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6 Stupid Things Pet Owners Need to Stop Doing Now
Cracked.com ^ | March 14, 2012 | Adam Tod Brown

Posted on 03/14/2012 10:01:51 PM PDT by Altariel

Pets are a wonderful thing. No matter how sad or depressing your life may be, it's always just a little bit better knowing you have a loyal pet by your side.

But being a pet owner is a tricky proposition. Something about being able to "own" a living thing seems to drive some people to the point of madness. Crazy cat ladies don't earn that title because of their rational behavior and robust social skills, you know?

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#6. Naming Their Pets After Their Own Interests and Aspirations

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#5. Dressing Pets Up In Anything More Than a Collar

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#4. Getting a Pet to Practice Being Parents

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#3. Throwing Them Birthday Parties

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#2. Buying "Exotic" Pets

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#1. Breeding In Negative Traits to Satisfy the AKC Appearance Standards

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1 posted on 03/14/2012 10:01:59 PM PDT by Altariel
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To: Altariel

Blaming the owner instead of the pit bull when it rips some innocent person’s head off.


2 posted on 03/14/2012 10:11:29 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Altariel

#5. Dressing Pets Up In Anything More Than a Collar

I’m not currently a pet owner, but having had small dogs in the family in the past, in New England, I disagree with this point. Dogs can sometimes benefit from a blanket coat or sweater when the weather is frigid, and hunting dogs even wear boots under certain circumstances. Even larger animals like horses get blankets and coats when the weather is cooler.

And, on a lighter note, there’s no reason you can’t decorate the shell your hermit crab uses. It’s not like they’re very exciting otherwise.


3 posted on 03/14/2012 10:17:33 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Altariel

my dog and my cat are family members.


4 posted on 03/14/2012 10:17:57 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Altariel
"#6. Naming Their Pets After Their Own Interests and Aspirations"

That explains why Sandra Fluke's dog is named "Freeloading Slut."

5 posted on 03/14/2012 10:28:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj
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To: Altariel

All depends on size of dog. I have a small dog weighing 8 lbs and she benefits from a sweater when going out in cold weather.

I have owned dogs for 35 years and along the way I learned a few things.

1. Do not overfeed! You should be able to feel many bones in the body, such as ribs. Fat dogs have many problems, including early onset of diabetes, joint pain etc.

2. Buy the best dry dog food you can afford. Meat must be #1 ingredient.

3. Brush teeth once or twice every week from early age. This
will avoid build up of tooth tarter, prevent bad breath, and is less likely to develop kidney failure or heart disease in later years.

4. Exercise the dog lightly every day!

My current dog is now 10 years old, never been sick even once.


6 posted on 03/14/2012 10:36:04 PM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: Altariel

I had a parrot (#2) and I threw it a birthday (aka “bird-day” party) when she turned 10 (#3). So sue me. Yes, I even got a giant cookie for she and her guests to share (instead of a cake).

The children I invited had a great time and my parrot enjoyed it so much that, the next day, she didn’t understand why we weren’t doing the same party all over again.

Yes, some pet owners are vain and some overdo it. As long as nobody gets hurt, what’s the harm?


7 posted on 03/14/2012 10:40:00 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Little Pig


8 posted on 03/15/2012 12:00:46 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (If my candidate doesn't win the nomination I'm going to kick my feet, cry like a baby, and stay home)
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To: Age of Reason
Blaming the owner instead of the pit bull when it rips some innocent person’s head off.

Both need be blamed.

9 posted on 03/15/2012 6:03:32 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: television is just wrong

I cater to my cats every feeding time. One like chicken and the others like beef flavored wet food. They run my house!


10 posted on 03/15/2012 6:05:10 AM PDT by angcat (PLEASE GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: Altariel
What gets me is when people "babify" their animals. Its so obvious why they do that, its pathetic to see these young girls or couples, without kids, doing that to their pets.

Truth is, its awful what we have done to some of the dog "breeds". Mutants they are, some of them...

11 posted on 03/15/2012 6:18:54 AM PDT by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Altariel

Buying pets without full positive buy-in from the rest of the family.
Odds are the naysayer is the one who will, in fact, care for the beast.


12 posted on 03/15/2012 6:20:48 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

13 posted on 03/15/2012 6:30:38 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: angcat

my dog and cat only get dry food and few table scraps. my dog esp likes romaine lettuce, strawberries and apples.


