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I don't love my girls' names, but I was afraid I'd give them identity crises in renaming them. They were 2.5 (mom) and 1.5 (daughter) years old when I adopted them, so they had had their names for a while. They don't actually respond to their names or anything else, for that matter. They get called so many goofy things.

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Riley had a name I found rather stupid, but since she was about six years old, I wondered if it was fair to change it.  She didn't seem to respond to it, so I figured it wouldn't really confuse her to begin with.  And, yeah, I call her so many things I'm not sure she really knows her name is Riley any more than she knew her previous name.

I have a mental list of names I like for cats (almost all are people names), and then I see which one seems to fit the cat.  They all live the Life of Riley with me, but her "before" was the worst among any I'd ever adopted, so I knew she was the right one for the name.  And since the little princess gets fed breakfast in bed every morning that I'm home, I'd say it fits. 

(Left to her own devices, she only eats at night.  But if I bring her food in the morning [wherever she may be once the food is thawed, which is usually still in bed but sometimes on my desk], she'll eat it.  Now, if I don't bring her breakfast, while she won't eat anything until 5:00 at the earliest, she will generally eat a full day's worth of food over the course of the night, so when I'm gone it's not a problem; she still gets the right amount of food.  But she seems more energetic and playful when she eats twice a day, so, as long as I'm home, I bring her breakfast.  Which she prefers to eat off my hand, rather than her plate.  So, yeah - Riley.)

Like Riley, Chester was an owner surrender, so he came into the shelter with a name.  He was eight when my parents adopted him, and he knew his name, so we were all thankful we liked the name and it seemed to suit him.

When my friend adopted my nephew Sherman (Shermie), also an owner surrender, he was twelve, but his name was just awful (I won't list it in case someone gave their beloved pet that name, but we both hated it), so she decided screw it, he's getting a new name.  Plus, it seemed he'd had a crappy home, so we though it might be nice for him to associate the new name with the new and improved environment.  I picked Sherman because he was the size of a tank, and Oscar for his middle name because he was a grouch.  (Yes, Auntie Bastet named him - she invited me over his first night home, and we kicked around names and it wound up being my suggestions that stuck.)  In short time, he was neither.  So he's just Shermie.

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My dog Knox had herniated disc surgery in December,   I want to post a PSA because she was panting and to be fair she’s a dramatic dog.  Knox was ok but panting and looking at me like help me.  I wrongly diagnosed orthopedic.

She was at my parents house and was out of sight but jumped wrong to get on a couch.  She went upstairs and just panted.  I brought her to my place and she jumped out of my 4Runner and screamed.  I slept with her on the floor and next morning she had zero movement in lower extremities.  Cut  to vet and he says she’s paralyzed.  Tried conservative treatment to no avail and she went to UT (Knoxville) and had neurosurgery and she is amazing.  

She is a soon to be 8 year old mutt.  Definitely has Pit in her.

Yesterday I was walking her and she rolled around (as she does) and I saw a bright red spot I’d never seen.  Take her to the vet-they do a culture and it has round cells which concern vet and now I’m taking her tomorrow at 7 to get removed. Fuck it all after all she’s been through and now this. It’s really gotten me down and my real life doesn’t care like I do so I’m posting it here bc it makes me feel better to get out fuck it all. I just want her happy. 

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All of my adopted pets have had name changes.  I think the shelters just picked random names since none seemed to know them.  But they've also learned nick names......Toffee is some times Toff and Hershey some times Hersh (they know 'girls' means both of them).  Back when Ebony could hear he was Bobo, baby, and goofball.  Passed on cats were Merlin often Memer, Lancelot often Lelot.  Bunnies Wolfie and Lucky didn't have names but they learned theirs.

My foster (OK...will have him 4 years in October so I guess he's mine, they never paid for anything on him so I don't feel guilty about the fee) brindle pit mix was nine when he came home with me.  Supposedly his name was Hennessey.   Who names an eighty pound pit mix that?  He learned Apache within a few days  He also taught me dogs can love carrots.  Now all three love them and will fight over them more than they will a treat.  November of 2015 when I learned about this while Thanksgiving cooking.  They all watch me like hawks when I'm getting carrots for the bunnies now lol.

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Knox's mom - hey, stranger!

I'm sorry to hear all that Knox has been through lately, and hope the lump that gets removed tomorrow turns out to be harmless, or at least is removed with clear margins and requires no further treatment or worry. 

You are both quite due for a break.  I know how stressful and draining it is to wait and worry, and then just when you catch your breath, bam, something new.  I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for a good update from you.

I'm sorry those in your life don't understand the depth of your feelings about this, but you know we do here, so pop in whenever we can help.

