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2013-01-25 09:34:09 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:35:55 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:36:38 PM  

domari: I've heard of all kinds of things to do to cars, but that's funny, expensive, annoying and really doesn't do damage. One of the mild pranks I liked was to get in someones car and turn everything on, the radio volume to full blast, heat blower on high, wipers on.

When I was younger we did more damage. We put valve grinding compound in gas tanks, super glue in door key holes or ignition so the key wouldn't go in. Not an inexpensive repair.

One time we masking taped an car until it was completely covered. Then laughed our butts off watching the guy try to get in his car in the morning, in the pouring rain when he had to go to work.

Dead fish on the motor or even better, cut up and dropped down the defroster. Canned mackerel or sardines smells pretty nasty after a while. Fish under the backseat in the summertime, best done while someone is at work and the car sits out in the hot sun all day.

Rearranging the spark plug wires could easily ruin someone's day. We did this to a guy who was cheating on his wife and he couldn't move the car before the other woman's husband got home from work. Explain that car stuck in the driveway mister!!

I took all four valve stems out of an ex boyfriends car tires so he was stranded. That one backfired when he called the girl he was cheating on me with to pick him up and take him home. That's ok, then I sold his 68 Camaro convertible that he wanted back in the worst way.

Dirty deeds done dirt cheap!!


Whoa! I'm staying on your good side. ;-p
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On second thought I may just donate my 'protection' money a bit sooner. :o)
 
2013-01-25 09:38:40 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:39:08 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:41:25 PM  

yobbery: Real Women Drink Akvavit: I have huge anxiety issues when it comes to medical personnel - medical or dental anything, really - because of a very bad car accident when I was 13, so if things don't work out with the new potential primary care physician on Tuesday, I've already got my next potential picked out.

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A rather dignified looking fellow, don't you think? He also obviously has excellent taste in men's ties.

I will pay him with the finest albacore money can buy. Well, the finest my money can buy.

For the past 30 years coontil 2010) I made it a point to get complete yearly physicals. The last physical I had was March 2010 which led to this...
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Three days after my last physical I got a call at 10:00pm from my doctor telling me that something showed up on x-ray that she was nearly positive was lung cancer. The risk of collapse from biopsy was too risky and they were so sure it was cancer that they decided to just remove it along with roughly a third of my right lung. Fortunately it turned out to be scar tissue from a rare form of pneumonia I didn't even know I had. Thinking of physicals since then just gives me anxiety, and I've been (stupidly) putting it off.

I recently had a pre-op chest x-ray for my jaw surgery that was clear, so I figure it's a good time to get back into the yearly physical routine. I see my doc on February 7th and the only anxiety I have now is regarding the scolding she's going to give me for not seeing her since my lung surgery (and for the 30 pounds or so that I've gained.) At least she can no longer biatch at me for smoking.

/The picture above was taken at home three days after my surgery. Coughing was very painful for the first four days or so, but other than that it was surprisingly painless (the pain meds did their job!).
//Never had any breathing problems until they did this. Now I get an annoying wheeze every once in a while.


Shiat,  Yobbery! That looks painful as all hell. My pain was mostly the result of landing flat on my back (apparently) and a plethora of old injuries (which cause me varying amounts of pain all the time anyway) all combined with the world's most uncomfortable hospital beds. I'll probably never  get  over the medical anxiety thing I got goin' on, but I do have to admit to a certain grudging respect when I was refusing the blood transfusions, (I was scared and not convinced) and I got tag teamed with a social worker, a shrink type person and two doctors, all trying to reason with me.  One of the docs lost his patience and and said  "You are dying. You will have your blood transfusions and rest and you will go home when I say you can go home because otherwise you're leaving this room under a sheet  with a toe tag." At  least that's pretty close to what he said to me. I obviously got the transfusions. I think someone had to be mean to  me to really make it sink in though.

