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3/2/14 12:29 A

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IN JANUARY THIS YEAR WE FOUND OUT OUR CAT MICKEY IS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF RENAL FAILURE HE IS ONLY 10 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS OLD IT IS CONTROLLED BY A SPECIAL RENAL DIET FOOD AND HE DOES NOT LIKE IT SOME DAYS HE WILL EAT IT AND OTHERS HE WILL NOT HE GETS SOME RAW FOOD AND WET FOOD NO MORE DRY FOOD AND HE HAS HAD 3 TEETH TAKEN OUT


 
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9/23/13 8:59 P

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I have 3 older girls (Lillian, Sheila & Chrysta) who were not pleased with me today because they had to be restrained to have an old flea collar removed and a new one put on. I always use breakaway collars on cats since cats can be killed if they get hung up by a collar.

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I am still waiting to hear back from the oncology clinician at VMRCVM about getting Wayne into the vaccine trial to try to treat his cancer (lymphosarcoma). I am trying to schedule a time to call in or get an e-mail exchange set up. We need to get him started ASAP. He will probably have to come off of the pred before the trial can be started, but the pred is to limit and hopefully reduce the tumor mass since it is a very rapidly growing neoplasia.

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8/29/13 1:05 A

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I have been serving Shelsea and Wayne their medicated rations (different for each cat) in their own of sheltered private eating places several times a day so I can make sure they get their meds with out someone else stealing them. My biggest problem is that I need to keep an eye on Caellech in the prep area because she will try to zip in and grab some. She will be one in Oct, so she still has plenty of speed and energy.


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8/23/13 4:50 A

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Wayne still seems to be tolerating the pred well now. He likes the big serving of canned cat food the bitter tablet is mixed into after softening it in a small amt of water on his plate. None of the other cats are trying to steal it at that point either since it does not taste good.

I guess the first injection will be scheduled soon.

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8/16/13 2:41 P

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Wayne has developed a much better tolerance to his first med and is behaving normally most of the time. Hope fully he will get through the 4 shot series without much problem development.


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8/12/13 6:25 P

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Wayne has feline lymphosarcoma. He seems to have an unusual response to the pred therapy he has been started on. He just lies in the laundry room floor which is not one of his usual resting places and is not moving if someone comes in. He is not moving even if someone else (other than me) comes in and starts working with laundry around him.

Remember he was with the feral group so he normally retreats from strangers and areas of activity. He has 3 spots he likes to lay out in regularly and he goes back to them when it starts to get close to the next dosing time and he is more reactive and acting more like Wayne.

I called the oncology department at the vet school with a query on it, but I have not gotten a reply yet. He is starting on the pred before the four injection series is started. Lymposarcoma is a cancer that has a fairly decent response to chemotherapy.

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8/6/13 12:31 A

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Wayne gets checked for suture and drain removal later this morning.



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8/2/13 3:00 P

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Wayne had an eye removal 6/11 because of another episode of eye enlargement but with an intraocular mass this time. It started rapid growth again, so he had a surgical reduction yesterday and now I am trying to get sample diagnostics done. I want to look at the vaccine option if it is possible and if I can afford it.


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protect your older cats from heat stress and make sure they have lots of cool clean water available. Health problems seen in aging animals often means they need a higher water intake. Keep fleas and other parasites under control. Fleas will target weaker animals and a heavy flea load can kill.


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6/21/13 12:31 P

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Wayne has had all of his sutures removed. He is still acting a little head shy and there needs to be a bit more hair regrowth over the now sealed lids before he can go back to the colony. He also has several days more of antibiotics.

Right now I have 4 cats on daily meds so I have to feed each one their medicine ball separately on their schedules.

Jessi seems to be having some problems eating on top of everything else even though she is hungry so I have her on medicated cat food soup which she seems to be eating better. An oral exam is something I need to do next. I am trying to get a bit of condition improvement before doing something stressful.


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6/12/13 12:16 P

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Wayne was acting a little freaked out when I let him out this morning after he ate, but he quieted down after a couple of minutes. We are having a bunch of rainy weather coming so I'm afraid the window seat he likes to hang out in is not going to be very sunny during the day until it stops again.


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6/11/13 8:06 P

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Wayne, an '06 feral colony kitten who is a Maine Coon cross so he is a very large framed cat -as are his littermates Wyatt and Mark - had his eye removed today. The vet who was supposed to do the surgery had her staff call with the excuse that she was too busy and I got another vet to do it. I stopped by her clinic after I dropped him off and found that she was finishing up her 1 scheduled surgery for the day. I guess she just didn't want to deal with it. His eye is out and I have him in one of my cages here. There was some sort of irregular fairly firm mass inside the eye which was visible presurgically since I could see part of it when looking into his eye..

He developed a traumatic glaucoma about 5 or 6 years (treated then so the pressure was normal (comfortable)). This last time also blew up very quickly but was not responsive to treatment. His bloodwork showed signs of sepsis so he was started on some fairly strong antibiotics before surgery. He has been blind in that eye for a number of years, so he doesn't have to adapt to that part. He will have to have a drain pulled in a couple of day and then have the sutures removed a couple of days after that. Then it will be a couple more days before he can go back to his colony.


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6/9/13 6:24 A

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Had to take my 20 yr old kitty (Sassy) into the vet to have some teeth pulled, cleaned and polished. I was very nervous not only because of her age but because she has kidney problems, however there was really no choice as one tooth kept abscessing. Our vet tried to " twilight her" instead of putting her all the way under but it didn't work, it was stressing her out way too much. Sassy came out of the anesthesia pretty good and was really spunky when she got home. Took a few days to get her eating back to normal, but overall I think she is doing as well as expected. I have noticed a couple of things such as her crying is a bit different (she is a howler at night and has been for many years) and she is grinding a bit when she eats. I am checking for any signs of dehydration but so far so good. I am not so sure I worried and fretted as much over my real kids as I do these animals...LOL.


