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Message 1766920 - Posted: 22 Feb 2016, 18:48:02 UTC

I received a request to open a new thread. Please stay civil.

A year ago, I had to send Ziggy over the Rainbow Bridge along with his lifelong companion Latte. Evenso right now I have tears in my eyes, I am able to cherish the many happy years they have chosen to spend with us.

Please continue to share pictures and stories about our present or past cat companions.




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Message 1767036 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 3:04:33 UTC



Cats are so civilized. Don't you agree my dear?
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Message 1767041 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 3:28:46 UTC - in response to Message 1767036.  



Cats are so civilized. Don't you agree my dear?

I think the cat was knocking it off and someone reversed the video.
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Message 1767044 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 3:41:07 UTC
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here is my boy in his 2nd favorite place to be with the big smile going.
ME AND MY BOY LOOKING FOR ET
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Message 1767048 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 4:18:17 UTC - in response to Message 1767041.  

I think the cat was knocking it off and someone reversed the video.

Yes, and I can't decide if it would have been a better picture not reversed. I tried adding punctuation and added the post again by mistake. Oh well.
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Message 1767051 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 4:29:49 UTC

Here's Grace, 48" above the Kitchen countertop, She can jump 50" straight up and has feet 2 fingers wide and weighs about 16lbs, She's 8yrs old now, I've had Her for about 6yrs, sometimes She sleeps next to Me, I think She's going blind, since I don't think She can tell the wet litter from the dry corn litter anymore, even in day light, so to cover up the stuff I sometimes have to do the honors with a scoop that came with the box, Her box is automated, I just empty the bin once a week and add some more Worlds Best Litter, one 7lb bag lasts about 2 months, My next purchase of the corn based multi cat formula litter will be on May 1st. Littermaid recommends corn based cat litter for their boxes, not clay or wood.

H.R. 1469 makes SSI, EITC, ACA, Medicaid, SNAP, LiHeap, Heap, etc, etc, etc, all temporary, w/a 5yr lifetime limit like TANF! Can't work? Die!!
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Message 1767086 - Posted: 23 Feb 2016, 7:39:39 UTC

Cat ice fishing

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Message 1767184 - Posted: 24 Feb 2016, 2:31:57 UTC - in response to Message 1767041.  



Cats are so civilized. Don't you agree my dear?

I think the cat was knocking it off and someone reversed the video.


Agreed.
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Message 1767200 - Posted: 24 Feb 2016, 5:00:17 UTC - in response to Message 1767048.  

I think the cat was knocking it off and someone reversed the video.

Yes, and I can't decide if it would have been a better picture not reversed. I tried adding punctuation and added the post again by mistake. Oh well.

Well I still like it.
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Message 1767235 - Posted: 24 Feb 2016, 8:30:04 UTC - in response to Message 1767200.  

I think the cat was knocking it off and someone reversed the video.

Yes, and I can't decide if it would have been a better picture not reversed. I tried adding punctuation and added the post again by mistake. Oh well.

Well I still like it.


Oh, I like it. It's just not exactly what it appears to be. ;-)
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Message 1767390 - Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 1:46:11 UTC

And they looked back and said goodbye
He had become like they are
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Message 1767578 - Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 21:17:24 UTC

If I may, I would like to post my condolences regarding the illness of Tigger, to msattler here.

There is no clear right or wrong approach to choosing when euthanizing a loved pet in a veterinary surgery is a comfortable thing to do. Owners know their animal better than any vet can. Veterinary surgeons know clinical signatures of stress/pain in an animal nearing the end of its natural life. Those signatures get heightened by the stress of being brought to the surgery. Cats particularly can find the proximity of barking dogs, the indignity of a pet carrier and suspicious strangers poking and prodding at them not to their liking.

We will get it wrong from time to time, and end an animal's life days, perhaps up to a week or so earlier than might otherwise have been necessary. If pain medication works and gives pet and owner more time together, then I am all for it.

I have been fortunate in that I am able, in most instances where the end is inevitably very close, to administer pain relief and send owner and pet home, with a home visit agreed between us, usually within twenty fours - for which I do not charge. Seeing how the animal is there, is a more reliable indicator to me, than any instrument in a surgery will provide me with. I like nothing better than to find I called in the animal's chips a little early. :-)

Falling asleep for the last time in their favourite spot, wherever that is, should not be too much to ask. I would like to see everyone in the profession able and willing to provide such a service if requested.
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Message 1767692 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 5:34:19 UTC


H.R. 1469 makes SSI, EITC, ACA, Medicaid, SNAP, LiHeap, Heap, etc, etc, etc, all temporary, w/a 5yr lifetime limit like TANF! Can't work? Die!!
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Message 1767694 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 5:41:07 UTC - in response to Message 1767578.  
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You may, Harry, and thank you so much.

I have not had the heart to post much lately. Work keeps my hands busy, but not my mind. I am still on the verge of tears, and beyond, a few times a day at work. And yet, I have had a few moments to smile for.