I think it sounds like the pneumonia you had is the same kind my dad had. They had to remove part  of one of his lungs as well, but  he died of post surgical complications a couple days before he was supposed to come home. I never even knew there were that  many types of pneumonia. I think I always considered the term a way of saying "farked up lung or lungs". This would make me kind of the medical equivalent of people who think aioli and mayonnaise are the same thing. Ummm, no. We can't all know everything, though. I'm glad you turned out OK with your lung surgery and hope your jaw surgery goes well if you've not yet had it done.

Caturdayians. We can be a sickly bunch sometimes, can't we? Think I should hug my cat.  That makes everything better.
 
2013-01-25 09:42:33 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:42:46 PM  
...some good internet finds out there this week. Someday I'll get my captioning mojo back. I've just been zoning out after work lately.
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2013-01-25 09:44:25 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Caturdayians. We can be a sickly bunch sometimes, can't we? Think I should hug my cat.  That makes everything better.


Yes.....yes it does! :D
 
2013-01-25 09:45:29 PM  

professional_vampire: Tigerose - yup, vasovagal syncope. It's also triggered by having blood drawn and lots of other things, so I have seen it and do suspect that's what it was. He's got a cardiologist appointment for Friday the 1st - it was time for him to make one anyway to get a new script for his BP meds. Men! So stubborn about seeing the Dr.


His episode sounds like a sudden drop in BP. Lemme know if he is not comfortable with the cardiologist - despite my white coat syndrome, and general reluctance about going to see a doctor, my guy is all sorts of awesome. And yes, we are stubborn.

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2013-01-25 09:45:33 PM  

sherpa18: cretinbob, domari ... I can't even begin to express my admiration (and appreciation) for what you two do - please don't give up! You guise are truly special.

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Thanks Sherpa. That means a lot.
I don't want to give up, so much to do out there. It's just difficult, we need a place to do this and it's just not happening. I'm trying but don't know what to try next. Winning the lottery hasn't happened, but I never buy tickets anyway.
If you have any rich animal loving friends or relatives who can hold a small mortgage, let me know.  (not the rich uncle from Nigeria, he contacted me already)

The other problem with a certain person has quieted down a bit, but hasn't ended. Hell has a chair with their name on it.
 
2013-01-25 09:45:55 PM  

vudutek: TMI time:
We have family history of prostate cancer from dad. I started getting checked back in my mid 40's. Just shy of my 50th b'day, got the bad news. Had surgery that July, and have been clear for almost 5 years now.
Say what you will about doctors shoving things in painful places, the alternatives aren't worth it.


Glad you are doing OK.  I've been getting the prostate check since 35, and I've dreaded going to the doc ever since.

When I was in my 20's I lived in China and I had, uh, bleeding that turned out to be the result of eating - I'm not making this up - a piece of wood.  I had eaten at a questionable restaurant in western China and I literally had a stick in my ass (not up it - in it).  I had to find a doctor, and the best I could find was a British doc who was doing charity work 55 kilometers away.  She had some kind of terrible utensil that involved a hollow tube, a flashlight, the world's oldest fiber optic camera cable, and a girl who I think was probably her daughter.

Here are words you never want to hear in that situation, ever:  "The Vaseline is mucking up the image.  Give me a cotton swab and hold this open for a minute."
 
2013-01-25 09:47:51 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: One of the docs lost his patience and and said  "You are dying. You will have your blood transfusions and rest and you will go home when I say you can go home because otherwise you're leaving this room under a sheet  with a toe tag." At  least that's pretty close to what he said to me. I obviously got the transfusions. I think someone had to be mean to  me to really make it sink in though.


Had you been ill before this all happened??? Like, did you have the flu, or a bad cold, or anything?? I'm just curious as to why you were so low on blood and stuff. Do you have a history of anemia? Just wondering...
 
2013-01-25 09:51:22 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:53:38 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:54:37 PM  
Lsherm:
Here are words you never want to hear in that situation, ever: "The Vaseline is mucking up the image. Give me a cotton swab and hold this open for a minute."

*o_O*
 
2013-01-25 09:55:13 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:57:44 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:59:17 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: I think it sounds like the pneumonia you had is the same kind my dad had. They had to remove part of one of his lungs as well, but he died of post surgical complications a couple days before he was supposed to come home.


