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(Shepton Mallet Journal)   Evil Persian kitten hospitalises woman for giving him a bath. You mess with Oscar, you get poisoned   (sheptonmalletjournal.co.uk) divider line 145
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2014-09-02 08:15:02 AM  
Ah, hey, a non-gun, non-ciphergeek thread I can contribute to!

The distaffbopper and I have 2 Persians, and we've had 2 others that passed.  Here are some pics:

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2014-09-02 08:31:34 AM  
The hospital was closed? WTF kind of hospital closes?
 
2014-09-02 09:05:09 AM  

Speaker2Animals: The hospital was closed? WTF kind of hospital closes?


The socialized medicine kind.

/Probably was what we'd call an "urgent care clinic" in the US.
 
2014-09-02 09:17:27 AM  
She got

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2014-09-02 10:21:52 AM  

Sybarite: She got

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Thread Godwined Nugented, everyone go home.
 
2014-09-02 10:42:52 AM  
I had Cat Scratch Fever when I was seven.  Broke out in hives all over my body.

Scary stuff.
 
2014-09-02 10:44:47 AM  
"Once the paracetamol started to work, I felt well enough to drive myself to hospital - except that the hospital was closed."

LOL wut?
 
2014-09-02 10:46:14 AM  
why the hell would one give a cat a bath, anyway?
 
2014-09-02 10:46:36 AM  
Without reading the article that could have passed for the county where I have my farm.  Went to the emergency room one night to get my child stitches and had to wander the hallways to find a doctor.
 
2014-09-02 10:47:21 AM  
Don't they have PetSmarts in Jolly Ol' England?
Never give your cat a bath. Always pay a professional to take the damage for you. It's worth it.
(This advice doesn't apply if you properly teach your cats when they are very young that you will occasionally bathe them and they'll damn well put up with it. I recommend this method, but it takes things like love and devotion and giving a crap, so it's not for most people.)
 
2014-09-02 10:50:05 AM  

bungle_jr: why the hell would one give a cat a bath, anyway?


I don't know, sounds like she had some of this:
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but Oscar had too much 'flea dirt' on him...

/works great on our ragdoll mix, Mushu
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2014-09-02 10:51:04 AM  
untaken_name:
(This advice doesn't apply if you properly teach your cats when they are very young that you will occasionally bathe them and they'll damn well put up with it. I recommend this method, but it takes things like love and devotion and giving a crap, so it's not for most people.)

Or if you adopted your cats from the shelter at 2+ years old and they aren't well socialized.  After 4 years, I can finally pick them up farther than 3' from the floor.

Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones.  You know, the ones that usually get killed.
 
2014-09-02 10:52:22 AM  

dittybopper: Here are some pics:


That's just how I imagined you looked like, ditty
 
2014-09-02 10:52:35 AM  

Speaker2Animals: The hospital was closed? WTF kind of hospital closes?


This was my thought.  What the hell?
 
2014-09-02 10:52:45 AM  
i.kinja-img.com

Knows how to deal with Kitty
 
2014-09-02 10:54:21 AM  
That's why you keep the claws trimmed.

Only ever bathed one of my cats after she was sick. She just cried and gave me this "why are you doing this to me" look.

In there rare case they get dirty I just get a towel soaking wet, sneak up on them and wrap it around them. I let them wriggle themselves clean as they try to escape.
 
2014-09-02 10:54:44 AM  

StrikitRich: [i.kinja-img.com image 635x354]

Knows how to deal with Kitty


That made me so sad.

I do like the show though, but the entire lead up to that I'm cringing into my couch cushions thinking "NO NO NONONONONONNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

cause I knew....
 
2014-09-02 10:54:59 AM  
Wow, she isn't the most medically adept person in the UK now is she ...

Right then...  my arms swelled up like a sausage and I was blind and stopped breathing for a bit.... so I had my sis pop on down to the chemist for a tin of micraleve...
 
2014-09-02 10:56:40 AM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: StrikitRich: [i.kinja-img.com image 635x354]

Knows how to deal with Kitty

That made me so sad.

I do like the show though, but the entire lead up to that I'm cringing into my couch cushions thinking "NO NO NONONONONONNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

cause I knew....


You could see it coming way in advance.  Don't remember that bit from the book, though.
 
