Ace of Spades Pet Thread, September 24

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Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Thanks for stopping by. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals.

Would you like a treat?

Let's enjoy the world of animals and leave the world of politics outside today.

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mindful webworker sent along something special from this week:

Hi, K.T. Thanks for minding the pet thread! Nice work. The pet thread is always full of happy and sad. Here's a nice pic I thought you might
want to include - on the sad side. Also happy..

That's a good description.


I think that was c/o Top 20 Tweets.

I guess Twitter isn't always horrible.

Meet The PetMorons

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Betsy was around four or five years old when we welcomed her into our family in 2014. The people at the pound said she was a shepherd/husky mix. Normally, our pound keeps animals for two weeks, and then euthanizes them if no one claims them. But they kept Betsy past that date because she was so gentle and friendly, and they wanted to place her with a family. We were that lucky family.

Betsy rarely barked, and never whined or complained about anything. Her greatest joys were a daily walk and handouts at the dinner table. She was the best of companions and a comfort in our times of stress and worry. We were forced to say goodbye to Betsy recently, as hip problems and a sudden intestinal problem proved to be too much. If there are dogs in heaven, then Betsy surely will be there. And as Will Rogers said, "If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went."

Thank you. I have attached a photo of Betsy. Please sign my submission as R. Wilson.

How you must miss Betsy. What a great dog.

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Fellow morons-

Brothers Gus and Bart are Newfoundland and Australian Shepard (we call them mini Newfs--"little faces to die for"). Gus (on the right) came to us with Parvo Virus, a disease easily prevented by vaccination, highly communicable and frequently fatal. When the brothers arrived at our home, Gus didn't seem his normal gregarious self. By the next morning he was seriously Ill. He survived after a week in veterinary intensive care. We thought Bart would end up as sick as brother Gus but never showed symptoms. Gus had to be kept separate from Bart for 30 days but they then had a joyful reunion, and have been living large and raising hell together now for (almost) 8 years.

Regards,

Mr. Starr

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Levon and Tallulah meet their new kitten, Maxipus Maximus. Max for short. Good thing they're not allowed on the table. Cheers Tom

They will be friends when the dogs realize that the kitten is THEIR kitten. What great pets!

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This is Blondie Bear. She is an 80 pound, 13 year old mix of Staffordshire Terrier (aka PitBull), Yellow Labrador, Basset Hound, and maybe German Shepherd (the ears). She was my 5th rescue dog and my second foster failure. Hers was a sad story and she was nearly euthanized because she was deemed "too broken".

But we fixed her and she has been my companion, assistant, and body guard for 10 years. She's too old now to help with training the foster dogs, but she insists on going out with me just to monitor. She also handles our Facebook page, and helps out in the office.

I thought you might like to meet this sweet, gentle, loving soul.

Regards,

Dadofmanydogs

What a great story about how a "broken" dog became a working dog! And what a great face!

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Leelo- LHD

Born April 2006

Died September 2 2022.

Her brother Stitch is still with us.

Lord Whorfin

Such a beautiful cat. So sorry that you have lost her. Happy that you still have her brother.


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I have two dogs. This is not one of them. I found this puppy roaming the neighborhood. I've posted electronic notices, flyers in the neighborhood, and had her scanned to see if she was chipped. No dice so far. She's sweet and will one day be a good dog, but she's in the midst of puppy madness right now. I don't know her name. I've just been calling her Bonus Dog. I've only had her for four days, so maybe we'll find her owner. If not, I guess I got a third doggo.

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We've had things like that happen. Nice-looking dog.

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Attached are 2 recent pics of Dagny Sophia, my new Siberian kitten. She is too new to Chez Wolfus to have earned a nickname yet, other than "Tiny" (at almost 6 months of age she weighs only about 3 pounds!). She is a brown torbie: She has tabby stripes but also at least one tortoiseshell marking, a tan patch on one hind paw. In some lighting she looks brown; in others, dark gray. She is bright and alert, a strong eater now that's she's settled in, has learned her name, and loves to pretend she's killing toy mice and crumpled bits of copy paper. Named for Dagny Taggart of Atlas Shrugged (and our own commenter dagny) and for her mother Sophia, she is my 3rd Siberian. All have been from the same local breeder.

This weekend, after his snip, we plan to introduce her to Stirling the Black Kitten of War and Pestilence. At 6 months he's almost as big as an adult cat. It ought to be . . . interesting. (I have every reason to think they'll get along; both have been raised with other cats as well as by humans. Of course you never know.)


