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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fishers are relatives of minks, like in mink coats!

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess they could do a lot of damage then if left to their own devices.
but I think I'd much prefer to see minks running about than for me to carry them on my back Very Happy Very Happy

Must admit though when I was VERY young the thought of having a mink coat would have been wonderful but now me being me no matter how bad a creature is I just dont like to see them being killed just so their skins could be used for fashion items. Plenty 'fake' fur material available to use now.

Angel Emmy Silenced Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't see hurting any animals either Emmy. I don't even bother trapping the opossums with the HavAHeart since they don't bother the cats. Even the raccoons walk right past Slug - only if they start to cause trouble.

Speaking of Slug...

I had put the dry food dispenser on the porch railing to deter said opossums, but one day I went out and found Slug asleep on the carpeted part of the railing, legs sticking out towards the lawn, quite a bit of fur hanging on the porch side, with his head resting on the feeder bowl.

He really likes to put his head on things, whether the concrete porch step, or the edge of the donut bed, or even a brick keeping the carpeting down.

I told him: "I didn't put that there for your pillow, Sluggy"

No movement, so I started to go back inside.

Then he raised he head (delayed reaction) and turned a bit. But then noticed the food in the bowl and started chowing down.

He's the only cat I know that can eat while laying down.

You're a weird cat, Smuggly.

Finally brought Snip to the vet - some upper respiratory infection so they gave me some antibiotics - forgot how to effectively give eyedropper doses to cats, but she did alright, just chawing at the dropper a bit. She definitely does not like it so I might switch to putting it in her food, just a little bit so I am sure she gets it all.

The mucus is almost gone after the first dose, so it is working. She and Slug have been sleeping in the garage lately, so I go out and make sure she is tucked in.

Told my daughter about these two and hopefully she and granddaughter will come to visit when their SUV is fixed. My mother will be in Grandmother nirvana when that happens.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Checked on Snip during the night to make sure she was o.k. She moved from the donut bed to the sofa type with her blanket or to the cool dirt in the corner hole - guess this is because of the antibiotics.

She seems in a trance after I give her the medicine and wanted to call the vet to ask about this: the side effects include loss of appetite and breathing problems and she is very thin.

The use of the IAMS gravy for dogs seems to have worked. This gave her some energy and full of vitamins and minerals plus hydrates her as well.

This morning I went down to get their dishes ready and Snip had come up to the kitchen, sitting down and looking pretty good. I put some food out and she ate like she used to. Very good and she ate again later - I had been laying down on the floor of the porch, kitchen and basement to spoon-feed her with the gravy and other food. She makes a funny face and the tongue goes all over. Pate seems to get stuck in her teeth, so water is on hand.

So, now she is sleeping down in the basement and seems happy down there, a complete reversal of her behavior when she used to cry at the door to get out. This will be good during the cold weather but her 'house' down there will probably change if Slug is down there too.

Relieved that she is feeling better - what a good little cat. Brushed her a bit and the purrs came out. Still a bit of the breathing from the diaphragm. Followed some instructions from a cat health book and carried her with her bed when I took my shower yesterday. Breathing in the warm vapors seems to have helped.

I know how she feels as the weather is causing breathing problems for myself.

Nothing from Missy since last week - can only imagine what is going on.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I join Emmy now in lamenting a lost pet - Snip was fine all day and night but when I went down to the basement to see her, she was laying on her side with her legs twitching.

I ran to her and said Oh no Snip what's the matter? You know the story...held her talked to her brushed her, tried the artificial respiration but I could see she was going. So sad, my poor little cat who was so good. And no place to bring her with the time and holiday tomorrow.

Covered her but keep going down to check on her, saying I was sorry I could not help her.

Told my mother (already in bed) but she doesn't understand pet love.

Wrote to Missy but as she doesn't check her mail much and forgot her password - so she said and I can't call her.

Too much loss lately and more to come. First Missy and now Snip. Have ot take care of my mother and Slug so...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So so sorry to read this piece of news Dave.
I know exactly how you will be feeling right now.
Hope Slug is OK
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slug is o.k. Still on the porch in one of the boxes. Won't need as many now. I love him too, but it is different.

Already working on getting him inside for the winter, at least at night. He sleeps on the top step and runs out when the door opens, so that would not work with my mother.

Snip was the sweetest little cat I have ever known.

I know it is a part of petship, but still hard.

