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My cat Inanna passed about 2 years ago, after developing an inflammatory bowel disease and chronic kidney failure. I have learned these are common ailments in older cats. At the time I felt guilty, because I felt like there was something I could have done to prevent it. Or at least delay her passing by 6 months to 2 years. Because looking back, I saw I had failed to recognize a obvious decline, and signs that her time was drawing near. I had made an assumption that she would look really sick if things got bad. Cats usually don't show how sick they are. So just after she passed, I worried I could have done more. That if I had only recognized what she was going through, maybe I could have started her on insulin (Because I assumed at the time she passed from developing diabetes that I had not recognized.), or had gotten her to the vet a week or two earlier. 

 

I realize now, I had already extended her life, with steroid injections, and food changes. Taking her to the vet a couple weeks before most likely wouldn't have extended her life much, and it wouldn't have been quality life, even if it could have been extended. Now, my only regret is not recognizing that her end was drawing near, so I could have spent more time making her comfortable, and doing more to accompany her on her transition.  

 

However, my vet was right, Inanna had a good life. She was saved from under a bush, in a construction site, with a belly full of worms. Without me, her life would have most likely been hard, and violently short. Instead, she had couches to lay on, and enough food to get fat on, and daily pettings. Even though I did not recognize how ill she was, she was still comfortable, and with me. Things could have been far worse.

 

It sounds to me, that the situation was similar for Houdini. 

 

The last hour of Inanna's life was filled with terror. I scooped her up from the comfort of the bed of clothes she had made for herself in the closet, where she looked quiet peaceful. Forced her into her dreaded crate, and whisked her to the vet appointment I had for her. We found her in multiorgan failure, and with a blood pressure so low the vet was almost unable to give her the drugs to put her 'asleep'. If I had to do it all over again, I may not take my next dying animal to the vet to be put to sleep. I think I will prefer to have them pass at home, where they can be surrounded by their family, and in the place they are the most comfortable being. 

 

So, Flamehawk, you do have my condolences for your loss. 

 

I hope you do not feel guilty, like I had. It sounds like Houdini had chronic kidney disease, and had come to the end of her natural life. She did not suffer, and she passed at home, Loved, and surrounded by her family. 

 

 

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Apparently Nintendo doesn't like money. That NES Classic that they released late last year and which has been selling out way faster than they can produce them? They're discontinuing it. They're doing one last shipment of them, and then there will be no more. Which means I will probably never get one unless I'm willing to give $300 to some jerk that probably bought it just to resell.

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Just now, Unruly said:

Apparently Nintendo doesn't like money. That NES Classic that they released late last year and which has been selling out way faster than they can produce them? They're discontinuing it. They're doing one last shipment of them, and then there will be no more. Which means I will probably never get one unless I'm willing to give $300 to some jerk that probably bought it just to resell.

Which is just incomprehensible. They're been so short on stock that most of the people who would want to buy one have never seen one in person.

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14 minutes ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

Which is just incomprehensible. They're been so short on stock that most of the people who would want to buy one have never seen one in person.

Yup. They say it was never meant to be a continuing product, but they made a huge deal about it before it launched, shorted supply, and then they're discontinuing it less than 6 months later. I can understand not wanting it to be a continuing product, but at least give people a chance to buy one! Run it to this November, make it a year long promotion thing, and make sure that you get at least a few more shipments so that more people have a chance at them. Don't just taunt us by hanging steak in front of us for months then throwing it in a vat of acid...

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Just now, Unruly said:

Yup. They say it was never meant to be a continuing product, but they made a huge deal about it before it launched, shorted supply, and then they're discontinuing it less than 6 months later. I can understand not wanting it to be a continuing product, but at least give people a chance to buy one! Run it to this November, make it a year long promotion thing, and make sure that you get at least a few more shipments so that more people have a chance at them. Don't just taunt us by hanging steak in front of us for months then throwing it in a vat of acid...