Wolfus Aurelius

A royal kitten that likes boxes . . .

A wonderful collection of pet stories today. Thank you each and everyone for sharing your pets with us.

If you would like to send pet and/or animal stories, links, etc. for the Ace of Spades Pet Thread, the address is:

petmorons at protonmail dot com

Remember to include the nic by which you wish to be known when you comment at AoSHQ, or let us know if you want to remain a lurker.

Until next Saturday, have a great week!

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If you start feeling nostalgic, here a link to last week's Pet Thread, the Ace of Spades Pet Thread, September 17. Some special PetMoron stories and photos there.

I closed the comments on this post so you wouldn't get banned for commenting on a week-old post, but don't try it anyway.

Posted by: K.T. at 03:21 PM




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1 Meow!

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 03:22 PM (U2p+3)

2 Woof!

Posted by: Comrade flounder, Wrecker, Hoarder, Saboteur at September 24, 2022 03:23 PM (yHsuS)

3 Moron pets are the most beautiful pets. Years they are.

Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 03:23 PM (VdGjU)

4 Bonus Dog could be renamed Bonnie.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at September 24, 2022 03:26 PM (m0zqP)

5 Howdy, Horde...How goes it?

I'm taking some advice from Jackson Galaxy and I'm doing a "site swap" with Allie and Kaylee. Allie is currently in the main house while Kaylee is in the sunroom.

Aside from some hissing between Allie, Jasmine, and Penny, it's been very quiet. Allie even spent the night in the main house with no incident (though she did not quite use the litterbox properly).

Tomorrow, I'll swap them back and will continue doing room swaps on weekends...

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 03:26 PM (K5n5d)

6 Happy Caturday everyone

Posted by: Skip at September 24, 2022 03:26 PM (xhxe8)

7 Yes that was on Bad Blue top 20, there very often( maybe almost every day)is a dog Tweet , We Rate Dogs

Posted by: Skip at September 24, 2022 03:28 PM (xhxe8)

8 Wolfus,

I think Dagny has stolen my soul, if her eyes in the second pic are anything to go by...

That's the same gaze I saw in some pics of my cats before they claimed me for their own..

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 03:28 PM (K5n5d)

9 So we're adopting pupper #3. A quick summary:

He was returned to the group I volunteer with after he showed some aggression to one of the owners. We knew he was going to be with us a while, so we got him off Prozac, gave him some stability and let him heal. A few months later, he went to another home.

Two months after that, he gets returned for showing aggression to a neighbor. Turns out that the vet decided "Oh, he doesn't need to be on thyroid medication so we'll take him off it cold turkey."

He went to the house of a volunteer who is even better than me and my wife with problem children. He ended up thriving. But she has eight dogs in her home including him and she asked if we were still interested in him.

So we are doing a "foster with intent to adopt" which waives the adoption fee and he's back in our home where he was happy.

Posted by: NR Pax at September 24, 2022 03:30 PM (t/L3m)

10 The "bonus dog" looks a lot like two of the four "bonus dogs" that visit us for treats from our neighbor's house. At least it seems that he has given some away so there aren't 11 any more.

The most we have had come for a visit is 5. And they're big dogs. Had a barking match with ours yesterday and one of our fence posts came loose. Uncomfortable.

Posted by: KT at September 24, 2022 03:31 PM (rrtZS)

11 I'm continuing to fritter away at my children's book The Adventures of Paisley Poirot Doggie Detective. Paisley and Tom Cat.
Paisley is fully at rest in the love of Master. Tom isn't even sure Master exists but he definitely doesn't need his love.
Just being light.

Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 03:32 PM (VdGjU)

12 gotta crush up and mix a pill into wet food if you have a cat you cannot give pills to.

Posted by: BifBewalski - @ (3CCua) at September 24, 2022 03:32 PM (3CCua)

13 Lovely pets all. Sincere condolences to those who just lost one. I went through it myself, and it was tough.

(Band btw what is an old post? A week? A day? Tia)

Posted by: Ultra pj at September 24, 2022 03:38 PM (G1dq6)

14 Ritters!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at September 24, 2022 03:38 PM (u73oe)

15 Ummm, critters!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at September 24, 2022 03:38 PM (u73oe)

16 What great pet reunions await.
Dusty till then though.

Bonus dog! When last century psciticene phelbotomist ran away from home (weeks!) in grief bought a weaning baby. Then the classified ads brought a lady with another Senegal, " I'm busy, this thing landed on my laundry line, it's YOUR bird!" (not, but couldn't say no). Damn ex wound up with them, wonder if they are even still alive.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at September 24, 2022 03:41 PM (oDiei)

