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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Since Holly was spayed this afternoon'ish I decided to skip my monthly book club to be with her at home. You never know what two cats will do anyway, and with one just coming out of anethesia it seemed logical to stay home.

I'm sensing at least one member of said book club thinks that was dumb. She must not have any cats, and I know I made the right choice. Those ladies are very dedicated to the club, which is admirable, but somethings are way more important. Do people ever seem to not understand you putting a furbaby first?
post #2 of 29
They must not. Silly readers! At least you know that we folks on TCS know that furbabies are always first!

for Holly's spay! And of course we don't think you're silly at all.
post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by Meowers View Post
Do people ever seem to not understand you putting a furbaby first?
well... not me, but a friend. her cat was pregnant, & had been in labor for several hours w/no result. she called in sick so she could take her cat to the vet. several people seemed quite puzzled at this, including our boss.
my mom [who will tell you straight up that she's not a big animal lover] said, 'well, of course - the cat was probably in pain & needed medical attention!'
mom's not a big animal lover, but she believes in responsibility!
post #4 of 29
Of course you did the right thing ... but then again my accupucturist asked about how my "kids" were doing
post #5 of 29
My whole family doesn't understand, they aren't cat friendly people. My mother can't understand how I not only ended up with cats, but show cats
post #6 of 29
You did the right thing. I would have done what you did.
post #7 of 29
Sometimes I think my wife doesn't understand how much I care about the cats. And I know the folks at work think I'm a little off
post #8 of 29
Oh yeah.

Apparently, I should be getting rid of Trout because I am moving 7 hours away. "Its too much of a hassle to move with her"...like she is a big screen tv or something? um....no.
post #9 of 29
I treat my cats as members of my immediate family..People don't always get it or see it that way but you know what Chances are I like my cats way better then I like that particular person anyway so who cares what the think.

Now dog-people that I don't understand...
post #10 of 29
Gee, I thought intellectuals, and especially those who are big into literature, were MORE sensitive to the needs of animals, and especially cats, not less.

Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway would have approved of your priorities.
post #11 of 29
Yeah, I just chalk it up to them not having a pet and really knowing what its like
post #12 of 29
My family definitely understand, although they would never choose to have a cat as a pet, they have until recently always had animals (mostly birds) and always treated pets as the treasured family members they were. Their last budgie cost over £1000 in vet bills during its last couple of years, and my mum got very angry with anyone who questioned the so-called logic of paying that much in bills when 'you can buy a new one for £10'

They also gave us a lift to pick up Sonic, and again a year later to pick up Jacob - in both cases it was a round trip for them of something like 260 miles.
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Of course you did the right thing ... but then again my accupucturist asked about how my "kids" were doing
.... very good my friend for your decision!

for Holly!
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Oh yeah.

Apparently, I should be getting rid of Trout because I am moving 7 hours away. "Its too much of a hassle to move with her"...like she is a big screen tv or something? um....no.
just the image of a "big-screen Trout"...
post #15 of 29
Yup, you did the right thing. Of course while we were still breeding, Babycakes had to have a C-section done on one of her last batches of kittens (as a matter of fact, was YumYums litter). The vet let us bring her home that evening, 'cuz he said we'd be there round-the-clock if she needed something, where his staff would be gone all night. Soooo....this happens to be revival week at our home church.....hub is song director and I'm the pianist........wanted to stay home with her but couldn't....so, what did we do? We loaded Babycakes and her babies up in their big cage (show cage size), drove 25 miles with her, put the cage in the ladies bathroom and covered it with a blanket, and I checked on her @ every 20 minutes during service that night! Our pastor, who's an older, "not-really-an-animal-person" was kind of puzzled about us having done such, but was happy that we brought her and did that instead of staying home, but the evangelist who IS a cat lover told me that he didn't blame me a bit, he and his wife would have done the same thing, lol!
post #16 of 29
My furbabies come first for sure. I will call in late to work if I need to bring them to the vet in the AM, or leave work early for an afternoon appointment. Though, my job is very lenient with that and there's many ways to make up the hours

I would have done the same thing as you.
post #17 of 29
I was at work when a few of my cats died. One time was Thanksgiving and I said I need to go home my cats are very sick. The Mgr refused to let me go. i get a call that Stripe needs Blood Transfusion and they will try to save her. Patches died and I am crying. The Mgr lives about 2 blocks from work but refuses to come in and says its only a cat. Another time I was asked to work ot I say ys but get a call that Lucy is very sick and my Husband and sister will take her to Er. The Dm comes in yelling at me get off the phone its busy. I was doing them a favor staying. I get a call she died in the truck on the way to Er. She had shots and something had gone wrong and she kept needeing blood transfusions every few months. Well years later my jerk mgr asks me for a favor and I refused. He wanted me to take his cat to the pound and have her pts. I said no then he wanted me to stay and watch the store off the clock. His cat died in his car.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Oh yeah.

