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  1. HerNameIsBuffy

    Kitty pictures

    My daughter came home and look what was waiting for her in her (unmade - don't judge) bed... and This makes me so bummed I'm in my kitty free office when this is awaiting me at home...
  2. We found out a few weeks ago that our beloved 14 year old cat has mammary cancer. Apparently this type of cancer is really bad in cats. It's almost always highly malignant and will likely come back even after aggressive surgery and chemo. We are "lucky" in that it has not metastasized yet, so she is a candidate for surgery. We won't know her personal prognosis until afterwards when they do pathology on the tumor, but based on the tumor size she could still have 1-2 more good years with treatment. Since she is otherwise acting totally normal and healthy and does not seem to be experiencing any ill effects, we've decided to go ahead with the mastectomy. We feel like a few weeks of recovery is worth it for 1-2 more years with a good quality of life. We're not ready to give up on her, and I don't think she's ready either. Anyway, the surgery is Wednesday. We live in a big city near a well-regarded teaching animal hospital so I trust them to do a good job and take care of her. I'm still a little nervous, but frankly, she does better under stress than I do. Has anyone else gone through this with their cat? Any words of wisdom? Finally, IMPORTANT PSA: Check your cat's belly for lumps every few weeks and if you notice any unusual lumps, take the cat to the vet IMMEDIATELY. Early detection is so, so important for mammary cancer in cats because it spreads so fast. If you catch it when the tumor is still 1 cm or smaller, you can buy your cat another 4-5 years. Pictures below. I'm gonna miss her fuzzy tummy when they shave it all off for the surgery.
  3. I'm not sure if this problem has been discussed here before, but I did a search and didn't find anything. My cat, who in all respects is perfectly healthy (she's had all the requisite checkups and the vet can find nothing physically wrong), sometimes pees outside the litterbox. Not JUST outside, as if she's missed it by a couple inches, but outside the door of the room wherein said box is kept. In the hallway, up against the edge of the wall so that the pee seeps not only through the carpet but down between the carpet edge and the baseboard. Impossible to completely clean. I'm at home all the time, with occasional forays to the store or elsewhere for an hour or two here and there. So I am able to keep her box immaculate. She does her business, I'm right there to scoop it. I'm very well-trained. LOL. So it's not a case of dirty litter. And we changed litter brands awhile back (this has been an intermittent problem for a couple of years now), to an unscented, rather expensive and very good quality litter that she doesn't seem to mind at all. So I don't think that's the problem (I didn't really think the other litter was the problem, either, but we decided to change it anyway). She hadn't done it in awhile, so I thought it was safe to go out of town for a few days, leaving her in the care of husband and son. Of course, they're NOT home all day, so the box didn't always get scooped instantly. They did scoop it every day, though, so it's not like her business piled up for days or anything. But that's when she started peeing on the carpet again. The guys didn't notice it, but I did as soon as I walked in the house when I got back. There followed several days of shampooing and treating and shampooing again, and she seemed to have gotten over the problem again--until I came home today from being gone TWO HOURS. I knew she hadn't gone in awhile, and her box was completely clean, so I thought...hmm, let's touch the carpet and see if there's a wet spot. Sure enough. A huge one, as she'd been saving it since last night. We have an appointment tomorrow to get her claws clipped. They need it, and I wonder sometimes if the litter bothers her paws when her claws are long. I've tried just about every different cleaning solution out there, from Jackson Galaxy's products to Nature's Miracle to a homemade vinegar solution (which smells almost as bad as the pee!), but nothing seems to work in getting the smell completely out and discouraging her from going on the carpet again. I know this is a ridiculously long post already, but I have to add that we rescued her at the age of around 4, and she'd been at the SPCA for over a year before that. So we have no idea what her life was like before she came to us; no idea if she'd been abused, or neglected, or in any way mistreated. She's about 8 now, and she's very shy, she basically lives upstairs, she almost never comes downstairs. I even feed her upstairs, she'd go for days without eating if I tried feeding her in the kitchen like I always did our other cats when we still had them. And of course her box is upstairs, totally accessible, and as I said, always clean. She's spoiled rotten, which is as it should be. I'm at a total loss now. But I know there are many experienced cat people here. Does anyone have a fresh idea for me to try? I'm getting desperate, and my house is starting to reek. Help!
  4. Imrlgoddess

    Ex's & hurricanes & teenagers, Oh My!