14 posted on 03/15/2012 6:40:52 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Jeff Chandler

LOL!


15 posted on 03/15/2012 7:03:40 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Altariel

Dumb list.
Pets don’t care what you name them. Pets don’t appear to care if you dress them up (within reason). They can actually BE good for teaching all sorts of responsibility (again, using common sense). Many enjoy parties. Exotic pets, well, that just depends on what one defines as an exotic pet, what the person’s set up is etc etc etc. And number one...did PeTA write that one?

And yes...I “own” my dog, she does NOT OWN ME.

But don’t tell her I said that.


16 posted on 03/15/2012 7:05:21 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oooohhh...Loaded “rules” of ownership.


17 posted on 03/15/2012 7:08:25 AM PDT by Monkey Face (If you think health care is expensive now, wait til it's free.)
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To: entropy12

I like your list better. :)


18 posted on 03/15/2012 7:10:17 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Altariel

Both of our dogs are currently in gross violation of rule #5. The Chihuahua is wearing a rhinestone pirate shirt and the Beagle is sporting his red golf shirt. My bad. LOL!!!


19 posted on 03/15/2012 7:53:46 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Altariel

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#6. Naming Their Pets After Their Own Interests and Aspirations

Exactly what criteria SHOULD one use in naming a pet? Anyone who cares what I name my pet(s) has way, way, waaaay too much time on his hands.

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#5. Dressing Pets Up In Anything More Than a Collar

Instead I should watch my dog shake and shiver every time I let her out in very cold, very windy weather? Rather than take 30 seconds to strap a fleece coat on her, I should deal with having to force her to talk 20ft in the bitter cold to get off the deck to do her business or deal with her doing it on the deck? Anyone who cares whether I dress my pet(s) has way, way, waaaay too much time on his hands.

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#4. Getting a Pet to Practice Being Parents

WRONG! In fact, I highly recommend that before any woman marries a man with the intention of having children buy her intended a puppy and watch how he raises it. If the dog is well-trained (however one wishes to define that), then it bodes well for being a good parent, if not then she should plan on being the sole provider of training for the child.

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#3. Throwing Them Birthday Parties

Anyone who cares whether I celebrate my pets’ birthdays has way, way, waaaay too much time on his hands.

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#2. Buying “Exotic” Pets

I have no problems with number two. A zoologist friend convinced me of #2 using very sound reasoning. I defer to his knowledge.

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#1. Breeding In Negative Traits to Satisfy the AKC Appearance Standards

It sounds to me as if someone has a problem with the AKC rather than pet owners. Perhaps rather than writing lists, he should get involved with the organization and try to influence it.


20 posted on 03/15/2012 8:24:04 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: ctdonath2

“Buying pets without full positive buy-in from the rest of the family.”

And, buying pets for somebody for Christmas or birthday, etc., on that day. Pets should NOT be a “surprise”, and they should not have to suffer neglect on the day they come to the house because everyone’s too busy.

Hate AKC all you want, but I learned that from them 30 years ago as a teen.

I think my parents learned that then too, because instead of bringing home birds for Christmas, they gave me a voucher/promise. I picked out a couple Zebra finches myself later. (We already had the dog - not anywhere near a special day.)


21 posted on 03/15/2012 8:28:17 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Altariel

I don’t throw parties for the animals. But I do buy them gifts (toys, treats), when possible.


22 posted on 03/15/2012 8:29:52 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Collars only? ... Some dogs LIKE hats!
23 posted on 03/15/2012 8:39:57 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Altariel
Slight thread hijack...

I have a Dog who is and inside dog (we don't have a yard) but we walk him everyday and we get him plenty of exercise in the house with running fetch games everyday.

We got him from the pound as a pup and he is a Yellow lab/ shepherd mix. No one is for sure what kind of shepherd but he looks like a small Yellow Lab and is about 16 months Old.

He is extremely smart (he has figured out doorknobs need to turn to open the door but can only manage it once in maybe 20 tries no one showed him this he just started doing it)

The problem is he get very anxious when my wife leaves the House and also during storms. Several people told us the bit with the wife is separation anxiety (she dotes on him like a favorite grandchild) and the loud rumbling noise and lightning cracks mess with a dog's sensitive hearing.

