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    Witnessed Dez have a full-blown, fall-out, stretch-out, go 20 ways at once temper tantrum the other day, when I physically stopped her from following Miss Sashay out of the room like she always does! I feel so sorry for Sashay, having this constant escort. I was in the middle of coming out Dez, Miss Sashay got up to leave the room, and Dez tried to snatch away to follow her. I grabbed her by the tail (what I call her "cat handle" to stop her, and the "fit" started. I switched to her rear leg for a better hold, and it escalated. It went on for a good 10 seconds, at least, before she realized that she was not going to get away. She finally flopped down and let me finish the grooming...gave me a huge, loud sigh. When I finished, she got up and went to the top of the stairs and started grooming herself, but she never went downstairs to where "here sister" had gone. Miss Sashay eventually came back up the stairs, Dez did a doubletake, and just let her pass. I just can't figure out what this need to follow Miss Sashay is all about it. Dez will follow me AND Sashay, but neither of the other kitties. I do want to add that Dez never got aggressive with me, even though she is the only fully-clawed gurl in the house. She has got the best personality out of the whole group, outside of her aggravating tendency to want to follow.
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    Haven't been here in a while and probably never mentioned the trouble Buddy (my 11 year old boxer) has been having with his back legs. Back in June, we noticed his limping/dragging his back right leg ever so slightly. He also would "slip" when running too fast. It was like his foot / leg was numb or asleep. We asked the Vet about it when we took D.Bo in to see him later that month and he said it sounded like his nerve to his back legs might be pinched. Or he could have a degenerative spine disease. We took him for his visit in August (he hadn't gotten much worse) but we went ahead and had xrays done. Dr said a couple of the vertebrae were fusing together and possibly causing the pinching. He suggested steroids so all of August we gave them to him with little improvement. In September we tried laser treatments to the muscle and didn't really see improvements either. We took him in early October to a specialist and she said 95% sure its a tumor and not the vertebrae since he is not in any pain. So an acupuncturist/chiropractor (which we looked into) won't really help since they are more for pain and manipulating the spine. So, here we are, he's too old for a surgery (and an MRI would be needed at around $2000 and then surgery costs after that which our vet and the specialist both recommended against) and we just need to let it run its course. It will eventually cause paralysis to his back end and he will lose bowel/urine functions and control. He's had a few dribbling incidences but nothing major yet. Its hard to see him dragging his bad leg. Massaging it helps a bit - like of "waking up" the leg as if its asleep which in essence, it is asleep. Its hard to sit by and "give up" which I will not do easily!

    Does anyone have any experience with the Bottom's Up Leash and / or any type of wheeled device to help him get around easier? Mike doesn't think it would work since he is so independent and he thinks a device will be uncomfortable but the vet said we need to let him be as normal as possible or he will just stop moving around and that is bad for the leg and the muscles will just atrophy. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated!
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    The wheeled device won't encourage movement of the hind legs - it's more like a wheel chair. It would help him get around when he has no movement left, though. The front legs do all the work.
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    All of the films that I've seen of animals maneuvering with those wheeled carts for their rears don't seem to hinder them all that much, and the animal appears to be happily on the move. They don't look, at all, depressed....just busy getting where they want to go. I'm sure it's an adjustment process. It looks like they just work it out, like they do when they lose a limb...they compensate. My Maine Coon, Dez, has a littermate who was born with a partial front limb, but you'd never know it. When I last saw her, she was on the move with the rest of her brood...running, hopping, and jumping. She kept that leg kind of tucked up, like a wing.
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    Thanks gals. Yes, the wheeled device that I was thinking of, would be for when he loses mobility in both back legs. I was rambling and running thoughts together and wasn't being clear. Right now, he sort of hops and swings that leg over and around when he is going outside or off the sidewalk. The bottom's up leash is for walking (when he still can), and for hoisting him up onto the bed or sofa or something.

    Prhoshay - you are right, they compensate. He has been for the last month and not doing too bad. He does look at us sometimes, like what the heck is wrong with this thing and why won't it do what I am telling it to do. Breaks my heart but he's not letting it get him down that's for sure!

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    Amazing nature - The Eagle Owl

    A friend sent me this. It's only a minute long, but the last few seconds are terrifying!
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    I just changed brands of cat litter and it seems like more of this new brand - Fresh Step - is being tracked onto the carpet. I've used Tidy Cat for years and just tried Fresh Step because they store was out of Tidy Cat. I found that it controlled odor better, so I thought I'd switch. Now I'm not so sure. I feel like I need to vacuum every day. I have one of those litter-trapping mats in front of the box, but it doesn't seem to be doing much.

    Has anyone else had this experience? I keep wondering if I'm just imagining that they're tracking more litter onto the carpet, but I don't think I am. I may just switch back to Tidy Cat....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post
    Amazing nature - The Eagle Owl

    A friend sent me this. It's only a minute long, but the last few seconds are terrifying!
    Wow!!! That was really something! It was gorgeous while, at the same time, kind of scary and rather hybird-looking creepy!!! The talons looked like large dog paws!

    It was, seriously, worth seeing. Thanks for sharing!
    "...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutmutter View Post

    That was FANTASTIC!! Such grace and power. Thanks for sharing!
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    Re: For animal lovers

    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    I just changed brands of cat litter and it seems like more of this new brand - Fresh Step - is being tracked onto the carpet. I've used Tidy Cat for years and just tried Fresh Step because they store was out of Tidy Cat. I found that it controlled odor better, so I thought I'd switch. Now I'm not so sure. I feel like I need to vacuum every day. I have one of those litter-trapping mats in front of the box, but it doesn't seem to be doing much.

    Has anyone else had this experience? I keep wondering if I'm just imagining that they're tracking more litter onto the carpet, but I don't think I am. I may just switch back to Tidy Cat....
    Critical, now that you mentioned this, I remember trying Fresh Step and it did seem to stick to my cat's paws more than the other brand I use.

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