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(CP24 Toronto)   Two felines rescued from a four alarm blaze are unharmed after being given oxygen by Firefighters. Let's dedicate this Caturday to these brave men and women who are willing to risk their lives to save our furry friends   (cp24.com) divider line 95
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2012-10-04 08:46:04 PM
4 votes:
We carry these on our trucks. A group donated them a few years ago

www.pawesome.net

/there's a pic out there of me bringing a rather unhappy cat out of a fire
2012-10-04 10:38:16 PM
3 votes:
i877.photobucket.com
2012-10-06 02:49:33 PM
2 votes:
Two months no cigs for me tomorrow, though I still struggle. Used the patch which helped with some withdrawals. I'm proud of everyone who tries to quit, it's such a hard thing to do. Only those who have been down this path can really understand how hard it is. Keep at it and don't give up!!
2012-10-06 09:36:24 AM
2 votes:
Hi guys! I know I have been demoted to "that girl who used to post a bunch of LOLs". Sorry. I work most Saturdays now.

In the meantime, I need an opinion from all of you shelter-savvy peeps:

My auditorium will soon be doing a play that traditionally has a few kittens in it. I was thinking it might be cool to feature some kittens from a local shelter and do some sort of "sponsor a kitten adoption" thing to find homes for the kittens we use. Suggestions? Reasons why this is a stupid idea?
2012-10-05 03:23:29 PM
2 votes:

This picture from the Duluth News-Tribune in 1991 of a fireman resuscitating a kitten. the kitten survived and was adopted by the fireman.

i236.photobucket.com
2012-10-05 12:53:18 PM
2 votes:
SnarfVader & vudutek - thank you! I love this community so very much!

Update: Just got a call from the vet. The x-rays showed something, but they're not sure what... so they're taking the x-rays to a specialist tonight. They also did some blood work, gave her a steroid injection and are starting her on antibiotics to get us through the weekend. Preliminary diagnosis is possibly asthma? We don't know...
2012-10-05 11:59:25 AM
2 votes:
i877.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 09:34:49 PM
2 votes:
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/nmc, nmc
2012-10-08 09:03:00 PM
1 votes:

akimbotoo: DoomsDayAardvark: OK, so I'm supposed to relate this story, and ask for some recommendations. On Wednesday of last week, two kittens appeared at my girlfriend's mom's house. After a few days of coaxing, they've decided come inside now (no pics yet), but they seem to be covered in oil or some other similar gunk (probably not spinach gunk, though...). Does anybody have any thoughts (or better yet, recommendations for a good groomer in the central Ohio area who could deal with that sort of grossness on a feral kitten)?

Pics forthcoming, I hope


It depends on how old and how cooperative they are, but I would first wrap each one in a towel and have someone assist you with trimming the little needle sharp nail tips with a nail clipper. You only have to trim a tiny bit from the ends to make it much more comfortable when you do give them a bath. I use the kitchen sink because it is deeper and put a hand towel in the bottom of the sink for them to stand on. For greasy spots I think I would use Dawn first to cut the grease and then use a baby shampoo to clean them up more gently. I use the sprayer on low, but I have also used a large cup with warm water to rinse them. Good luck! The feral kittens I caught at my office over the 2 1/2 year time frame stunk like the Marmots they were sharing the area under the deck with. I found out early on that it is important to trim the nails FIRST.


It has never dawned on me to clip nails before bathing, but it sounds like an excellent idea. I've bathed cats, but rarely often enough for them to get used to it. I would expect a pair of feral kittens to either explode or go catatonic until it was over.

Speaking of kittens exploding, if I was planning to bath them, I'd plan on the bathroom rather than the kitchen. Shut the door. Use the towel and hope it helped, but plan to have them actually in the water only long enough to get them wet enough to get soaped down. A toilet seat with the seat and lid down makes a good kitten/cat soaping surface. Get them in the tub or sink and rinsed. Attempt to towel down, although I've never had cats who were trusting cooperate, so I would not expect the kittens to get much drying. I've never tried to blow dry a cat or kitten, so a nice warm room, with a space heater if necessary where they can actually groom dry. Again with the door closed until finished. Good luck with getting them de-greased.
2012-10-08 08:49:29 PM
1 votes:

DoomsDayAardvark: OK, so I'm supposed to relate this story, and ask for some recommendations. On Wednesday of last week, two kittens appeared at my girlfriend's mom's house. After a few days of coaxing, they've decided come inside now (no pics yet), but they seem to be covered in oil or some other similar gunk (probably not spinach gunk, though...).


As akimbotoo said, try bathing them in Dawn - it will cut the grease, and (I think) kill fleas to boot. YMMV. Meanwhile, dawwww!

i415.photobucket.com
2012-10-08 08:23:34 PM
1 votes:

And now that I am all caught up, it seems that this has been a very sad Caturday for a lot of people. My condolences to you all:

i415.photobucket.com
2012-10-08 08:10:30 PM
1 votes:

Evening everbuddy. I have been in a major funk the past few days, starting with family issues, continuing on to having to do certain chores that I hate, having to rewire all the AV in the apartment (thanks, Cablevision!), trying to pay bills with money I don't have, and all overlaid with frustration that I can't find a job, to say nothing of my constant worrying about Dragon. This all put me in a foul, absolutely evil mood, so I thought it best if I just stayed away from posting and lurked.