Several people swear by a gadget called a "thunder coat" which wraps around the dog tightly like a sweater. I am very skeptical but the dog really suffers from the above situations.

Do any of you know if such a thing works or is just another of those worthless gizmos pushed on infomercials?

24 posted on 03/15/2012 8:40:01 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: FourPeas

I see a trend here. It seems that people who write lists and call them articles might have too much time on their hands. I rather concur.... ;)


25 posted on 03/15/2012 8:43:47 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I’ve never thrown a party for my personal dogs (altho heck, why not, the dogs would probably have fun since it would involve people giving them attention and food, their favorite things) but the organizations I’ve belonged to hold what amounts to parties that involve dogs. So what, everyone has a good times and often it involves raising money for rescue etc. Our local golden rescue has a big Expo every year. I go to take photos for them. It’s a huge party. Everyone has a great time and they raise money. I recommend it.


26 posted on 03/15/2012 8:46:52 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: BigEdLB
My dog is not as fond of headwear.

Reindeer

27 posted on 03/15/2012 8:48:54 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Mad Dawgg

LOts of goldens have thunderstorm anxiety (I’ve owned a couple myself). While I have never tried a Thundercoat personally, I know people (breeders) who swear by them. If I had a dog now with a big thunderstorm problem, I would try it, I think.
Some dogs are just a little anxious and others are a huge problem. My first golden was in the second category. She would destroy things if she was alone, especially if she happened to be outside (back then I sometimes left her out in the yard when we were gone). She once tore the door off of a Varikennel from the inside and also could unweave chain link fencing. Fortunately we lived in a part of the world where thunderstorms were rare.
One thing I would also do is have the dog’s thyroid tested. Sometimes there is a connection. Have the Michigan state panel done.
Anyway, good luck. Oh, most of the dogs I’ve had with the problem were fine if they could just get into a small space (bathtubs are often a favorite place). I’ve only had one that was really really psycho. And strangely, she was an AWESOME hunting dog.


28 posted on 03/15/2012 8:55:31 AM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Age of Reason
Blaming the owner instead of the pit bull when it rips some innocent person’s head off.

It's the owner's fault for not controlling the animal.

29 posted on 03/15/2012 9:02:17 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: ctdonath2
Buying pets without full positive buy-in from the rest of the family.

I could never own a cat because I was always out voted by the Husband and kids. I am the ONLY cat lover in the family.

30 posted on 03/15/2012 9:04:55 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Altariel

True story... my SIL sent out “birth announcements” when she got puppies. Yes, birth announcements! Her name was listed under “Mother” and my moron brother’s name under “Father”. Birth date, weight and markings were included. I laughed for months.....


31 posted on 03/15/2012 9:12:43 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Age of Reason

Well congratulations, you are in the running for the stupidest post of the day.

Makes sense coming from a pit-bull hating wuss.

I typically like these threads until a douche bag like you show up.


32 posted on 03/15/2012 9:38:09 AM PDT by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: brytlea

:-) Thanks!


33 posted on 03/15/2012 10:06:56 AM PDT by entropy12 (Republicans do not hate, that is a monopoly of democrats.)
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To: submarinerswife
It's the owner's fault for not controlling the animal.

Or for thinking he could control the animal.

34 posted on 03/15/2012 11:10:17 AM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Eaker

Your choice of words illustrates the mentality of pit bull lovers.


35 posted on 03/15/2012 11:15:37 AM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Paradox

Yes, I blame the owners. Because no one should own a pit bull. It’s too dangerous. My lab has certain instincts. He’s never been hunting but he still insists on retrieving birds if he possibly can. He can bring large item of food in his soft mouth and return it to the foot of his owner.

the pit bull has certain instincts. We all know it. 9 out of ten of them may never do anything and be good dogs,but why take the chance since there are so many other nice breeds.

There is one now in my neighborhood. I don’t like it. I see flickers of annoyance in its snake-like face when Bubba tries to be friendly.


36 posted on 03/15/2012 11:36:35 AM PDT by altura
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To: Eaker
What is this grammar you speak of?
37 posted on 03/15/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: Little Pig

I agree about small dogs needing sweaters in the winter. Boots too if they will wear them. Small dogs very can get cold quickly; boots will help their paws. Ice can be very sharp and cut them and the chemicals used to melt the ice can cause blisters on the paws. As to the hermit crabs, they are as boring as dirt so decorating their houses sounds like a good idea.


