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DaveFerro
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gil,

Thanks for your thoughts - still feel terrible about poor old Slug. Did not want to make that decision, regret it now. He was in bad shape, but I'm not convinced why. Going to check for any cat food recalls. Yes he was about 12 or so and terrible teeth, but this seemed to happen in just a few weeks.

Reading some of the Cornell book about cats, I can see some of the signs that started about a month before. And because he was not crying, I thought he was not in pain. The book says cats can exhibit signs of pain by hiding away in places and avoiding others. He had been sleeping in my mother's closet on a soft plastic container for an electric blanket. Had to get him out of there, as my mother complained. He didn't like being in my closet on a similar bag.

What has the vet say about Luca? Why is he crying? At least he is eating and drinking - Slug stopped which led to dehydration etc. He could not smell or taste properly. And the excessive drinking/urinating before was a sign of kidney trouble. He probably had that disease Snip (and likely Xeno) had - Feline Immunological Disease.

Mark Twain has a story called Tom Quartz, a cat owned by Dick Baker, a pocket-miner of Dead-Horse Gulch. Twain writes:
Whenever he was out of luck and a little down-hearted, he would fall to mourning over the loss of a wonderful cat he used to own (for where women or children are not, men of kindly impulses take up with pets, for they must love something).

Well, I guess that describes me - the cats were a source of joy, returned affection without question.

I keep thinking about Rosie and her cat - didn't want to think about it happening to our own pets, but it is natural. And also Emmy with Gizzy - I hope both are okay lately. That book helped.

So, this will concentrate my mind on my mother's health; have to get her to the 100th birthday. Shopping today and some more snow - a kick in the knee before start of Spring.

And we have a new Pope - very interesting...Italian descent from Argentina and cares for the poor - Jesuit - some Protestants are not fond of the history, understandably.

Take care everyone...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This post should have been 2nd but the first one I had written I forgot to 'post' it and when I went to downlaod the photographs it had gone! (lol) I'll write it later.
These are some of the birds I have these ones are young and are not fully coloured yet the mother bird had died when they were just tiny chicks and they were reared by the dad on his own.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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Woopsie (the one on the green perch ) is the one I hand reared and he's very tame.
The other one is the 'dad' who reared them on his own and one of the young ones
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the post I lost d'oh!
Hi Gil and Dave
I havent been posting much here either lately I've been busy with my birds setting up new breeding cages etc. and I have 13 Chinese Painted Quail's eggs in the incubator.
Gizzy is still with me but he's still going to the vet. Gizzy is now on steriods as well as antibiotics they have made a slight improvement and I dont have to hand feed him in the morning now to get him to start eating but he is still sneezing and his breathing is still not right Myself and the vet have decided that Gizzy wont be given an anesthetic to do further tests because the risk is to se hgreat -because of his age and the fact he has a severe heart murmer also because of how his breathing is at present. He goes back to the vet next week again.
Sorry for themix up with the posts
Hope you like the photos of my Zebra Finches the first ones colours are Black Breasted split with Orange breasted Woopsie is a Fawn.
Take care
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Emmy,

Good to hear from you =

The birds are beautiful - and hooray for the Dad for taking care of them. I guess he misses his mate though.

And Gizzy...he certainly is resilient and thanks to your care.

I showed my mother as she was heading to bed.

Take care everyone; thinking about you all

Dave

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