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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 7:12pm (Apr 20th 2015)
     
    You need to learn to knit/crochet. Occupies me for hours. I don't go to bed until half 12 because I'm engrossed. (It's a killer when I've got to get up for work next morning!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 11:21pm (Apr 20th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I really want to learn to knit...my nana tried to teach me when I was 16(ish) and I really enjoyed it, but was USELESS! Then completely forgot how do it at all...

    Teach me Kate!!! :rofl:

    Crazy day. Got to sleep an hour and a half before I was supposed to get up. Woke up at five to eleven and Lyle was asleep next to me!! Was like 'hmm, I'm sure we're both supposed to be up now...'

    He slept through the alarm...possibly because some pillock kept waking him up all night. My bad! :rolling:

    So, no time to shower or walk the dogs...Kasper was out long enough to do his business, Zoey was out 15 minutes then we had to race to walk others. Made it just in time, and both our pups are walked and happy now - phew! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2015 5:15pm (Apr 21st 2015)
     
    My niece in law learned to crochet via You Tube and she's fabulous at it - give it a go!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2015 5:28pm (Apr 21st 2015)
     
    There are some excellent on-line teaching things nowadays. All you need to do is practice - once you've got the basics it's just a case of keep trying different things. Sometimes the more intricate patterns such as cables are better to do as it hides your mistakes! Once you get used to following a pattern it really is easy - give it a go.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2015 7:56pm (Apr 21st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh, I sense a new hobby in the making :)

    Took my full dose of med last night as was worried my mood was rising. Resulted in me sleeping until 6pm today. Uuuuugh! Lyle tried to wake me in the morning to go walk dogs...I don't even remember it. Then he tried to wake me every hour once he got back, but I couldn't wake up until six...and then it took half an hour for me to be able to get out of bed.

    Spoken with professionals about this particular side effect numerous times (need about 15 hours minimum sleep a night when I'm on it) and they said this side effect would be gone within a month. I've been on it for three months now, and it's just as bad...but keep getting told to wait *unimpressed face*

    This past week I've only been taking half a dose (or skipping it completely if I need to get up early) as combined the side effects are horrific...bring back the jitters. There, never thought I'd be saying that!
    :rant:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2015 4:15pm (Apr 22nd 2015)
     
    Have you looked up other peoples' experiences with those drugs? What do they say?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2015 6:44pm (Apr 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    For some people it's a wonder drug. But in a most the reviews people get the same side effects as me...a lot of people hate this med :P

    I think the most annoying thing is that when you start this med the Dr's don't warn you how much it will screw up your sleep. Your body comes to rely on it, and if the dose is reduced or you have to stop the med, it can take months for your body to learn to sleep on it's own again...by which point you've had a manic episode caused by uneven / reduced sleep!!

    One of my other meds did it (not as severe as this one) and my GP had to lower the dose soooo slowly to try minimise the side effect...still ended up having an episode.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2015 7:13pm (Apr 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2015 4:06am (Apr 25th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: shut uuuup guinea pigs!!!

    They have to go without pellets for ONE DAY - not even that, more like half a day! - because we ran out. We have more coming tomorrow, but oh my bob...they've had hay and veggies, but every time one of us stands up or makes a noise they start getting excited about incoming pellets...YOU'VE NOT HAD THEM FOR HALF A DAY! YOU ARE NOT STARVING!!
    :tearhair:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2015 4:57pm (Apr 25th 2015)
     
    Could they have some of Iden's pellets?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2015 5:22pm (Apr 25th 2015)
     
    Animal cruelty!!! :rofl:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2015 12:01am (Apr 26th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They got fed at 12pm, as soon as our delivery arrived...greedy gits are still excitable now!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2015 12:03am (Apr 26th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    not really a rant...

    There are now about 50 - 60 sheep and lambs that have escaped from the fields by the farm. They are SO cute, and really enjoying their freedom, but I am concerned as they are on a popular dog walking path. I've already seen a JRT off lead running at them, and the owner couldn't get it back...surely it's only a matter of time before we're on a walk and see a dead lamb.

