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PAlady
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   Posted 9/12/2009 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Bionic,
I think I've seen that cat house on animal planet. Is it in a Cat's 101 special? If it's the same one, I think it's a retired couple who made all these things in colors cats could see. It really is cool!

I've only had one officlal cat that was "my" pet. My mother was allergic, so growing up we always had dogs, and that was the case in my adult life until my neighbors took in a 3-legged new mother with her litter and let them into their back porch. Long story short, I ended up with the orange and white one who looked just like the Mom, but with 4 legs. They later found a home for the Mom and others, and only had to take one kitten to the Humane Society. I also still had a dog at the time and wondered how it would work out, so I never declawed the cat in his early years so he would have defenses - not that he needed them. It was sad to see my dog look rather, well, stupid at times as the cat literally ran rings around her.

The cat stayed indoors after too many vet bills in his early months, but after my dog died I did get him declawed and it was the best thing I ever did. (I know your feelings - please don't lay a guilt trip on me!). He and I were able to cuddle closer than ever without me ever being scratched, and the damage around the house stopped. He never went outside, but would lie in the open windows against the screens. I still have a couple of screens with "rounded" sections where he used to lean. I had to put him down when he was 20, and it was an excruciating decision, but then it always is for any of us, isn't it?

I want another cat so bad, but with these health and financial problems, it would be so painful to have to give one up if I couldn't keep it. So until I'm a little stabilized, I guess I'll just visit, although I always secretly hope for a stray to come and look in the window and need to come in from the cold! I wouldn't have any choice then, right??? LOL

Here's a toast to kitties and cats! (ok, dogs, too, I love those critters, but I can't believe how close I became to my little feline boy!)

PaLady

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   Posted 9/13/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   

PaLady I am going to horn in here. I am a cat lover myself. I lost my old kitty last year to old age. She was the "upstairs cat". She stayed upstairs and had the run of it because of my dogs. She too was a stray, she was sitting on a little patch of brown grass on the curb at the end of my drive. It was going to turn very cold that night and I brought her in  and she stayed from that point on. Her name was Eve and she was solid grey short hair. She really developed a personality. She liked to sit in my computer chair with me at night or sit in front of the monitor. lol.

I too saw the cat house on Animal Planet and could not believe it. Totally awesome.

My sister has 5 cats. All are indoor cats and she is im terrible health but she takes very good care of her kitties. A couple came from the Humane Society and the rest were strays. She took the ones that no one else wanted at the Humane Society. Every time I go to PetsMart I always look at the cats and just drool, I want one so bad. 


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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 9/13/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Susie,
Horn in anytime! :-)

I guess we animal lovers would take it about anything (well, ok, I have my limits - sorry, Skeye, but no snakes! LOL).

Seriously, I know how much love and HEALTH and HEALING an animal brings into one's life. So when I think about it, it's more the financial end for me because somehow I will find a way to clean that iitter box! Even if it means (and it probably will) getting down on my hands and knees every day to do it. If I'm not working, I'll have lots of time, that's for sure. But I've always been a believer that I won't take an animal in unless I can keep it up to date with vet visits, immunizations, etc., and meds when needed for illness. No, I don't think that all the super high tech testing is always needed (I've always used an old-fashioned country vet who doesn't do a lot of that, but of course does the basics), although I know if there was something that could be done for an animal and money was the only reason I couldn't do it, it would break my heart. But like many of us here dealing with trying to pay for our own health care, I will have to accept limits. Unlike with my oither cat, who I was able to spent $100 a month on medications for in his last year - but I'd do it again in a heart beat. But now I just wouldn't have the option. Still, I have to have at least enough to pay for regular stuff. I do see that some of this is available to administer at home, but as far as trying to give a cat an injection of any sort at home - no way would i try! I have done tons with meds via mouth and did it one-handed. Geesh, I really am rambling here!!!! rolleyes yeah

I think it's cute that you had an "upstairs" cat. One of my friends knows someone who has about 12 cats, and there are the "upstairs" cats and the "downstairs" ones. Evidently the two shall not meet! LOL I am used to hierarchies with dog (alphas and such) but don't know as much about the feline social structure. I do notice visiting the cat lounge that there always seems to be a "head honcho" who wants to eat ALL the treats I put down, and several of the other cats sit back in submission. I even saw this with the kittens in there. The one little grey tiger would growl when the others came too close to his treats, and he is only a couple of months old. So I try to keep him happy, and then spread the rest of the treats closer to the other cats or kittens. That's the part I will miss if they won't let me back in the cat lounge.

