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2 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

Has anyone here grown cat grass?  I was wondering if it was worth it to even attempt to grow some greens for my cats.  I don't know anything about it other than what I have read on the net, but if anyone has had any experience in growing it themselves, I would be interested in the process.

Should I plant two pots a couple of weeks apart so that cats will always have a fresh supply of grass, or would one pot be enough?

Only kitties I've ever had that got their teeth into grasses, generally brought it back up shortly after consumption.  I wouldn't be inclined to make it accessible based on that, but that's just me.  I've never had omnivore cats.

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11 minutes ago, icemiser69 said:

Has anyone here grown cat grass?

All the time. My kitties love it. It also helps them with digestion since they only eat raw, which means that sometimes, things need a bit more help to get moving. If they overeat, they have thrown up a bit afterwards, so I keep it out of reach most of the time. They love getting fed blade by blade. It's a treat for them.

I'm not too good with having fresh available all the time, but they don't complain. Much.

I use kits though. I suck at growing plants. Any plant. 

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The bedroom used to be a “no cat zone” and then Charlie & Mr. Norris died (March and June 2020) so I started letting Blake wonder in during the day since I was WFH and he had no friends with him (my office set up is right off the bedroom area). Blake occasionally makes Zoom cameos.

Well Cosmo came and I set up his bed/food in the office area (also so Blake could eat and roam in peace at night), and I bet you dollars to donuts Blake felt if Cosmo could be in here with me, why not him? 
 

Tonight I let Blake climb in bed because I’m a sucker. He can stay until Cosmo’s last potty break after 9pm. 

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@icemiser69 I grow cat grass for my kitties a lot. I rarely see them throw it back up. BB isn’t into it much, but Squeaky loves it. She will eat a bit, but loves to chew it more than eat it. It’s very easy to grow and it doesn’t take long to grow a crop. 
 

@Scarlett45 I sleep with both of my cats every night. They snuggle, are really warm in the winter and listening to their purrs is very relaxing. They are social animals and since you lost your other two I think she would enjoy having her human to sleep with. 

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I have always slept with my cats, and when Baxter had to be "nuked" (given radioiodine treatment for his hyperthyroidism), after he was cleared to come back home - they have to pee out a certain amount to be eligible for release - he was still radioactive enough I was supposed to limit my interaction with him for a week.  So he definitely wasn't supposed to sleep with me.  I stuck with that for exactly one night; he slept on the floor outside the closed bedroom door once he finally stopped crying out in confusion, and there was no way I was doing that to him again.

I told my regular vet (who'd had the same procedure done on one of her cats) and she said, "I did the same thing.  It's likely not a problem to begin with, and when there is excessive exposure to radiation it tends to affect fertility, so, since I'm not having kids, whatever."  Amen!

After, other than a few intervals, sleeping with at least one cat my entire life, it always feels weird on vacation (remember those?) to sleep without one.  I hate sharing a bed with another person, and avoid it unless I truly can't, but I love sleeping with a kitty.

When I was little, one cat - who weighed 26 pounds! - let me use him as a pillow, and then the next one slept with me every night like a person - her head on my other pillow, tucked under the covers:

 

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5 hours ago, Bastet said:

I have always slept with my cats, and when Baxter had to be "nuked" (given radioiodine treatment for his hyperthyroidism), after he was cleared to come back home - they have to pee out a certain amount to be eligible for release - he was still radioactive enough I was supposed to limit my interaction with him for a week.  So he definitely wasn't supposed to sleep with me.  I stuck with that for exactly one night; he slept on the floor outside the closed bedroom door once he finally stopped crying out in confusion, and there was no way I was doing that to him again.

I did the same thing with my late snuggle but, Lennier. He had to have radiation for cancer and hypothyroidism in addition to issues with diabetes.