17 Sad to hear about Leelo

Posted by: Skip at September 24, 2022 03:41 PM (xhxe8)

18 Oh, and, tried giving pills to a crow. Long story, but they fake swallow, wait, and spit out real well.

Posted by: Commissar of Plenty and Lysenko Solutions at September 24, 2022 03:43 PM (oDiei)

19 Congratulations on your beautiful Siberian kitten, Wolfus.

I loved all the other pictures, and you're a good egg, or rather, bear, to look after that beautiful puppy. "I have two dogs, This is not one of them. " LOL. Say again.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at September 24, 2022 03:44 PM (vH/6k)

20 Sorry for the people who have lost their furry friends.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at September 24, 2022 03:45 PM (vH/6k)

21 Paisley can be a pain in the ass but dayum she is important to me.

Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 03:46 PM (VdGjU)

22 (Band btw what is an old post? A week? A day? Tia)

You might use as a rule of thumb the "recent posts" listing in the left sidebar on the main page. Maybe skip the last one.

Posted by: KT at September 24, 2022 03:48 PM (rrtZS)

23 Dagny doesn't have paws she has paddles.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at September 24, 2022 03:48 PM (EZebt)

24 Flash has fully recovered from his dental work a few weeks ago, and is very active and playful. I am so relieved. It was not easy to get him help urgently. I wrote thank-you notes to both of the doctors that helped him. Bless the veterinarians!

Posted by: gp at September 24, 2022 03:50 PM (24fqN)

25 Ummm, critters!

Posted by: Duke Lowell at September 24, 2022 03:38 PM (u73oe)

*sigh*

Posted by: Zombie John Ritter at September 24, 2022 03:51 PM (yHsuS)

26 THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM

Posted by: NOT AN OWL at September 24, 2022 03:54 PM (cDITE)

27 Thinking about my dog and cat story makes me smile. It beats the power of depression

Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 03:55 PM (VdGjU)

28 I love the pet thread and look forward to each week's pet photos and stories. This week is especially good!

Posted by: Huck Follywood at September 24, 2022 03:55 PM (lzSha)

29 So many wonderful Horde furballs - smiles and sniffles, as usual.
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Levon and Tallulah meet their new kitten, Maxipus Maximus.
That little kitten, happily chowing down, with that pretty doghead, as big as he is! "not allowed on the table." hahaha Except for that snout. I know that trick!
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bear with asymmetrical balls - that looks like a darker-coated version of our young Malinois Daisy - found on the road with a collar but no chip or tags - signs she was really dumped. Daisy is high-energy, super loyal, and usually obedient. If you keep it, hope you get as much joy from your pup as we do with ours. You said, "in the midst of puppy madness." Yeah, they say Malinois will be like that for two or three years, or maybe five.

Posted by: mindful webworker, with lint roller and poop scoop at September 24, 2022 03:57 PM (bvx1O)

30 Next weekend is FenSpouse's birthday. We asked FenSon if he wanted to come home from college to celebrate the birthday and he said o.k. but I think it has more to do with seeing black cat Pynchon who has been meowing more recently. He doesn't seem to be in any medical distress so I think he's just asking where FenSon is. FenSon did not ask us how we are. He did ask after his buddy the cat.

Posted by: FenelonSpoke at September 24, 2022 03:58 PM (vH/6k)

31 It's amazing with dogs. You can have their balls cut off and they still love you.

Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 04:00 PM (VdGjU)

32 *looks at cat owner*

I see you've managed to get your shirt off.

Posted by: Sir Alexander Dane at September 24, 2022 04:03 PM (llON8)

33 "It's amazing with dogs. You can have their balls cut off and they still love you."

The loyalty of dogs is the most powerful force in the universe. We too rarely deserve it.

Posted by: gp at September 24, 2022 04:04 PM (24fqN)

34 12 gotta crush up and mix a pill into wet food if you have a cat you cannot give pills to.

Posted by: BifBewalski - @ (3CCua) at September 24, 2022 03:32 PM (3CCua)
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That works much of the time otherwise we use pill pockets. They eat them like a treat.

Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:07 PM (qfLjt)

35
The breeder to whom we're giving one of the girls is coming down on Tuesday to make her pick, likely to be Ruthie. We'll deliver her next Saturday.