I'm sorry about your dad. Unfortunately it *is* major surgery. I think my denial of that fact and just wanting that lump out of me is what got me through it OK. The relief of it not being cancer also helped.

I was in a deep morphine haze when I spoke with the surgeon right after I woke up. She said the lesion was caused by 'BOOP' and while she was in there she fixed two 'BLEBS'. I'm thinking at this point that I'm simply too high to hear her clearly, but it turned out these are real medical terms. I thought I was at Dr. Seuss hospital for a brief moment.

BOOP was the form of pneumonia and BLEBS are common blister like areas.
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2013-01-25 09:59:31 PM  
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2013-01-25 09:59:52 PM  
Hello Caturday folks!  I'm a regular lurker, but I hope you can give me some advice.
We lost my first furry friend on Tuesday morning.  (Never had a pet to call my own before.)
We brought home brothers Buddy and Rascal 4 years ago.  After the first exam when they were kittens, we found that Rascal had a slight heart murmur.  It didn't seem to bother him much. He was a very active cat, but he died from a blood clot right by his heart.
Here's the thing.  I'm worried about Buddy.  He keeps looking for Rascal, and now is home alone all day.  Should we start looking for a buddy for Buddy?  Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
 
2013-01-25 10:01:55 PM  
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2013-01-25 10:03:36 PM  
Okay guize.....I gotta bail for tonight. Been fun! See y'all in the morning!
 
2013-01-25 10:06:28 PM  
I'll leave the "baka scary sick" pics from a few years ago on the sidelines...

Now on with the Pogo!

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2013-01-25 10:09:52 PM  

Lsherm: vudutek: TMI time:
We have family history of prostate cancer from dad. I started getting checked back in my mid 40's. Just shy of my 50th b'day, got the bad news. Had surgery that July, and have been clear for almost 5 years now.
Say what you will about doctors shoving things in painful places, the alternatives aren't worth it.

Glad you are doing OK.  I've been getting the prostate check since 35, and I've dreaded going to the doc ever since.

When I was in my 20's I lived in China and I had, uh, bleeding that turned out to be the result of eating - I'm not making this up - a piece of wood.  I had eaten at a questionable restaurant in western China and I literally had a stick in my ass (not up it - in it).  I had to find a doctor, and the best I could find was a British doc who was doing charity work 55 kilometers away.   She had some kind of terrible utensil that involved a hollow tube, a flashlight, the world's oldest fiber optic camera cable, and a girl who I think was probably her daughter.

Here are words you never want to hear in that situation, ever:  "The Vaseline is mucking up the image.  Give me a cotton swab and hold this open for a minute."


Ahhh...the Chinese Elector Set. Did it look like this?
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Glad you're ok. :o)  ...so many bad jokes, so little time....
...and a cat
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2013-01-25 10:17:37 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: One of the docs lost his patience and and said "You are dying. You will have your blood transfusions and rest and you will go home when I say you can go home because otherwise you're leaving this room under a sheet with a toe tag." At least that's pretty close to what he said to me. I obviously got the transfusions. I think someone had to be mean to me to really make it sink in though.


Yeah, Sometimes they need to drive the point home in a nasty way. Thank whomever you pray to that they did so and weren't apathetic about it.
 
2013-01-25 10:22:22 PM  
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2013-01-25 10:23:25 PM  
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2013-01-25 10:32:58 PM  
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2013-01-25 10:35:07 PM  

lilyspad: Real Women Drink Akvavit: One of the docs lost his patience and and said  "You are dying. You will have your blood transfusions and rest and you will go home when I say you can go home because otherwise you're leaving this room under a sheet  with a toe tag." At  least that's pretty close to what he said to me. I obviously got the transfusions. I think someone had to be mean to  me to really make it sink in though.

Had you been ill before this all happened??? Like, did you have the flu, or a bad cold, or anything?? I'm just curious as to why you were so low on blood and stuff. Do you have a history of anemia? Just wondering...


