When my elderly mother went into residential care with advanced dementia I brought her cat, Jamie, to visit most days. But he died suddenly recently and I have not told her. I’ve found a cat with similar looks; should I try to pass him off as Jamie?
There are gentle ways of explaining situations. If the new cat is calm and friendly, could he come as a visitor without focussing on exactly who he is? Talk with the nursing staff who care for your mother: between you, the answer should be clear.
We adopted a two year old collie cross from Romania; she barks strongly at visitors so we have to shut her in a separate room. How can we calm her?
Early socialisation of puppies is the key to producing calm and friendly adult dogs. If this does not happen there may be lifelong fears. Use gentle games and training to teach her to be more trusting. Visit fearfuldogs.com for helpful tips.
My three year old pet rat, James, has glaucoma, and I’m applying drops. If he doesn’t improve, removal of the eye has been recommended. Is this fair?
While eye removal sounds dramatic, the procedure would remove the source of James’ pain, so it’d be an act of kindness.