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52 minutes ago, KnoxForPres said:

Yesterday I was walking her and she rolled around (as she does) and I saw a bright red spot I’d never seen.  Take her to the vet-they do a culture and it has round cells which concern vet and now I’m taking her tomorrow at 7 to get removed. Fuck it all after all she’s been through and now this. It’s really gotten me down and my real life doesn’t care like I do so I’m posting it here bc it makes me feel better to get out fuck it all. I just want her happy. 

In my thoughts,  

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45 minutes ago, deemac said:

All of my adopted pets have had name changes.  I think the shelters just picked random names since none seemed to know them.  But they've also learned nick names......Toffee is some times Toff and Hershey some times Hersh (they know 'girls' means both of them).  Back when Ebony could hear he was Bobo, baby, and goofball.  Passed on cats were Merlin often Memer, Lancelot often Lelot.  Bunnies Wolfie and Lucky didn't have names but they learned theirs.

My foster (OK...will have him 4 years in October so I guess he's mine, they never paid for anything on him so I don't feel guilty about the fee) brindle pit mix was nine when he came home with me.  Supposedly his name was Hennessey.   Who names an eighty pound pit mix that?  He learned Apache within a few days  He also taught me dogs can love carrots.  Now all three love them and will fight over them more than they will a treat.  November of 2015 when I learned about this while Thanksgiving cooking.  They all watch me like hawks when I'm getting carrots for the bunnies now lol.

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I am sincerely sorry of the timing of our posts and this an amazing and wonderful dog.  

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@KnoxForPres - so sorry to hear Knox hasn't been well and I know this has to be brutal on you.  

Please know we'll all be sending good thoughts out to you both.  

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@KnoxForPres Your dear pup has been through so much and I hope that this spot is something benign. We all worry terriblely when things aren’t well and there is good support on this thread. By now it should be behind y’all and you can breathe a sigh of relief. Sending well wishes and a speedy recovery to your dog. Hang in there. 

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@Delurker - I thought "Toonces!" after I read the first line of your post. It would be adorable if you renames Dallas as Toonces, and a good story. 

Kitty Gunderson the Elder was named "Adam" in the shelter. Since she was not a he, I renamed her. I had 2 names in mind, and one was a perfect fit. For Kitty Gunderson the Younger, Mr Gunderson and I had a list of kitty names. When we met her, we almost immediately agreed on the name.  Their middle names both came to us over time (we couldn't properly admonish them without middle names). And of course they each have many, many nicknames. The Elder is also known as "Best Girl" and the Younger as "Kittenhead." 

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11 hours ago, KnoxForPres said:

I am sincerely sorry of the timing of our posts and this an amazing and wonderful dog.  

I started my post on names quite a bit before yours showed up (every one of mine knows their name except one bunny).  After mentioning Apache I decided to include photos.  When I want to use a photo somewhere (facebook, add to my phone pics, email etc) I often crop and ALWAYS save at a much smaller size.....a smaller size than displays here. My pics are no great works of art but I didn't like seeing them stretched out and losing some of the quality so I spent time looking for the original pics and re-cropping, fixing the 'blue' eye on the one and saving at still another size.  Once I posted yours popped up that I hadn't seen.  Then I had to wait for someone else to post or it would of just added on my post......irritation and frustration.

I do hope Knox is OK.  My pets are my children, I think they're all amazing and wonderful as you obviously think of Knox.  Even if they have to wait on pathology the vet should have a good idea.....let us know.

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16 hours ago, bilgistic said:

I like the name Riley. I think pets should have people names. It's just fun. "This is my cat, Bob."

I totally agree (says the guy who owns a dog named Danny.)

If my future holds another golden retriever, and I hope it does, I want it to be a male named Bob. I've wanted that even before I read the Stephanie Plum novels. 

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My sister has seven cats. I can't remember all their names; there's Patrick/Patty, Peety, Josephine/Joey/JoJo and Oliver/Ollie. The other three names escape me.

I haven't landed on a middle name for Little Mama yet. Little Girl's middle name is Luna.

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2 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

 

I haven't landed on a middle name for Little Mama yet. Little Girl's middle name is Luna.

How about Celeste for celestial? 

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Thank you so much everyone for your kind words. I truly appreciate them- so much. 

Just got the call that she’s out of surgery and doing well and they got all of the mass. I get to pick her up after 4. I will take her to my parents house. I’ll let everyone know what the pathology says but I’m just glad to hear she did well and is alive!

it was a tech who called so I didn’t get tons of detail- maybe I’ll learn more when I pick her up  

thanks again to everyone. Internet is an amazing invention 

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46 minutes ago, Mindthinkr said:

How about Celeste for celestial? 