    (Not so) Wee Wittle Thor is enjoying the window sitting. It hasn't begun to really get crazy here yet but the air is very lively & there are random showers, everything around my town is flooded at least a little. The storm in and of itself is enough. Add insult to injury, my ex is bound from his northernmost abode to gift his child with a car. Its not an unwelcome thing, I need the freedom it will afford my schedule. However he really thinks he can just show up into another state & drop off a random vehicle with random paperwork and it be possible for me to register it. Sadly the great state of La clings to civil code, therefore our laws of possession are much different. Never mind the fact that I simply hate seeing the SoB. Days off from school and work afford plenty of kitty & doggie squishing, so there's that. A piece of me twinges each time I go outside, I think there's something I need to do. Last year this time my yard turned into a lake, I worked furiously to lift doghouses onto pallets and laid tarps strategically to keep the dogs dry. My beautiful dog took on whatever bacteria that caused her infections that ultimately took her life earlier this year. It feels strange having all the kids indoors safe & sound. I feel content but restless all at the same time.. Ya know? On that note: I give you all, tropical storm cuteness.
  5. On the outside this house looks normal. Inside though, that's another story. As in Brandford, Ontario clown house kind of story.
  6. No, the felines are not staging an armed takeover... http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/04/27/Oregon-police-respond-to-report-of-cat-armed-with-gun-shaped-stick/9501493315958/
  7. Anybody here a TinyKittens fan? SO. MUCH. CUTE. Former ferals being socialized. Formerly feral kittens learning to be lap fungus. The shenanigans of Cassidy (Cass, Casserole, Cassaroo, Muzzlepuffs, Puffy Puffs, Puffs) the two-legged MiracleKitten. Join me and we will squee about Skye the Sink Cat, Starling's Darlings, the Hayloft Flyers, and the Metrics. =^..^= tinykittens.com facebook.com/tinykittens Shelly Roche's purrsonal cats: facebook.com/tinytuxies The gross-tastic side of rescue: facebook.com/tinytapeworms
  8. HerNameIsBuffy

    Kitty manicure time...

    Two of the kitties were due for a mani-pedi today. This was Griffin's response - as always. and Sham-Wow's - as always if he'd just cooperate we'd be done by now. And I wouldn't have a cat scratch dead center in my top pinky knuckle which hurts way more than you'd think. . Why won't he just...
  9. theinvisiblegirl