Speaking of the white boy, he seems to be holding his own, although he is starting to vomit a bit more often (a not unexpected side effect of the CRF), but his appetite is still awesome and he is taking his meds like a champ and still has not lost one iota of his in your face attitude....for example:

When I sat down to catch up on the thread tonight, he got up on my desk to keep me company (as he usually does) and at one point, just reached up and slapped me across the face (no claws). I think it was his way of saying...

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/ so I told him that I would give it a shot
// of course, he wanted to know where his spicy chicken wing was for bringing me to my senses
/// i didn't have the heart to tell him that there will be no more people food until his next blood test
2012-10-08 06:16:41 PM
1 votes:

DoomsDayAardvark: OK, so I'm supposed to relate this story, and ask for some recommendations. On Wednesday of last week, two kittens appeared at my girlfriend's mom's house. After a few days of coaxing, they've decided come inside now (no pics yet), but they seem to be covered in oil or some other similar gunk (probably not spinach gunk, though...). Does anybody have any thoughts (or better yet, recommendations for a good groomer in the central Ohio area who could deal with that sort of grossness on a feral kitten)?

Pics forthcoming, I hope



It depends on how old and how cooperative they are, but I would first wrap each one in a towel and have someone assist you with trimming the little needle sharp nail tips with a nail clipper. You only have to trim a tiny bit from the ends to make it much more comfortable when you do give them a bath. I use the kitchen sink because it is deeper and put a hand towel in the bottom of the sink for them to stand on. For greasy spots I think I would use Dawn first to cut the grease and then use a baby shampoo to clean them up more gently. I use the sprayer on low, but I have also used a large cup with warm water to rinse them. Good luck! The feral kittens I caught at my office over the 2 1/2 year time frame stunk like the Marmots they were sharing the area under the deck with. I found out early on that it is important to trim the nails FIRST.
2012-10-08 04:07:37 PM
1 votes:
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Ginger as intended earlier.
2012-10-08 03:52:03 PM
1 votes:

John Buck 41: Twice in the last week and a half while walking Mickey and Jazzy (neither heel while on a leash) someone from my local public safety dep't (one time a cop, another time a fireman) said "Who's walking who?" I have decided the next time I get this smart-ass question my reply will be, "Well, until they can put their leashes on and open the door, I guess I'M walking THEM."



You should see when we take Butter, Dusty, and Caesar for a walk....BWAHAHAHA!!! Talk about the Three Stooges at a three ring circus. Mrs CDK takes Butter and I take the other two as they are hard pullers who like to randomly switch directions depending on where the "pee-mail" is to be read (my term for sniffing where other dogs have peed).

If I had the money, I would get a 2-dog Sulky like this link and with Dusty and Caesar hooked up would probably get several speeding tickets.

I can see it now...
"Do you know how fast you were goin', Boy?"
"Uhhh, no Sir"
"Well, I clocked you doin' 45 in a 30"
"Hang on...my engines are overheating. I need to give them some water"
2012-10-08 09:15:14 AM
1 votes:
Twice in the last week and a half while walking Mickey and Jazzy (neither heel while on a leash) someone from my local public safety dep't (one time a cop, another time a fireman) said "Who's walking who?" I have decided the next time I get this smart-ass question my reply will be, "Well, until they can put their leashes on and open the door, I guess I'M walking THEM."
2012-10-08 02:44:20 AM
1 votes:
ThePuceGuardian: Awesome! I tried to show Toshiro, but he just stuck his butt in my face.

Hugs to Scruffinator, Witty Name, James72. Your fuzzies were well loved and lived well.

Toshiro's doing a lot better. He's visiting the box less already, and is back to his old self. He is LOVING his wet food prescription. Thanks for all the good thoughts and kind wishes! With that, here's a picture of Toshiro with one of his favorite toys:

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2012-10-08 12:52:13 AM
1 votes:

gremlin1: John Buck 41: NHOcean: Thanks, laulauja....6 months +/- after my Kinsey, I DID NOT WANT another furry friend. Well, I did not want to fall in love again to most likely lose my friend in my lifetime. I tried and tried to find the owner of that emerald-eyed, fluffy little girl. No dice. Then, because it was cold in that cage in the ACO's garage, she had a field trip to my house. Game Over. SHE gave me the guilt trip when I was ready--hope that happens for your brother, ruatan.:) The *right* kind of guilt trip. (Right, Kevinboehm?! ;) )

Get a turtle. They live a looooooooooooonnnng time.

My niece's son has a turtle. When they got Michaelangelo he was about 6" around he is now 16" around.
Every time he gets a new tank he grows into it. I told my niece to just fence off part of the basement, get him a kiddie pool and heat lamp and let him go. After 5 years of new tanks I think she really starting to think about because it would be cheaper in the long run. 

