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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2008 05:58:08 PM »

I'm so sorry  Cry  Please don't be too hard on yourself though, things sometimes just happen no matter how careful we are.  Your kitty knew you loved him and that you would never intentionally hurt him.

I saw a show on animal planet where that happened to a cat, the needle was in the stomach and amazingly had not punctured any organs, they were able to remove it.  After seeing that I started being really careful about where I stick my pins and needles.  If it's not in use, it goes in a pincushion or in its box, and I count how many pins I have in use so I'll know if I lost one.  I still get nervous because I have a very lively, curious puppy who puts ANYTHING in her mouth  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2008 05:05:32 PM »

Luckily, my mom taught me when I was really little to put away anything like pins, needles or yarn, and to never leave a needle threaded unless it was in the needle book.  One thing we didn't expect was that our cats would love plastic so much.  One kitty took a bag of nutritional yeast from the counter and attacked it all over the house.  Luckily she didn't eat any of the plastic, and the nutritional yeast was non-toxic to cats, but had it been something else, she might have gotten sick.  Please make sure to put your plastic bags away in a place your cats can't get into.
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2008 07:05:44 PM »

I am SO sorry for your loss... that must be so hard, and well, I know because I had a rabbit for 5 years & he had a stroke in front of me this past Wednesday. He literally was my best friend & anyone can laugh at that because most people think "it was just a rabbit". My family & close friends know what he meant to me though, and this is a tragedy, just as yours is too. If you need a fellow craftster & griever to chat with, I'd be more then happy to so we can heal together. [I know this sounds extremely cheesy, but I guess that's how I get in a time like this.]

aww im sorry hun. thats hard, i also had a rabbit, i was so fond of her, the other 4 too, but when she passed it was so hard. and i know what you mean on people thinking its weird or nothing.. i had a chicken, pearl. hehe, she rode my handlebars on my bike all the way down the road.. i painted her nails when younger..
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2009 07:30:48 PM »

This is so important.  One of our ferrets ate an earplug.  We didn't know what had happened.  He just lost a lot of weight in a matter of a few days.  It didn't show up on x-ray, but his bloodwork showed elevated liver values.  Luckily, we elected to do exploratory surgery which we thought would end in a liver biopsy.  Nope, the vet found one nasty little squishy earplug filling the little guys stomach.  He lived and is currently running around the living room with the others.

I wish that people weren't made to feel silly when they grieve for a pet.  Pets are our companions day in and day out.  They make us laugh, give us comfort, and never judge.  It is totally valid to be deeply saddened by the loss of a pet.  For people who do not understand that, I can only feel sorry for them. 

Rabbits are not "just rabbits" at all.  Rabbits are amazing.  Most people don't experience their personalities when they only live in a tiny cage.  Rabbits are subtle poetry.  My bunny, Gabriella, went to the Rainbow Bridge suddenly 3 years ago.  The tattoo on my back that is my avatar was done that very day.  I turned my grief and sorrow into something beautiful and permanent...  for "just a rabbit".

Pet loss is legitimate grief. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 26, 2009 03:48:20 AM »

Oh my god, this thread has nearly made me cry. I am so sorry for the losses of those of you who have posted here. I'm off now to scour the flat for anything potentially harmful that I may have overlooked. If either of my two beloved feline companions were to get hurt I just wouldn't know what to do with myself. They are more important to me than anything else in the world.
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2009 07:32:11 AM »

I'm so sorry to hear that Sad Sad

Thank you so much for the warning though.  It's easy to overlook stuff like that and come to think of it, my cat puked up some thread a few days ago so it wouldn't be a big stretch for him to eat a threaded needle.
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2009 08:05:13 PM »

Even after this warning, and even after posting about my little guy.... I just got back from the vet. He grabbed my pin cushion while I was sewing and when I pulled it away from him he had a mouth full of pins. I could see three, and when I picked him up I could only find 2. Luckily there is a 24 hour emergency vet hospital near by, and thankfully after some expensive x-rays I found out he didn't actually eat the pin (in my haste I didn't notice that the he had dropped the pin on the hardwood). After hearing the first story in the post I wasn't willing to take a chance. I need to remember to be super careful about crafting around him.
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2009 06:02:00 PM »

oh my gosh. I am soso sorry that happened.  How sad.  Thank you for sharing though, I will be even more careful around my cats from now on
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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2009 02:32:53 PM »

I'm sorry for your loss.  It's a constant struggle for me to keep my pins away from the cats because they will try and pull them out of the cushion to eat them.  I have a tackle box that I keep most of my supplies in and I've had to train myself to keep the pins in there when I'm sewing.
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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2009 01:10:22 PM »

Very sad to hear but it is a good warning.

One of my cats likes to chew thin plastic so I do not leave anything plastic out.

I go so far as to count my pins when I'm sewing. I may take 20 out and make sure I have 20 in the end. I put all sewing supplies away and I vacuum the area after I have been sewing. Without a sewing room I can close off to the cats, it's the only way to keep them safe.
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