Bobcat vs domestic cat
I have a big problem. I have a 12 year old tabby named Jango. He is absolutely adorable, loving and very smart. When he's an older cat and starts to have problems, I hope to give him a little lap. However, I am having a hard time figuring out which type of cat is best for a guy like Jango. He is not a real strong fighter, but is strong in spirit. The vet I had previously said that they can't do surgery on cats like him because they are too old.
I read on this forum that they said that a lot of old cats had been saved by the use of surgery and I want to save this one also. He is healthy, and I do not want to leave him to get cancer. I just want to see if they can help him with surgeries to fix things, like a ruptured disc in his spine.
For my background, I'm an Army wife, and I live off base in Germany and our last vet here in Germany was not very good. She wanted to keep Jango but I could not take him there because she was very, very, very bad. The fact that she would not even have a conversation with me was enough.
I have a very good friend that has a little daughter and I plan on going to see her once a month to get him the best care. I will have to take him to a better vet if we can find one in the states, but I have decided that if this guy needs to go I would like to try everything first.
My husband is not fond of cats, however he likes older ones because they don't act like little children when they are older. It seems like older cats also seem to have more patience with people, which is the reason why I like them. I'm afraid that once Jango is gone, I will just be a burden to my husband. He always said, "If it's a boy we'll name him after me and if it's a girl we'll name her after my mom." So I'm very afraid that he will not want to be bothered with a cat and that he will find another reason to not want to take care of him.
I'm very fond of my friend's cat but I know he doesn't want her in the house because she will bother him, but he doesn't mind it if I pet him for a little while before I leave.
If he never likes another cat because of me, I think that is the end. I just need to find one of the best vets I can so I can get his best care, and then find a place to go with him once the last vet is done.
I'm not sure if this is a medical problem, or if I'm just trying to hard to do the best thing for him.
Does anyone else have this problem? Or know any vets in Germany?
Thanks for reading,
I have to agree with you about being afraid that if you get another cat, your husband will become disinterested in cat ownership. In fact, that is one reason I will not get another pet, the fear that I will fail to be the one responsible if something happens to my animal and he will blame me for it. I can take care of my own car, dog and husband, but I feel I am at a loss when it comes to pets.
If you search on the Internet, there are a number of cat and animal rescue websites in Europe. In Germany, you will be looking at a cost of somewhere around $200-$300 a month for cat boarding (that includes food, vet, and medicine), which is a huge cost, but could be less if you can find a feline rescue group. Your vet should be able to give you information on which group/veterinarian will be right for your situation. I am in need of finding a cat rescue for myself, I have 2 rescue kittens.
Another thing to consider is getting some sort of crate for your cat when you are not at home. He will be much more comfortable and happier, and you will enjoy your time together even more. I'm not much of a crate fan, but I know that is how we have to do it with Bully.
I know it's hard, and it is the first cat I have ever had, but sometimes it's best to just stop trying and let him figure it out on his own. My next cat will be an older cat, as I feel we have to be older than 18 months for him to be comfortable. I hope this helps!
Hello all, I'm a bit new to these boards and I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask the question. I'm hoping it's not, but...
My dog is 10 months old. She doesn't have a house and has spent the last year outside. I know that it is very important to teach our dog to be inside and to stay inside. She has had several incidences with other dogs, and I have come to the conclusion that she doesn't know to fear and run from dogs.
She's a Lab/Shiloh mix. She's a great dog and I love her to death, but it seems like she is a little lazy and not very scared of anything. She's ok with cats, but I can't leave her by herself with any of them. She gets very nervous and agitated around them. I'm hoping that if I put her in a crate she will learn not to be nervous around the cats, and not be afraid. She has had a few incidents with the cats, and she has always retreated when I tried to catch her, and she doesn't do that when she's in the crate. I don't want her to stay in there every night, but I don't know if that's the right thing to do either. I'm hoping that once I can get her in the crate every night I will be able to teach her not to do that in the house, so I'll be able to leave her there more.
Also, I have read that it is important for puppies to learn how to sleep in a crate when they are small. I have only had my dog for a couple of weeks, but I don't think she has had a chance to get in one. I don't have the money for a kennel now. Do you think I should buy her a kennel and put her in there to sleep until she learns to sleep in a crate? She's been going to sleep in the same spot she always sleeps, which is beside the couch and against my legs, which has been ok since she was an 8 week old puppy. I bought her an empty crate and a little mat and I