I wound up at the Vet’s early this AM because both my four foots got sick last night. The older lab mix’s GI system goes wonky once or twice a year. No big deal – boiled chicken and rice and she’s normally good to go. Unfortunately, that wasn’t really working this time and after taking her out last night every 45 minutes or so, the younger lab mix decided she wanted in. And for her opening act: PROJECTILE VOMITING!!!!! This was also her second, third, fourth, and fifth act over the next hour. The good news is I have tile or bamboo floors. The bad news is I had steam mopped them yesterday afternoon…

They both survived the night. I got no sleep. Called the Vet’s as soon as they opened and was in the waiting room 15 minutes later. They worked us in within the hour. A history of what’s been going on, or rather out and coming up, since Thursday, an exam, two shots a piece, some follow up pills, and a bill later and the girls are resting comfortably.

Anyhow in the Vet’s waiting room were two different sets of kittens they’ve got for adoption. And, of course, the Veterinary practice’s large, orange swirl sherbet colored Maine coon. Because I was close to tapping out from exhaustion and needed to handle my girls, I couldn’t get too close to the kittens, but I did manage to snap a couple of pictures. And since we’re overdue for a new thread and since I’m completely exhausted and not going to do anything substantial, here they are.

First up what looks to be three wildcat or wildcat/Main coon mix kittens. Since I couldn’t get too close, and only had my iPhone with me (so I’ve tweaked the sharpness, etc a bit so you can get a better look), you can’t really see it, but they have both the spots on their foreheads and the “M” marking. They also have horizontal stripes ringing their legs and tails. From left to right – one is sort of the color of a conch shell – not pink, not orange, not coral, not peach – just sort of a mix. The other two are different shades of gray.

The two other kittens were both black. This was, I think, the only time they were not moving around and playing the entire time I was sitting there.


And this is the clinic’s cat:


Stay fluffy!

Open thread.

88 replies
  1. 1
    wkwv says:

    The clinic cat is identical to my late, great, Howie the feline Golden Retriever. He arrived at about four years old by way of the Humane Society, and lived to twenty. God I miss him.

  2. 2
    Mike in NCt says:

    We recently spent $773 on a cat’s dental work, but have no complaints.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    The bad news is I had steam mopped them yesterday afternoon…

    Inquiring minds want to know: did it involve mustard?

    My cat has been throwing up every other day for the past couple years and we can’t figure it out. He’s had diabetes since 2012 or so (thanks to a quack vet giving him a steroid shot without our permission) and he’s nearly 17 or so. And he always throws up a second time directly after the first time.

  4. 4
    la caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:


    I think the word for the color of the not-pink, not-orange kitten is “buff”. Looks like he and his tortie tabby friend are literally joined at the hip! They’ll have to be adopted together.

    Hope your labs have a speedy recover from their GI issues.

  5. 5
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @la caterina (Mrs. Johannes): They’re doing much better. Thanks!

  6. 6
    HumboldtBlue says:

    I aint got nothing on the cat angle but the Pikes Peak race is tomorrow.

    What I know about racing could be bettered by a cat but this is what it looked and sounded like in 2013 when a guy drove really really fast up that mountain.

  7. 7
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mike in NCt: I’m withholding judgement until we hear from your cat.//

  8. 8
    Anne Laurie says:

    Positive thoughts for the fourfoots, and also for you, Adam!

    We are on the road, in the ancient folk ritual of celebrating an inlaw’s wedding by seriously stress-testing one’s own. I am having trouble adapting to this laptop keyboard & crappy screen, but the Garden Chat is now finished & queued up for dawn or thereabouts.

    It has been, by my agoraphobic standards, a surprisingly smooth trip… so far. Please Murphy the Trickster God, by Tuesday I’ll be home & up to my usual schedule again…

  9. 9
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: No. It involved a steam mop and the floor. Do try to keep up with rest of the class…//

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Anne Laurie: Thanks. I think we’re through the worst. I’ve been very fortunate. My Vet down here (same one I had before I was assigned to USAWC) is excellent, as was my Vet in Carlisle. Glad the trip hasn’t stressed you too badly. I have a wedding next weekend. I’m doing the deserts with the exception of the wedding cake as my gift. Which is fine, as I really don’t want to deal with multiple different sized layers and fondant this week…

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    M4 says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: that sounds unpleasant for all involved.

