Nice coon cat.
Thank you. Unfortunately, He passed away a couple weeks ago. His name was Snickers and he was 17 years old. He was my good little boy...very sweet, smart, and loving. And, if you recognize Maine Coons, then you'd likely know that he was a gigantic kitty....though really more like a cuddly teddy bear.
I made him my avatar because I'm just missing him...so much.
I had a 23-pound red tabby coon cat, named Kat. It was the only name to which he ever answered, so I decided not to fight it. Remarkable beast. I am contemplating getting another one, but I am still experiencing sticker shock as to what a purebred MCC kitten costs. Pretty pricey when you figure the kitten price on a per-ounce basis.
My sister had a female partial Maine Coon, called Miss Kitty, who was never spayed. She had many litters and those were always given away for free. Most of her kittens carried a lot of the Maine Coon genes, I think.
Anyway, my Snickers was the runt of one of her litters, back in the day, and he had a tabby alleycat father that circulated the neighborhood. Miss Kitty was a real slut and that alleycat really got around! So, this runt had gigantic paws and the vet said he'd grow up to be huge. Of course, we were somewhat skeptical, but at one point, Snickers weighed in at a whopping 28 pounds! I then put him on a little bit of a diet and slowly started to get a couple pounds off him.
After a couple years, I found out he was diabetic, and so I had to give him insulin shots and low-carb cat food. I managed to get his weight "down" to about 23 which seemed pretty healthy for him....still a little fat, but in pretty good shape.
Sadly, the day before he died, I noticed he was getting very thin and realized he didn't seem to be getting his food down (there were tons of little pieces strewn around his bowl, so he'd definitely been trying to eat). I weighed him and he was only 17 pounds.
I was concerned of course, and knew something should be done. But the next day, before I could realize what really ought to happen, he had a seizure and then repeatedly had more seizures throughout the night, dying the next morning. We didn't know what to do at the time and all the vets were closed with no real help available after hours.
After a couple weeks of grieving, I was able to do enough research into what happened and why, and it turns out that Snickers must've had an insulin overdose due to his underweighted condition. That would trigger the seizures due to a significant hypoglycemic reaction, which is deadly. I think he was also suffering from cardiomyopathy as he started panting between episodes of the seizures.
Eventually, I think he must've suffocated...either from heavy fluid buildup in his lungs or else that -- to a lesser extent and combined with -- cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart) which, would leave little room to breathe and would be exacerbated by the seizures to build up fluid in his lungs which would result in suffocation. His death was a very gruesome and traumatic way for him to go. But there was no way for me to help him....no pain killers, no way to have him put down to spare him the suffering, and no way I could even make myself kill him to end his suffering.
All I could do was hold him until he finally died. And he tried to hold on as long as he could, looking at me with hope for help and a contentment that I was at least with him throughout that ordeal.
I'm actually still hurting at his loss and this is the kind of pain that just doesn't ever really go away, no matter how much time passes. It only just gets less and less painful without really going away. I went through the same thing with my father, 20 years ago and that still hurts to this day.
And, yes, losing Snickers was like losing a family member. He was like my own baby and closer to me than just about anybody, except for my mom and sister. I've had other pets that I was close to, and I've got other family members, some distant, some closer. But Snickers beat them all. There'll never be another one like him.
Large male cats, especially neutered ones, are prone to late-in-life thyroid issues that cause them to be unable to maintain their weight. (I forget whether that's hyper-thyroidism or hypo-thyroidsim.) My guy got it, and the stress probably contributed an early death at 13. (Coon cats should be good for 15 to 20 years.) It became a constant contest of wills and intelligence to trick him into swallowing his little white thyroid pills, which were about twice the size of a pinhead. I gave up on hiding them in little "meatballs," and went to the "I'm the human, that's why, now open up" method of administration. He eventually accepted it as a daily part of our ritual, but he did not like it. Probably bought him another two years.
Well, for general information, there's a neat little tool, I think called a "pill popper" which works, beautifully for this. However, it helps to get medicine that has flavoring added. My cat occasionally used to have a pain pill that he gobbled right up. And it smelled hideous, but it was something that all cats loved, apparently.
Also, I've heard that Maine Coon cats are notoriously not supposed to be able to live more than about 12 to 15 years, so I thought I was lucky, in that sense. But I've seen that some of these cats do live even longer and I expected Snickers to do the same.