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not the family turtle


Long ago, my roommate caught a wild tortoise and brought it home to live in our apartment as a pet.
We named it 'Butch' (all our pets were called 'Butch back then). Didn't know very much about testudines back then, but remembered dimly they LOVE wet things to eat because they don't drink water. Fed him stuff like lettuce and watermelon rind...and that critter would follow me around the apartment.
Mom came to visit one time and I think it upset her to see my tortoise 'groupie'...she promptly asked around her friends and found another (probably more appropriate) home for it. Didn't miss the poops he left behind, but did kinda miss the 'company'...
2012-10-08 12:41:09 AM
1 votes:

ruatan: We have love to give and there are always kitties who will need our love... that's the cycle... but it doesn't mean we will forget the kitties that have touched our lives. I wish I could convince my brother he needs to let go of his "loss" pain and let another pet into his life but he's adamant no more pain will occur. And now a picture...

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My clowder numbers 4...I'd have more if I could, but
A). the social dynamic is delicate enough as is, and
B). 4 is all I really have room/attention/affordablity for.

They haven't always been the same four; sometimes it seems like they rotate in and out. It hurts like hell when I lose one, but even as I'm saying 'goodbye' I don't regret it. They've enriched my life too much. It's right there on the first page of the contract; I am probably going to outlive my monsters and each time I do, it will break my heart.
Won't stop me from having another cat fill their 'slot' in the clowder (not 'replacing') and signing the same contract with them.
2012-10-07 05:35:45 PM
1 votes:

John Buck 41: NHOcean: Thanks, laulauja....6 months +/- after my Kinsey, I DID NOT WANT another furry friend. Well, I did not want to fall in love again to most likely lose my friend in my lifetime. I tried and tried to find the owner of that emerald-eyed, fluffy little girl. No dice. Then, because it was cold in that cage in the ACO's garage, she had a field trip to my house. Game Over. SHE gave me the guilt trip when I was ready--hope that happens for your brother, ruatan.:) The *right* kind of guilt trip. (Right, Kevinboehm?! ;) )

Get a turtle. They live a looooooooooooonnnng time.


Or a Parrot, Macaw, etc.
2012-10-07 01:24:38 PM
1 votes:
I am neither witty or wise, but this urged me in the direction I needed to go:

i50.tinypic.com
2012-10-07 01:21:29 PM
1 votes:

NHOcean: Thanks, laulauja....6 months +/- after my Kinsey, I DID NOT WANT another furry friend. Well, I did not want to fall in love again to most likely lose my friend in my lifetime. I tried and tried to find the owner of that emerald-eyed, fluffy little girl. No dice. Then, because it was cold in that cage in the ACO's garage, she had a field trip to my house. Game Over. SHE gave me the guilt trip when I was ready--hope that happens for your brother, ruatan.:) The *right* kind of guilt trip. (Right, Kevinboehm?! ;) )


Get a turtle. They live a looooooooooooonnnng time.
2012-10-07 01:17:25 PM
1 votes:

If I Had A Witty Name You Would Love Me: quantum_jellyroll: If I Had A Witty Name You Would Love Me:
I was always dreading when I would add a comment to this thread.

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I hope you don't mind, I corrected the color.


Thanks for all the overnight comments! They mean alot, and thanks quantum jellyroll, that caption made my morning.


Sorry for your loss.

I was kinda busy yesterday. My 2 older sisters and I had a party for our soon-to-be 90 y/o Dad at the local Audubon Center. Had a great time; about 70 people showed up.

Link

Circle of life and all.
2012-10-07 10:51:09 AM
1 votes:
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2012-10-07 10:46:01 AM
1 votes:
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2012-10-07 05:28:05 AM
1 votes:
FIP SUCKS. BIG TIME.

I'm mostly a lurker but had to post to say sorry to James72.

Sorry, James72.

Then I saw Witty Name & Scruffinator lost their friends, too. So sorry to them as well. And any one else that loses a buddy. I was devastated when I lost my kitty (Kinsey-19 yoa) and it hurt so much that I said I'd never get another so as to avoid that pain. Then I looked in the Animal Control Officer's truck & met a sweet, beautiful kitty no one claimed after 30 days.... Now I have Miss K.I.T.K.A.. What can you do, right?!?!?!
2012-10-07 02:59:43 AM
1 votes:

James72: The Ice Queen: James72: syzygy whizz: James72, my heart goes out to you.

Alexander passed away peacefully yesterday, October 3rd, at 6:25pm.

He was such a good boy.

I'm so sorry James. How is Sophie doing?

She is doing ok. I haven't left her alone for more than an hour since Wednesday.

She is a lot more affectionate towards me. I am also taking the brunt of her teething.

She is still looks for him when she goes to do stuff that he used to do with her.

I think she's doing better than me.

Thank you for the condolences everyone. I'm sorry I can't reply individually to all the comments right now.


Don't feel that you need to reply individually-- I don't think anyone is expecting that or wants you to feel any social pressure to do so. Just focus on taking care of yourself and Sophie. {{Hugs and skritches to you guys.}}
2012-10-06 11:51:49 PM
1 votes:

i upped my meds-up yours: Bathia_Mapes: Jamdug!: Dogs are better than cats.