Apparently, I should be getting rid of Trout because I am moving 7 hours away. "Its too much of a hassle to move with her"...like she is a big screen tv or something? um....no.
We are not just cat lovers, we are pet lovers. I always had budgies when I was growing up and we got one when we got married. Shortly after, DH got a job offer in SF and we flew across the country in business class with Tweetie in a bird carrier. We had his new company fly us in business class because the airline allowed only one pet per cabin. Tweetie even had his own ticket with his name on it. The fly attendant said, "What a cute parakeet! Has it ever flown before?"
post #19 of 29
yes. My SO and I took a "vaction" for two days and one night because we were worried about the furbabies! We've had SEVERAL people say "it's just a cat".

I would have stayed home too. I almost called into work the day after I brought Leya home from her spay surgery. She was doing awful. She wasn't eating or drinking, and she wouldn't move from the blanket we put her on. For an entire week we hand fed/watered her.

Of course, you shouldn't have to worry about that, Leya was the unlucky 1% that goes blind from spay surgery. She's great now though!
post #20 of 29
Hey, my animals are my children! Somepeople just don't understand that, and those are the kind of people who's dog is chained up outside 24/7 or their cat is fed on the porch and is left to fend for itself the rest of the time.

My work got mad at me for calling in late because Monster went into a seizure right as I was ready to walk out the door. I'm sorry, how could I leave her flopping on the floor just to get to work on time? I needed to stay, talk her out of it, give her valium and wait to make sure took affect. I was over an hour late and they were upset (I work in a call center and just answer the phones...just like 200 other people who were there. It's not like I RAN the place!). Of course, this is the same company that wouldn't approve me being off work for one of DH's surgeries. I finally got it approved off but hat to take it up with HR and try to fill out FMLA papers (I hadn't worked there long enough to qualify). I mean, I understand attendence policy, but come on! Emergencies happen.
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by butzie View Post
The fly attendant said, "What a cute parakeet! Has it ever flown before?"


I've stayed home from work after my dog was neutered so I completely understand! my pets always come first
post #22 of 29
Thread Starter 
Some of these stories are just awful! Hard to believe some people can be so cold hearted.
post #23 of 29
That jerk i was talking about lives in San Leandro.
post #24 of 29
We have a friend that we just love, but his wife is a whole different story. She has a filthy mutt that she takes everywhere with her, even though she has been told repeatedly NOT to bring the stupid, aggressive creature here. The guys work in the shed at night after work, and she will come with her husband and bring the dog. Last time she brought it, it was in heat, and we had dogs howling all over the neighborhood. She wanted to bring it in to try to make the other dogs stop howling, and I told her I have cats, and no dogs were coming here. It has already injured one cat, not mine. She had the nerve to tell me they are just cats and if he killed one, she would go to the pound and get me another one. She started to bring it on in the house, and we ended up at 3 a.m. out in the yard, first screaming at each other, them actually fighting. The guys would not even pull us apart. Her stupid pitt bull hid under the car, whimpering, while he was supposed to be protecting her. Not only did I prove it is a stupid dog, but she got her butt handed to her by someone 21 years older than her. Get me another cat, I don't think so!
post #25 of 29
just keep in mind it wasnt the dogs fault that she's stupid and can't control her animal (just nature to the dog) my parents dog doesn't like cats and tries to chase them therefor we keep her inside so it's up to the master to take care of that.

I would feel the same way about my cats I've changed shifts and left early to take pepe to the vet and my boss understands
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Oh yeah.

Apparently, I should be getting rid of Trout because I am moving 7 hours away. "Its too much of a hassle to move with her"...like she is a big screen tv or something? um....no.
We're moving about that far too, and someone asked "Oh, so what are you doing with your cat?" Uh.... taking her with me? Weird.

I left work early one time because Zissou bit into a paint marker and then started puking. The emergency vet I paged said she'd be fine but if she puked again to bring her in. But my boss was very understanding, luckily I think they're all animal folk.
post #27 of 29
I've left work early and gone in late on more than one occasion because of taking a cat to the vet. But I never tell them that's why, just that I have something to do, or an appointment, or something. They know I'm nuts about my cats (based on the pictures on the wall of my cube if nothing else), but I don't care to take a chance that something will be said about it.

Of couse you should put your ordinary stuff off when your cat needs attention!
post #28 of 29
WhenI had to take Siam in for bloodwork (there was a window of time to get it done before the weekend) I could not find anyone to relieve me. So I had to leave and run him to the vet, thank goodness they kept him until I came back in the afternoon. It was an almost 50 mile round trip that i made twice that day. My boss said go for it, I had all my mail ready to go out on the route. I was back to deliver it by 10:00 am.
When I had to have Siam PTS, I called the sub Sunday night and gave him the "option" to work the next day or I would call my boss and have him required to work the next day. I was in no way going to work that day, they could have fired me for all I cared. My boss and all of my co-workers are animal lovers, so they understood. But if they hadn't, it didn't matter to me.
post #29 of 29
Thread Starter 
I forgot to mention that my boss has two cats. He never talks about them ( he is very closemouthed about his private life) but when I was about to get Holly you could just tell how much he loved his own two cats. So far I haven't had to ever call in sick or anything for the cats, but it's nice to know that I probably could.

And wow that crazy dog lady story, it reminds me of so many awful ignorant self-important people that are out there.
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