup< :-) >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on April 29, 2014, 04:11:48 PM
That's great news Dd, thanks for the update  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on May 02, 2014, 03:07:38 PM
Wow, missed all that, DD, what a drama!  I really feel for your parents, the guilt must have been awful. TG he pulled through.
Charcoal biccies were just coming in when I had my dog, (Eighties - early Nineties) she quite liked them. They are useful for keeping doggie tummies on the straight and narrow. Activated charcoal is obviously the concentrated form. (Sod's law he wouldn't eat it...!)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 03, 2014, 09:32:05 PM
I'm having my house inspected tomorrow to see if I can adopt a rescue dog. They only rang at 3pm to say they'd come tomorrow, so I've spent the last few hours mowing the lawn, repairing a small hole that someone has kindly kicked in the fence, and attaching some plywood to the bottom of the gate to close up the cat-sized gap in case it's also small dog sized! Very excited...

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 03, 2014, 09:37:20 PM
Oooh, that is exciting DG!  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 03, 2014, 09:42:13 PM
Fantastic!  Have you seen a dog you would like to adopt, or is the visit to see if your household is suitable before looking?

When I had a check before we got Barney, the person who came out was lovely and understanding, particularly as we live on a houseboat and most of the big rescue organisations won't even consider us.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.    >dog< >x-fingers< >dog<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 03, 2014, 09:51:42 PM
We've seen him, he's called Taffy and is a little scruffy terrier cross who was (allegedly!) best friends with a cat in his foster home. He's actually rescued from Cyprus - they have a link - so we're hoping he doesn't only speak Greek :)

For Terry Pratchett readers, we reckon he looks like Gaspode!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 03, 2014, 10:38:53 PM
Oh wow.  Wonderful.  A cute doggie!!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 03, 2014, 11:17:08 PM
He is cute but I can't seem to attach a picture - don't know if it's gremlins or my incompetence!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 03, 2014, 11:49:30 PM
All the best for tomorrow, DG >x-fingers<  >dog<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 04, 2014, 09:04:09 AM

For Terry Pratchett readers, we reckon he looks like Gaspode!

I have the perfect picture in my mind!

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 04, 2014, 10:21:33 AM
DG,

That is great news  >thumbsup<

Check this link for how to attach photos http://ouchtoo.org/index.php?topic=20.0 if you click on the screenshots they will look bigger.

I have not read about Gaspode so I Googled and found this http://www.deviantart.com/art/Gaspode-433672782
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 04, 2014, 02:36:08 PM
House inspection passed, we should have him in the next couple of weeks :-)

Sunshine, adding a picture as an attachment isn't working for me, I don't get a save button after browsing to the file. Only post or preview, and neither show the pic.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 04, 2014, 02:49:27 PM
Apparently it worked that time!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 04, 2014, 03:50:01 PM
Mega-cute dog!  Congratulations DG!  >dog<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 04, 2014, 03:59:04 PM
Congratulations DG!  He is one gorgeous looking dog.   He looks like a right character.  I hope he brings you much joy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 04, 2014, 04:23:02 PM
DG,

Thank you for the feedback I checked and it says Post not Save in my version too. It mus have changed after an upgrade.

I am really please you were able to post a photo of 'Taffy' he looks great very scampa -licious (sorry about the made up word but iti came to mind).

I took the photo of me down lol
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 04, 2014, 04:24:48 PM
Is that you in the photo, Sunshine?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 04, 2014, 06:14:58 PM
What a funny-looking dog.  He looks as though he is going to be great fun - and get into all sorts of mischief. Congrats.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 04, 2014, 06:22:45 PM
NN,

Opps  >blush< I added it to see what the attachment did and forgot to take it out before posting.

The photo is about 7 years old before my progression to old lady kicked in.

Hopefully no one from the DWP noticed it  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 04, 2014, 08:58:31 PM
You are one hot chick Sunshine!


DG, what a lovely doggie, I hope he brings you lots of joy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: feehutch on May 04, 2014, 09:13:37 PM
That is a lovely photo Sunshine :)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 05, 2014, 10:51:34 PM
Here are some cutsie bunnies:  maybe you saw the programme:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078yx9/Wild_2006_The_Rabbits_of_Skomer/
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: feehutch on May 06, 2014, 10:54:07 AM
As there are 104 pages on this thread so I confess I haven't read it in full.  Is this a place to share animal (and Sunshine) pictures?  I'd like to join in but don't want to get it wrong >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 06, 2014, 12:18:29 PM
We generally use this thread to discuss all things feathered nd furry so feel free to add some pictures and tell us some more about your pets  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 06, 2014, 12:18:47 PM
We'd definitely like to see your pet(s) added to this rogue's gallery  ;-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 06, 2014, 08:21:57 PM
Here are some cutsie bunnies:  maybe you saw the programme:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078yx9/Wild_2006_The_Rabbits_of_Skomer/

Thanks for posting those details auntie. I've just watched it and it bought back happy memories of day trips to Skomer when I was a child. I would have missed the programme if you hadn't flagged it up  >tah<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 06, 2014, 10:16:23 PM
Alfs hasn't been very well today  :-( . He's eaten a little, but not nearly as much as usual and isn't interested in doing anything. He stayed out late last night and I suspect he might have scavenged something that upset him. I'm going to keep him in as long as I can so that I can keep an eye on him.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 06, 2014, 10:25:51 PM
 >bighugs<

Whatever it is, I hope it's transient, and that Alfie will soon be back to his usual self.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 06, 2014, 10:50:40 PM
Gentle tickles for alfie.  Hope he's back to his usual self soon.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: feehutch on May 07, 2014, 10:45:20 AM
(https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/378959_10150380168516997_783240601_n.jpg)

I hope this works :)  This is a camera shy Cooper
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 07, 2014, 11:42:47 AM
Hurtyback,

I hope Alfie picks up soon. I sometimes wish I had CCTV on Milo because he is forever coming home looking knackered then sleeping all day. That said he does wake up when he hears dried food going into the cat food bowls.

Fee,

Cooper looks so soft and huggable. Is she (that is weird I am not sure if you said Cooper is a she) a typical tabby doing her own thing outside then coming home and being a kitten again?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: feehutch on May 07, 2014, 01:06:53 PM
Cooper is a she and she is a very cuddly.
She has a routine and sleeps with us at night.  She does definitely still have a lot of kitten in her though.  She is a bit wary around the girls though and I am debating getting a kitten so the girls have a pet too....
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 07, 2014, 04:39:38 PM
Awww, Cooper is lovely  >heart<


Alfs seems much better today thanks and is still picking up even more as the day goes on. We've had a tickle and he has been up on my bed, also wanting extra food when Cleo has hers, so much more like his usual self  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 07, 2014, 05:01:36 PM
What a sweet looking cat!  That's a lot coming from me, as I'm more of a dog person than a cat person.

More drama with Barney today.  He had a mini stroke this afternoon and I have just got back from the vets with him.  There's no treatment for him, and we just need to watch him to see how he goes.  He's a bit confused and wobbly on his feet, veering off to one side slightly.  Hopefully, he'll recover quickly.  The vet thinks it may have been due to the stress of the slug pellet poisoning incident, so we just need to try and keep him calm and stress free.  I was up at 2am with him as he had an anxiety attack and I had to walk him round the garden and sit with him until 3.30am when he calmed down.
I'm hoping to get a good night sleep tonight, and just hope that Barney can keep calm.

We're going on holiday next week, and Barney is going to be staying with my parents.  I'll be worrying about him all the time we're away  :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 07, 2014, 05:04:36 PM
Poor Barney! - and poor Dd, what terrible timing  :-(    >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 07, 2014, 06:15:59 PM
DD and Barney  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 07, 2014, 07:38:40 PM
 RIP doggie

More not good news I'm afraid.  Doggie has been to the vet for the last time.  She has been up and down for a while and yesterday she had great trouble with collapsing back legs and seemed to be in pain when I tried to stand her up.  She had a terrible night and had me up and down to clean up after her.  She has wee'd everywhere and this morning she could not get up at all - it looked like she had been lying there for many hours, unable to stand.

So off to the vets.  Of course she managed to walk around the front garden having a little sniff at everything, walked up to the car - then collapsed again once I had lifted her into the back seat.  Her time had definitely come.

I stayed with her at the vet.  It was very quick and very peaceful.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 07, 2014, 07:55:33 PM
Oh dear Auntie.   I am so very sorry to hear that.   You did your best for her   >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 07, 2014, 08:52:29 PM
Auntie  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 07, 2014, 09:32:25 PM
Auntie  >hugs<  RIP doggie  :-(


It's such a horrible thing to have to do to a beloved friend, I know that it always makes me feel like a traitor. The reality is, though, that easing the path over Rainbow Bridge is the last, loving thing that we can do for those who have given us such happiness over the years.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 07, 2014, 10:36:54 PM
My doggie was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.  'Beloved friend' is exactly right Hurty.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 07, 2014, 10:47:35 PM
Very sorry to hear this Aunty.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 07, 2014, 11:38:10 PM
 >bighugs<  >spoonarmy<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: feehutch on May 08, 2014, 11:30:54 AM
Oo Auntie I am am so sorry for your loss.  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 08, 2014, 11:44:57 AM
You did the very best by her, auntie - sending my sympathies also  >rose<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on May 08, 2014, 12:14:06 PM
So sorry to hear that Auntie.
It is so hard losing those we love so much.
You gave her love and comfort all the time you had her she was so lucky to have you. (((Hugs)))
May you find comfort from the lovely memories you have of the time you spent together.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 08, 2014, 06:57:34 PM
Thank you everyone.  The house seems very empty - but how nice to have a clean kitchen floor that stays that way.   :-(

Dear Ditchdwellers

How is Barney doing today?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 08, 2014, 07:05:54 PM
Thank you for asking Auntie.  He seems a bit perkier today, although he's sleeping a lot and still a little confused and wobbly.  I'm sure he'll be fine after a week or so.

How are you feeling today?  I remember that horrible empty feeling when Harvey died.  Losing a much loved companion is so hard.  I hope you will soon be able to remember all the fun times you had together and the rather more difficult recent times will fade.   >bighugs<  >rainbow2<  >bighugs< 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 08, 2014, 08:18:21 PM
Thank you ditchdwellers.  A friend and I went to a pub and held a little wake for doggie.  We swapped stories of the funny things she did and laughed and cried.  And I had cake that I would not normally have and enjoyed it.  It seemed the right thing to do rather than come straight home and begin the boring washing doggies things and putting her belongings away.

I've been distracting myself today inbetween being tearful.  So life is going on as expected.

I do hope that Barney starts to get back on his feet again.   >hugs<
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 08, 2014, 11:42:07 PM
"I do hope that Barney starts to get back on his feet again.  "

I second that!

Auntie, the wake sounds a very good idea, we need time to grieve at times of such loss >rose<
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on May 15, 2014, 08:42:28 PM
Cat, Dog and little boy on a bike. Or cat saves boy from dog.

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Post by: feehutch on May 15, 2014, 08:53:45 PM
I've seen this a few times now and I just love the cat.  I was once mauled by a dog and still have a lot of anxiety around ones I don't know but really just love that cat for not only putting her/himself in danger (not cat like in my experience) but going back a second time to make sure the dog had gone :)
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 15, 2014, 09:41:22 PM
This cat is now an Internet sensation and made it onto today's BBC 6 O'Clock News  >cool<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Dic Penderyn on May 15, 2014, 09:47:06 PM
It belongs here in this thread if ever there was a faithful friend it is that cat. And Darrowsgirl loved her cats.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 15, 2014, 09:48:52 PM
 >thumbsup<
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Post by: oldtone27 on May 17, 2014, 11:35:17 AM
I know people like to cuddle up to their cats and dogs, but their dinosaurs?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27441156
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 17, 2014, 10:44:07 PM
Catching up with this thread.