/There I said it

//ducks

You have a right to your opinion, even if I personally disagree with you. :-D

You also are encouraged to post pictures of your pets in this thread, even non-feline critters. Dogs, ferrets, birds, snakes, even your pet tarantula, Igor is welcome in the Caturday thread.

What if the comeback is, "dog owners are better than cat owners"?
or "people who don't post pictures of their pets are better than people who do"?


The same as I said before. You have a right to your opinion, even if I personally disagree with you.

The only people who are unwelcome in Caturday threads are trolls.

Personally I don't think those who post pictures of their pets are better than those who don't. In fact, if someone prefers to just comment in the thread or post pictures from sites like icanhascheezburger.com instead, well that's fine too. And there will always be people who like/love dogs more than cats. Nothing wrong with that either.
2012-10-06 08:04:27 PM
1 votes:
farm9.staticflickr.com
Guess who completed a half-marathon today?
Yes, it was Dinky. I stayed in the yard when I wasn't chewing on a stolen box of facial tissue from the living room or checking the kitchen floor for crumbs.
Let's give Dinky a round of applause! Yay, Dinky!

I can hardly farking walk...ow.
2012-10-06 07:59:48 PM
1 votes:
farm6.staticflickr.com
2012-10-06 07:28:03 PM
1 votes:

Timid Goddess: And I just put the self-referenced waste of oxygen on ignore.


Hie thyself to another thread foul troll.
2012-10-06 07:27:23 PM
1 votes:

professional_vampire: wearelove: What a waste of oxygen!

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Seconded. Hie thyself to another thread foul troll.
2012-10-06 07:21:42 PM
1 votes:
i877.photobucket.com
2012-10-06 06:50:39 PM
1 votes:

If I Had A Witty Name You Would Love Me: I was always dreading when I would add a comment to this thread. I was always a lurker, reading the stories and laughing at the pics.

But.



Sounds like you and Timmy had the kind of bonds that many human relationships could aspire to.
2012-10-06 06:24:41 PM
1 votes:
If I Had A Witty Name You Would Love Me:I was always dreading when I would add a comment to this thread. I lost one of my oldest companions today. I had to put Timmy (yes say it like on South Park), my 10 year old friend to sleep.......

Thank you for stopping Timmy's suffering. It is so hard to let them go, but you did the right thing. It's gonna hurt for a long time, but all the good memories will help. This is a good first step! We appreciate the handsome photo!

He really did love you! Little Pooper was your cat and made sure he figured out how to get back to you! /CSB!!
2012-10-06 06:06:13 PM
1 votes:
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2012-10-06 06:06:03 PM
1 votes:

laulaja: If I Had a Witty Name, I third Salem Witch & Real Women's appraisals of the late handsome Timmy. Bet he shed all over the place! Appreciate the tales as well.
Need to remember my Dow Nunder EchoLink net in about 30 min.
Also comment that 14yr old lad Tom Jose VU3TMO has achieved ARRL Diamond DXCC. (yes another bloody ham radio tale!) He made contact with 100 different nations outside his own in this the 75th anniv year of DXCC (Foreign Contacts Century Club). Tom lives in Hyderabad, India; belongs to Radio Inst of America whatever that is, also to Dayton OH Amateur Radio Club. I'm on one of the DARA reflectors due to newsltr activities, also Just In Case of anncts such as this. Sent Tom my personal both conga-rats (ZeroExponent's .gif) & conga-cats (mine).
This program began 1st of 2012; retired guy in our local club who's moved to Jax FL had his in 6 wks. But then he did hardly anything else.
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This from konekosama toward end of June this yr. Oscilloscope cat is also hiding.


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2012-10-06 02:50:13 PM
1 votes:
I was always dreading when I would add a comment to this thread. I was always a lurker, reading the stories and laughing at the pics.

But.

I lost one of my oldest companions today. I had to put Timmy (yes say it like on South Park), my 10 year old friend to sleep. He was diagnosed with lymphoma a few weeks back. At that point I thought he simply had a UTI, as he was doing his usual "Grumpy and peeing wherever I want" attitude. Turns out nope. Cancer. At that point he had not eaten in a week (was down to 12 pounds from 15, who knows how long he had been under feeding himself). 2 weeks later he was down to 9 pounds. Today marked the 5th week of not eating or drinking (I was "watering" my cat as I affectionately called the sub-cue injections I had to give him), and he started walking funny. Like his back legs were only 80% stable. Not bad, just noticeable. It was at this point that I finally realized he was not going to get better. There was nothing more I could do, and he was not happy. So I had to put my friend of 10 years, the companion that got me through relationship after relationship (and through a marriage too) to sleep.

Well enough of my sad story. All you needed to know was I lost my friend, and I am sad. SO, I am going to post a couple of my favorite memories of him here, and a picture.

