Posts Tagged ‘pet’

You may think I’m already crazy, or, by the time you’ve read todays blog post, i may have confirmed to you just how crazy I am…

Why? Because if you’ve never had a pet, you will probably not understand just how attached you get to them, they become just another member of the family. I’m sure every pet owner would agree with me in saying that our pets are just members of our family…so I’m not the only mad person around!

TiggerOver the last 3 weeks our cat Tigger, who will be 18 next Sunday, has not been too well, so we’ve had to take him to the vets a number of times. initially we went too concerned as he was just a wee bit off colour, but last Sunday everything came to a head, when, from first thing in the morning he just lay on our bed, not getting up for food or to go to the toilet, and other than turning over every little while, there he stayed, the whole of Sunday…In fact by Monday morning when woke up, Tigger had still not moved from the bed, and was now very weak and listless. We were very worried.

We called the vet as soon as it opened on Monday morning, and were told to take Tigger straight down. If you’ve never had a pet you will not understand just how worried we were about Tigger…we really thought it might almost time to say goodbye to him…and that would be no less difficult than with any other member of our family.

The vet was very concerned about Tigger too, so kept him in for to do some tests and to try to get him rehydrated again. To cut a long story short, after various blood tests it was confirmed that thankfully, Tigger’s liver and kidney functions were fine (this had been a major concerned as liver or kidney failure are common problems in cats), however they did show that Tigger has pancreatitis.

thCAO2MEKGApparently there is no known cause of pancreatitis in cats, but unfortunately there is no cure or specific treatment for pancreatitis in cat. Thankfully though, it need not be a life ending illness for a cat, as if they are closely monitored to ensure they are take on enough food/liquids, as the illness can make them feel like they do not want to eat/drink, and that is obviously a problem. The other potential problem is it could be a tumour in his pancreas…although the vet tells us he thinks this is unlikely, it’s still a major concern, because I fit is a tumour, it would be kinder just to say goodbye to Tigger.

For now, it’s just a case of trying to make sure Tigger eats and drink, although this has already been proving difficult, as having got him home on Wednesday night, he hardly ate anything Wednesday night or all day Thursday, so ended up back in the vets on Friday to be rehydrated again.

We got Tigger home again yesterday, and while he ate a little bit yesterday we were concerned he wasn’t eating enough again. Today however, he’s seemed a bit more back to normal and eating more, albeit we’ve been offering him fish and turkey rather than his usual cat food. So today we are much happier.

Tigger is obviously not out the woods yet, as things can very quickly take a turn for the worse if we can’t get him to eat anything. Although this weekend having had pain medication as well as antibiotics to get him, there’s definitely been a bit of improvement, so we are hoping there is nothing more sinister going on and by managing his condition he will be ok for a while yet…we’ll see what the vet has to say on Monday!

Pet are just like members of our family, we love them and they love us in return, when they are in pain, we feel for them, when they pass away we will mourn for them, just as we mourn the loss of any family member.

It may be a cat, a bird, a ferret, or a guinea pig, but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibility, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh, and take full advantage of our weakness by exploiting our furniture, our beds, and our refrigerator. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Pets are our seat belts on the emotional roller coaster of life–they can be trusted, they keep us safe, and they sure do smooth out the ride.

by Nick TroutTell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

Grief can be even tougher to cope with if you are on your own. However, as Nick Trout says above, even the company of a pet, can be the comfort and companionship you need to help you through the difficult days after a bereavement.

So if you have a pet, I hope you realise they can be your companion during these days, but if you haven’t, why not consider getting a pet to keep you company. After all, not only will you enjoy their companionship, I’m sure they will enjoy you company just as much, if not more.

Sunday night into Monday morning we didn’t get a good night’s sleep as we were woken up just after 3am by our cat Tigger, being sick and going to the toilet lots as times. Tigger wasn’t too well for the next couple of hours before he finally settled down, at which point we managed to get some more sleep.

Given this is the second time in a month Tigger’s had this same problem, and given his age (he’ll be 16 in July), I thought it best to take him back to the vets again to get checked out.

Thankfully after visiting the vet and some blood tests it seems Tigger is probably ok, however it will be the end of the week before we get the additional blood test results back.

Anyway, it’s really the visit to the vets that I wanted to talk about today…

I arrived at the vets with Tigger about 10 minutes early for his appointment (as usual Tig was “hiding” in the rear of his carry-case as he no-like vets.

