When the weather turns cold and we switch from the cooler to the furnace...

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  1. IronWing

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    it's time for the annual feline pukaroma! The first day we use the furnace triggers all the cats to puke. I guess it is the shift from constant fresh air to recycled air that gets them. Every year. They have year-round access to the screen porch but I guess it's more fun to hang out inside and puke.

    No pics/videos/soundtracks though the soundtrack is marginally epic.
     
  2. Rastus

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    Dust and pollen in the ducts and getting burned off the heat exchanger.
     
  3. Mixolydian

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    That's strange.
     
  4. OmegaSupreme

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    Are their food dishes constantly filled with food? If so, they probably gorge on the food, then when their stomachs are too full they puke it up. I had to stop giving my cat free access to his food because of that.
     
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    Pets should never be given free access to food anyways. It's just bad ownership.
     
  6. OmegaSupreme

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    My old cat, a Russian Blue, had free access to his food all the time. He never gorged and he was very healthy. He was also very big, approximately 16lbs. And not fat at all.

    So it just depends on the animal.

    But now you've got ne thinking, if some animals shouldn't have free access to food, then shouldn't some people also be barred from free access to food as well? ;)
     
  7. jagec

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    Change your filter, dude!

    Some pets won't eat themselves into obesity, others will. They seem to be better about it before they get fixed. My parents always left food out and the pets never got fat, but I can't leave food out or my cats will eat it all.
     
  8. Capt Caveman

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    When was the last time you had your ducts cleaned?
     
  9. Lonyo

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    My cat won't even eat all her food.
    She'll be hungry and refuse to eat the bits in her bowl that she didn't eat before unless we add more food.
     
  10. Red Squirrel

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    Haha my cat is like that, it has to be fresh. :p She wont drink from her bowl either. Has to be cold running water from the tap. Spoiled brat lol.
     
  11. Nintendesert

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    It's not an animal obesity issue, it's a dominance and control issue. If you give your animal food they know that you are in control of the food and are in control of them. This is especially true of dogs.

    Now, for humans, it's the same. People are given food stamps so they always know who is ultimately in control. :p
     
  12. zanejohnson

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    my cats only seem to have gotten lazier, started using the wood burning stove just about a week ago
     
  13. lxskllr

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    I REALLY want to like your theory. It's appealing on a couple levels, but I just don't see it in practice. Maybe with dogs, but less so with cats, and MUCH less so with people :^D
     
  14. jagec

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    <---P&N
     
  15. OVerLoRDI

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    Na giving them phones is how you show them who is in charge.
     
  16. iGas

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    It is possible that your pets are being poisoned by natural gas or propane. Mercaptan is mixed into NG & LPG as a leak detector and in sufficient quantity it will give you and animals headache and possibly induce vomiting.

    The next level is asphyxiation that lead to death in your own bed, and/or explosion.

    Or, your house is a parvovirus incubator.
     
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  17. Drako

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    It's probably just the asbestos breaking loose in the heater. Nothing to worry about. :)
     
  18. Eli

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    Hmm..

    That's definitely a little strange. I would follow up with that, maybe test for contaminants in the furnace ducting, or a partially clogged burner or something. I'd look at this like the animals are being your canary, something is wrong with the air coming out of the furnace.
     
  19. Drako

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    OP, do you have CO alarm?
     
  20. mmntech

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    This is why I prefer dogs. They'll eat or drink anything you put in front of them. Whether it's good for them or not.

    Do you have a carbon-monoxide detector? Your cats could be suffering from CO poisoning. Might not be enough to affect you but they have little bodies and breath at a faster rate. One of the symptoms is nausea and vomiting. Since it only happens when you turn the furnace on, that's what tipped me off.
     
  21. Drako

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    :whiste:

    I beat you by 4 minutes :colbert:
     
  22. jagec

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    Uhh...if you have a natural gas leak, mercaptan is the LEAST of your worries.
     
  23. iGas

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    No kidding!
     
  24. Murloc

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    there must be some bad stuff happening when you turn that thing on.

    anyway why do you use the AC until you have to heat, that sounds weird.
     
  25. mmntech

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    Yeah but you hadn't posted yet when I started writing. Went off to research CO poisoning symptoms. :p