She'll get a first-rate home and her new owner is a veterinarian, but still, damn! It's hard. The important thing is that she'll be the foundation bitch for a new line. Nothing is more important than that.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at September 24, 2022 04:12 PM (1Nxff)

36 Afternoon, all! I see Dagny made the Pet Thread. Perfessor, she is too young yet, or too new to my home, to be attached to me the way Stirling is. Once she calms down from imitating Ricochet Rabbit (bing! bing! bing!) in her play, I think she'll be fine. However -- (con't)

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:12 PM (c6xtn)

37 22 (Band btw what is an old post? A week? A day? Tia)

You might use as a rule of thumb the "recent posts" listing in the left sidebar on the main page. Maybe skip the last one.

Posted by: KT at September 24, 2022 03:48 PM (rrtZS)
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By 'the last one' do you mean the oldest or the most recent?

Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:12 PM (qfLjt)

38 At werk and miss doggeh

Posted by: vmom stabby stabby stabby stabby stabamillion at September 24, 2022 04:13 PM (EGSGm)

39 I love that Pilling Your Animal meme. Thanks for the laugh. Been there and done that with cats. Have the scars.

Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:13 PM (qfLjt)

40 Siberian kittah is very cute. We had something similar once - they called it a Norwegian Forest Cat - he liked to climb trees very much - almost looked like a Maine Coon.

Posted by: Boswell at September 24, 2022 04:14 PM (+Cgut)

41 re: Gus and Bart

A mix of Aussies and Newfies. What possibly could go wrong? Or to simplify things: what possibly could go right. How big are these characters? If they are hell raisers, then that's got to be the Aussie side.

Some very creative names today: Maxipus Maximus,
Dagny Sophia, Leelo, and Blondie Bear.

Posted by: Levin at September 24, 2022 04:15 PM (Fn8dd)

42 Such great pet pics today!
For cats, wrap the cat in a towel so as to immobilize the claws. You'll need to cradle said wrapped cat in your lap, gently drop the pill into the mouth of cat, hold it shut for a bit.

Posted by: gourmand du jour, w new lease on life at September 24, 2022 04:16 PM (jTmQV)

43 (con't) -- I hope we don't have a problem. Stirling got his snip 8 days ago. However, he still thinks he is a full male, and is puttin' the moves on Dagny when we've allowed them to interact. He's Joey Tribbiani -- "How you doin'?" -- and she is going, "What the hell are you on about?"

The vet only now tells me that it takes about 2 weeks after neutering for a male cat to be unable to sire kittens (!). Is it as unlikely as we hope that he has knocked her up? She is tiny at 6 months, and has not yet displayed any indication of going into heat. So we don't *think* that she could be preggers. Yes? I hope?

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:17 PM (c6xtn)

44 For cats, wrap the cat in a towel so as to immobilize the claws. You'll need to cradle said wrapped cat in your lap, gently drop the pill into the mouth of cat, hold it shut for a bit.
Posted by: gourmand du jour, w new lease on life at September 24, 2022


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Years ago, sweet little tuxedo cat Oreo needed a pill. We could get it into her mouth, and we'd close her jaws and stroke her throat. When we thought she'd gotten it down, we'd let her go . . . and she'd let the pill drop out of her mouth, p-tooey. Sometimes it took 3 tries to get her to swallow it.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:19 PM (c6xtn)

45 My pub of choice is pet and family friendly. I just want to say it's really hard to look tough when ordering beer while holding your four-year-old girl's stuffed bunny.

Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 04:20 PM (VdGjU)

46 Lucy the Fink gets her thyroid pill, 1/2 tab twice a day, every day. She hears the alarm go off, to remind me, sees me grab her pill off the counter and I pick her up, put her on the couch, pry open her mouth and drop it on the back of her tongue. Then she gets treats. Occasionally I find a half a tab on the floor. Most of the time she gets it down.

And she's a Fink.

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 04:21 PM (U2p+3)

47 We got our first cats around 1987-8, in Africa, and I think up to now we have had to say goodby to 30 odd beautiful kitties, including ones that never came back home. It's really hard especially as I've gotten older and more emotional. The worst is having one pass away at the vet as I want them home on a lap, loved to the last second.

Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:22 PM (qfLjt)

48 Nice Pets Y'all!...

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at September 24, 2022 04:22 PM (R/m4+)

49 "For cats, wrap the cat in a towel so as to immobilize the claws."

That works the first time. Second time is a fight when they see the towel. No easy pilling around here. I open wet cat food for my bunch twice a day, even though they hardly eat it. (If I don't open it, they raise hell.) So I'd be wasting the pill to put it in there.