2014-09-02 10:57:40 AM  
This is what I don't understand...she breaks out into a rash after giving her penicillin and they wait three DAYS to figure out she's allergic to it? Is that common?
 
2014-09-02 10:57:58 AM  
 
2014-09-02 10:58:15 AM  

Brainsick: bungle_jr: why the hell would one give a cat a bath, anyway?

I don't know, sounds like she had some of this:
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but Oscar had too much 'flea dirt' on him...


It might also help bungle_jr to understand that "flea dirt" is dried blood that the adult fleas ate and then shat out for their babies to eat.  Yeah, I'd wash that cat.
 
2014-09-02 10:58:43 AM  

StrikitRich: Satan's Bunny Slippers: StrikitRich: [i.kinja-img.com image 635x354]

Knows how to deal with Kitty

That made me so sad.

I do like the show though, but the entire lead up to that I'm cringing into my couch cushions thinking "NO NO NONONONONONNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

cause I knew....

You could see it coming way in advance.  Don't remember that bit from the book, though.


Never read the book(s?) so I would never have known.

I've been terribly lax in my reading the last few years, life keeps getting in the way.
 
2014-09-02 10:59:03 AM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Or if you adopted your cats from the shelter at 2+ years old and they aren't well socialized. After 4 years, I can finally pick them up farther than 3' from the floor.

Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones. You know, the ones that usually get killed.


In those cases I'd still recommend PetSmart. They're paid to deal with the consequences. Also, my cats have all been rescues - not adopted from shelters. They're still trained.
 
2014-09-02 11:01:04 AM  

SansNeural: Brainsick: bungle_jr: why the hell would one give a cat a bath, anyway?

I don't know, sounds like she had some of this:
[ecx.images-amazon.com image 95x355]
but Oscar had too much 'flea dirt' on him...

It might also help bungle_jr to understand that "flea dirt" is dried blood that the adult fleas ate and then shat out for their babies to eat.  Yeah, I'd wash that cat.


ahh...yeah...if i liked cats enough to own one, i'd wash that off too
 
2014-09-02 11:01:25 AM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones.  You know, the ones that usually get killed.


lucky for those kitties.  The last cat I adopted was about 6 weeks old when I grabbed her out of a parking lot.

I have nothing against older cats, but I think the fact that I adopted a 6-week old kitten gave her opportunities to bond with me that an older cat wouldn't have done.
 
2014-09-02 11:03:10 AM  
Persians are the orcs of the cat world.  "by slow arts of cruelty were corrupted and enslaved; and thus Fanciers breed the hideous brachycephalic race of the Persian in envy and mockery of the Cat"
 
2014-09-02 11:04:14 AM  

gfid: dittybopper: Here are some pics:

That's just how I imagined you looked like, ditty


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Champion Mountcascade's Starlight frowns upon your shenanigans.
 
2014-09-02 11:04:59 AM  
The problem with bathing Persians is getting all the hair out from between your teeth afterward.
 
2014-09-02 11:05:04 AM  
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2014-09-02 11:05:34 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Persians are the orcs of the cat world.  "by slow arts of cruelty were corrupted and enslaved; and thus Fanciers breed the hideous brachycephalic race of the Persian in envy and mockery of the Cat"


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2014-09-02 11:05:36 AM  

dittybopper: gfid: dittybopper: Here are some pics:

That's just how I imagined you looked like, ditty

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Champion Mountcascade's Starlight frowns upon your shenanigans.


No THAT is what I call a grumpy cat.
 
2014-09-02 11:05:58 AM  

shintochick: This is what I don't understand...she breaks out into a rash after giving her penicillin and they wait three DAYS to figure out she's allergic to it? Is that common?


Yeah, that bugged me too.   Maybe there *is* something to the complaints about socialized medicine in the UK.
 
2014-09-02 11:07:32 AM  
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2014-09-02 11:08:13 AM  

gfid: I have nothing against older cats, but I think the fact that I adopted a 6-week old kitten gave her opportunities to bond with me that an older cat wouldn't have done.


I have a gorgeous rescue cat that took me 5 years before I could even pick it up.  After 8 years he started making biscuits on my belly at 2 AM.

So be careful what you wish for.
 
