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post #31 of 39
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If you KNOW you don't know what "the best" is.. That's when you ask for help.
Yes .. No ONE who knows what is best should be asking and we all hope those who are unsure ASK
post #32 of 39
Firstly, great post Jen. We ALL need reminders and that includes seasoned cat owners and newbies.



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Again not wanting to get into the personal choice thing, But why do I need revolution? I dont use lice shampoos on my kids on a reg basis so they dont get lice and I dont worm them just because they play in the sand box and I dont give them every vacination just because it exists and someone says I should.
You mentioned that this thread keeps going and going but you're actually making little digs and then people are just responding. Whatever works for your kids - I'm not going to get into lice shampoo with kids because this is a TREATMENT rather then a preventative (like Revolution). Noone is saying give vaccinations because they say you should - I'm fairly confident that I'm speaking for most here in saying that we don't all get every single vaccination under the sun for our cats. For example my cats don't get vaccinations past their kitten shots (but I do live in NZ).

Please stick around and read some more threads. I've been pulled up countless times on this forum about nutrition (usually by Sharky) and since I have a very open relationship with my vet I always discuss suggested treatments I have researched.
post #33 of 39
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And the thread keeps going and going LOL.

I guess I just do things a little different than the majority But I really dont want to explain all my choices. I tend to forget sometimes when posting on a forum like this about different countries having different rules as well (and the need for different precautions). I dont have to get all the recommended shots (or in some peoples case mandatory) here in Canada. And its not like my pets have never seen the vet. My dog was just there about 2 weeks ago and my cat was just at the vets in July.

My point of my original post was not to go back and forth about what pets need and who appears to be a better owner because they go to the vets or choose a certain food. It was about making decisions based on our own pets and our own beliefs.
There is a huge difference between treating an issue and preventing an issue. I originally came from New Brunswick and on the occasions I visit am still taken aback by the rural attitude towards "pets". Most allow their cats outdoors, rarely, if ever, take them to a vet and if they do treat with any kind of medication such as de-wormer, they buy it over-the-counter. They don't even want to hear that this form of treatment is not good for their cat or dog - heck their family has been treating pets like this for years. Their pets don't live to ripe old ages for the most part but it doesn't matter to them because hey, nobody neuters their animals either and it's always just as easy to get a replacement. I certainly don't agree with these practices and would never treat my pet in such a cavalier manner but those folks laugh at people like me and think how silly and stupid we are to treat our pets so well. So be it! As Sharky was trying to do with the original post, we can only try to educate people and they will only learn if they are open to learning.

As for personal beliefs, there is nothing wrong with having personal beliefs as long as they are not a detriment to good health.

Here in Ontario where I live, rabies shots are mandatory. I go for an annual checkup and twice yearly dental check-ups and my cat gets annual checkups and vaccinations. It's called preventative care. And just as I've shopped for a human doctor I'm comfortable with, I've also shopped for a vet that I'm comfortable with.
post #34 of 39
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And the thread keeps going and going LOL.

I guess I just do things a little different than the majority But I really dont want to explain all my choices. I tend to forget sometimes when posting on a forum like this about different countries having different rules as well (and the need for different precautions). I dont have to get all the recommended shots (or in some peoples case mandatory) here in Canada. And its not like my pets have never seen the vet. My dog was just there about 2 weeks ago and my cat was just at the vets in July.

My point of my original post was not to go back and forth about what pets need and who appears to be a better owner because they go to the vets or choose a certain food. It was about making decisions based on our own pets and our own beliefs.
Don't worry, you're not alone. The first post seemed to come out of nowhere. I assume something prompted it but I don't know what.

I do wish everyone would remember that this forum should not be considered the definitive authority on any topic whatsoever. It's just a bunch of people sharing experiences and opinions. Some people *may* have more knowledge than others or they may just *believe* they have more knowledge than others. How do we know the difference? We can't possibly.

I consider any information gleamed here to just be a single piece of a puzzle to be added to pieces obtained elsewhere that together, hopefully, build a coherent picture.
post #35 of 39
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Don't worry, you're not alone. The first post seemed to come out of nowhere. I assume something prompted it but I don't know what.

I do wish everyone would remember that this forum should not be considered the definitive authority on any topic whatsoever. It's just a bunch of people sharing experiences and opinions. Some people *may* have more knowledge than others or they may just *believe* they have more knowledge than others. How do we know the difference? We can't possibly.