Auntie, what a lovely idea to have a wake for doggie. I hope that you are beginning to come to terms with her loss.  >bighugs< >rainbow2< >bighugs<

Dic - what a great video! Thanks for posting it.  >thumbsup<

oldtone - is it just me, or does that paleontologist look like he's just been kicked in the crigs? 
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on May 18, 2014, 09:52:31 AM
More on Tara the Saviour cat.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27452567

Auntie for some reason I missed your post I am so sorry to hear your news the wake was a wonderful idea condolences on your loss.

John aka Dic
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Post by: oldtone27 on May 18, 2014, 10:25:01 AM
NN, I was wondering if he was covering up his, erm, erotic  dreams?  >erm<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 18, 2014, 08:50:07 PM
I went to an animal rescue centre this afternoon and looked at the cats (and pigeons and foxes and birds and ducks etc.).  There was one cat that I took to, 11 years old.  Their system is that you fill in a form to ask for the cat.  Then the supervisor gets the forms and if more than one person wants a particular animal the supervisor chooses someone.  So it will not be until the end of the week until I know whether I have got 'Alice'.
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 18, 2014, 08:51:30 PM
 >x-fingers<  auntie!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 18, 2014, 09:41:21 PM
Good luck, Auntie!  >clover<
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on May 18, 2014, 09:47:34 PM
yes auntie hope it goes well for you good luck. >x-fingers<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on May 18, 2014, 10:41:44 PM
Fingers crossed for you auntie
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Post by: SteveX on May 18, 2014, 10:52:55 PM
Good luck Auntie, I hope you get her :)

We demand pictures if you do!
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Post by: wheelydad on May 18, 2014, 11:39:10 PM
Best wishes Aunty. Hope all goes well with Alice.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 21, 2014, 05:52:38 PM
Well, it seems that I have been chosen to have Alice.  Yippee!

I am going back there on Friday to have some time with her to see if she likes me.  If we both feel comfortable with each other I get to bring her home.  I am trying not to get too excited.
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Post by: Dic Penderyn on May 21, 2014, 06:28:10 PM
 >x-fingers< >thumbsup<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 21, 2014, 06:34:58 PM
 >x-fingers< >hugs<
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 21, 2014, 07:45:29 PM
Hurrah! I do hope that the introductions go well auntie  :-)
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Post by: ditchdwellers on May 21, 2014, 09:40:48 PM
That is really exciting auntie.  >biggergrin<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 23, 2014, 09:29:09 PM
I've got a new lodger. 

Alice has moved in.  Oh she is lovely.  Enjoys being tickled and has even purred a bit.  She has explored the laundry room and the kitchen and had a bite of supper.  So all seems to be going well so far.

I am thrilled to bits.
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Post by: feehutch on May 23, 2014, 09:59:43 PM
Oh we both have band new members of the family who moved in today :)  Hope she settles in well :)
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Post by: ditchdwellers on May 24, 2014, 02:35:26 AM
Auntie and Fee,
I hope your new companions bring you much joy.
Please can I have a stroke with them?  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 24, 2014, 11:53:41 AM
That's great news Auntie, I hope she continues to settle in well and to be friendly.

I've just tried to take our new doggy out for a trot round, but turns out that he's not keen on the rain. I suppose it doesn't rain much in Cyprus?! Instead he's collapsed next to me on the sofa, snoring.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 24, 2014, 04:19:16 PM
Ah!  What a sweet picture.  There was a Siamese cat in the rescue centre where Alice came from that had a very loud snore.  hehehe.
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Post by: Hurtyback on May 24, 2014, 06:09:00 PM
Oooh how lovely! Photo's please  >biggrin<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 24, 2014, 06:14:21 PM
Which picture do you mean, auntie?  I was expecting to see DG's snoozing pooch, did I miss something?!

Sounds like Alice is giving you a smoother ride than my Cindy gave me, with her hiding behind the cooker and jumping up on all the high places in her first few weeks (bookcase, boiler, top of living room door...)

Fee, I saw your pic of Jiji on the 'Amazing Cats' thread, what huge eyes she has!  Hope she is gradually being accepted more by the original feline resident  >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 24, 2014, 07:55:53 PM
Kizzy,

I was confused too but I think Auntie meant DG's words created a picture.

Auntie,

Good to read Alice is settling in okay. What colour is she?

Fee,

 >cat< I posted on the thread Kizzy mentioned.

 :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 24, 2014, 07:59:14 PM
Kizzy - was talking about the collapsed snoring dog next to DG.

I'm starting to get worried about Alice.  She has eaten a little but I have not seen her drink and she has not used her litter tray.  She has been here for over 24 hours now.  Also when I try to pick her up she squeals and gets annoyed.  I'm wondering if she has something wrong with her innards.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 24, 2014, 08:15:32 PM
Auntie,

Even though we have had Zuzu since she was a kitten she still makes unhappy sounds when she is picked up so Alice might just have the same catitude.

As to the not using the tray it is a worry but she might have do secret wees elsewhere and be constipated because of the change in venue. When I took Megs the collie up north on a visit to my sister's she refused to pee or poo for a good 10 hours.

 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 24, 2014, 09:08:41 PM
 >tah< both for the clarification about the 'picture' - I guess I took it too literally  >doh< (blame it on 'transition from holiday-to-home syndrome'  ;-))

Not all cats like being picked up, Cindy is affectionate in every other way ( including great enjoyment of a tummy rub) - but being lifted off the ground is something she still doesn't tolerate very well even after nearly 8 years of being with me, so I just don't even attempt it now  >erm< 
If Alice has eaten 'wet' food, she will have got some moisture from that, so see how she goes over the next 24 hours (pardon the pun) if she doesn't seem to be in distress apart from what you've said so far, auntie  >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 24, 2014, 09:16:28 PM
Well goodness me.  I did not know before that some cats do not like being lifted up.

Alice has a very fat little tummy so I am going to keep an eye on it.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 24, 2014, 09:28:23 PM
Neither of my cats very much like being lifted up, and my partner's cat likes it if my partner picks her up but wails if I do. Tonight we've had a little break through - both cats and dog (and me!) all in the same room. Admittedly I've got the dog on his lead and he's quivering all over, but it's a start!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 24, 2014, 09:52:13 PM
Congrats Fee and Auntie on your new arrivals >bubbly<

Auntie - I hope that Alice is ok. Is there any chance that she could have relieved herself elsewhere in the house, as cats are sometimes wont to do in a new environment?

DG, George (my cat) has an incredibly loud snore. If he's asleep in the room next door I can still hear him.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 24, 2014, 09:57:11 PM
I had to have Achilles rat put to sleep this morning. Over the last week he was losing more & more use of his back legs. Eventually he'd lose complete use of them. It's a common problem in elderly rats. He was 2 years & about 4 months old.

I've just got Ajax left from the A Team (Apollo, Achilles & Ajax). I'm giving him lots of TLC as he's now all alone. RIP Achilles.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 24, 2014, 10:15:57 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that leg_iron  >bighugs<
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Post by: leg_iron on May 24, 2014, 10:48:53 PM
Thanks. I knew it was the right thing to do but it's horrible having to do it.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 24, 2014, 11:05:37 PM
Oh leg, I am so sorry.  It is very awful isn't it.  But when the decision has to be made it is obvious, isn't it. 

I had to take doggie in a couple of weeks ago and it is going to be a long time before I stop missing her.

 >hugs<
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Post by: Defying Gravity on May 24, 2014, 11:09:23 PM
Very sorry to hear that, leg iron.
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Post by: leg_iron on May 24, 2014, 11:14:01 PM
Auntie, I'm very sorry to hear about Doggie. I still miss my other rats. It's very strange just having the one rat. I'll move Ajax into the smaller cage as his current cage dwarfs him. Also it'll give me chance to give it a thorough clean prior to getting some more rats. I'm thinking of getting some female rats this time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 24, 2014, 11:46:24 PM
♥ "Lend Me A Rat" ♥

I will lend a rat to you - for awhile, God said.
For you to love him while he lives, and mourn him when he's dead.
Maybe for twelve or thirty months -
Or maybe two or three.
But will you, 'til I call him back, take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you; and should his stay be brief,
You'll always have his memories, as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth, return.
But there are lessons taught below, I want this rat to learn.

I've looked the whole world over, in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowd life's land, I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to you, to take my rat again?

Then it was that I said: 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.'
For all the joys this rat will bring, the risk of grief I'll run.
I'll shelter him with tenderness, I'll love him while I may.
And for the happiness I've known, forever grateful stay.

But should you think to call him back, much sooner than we'd planned,
I'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
When this faithful soul departs this busy world of strife,
We'll have yet another rat, and love him all his life.

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Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 25, 2014, 07:50:54 AM
That's a thought-provoking poem, Leggy, and could apply to any much-loved animal  >thumbsup<

For Achilles  >rose<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 25, 2014, 11:16:16 AM
So sorry to hear that you had to make the hard decision to put your rat to sleep  >hugs<

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Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 25, 2014, 03:59:14 PM
Leg iron,

Sorry that Achilles has passed over the Rainbow Bridge.
The poem gives me a insight into why some people keep rats.
 >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 25, 2014, 04:09:21 PM
Leg_Iron, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Achilles. I agree, it is horrible having to take a loved companion to be PTS. I always feel such a traitor - even though I know it is the final loving thing I can do.  >hugs<


Thanks for the poem, made me  >crying<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on May 25, 2014, 05:01:46 PM
Just caught up with all the pet doings. How good that you were able to do  the right thing with Achilles Rat, Leg iron.

Auntie, I look forward to hearing all about Alice, relieved that Doggie was able to pass peacefully.
 My daughter's two Springers paid me a visit last week, great to see them. The older dog, beautiful Beth, knows that I am family and gives me a lot of love   >dog< >heart<. Young Walter is a typical young Springer, attention span of a gnat unless it involves food or a toy, but he is lovely too, although his personality is completely different.

Walter is still in a bit of a chewing stage, though improving, but it has proved a bit expensive. He wiped out my grand-daughter's spectacles, she showed me a pic she took of the remains ... not much left! Beth never did this, so it was a bit of a shock.
He is due for the snip, here's hoping it calms him down.

I am so pleased he is being done, as I lost a beautiful little dog when he ran off after a bitch and was killed on the road. Walter hasn't shown the same sort of single-minded instincts yet, but it could arrive out of the blue.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 25, 2014, 05:21:43 PM
Thanks. I knew it was the right thing to do but it's horrible having to do it.

 >bighugs< >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 25, 2014, 06:31:10 PM
Thanks for all your messages. I'm giving Ajax lots of TLC now. He'll be ok just got to give him time.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on May 25, 2014, 06:34:52 PM
I'm thinking of getting some female rats as I've always had males. The names I've thought of are: Emily , Esther. & Florence.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: feehutch on May 25, 2014, 08:19:22 PM
I have a phobia of rats but I am sorry for your loss leg.  I love you choice of names too :)
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Post by: leg_iron on May 25, 2014, 08:57:53 PM
I've just been giving Ajax some TLC & he laid his head on my hand. He's missing Achilles as they are social animals.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on May 25, 2014, 10:54:26 PM
 >hugs<
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 25, 2014, 11:41:47 PM
AndMac,

Quote
Young Walter is a typical young Springer, attention span of a gnat unless it involves food or a toy, but he is lovely too, although his personality is completely different.

I love Springer Spaniels but when I got my first dog people said that type of dog would be to bouncy so I got a Manchester Terrier instead  >lol< . Anyone who had a MT will know why I am  >lol< ing.

