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  1. furmonster mom

    Need Ideas for Gumball Substitute

    My mom recently gave me an antique gumball machine. It is functional. I took it apart, greased all the plates and gears, cleaned it all up, and it's ready to go. Thing is, I'm trying to switch to more healthy treats. And I'm not really a gum person anyway. So, what do I fill it with? It has...
  2. furmonster mom

    Weird Purr

    Kitsune has the weirdest purr I've ever come across. It doesn't sound like a real purr at all. It's more like a wheeze-snort. I think it's her purr, there's the tiniest vibration in her chest, but I have to really feel for it. I read an article a while back that said a cat's purr keeps them...
  3. furmonster mom

    Suuuuuper Neeeeedy Puppy

    A little background... Ghost is a relatively new addition to our furmily as of August. He is a shelter rescue via some friends. Our friends usually adopt poodles because the lady is allergic to terriers. They brought Ghost home, as he looks like a Poodle-Bischon mix. However, there must be...
  4. furmonster mom

    Another "study"

    So hubby sent me this link to an article about a study that tells everyone how dangerous raw food is for people and pets.... Dogs' raw meat diet could be dangerous to them and owners, study says Good grief. Donning critical thinking cap now. First of all, it says "researchers in Sweden"...
  5. furmonster mom

    Claws Shredded To The Quick

    Soooo.... My neighbor found a cat alongside the freeway on-ramp to one of the main roads nearby. I took her in and noticed that she was favoring her front feet and she definitely didn't want them touched. So, I took her to the vet to get a better (and more professional) look at them. Sure...
  6. furmonster mom

    Cat Food For Chihuahua?

    So some of you know that I'm a raw feeder, which means I really don't keep up on commercial foods. However, I had a conversation about pet foods with a friend who has recently rescued a little chihuahua (named Zoey). The poor thing was very emaciated and she's trying to put some weight and...
  7. furmonster mom

    Memories Of Teaka

    About 5 months after my first cat, Claire, took her final journey, my mom called; "Hey hun, I know it's been a while now, and I know you were thinking about getting an Ocicat... My friend, you remember her, the breeder, has a 5 month old kitty that she needs to re-home. Are you interested...
  8. furmonster mom

    Teaka, Ckd, & A New Vet

    Well folks, I don't know how much longer our sweet momma Teaka will be hanging around with us. I think her CKD has finally advanced to full on CRF. Teaka was diagnosed with CKD about three years ago, and we've been managing it with Aluminum Hydroxide, eggshell, and egg protein substitution...
  9. furmonster mom

    How Do I "un-watch" A Thread?

    I have threads set to automatically watch when I contribute a post, but sometimes there comes a point where I feel like I've already contributed as much as I can, or I lose interest in the side conversations, or... y'know... So, how do I "un-watch" those threads so that my alerts aren't...
  10. furmonster mom

    Cool Whip!

    Why do grocery stores insist on keeping this in the freezer? This drives me batty! I cannot use it for certain recipes immediately, because I have to let it sit for hours in the 'fridge to thaw. I get that some folks like their Cool Whip frozen, but it should not be sold frozen. It takes...
  11. furmonster mom

    Grandpa + Heart Surgery = No Cat: Need Foster Home

    My mother's longtime and good friend is on a wait list for a heart transplant. He's been told that he cannot have a cat in the house for a year after the surgery. His 9 year old grandson, who lives with him, has been told that they need to find a home for the young cat he got as a kitten...
  12. furmonster mom

    It's Been A Minute...

    Hello there folks, it's been a minute since I hung out in these parts... my goodness, how the place has grown! Anyway, for those who may remember me, I used to hang out in the raw foodie forums for the most part. So, lessee... what's been goin' on with me for the last couple years... Went on...
  13. furmonster mom

    Who likes honey?

    I do! I do!  I especially love it when our food co-op has raw, unfiltered honey available.  YUM My uncle used to have a couple hives, but he gave up beekeeping because it was so labor intensive... especially harvesting. As many of you might know, honeybee populations have declined over the...
  14. furmonster mom

    The AH-HAH! moment...

    Most of us were commercial food junkies at one point or another.  It's the most common, convenient form of feeding.  Most of us at one point decided to invest in "higher quality" foods, moving up in the world with higher end kibble or canned. But what was the moment you decided to scrap all...
  15. furmonster mom

    Reason #437 Why I Would Be A Terrible Boss

    Background:  For the last couple days 3 of the 4 cats have been hurkin' and squirtin'.  This is extremely unusual for us, and I'm not sure if the food is the issue (the meats smell and feel fine, plus they've been frozen for at least a week).  We suspect a new thing in the environment, which we...
  16. furmonster mom

    Orangutan granted "human rights"

    In Argentina:  article snippet: I find it interesting that they argued on the basis of emotions rather than more cognitive mental and social functions such as morals and ethics.  If emotions alone are the basis of freedom, then all animals should have the "human right" to freedom.  This is, of...
  17. furmonster mom

    Small traveling lump??

    A month or so ago, I felt a small lump under Loki's front leg (under arm) area.  Having dealt with lumps before with our old schnauzer, I felt at it carefully.  It seemed to be just under the skin, and not really attached to anything.  So I figured I'd just keep a monitor on it to make sure it...
  18. furmonster mom

    Thanksgiving Quandry

    Okay, so it's like this.... We have some friends that live on the other side of town, about 15 miles.  When we do summer barbeques or other gatherings, it is usually at their house.  When we go to movies, we usually go to the casino movie house closest to them (8 miles for them,  about 21...
  19. furmonster mom

    I made that!

    So... I've been a little absent lately, for various reasons.  One of those reasons is because I spent a lot of time working on this crocheted shawl..... It's actually more like a full body poncho....  It is all 3 gauge thread, quad-stitch crochet.  Hexagonal, increase at point each row. I...
  20. furmonster mom

    How To Lower Belle's Phosphorous Intake

    Well guys,  after taking our 17 1/2 year old girl to the vet for a dental, what I though was sure to be an extraction, turned into a conversation about her kidneys, as her BUN was at about 55. My vet knows that we feed a raw diet, so she did take the creatin number into account, as well as...
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