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(Inquisitr)   A paralyzed cat with a twisted spine has learned to run with a little help from a high school robotics club. Flipper has a new set of wheels and is ready to race around the house this Caturday   (inquisitr.com) divider line 1024
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2013-02-01 08:50:53 PM
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Step-dad's cat Gabby. She has a "smoke" coat...very pretty!
 
2013-02-01 08:56:17 PM
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Truly grainy newspaper pic of Russian wolfhound who likely lives in Indian Hill
(highly moneyed local suburb). Saved names of those with hound, but not bothering now.
 
2013-02-01 09:01:41 PM
Timid Goddess: *snip*
And then there was the wren who landed on her head when she was filling bird feeders in her home in Arkansas, plucked a few grey hairs for it's nest and flew off as if that was normal wren behavior!

I'm a redhead, so I grew up terrified of some birds. For some odd reason, some birds (especially blue jays) always wanted my hair for their nests and would attack my head and pull my hair out as I ran shrieking toward the house. This is something a lot of redheads I've met IRL have in common, btw, so it wasn't just me. (Yes, I do ask other redheads when I meet them if they were attacked by birds as children) Luckily my hair got darker over the years so now it's more of a light mahogany/auburn kind of red. I no longer attract birds the way I did as a child. Thank the gods for small favors, I guess.

I agree, your Grandma sounds like one of those people that just makes the rest of us feel like we're not doing enough, thereby inspiring us into more action than usual! Gotta keep up with the awesome Grannies of the world, ya know.

/as if any one of us here would not help a critter in any way we could
//anyone who didn't help if they could would lose their Caturday Card!
 
2013-02-01 09:03:38 PM

tigerose: Timid Goddess: Little Birdy with a Yellow Bill
Sat upon my window sill
Cocked his head and said,
Do you have anything besides stale bread?

from A View from Critter Hill,
by Dayle Wilcoxen

Grandma was also a published poet, she donated all the proceeds to her local county library.

I remember joking about her trying to feed half the area wildlife, raccoons, deer, birds, squirrels (not deliberately), opossums, rabbits, you name it.  She had crumbs for wrens, home-made suit (yes, she had her own recipe for bird food) that brought in everything from downy woodpeckers to pileated ones, sugar water for hummingbirds, fruit feeders for orieles, mixed seed for song birds, then corn for deer and rabbits, and dog food for raccoons.  And a water feature with a pump for everyone to get drinks.  At least one momma raccoon weaning little ones found lying in that quite soothing on the mammary glands.

What wonderful memories, of an awe inspiring lady. I am sure, that the animals appreciated all her efforts!


Yes, because of her, I have had a litter of raccoon kits play under my feet.  I was sitting in a chair with my feet on the rail of the balcony while they played under the chair.  Seen Pileated Woodpeckers on the balcony while in her living room, or on a tree only 10 to 15 feet from the balcony.  Her living room was on the second floor of the house.  Had one evening I walked out with her, wondered if "it" was a cat or dog, only to see it was an owl when it flew off when we got too close.

Grandma's sonbuckles looked better than the one's Mom and I make, we'll get 'em right one of these years!
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Wee Midget Wildflower Wilcoxen, aka Midge at the house in Bloomington, MN
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Taffy, the cat they had when my Mom and Uncle were kids.
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Gilligan, the girl, at their place in the Ozarks
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MeiLing, my lil' empress, in the cradle hand made by my grandfather.
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2013-02-01 09:09:57 PM

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Step-dad's cat Gabby. She has a "smoke" coat...very pretty!




Oh, she is lovely! Sending scritches!
 
2013-02-01 09:15:47 PM

tigerose: maynerdkitty: Just got in from the farm, had to take the new back door and the lumber for the front steps out there.
Took a few pictures of the late afternoon sun on my back yard. the line of fence posts is the back of the property there is about three acres to the right side of the picture. there is a line of overgrown stuff and then open field. I think the boys will approve.
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Wow that looks awesome! I am so excited for you! Do you have any pics of the boys? Have they put on weight yet?
It is very sandy ground but the grass is coming back well after someone used a bulldozer to clean up after the last tenants.
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When the grass grows back in this will be a nice front yard.