Luka the husky collie cross we have now calmed down a lot when he had the snip. I reckon if we had left him intact he would have ran off and gone feral until recaptured.

Luka and Meg's are weird in that they grew out of stealing a chewing random stuff but they still chew holes in and rip their bedding.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 27, 2014, 10:29:17 PM
Progress report on Alice:

Today I discovered that she likes to drink milk.  She has not touched a drop of the water I left out for her, so now I know why.  She is also coming down onto the floor more often rather than sitting on the counter in her basket.  I'm teaching her to sit on my shoulder and be cuddled, and today she snuggled right up into my neck.  OOoo so sweet.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on May 27, 2014, 11:24:57 PM
How lovely to hear she is getting more confident and you are able to make friends with her.  >biggrin<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 28, 2014, 11:45:44 AM
That's great news about Alice, Auntie. Glad that she's beginning to settle in.  >thumbsup<

George is having yet another dental operation. Can't help feeling a bit worried about him undergoing the general anaesthetic, as at eight years old, he is now a distinctly middle-aged cat.   

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 28, 2014, 07:29:04 PM
The problem is that they only develop teeth problems when they start to get older.  Better to have it done as soon as possible rather than wait.  The cat will only be getting more mature, after all.  Poor little cat.  It is when they are ill that you want them to talk to you to tell you the symptoms.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 28, 2014, 08:10:06 PM
NN and George  >bighugs<  He's still quite young at 8. Cleo is about 13 now and had 8 teeth out, with no problems, last year.


Auntie, I'm glad to hear that Alice is settling down  :-)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on May 28, 2014, 08:21:18 PM
Progress report on Alice:

Today I discovered that she likes to drink milk.  She has not touched a drop of the water I left out for her, so now I know why.  She is also coming down onto the floor more often rather than sitting on the counter in her basket.  I'm teaching her to sit on my shoulder and be cuddled, and today she snuggled right up into my neck.  OOoo so sweet.

Alice sounds lovely, I want a picture :)

on milk, be careful as I've read our milk is pretty bad for cats (yeah, I was rather surprised too) but she sounds a love, enjoy the cuddles  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 28, 2014, 08:27:07 PM
I've looked this up Steve.  It seems you are right.  Milk upsets the cats digestive system.  What do you give your cat to drink?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Defying Gravity on May 28, 2014, 08:28:21 PM
You can buy cat milk if you really want to give them it. Otherwise a little drop probably won't hurt, but it isn't good for them in large amounts - they aren't good at digesting the lactose in regular milk.

Some cats prefer to drink running water, and you can buy drinking fountains for them...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 28, 2014, 08:35:54 PM
I virtually never give our cats milk. They do have water always available and both like their drinking fountain (that isn't a 'must have' but it does seem to encourage them to drink).
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 28, 2014, 09:07:36 PM
The lactose in cow's milk can cause tummy upsets in some cats. The 'cat milks' available at supermarkets are lactose-free, but still quite rich, so best given as an occasional treat. Whiskas brand cat milk is fortified with the amino acid taurine, and some other minerals essential to feline health. It's quite expensive - a bottle containing 4 small portions would usually set your back somewhere in the region of a pound. It might make a nice 'moving-in' present, though.  :-)

George is now home from the vet, looking pretty poorly. He should perk up a bit over the next day or two, and be feeling like a new cat by Monday.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 29, 2014, 12:13:58 PM
Get Well Soon, George!
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Post by: lankou on May 29, 2014, 12:20:44 PM
(http://worthstreetvet.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/sleepy-cat1.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 29, 2014, 01:03:01 PM
Cat water fountains are good but a bit of a chore to clean and refill so I retired ours and instead left a large glass dish in the bath to catch the drips from our dripping tap and all three cats seem to like it. I will have to rethink this once the new bath and taps are installed.

It might be an idea to leave a tap running very slowly to see if Alice drinks from it before buying a fountain.

Good info on cows and cat milk  >thumbsup<

Milo is getting tartar on his teeth and new expensive cat food has been recommended. I sometimes wonder how our cats used to manage on Whiskas or Kitekat tinned food and Go Cat biscuits.

I hope George feels better soon  >hugs<. One of our rescue cats ended up with just four teeth and she went on for years after that.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 29, 2014, 03:56:28 PM
Cat water fountains are good but a bit of a chore to clean and refill so I retired ours

The fountains can be a bit of a gamble. They're always worth a try if you can find one at a reasonable price, but unfortunately not every cat likes them.

George is still pretty groggy after his op, but is enjoying the soft foods on offer in his dish between extended snoozes, and was able to toddle out and sit at the ramp at the front of the house for 10 or so minutes this morning. So he's on the mend, but not there yet.

He's to go for his post-op check up tomorrow morning, so more box-related fun awaits.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 29, 2014, 04:45:59 PM
Poor George! I hope he continues well with his recovery.

We've had more fun and games with Barney.  At the weekend he had a very sore bottom so he had a trip to the vets to have his anal glands emptied. On Sunday he was worse than before and his bottom was very red and imflammed and it started bleeding where he was scratching it so much. So we had an emergency trip to the vets on Sunday for some more antiinflammatories and antibiotics. He's getting better now and the soreness is reducing. He had had a couple of 'accidents' indoors because pooing hurt him so much that he was holding on until the last minute.  Poor old thing. 
He's really been through it this last month and I'm hoping this will be the last of his problems for a while.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on May 29, 2014, 05:55:24 PM
Gentle  >hugs< for you and Barney, dd.

Quote
He's really been through it this last month and I'm hoping this will be the last of his problems for a while.

 >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on May 29, 2014, 06:22:50 PM
Deary me.  Barney is being very entertaining at the moment, isn't he.  Here's hoping there is less excitement in the future.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on May 29, 2014, 07:29:20 PM
Oh, poor Barney - I winced on his behalf, not a pleasant procedure for him and it's miserable for both animals and humans when anything interferes with basic functions like elimination.  Wishing him a Get Well Soon also!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on May 29, 2014, 07:49:21 PM
DD,

Poor Barney  >cheerup< My Manchester terrier Jess used to get a similar problem and treatment involved putting cotton clothes in very hot water and then on the swelling the blocked gland created. Yucky task but at least it helped Jess and and saved money on additional vets visits. It must be a lot more difficult to treat when the dog is bigger.
Giving Jess raw carrots to eat seemed to help.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on May 29, 2014, 08:33:07 PM
I've looked this up Steve.  It seems you are right.  Milk upsets the cats digestive system.  What do you give your cat to drink?

I tried Sky with some of that cat ..well kitten milk, but she hated it.
She just drinks water, usually from her bowl but she's fascinated by water and especially dripping taps, she can stare at it for hours.

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on May 29, 2014, 11:49:02 PM
'Get well' hugs for Barney and George  >bighugs<


Alfie likes to play 'drippy drippy tap' too  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on May 30, 2014, 04:28:48 PM
Giving Jess raw carrots to eat seemed to help.

I will try that, he loves carrots.  thanks  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: AndMac on June 06, 2014, 02:27:27 AM

Pictures from visiting the horses that I have a small share in on Sunday

(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq187/mcculloch29/IMG_5050-1.jpg)

Boo is on the left, the yearling filly, and Fatty is the gelding on the right, 2 next month. The man is their breeder and chief owner, with his wife.

(http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq187/mcculloch29/KisseswithBooandFatty.jpg)

That's me, saying hello and doing my horse whispering bit. It was lovely, all snuffles and whuffles. The horses as well.
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Post by: Jockice on June 06, 2014, 08:24:11 AM
Great pictures.
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 06, 2014, 04:33:52 PM
Lovely photo's and lovely neddies!  :-)


I am hoping to become 'foster meowmy' to a ginger boycat. He has a poor history, having been brought over to England from Croatia (I don't remember how or why). He has facial injuries which are thought to be due to human mis-treatment. He is fine now, although not as handsome as he once was.


The lady who took him in has found that he will not tolerate on of her current incumbents and needs to move him on (in a nutshell, there is more to it than that). His mother-to-be is currently fostering so cannot take him yet so I have said that we will house him temporarily.


I haven't fostred before, am hoping that I can manage not to lose my heart to him!
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Post by: ditchdwellers on June 06, 2014, 05:53:14 PM
Good luck with that Hurty! I think I would find fostering quite hard as I wouldn't want to give them back!
How do think he will get on with your resident kitties?
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 06, 2014, 10:28:29 PM
Beautiful pictures AndMac >thumbsup<

Good luck with the fostering, Hurty. I hope it proves to be a rewarding experience.  >x-fingers< >blackcat<
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 07, 2014, 09:44:31 PM
Dd, I am worried that I will become attached to kitty but he should only be with me for a few weeks so I hope it will be OK. He will have to live in the spare room, I'm not going to try and introduce him to my resident cats as he is not going to be here long-term. It won't be ideal for him, but it will be better than being out on the streets again.


The problem at the moment is trying to find someone who will help get him from Lincoln, where he currently is, down to me in Bournemouth.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 08, 2014, 12:07:28 AM
There will be a volunteers office/co-ordinator or something like that in both towns.  There may be someone who goes between the two places on their books.
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 08, 2014, 11:07:14 PM
Yes, there's a call out for volunteers but it is such a very long way. We have an offer from the Greater London area down to here but still nothing for the northern part of the journey. Will just have to wait and see whether it works out...
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Post by: ditchdwellers on June 11, 2014, 12:59:59 PM
How's the fostering going Hurty?

Barney is still having terrible problems with his bottom.   I took him back to the vets last Friday and he gave me steroid cream to rub onto his bottom.  Lovely!   But it didn't work at all, and now he has another raging infection,  with lots of swelling, redness and weeping.   If you lift his tail, he resembles a baboon.  This morning the vet has given him an antibiotic injection,  and prescribed more antibiotics.   He's got to go back for a check up next week,  and I really hope that this works.  The vet is at a bit of a loss to know why this keeps happening,  and I'm a bit worried that it could be a symptom of something more sinister.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 11, 2014, 06:19:04 PM
AndMac,

I love the horse photos. I used to love to be near horses until one bit me on the chest. In felt like the bite detached my boob but it was the pain making me overly dramatic. Some friends of ours have horses in a field next to there house, I was in the garden and ended up feeding the horses bread. My friend just handed me the bread and before I knew it I was sitting there in my wheelchair the horse reaching over for bread with his head. I did not have time to be scared  >cool<

Hurtyback,

I hope the transport gets arranged okay for 'foster cat' it is a good idea to keep him to one room. It will give him time to decompress from his street life and you'll get a better idea of the type of cat he is which will help when it comes to rehoming.

DD,

 >hugs< poor Barney. I remember you mentioning he eats allsorts of things, giving my terriers raw carrats to chew and eat seemed to reduce the infrequence and level of problems they had with their back ends.
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 11, 2014, 08:19:00 PM
Dd and Barney  >hugs<


Fostercat has not arrived as we have been unable to arrange transport  :-(  It looks as if it might not happen.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 11, 2014, 08:48:38 PM
I know some people who live in Lincoln who have children who live near to Eastbourne.  Would you like me to try to contact them Hurty?
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 12, 2014, 05:47:06 PM
That is very kind of you Auntie  :-)  I'm not sure how we could get puss from Eastborne to here but it might be worth asking, please.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 12, 2014, 06:19:58 PM
 >x-fingers< for you Hurty.

