Smokey My Little Trouper
Smokey, it's been a year and eight months since you left me, and I still miss you very much. I talk to you every day. I think about you. You were such a wonderful kitty. You were abandoned, my mother adopted you from the shelter, my mom became ill, you moved with her into my house with my little Meck cat, you visited my mom in the hospital, visited my uncle in the hospital too, my mom left us, and through it all you were delightful and loving and funny and sweet. Smokey.
Cat Loves Cardboard
My cat loves to sit in boxes. Fair enough. I know several kitties who like that. But my cat also loves to chew up the boxes, tear off the cardboard, even eat it sometimes. He has a "bed" that encloses him like box and is soft and made of material, but he won't use it. He wants to sit in boxes and then rip pieces off with his teeth. Is this behavior a sign of a health problem? Is there a way to get him to stop ripping up the boxes without banning them because he loves to sit in them so? Thanks for any help
What Food your dog cant eat
Your dog may be eager to eat "people food" from your dinner table or finish leftovers after a meal. It's safe to share certain foods with your dog. But some common foods and drinks can be harmful or even deadly for dogs.
Don't share these items:
Even small amounts of alcohol can be dangerous for your dog. At parties and other events where alcohol is flowing, place open drinks where your dog can't reach them.
Keep household items that contain alcohol, such as mouthwash, in a safe place.
Alcohol can be found in other surprising places. Dogs have gotten into trouble eating rotten apples, which can produce alcohol when they go bad.
Symptoms of alcohol poisoning in dogs include:
VomitingExcited behaviorClumsy movementsLack of energyAvocados
Avocados and their leaves contain a toxin called persin. It can be harmful to dogs and many other pets.
Avocado poisoning in dogs can cause symptoms such as:
Keep bones from chicken, roasts, and other meats away from your dog. He can choke while eating bones.
Also, bones can break into sharp pieces that may cause bleeding and infection inside your dog.
Yeast dough can be harmful to dogs for several reasons.
After a dog eats dough, it can produce gas. This can cause the stomach to become twisted or even torn.
The rising dough also produces alcohol, which dogs should avoid.
If your dog has eaten bread dough, he may have these symptoms:
Swollen bellyAbdominal painYou'll know your dog has abdominal pain if he has symptoms such as:
Doesn't want to lie downStretches front legs out with chest down and rear upYelps when abdomen is touchedDoesn't want to eatCaffeinated Drinks
While caffeine may give you a sense of wakefulness and energy, it's toxic to your dog.
Keep these items away from him:
Coffee or coffee groundsTeaSodaEnergy drinksTablets containing caffeineIf your dog has caffeine poisoning he may have these symptoms:
Hyperactive behaviorPantingClumsinessMuscle quiversChocolate
Chocolate contains caffeine and a related chemical called theobromine that is also harmful to dogs.
Darker chocolates, including cocoa powder, contain more theobromine per ounce than milk chocolate. Eating just a half-ounce of baking chocolate could be deadly for a 5-pound dog.
Symptoms from eating a small amount of chocolate include:
VomitingDiarrheaIf your dog eats larger amounts it can also lead to:
HyperactivityTremors and seizuresIrregular heartbeat
Fun Activity with Dog
I have started to set aside one hour a day to get some exercise for me and by my boy. We have been running, but thats become a little boring. Does anyone have any ideas for an hour long activity that I could do other than running?
My dog salivates excessively when she's in the crate and wants to get out!
I have 2 (6 month old) puppies. The female is so distructive when I put her in a crate. If I put her in with her brother she fights with him. She carries on whinning a lot and salivates excessively to the point where she looks like she has a white beard (she's all black), and there's a puddle in the crate and saliva all over the door of the crate. She's supposedly a Vizsla Hound/Black Lab Mix. Her brother looks like a Vizsla and she looks like a Black Lab. Both dogs were rescued. They were from a litter of 10 and were found abadoned in a house, skin and bones. Any ideas as to why all the saliva and carrying on?
cat tremor maybe
yesterday my cat's left front leg shaking. she produces a loud noise when I touch her feet. sounds like a pain. today left its back legs shaking. she only used the front and rear right leg to move. what is the disease that she faced. is likely she suffered a sprained foot?
