Speaking of which - my cat, Artemis, has been really interested in going out on our balcony so I let her out there under supervision yesterday. She immediately went to the railing and got into a jumping posture. I'm pretty sure she wanted to chase the squirrels but still not ok with her hurting herself and running off.
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i invite these people to come to a caribbean island where the above is "pet ownership." come see and decide for yourselves whether dogs fending for themselves makes them better off (hint hint the top two things we see at our animal hospital are HBCs and ehrlichiosis and a bit less commonly, poisonings)
oops forgot to mention all the canine TVT we have down here! and the average life span of an island dog seems to be maybe 5 yrs
we probably do, i just haven't personally seen a case of it at our hospital yet. but we always have a slew of broken things (and they have to stay the entire healing time post-op b/c we have incredibly low rates of owner compliance) and everything is always ehrlichia positive (even students have a lot of problems because the tick population here is rampant! rigorous pet prevention and environmental precautions don't keep the suckers away)
I think the best part of her new found fascination of the balcony is that she is absolutely terrified of going out the front door to get outside. Even when I've taken her to grassy areas. But the balcony is great!
She also has the hunter attitude and loves to eat flies - even ones I can't really see. Hence, the name Artemis.
Haha. I learned little bit about this stuff when I took my entomology class during the fall semester of my senior year. By far my favorite class.I actually think I would consider studying entomology further if i ever get the chance. Anywho, I decided to refrain from informing my roommates about how much is actually allowed into food production because they already weren't happy about my pet cockroach and I was afraid that they would all stop eating, especially the vegetarian who doesn't eat much to begin with.
I worry how my cat will handle a balcony (if I am every lucky enough to have one). She loves lounging on the couch in the sun, so I'd love to be able to let her chill on a sunny balcony, but until she gets older and calms down some, I seriously worry about what she would do if a bird/bug flew by. She already tries to jump into my window when she sees birds outside. :/
Love the name Artemis, btw. So cute!
When I lived in a condo in L.A. my cat LOVED the balcony, but she would jump up on the ledge (which had a metal rail on top of the stone). Freaked us out. Then she started trying to climb from one balcony to another (they were sort of angled - we were a corner of the unit).
So we hired a contractor to install plexiglass behind the railing, and between the buildings. She then had her own plexiglass tunnel. She LOVED it. She would watch birds but never made a move towards one thankfully. For a few years, I think she forgot we existed she was so happy.
Now she is as clingy as ever.
Sadly, this wouldn't surprise me at the clinic I work for. It's part of a humane society so we get crazy stories like this all the time. We recently had someone surrender a 6 month old puppy because their 3 yr old son wasn't taking care of it. They were 100% serious. The puppy got adopted like two days later once he was neutered.
I'm working this weekend and FINALLY got a chance to look at the score just now. What the hell happened?!?! The only thing I can say is that I wanted the Flyers to lose more than I want to see the Devils win tonight. Think I'll go depress myself with the box score before I get the heck out of here. This will also provide enough time for the drunks to leave the bar down the street from me (or at least I hope). **sigh**
Box Score... Penalties = 13 simultaneous at 15:18 in the 3rd??? Good lord! But I am really sad that I missed the fight in the first between Crosby and Giroux. I hope Crosby left a mark!
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I really want to think that it was a misunderstanding - like mom thought dad was feeding him, dad thought mom was feeding him, but unfortunately that's not the vibe I got from the owners at all. He's been getting some treats and such from the kids, but apparently no regular meals since they got him from the breeder. (Not to mention he shouldn't have been sold so young...) He's super sweet and is a little tiny yorkie puppy that can pretty much sit in the palm of my hand.
The running joke (not much of one) at the feed store my vaccine clinic is partners with is that this lady came in and asked the staff if she needs to give her cat water. WATER.
OH MAH GAHD.
And then when they asked her what she fed the cat, she simply replies "bread."
WTF IS YOUR PROBLEM????
Thank god she was in a store that sells high quality cat food!
I wish I could get my cats to understand that I do not wake when they want me to. I keep them on a strict schedule for feeding and ignore them until I leave the bedroom (they aren't allowed in because the husband is allergic). But I want to be able to sleep until my alarm clock goes off.
This is actually where I am in my head right now. If I think about it, I don't actually like the way a lot of animals are raised and/or their products produced - swine is probably top of the list followed by layers. I don't think raising animals for food or killing them for food is wrong at all, but I've taken steps toward finding animal products that (at least in my opinion) are raised in a better situation than the more traditional practices. I've cut pork out of my diet entirely (for now, at least), buy free range eggs and just eat less meat in general.
I have my own tiny flock of backyard hens just for this reason. Never thought we would be able to do it because we live in a SUPER residential area and barely have a backyard, but it's a lot easier to do than you'd think. I'd recommend it to anyone. Chickens are really easy to take care of. They just poop a lot, and everywhere...
All this talk about the treatment of food animals just makes me shake my head LOL. I was asked about the treatment of production animals in my K state interview. I answered honestly that I understand the farmer's side that they need to produce at very high numbers and in a lot of cases for low margins. But that I also understand that animal welfare is very important like keeping large numbers of animals in a small space.
Well one of my interviewers kind of ripped me a new one telling me that I am very misinformed. Animal producers have done a vast amount of research on this because it is in their best interest to have healthy happy animals. Got an example with chickens in that if they are given an open door they don't use it.
..... I did not get in there ....
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Now that I'm in a much more rural area, there seems to be more opportunity for this kind of thing. A guy has a backyard flock about 2mins down the road with fresh eggs, there's a dairy farm that raises broiler chickens free range and I've heard of people with free range pork. Unfortunately there are also coyotes and big-ass foxes out here so chickens take a little more effort to wrangle them up every night so they don't get eaten
That's the thing about food animals kept traditionally: they're very healthy and well-cared for. Some of it is because they're the profit, and some of it is because the farmer cares about their animals. I don't doubt that. But I don't think health is a complete assessment of welfare. Nor is keeping your animals outside and ~*free*~ but not giving them things like dewormers or vaccines. I think there's a balance that needs to be achieved between having healthy, cared for animals and animals that get to experience what I imagine are animal pleasures like lying in the sun, digging around in the grass/mud, etc. And really, there are plenty of dairy, beef and sheep operations that incorporate this into their production. It's mostly swine and chickens I have a hard time with.
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