    Integrating a "New" Cat

    So my grandmother died on Tuesday. It was very sudden, and I wouldn't be on FJ right now if I didn't have something that I felt I could ask here. It was a major topic of discussion in my house last night, and it's on my mind and I can't sleep, so I figured I'd post now. Grandma had a cat. We aren't sure how old she is because they adopted her after she was abandoned. My mom decided that the cat will come live with us. Miss Kitty has never lived with another cat before. She's a bit neurotic for a cat. She has to have the basement door open or she freaks out; when left alone for long periods of time, she sometimes resorts to peeing everywhere. To the best of our knowledge, she's never lived with other cats before. (If she did wherever she was before the person who my grandparents adopted her from got her, we're unaware.) Grandma used to let a neighbor's outdoor cat in to eat, and she would merely hiss at him and then go hide. Usually the outdoor cat would just come, eat, and leave but sometimes he would stay for a few hours and sleep in the house. This wasn't my favorite thing in the world because he was pretty dirty, but Grandma loved that cat like Mr. Big Boy - actual name - was her own. Anyway, I'm not sure how well Miss Kitty will take to living with my 3 cats, Whiskers, Midnight, and Shadow. Miss Kitty has claws on all her feet, whereas all my cats were declawed in the front paws when they were kittens. (I know that this is a very hot button issue. I'm asking for mercy this one time, FJ. Grandma just died, and it was not my decision to have them declawed.) I'm worried that she may attack the other cats. Though I do think my cats will quickly learn not to fuck with Miss Kitty, and she's a very gentle cat to people, but I'm concerned that there may be frequent attacks just because it'll all be so new. My mom doesn't want to leave her in my grandmother's house alone. Even though someone will have to go every day to feed her and can spend time with her, she feels it's best to bring her here as soon as possible. I think we need to work slowly. With the others, we kind of just let them loose and they did fine. I feel like it may not go so smoothly for Miss Kitty given her age and how long she's lived without another cat consistently in her life. Any advice at all on what might be the best possible course of action would be so appreciated.
  10. Blahblah

    Ok then...

    So I finally caved in after struggling with combs and bristle brushes and bought a Furminator at the recommendation of a couple of websites and the woman at the Pet Barn (who clearly had no ulterior motive in selling me a stupidly expensive cat grooming item). I was skeptical and for $Aus56 I was crossing my fingers (and everything else) that it would be worth it. And then this happened....... This is thing is FREAKING AMAZING. Both of them sat for ages purring away and loving every second of it. Oh, and that bottom photo? That all came out of Alfie's tail. However I am feeling like a bad cat parent because I clearly haven't been doing much good with my previous combs and brushes
  11. RabbitKM

    International Cat Day feat. Murphy

    Happy International Cat Day to all those cats out there! And to the humans who love them. In honor of this holiday, I thought I'd share some pics of Murphy. I am still (!!) fostering him after all this time. It's really surprising that he hasn't been adopted yet, but I think people are interested in little kittens at this time of year. Only 2 people have even come to meet him. Nonetheless, I am really enjoying my time with him, though he really feels like "my" cat now. I'm not sure how either of us will cope when he eventually gets adopted. Anyway, I don't have to worry about that just yet, so for now, enjoy the pics!
  12. Blahblah

    Quiet time

    My little man is good company in the quiet times.
  13. clueliss

    Cranky, Unless I am Not

    I found a moment to not be cranky. In an hour or so I get in the car and drive which will likely make me cranky again (in time to discuss said cranky with the doc). In the meantime, I stumbled across the gem. Larger version can be found here: http://slowrobot.com/i/58358
  14. Grimalkin

    Cat TV

    I saw these window bird feeders this afternoon and thought my cat would enjoy watching the birds. Silas has been staring out the window all afternoon.
  15. clueliss

    Helping - Honest

    Honest, she was helping. in that 'look at me! I'm being adorable!' while I'm trying to work kind of way. Then there was patrolling/securing the perimeter. Pardon, the crud on the windows. My apartment's windows get condensation all over them and I suck at wiping it off and this window is hard to get to because desk.
  16. 47of74

    Marvel!

    My sister sent these today of the Marvel Man!
  17. My sister is preparing to leave to come up tomorrow. She sent this picture along of someone named Marvel trying to be helpful with the Christmas presents she's packing to bring up north.
  18. So my cat, Kingsley, keeps pooping just outside the litter box in the kitchen! It's really annoying. We have the roll-over litter boxes with a top piece, and he is big, so it's a close fit. But I know for a fact he can fit in the litter box, because he can pee in there (and sometimes poop!) just fine. The boxes are cleaned each night, sometimes more often. He was a street cat before we got him, but he is healthy and has all his claws. So I just don't know what the problem is! Advice?
  19. I was going through some old emails to save the attachments I want to keep and found this picture of Riley (a/k/a EVUL) helping my husband fill out his NCAA bracket last year.
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