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Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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Meanwhile, today I have put more than 20 eye drops in a cat's eyes (Mr. Kitty, the orange tabby), given him two pills, gotten scratched in the face and chest by the kitten, and am paying $500+ for Mr. Kitty to have surgery on one of his eyes tomorrow and, although I wish he was healthier, I wouldn't trade any of my cats for anything.
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
I always promised my girlfriend we'd get a cat once we'd have our own house. It wasn't possible earlier because we rented. We moved 1 november and we now have our own cat since halfway november

Only thing I can say is ... I really hate the animal. This promise is one of the biggest mistakes of my life. I've never been into pets, never had one at home, but I thought i'd be Ok with it in the end. Turns out i'm not. It's an annoying and filthy animal. Unfortunately my girlfriend loves it so I'm stuck with it. Really difficult situation for the moment.
Sorry man, that just tickled my funny-bone.

As to your problem: I feel you. I have got two cats, a white piebald female one and a black male (who is the offspring of the white one). The white one used to be really sweet in the first 2 years or so. Sit on my lap all day, always coming up to me to be petted and such. Then, some time after she threw a 4 kitten litter (of which the black cat was one) we had her sterilized (neutered). After that everything changed. I was there when my cat woke up from her anesthesia and somehow she now links the pain and confusion with me. She's lovely with my wife, but she is super scared of me. The worst thing is that she slowly but surely now infected her son. Now they're both scared. They run away when I enter the room, they don't allow me to pet them. It's as if they're traumatized. The worst thing is that I've never done them a bad deal in all their lives. I feed them, am always gentle, never raise my voice. It may sound silly, but it somehow feels like a betrayal.

So there you have it: my cats hate me. I love cats. I just don't love my cats anymore, as I get nothing out of our relationship except for scratches when I try to pet them. Oh well, I just see it as 1 more cross to bear.
 

khrm

Listens to The Unbeliever whine about life
That made me remember this news story: http://www.nu.nl/opmerkelijk/3796864/cavia-bezwangert-honderd-vrouwtjes-kinderboerderij.html

It's in Dutch, but Google Translate should help. I am so proud of that guinee pig (cavia in Dutch).
Staff at Hatton Country World in Warwickshire couldn't understand why they suddenly had 100 pregnant guinea pigs on their hands - until they released one of the male rodents had managed to escape his enclosure and infiltrate the female-only enclosure.

They noticed that the exhausted father-to-be, now nicknamed Randy, had lost a little weight, but did not realise why until they discovered he was actually a male rodent being kept busy in the wrong pen.


Randy, centre, pictured alongside some of the female guinea pigs he mated with Credit: SWNS
The animal park, which already has 300 male and female guinea pigs, is now readying itself for a population boom in the next few weeks.

Manager Richard Craddock said: "One of our male guinea pigs managed to find his way into the female enclosure and had a very good time by the looks of it.

"We suspect a child may have placed him back in the wrong pen by accident after stroking him or Randy may have somehow broken out of his enclosure to get to the females. "

"We believe that the newly-named Randy could have impregnated up to 100 female guinea pigs, which have litters of about four, so if you do the maths we could be expecting quite a baby boom.


Randy is going to be seeing many more of these in the coming weeks. Credit: SWNS
"We don't know how long Randy was in the female enclosure but it could have been several weeks which would have given him time to go round the entire female population.

"Staff did comment he looked a little thinner than before. He has now re-joined his male friends, clearly he's got a lot of bragging to do."

Staff are now looking to build an extension to the guinea pig farm to accommodate Randy's huge brood.
Link in English: http://www.itv.com/news/2014-06-06/...-to-400-after-breaking-into-female-enclosure/
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
I got myself a new dog yesterday. We've called him Woody

I can already picture you walking him around the block on his little leash.

It'd be awesome if you could convince your daughter it is an actual dog. She's 2. She'll never know. Imagine her walking the new dog around the block. Scarred for life.
 

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
I can already picture you walking him around the block on his little leash.