Story 1) At the time I was dating another animal lover, and together we bought our three animals (well I guess she bought them, I just loved them). 2 cats and 1 dog. All crazy in their own rights. So we took these 3 animals to an enclosed outside space. Just a large fenced in yard essentially. We let them all loose. Now the dog was fine, he was trapped not going anywhere. But the 2 cats on the other hand. Well did you know cats can jump? Amazing right?! So we had to devise a method to keep the cats inside the fenced in area. Me, being the smrt person I am decided that if I attached a big stick to the cats leashes (yes, our cats were leash cats) it would throw off there balance enough where they could not jump the fence. Well on this I was spot on. The cats could not figure out how to jump with this 1 pound weight on their back.

Guess who likes sticks? Dogs. Amazing right?!

So the dog (Jacob, a Boston Terrier) sees this stick roaming around the yard. So he tears after it, grabs it and runs away with it.... And Timmy, the attached cat. By the time we got the cat back the entire back of him was stained green from the grass.

I am smrt.

Story 2) So did I mention these animals were not mine? I just loved them? Well that became very apparent when that relationship fell through. Now I had no animals. I was sad. Now this part is partly going to be played from how my head sees these things occurring. But still. I am right cause I am smrt.

When I lost the animals, they all moved to Canada (the evil uninhabitable place near Iraq, and North Korea I think). At this time they were living in some form of dorm environment (she was going to vet school and in Canada vet school people live in communals or something) And Timmy was unhappy (My head says he missed me) and decided that certain people on the floor were his enemies. They were the target of his feeling of lost (cause he missed me!). So he, in his infinite cat logic decided that he was going to poop in front of their doors every day. Yes. Every day. So Timmy got kicked out of this communal hippy vet thingy. And in her infinite wisdom, my Ex realized that Timmy missed me. She she drove Timmy back to my parents house (Chicago-ish) and I got my cat back! He never pooped in front of another door again! See he really did miss me!!!

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2012-10-06 02:15:33 PM
1 votes:

CooperDaKat: Racer does not do a good job of self-grooming and developed a lot of bad mats on her lower back/rump area that would not brush out.


My baby has the same problem. She gets pretty wicked butt and hip mats. She hates being brushed, but I do what I can. Her coat finally came back in from her last shave, so I'm trying to be extra vigilant and make sure she stays groomed.
2012-10-06 12:43:23 PM
1 votes:

spinach gunk: Thank you EVERYONE for all your encouragement and kicking the habit stories!

Kudos to all who have been successful in their quitting efforts.

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Whether you've quit or or trying to quit or still smoke or never smoked, I adore you all for being so supportive! :)



Good for you sweetie! Keep up the good work!

My dad died at 59 from emphysema and right heart failure after years of smoking 3 packs a day. Mom died at 78 and smoked 2 packs a day. She probably would have made it to 100 if she hadn't smoked because her mom died just 6 months before at 2 weeks shy of her 100th birthday.

I tried it once at the age of 8 or so. I had the fortune (or misfortune) of picking up one of dads smoldering butts from the driveway and tried a drag in front of our screen door. Mom fell off of the sofa she was laughing so hard.
2012-10-06 12:34:09 PM
1 votes:

Mrs CDK: For me, it was much easier giving it all up at once than going crazy wanting a cigarette when I was drinking.


And for me, that would be total failure because I'm sure I could justify having a cigarette if I was drinking...and the more I drank, the more I could justify, therefore I would never quit smoking :o)

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/of course, once I was comfortable with not smoking, i was able to indulge again. Now I don't even think about smokes when I drink. 

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2012-10-06 11:42:47 AM
1 votes:

Scruffinator: Well, my eldest cat passed away at 6:30 this morning. She was fine, as far as any of us could tell, up until yesterday. Then she just kinda started laying around more than normal, and skipped dinner. Then when I got up this morning she seemed to be having trouble breathing, and wouldn't budge from where she was at. By the time we located an e-vet that was open(downside of living in the middle of nowhere) she had passed on. She was about 17 years old.

For some damn reason, I can't find a single picture of her except on my phone, and I don't have a cord to connect it to my PC. Blarg.

/debbie downer
//happy caturday


Don't know what's worse...having a heads-up due to illness or them just picking up their traps and crossing the Bridge with no warning.
Either way, it leaves an aching cat-shaped hole in your heart.
I grieve with you...17 years is a long time.
2012-10-06 10:53:11 AM
1 votes:

Scruffinator: Well, my eldest cat passed away at 6:30 this morning. She was fine, as far as any of us could tell, up until yesterday. Then she just kinda started laying around more than normal, and skipped dinner. Then when I got up this morning she seemed to be having trouble breathing, and wouldn't budge from where she was at. By the time we located an e-vet that was open(downside of living in the middle of nowhere) she had passed on. She was about 17 years old.

For some damn reason, I can't find a single picture of her except on my phone, and I don't have a cord to connect it to my PC. Blarg.

/debbie downer
//happy caturday


It is great that she was fine up until the very end and had no long term suffering. That said, I'm so sorry that you have to deal with this loss without preparation. We'll all send you supporting vibes and good thoughts. And, we'll continue to be grateful that kitties like yours have such long lives with people who care for them.
2012-10-06 09:58:19 AM
1 votes:

ferfer72: Hi guys! I know I have been demoted to "that girl who used to post a bunch of LOLs". Sorry. I work most Saturdays now.