I love it!

46 minutes ago, KnoxForPres said:

Thank you so much everyone for your kind words. I truly appreciate them- so much. 

Just got the call that she’s out of surgery and doing well and they got all of the mass. I get to pick her up after 4. I will take her to my parents house. I’ll let everyone know what the pathology says but I’m just glad to hear she did well and is alive!

it was a tech who called so I didn’t get tons of detail- maybe I’ll learn more when I pick her up  

thanks again to everyone. Internet is an amazing invention 

Yay, Knox! She's a fighter!

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When my 20 year old cat, Mister Oh, went over the Rainbow Bridge two years ago next month we knew immediately we would be adopted again but waited a bit (wanted to get through the holiday season before bringing a new cat in). So in January of 2017 we went off the shelter and were immediately spotted by our lovely senior orange tom, whom the shelter had named Morris (what a cliche!). I had been having dreams that my next cat would be named Lewis but when we met him it was clear that he deserved something more regal and therefore: Louis. So nice to see that the new Windsor prince is also a Louis! When the vet calls to confirm appointments etc. we go through a ritual of them saying "Lewis" and me saying "no, Louis" and they laugh and say sorry....In any case I haven't a clue if Louis really knows his name - I call him "baby" a lot (which my husband has turned into "l'enfant") but I don't think he cares much. The sound of one of those little cans opening is really all he wants to hear!

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@KnoxForPres so glad to hear that they got all the mass and she is doing well.  I know you were so glad to pick her up and take her home, or to your parents.  Good vibes for the path results!

I love learning everyone's names for their furbabies!

When Shana showed up at my door and I realized no one would claim her, I asked my best friend how to say Pretty Girl in Yiddish, so Shana Madel she is.

When the babies were born he said, Let's give them all Yiddish names.  Their middles names came after their little personality/quirks developed.  As @MargeGunderson said it's hard to admonish without a middle name and they are just fun.  :)

I have:

Shana Madel Diva (because she is)

Shlamey Imelda Bowie (she has thing for shoes and bi-colored eyes)

The boys were:

Shmuel Jethro Oedipus (Beverly Hillbillies, not Tull, he would eat anything and he looooovvveeedd his Momma)

Shlomo Michael Felix (the Archangel - after I came home from surgery he never left my side and he was extremely finicky like in the Odd Couple.)

Of course they have various nicknames too.

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50 minutes ago, tiftgirl said:

As @MargeGunderson said it's hard to admonish without a middle name

Exactly!  "Baxter Adam, get off your sister!" was a common refrain around here for his 13 years.  Maddie hardly ever got full named, but she still knew that when "Madeleine Alice" came out, it was time to do whatever Mommy was saying.

Riley is Riley Alexandra.  I purposely gave Maddie and Baxter middle names starting with the same letter, and, while I wasn't deliberately thinking of A names, when I liked the sound of Alexandra with Riley, I decided to continue the tradition.

So far, so good on Knox - yay!  I hope the pathology report continues the good news.

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When I adopted Knox she was still very young but the shelter had named her Oregano. I actually think that’s kind of a cute name (and Lord knows I like food) but it felt a hair long and not conducive to nickname and I tend to like “real” names for pets. 

Ive never done a middle name and you guys are making me rethink all my past pets!

I live in Tennessee so people probably assume she’s named after Knoxville as that’s the big football town. She’s actually named after Knox Overstreet who was a character in Dead Poets Society. I loved that name when I heard it years ago and it stuck with me. Damn Angie and Brad for using it first :)

And yes she’s a girl but somehow Knox is perfect for her. I’ll also call her Knoxie and randomly Grisabella (yes there is no rationale for this but I do). 

So her sutures looks great and thus far is in a spot she can’t get to by mouth (yay!).  Yesterday she was out of it it enough she just snoozed and today I see a few times she’s tried to itch it with legs. Mind you she’s not as strong as she was once since the disc surgery but still I’m like “please don’t reach there!”  If anyone has words of wisdom from your own trials I would love to hear how you handled it. Itching isn’t anything a collar of shame (which she is Houdini with anyway) would help with.

When I was in kindergarten living in Baltimore we had a cat wander up to our house and my sister and I wanted it.  Parents relented.  We named her Colors.  In hindsight and pictures she was a black cat with some gray and tan yet my sister and I must have seen so many colors, haha.  Through the years on my own I’ve given my animals names derived from novels (or movies) but I have such a soft spot for Colors.  She was independent as hell but wore that name proudly and I have zero regrets.