Hello diabolical ☺
I am fine. Do you have a discord ,sir:-)
for this Friday the 25th is going well?
I've spoken with my alliance leader. He doesn't want to challenge your alliance. He believes we're not ready for your level, just yet.
(We haven't had an alliance match since last Fall and so we would start with an easier one, at first.)
what is you alliance?
Saved Signature lines (so they don't get lost or forgotten):
Yes, I AM intentionally poking them. They should be embarrassed by their failure to act.
You gotta be very careful, though. I've been banned more than once for less.
It's good to be back.
Q*bert is done. The hand that grasps at the universe is back.
Awww man, hopefully it's not a Perma bam.
Looks like it is...
Gone are the days when the most genius man in the forums could offer us his wisdom and wit...so sad.
The staff needs to unground this beautiful flying wonder!
So, you're the Neighborhood Pastor? If so, here. youtube.com/watch?v=8awpRHg5waw
Thanks. That was fun. I wish I knew what that crazy stomping percussion instrument was.
As for being a Neighborhood Pastor, I just try to keep God involved in our discussions where I feel it's appropriate...and I appreciate the sentiment.
Hello Diabolical. I Never knew you were a pastor in Oregon; I to am a believer in God. and have relatives in Oregon
Sorry, but no, I'm not an actual pastor. I just seem to have a pastor-like vibe. But I am a deeply committed believer in God and I don't shy away from including Him in my discussions.
Hahaha, none of my friends know who that is. I also referenced Ghostbusters the other day and no-one understood...
even with the new Ghostbusters movie out?
Yeah, I know.
On a sort-of related topic... How many people actually liked the new Ghostbusters?
Unless YOU liked it. Which means we can't talk anymore.
I never saw it.
You wish to show that the burden of proof lies upon religion? But from my point of view, atheism is a religion. It meets the same definition by following the same set of rules that define a religion.
Rule 1 : A religion has an origin theory not provable by the scientific method (i.e., "God spoke"):
Atheism teaches that the universe has always existed but likely has had a birth [and maybe multi-births] via the concept of the big bang. But, the burden of proof for the big bang is impossible to assign since the theory precludes a witness or actual substantive evidence. So, by rule 1, atheism is clearly a religion.
Rule 2 : A religion has a belief system based on an unseen factor (i.e., "God is"):
Atheism teaches that their is no spiritual, that all things can be explained by naturalistic ideas. But the concept of "ideas" in itself is not sufficiently explained by the postulations that "thought" is electrochemically-based, it doesn't account for the "spark" of life. Since atheism can't explain thought except by unprovable theories, it is clearly a religion.
Also, atheism teaches that there is no God -- a part of the spiritual concept. Yet atheism relies on a "luck" factor to account for the impossibility of evolutionism to make possible our existence as it is, today. But, since the likelihood of evolution occurring in such a manner as to create ordered stellar bodies, organic molecules, DNA, and the necessary addition of new information by chance and random processes -- even though the very concept of natural selection naturally precludes evolution -- implies that "luck" is a god-like system that supersedes the natural realities of the universe as understood by scientific principles. So, because atheism relies on non-verifiable proofs of evolution, it is clearly a religion.
Rule 3 : A religion has adherents that fanatically believe regardless of an inability to certifiably prove that it is true by the correct application of the scientific method. It is not provable by naturalistic methods, yet theories about how the religion can achieve what exists today are postulated and believed upon (i.e., Young Earth Creationism (YEC)):
Atheists rely upon the theory of evolution. They rely upon the theory of the big bang. They rely on the concept of natural selection even though most evolutionists don't realize that natural selection disallows mutations from adding new information to DNA.
Atheists insist that death came before sin, so God could not have created by the method taught by Christians (YEC). They deny the obvious evidence of a designer and defend to the death the idea that they live meaningless lives filled with death and disease and that when they die they will be nothing more than worm food.
Ironically, even though they perceive and preach that there is no purpose to life, many atheists are fanatically driven to try to disprove deists (especially Christians) out of a need to make others to be like themselves. But this fanaticism is clearly driven by a religious fervor. A true lack of meaning would not drive one to make others meaningless. So, since some atheists are fanatical zealots of atheism just as there are some fanatical zealots of other religions, atheism is clearly a religion.