The vets was quite busy with about 3 other cat or dog owners sitting waiting with their petsto see a vet. There were two vets on that afternoon so I expected we’d get taken quite soon, however it was about 20 minutes after out appointment time before we were finally seen.

At one point while we were waiting to see the vet, one of the consulting room’s door opened and two women came out (they looked like mother and daughter), carrying an empty cat carry-case, the younger one had tears streaming down her face and the older woman looked as though she was struggling to keep-it-together.A strange and eerie silence fell over the vet’s waiting room at this point (bar the noise of one dog panting!), as we all knew what had happened…These women had just had to do something all us pet owner’s dread…say goodbye to their family pet for the last time…Their house will be that little bit emptier from now on.

I like at least one other person in the vet’s at that time, felt myself welling up, after all, here’s was I sitting waiting to see the vet with our cat who hadn’t been well again…it could be me saying goodbye next!

Some of you who have never owned a pet, will probably think we’re daft getting all upset about our furry family friends, however those of you who have had a pet at some time will totally understand that they just become another member of our family.

Just let people, we must do our best to look after and love the animals of this world, just as we do the people. Therefore, when an animal dies, it should not be a surprise when we get upset, just as we do when a person dies.

God loves us all, people and animals, and so should we!

Yesterday in Animals. I spoke about those who abuse and are cruel to animals and/or people.

Today I’d like to continue thinking about the poor animals that are abused. What concerns me is that we see and hear of so many animals that have been abandoned or abused by their owners. This is not acceptable to any normal person.

So where am I going with this post? Well, we are bombarded these days with adverts on the TV from various charities encouraging us to adopt an animal that has been rescued or abandoned. Given this, why are there so many breeders around who make it their business to actually breed animals which they then charge extortionate amounts for people to buy.

Aren’t there enough animals in need of love and a home without actively breeding more animals to order? What’s your view?

Do you have any pets? a Cat or a dog, or both…or something else?

Pets can bring a lot of love and affection into your life as they tend to love us unconditionally. Sadly though, there are many people around who treat animals very badly, starving them, hitting and maltreating them, leaving them tied up or in a filthy room. As I’ve already said, animals tend to love us unconditionally, but people on the other hand, are expect or want something in return, or aren’t animals a little bit lower maintenance than humans?! Personally I think that if people are unable to treat animals with love and affection, how can we expect them to treat humans any better.

Unfortunately there are those who do not treat animals or humans in a manner that would be acceptable to most of us, so what should we do? If you suspect someone of mistreating someone or an animal, don’t just ignore it, take action, you could save someone’s live!

Treating people and animals unfairly is unacceptable, and those who do so need help….they need our help.

For Dad

Posted: June 20, 2010 in family, Health, love, music
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Today is Father’s Day here in the UK. Is it just me or is this just something has had a specific day set aside for it within the last few years? I certainly don’t remember their being such a thing when I was young and living at home with Mum and Dad.

Mind you, my Dad has never believed in the commercialism  that sounds all these “special” days…Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter. and even Christmas. That does not mean he’s ungrateful for the presents he’s given, he simply thinks there’s more important thing we should spend our money on rather than on him!

Dad would rather those he loved had what they needed or wanted rather than him. He always used to tell me he was happy just knowing Mum and I were happy and that we knew he loved us. Just thinking about that makes me all emotional as, for those of you who haven’t been reading my blog for long, Dad has not been well for a number of months now, he sleeps nearly all the time, gets very dizzy and disoriented, his memory is practically non existent as he only seems to know, my Mum, my hubby and me these days – anyone else, including my Mum’s sister, he doesn’t seem to know who they are without being told and explained several times.

It’s very sad, as Dad was always the bright one in the house, who knew everything, and remembered everything. Dad was also a great musician, both composing and playing (trombone). He still writes some music though plays his trombone much less now.

Despite Dad’s health and memory issues these days, I still love him just as much as ever. Anyway, just thought as it was Father’s Day I’d share a wee bit about my Dad with you.

On a lighter notes though, as hubby and I have no children, but do have a cat, called Tigger, I tend to get a card and a present for Tigger to “give” to hubby on Father’s Day just to say thank you to hubby from the cat for being his “daddy”. Well done Tigger!

Having said that, Father’s Day in our household was put on hold today, as I end up having to take hubby to the hospital at 3 o’clock this morning. we got sent to a specialist hospital where he was then admitted. So I’ve spent today getting things sorted for him and then visiting him this afternoon, so we agreed to put “father’s Day” on hold until he gets home from the hospital.  

To all dad’s everywhere, whatever you were doing today, I hope you’ve had a very happy Father’s Day