Tigger II is still with me, and has actually had some very delightful and spirited days as of late.
No diminishing of the swollen glands, but no dramatic increase either. It is just a day by day thing now, with the inevitable coming unchecked. The cancer is not going to go away.

She is a 'kitty on steroids'...literally. They are the only thing keeping her going, and with that kind of support her crash shall most likely be swift and sure when it comes. I asked the vet this morning to order her some more Prednisolone, but instead of the nasty cherry cough syrup stuff she has on hand, I asked her to send the prescription to Roadrunner Pharmacy, that special pet medicine pharmacy, so that they could formulate it for Tigger in a more palatable form.....something with tuna flavor perhaps. I should hear from them tomorrow.

She is, by the grace of the steroids, maintaining her appetite and activity levels so far. And zooms down the hall from the bedroom to the kitchen to meow her demands for her canned kitty food treats, although a little raspy her meow is these days. Within which I conceal her herbal cancer support kitty meds.

When I was getting ready for work a couple of days ago, she decided to race into the bathroom and jump into the tub (empty) and do a few laps...LOL. Which she has never done before. But, the girl also pooped outside of the litterbox a couple of times in the last week. Which she has never done before either.
Of course, I did not scold her.
She also has been coming to me whilst I sit here on the couch in front of the monitor and without hesitation jumping up on my lap or just sitting beside me smiling...kitties DO smile....for a few well deserved pettings, or just to sit there with me...and that has been priceless.

But most of all right now, and the only thing that broke me out of my heartbreak long enough to post now, was that I wanted to thank Harry (Hairy) for his wonderful and insightful post. He is obviously a man who understands. His BVSc training has done him well, and through my tears I wish to thank him sooooooooooo much for his kind post.

A very kind breather from the posts of someone WITHOUT such understanding, who only managed to drive me further into despair with his very unkind words.
A kitty keeps loneliness away.
More meowing, less hissing. I speak meow, do you?

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Most were cats.
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Message 1767718 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 8:35:55 UTC - in response to Message 1767694.  

Thank you Mark for the update on Tigger.

This part of your post made my day:
...she decided to race into the bathroom and jump into the tub (empty) and do a few laps...


Here's a short YouTube Video to share with Tigger :)

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Message 1767733 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 9:38:16 UTC

Falling asleep for the last time in their favourite spot, wherever that is, should not be too much to ask. I would like to see everyone in the profession able and willing to provide such a service if requested.

Very few vets in the UK will provide that service. Personally I would not want a loved pet euthanised at home, that would only treble the emotions. To see that empty chair where they died would screw me up for ever more, much better up at the surgery. Of course only a personal opinion.
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Message 1767751 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 12:27:17 UTC
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My friends...........
I like to think that I was the one who brought cats to Seti.....
I certainly had something to do with making Cats cool here.

I certainly recall a time when it was not so......

I told everybody that is was cool to be a cat, and so the onslaught occurred.

Cats were just my early experience then....

I had two early on, just a couple tossed upon my bed by a GF....
Tigger and Squirrel.

Tigger...........the original Tigger...died after a long battle with CRF, and my story was written in stone at that point.
Squirrel, her sister, passed a couple of years ago after a fine long life.

What happened between twixt the two, was I became a Setizen.

Timelines are not my thing, but about the time I became Seti aware was also about the time I became kitty aware.

I was very shy at first, and the kitties were nowhere on the boards then.


I am not sure that I recall the moment that my kitties became an item on the forums. Or my joining in. It probably started with a single comment and grew from there. I am not sure when my first 'meow' came about....LOL.

I thank all of you who have contributed to the wonderful understanding that the Seti boards have given to kitties since that moment, whenever it came.


I am now dealing with a failing one, and that, for me, is the hardest thing I shall face in the coming days. Being a kittyman, I have observed and cried for, the passing of many other kitties here on Seti.
As well as a few joyful times, such as the miracle of ES's wonderful return of her dear kitty after so many months gone missing. I think her joy was perhaps only second to my own when hearing the news of Suaron's return.

My grief of one of my own's impending departure after so long, I am sad and yet relieved to share here, as this is my forum, and my marker in time for so many years as well. Thank you to those who understand, and a pox on those who somehow cannot understand the love.
The two I have left after this ordeal, Purrball and Bandit, love you anyway.

Best wishes and kitty kisses,
Mark
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Message 1767894 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 21:26:04 UTC - in response to Message 1767733.  

Falling asleep for the last time in their favourite spot, wherever that is, should not be too much to ask. I would like to see everyone in the profession able and willing to provide such a service if requested.

Very few vets in the UK will provide that service. Personally I would not want a loved pet euthanised at home, that would only treble the emotions. To see that empty chair where they died would screw me up for ever more, much better up at the surgery. Of course only a personal opinion.


It is why I said, "if requested".
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