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Old October 12th 03, 03:06 PM
Victor M. Martinez
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Maya woke me up early this morning by pushing the fish food containers
from the stand to the floor. She is our official "gravity tester". I went
back to sleep thinking nothing of it. Some time later, we woke up to the
sound of something crashing around under the bed. We figured it was just
the cats wrestling or something, but the sound would not stop and it
sounded serious. We turned the light on and saw that Rufous had his head
caught in a relatively small fish food container! He was running around
banging his head all over the place. We managed to grab him and pull the
food container from his head. He just sat there, panting and being
non-responsive. I was very concerned and grabbed my vet manual to check
for signs of danger. It was a good 10 minutes until he stopped panting,
and for a few minutes his eyes seemed to not respond to light. I called
the emergency vet clinic and they told me to observe him for a few more
minutes, that it was probably just very scared. "If he's still panting in
10 minutes, bring him over", the lady on the phone said. I told Tom to get
dressed in case we had to drive to the ER.
Thankfully, Rufous started calming down a bit, and paying attention to his
surroundings. He didn't want anything to eat at first, so I just held him
for about an hour. Then he started purring, very loud, while still
breathing hard. Finally he got up and went to have some breakfast. He's
now asleep with his brother on the window perch.
Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.

Victor M. Martinez

http://www.che.utexas.edu/~martiv

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Old October 12th 03, 04:03 PM
Dan and Nancy Mahoney
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Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.

Victor M. Martinez

http://www.che.utexas.edu/~martiv


I'm glad it didn't proveto be anything major. Purrs coming for the
little guy to stay safe and healthy.

Dan


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Old October 12th 03, 04:03 PM
Karen
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in article , Victor M.
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wrote on 10/12/03 9:06 AM:

Maya woke me up early this morning by pushing the fish food containers
from the stand to the floor. She is our official "gravity tester". I went
back to sleep thinking nothing of it. Some time later, we woke up to the
sound of something crashing around under the bed. We figured it was just
the cats wrestling or something, but the sound would not stop and it
sounded serious. We turned the light on and saw that Rufous had his head
caught in a relatively small fish food container! He was running around
banging his head all over the place. We managed to grab him and pull the
food container from his head. He just sat there, panting and being
non-responsive. I was very concerned and grabbed my vet manual to check
for signs of danger. It was a good 10 minutes until he stopped panting,
and for a few minutes his eyes seemed to not respond to light. I called
the emergency vet clinic and they told me to observe him for a few more
minutes, that it was probably just very scared. "If he's still panting in
10 minutes, bring him over", the lady on the phone said. I told Tom to get
dressed in case we had to drive to the ER.
Thankfully, Rufous started calming down a bit, and paying attention to his
surroundings. He didn't want anything to eat at first, so I just held him
for about an hour. Then he started purring, very loud, while still
breathing hard. Finally he got up and went to have some breakfast. He's
now asleep with his brother on the window perch.
Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.

Victor M. Martinez

http://www.che.utexas.edu/~martiv


Awww. Poor guy. That happened to Sugar about that age, only she got caught
in a grocery bag handle. Scary

Karen

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Old October 12th 03, 04:17 PM
Marina
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"Victor M. Martinez" wrote
Maya woke me up early this morning by pushing the fish food containers
from the stand to the floor. She is our official "gravity tester".


LOL!

I went
back to sleep thinking nothing of it. Some time later, we woke up to the
sound of something crashing around under the bed. We figured it was just
the cats wrestling or something, but the sound would not stop and it
sounded serious. We turned the light on and saw that Rufous had his head
caught in a relatively small fish food container! He was running around
banging his head all over the place. We managed to grab him and pull the
food container from his head. He just sat there, panting and being
non-responsive. I was very concerned and grabbed my vet manual to check
for signs of danger. It was a good 10 minutes until he stopped panting,
and for a few minutes his eyes seemed to not respond to light. I called
the emergency vet clinic and they told me to observe him for a few more
minutes, that it was probably just very scared. "If he's still panting in
10 minutes, bring him over", the lady on the phone said. I told Tom to get
dressed in case we had to drive to the ER.
Thankfully, Rufous started calming down a bit, and paying attention to his
surroundings. He didn't want anything to eat at first, so I just held him
for about an hour. Then he started purring, very loud, while still
breathing hard. Finally he got up and went to have some breakfast. He's
now asleep with his brother on the window perch.
Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.