    Hope we spot it before Kasper...breakfast is served! :ack2:

    Stupid farmer...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2015 6:50pm (Apr 27th 2015)
     
    I hope the farmer will come and get his sheep before the dogs come and get them too, Red. You'd think he'd be a bit more on the ball with that many sheep missing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2015 11:08pm (Apr 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I assume the farmer owns all the nearby fields too; if he does, we've seen sheep escape from them as well! I wish I knew how / who to complain to...and of course we can't walk that way anymore because a certain puppy (*cough* Zoey *cough*!) enjoys eating all the sheep poop! Every. Little. Bit! :ack2:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2015 11:31pm (Apr 27th 2015)
     
    bleugh!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2015 6:30pm (Apr 28th 2015)
     
    Well if you FED her now and then she wouldn't need to get a takeaway...:rolling: I suppose it's vegan, anyway.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2015 9:36pm (Apr 28th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey, she's on expensive kibble now - £10 for 2kg!!! :gasp:

    We mix it in with her normal kibble, which is £24 for 15kg...figured she might like a bit of variety and she might eat more.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2015 3:28pm (Apr 29th 2015)
     
    I do the same with Tuppence - mix the gold dust food with the cheapo. But she's learning to pick out the posh...baggage!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2015 5:39pm (Apr 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: a friend has two Roborovski hamsters in a cage that is so small it is abusive. It made me so sad to see, and another friend said he saw me freaking out about it :rolling: (our other friend is the guy who owns four mice and has a huge complex cage system for them :smile: ) The hamsters also don't get time out of the cage so...this is their whole life :sad:

    The cage can be seen in the photo below which I got from google images, it's the small circular cage on top of the barred cage, with the wheel attached to the side. My friend has TWO hamsters in there, with no other cage attached...it's about 15cm x 15cm
    :gasp:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2015 8:01pm (Apr 30th 2015)
     
    Good grief, might as well keep the poor little beasts in a matchbox...have you said anything to them?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2015 6:00am (May 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I...really don't understand how ANYBODY in 2015 can think that it is an acceptable cage for not one but two hamsters. It's ridiculous. Surely common sense would tell you no rodent could happily live in there?

    I don't know the person too well, but our other friend is gonna try and talk with them...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2015 5:58pm (May 1st 2015)
     
    You have to talk to them as though (or because) they are idiots; if you were hamster size and someone asked you to spend the rest of your life in a room that size, how happy do you think you'd be?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2015 12:06am (May 2nd 2015)
     
    How awful - why do people think rodents don't need space?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2015 12:10am (May 2nd 2015)
     
    I have a pain next to my sternum but only when I stand. If I lie down it goes, and if I sit it goes after 5 or 10 mins to a dull ache. Went the docs and they don't know, but said unlikely to be heart, lungs or gastric which is at least reassuring but nothing gets rid of it. Tried antacids, painkillers, rest - this year was going so well. Hubby says it's knitters chest from leaning over the work (I didn't point out it was crocheting!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2015 1:19pm (May 2nd 2015)
     
    Try an osteopath or chiropractor - in my opinion they know more about the skeleton than a GP because they specialise whereas the poor GP has to know a little about a lot. It might be musculo-skeletal rather than squishy bits!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2015 8:16pm (May 3rd 2015)
     
    I've been taking ibuprofen and it has eased a little bit. However, because I'm having to use 'poor' posture to ease the pain (i.e. hunched shoulders) it has had the effect that the muscle across the top of my shoulder has spasmed, and up my neck, and is even more painful! :(

    And now I've run out of ibuprofen so will have to go to the shop tomorrow.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2015 2:01pm (May 4th 2015)
     
    Any better today Kate?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2015 7:50pm (May 5th 2015)
     
    Slightly - it gets a bit better each day, thanks for asking! xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 12:00am (May 7th 2015)
     
    Yay! Chest has finally stopped hurting - and shoulder has taken over. :cursing: The actual joint is really painful - only started this evening and it's my own fault. It was a bit stiff but I sat a crocheted for 3 hours and I knew it was starting to hurt but carried on regardless. Stupid woman!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 2:52am (May 7th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh Kate you're as bad as me, I carry on doing things even when I know I'll regret it...I sit cross legged on the floor at the computer for way too long and end up hurting for it! I hope your shoulder is better soon :heart:

    rant: I ordered Lyle's main birthday gift on the 18th April. It was stupid expensive, but is totally gonna be worth it. Seller said it would be shipped in "1-2 weeks"...three weeks later it's not been shipped and I've not even heard from him once! I've sent him a really nice polite email asking for a delivery estimate...bleh. I'll be gutted if it doesn't get here in time, it's been sent from another country...it's virtually all I've got Lyle apart from a few homemade stuff.
    :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 5:11pm (May 7th 2015)
     