I do not have pictures of the boys but I get an update every Saturday. They have both put on more weight, turns out I was feeding them plenty of food but not in the right way, after some trial and error she figured out that giving them access to hay 24/7 was where I went wrong. She is giving them the same grain amount but only letting them have hay 12 hours a day. My boys would gulp their grain and then go back to the hay, eating a round bale every three weeks. All the hay was pushing the grain through them so fast they were not getting any nutrition from it. Why can't I be that way? the more I eat the more I could lose.
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Their new ride.
I won't have to trailer them often, but I was worried about living so far out and not being able to move them if an emergency arose.
and a part of a cat:
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Tom's toes.
This is why I put expanded steel and a locking lid on the baby chicks home.
 
2013-02-01 09:22:17 PM
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2013-02-01 09:23:34 PM
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2013-02-01 09:24:19 PM

maynerdkitty: tigerose: maynerdkitty:

Mega snip!

Glad your friend had figured out the nutrition. I know at our barn they feed fresh ground oats and a flake of hay in the evening, and I suspect in the mrning too. All their horses look awesome! Especially her 30 yr old Quarter horse, who we still ride for lessons! You need to send me your addy..I haz things for you!

 
2013-02-01 09:26:13 PM
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2013-02-01 09:30:53 PM
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2013-02-01 09:31:37 PM
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This is about how I'm feeling right now. Have a fun evening everbuddy!!! See y'all tomorrow! :D
 
2013-02-01 09:31:53 PM
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2013-02-01 09:41:16 PM
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2013-02-01 09:41:56 PM
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2013-02-01 09:46:42 PM

tigerose: I exchanged emails with Salem Witch today. She and Susie are fine. She had a cold and went offline, and is now getting back into the swing of things. Can you imagine? She didn't think she would be missed!! Silly witch. :)


I has a happee! I missed my favorite witch.
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2013-02-01 09:51:53 PM
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2013-02-01 09:57:15 PM
this has been my desktop  all month.
finally decided to upload and share...

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2013-02-01 09:57:19 PM
WEEEeeeeee!!!
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2013-02-01 10:01:40 PM
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2013-02-01 10:04:36 PM
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GoodyNight as performed by the late dearly loved BenHurr, foto by our fave Alien
in Nov past.  'S gonna be Truly Cold here overnight, snow expected to begin ~3 or 4AM.
Will have to be really good & light for the cancelled
Remote Chorus Rehearsal to go on after all.. CU in daylit daylight.
 
2013-02-01 10:08:11 PM
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2013-02-01 10:10:48 PM
I love the way their eyes do this. You can't get anymore intense than this.
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2013-02-01 10:10:50 PM
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2013-02-01 10:11:44 PM
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2013-02-01 10:13:51 PM

yobbery: tigerose: I exchanged emails with Salem Witch today. She and Susie are fine. She had a cold and went offline, and is now getting back into the swing of things. Can you imagine? She didn't think she would be missed!! Silly witch. :)

I has a happee! I missed my favorite witch.
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Me too! I was so happy to hear she was ok, just being unplugged for a bit.
 
2013-02-01 10:14:41 PM
Thanks to all who appreciated my reminiscing about my grandmother.  She was a great lady who loved critters.  And baked GREAT COOKIES! every Christmas.
 
2013-02-01 10:14:43 PM

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Yess!
 
2013-02-01 10:19:14 PM
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2013-02-01 10:22:46 PM
yobbery inspired me to post moar gifs but all my best are too big 8-(
oh well... VERY HAPPY to hear that BISCUIT is better.

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2013-02-01 10:23:58 PM

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Now, That is a stretch of epic proportions!
 