Gentle  >hugs< for Barney.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 12, 2014, 08:27:18 PM
Hurty, I have put the feelers out.  Will let you know if anything comes of it.
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 12, 2014, 09:57:30 PM
Thank you auntie.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 17, 2014, 10:51:42 PM
Really sorry Hurty but I cannot locate them.  I've tried a couple of times.  Sorry to have raised your hopes.   :-(
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 18, 2014, 04:44:16 PM
Really sorry Hurty but I cannot locate them.  I've tried a couple of times.  Sorry to have raised your hopes.   :-(


No problem auntie, thanks for trying  >hugs<  I think maybe this was not meant to be.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 19, 2014, 05:19:01 AM
I had to have Ajax put to sleep yesterday. I think he'd had a stroke. He was nearly 2&1/2 which was a good age for a rat. I now have got no rats & it's bloody horrible. It's the first time I've been without any rats since 2010. I hadn't managed to sort out getting any new rats after Achilles was put to sleep a few weeks ago.
 :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on June 19, 2014, 09:00:38 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that.   Being without pets when you are used to their company takes a lot of adjustment.
Will you get some new ratties?
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Post by: Jockice on June 19, 2014, 09:01:38 AM
I saw your message about that on Facebook leg-iron. Really sad. My advice is to get new rats as soon as possible. You'll never forget Ajax and Achilles of course but as I realised when Pongo died and my flat was cat-free for the first time in almost two decades, you get used to having the creatures around. Luckily Lotte appeared less than a month later and although she has a totally different personality it's good to have her around.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 19, 2014, 10:43:17 AM
Leg_Iron  >hugs<

Will you be able to get some new ratty companions soon?
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Post by: Frances on June 19, 2014, 12:24:05 PM
Thinking of you leggy. ((Hugs))
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 19, 2014, 05:12:11 PM
Oh leggy  >hugs<  I am so sorry to hear this, especially so soon after Achilles.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 19, 2014, 08:06:39 PM
An empty house?  Oh how horrid leggy.

I miss my doggie so much.  So I have decided to ask the lady across the road if she would let me walk her greyhound called Angel.  I only thought this up this afternoon.  Leggy can you offer your local small animal rescue place if you can foster a few of their animals for a short while whilst you get over missing your own ratties?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 19, 2014, 09:43:34 PM
Thanks for your messages. It's horrible being in the flat alone. I've not been without rats since June 2010. I will definitely get some more but I'm looking at getting some females as I've always had males. I think I've found a breeder in Bristol on the Facebook rat group that I belong to. So I'll make contact with her & see what she has got.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 19, 2014, 09:49:28 PM
Auntie, that is a lovely idea, greyhounds are such gentle souls.


Leggie, I'm glad that you will be able to source another ratty family soon.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 20, 2014, 09:46:03 AM
I'm looking at getting 3 girls if I can. By having 3 rats in a group, it means that if anything happens to 1 of them then I still have a pair. With rats being social animals you must try & avoid where possible having a single rat.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 20, 2014, 11:38:50 AM
Auntie, that's a really nice idea. Hopefully your neighbour will be amenable.  >dog<

Leg_Iron, I hope that the person in Bristol comes up trumps for you.  >x-fingers<

Do male and female rats have different behaviour patterns?
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 20, 2014, 03:48:57 PM
Leg iron,

Sorry about Ajax and the current lack of furry company in your flat. I agree with what Jokcice said about getting new rats sooner rather than later.

NN,

Quote
Do male and female rats have different behaviour patterns?

I was wondering the same thing and also whether female rates calm down if they are spayed.

We had three Manchester terriers and the younger two used to get in really awful scraps until we got them spayed.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 20, 2014, 06:59:16 PM
I know that there are times that rats need to be neutered or spayed. It's often due to becoming hormonal & aggressive. I had to have Hartley neutered because he became the dominant male & he got so aggressive towards me. He would bite me badly & often draw blood.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on June 20, 2014, 08:11:52 PM
Good grief, I reckon females would be your best bet, Leggy!
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Post by: Dark_Divinity on June 20, 2014, 08:35:02 PM
I'm looking at getting 3 girls if I can. By having 3 rats in a group, it means that if anything happens to 1 of them then I still have a pair. With rats being social animals you must try & avoid where possible having a single rat.

Have you done the postcode search in the RSPCA website to see what animals are close to your location?
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Post by: leg_iron on June 21, 2014, 06:52:19 PM
Hartley was the only rat that I've had any problems with. I'm going to contact one of the rat rescue people that's in the rat group that I'm in on Facebook. I know they are often looking for homes for rats. They often have unexpected litters of babies that they need good homes for.
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Post by: seegee on June 22, 2014, 10:47:29 AM
leg_iron >bighugs< hope you get young rats soon so you can give them a good home >thumbsup<
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Post by: leg_iron on June 22, 2014, 05:34:00 PM
I've started the process of adopting 3 black & white female dumbo rats from a rat & rodent rescue place in Southampton. I've got to complete a questionnaire & send it back. Then I will need a house visit to check I'm suitable & that I've got the proper cage & bedding etc.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on June 22, 2014, 06:12:06 PM
That's great  >thumbsup<  have you got any ideas for names?
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Post by: Hurtyback on June 22, 2014, 10:44:56 PM
What are 'dumbo' rats Leggie? Do they have big ears or what?
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Post by: Fiz on June 23, 2014, 07:44:17 AM
One of my cats (my favourite shhh) has been missing for 5 days now. He's been missing for up to 3 days a few times before but always in response to my being away and having someone come in and put food down for them. I assumed he missed the company and it's taken up to 3 days after my return for him to come back home. He's never been hungry on return so I guess someone feeds him. He's the cuddly affectionate calm soppy cat so is adorable and people would love him. But this time I haven't been away and it's been 5 days now. I kind of wish people wouldn't feed cats that aren't theirs unless they look like they haven't been fed enough and you certainly can't say that about this one. I don't live anywhere near roads so traffic isn't a problem and should be a worry, I am at the end of a very quiet close with parkland around.

I am missing him. Someone on fb said have I put posters up which makes me feel bad as I haven't. Partly capactity problem but also a lot of my neighbours are horrible, they have smashed our windscreens, slashed our tyres, scratched cars, shouted and sworn at us and banged on our doors etc. and I leave well alone and keep myself to myself. His sister who is here is not her usual self and is missing him.
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Post by: leg_iron on June 23, 2014, 08:15:48 AM
Fiz, so sorry to read that your favourite cat is missing. Hope your cat is found soon.

Dumbo rats have bigger ears & they are on the side of he head rather than on the top of the head. Ajax, Achilles & Apollo were all dumbo rats. My other 4 were standard rats. Septimus, my avatar is a standard rat.

I was planning on calling them Emily, Esther & Florence but they already have names. I don't know what people think of changing their names. They are all black Berkshires which means that they have white bellies & feet.
http://www.dapper.com.au/whatrat.htm#berkshire
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Post by: leg_iron on June 23, 2014, 09:28:48 AM
Apollo is a dumbo rat
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/015_zpse319f80c.jpg)
Septimus is a standard rat (http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/Septimus004.jpg)
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on June 23, 2014, 03:17:10 PM
leg_iron, I would change their names. Creatures from Southampton are a versatile lot  >biggergrin<

As an aside from that geographical area, my real name is different to the one I had as a child. I changed my name by deed poll as a young adult to signify a change of direction and stage of my life. I think the same applies to your new family members  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on June 23, 2014, 05:15:48 PM
Fiz  >hugs<  I am so sorry that puss has gone AWOL, I do hope he returns home, safe and well, soon.


Leggie, thank you for explaining that  :-)  I don't see why you shouldn't change the ratties' names. Cleo was Fliss before she came to us, but that is the name of my son's partner so we thought we should change it. Doesn't make any difference, she doesn't respond whatever name we use  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 24, 2014, 08:09:37 AM
Dumbo rats are supposidly more chilled than normal rats & they look prettier too.
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Post by: Jockice on June 24, 2014, 10:53:53 AM
" Creatures from Southampton are a versatile lot  "


Hey, watch it. It's a little-known fact that I have more relatives in Southampton than anywhere else on earth. Not that I've been there for two decades.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 24, 2014, 01:24:09 PM
Fiz,

 >bighugs< I agree with you about people feeding healthy looking cats but sometimes they do end up thinking the cat is theirs  >doh<. One way round this it to put a collar on your cat, but  some cats are just so cuddly the neighbours can find it hard not to feed them.

We have the opposite problem in that a tom cat from down the street comes in thru the cat flap we have in the bathroom window. Iigga hides, Zuzu watches from the landing and Milo does his best to use look beefy as he howls but the cat is a full tom a neutered tom has little change against the bruiser. We are seeing if out cats are able to keep collars with cat flap opening magnets on before we install the new cat flap which means getting a new window.

I hope your boy cat returns soon, hopefully he is enjoying the good weather as he makes his way home.

Leg Iron,

I agree with what other people said about naming the rats. Giving a new pet a new name often makes them feel yours sooner than keeping their old name.
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Post by: Fiz on June 24, 2014, 04:10:14 PM
He does have a collar on. I think the current disc has broken off though. He is chipped. I am going to buy a new collar tomorrow and put a new disc on it so that if he does come home I can immediately give him a new collar and disc set. In the morning he will have been gone a week now so I am beginning to think he may not return  :-(.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 24, 2014, 07:03:26 PM
 >hugs<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 25, 2014, 10:39:34 AM
Fiz  >hugs<

I'm so sorry to hear that you cat has gone off for an adventure. Would you feel safe about posting a picture of him on Gumtree, in the missing pets section covering your area? Lots of animal shelters monitor such pages. I know that money is very tight for you at the moment, but it might be worth emailing your local paper. Some of them offer free classified ads for lost animals. It's a good thing that your cat is chipped and has a collar - if he decides to use some kindly stranger as a service station on his travels, it should alert the person to the fact that he has an owner.

My cat was returned to me after being missing for nearly a fortnight, so don't give up hope just yet.  >hugs< >blackcat< >x-fingers<



Leg_Iron - thanks for the info regarding the different types of ratties. How are things going with the adoption?

I agree with everyone about the name change.  >thumbsup<

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on June 25, 2014, 10:43:59 AM
I've filled in the application & I'm going to get that in the post today. From talking to the person who runs the rescue place in Southampton, it's going to be middle of July when I will be getting my new ratties. She could have rushed it through for this Saturday but that would have been a real rush for both of us. I need to get a few bits for their cage before I get them.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on June 25, 2014, 11:46:11 AM
Fiz,

It is typical for cats to go missing just after they lost the tag or lost both tag and collar, they are such contrary creatures but then that makes them different from most dogs
 >bighugs<
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Post by: Fiz on June 26, 2014, 05:53:49 PM
I now have a smart new blue collar here with a tag on it ready to put on him should he return. I have also decided that I will keep both cats indoors for a month if he returns to help reground him as to where is home. Both these plans depend on his return of course. It has rained today for the first time since he went missing so I hoped this might encourage him home but not yet. I know I shouldn't give up hope but I am really low atm so it's hard to keep hold of any.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 26, 2014, 06:26:18 PM
Have you been in touch with the RSPCA, local rescue homes, that sort of thing?
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Post by: ditchdwellers on June 27, 2014, 10:54:50 AM
Fiz I do hope that your cat returns soon.   >hugs<
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Post by: Jockice on June 29, 2014, 07:38:43 AM
Fingers crossed Fiz.
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Post by: Fiz on June 29, 2014, 08:22:33 AM
Auntie, he is chipped so I thought rescue centres and/vets would contact me? I can't handle phones, I know that I should force myself but I can't.

He's been gone 11 days now. I am thinking the worst.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on June 29, 2014, 01:07:16 PM
Fiz, my first cat Misty went AWOL for three weeks once:  it was a notice in the local shop window that brought her back.  A lady living a couple of streets away spotted her romping in a field with a pack of ferals!  Don't give up just yet...
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on June 29, 2014, 06:11:21 PM
I know that the police do not automatically check to see if a wandering animal is chipped.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on June 29, 2014, 07:38:32 PM
Fiz  >bighugs<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on June 29, 2014, 09:57:29 PM
 >bighugs<
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Post by: Defying Gravity on June 29, 2014, 11:46:06 PM
Taffy dog encountered his first hedgehog tonight. Not sure who was more surprised: me, him or it! I've been back out and left it some cat food by way of an apology for disturbing its routine.

