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    Could you unlearn your first language?

    I think it also has something to do with age/generation. When we moved here 25 years ago, there were several local churches that had services in Norwegian, nursing homes that hired Norwegian-speaking nurses, and some Norwegian clubs and newspapers and so on. The last church that had Norwegian...
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    1 month old kitten who doesn't drink milk

    She should be fine, as long as they were giving her balanced cat food. If they gave her an unbalanced diet, that may affect her health a bit, but being so young, she should be able to overcome that after some time on a balanced diet. You can ask your vet about vitamin supplements if you're...
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    In town, yes. Although being a military brat, I've always felt like I'm doing something vaguely illegal by being out after a certain hour, lol (the bases we lived on had curfews). Now I live in the country and I feel uneasy being outdoors after dark most of the time, unless I have one of the big...
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    1 month old kitten who doesn't drink milk

    Her ears and paws are large so I think she's over 2 months old, but she may be undersized due to malnutrition. Do you know how much she weighs? If you want to add milk to her wet food, that can help to get extra nutrition/calories into her. But cow's milk isn't good for cats, can you get...
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    Is she Calico?

    I don't see any spots I'd say are true red, so she's a classic tabby with white. Very pretty!
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    Sterilization of cats

    For males or females? I knew a cat who was castrated through an injection to his testicles, this was around 1990 in Japan, done by a civilian vet (not a military vet). It took a couple weeks for his testicles to shrivel and fall off, after that he looked and acted like any neutered cat. Seemed...
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    New Cat Has Smelly Paws

    Unneutered males that age smell terrible. It should get better after he's neutered. It'll take about a month or so to see major results, but you might see a small improvement right away. But if he continues to get pee on his paws (which, ick, no matter if he's neutered or not), a different...
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    Could you unlearn your first language?

    Yeah I tend to pick up people's accents when I talk to them. To the point where I'm afraid they'll think I'm making fun of their accent :/. If I moved somewhere with a British-type accent I'd be fully accented by the end of the month, lol. It seems like that's what my mouth is shaped for. When...
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    The "what's On Your Mind?" Thread -2021

    Wellllll. . .I also know a girl who was born with a full head of black hair, then it fell out and grew back blonde :D. So who knows.
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    The "what's On Your Mind?" Thread -2021

    My parents both have dark hair. My mom has brown eyes and my dad has green eyes. I was born with a lot of dark hair, and it's always been nearly black. Also dark brown eyes. The next kid had extremely blonde hair and blue eyes. The youngest had reddish hair (I don't think he's genetically...
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    is there an health issue here - poo pic

    Too many berries in that to be cat poop. I think it's from a raccoon. (Or did you see him do it? If so, keep an eye on his other poops as much as you can; it may be something he ate, but if it keeps up a vet visit wouldn't hurt.)
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    Could you unlearn your first language?

    My mom's first language was Spanish (she grew up in Panama, and while her family and community spoke English, her maid/nanny spoke Spanish so that's what she spoke first), and she has never forgotten it, although she feels that her grammar is that of a small child so she doesn't like to speak it...
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    Our lilacs are blooming!

    Some people on Facebook (who live in this area) are saying their irises and lilies are blooming too. It's been raining more than it did all year and it has been 70+ degrees during the day so I can't blame them for thinking it's spring!
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    Boy or Girl

    I think the orange one is a boy and the dark tabby is a girl. Dark tabbies have those confusing dots but you can see the opening is a slit. Be careful! Female cats can go into heat as young as 4 months so you'll want to get them fixed pretty early to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
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    How old is everyone?

    I kinda feel like American Italian culture departed from Italy Italian culture a long time ago, lol. Same with American Irish. Americans are big on being "proud" of one's identity in general.
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    What's For Dinner? - 2021

    Some stores sell canned or jarred dolmas, which sounds terrible but they actually retain a decent texture and taste very nice once you warm them up (or refrigerate them, if you prefer). If you're really having a hankering they'll do nicely :D. I might try to make something tonight, I've been...
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    Is my kitten a boy or girl ?

    Yep, a girl! She's very cute and floofy!
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    Our lilacs are blooming!

    Poor confused lilacs, lol. This has been a weird year.
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    Is my Charlie a snowshoe cat?

    The actual Snowshoe breed is rare, but I've heard that pattern called snowshoe enough that I think it's in fairly common use. He's gorgeous! I especially like that picture with the plant, he looks very dapper.
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    I once was browsing the state's animal welfare laws (not great in this state!) and one that surprised me said that a human must check on any domestic animal at least once every 24 hours. Now, I doubt that's enforced unless something goes wrong, and it was probably written with farm animals in...