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Friday, January 26, 2007

All the World's a Dinner Bowl

Just took another dank, used tissue out of Zoe’s mouth in between letting the three mutts in and out a million times already (and I’ve been up only 2 hours). Dogs eat anything. Cats are supposedly fussier, but Pam says one of her cats eats or chews all kinds of crazy things. Stacey mentioned her cat likes to eat hair. Many of you have said your dogs love “kitty logs” fresh from the box. What ARE some of the things—disgusting or not—that your pets partake of?

The most expensive item one of my dogs ever munched to destruction was a pair of The Boss’s glasses. Daddy’s girl, Zoe, did that, so I didn’t get too much grief (though if it had been Scooter, the roof of my house would have erupted clear to the moon!) Zoe also loves to lick soap and moisturize. Heck, she just loves to lick.

When I was about 6 or 7, we had our first family dog, Pixie. My sister was in diapers, when one of her turds let loose and fell to the floor. I called Mom, who was a bit too slow to save the day. I reported happily, “don’t worry, Pixie ate it!” She was upset and disgusted, but I remember thinking, even at that young age, “She should be happy Pixie cleaned it up for her.” I didn't understand why she was upset.

My vet told me about a lab that ate whole walnuts that fell off the tree. The dog had an operation to remove one that lodged in his intestine. No sooner did he recover than he swallowed another—and needed operation number two! He also told me about a dog that ate an entire tube sock, which also had to be surgically removed. Vets probably have a ton of such stories. Peanut once had a severe problem with something he got into. First I noticed his stomach was making LOUD sounds, like hunger pangs gone wild. You know how dogs eat grass for upset tummies? Well, he came in and puked up a wad of grass the size of a football! Then blood. He was at the vet’s for a few days, on IVs, had x-rays. Nothing showed. We thought he’d have to have exploratory surgery, but he got better ($350 later) and that was avoided.

Hey, who hasn’t pulled a length of dental floss from a dog or cat’s butt! My sister had to do this once to one of her cats, and she said she thought the cat was a floss dispenser so much came out! Gross, yes, but it must be done! I’ve had to extract long grass blades from butts before as well!

Catfish likes to lick my hair and “groom me,” because I think he likes the taste of my hair products. I worry that might hurt him, so I let him lick for only a little. He LOVES to lick my face. I thought he loved me, but then noticed he only does that if my face is freshly washed and moisturized. It feels good anyway!

No matter how careful we are, there will come a day where we have to deal with the aftermath of their appetites!

posted by Sandy at 1/26/2007 10:21:00 AM


Blogger Pam said...

the way I came up with the term "kitty logs" was from a friend of ours. We were stationed at Ft. Lewis WA and had our cat Tiger. Tiger was so facinated with unrolling the toilet paper that we had to hide the rolls. People would always have to ask if we had any when they went to our bathrooms. One time we were having friends over and one of the husbands, Steve was a really big comedian. He came in from the bathroom with a paper plate he had shoveled cat turds onto lifting them up for all to see and asked "Kitty Logs anyone?" He was a nut! We all got a kick out of it even though it was gross.
Our grand doggie Roxie has tried to eat from oour grand kids diapers too, yuck oh!
You may have missed it Sandy but I mentioned how Brittany has recently started eating hair off the floor too. I've pulled it out of her mouth. She tries to eat it real fast before I can ge to it and she runs from me.
Penelope loves to eat baby's breath from my flowers and the leaves so I can't have any kind of fresh flowers where they can reach them alas my house only has silk plants. Oh well that is best because Jon says you ahve to remember to water them more than once or twice every month or so. My daughter Kerry says I could even kill silk plants but so far they have survived.
One day Tiget ate a piece of string taht fell from the laundry and I called the Kitty clinic and they told me to rush him in right away. They made him vomit to get it out. I was so glad he didn't require surgery but they said I cought it early enough. Ok Dagon, you will like this part. I kept it and it is still somewhere in a plastic bag. It's part of my memories from something my sweet boy did so couldn't throw it away.I know I know it was a real nutty thing to do but I admit I'm a nutcase.
As for the dental floss what we do is fold it over several times then tie it up in little knots and flush it down the comodes so our girls can't get the chance to eat it. All our girls love the smell of the mint kind and they try to get any kind to play with and chew when we floss so we have to get rid of it right away. My husband is a toothpick nut too so I get onto him all the time caause he lwase them around and the cats want to chew them too. We still have a problem with him disposing of those.
I need to get off the computer for now because the girls are waiting for thier dinner, oh yea Jon is too.
Have a great evening everyone,talk to ya tomorrow.