There are more ways to prove that atheism is a religion, but the proof by three rules is good enough. Since the atheism is clearly a religion, I have completely negated your trite little poster. Therefore, the burden of proof falls to atheism to prove there is not a god.
So don't go trying to tell me that I have to prove His existence. As a Christian, I am coming at this with the same kind of proof that you have. The difference between you and me is that you -- as an atheist -- have a whole lot less proof for the god of atheism than I have for the God of creation.
*arrogantly (just this once) ... drops mic.
The Big Bang is provable.
You did not read the whole thing (obviously) and there is no proof of the big bang...it is theory. No, it's not even theory, the big bang is an hypothesis...nothing more.
The big bang is the most likely thing to explain everything.
So you -- as an atheist -- have faith in the big bang. That is fine for you, I guess. I will respect your religious choices. But I will not cease to witness to anyone who is willing to listen to the Gospel of Christ.
Pablo get's unbanned, Diabolical get's banned... Well then...
Shit. Why'd he get banned?
Dunno, guess we have to wait till June 13'th to find out.
OK...OK...OK...I'm back. But I was permanent banned for a while because of an error in how the system is supposed to keep track of old warning points. According to the forum thread on the subject, my old points should have expired long ago (like, back in January or February). But they didn't. So I faced the grim reaper. Thankfully, the guy who gave me the one week ban looked in on things and got me some help.
lol...Caesar just got banned.
This system is getting CRAZY!!!
I think it's time that we users band together to call for a revamp of the touchiness of the banning system
BAN THE BAN!!!
So glad you like big, blue typing. Pity I can't manipulate the font in this message.
ha!!! No BIG BLUE TYPE for you!
Hey, I know that you were a member of the Community Squad when it was still around, and you still have the banner in you signature. Do you want to join our new community group, the Forum Squad?
I've changed my signature to match. And thanks for the invite.
Haha, thanks man!
Is Swirl a friend of yours?
uh....I can't answer that.
It's your old account, right?
Well, let's just say I suffered from an identity crisis.
Is it just me or do you see jumping dogs in your profile picture too?
I don't see the jumping dogs, but in a post further down this wall, aDudeWhoDoesThings thought it was a horsemen. But further down, I explain what it is.
I read that already
I see howling wolves.
So many things. A picture really is worth a thousand words. Usually.
And this picture is of a thousand stars in the middle of a nebula inside another nebula.
Hello, you have one alliance?
I have an alliance, yes. And it is just 'one' alliance? It is KOR or the Korbian Alliance Our forum page is: forum.callofwar.com/index.php?thread/2446-korbian-alliance/
And I've just got restored from a long ban so I have some work to do just in reaching out to our current members.
And we are happy to invite other players who fit in with our player culture (courteous interactions, smart play style, good teamwork, etc.).
Interesting. I am leader of The Order of The Eeagle, one old alliance of Call of War.
I think that one of my former clan-mates has jumped ship and joined your alliance a few months ago.
You're banned too?
Another one struck down
Not NO MORE!!!!
Arrgh...Errrr...Where's my bride with the black and white hair?
Why do I have the left arm of a hairy fat man and my right leg is three inches longer and a different color than my left leg?
What am I...What Am I...WHAT AM I !!!!!!!
Oh, look, a little girl gave me a dolly.
OH NO!!! The angry mob doesn't understand me.
That fire is hot! Arrrrrgh!!!!
Lol, from the small pic next to your username on forum posts, I believed it to be a horse-mounted soldier with a corinthian helmet and plume
Incredible, how you saw that. What an imagination. Now that I've checked it in the smaller view, which actually trims the image also, I can sorta see what you are seeing. And from now on, I will probably notice the horseman in the future.
Dang it, now I'm not going to be able to NOT see it.
You screwed me!!!
ha ha ha ha ha
Welcome to the forum! Btw, what is your profile picture of?
It is called the Pillars of Creation ... a famous Hubble Space Telescope picture of part of the Eagle Nebula.
To me, it looks more like the hand of some intergalactic warlord trying to grasp at the universe as if he were trying to replace Almighty God.
Haha It does. I thought it was a hand from some sort of video game lol.