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Bonnie came home from a stay at the kennel while I was out of town and less than 24 hours later she had explosive diarrhea and vomiting. She spent the day at the vet and now is on an anti nausea medicine, a probiotic, an antibiotic and special food. She had an IV because she was dehydrated. We don't know if she caught a bug, ate something she shouldnt have, or if it's bad anxiety. She still has a little diarrhea this evening but she did drink some water and ate some of the food. My poor doggy.

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@emma675 Hugs (and lots of fluids) to Bonnie. If it's going away already it might just be like those 24-hour bugs kids pick up at daycare. Poor doggy, indeed.

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Every time I scoop the catbox, Little Girl has to explore the floor of the linen closet in the bathroom where all the supplies are stored. Something exciting might have changed in there since the last time she was in there.

Last night, she managed to climb into the bag of pooper scooper bags and get turned around and decide to sit there and watch me work. I didn't notice her for a few minutes, since she always roots around in there. I swear she did this by herself, though I did have to get her attention for the picture. She jumped right out when I was done. She's so relentlessly silly.

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I had to dial up the brightness so you can see her little nose. The light's reflecting off her lip; it's not a white spot.

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Lost my oldest bunny Lucky yesterday.  In six weeks I would of had him 11 years.  He out lived 3 'wives'

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16 hours ago, emma675 said:

Bonnie came home from a stay at the kennel while I was out of town and less than 24 hours later she had explosive diarrhea and vomiting. She spent the day at the vet and now is on an anti nausea medicine, a probiotic, an antibiotic and special food. She had an IV because she was dehydrated. We don't know if she caught a bug, ate something she shouldnt have, or if it's bad anxiety. She still has a little diarrhea this evening but she did drink some water and ate some of the food. My poor doggy.

How is Bonnie?  Poor little angel- that sounds miserable (for you too).

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Thanks for the kind thoughts, everyone. Bonnie is a little better today, she had one more bit of diarrhea this morning but nothing since and she hasn't thrown up again since Thursday. She loves the bland wet food but she's not drinking as much as I'd like. She's not normally a big water drinker as it is, but I don't want her to get dehydrated again. She can only have water, she has to be on a low fat, very bland diet for a while so her guts can heal. I did trick her into drinking some water by letting her drink out of a glass; she's fascinated with plates and glasses for some reason.

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7 hours ago, deemac said:

Lost my oldest bunny Lucky yesterday.  In six weeks I would of had him 11 years.  He out lived 3 'wives'

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I'm sorry, @deemac. He's a pretty little guy.

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Pet names - when I was 4 we got a new cat.  He was light brown and white about 1/2 each.

I wanted to name him Snowy (I was 4!) and one of my brother's wanted to name him Browney (he was 10).  

Our brilliant compromise resulted in a cat named Snowbrown.

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1 hour ago, DeLurker said:

Pet names - when I was 4 we got a new cat.  He was light brown and white about 1/2 each.

I wanted to name him Snowy (I was 4!) and one of my brother's wanted to name him Browney (he was 10).  

Our brilliant compromise resulted in a cat named Snowbrown.

Better than Brownsnow. Don't eat it or Yellowsnow.

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On 5/26/2018 at 1:45 PM, deemac said:

Lost my oldest bunny Lucky yesterday.  In six weeks I would of had him 11 years.  He out lived 3 'wives'

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Losing a pet is so hard- I’m so sorry. I’m not sure why but I’ve been down recently and knowing lovely Lucky was loved for (almost) eleven years has brought me a lot of joy.  Thank you for being an amazing pet owner.  I also think he looks very wise and all knowing. Sending you comforting thoughts and what a lucky little bunny that was. 

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Does anyone have any experience with the Bissell Bark Bath?

I saw it in a Bed Bath and Beyond this weekend and, theoretically, it would shorten the amount of time it takes to give Kook a bath - his least favorite activity ever.  It claims you can use it in the house, but I am not silly enough to believe that is a solid idea.

Last week I was giving the pets their nightly scritches and cuddles before I go to bed.  Kook tried to purr like Sir Robin does, but because he's a dog it come out as a low growl.  It may have been the funniest thing ever.

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The doctor (yes the vet not a tech) just called with pathology and Knoxie is 100% benign with no markings! And not a type to recur!  So happy I can’t tell you.

I have not heard of Bissell Bark Bath but a cursory Google search yields very meh to bad reviews.  Maybe others here who have experience can chime in on positive.

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2 minutes ago, KnoxForPres said:

The doctor (yes the vet not a tech) just called with pathology and Knoxie is 100% benign with no markings! And not a type to recur!  So happy I can’t tell you.