Friday, January 26, 2007 4:15:00 PM  
Blogger Daisylouu said...

My dog "Stormy" loved to eat "popsicles"....which of course were his home-made poopies that froze out in the snow. A winter-time treat!

My cat "Sassy" loves to lick my armpits, deoderant and all... so I must be careful not to sleep with my arms up.

Friday, January 26, 2007 6:33:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy Britt said...

You all crack me up. Saving the string he swallowed? LOL. I saved Peanut's baby tooth (he was the ONLY pet I've ever had since young, he was 5 months when he was dumped). But my sister, Daisy, has a daughter, my neice, who as a child never liked dolls or any girl things, just bugs and that sort of stuff. She's going to be a nurse and loves science. Over her childhood years she collected body "parts" so she could clone us later. A fingernail and all other gross things...I can't remember, fill us in Daisy. I know I am missing something really disgusting she saved in that box.

When I worked at a sign shop I cut off a BIG hunk of the tip of my finger. Worst pain and recovery (8 weeks). I mailed her the piece!

I have clips of hair from my pets that have gone, and Tramp was creamated, so I have her ashes. But string? LOL. Good one Pam!

Friday, January 26, 2007 9:53:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Yea, yea, I know crazy but after I saved it to show Jon for some reason I couldn't throw it away,ha.
I can relate to your suffering Sandy since I too cut the tip end of my right index finger off a few years ago. Mine was hanging by a little skin so I was able to save it. It is still sort of numb where the nerve was damaged.

Sounds like your niece might ahve been able to assemble another Frankenstein with all the body parts,ha. And Daislouu my Samantha liked to lick my deoderant too. What is up with that? I was always afraid it would make her sick so I didn't allow it either.
Did any of you see the letter to the editor in this mornings paper? I was up early and wanted to kick that dirtball's -ss, his name is Harold and he was saying he thought it was a good idea to shoot the dogs that roam around, he is big piece of Sh-t! People like him are worthless!!
Please don't take me the wrong way I am a christian and that is not very christian language but but you know what? Even Jesus got mad at ignorant stupid people! If he can get mad then lowly little me can too especially at jerks who think it's ok to shoot animals just for being loose. He said he didn't even feel sorry for the poor Fawn that some dogs ripped it's neck out, he is such a low life! Now I feel a lot bettter.

Saturday, January 27, 2007 8:00:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, we've been talking about getting together in person and that is a great idea but in the meantime till we can set a date and etc that meets everyones schedual how about a getting to know you session on here? We can all tell about ourselves and our lives as well as our pets. What do you think? Who knows we might even know one of our blogger friends already.

Saturday, January 27, 2007 8:12:00 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Ya'll all make my day! I am getting my laughs as I read your post. I hate I have missed a few post but I did enjoy reading them late.The Hubby got home Thur night so my computer time has been limited.He is cracking the whip making me get all the stuff done around the house that I was supposed to do while he was gone. (sshhh..don't tell him I have been on the computer so much instead of doing my "jobs")

I loved the pitures Alice and jdt. So cute, and I agree the poms are the perfect Christmas card.

The grossest thing other than cat poop that my dogs have eaten has been their own throw-up. And I guess I am gross too because instead of rushing over to clean it when they have thrown-up...I just wait a few minutes and let them clean up their mess themselves!

My boxer Cody ate a pair of my panty hose one time. Yes, that was lots of fun pulling that out of his butt. I had to tho- he would have benn hunched over, inching around the yard all day if I didn't.

And Pam I second a getting to know you session. Sounds like a great idea!

Saturday, January 27, 2007 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Birdie said...

Socks loves to eat anything plastic. Plus he is the best vaccum cleaner EVER! I can vaccum three times a day and he will still find a fuzzy. Sigh, you don't know how interesting it run after your kitten through your house trying to get his "victim" out of his mouth. Birdie on the other hand is rather picky. I truly believe that she thinks "I am too good for fuzzies or other weird things. Let the crazy one hunt for it." Birdie likes to groom. She will groom anything that will hold still for her. I tell my kids it's a good sign they need a shower when Birdie tries to groom them. HA!

I would be interested to know what everyone does for cat hairballs? We have tried Laxatone, but Birdie still has a hard time with them.