He and I used spoon at night and I could drum his belly. We lost him in 2013 but I still dream about him a lot. His sister, Talia passed away a year later. For over a year I had a huge 24 cat lean against me at night, while his sister, Talia decided to sleep on the top of my head on the pillow. This was due into large part to my incredibly unbelievable hot flashes at night. It made her old body lots of good, but didn’t help my hot flash situation any way shape or form.

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1 minute ago, Stats Queen said:

It made her old body lots of good, but didn’t help my hot flash situation any way shape or form.

I don't know if I should love it or laugh at this.

My Fox sleeps on or between my calves. Very rarely does she come closer to my head. Scully only started sleeping in my bed occasionally. And then only for a bit. I know because she jumps on and over me when leaving.

 

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You guys really make me miss my Baby Boo gone a couple years ago. He would sleep over my  shins/feet and they would ultimately go to sleep so I'd have to pull them out from under him. Miss my cuddle buddy to this day.

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My Bella likes to climb on up me and sleep.  I'm a side sleeper, so she'll come up and sit her bum on my ribcage right under my arm and her face is down by my hip. 

She'll "knead bread dough" for a while and then sleep there.  Her kneading actually feels good and I wish I could train her to do so on command, I wouldn't need to get massages 😁🤣

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UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_467.thumb.jpg.34410fcbcab5516433624e0015eb59b7.jpgSilly feral kitty likes to sit in the window box outside. She is so sweet!

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Our cats love to sit in the window, too. If the curtains are closed and we can see their silhouettes, we like to refer to them as "HItchcock kitties" :p.

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I posted about my cat having some pain episodes...so just like always it disappears. She has been ok since the last episode. I called the vet and told them and never heard back which was honestly a little bit annoying but since she is ok right now it can wait until our next appointment. 

That is in 2 weeks or something like that. I'm afraid that much can be done though. She is 15 and although I think when she has an episode it is very bad, it lasts like 2 minutes and then is gone for months. I assume the vet would have no idea and want to run a battery of tests. To tell me, what that it will get worse over time? I kind of figure that, I'm just wondering how long. 

I'm getting ahead of myself and maybe they will know offhand what is causing it but if it was anything obvious she would have been diagnosed already bc she is there like once a month. 

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Sorry I feel like my post comes across cold or something. Tbh I'm worried about her and really afraid bc of her age, but then I just try to be matter of fact or something to deal with it.

Lost her brother a year ago and it was pretty tough. It's hard now with her I feel like I'm just waiting for something bad.

She is with me almost all the time since she was 6 weeks. Very cuddly and gentle. Has been my best company the last awful year.

 

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Just wanted to say that I don't currently have a pet buddy but this thread still keeps me connected to that world, through the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Thank you all.  Please cuddle, stroke, talk to, give them some stink eye, or bop your pet for me today.

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My parents were gone for a long weekend to attend a memorial service for my mom's cousin who died in November of COVID; it was outdoors, but, not being fully vaccinated nor knowing how many would attend, and, quite frankly, not trusting any other precautions to be taken, I stayed home.

Which is good for Chester, their cat with cancer that is terminal yet has somehow not only not yet killed him but hasn't yet diminished his quality of life to where euthanasia seems around a corner or two.  But he's incredibly attached to my mom, and last time I did my normal 24 hours at my house/24 hours at theirs routine (to give equal time to my cat and theirs whenever my retired parents travel) he got very stressed out, stopped eating, and spent about 24 hours pretty sick; after he rebounded to something stable and I gave a small dose of appetite stimulant, I did a very quick Thanksgiving in order to come back to him until they returned. 

So, this time, I've been staying at my parents' house other than going home a few hours each day to visit Riley.  It makes me sad for her, but Chester needs me far more, and she's the type to get over it almost immediately.

Chester has been doing great; no change in appetite or attitude (or poops - he has intestinal lymphoma) at all!  As always, if you just looked at this cat - skin and bones and on the brink of actually having more bald patches than he has fur - you'd think it was cruel to keep him around, but he's still such a happy little guy.  Even with just me, he summons me for cuddles several times a day; he purrs and does the cutest little grunt when he's particularly happy being petted.  And he loves being cuddled up with his brother.