    O I hope it turns up, Red; I bought Eric something on e\bay and got no response at all from the seller. eBay settled in my favour in the end and I got the money back, but would have preferred the item. When is his b'day?
    Kate, go to see a chiropractor/osteopath. It sounds very much like musculo-skeletal stuff to me. Hope it stops hurting soon.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 8:50pm (May 7th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, I heard back from the seller. The first two times he tried to make the item it didn't go right, so he is attempting to make a third. It will almost definitely not get here for Lyle's birthday. I told him it's better late than never, and I'd rather have the item delayed but get it than a refund...I just hope he doesn't give up and leave me with nothing.

    I am really upset :cry: Lyle has said it's fine and he doesn't mind at all, and my parents have told me the same thing, and I know it's true...I think it's just 'cos I tried so hard and had such big plans. But it doesn't really matter as long as we have each other.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2015 5:55pm (May 8th 2015)
     
    Lyle can spread his birthday out like the best people do (I speak as someone whose actual birthday was a month ago today but who is going out for 2 more birthday celebrations next week...:tooth: ) and make it go on for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2015 9:14pm (May 8th 2015)
     
    Good idea CC!!! I can understand how frustrated you are Red, that sort of thing always happens to me. I ordered a gift in plenty of time but it arrived late with me and then was late getting to the person, but they didn't mind as they have such an extended birthday celebration (don't you CC!!) :wink:

    I'm never bothered about getting gifts late - it really is the thought that counts.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2015 6:13pm (May 9th 2015)
     
    Posted By: Kateb I ordered a gift in plenty of time but it arrived late with me and then was late getting to the person, but they didn't mind as they have such an extended birthday celebration (don't you CC!!)

    :rolling: I wonder who on earth you could be referring to...? :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2015 6:26pm (May 9th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, there's not much we can do but wait and see...I did toy with buying a few extra things so he had at least some things to unwrap on the day but...we can't really afford it so he'll have to make do! At least Kasper has pressies to unwrap on their birthday hahaha :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2015 9:05pm (May 10th 2015)
     
    Shoulder pain back with a vengance today! Think I might have to stop crocheting until it's recovered in case it is that causing it.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2015 11:01pm (May 10th 2015)
     
    I can sympathise with your body pains giving you some grief.
    I had my arthritic knees injected with steroids a few days ago, not as effective as the last treatment.
    My biggest problems was that the doctor was so good as distracting me that I forgot to ask for my hip doing too!
    Now I have to wait another three weeks to get an appointment for him to fInish the job, then I will be able to walk with maybe only one stick..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2015 5:40pm (May 11th 2015)
     
    O no, Ollie, poor you...and those jabs aren't pleasant to have, are they? My friend says she grits her teeth and thinks of how much better she'll be afterward!
    Did you get pain when knitting The Blanket, Kate? Is the pain in your crocheting arm?
    Hope you'e both feeling better soon! :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2015 6:34pm (May 11th 2015)
     
    The pain is in my left shoulder and I'm left-handed so it could be any reason. I don't recall getting it before but I do sit in an odd position when I crochet!

    Meow Meow is not very well. He has a swelling at the base of his tail so has been to the vet. She thinks it could be a bite that's infected, or the other possibility was a tail-pull injury where it dislocates. She thinks it's infected due to the amount of swelling and pain he has, so he's got to go in tomorrow and have it shaved, lanced and drained. I could wait and see if it ruptures itself, but she said he'll be in a lot of pain until it does, and as it's so large it could be a nasty wound so felt it was better to sort it out before that happens (which I agreed with) so fighting-cat will cost me ££££!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2015 9:58pm (May 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no Kate :( What's the best outcome then, that it's an infected wound that will heal after being drained and anti-biotics?