38 posted on 03/15/2012 1:55:45 PM PDT by tob2 (November can't come soon enough for me.)
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To: Age of Reason

You post stinks of a stick bundler.


39 posted on 03/15/2012 2:24:29 PM PDT by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: the lastbestlady

LOL!

I wasn’t giving a grammar lesson.

If you thought I was then you are an idiot.


40 posted on 03/15/2012 2:26:56 PM PDT by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Eaker

You’re such a sweetheart. Pitties are just dogs, FGS. It’s nice to see you sticking up for them.


41 posted on 03/15/2012 3:46:22 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: TheOldLady

I have one right now at my feet begging for some jalapeno flavored sunflower seeds!


42 posted on 03/15/2012 4:02:13 PM PDT by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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To: Eaker
The vicious monster! Eating your jalapeno sunflower seeds!   ;-)
43 posted on 03/15/2012 4:27:32 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: FourPeas

I largely agree with your list. Exotic pets should be limited to very few but there are people rich enough to properly have a private zoo.

Number 1 - You’re incorrect in the sense that the AKC does not set standards, breed clubs do. I suspect this guy gave this number 1 because he doesn’t know anything about dog health problems and thinks appearance has something to do with them.


44 posted on 03/15/2012 4:37:27 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Mad Dawgg

My previous doggie got this problem at around age 8 ( she lived till 12). Two things worked:

1. when I lived in an apt that had a completely wall to floor small tiled shower ( she couldn’t feel the vibrations)

2,when I moved out of there —Valium, 2.5mg ( half of a 5mg tablet). the vet rx’d it..I gave her one just before the storm started or as it started..she was quiet and calm ..safe and effective. that’s the only time she got one.


45 posted on 03/15/2012 5:28:05 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: Altariel

when anyone crticizes me for anything I do about or with my doggie I say “You’re not paying my mortgage!”

that ends the discussion.ha.


46 posted on 03/15/2012 5:29:18 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (NEWT in 2012)
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To: angcat

I’m stuck in how often to feed my new rescued cat! Right now whenever he wakes up from all his napping he seems to think it’s time for food. He’ll stand by the feeding area until I get something for him.

What I gove him is a full can of wet food daily....spliting it up over the day and night....in thirds...sometimes quarters. And i leave dry food for him too...but he has no teeth so he doesn’t eat alot of that. Maybe 1/4 daily.

He’s ten pounds....and fixed as well. I wonder if I’m not feeding him enough? But he’s sure putting on weight!


47 posted on 03/15/2012 5:38:21 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

We give our cat (4 years old, 8 to 9 pounds)premium dry food about 3 to 4 inches up on a plastic kid’s cup. (3/4 cup??) That lasts her all day. Rationed out over time, with a few ounces put down in the dish only when she isn’t begging for it. Talk to a vet to see what weight and food is best for yours. Ours was on the heavy side, but has lost some and now is maintaining.

It is tough when they beg for it, but a “shoo” with your foot and a commitment to giving them food on your schedule they figure it out.


48 posted on 03/15/2012 5:49:47 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: caww

I give my cats a tablespoon of wet twice a day. I always have the dry food out. I know the wet is good because it gives then the hydration they need because they do not drink water that much. The wet food also makes them fat. I would cut back on it.


49 posted on 03/16/2012 4:52:29 AM PDT by angcat (PLEASE GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: Altariel
“Crazy cat ladies don't earn that title because of their rational behavior and robust social skills, you know?”

Well, I may be a crazy cat lady. I adopt strays. I have 14 cats. A lot of them are over 13 yrs old. The best I do is make sure they are neutered or spayed and well fed. I, also, take care of any of their emergency medical needs. It does cost money but they are in my care. I still have a momma cat who showed up pregnant with a small kitten in 1997. She gave birth to four several weeks later. I adopted out two and still have two of her kittens. Momma and kitties are getting old but still in good health. I will care for any strays as long as I can handle the brood. So far so good. As far as I look at it, they have a life longer than being abandoned.

50 posted on 03/16/2012 8:47:48 PM PDT by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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