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6/5/13 9:52 A

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His surgery was delayed while he is started on a different antibiotic since his white counts were high. He has a bit of mixed bowel diarrhea now. Fluid was drawn off the affected eye and aspiration from behind the globe yielded nothing. The eye is still enlarged. Oral exam during the brief anaesthesia for the eye procedures showed a reddened area in the back of the upper arcade under the eye along with some tarter and gingivitis. He was too light to tolerate any dental cleaning.

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6/4/13 7:28 A

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Wayne was dropped off at the clinic last night. Although he is one of my cats who usually likes some attention, between the intermittent heavy rains and a bunch of workers and heavy equipment who had come in yesterday it took me 2 hours to catch him even though he is usually one of the ones seeking attention when I arrive. They would do something over there that made a loud noise and about 40 cats coming up to the one area I was putting out food (bait) would bolt. He has had two prior glaucoma treatments, but this time there is a lot of precipitation built up around a new injury site on his blind eye that is blocking drainage again, so this time his eye will need to be removed. His glaucoma treatment was about 6 years ago and he is 8. I will be going in early to hold him for his pre surgical blood draw and to reintroduce him to the Sr assistant. He weighed in at 12.6 # last night which is less than his 14# 2 yo weight. He and both of his brothers are large framed cats and there is probably some Maine Coon ancestry in their genetics. I actually have quite a few large framed cats.


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5/17/13 6:01 P

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well, Shelsea's site is trying to seal up again. The Hill's vet recommended a urine culture and sensitivity since PU cats are at an increased risk for infection. So he was not happy about another trip to a vet's office, but he was captured and a cystocentesis was done and 2 tubes were sent for plating and work up.

I have Jessie in a cage so I can treat her for a facial injury with a bad infection. It is large enough that it is going to be a problem to heal. She is probably going to have some sort of collar to keep her from tearing it open again.


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Shelsea is happier now that his urinary catheter has been removed. I have decided that he should wear the E collar for several more days when I am not watching him so he can't damage the healing area. I'm hoping it won't seal in again.


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the last surgery worked for about 2 weeks before it started to close in. He had another surgery yesterday. Hopefully it will work permanently this time.


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Well Shelsea had a surgery today to try to enlarge his external urethral opening since it had become even smaller over the last month probably due to inflamation. He will have an indwelling catheter and sutures removed Mon. He is still on S/D and the other meds and seems to have less palpable crystal sludge in his bladder even though I am still seeing some alterations in his urine flow that is probably due to crystals trying to pass through. He has to wear a soft wide collar drape around his neck to keep him from reaching the site. Because of the catheter to keep the new opening open he is dripping until it is pulled. Hopefully this will solve his problem and will stay open.


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Jessie with the feral colony has ripped open the place on her face again and all of the granulation tissue that was filling in the defect. Usually she likes to stay in the front shed. There are 2 litters in there and the younger mother is acting kind of agreesive with the other cats although fortunately she is tolerating them coming to see what I am doing when I am making the buckets of food mixture up to be put out. One is especially nosey.

Chablia seems to be having problems shedding out this year even though she is a short haired cat. She has a jaw problem too and a reluctance to be groomed very long. I have several long haired seniors with problems too, but most of these guys have seemed to need a bit of help every year since they were young since they have a fine coat type that seems to make knots when the older hairs are shed. Jonathan has a matt on his chect I will be working on a few mins a day for several days to get out since a few mins in a session is what they will tolerate and still let me work with tthem. We had a couple of hot days, so the shedding is happening. Remember these cats are part of a large feral colony.

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4/12/13 1:17 A

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Caellech is back to her high speed self after surgery and sometimes Chrysta still has to sit with me so she rest with out being pounced on by an over energetic adolecent, although she has shown that she can stand up to the pest if she needs to do so.


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I'm allergic to my cats; we were away for a month on vacation in January and February and when I came back my asthma almost went out of control. Fortunately it evened out okay but then Easter we went to my husband's ex-wife's house for the holiday and she has 3 dogs and 2 cats and my breathing and eye itching, etc. went ballistic so we went out and got me some Alavert. Just one more reason I wish I could figure out a way to give the cats to someone who really wants them and would care for them.

I drew up a fantasy cat care center for older cats (my shelter kills any over about 5 years old) and it would be expensive; paying someone to care for them as well as food, shelter, clothing :-) etc. One would want about 3 people a day for 5-10 cats each, during the day when they sleep college kids would be fine, to clean, etc. but evening and early morning one would want someone to play with them and be alert to what's going on. I couldn't subsidize my cats for that much money (around $500 a month, would include vet care, etc.), sigh.

It's time to do my next month's flea treatment; I'm doing year round after what happened last summer.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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4/3/13 10:24 P

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I had to take 9 yr old Lillian in yesterday for another CBC/Profile. She has been going into coughing and drooling episodes when she gets excited about me fixing the cat food before handing it out. I was worried about a possible pharyngeal mass or foreign body but it may be allergies so we are continuing to monitor and evaluate. Having to put her on a special diet will involve crating her for meals too and that won't stop her from cleaning up leftovers. That is a problem with 12 yo Shelsea too.

I had to cancel last weeks spays because of a family funeral. Caellech and some others will be on for this week. I need to skip nursing mothers.


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Yeah, last summer was good for the fleas and it is getting time to start on enviromental control and systemic control (flea drops ...) for any pets that don't react to it. Twelve is still middle aged for most cats.

Shelsea had to go this Mon and Fri (today) for sedation and treatment to improve his urine flow since he has crystals in his bladder causing problems even though his diet is to prevent crystals. His blood work Mon still looked pretty good. He is getting some SQ fluids to help flush him out better.

I gave Caelech a vaccine injection which made her feel the need to let me know she was displeased with me after I let her go. I guess she will feel even worse in about three weeks though because she will be spayed and will be getting another vaccine and her 1 yr rabies.


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I'm getting worried with my two 12 year old cats; I'm getting older and less flexible and able to care for them but have been unable to find anyone to take them. Thankfully they are still very healthy, we had a bad scare last summer with a huge flea infestation where they lost weight and fur and were psychologically traumatized. I would not be able to go through anything like that again, we almost didn't make it last summer.