Posted by: gp at September 24, 2022 04:22 PM (24fqN)

50 Lucy the Fink gets her thyroid pill, 1/2 tab twice a day, every day. She hears the alarm go off, to remind me, sees me grab her pill off the counter and I pick her up, put her on the couch, pry open her mouth and drop it on the back of her tongue. Then she gets treats. Occasionally I find a half a tab on the floor. Most of the time she gets it down.

And she's a Fink.
Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022


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Amazing. I've given liquid meds to cats -- a quick scruff, lift them so the front paws are off the ground, insert eyedropper in side of mouth and shoot, then stroke the throat to make sure she swallows. I did it with Dagny earlier this month, and with Tatiana the Wonder Siberian years ago. But pills -- oh, no.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:23 PM (c6xtn)

51 "It's really hard especially as I've gotten older and more emotional."

I console myself by remembering I made their lives happier than anybody else would.

Posted by: gp at September 24, 2022 04:24 PM (24fqN)

52 I may need to take the cat to the vet this week. She's developed some hot spots. I'm sure it's from stress over the move. I've waited to see if she will let them heal but may have to take her in.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at September 24, 2022 04:24 PM (uz3Px)

53
Wolfus,
If your girl isn't in season there's nothing to worry about. She will not be at all receptive; indeed, she'll want to take Stirling's face off.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at September 24, 2022 04:24 PM (1Nxff)

54 It's really hard especially as I've gotten older and more emotional. The worst is having one pass away at the vet as I want them home on a lap, loved to the last second.
Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022


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Same here. With Chekov back in March I called a local mobile at-home vet. She came out, was as wonderful as you'd hope, and Chekov was with Linda and me as he went into the Long Sleep. That's of course if you have time. Sometimes it all happens too fast.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:26 PM (c6xtn)

55
I console myself by remembering I made their lives happier than anybody else would.
Posted by: gp at September 24, 2022 04:24 PM (24fqN)

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I've never cried while seeing one of our guys over. I think it would break their hearts in their last moments to see that they made us sad.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at September 24, 2022 04:27 PM (1Nxff)

56 Wolfus,
If your girl isn't in season there's nothing to worry about. She will not be at all receptive; indeed, she'll want to take Stirling's face off.
Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at September 24, 2022


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I was hoping I'd get to see her cuff his nose ("Back off, stud!"), but no go. We'll keep them separated or supervised for another week or so.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:27 PM (c6xtn)

57
She's developed some hot spots.

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Sulfodene

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at September 24, 2022 04:27 PM (1Nxff)

58 I've tried coconut oil on them but not sulfadene. I was hoping she would de-stress now that all my stuff is here. She seems happier. I know it would stress her to have the cone of shame.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at September 24, 2022 04:30 PM (uz3Px)

59 As for Stirling the Evil Black Kitten, he has grown into the Evil Black Kitten of Juvenile Delinquency, and has actually settled down a bit. He has more mass (8.5 lbs. at 6 months!) to move now, though at the same time he is much stronger. He is very fond of Linda and me. He still does the nuzzling and kneading routine. But he sits near or on me more often and is less crazed.

He was worth the 8-hr. round trip to Vicksburg.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:31 PM (c6xtn)

60 It was much more difficult giving Lucy IV fluids twice a day, every day for months when she had her acute kidney injury. That took two people. One of my boys to hold her still and me to do
The Poking. Then she had to stay still for the 5 minutes it took to get the fluids through the IV tube into the back of her neck. But. We did it.

And she's still a Fink.

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 04:33 PM (U2p+3)

61 I've had my bichons on nexgard for 5 months

been a game changer

Posted by: REDACTED at September 24, 2022 04:37 PM (us2H3)

62 Lucy does have some impressive plaque on her teeth. I'm not about to attempt brushing. Nope. The vet has mentioned putting her under to clean them, but that seems excessive. And expensive.

How else to clean a cat's teeth?

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 04:37 PM (U2p+3)

63 Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:12 PM

The oldest. Lowest on the list.

Posted by: KT at September 24, 2022 04:37 PM (rrtZS)

64 Dagny! What a cutie! (And you were considering giving her back.... Bad Wolfus!)

Posted by: SFGoth at September 24, 2022 04:38 PM (KAi1n)

65 It was much more difficult giving Lucy IV fluids twice a day, every day for months when she had her acute kidney injury. That took two people. One of my boys to hold her still and me to do
The Poking. Then she had to stay still for the 5 minutes it took to get the fluids through the IV tube into the back of her neck. But. We did it.