I'm relieved this likely means my parents can start getting out in their motorhome again, that Chester will do well if I base myself out of their house.  I'm going to ask them to limit themselves to short trips, of course (because of Riley, and because, even though I work remotely even pre-pandemic and a lot of what I need is on my laptop or online, it's easier at my house than theirs), but it seems like we have something that works; in fact, this is the best Chester has done with me kitty-sitting in a couple of years!

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Heavy is the head that wears the crown...and the cat. It's a little difficult to work on my laptop, needless to say. (I'm 57 and I just wanted a crown for the heck of it, damn it! It was just delivered.) 

 

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1 hour ago, Scout Finch said:

Heavy is the head that wears the crown...and the cat. It's a little difficult to work on my laptop, needless to say. (I'm 57 and I just wanted a crown for the heck of it, damn it! It was just delivered.) 

 

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Kitty just wants to make sure you understand who is really in charge, crown be damned! 

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31 minutes ago, MargeGunderson said:

Kitty just wants to make sure you understand who is really in charge, crown be damned! 

One of my nicknames for her is "Princess Willow." Apparently, she wants to let me know she's actually a Queen.

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Cosmo had his first vet appointment with me. He got a clean bill of health, but I am supposed to get him dental chews, and work on weight reduction. He is 92lbs. NINETY TWO. The Dr that put my beloved Mr. Norris to sleep last June saw him, and he should be 80lbs, eating 900 calories a day, which ends up being about two full cups of kibble and treats. 

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Am I unreasonable for expecting Willow's kidney function test results the day the vet has them, or at least the next day? The test was last Friday and they were supposed to get the results back by the end of the weekend. I called yesterday afternoon since I hadn't heard anything and they said they'd leave a message for the vet but she didn't call.

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2 hours ago, Scout Finch said:

Am I unreasonable for expecting Willow's kidney function test results the day the vet has them, or at least the next day? The test was last Friday and they were supposed to get the results back by the end of the weekend. I called yesterday afternoon since I hadn't heard anything and they said they'd leave a message for the vet but she didn't call.

I’m hoping for along the lines of “No news is good news.”  Still I’d think it’s only reasonable that you expect some results and information by now. When I was in medicine we’d send the blood out at the end of the day. The results would come in in the am and we’d collate them to the patient’s/clients chart. They then went onto the Dr’s desk or inbox. Worst results on top. I’m sure they have your results. It’s now up to the vet to disclose them to you. 
    I hope you get good results. 

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Has she lost more weight? If the prescription food is making a difference? Does she need subQ fluids now? I don't even what stage her renal failure is. I just saw that it's been over two months since she was first diagnosed and last week was the first time I took her in for a re-check. I sent a brief email late last night asking for copies of her medical records and test results. Might be switching vets soon. Just sucks that the vet I liked so much retired and the current vet took over the practice. I'm planning to be gone Friday through Tuesday to go down to my mom's place for the first time since she died back in 2019 but am really reluctant to leave Willow. My neighbor always does an excellent job taking care of them but she'll need to stop in a couple of times a day now.

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9 minutes ago, Scout Finch said:

I don't know if she's lost more weight? If the prescription food is making a difference? Does she need subQ fluids now? I don't even what stage her renal failure is. I just saw that it's been over two months since she was first diagnosed and last week was the first time I took her in for a re-check. I sent a brief email late last night asking for copies of her medical records and test results. Might be switching vets soon. Just sucks that the vet I liked so much retired and the current vet took over the practice. I'm planning to be gone Friday through Tuesday to go down to my mom's place for the first time since she died back in 2019 but am really reluctant to leave Willow. My neighbor always does an excellent job taking care of them but she'll need to stop in a couple of times a day now.

