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Bruh.... you ever seen a dog that looks like Scooby Doo? He's setting unrealistic standards for canines.
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Great Danes ancestors look very close.
You're not going to mention that his paws point 90 degrees away from his torso, or the fact that he can speak English?

It's a cartoon btw take it easy, chump ;)
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Dunno why I can't stop laughing at this image.
There's a few with similar patterns. I'm not sure if they are mixes between their subspecies or what. Like a cross between the white with spots and the brown or something, but not the brindle. The spots are always rather random.

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How do you know when it's appropriate to put an animal down?

All the animals I had growing up had sudden needs to be put down. They'd suddenly drop weight extremely quickly due to cancer, or they'd wake up one day with no feeling or coordination in their hind legs, or have some other sudden downturn in health.

My cat, my first pet, is 21 years old. She's been on a gentle downhill slope in terms of health for a while. She's been slooooowly losing weight over the last year, she recently went blind, she has cancer, she's on two different pain meds AND meds for high blood pressure... She's just a really fucking old cat. But she still purrs, she still eats, she still loves, she still sleeps with me every night. As slow and old as she is, she continues to soldier on. There's nothing debilitating about her health yet.

I don't want her to suffer, I don't want to wait until she's suffering before putting her down, but I can't bring myself to say "okay, animal, I've decided that you're going to die next week" or anything to that effect.

I've been told that, as long and as happy of a life my cat has had, no one is going to blame or judge me for whenever I decide to put her down. But how can I know if it's the right decision? She's going to hate being taken to the vet; putting her down will be an unpleasant experience for her, and I don't want to do that unless I know it's the right decision.

But she's so slow. She's blind. She's recently starting pissing outside her litter box. She's so bony. At some point, she's just going to be miserable and struggle to do anything, and I don't want her to experience that. But I also don't want her to miss out on another night of cuddling with me, with her roaring purrs, and clearly being happy and affectionate.

How do I know what to do??

Pic related, it's her from a year and a half ago.
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Hi OP.

Just put down my hedgehog today. He lost an eye and was sickly for a bit but he still ate and acted normally. I knew he had what was very likely to be a big tumor but he acted normal pretty much until the end but I could tell that between the tumor suppressing his breathing and losing his eye that he was at least uncomfortable even though he ate and was cuddly as ever. I'm taking it pretty hard.

It's good you don't want your cat to reach suffering before coming to conclusion of euthanizing her, I think you have a good heart, even if it can be really hard to tell where that point is. Unfortunately, based on what you've said in regards to her missing the litter box and losing wait to me says that the end is getting close. I've been working with animals pretty much since I have been walking and you just get a good sense after awhile. It's really really hard to make the call especially when they seem fine otherwise but unfortunately we as human stewards sometimes have to just make the call on whether we think it sucks for an animal to be alive. It sounds like she's had a pretty good life and you've taken pretty good care of her, not to anthropomorphize too much but I think she'd be content with the life she's had.

I'm sorry OP. Good luck.
Much love, Op. Putting down a treasured pet isn't an act of cruelty, no matter how unfair it may seem. She's trusted you to feed, clean and maintain her for the past 20 years and you've done nothing to convince her of anything but your utmost affection for her. She will trust you on this descision too.
I was in your position last year OP. Growing up, all my pets had to be put down due to sudden illnesses (stroke, kidney failure, seizures, etc) so the decision was easier.

But my 20 year old dog just kept soldiering on. He had lots of minor issues but nothing that would justify putting him down.

By the time I decided to put him down he had no teeth, was completely blind and deaf, and couldn’t even walk on a flat surface without falling over due to his sever arthritis. If I could turn back time I would have put him down a month or so earlier to save him the misery of his last few weeks, where he was barely responsive and just wanted to sleep.

It sounds to me like your cat is nearing that stage. It’s all going to be downhill from here, but as long as the cat isn’t in constant pain there is no harm in holding off a little longer.

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Nothing. Perfection in anything means there is no room to improve. "Evolutionary perfection" describes a being that can live indefinitely, adapt to any environment, and needn't reproduce.
If they aren't, they are pretty damn close, I'll give you that.
Roaches have literally survived every major event that wiped shit out on earth.
not my Raid

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Sorry guys I know I said that I would remind you every day to want a platypus but a work emergency came up and I'm going to be without internet for a month on sight. I'm basically bootlegging a Sat phone right now.