I had been ill off and on pretty much all year, but nothing too terribly serious. I had a flu that laid me out for about a week, but that was the worse. I was usually just feeling a bit  run down and tired, but that's to be expected when you're working full time (which I'm not doing anymore - the restaurant closed), running my part of our household and being one of my Grandma's primary caregivers. You figure you're just tired is all and take a day trip or two every few months  for a bit of a rest, even if you're just sacking out at the Youth Hostel downtown.  It don't think it occurs to anyone to think "Gee, my hemoglobin may be horrifically low and all of my electrolytes are probably so off where they're supposed to be that  I'm lucky to be alive". They  have no idea thus far why this has happened, but I'm definitely going to have to be monitored for a long time, I guess. (Oh, and now both my legs and feet are huge swollen, so no idea what's up with  that, either. Just know I'm going to take another Vicodin 10 cuz it hurts like hell and then hobble out to make a strawberry shake to split with my Grandma for our dessert.)

yobbery:I'm sorry about your dad. Unfortunately it *is* major surgery. I think my denial of that fact and just wanting that lump out of me is what got me through it OK. The relief of it not being cancer also helped.

I think what helped me the most when my dad died was I had just spoken to him on the phone that morning before heading out to job #1. Told him I loved  him and would make him whatever he wanted to eat when he got home in a couple days, even  if I had to call in sick to both jobs. That made him happy, we were being cut  ups on  the phone with each other and having  a nice  conversation. It's always made me feel better I got to say "I love you" and make him laugh and be happy before he  died. I miss him all these years later, but still treasure that last conversation we had together.
 
2013-01-25 11:05:38 PM  
laulaja: Another linkie: cat-fed-with-chopsticks...

or we could just cut to the chase...  :o)

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2013-01-25 11:09:58 PM  

F Flat: Hello Caturday folks!  I'm a regular lurker, but I hope you can give me some advice.
We lost my first furry friend on Tuesday morning.  (Never had a pet to call my own before.)
We brought home brothers Buddy and Rascal 4 years ago.  After the first exam when they were kittens, we found that Rascal had a slight heart murmur.  It didn't seem to bother him much. He was a very active cat, but he died from a blood clot right by his heart.
Here's the thing.  I'm worried about Buddy.  He keeps looking for Rascal, and now is home alone all day.  Should we start looking for a buddy for Buddy?  Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!


It couldn't hurt, especially if he's used to being with someone. However, its important not to rush into a decision. It never hurts to look and the right kitty will choose you and Buddy, you just have to let him/her tell you they are the one :)
 
2013-01-25 11:21:46 PM  
HELP!!!!

Ok, that said... It's not me that needs the help, it's an internet friend.  She has 2 wonderful kittehs (Mia is a 5 month old female black kitteh & Leo is a 4 month old male Siamese mix).  She rescued both of them not too terribly long ago and nursed both of them through some pretty rough medical stuffs & both are now completely healthy.  Now for the needing help part... she's currently living with family while she goes through nursing school & her niece has developed an allergy to the cats.  She's trying to figure out whether someone in her area would be willing to foster the two kittehs until she graduates the first part of May.  All expenses will be paid (food, litter, vet if necessary, etc.) and she will send along the stuff they have.  She's located in Houston, TX in the Spring Branch area (wherever that is... lol).  If anyone has ideas on how she can handle this it would be all sorts of wonderful!  Thank you for ideas!!  If anyone wants pics, I'll ask her whether I can share... though I'm sure she'll be fine with it.
 
2013-01-25 11:22:20 PM  

F Flat: Hello Caturday folks!  I'm a regular lurker, but I hope you can give me some advice.
We lost my first furry friend on Tuesday morning.  (Never had a pet to call my own before.)
We brought home brothers Buddy and Rascal 4 years ago.  After the first exam when they were kittens, we found that Rascal had a slight heart murmur.  It didn't seem to bother him much. He was a very active cat, but he died from a blood clot right by his heart.
Here's the thing.  I'm worried about Buddy.  He keeps looking for Rascal, and now is home alone all day.  Should we start looking for a buddy for Buddy?  Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!


