Oh I'm sure they have facial expressions.  BooBoo does not like being brought 
downstairs.  He rules the upstairs.  It's all his.  We are expected to visit 
him up there.  When we have carried him down he does a walk through then goes 
to the bottom of the stairs which are carpeted and just tears into the second 
step, all the while shooting us glances, like see what I will do if you force 
me down here.  He claws so fiercly his bottom feet slide on the wood floor 
until he falls sideways.  Then he goes upstairs.  One day when we were upstairs 
and Boo was seemingly sad, I said, come here and was demonstrating how to claw 
a chair.  Sure enough he came over and joined me, all happy shooting his side 
glances like saying "is this right?".  I know it's not a good thing to 
encourage clawing furniture but my cats have never done this so this is kind of 
funny.  He doesn't do any damage anyway.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: MacKenzie, Kerry N. 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 9:53 AM
  Subject: o/t cat facial expressions

  I'm just wondering, what do y'all think--do we imagine facial expressions on 
our cats -- and put our own interpretation on them -- or do they actually 
reflect a real mood?!
  Lynne's mention of BooBoo scowling makes me think of one of my ferals who I 
swear looks, in turn, frequently pissed off at me (when I won't let him mix 
without supervision -- he sprays), guilty (when he gets the better of me, and 
sprays), and disdainful (when I bring one of my tame cats to see him and his 
Buddy). One of my tame cats, Katyis, also has a marvellous "indignant" 
expression that he pulls on me following (to my mind) imagined slights. 

  From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Lynne
  Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 8:29 AM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: breathing difficulties

  No, he didn't aspirate.  I gave the water immediately after the doxy so I 
don't know which caused it.  I think he was hyperventilating.  I stayed with 
him til he calmed down and went to sleep, and honestly I'm afraid to go 
upstairs.  I'm sure he does sense my anxiety.  He does not like to be held or 
confined in any manner.  What bugs me though is when we go to the vet, the vet 
can do anything to him, give him pills, take his temp and BooBoo will just go 
limp, won't argue, fight, nothing, just scowel.  

  Better go upstairs and make sure he's just sleeping.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: laurieskatz 
    To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
    Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 9:02 AM
    Subject: Re: breathing difficulties

    Did he aspirate? Was the problem after the water or after the doxy? Maybe 
the water isn't working with him. I would call the vet and ask about this. Our 
vet told us we had to give the doxy directly (not mixed in food). Midas hated 
it too. 

    It's really important thing is for YOU to be calm before you give him the 
meds and don't think about it before you actually do it. This is how I got 
Frankie, a formerly feral kitten, to take inhaled meds. I had to calm my own 
mind. I also think they can sense if we are going to give them a med so I 
didn't think about it before I sat down to do it. It did help. Our cats sense 
our "mood"...I hope this makes sense. I just got up.
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Lynne 
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
      Sent: Monday, February 18, 2008 7:53 AM
      Subject: breathing difficulties

      I had a frightening event with BooBoo this morning.  He hates being given 
this Doxy and fights me.  I gave him some water via syringe after it as well.  
Suddenly he started gasping for air, breathing through his mouth for about 10 
minutes.  He is anemic and breathes heavily under normal circumstances.  I 
can't imagine what kind of stress the Interferon shots are going to cause him.  
Should I try mixing this Doxy with his wet food?  It's doubtful he would get 
the appropriate dosage if I did because he is a light eater.  I'm beginning to 
think that I'm fighting a losing battle here and perhaps it would be best to 
just let nature take its course without intervention.  I hate this.  One minute 
he seems perky and now he's just exhausted.  I spent the time with him while he 
was having problems breathing comforting him, just to get him settled down and 
even his purring was excessively loud.  I don't know how much more this little 
guy can tolerate.

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