2013-02-01 10:28:40 PM

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Simba. Left us on Easter Sunday 2010. Friendliest cat I ever had. Loved doing the forehead noogies.



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2013-02-01 10:38:13 PM

captain feedback: yobbery inspired me to post moar gifs but all my best are too big 8-(
oh well... VERY HAPPY to hear that BISCUIT is better.

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We're playing fetch with his favorite mouse right now. One of the rules is when he brings you the mouse, you have to rub the mouse on Biscuits face and head before you throw it again. He's a strange child.
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2013-02-01 11:01:56 PM
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2013-02-01 11:15:32 PM
I gotz a stoopy dentist appt. at 9:00 tomorrow morning.  Ug.  Why oh why did I do this to myself???  Talk to you all tomorrow.

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2013-02-02 12:25:34 AM
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2013-02-02 12:28:05 AM
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2013-02-02 02:40:04 AM
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2013-02-02 03:06:57 AM
Had an interesting day today...
Maynerdkitty inspired me to take my social anxiety and agoraphobia by the neck and shake it...and get my ass outta the house, in gear and get some things ACCOMPLISHED.

Needed to run some errands (in this order, cos that's where everything is in relation to each other):
Pick up catfood, deposit paycheck, hit two stores (not everything I want available at the Store Which Must Not Be Named).
Picked up the cat food (Chicken Soup For The Cat-lover's SoulTM adult formula)...and dropped off a bag of cedar shavings I'd gotten to make cedar sachets. Shavings turned out to have almost NO cedar scent, so useless for what I had in mind. Hate waste, so figured the pet store could use the shavings for some of their critters. Turns out they could, so "Thank you!"

Went to bank to deposit paycheck...only to find THE CHECK IS NOT THERE*. Didn't leave it in the car or at the pet store...figure must have left it at home. Feeling scared, nervous, and my recently-fallen-on knee is giving me shiat...I'm just about to bail and go home...but figured I may as well make at least one grocery stop since Store # 1 is right across the street...

In the soda section, an elderly man asks me if I can help him find the 'Pepsi One' (it's the one with the Splenda rather than some other sweetener). I find it, then load 4 12-packs into his cart for him. He tells me "People are nicer to me than I deserve!"
Strangely, I FEEL A LOT BETTER...and even my knee isn't biatching as much.

Feel good enough to make my final stop...where I run into one of the staff and a resident from the group home where I work.
They walked from the group home, so I offer them a ride home once they're done shopping.
Gotta stop at my house first...off-load my cargo...'John' (who has a mutual admiration/adoration relationship with Raven) wants to meet the rest of my clowder and I want to go quickly through my cupboards/fridge and see what I can spare...seems the Shopping Fairy is a little late in showing up.

John is CHARMED by the Oreo Ninja Clowder...cuddles Raven (who is surprised, but very happy to see him), scritches D'Artagnan, greets Riktor, and pronounces Wimsey "Beautiful!"

D'Artagnan takes it into his big royal handsome furry head that he wants to join the party...AND HE WILL NOT BE DENIED.
Remove him from out of the car twice...and he jumps right back in.
"OK kid, just remember, it was YOUR IDEA."

Pick up 'Bobbie' at Walgrens ('Split up...we can do more damage that way!') and we're off to the group home...me, John, Bobbie, D'Artagnan, and a load of groceries.
D'Artagnan behaves very well...first riding in the back window, then riding St Christopher (middle of the dashboard).

We make our destination without incident and unload.
"Hey, John, wait a sec...go get 'Russ'...he hasn't seen D'Artagnan since he was a tiny kitten. Let him see what he grew up into!"
Out comes Russ (I am holding D'Artagnan so he doesn't try to exit the car in this strange neighborhood). His eyes light up, he reaches for my panther-boy and breaks into 'cat-talk'...sorta between baby-talk and cute, friendly noises.
D'Artagnan either likes the attention, or he remembers Russ from the *one* time he met him nearly 3 years ago...
PURR PURR PURR (cheekrub..fingerlick).
Not so sure he doesn't remember Russ...he is scary-smart (caught him giving Riktor and Wimsey a tutorial on 'opening the window'...but that's another story).