There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


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2/27/13 4:22 P

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Well, I had to call Dr G for an emergency appt yesterday. Shelsea didn't come for food (he is put in a crate to eat and fed 1st since he is on a special diet to prevent crystals again) who is normally very eager to eat. He didn't even show up when I was feeding the others, so I had to search for him and manage to get him down. He was blocked again so I made the call.

He has already had a PU so he was anaesthetised, catheteised and drained and flushed several times. He had lots of blood and sediment and some problem mucoid plugs. I gave hime 250 ml of SQ NaCl and took him home since Dr G was going to be leaving. He was very slow waking up. I have had to express him several times (easy now but he may need some help for the next few days). He is doing a bit of dribbling, but that is because I started him back on the med that is for the inflamation and discomfort. I have had to force feed him a bit, but hopefully he will be ready to start eating on his own soon. It is easier to hide the meds in a bit of canned food.


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The older tom (Bruno) has been back and behaving normally except that he is even more skittish. His body condition still feels pretty good. I trapped an older female that seemed pretty friendly but I did not want to send her since she had just shown up again and although she was staying in the shed (with the heater) and eating very well and seeking affection I was worried about putting her through the stress of a spay especially since she had not been on the meds. It turned out she was spayed but not ear tipped (spayed before 2007), FIV & FeLV negative. So she was ear tipped and is now on the colony meds and being treated for cystitus (a urinary infection) and will be back next week. I think she is Michele who disappeared a long time ago.


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2/12/13 8:40 A

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Well I've got several cats coming back after being spayed and neutered next week including an older (He was mature when dumped or moved over a number of years ago so I am guessing he is at least 8 so middle aged anyway) tom who was dumped as a mature male a number of years ago who is now having some health problems. I will be trapping another group to go and get them back next week and repeat the process.


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well, there hasn't been any other activity here for some time. I haven't made any other entries since Cyrll, Charity, and Francis have all died since then. I still have a number of older cats here (from the colony) and with the colony. I still check for entries here even when I don't leave any comments.


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Well, Miss Charity ran out the door while I was letting the Dachshund out after midnight, so I had to chase after her in the dark through the woods until she decided to let herself be caught again, and bring her back inside.

Charity is a 12 year old I took as a kitten who had been shot with a pellet gun. Fortunately for her it shattered her humerus so she had to be zonked again and have the extension splint replaced about every two weeks. At 6 weeks we were able to remove the splint, but there was what felt like a small free floating chip of bone near her elbow that would have to be removed so it wouldn't cause problems later. It turned out to be a pellet. We had originally thought she had probably been injured when the trap closed since she was only about 4 or 5 weeks old.

The clinic didn't want a kitten with a broken leg to try to adopt out. If the pellet had breached her chest cavity instead of shattering her humerus she would have died from suffocation most likely. She has had no lameness or other problems with the leg after it was healed.

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Francis is big...too big to wash easily in the kitchen sink, so I took him to the clinic with Cyrll (who had gotten through the worst of his medical problems and is also a tall, long cat-but with a much lighter frame) and the Dachshund (same reason) so I could give them fleas baths.

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14.5# Francis (a 12 yo Maine Coon X) is determined to be over my shoulder and in front of the screen. I guess I need to give up typing, so later.


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Some of the groups are supposedly working with me supposedly to get colony spays and neuters, but they are not even talking to me. I do not want older cats or individuals with health problems to go through the spay neuter clinics. I want profiles on them first to make sure they are ok for surgery. Certain animals may need special care. Cats with little kittens need to be left with the kittens. I have several who are easy for me to work with I plannig to wait several weeks for their spays for that reason. I am also worried about extreme heat stress on them right now too when dealing with frightened ferals in live traps. They are calling for high heat starting tomorrow through at least the beginning of next week.


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6/22/12 9:45 A

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Charity, the old lady who took the trip next door several post back, has decided that she likes to sleep on her back on the kitchen windowsill now. She is one of mine who has been having some hairball problems too. They stopped selling the large bags of Meow Mix Hairball, so I an having to buy the less economical small bags very frequently now to continue mixing some into the other rations. She also likes to reach down for a drink of flowing water if someone is doing something in the sink.


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it's so tough to watch them grow older and less 'themselves,' whether they are human or animal. doggone it, it's hard to watch myself age too, now that i think of it!


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Well, Cyrll (originally the seizuring kitten with some permanent ataxia problems who became the 5 yo renal failure kitty) has tried developing some new activities. He has been trying to jump on top of the air cleaner, and get on top of the recliner....the problem is his coordination has not improved any. He has some pretty awkward looking unplaned dismounts. His legs are working well enough now with the supplements that he can land on all four ok, it just does not look gracefull. He has abnormal retinal reflection one one eye now, so he is also only working with one eye.


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Well. My oldest remaining cat was missing last Fri. night. I spotted her tonight in a neighbors back yard so I had to go knock and go look for her. She had retreated into a small area under the house. I had to walk back to the house and get some food to tempt her out to where I could reach her and then I took her home and fed her. My mother said she had not seen her go past her Fri eve when she came in, but it seems that she did just that since I had her out with me when I was loading some stuff in my pick up which is our normal routine. It started to rain hard, so I bought her in and did not leave so I know that she was inside before I went downstairs. I had been looking for her inside and outside every day without success until this afternoon, so I am glad that I found her and that she still seems basically ok.


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Also, I serve my renal disease (and especially crystalluria and UTI cats ) a bit of water added to their food immediately before serving since these guys need more since they are loosing more. Just a little on the bottom of the bowl. The Hill's consulting vet I talked to some time ago had no problem with me feeding this way. Also keep lots of fresh water available. Some of my cats really like the waterers so if you don't have a running water station you might want to consider getting one.

You should have BUN, Creatinine, potassium and phosporus levels tracked periodically. If the mineral levels are off, consider asking your vet to order the meds to keep the potassium from getting to low and the phosphorus from getting too high and causing problems. My cat is eating them well mixed into a bit of canned K/D.