Saturday, January 27, 2007 2:20:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I get those small furry mice for Trouble and Scootie (cats) to play with and Charlie (dog) will steal them and eat the fur off them. So the kitties have to have supervised playtime with the furry mice. Luckily, Scootie likes to play with strips of cardboard like when you open a box of something... he comes running when he hears the zip of the cardboard. Charlie doesn't like those.

Charlie's other problem is that when he squats to do his duty, he walks forward as well. His fur is so fine back there that it clings and he can get a "cling-on" the size of a baseball. I have to keep the nether portions of him clipped to prevent "fecal build-up".

It seems that our canine kids are not as adventurous as other reader's kids! Thank goodness...

Saturday, January 27, 2007 3:35:00 PM  
Blogger Hummingbird said...

I recently discovered this forum and I must say, you people just make my day!

Saturday, January 27, 2007 5:36:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Welcome Hummingbird, we have a good group here. We are a little crazy but at least we know it and admit it.
Shannon give the man a couple of days then put him in his proper place after the animals,ha.
Birdie I have that problem too with having to chase the girls to get things out of thier mouths. They try hard to swallow it before I can get it. Brittany loves plastic so much that she figured out if she beats on the folding doors to the pantry long enough they will open and she can get to some kind of plastic. We have to block the doors with chairs and oteher things but sometimes she can still get them open. As for hairballs we use Catlax. We get it at the vet's but I think all the pet supply stores have it.
Alice my Courtney has such long and fine hair that she gets poop stuck there too and has to have it cut out. It's not fun but I have a nursing background and it is much beter to clean a cat's butt that a
Well I just wrote about all of this and it wouldn't post so I'm trying again. If this appears almost alike twice blame it on technology.

Sunday, January 28, 2007 12:47:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Okay, I was hummingbird but had problems setting this thing up and somehow with my husband’s help, I have become Skeeter. So goodbye hummingbird...

I just have to let you all know that I am just as crazy an animal lover as well as a person. Last night I had an interesting experience that I must share with you to prove I am a bit on the nutsy side and should fit in well here…

Out of the blue, I had a major upset stomach. I ran to the bathroom and nothing happened. Then I begin to burp like a madman. Being a woman, this upset me worse then the stomach pains but with each bellowing burp, I felt relief. This bellowing I was doing reminded me of my mothers Maine coon cat just before he spits out a huge cigar looking fur ball! Why I was thinking of this with my body slowing dieing is beyond me! I was standing stooped over the sink when I felt the urge to barf! My husband was near by and I asked permission to barf in the sink if I have to because I didn’t think I could get to the toilet in the next room. He said barf if you need to honey! Ah, what a man I have! He continued to brush his teeth in the next room immune to all of this. I have a vanity and sink in a separate room… Anyway, there it was one big barf in the sink! I turned on the water to help things go down the sink to feed the fishys, (could not resist that.. sorry for the grossness) All easily went down the sink but one big roll of something. I was in shock. I asked my husband to come and look at what I had just spit up. We both had to chuckle (I was feeling better now) and agree that I had just coughed up a fur ball! Now we know why my husband is going bald! I must be grooming him during the sleeping hours of the night!

I could not let this go so I grabbed a tissue to investigate further. Upon opening up this blob of mess, we came to conclusion that this was a Metamucil capsule taken earlier that day. (The doctor tells me I now need them. Welcome to womanhood 40-something woman) The best we could tell, the coating of the capsule expanded and turned into a glob of gel but did not dissolve thus needing to get out of my body. It is interesting how the body rids itself of poisons.

Anyway, I felt much better after coughing up that fur ball. Now I have a better understanding of how my two cats must feel when they cough up a fur ball! If only I could get them to use the sink instead of the nearby rugs… We have about 80% wood or tile on our floors but the girls always seem to find that 20% carpet or throw rug for their fur balls to land on. Why is that?

Sorry to disappoint your niece Sandy, she cannot dissect that blob for her science project because I flushed that glob of gook down the toilet!

See, I told y’all that I would fit in here….

Sunday, January 28, 2007 10:12:00 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Welcome Skeeter,

Glad that you are feeling better. Yes, it would be so nice if our cats and doggies were as considerate as you when they barf.(LOL- I think its terribly funny that you asked your hubby if it was ok to bark in the sink and he was ok with it-mine would have looked at me like I had 3 heads while telling me no)

My cats do the same thing. We have all hardwood except in our bedrooms. It never fails that if the cat has to throw-up-they will jump up onto the bed while I am in it and do it there.Like they are saying "See..I'm sick and I just wanted to show you how sick I am". My kids do the same thing. Never fails. Thay might be in their room and they will run to where ever I am to tell me they think they are going to throw up. 2 seconds later before I can scream at them to "GO TO THE BATHROOM!" they do it where ever they are standing. I gues my kids and my cats on are the same level...? Scary.