Car's unloaded, everybody back in the house...time for me and D'Artagnan to head home.
Even after going for a ride, he still doesn't want to get out of the car when we get home.
I'm forced to resort to one of the familiar-summoning spells (aka 'shaking the jar of kitty-treats').

For whatever reason, I feel much better...got my stuff done (mostly)...and like to think that my actually LEAVING my nice, safe house made a positive (if very small) difference.


* I did find my paycheck, BTW...accidentally left it at home.
 
2013-02-02 04:16:04 AM
Anybody out there with some cat advice to share at his hour?
Upset right now, but here's what I can say... Beast, my buddy of 7 years, hasn't kept food or water down since Thurs. We went to the vet Fri AM...urine test fine, no indication of blockage from the vet ( who has treated him from day 1). We were given cerenia injection, fluid administration, and sent home to see what happens. Took home an oral enema, which he didn't keep down, and a tube of laxatone with instructions to keep administering. Gave him approx 4 tbsp of laxatone so far, and it's staying down, but nothing coming out either end.
He will not eat or drink. Has been on his blanket on the bed all day and night.
We have another appt today (Sat) for follow up.
Money is tight, but I will figure out a way, even if we have to do surgery. I'm losing my shiat here, I'm all alone, and it's 3am. No one to talk to.
Somebody want to help me out?
More laxatone?
He seems comfortable, but this is ripping me apart.
 
2013-02-02 04:47:15 AM
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2013-02-02 04:50:26 AM
^^^ Home from the thrift store with his new friend.
 
2013-02-02 07:52:22 AM
syzygy whizz, sounds like you had a very busy day. I have to get out of here and get to the farm. to get the front stairs done. I can't get the rest of the materials up into the house with those rickety things.
We turned on the water at the meter last night, and that is where all the water still is. The pipe ended in the sand right out side the meter box! I still don't have water or power in my name, the electric company can't do it on line or over the phone. The water company can't figure out where I am at all even though it is their meter out front.
I was ready to go and buy all new supply line to the house but I think I can dig around and find the old one. Then I will re connect it to see where the rest of the leaks are. The guy with the bulldozer may have torn it up when he went around the place.
I hope I can get moved next week but we shall see it I can get stuff done in time. I have a job assignment starting the 5th and won't be able to work on the farm unless I can get the water working and one bathroom put together.
Almost forgot, syzygy whizz, can you do online deposits with your checks? It has been a great time saver for me to just scan the things in from home. My credit union is still in Seattle and I have just not bothered getting a local one because I can do everything I need on the computer or the phone.
 
2013-02-02 08:06:07 AM

troyz99: Anybody out there with some cat advice to share at his hour?
Upset right now, but here's what I can say... Beast, my buddy of 7 years, hasn't kept food or water down since Thurs. We went to the vet Fri AM...urine test fine, no indication of blockage from the vet ( who has treated him from day 1). We were given cerenia injection, fluid administration, and sent home to see what happens. Took home an oral enema, which he didn't keep down, and a tube of laxatone with instructions to keep administering. Gave him approx 4 tbsp of laxatone so far, and it's staying down, but nothing coming out either end.
He will not eat or drink. Has been on his blanket on the bed all day and night.
We have another appt today (Sat) for follow up.
Money is tight, but I will figure out a way, even if we have to do surgery. I'm losing my shiat here, I'm all alone, and it's 3am. No one to talk to.
Somebody want to help me out?
More laxatone?
He seems comfortable, but this is ripping me apart.


I know it's hard, but try to stay calm.  Animals can feel stress.  Wait to see what your vet has to say today...they might have another suggestion for you.  Good luck!!  ((HUGS))
 
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