Adding a bit of the canned food into small offered amounts of the dry food mixture with water may also increase the palatability


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Did you try one of the other prescription diet manufacturers like Royal Canin? Will they at least eat a canned renal diet mixed into their diet a couple of times a day? Did you try a gradual phased introduction or make a sudden switch. If you didn't try phasing it in you might want to give it a try.

If they won't tolerate a presciption diet at all, have you tried some of the renal trend over the shelf diets. Purina Pro Plan and Iams are examples of lines that have one. That may not be the best option, but any progress is better than nothing. You may want to talk to your vet about it and/or you may be able to contact the veterinary nutritionists at some of these companies by phone or online. Again a phased intoduction may be needed.

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So glad that Cyril is doing well. We have two senior kitties (ages 18 & 19 yrs) that were diagnosed with early stages of Chronic Renal Failure last Sept/Oct. They are both doing fairly well, the vet did want them on the K/D food, however they both refused to eat it....so I quit buying it. Each are still eating very well and not losing weight, in fact both are still quite frisky...thank goodness. Sure hope that your fur baby continues to do well on his medication. Prayers and hugs~~Kelly


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Cyrll seems to be doing well on his new meds. Recheck bloodwork rarly next week. He has become much more active.


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I have been entering my 5 yo Cyrlls renal disease presentation and therapy notes in the group interactions string. This is usually an older cat problem so there may be some helpful information there. I am having to use meds on him that were not around when Jamie devoped renal disease as an older cat. She did very well on K/D alone until she was killed by a car. She had been on K/D for about 5 years more than 20 years ago. Cyrll is having more severe problems and will have to have other meds to control hyperphosphatemia and hyokaelemia. He is showing severe muscle weakness without control and it seems that K/D alone will not be enough in his case.


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I had 12 yo Felicity put down the the Mon before Easter she had rapid deterioration. An ultrasound showed a large tumor in her bladder that was backing urine up into her kidneys and metastases in her kidneys and sublumbar lymph nodes. Cats are good at hiding things until endstage, but the last weekend she became suddenly weak and quit eating normally and started hiding so I had to keep her in my ICU crate to treat her supportivly over the weekend. She was one of my bottle babies. I still haven't gotten over it yet.


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Well I'm just checking in. I know I'm not the only one with older cats. My big problem now is 2 younger bullies. I am trying to encourage other exercises with the 2 two year olds, but there is still some hematuria and inappropriate urination even though I try to get Felicity out briefly most days and provide frequent litterbox escorts. I would like an outdoor run, but even if I could afford it my family probably wouldn't let me have it put in. All three of them were bottle babies and the two year olds were abandoned babies from the same colony but they were not littermates and were not bottlefed at the same time since they are not that close in age. One was a spring babby and one was a fall baby.

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Well we ended up putting Pandy down on July 11, 2011. He went very peacefully in my arms with me whispering sweet and loving memories in his ear.....with the promise that we will be together again some day.

We decided that we should have all the older animals have their blood work done so that we know if there is something we were missing....(yes a small fortune is being spent on this). Last week I took Bruno which is 17.5 yrs old, the vet said that blood work came back really well overall, however he has the very beginning stages of kidney failure....she said not to worry right now but to have it re-checked in 6 months. Thursday I will be taking Sassy (18.5 yrs old) and Morgan (15+ yrs old) for their blood work. I believe that Morgan has the beginnings of hyperthyroidism so we need to find out and start treatment if needed.

Well this is my update for the week, hope everyone and their fur babies have a healthy and wonderful week ahead.


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Unfortunately we are going through a few senior problems with 4 kitties over the age of 16 yrs. We are going to be having to put Pandy down within the next couple of days, his stomatitis is getting to the point that he can not eat much without severe pain. The vet has done everything she can short of pulling his teeth and I will not put him through that at his age of 21+ yrs old on top of the $400- $600 for the surgery. We had tests done on him a few weeks ago (blood, urine) to the tune of $400....everything came out amazing, however the vet said that we basically had two options, have teeth pulled or put down (the large doses of antiboitics/medications really didn't help this time). This is the second vet that has told us this. Life gets very stressful when there is nothing that you can do to help these fur babies.


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I know I can't be the only one around with older cats or cats with medical problems. Where is everybody?


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Stomatitis can be caused as a sequellae to viral or bacterial infections (some of which hang out for life inside of the cells ready for release for another episode in times of stress) or allergies or inflamatory GI disease. Has the cat been tried on a hyperallergenic diet? Do not rule out dry diets. They can have water added before serving to soften them (and a bit of canned food can be added in too) AND they are higher in fiber. The fiber may help move the stools through before they become so hard and dry. The prescription hypoallergenic diets (there are a number of them through several manufacturers now) may help if there is some inflamatory GI problem. There are a few over the counter "hypoallergenic" diets to. Make sure your Sr is getting a high quality diet. They need a bit higher energy and easier digestability. You might need to mix 2 diets to make what he needs.

Has he has a at least fairly recent Sr profile done? Did it show any abnormalities? Is his PCV within the normal range?

Does he have gingivitis too?

There is a possibility that he could be helped by being on antibiotics periodically to control secondary infections with certain problems. But his medical workup has to show a real need.
The same thing with a possible short term steroid treatment.

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I do have a question for everyone concerning our 21 yr old senior cat. Pandy has stomatitis and has been being treated for it by our vet although there is really nothing that helps it too much. His canned food is pureed fresh for him daily, sometimes I have to spoon feed him or syringe it too him if he chooses not to eat. He does drink water although not as much as I would like for him too. My question to everyone.....Pandy has a problem with real hard stools and has for years. I have been giving him Omega 3 oil to help him pass these awful stools a bit easier and it has been helping. My problem is I am not sure if I am giving him too much....does anyone know the correct amount that a cat should be given?? Please don't tell me ask his vet....it is a long story that really is not worth repeating. Many thanks.