In the meantime, I need an opinion from all of you shelter-savvy peeps:

My auditorium will soon be doing a play that traditionally has a few kittens in it. I was thinking it might be cool to feature some kittens from a local shelter and do some sort of "sponsor a kitten adoption" thing to find homes for the kittens we use. Suggestions? Reasons why this is a stupid idea?


After the "end credits" you could go all Oprah... "YOU get a kitty, and YOU get a kitty, and YOU get a kitty, and YOU get a kitty..."
2012-10-06 08:44:57 AM
1 votes:
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2012-10-06 08:33:43 AM
1 votes:
Cookies, you say? I do hope you share with the kittehs. Kittehs love cookies.

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2012-10-06 05:25:12 AM
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quantum_jellyroll: I had to have anterior spinal fusion of the 6th & 7th cervical vertebrae in 2002..
They actually go in through the front of the throat, shove everything aside, and work from the front.,
they then insert a thin slab of bone between the two vertebrae then screw a titanium "dog bone"
to the two vertebrae to hold stuff in place.

The bone fuses over time and becomes one big piece.
However, smoking prevents it from knitting together and it has to be re-done.
I quit two days before and never needed any other incentive other than not getting my
throat sliced open again. 

Hang in there Spinach, we're all pulling for you!


Jeezis farking Christ! :-0
Wow. That's an incentive to quit forever if I ever heard one.
Kudos to you, both for staying quit for 10 years, and for surviving that surgery!

And thank you for the encouragement. It helps.

i870.photobucket.com
2012-10-06 02:16:29 AM
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MajorGroove: Mousiebelle: thanks for the info, I will look into it! I have no idea why Toshiro's got his issues; the vet was saying stress often plays a role, but he lives a pretty damn stress-free life. We'll see how the diet goes. . .he LOVES his new gooshy noms, and I'm pretty damn sure he'll eat anything mixed in it. ;-) And mercifully, Toshiro would rather perish than pee outside his box. It's just that when you're in and out of the box 30+ times per day, you kick a LOT of litter out!


We have no clue what happened with Cassie, either. I had tried different kinds of food, but her tests always came back w/o crystals & normal pH & everything else they check for with urinary tract problems. X-rays of her abdomen also were normal. It wasn't until we moved & went to a new vet that we finally got the correct diagnosis. It was such a relief to just now what was going on! Our vet here is amazing :) Oh, just as an aside - the cats had been switched to the Wellness food for a little over 6 months before we were told about the glucosamine, so it wasn't the food that caused or fixed the problem.... pretty obviously the glucosamine was the cure. I hope Toshiro feels better quickly!!!
2012-10-06 01:36:27 AM
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MajorGroove: Toshiro update: He has neither an infection nor an obstruction. He has Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, aka nonspecific irritation of his bladder. His prescription? A special urinary tract diet. . .including MUCH more wet food. Not surprisingly, he has no problem with this! Anyway, the upshot is that he should be fine. Still thinking good thoughts for all the other kitties!!!

Witness the "give me wet food" face:

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My Cassie was diagnosed with a non-specific bladder inflammation. Rather than put her on a special diet, my vet recommended putting her on glucosamine. I use the GNC cat Glucosamine that I found at PetSmart - you (carefully) take the capsule apart and mix it into gooshies. I say carefully because I ended up with glucosamine powder all over heck and back the first few times :) They recommended 6 weeks of one capsule twice a day and then decreasing to one capsule once a day from then on. It's now been a year since we've had any problems at all!!! I do have them on Wellness Core dry food & Wellness grain-free wet food twice a day, so I suppose some might consider that a more special diet. I've found both cats do a lot better with grain-free food. However, I highly suggest adding the glucosamine into Toshiro's diet. I still can't completely believe how much of a difference it's made for Cassie. Before the vet here figured out what was really going on, we spent most of a year in and out of a different vet's office with Cassie on lots of antibiotics, sometimes multiple antibiotics at the same time and for long amounts of time. Like I said, this week we hit the one year mark since she had any urinary issues. Glucosamine is a very small price to pay compared to all the vet visits and cleaning and everything else that came along with her urinary issues!

Wow... I feel like that was really rambly. Sorry about that.
2012-10-06 01:11:28 AM
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Toshiro update: He has neither an infection nor an obstruction. He has Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, aka nonspecific irritation of his bladder. His prescription? A special urinary tract diet. . .including MUCH more wet food. Not surprisingly, he has no problem with this! Anyway, the upshot is that he should be fine. Still thinking good thoughts for all the other kitties!!!

Witness the "give me wet food" face:

farm6.staticflickr.com
2012-10-06 12:43:54 AM
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All you folks who are quitting/have quit smoking:
Me hat's off to yer.

From what I hear, it is one of the HARDEST things to which you can choose to say "No no no no, I don't do that no more".

Hang in there. Your body (and your family and friends) will thank you.
2012-10-05 11:48:51 PM
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quantum_jellyroll: spinach gunk:
Cold turkey. It was the right time. I knew I really had to be ready for it, and had to WANT to do it, and I was. The night before, I'd had a bad panic attack, and I think it knocked something loose in my brain.