2014-09-02 11:08:14 AM  

untaken_name: Satan's Bunny Slippers: Or if you adopted your cats from the shelter at 2+ years old and they aren't well socialized. After 4 years, I can finally pick them up farther than 3' from the floor.

Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones. You know, the ones that usually get killed.

In those cases I'd still recommend PetSmart. They're paid to deal with the consequences. Also, my cats have all been rescues - not adopted from shelters. They're still trained.


I never said yours were not adopted from shelters.  You are the one who said train them when very young.  Mine are trained as well, it just took more time, rather than I'm not loving and attentive.
 
2014-09-02 11:08:36 AM  

gfid: Satan's Bunny Slippers: Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones.  You know, the ones that usually get killed.

lucky for those kitties.  The last cat I adopted was about 6 weeks old when I grabbed her out of a parking lot.

I have nothing against older cats, but I think the fact that I adopted a 6-week old kitten gave her opportunities to bond with me that an older cat wouldn't have done.


We got a feral cat to come into our sunroom after a 2-year campaign -- putting food out in the yard when we saw him watching our other cats, moving the food closer to the door; he eventually came inside and after a few months we were able to trap him and take him to a vet to be neutered, cleaned up, given shots, etc. Vet estimated he was about 8 years old, and now, about 2 years after we got him inside, he's very affectionate and demands attention.
 
2014-09-02 11:08:57 AM  

SansNeural: shintochick: This is what I don't understand...she breaks out into a rash after giving her penicillin and they wait three DAYS to figure out she's allergic to it? Is that common?

Yeah, that bugged me too.   Maybe there *is* something to the complaints about socialized medicine in the UK.


Kitty death panels!
 
2014-09-02 11:11:43 AM  
untaken_name:  Also, my cats have all been rescues - not adopted from shelters. They're still trained.

Mine too, he's well trained and a pleasure to be around.  But I wouldn't dare try to bathe him.

The only time he has ever been anything but a big lovable goof was when the other cat got real sick; then he fought with her every time she came home from the vet but I don't think he could control the instinct.  She didn't smell like herself.
 
2014-09-02 11:12:00 AM  

gfid: Satan's Bunny Slippers: Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones.  You know, the ones that usually get killed.

lucky for those kitties.  The last cat I adopted was about 6 weeks old when I grabbed her out of a parking lot.

I have nothing against older cats, but I think the fact that I adopted a 6-week old kitten gave her opportunities to bond with me that an older cat wouldn't have done.


Most of the time just takes longer.  :) (most)  Mine are now very bonded with me, almost too much to the point they sometimes have issues over who is sleeping on which side of the bed with me.  They aren't big "picker upper huggers" but sit down or go to bed and they are all about the hang time. And they follow me around like dogs.

I've loved all my kittens over the years too, rescued from snow banks and ditches and stuff.  Anyone who adopts a cat/kitten is A-OK in my book!
 
2014-09-02 11:13:19 AM  
Mrs. Drazz and I have 3 cats.  2 were adoptions from fosters, and one was found abandoned on the side of a rural road in Michigan.  The former owners decided to dispose of her by throwing her out of a moving vehicle.  She was found in her carrier upside down in a snowbank.  She had horrible ear mites, was rail thin, and a sinus infection.  After nursing her back to health, she is the most loving little kitten I have ever known...

...until you try to restrain her in any way.  Then she becomes an orange ball of claws and fury.  Baths and pills are a nightmare.  Thankfully, Bath time has been a rare event because she keeps herself well groomed.  Pills, however, are fairly regular as she has a reoccuring problem with her gums swelling up.
 
2014-09-02 11:13:50 AM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: untaken_name:
(This advice doesn't apply if you properly teach your cats when they are very young that you will occasionally bathe them and they'll damn well put up with it. I recommend this method, but it takes things like love and devotion and giving a crap, so it's not for most people.)

Or if you adopted your cats from the shelter at 2+ years old and they aren't well socialized.  After 4 years, I can finally pick them up farther than 3' from the floor.

Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones.  You know, the ones that usually get killed.


I'm guessing you also prefer small-breasted women, use a rotary phone un-ironically, and only drink locally-sourced organic kale smoothies whilst stroking your curly moustaches from beneath the brim of your fedora that was custom made at an authentic English haberdashery...