Thanks,

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, So sorry to hear that you lost your dear cat. Too bad it was at Thanksgiving as it is harder to lose a pet on or around a holiday. I know because a few years back my daughter's cat disappeared around this time of the year.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil,

There was a notice in the paper about helping children with the loss of a pet - I wonder if there is one for adults, because I could use one.

We have had cats disappear too and our dog 'had' to be put to sleep - still don't believe that, even if it is over 50 years ago.

This was worse because I had gotten Snip back to eating again and feel that I failed her - even though the vet said the prognosis was not good and she probably would keep getting sicker. Lots of ifs - like going to have more fluid taken from her chest (it might not be so bad now that the infection was gone and she was warm downstairs, plus she was done with the antibiotics).

Or the wetness of the basement after the rain, or many other things that are driving me crazy.

It hurts to see her beds empty but has been a bit easier since I buried her back of the garden where I can see the stone from the house. Put her name in white paint on it.

Slug seems very jumpy lately - wants to run back outside. That might change when it gets colder.

Well, like all pet people, have to accept it and keep her in memory - lots of photos to show.

Thanks Gil,

Dave

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slug has been staying in the basement lately - except tonight: he is in the bed by the north window of the garage. I went out and covered him with my old sweater I put there when he slept during the day there.

Still, I will keep checking downstairs to see if he changed his mind and it is 2:30 a.m. now so I hope he is there soon. Perhaps it is because it is 44F out. Or he is tired of being in the basement all night. My mother lets him out in the morning and then outdoors until I feed him.

Usually I let him sleep on me while I watch Daily Show (with Jon Steward) and Colbert). Luckily he moves down farther and eventually beside me. Too heavy. Also need to get his teeth cleaned.

Still miss Snip and talk to her every day. I sprayed part of the headstone with copper paint (usually use this to make the VFW medallion of my father, Dad and uncles look better). I had written her name in black marker with the dates, but then used white paint to go over her name. I can see it from the kitchen window.

Going over and over the events -

Showed pictures of Snip to a store owner who I talk about cats every visit. He said she looked like a very elegant cat - that was nice. And that 11 years was a "good run" but I wished it would have been longer.

Cannot imagine leaving them out in the winter weather any more. Especially Snip, since she was smaller and more delicate - and also ill.

And so, carrying on.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since Slug sleeps in the basement for the night, I let him st ay upstairs as long as possible. The weather has been mild (sometimes snow at night, gone by daytime) so he can sit in his donut bed on the back porch.

He has a problem with his ears - I keep putting in medicine but he has scratches on the sides of his face so he is getting into fights. However, he also scratches his own face by the ears and I fear that he picked up some varmints from the shag bed that I brought back inside to put by the basement window. It is big and might not fit properly in the washing machine.
Must wash all beds again, when my mother is not looking.

After my mother goes to bed, Slug can sleep on my lap while I watch Daily Show and Colbert or read. One problem is that he starts out on my chest and drools a bit. Luckily, later he moves down by my knees and I can breath easier.

Lunch time had to change also since he likes to sit by my chair and be petted. Before I used to cut my apple in slices as I went along, but now I slice them ahead of time, so my left hand can be free to administer pets and scritches for him.

He has been very good just curled up in his bed by the back door - next to food dish and water. Easy reach to toss treats from the table also.

Still miss my Snip - and Slug may have to go to the vet soon if I can't fix his ear problem.

My cousin Carol took Stan's cat Chelsea to Conn. She's getting used to her new home. Carol is having a hard time getting used to not having Stan - as we all are.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I would post some photos of Slug - he does look fat in these, but according to a poster at the vet's, he is in the category of not overweight since there is a curving in at his waist - not one big blob. This is when he is in danger of rolling down the hill.

He doesn't have the water-homing capability of Snip but can hear whenever eating is being performed. That's why Snip got her food out of sight and hearing of Slug. I ask Slug if he misses Snip often. He's here now on my bed, without my mother knowing - usually he sleeps on me downstairs. Lots of jerking motion (normal) and meowing in his sleep, besides the drooling.


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He's a good boy. Tried to get on my mother's lap yesterday. Rebuffed and so went back to his donut bed in the kitchen.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! That sure is a big old cat. He looks like my 'Postino".

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He is big but he doesn't look it when in different poses - just when he is upside down.

The vet says he is 8 1/2 - not sure how they know that without a birth certificate.


I'll try to scan some more elegant pics of him - very regal...

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once things slow down I'll post some pictures of our cats.

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