I had to have anterior spinal fusion of the 6th & 7th cervical vertebrae in 2002..
They actually go in through the front of the throat, shove everything aside, and work from the front.,
they then insert a thin slab of bone between the two vertebrae then screw a titanium "dog bone"
to the two vertebrae to hold stuff in place.

The bone fuses over time and becomes one big piece.
However, smoking prevents it from knitting together and it has to be re-done.
I quit two days before and never needed any other incentive other than not getting my
throat sliced open again. 

Hang in there Spinach, we're all pulling for you!


yep, i've got two of those, c3-c4 and c4-c5.you can barely see the scar anymore, doc did a great stitch job.

SG, just keep on keepin'on. Count every day, every hour, as a victory. I smoked 1-2 packs per day for over 20 years. Quit on Christmas day 1995 and never looked back. I'm proof that it can be done.
2012-10-05 10:37:50 PM
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imageshack.us
2012-10-05 10:21:42 PM
1 votes:
i877.photobucket.com
2012-10-05 09:32:54 PM
1 votes:
Farley cat in his favourite position in his favourite location - lying on his back under my monitor stand on my desk. He likes to pull on (not bite) the wires leading to my backup boxes. Thanks, Farley.

i.imgur.com
2012-10-05 09:32:06 PM
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Leepj: sherpa18: spinach gunk: John Buck 41: Hey, Spinach Gunk----how's the no-smoking going? Thanks for asking -- nearly 4 days now! The first few days weren't so bad, but today has been the worst. Alternating between "hulk smash!" and quietly weeping, lol. Caffeine is my friend. Am hanging in there though. :) Think it's fetal position behind the couch time... bbl.

Hang in there, and don't give up
/ as i always seem to do :o(

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I quit 27+ years ago. Gradually reduced the areas where I allowed myself to smoke - work was the last place and there I just quit. Whole process took about a month. I had been smoking 3 packs a day. Watching one of my more favorite co-workers die of emphysema scared me into it. Took a long time before the cravings went completely away but they were manageable after about a month, if I recall correctly. I am so thankful I was able to quit that time, it wasn't my first try.


I wish Cretinbob would quit but he doesn't want to. It's been one of the biggest problems I have with him. He's lied to me for around 15 years about smoking to the point it's almost comical. He's insisted he wasn't smoking but I've found cigarettes in his pocket, in his car, he's hid them everywhere and I find them. He knows I hate smoking but he wants to smoke and doesn't care about what I think of it. He blames his smokey smell on other people. But I've seen him smoke, and he still denies it! Too funny.

At least he doesn't smoke in the house or in the car when I'm with him so he doesn't continue damaging my already damaged lungs.
2012-10-05 09:22:05 PM
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sherpa18: spinach gunk: John Buck 41: Hey, Spinach Gunk----how's the no-smoking going? Thanks for asking -- nearly 4 days now! The first few days weren't so bad, but today has been the worst. Alternating between "hulk smash!" and quietly weeping, lol. Caffeine is my friend. Am hanging in there though. :) Think it's fetal position behind the couch time... bbl.

Hang in there, and don't give up
/ as i always seem to do :o(

[i415.photobucket.com image 300x267]


I quit 27+ years ago. Gradually reduced the areas where I allowed myself to smoke - work was the last place and there I just quit. Whole process took about a month. I had been smoking 3 packs a day. Watching one of my more favorite co-workers die of emphysema scared me into it. Took a long time before the cravings went completely away but they were manageable after about a month, if I recall correctly. I am so thankful I was able to quit that time, it wasn't my first try.
2012-10-05 07:00:34 PM
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farm9.staticflickr.com
2012-10-05 02:11:29 PM
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Continued good wishes for Cassie, now expanded to cover Toshiro as well (like a cuddleworthy blankie to burrow under).
Theatened pic, having found that language within is R rated or worse:
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Link somewhat sappy, but no worse than what gets tagged Sappy here on fark. Good result depictured/devideoed at end thereof..
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2012-10-05 01:52:18 PM
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My kitty, Toshiro, is at the vet as I speak. He started visiting his litterbox CONSTANTLY yesterday, but only pees a tiny bit each time. I suspect either a UTI or an early obstruction that's irritating him. We won't know until he can give a urine sample (of course he went in with a totally empty bladder). Either way, send good thoughts his way!

The kitteh in question:

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2012-10-05 12:03:23 PM
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2012-10-05 11:55:15 AM
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i877.photobucket.com
2012-10-05 11:17:32 AM
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2012-10-05 03:47:41 AM
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pds24.egloos.com 


evansheline.com 


1.bp.blogspot.com


www.glendaledailyplanet.com
2012-10-05 12:09:03 AM
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farm9.staticflickr.com
2012-10-04 11:00:27 PM
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i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
2012-10-04 10:53:50 PM
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I haz a sad for James72, It makes me want to sing the blues

i.imgur.com
2012-10-04 10:50:51 PM
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i236.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 10:46:32 PM
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James72: syzygy whizz: James72, my heart goes out to you.

Alexander passed away peacefully yesterday, October 3rd, at 6:25pm.

He was such a good boy.