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    jl says:

    Thanks for story. Hope all comes out well.
    The clinic cat seems to be taking everything very calmly, and should serve as a model to us all.

    Why is it called ‘projectile’ vomiting rather than ‘ballistic’ vomiting? Asking for a friend.

  13. 13
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @jl: The problem was everything was coming out a little too well…//

    I have no idea why it’s called projectile vomiting.

  14. 14
    Keith P. says:

    I adopted a couple of kittens today…absolutely adorable. One even has no tail And they are incredibly well-behaved for kittens. They just love attention (including belly rubs). The only problems – my adult cat doesn’t like them at all (yet), and they were outside cats, so they are loaded with fleas but too young for shampoo, collars, etc.
    Anyone have experience with a young kitten with fleas? I’m assuming all I can really do is get a flea comb and work on them daily for a bit. Maybe bathe them with baby shampoo, which might get them accustomed to being bathed without slashing me.

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    Yarrow says:

    Sending good thoughts to your pups. That doesn’t sound fun for any of you.

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    Ruckus says:

    It got a lot faster when they paved it all the way to the top in 2011. Before that it was part pavement and part gravel.
    Also think of what happens if something goes wrong. It’s a very, very long way down if you screw up badly at the wrong place.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    It is. I don’t know what to do. He’s such a good, gentle cat. I hate that stupid vet. That asshole flew an American flag outside his office upside down until after the 2016 election.

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    The Dangerman says:


    …but the Pikes Peak race is tomorrow.

    Helluva video you linked; some of the crazies get awfully damn close to the course.

    Speaking of crazy and Colorado, I gotta do this little test before I get too much older. Also the Skyline (Cactus to Clouds) trail near Palm Springs….

    ….or I can kick back and consume more wine. yeah, wine for now.

    Might get close to you in a week; Kate Wolf Festival in Laytonville. A bucket list thing.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Sure thing, teach. Hope your dogs feel better.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Having had the personal pleasure of multiple episodes of “projectile vomiting” in one afternoon, I’m able to explain.
    Watch The Exorcist. Now add a lot of pressure/speed/volume to the projectile as shown in the movie, as if it were being shot out of a naval or artillery weapon. You will be close to the concept.
    In my case I destroyed a public restroom at an event I was working. Finished, cleaned it up with buckets, mop, sponges, a ladder and lots of water. Just in time to have a second round of shelling, ordered from the battlefield in my stomach. Repeat, rinse. A fun time was had by no one.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Keith P.: Check with your vet,but I assume getting them wet will help you comb out those fleas even if you can’t drown them.

    And it’s worth stressing the babies a little, cuz a load of blood-suckers is more stress on their bodies than a bath. Fleas steal nutrients kittens can’t spare!

  22. 22
    Yarrow says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: Why do you continue to take him to that vet? It’s certainly fine to get a second opinion. And he sounds like a rightwing asshole. Why give your money to him?

  23. 23
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Keith P.:

    I adopted a couple of kittens today…absolutely adorable. One even has no tail

    That’s a bobcat. Plan accordingly.//

    More seriously: congratulations.

  24. 24
    Mandarama says:

    Adam, I hope your pups are recovering well! It’s the worst, worrying over them. My sweet golden Murphy is also in the hospital tonight. His occasional seizures turned into 2 hours of cluster seizures this morning, despite the meds he is on. I hope so much that it will be treatable going forward.

    He’s 10 now. He was a rescue story here in 2009, and now he’s a senior and my once-little kids are 6 ft tall. I believe I have to go ugly cry in my pillow now. Bless our 4-foot beloveds, all.

  25. 25
    jl says:

    Begin first weekend of summer announcement.