Beagle in severe pain, lethargic, can hardly walk
My 3 year old Beagle is suddenly barely able to walk. I went to a concert Sunday afternoon. Before I left the dog was fine. When I got home at 10 pm the dog could barely walk. She was unable to make it down the stairs so I carried her. She was obviously in pain, and lethargic - completely unlike herself - but was still eating, drinking and went to the bathroom. Took her to the vet Monday morning. She wasn't acting as bad at the vet as she was at home - I think maybe adrenaline was pumping because she was at the vet. They did the ortho exam and she didn't yelp once. There was no sign of spinal/skeletal damage based on the physical exam. They did not do an x-ray. Blood work came back "great". Now it is Tuesday night and she seems worse. She is still eating and drinking, but when I carry her out to go potty, she just lays down and will no longer attempt to stand up. She seems to be more sensitive when moved. She did walk around a little this afternoon and go potty on her own, but now she won't. She is on pain meds prescribed by the vet, but that does not seem to be helping. Has anyone come across this? I am going to take her for a second opinion tomorrow and insist on an x-ray, but anyone knows of something I else I should be looking out for, I would really like to know. I read about Beagle Pain Syndrome, but her blood work was "great" according to the vet so I don't know if that is something to worry about. Again, any advice/help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
is my cat strange
My cat Lumpy let's me rub her belly without attacking me. I can tell her to "show me your belly" and she will roll over on her back. My friends think there is something wrong with my cat because this is not normal. Is there something wrong with my pal or is she just a very loving cat?
Opinions on Behavior
So my partner and i got a 7 month old puppy in November, we know he is part hound since he bays after a bark, and he looks like he might have some terror in him. Well he is now a year and 2 months and he loves other dogs, but we recently decided to not live with a roommate anymore and our old roommate had a dog for Blaize to play with. So since there was no other dog anymore we decided to get Blaize a baby sister, Ember, this past saturday. They get along really well, the introduction took a little while, we think because Blaize is so loud when he is excited that it startled Ember, so it slowed the introduction process. Well since then they play well together with us having to interrupt once in a while since they get a little carried away. But twice yesterday Blaize had a little outburst towards Ember as he was waking up. He snarled and snapped at her pretty violently, and we though it might be because he was waking up and he was startled by her coming up on him, but the second time he went at her, Ember was just crawling toward me on the bed, very slowly since she had also just woken up, and he leaped across the bed to attack her. We would hate to have to take Ember back, so we are just hoping for a little input on this situation. Thank you :)
Not confident in vet maybe someone has seen this in their cat
Acts like she has something caught in her throat, and acts
like she is having difficulty swallowing. She does this usually when purring
heavily but has done it when just
sitting on her own. She only acts like
she is having diffuculty one or two swallows then is fine. She has done this off
and on for several years. No loss in
weight, energy etc.. in all other regards she looks healthy.
Her swallowing issues have become more pronounced with the
look of greater difficulty
Stomach bloat. Her
stomach is firm and distended if she hadn’t been fixed we would have thought
she was pregnant.
We Brought our longertime forever cat to a new vet.
We are worried because we adopted a shelter cat which was
given a good clean bill of health and then neutered by our regular cat vet. Brought the cat home in the evening right
after it had had surgery. The next day
we noticed the new cat sneezing. Sure
enough.. Upper respiratory infection and
fever. Two days later the new cat is on
antibiotics (the vet “couldn’t see him any sooner”). And by day 4 new cat on its way to being
better no fever, most congestion gone.
New cat is now fine, only sneezing every once in a while and running
around enjoying his new forever home.
One of our concerns is that the exposure to the URI might be
exaggerating our other cats throat problems.
We explained to the NEW vet about her throat as stated above.
She is eating and drinking normally. She is having normal excretory functions, no
Stomach is bloated and has occurred in the last couple of
months after our other cat was killed by a local *drunk driver. She was upset at the loss of the other cat
and may have even witnessed it. We
thought she was eating more because the other cat ate huge amounts ( although
not fat) and we thought she was just getting more food now than she used to.
Examines the cat.
