Post a picture of your pet!

CY wrote:

I live in the UK, but despite that, this is my dog, Texas. He is well into old age, but looks like a puppy. He was born on July 4th, hence his name. He is awesome and I love him to pieces, and he happily still lives with my folks.

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Glad to see dogs are now getting on the hybrid bandwagon.

Yellek wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

Here's Smudge!

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"You will pet me now or I will kill you with my cuteness!"

That's the exact post one of my dogs adopts... I didn't know cat's were keen to lie on the backs (except mid-scratch).

Apparently my cats are chilly today.

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Stella takes it upon herself to guard the grill

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Watson at 9 weeks old, he's about 1.5 years now.
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Graduating from puppy class
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The crazy face
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Generally not in favor of putting clothes on pets... but I'd make an exception for that graduation hat.

Stele wrote:

Generally not in favor of putting clothes on pets... but I'd make an exception for that graduation hat. :cool:

Me too. All the dogs in the class did it just for the picture.

I know this is the happy pet thread, but I feel like we all chat a little bit as well. No point starting a new thread.

But today has been a bad day.

Took the cats (Little & Rascal) to the vet for a yearly checkup and some vaccinations. While wandering around the exam room, Rascal starting howling a bit, and freaking out. Then when he saw his sister, he started hissing at her. I've heard him hiss maybe 2-3 times in the nearly 2 years (in Aug) we've had him.

Then this continued, as the vet tried to examine him. Hissing at the vet, hissing at the assistant. He managed to wrangle down off the table and hide in the corner. Vet finally had to wrap him in a towel to get him back on the table, and give him the shot. Hissing continues.

They tried to put him back in the cage with Little, and he completely freaked out. Started hissing, and jumping at her. She hissed back. Have never heard her hiss before. I jumped in and got her out of the cage, before things escalated any more.

The vet let us borrow a 2nd pet carrier to bring her home in. Now that we've been home about an hour, he's still freaking out. Every time Little gets within 5 feet of him, he hisses at her again.

Hopefully in time this will work itself out. But it has us very worried. The few times we've had to leave the apartment, usually the cats take a couple laps around the place, sniffing and looking, and settle in as they recognize home. But while Little seems calm and relaxed, Rascal is still freaked out. He's mostly hiding under the table, where he goes when he gets spooked by something. And the frequent hissing is really the disturbing thing. They're from the same litter they've always gotten along. Even when we adopted them, and had to take him home a week early while the vet kept an eye on her, they still nearly immediately got friendly with each other.

For her part, Little has been great. She just sits calmly while Rascal hisses. She lays down on her paws in a very relaxed position. She's not making any hostile movements toward him.

Not sure if there's anything we can do to ease this? I have read some of the tips on introducing new pets and so on, but that's never been necessary for these two in the short times they have even been apart. Should I just keep my nose out of it and let them settle in eventually? This has been a very stressful afternoon and I just want everything back to normal...

http://www.feliway.com/gb

Feliway helps - it's a calming aerosol that you plug in. Also, keep them in separate rooms with a piece of cloth associated with each one of them. Swap the cats between rooms, and swap the associated clothes every few hours or so, so they reacclimate to each other's smells.

We had to go through this a year or so ago when we had my mother in law babysit the cats, and a stray Tom sprayed through the screen door. Ash became violent towards Maggie, and Maggie was terrified of Ash.

Yeah I'm finding a few more posts that say something about one (or both) of the cats picking up new smells from the vet. The hissing is them not recognizing each other's smell. Suggesting it will go away in a couple days. Or also some tips about using a towel to help intermix their smells, like you said, Tangle.

Thinking about giving them a bath. Although that's a little more trauma piled on today, at least that might wash off whatever foreign smell there is and get them back to normal sooner...

Had to separate our guinea pigs -- they just wouldn't adjust to each other. Ol' Om Nom remains at home were he now rules supreme (you little as*hole!), while Frosty went to a nice couple in upstate NY who already have two bonded pigs and were looking to add another to their stable, so to speak.

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OMG WHAT HAVE I DONE?!

Damn double post.

@Stele

Speaking from experience, some critters will straight up freak out when you take them to a vet. Lots of strange smells, sounds, getting poked and prodded, etc. One of our eldest cats (16 yoa now) did that way back when he was a youngling and still does it to this day. He is a peach at home, but take him to the vet and he hulks out. And he will often still be a rage monster after he leaves. Can take a while for the dust to settle.

Most memorable vet visit:

Me: (walks into vet reception area. Sees vet tech standing behind counter. Large scratch on cheek, oozing blood. Pause.)

Vet tech: (no greeting or intoduction. Looks directly at me, thousand-yard stare). Oh, you must be here for Khan.

Me: (hears wailing of angry banshee coming from the back room). Uh, yes. I am.

Vet tech: Please go and fetch him. I can't get near him.

Heretk wrote:

@Stele

Speaking from experience, some critters will straight up freak out when you take them to a vet. Lots of strange smells, sounds, getting poked and prodded, etc. One of our eldest cats (16 yoa now) did that way back when he was a youngling and still does it to this day. He is a peach at home, but take him to the vet and he hulks out. And he will often still be a rage monster after he leaves. Can take a while for the dust to settle.

Most memorable vet visit:

Me: (walks into vet reception area. Sees vet tech standing behind counter. Large scratch on cheek, oozing blood. Pause.)

