A thread for the pets
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    I think it's generally accepted that it's OK for them to eat bones as long as it's the right sort.

    These ham bones break away in small bits and she eats them. People say don't feed chicken bones as they are thin walled and can splinter into long sharp shards.

    So, usually I leave her with it then take it away when it's looking particularly manky. Though I have had some sleepless nights when she has got hold of cooked chicken bones by mistake, but thankfully they've come through as normal. You can tell as the poo goes grey/white. Sorry to be crude.
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    I generally stay out of this thread, as pets aren't really my thing. However I remember you making an impassioned stand about pets, so I'm very sorry to hear about your loss Unlikely. Glad she had a good innings, but news like that will always suck baws
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    Gf getting her first cat today.  Have to acclimatize it with a medium sized parrot, but frankly I'm more worried about the cats safety as that bird is a menace.
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  • I don't think cats and parrots are a good mix.  Quite apart from the potential issues with socialising, I think cat saliva is potentially fatal to parrots.

    EDIT:  Here's the best source I could find with a quick Google.
  • A seven year old anecdotal thread on a budgerigar keepers forum?

    ok

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  • I couldn't find a better link in a hurry but my caveat was based on something a parrot-owner had once told me, so I thought I should mention it.  Obviously, only sensible course of action would be to check with a vet.
    Perhaps your superior googling powers can find a more authoritative source that confirms or denies said caveat?
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    An update on our fairly fat cat that lost quite a bit of weight, to the point we got worried and went to the vet, which then costs us 200+ euro's, and he then refused to takes his pills (I've still got some scratches, even putting him in a pillowcase didn't work), he's fine now. Eating his old food again (even though the vet said it wasn't the best to feed) and is, scarily enough, almost at his old weight again...

    Not really sure what to do now, he clearly is addicted to the stuff, he won't touch anything else. Even the yogurt I left over for both of them wasn't good enough. Other one ate it all in the end.
    Just wish the food didn't make him so fat.


    edit - huh, what's all this cat killing parrots stuff? Never heard of that before, and I do know some people that have both birds and cats.
  • It's on the internet. IT MUST BE TROO.

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    Pfft, the Internet also told me there were ways to feed a cat his pills. Well, they didn't work. Still have scratches, and tiny bits of pills are found in every corner of the house, as Pixel spit everything out we tried to put in. 

    Think I ended up eating more of those pills than the cat, should have started drooling like him as well as soon as the stuff got in my mouth.
  • Having a similar problem with eyedrops at the mo as one of our's has conjunctovitus. Takes two of us todo it, one to hold body/head/eye open, the other to pipette.
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    I said more authoritative, not more recent - I can't see anything more credible there.  Anyhoo, it may not be a great cause for concern, just a caveat, based on something I'd heard from a parrot owner several years ago.
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    She's already done preparatory research on the pros and cons of cat/bird interaction.
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    Skerret wrote:
    She's already done preparatory research on the pros and cons of cat/bird interaction.

    I don't think watching old Sylvester and Tweety shorts counts.
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    I remember trying to get my cat to take a pill. Really didn't work. 'Course, the vet does some fucking ninja shit or something and it goes straight down, no problem.

    I bet that takes at least half of the many years you spend in training, learning how to ninja a pill down a cat's neck.
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  • I used to crush the pills into a fine powder and mix them in with the cat food.

    worked for me

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  • Blue Swirl wrote:
    I remember trying to get my cat to take a pill. Really didn't work. 'Course, the vet does some fucking ninja shit or something and it goes straight down, no problem. I bet that takes at least half of the many years you spend in training, learning how to ninja a pill down a cat's neck.
    Yeah, that's not always easy. Pretty much had the technique down after a while but it really isn't fun when the cat is going nuts. They can't spit stuff stuff out really so the key is to get it right down the back of the throat and try to force the swallow reflex by blowing on their nose and rubbing their throat. And shouting. Using a pen casing and a thin bit of wood to push the pill out is a great help.

    EDIT: I tried g.man's approach, which worked with certain pills, not others. Depends how strong the taste is, I guess.
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    Mod74 wrote:
    Skerret wrote:
    She's already done preparatory research on the pros and cons of cat/bird interaction.
    I don't think watching old Sylvester and Tweety shorts counts.
    Yes it does.  What about the BA episode?
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  • I've just tended to pounce on the lil bastard and pop pills down his gullet with a sort of long-nosed plastic tweezer thing. Been at this a couple weeks now, since the fatter one's had a campylobacter to crush.
  • Gotta note, the dicky-inner-eyelid deal with cats and their ills is damn useful as heads-ups go.
  • So Nash mildly hurt his paw last saturday. Just scraped a bit off, basically, meant a day off of walking, and then driving him to the park as opposed to walking, as he could run on the grass, but footpaths and such were too harsh. The problem is, the driving has gotten him in a very excitable mood, and now he yelps constantly in the car. It's such a short trip, and he's just high pitched barking the whole way.

    it used to be the odd yelp, and a little excitement, now it's out of control.

    Doubly annoying as he virtually doesn't bark when walking/throwing the ball or when at home.
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  • Give him the wheel.
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  • Could you give him a chew bar or something to distract him on the car journey.
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  • I might try that, although he's not one for treats when he's out. He is sooo ball obsessed.

    I might actually try sitting him in the front passenger seat. he's usually ok there, although that was prior to this current behavior. As I say, part of the problem has also been that it's been car every day. he's used to proper walks most days, with driving down only on days when I'm short of time/it's raining/or in this case he's injured.
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    g.man wrote:
    I used to crush the pills into a fine powder and mix them in with the cat food. worked for me g.man

    That's what I ended up doing in the end. My Mum hides her cat's pills in a bit of cheese, that seems to work a treat.
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    Facewon wrote:
    I might try that, although he's not one for treats when he's out. He is sooo ball obsessed. I might actually try sitting him in the front passenger seat. he's usually ok there, although that was prior to this current behavior. As I say, part of the problem has also been that it's been car every day. he's used to proper walks most days, with driving down only on days when I'm short of time/it's raining/or in this case he's injured.

    Crack the window a bit and let him hand his head out. Usually keeps our dog more than occupied.

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