@somf69 This, 100%. I’ve taken on high-labor pet care (think 4 laundry loads of soiled bedding a day, plus special food, lining the car seat for outings, vet bills…) and still grieved so much when she was gone.
@brainmist@somf69 I’m at that stage with my 16-year-old girl right now, luckily the medication she’s on helps with the incontinence to some extent, but she also has elevated liver enzymes & possibly Cushing’s, so I’m trying to enjoy the times where she still acts like a puppy, having the zoomies, jumping around the car like a kangaroo on crack, barking at me to wake me up (or for no reason, or reasons known only to her ). The zoomies are getting less frequent, but give me hope that she’s still doing pretty well for such an elderly grande dame.
@brainmist@ircon96@somf69 It seems like the breeds that tend to live the longest are the really small ones. I like medium to large dogs, ~40+ lbs. My Dalmatian was 15 when we had to have her put to sleep, which isn’t bad. I definitely didn’t make it any easier to say goodbye.
@brainmist So true. It seems like, with purebred dogs, the goal of breeders is just the opposite–they couldn’t shorten their lives more if they tried. They perpetuate so many genetic conditions that the poor things often don’t have a chance to make it to their golden years!
I do think a lot of large dog stats are influenced by the increased likelihood that previous measures include farm/ working/ outdoor dogs, who, like barn cats, likely received less care and had higher risk of violent death (human or otherwise).
My dogs have died of diseases/ old age (and one, tragically, from rimadyl toxicity; do NOT let your vet prescribe this or its generic, carprofen, for your big/ senior dog!) And, except for the poisoned one, they lived for 15+ years.
@ircon96@lisagd@somf69 Kidney and/or liver failure, which is more common in larger/older dogs. There’s an FDA customer information sheet, which my vet didn’t provide; when I asked about side effects, he only identified possible stomach upset and recommended giving it with food.
She had half the red flag symptoms. She died in pain less than three weeks after starting treatment. For a stubbed/sprained toe.
@narfcake Cats shed more directly on their servants.
We had a very small dense-furred mostly-white shorthair who could out-shed all of the rest put together. She walked around in her own little private cloud of fur. We called her Spot, which meant that the hair and lint sticky rollers were known as Spot Removers.
@narfcake@werehatrack We have two cats and a dog. All shed of course, but while the cats like being brushed/combed, the dog hates it and he won’t stand still for more than a few seconds of it. I’ve tried various (soft) brushes and combs on him with no luck. Oddly, he likes/tolerates it if I just use my fingers/nails to brush through his fur. Weirdo.
For some reason it’s cheaper than when I bought it over a year ago and it’s showing a 40% off coupon check box for me… But it’s amazon. So. You may not see that.
Don’t have a dog. And I bought that one to try and deal with the puffy cats undercoat getting bunched up. They mostly like it. It definitely doesn’t get everything/I find it weirdly satisfying to gently breakup/pull out those clumps by hand… But they don’t always like that either.
Anyway dog cat also likes it and it actually does get some out of him even though he is a shorthair
Thought was it you were using a soft brush but he likes the fingers… Maybe something a little harder.
I don’t do the with all of them but a couple I pull it through their tail. With. A good bit of resistance. But they like it/I get some junk out.
@unksol Some of our cats will lay still while I go over them with a Furminator, others will tolerate a currying brush, a couple are just not down for any of that. At the moment, none of them are having issues with mat buildup.
@werehatrack I don’t think they have issues really. What tends to happen is I’ll just be petting them and I encounter a dense area that could mat and I just want to pull it apart before it turns into one.
They’re all over the place on that though. Most really like it around the head. Abdomen is a little mixed. Ass area they generally are not into. For some reason
@narfcake@werehatrack I have the really fine metal deshededding tool. Never did much. I had a silicon one like the video. Someone must have relocated it though. I never got much results wise with that style either
@narfcake@unksol@werehatrack I have a Furminator. It worked great on my former dog (she had a thick, fine undercoat) and the cats like it too (except when it hits a knot!). Current dog - not so much. I think the dog’s issue may be extra sensitive skin - he has (mostly) white fur plus blue eyes. And the skin under the white fur is quite pink.
@unksol@werehatrack Some of my cats love being groomed and will push whomever I am grooming out of the way so they can have it done. Then I have one who tries to push me out of the way as she hates it. Too bad so sad. She sheds like crazy so I have to hold her down to do it. Never been bit or scratched but if looks would kill I’d be dead meat.
@narfcake Our Furminator has a green handle; we had a shedding brush/comb thing that had a purple grip, but it vanished quite a while back. (I still suspect that one of the cats gravitied it into a wastebasket. This would, of course, have been entirely accidental.)
@ircon96@werehatrack@yakkoTDI She was unpredictably awful, and came with the house. Early on, as I (with no real furniture) was setting things up, she trotted around the room where I was sorting papers, found the most important pile… and peed on them.
“Hi, I need to request a new copy of X. Um. The original? Was…er…peed upon.”
@Oldelvis@unksol Hairball is better than a puddle of overeating upchuck. An acquaintance has a cat that he dares not feed more than a few tablespoons of gooshy at a timne. Put out a whole can, and she’l make it vanish and reappear in about fifteen minutes all told, particularly when it’s her favorite.
@kittykat9180@namnamnat My daughter had a mastiff for a while (her husband’s idea). She complained of having to clean slobber off of the ceiling. The dog would shake is head and the drool would go flying.
Them climbing in the drier when my wife wasn’t looking.
Don’t worry. Didn’t end tragically. She turned it on, heard “thump thump” so stopped to see what was banging. Out ran the stray that had adopted us a few years before looking a little terrified but completely unharmed.
@OnionSoup@unksol@werehatrack Many years ago, the live-in girlfriend of a buddy of mine had 2 ferrets that she let run free in the house. I remember going over there and being hit at the door by the musky smell of their urine that they marked everything with. Apparently, the residents had gotten used to it and didn’t notice anymore. I was sitting on the couch and suddenly felt one of them climb up inside my pant leg. Startling, to say the least.
@macromeh@OnionSoup@unksol@werehatrack My sister had 2 ferrets years ago. Stuff that she brings from her condo still has a tinge of that smell.
When we moved into the house I’m in now, we had to tear out the carpet in the guest bedroom because it reeked of ferrets. Such a strange smell, not at all like any other animal. Almost like some sort of weird industrial cleaning solution. I hate it! They’re adorable but peeuww!
Well they did let him run loose and we did help them move stuff once and there was. Some ferret poop under their sons bed. So I’m sure that’s a thing. Don’t remember smelling him though and he was very cute. Rode around on the big black labs back.
The cats have done some damage. I did ask my sister if it smelled like cat piss in here when she came a few months ago. I don’t think she’d lie…
@lisaviolet I was lucky in the sense that my dog had two strokes, the second one while we were at the vet, so it was clear nothing could be done. It saved me questioning for the past 8 months whether I’d made the right decision, but it didn’t make it any easier.