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Has this ever happened to you?

Oct. 19th, 2007 | 07:01 am
mood: curious curious
posted by: writing_minutia in petucation

You're sitting in your $10 black acrylic dress pants. The broken heater has led to you sitting topless, the elestic popping out of your bra (replace with stained undershirt if you're so inclined). Your room is dark from the lightbulb breaking in your overhead lamp. You found a working lamp on the street, in which you put a 20-watt bulb you found in the back of the cabinet from your migraine days (which has still left the room dark, but light enough to see the outline of your furniture). Homer Simpson with his red skin is keeping you company. You figure if you close your eyes, you won't notice what colour he is anyway. You go to sit on your bed and climb into the dip in the middle, which feels almost cradle like. One of these days, you'll be able to fix the base and save your bed. For now, this is your home.

In the meantime, your cat is in the corner eating all-natural, immune-boosting cat kibble.

Symptom of normal student-hood? Or Sacrifice?

What do you (willingly, of course) sacrifice for your pet?

Any comments on "financial experts" who call pets a luxury?

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Cat/Dog food recall

Mar. 17th, 2007 | 08:33 am
posted by: writing_minutia in petucation

Not exactly on topic but I hope the Mod will forgive me... I figure since we are all broke, a lot of us use generic brands.

Menu Foods, who manufactures generic brands such as President's Choice, Special Kitty, Compliments and many, many others (over 40), are doing a voluntary recall of specific lots from 2 plants. There have been suspicious deaths that cannot be connected to the food directly (no evidence of chemical toxins/poisoning, food borne viruses/bacteria, nothing) but all the owners who called appear to have bought food manufactured at specific plants around the same time.

The news reports this morning are saying there is a cat/dog food recall in the United States but not Canada. They are running off of reports from last night- this morning shows Canada was affected. So check your cat/dog food to see if yours is on the list.


Check those labels! Probably no reason to be scared, but better to be save and check than to leave it.

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Jun. 10th, 2006 | 01:04 pm
mood: hopeful hopeful
posted by: jusdayne in petucation

There are some free kittens at the corner of Rubidge and King st. at Perwinkles if anyone is interested, they are 3 grey and 2 black! They are in need of a good home!

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cat carrier

Apr. 17th, 2006 | 10:52 am
posted by: pure_land in petucation

hey everyone....just letting you all know that I have a cat carrier here that i am looking to get rid of. It's one of those beige ones with brown handles and door...large size...the door hinge is broken, but with some creativity/a piece of wire, it can easily be fixed. If you're interested, come pick it up (no charge)...I'd just hate to see all that plastic go to waste!!

I'm in the traill college area.

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Exam missed due to pet emergency

Feb. 28th, 2006 | 11:55 am
posted by: writing_minutia in petucation

Okay, this did not happen to me but I am curious.

Has anyone ever missed something important at school because of a pet emergency? Like an exam or presentation? Do they accept that as an emergency?

Has anyone ever asked a vet for a note? Something like "Please note that on this day so-n-so brought in little-guy for an emergency appointment due to a life-threatening laceration" or something like that. A friend just had a pet accident before a test and it wasn't an emergency and she made the test it got us thinking, what if it had been?

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Keep away that Easter Chocolate

Feb. 28th, 2006 | 11:48 am
posted by: writing_minutia in petucation

The American Animal Society for the Protection of Animals - Animal Poison Control Center is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through calling 1-888-426-4435. (I have never called it so I don't know if the number is available in Canada)

However, they may charge a $55 USD consultation fee on your credit card so calling your local veterinary hospital may be a better idea, or call the number on the back of the product, which is usually free.

Many hospitals will answer questions without an appointment (except in an emergency or after-hours, it is expected that they are answering questions to help you get the animal to the emergency service) if your pet has had an appointment there and it appears that your animal is receiving veterinary care from their facility. I once spoke to a vet out of the blue about how to tell if my Gully is in pain, without a charge and ended up saying on the phone "oh, well given that information it doesn't sound like he needs an appointment. I'll keep my eye open though." Remember, that many times they will suggest bringing in your animal just because its hard to do that stuff over the phone.