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You might try to make (or have made) a "creep feeder" of sorts. You would need a wire cage with gaps big enough for her to get in, but too small for them to fit through. There also has to be enough floor space that probing paws from the "chuncky" older cats who are sure they are starving can't fish out the kitten food they don't need. She also might tolerate actually being locked breifly in a wire crate to eat if it was not moved into another room away from everybody else.

Unless they need special diets, have you tried them (the mature males) on an indoor food of some type? Are you meal feeding them, or letting them have food available all of the time? Limit feeding the mature cats is usually best. Geriatrics generally need more frequent feedings and more digestible food as well. So your older guys may need that someday.

You also might want to try to involve them in some toy pursuit activites if possible. Younger felines frequently like to chase things too anyway. Paper balls, dragged string etc.. Mine love a shiny multiribbon toy attatched to a little plastic rod by a string. Cinbad likes to kill the little bundle of feathers that can be attached to the same rod and string.

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I have 2 mature male neutered cats and a kitten. Of course the male cats a shall we say pleasantly plump....I am concerned in an effort to not let them get any bigger the kitten is not getting what she needs. And if I put her in a room by herself for an extra meal she won't eat it. She does not like to be alone. She especially does not like closed doors unless the other cats are with her. Any ideas how I can make sure she gets what she needs? By the way, I got her at 4 months and is now 6 months old.

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I didnt know that either. WOW!


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Wow, I didn't know a cat could get herpes or any of the other things that you mentioned. I hope your Dennis is doing better. His illness sounds complicated.

My Jazmina is doing okay with her teeth I think although I haven't been good about trying to brush them. We found out she has a dislocated shoulder which evidently is very rare for cats, unlike dogs, and is nearly impossible to operate succesfully on. We took down her cat tree and donated it to the vet's office. We put a chair near the bed so she only has to jump half the distance twice. When she lays on my lap she sort of does that stability ball drape move and I think she is actually trying to stretch out her shoulder. She seems to be doing better going up and down stairs as long as I don't let her do it very often. I guess we just have to accept getting older...not just for us but for them, too.

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Well I took Dennis in for a dental since he needs some teeth removed, but high renal enzymes got him sent back. Now I get to try to get him to eat some K/D with antibiotics every day for a while. Since he is a member of a large feral colony, I also have to stand guard to keep one of the others from eating it. I guess we will be trying bloodwork again in a few days. Now on top of all of this I have another micro kitty someone dumped. I couldn't leave her screaming in the fast food parking lot. She is very used to people and looks like she is less than 2 mos old, but she acts older so I think she is another of the dwarves someone dumps out here. I have several now. At least she doesn't seem not have bordatella, parvo, or herpes or anything like a number of them have been dumped out here before have had.


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Yesterday, Jazmina had a thorough tooth cleaning at the dentist. She's still a little weird after the experience and with the anesthesia and all. I realize she's 6 years old at this point, but I have trained her to do or not do various things over the years and I think, although it might take awhile, I could probably get her to let me brush her teeth reasonably well about twice a week. That's my goal anyway. Thanks for the advice. :)

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Many cats will be pretty intolerant to having their teeth brushed if they weren't started very young that is why the a bit of the special dental diets are often a lot easier. If you are trying to brush their teeth they make special toothpastes and brushes you can be purchased through many vet offices or through a pet supply companies.




Gas is generally a large bowel sign. It may be a response to something that the cat can't digest too well passing through the GI tract. Soft smelly stools can also be a sign of that. Is the cat getting any dairy products. A lot of cats become lactose intolerant as they age. Of course some cats are lactose intolerant as kittens, and the percentage will increase with age. If it is not a dairy problem there could be another ingredient in the dieet the cat is having problems with. A diet change might help. You will probably be looking at the more special diets.

Another thing I have seen gas associated with at times is tapeworms or occasionally another GI parasite problem. This can be intermitant. You may also see periodic soft stinky stool problems in there cats.


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I just started reading this thread from the beginning and have noticed a common theme of bladder and kidney problems, so I figured I'd relay what I've learned and how.

I have several kitties at the moment, 3 of which are siblings - 2 male (Tom & Jerry) and 1 female (Callie). When we took them in to get fixed, Jerry had not developed at all (nickname: no balls), so he didn't get surgery that day. After a few months, we started having trouble getting him to come in at night, so we took him back to the vet and they had to cut him open to "fix" him - first time in my vet's extensive years as a vet that he had seen a cat that didn't drop at least one side (he's retiring this month for about the 3rd or 4th time).

Anyway, about a year ago, we started noticing what we call pissed kitty syndrome on the kitchen table, on the stove, and in various other places around the house (kitty pee). Then, we noticed that Jerry wasn't eating, was vomiting and was generally acting ill. Since Jerry likes to eat and will pee in the toilet, the hubby and I started comparing notes and we ended up at the ER vet on a Sunday night. $475 later, they gave us some nausea meds and sent us home after giving him IV fluids. The next day, I was having problems getting him to take the meds and he wasn't getting better, so I called our regular vet. After a night there (at less than $100), they figured out that he had blockage from a bladder infection and gave him an enema along with a long-acting antibiotic. One smelly ride home and a difficult bath later, he was fine (but still a bit smelly).

After that, we got to talking to the people at the vet's office and learned that pissed kitty syndrome can be a sign of a bladder infection. With 7 indoor/outdoor cats, it can be difficult to know which one is sick. We've had a few more episodes, but it is generally one of the three (or all) from that liter. If Jerry tries to pee in the toilet and can't, he goes to get checked out. If we can't tell who it is, we watch to see who is acting sick or take all three to the vet.

In all my years of pet ownership, we have always fed our cats Meow Mix and even had a cat live to be 18 or 19 on it, so I don't really question the food we are giving them. On the other hand, we have started supplementing with a Purina Urinary Tract cat food and canned cat food. The vet's office has suggested going to all wet food or prescription diet, but understands the financial side of feeding 7 to 9 cats, so they have been working with us to figure out what works best.

