So my cat has gone missing yet again. He is an outdoor cat and we let him come and go from the house as he pleases during the day. He has gone missing several times since we got him 11 years ago; the last time being out for over a week before he came back on his own as if nothing had happened. I've decided that if he does come back that I am never letting him outside again and reintroducing him to the litter box so I don't have to deal with the stress of maybe never seeing him again
Is is possible to do this to a cat who is already technically a senior? Could... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Yeah, it should be fine. Obviously the biggest issue is mental stimulation, so find toys he likes and play with him as much as you can. As a senior he should be slowing down more anyway, so it's for the best.
He won't like it to start with, but with any luyck he'll get over it. Take him outside sometimes, but watch him and don't let him run out of the yard and give him a stand near a window to look out of.
I rescued a cat in a parking lot a month ago. I was going to have her spayed and find her a home. But today, I don't know what happened. She was fine this morning but now she's confused, stumbling, lethargic and really out of it.
I have about 75 dollars I could spend on her right now without immediately imperiling the roof over my head. I contacted my vet, double booked and don't think they could help her anyway. Called animal hospital, I can't afford it and was denied carecredit. I called 3 other vets, same boat. I called 4 shelters, they aren't taking any cats right now under any circumstances. I called animal control, they'll euthanize her.
I'm really sad. I feel like such a piece of shit but there really isn't an option which I can get any more money. I've begged and bargained. I have no one to borrow money from. No credit to speak of.
I have two options here. I can cry on the phone to my vet until they let me euthanize her there today for 50 dollars. Or I can take her to an animal hospital where the fee to be seen is 75 dollars so she can be seen but at that point I can't do anything else and then I have to cry and beg them to put her down or take her to animal control to be put down. I'm leaning towards just euthanizing her at my vet because I feel more comfortable weeping at them.
I would appreciate it if you wouldn't make me feel like a worse piece of shit than I already feel like I am. I know I shouldn't have a cat if I can't pay for the vet but I wasn't planning on keeping her, I just could afford to get her spayed and vaccinated at the low income clinic so I wanted to give her a shot.
Well her condition seems to only be worse. With the lack of any other input or option I have "indecided" to just let her die at home unless she seems to be suffering. She seems very peaceful and that it would overall be more stressful to drag her to a vets. It all has happened so quickly I imagine even if I had been able to finance hospital intervention, I don't know if it would have saved her. Of course I really would have rather known and been able to provide her that care. I still feel really bad about not being able to. If they had imprudently approved me... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
So I've recently begun feeding the corvids that hang out by the pond at my university. There are mainly magpies there, plus a few crows. There are jackdaws in the area, too, but they stay away from thepond for some reason(possibly because of the magpies; I've observed antagonism between magpies and jackdaws in the past).
In any case, I've noticed that it's incredibly hard to feed the crows whenever there are magpies around. They might start going in for the food, but as soon as they notice that a magpie is on its way there, they beta out and retreat.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1997690 Well, I haven't noticed any fighting between the crows and the magpies, with one exception: last year, a magpie couple began building a nest in a tree just outside my apartment building. However, before they were finished, a crow couple, who might have had a nest in a tree nearby appeared, and simply drove them off. There was no violence; the magpies were just chased away. Today, a few sticks still hang in the tree as a monument of their lost ambitions.
Anyway, it's still appears that the crow at my... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1997678 Magpies can get really territorial regardless of size. With crows they do seem to have an armistice of sorts going. I have seen magpies chasing around full grown peregrine falcons though. They don't care.
I have loved animals my whole life. I've had dogs and cats that I've always loved and spoiled, I still cry about a dog that died 15 years ago. I have a special bond and connection with animals. I cry whenever an animal dies on TV, or even gets hurt. If I run over a squirrel I have to pull over because I'm hysterical. And I mean i cry when a snake eats a mouse on TV, ANYTHING that involves hurt/dying animals. My dog I have now is so spoiled and attached to me that he doesn't eat when I'm not home, whines and he lays by the door until I arrive and goes... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>dad gives me a puppy after heartbreak from losing a 14 year old dog to old age >he's a Caucasian Shepherd >feel sad about the first dog, but thank dad and talk about the puppy with him >he tells me he'll grow very, very large and need training when he gets older, but reassures me that he's sweet and "a good one" (my dad has owned lots of dogs) >do some Googling >apparently,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
No, but I researched them as pets for curiosity. It seems like some sort of sick, cruel joke that they are actually very cuddly and playful. Maybe african ones aren't so bad but I believe north american ones have more barbed quills that hold better than african ones.
>>1997620 They love to snuggle and play. They are like the metal version of a dog! The Africans have smooth quills they use to make a rattling noise and look big, but they have been known to kill lions with poking an artery.
>>1997334 Is that a slow worm? I used to keep them as a kid had no idea they were critically endangered, I did my part tho, fattened them up. I saw one on my patio a couple days ago, it was slow as shit so I warmed it up with my hands and put it under my shed
I'm a 20 year old living alone for the first time and I would like to get a pet but don't know what animal's human I want to be. What are some animals that aren't too expensive to purchase or maintain as well as affectionate?
I've been seeing quite a few anons claiming they work, had worked, volunteer, or had volunteered at shelters and rescues before. I was just curious how many other shelter employees/vollys are out there. Where are my niggers at? What general location is your shelter in, and is it dying down any more now that winter is coming?
Also stories, compliments, complaints, questions. General shelter thread.
I post a lot about working in a shelter. west coast/usa. place I'm at now is a dual location "no-kill" shelter, but used to be at a very high kill shelter and briefly at an emergency animal hospital. ask whatever you want
>is it dying down any more now that winter is coming? well, instead of leaving their dogs on the street they try abandoning them at our front gate or tie them to the bike rack. that's the only big difference. but since we got security cameras and can easily charge anyone with abandonment if they do... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I used to volunteer at a humane society shelter but they were very fussy and judgmental and while I respect that they may have seen plenty to make them that way, it was not the scene for me. Now I foster cats for different local shelter that's a little more I don't know... Optimistic? Happy? Passionate? It's a better place to be despite actually pulling animals from worse kill shelters.
This is smudge in socialization with a very nice dog who isn't bothering her in the least lol. The dog, an elderly Westie frequently used for socializing kittens with... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
How do you teach your dog that certain things are forbidden properly?
>got a 5 months old dachhund >he's constantly in our neighbors garden, despite patching up holes >neighbor has a larger cat the dog grew up with, they don't hurt each other, but play occasionally >this morning hear a cat mewling from over the fence, can't see clearly through the bushes but assume they are playing >whatever, if he was... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>1996905 The kitten was at the neighbors. the dog too. So it is his fault. My fault. The wire fence is almost as tall as me, so in theory he shouldn't be able to get through, but there is one particular hole that constantly needs patching up. Short of tethering him to a dog house, what can I do?
Alright /an/imals. I rescued a little black monster from my work parking lot yesterday after some asshole threw him out of their car window. He's been checked out and he isn't sick or injured.
I've decided to keep the little guy. My German Shepherd has basically adopted him and is protecting him like the fantastic guard dog he is. We had a cat previously and they were best buds and it looks like the same is going to happen again.
Before anyone gets up in arms, I am still keeping the two separated for the most part and I never leave the kitten... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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