I can only hope that they take the hint and do a combo NES/SNES for Christmas or something. 

But more likely they just think it is reducing sales for the switch. 

 

or it's Nintendo, and they continue to be allergic to money...

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36 minutes ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

I can only hope that they take the hint and do a combo NES/SNES for Christmas or something. 

But more likely they just think it is reducing sales for the switch. 

 

or it's Nintendo, and they continue to be allergic to money...

 

This would make more sense if you actually had the ability to buy old titles for the Switch. Which is still a theoretical thing.

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Thank you everyone. I was finally able to fall asleep this morning after being up all night. There is guilt, but it is more because i had no money for the vet. I plan to turn it into action. Once i finish this program i am joining i hope to have a job and that vet visits will once again be very common.

 

Also Houdini was a female. She was my little escape artist and so was named after the most famous escape artist I knew.

 

I'll be fine eventually and am trying to replace the image of her seizure with images of her begging for cuddles, food, or to ride on my shoulder.

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28 minutes ago, LittleBluberry said:

 

This would make more sense if you actually had the ability to buy old titles for the Switch. Which is still a theoretical thing.

 

It's supposed to be coming this year, I guess. The article I read on Business Insider about this discontinuation says it's exactly what Werkrobot has guessed. Nintendo did the NES Classic as a marketing stunt to get people interested in Nintendo again, and now that the Switch is out they're killing it because they don't want it to cannibalize sales of old titles when the Switch gets Virtual Console access later this year.

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Made it to the Colorado paint day. First time in years, as the last time I went they were at Attactix. Had fun but was dry fitting the little 3D house portion I printed and two walls seem off. Didn't bother working on them until I figure out the issue. And I brought the wrong brown, so couldn't touch up anything. Switched to the Gnomic CAV after lunch, which I'll have to update the WIP on. Basically finished, just need to base it.

 

Came home and took the wife to Michaels for their 30% off sale. Replaced the brush I destroyed today, the well tray I couldn't find, and the chocolate brown paint my daughter decided to turn into slime.

 

Overall, I'll give today 8/10. It would get a 9, but had only waffles this morning and no bacon.

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56 minutes ago, Unruly said:

 

It's supposed to be coming this year, I guess. The article I read on Business Insider about this discontinuation says it's exactly what Werkrobot has guessed. Nintendo did the NES Classic as a marketing stunt to get people interested in Nintendo again, and now that the Switch is out they're killing it because they don't want it to cannibalize sales of old titles when the Switch gets Virtual Console access later this year.


I think I read the same article, and it's honestly BS that they can't tell people what the path forward is on download purchases.  I refuse to buy any more Wii U stuff until they tell me whether it's already obsolete. 

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My condolences, Flamehawke. It's never fun to lose a friend, even the small furry ones.

 

Happy Easter everybody. A special time of year when you can get together with friends and family and swap infectious diseases :wacko: Stomach bug going through town here. All the people I know with kids about the same age as mine are praying to the porcelain gods. Some of the older people I know like my mom decided that wasn't the thing for them and opted for nasty colds instead. So who wants to come for a nice traditional russian meal tomorrow? Great food with a full gastro intestinal cleansing included. Glad I'm not flat out sick and hoping that I'll be up for at least some of the feast. Also hoping that the wife doesn't get it until after she's done cooking. :rolleyes:

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 Finally got to go see Rocky Horror again - it's been way too long since I've gone to anything that cost money to do, and going out to breakfast afterward was the first time I've left the state of CT in two years...

 

I was going to go see Expose free show at the casino tonight (everybody remember them from the '90's?), but ended up ditching it because I got stuck in Youtube hell. Even with the long weekend, I don't seem to have enough time to get everything done I wanted to do, although a good part of that is time management.

Tomorrow is going to be cooking chicken for lunch for the week, and doing homework - I need to study the procedural manual for my job, which I brought home with me this weekend but haven't even looked at yet nevermind opened.

 

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