    Gold Dust Peaches are ripe and in farmers market. Just ate one. Like eating a piece of peach pie, but easier to prepare and clean up. Find them in farmers market, they don’t ‘keep’ well enough to sell in most supermarkets. Except maybe someone has access to to premium supermarket that will handle them, or buys directly from farmer.

    End first weekend of summer announcement.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    We don’t and haven’t since. Our current vet doesn’t know why he’s throwing up so much.

  27. 27
    Mandarama says:

    @Keith P.: Oh, congratulations on your new additions! 2 kittens are basically entertainment for ages.

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    Ruckus says:

    @The Dangerman:
    Not as long but the old lighthouse at Pt Reyes, in Marin County has a nice stairway down to the tower, and it’s damn steep. I was in pretty good shape when I was there last and getting back to the top was tough. Can’t imagine having worked there and done that every day.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Keith P.:

    When we found our now-cat Charlotte as a flea-ridden kitten, we bathed her and her sister in kitten shampoo. Just be prepared for all of the fleas to swarm to the top of their heads, which is kind of gross.

    Also, if you take them to the vet, they may be able to give them a half-dose of flea remedy, but it is NOT something to try at home.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: Actions were taken. Decisions were made. No one was spared.

    They’re doing much better, thanks. They’re curled up on the bed snoozing while I watch the Germany-Sweden world cup game I DVRed this afternoon. We just finished the Mexico game.

    I’m going to order a Mexican national team jersey and have it personalized with Sin Pared above the number 45.

  31. 31
    Yarrow says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷: Another opinion might be something to think about. If he’s okay otherwise it might just be something you have to live with. Could it be some issue with his food?

  32. 32
    The Dangerman says:


    Not as long but the old lighthouse at Pt Reyes, in Marin County has a nice stairway down to the tower, and it’s damn steep.

    That one’s scratched off my list. A nice test; looking down to the Lighthouse looks ominous, but the climb back isn’t too hard. Course, I was in much, MUCH better shape then….

  33. 33
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷:

    That asshole flew an American flag outside his office upside down until after the 2016 election.

    This is what we professional researchers, analysts, and investigators call a clue…//

    I’m guessing you’ve had your cat checked by a more professional, more ethical, and far more competent vet?

  34. 34
    Yarrow says:

    @Adam L Silverman: Glad they’re doing better. Did the vet have any idea what caused it?

  35. 35
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Mandarama: We’ll keep good thoughts for Murphy and for you all. Let us know how things go over the next few days. Hang in there!

  36. 36
    Yarrow says:

    @Mandarama: That’s got to be a worry. Sending good thoughts in your direction too. Hopefully the vet can figure out what’s going on and there’s an easy treatment.

  37. 37
    MobileForkbeard says:

    So long as we’re posting pictures of kitties, I’m obliged to show our Hobbes. So named because we thought he was a scholar and a gentleman.

    We were wrong.

  38. 38
    Bill Arnold says:

    Urban Dictionary:
    Trump Hotel – Any detention camp or detention warehouse for immigrant children…

    If you need to escape violence and terror in your home country, come to the U.S. and our border thugs will put your children up in a Trump Hotel.

    (Trump is his brand is Trump is the Trump administration. Seven similar definitions ATM. :-)

  39. 39
    la caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:

    @Keith P.: We always wash rescue kittens with Dawn. Use a dilute solution, work it into their coat to kill the fleas, rinse well, dry and comb out any remaining fleas.

  40. 40
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Yarrow: No. My oldest, Rosie, has this happen a couple of times a year. I honestly think this case was because we had really heavy thunderstorms and monsoons all day Wednesday, which upset her, but also meant she wouldn’t go out and equalize pressure when she normally would. So by the time she got out around 5:30 or so, she’d been holding everything in and that just stressed her system out. When she didn’t finish her breakfast Thursday morning and didn’t want any frozen blueberries as I was making my AM/breakfast protein smoothie, I knew she had a rumbly tummy. Made some white rice right away and gave her a bit. Took chicken out to thaw and then boiled that up for her dinner. That she did eat. I thought we were going to be okay by Friday afternoon as she seemed okay, but starting about 8:30 last night, she wanted out every 45 minutes or so. Not much left to come out, all of it liquid. About 2:30 Ruby had a completely liquid stool. And 1/2 an hour later the puking started. I have found that when Rosie’s system gets out of whack, Ruby’s will go within a day or two. And it did.

