Paul Hopper
Paul Hopper [link]
04 March 2005 @ 17:02:00
trip to the vet
I have to take Azrael to the vet. She's been excessively grooming herself to the point where she has bald spots on her belly and hind legs. From what I've read, it sounds like it's probably allergies, though I can't think of any recent change of environment. *shrugs shoulders* Anyway, I've got an appointment for her for Tuesday. I'll have to leave work a little early to make it in time, but, eh, what can you do?

Bekah was in town for a bit, left very early yesterday morning. She hasn't emailed or called to say she got back okay, but I haven't heard of any plane crashes, either, so I guess she's alright. :) I'd like to go visit her in California sometime this year, but have no solid plans yet.
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valere [link] on March 4th, 2005 - 11:50:55 ET
Did you get the name Azrael for your cat from Smurfs? The bad guy in smurfs had a cat called Azrael. Or did the show people also get it from where you got it? Or is it just a coincidence?
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Paul Hopper [link] on March 4th, 2005 - 12:08:24 ET
my cats are named after cartoons
Both of my cats are named after cartoon characters. The girl cat is named after Azrael from The Smurfs and the boy cat is named after Mad Cat from Inspector Gadget, but sometimes I call him Fat Cat, which would be the cat from Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers. :)
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valere [link] on March 4th, 2005 - 12:11:26 ET
Re: my cats are named after cartoons
Azrael was black. What color is yours? :-)
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Paul Hopper [link] on March 14th, 2005 - 03:22:25 ET
Re: my cats are named after cartoons
She's a tabby. That's her brother in my userpic, if that helps. (They look just alike, except she's a little thinner.) I'll try to take some snapshots of my two cats and my sister's cat and post them later. :)
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valere [link] on March 4th, 2005 - 12:14:14 ET
Have you had a dog? Could you compare a dog and a cat as pets? I was watching Meet the Parents last night and in it De Niro said that dogs were emotionally shallow and cats made you earn their love. Any comments on that?
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Paul Hopper [link] on March 14th, 2005 - 03:39:18 ET
cats and dogs
Not exactly. My brother had a dog for a brief little period back in the day, but not long enough for me to really compare dogs and cats as pets and that one wasn't a puppy, either, so it wouldn't be comparable anyway. I have a lot of extended family with dogs, though. That may not mean I have the best qualified opinion, but, you know, I've had some limited experience with dogs. I'd really like to have one someday, but I want to wait until I'm ready to give a dog the attention and care they need and I'd want to start off with it as a puppy.

He said dogs are emotionally shallow? Hmm. Cats definitely make you work for their love, but I think dogs aren't as simple as De Niro's character suggested. I think if you pet dogs, they'll like you, but that doesn't mean you've earned their trust and loyalty. Like cats, they just like to be petted or given treats, but, unlike cats, they're more appreciative. They're also more needy, I think, and want to have that relationship with you so they're willing to be affectionate towards you if you are towards them. Cats, on the other hand, seem to be fine without you, but you can grow on them. I think after a while, cats are like "eh, I guess you're alright... okay, fine, I like you, are you happy?" :P
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valere [link] on March 18th, 2005 - 14:36:06 ET
Re: cats and dogs
hehe... I loved that "eh, I guess you're alright.."

Yeah, I think when he said shallow, you can take that to mean "shallower" because obviously the guy in the movie is talking in an exaggerated biased manner.

Anyways, I've never really had a pet. I can't have plants survive me longer than a month ;-) So it'll be hard for pet... not that I want one anyways.
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Megan [link] on March 6th, 2005 - 15:34:59 ET
it might be a weather problem - all my persians started pulling hair out and gnawing their skin raw, and it was because the house was so dry that it was making their skin itchy. I'm keeping them bathed and heavily conditioned, and got a humidifier, and the problem went away almost immediately
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Paul Hopper [link] on March 14th, 2005 - 03:46:03 ET
weather, allergies
I've got a humidifier, but, yeah, I think it's either the weather itself or weather-related allergies of some sort (which seems weird because it's winter, but eh). The vet gave me... can't remember what's it called, but it starts with a "p" and I'm pretty sure you've mentioned it with respect to one of your cats before and it can be gotten as either a pill or a shot, but the vet recommended the pill if I didn't mind feeding it to the cat because the shot gives such a strong dose all at once... so pill it is! The vet said it should stop the itch and, hopefully, by the time she comes off the stuff she'll be over it. Or the weather will have changed enough by then. :) As far as I can tell, it seems to be working, but I know I need to pay more careful attention to her before I can say for sure that she isn't still all itchy and stuff.
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valere [link] on March 18th, 2005 - 14:41:27 ET
errmm... vitamins for 111 days. What vitamins are you taking? Just curious. Sorry... off-topic comment but there's no other place to put off-topic comments ;-)
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Paul Hopper [link] on July 8th, 2005 - 15:29:18 ET
just daily multivitamins
I've been slipping a lot lately on the vitamins, but, when you posted your comment four months ago, I was taking daily multivitamins just about every single day. I don't know... my mother and Liz both think it's important to take daily vitamins, so I take one whenever I think of it.
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