Lungs are clear. Hears the cat
x-rays taken. “all good”
No growth in throat all clear
lungs etc all look good.
looks clear clean no signs of anything wrong
fluid build up in the abdomen
problem Gas showing in intestines but Intestine clear of all food
Snap (Feline) neg. all good
GHP/CBC neg. all good
and Fiv/Elisa neg. all good
Vet then starts telling us the coughing and hard swallowing
are possibly due to a soar throat. I
told him the cat has not been coughing.
He continues. The intestines are
full of gas and gives us the reasoning that when what we see as her having
trouble swallowing she is swallowing air and it is getting trapped in her
intestines. She just needs eat more and to exercise to help expel the trapped
gas. (We mentioned that lately she runs
around the house like a banshee , playing and chasing imaginary beings..lol )
He sends us home with an antibiotic amoxiclav and hi-vite
vitamin drops (drops that are supposed to have some pain killer in it. But I
don’t see it listed in any of the ingredients. )
The next evening our “old” kitty begins sneezing but still
eating and drinking. The next more
sneezing and by that evening sneezing and nasal congestion.. .
Local animal shelter worker tells us about l-lysine we call the vet and
make sure it’s ok to give her some. He
says yes. I stayed up with her all night
The next day full nasal congestion and she is mouth
breathing. Mouth fully open Drooling and
looking like she hated the world. I went
out and got the l-lysine and gave her
some. But I am not liking the way she looks.
She is tired not moving much and eyes are a little glassy. I felt that she might have a temp and was
looking even worse never shut her mouth in three hours and looked like death
I took her back to the vet.
By the time I got back to the vet the cat looked 300%
better… of course.. right.. sigh
She is no longer mouth breathing, her mouth is completely
shut, and she is no longer drooling and her eyes are back to normal…… damn cat…
Vet looks her over.
She has a 105 temp. Says this
shouldn’t be happening, she is on antibiotics.
I explain to him that I feel that cat may now have the URI
from the other cat. He ignored me. Said, with the antibiotics there should be no
fever so something else is wrong ( the antibiotics that this vet gave us are
not as strong as the ones the first vet gave our new adopted cat). He feels he missed something on the xray. And
wants to now take new x-rays, and start and iv.
Brings her non existent cough again , in which I have to assert there
Was no cough.
Wants to keep her for a few days and administer different
antibiotics, fluids give us a huge bill
and sends us on our way.
Fever is down that evening.
And he explains to us he thought she had pneumonia but it looks like a
bacterial infection. (whaaat.. huh… pneumonia but no, a bacterial infection in
her intestinal track. Ok well you’re the doc.. ….)
Next day “she is doing fine” but she is not eating our food. Could you bring some of her regular
So we did. We visit
the cat and the poor thing is like TAKE
ME HOME! We sit with her, calm her down
and she is all happy, but she will not eat because she is still stressed out
being at the vet. So we leave her over
for another night.
Next day they call us up and tell us they are syringe
feeding her. “She is fine but won’t eat.
“ and they want to
keep her over for another day or two. We
asked about her stomach has it gone down… “we don’t know, the reg vet is gone
and the new one doesn’t know what it was like before… but it is still swollen” at this point I am !!!!!!!
Ok so It’s my girlfriends cat. And I love the thing. But I have no confidence in this vet, and
from what I see he hasn’t corrected the stomach problem and now wants the cat
for two more days.. I have a feeling after 2 more days he will want her for
just another couple of days.
We’re in a small town with vets that come here because I
believe they can make it no where else as a vet. The community is sick and tired of poor vets
but the nearest town for better service
is about 80 miles away which doesn’t help during emergencies. My g/f was told of this guy from a friend of
hers. It turns out that the vet her
friend told her about has left this vet clinic and is no longer there.
Has anyone seen this type of sickness in a cat before and
have any ideas of what it might be? We
are into this vet for close to $1,500 .
It’s a bad economy. I will pay
more, but I told her we need to go to a new vet. This new vet is now off for a few days, and
has someone coming in to relieve him.
She wants to see if this new guy knows a little more before we take him
to another vet.
I just want this cat fixed and healthy if possible. I will spend more if I know someone is
capable of healing this great cat.
If anyone has some similar experiences with their cat
symptoms, and or ideas that we might bring up to the vet it would be
Also, are we allowed to take copies of the x-rays already
taken by this vet to another vet for a second opinion?
Thanks in advance.
Pissed, upset, and heartbroken
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