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Re: Pets
« Reply #615 on: November 19, 2012, 09:37:40 PM »
This is the problem with using non-scoop litter.. These neat inventions don't do anything for me. :/ Oh well. At least the kind I do use cuts down on the odor.

If these things require I use anything other than Feline Pine, I'm going to just fuggetaboutit...That stuff is absolutely amazing. Not only is there no clay dust which is really icky and bad for cats, but I  live in a room the size of a U-Stor-It.  Because it does something that utterly removes all the ammonia-ey piss scent, I still only have to change the litter about 3 times a month - with daily removal of the poops, of course.  I know, I get to sounding like a commercial when I speak of this stuff.  But it really is that great.

Thanks for the tip! I thought it was just hippy bullshit. But I think I'm going to try this stuff.  :)


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Re: Pets
« Reply #616 on: November 20, 2012, 03:54:21 AM »
It's pretty good, though I also scoop out the 'wet' litter at the bottom - YOU may not be able to smell it, but your cat can, believe me, and mine is the picky type. If he smells that the litter needs changing, sometimes he just pees all over the floor in front of the box.


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Re: Pets
« Reply #617 on: November 20, 2012, 03:22:50 PM »
I'm gonna have to try that Feline pine, I'm so sick of the clumping stuff.

I tried one of those auto boxes and my cats were afraid of it.  Waste of money there.
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Re: Pets
« Reply #618 on: November 20, 2012, 03:43:31 PM »
I use Feline Pine clumping... almost the best of both worlds, except that it is so sticky normally that the LitterMate auto litter box will scoop the entire contents into the receptacle every time it would sweep, even when the contents were brand new.  So I had to simply unplug it.  [And, unfortunately, with the head injuries, it is VERY hard to remember to scoop regularly. :( (That was the reason I got the automatic one in the first place.)]  It is absolutely amazing how smell-free the entire house is; it was astonishing just how much of the clay dust got spread around the house simply from it being tracked around between the cat's toes and in its fur!

I had tried the corn-based litter, (which worked in the auto-clean box) but ultimately figured out I was allergic to corn when I developed a massive rash on the arm I'd rub Lucas' belly with (despite washing my arm shortly after doing so each time).  Because I'd wash so quickly afterwards, and because other things had been changed around the same time, it took nearly two years to figure out what was causing the skin irritation (for instance, I thought it was the new hand soap).
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Re: Pets
« Reply #619 on: November 28, 2012, 12:10:29 PM »
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.

I'm leaning toward adopting a dog.  There's so many.  My friend volunteers at the local do shelter and they've saved so many, but they also put down an average of 20 a month.  Some of them former pets.

I've had dogs before, so I know at least two of my cats will get along with one.  Not sure if the youngest two have ever been around any dogs.  My oldest cat Lucy loved my late dog Stormey, but she doesn't like cats.  She just tolerates her cat siblings.

I want a small(ish) dog, I love the big ones, but space is a factor.  I would buy a cage for crate training, did that for Stormey and it worked wonderfully.  And one that will get along with my cats.  I love Collies, but I knows Collies are bred to be active outdoor dogs.  Don't want an active outdoor dog, think it would be cruel to keep one of those indoors all day while I'm at work.  There's a cute beagle, but I think they originally bred for hunting and outdoor stuff. 

Any suggestions?
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Re: Pets
« Reply #620 on: November 28, 2012, 12:18:25 PM »
The choice is clear:


Jemmy loves cats (Paps sort of are cats in canine form)

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« Reply #621 on: November 28, 2012, 12:31:04 PM »
Oh my, too cute.

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Re: Pets
« Reply #622 on: November 28, 2012, 12:39:54 PM »
Thanks, now, what do you think of the dogs?


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Re: Pets
« Reply #623 on: November 28, 2012, 12:57:16 PM »
Dachshunds are sweet, from what I can recall of my friend's growing up. 
Interesting because Doxies are usually on the top of aggressiveness tables despite their size, most of the ones I know are irascible little buggers.

It really is down to the individual more than the breed certainly. :)


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Re: Pets
« Reply #624 on: November 28, 2012, 01:12:29 PM »
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.

I'm a bit confused by the logic of expense.  Guinea pigs are fairly cheap after you get the cage.  I haven't had a dog since I was super young, but I assume it's more expensive overall with trips to the vet, license, etc.?

Granted you can interact with a dog more than a guinea pig...


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Re: Pets
« Reply #625 on: November 28, 2012, 01:14:21 PM »
My friend told me she would let me "try" the dog before I decided to adopt to see if doggy gets along with my cats.  Which is nice.

There is a Dachshund for adoption too, 5 months old, adorable.  But puppies can be a lot of work.  But then again, adopting an adult dog can be dicey.  You never know how it's been raised.

And I won't be getting a Jack Russell.  Those things are little terrors.
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Re: Pets
« Reply #626 on: November 28, 2012, 01:17:36 PM »
Dachs are great dogs, but their back is so oddly built, the odds of them having MAJOR back problems is very great, so I would avoid.

I am a big dog guy (Dobermans are the BEST), but I understand your space issues so the smaller dog is the way to go.

This site may help.

http://www.justdogbreeds.com/small-dog-breeds.html


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Re: Pets
« Reply #627 on: November 28, 2012, 01:21:30 PM »
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.
I'm a bit confused by the logic of expense.  Guinea pigs are fairly cheap after you get the cage.  I haven't had a dog since I was super young, but I assume it's more expensive overall with trips to the vet, license, etc.?

If you go nuts with the Habitrail stuff it can get pretty expensive (ever look at the prices of that, every little section seems to cost $40), but yeah, long term care of a Guinea pig is way less than a dog.


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Re: Pets
« Reply #628 on: November 28, 2012, 01:23:26 PM »
I'll advise against a Cav. Too much potential for hearbreak as the breed currently stands.

Malteses are great little dogs as long as they're socialised and have a puppy cut, shelties are fantastic as are rat terriers though you run the risk there that people can't seem to tell the difference between them and Jacks so you have to be careful when reading a listing if you want to avoid getting a  Jack.

I really like little dogs though, but especially the Paps (and Valhunds)


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Re: Pets
« Reply #629 on: November 28, 2012, 01:25:31 PM »
I've decided not to get a Guinea pig, too expensive with all the cage and all.  Plus I'd much rather not buy an animal from a pet store.

I'm a bit confused by the logic of expense.  Guinea pigs are fairly cheap after you get the cage.  I haven't had a dog since I was super young, but I assume it's more expensive overall with trips to the vet, license, etc.?

Granted you can interact with a dog more than a guinea pig...

It's not the price so much I guess, it's more the pet store thing.  There are no guinea pigs for adoption within 50 miles of me.  I've checked.  There were some rats at the local shelter once.

I would be willing to pay the same for an adopted guinea pig as a store bought one.  If I could find one not too far from me for adoption.  There's a bunch at the Roanoke VA SPCA, 77 miles, I asked if they could meet me halfway.  No. 
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