Vet tech: (no greeting or intoduction. Looks directly at me, thousand-yard stare). Oh, you must be here for Khan.

Me: (hears wailing of angry banshee coming from the back room). Uh, yes. I am.

Vet tech: Please go and fetch him. I can't get near him.

I had the exact same thing with the cat I had before my current one. She was a Siamese/Persian mix (fluff ball with an attitude). She was a sweetie at home but required an exorcist at the vet. Most memorable episode...

- I had a body harness for her, not a carrier. That changed after THIS visit.
- She loved the car ride until she figured out the destination then the low growl started.
- Carried her in to the waiting room with the leash firmly attached to my wrist and her harness. She was riding on my chest and shoulder.
- Waiting room was very busy with several dogs on leashes and a couple critters in carriers.
- We checked in and I tried to find a place to stand to keep her out of trouble. Ha!
- A good sized dog started growling at her in response to her continous low growl.
- I turned to point her away from him. I didn't release I had turned her (on my shoulder) to face a Great Dane who was peacefully just sitting there doing nothing.
- Well she smacked him and all hell broke loose. Ever critter was now barking, growling, yelping, or whatever other noise they make.
- The vet came out from one of the treatment rooms and without even looking said, "Let me guess, Jade is here for her appointment."
- We were sent to a holding room (penalty box?) until her turn.
- She growled, hissed, and tried to bite the vet who then called her, "not ladylike".
- She sulked all the way home (still growling) and stayed in an "untouchable" mood for several hours.
- Back to normal after that.

My dog, who is normally very even tempered, and tolerates strangers touching her and even kids whacking her on the head, lost it at the vet once and suddenly started growling and nipped at the vet's assistant. She calmed down as soon as we were out of the office and in the car.

Ever since then she's had to be muzzled at the vet.

I've been working as a registered vet tech for almost 5 years now and I can say with confidence that I will never be a hand model. I wish the kitties and doggies knew we were just trying to help.

Also, I have a cat that's pretty awful when I bring her into work. She has to be anesthetized for us to be able to do anything.

To update, things finally calmed down last night after 6-7 hours. Until that point, both cats were acting mostly normal except for seeing each other. And then there would be some approach... sniff... and hissing would begin again from both of them. Finally they got to a point where they sniffed each other and didn't freak out. Both of them got on the cat tree and took a nap within a few feet of each other.

After about 8 hours, at bedtime, both cats were in bed with us like normal. Hope we don't have to go through that again. That's the 3rd regular vet visit for both cats together. And I think we took the sister in alone once when she was having breathing issues. But that's the first time either of them have acted so strangely.

Really makes me wonder what animal was in the exam room before them? There were no other animals in the lobby when we got there or when we left. But something in that room got him fired up and it didn't stop for quite a while.

Stele wrote:

To update, things finally calmed down last night after 6-7 hours. Until that point, both cats were acting mostly normal except for seeing each other. And then there would be some approach... sniff... and hissing would begin again from both of them. Finally they got to a point where they sniffed each other and didn't freak out. Both of them got on the cat tree and took a nap within a few feet of each other.

After about 8 hours, at bedtime, both cats were in bed with us like normal. Hope we don't have to go through that again. That's the 3rd regular vet visit for both cats together. And I think we took the sister in alone once when she was having breathing issues. But that's the first time either of them have acted so strangely.

Really makes me wonder what animal was in the exam room before them? There were no other animals in the lobby when we got there or when we left. But something in that room got him fired up and it didn't stop for quite a while.

Probably another cat; maybe an unneutered/spayed one.

Stele wrote:

To update, things finally calmed down last night after 6-7 hours. Until that point, both cats were acting mostly normal except for seeing each other. And then there would be some approach... sniff... and hissing would begin again from both of them. Finally they got to a point where they sniffed each other and didn't freak out. Both of them got on the cat tree and took a nap within a few feet of each other.

After about 8 hours, at bedtime, both cats were in bed with us like normal. Hope we don't have to go through that again. That's the 3rd regular vet visit for both cats together. And I think we took the sister in alone once when she was having breathing issues. But that's the first time either of them have acted so strangely.

Really makes me wonder what animal was in the exam room before them? There were no other animals in the lobby when we got there or when we left. But something in that room got him fired up and it didn't stop for quite a while.

I think LunaBean can confirm this but most good vet offices clean the patient area surfaces and the techs scrub hands between critters.
Have they seen that vet and/or techs before? I know my current cat likes all of the techs and vets at my local place EXCEPT for one. She starts growling when she even sees that one and hisses if she gets closer. She just doesn't like her.

Not sure about the tech, but yes the vet multiple times.

And there was actually some hair on the floor that my wife noticed, and the vet tech was like "oh sorry, that should have been cleaned." So it might have been something where the room wasn't prepped as well as usual.

My wife sliced a one-inch flap of skin off our cat Lasher during fur-trimming. Blood and $500 is what that cost. The cat should be fine.

Just for what it's worth, both of my guinea pigs are/were very good boys when I trimmed their nails. No biting, no scratching, no pooping, or other untoward behavior. The key is to have one person to hold the pig across the stomach, with the paws outstretched forward, while the second person holds paws one by one to trim those talons.

Just for the hell of it...

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Clover went to use her iPad in bed and the cat runs in and lays on her as if she knew from the other room.

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You're a towel!

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wordsmythe wrote:

You're a comment.

You're a towel!

I'm a confused washcloth.

Some from this weekend. He made a new friend as well.

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