    Fortunately they’re doing much better. Though around 4 AM yesterday morning I was on the phone with the emergency vet considering taking Ruby in versus waiting things out till 8 AM. My biggest worry is she’d gotten into one of the gopher frogs we have here and she got just enough toxicity to mess her up. Fortunately her gums were normal colored, she wasn’t drooling, and she started drinking just as I was talking to the emergency vet. It was the refusal to even take water off my fingers that had me really worried.

  41. 41
    Ruckus says:

    @The Dangerman:
    So was I and also a fair bit younger and not having what appears to be some health issues.
    I’m not sure that I could even make it to the top right now.
    At both the Women’s March and the kids march after that I had to sit and rest about 3-4 blocks in. Something about the short shuffling that one has to do in a crowd and that I have to really watch where I place my feet so I don’t fall, I think. And I still can walk 3 1/2 miles to a store I go to, as long as it isn’t too warm, like over 75. Life is fun. Life is fun. Life is fun. Just keep telling yourself that and you too may be convinced.

  42. 42
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Bill Arnold:

  43. 43
    NotMax says:

    If live to be 500, shall never grok cat people nor the attraction of the things, at any age.

  44. 44
    Bill Arnold says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    It already has wings. :-)
    How the F did they get that domain name? :-)

  45. 45
    M4 says:

    @NotMax: you’re dead to me

  46. 46
    CaseyL says:

    It’s kitten season at PAWs, so nearly every weekend (my shift is Sunday) there are kittens available for adoption and mobs of people rushing in to see them. This is my first year at PAWs, the weekend before last was my first “Kitten Season weekend” and it was kind of jaw dropping. I think all the kittens on hand – 10? 12? – were adopted in that 3-hour period.

  47. 47
    The Dangerman says:

    FWIW, mentioned the Skyline Trail on an earlier post; probably shouldn’t have (call it the wine), this is a trail that a lot of people/books don’t talk about because it’s seriously, seriously strenuous and can be downright dangerous. If you’re in SoCal, don’t read an idiots (that would be me) post on the Internet and think, hey, sounds like fun, hold my beer.

  48. 48
    Bill Arnold says:

    @Bill Arnold:
    A few days ago: 2018/06/20. I’m impressed. First seen on twitter 2018/06/20 (that I know of). Quick work.

    Domain Name: TRUMPHOTELS.ORG

    Registrar URL:

    Creation Date: 2018-06-20T14:20:48Z

  49. 49
    smike says:

    @HumboldtBlue: @Ruckus: I was interested enough to click on that vid but, being averse to heights, I could only imagine the road too well. The camera angle doesn’t show the sheer drop-offs beyond that pavement, but I know they are there. I once took the road up to Ouray, CO (from Durango) as a passanger, and that will be enough of that. Breathtaking views for sure, but for me the butt-clenching, white knuckled kind.

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    rikyrah says:

    Sorry for your dogs 😥
    The kitties 😍

  51. 51
    Cckids says:

    @wkwv: He’s also much like my big gentle giant Gryff. Lost him last year; miss him still.

  52. 52
    rikyrah says:

    Sending positive thoughts 😥

  53. 53
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Bill Arnold: Apparently no one at the Trump Organization had secured the .org domain.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    You have been excommunicated from the internet. May the FSM have mercy on your soul.

    @Adam L Silverman:
    We have and we still don’t know what’s wrong. He’s fine otherwise.

    Could it be some issue with his food?

    Well, all he ever eats is turkey and rice from the cans a few times a day and he gets some hard food with his shot in addition to the soft food.

  55. 55
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @rikyrah: Thanks, but no worries. The doggos are on the mend!

