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Plus Power of the Paw > Purrs and POTP for all in the path of Sandy
Nuk Anuk

Couching Tiger
 
 
Purred: Fri Nov 2, '12 5:58am PST 
We lost power at 10pm Monday night and just got it back last night (Thursday) at 10 of 10. Someone moved the tasty morsels (spiny mice) to a house that had heat and light.
As a family, we were lucky though, our house is intact. We always had fresh water here, and the gas hot water heater and stove worked (for the humans)

It got cold'ish in the house and I'm not ashamed to say that I, myself on one day curled up against Gabby's sleeping floofyness!

Purrs for all the affected families!
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Behavior & Training > cats being able to love?
Nuk Anuk

Couching Tiger
 
 
Purred: Wed Jan 11, '12 9:06pm PST 
Can I recommend a book for your husband? In 2002, author and researcher Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson published a revolutionary book, The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats, in which he identified nine primary emotions he had observed in cats: narcissism, love, contentment, attachment, jealousy, fear, anger, curiosity, and playfulness.
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Catster Lifestyle, News & Entertainment > New show "My Cat from He**"

Nuk Anuk

Couching Tiger
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 31, '11 11:48pm PST 
I've never seen this! What are the odds you think that one of our friends is going to a *star* ~ MoL
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Plus Power of the Paw > Help! I'm panicking!!! Natalie feels bloated and I'm going crazy places in my head!

Sweets

Itty Bitty- Pretty One =)
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 31, '11 11:44pm PST 
Breathe...
It's all too easy to go to the "scariest" place and a mind is often all to happy to provide that place. It's also really scary to our family any time that any of us looks/feels/acts in a way that's unusual for us.

If Natalie's constipated, the laxatone/sardine combo should grease things along. I agree with your tech friend that as long as Natalie is eating/drinking/voiding and appearing not to be in pain or lethargic, anything going on is not of an *urgent/emergency* nature.

Just for a point of reference, the link I'm going to post, is from a FLUTD site (I know, urine is not the cause of concern here) but it does show (if you scroll down the page) 2 comparison xrays. The second shows the positioning of the bladder, small intestine, large intestine and kidney. If Natalie is the type to tolerate a belly rub, you may be able to allay your fears by massaging her lower abdomen and feeling if she feels "full" in either intestinal area
Abdominal X-rays

By now I'm purring though that both you and Natalie are comfortably asleep!
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Cat Health > 6 Week old Kitten with Paralysed front leg

Sweets

Itty Bitty- Pretty One =)
 
 
Purred: Tue Dec 6, '11 8:08pm PST 
I don't know why anyone would let her go, but it's obvious that they thought you were the one who could care for her better than they could.

I had a right rear leg that was fused at the the patella. From the time my shelter picked me up off of the streets until last winter, I functioned the same as any fully functional four-legged cat. I could run and jump and do everything Nuk or Gabby can do. The only thing I couldn't do was ever bend that leg. But, my leg muscles in that right rear leg were all atrophied. Last winter, I started crying, hiding and hopping on three legs. Our vet visit and x-rays showed that there was through and through hole in the bone below the knee. The knee, as you can imagine was a complete indistinguishable mess, and there was a possible fracture in my femur and a beginning bone lesion high up on my femur as well. My family chose to amputate my leg and have it biopsied. The biopsy showed no signs of bone cancer, but the first biopsied area showed Degenerative Arthrosis ~ Tibiotarsal joint. The second biopsied area (my bone lesion) showed Osteopenia with subchrondal synovial cyst ~ Distal femur. My problems were all osteopathic and different from your tendon problems.

One point of concern I have with your dragging of your paw (out of the splint) is that eventually it may pressure sores where it is in contact with surfaces. I'm not sure what reparative surgery there is for your tendons, but that would be something to discuss with your vet or any specialists that you may see.