And she's still a Fink.
Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022


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During her last illness, we gave Oreo fluids by IV as well. She was very good and purred on Linda's lap while I administered the fluid. But she was older and pretty sick overall; she had no energy to fight us.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:38 PM (c6xtn)

66 I happened to be watching that episode of Star Trek when I clicked on this site, which I have seen maybe 4 times in my life. What a coincidence!

Posted by: Ted Torgerson at September 24, 2022 04:40 PM (Spr0s)

67 RE: Cats and pilling...

I wonder if part of the challenge is that cats have a much more refined sense of smell than humans or dogs. Dogs have a much stronger sense of smell, but cats are more discriminating.

Thus, they can easily detect the foul stench of medication in their food and may avoid eating it--that's what my cats do. I prefer liquid meds if possible.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 04:41 PM (K5n5d)

68 65
During her last illness, we gave Oreo fluids by IV as well. She was very good and purred on Linda's lap while I administered the fluid. But she was older and pretty sick overall; she had no energy to fight us.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:38 PM (c6xtn)
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Purring is not always a sign of contentment but can also be a sign of stress.

Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:41 PM (qfLjt)

69 Dagny! What a cutie! (And you were considering giving her back.... Bad Wolfus!)
Posted by: SFGoth at September 24, 2022


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Aw, that was only because I was afraid she was going to be chronically sickly. Since her treatment for roundworm and the liquid antibiotic for whatever cold she had, she has been revving to redline. Exhausting -- for me.

I used to tell Stirling he was flawed because he has 1 white whisker on a pure black coat, and that he had to go back. It never fazed him; he didn't know what I was saying.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:41 PM (c6xtn)

70 During her last illness, we gave Oreo fluids by IV as well. She was very good and purred on Linda's lap while I administered the fluid. But she was older and pretty sick overall; she had no energy to fight us.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022
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Purring is not always a sign of contentment but can also be a sign of stress.
Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022


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Right, they do it when they are sick as well. But at least she did not struggle with us.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:42 PM (c6xtn)

71 Depending on the pill, crush it up, and mix it with water in an eye dropper, then squirt into the cat's mouth. Years ago, Dorkie Dork needed to be put on amlodipine for high blood pressure. (When a cat starts walking in circles and can't walk straight ahead, that's a bad sign.) Because DD only needed a third of a pill (and they're small to begin with), I'd crush it and squirt it into her mouth. She hated it and would try to push me away (I cradled her upside down) but it would go in and apparently cats have a strong swallow reflex. After a few weeks of this, her vet told me her BP was perfect. :-> Who's a good dad? There are also bacon-flavored pill pockets some cats may like. (I'm not going to comment any further on liking bacon flavor....)

Posted by: SFGoth at September 24, 2022 04:44 PM (KAi1n)

72 "How else to clean a cat's teeth?"
An older vet we used (since retired) would simply open the mouth of the cat, if there were ridges of plaque, he would scrape them off with his thumbnail. Then a quick brush with a pet tooth brush.
I do that with my cats after watching him do it.
A lot cheaper than putting the cat under.

Posted by: gourmand du jour, w new lease on life at September 24, 2022 04:45 PM (jTmQV)

73
We're lucky with pill administration. All of our guys learn from when they're puppies to have their mouths worked with. Having a long muzzle helps as well. Grab the upper jaw, open the mouth, shove pills into gullet, rub throat, give treat.

Posted by: Hadrian the Seventh at September 24, 2022 04:45 PM (1Nxff)

74 Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 04:37 PM (U2p+3)

heard you had died, what's up ??

Posted by: REDACTED at September 24, 2022 04:47 PM (us2H3)

75 they should infuse all medications in bacon

even my allergy pills

Posted by: REDACTED at September 24, 2022 04:48 PM (us2H3)

76 Yay pet thread!

Posted by: jewells45 at September 24, 2022 04:49 PM (nxdel)

77 they should infuse all medications in bacon

even my allergy pills
Posted by: REDACTED at September 24, 2022


***
Note to self: bacon w/ breakfast tomorrow. . . .

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:50 PM (c6xtn)

78 67 RE: Cats and pilling...

I wonder if part of the challenge is that cats have a much more refined sense of smell than humans or dogs. Dogs have a much stronger sense of smell, but cats are more discriminating.