So, throughout all of this, the one thing we have found that seems to be working is hair ball reduction. Since we started giving the kitties hair ball medicine on a regular basis, we've only had one or two more episodes of a bladder problem and almost always only with Jerry. It seems that whatever caused him to not have any balls also affects his urinary tract.

Oh - I know this is long, but before I forget...cats and gas. Woo wee! do we ever have gaseous cats. Tom is the worst, with Spencer coming in a close second. Tom will be sleeping and the next thing you know, you're running from the room. He's even tooted!


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One of my dau and her (now) husband adopted litter mates before they were married in '99. My dau called in tears because Pepper developed kidney problems: one was atrophied, and the other wasn't working well. This morning Miss Pepper was helped over the Rainbow Bridge. I mourn with them. Especially since my dau has to find a way to grieve and at the same time, help her 7 yr-old dau understand. When the kidney problem was discovered on Monday, my dau told HER dau that Pepper was VERY sick, and the dr couldn't help make her well. My granddau asked if Pepper was going to die. "yes". Thank you for sharing our sorrow.

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I took my cat back to the vet today for the issue she is having with limping in either one or both of her front legs. While we were walking back to the car after the appointment was over, I nearly lost my pants. I knew they were too big but the next size is still a wee bit too small. If I can only make it about 9? more pounds down the scale, I shouldn't have to worry about that kind of problem for awhile again. A positive yet slightly embarrassing experience. Good thing half of the on-lookers were animals. emoticon

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How did you convince your cat not to fight you on the teeth brushing? I tried that when she was younger and I didn't have much luck. Any tips?

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Oh yeah, you might look into getting a bit of a dry dental diet to help keep the tarter deposition under better control. This can be used as a treat or a topdressing. Some individuals seem more prone to tarter build up than others. Sometimes diet can have a role too, but this may be correctable. Some cats will tolerate regular "toothbrushing" too. They make special bushes and pet toothpastes. I have done this too.


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At 6 she is early middle aged and will hopefully have years ahead. Even though money is tight, she is approaching the age where routine bloodwork is recommended. It is a good investment to have her first "geriatric" profile to detect any developing health before they become severe and to make sure that she does not have any problems that could make anaesthesia dangerous. If you have read other posts, you may have already seen where I entered that I still have Sheila because I canceled her spay because she had abnormally high liver enzymes even though she looked and acted like she was healthy. She was spayed last spring and has been doing fine after her liver enzymes came back down after antibiotic therapy. It is always a good idea to have at least a preanesthic profile before any anesthesia to pevent bad reactions from undetected problems.








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Hi. My name is Sage and I'm new here.

I took my cat, Jazmina, to the vet today because she had been noticeably limping off and on for a few weeks. She is 6 years old now, but when she was about 2 years old, she was hit by a car while outside and suffered a leg broken in two places. What I didn't know at the time was what I found out today. Her front right elbow must have also been injured in the accident and now she seems to either have reinjured it or have some sort of early arthritis developing. I have started giving her joint supplements just this week and the vet said that should really help her long term. I took the cat tree down and put obstacles on the registers so that she couldn't jump up on and down from as many things. (The limping seems to get worse when she starts jumping around a lot.) She needs her teeth cleaned, too, as soon as I can get the money together. I hate the cost of going to the vet but her being as healthy and as happy as she can be combined with the peace of mind knowing I am doing everything possible for her is more than worth it.

I wish all of you other cat caretakers and your cats a very pleasant day, and may all their aging issues find some alleviation today and in the future.

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It seems like many people ask for information, but they rarely make later entries either asking for more specific information or entering what they have done or found out. Has they problem been solved? Every case will be diferent, and some take a little longer to get worked through than others.


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There are several things that could be going on, but look at it this way....at least the cat is choosing a more easily cleanable place than some others like on carpeting and furniture.

You gave no real information on that cat other than you have 4 others, so first how many litter pans do they have and are they kept clean (checked at least several times a day). You also should have several litter pans and they should be in different locations. This is particularly important if the cat is a lower ranking cat...especially if the if this is a more recent change. I carry one of my oldest cats to the litter pan seceral times a day since she developed health problems (she will be on cardiac meds for the rest of her life) and lost her alpha cat status. Intimidation when trying to use the box is a good reason to try somewhere else. It is kind of hard for them to defend themselves or avoid attack when they are doing that. You should probably have at least 3 litter pans. Litter type aversion can be a problem for some cats.

First, how old is the cat? Has the cat always done this or has this started more recently. If this is a recent onset problem have the cat checked for any health problems that may be developing. Your vet may want to do bloodwork and possibly other diagnostic testing. Pain associated with using the litter pan could be another good reason to try somewhere else. Some conditions may be helped with a prescription or other special diet.

So to start with is thr cat getting bullied if it tries to use the box? Are the boxes kept clean (some cats are so picky they don't like to use soiled boxes at all. I have seen several owners who added more litter pans to help with this. Does this can have a problen causing pain when it uses the box? Does this cat have another health problem that it needs help with?

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HI MY TEAM FRIENDS, I AM HAVING PROBLEMS WITH ONE OF MY 5 CATS WHO LIKES TO MAKE ON MY KITCHEN FLOOR, IF ANY ONE HAS ANY OTHER ADVICE PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT.


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There are two things that will stop normal jumping. Vision problems and pain. If he has not had a recent checkup, you might want to schedule one. You may be able to get him on a supplement that usually can be added into a little canned food that may help. If he has not had blood work anytime in the last several years they may want to do that to make sure there are not any other problems that they may be able to help.


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My cat developed a UTI when he was 8, he's now 14. He had become more lethargic that normal and then one night he started leaking pee and blood. OMG, scary moment. Rushed him to the emergency clinic and he had crystals and infection. They gave us some special food and drugs. He hasn't had any problems since. Over the last year he stopped jumping onto high places. If he can't get his front paws on it, he doesn't go. This cat used to get ontop of everything: wall cabinets, top of the refrigerator, on the top rail of the shower door. Now he has a hard time getting onto my bed. =( Other than that he's very healthy and grouchy old man.


