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Furry friends (the best recovery buddies!)

Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 320 Community Admin
edited March 19 in Cancer Coffee Break

Had to jump at the chance to start this thread off - anyone who's had a pet knows what a comfort they can be during tough times, and who doesn't love sharing pics of their goofy animals?! So let's get a mega thread going of everyone with their animal recovery buddies!

These are my two old lady cats, Mags and Edith. They're 18 (which is 88 in cat years!), and Mags is deaf and has cat dementia (stares at the wall a lot), but they're the best and I'm honoured to give them a retirement home. Somehow they always seem to know when I'm not feeling very well and come and sit with me to cheer me up (but maybe they just want to be warm...)


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  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 597 mod



    @emilyrose

    Hahaha, is it silly of me Emily to be so excited about posting pics of my two, wonderful, simply the best, cats.

    Love this idea, I can't wait to see everyone's furry friends.

    My two are Charlie and Lola, brother and sister. They are 9 yrs old, and are very much a part of our family. There is no place off-limits to them.

    We are all nuts about them.

    Charlie is a tabby, and bless him, he too has cancer, diagnosed last summer. A skin condition, turned out to reveal he had a massive tumour in his thorax. Thankfully we have a version of the Supervet 5 mins away, and the team there have been fantastic. We almost lost him, once during surgery, and then after when he got MRSA. That almost killed him off quicker than the cancer. Unfortunately, the vets were unable to remove all of the cancer as it is attached to blood vessels, but he has made such a good recovery from everything he has been through, the vets are very keen as are we, to maintain his health. Obviously, we have to keep a very careful eye on him all the time, watching for any change.

    So his fur is growing back, for many months he was a mohican, but it is slow. He doesn't go out as much, or wandering as he used to, but it is winter. He was inside for 6 months. He had to live in a cage for two months as he wasn't allowed to jump.

    Charlie post-op but pre-MRSA.

    Charlie as he is today.

    He is my hero, I am convinced he knew I had cancer in the summer before I was diagnosed as he would not leave my left side alone, kept sniffing me, and pawing at me.

    Lola, is a dark tortie, and she is such a bundle of fluff, we have some toys in the lounge, that she has laid claim to, I will post a pic because then you will see how much of our home is dedicated to their comfort and pleasure!! We don't care!


    I love your two, 18 yrs how marvellous! I love their names too. They are so gorgeous.

    Now to find those pics!

    Lou x

  • Oh my gosh @LouiseJ they are so gorgeous! So cute them cuddled up together at the window :) Poor Charlie's really been through it! I guess he can probably understand better than a lot of humans what it's like going through a big illness like cancer... Bless him in his little cone 😍

  • FranFran Posts: 4

    Feather babies Honey and Joey have seen me through tough times. Two little crackers who rule the roost wouldn't have it any other way!



  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Fran

    Hi Fran,

    Honey and Joey have amazing colours! They are beautiful. Are they talkative?

    Lou x

  • FranFran Posts: 4

    Joey 2nd picture used to talk then Honey joined us she is the boss bird what she says goes. They are not caged free to fly about play on their house with their toys, caged when I go out and bed time when their cover goes on. Both chirp and sing a lot also screetch depending on their mood.

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Oh wow really! I can’t imagine what that must be like! Flying about here and there, haha. Do they ever get naughty, like, ‘ bedtime? no not for me!’ and you have to chase them round the house ? I never knew they had personalities like that. Pets are so precious aren’t they.

    Lou.

  • FranFran Posts: 4
    edited March 2019

    Oh yes they definitely have personalities I know where I am in the pecking order the bottom! They have their ways, how they like things every mirror come across is theirs naughty yes luckily they are not destructive but then again they get all the attention they want. Going out for a while today so will definitely get the cold shoulder for a few hours. Heating is left on for them radio and full seed dishes and treats but I am a traitor I leave them lol.

    Fran


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Fran

    Hi Fran,

    Haha! The things we do for our pets!