Fiz, I hope your cat comes home soon. Is there any building work happening nearby, where it could have been shut in?
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Post by: auntieCtheM on June 29, 2014, 11:51:20 PM
I was taken to a local dog show this afternoon.  Oh all those clean doggies with waggy tails.  There were two that looked a bit like my own doggie used to look - same tail, eyes, ears and colour.  I really wanted to hug them.

Love to everyone who misses a pet.  >hugs<
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Post by: leg_iron on July 03, 2014, 06:28:58 PM
Fingers crossed Fiz that your cat is found. My application  to adopt 3 little 15 week old female rats has been accepted. I've just got to have a home check on Saturday afternoon.  I should be getting them around the 19th July.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 03, 2014, 06:58:35 PM
Aw, how lovely, Leggie - shouldn't think you'd have any problem with the home visit, an experienced rat keeper like yourself and all  >thumbsup<

PS - we shall want pics!
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Post by: Fiz on July 03, 2014, 07:03:00 PM
Hope that goes well leg_iron

Talked a little about Bobo today to my therapist, fought tears a bit and have been very teary since. I'm fighting it but on her advice on allowing myself to grieve have decided that to mark the 6 weeks from which petlog told me it is rare to be reconcilled with a missing cat I will do some sort of memorial event and allow myself a good cry. That's not till 30th July, as that's a Wednesday and a therapy day that I already struggle with I might use 31st July and it being the last day of the month might be significant too. Hanging on with little hope till then. My local Councillor shared my FB photo locally and 2 separate people said they'd seen a dead mostly squashed cat on a main road about a quarter of a mile away, all that was visible as being a cat was the tail which was stripey like Bobo's. I don't know if he would go that far as not only is that a lot of gardens (possibly 30) but a council dust truck and maintenance yard and also they saw that when he'd already been missing 9 days so the dates don't tie in but in the absence of Bobo am really feeling that he is dead somehow or he would have come back. Can't believe how devastated I feel. I don't even like cats. Love him like you wouldn't believe though.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 03, 2014, 07:11:55 PM
Leg_Iron - will have  >x-fingers< for your home visit.

Fiz  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on July 03, 2014, 08:17:47 PM
The home visit is required because it's an animal rescue place. As far as I'm aware, they just need to see my cage & bedding to make sure that they are suitable & I'll probably get asked lots of questions. I've chosen the 3 that I'm going to have & they've been reserved.  I've seen photos of the 3 girls that I'm getting & I can see some subtle differences in the 3 of them. Not only are their white belly markings all different, they have different markings on their tails & one has different shaped ears.

http://scritches.webs.com/availableforrehoming.htm

Scroll down to the bottom of the page & look at the wildlife 2 group of black females. The three that I have chosen are: delphin, ereth & Taya. They all have reserved by their names. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 03, 2014, 09:03:22 PM
I had no idea there was an animal rescue outfit solely devoted to rodents - wish there'd been something like that around when I was a 13-year old schoolgirl trying my hand at keeping gerbils (started with 2, ended up with 14 >erm< )
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on July 03, 2014, 09:39:59 PM
There are quite a few these days that just cater for rescuing rodents. The 3 girls that I'm getting are from a litter that was an unplanned pregnancy because the pet shop couldn't tell the difference between male & female rats. I think they need to go to spec savers!! The doe (female) can get pregnant from about 5 weeks old & the gestation period is 3 weeks. They can have on average between 6-13 kittens per litter. They have 12 nipples! Does can get pregnant within a couple of hours after giving birth.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 03, 2014, 09:42:10 PM
!! oh poor little furry things - having to go through all that so often.
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Post by: Fiz on July 04, 2014, 04:36:24 AM
I'm not a ratty person but some of those are cuties!

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Post by: Hurtyback on July 04, 2014, 04:45:59 PM
Leggie, I'm so glad that you will soon have some lovely ratties again  >biggrin<


Fiz  >hugs<  I'm glad that the rescue centre have been realistic about the chances of finding your cat after 6 weeks has passed. I have had cats go missing in the past and people always wanted to 'make me feel better' by pointing out stories of cats returning home after x months/years away. All it actually did was open the wound and bring about another period of grief. It sounds a really good idea to have a ceremonial 'end' to bring some 'closure' (dog, I hate that word!).

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 04, 2014, 06:12:17 PM
Fiz, I agree with Hurty on this.  I think that you have been given some very good advice  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on July 05, 2014, 06:53:01 PM
Home visit complete & all ok. The couple who came to do the house check were with me for about 15 - 20 minutes. They had to see the cage & bedding that I'm going to use & they asked me a series of questions about the food I use as well as what my arrangements I have in place for when I go on holiday & that sort of thing. It's just to make sure that everything is ok. I should get the girls in 2 weeks time. 
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Post by: ditchdwellers on July 05, 2014, 07:19:05 PM
 >thumbsup< really excited for you!
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 05, 2014, 07:54:51 PM
We do, of course, expect pictures when they have settled in Leg.

BTW Alice the cat is beginning to change her behaviour and to open up and get to trust me.  Today we both sat in the same armchair.  She did not sit on me, but I am sure that will come eventually.  She is scared of something and sometimes quite wary of me.  But slowly she is improving.  Soon I will be able to photograph her and you will get to see her wonderful black eyeliner which is above and below her eyes.
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 05, 2014, 08:31:00 PM
Auntie, it is lovely to hear that Alice is gradually starting to settle down and trust you  >biggrin<
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Post by: leg_iron on July 05, 2014, 08:49:58 PM
I will sort out some photos of the girls once they've settled in.
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Post by: leg_iron on July 06, 2014, 04:54:15 PM
I've just had confirmation that I will get my new girls on 19th July.  :-)
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 06, 2014, 05:22:49 PM
that's great, leg_iron.  >thumbsup<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 06, 2014, 09:01:02 PM
More Alice news.  Generous soul that she is - she is sharing her fleas too.    >steam<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 06, 2014, 09:09:29 PM
Time for the 'Advantage' spot-on?
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 06, 2014, 09:10:38 PM
Time to practise cat neck twisting

(no, no, I really did not say that, t'wasn't me gov.)

Thanks for the nudge Kizzy.  I have just done the anti-flea thing, and Alice has obviously had it done in the past.  She took one look at the pack I was opening and desperately tried to get away.  Naturally I won the tussle!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on July 06, 2014, 09:17:02 PM
At least domesticated rats don't have fleas. They do have mites instead that can cause them problems especially when they are unwell. They can be treated with spot-on but trying to put it on the back of a wriggling rat is fun! Many a time that I've ended up wearing some of it.
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 06, 2014, 09:17:59 PM
Oh well, at least you won't get mites Leggie  >devil<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 06, 2014, 10:12:51 PM
Don't you just wrap the rat in a thick towel and then expose the required area?  That is what I used to do with an aggressive cat I once had.
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Post by: leg_iron on July 06, 2014, 11:25:17 PM
I squirt in on the back of their neck & rub it in as best as I can. Often by giving them a treat, their attention is diverted & I can get the spot on without too much fuss.
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Post by: Fiz on July 07, 2014, 07:08:19 AM
I seem to be getting a puppy. I was mulling over the idea of waiting to the 6 weeks is up and when allowing myself to mourn Bobo might get a puppy (lapdog type to cuddle) and then saw this local litter advertised. Why was I looking?! They are ready to go now but I am caring for my granddaughter-to-be for a week from this Wednesday so I pick the pup up a week on Wednesday when I get back. I am half really excited and half terrified and thinking what the hell am I doing. I have never owned a small dog that sits on your knee.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 07, 2014, 10:37:53 AM
Auntie - that's lovely news about Alice (about her learning to trust you, not about the fleas!). I look forward to the photos!

Leg_Iron - looking forward to your pictures too!

Fiz - best of luck with your new animal companion.  >hugs< >dog<
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Post by: Defying Gravity on July 07, 2014, 08:42:56 PM
Poor Taffy. This what happens when you roll in something horrible. You get posted on the internet in a state of undress.... (He's getting his own back now by drying himself off on the carpet.)

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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 07, 2014, 08:45:21 PM
 >lol< >lol<

Have you ever washed a cat?  They are amazingly skinny under all that fur. >blackcat<
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Post by: Defying Gravity on July 07, 2014, 08:48:13 PM
Thankfully I've never needed to wash my cats, they aren't especially adventurous. Taffy looked a lot skinnier just before I took the photo but then he shook himself and his fur all stood up again.
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 07, 2014, 08:53:58 PM
I had to wash Chivvy's back end a couple of times when he was so poorly with diarrhoea, just before he died.  As he had only 1 back leg and was very weak by then, it was easy enough to plonk his back end into a bucket of water and do what I had to. It was instrumental in making the decision to let him go because it was clear that he found the whole thing highly undignified! :-(
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 07, 2014, 08:58:20 PM
I used to really enjoy washing my doggie.  All that spreading the soap around and underneath and towel drying meant lots of warm cuddles and silly little games.  I used to wash her in my birthday suit and then had to shower and wash my hair as the water and suds went everywhere.  Luckily I have a very small bathroom so it is easily wiped over to clear the wet dog smells away.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 07, 2014, 09:45:15 PM
Had to wash one of the family cats after she'd got into the coal bunker. Not an experience either of us wished to repeat!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 07, 2014, 10:30:16 PM
I haven't had to bath Barney yet as he tends to avoid mud and puddles. Mind you, when he falls in the canal he takes some drying! Fortunately he doesn't mind the hair dryer so 45 minutes drying leaves him just slightly damp ( although smelling a bit like an old pond). I don't think we could get him in the bath and we don't have a shower so the only option is the garden hose.
Damp dogs have such a woeful expression!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 08, 2014, 11:52:15 AM
Fiz, I meant to ask you more about the puppy.   How exciting for you!  I adore puppies and go all gooey with them.  What sort of dog are you getting?  You mentioned that it will be a lapdog.  I've only had larger dogs before,  but I assume that you train and treat them just the same.
Good luck with it!
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Post by: Frances on July 08, 2014, 01:04:30 PM
I have a Chihuahua called Dixie she is a lap dog . She is the most adorable loving and obedient girl she is 5.1/2 now and we love her to bits .
 But I must say Given the choice its Ryan's lap she heads for. When he is having a bad time with his illness. She won't leave him,
 Even at night she won't lie in her bed but sits by the door of her bedroom . Listening for him . On guard 24/7 in case he collapses that's our girl. .
She loves tummy rubs and hugs ,loves a ramble in the woods. Now We can't walk her anymore.
The Cinnamon trusts kindly arranges Volunteers to walk her most days. .
They are a great breed so loyal and hug-able. This is our third Chihuahua. Mandy and Fudge both lived until their 19th year.
For a small dog (She is quite big 5 kilos) they are very tough and long lived.
We have had Pappillions as well . They are more skitish but adorable just the same.
My photo has Dixie on as well. so you can just about see her.
We love her to bits.
The only thing she dislikes is next doors cat as he attacked her twice and dislocated her Knee and Hip both times and she landed in Hossy for over a week both times nearly dieing the once.
So her back legs and hips are held together with Steel Pins and Wire now and she does have a bit of bother getting on the bed or chair she has to have some steps.
It really is a nasty unneutured male cat, It even comes in through our windows and goes to toilet in Rys bed or sprays up the Bathroom wall. Grr.
We can't leave a door open or it comes in and attacks Dixie.
No wonder she hates it.
The rest of the world she would gladly lick to pieces cos she loves everyone.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on July 08, 2014, 02:20:59 PM
Gosh that's shocking cat behaviour. That must be so upsetting.

ditchdwellers, my new dog is a mixed breed though largely a mix between toy poodle and maltese terrier. I've never had a small dog before so this will be entirely new to me. I have already discovered that the dog food I swear by as being the best isn't suitable for small breed puppies so I will keep her on what she is being fed by the breeder. I know you shouldn't over exercise puppies but wonder whether she will manage longer walks with my Goldie.