I understand that it is a worrisome time for you to travel and be away right now. It might be time to consider getting a new vet. I had to change the beginning of this year for my own reasons. You need one that is willing to communicate and help you understand exactly what is going on, answer all your questions in terms you can understand and has compassion for your pet. I’d try calling again in the am. Today might have been that vets day off is he/she is in a multi vet practice. You will much better taking your trip if you know exactly what you cat needs and if you are able to find someone to provide it for you while you are away. Depending on that information I would be tempted to postpone my trip if my cat needed things my neighbor isn’t comfortable doing i.e. Subcutaneous fluids. Make sure you get copies of all of the tests and records. For your own files and copy them if you chose to begin with a new vet. It will save you time and money. Best wishes with your sweet kitty. 😽

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Vet just called! Willow has actually gone from stage 4 to stage 3, which the vet was surprised--but glad--about because that usually doesn't happen. Creatinine level is still higher than it should be but that's also dropped from 6.1 to 4.8, and in the two months since she was diagnosed, she has not lost anymore weight. The prescription food must be helping. Canned food is prescription but I'm still mixing the dry food as half regular and half prescription. I feel much better about having to leave her for a few days.

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Congratulations on the improved kidney values, @Scout Finch!

I'm glad you finally have the information you need, but, yeah, I'd be looking for a new vet.  You should have received a call Monday, not had to seek them out Tuesday and wait until Wednesday to get a call back.  Shit happens, but that's an unreasonable lack of communication, and you've said that's a pattern since this vet took over the practice. 

The most important thing for now is that Willow is doing well, though, so I'm glad you have that peace of mind, especially as you prepare to leave for a few days.

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1 minute ago, Bastet said:

Congratulations on the improved kidney values, @Scout Finch!

I'm glad you finally have the information you need, but, yeah, I'd be looking for a new vet.  You should have received a call Monday, not had to seek them out Tuesday and wait until Wednesday to get a call back.  Shit happens, but that's an unreasonable lack of communication, and you've said that's a pattern since this vet took over the practice. 

The most important thing for now is that Willow is doing well, though, so I'm glad you have that peace of mind, especially as you prepare to leave for a few days.

As it turns out, she said she was off on Monday and then yesterday one of the employees was seriously injured so they were dealing with that at the clinic.

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When my vet is out and test results come in, another vet calls me so I have the information and the chance to ask any immediate questions, and then my regular vet follows up on her return if there's any need.  Is this a one-vet practice?

The good thing is that, since Willow is doing well, if you do want to switch vets because of this pattern of poor communication, you have the time to ask neighbors and look online for recommendations.

My vet was located near my old place, and Maddie and Baxter didn't mind the trip (about 15 minutes), but Riley did as she's scared in the car.  But we only go once a year, I liked all the vets and techs, etc. so I was reluctant to take a chance on switching.  But I went ahead and did some research and interviewing in case I decided to, and found what seemed like a great option just five minutes from my house.

When I needed to get Riley in quickly last summer, my preferred vet had no available appointments for over a month and the first available with any vet in the practice was a week away, so I had to go elsewhere (it wasn't an emergency, but it was time sensitive).  I was so glad I'd done the legwork already and had a place in mind.  The new place had an opening the next day, and I was pleased with the care and responsiveness, so, given the proximity and its importance to Riley, I switched.

You may want to similarly have something in your back pocket should you feel the need to switch vets down the road.

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Happy Bark Day, Harper! Jake sends his best wishes as well!

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Suggestion time: 

Note I'm a pet lover, especially dogs, but don't currently have one.  So I'm approaching this from a different standpoint. 

Neighbor A just bought a dog, a small one that looks like some kind of terrier. I'm not close to them, in fact there's kind of a language barrier (the kids are the only ones fluent in English really). 

There's a frequent barking problem.  High pitched too. Any time they stick the dog outside, but thankfully that's in total only a few hours a day, tops. But when it happens, they don't really intervene. 

Another neighbor on the reverse side, we will call them Neighbor C instead of B, because it's an extra house down (but all of the houses are very close together) has a dog almost as recent (actually this family moved in during the Pandemic, and now's simply the first warm weather since they arrived, and the dog has presumably been inside.  THIS dog is even more of a barker. More constant. 4 or 5 hours a day. They just stick the dog outside all day or something, and it's that kind of "alert/warning" barking at anything and everything that walks, drives, or flys by. 