Pam- yes, thats my plan. I am going to let the hubby feel like he is in charge for a few days and then let things slide back to normal. I think he goes back to work on Monday so his reign will pretty much end there. ha!

Sunday, January 28, 2007 1:59:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Wow. I have often felt like I needed to hack up a hairball, but I've never actually DONE it before! And, yeah, Shannon, my husband too. He would have had a cow, mainly just because I was barfing near him. He has a weak tummy and can't stand that.

Sunday, January 28, 2007 3:26:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I guess that asking my husband if it was okay to barf in the sink is kind of strange… But I was asking permission to barf in the sink for fear it would get clogged up. This would be hubby's job to repair and not mine so I thought I would at least ask his permission to clog it up then he would have no one to blame but himself for giving himself the extra work load! No pun intended there... He was in between me and the porcelain bowl so I figured it best to go in the sink instead of on him or the floor trying to get to the porcelain bowl! I really had no idea when I was going to blow!

Sunday, January 28, 2007 3:51:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy Britt said...

Don't worry about being gross here! With pets, it's unavoidable! That is really disgusting. LOL. You can be "The Human Hair Ball"

Being new to cats, I was freaking out once when I heard Tarzan make these god awful noises in his throat. Then seeing disgusting things deposited on the floor, not knowing what end they came out of! But now he regularly gets Laxaire laxitive. He loves to lick it off my finger--he really goes nuts for it.

Catfish wouldn't eat it, but I've never heard him hack an haven't found any hairballs since. And they lick on each other all the time. Their diet is solely regular adult Science Diet, a few cat treats a day (Whisker Lickin's)and that's it.

So for hairball problems, I would think regular brushing and some sort of laxitive to smooth pathways!

I too am in my 40s, but no metamucil for me, though I didn't know they had a capsule. My mom takes the powder form you mix with water. Me, I find a bowl of oatmeal provides all the "roughage" needed :)

Sunday, January 28, 2007 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I might be able to top this all. Stella was rescued from an abusive breeder. She was 1 of 15 Saints that we tried to find homes for. She learned that if she didn't get enough to eat that eating her own poop filled her up. I can't blame her for it, but on occasion she will still do it. Then she will come in and want a kiss. YUCK! This is why her nick name is Stinky Stella (Stink pot) She also went through a stage of eating my dirty socks and hair bands. I would find them when I cleaned the yard.

As for the kitty hair balls... Jazzy cat won't eat the suff from the vet or the hairball remedy that you get at the pet store. So the vet suggested squeeze butter. He likes it and no more hair balls.

Sunday, January 28, 2007 9:00:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy Britt said...

Butter! That's intersting and I'm glad to hear it worked for you. Funny you mentioned dirty socks. Scooter likes laundry and when it's piled in the utility room, he loves to pick out the wash clothes or dish rags. He tip toes out of the laundry room with them, but he doeesn't eat them, he sort of just rubs his nose in them and plays with them.

Monday, January 29, 2007 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter,sorry about your hairball but I know you feel much better now,ha. And don't worry about the gross factor, as Sandy said we are all pet lovers here and have had our share of gross stuff. Plus as for me I have a nursing background ( gave up a nursing carreer to be a stay at home Mom years ago )and I don't think there is anything that can gross me out after the gross things I've seen over the years,ha. As I mentioned before somewhere in this blog cleaning up after pets isn't near as bad as cleaning up after people.
Shannon my cats decide to puke on the bed sometimes instead of the floor too, don't know why they do that.
Adrienne, bless your sweet baby Stellas heart! It's so good she has a good Mommy to take care of her now.
Sandy, remember my Brittany brings us the dirty socks and washcloths as presents since she can't go out to bring us things. Oh well she gets treaets for it and she knows it's what gets them. Even brushing doesn't seem to help my girls from getting hairballs so we just use the Catlax almost every day. Except for Penelope, since she is little and gets into the diet food no matter how hard I try to keep it from her I give her Nutracal ( vitamins ). It is just like hairball medicine since it in the oil base. The vet said we didn't need to give her the Catlax on top of that. She doesn't get hairballs very often anyway.

Monday, January 29, 2007 10:59:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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