FANTASTIC!  What great relief for you - I'm happy to hear it.

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Cat advice needed! I just picked up Louis from three days boarding at the vet during which he had his teeth cleaned and they needed to pull two teeth (one upper canine and one lower molar). He had his teeth cleaned there about 1-1/2 years ago and they did not need to do any extractions then. I have had a lot of kitties over my lifetime and never had one with dental issues before. The vet said that because he is a senior tom and doesn't digest dry food well that an entirely wet food diet is good for him overall but unfortunately contributes to the dental problems as the tartar on his teeth is not being scraped off by the crunchy dry food. So he recommended 1/4 dry food/3/4 wet food diet from now on. Do any of you know the best dry food that is particularly good for cat's teeth? We were going to go back and get the dry food we used to give my previous tom but then I thought I better ask you all as this forum is so rich in cat knowledge! (By the way - the bill for three days boarding, two vaccines and the dental work was $890.00 Yikes!)

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Dry food isn't a particularly effective teeth cleanser.  Yes, they chew, but so do we.  And we brush.  But we still have to go in for professional cleanings because there's still tartar/plaque despite the brushing, and the real problems are under the gums anyway.  Plus, despite the crunching we hear while they eat, cats swallow some of their dry food whole (look at it when it comes right back up - it looks pretty much like it did going down, right? - and even cats with no teeth at all can eat dry food).  It's better to just feed a healthy canned or raw diet, with dry food a treat at most, and brush the cat's teeth if you can (I can't do Riley's), understanding that - like us - some cats just have worse teeth than others, and will thus need more regular cleanings (and, even with that, may need the occasional extraction).

So, there is no dry food particularly good for teeth.  But if you do want to feed dry food, the healthiest options are the few on the market that are not far higher in carbohydrate content than is ideal for cats (they're still higher than idea, but not as bad as the majority) and use fairly good ingredients -- EVO, Nature's Variety, or Wellness Core. 

I'm glad Louis is back home, and hope he isn't too sore from the extraction.  And I hope your bank account isn't too sore from that bill.  Ouch.  Completely in line with what it would cost here, so I'm not disparaging your vet, just commiserating - Ouch.

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Thanks, Bastet! I am definitely not going to be able to brush Louis' teeth so I guess we will just go with annual cleanings and hope for the best, poor boy. He is purring like crazy now that he is home! I was feeling so bad while we were gone because he came from the shelter and I kept imagining him thinking that we had sent him away for some reason he could not fathom. As to the bank account: I think that when you take on a pet you sign up for whatever...its part of the deal but the money spent never equals the great joy they bring to your life. I am blessed to be able to afford to care for Louis and its a privilege to do so. (I know many people are not so fortunate...)

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2 hours ago, KnoxForPres said:

The doctor (yes the vet not a tech) just called with pathology and Knoxie is 100% benign with no markings! And not a type to recur!  So happy I can’t tell you.

Whoo! I'm so glad you don't have to worry anymore and that Knoxie is going to be ok! Yes!

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4 hours ago, DeLurker said:

Kook tried to purr like Sir Robin does, but because he's a dog it come out as a low growl.  It may have been the funniest thing ever.

My brother and SIL's Golden, Daisy, does this low-rumble when she's feeling playful. The first time I heard it, I wondered if she was growling, but it's pretty funny now. If my brother rumbles back at her, he can get her so excited she starts bouncing on her front legs.

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@isalicat - My cat eats mostly dry food and one is a prescription brand (Hills Prescription Diet t/d for dental care) and NUTRO High Protein Adult Cat Chicken & Whole Brown Rice Recipe.  He likes both of them very well and we don't go through the issues of him suddenly deciding that he won't eat X any longer (my Mom's cat does this every couple of weeks to her).  I'm sure that is more a reflection on my cat being agreeable than the food.  He's about 4 1/2 - 5 yo and his teeth were in good shape when I adopted him 2 years ago.

I haven't been consistent about giving him some dehydrated cat food - either The Honest Kitchen Grain Free Turkey or Only Natural Pet Easy Raw Cat Food - but I sometimes use this once a day for him too.

A couple of times a week I use a wash cloth slightly dampened and with some pet toothpaste* on it and give his teeth a sorta brush.  He's not thrilled about it and I can really only access the front side of the teeth, but since the dog gets his teeth brushed every day he suffers through (partially because they both have extremely jealous hearts and he can't stand that the dog gets a few minutes of my exclusive attention).

Usually I use Virbac CET Enzymatic toothpaste which is for dogs and cats.

@KnoxForPres - a collective sigh of relief from all of us!  Yeah!

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