I nearly had a heart attack today I was getting the shopping in from the car, bit by bit as I can't carry much at once and was just locking the car to go in the house I noticed a Goldie in the park that looked like mine. Cue realising she was mine! She normally stays in the house with no problem while I unload the car but had snuck out, I panicked and wondered how I might not have noticed she'd gone for a while. I won't trust her again! Just as well, soon I will have a little one to watch out for too.
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 08, 2014, 06:21:22 PM
Quote
..soon I will have a little one to watch out for too.

Gosh, Fiz, that reads like you are in the family way - I've probably got it wrong though ..

Frances, you need to be ultra-firm with that damn cat - throw water at it before it even gets in the house, or give it a shock by rattling something noisy near it (most cats hate newspapers being shaken at them) or clapping your hands and growling while staring at it with as wide, fierce eyes as you can make!
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 08, 2014, 06:35:24 PM
Yes, KK, didn't you know that Fiz is expecting? A puppy!  >lol<
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Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 08, 2014, 06:45:26 PM
 >doh<  I thought Goldie was the puppy, I forgot Fiz already had a dog  >doh<  Blame the thundery weather we have here for stultifying my brain  >blush<
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Post by: Frances on July 08, 2014, 08:32:17 PM
Kizzy I Have tried everything with that darn cat  >erm<. Water Pistol. , Shaking a towel at him, throwing water over him, even threw a load of feathers at him from an old cushion.( actually I threw the Cushion but it tore and the feathers went all over him >devil< !!!)
My friends daughter chased him with the water Pistol. Still he comes in through doors and windows . He comes in through Ry's living room door or Window and does his mess in his room.
He jumps up at the Birds on the feeders and grabs them and kills them. He even took the baby birds from the nest in the hedge by our back door.
I think I need a proper gun >angry< ! He seems to deliberately torment Dixie by climbing on the fence by the Kitchen door and staring at her through the Glass. Its as if he delights in winding her up  >steam<.
All ideas Considered  >devil<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 08, 2014, 09:46:21 PM
Oh Frances, that's awful for you and your family  >hugs<

Do you have any idea which irresponsible prat owns the cat in question? If so, then I'd suggest sending them a bill for the veterinary treatment Dixie has needed as a result of being attacked, as well as for carpet cleaning, ruined bedlinen, curtains and wallpaper etc. Maybe then they'd get the message and have the cat neutered, which may well help to resolve much of its unpleasant behaviour.   
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 08, 2014, 09:48:17 PM
If you get in touch with the RSPCA they might put some pressure on the family and do a free neutering service.  That animal is not being treated humanly.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 08, 2014, 10:03:43 PM
If you get in touch with the RSPCA they might put some pressure on the family and do a free neutering service.  That animal is not being treated humanly.

 >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on July 09, 2014, 12:29:47 AM
I agree, that cat badly needs neutering for its own mental wellbeing as well as the neighbourhood needs.

Yes, I am expecting and no morning sickness at all! Just a few nerves and am I mad thoughts, I am sure I will love her lots. Not certain on names but Judy is my current favourite,
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Post by: Frances on July 09, 2014, 11:16:44 AM
I know the owners they live next door we are a semi Bungalow. Everyone round here hates that cat. He has had he Op. But he was several years old at the time. maybe that's why he is still a pain in the Butt. . They are always getting Farm cats (I think they are Ferrel probably thats why they are always trouble. They usually only last a few years before Disappearing. In the 10 years we have been here they have had 4 if not 5 sets of cats always a Brother and Sister.
I think half the time they are not given enough attention as the man is addicted to various things!!!!. She has at the moment left him cos she wants a baby and he doesn't. God help any child they have if the way the Cats and dogs get treated are anything to go by. They have a lovely Basset cross dog left on his own mostly hes only about 2  and lovely. The last dog was old and in awful pain. I had to threaten to get the Vet myself to get her seen. She was riddled with Cancer and cried all night and day. They did eventually get her put down after the Lady in the next Bungalow and I threatened to report them. 
One good thing at least the dog gets walked once a day since the the Lady of the house moved back in with mum, She comes by and collected him for an hour or so every week day. He takes him out on weekends. Probably to the pub with him  >biggergrin<
There should be a law banning some people from keeping Pets  >angry<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on July 09, 2014, 05:00:46 PM
I believe you can buy lion poo on-line. Scatter this around the borders of your property and it should keep the cat away. Don't know if it would have any effect on Dixie though.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 09, 2014, 05:19:43 PM
You learn something new every day!  I'd never heard of that before so have been doing a little research - apparently this is the most effective brand as tested by BBC's Watchdog:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Roar-Lion-Manure-Repellant/dp/B0002B7OT2
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on July 09, 2014, 06:03:02 PM
Have just ordered some just hope the smell scares him off . Thanks Guys.  >biggrin<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on July 10, 2014, 12:44:15 PM
I hope it works Frances.  That cat sounds awful and the way it terrorises your family is unacceptable. I would be interested to hear how Dixie reacts to it too as we have a cat in the area who stalks my bird feeders,  but I wouldn't want the dog to be afraid as well.  He's a bit of a wuss at the best of times!
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 12, 2014, 10:19:44 PM
I hope it does the trick Frances!
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Post by: Frances on July 13, 2014, 11:54:02 AM
Its due to get here tomorrow. I will just put it at the front of bungalow , where the feeder is to start with. >biggergrin<
 Dixie can't get there I wouldn't want her upset anymore than she already is its just not worth the risk of putting it on her bit.  >crying<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on July 18, 2014, 06:07:47 AM
I looked after my 6yo step grand daughter for a week recently and haven't yet recovered any spoons so it's taken me a while to update but ..

I collected new puppy on Wednesday and she seems to be settling well. I felt a small bunch of guilt for replacing my missing cat when I drove up to the house but her settling well and my retriever liking her settled me down. Then ..

.. the following morning Bobo walks back in! After 4 weeks and 1 day missing! SOooo pleased to see him! So er I am now the owner of 4 pets, 2 cats and 2 dogs.

I baracaded the cat flap with layers of furniture, taped cardboard and taped plastic in an attempt to keep him in and help him re-learn where home is but overnight the escapee got through that lot and then meoewed to come back in and he's been coming and going quite happily since. I am feeding him more wet meat than normal to make him think home is good. Anyway, so good news, all my worst imaginings of what must of happened didn't happen and he's fine. He's not telling where he's been mind.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 18, 2014, 08:01:28 AM
Bobo's back??  That's absolutely fantabulous  >magic<  So pleased for you, now you can enjoy the process of getting him used to the new canine resident!
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 18, 2014, 12:33:04 PM
It's great to hear that the wanderer has returned at last, Fiz.  >magicfairy<

And congratulations on your new addition to the household.  >dog-<
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 18, 2014, 02:13:09 PM
Welcome home Bobo!!  >biggrin<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on July 18, 2014, 04:59:46 PM
wow Fiz, that's amazing!  >x-fingers< that your new addition to the family settles in with the existing members.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 18, 2014, 09:25:09 PM
Your cat must have sensed that he was about to be replaced.  It sounds wonderful to have 4 pets.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 19, 2014, 08:31:50 PM
Here's a rather daring cat:

http://www.wallpapersax.com/wallpaper/sweet-cat.html
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on July 19, 2014, 09:10:32 PM
That's brilliant news fizz that bobo is back. The girls have arrived! They have been busy exploring their cage. They are now knackered & having a kip.
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Post by: ditchdwellers on July 19, 2014, 09:40:57 PM
Fantastic news leg iron.   >x-fingers< that all goes well  >biggrin<
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 20, 2014, 04:44:44 PM
that's good to hear Leggie, I look forward to seeing the photo's  >biggrin<
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Post by: Fiz on July 20, 2014, 05:52:18 PM
me too!

My 4 seem to be getting on well.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 20, 2014, 07:17:24 PM
Here's a rather daring cat:

http://www.wallpapersax.com/wallpaper/sweet-cat.html

 >yikes<

The girls have arrived! They have been busy exploring their cage. They are now knackered & having a kip.

Great news,Leg Iron.  >thumbsup<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 20, 2014, 10:55:16 PM
Baby and two dogs.

http://sfglobe.com/?id=1885
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Post by: ditchdwellers on July 20, 2014, 11:23:03 PM
That is sooo cute!  >lol<
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Post by: ditchdwellers on July 20, 2014, 11:29:49 PM
Dog vs Cat

Just look at the dog's face - he's so pleased with himself!

http://i.imgur.com/IpUfGgN.gif
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 21, 2014, 11:46:36 AM
It'll be fun to see how the cat takes revenge!  >lol<
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Post by: Hurtyback on July 21, 2014, 05:56:32 PM
It'll be fun to see how the cat takes revenge!  >lol<


Oh yes, there will be revenge...  >lol<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 22, 2014, 08:35:57 PM
Barney is having problems settling down after the thunderstorms.  I think he's having panic attacks when we go to bed, associating bedtime with thunder and he starts panting heavily,  pacing, trying to find places to hide, and generally being very anxious.  Comforting him seems to have no positive effects.  We have to keep getting up and sitting with him in an attempt to calm him. It's becoming exhausting.
We're really hoping that he will get over it soon.  More thunder forecast for Thursday,  so I think it may be a matter of one step forward, two steps back!

Any suggestions gratefully received of how we treat a dog that seems to be suffering from some sort of ptsd.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on July 22, 2014, 09:27:28 PM
Aww, poor Barney! Have you had a word with your vet? Would something like Pet Remedy (a mixture of calming herbs) help? I have heard that the more fuss you make, the more barney will think something is wrong - but you can't just ignore the poor chap!  >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on July 22, 2014, 09:29:55 PM
Yes the less attention the better apparently. Poor Barney, maybe the muggy evenings are making him restless too.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: seegee on July 22, 2014, 10:13:14 PM
Here's one suggestion - I have no idea if you've tried it before or if it would help Barney.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thundershirt-Anxiety-Coat-Dog-Grey/dp/B0028QK6EY
Hope he settles tonight so you can get some rest.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 22, 2014, 11:07:25 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.  The vet won't prescribe anything as he already has Clomicalm (doggie prozac) for his general anxiety.  I will ask about the herbal remedies and see if he is able to take them as well.
I try not to make too much of a fuss over him when he's having a panic attack and just sit with him so he knows he's not alone.  He likes being in the bathroom for some reason so we pick everything off the floor and pile it in the bath so that he can dig at the floor without damaging anything.  We also empty out one half of the wardrobe as he likes to lay with his head hidden in it!

He's also got a thunder shirt which works a little when the thunder is in the distance and I had thought of using it at night.  The problem is that they are very snug and he would have to sleep in it and with the heat I'm worried about him overheating.
Well,  my husband has gone to bed and I have turned all the lights out.  I'm sitting on the sofa waiting for barney to go to sleep and so far it's looking promising.  No panting or pacing yet so  >x-fingers< for a stress free night!

Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on July 22, 2014, 11:55:11 PM
I used to sing to my doggie and that seemed to help when there were fireworks or she got a fright.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on July 23, 2014, 12:10:08 PM
DD have you tried Adaptil for Barney. Dixie hates fireworks and Thunder. We just plug it in 30 mins before bedtime and she settles down fine. Its cost a bit , but its only needed when there's thunder or fireworks so its well worth it.
I haven't tried the Lions Poo on next doors cats yet as the stuff just got washed away in the dreadfull storms we have been having.
Plus them next door have split up. Think she got fed up with his substance abuse. So did I his trying to climb in through my bedroom window when he is high as a Kite ain't fun.
The Cat seems to have gone  somewhere for the moment Doubt he is in any state to feed it or the dog. Last Saturday he got out of the car Stumbled and fell and rolled down his lawn where he failed to get up from until the driver of the car got out and sorted him. . Heres hoping the cat has moved out with her !!!!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 23, 2014, 08:15:23 PM
Frances I've tried the adaptil diffuser but it didn't seem to have much of an effect.

I hope your bully boy neighbourhood cat has been moved on. Perhaps you can have a bit of peace and quiet now.  The neighbours sound like a right nightmare!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 26, 2014, 04:47:42 AM
Poor old George has been in another fight, so he'll have to go to the vet fas soon as it opens this morning.

>Editing to add: Sorry, jumped in without catching up on the thread first. >blush<

dd, I hope that Barney is feeling better, and is able to adjust to the thunderstorms a little.  >hugs<

Frances, have you had an opportunity to deploy the lion dung yet?  >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Frances on July 26, 2014, 12:19:18 PM
I will be trying it in the next few days depending on weather.
Trouble is if its wet the smell Just goes so not holding out much hope it will work .
Held off as Cat seemed to have disappeared. But its back. Grrr.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on July 26, 2014, 09:15:53 PM
Poor old George! I do hope he is feeling better after his trip to the V E T. Alfs always gets bitten on the bum because he runs away, is George the same?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 26, 2014, 10:39:28 PM
Frances, I hope you get a chance to test it soon.  >hugs<


Hurty - George is a bit gung-ho and inclined to stand his ground against all opponents, no matter how huge or aggressive, hence the frequent visits to the vet.  Today's injuries consisted of a claw wound to the conjunctiva of his right eye, a nasty cut at the bottom left of his neck, and a nice puncture wound with lots of swelling on his front left 'elbow'. As well as administering the customary pain relief and long-acting antibiotic injections, the vet has given me some antibiotic capsules to store at home for use in the event of a re-match (hopefully they won't be needed!). After arriving home George promptly escaped from the house (in spite of his injuries) and went awol for several hours. Cue me 'push-wooshing' at the door and rattling a box of treats, while one of my housemates took a quick tour of the neighbouring streets and entries. Turns out he'd been fast asleep in the neighbour's hedge.  >lol<

Life is never dull with George around.   
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on July 26, 2014, 10:49:34 PM
So glad that George is not being too bothered by his war wounds! I think cats sound like quite a worry. If I had one,  I would always be wondering what they're up to!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on July 27, 2014, 02:45:36 PM
He's looking much perkier today, and has regained his ability to leap up on beds and sofas. I think yesterday's vanishing act had to do with not wanting to be near the horrible woman who put him in a cat-carrier, then brought him to the horrible man who gives him injections and takes his temperature ...

I think cats sound like quite a worry. If I had one,  I would always be wondering what they're up to!

A lot of people now opt to keep their cats indoors, which can work well, depending on the personality of the cat. George has been used to having access to the outdoors since he was very young, so trying to retrain him now would be a disaster for his quality of life. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on July 27, 2014, 05:04:55 PM
NN, Mr H and I were discussing this today. Mr H is against the idea of any cat being confined inside whereas I believe that it can work in certain situations. Like George, Alfie has been used to going out and doing his own thing, he wouldn't take kindly to being kept inside!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on July 27, 2014, 05:28:01 PM
Good to read that George is on the up and up  >thumbsup<

About 'confined cats' - I've probably mentioned this before, but my rescue puss Cindy was rehomed to me by Cats Protection themselves as an indoor cat!  Because of the vile treatment she received before Cats Protection collected her from the streets (by then she and her two kittens were semi-feral), Cindy feels safer indoors.  She likes to look out of the windows and has put a paw or two on the outside sill, but has shown no interest whatsoever in leaving my flat when my front door is open (fortunately this opens onto a communal landing and not directly onto the outside).  It would be more 'cruel' to force her to go out, I think!  Anyway, I'm preaching to the converted with you peeps - but Mr H might like to reconsider his viewpoint  >biggrin<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on July 27, 2014, 11:05:43 PM
My cat was also said by Cats Protection to be an indoor cat.  However I am training her to go outside and have useful results as she now uses her litter tray much less than when I got her.

I push her out through the cat flap sometimes - she needs an airing and also a little walk each day to keep her muscles in trim.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on July 30, 2014, 10:33:24 PM
My cat goes outside.  She loves to sunbathe and follows the sun around the garden.

Unless it gets too hot when she seeks the shade in the long grass.

She would hate being kept indoors.

The friends who look after her whenever I go away have a wonderful garden with lots of trees. She really likes to climb their trees.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 14, 2014, 12:30:37 PM
I had to call the dog warden this morning.  There was a strange Jack Russell in the garden barking non stop and running in and out of the wood pile.
I went outside to see if it would come to me but it just kept away and hid in the wood pile. Eventually it emerged from the wood with a dead rabbit.  About 10 minutes before the dog warden turned up it ran off carrying its rabbit.
I didn't recognise it so I don't know if it lives locally.  It was wearing a collar without a tag. The dog warden is going to walk around a bit and see if he can find it.
I'm hoping that it lives close by and can find its way home.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 17, 2014, 09:25:06 AM
DD, any news on the Jack Russell?
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Post by: ditchdwellers on August 17, 2014, 06:19:39 PM
Yes, my husband thinks he knows where he lives.  In one of the large houses near to the canal.  He saw a dog matching the description at this house.  I'm going to take a look myself this week, and if it's the same dog, then I'm going to drop the owners a note telling them that their dog is escaping, and as he doesn't have a tag, it's impossible to know where he belongs.  Hopefully they will make sure their property is more secure so that the dog can't get out.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 17, 2014, 07:20:39 PM
Wise thing to do - as they might not know he is escaping or how he is escaping.
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Post by: Hurtyback on August 17, 2014, 08:04:08 PM
I thought it was now a legal requirement for dogs to wear a collar and tag?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 17, 2014, 08:29:35 PM
It is.  I don't think everyone abides by the law though.  Personally I think that all dogs should be microchipped so it wouldn't matter if they were wearing a tag. Tags can come off quite easily if caught and I have had to replace barney's a couple of times.  He's also got a different tag for when he visits my parents with their address and contact details on. They're cheap to buy so there's really no excuse.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 17, 2014, 08:58:37 PM
My cats have always been microchipped - it is only fair to them if they get lost.
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Post by: Hurtyback on August 18, 2014, 03:52:38 PM
I absolutely agree about micro-chipping. We didn't have Chivers and Punky done, it really wasn't common when we first had them and we never got round to it later. I always swore that any other cats I have will be chipped, as our current 2 are.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 18, 2014, 11:59:01 PM
I want to join them:

https://www.facebook.com/JillShalvis/photos/a.10150199461928872.334237.315956498871/10152661317313872/?type=1&theater

picture of two greyhounds having a rest in a blue pool.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 19, 2014, 02:30:49 PM
Ahhhhh.
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Post by: Hurtyback on August 19, 2014, 03:24:33 PM
Lovely picture auntie!  :-)
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Post by: auntieCtheM on August 19, 2014, 08:39:09 PM
 >crying<

The new cat, Alice, has a huge lump.  I thought she might be pregnant as it is symmetrical, but the vet thinks it may be cancer and he is not optimistic.  Op is next Tuesday as he cannot fit her in any sooner.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 19, 2014, 08:53:23 PM
Oh Auntie, how awful for you.   :-(
Just as you were getting to know each other too.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 19, 2014, 11:02:00 PM
Oh hurty, and I am still trying to get over the loss of a rescued cat and the loss of my doggie after nearly 16 years together.  I am not always good company at the moment.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 19, 2014, 11:02:20 PM
Auntie, I am so sorry for both you and Alice.  Hopefully, her operation will be successful.   >x-fingers<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 19, 2014, 11:04:04 PM
Yvette, the vet said he was not hopeful when I asked him direct.   >crying<
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Post by: Yvette on August 19, 2014, 11:06:49 PM
Oh, what a dreadful shame.   :-(

I feel so much for you.   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 20, 2014, 12:13:13 AM
I am going to have to shcool myself to think that I will wait to see what happens next week.
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Post by: Yvette on August 20, 2014, 07:52:53 AM
It must be really hard to have to wait until next week.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 20, 2014, 09:14:30 AM
Oh auntie!  :-(  I am so sorry to hear this, just when you and Alice were starting to get to know each other - and so soon after your other losses  >hugs<   >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on August 20, 2014, 05:05:56 PM
Aubtie, that is so sad for you :-(

 >bighugs< >bighugs< >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 20, 2014, 07:47:46 PM
I'm sad to find that I am finding it difficult to cuddle Alice now.  I'm worried I will get even closer to her and then find out the very worst on Tuesday.  Yet she probably needs even more cuddles and tickles than usual right now.  Oh dear, such a dilemma.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 21, 2014, 09:16:52 AM
I feel so much for you and Alice.  But please do try to cuddle Alice as much as you can because if the worst comes to the worst, you will feel so guilty afterwards that you couldn't cuddle her.  >hugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 21, 2014, 06:15:00 PM
Auntie and Alice  >bighugs<  so sad for both of you.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on August 21, 2014, 08:21:03 PM
oh Auntie.  I am so so sorry to hear that.

How awful that must be, just as you're getting to know and love each other.  Thats really sad :(

I will be thinking of you both.  >hugs<

I agree with Yvette, as hard as it might be, you must cuddle her and give her all the love you can right now, I know it must be hard but try. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 21, 2014, 09:10:18 PM
Alice has such lovely soft fur, the softest of all the cats I have had.  I gave her a big cuddle and a little walk round the kitchen on my shoulder when I came in tonight.  It was lovely.

Thank you for your good wishes everyone.

Steve, how is Sky now?  Is she still pink around the mouth?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SteveX on August 22, 2014, 11:44:13 AM
Sky is fine, she's shot up like a rocket :)

Yes, the redness seems to come and go, it doesn't seem to affect her and at a vets visit recently she wasn't concerned about it.

(http://s29.postimg.org/777zsv8qv/image.jpg)
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Post by: ditchdwellers on August 22, 2014, 12:35:15 PM
Steve, she's gorgeous!  What lovely markings she has, and she has certainly grown since I last saw a picture of her.
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on August 22, 2014, 03:03:30 PM
Sky is looking great, Steve!
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Post by: Hurtyback on August 22, 2014, 03:04:51 PM
Awww, she's a beauty!  >biggrin<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 22, 2014, 07:45:38 PM
I can see the little pink area underneath her mouth. It looks fine but if it spreads, you could take Sky to the Vet to be on the safe side.

Also, as someone has said (can't remember whom - sorry), metallic and ceramic food and water dishes are better than plastic, because the plastic gets scratched easily (when washing up) and harbours bacteria which can affect a cat's mouth.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on August 23, 2014, 12:55:10 PM
Auntie,  >bighugs< and thinking of you and Alice.

Steve,

Sky looks great, the fact she is not mithering the pinkness on her lips eg over washing, makes me think she is okay.

When Megs had a pink and black nose when she was a pup and then as she grew her nose became all black and she still has a pink muzzle. Where her fur is thinner the pink does look more red especially when it is next to a black patch on her coat.