That cat house is way cool. If you have a friend who's a carpenter, miracles could be accomplished! I can't remember the 4 colors they sat on that Cats 101 special that cats can see. I'm not sure but I don't think red was one of them. I love watching those shows! I love animal planet! Trying to hang onto my cable connection (the basics plus one level) and my dial up internet are the two things I'm clinging to because I do nothing else in life. I love watching the It's Me or the Dog show. I have really learned a lot about dog training from it, and wish I could be a dog trainer. But dogs, as much as I love them, demand too much physically, especially with me living alone.

Ok, I'll shut up! tongue

PaLady

jenpen400
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   Posted 9/13/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
You may want to see if the have any programs for the harder to adopt cat such as older cats and ones disabilities. Where I live they provide life time shots vet care and food. There is also fostering cats but I'd never be able to give any back.

Good luck
jennifer
Chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, and Depression. Norco Soma Ambien Xanax Tramadol and Prozac.


PAlady
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   Posted 9/13/2009 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Bionic,
I hope you'll still come to a cocktail party with me one day! sad wink

PaLady

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   Posted 9/13/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Palady, Eve came when it was "Jake & Willy" and I did not have the two little young heathens I have now lol. She did start to venture downstairs at times but only when I was down there. She was such a thing, she got to where she would come down and of course here come those two buzzards to check her out-they knew she lived upstairs lol. Willy was raised with my other cat he was no problem, but Jake I had to watch cause the little "street boy" came out from time to time when he saw my other cat. He would chase him lol. But Eve was a bold thing, she would plant those little feet and let out a real haughty meow that meant "don't mess with me" lol. There was no question what her meow meant either and she would just strut right on by them like they were invisible. I use to really have a laugh when she pulled this stunt. When I first brought her in the house she was such a small cat I thought she was a kitty until my vet told me she was an old kitty. She had been spayed as well, they shaved a little fur off of her belly and found what they thought was the scar which it was. So, at one point she belonged to someone. It just kills me how people will just tos an animal.

My husband has always said I will bring any stray home which is true. However, he has become terribly mellow towards animals and he is as bad as me now, lol. He bought the Brittany for our grandson, said Cole needed a dog to grow up with. My son has a huge grey tabby that has to be a Maine Coon he is so big. He is a pound baby. He looks full blood Maine Coon. The female golden I think I told you, he saw an ad in the paper "free to a good home." Well, I said there must be something wrong with her. This is the morning I was coming down the stairs to hear him say to someone on his cell phone "yes this is exactly what my wife and I have been looking for". When I got downstairs I said what have we been looking for and he grinned real big and told me about the golden.  The lady was a home health nurse and she claimed she bought Jazz not knowing she would be a big dog and wanted to get rid of her. Well, the dog was 3 months old, had all of her papers to register her, which I did, she had been stuck out in the back yard and ignored. I rode sitting in the backseat of the truck with her just holding her she was scared to death. It took her just a few days to get use to Britt, he worried her to death, Jake ignored her except when she got wet lol. She does have the Alpha attitude for sure. But, she is very demanding which is common with goldens, they have to always touch you, so they may put a paw on your foot if you are sitting. They are big touchers.She turned one year old in April, Britt was two in May so I have young ones to tend to.

My sister is alone and those cats are really too much for her but she plugs along taking care of them. She is on oxygen with 40% lung capacity with oxygen so she tires so easily. Sometimes its all she can do to clean the 5 litter boxes every day and feed them. I do not know how she does it. She has a couple of females that are real talkers and if she gets on the phone they start in and you can hear them in the background, so funny.

You are so right, it is so expensive having animals. I know with Jake, I have spent over a $1000 in less than 3 months. This was just basic stuff no fancy studff going on. My vet still has kids in school so I think I am still helping save for their college fund. He has truly just gone out of sight on his fees. My daughter had a golden and he was sick and needed to be put down and he racked up $3,200 in charges on them before it was all said and done. They decided to get another vet and I don't blame them. I have already got myself another one lined up.

I wish you could get to a place where you were comfortable and able to get you a kitty as I know how much company one would be for you. I know how much mine have been a comfort to me after getting sick and being at home especially. Whenever I got down, Jake was right at my side, he even got up and went to the bathroom with me-no sliping away from him lol. Pets are truly special.  


Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 9/13/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard somewhere that when we're on the phone animals that are vocal will start "talking" back because they think you're talking to them. Kinda makes sense in an odd way!

Oh, our babies!!! I didn't realize how expensive everything had become. I will definitely have to check prices if I get another pet. The country vet I've used since forever is about 20 minutes away, which isn't much except in the winter. I've had to drive there in blizzards. No fun. There's a new vet who's in a solo practice who just moved into the small town I live in. She'd be about 5 minutes away, but I don't know anything about her. I'd have to hear some good things about her first.