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    Duane says:

    @Adam L Silverman: I thought the BJ approved mode for mopping was naked. Did you consult with Cole about you mopping style?

  57. 57
    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Whenever I think back to reading Death of a Salesman, why didn’t Willy Loman’s boss take pity on him and give him some busy work to keep him employed, just until he could retire on Social Security in a few years? And speaking of Social Security, it existed in 1949. The welfare state in the US, while not at its zenith (I’d say that happened in the 1960s with the Great Society programs), was still going strong. Why didn’t Willy just retire on his Social Security? I’d ask Arthur Miller, but he’s dead.

  58. 58
    Bill Arnold says:


    If live to be 500, shall never grok cat people nor the attraction of the things, at any age.

    Then this is for you:
    Dog Breeding has had many unintended consequences

    Repeated inbreeding created an extremely unlikeable and difficult dog that we call a “cat”

    Well, if you don’t mind the accompanying dog insults. :-)

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    NotMax says:

    @Goku (aka Amerikan Baka)

    Wouldn’t have made for much of a play.



  60. 60
    Yutsano says:


    Been a weird day. Didn’t wake up until 11 and haven’t really done much. But there’s a border collie on my bed so all is well.

  61. 61
    Bill Arnold says:

    @Adam L Silverman:
    Oldest non-boilerplate files (jpegs) up June 22 if one believes the timestamps.
    Well done. Smiling. :-)

  62. 62
    NotMax says:


    Almost as good as a Marine.


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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷 says:

    That’s a Doylist explanation. I was looking more for Watsonian ones 😛

  64. 64
    efgoldman says:

    I have no business being up and on line at this hour. I’m exhausted. Doing the equivalent of tossing and turning, but in a chair.
    I can’t get to the kitchen to make a cup of tea.
    Whine whineity whine….

    BTW Site is still loading very slowly

  65. 65
    NotMax says:


    Can’t offer tea. Can offer sympathy.

    When do the stitches come out?

  66. 66
    HumboldtBlue says:


    The camera angle got me as well. Got me height anxiety running.

    Here, check out some goats in coats. Well, sweaters.

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    Ruckus says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka Amerikan Baka) 🗳 🌷:
    Back when Willy was getting ready to retire SS didn’t pay all that much. Sure you didn’t need as much to live but you needed more than what it provided at the time. Also people were used to working a bizillion hours a week and what were you going to do when you retired in 1950, sit around and stare at the walls? Very few had enough money saved up to much more than that and actually eat and so forth.

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    Ruckus says:

    I don’t mind the racing footage at all but what I know is that one tiny mistake at his speed and it’s a ride of a lifetime. Most of the corners are outside off, not into a hill or embankment. Notice at the end even the driver was extremely relieved to be able to relax. And most race drivers, while they do tense up a bit are normally pretty relaxed, they are used to the speed and how quickly things happen. And it helps a lot to going fast and smooth not to be wound up like the clock at the Tower of London,

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    Origuy says:

    I took the cog train up to the top of Pikes Peak once. Sadly, it did not open this year and won’t for the foreseeable future, according to their web site. They need to do a lot of work on it.
    It took you from 6600 feet to 14,000 in a little over 3 hours.

  70. 70
    Annamal says:


    The prime minister of our country has just announced her baby’s name (Neve Te Aroha) and about 75% of the country is feeling clucky.

  71. 71
    Mel says:

    @HumboldtBlue: @Ruckus: That’s some impressive driving. Looking at the narrow roads and steep drops gives me a case of long- distance vertigo, though!

    I guess it’s all a matter of what you become accustomed to. The gently rolling foothills where I live seem like, well, just hills to me, but driving or riding in a car in actual high altitudes is a little unnerving for me.

    A friend and I did an overnight marathon drive from her home in the flatlands of Florida back to my hometown years ago, for a friend’s wedding.

    Her little boy, then just 3 years old, had never travelled far by car before. He was so excited and energetic for two days before the trip that he wore himself out and slept through most of the drive, only fully waking up when we were coming up my hilly driveway, which had a sheer drop off of about 30 feet one side.