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There is a lot of lactose intolerance in cats and kittens with Siamese, Persian and Manx ancestry. I found out from the Persian breeders years ago that there is a product called cat sip that they can tolerate as a treat. You can find it at pet smart.

I have raised a number of feral babies from my colony on lactose intolerant infant formula. It's not ideal, but that has given me the best results since they pass white curd from both ends on all of the kitten formulas. Iams kitten is pretty expensive, but that is all I use now since the other kitten formulas contail milk and once again there are very unhappy kittens. Most adult rations do not contain milk because most adult cats can't tolerate much if any dairy even if they were not lactose intolerant as kittens.


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Thanks but for now Carbon Copy is at the vet in critical condition & oxgyen. I have a new topic out there explanining. Thanks for the info Breezy85.

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Metallicat1 and anyone else Cats are actually lactose intolerant hence the puking after milk. Did you know 1 cup of 1% milk for a cat is the equivalent to 4 cheesebugers to a human. If you are concened aboiut his hydration try the Whiskers cat milk you can find it in petstore and some grocery stores. I occasionally spoil mine with that and they keep that down. Also to help with any vommiting try Laxatone or something along those lines it helps with that and there are treats with a hairball control formula which eases the vommiting too. My cats are hairball prone so I am always looking for ways to avoid them and they have sensitives tummies too so it is a bit hard to find stuff to ease that.

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Good luck with Sassy & Muffin. Carbon Copy will be 15 tomorrow. He's lost weight, but eats well, he sneezes & ta couple of teeth are bad but he's too old for the stuff they use to put him to sleep while in surgery. He's had heart problems all his life but his heart is doing great! He's on Enalapril & Atenolol, same as humans. I worry about his sneezing but when he's on the Clavamox, he's fine. I just can't wait for the weather to get better.

Sneaky Pi just turned 16 in Nov. He is more vocal than ever. And the healthiest! Still likes his "junk" food, but it seems if he even gets a drop of milk, he throws up. He seems to drink a lot but isn't dehydrated. So far he's doing just fine, just getting more crotchety as any old man would. I feed them Iams for Senior Cats-hard food in the morning, Fancy Feast at night. They both also love their catnip once in awhile.

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New here but saw this topic and had to post
I have a 15 soon to be 16yr old lil girl named Sassy she is in the very very very early stages of possibly kidney failure. At the age of 14 her vet reccommened yrs kideny panel check(crea/bun levels) they were ok but we on the rise. Back in November they were quite high so we put her on Science Diet precsription kidney dry cat food. Here levels were rechecked in late January and they went down and she is almost back in normal range. Senior cats(kitten born to 1yr, adult 1 yr to 7 yrs, senior 7+) I have reseached are prone to kidney failure, it is more common than I thought. Sassy's sister Muffin went through major waight loss but we have her on a more wet diet and that is bringing her weight back up but she is going blind and deaf slowly. But with the proper amount of vet care and love I am hoping that they both will be around for many more years.
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BOHEMIANCAT, you look like one of my cats!

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Sneaky Pi just turned 16 in Nov. last year. He seems to want to eat all the time. He meows like crazy when it's chow time. There seems to be nothing wrong with him. Plus his balance is getting a bit off. But I notice if I give him a differet brand of food, he sometimes throws up. Not good for feet in the morning.

Carbon Copy will be 15 Feb 5th. He keeps sneezing if he stays down in the basement too much. But at least his heart murmur is fine & he take his meds with no problem, as long as I use the Pill Pockets. Poor kitty was only 4mos old when he was passing bladder & kidney stones.He had a seizure last year. Thank God that never happened again. He isn't too fussy on what he eats. Though for both cats I used the Sr Iams in the morning. But to look at them, they act like kittens sometimes.

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If you are on treated water, clorine or flouride can cause problems. Clorine will separate out if it is allowed to sit....also important for water to be added to fishtanks or used for other reptiles, amphibians, birds, and other mammals. We are on well water here.

When a cat needs to be started on a Sr diet depends on the animal. If they start having problems maintaining good body condition....and they don't need a specific veterinary prescribed diet (periodic veterinary exams and serological profilining is a good idea to try to catch developing health problems like renal failure before the damage is severe) a Sr diet may help. Many practices will recommend a Sr profile periodically starting at around age 7 in cats that are not being worked up for any problems. I will always recommend having a presurgical profile be done with spays and neuters so there will be a baseline for comparison for later if problems should start to develope.

A preanesthetic profile can save an animals life. I still have Sheila because her profile showed dangerously high hepatic levels even though she appeared healthy. Anesthesia probably would have killed her if she had been spayed at 6 mos old. She is 4 1/2 (and spayed) now. Blood work can show if fluids might be a good idea during surgery and may help determine which drugs are used for that case...or if the surgery should be canceled for that day and rescheduled after the problem is corrected.


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For older kitties, you might want to be weary of what they eat and/or drink. I have 4 kitties, one of which turned 14 in November and suddenly became very sick this past summer. The other kitties did not get sick at all.

It started very subtly as occasional hairballs. The occasional upset stomach quickly progressed into him vomiting several (6-8) times daily. Within approx. 3-4 mos. he lost half his original body weight (losing about 8-9 lbs). In two weeks he lost 2 lbs.

I thought his sickness was due to the food he was eating, so I changed to a higher quality food thinking his aging body could not tolerate the additives in the cheaper food (he only eats dry cat food - no canned kitty food for him). He continued to vomit and kept getting worse. The vet did all kinds of tests and could find nothing medically wrong with him (x-rays, blood tests, etc.).

He got so bad that he refused to eat and drank very little, probably not wanting to bring it back up later. I had to force feed him to get something into his belly, mostly to no avail. Finally, I told the vet something was definitely wrong and he was getting worse.

Since I kept changing the food he was eating to no avail, I tried to change the water that I was putting into the water bowl. The water where I live is very hard and I thought I would try to give him filtered water and see how his body reacts. After changing to filtered water, he slowly began to recover and regain weight.