So this will have to be your monthly reminder to want a platypus.

I won't be able to reply to this.
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It would be easier to just drop the hate and ignorance and want a platypus. I understand if you can't however, like common sense or brain cells, platypuses aren't for everybody.
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One no one here is an ex con that I am aware of. Two platypuses are not endangered. Three the do not have fangs. The males have a venomous barb on each of their hind legs.

This is your daily reminder to get your facts straight and want a platypus.
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Thank you, but I made it home safely a while ago.

This is your daily reminder to want a platypus.
We're all very happy you made it back Anon! Daily platyposts are my favorite.
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Nine too anon, mine too.

This is your daily reminder to want a platypus.

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What is this thing?! What does it eat... Haylp. It just appeared in my computer room and it's -30c outside... What do?
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Really cool pic, anon. Mine says hello to yours from Canada.


I did in fact get a pretty annoying rash on the top of my left hand. Had no idea where it came from. Went away and haven't had any problems since tho.


>I always walk over to my succulents

You're referring to the plant, right? You're not calling your fruits succulent are you? idk that made me laugh for a second...

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Yes my plants haha. Which is exactly why I came back to this thread right now because one was snacking on my plant, so I grabbed a piece of toilet paper and flushed it. Seconds later I'm minding my own business and am holding a mug with some liquid to bring downstairs, and another stinkbug just grazed my face and I hit the floor like a bomb just went off It stayed flying for another full minute while I hid under my blanket. I wish I was exaggerating this.

Just don't release it please because the only population control there truly is for these things is getting caught and flushed by humans.
Also if you have a window AC unit, I guarantee you they get in through there. Seal the part of the window that slides up with duct tape because they come in through the window gap. They also come in through the AC vents, so there's not much you can really do there except cover it with cardboard when you're not using it. Look very hard for any gaps anywhere. It sounds like wherever you live isn't as bad as north eastern US since you didn't know what it is, but better to be safe than see at least 10 a day and waste tons of water flushing them like I do :^)
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Anon stop! You're scaring me. I duck and run when a fly comes buzzing my way. I watched a video 2 nights ago of a scarab flying and I kid you not, I had my life flash before my eyes. If one of them flew at my face I'd react the same as if a heavyweight boxing champ landed a strong hook....

I won't release it. It will live a cozy life in it's enclosure....

But hey, what if.. What if they're attacking you because you are 'The Drowner'?
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Central air, but yeah like I said I'll take every precaution possible to keep them out. I will turn my humble abode into a fortress if need be. Just to not have to fall pray to one that decides I'm not man enough to deal with it... And it would be right. No, no, no, no ty.

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Why can dogs breed mutts, but it seems like when different looking cats breed they maintain distinct patterns in the young that match either respective parent without much change? Which trait is more common in mammals?
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Anatomical variations in dogs is more pronounced and wider than cats. Then you have much more subtle things like eye shape, curved ears, head shape that at first glance looks just about the same as another, etc.

Coloration for cattle is fairly specific for a lot of breeds while digs, cats and horses tend to have an abundance of 'acceptable breed colors'.
IIRC, cat skin pigmentation is part of the X chromosome

Since the female has two X chromosomes, while the male has a single one, cat breeding leads to:
AB (female, two copies of X) + C(male, one single copy) -> either A, B or C color in the offspring

Furthermore, since none of these genes are dominant over others (during conception, in females, one of the copies is randomly disabled), this process however, may happen after conception, and different parts of the embryo randomly show up one of the traits, these are the usual "broken" skin patterns, which are all female and known as chimeras (it's not a phenomenom exclusive to cats, but it's the easiest to see)

As anecdotal evidence, from a litter of 5, with a white (and "siamese", which is inherited independently, but only appears if there's no pigmentation aka. white cat) mother and an orange father, our offspring were as follows:
>white, white "siamese", black, red/orange and white/orange/black chimera

I really shouldn't explain genetics while sleep deprived, but if you have a background, it may answer your question
and because I forgot to actually answer the question

in most animals, skin tone is not linked to gender (the X chromosome), but for cats, skin color is determined by a single X chromosome, which has all these implications
OP here again, this is fascinating, thanks for answers.
I guess maybe we're going down the breed path too much here, because I'm more interested in why cats don't make "mutts" with hodgepodge features in the same way dogs do. Even noticeable things like folded ears and squished faces and fur length don't seem to really be jumbled up in resulting kittens when cats breed, or if they do it's rare and I can't recall ever seeing it. I mean... obviously it comes about at some point, since we get various breeds at the end regardless. But kittens just seem like little clones of one parent or the other instead of mutts.