 >attachment<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on August 23, 2014, 09:11:30 PM
Lovely photo, Sunshine! Megs looks like a very wise character.  >dog<
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Post by: SteveX on August 24, 2014, 01:07:04 AM
Awwwww so cute!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on August 24, 2014, 10:57:36 AM
NN,

 >biggrin< knows 'the ball' will be thrown for those who are patient  ;-)

Steve,

 :-) she is quite feisty but that comes from having been the runt if her litter.
 >attachment< photo of megs when she was small playing with Luka who is three months older.

They are both 8 now and it does worry me that they dont get out much since Mr Sunshine had his motorcycle accident but they do cope well. Megs is actually a tri merle which means she has grey, black and white plus brown fur. The brown is turning grey as she get older.

edit - I forgot to add the photo  >doh<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 24, 2014, 07:26:57 PM
The tri-merle colouring reminds me of South African wild dogs - which are endangered.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGNI_enGB550GB550&q=south+african+wild+dogs&gws_rd=ssl&tbm=isch

http://www.save-the-african-wild-dog.com/endangered-wildlife-trust-southafrica.asp
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on August 24, 2014, 10:23:55 PM
Yvette,

I saw a documentary about African wild dogs it must be twenty years ago. I can still remember how good they were at raising pup sand looking out for each other.

It is sad that they are endangered. My brother lives in Uganda and there is much more farming over there than I realised - the encroachment of humans on what was shared land for all types of hunter gatherers.

I was trying to remember what type of cat you have is she Burmese?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 25, 2014, 10:58:41 AM
Yes, she is a Burmese.  The name of her coat is Red but it is actually a golden amber colour.   Very pretty.   Burmese are quite small, dainty cats with a lovely nature.

I haven't the energy to upload a photo of Ivy but the Red Burmese cats in the following Google link are exactly like her:

 http://images.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGNI_enGB550GB550&q=red+burmese&tbm=isch

Ebony was a Chocolate Burmese - very dark brown (because there are some light browns which are also called Chocolate but he was really dark brown, almost black in some lights):

http://images.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GGNI_enGB550GB550&q=red+burmese&tbm=isch#q=chocolate+burmese+cat&tbm=isch
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: SunshineMeadows on August 25, 2014, 05:57:03 PM
Both lovely colours but I do like the warmer Red best.

Tigga is a Bengal crossed with a Siberian Forest cat so I thought he was going to be fairly muscular and athlete  >lol< but it did not work out that way because we fed him too much and he turned out to be a fatty bum bum cat.

He is the first fat cat I have owned and all the other cats I have had just ate what they need to without getting fat. The main issue was probably he would lurk near his food bowl and look hungry and Mr Sunshine and I both fed him thinking the other one hadn't. I guess not having a cat flap in the first year contributed to the lack of athleticism



Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 26, 2014, 10:27:07 PM
Astonishing news about Alice.   >biggrin<

She went to the vet this morning and I signed the paper for her to be euthenaised if they found that she was inoperable.  The vet had never seen such a jumble of insides when he x-rayed her so that he called in the other vet to have a look.  They were both very concerned about what they saw.

Then they took biopses of her two lumps and were astonished to find that they were not cancerous.  She has two huge fatty lumps that are pushing her internal organs well out of place.  She is probably not eating because of pressure on her stomach from the lumps.  All her other organs appear to be operating as they should.  The vets do not know what is going on.

So contrary to everyone's expectations I went back to the vets and brought Alice home again.  She is delighted and is trying to do loud purrs but is not succeeding!

They have taken blood and I will get the results tomorrow and take her back on Friday.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 27, 2014, 11:45:00 AM
Finally here are some photos of the new girls. They have already wrapped me round their little paws & I've had several escapes.
Esther rat.
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/imagejpg5_zps4f6dd5ca.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/imagejpg5_zps4f6dd5ca.jpg.html)
Emily rat.
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/imagejpg3_zps4fd84689.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/imagejpg3_zps4fd84689.jpg.html)
Florence rat.
(http://i664.photobucket.com/albums/vv2/Leg_iron/imagejpg4_zps851eacc9.jpg) (http://s664.photobucket.com/user/Leg_iron/media/imagejpg4_zps851eacc9.jpg.html)

I'll try & get a better photo of Florence.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 27, 2014, 12:14:54 PM
Auntie that is good news indeed.  I hope the vet can do something to help. 

Legiron, your rats look lovely!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: leg_iron on August 27, 2014, 12:19:12 PM
Thank you. I'm getting to be able to tell them apart. It's Emily & Esther who look very similar.
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Post by: SunshineMeadows on August 27, 2014, 12:40:02 PM
Quote
Astonishing news about Alice.   >biggrin<

Auntie,

That is wonderful and should continue to be good news. It is so good that you were able to give her a home because had she still been with the rescue they might have had to decide between Alice having the op or taking on more apparently healthy cats.

 >bighugs<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on August 27, 2014, 02:14:51 PM
Auntie, that is great news about Alice.  >bighugs<

Leg_Iron, your new ratties are seriously cute >heart<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 27, 2014, 03:28:12 PM
Awwwww, lovely photo's of the girls Leggie.


Auntie, that is such great news! Please give Alice an extra hug from her Aunty Hurty  >hugs<
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Post by: SteveX on August 27, 2014, 03:38:36 PM
Auntie that is such wonderful news!!  I'm so happy for you both :)

 >hugs<
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Post by: Yvette on August 27, 2014, 07:23:42 PM
Auntie, I am so happy for you both.  What wonderful, wonderful news.   >magicfairy< >applause< >yellow-star< >smiling< >thumb-up< >magic<
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Post by: Yvette on August 27, 2014, 07:24:21 PM
Leg_iron, your girlies are gorgeous. I love their little hands - so delicate and dexterous.
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Post by: auntieCtheM on August 27, 2014, 08:40:03 PM
Hello ratties and welcome to Ouch Too.

Alice is obviously feeling fragile at the moment.  She has not used her litter tray the whole day and has been in bed, apart from the few minutes on the floor when I lifted her out.  All her tests have come back negative so they are going to try putting her on a low fat diet to see what happens.

Thank you for being concerned.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 27, 2014, 08:57:13 PM
Thank you so much for letting us all know, Auntie.  Much love and lots of get well wishes to Alice.  >hugs<
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Post by: auntieCtheM on August 27, 2014, 09:26:10 PM
I'll go and pass them on to her now.  >hugs<
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Post by: NeuralgicNeurotic on August 28, 2014, 05:42:48 AM
 >x-fingers< that the strategy restores Alice to good health.  >hugs<
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Post by: Fiz on August 29, 2014, 01:17:16 PM
Great news about Alice.  Lovely rattle photos and what unusual canine colouring Sunshine. Beautiful.

I gave my retriever some left over royal canin junior for small dogs which was probably too high in protein for her. She's been constipated since and is off her food and quiet. Any natural remedies you know of? I thought about seeing if she would drink one of my Movicol sachets. I'm struggling at the moment or would take her to the pdsa. I'd take her straight away if I thought she was in pain.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: KizzyKazaer on August 29, 2014, 08:52:04 PM
Fiz, don't give her a human laxative!  I found this which may be useful:

http://www.petsadviser.com/pet-health/dog-constipation-remedies-diy/
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 29, 2014, 08:59:15 PM
Those are very good remedies KK.

My cat has to eat wet food because of her pancreatitis - she can't digest dry food and vomits it up poor thing.

As she won't drink tap water - I even bought one of those water fountains but she still wouldn't drink from it - I have to save rain water for her.

It is rather difficult in dry weather (although I do my best to freeze as much rain water as possible), so I add tap water to her wet food and mash it up together.  Bizarrely, she will eat the food with tap water in - perhaps the flavour of the food takes away the flavour of the chlorine in the tap water?
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 29, 2014, 10:25:25 PM
Yvette, what a splendid idea.  I will try that -' add water to the wet food'.

Alice is still only taking the gravy or jelly from around the bits in her pouched food.  She has thrown up a few times too, which is why I ended up taking her to the vets.  She will not drink but sometimes eats crunchy bits.

' add water to the wet food'  mustn't forget.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Fiz on August 30, 2014, 03:07:34 AM
I will buy her some milk today. She will love that. 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 30, 2014, 10:49:19 AM
Alice is still only taking the gravy or jelly from around the bits in her pouched food.

All my cats have done the same -  licked off the jelly and left the bits which they don't then want - especially as they go dry without the jelly! 

So I always mash the food up really well into a pate (with or without water) to incorporate the jelly with the bits and they have always eaten the lot then.

I have even written to the manufacturer and asked if they would make the pouch food into a pate but they say that cats prefer it as it is!    >doh<  >doh<  >doh<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 30, 2014, 05:59:47 PM
I added water this morning - and she licked it all up.  She still left a few harder bits which started to dry out.  So I added some water to those and left them to see what happened.  I'll mash them up before supper if she does not take them by then.  Great tip, thanks.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 31, 2014, 11:04:41 AM
You'll probably find if you always mash her food she'll eat it much better because once the jelly has gone cats just don't like the bits left over!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 31, 2014, 11:30:35 AM
I've never had cats. They sound far more discerning than dogs!
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: oldtone27 on August 31, 2014, 11:40:12 AM
Discerning is a polite way of putting it. I would describe most of the cats I have known as fussy. Particularly with food that is presented to them. They often turn up their noses to stuff that looks quite tasty to humans, but then go out and find some unidentifiable stuff of their own. >cat<

dogs=dustbins  >dog-<
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 31, 2014, 03:23:55 PM
Cats = Fussy.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Hurtyback on August 31, 2014, 04:38:34 PM
Yes, Cleo also licks the gravy/jelly off her food and leaves the rest, unless we give her the pate type. We don't have that problem with raw though  :-) 
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: auntieCtheM on August 31, 2014, 06:33:34 PM
I've never before had a cat that was fussy about the harder bits in the pouches yet who loves the crunchy bits that come in a box.  Odd.

A question about insurance.  Do you have pet insurance and is it worth it.  I have never bothered before or the rescue place has had an agreement with a vet to pay the bills.  This cat is not covered and my ghast was flabbered when I got the bill for the recent problems.  I'm wondering if I should take out insurance incase Alice gets ill again.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: Yvette on August 31, 2014, 07:22:42 PM
I have cat insurance and it has been a huge help.  Especially when Ivy swallowed an elastic band two years ago and had to have surgery to remove it. 

Ebby was forever up at the Vet for a couple of years before he died and had to have special scans and such which the insurance paid for.

You can't claim for existing conditions but Alice doesn't have any condition other than having a fat tum which isn't a condition. 

Saga is good but there are so many different policies.  All the supermarkets do pet insurance, lots of car insurance and house insurance companies do pet insurance too.  Then there are the specialist pet insurance companies which vets' recommend.

All you can do is research it all online and see what offers the best value for what you want.
Title: Re: Faithful friend thread by Darrowsgirl
Post by: ditchdwellers on August 31, 2014, 07:23:53 PM
I have an accident and third party liability insurance for Barney. His age when we got him and his preexisting conditions meant that any more comprehensive insurance was too costly. The insurance paid out when he ate the slug pellets as it was an accidental event, and I was very grateful as the bill came in at over £600.
Some insurance policies only cover the animal until it reaches a certain age so it's important to find a whole of life cover, although it may be a tad more expensive. Ask your vet if they have an arrangement with an insurance company; my vet has an arrangement with Vetsure, and payment can be made direct to the vet which means that you don't have to find the funds to pay first and then reclaim the charges.
Be aware that most companies won't cover for preexisting conditions or if the pet has received treatment for a particular illness prior to taking out the policy.
For me, I was keen to have third party cover in case Barney causes an accident or gets in a scrap with another dog and the legal costs will be covered.  Probably not so essential for a cat! Barney's insurance costs approximately £9.00 a month and I think that is good value but bear in mind that illness is not covered at this price.