PaLady

BionicWoman
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   Posted 9/13/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I can tell you why it's kinda hard for me to get to the cocktail parties.. since it's actually on topic, here... redface

My orphans:

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They get bottles every 3-4 hours, around the clock. smhair

White Beard
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   Posted 9/13/2009 11:01 PM (GMT -7)   
BionicWoman

Very nice pictures, how old are these kittens? They look like new borns to me!

Thanks for sharing!

White Beard
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PAlady
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   Posted 9/13/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Bionic,
OMG!! How tiny! What happened to their mother(s) - if you know? sad They are lucky to have their human Mom! yeah

How do you have the energy to do that round the clock? I could never trust myself to wake up, especially after I've taken my nighttime pain meds.! redface

So, ok, when they're a little bigger we'll have a cocktail party with milk bottles - and each kitty gets one of his/her own! smilewinkgrin

Kudos to you! yeah yeah yeah

PaLady

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   Posted 9/14/2009 12:50 AM (GMT -7)   
They were all 3-5 days old when I brought them home and now they're almost 3 weeks old. Of all the little milestones they pass, like eyes/ears opening etc., my favorites are during weeks 3-5. That's when they start learning to walk and play with things. The first few weeks are pretty much just alternating between sleeping and sucking like Hoovers on the bottles. It's really funny because when they latch onto the bottle good and start sucking, their little ears wiggle up and down. redface

I suppose it's a fortunate affliction that I only ever sleep for a few hours at a time, so I don't have to worry much about waking up. BUT.. make no mistake, the little monsters aren't kind enough to indulge a poor soul that wants to sleep just a bit longer.. they may be tiny, but they're LOUD when they need to be! I've been taking care of orphans every "kitten season" for almost 20 years now. It's kind of sad to look back, because in the beginning, I'd have 1 or 2 kittens a year. Then, maybe 10 years ago, I'd have 5 or 6 a year. So far this year, I've had 26 with the "peak" being 14 at the same time.

The babies I have right now are from 2 different mothers. I'm not sure what happened to one of them, but the other was hit by a car, as far as we could tell. If it wasn't a car that hit her, it was someone in a very, very bad mood. sad

She was with the babies when I found her/them. I took her directly to my vet and he went above and beyond (as he always does for me) and she put up such a brave fight, but in the end, she had too much stacked against her. My vet estimated she was only about 9 months old, and already having kittens. I promised their Momma that I would make sure her babies were ok.. and they are. It was a bit of a rocky start because they all had respiratory infections, but now they're strong, healthy, and very well loved! When they're old enough, they'll be spayed or neutered and adopted out to indoor-only homes, so that they never have to live the life their mother did.

In the meantime, they'll hang out here for as long as it takes to find them that perfect home.. and I won't complain a bit about how long that takes! smilewinkgrin

Of course, my dogs are a little peeved by the whole thing.. but they have too much prey drive to be around little fuzzy things. If they'd stop looking at the babies like they're a midnight snack, we'd be able to come to some agreement on playtime.. but all those blue eyes, staring so intently at those little fuzzies.......... shocked redface

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   Posted 9/15/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
BW you are an absolute angel and my hero. God Bless you for taking on these little urchins. There are just not enough caring people in this world when it comes to animals in my opinion. I have been an animal lover all my life. That little yellow one looks like he/she could be a real trouble maker if so desired, lol. What cute babies. Makes me want one so, so bad, as I really miss not having my kitty. Kudos for being an indoor believer. I have all my pets inside regardless of their size for many reasons.
Straydog/Susie
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crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & decreased circulation in both legs. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 16 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


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   Posted 9/16/2009 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLAdy-
HI how's things been going? I was wondering if you would shoot me an email. I have some questions about the Barretts that you may have found out and wanted to discuss some tings I found out at my last GI appointment yesterday. f you wouldn't mind that is.

Thanks
Bill

PAlady
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Bill,
Hopefully you'll see this as I haven't been over to the GERD forum in several days. Tomorrow I get my tooth extracted, so I'd be happy to e-mail you but let me get on the other side of that, ok? (I know you'll understand!)

If I don't e-mail you by the weekend please remind me again!

I'd love to learn/share anything about Barrett's I can, as I'm starting pretty much from scratch. I'm guessing you saw the links about Radiofrequency of Barrett's.

(for others here, Bill and I share some common ground we wish neither of us had that relates to the GERD forum, so if this all makes no sense that's ok!!).

Oh, I am rambling right now. I think I'm in denial I am really going to have that tooth out tomorrow. But I'm not 100% sure it'll solve everything. Have questions for my dentist first.

Oh, heck, I'm just scared. And it's one more loss. And this was meant to be a light thread for Bionic! Sorry, Bionic!!!

PaLady

opnwhl4
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   Posted 9/16/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
PaLady-
You know I understand my friend. When you get to feeling better and think about it just shoot me an email if you would. Hoping and praying all goes well tomorrow.

Take care,
Bill
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