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Antivehicular
Dec 30, 2011

I wanna sing one for the cars
That are right now headed silent down the highway
And it's dark and there is nobody driving
And something has got to give


Ultra Carp

teenytinymouse posted:

I'm getting a couple of cats soon once we move house and I dunno how you recover when they die after being around every day for 10 fuckin years. Might have to get some geriatric cats with like 2-3 years left on the cloak to ease myself into it.

Delurking to say that, if that's even a remotely serious idea, it's a really good one. There are a lot of older and/or sick cats in shelters and they're hard to find homes for, so if you can give a loving home to a cat with less time left, you'll be doing a very kind thing.

Okay, that's all, back to lurking to look at the excellent rodent photos in this thread

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Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005

Try reading some manga!

I buy Steam inventories, add me if interested!




Clever Betty

Just remember it can get really expensive and sometimes time intensive to care for an elderly animal.

Nettle Soup
Jan 30, 2010

Oh, and Jones was there too.


College Slice

Also some people consider cats old at 12-15, but I had a friend who's cat just died and it was well over 25, he reckoned 28, and I've had two cats live over 20. They might be around longer than you think...

teenytinymouse
Aug 3, 2005

I'm Shannon and I'm the biggest Idiot Ever!



Antivehicular posted:

Delurking to say that, if that's even a remotely serious idea, it's a really good one. There are a lot of older and/or sick cats in shelters and they're hard to find homes for, so if you can give a loving home to a cat with less time left, you'll be doing a very kind thing.

Okay, that's all, back to lurking to look at the excellent rodent photos in this thread

Oh it is 100% genuine! I volunteer up at an animal shelter and I'll be taking some older kitties home from there. I said to one of the girls I would prefer an older bonded pair and she was so delighted you'd think I'd handed her a cheque for a million pounds lol. I haven't met any of the cats yet as one person is doing all the work in there to keep social distancing and I only really work with the horses but I have waved through the window!

Nettle Soup posted:

Also some people consider cats old at 12-15, but I had a friend who's cat just died and it was well over 25, he reckoned 28, and I've had two cats live over 20. They might be around longer than you think...
Honestly the rehoming drop off is more like 2-3 when you can't realistically say they're a kitten anymore! People are terrible!

Kittens are stressful, I don't see the overwhelming appeal to be totally honest. We had 5 born in the shed when I was a teenager and that's enough kitten for me for a lifetime.

Here is Raggie to keep thread on track
https://twitter.com/Shannonmcn/stat...4800594945?s=19

Celexi
Nov 25, 2006

tehehe



we adopted a stray 12 year old maine coon and he is an amazing cat

The Little Death
Mar 5, 2015




Hi everyone,

Wondering if you all can help me decide on something. I have a chin who's going on 10 years old. In the last year he developed dental issues (he seems to be favoring one side) and has had to have his incisors trimmed about every 4 months, and he gets a regular dose of medicam from me to ease any discomfort he might have. I love him a lot, but changing circumstances are making it so that I am wondering if I should find someone to rehome him, as I'm not sure I'll be able to keep him. My partner lost his job, which has effectively doubled rent and expenses for me at this point, and it's made me both think about the cost of vet visits but also consider downsizing to smaller apartment (currently have a 2 bedroom, with 1 room for chin/storage). He is otherwise healthy, loves to come out and see me, is still inquisitive and seems happy.

Is it worth looking for someone to take him? Is it bad to consider it, given his medical issues? Any advice on rehoming a chin this old?

I wouldn't be thinking about this usually, but the stress of the last few months have been a lot. Even having a pet is seeming like a luxury given how much it limits my apartment choices. I feel bad thinking about this, but I want to explore options and be pragmatic because I would hate to get to a point where it becomes a crisis I can't solve.

Sirotan
Oct 17, 2006

Sirotan is a seal.