    I have just lost my new dresssing gown to Charlie, he already has taken ownership of my old one, but no, he wants the new one too. Basically we share it! I drape it on the sofa, he sits on one half and I under the other half? Haha🤪.

    Lou x

  • FranFran Posts: 4

    Hi Lou

    As long as you and Charlie share great, ❤️🐱🐈love our pets. 🤗

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Laura

    Laura, this is it! xx

  • LauraLaura Posts: 33

    Hi Lou.....

    Furry heaven as I have 5 cats and 2 dogs!!! 🐶🐕🐈

    Laura xx❤

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Laura

    Hi Laura, evening!

    Oh ! You really must show us! Pleeease! 😀

    Lou x

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 597 mod

    @Brightstar @RobertA

    Hi all,

    J, here is the pet thread! Having a little bunnyhop follow you around sounds great! I have two cats, Charlie and Lola, they are always coming to find me....no....not just cupboard love...hahaha😂. They do bring so much peace, it is remarkable how they can change and affect someone's mood.

    I don't blame you curling up yesterday with films, we have a similar day here today, just chucking it down.

    Unfortunately I have to go out in it later, hopefully not for long. Hahaha 😄.

    Hope you all have a good, as good as possible, weekend.

    Chat soon,

    🤗🤗

    Lou xx

  • BrightstarBrightstar Posts: 259 ✭✭✭

    Hi. Thanks for the thread. It's lovely to see everyone else's pets.

    I have had house rabbits for nearly 30 years. People don't realise just what a big personality they have and how easy it is to litter train them! I get very upset at seeing rabbits just stuck in a cage outside, as they love lots of company and attention.

    You do have to bunny proof your home though, by trunking all your wiring. Small price to pay though for all the the joy you will get from them.

    My Alfie is deaf so is quite a nervous bunny. My last one had epilepsy! and lots of health problems. He was under a specialist for years, but he was able to keep him going when my vet had given up on him.

    My vet says I am meant to have the less perfect ones, as I look after them so well. They are not the easiest of pets to keep, as they do get stressed easily and can go down quickly if they get ill. Once you know what to look for, then all is well.

    Would love to see more pet pictures.

    Love to everyone. J x


  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 597 mod

    @Brightstar

    Hi J,

    Ahhh, I love your photo of Alfie! He is gorgeous! We grew up with rabbits at home too, lots of them! We did bring them inside, but they were housed in hutches. We loved them, but didn't like the task of catching them when they escaped the many runs we had in the garden for them..hahaha. Typical names, you know, Flopsy, Mopsy, Popsy some, and then my sister brought home what must have really been a wild rabbit I think, she named him Ziggy (yes, Ziggy Stardust). He escaped all the time, we are running around calling after all these rabbits at night. They would get into next doors garden too! hahahaha. It wasn't funny at the time!

    We also had a pet squirrel. I found this baby squirrel on the path on the way to school, so picked it up and took it home. My mum was really quite understanding, we used the baby bottle from my Tiny Tears doll to hand feed it. We named it Oswald, and he came in the house loads of times. We had him for some time, used a spare rabbit hutch to house him. Then one day when he was much older, and grown, we released him. After that, every time I would see a squirrel, I would call out to see if it was him.

    And then we had cats, only ever one at a time, but I have always had a cat living with me.

    I will try and find some pics of the rabbits and Oswald to post..lol.

    Give Alfie a cuddle from me please!

    🤗🤗

    Chat soon,

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,106 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Brightstar @LouiseJ

    Hi J and Lou

    I hope you did not get too wet Lou, not so nice here today either but I nipped out for a bottle of Chardonnay. 😉 Drinking it now whilst we are watching Strictly 💃🕺. Didn’t know you had rabbits and a squirrel. Look forward to seeing your photos.