Nooo! You always hope for that lucky break or "miracle" even against the highest odds. I'm so sorry for your loss. You did what was best for your furbaby, sparing poor Alex a lot worse. Doesn't mean it is easy, though.

img.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 10:39:05 PM
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i877.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 10:34:13 PM
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James72: syzygy whizz: James72, my heart goes out to you.

Alexander passed away peacefully yesterday, October 3rd, at 6:25pm.

He was such a good boy.


Oh no! I am so, so sorry, James. :*(
How heartbreaking.

i870.photobucket.com

*Hugs*
2012-10-04 10:26:23 PM
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James72: syzygy whizz: James72, my heart goes out to you.

Alexander passed away peacefully yesterday, October 3rd, at 6:25pm.

He was such a good boy.


Oh, James72. I am so sorry. My condolences, and hugs.

i235.photobucket.com

//nmc,nmc
2012-10-04 10:20:26 PM
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reneau.smugmug.com
2012-10-04 10:19:42 PM
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Brought my car for a winter checkup. The mechanic said the engine purrs like a kitten, I got it home and found out why :)

i.imgur.com
2012-10-04 10:10:35 PM
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i.imgur.com
2012-10-04 10:06:14 PM
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i380.photobucket.com

YES!
2012-10-04 10:05:55 PM
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John Buck 41: Hey, Spinach Gunk----how's the no-smoking going?


i870.photobucket.com

Thanks for asking -- nearly 4 days now! The first few days weren't so bad, but today has been the worst. Alternating between "hulk smash!" and quietly weeping, lol. Caffeine is my friend.

Am hanging in there though. :)

Think it's fetal position behind the couch time... bbl.
2012-10-04 09:53:52 PM
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i877.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 09:38:08 PM
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i.imgur.com
Found There evidently back in the early days when I went There.
TheIceQueen, wonder if mayhap rainbow wasn't a sign that Norbert had located Diego somewhere near the Bridge .... 
2012-10-04 09:34:05 PM
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Bah! gotta go get ready for the morning.
I hope I have time to get some Caturday in from Mordor tomorrow. A slow Friday would be welcome for a change.
i211.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 09:23:19 PM
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Welcome to Caturday, everbddy! 

i415.photobucket.com
 

/very sorry, gotta drop in a repeat post ... way too busy right now for a new one...
2012-10-04 09:21:14 PM
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Here is a picture of the rainbow
i1210.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 09:18:36 PM
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Hello everybodeee!

 ^-^
='.'=

Caturday at last, thank Bast....

Didn't get to finish last week's thread till Tuesday night...
James72, my heart goes out to you.
Been there, done that.

If not after the fact, the 'scheduling' bit...my Sainted Vet told me that FIP is a 'wasting' disease, but not a painful one.
With prednisone, we were able to keep little Merlin comfortable and have a good quality life...though far too short.
2012-10-04 09:12:40 PM
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Hey, Spinach Gunk----how's the no-smoking going?
2012-10-04 09:09:40 PM
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The Ice Queen: yobbery: The Ice Queen: Anyone heard from James and how he's doing?

No, I hope he's keeping it together. That's a lot for anyone to go through.

How are you holding up?

I'm doing better. Had a nice chat with Domari on Facebook a few nights ago and it really helped. I also got her ashes back the other day. It was really weird because it absolutely poured on my way there after work. I mean, couldn't see the car in front of you pouring. I get her ashes and get back in my car and the rain stops momentarily and there was a big rainbow off to my left. I think it was her way (or my aunt's way) of letting me know Norbert's ok.


I'm sure they're both ok. :o)
i211.photobucket.com
2012-10-04 09:09:28 PM
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Jamdug!: Dogs are better than cats.

/There I said it

//ducks


Dogs are different than cats.. neither are ducks...
2012-10-04 09:09:11 PM
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Well, reckon it did, now this is up to top of greenies & sez Sat Oct 6 8AM.
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Trimalchio & toy, found when seeking a recent trolley save that was 404. This brought by ManicDepressiveMouse on unrecorded date, likely somewhat Ago.
2012-10-04 09:01:39 PM
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I dug this out of the archives for Farktography this week (Stripes). That little black kitten with her paw in Mom's face is Morticia

farm9.staticflickr.com
2012-10-04 09:00:25 PM
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i.imgur.com
credit to spinach gunk.
Earlier typing 1st edited then all deleted by Ginger. Need to keep him away from keybd as much as I can, which may be to say nawtatall.
2012-10-04 08:57:39 PM
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farm8.staticflickr.com
2012-10-04 08:50:21 PM
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It appears that this thread is scheduled to go green at 9pm tonight.
2012-10-04 08:47:55 PM
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Yay! Caturday!!!!
2012-10-04 08:38:00 PM
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Jamdug!: Dogs are better than cats.

/There I said it

//ducks


Just your opinion. We like 'em all here on Caturday!
2012-10-04 08:37:15 PM
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farm6.staticflickr.com

Figures. The very first listing in this thread is by a farking troll.
2012-10-04 08:32:45 PM
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Dogs are better than cats.

/There I said it

//ducks
 
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