Ham Wrangler

The Little Death posted:

Hi everyone,

Wondering if you all can help me decide on something. I have a chin who's going on 10 years old. In the last year he developed dental issues (he seems to be favoring one side) and has had to have his incisors trimmed about every 4 months, and he gets a regular dose of medicam from me to ease any discomfort he might have. I love him a lot, but changing circumstances are making it so that I am wondering if I should find someone to rehome him, as I'm not sure I'll be able to keep him. My partner lost his job, which has effectively doubled rent and expenses for me at this point, and it's made me both think about the cost of vet visits but also consider downsizing to smaller apartment (currently have a 2 bedroom, with 1 room for chin/storage). He is otherwise healthy, loves to come out and see me, is still inquisitive and seems happy.

Is it worth looking for someone to take him? Is it bad to consider it, given his medical issues? Any advice on rehoming a chin this old?

I wouldn't be thinking about this usually, but the stress of the last few months have been a lot. Even having a pet is seeming like a luxury given how much it limits my apartment choices. I feel bad thinking about this, but I want to explore options and be pragmatic because I would hate to get to a point where it becomes a crisis I can't solve.

I don't have any chin experience myself but just wanted to comment that I'm sure there are rescues out there that could help you to rehome your guy, especially if he is still healthy, happy, and full of life. I assume the unsaid alternative here would be to put him to sleep, which doesn't really seem fair. It's possible you could even find someone who could foster him for a while until you get to a better place financially and may be able to take him back. It is totally worth your time to look for someone to take him.

This subreddit may have some info for you https://old.reddit.com/r/chinchilla/ I also found this list: https://www.chinchillarescue.org/links-rescue.html

Capn Jobe
Jan 18, 2003

That's right. Here it is. But it's like you always have compared the sword, the making of the sword, with the making of the character. Cuz the stronger, the stronger it will get, right, the stronger the steel will get, with all that, and the same as with the character.


Soiled Meat

The Little Death posted:

Hi everyone,

Wondering if you all can help me decide on something. I have a chin who's going on 10 years old. In the last year he developed dental issues (he seems to be favoring one side) and has had to have his incisors trimmed about every 4 months, and he gets a regular dose of medicam from me to ease any discomfort he might have. I love him a lot, but changing circumstances are making it so that I am wondering if I should find someone to rehome him, as I'm not sure I'll be able to keep him. My partner lost his job, which has effectively doubled rent and expenses for me at this point, and it's made me both think about the cost of vet visits but also consider downsizing to smaller apartment (currently have a 2 bedroom, with 1 room for chin/storage). He is otherwise healthy, loves to come out and see me, is still inquisitive and seems happy.

Is it worth looking for someone to take him? Is it bad to consider it, given his medical issues? Any advice on rehoming a chin this old?

I wouldn't be thinking about this usually, but the stress of the last few months have been a lot. Even having a pet is seeming like a luxury given how much it limits my apartment choices. I feel bad thinking about this, but I want to explore options and be pragmatic because I would hate to get to a point where it becomes a crisis I can't solve.

We went through the same thing with Barry the chinchilla a couple years ago. We got his teeth trimmed once and he did fine for a few months, but really started to slide downhill after that. We weren't able to afford the regular teeth trimmings, and had decided to put him down, but he died on his own that same day. When we went to a chinchilla rescue place to get his successor, Chester, the woman who ran it had a whole room of chinchillas with similar teeth problems. She wasn't comfortable giving them new homes, and was just taking the best care of them that she could. So, in your situation, a rescue place might be willing to take him in. One thing that was interesting for us, was that Barry had spent 12 years as a breeding stud, and had a very unique color pattern (looking pretty I must say), and a lot of the chinchillas this lady had with teeth problems were a similar color. So it's quite likely that Barry had passed on his crummy tooth genes to a huge number of offspring. Poor Barry.

We're sadly having our own problems with our female, Nooblet. She was a rescue so we're unsure of her age, but she's probably about 15-16. In late April she started wheezing, and was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. We did a 2 week cycle of antibiotics, during which she nearly stopped eating/drinking, and lost a considerable amount of weight. The wheezing went away, but she still wasn't eating. Turns out she had a parasite, giardia. It's a bit hilarious that this is often called "beaver fever". This can lay dormant for awhile and only emerge when the animal gets sick. So we gave her medication for the parasite, which got better, but she's still barely eating and is visibly drooling. This points to the same teething issues that Barry had. We're hoping her teeth just grew extra due to her not eating, and she'll be fine with one trim, but we're not sure.