The obvious pre-pandemic solution would be some kind of neighborhood meeting. But aside from not wanting to be the seening jerk to initiate that, there's the language (and I think maybe a cultural) barrier with one set of neighbors, people not wanting to gather now, this not really being a neighbourhood where people interact anyway, etc. 

Aside from the noise issue, my previous experience with dogs tells me it's not really ideal for the dogs either. Being so overly alert and edgy all of the time, I mean. Yes, small dogs bark. A lot. But it's foolish for people to think it's better left as is. 

Just short term, since I suppose inevitably I'll have to be the bad guy, talk to the neighbors (both sets) and bring this up, any humane ideas about how to directly (and I mean from across a fence) interact with the dogs with any hope of calming them?  Remember, they're not my dogs. I'm not going to put my hand through or toss treats. 

Oh, at least in part I'm thinking there's a call and response aspect between the two dogs (separated by several yards, but definitely able to hear each other). That makes it even more complicated to resolve, I think. 

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I had an experience like this many years ago wherein a neighbor that shared a condo wall with me got a dog and it barked from the time she left until she came back home. I went to talk to her and no one came to the door. I left kind notes to let her know that the dog was barking constantly. Nothing helped. I finally called the city because letting one's dog bark nonstop is a noise ordinance violation. The barking stopped soon thereafter, so I assume the dog was relocated.

So my advice would be to look up your municipality's ordinances and if you are fortunate, there's someone who will come out and tell them they have to control the dog barking. I'm a cat person, but as I understand it, dogs can be trained to not bark all the goddamn time.

Where I live now, there's a dog I hear barking off in the distance ALL. DAY. LONG. when I have the window open during the day. I have exceptionally good hearing, and repetitive noises, even faraway ones, really set me on edge. Maybe one day I'll follow the barking sound and leave a note at the destination.

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I don't mind large dogs who bark within reason but high pitched yappy dogs drive me nuts. Had a problem last year and called animal control. Apparently they had left their little yapper outside and she wedged in somewhere. Half an hour of anxious barking. Now she stays In the house when they leave.

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3 hours ago, rcc said:

I don't mind large dogs who bark within reason but high pitched yappy dogs drive me nuts. Had a problem last year and called animal control. Apparently they had left their little yapper outside and she wedged in somewhere. Half an hour of anxious barking. Now she stays In the house when they leave.

One of the two I mentioned is outside right now.  I've figured out another trigger. There's a THIRD dog the other side of a fence on the next street over. That's a nice medium sized dog who never barks (and who even in the backyard is usually accompanied by their human). It's a well behaved dog I'd forgotten about, for that very reason. 

But little yappy always left alone outside alone barks AT it. 

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Just now, Kromm said:

One of the two I mentioned is outside right now.  I've figured out another trigger. There's a THIRD dog the other side of a fence on the next street over. That's a nice medium sized dog who never barks (and who even in the backyard is usually accompanied by their human). It's a well behaved dog I'd forgotten about, for that very reason. 

But little yappy always left alone outside alone barks AT it. 

Little Yappy is begging for attention and companionship.  He/she needs those things, and likely exercise in the form of a walk with a caring human.  Dogs are pack animals, and when left in solitary confinement, will do just about anything to attract attention; negative or otherwise.

My heart bleeds for your neighbor doggies.  People suck.

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I certainly agree it's not the dog's fault. While I don't favor small dogs, it's definitely doing what's natural when treated like that. 

Not all people deserve to have dogs.

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There is a dog somewhere in the vicinity that has a bark the likes of which I have never heard before - it sounds like that squeak that sneakers make on a gym floor.  It drives me crazy.  I think A leaves for work and puts the dog out, then B comes home and lets it in because I hear it every weekday at the same time for the same duration.

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