Thus, they can easily detect the foul stench of medication in their food and may avoid eating it--that's what my cats do. I prefer liquid meds if possible.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 04:41 PM (K5n5d)
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Also cats have a very discriminating tongue. Back in Africa my cats practically lived on pilchards. This was jut pure mashed sardines, no salt, pet food. They didn't really like any of the other wet foods. I decided I would stretch the wet food with a bit of rice (I was a naive cat owner then). So I put the pilchards and cooked rice in the food mixer and gave it a quick blend and dished it out. When I went to look there was all these small white things in the bowl, looked like ant eggs. The cats ate BUT left every half piece of rice in that mix. They were able to eat the fish AROUND the rice.
Cats 1 : Hooman 0

Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:51 PM (qfLjt)

79 heard you had died, what's up ??
Posted by: REDACTED


Nah. Playing possum.

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 04:52 PM (U2p+3)

80 Stirling is here and trying to nuzzle me. Dammit!

It is flattering, though

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:52 PM (c6xtn)

81 Beautiful kitty Wolfus.

Bear.. how kind of you to even consider taking in the stray. We need more people like you in this world.

Posted by: jewells45 at September 24, 2022 04:54 PM (nxdel)

82 Got to get cleaned up -- and mop the kitchen floor again. Back later!

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:54 PM (c6xtn)

83 Gorgeous pets today. Condolences to all who's fur babies have crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Posted by: redridinghood at September 24, 2022 04:55 PM (NpAcC)

84 Betsy is absolutely a beautiful doggo. She looks
like she was a wonderful friend.

Peace to the Moron Pets and their Watchers. Or the Watchees as the case may be.

Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 04:56 PM (U2p+3)

85 82 Got to get cleaned up -- and mop the kitchen floor again. Back later!
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:54 PM (c6xtn)

OMG

wut r u warin ??

Posted by: REDACTED at September 24, 2022 04:56 PM (us2H3)

86 I used to tell Stirling he was flawed because he has 1 white whisker on a pure black coat, and that he had to go back. It never fazed him; he didn't know what I was saying.
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius

He was daring you to try.

Posted by: SFGoth at September 24, 2022 04:57 PM (KAi1n)

87 Another great looking group of moronimals.

Posted by: olddog in mo at September 24, 2022 04:57 PM (ju2Fy)

88 Huh! A dog just bought me two pints. A cat would never do that.

Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 05:00 PM (DD0UK)

89 Meanwhile, my brother and his girlfriend just adopted a kitten. They were looking at a greyish blue cat originally but the young lady at the shelter found out that they had cats. She repeated her warning about how that cat hated other members of its species and that is why it kept getting returned.

So my brother walks over to Petsmart and this little black kitten grabbed onto him. They took him home and he is basking in his good fortune.

Posted by: NR Pax at September 24, 2022 05:07 PM (5/jRt)

90 The cats ate BUT left every half piece of rice in that mix. They were able to eat the fish AROUND the rice.
Cats 1 : Hooman 0
Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:51 PM (qfLjt)
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LOL. Had a similar experience with some wet food. They loved the gravy it came in, but not the actual morsels of meat. They just left those, but licked them completely dry. So I switched to a pate style and they eat that up.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 05:07 PM (K5n5d)

91 Wolfus, I don't know about male cats, but our first Bouvier, post-snip, considered himself an intact male for the rest of his life. When I walked him I was forever saying, "Maximum, damn it, get that lipstick back in the tube."

Posted by: Wenda at September 24, 2022 05:10 PM (E5ut8)

92 90 The cats ate BUT left every half piece of rice in that mix. They were able to eat the fish AROUND the rice.
Cats 1 : Hooman 0
Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:51 PM (qfLjt)
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LOL. Had a similar experience with some wet food. They loved the gravy it came in, but not the actual morsels of meat. They just left those, but licked them completely dry. So I switched to a pate style and they eat that up.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 05:07 PM (K5n5d)
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All my numerous cats will lap up the gravy of those canned foods 'Something Dinner with Gravy' and leave the dinner, without fail so we also just buy the pate type foods. I fail to understand that. They all love the tuna water from Aldi's tuna in water for humans.

Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 05:13 PM (qfLjt)

93 Another great pet thread. Thanks.

Posted by: Leber at September 24, 2022 05:14 PM (gKhMv)

94 "Maximum, damn it, get that lipstick back in the tube."
Posted by: Wenda at September 24, 2022 05:10
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Ok, that was kind of gross. But I LOL'd.

Posted by: olddog in mo at September 24, 2022 05:15 PM (ju2Fy)

95 "Maximum, damn it, get that lipstick back in the tube."