    Just after we adopted Zoey Kasper developed a pea-sized lump on the base of his tail. It didn't hurt him at all when we touched and prodded it, but we took him to our old (terrible) vet. He pinned Kasper to the floor on his back to get to the tail (despite me telling him Kasper was a rescue dog, fearful and needed to be treated gently!) then said if the lump didn't go down in a few days he'd have to amputate it!!!
    :gasp:
    We went to a different vet at another surgery, she was the best vet we ever had who was one of Kasper's BFF! She said keep an eye on it, if it doesn't get any bigger she saw no reason to amputate his tail. She even said it would be needlessly traumatic to do it to a dog like Kasper. The lump is still there to this day, but hasn't grown at all and causes no issues.

    I hope the procedure goes well for Meow Meow and that you both feel better soon!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2015 7:03pm (May 12th 2015)
     
    Yes, hope he's all right, Kate. I was going to put 'fighting fit' but thought better of it! :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2015 12:34am (May 14th 2015)
     
    Kate, I hope your meow meow kitty will be alright.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2015 9:06pm (May 14th 2015)
     
    He went in, was shaved (and they dug the clippers in and left a graze :mad: ) the abscess (which was huge) was lanced and flushed. When I collected him they didn't give me any info (which I'll be feeding back to the vet on Monday at his post op review), and when I got him out of the carrier at home he had a big open wound. This is apparently normal for an abscess, but it would've been nice to be warned!

    He is eating and drinking but I'm really not sure if he has peed or pooped (he doesn't use the litter tray as a rule, he 'goes' in the garden but keep reading!) He has a cone of shame and is extremely depressed. He keeps walking backwards, walks into things, and won't lift his head. We took him out in the garden yesterday to see if he wanted to pee. He sat next to the fence and didn't move. This morning (whilst still in nightie) I thought I'd give him another go. I put on trainers and a coat, opened the door - and he legged it. Straight up the garden, and up and over the fence. I ran in hot pursuit, caught him, but not enough to haul him back so had to let him go. Ran indoors, up to bedroom (town house remember - extra floor!), put on jeans then had to run around the back (it's a long way - we have no gate so have to go to the end of the road and up to the next road to get to the back). Found him outside a house but he ran again when he saw me. Eventually he appeared on top of our terrace's end house's fence and I managed to grab him and wrestle him indoors. It took 2 hours for me to stop shaking and no, I will not be trusting him again!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2015 9:26pm (May 14th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :gasp: What an ordeal Kate!!! Wow, you were lucky to get him back!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2015 4:08am (May 15th 2015)
     
    Oh wow Kate..that sounds like a nightmare..I'd be shaking like a leaf too..I'm glad you got him back home in the end.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2015 5:44pm (May 15th 2015)
     
    Blimey, Kate, that's all you need with a bad shoulder too! Little git...but I hope he feels better soon. Will he use the litter tray if it's the only option?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2015 7:22pm (May 17th 2015)
     
    I'd pulled my muscles in the side of my boobs when I tried to haul him back, and the one across the top of my stomach. Back has been killing too - I must go and do some exercise to protect them in future!

    We took his cone off on Saturday. He washed from his nose all the way down to the end of his tail and then, the second I looked away, he ripped the scab off in one go and left a vile, stomach churning, square of raw flesh exposed, then proceeded to run off upstairs pulling at it as he went and squealing with pain. Needless to say we had to put the cone back on. Hubby tried him without it again this afternoon and at first he was good, then he started tearing at it again so cone has had to go on again. This is going to take weeks. :tearhair: The good news is he's coping better with the cone now!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2015 8:50pm (May 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    When Lyle's parent's dog managed to get a hole in his side the summer I stayed with them, he had to have his cone on for weeks and weeks. Right until it was fully healed. Otherwise he would just pester it and rip off the scab, no matter how close to healed it was. Kasper is the same, only he obsesses with a wound even after it's 100% healed...stupid Collie-ness!

    His parents (Lyle's) used a liquid plaster on their dogs' wound. It offered a little protection and came in useful right towards the end of recovery. Might be something worth looking into?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2015 4:31pm (May 18th 2015)
     
    If it's like the human version (New Skin) it stings like wotsits though...:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2015 7:13pm (May 19th 2015)
     
    We thought of that but had the same idea of it as CC. The vet said it is healing but she wants to see him again on Friday and we've got to keep the cone on.