Sometimes it seems that simple things we easily overlook could possibly be the solution to the problems we face. Who would've thought that my kitty was reacting horribly to all the minerals (and other stuff) that could be in our water! Yes, humans may not show any reactions but our kitties are much smaller than us and would only need a very small amount of some foreign substance to have an adverse reaction.

Through all of this, kitty is doing much better. He has regained his appetite and weight. I think the other kitties in the house were happy when he got well again.

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For cats that show a tendency towards crystals in thier urine don't forget prescription diets. I have three that I generally add a bit of water to thier diets before serving. One of there cats got a more permanent surgical solution. Shelsea had a perineal urethrostomy several weeks ago since he has had to be unblocked several times. He is doing well now and has resumed his alpha cat status. The PU is expensive, but not more that several emergency clinic visits and follow up therapies. He has been on dietary contol since his first episode, so he had the surgery. I stayed home Thanksgiving with him since he had only had his surgery 2 days earlier for his post surgical care including IV catheter maint. every couple of hours.


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Before I got Bast I had a beautiful male calico named Callie. He was about ten years old when one of my younger brothers friends put ear mites in his ears. He went insane, my brother beat the...well you know what I mean...out of the guy that did it. We brought him to the vet and though he was able to save him he had similar symptoms and was dopey for pretty much the rest of his life. It was mites or ticks, I'm not sure which. But it is not hopeless, just get your cat to a vet. Nine is not that old for a cat, my first cat was 3 when I got him at the age of 7 and was around until my sophmore year in college when he was attacked by a dog. The cat in my profile pic is Bast...no he is not realated to Salem. He is so much better looking!

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HI,
I am so sorry you lost Sneakers.
It sounds like she went in peace though.
That is a long lifetime.
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When a cat is blocked they are going to die very fast. I hope many have learned a lesson from this post. Usually they have at most, 1-2 days and they die. Please people cats hide most signs of illness until it is often too late. I know money is a consideration to most, but we have to take care of them! Pets aren't disposable.
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actually crystals, and urinary tract infections and blockage can actually occur in very young cats. I knew someone that had a kitten! who got blocked. Talk to your vet about your 13 year old's signs of arthritis. i am guessing only, does he go out?
I don't let my cats out now, but years ago I did, or my family did. I had a wonderful huge black/white longhair named Oliver. He developed arthritis in his hips or back legs from jumping from unreal heights! He was a big cat too, about 17lbs in his prime. He was close to the size of a maine coon cat.
His vet allowed me to give him up to 3 adult asprin a week. Now ********** ASPRIN CAN KILL CATS********* if given improperly. I would consult with your vet! They have come out with new things that are probably less damaging. I Never once gave him the adult asprin. I gave him baby aspirin. It did help.
He didn't die from joint problems. His kidneys were loaded with stones ):
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7 is just hitting middle age for the most part. It sounds like he needs a thourogh check up. Maybe blood work, urinalysis. Something might be up.
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Your VERY right your cat needs to see a vet asap!
No it doesn't sound age related, he really isn't very old. It could be an abscessed tooth! The ear drainage needs to be looked into quickly also. It may be a clear liquid but who knows what it consists of.
I really think it would be prudent if you made an appt. today, as you may not get right in. How long has he had these symptoms? It sounds like something IS wrong and I doubt it will go away on it's own.
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I have a male cat that just recently turned 9 years old who shows no signs of slowing down. However there are two things that make me think he needs to be seen by a vet. After scratching in or around his ears, he will shake his head and clear fluid comes out of his ears. It is also not unusual for him to drool.

Has anyone else had either of these things happen with their cat? If so, what was the outcome?

Thank you for your input.


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How old does a cat have to be before he is "aging". I think Bast is 7 years old. His behavior has definitely changed, he prefers to be in during the day and in the back yard at night. He used to prowl the neighborhood.

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I have 5 male cats. My oldest is 13 and pretty healthy so far. Im concerned that he may be showing signs of arthritus. My youngest cat already experienced crystals in the kidney. Alomost lost him twice. We change cat foods many times before we found purina pro plan urinary tract health. Praise God he has had no episodes for 3 years.
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Update on the old man- Bismark. His weight has been between 9.5 and 10 pounds and most of the time he's pretty much back to himself, slower, but himself. Yesterday he played, ran around and weighed 10.5 - We don't know when or if he will relaps, but we are thankful for every day we still have with our old friend.

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We just went through a terrible time with our old guy. We've had him over 12 years and he was estimated to be between 2 and 4 then. He is a hybrid bobcat and always been healthy. The last year he's been losing weight and no one seems to know why.

Three weeks ago he got sick. All the blood work was fine except he had a high white cell count. He was put on antibiotics, steroids and pepsid. He had massive diarrhea and dropped from 10 pounds to 8.5 - and then one day he went to 7.5 and simply would not eat. We resolved ourselves to this was good bye. But my husband just wasn't ready. One more day. I called the vet and got something for the diarreah. The next day he started getting better. Now, one week later he is up to 9.5 pounds, getting in trouble and just being his old self!

He still needs to gain - his weight has always been 15-18 pounds, but our buddy is back!!

No one know what was wrong - but I do believe in miracles!

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Boys are bad for crystals and you need to keep your eye on them. My one keeps getting bladder infections and the white blood cells in his bladder clump together which can cause the blockage. His first time was in september of 2004 and we just had him in to the vet again over this past long weekend for the third time.


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Cats get deathly ill within just a few days from dehydration.

Our coon cat wouldn't eat or drink for our son for 2 days last year at Christmas when we were out of town. He got crystals which he had never had before, his kidneys shut down and he died by the end of the week, there wasn't much we could do for him. When his regular vet got back he told us the hydration was the key and we should have given him ringers at home, injecting it through the skin only, on his side. Chicken broth is great to give them when they don't feel like drinking, water is always great, just like for us.

Esp during summer months when water evaporates into the air, make sure to refill the water dishes.

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