So glad to hear he was OK. One of those things you can laugh at later. Purrs
and scritches to the poor little guy.

--
Marina, Frank and Nikki
marina (dot) kurten (at) pp (dot) inet (dot) fi

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Old October 12th 03, 04:47 PM
Adrian
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Victor M. Martinez wrote:
Maya woke me up early this morning by pushing the fish food containers
from the stand to the floor. She is our official "gravity tester". I
went back to sleep thinking nothing of it. Some time later, we woke
up to the sound of something crashing around under the bed. We
figured it was just the cats wrestling or something, but the sound
would not stop and it sounded serious. We turned the light on and saw
that Rufous had his head caught in a relatively small fish food
container! He was running around banging his head all over the place.
We managed to grab him and pull the food container from his head. He
just sat there, panting and being non-responsive. I was very
concerned and grabbed my vet manual to check for signs of danger. It
was a good 10 minutes until he stopped panting, and for a few minutes
his eyes seemed to not respond to light. I called the emergency vet
clinic and they told me to observe him for a few more minutes, that
it was probably just very scared. "If he's still panting in 10
minutes, bring him over", the lady on the phone said. I told Tom to
get dressed in case we had to drive to the ER. Thankfully, Rufous
started calming down a bit, and paying attention to his surroundings.
He didn't want anything to eat at first, so I just held him for about
an hour. Then he started purring, very loud, while still breathing
hard. Finally he got up and went to have some breakfast. He's now
asleep with his brother on the window perch. Not a good way to start
a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart attack! I'm just very
thankful he's ok.

Poor Rufous, what a terrible scare. I'm very glad he's OK now.
--
Adrian
A House Is Not A Home, Without A Cat.


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Old October 12th 03, 05:53 PM
EvelynVogtGamble(Divamanque)
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"Victor M. Martinez" wrote:

Maya woke me up early this morning by pushing the fish food containers
from the stand to the floor. She is our official "gravity tester". I went
back to sleep thinking nothing of it. Some time later, we woke up to the
sound of something crashing around under the bed. We figured it was just
the cats wrestling or something, but the sound would not stop and it
sounded serious. We turned the light on and saw that Rufous had his head
caught in a relatively small fish food container! He was running around
banging his head all over the place. We managed to grab him and pull the
food container from his head. He just sat there, panting and being
non-responsive. I was very concerned and grabbed my vet manual to check
for signs of danger. It was a good 10 minutes until he stopped panting,
and for a few minutes his eyes seemed to not respond to light. I called
the emergency vet clinic and they told me to observe him for a few more
minutes, that it was probably just very scared. "If he's still panting in
10 minutes, bring him over", the lady on the phone said. I told Tom to get
dressed in case we had to drive to the ER.
Thankfully, Rufous started calming down a bit, and paying attention to his
surroundings. He didn't want anything to eat at first, so I just held him
for about an hour. Then he started purring, very loud, while still
breathing hard. Finally he got up and went to have some breakfast. He's
now asleep with his brother on the window perch.
Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.


