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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
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Oh, I hope so too, 'fulish! Great news!

Vijita, my cats have always had pretty stellar teeth so I've never bothered. But I do try to check on them every few months.

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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
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If I tried to brush either of my cats' teeth, I would leave the encounter with bloody stumps where my hands once were. So I just count on the vet to tell me if there's anything wrong there.

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Ugh ugh. Posting this here because I think that the current sad thing in 'worst things' deserves some solid time of hugs.

My mum just called me crying, telling me her dog was killed by another dog last week. She had to wait to tell me because she was too upset to speak of it sooner. My mum loved that dog like crazy, he was a wee (like 5? lb - seriously tiny) chihuahua. Her sister's dog who did the deed, a very large boxer. Lil guy died in her arms as they were rushing to the nearest emergency vet. She's such a loving, sensitive lady, I'm so sad for her.

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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
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Mars I'm so sorry!

Vijita, I use dental dry food that my vet recommended, plus extra dental treats for my cats. My previous cat had to get a lot of teeth removed in his old age so I'm hoping to avoid that this time.

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That's awful Mars, I'm so sorry!

I wish my cats would eat dental treats/food. But I'm going to try again. Maybe if I make them eat them before that 5am feeding when ALL CATS ARE STARVING they'll accept them.


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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
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vijita wrote:
I wish my cats would eat dental treats/food. But I'm going to try again. Maybe if I make them eat them before that 5am feeding when ALL CATS ARE STARVING they'll accept them.


One of my cats really likes the Greenies brand of dental treats. They also get Science Diet Oral Care dry food (only a bit, most of their diet is wet food). My vet recommended it and I was surprised that he was recommending a dry food, but he said he gives his own cat some of that each day for his teeth and the rest of his diet is wet food, so that's what I do. It's a little pricey, but less pricey than oral surgery!

ETA: Also, I give the treats before bedtime, which is nowhere near their usually feeding time so they are more interested in them.

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Molly is stupid. She is running around in the table behind me whining and clicking because she wants to come sit with me. If I try to pick her up, she lunges and attacks. Apparently it's a PMS day.

When she could fly, she would just fly over, but now she is dependent on good will for her transportation and I really don't feel like risking injury right now.

She needs to either be nice if she wants over here, or shut up and find something else to do. Driving me nuts.

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Mars, I'm sorry. What a horrible story.

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Ugh, Mars, I missed your story. That is so hard. I'm sorry.

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I feel bad for your mom :( That sounds like an absolute horror story.

One of my cats started scratching the door. I need to get that sticky paper that prevents them from scratching. Looks like I'll also be getting her another scratching post too.

My other cat has been perched at the window watching the baby bunnies down below. I have to watch the door any time I go in or out.


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Oh Mars, I'm so sorry I didn't see this until now. Major *hugs* xxxx

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Mars I'm really sorry for your loss. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
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Aw, Mars, I am so sorry!

This got mentioned over in the running thread, but I started taking my dog running. She's just shy of four months now, and we've been doing it for the past two weeks, maybe three days a week? It's always on grass or dirt, always at her pace- if she slows down, I slow down, if she speeds up, I keep her at pace. If she stops, I stop and give her a minute and then walk.
In addition to this, she goes up and down pretty steep stairs daily (we don't have a choice. Our backyard is down stairs, as is my workplace). She's getting way too big and squirmy for me to carry and she LOVES stairs. She climbs up any stairs she finds out on walks. And we go on long walks- three miles, sometimes? Also primarily through dirt and grass. If we didn't do this, she'd go nuts with too much energy, racing through the house, terrorizing the cat by trying to play with her, chewing everything in sight. The only time I ever force her is when I know she hasn't exercised all day and she's being difficult at the beginning of a walk.
So, I guess for now I'll avoid the running, but keep the long walks?

I was worried that she didn't get enough exercise, and now I'm worried she's getting too much? She doesn't seem exhausted or hurt! She walks fine, isn't licking her pads, drinks plenty of water, doesn't whine... She's only seemed exhausted twice- once on the fourth, which was my intent so she slept through the fireworks, and Sunday, when we went to the park and hiked around with a friend and his dog.

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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:49 am 
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Aw, Mars, I am so sorry!