The beaver fever gave her some pretty bad diarrhea, which necessitated giving her an actual wet bath. The poor thing.



Being wet makes her look slimmer, but compare her weight to how she looked last year. She's lost over 25% of her weight. Now the good news here is that because she was pretty fat before, she's actually still a healthy weight. The weight loss isn't good, but her current weight is okay. Strangely, her energy levels have actually increased during this whole ordeal.



And, just to share some happy pics, this was Barry:



And this is Chester, who is probably 10 or so, and is doing fine:

Neddy Seagoon
Oct 12, 2012

Hi, Everybody!


Aww, Barry the Stud Chinchilla passed away? I'm so sorry to hear that .


Capn Jobe posted:

The beaver fever gave her some pretty bad diarrhea, which necessitated giving her an actual wet bath. The poor thing.



That is an expression of total betrayal and murderous plotting .

The Little Death
Mar 5, 2015




Thank you. No decisions yet but I am looking to rescues in the province to see if someone may have space. I'm more comfortable with that than the thought of trying to rehome him to someone looking for a pet. Even if I was 100% honest about his issues not sure I would trust people to understand until it was too late, or neglect them. I'm not in an immediate money crisis so will see what the summer brings.

-CHA
Jun 20, 2004

State-of-the-art
home video technology

Picked up some yogurt drops as a treat for my Hams while I was out getting some bedding, I was reading the feeding directons and it said 1-2 per day as a treat... That seems to be a bit excessive. Maybe one drop every two to three weeks, even considering that Dipper will ration out his treats over the course of a few days. Is this how people end up having those extra chunky hams that just sit around being lethargic?

ColHannibal
Sep 17, 2007


-CHA posted:

Picked up some yogurt drops as a treat for my Hams while I was out getting some bedding, I was reading the feeding directons and it said 1-2 per day as a treat... That seems to be a bit excessive. Maybe one drop every two to three weeks, even considering that Dipper will ration out his treats over the course of a few days. Is this how people end up having those extra chunky hams that just sit around being lethargic?

Dwarves get diabetes.

Also remember there are directions on the temptations cat treat pouch on how to give it as food.

But in all seriousness probably 1 every few days is fine for a decent sized Syrian.

Dogwood Fleet
Sep 14, 2013



I don't care about my hamster.
Don't get me wrong, he's living in an Ikea Detolf with a couple of inches of bedding on one side for him to dig in, Eco Earth on the other side, he has a big wheel and nice toys, gets good food(need to restock on mealworms), fresh water, and sand, but I don't CARE about him. I don't really see him much as he's usually asleep or hiding when I'm awake, no matter what time it is. Switching him over to paper bedding was fascinating as he never cared about aspen, but now has a proper nest for the first time and is making tunnels and stuff. He could happily live out the rest of his days not caring that I exist. That's fine with some pets, but I wish it was a little different with this one.

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005

Try reading some manga!

I buy Steam inventories, add me if interested!




Clever Betty

take some pictures of this incredibly lavish setup you've got using a goddamn entire ikea detolf as a hamster cage you madlad

and if you want to get more friendly with your hamster, might I suggest getting some disposable shirts(because they will chew holes in them) and letting them crawl around inside your shirt? eventually they'll get comfortable enough to sleep in your shirt and they'll dream and kick and peep in their sleep and it's the cutest thing ever

Captain Invictus
Apr 5, 2005

Try reading some manga!

I buy Steam inventories, add me if interested!




Clever Betty

https://twitter.com/bigkiller0118/s...508737784524800

mrfart
May 26, 2004

Dear diary, today I
became a captain.




Shes lovely. Shes also getting calmer when we take her on the couch. I can let her run on the floor and after a while she comes back to my feet to say its time to go home.

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Jedit
Dec 10, 2011

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mrfart posted:



She’s lovely. She’s also getting calmer when we take her on the couch. I can let her run on the floor and after a while she comes back to my feet to say it’s time to go home.

That's a crazed ball of fluff. She looks very much like our dear departed Hillary.

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