Interesting. I'm honestly incredibly ignorant of genetics, but if I'm understanding this correctly, a male cat will look like the mother regardless? Because if skin tone is on the X-chromosome, and the father gives the resulting Y-chromosome, that means the father has no influence on the male kitten's color... right? Or do cats not have just one X and one Y like humans? I'm so confused.
This. I worked at a shelter previously, and one time we got in a pretty siamese mix female that gave birth in less than a day. Her litter of three kittens consisted of one orange tabby, one solid black, and one creamy white kitten. None of the looked anything like her.

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Dog is Love

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longboys in big jackets.
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bitch, do you live in a straw hut in africa or something?
why are you so adverse to using technology to prosper in the based north?
Greyhounds literally get scrapped after a couple months when they went past their peak performance by professional race faggots.
So yes, if finding a loving home means wearing some jacket to cope with the tough weather it sure is better than death.
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This is a good thread

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Too be frank, my Dachshund kicked the bucket. It seems that the Chinese generic dogfood that I bought from a garage sale for $1 poisoned it. Does anyone know if it's legal to dispose of the body in the garbage?
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>When you don't care enough about your pet to give it a proper burial
>Does anyone know if it's legal to dispose of the body in the garbage?
No, that would be illegal.
Its not actually. Disease and such. If you can't bury it, call up local shelters or vets for disposal.

Opinions from a dog “expert”? My dog is 4-5 y/o and recently he has been itching at the little bump on the back of his head. the hair surrounding it was matted with what I assume to be either discharge or a scab from his constant itching. The area is pretty raw but I am unsure if that it just from his itching as well. It looks kind of like a bug bite, maybe a spider bit, or a cyst? Has anyone encountered something terribly similar before? Any advice? I can’t afford a huge bill for diagnosing at the moment so I’m trying to avoid the costly vet visit if it turns out to be nothing. I’ve cut away the matted fur and cleaned the area with soap, water, and neosporin.
I’ve been told it may just be a hot spot. Maybe?

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Those red eyes, i wonder if they're photoshopped
Source on the dope hoods?
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Dose wittle feeties
Thanks /an/
Day saved from negativity

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Is that a Jojo reference?
>"I'm a chuckster"

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Dog Thread + rate my pupper guys
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>member of the feral underclass
>owns a livestock guardian
imagine my shock
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He looks grumpy but otherwise a good boy. What about my doggy?
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Bonus Pic: Her name is Cinnamon.
cute fluff/10
happy doge/10
Cool pupper. 10/10 would pet
Here’s mine

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anyone keeps hedgehogs as a pet?

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My cat got really sick yesterday is there a vet here help me?

Felipe has always been a slim cat but last couple months he lost more weight. It happened when he lost his friend cat who was quite old and at the same time my grandparents moved in with there dog. (Felipe hates dogs) so he lost all of his weight from stress. He was still eating and was still active himself. But last couple days he has had little energy. Yesterday he barely ate and today not at all. I haven't been home today so not sure what he did. But he has just been sleeping. I got him to drink and urinate yesterday too. When he walks around he shakes and losses his balance. He fell when he tried to jump across some chairs.

Please help, he is my best friend.
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Well, my old cat (>>2577803) doesn't eat much, but she's always interested in what we're eating, so we feed her small unsalted scraps of meat by hand whenever we're having a meal. Ideally you shouldn't feed your animals during your meal but it's the only way she's eating something. She likes chicken.

Try more liquid stuff if he can't chew (of course, if he isn't drinking, well...).
Stuff that smells stronger, like pâté. Warming food makes it smell a bit more, too.
Small bits of unsalted butter or cheese work well with most cats I know, too.
Yeah Felipe is only 8-10 ish he has no energy to run away. But he wont close his eyes and rest. He is staying on guard. He lays down then moves over to different location then contours to rest. We have to adjust him to a comfyer position because he just sinks down.

Yeah he's gums appear pale.
afraid I can't help since I don't know jack about cat health(definitely take him to a vet though) but I'm monitoring this thread and wishing you and Felipe all the best
Thank you everyone for the help.
You're welcome. I really wish you and your cat well.

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