This got mentioned over in the running thread, but I started taking my dog running. She's just shy of four months now, and we've been doing it for the past two weeks, maybe three days a week? It's always on grass or dirt, always at her pace- if she slows down, I slow down, if she speeds up, I keep her at pace. If she stops, I stop and give her a minute and then walk.
In addition to this, she goes up and down pretty steep stairs daily (we don't have a choice. Our backyard is down stairs, as is my workplace). She's getting way too big and squirmy for me to carry and she LOVES stairs. She climbs up any stairs she finds out on walks. And we go on long walks- three miles, sometimes? Also primarily through dirt and grass. If we didn't do this, she'd go nuts with too much energy, racing through the house, terrorizing the cat by trying to play with her, chewing everything in sight. The only time I ever force her is when I know she hasn't exercised all day and she's being difficult at the beginning of a walk.
So, I guess for now I'll avoid the running, but keep the long walks?

I was worried that she didn't get enough exercise, and now I'm worried she's getting too much? She doesn't seem exhausted or hurt! She walks fine, isn't licking her pads, drinks plenty of water, doesn't whine... She's only seemed exhausted twice- once on the fourth, which was my intent so she slept through the fireworks, and Sunday, when we went to the park and hiked around with a friend and his dog.


Long walks or brief sprints are fine, but absolutely no jogging/running sessions before she's a year old. You can really mess up their joints and growth plates with extended runs too young.

When Tungsten was a puppy I bought a backpack and weighed it down with water bottles to tire him out, and it really did the job. Plus, then we always had water with us. (Jam your poo bags in there too and you'll never be without bags!)

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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
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Dropped Biscuit off for her spay surgery this morning! Hopefully that is the last time she will go under anesthesia for a while- hopefully forever! Third time this month, poor bubs.

On the bright side, she got her leg stitches out yesterday and confirmed that her dental work is healing well. Onward!

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You know your toenail is infected when Tungsten just wants to nurse on your toe all night. I swear, this dog zeroes in on infected feet like a heat seeking missile. But there's pus involved.

Now that I'm looking at my toe, though, I see it's pretty infected and I have no idea why.

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 Post subject: Re: Can we have a "The Yard randomness thread"?
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Aww! That's sweet, but also, take care of that toe!

Yesterday we came home late and Puddy bolted outside and down into the forest--it was so terrifying and I was so worried (she is an indoor cat and has no "street" smarts). I grabbed a flashlight and after half an hour chased her down, but man, I was losing it. I don't understand how people turn their indoor cats into outdoor cats! I let both of mine have supervised outdoor time, but I can't imagine letting them cope with the scary world of roads and cars and wild animals. I am too protective!


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I'm eating a banana muffin and Bailey (my dog) keeps pawing at me and bugging at me because she wants some of my muffin. Now, normally I never have to deal with her begging for food since I don't eat anything she likes, but apparently these are some seriously delicious muffins because when I showed one to her earlier she took a big bite and actually ate it (normally with bread she'll take a bite, chew it up, and spit it out). So of course now she's just sitting all pretty with her big puppy dog eyes begging for more, which is distracting me from, uh, browsing for shoes online actually, but still! Quit it!


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Molly is so wily. I have a fancy chair for my back in the office that has a woven upholstery so it's not fun to clean. Molly is banned from sitting on it because she will either poop on it or chew it. She has a spiral rope perch hanging from the ceiling next to it that is full of toys and things to do. She is happy to sit there and play, but the second I leave the room, she jumps to the chair.

I came back from the bathroom just in time to see a blur of a tail leaping back to the rope perch. When I came in she was sitting up there looking like she had never moved.

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Biscuit's gotten more comfortable the handful of times I've taken her into the office, and now her routine is to slowly plod around the office, investigating each work area and generally charming the pants off of people in exchange for treats. Today she came back to my desk after a round and had a small lunch tote stuck on her neck! She'd gotten nosy, stuck her face in the bag, and then couldn't get the handle back over her head. Caught red-pawed!

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Ha! Silly Biscuit.

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Today she came back to my desk after a round and had a small lunch tote stuck on her neck! She'd gotten nosy, stuck her face in the bag, and then couldn't get the handle back over her head. Caught red-pawed!

This is so adorable. Wow.

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