;)
 
2014-09-02 11:14:07 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: dittybopper: gfid: dittybopper: Here are some pics:

That's just how I imagined you looked like, ditty

[img.fark.net image 850x637]

Champion Mountcascade's Starlight frowns upon your shenanigans.

No THAT is what I call a grumpy cat.


And yes, she is grumpy.  For a former show cat, she really hates being groomed.  Once in a great while she'll tolerate you petting her, especially if she doesn't know you.

We took her in because the breeder that owned her had her bred once and there was some health issue where she needed to be spayed.  After that she apparently didn't get along with some of the other cats, so the breeder went looking for a good home for her, one with experience with Persians.  She found us through a breeder we had purchased our first Persian from, not long after that one died, when we were looking for a replacement.  Turns out, they were cousins.  So we took her in.  Didn't cost us anything.

She gets along fine at the bopper household.  The other cat gives her space when she wants it, but they still chase each other every so often.
 
2014-09-02 11:14:46 AM  
He doesn't like to be groomed, so I decided I'd try to give him a bath first...

The fark did you think was going to happen?  He doesn't like a dry brush but you think he'll go for being drenched?
 
2014-09-02 11:16:05 AM  

Drazzhar: Mrs. Drazz and I have 3 cats.  2 were adoptions from fosters


Fosters.  It's how Australia spells "Cat".
 
2014-09-02 11:21:15 AM  
What the hell did you think was going to happen? He'd just sit there and be miserable while you bathed him?

My one cat wasn't declawed and we knew he'd be immense trouble in the bathtub. I donned a heavy leather jacket before trying to give him a bath. Yeah...I'm very glad I wore that thing, or else I'd be torn to ribbons from my wrist to my lower back.

He got the bath, though. Only about 5 gallons of bath water spilled on the floor.
 
2014-09-02 11:23:39 AM  

Drazzhar: Mrs. Drazz and I have 3 cats.  2 were adoptions from fosters, and one was found abandoned on the side of a rural road in Michigan.  The former owners decided to dispose of her by throwing her out of a moving vehicle.  She was found in her carrier upside down in a snowbank.  She had horrible ear mites, was rail thin, and a sinus infection.  After nursing her back to health, she is the most loving little kitten I have ever known...

...until you try to restrain her in any way.  Then she becomes an orange ball of claws and fury.  Baths and pills are a nightmare.  Thankfully, Bath time has been a rare event because she keeps herself well groomed.  Pills, however, are fairly regular as she has a reoccuring problem with her gums swelling up.


The feral we took in was like that, but we worked with a cat behaviorist -- and cats CAN be trained.
 
2014-09-02 11:25:37 AM  
We got up there, we found Alice all cat scratched in there, and we decided it'd be
A friendly gesture for us to take her down to the city hospital. So
We took Alice with all her cat scratches, put her in the back of a red VW
Microbus, took aloe and benedrine and implements of destruction and headed
On toward the city hospital.

Well we got there and there was a big sign and a chain across across the
Hospital saying, "Closed on Thanksgiving." And we had never heard of a hospital
closed on Thanksgiving before, and with tears in our eyes we drove off
Into the sunset looking for another place to treat Alice and her scratches.
 
2014-09-02 11:26:30 AM  

bungle_jr: why the hell would one give a cat a bath, anyway?


I liked to give my cats baths in the springtime to help them shed their winter fur.

Old cats have a hard time cleaning themselves, and they can use a bath.
 
2014-09-02 11:28:31 AM  

gfid: Satan's Bunny Slippers: Not everyone gets the cute little kittens that everyone adopts. Some of us take the older, harder to place ones.  You know, the ones that usually get killed.

lucky for those kitties.  The last cat I adopted was about 6 weeks old when I grabbed her out of a parking lot.

I have nothing against older cats, but I think the fact that I adopted a 6-week old kitten gave her opportunities to bond with me that an older cat wouldn't have done.


I dunno, the two cats I adopted as adults are as bonded with me as the two I raised from kittens, and probably better trained.

Of course, the two I raised from kittens were born when I was 7 or 8 myself, while the adults were rescued by an adult provider, not a child. Either way, anecdotal evidence is anecdotal. I wonder if there's a study.
 
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