    Alfie is gorgeous J. Sounds a bit like me - big ears but deaf. My wife Mary has been telling me I am deaf for a long time, but some of it is tactical. 🤣

    We do not have any animals now but my nephew has a lovely gentle Labrador called Indy. Here is a photo of her on her first birthday with my great niece and nephew who are holding presents and cake.


    Rob x

  • BrightstarBrightstar Posts: 259 ✭✭✭

    Ahh Indy is adorable and the children are very cute too.

    I would love a dog myself but I live in an apartment and it would not be practical. I have always wanted a West Highland Terrier!

    Love the squirrel story Lou. I nearly ended up with one myself a few years ago. But my husband put his foot down with that one! 😂

    My husband would love a cat, but sadly I am allergic to them. I would love a rag doll breed, as I believe they are a good breed for people who live in apartments. Sadly until they bring something out to stop my allergy, I will have to stick to rabbits.

    Have a lovely evening everyone.

    Love j x

  • VirunaViruna Posts: 9

    I love this post! Here are some pictures of my pets:

    First up is my very cute dwarf hamster, named Inti Alessio:

    My part-time cat (I see her about 3 months a year, all added up):

    And some of the pets I regularly watch after when friends are out of town:


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Viruna

    Ahhhhh! I love all of your photos, they are soooo cute!

    How is it you only see your cat part time? Does she spend lots of time in other people's houses, or are you the one away from home? How lovely that you get to look after all those other lovely ones too!

    Your cat looks like my Charlie-boy, tabby. We have two cats Charlie and Lola, they are so important to us. I have always grown up with animals, although no dogs. We had lots of everything else it seems though! Haha!

    Rob, I found a picture of Oswald our squirrel, I just need to get it on my phone so I can post a pic of him! lol.

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,106 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Viruna @Sunshinedaff

    Good evening Viruna

    What lovely photographs. Alessio seems to have a good appetite. Cats are so much independent and they know what they like. Must admit, I am a dog lover though we do not have one now.

    We always had animals when I was a child, usually two dogs and a cat. I have attached a photo, nearly seventy years old with my three sisters and our dogs. I adored the old spaniel and cried and cried when she died. The poodle was called Frou Frou, yes really, and I hated calling her back whenever she ran off. So Embarrassing🤣.

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,106 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Can’t wait to see the photo of Oswald Lou. xx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RobertA

    Hi Rob,

    Wow! Is that photo really 70 yrs old?? It's really good!

    It is always sooo horrible when they leave us. We've seen it too many times with our other cats. Each time is heartbreaking.

    I just can't imagine life without my Charlie and Lola.

    Pet names !! Lol 😂😂😂 we've had a few, haha but not like that!! Lol😂. You made me laugh!

    Lou xx

  • VirunaViruna Posts: 9

    It's the cat of a friend of mine, but I visit a week every month. :)

  • VirunaViruna Posts: 9

    @RobertA That picture is so sweet!

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,106 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Viruna @Sunshinedaff

    Haha, thanks both. Wasn’t sure it came out.

    Yes Lou, the photo is 70 years old. I found a stack of colour transparencies in an old box after my Mum died. I put them into my computer through my flatbed scanner. They were in remarkable condition and I was able to tidy them up using Photoshop. You should have seen my sisters’ faces when I surprised them with a few.🤣

    Rob xx

  • ali61ali61 Posts: 3

    This is Blossom the poodle and Chester the Mainecoon. Blossom ruptured her cruciate ligament shortly after my operation so we've recovered together fortunately I didn't have to go in a cage like her !


  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi @ali61 ,

    Ahhh, I love your two!! Are they friends? I hope so, I love seeing cats and dogs who are best buddies.

    We still have the cage Charlie( cat) had to live in for several weeks post surgery last year. We got the largest possible, we could sit in it with him! Lol😄

    I hope you are both recovered or recovering well.

    Lou x

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,254 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Morning Rob,

    That is amazing, I have tons of old transparencies my dad took. You need to help me figure out what to do!

    Lou xx

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