So sorry to hear about Rascal. :(
Cats form close bonds and they mourn when one of them goes away. Just like we do.
Buddy will mourn for a while, give him a lot of extra love and attention while he's going though this sad time. It will help you both cope with the loss.
 Did you let him spend some time with Rascal's body so he could see that there was no life left in Rascal? I've heard that helps.
Here's an article that explains pet grief better than I can.  http://www.fabcats.org/owners/euthanasia/bereavement.html

We're going through a similar situation right now. Last month we took in two brothers almost 2 years old. They're are very closely bonded. We planned on putting both cats up for adoption, they're beautiful white cats which would find homes quickly
When I brought them to the vet for routine check-up the vet discovered the short hair cat has a grade 4 heart murmur. He's at risk for dying a sudden early death. The vet said we can do a cardiac work-up on the cat but it's very expensive and heart conditions in cats are difficult to manage. For now she said to just give him 1/2 baby aspirin every 4 days to help try to prevent clots and taurine supplements might help.
The long hair brother is very healthy.
. My dilemma is what to do with them as far as adoption goes. I want them to stay together and be adopted together. But adopting a cat that has a heart condition and limited lifespan isn't going to be easy. Of course we have no clue how long the cat will live, 5 months, 5 years, longer? No clue.
Separating them now and adopting out the long hair cat seems just plain cruel, it's obvious they love being together.
I'm hoping I can find some very wonderful person to adopt them both and give them a good life together, even if one life will be a shorter one.

After your Rascal was diagnosed with the murmur, what did your vet recommend to do to keep him healthy for as long as possible? Did you try the baby aspirin? Did you have a cardiac workup done or just wait and see what happened. Did they give you any idea of how long Rascal would enjoy life with you?
 
2013-01-25 11:22:26 PM  
Off to bed. 'night all.
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2013-01-25 11:29:43 PM  
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"Really? You just had to take my photo? Geez."
 
2013-01-25 11:31:30 PM  

mousiebelle: HELP!!!!

Ok, that said... It's not me that needs the help, it's an internet friend.  She has 2 wonderful kittehs (Mia is a 5 month old female black kitteh & Leo is a 4 month old male Siamese mix).  She rescued both of them not too terribly long ago and nursed both of them through some pretty rough medical stuffs & both are now completely healthy.  Now for the needing help part... she's currently living with family while she goes through nursing school & her niece has developed an allergy to the cats.  She's trying to figure out whether someone in her area would be willing to foster the two kittehs until she graduates the first part of May.  All expenses will be paid (food, litter, vet if necessary, etc.) and she will send along the stuff they have.  She's located in Houston, TX in the Spring Branch area (wherever that is... lol).  If anyone has ideas on how she can handle this it would be all sorts of wonderful!  Thank you for ideas!!  If anyone wants pics, I'll ask her whether I can share... though I'm sure she'll be fine with it.


If I could I would...
Call the local rescues and they might have some foster homes to help out.
 
2013-01-25 11:34:12 PM  

Managed to Do All Needed for Feline Overlords & -Ladies, including test Ginger's b.g. Little bit higher than needed, so he got a shot & a small cat-chow snackie. Plumbicon's still out with a do this eve at Harmony Lodge for the ContraDancers. I gonna go crash warmly with Piiki, CU in daylit daylight.


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Bathia_Mapes fetched this in today, so highly apropos it's sure to become A Classic!
Purrsonally give it 3 days to achieve that --

 
2013-01-25 11:35:32 PM  

Lsherm: "The Vaseline is mucking up the image.  Give me a cotton swab and hold this open for a minute."


Some people pay extra for that....
 
2013-01-25 11:35:35 PM  
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2013-01-25 11:36:44 PM  
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2013-01-25 11:37:24 PM  
My week:
Missed a day of work last week to the pain of 'TMJ'. Turns out it wasn't TMJ after all...I had a zombie tooth and it was harboring bacteria...enough eventually to get down into my jaw and cause MAJOR pain.
How major? I couldn't wait for the dentist to give me the 'numb you up' shot...RELIEF!
Zombie Tooth: apparently the nerve for the tooth died quite some time ago...so the tooth itself didn't hurt. There was just all sorts of 'referred pain' all over the left side of my face...and my ear...salivary gland...tongue...

