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Old 09-06-2013, 09:47 PM   #401
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taxy, I bet pets are priceless to all of us. But at some point you have to consider how a costly procedure for a pet impacts your own financial life. Even at $1800. I'd have to think long and hard about an expensive treatment for our 13 year (or so, she could be older) kitty. Then again, you weigh the benefits of the cat's impact on your life and what it would be like if Shreddy wasn't in it. Our own cat is terminally dumb; we're surprised she's still alive with some stuff she's done. She better not get TOO sick 'cuz on a bad day her value could be a buck-eighty-five!

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I would have thought long and hard about $1,650. But, once I realized it was about the same as a year's worth of the danged, stupid, expensive, thyroid treatment cat food, it was an easy decision.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:23 PM   #402
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Thanks CG.

I would have thought long and hard about $1,650. But, once I realized it was about the same as a year's worth of the danged, stupid, expensive, thyroid treatment cat food, it was an easy decision.
I have a feeling Shreddy would agree! (Can just hear him saying "praise Bastet, no more of that nasty yucky stuff!")
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:38 PM   #403
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I have a feeling Shreddy would agree! (Can just hear him saying "praise Bastet, no more of that nasty yucky stuff!")
Yeah, if I could make him understand it. You know how it is with cats. Cats don't care about cat-tomorrow or cat-next week. They only care about cat-now. But once he becomes cat-next month, who gets nice cat food, he will be happy.
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Old 09-06-2013, 11:54 PM   #404
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(((Hugs Claire))) Hope you find a solution soon, or that it just stops.

Have there been any changes in her diet? Could she have gotten into some food that she is reacting to?

Is there a skin lotion for dogs? Addie's idea that it might be lack of oil sounds plausible to me.
I've examined her minutely for any signs of red-ness, rash, bites, etc. No change to diet. I did go buy some wipes that were supposed to have a repellent taste, but ditched them when she started licking the wipe (so much for repellent), and have a cortisone spray and shampoo. I just think she's OCD. Her regular vet check is in a few weeks, or I'd take her in now, but she is driving us crazy. I worked for a vet, and sis did for decades, and we do know that sometimes animals do get that way, and can cause skin problems from "over-grooming", scratching, biting. So, we'll do what we can and she'll be going to the vet soon. Face it, we know she has mental problems anyway (she's epileptic), this just may be a new phase! She'll be fine.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:00 AM   #405
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I've examined her minutely for any signs of red-ness, rash, bites, etc. No change to diet. I did go buy some wipes that were supposed to have a repellent taste, but ditched them when she started licking the wipe (so much for repellent), and have a cortisone spray and shampoo. I just think she's OCD. Her regular vet check is in a few weeks, or I'd take her in now, but she is driving us crazy. I worked for a vet, and sis did for decades, and we do know that sometimes animals do get that way, and can cause skin problems from "over-grooming", scratching, biting. So, we'll do what we can and she'll be going to the vet soon. Face it, we know she has mental problems anyway (she's epileptic), this just may be a new phase! She'll be fine.
But then there is always the DREADED NECK CONE.
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Oh, Dear! Not that! Since she doesn't seem to be hurting herself, I'm really thinking squirt gun. I think it is just a bad habit. I've taken to ocasionally squirting her where she's scratching or biting with the cortisone spray and it startles her. Maybe a couple of squirt guns would do the trick. Heaven knows I've trained a few kitties that way. Just startles them out of what they are doing.
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Can't find squirt guns in this town. So when needed, I have a bottle of just water in a spray bottle that I use for ironing. I use it on Teddy when he gets past three barks and won't stop on command. Doesn't like it. Sees me pick up the bottle and stops immediately. It is working.
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I have the pets! Two cats are Misty and Kali and my dog Azia. Here is a photo of Azia with my bicycle. Azia is very large.



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Cat, Azia is a big dog. I bet you could ride Azia just as easily as the bike!



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Old 09-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #410
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There was never a question when my doggies' time was. One had a stroke, the other had kidney failure. White Fang (kidneys) -- well, she'd outlived, without pain, the "few months" she was given by many (18 mos) and when she was in pain, and wandering around the house, trying to hide, we knew. No question. Stroke doggie (Keiki)-- with her, the vet asked if we wanted "heroic measures". I said, (and hubby agreed) -- he** no, I wouldn't want heroic measure if it was me. In both cases we cried and petted our dogs (who were already mentally in that great, smelly, lovely landfill in the sky) until they moved on to puppy doggie heaven.

I don't know at which point I'd say enough, financially. I suspect a long time before others would. I love my doggies and kitties, I really do, but I wouldn't break the bank for them. I don't even like the thought that if something happens to me that his decades of working hard to get us in solid middle class with no debt could go away overnight. A couple of people have told me I should have Rosebud put down because of her $35/mo phenobarbital habit. In fact, when it went from $27 to $35, I heard that Wal-Mart started accepting pet Rx at their pharmacy and took the vial over to ask the price. $17. But you have to have a written Rx from your vet. The vet charged $10 to write it. That is good for 6 months, still a huge savings for something we're going to have to do for the rest of her life (she isn't even 3 years old). So, yeah, I'm willing to pay. But mortgage my house? Not gonna happen.
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