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Shoosh

Member since Jun 2010 • Last active Aug 2016

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    Gutted to be out. Chest infection has got serious. :(. You all have a good one.

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    I'm out too. I have the cough from hell so aren't able to cycle atm.
    Have a brilliant time; so need to have a proper catch up with you all xxx

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    Such cuties xxx

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    It's a maybe from me... It's sooooo long since I've seen you all, will try to make a special effort, work permitting.

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    Oooh. If I can get my act together by then, I'm in.

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    I don't doubt that. But the thing about vets is that medical science and care has increased dramatically for pets. Before the vet would look at the cat and say 'he has a tumour on his paw, it's likely to turn into full blown cancer, then you'll need to say goodbye'
    Now it is 'tumour on the paw, let's get it analysed and send him off to the pet cancer centre for surgery'.

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    Marni Nixon. You'd probably recognise her voice but not her name, as she dubbed for a number of Hollywood musicals.
    telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/20­16/07/26/marni-nixon-hollywood-voice-gho­stess--obituary/

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    I did read a report years ago which said a single cat which only lived with a single person had a far more special communicative relationship than when there were others living in the household. Because you are more likely to talk to the cat all the time, the cat is likely to be far more responsive and sensitive to you, to the point it thinks it is human. This is very much the case if you've had the cat since it was a kitten.

    @Well_is_it pleased it's nothing too serious.

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    Yes!
    Since I was about two years old I've had a cat called Sam. The first was a stray and my mum named it as we didn't know if it was a boy or girl.
    Sam 2 got run over
    Sam 3 lasted for around 14 years
    Long break
    Sam 4 disappeared at 6 months, think he got a brain tumour and went off to die
    Sam 5 got hit by a car 2.5 years
    Sam 6 (called Oscar for 6 weeks then caught my mum calling him Sam) played with a dead rat, got peritonitis, died 2.5 years
    Long break
    Sam 7 hand reared, got infection, had very poor immunity due to hand rearing, died at 2.5 years.

    Each had their own personalities and particularly as Sam 7 died in the same week as a major distressing family bereavement, you understand that whilst cats have their own personality you can heal your grief very quickly by getting another; not so with people.

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    Thanks. Yes it is Sam 8.
    That's what he is like, far more lap cat, wants me to take naps during the day so he can snuggle up to me, follows me everywhere, and when he is sitting looking out of the window keeps meowing as if he is talking to me.

    Re the above discussions about insurance. Get pet insurance. It definitely pays for itself.
    Sammys cancer treatment 4 years ago - £3998 - I paid £87 of this.
    Recent eye operation £1600, because of his age, I paid £275 of this.
    In the past 11 years, I've paid a total of around £2650 in monthly premiums. Even the two incidents above more than cover the outlay. There have been plenty more (getting covered in blue paint, getting covered in oil, teeth extractions etc). It is reassuring to know that in an emergency I can turn up at the vet hospital at 4am on a Sunday morning (the oil incident) and know that the bill is always going to be manageable. Up until age ten that was always around £87.

    Aside from this, I always know that when the time comes, the decision to say goodbye will be based on what is best for him, and not what I can afford to pay.

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