Dentist cleaned out most of the infection (I chose 'root canal' rather than 'extraction'...kinda shy of teeth on that side of my mouth- don't want to lose any more), put me on an antibiotic...
then decided that I should step up the dose. Did so...and was unable to sleep last night due to ITCHING. Benadryl did not help.

Ruh-roh...last time this happened was because I was having a histamine reaction to a med I had just started.
Called dentist, informed him. He switched antibiotics so hopefully I won't have to resort to the hydroxizine (sp?).
It works...IF you equate 'being totally knocked for about 14 hours...but at least you're not scratching' as 'working'...

Using a combination of my regular pain meds...as well as a witch's brew of tylenol, ibuprofen and naprosyn (Dentist's suggestion).
It does help...just hope my liver is still speaking to me when this is over and done with.

Today:
My nagging finally paid off...ABBEY WENT TO THE VET AND GOT SPAYED!!! YAAAAY!
Talked fast and persuasive, so they included Abbey's son Frisky on the 'get fixed' field trip.
Yeah, I'm picking it up...but one of the vet's assistants runs a no-kill sanctuary (whom I've helped out a bit in the past). They are donating $40 toward these surgeries! At least this little 'good deed' won't take my entire paycheck.

Got them their 1-yr rabies shots as well.
First thought "Damn it, THIS IS NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY!"
...then remembered that there's a new baby in the house. In no time flat he'll be "KITTY! (grab...chomp...yank)" ...wherewith Frisky and Abbey will let him know in no uncertain terms 'That's NOT how we treat the kitty'.

Yeah, I'm paranoid...but we did have a rabies quarantine last year...and we've had WWW of cat fights here lately.
Worst case scenario, and probably won't happen...but it doesn't hurt to make SURE.
Explained to neighbors that they'd need their 3-yr shots next year about this time. Since it relates to the health and safety of the little 'un, they'll probably remember.
 
2013-01-25 11:37:53 PM  
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2013-01-25 11:51:56 PM  

F Flat: Hello Caturday folks!  I'm a regular lurker, but I hope you can give me some advice.
We lost my first furry friend on Tuesday morning.  (Never had a pet to call my own before.)
We brought home brothers Buddy and Rascal 4 years ago.  After the first exam when they were kittens, we found that Rascal had a slight heart murmur.  It didn't seem to bother him much. He was a very active cat, but he died from a blood clot right by his heart.
Here's the thing.  I'm worried about Buddy.  He keeps looking for Rascal, and now is home alone all day.  Should we start looking for a buddy for Buddy?  Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!


Hard to say. Is Buddy normally a friendly cat? If so, yeah, i would suggest getting Buddy a buddy.
 
2013-01-25 11:53:22 PM  
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2013-01-26 12:14:08 AM  

domari: F Flat: Hello Caturday folks!  I'm a regular lurker, but I hope you can give me some advice.
We lost my first furry friend on Tuesday morning.  (Never had a pet to call my own before.)
We brought home brothers Buddy and Rascal 4 years ago.  After the first exam when they were kittens, we found that Rascal had a slight heart murmur.  It didn't seem to bother him much. He was a very active cat, but he died from a blood clot right by his heart.
Here's the thing.  I'm worried about Buddy.  He keeps looking for Rascal, and now is home alone all day.  Should we start looking for a buddy for Buddy?  Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

So sorry to hear about Rascal. :(
Cats form close bonds and they mourn when one of them goes away. Just like we do.
Buddy will mourn for a while, give him a lot of extra love and attention while he's going though this sad time. It will help you both cope with the loss.
 Did you let him spend some time with Rascal's body so he could see that there was no life left in Rascal? I've heard that helps.
Here's an article that explains pet grief better than I can.  http://www.fabcats.org/owners/euthanasia/bereavement.html

We're going through a similar situation right now. Last month we took in two brothers almost 2 years old. They're are very closely bonded. We planned on putting both cats up for adoption, they're beautiful white cats which would find homes quickly
When I brought them to the vet for routine check-up the vet discovered the short hair cat has a grade 4 heart murmur. He's at risk for dying a sudden early death. The vet said we can do a cardiac work-up on the cat but it's very expensive and heart conditions in cats are difficult to manage. For now she said to just give him 1/2 baby aspirin every 4 days to help try to prevent clots and taurine supplements might help.
The long hair brother is very healthy.
. My dilemma is what to do with them as far as adoption goes. I want them to stay together and be adopted ...


