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post #181 of 185
Blueviolet, I don't want to go too OT but in answer to your concerns about keeping cats indoors, they aren't desperate to get out if they are kept in from the time they're kittens. I can see how adopting an older cat who's used to being out might be a problem, but I had many cats growing up. The ones who were always raised indoors are very happy. In fact, I remember once when we left the door open and one came creeping outside, looked at the big wide world, and tore back in the house! It was too scary out there! :LOL Seriously, cats that are raised in the house are so much better off. In the last month, there have been two cats hit by cars down the street; my neighbor's cat came home with fight wounds (which abcessed and cost $150 to treat)... and like I said, it's only a matter of time before one of their cats will be killed by my dogs. Cats don't care about fences, and leash laws will have no bearing when it happens in my fenced yard. It will be my neighbors' fault, because I begged them the day they brought those kittens home not to let them roam.
post #182 of 185

Question maybe TMI

I have a strange question. I just passed what was obviously a piece of the amniotic sac. It was about 4 inches long. Not smelly or anything, but I have felt, and still feel "open". Does anyone have any insights?

Also fwiw the dog that killed our poor kitty was out of her yard, and came into ours, and took him back to her house, as dh chased her.
post #183 of 185
Chandar, I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to imply that you were bad kitty owners. I apologize if that's how it sounded, because I know how sad you are right now, and I would never want to add to that. Obviously this should never have happened! It would help if people would act responsibly with their dogs (though since cats roam everywhere, that's not always enough). I do think all cats should be indoor-only, because that's the only way to protect them from fighting, disease, cars, raccoons, poisoning, and especially dogs. An indoor cat has about double the lifespan of an outdoor cat. I knew a couple of 20-year-old cats when I worked as a vet tech!

But I know a lot of people feel as Linda does, and have always had their cats outdoors. As a kid, I did, until my beloved cat was hit by a car. Luckily he was only badly injured and not killed. It took that horror, when he staggered up to me bleeding and in pain, to realize that cats have gotta be inside for their own protection. Nowadays, a lot of rescue groups will only adopt cats out to people who will keep them indoors.

Again, Chandar, I'm so sorry about your cat. It's a horrible thing that happened to her.
post #184 of 185
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Chandar, I don't have any idea. But if you're not having any symptoms of illness... and your bleeding is okay... I'd say to just assume that your body is taking care of it. Just don't put anything up there, eh?

Still OT :LOL but my cat lived to be 17, and my in-law's cat lived to be 21. My mom went through a string of three cats who simply disappeared (she thinks they were killed by wild animals) when only a few years old, and now has had the same cat for several years. All outdoor/indoor cats. I'm kind of inclined to think that cats, like people, have varying degrees of intelligence and luck and, like people, can meet an untimely demise or live a long life depending on those factors. I do feel it's better to live well (as I define it of course) for a short time than live what looks to me like an unnatural, deprived state for a long time. But everybody draws their risk/benefit lines in different places, and that's okay. Kind of like birth, huh?
post #185 of 185

I'm going to go ahead and post this month's new thread

Just FYI!

....Of course, that's only if my freaking browser will let me!

Here's the link: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=177301
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