I consider any information gleamed here to just be a single piece of a puzzle to be added to pieces obtained elsewhere that together, hopefully, build a coherent picture.
Yes a number of things prompted the post

But the above has good info ... ALWAYS double check info you get online in a forum or other format .... Many years ago someone made up an entire study and placed it online ... I say offline but that is me being old.. You can verify most info easily though , but that too may just me being old
post #36 of 39
I dont want to get involved and any angst (sp?) at all but I do want to say that if it wasnt for this forum I wouldnt be the resposible pet owner that I am today. I love my babies but was more willing to spend money on frivolous (sp?) stuff than their own health or care. When I joined I was literally at loose ends and just thought this would be fun but in turn Ive learned a lot from everyone on here and have nothing but thanks and gratitude to everyone. LDG was a member who took her own time and efforts into helping me find a low cost spay and neuter clinic so I could get my boy Hercules fixed so I didnt add to the over population of kittens by having some because I rescued a little girl who was dropped off at my house. Im also getting her spayed Nov 7th because I have learned it is so much healthier for her to be spayed than to let her go into heat cycle after cycle for no reason. Ive also had nutrition and poop issues with two of my cats and thanks to this place I was able to find a better food in my area that actually resolved the poop issue I had. My cats have become healthier happier animals thanks to the people on here who have taken the time to help me in my ignorance. That doesnt discount the other things Ive had the pleasure of reading about and seeing pics of everyone elses cats! SO to EVERYONE on here...Thanks for being here and being a great place to turn to for mindless fun and information!!

Best wishes!
post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by 3CatsN1Dog View Post
I dont want to get involved and any angst (sp?) at all but I do want to say that if it wasnt for this forum I wouldnt be the resposible pet owner that I am today. I love my babies but was more willing to spend money on frivolous (sp?) stuff than their own health or care. When I joined I was literally at loose ends and just thought this would be fun but in turn Ive learned a lot from everyone on here and have nothing but thanks and gratitude to everyone. LDG was a member who took her own time and efforts into helping me find a low cost spay and neuter clinic so I could get my boy Hercules fixed so I didnt add to the over population of kittens by having some because I rescued a little girl who was dropped off at my house. Im also getting her spayed Nov 7th because I have learned it is so much healthier for her to be spayed than to let her go into heat cycle after cycle for no reason. Ive also had nutrition and poop issues with two of my cats and thanks to this place I was able to find a better food in my area that actually resolved the poop issue I had. My cats have become healthier happier animals thanks to the people on here who have taken the time to help me in my ignorance. That doesnt discount the other things Ive had the pleasure of reading about and seeing pics of everyone elses cats! SO to EVERYONE on here...Thanks for being here and being a great place to turn to for mindless fun and information!!

Best wishes!
Yup, some of the puzzle pieces I've obtained here and been very beneficial to me also. I have *always* verified the information elsewhere before acting on it though.
post #38 of 39
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Originally Posted by 3CatsN1Dog View Post
I dont want to get involved and any angst (sp?) at all but I do want to say that if it wasnt for this forum I wouldnt be the resposible pet owner that I am today. I love my babies but was more willing to spend money on frivolous (sp?) stuff than their own health or care. When I joined I was literally at loose ends and just thought this would be fun but in turn Ive learned a lot from everyone on here and have nothing but thanks and gratitude to everyone. LDG was a member who took her own time and efforts into helping me find a low cost spay and neuter clinic so I could get my boy Hercules fixed so I didnt add to the over population of kittens by having some because I rescued a little girl who was dropped off at my house. Im also getting her spayed Nov 7th because I have learned it is so much healthier for her to be spayed than to let her go into heat cycle after cycle for no reason. Ive also had nutrition and poop issues with two of my cats and thanks to this place I was able to find a better food in my area that actually resolved the poop issue I had. My cats have become healthier happier animals thanks to the people on here who have taken the time to help me in my ignorance. That doesnt discount the other things Ive had the pleasure of reading about and seeing pics of everyone elses cats! SO to EVERYONE on here...Thanks for being here and being a great place to turn to for mindless fun and information!!

Best wishes!
I also have become a better pet owner due to what I've learned here and if this site does nothing else than help us become more responsible then that's a huge plus. There are some members with much more experience and knowledge than others. Some, like Hissy, have been caring for ferals and rescuing cats for several decades and I would say that she has probably forgotten more than some of us know. Sharky has studied nutrition and has much more knowledge than most of us so yes, it's a great place to learn. There will always be those that dispute what they see here and that is their prerogative. The last vet I went to told me how wonderful Hills Science Diet food is - right!

I'm thrilled that I found this place and have learned so much.
post #39 of 39
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Originally Posted by misty073 View Post
But it appears to be of your opinion and I find it a little offensive (even though not directed at me...or so I hope LOL) I dont take my children to the Drs 2x a year for a check up so why would my cat go to the vet 2x a year? Sure when my kids are sick (and a dr appt is needed we go)
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I would rather take my cats for a check up where they can find any problems that might be starting than wait until they actually get sick and it may be too late. As for the two times a year, as my vet explained it to me, cats age faster than humans so twice a year makes sense.
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