Hello domari, thanks so much for your kind words and help.
I left out a little bit of the story, mainly that Rascal's heart murmur was the least of his heath problems.  Rascal's heart murmur was just a grade 2. When he was 6 months old, we also found out that his red blood cells were really low.  The vet gave him some steroids and said that we should make him comfortable, he would probably pass in the next week or so.
Well, 3 1/2 years later, we still had a happy cat and his blood cell count was normal. (We gave him a pill every day and he went in for blood tests ever month, plus a blood transfusion when he was seriously low)  After he passed, I did read that we could show Rascal to Buddy, and that would help, but it was so sudden, we just weren't prepared.
Buddy has gotten lots of attention in the last few days.  He seems really confused, and as I said before, I'm worried about him.
I understand your concern about your two kitty brothers, Buddy has always been very healthy, and I think he knew that Rascal was fragile. (But Rascal could always run faster.....)
I've never posted this much to Fark.  Don't know how to share a picture, but I'll try to figure it out.  They are handsome boys.
Thank you again.
 
2013-01-26 12:25:27 AM  

The Ice Queen: F Flat: Hello Caturday folks!  I'm a regular lurker, but I hope you can give me some advice.
We lost my first furry friend on Tuesday morning.  (Never had a pet to call my own before.)
We brought home brothers Buddy and Rascal 4 years ago.  After the first exam when they were kittens, we found that Rascal had a slight heart murmur.  It didn't seem to bother him much. He was a very active cat, but he died from a blood clot right by his heart.
Here's the thing.  I'm worried about Buddy.  He keeps looking for Rascal, and now is home alone all day.  Should we start looking for a buddy for Buddy?  Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

It couldn't hurt, especially if he's used to being with someone. However, its important not to rush into a decision. It never hurts to look and the right kitty will choose you and Buddy, you just have to let him/her tell you they are the one :)


Thanks so much Ice Queen.  I do know that we'll have to find the time to find the right companion.  I'm going to go talk to the vet that has taken care of Rascal (he's had other heath problems) to see what we should do.  And yes, I am proud that they picked me.  They seem to have trained me very well.
 
2013-01-26 02:10:01 AM  

lilyspad: I had a little fun at work today before I left. Our paint computer has all kinds of stuff on it that can be changed, so I switched the "language" to Japanese...I really hope my boss's wife will go over there to mix paint for someone, and be all WTF????? I know she will panic, because she won't know how to change it back. But, I DID tell another person how to fix it, so it won't be too bad. I just like to f*ck with her once in a while..... :D I'll probably hear about it on Monday.


I had a Saab back in the 90s, it had a lcd screen with the radio that also displayed messages. I took it to see a friend in Atlanta when I had only had it a few weeks, and we were driving down Peachtree Street and all of a sudden this alarm sounded and messages in Swedish started flashing on the screen. We pulled over, got out the manual, and about 15 minutes later figured out how to change the setting from Swedish to English. Turns out the windshield washer fluid was low. My husband had changed the settings as a joke. We were both so mad at him, it scared us -- I was 400 miles from home with a new car and just knew something major was wrong. It's funny, now.


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2013-01-26 02:11:41 AM  

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Holy crap!

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Thank goodness you're going to be OK.  Take it easy!

Good luck with the health insurance thing, hope you can get a respectable deal.

*Hugs*
 
2013-01-26 02:18:03 AM  

sherpa18: cretinbob, domari ... I can't even begin to express my admiration (and appreciation) for what you two do - please don't give up! You guise are truly special.


QFT.
 
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