It'd be awesome if you could convince your daughter it is an actual dog. She's 2. She'll never know. Imagine her walking the new dog around the block. Scarred for life.
She's actually petrified of Dogs for some reason .. maybe this could be some kind of training aid :)
 
Sorry for bringing this thread back again as I didn't want to create a duplicate thread for my pooch. Everyone, this is Copper he is my travel buddy. I love to bring him along wherever I go and to be honest, it really is a struggle for me to remove the fur that he usually leaves in my car. I tried a blanket but it didn't work very well so I got a dog car seat cover instead and so far it's working better than the blanket was. Now I can say that I am experiencing a convenient and hassle-free joy ride with my Pomeranian.

 
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kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
Sorry for bringing this thread back again as I didn't want to create a duplicate thread for my pooch. Everyone, this is Copper he is my travel buddy. I love to bring him along wherever I go and to be honest, it really is a struggle for me to remove the fur that he usually leaves in my car. I tried a blanket but it didn't work very well so I got a dog car seat cover instead and so far it's working better than the blanket was. Now I can say that I am experiencing a convenient and hassle-free joy ride with my Pomeranian.

Cute puppy, marge
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
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Please wish Mr. Kitty your best. His eye ruptured yesterday and he had to have it removed today. He made it through surgery (not a sure thing with his poor health and age) and is being monitored overnight and I can pick him up tomorrow.

Vet bills this week are north of $3000...
 

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
Please wish Mr. Kitty your best. His eye ruptured yesterday and he had to have it removed today. He made it through surgery (not a sure thing with his poor health and age) and is being monitored overnight and I can pick him up tomorrow.

Vet bills this week are north of $3000...
Hope the little guy pulls through ok, sounds terrible :(
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
Geez, that sounds terrible. Apparantly that can just happen!? Totally freaks me out knowing that something like that can happen.

Anyways, all the best for you and your cat Sneaky. I know how much you love him!
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
Geez, that sounds terrible. Apparantly that can just happen!? Totally freaks me out knowing that something like that can happen.

Anyways, all the best for you and your cat Sneaky. I know how much you love him!
He had an eye infection and an ulcer so it didn't really "just happen" (despite what my post probably made it sound like), it was a possibility we were on alert for, and he has been seeing a veterinary ophthalmologist for 16 months. Mr. Kitty is immune suppressed due to drugs he takes for his inflammatory bowel disease, and he has an eye virus (common in cats from US shelters), and that is not a good combination. He just doesn't heal well from things that would not be much of a problem for other cats.

Anyway, he had a minor setback on Wednesday and his eye socket was oozing a bit (we went back for a recheck and they shot him full of antibiotics). He is all crusty now and kind of gruesome looking (I don't handle it well, but my husband does, so between the two of us, Mr. Kitty is getting all the cleaning and medication he needs). But with one semi-working eye and a cone collar, he is jumping up to land on top a desk that is 3 feet high or so, which was surprising to me. So I guess he is doing all right.
 

Peat

Journeyed there and back again
I'm glad to hear things are going better.


Speaking of cats, I have a new one, as my wife and our cat finally arrived from London yesterday. He's currently charging around, demanding I throw his toy mouses and inspecting his new kingdom.
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
i lost a budgey Sunday. he had a stroke three weeks ago meaning we converted the cage to All flat surfaces since he couldn't grip anything. and lots of "snuggle spots" he help him keep warm. but he sadly passed away Sunday night.

likely the commotion of the bed collapsing in the middle of and my attempts to repair it, did him in with extra stress.
 

Alice Sabo

Knows how to pronounce Kvothe
So sad for you Bierschneeman. The loss of a pet is a terrible thing. And I hope your kitty is feeling better Sneaky Burrito.

I have 3 cats - a calico, a tortie and a tuxedo, all female. The calico is mean. The tuxedo is a sweetheart and usually the victim of any bullying. She is also a screamer. If you dare to step even close to her tail she'll shriek, so there's a lot of hissing and growling and howling around the house. The tortie is our rescue story.

I heard a kitten crying in the yard but couldn't find it. I looked all over the place but then it stopped. And the next day and again on a Sunday I finally decided I needed to solve this mystery. The cry was coming from the vents in the crawlspace of the house. I had to ask a (skinny) neighbor to crawl under the house to rescue the kitten. I have no idea how she got there. Starved, fleas, worms and a broken leg. The vet said we shouldn't even name her because she might not make it. Needless to say she was 4 last spring. And she is a very wacky cat.