    As an aside (and a positive, not a moan!) while at the vets I bumped into a couple that brought a cat and her kittens to rehoming at the weekend. They were so sad to be surrendering them, but the mommy cat fights with their 2 boys (dominant female/mother - the boys don't stand a chance!) I had a good chat with her at the vets, explained how they would be well looked after, most likely wouldn't be there long, and how it was better for the mommy cat to be in a home where she can relax and not have to assert herself all the time. The lady said she felt a lot better about it after our talk and thanked me. (They'd also given a sizeable donation which was lovely - people sometimes seem to think they're doing us a favour bring us yet another cat to home!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2015 8:47pm (May 19th 2015)
     
    What excellent news; it's lovely when a casual conversation like that pays off!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2015 12:09am (May 21st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah, maybe not a good idea for a cat then, the New Skin stuff! :smile:

    rant: my mood is sneaking up! Went for over 30 hours without sleeping (oops) until my med finally helped zonk me out. Lucky to have Lyle to make me eat too as I never get hungry like this. Hoping it doesn't become unmanageable what with the excitement of birthday plans and adventures. We'll see.

    Also a minor rant, we bought the pups some reduced meat yesterday and after putting it in some Kongs left it on top of Cleo's cage...little booger climbed onto her log tunnel and pulled it through!! She actually ate some *doh* only a nibble, but bleh!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2015 5:10pm (May 21st 2015)
     
    She's obviously very clever! And hungry, of course...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2015 9:28pm (May 22nd 2015)
     
    What's reduced meat? And why can't Cleo eat it?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2015 10:47pm (May 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Reduced price, Kate. And Cleo's a guinea pig - strictly a herbivore!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2015 3:09pm (May 23rd 2015)
     
    Now now, you shouldn't force your views on your pets...if she doesn't WANT to be a veggie...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2015 8:49pm (May 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling: Well, I didn't want to say anything but Kasper and Zoey are vegans, so... :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2015 10:58pm (May 23rd 2015)
     
    I see - I thought maybe it was some sort of processing! (Have you not told Cleo she's herbivore - if she doesn't know then what's a pig to do!)

    Until Kasper finds something dead in a field, then he totally goes against his beliefs!! :wink:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2015 5:14am (May 29th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, yes, they're definitely vegans...apart from their chicken / lamb kibble, sliced ham, chicken feet and numerous meaty treats :rolling: They do eat a lot of fruit and vegetables though...well Kasper does, Zoey will stretch to eating carrots but that's about it :smile:

    rant: Lyle needed a GP appt, so phoned up about a week ago to book one. The closest he could get was two weeks away, and the receptionist constantly got very uppity that he should go to a different surgery, one that's 6 miles away...despite Lyle saying he couldn't drive :glare: The only way she would shut up was when he said he was a full time carer!

    He phoned up yesterday to ask if there were any sooner appts as he's getting worse, and the receptionist said she could get a Dr to call him back, and he could have a phone consultation and cancel his appt next week. Lyle said could he have both, and she tutted!

    The Dr phoned yesterday afternoon. The result? He has an appointment with a GP early this morning, at our nearest surgery. Idiotic receptionists...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2015 9:16am (May 29th 2015)
     
    Things haven't changed.
    More than 20 years since I retired from NHS. The receptionists even then were in control of my patient's appointments. I would request my ladies came again in a couple of weeks but if "their" list was full they would be given one for the following week. Now that just will not do in midwifery.
    I would rant and rave at them but all I got back was "Well that's how many we can get on the computer"
    I could not persuade then to reprogramme the poot!
    So I told my ladies to just turn up and don't bother reporting to reception, or I would do a home visit instead.

    I have tremendous probs now with my own appointments. Have just waited five weeks for one that needed a pain killing injection.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2015 6:25pm (May 30th 2015)
     
    Lord, are you in a lot of pain, Ollie? That's dreadful to make you wait so long for analgesia. I hope you're feeling better. :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2015 9:50pm (May 30th 2015)
     
    Have you got to wait for someone specific to do the injection Ollie? I know that our GPs don't all do joint injections (making an assumption there) so it can take a while unfortunately.

