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Comment by booklover on January 12, 2014 at 6:18pm
Thanks Chris!!!! :)
Felaine, that happens to me quite often! I'm trying to yell in my sleep, but I can't. I'm not quite asleep, and not quite awake! I hate that feeling.
Comment by sk8eycat on January 12, 2014 at 4:10pm

I don't know if the kitten in that video was having a nightmare, or if dogs are dreaming when their paws twitch while they are asleep.

  In humans, we are paralyzed during REM sleep.  At least some of us are; I have had what are called "waking dreams" when I'm half awake, try to move or yell, and can't do anything for a minute or two till I'm fully awake.

(Had one episode where I heard something outside my bedroom window...probably an animal...my dreaming mind thought "prowlers!," and I tried to yell, just made incoherent noises...couldn't move, scared my sister half to death.  She called 911, but by the time the police and EMTs got here I was fully awake, and terribly embarrassed.)

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 1:59pm

Vibes for (((((Molly))))) and for (((((Mindy))))) who has to take the hard decisions.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 12, 2014 at 11:45am

I didn't even know cats could get Alzheimer's.

It's good you found a more competent vet, Chris. I hate it when you go to a vet, or a human doctor, pay, and get no help.

Comment by booklover on January 12, 2014 at 11:00am

I know Chris, it's hard to know. If she starts getting a lot worse, or we can tell she's really unhappy, we would do the kind thing and have her put to sleep. :(  We have had to put 2 cats to sleep also due to sudden and obvious medical issues.  One was only 14, but the other was 19.  It was sad, but I knew we had given them great lives with lots of love.

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 10:55am

I had two cats with Alzheimer's. In the end they both became unhappy, their voices sounded like calls for help. They were put to sleep before their lives became too difficult - that is, I hope that we understood them well enough and did the right thing. But you're never sure.

Comment by booklover on January 12, 2014 at 10:32am

Awww he put his head in your armpit for comfort.  Poor sick guy!  And the vet didn't do anything for him!  Your neighbor is lucky to have you for a cat-sitter!

My poor old Labrador, Molly, is REALLY showing signs of doggie Alzheimer's.  She doesn't know what to do with herself, and she literally QUAKES when the 2 youngest cats fight.  She is happy to see us though, and not in pain, so I guess she will just live like this!  She enjoys having her belly rubbed, and getting treats.  It's hard on us though to CONSTANTLY let her outside, or keep saying NO, and she either doesn't understand or is being super stubborn! 

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 10:03am

You must know that a healthy Bengal will demolish everything in sight when you do something he doesn't like. But when you go to the vet with a Bengal putting his head in your armpit for comfort, then he's really ill. So for his sake and for my neighbour's.... she loves her cats more than anything.

Comment by booklover on January 12, 2014 at 9:43am

That's great you didn't take no for an answer Chris, when you knew the cat needed treatment!  Cicero does sound like a very intelligent cat!  Pretty too! :)

Comment by Plinius on January 12, 2014 at 12:37am

Yes, I'm the catsitter when my neighbour is on holiday. They are very special and intelligent cats. Two years ago Cicero ate a piece of a toy that caused stomach ache and I became convinced that he needed treatment. He agreed with that or he would never have stepped into his travel basket. He is a very strong cat and cannot be forced. The vet said that there was nothing wrong. We went to the vet and back again FOUR times and then to another vet. There he got the treatment he needed badly and was healthy when my neighbour came home. Now I get the special treatment: he always stops to talk to me and he's always happy to see me. This is my hero:

 

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