I just wanted to reassure your family that should you at some point be facing losing that leg, you'll find out just quickly adaptable we cats are. I am still the same loving, active, sweet girl that I always was... Just now, with three legs.
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Cat Health > Black whisker?
Gabby

Magnificence
 
 
Purred: Thu Nov 10, '11 8:08pm PST 
I've got all white whiskers but one black "eyebrow" whisker !
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Behavior & Training > Ideas for training partially deaf cat?

Sweets

Itty Bitty- Pretty One =)
 
 
Purred: Sun Nov 6, '11 9:07pm PST 
When training a deaf cat, you can utilize another of her senses: sight. Choose clear and distinctive hand signals that will be visible from a distance. Consistency is also vital. If you have used a clicker to train pets in the past, you can also modify this effective form of operant conditioning by using a pen light or flashlight instead of a conventional clicker to reinforce desired behaviors.

Deaf cats rely on sight, so use visual signals to communicate. Instead of the sound of a can opening for dinner you can toss a toy into his line of sight to call her to dinner.
She can feel the vibrations of your walking through your house and will watch your facial expression for visual cues.
You can train her to come to you, by lightly rapping on the floor with your hands. Reward positive behaviors with a favorite treat and once the treat is weaned out she will still respond.
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Cat Health > What could have caused these seizures.

Nuk Anuk

Couching Tiger
 
 
Purred: Mon Oct 31, '11 5:32pm PST 
I am so sorry for your loss and I know what it is like to want answers. As Alex has stated though, the necropsy is really the only definitive way to know.

I wrote this about my sisfur (who went to the rainbow bridge in 2009) My family wanted answers and to know that both Sweets and I were safe from any possibly environmental cause of Taag's death.

[...]I heard my people talking about Taag and from what I overheard there was some talk of a secondary epilepsy. (because Taag had not ever had anything like this before) Then there was some brain scanning of Taag (I guess they found a brain!) Her brain was not enlarged or showing tumors - but there was "brain damage" (Hmm, tell me something I didn't already suspect) areas showing damage from restricted blood flow to Taag's brain. There was also showing on this scan an area where Taag had bled onto her brain.
I heard a lot of big words like acute cerebral ischemia, and something about similarity to a human "stroke"
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Sad News for Catsters & Furiends

Gabby

Magnificence
 
 
Purred: Sat Sep 17, '11 12:15pm PST 
Oh Morty, I was so sad to hear that Michelle crossed the Rainbow Bridge, but I do feel better knowing that she has pawsome Angels like you surrounding her in your love and keeping her company. I'm relieved too that my Uncle Toulouse has a home with a friend he likes and where he can tell Mitchell stories of his Mom and their love.
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Behavior & Training > Introduce female to male (both neutered) - will it ever work??
Nuk Anuk

Couching Tiger
 
 
Purred: Wed Sep 14, '11 11:25pm PST 
I'm neutered and the girls are spayed here and we have all been introduced to each at different times. Out of our current three I would have "house seniority" (although, that doesn't necessarily mean anything in the *dominance* scheme.)

When Taag was alive, it took her 7 months to decide that she could even eat in the same room that I was in. I was introduced slowly to her, but she took forever to feel comfortable with me.

Next came Sweets, who after her *quarantine* (to get used to the house sounds, smells and feel safe in her little room) decided she could *tolerate* living with me after about 2 weeks time. (With her, my family started brushing each of us, without cleaning the brush in-between cats and making us smell all like each other.)

Then came Gabby, who was so laid back the Catster Mommies who brought her to our home all agreed that she probably wouldn't need a slow introduction. Gabby hung out under the bed with me for a few hours and then we were buddies. Gabby fully integrated herself into the family in a day and a half.

There's a full spectrum of kitty acceptance ranges between us. Gabby and I do something, that looks like "mating mounting minus the action" quite a few of our friends do it too. It's been called "Caping" because one cat will 'mount' the other, essentially giving the undercat a 'cape.'
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