    Now that you know your GP will do a telephone appointment you need to use that again Red. If you speak to the doctor they will force book the appointment in if they think it's necessary. Some receptionists do seem to think they are in control (and the doctors are often happy to let them think that). I hope he feels better soon.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2015 10:10pm (May 30th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Could you do what we did and ask to speak to a Dr over the phone Ollie? Would they push your appt forwards or did we just get lucky?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2015 5:27pm (May 31st 2015)
     
    I've had the appt I referred to above but the pain is in groin side and they wouldn't inject there. So I have co- codamol, which knocks me right out, they just add to the lethargy of hypothyroid!
    We are considering another replacement hip in near future.
    "Near" in NHS terms is ???
    :face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2015 5:25pm (Jun 1st 2015)
     
    ...about ten years? No, I'm sure it'll be quicker than that. We'll get Kate to pull a few strings and forge a few letters...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2015 8:24pm (Jun 2nd 2015)
     
    Near is a very technical term with a very complicated formula:
    Firstly think of a number (we'll come back to that later). Now, number of weeks GP says it will take for him to send referral times 3, plus the number of weeks the hospital can claim the referral has been missing/delayed, minus one day (i.e. "we found it yesterday"), plus weeks they're allowed to keep you waiting (between 13 and 18), add "no bed available'" weeks (approx. 4), factor in 2 weeks for the surgeon's summer holiday, and one week for him to 'recover from his holiday'. Add in the number you first thought of, making sure you double it beforehand and voila! Hip replacement waiting time!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2015 4:47pm (Jun 3rd 2015)
     
    Ooo, you little cynic! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2015 7:15pm (Jun 3rd 2015)
     
    Me?! Never! :wink:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2015 12:44pm (Jun 4th 2015)
     
    I can safely book my September holiday then.
    Oh, and a neighbour has given me a wheelchair.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2015 4:46pm (Jun 4th 2015)
     
    Fit it with a (sherry) bottle holder, some blades on the hub caps, some go faster stripes and get out and about in it - go on, terrorise the neighbourhood! :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2015 10:13pm (Jun 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: saw two JRT being walked off-lead today just after we'd rounded a corner. When the owners saw us coming with a dog, they screamed at the dogs until they were in grabbing distance, then held them by their collars whilst we passed. Once we got alongside the dogs began snarling and lunging, and the owners bellowed at them, slapped their noses and held their mouths shut as they snarled!!
    :gasp:

    What a fantastic way to get bitten and destroy the trust between you and your dog. Gross. I would have loved to have done the over-exaggerated look of horror and disbelief, but unfortunately I was too busy body blocking them from the dog we were walking, and feeding her treats continuously...

    Also, if we had approached the corner (which was a blind corner) 30 seconds later, the dog we were walking dog would have been attacked.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2015 3:28pm (Jun 9th 2015)
     
    I'd love it if those people met someone they disliked and their other halves grabbed their collars and held their gobs shut and slapped their noses. Idiots.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2015 1:29am (Jun 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Part of me always wishes the dog/s would just bite idiotic owners like that, because they really deserve it. But the other part of me knows the dog would be to blame ("the bite just came out of nowhere!") and would be PTS...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2015 11:22pm (Jun 15th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We just had a really, really scary experience!

    Twoli has been in his huge, second-hand cage for months now. He loves it, we love it. Well, today...it broke. I don't know how, but the outdoor food container fell off, leaving a huge gap that Twoli could (and did!) fit through.

    We had no idea. We went and took the dogs out to the garden for the loo, and all of a sudden there's a crashing, panicked noise. Next thing we know something is flapping against the door, and is then outside - it's Twoli!!!
    :gasp:
    We send the dogs back in (thank you, thank you pups for being so well behaved!) and Lyle runs and gets Twoli's old cage. Twoli is perched IN THE GARDEN, loose! Very slowly we put the cage on the ground, and as it's a Jenny Rat you can lift the entire roof open.

    We wait, and wait, and wait. Twoli isn't budging, just on a wall looking nervy. Lyle moves slightly towards him, and Twoli makes a beeline for his old cage. He perches on the lip for ten minutes, it's pretty dark, his crest is up, he's panicked. He isn't moving and I'm worried he might just fly off. I sidle close to him, only about 15cm away, and reach for the Jenny Rat cage roof. I didn't want to startle him and for him to leave the garden!

    I slowly raise the roof and lower it, gently squashing him from above. With my t-shirt (didn't wanna get bit in the panic!) I block one direction and herd him over the lip and into the cage. Twoli panics a little, flapping about, but he's home and quickly settles.