    We knew the exact moment he awoke in his car seat, because he let out a bloodcurdling, terrified shriek, followed by: “Mommy mommy mommy we’re falling off a MOUNTAIN!!”

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    SWMBO says:

    @Keith P.: My sister and I groomed pets to put ourselves through college. If they are small enough, you might try the kitchen sink. Make it as pleasant and fun and treat full as you need to so they learn that getting a bath isn’t life threatening. Ask your vet about shampoo. They may also be big enough for a flea pill (the vets give it for boarding). Baby shampoo will get them clean but might not dent the fleas. If you use baby shampoo, dilute it a LOT. 5 to 1 or 10 to 1 lot. If you have a sprayer on the kitchen sink or a shower wand in the tub, it will make it easier to direct the water without blinding them or waterboarding them (see above on fun). To help get rid of the fleas get them wet to the skin. If they will tolerate it, let them soak for a bit. When you brush/comb them after, have a small container of alcohol (rubbing alcohol not drinking alcohol). Put the fleas in it. Fleas can generally hold on for a bit in water but alcohol kills them (and their eggs). Brush/comb them on a light colored surface (table mat, towel, sheet) to make it easier to spot the fleas trying to escape. Wash all towels or other fabric used in this with hot water and a capful of disinfectant (Lysol). Sprinkle the carpet with baking soda, let sit for half an hour, then vaccuum. This helps kill the fleas and eggs in carpet so you don’t get to do this forever. Don’t let the kittens lick up the baking soda, it will give them diarrhea. It’s still less toxic than bug bombs.

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    SWMBO says:

    @Duane: Maybe he was naked and that’s when they started barfing?

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    Keith P. says:

    @Adam L Silverman: She’s a part manx, not a bobcat. Literally no tail at all, not even a partial (bob) tail.

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    J R in WV says:

    Since the drops for fleas and ticks have been invented we haven’t had any trouble with insects. Plus new house is all hard floors, mostly hickory hardwood, tile in the kitchen. We did need to bathe a full grown 20 pound cat once, he got under an old truck on a hot day and got Trans Fluid allover his back, a very bad thing.

    But we put him in the sink with Dawn and things went well, he was quite civil about it as we told him that oil was bad for him and had to come off. Warm water spray rinse. We used flea combs for years and had good luck with them mostly. You do need to rinse a lot, residue of even Dawn is bad.

    None of our critters is inclined to vomit randomly. One cat will occasionally ralph up a rodent that didn’t sit well. The other cat has in 10 years caught two birds, and ralphed both up a couple of hours later. If they’re too hungry and we feed a little too much the cats sometimes barf, but there’s always an easily figured out reason.

    Now I’m gonna back to bed, maybe get 3 or 4 more hours… wish me luck!

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    satby says:

    @Keith P.: pretty sure you can use Capstar even on young kittens as long as they’re old enough to be weaned. If they’re too young for that we used to just spray all the bedding and area and a towel we would rub them down with. Then the flea comb.

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    Just one more canuck says:

    @MobileForkbeard: when I was a kid, my mother named one of our cats Socrates in the hope that he would gain some much-needed wisdom (he was always doing hilariously stupid things as a kitten). My mom’s plan did not work. Boy, did it not work, but he had a great long life of doing crazy things. In 20 years, he never really grew out of his kittenhood

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    J R in WV says:


    Adam, all our folks, I’m sorry that some of you have troubles with your furry kids lately !

    Adam, sounds like you probably have things under control. With rescues we so seldom know how they get stressors installed. Neighbors have a big dog their niece rescued, they took her in when Niece died a couple of years ago – dog is a big ole sweety for people and male dogs. She reacts so negatively to female dogs that if not well restrained she will attempt to kill them. No barking, no fuss, just attack.

    They never let her out without a leash, which is all it takes to keep her controlled. She tore up one of our labs, early in her stay next door, and Alice didn’t understand what was happening… looked like a patchwork doll when we came home from the vet. Many many stiches. drains. Was a pain for the weeks until we got the stiches out.