Oh my God, that's hilarious.

Posted by: jewells45 at September 24, 2022 05:20 PM (nxdel)

96 "Dogs have a much stronger sense of smell, but cats are more discriminating. "

i.e. picky

Posted by: Levin at September 24, 2022 06:53 PM (Fn8dd)

97 (con't) -- I hope we don't have a problem. Stirling got his snip 8 days ago. However, he still thinks he is a full male, and is puttin' the moves on Dagny when we've allowed them to interact. He's Joey Tribbiani -- "How you doin'?" -- and she is going, "What the hell are you on about?"

The vet only now tells me that it takes about 2 weeks after neutering for a male cat to be unable to sire kittens (!). Is it as unlikely as we hope that he has knocked her up? She is tiny at 6 months, and has not yet displayed any indication of going into heat. So we don't *think* that she could be preggers. Yes? I hope?
Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:17 PM (c6xtn)

If the kitten wasn't in heat then its unlikely. Its the whole idea to signal to male cats to come from all over when pregnancy is possible and the female won't beat them up.

Age, though, I've seen really young moms so I wouldn't bet money. Once growing up our girl had kittens before her first year birthday.

Posted by: Oldcat at September 24, 2022 08:01 PM (eoQWY)

98 Thus, they can easily detect the foul stench of medication in their food and may avoid eating it--that's what my cats do. I prefer liquid meds if possible.

Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 04:41 PM (K5n5d)

I have always just crammed the pills in because they are very clever about detecting things they don't want to eat like medicine.

Posted by: Oldcat at September 24, 2022 08:04 PM (eoQWY)

99 Huh! A dog just bought me two pints. A cat would never do that.
Posted by: That NLurker guy at September 24, 2022 05:00 PM (DD0UK)

One of my cats paid her and her sister's vet bills for a year or more.

Posted by: Oldcat at September 24, 2022 08:05 PM (eoQWY)

100 LOL. Had a similar experience with some wet food. They loved the gravy it came in, but not the actual morsels of meat. They just left those, but licked them completely dry. So I switched to a pate style and they eat that up.
Posted by: "Perfessor" Squirrel at September 24, 2022 05:07 PM (K5n5d)

With mine, some just can't / don't get the ones right on the plate because they don't get low enough. They eat plenty of the solid meat bits as proved for sure when they have a hairball puke right after dinner.

Posted by: Oldcat at September 24, 2022 08:06 PM (eoQWY)

101 During her last illness, we gave Oreo fluids by IV as well. She was very good and purred on Linda's lap while I administered the fluid. But she was older and pretty sick overall; she had no energy to fight us.

Posted by: Wolfus Aurelius at September 24, 2022 04:38 PM (c6xtn)
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When my 20 year cat was in her last few months she also was on fluids and she never minded it. Yes she was weak, but I also don't think there's that much pain in the skin holding the fur compared to other spots. The cool water going in made her twitch that was all.

Posted by: Oldcat at September 24, 2022 08:11 PM (eoQWY)

102 Lucy does have some impressive plaque on her teeth. I'm not about to attempt brushing. Nope. The vet has mentioned putting her under to clean them, but that seems excessive. And expensive.

How else to clean a cat's teeth?
Posted by: nurse ratched at September 24, 2022 04:37 PM (U2p+3)

I've heard / bought treats that are supposed to fight plaque. Cats didnt like them much and it didn't seem to help a lot. If its bad, you might have to get one plaque clean and then try by hand from there, but you can see how well it works for a while.

Posted by: Oldcat at September 24, 2022 08:14 PM (eoQWY)

103 We got our first cats around 1987-8, in Africa, and I think up to now we have had to say goodby to 30 odd beautiful kitties, including ones that never came back home. It's really hard especially as I've gotten older and more emotional. The worst is having one pass away at the vet as I want them home on a lap, loved to the last second.
Posted by: Ciampino at September 24, 2022 04:22 PM (qfLjt)

I've had a couple go like that, but I think they were trying to save me the trouble. They had that personality.

Posted by: Oldcat at September 24, 2022 08:17 PM (eoQWY)

104 Bonus Dog is super beautiful.

Posted by: m at September 25, 2022 03:49 AM (RtN13)

105 Thanks for posting the picture of Leelo....

Posted by: Lord Whorfin at September 25, 2022 12:14 PM (AJJ80)

106 Thanks K.T. I'll stay away from the older posts.

Posted by: Ultra pj at September 25, 2022 04:18 PM (G1dq6)

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