    We almost lost a baby. I am so glad he is back with us :heart:

    So...what cage do I save up for from here?!?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2015 5:10pm (Jun 16th 2015)
     
    Blimey.Lucky he flew down to the cage you brought out - quick thinking! Was it a new purpose-built cage? If so, snottagram to the manufacturer/supplier. Look on Gumtree and Freecycle - there might be one on there.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2015 2:11pm (Jun 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was second-hand, so I'm not even 100% sure which cage it is!

    On closer inspection, the plastic frame that held the outdoor food bowl in place was cracked, with bits missing. We didn't use them, and the seller never said, so I guess we just missed it.

    I know, we were SO lucky...

    I've been looking everywhere for a new cage, I'll make a list in a new thread. Don't want to spend a fortune, but I can't find any cheap in our area (we *never* get anything good here...) so I'm looking at 'cheaper' cages :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2015 2:15pm (Jun 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: I've been getting so many really bad headaches recently. I started charting when I get them - eight in eleven days so far!!

    Yesterday's was the worst, ended up with me feeling really nauseous and lasted for six hours. Bleh.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2015 4:32pm (Jun 17th 2015)
     
    Is it a side effect of a new drug do you think? Have you started a new one recently? Feel better soon. :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2015 11:21pm (Jun 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, it could be. I start a (kind of) new med today...different brand name, and extended release...we'll see if that changes anything. They could be 'aagh it's suddenly hot' headaches too I guess, I'm a bit rubbish in warm weather :rolling: Thank you CC.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2015 5:09pm (Jun 18th 2015)
     
    Posted By: Red I'm a bit rubbish in warm weather


    You and me both, kid; in this weather I hide under a rock till it gets dark - you can always join me!
    :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2015 5:13pm (Jun 19th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Is there room for Lyle and Zoey too?? Zoey loves the sun indoors or in the garden, but she overheats really quickly on walks. I always assumed she'd do better, what with her fur being white and short.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2015 12:09am (Jun 23rd 2015)
     
    You must've been terrified when Twoli escaped - well done for managing to get him back though I don't know how you stayed so calm. Bad vibes to the cage seller for not telling you it was broken. You'd have probably still bought it but would've been able to secure it. Don't know how they deal with their conscience - don't suppose they have one.

    Agree with CC about the headaches - keep charting them and tell your GP if they continue.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2015 12:10am (Jun 23rd 2015)
     
    I finally got my blood test results - everything fine except one ... high cholesterol! 6.5!!! Risk factors are low though so just need to manage my diet and take more exercise. (Would rather have an easy pill but no doing!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2015 12:57am (Jun 23rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know if I'll bother getting a second hand cage again (she says, knowing she definitely will if one pops up in her area...), the cage we bought off preloved before Twoli's was sold as being a decent sized hamster cage. When we got it home and got it set up, we re-measured it as it seemed very small. The seller had listed the measurements of the cage's roof, which overhung the actual cage a few inches on every side...doesn't sound like much but it adds up, and we ended up chucking the cage as it was too small!

    Haven't felt weird or had a headache since starting the new-ish med, although it has of course seriously messed with my sleep. I don't understand why they readily offer meds that destroy your sleep pattern to people with an illness that is incredibly sensitive to having good, regular sleep :sarcastic:

    Exercise, huh? *chants* Get a dog! Get a dog! Get a dog!
    :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2015 10:39pm (Jun 23rd 2015)
     
    Ooo, the cats would LOVE that! :001_tt2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2015 12:51am (Jun 28th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *whispers* Well, everyone knows dogs are better than cats anyway... *flees*
    :tooth:

    rant: to the absolute ******* who saw us walking Zoey earlier. Zoey wanted to say hello to you, but we kept our distance because not everybody appreciates a friendly dog. You made the comment that you could 'sense the evil' and that 'dogs like her' should be banned...you are a ****, and I'm glad our reaction was to laugh in your face!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2015 12:25am (Jul 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant(s): saw the guy I ranted about above, the one that called Zoey evil, today. We were walking Kasper, and guess what? He walked past without saying a single thing to us. I didn't even realise it was him (was too busy rewarding Kasper for being good) until Lyle mentioned it afterwards. Prejudiced arse.

    Second rant, I was sat on the couch whilst Lyle was upstairs this evening, and out the corner of my eye I saw something huge scuttle across the arm of the couch, about 10 inches to my right.