Astonishing the scrapes cats can get into when you think they're
perfectly safe! I used to have a furry mouse on a long elstic, designed
to be hung from a door-frame. The cats seemed to enjoy it, and it
appeared to be safe enough for unsupervised play .... Until the day
Melisande came bouncing into the living-room with the elastic wound
around one paw, the mouse attached. My living-room was some little
distance from the doorway containing the hanger, but the elastic had
stretched with age. Dealing with a panicked cat with elastic tightly
wrapped around one leg, when it was attached to a door frame in another
room, had me nearly as panicked as the cat. Fortunately, I had a
scissors handy, and once the overstretched elastic was cut from its base
half a room away, it was easy enough to unwind from the cat. Melly
suffered no ill effects, but there've been no more toys of that sort.
I'm not home much, so I like to have "interactive" toys she can play
with on her own, but that one didn't operate quite as intended.
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Old October 12th 03, 06:25 PM
Christine Burel
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Poor baby! So glad he's okay -- purrs for you both to have a calmer ending
to the weekend!
Christine
"Victor M. Martinez" wrote in message
exas.edu...
Maya woke me up early this morning by pushing the fish food containers
from the stand to the floor. She is our official "gravity tester". I went
back to sleep thinking nothing of it. Some time later, we woke up to the
sound of something crashing around under the bed. We figured it was just
the cats wrestling or something, but the sound would not stop and it
sounded serious. We turned the light on and saw that Rufous had his head
caught in a relatively small fish food container! He was running around
banging his head all over the place. We managed to grab him and pull the
food container from his head. He just sat there, panting and being
non-responsive. I was very concerned and grabbed my vet manual to check
for signs of danger. It was a good 10 minutes until he stopped panting,
and for a few minutes his eyes seemed to not respond to light. I called
the emergency vet clinic and they told me to observe him for a few more
minutes, that it was probably just very scared. "If he's still panting in
10 minutes, bring him over", the lady on the phone said. I told Tom to get
dressed in case we had to drive to the ER.
Thankfully, Rufous started calming down a bit, and paying attention to his
surroundings. He didn't want anything to eat at first, so I just held him
for about an hour. Then he started purring, very loud, while still
breathing hard. Finally he got up and went to have some breakfast. He's
now asleep with his brother on the window perch.
Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.

Victor M. Martinez

http://www.che.utexas.edu/~martiv



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Old October 12th 03, 07:37 PM
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Victor M. Martinez wrote:
[SNIP]

Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.

Victor M. Martinez

http://www.che.utexas.edu/~martiv


I'm glad Rufous is ok. That was quite scary I imagine. I guess you'll
have to keep the fish food tucked away from now on. My male cat Andy had
a similar thing once - only it was with a paper bag. The bag was just
small enough that it got caught on his ears, and he couldn't get his
head out! He was running backwards fast, bumping into walls, and such. I
finally caught him, and pulled the bag from his head. He was wide eyed,
and panting for a while but was ok. Even after I crumpled the bag up he
was giving it a wide berth for a while.

rrb

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Old October 12th 03, 08:03 PM
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Worse than having a pack of toddler hoomins in your care! It would've been
ROFL if Rufous had not been so scared....poor Rufous. He probably scared all
the others while that was going on, as well.


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: Victor M. Martinez wrote:
: [SNIP]
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: Not a good way to start a Sunday morning! He almost gave me a heart
: attack! I'm just very thankful he's ok.
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: Victor M. Martinez
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:
http://www.che.utexas.edu/~martiv
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:
: I'm glad Rufous is ok. That was quite scary I imagine. I guess you'll
: have to keep the fish food tucked away from now on. My male cat Andy had
: a similar thing once - only it was with a paper bag. The bag was just
: small enough that it got caught on his ears, and he couldn't get his
: head out! He was running backwards fast, bumping into walls, and such. I
: finally caught him, and pulled the bag from his head. He was wide eyed,
: and panting for a while but was ok. Even after I crumpled the bag up he
: was giving it a wide berth for a while.
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Old October 12th 03, 08:27 PM
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"Victor M. Martinez" wrote in message
exas.edu...
Maya woke me up early this morning by pushing the fish food containers
from the stand to the floor. She is our official "gravity tester". I went
back to sleep thinking nothing of it. Some time later, we woke up to the
sound of something crashing around under the bed. We figured it was just
the cats wrestling or something, but the sound would not stop and it
sounded serious. We turned the light on and saw that Rufous had his head
caught in a relatively small fish food container!

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What a scare for the poor baby. Glad he recovered without the need for v*t
intervention.
Sam


 




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