    Hope everyone’s fur balls are good going into summertime.

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    Gvg says:

    @NotMax: I think you should be more careful about how you phrase things. What you wrote seems almost like a challenge to fates or trickster gods. You may have hillarious cats in your future you didn’t expect.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @Origuy: Just did a little googling. The owner of the Pikes Peak cog railway, gazillioneer Philp Anschutz, just got a tax break from the city of Manitou Springs and will be rebuilding the railway after all. Surprise, surprise, huh?

    Still will take a couple of years.

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    JAFD says:

    If you may not know;

    Q – Why don’t cats play basketball ?
    A – They can’t stand it when the crowd chants “Hairrr-balll HAIRRR-BALLL”

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    Shell says:

    In those pics, its so sad how those two marmalade kittens are huddling together.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Glad to hear your furries are better.

    We (cats and I) are in an ongoing war with one or more scrub jays. Ballsy, noisy, obnoxious birds. When they’re not annoying us, they are fighting with the magpies.

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    kattails says:

    @Adam L Silverman:Glad to hear the beasties are improving. Midnight vet calls and visits are stressful for all. Very cute kittens, alas I’m a bit far away.

    I’ve been meaning to thank Werebear for her very helpful advice over the phone a couple-few weeks ago. I got a consultation to deal with an ongoing issue and it was a real pleasure to have a voice behind the website. The old geezer kitty is holding his own. I’d spent a good deal of $$ to have several teeth out; he was howling all night and losing weight, so we opted to go for it despite the risks–he’s 17. Came through better than the vet expected but was not eating well even after healing. I dosed him several times with a slurry of some of the goodies she recommended on her website: coconut oil, nutritional yeast, probiotics, and gelatin all squirted carefully down his mouth so he didn’t aspirate. It was, like, a miracle, he perked right up and started devouring Fancy Feast turkey, hey, whatever works.

    However he’s now gone blind, the cataracts caught up with him. So he’s in a baby corral when I can’t be around to save him if he gets mixed up wandering. It also keeps the other cat Becca from chowing down because she’s gotten too tubby to jump over, so I’ve got more control over her diet. It all sounds like a lot, but as long as he’s eating and purring when he gets petted, he’s not giving up so neither will I.

    We love ’em all.

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Shell: Actually those two kittens, as well as their sibling, were completely active and playing the entire time I was there other than when I took that picture. The vet techs had removed the water bowl for cleaning and refilling, as well as the litter box for the same. The kittens had been using the sides of the litter box as a jungle gym. When the techs came and took it out for five minutes they settled down together. And that’s when I took the picture because if I’d done it when the litter box was in the crate it would have just been a picture of three different color blurs.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    “Apparently no one at the Trump Organization had secured the .org domain.”

    Typical poor management, too cheap to protect their brand from an activist with a wicked sense of humor and the time to set up a competing URL to put them in their proper place. Exactly how they manage our government, thoughtless and careless.

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    MoxieM says:

    My sympathies on the dog vomit situation. My last girl rarely got the sicks, but when she did, the only place she wanted to puke was on the couch. In the middle of it. (Pro tip: washable slipcovers and/or and old quilt).

    On the plus side, it makes you fairly immune to feeling squicked out by dangerous, smelly bodily fluids. (Well dogs, plus in my case, baby + home washed diapers…)

    Back when I was a shelter volunteer, I foster-failed with some kitties like those: the peach one was just sweetest guy around (Hughie). Great big fuzzy ball of pinkish kitty smoosh. He talked, too.

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    No One You Know says:

    Sympathizing with all the projectile vomiting issues & flea problems. Last week’s weather put us all over the edge, I think; Déjà Vu stopped eating, Brunswick strafed the hallway with an impressive number of hairballs, and Earl decided to help by eating what the other two left.

    Today is better. They’re all playing Pride of Lions in the front yard, warning off the Holstein cat and occasionally batting at dragonflies.

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