    I have no idea how I managed not to drop my laptop, but I leapt up, put the laptop down and fled to the corner of the room. I wasn't even sure it was real at first. Lyle came down and together we scouted out the 'thing'...it was a spider, easy bigger than an inch across. Grooooosssssss!

    Lyle managed to kill it, well done Lyle. Normally I catch spiders under a glass and release them, but that one snuck up on me (unforgivable) and it was too big.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2015 6:29pm (Jul 4th 2015)
     
    Blimey, I hate it when there's one so close and you've not realised it; scary!
    Next time you see Mr Arse, make a huge fuss of Zoey so she's all smiley and silly - thatt should make him feel stupid. Evil, my arse!:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2015 9:49pm (Jul 4th 2015)
     
    A woman came into rehoming and said she didn't like long-hair cats because one scratched her once. Then she admitted it was her own fault because the cat was scared and stressed and she tried to pick it up. But in her opinion they're all horrible.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2015 6:33am (Jul 6th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I hate killing spiders, but that was one was just toooo big. Do your cats kill spiders, Kate / CC?

    I admit I am less fond of some breeds of dogs after having had so many be horrible with them interacting with our two (Golden Retrievers and GSDs mainly) but I don't hate them. If I happen to meet and interact with them I'll fuss and treat them the same as any other dog.

    The funniest thing with the guy who insulted Zoey was that she was actually behaving exemplary at the time (a rarity!). She was stood there whilst he yelled at us, wagging, with her face in a huge open-mouthed grin! I can't picture a dog that looked less threatening. Very odd...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2015 4:28pm (Jul 6th 2015)
     
    Posted By: Red Do your cats kill spiders, Kate / CC?


    No; because I start thunderstorms, Tuppence takes revenge by leaving me standing quivering on the sofa shrieking 'Get it! GET it!!' and pointing with shaking hand at a tarantula 3 feet across. She simpers and then sashays out of the door. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2015 11:40pm (Jul 6th 2015)
     
    Tabby will happily torture a spider - sometimes it gets killed, sometimes it's eaten, often it is chased into a corner where it can't be caught or killed. I also do the sofa thing and the cats look at me as if to say "yeah, horrible isn't it! I'd better slope off to bed and leave you there".

    I went in the kitchen to wash up earlier, picked up a cup and there was a spider sitting in the bottom, each of it's legs touching the side of the mug. Glad hubby was here - he said it was unusual as we usually try to get the cup over the spider but this one had done half the work for us! I cowered in the living room while it was put out the front. Yuk!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2015 3:49pm (Jul 7th 2015)
     
    Bleugh! I would have dropped the cup!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2015 10:59pm (Jul 8th 2015)
     
    I did, but luckily it was Caitlyn's plastic one and it landed back on it's base - the spider didn't move ... not that I hung around to see that, hubby relayed it to me while I was cowering in the living room!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2015 3:37pm (Jul 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: first horsefly attack of the year, bleh! I HATE HORSEFLIES :fierce:

    And I saw the cutest rat in a pet shop yesterday. She was even a Himalayan, which is the variety I want most of all...well, that or Siamese, which is very similar. I wanted her soooo bad! She was on her own and looked so scared; I even had a name picked for her. Don't want to encourage the pet shop or give them money for her though
    :(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2015 10:25pm (Jul 12th 2015)
     
    It's hard when you see one like that in a shop because it does just encourage them, but someone else will come along and pay it I suppose. Hopefully they'll have others as a companion for her.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2015 2:11am (Jul 13th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's two pet shops I know in the city that sells rats now :( The other gets them in extremely young. When we got Banjo and Okto they were 6/7 weeks old, and they were double the size of the rats that pet shop has. They are way smaller than Syrian hamsters, some could probably pass as mice!

    Worth trying to get a photo, or contacting the RSPCA do you think? Is there a legal age for rodents separated from their mums or for sale?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2015 9:45pm (Jul 13th 2015)
     
    You could easily get a photo - just say you're thinking of getting a pair but want to check with your partner/parent/other random person. The RSPCA are pretty useless but if they do go and check and they are too young it may deter them from doing it again. I wonder if they sell them as feeders - that's the only reason I can think of for taking them away so young. :(