Edit: I found another one so here is the text from the website: The National Animal Poison Control Center (NAPCC) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-900-680-0000 or 1-800-548-2423. There is a charge for these services. I know the ASPCA site is current but I don't know the age of this number.

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Strange question

Jan. 29th, 2006 | 12:01 pm
posted by: writing_minutia in petucation

My cat and I have different taste in movies. I know, I sound like one of those cat people but listen to why I care: When I'm trying to fall asleep I watch movies and if it's a movie he likes he sits quietly for portions of it and drives me a little less crazy.

Anyway, I like comedies. He likes car chases and car explosions, but runs away for "boring" plot moments. Basically Kitty likes it when cars move fast (we live next to the Police Station- so you can guess how often his is staring out the window). Any suggests on a movie that would save what little sanity I have left by calming him down and interest me?

PS: someone IRL did suggest that I put all his favourite scenes on a tape or DVD and play them in the other room to attract his attention, but I don't have the ability to make this. Otherwise, I would have made a tape entirely of the Halls Helicopter commercial, which he loves.

X-posted in allthingsdisney

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Cat toys

Jan. 17th, 2006 | 12:28 am
mood: cranky cranky
posted by: writing_minutia in petucation

My kitten has been very bad. Very bad indeed- scratching up my curtains and clothes. This is not like him, normally. It took me a while and it is not anger but boredom. When someone gave him a new toy he loved it, played with it over and over until he broke it. Then it was back to my drapes (they hang, he loves it).

OSAP hasn't come in so I can't afford new toys.There's only so long he can be entertained by the pill bottles he stole from me (don't worry- I doubt he could open it but just in case I put in a lone iron pill so it would make a rattle and figured the iron would be the least dangerous pill though he has yet to ever eat a pill off the floor). I have given him water bottles (both empty and with some reflective water), toilet paper rolls, a box,some of my "party" beads hanging off of a doorknob, paper balls...

Any ideas for free (read homemade) cat toys? They have to be safe enough that he can play with them alone while I'm at class.

Addendum: Temporary fix- the balcony door blew wide open and he was watchin the cars outside through the screen door for over an hour (boy my living room got cold). Then, he was watching the action sequences in "Last Action Hero". Cars and action movies, this is what he like. He's such a boy! ;-)

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academia and pets?

Jan. 4th, 2006 | 03:15 pm
posted by: ani_no_mouse in petucation

OK, I admit it. I was really browsing through the list of communities related academia in search of information or commiseration on how to write good rec letters for students one knows minimally. But, how could I pass up a site that specifically deals with issues of pets in education when once again I had to leave the house while my dog looked at me with his sad, "You mean it's still not Take Our Puppies To Work day" eyes?

Perhaps I should allow him to write the rec letter. He doesn't know the student any better than I do (in fact he doesn't know her at all.) But if he were to meet her, he would no doubt be boundless in his enthusiasm for her!

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anybody need a pet carrier?

Dec. 14th, 2005 | 10:25 pm
posted by: benfoldsfivefan in petucation

i have a pet carrier (hard-sided, airline dimensions 12x16x8") it collapses down to about 3" tall. and opens at the top and on the front. i haven't used at all, i bought it but it ends up i won't be needing it. if anybody is looking for a pet carrier, let me know. i paid about $55 bucks but lost the receipt so i can't take it back. i'm asking for about $30, to make it worth my while.

email benfoldsfan@gmail.com or call 807-626-9275 (if you're in tbay). i'll ship it to wherever (US and canada) but you'll have to pay at least some of the shipping charges (i don't know how much it'd be), or if you're in tbay, pickup is a good option.

hopefully somebody can use it!

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