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Boris

Brr!
 
 
Purred: Tue Nov 30, '10 4:33pm PST 
My boyfriend and I have 3 cats in a small one-bedroom aparment (he owned two, and I had one before we moved in together). Two out of three cats are sick, and I guess we are starting to feel a little overwhelmed, not only due to the sick cats in a small space, but we also cannot afford to keep up with them (we are both college students).

Boris has chronic pancreatitis, and frequently gets sick and throws up everywhere and leaks "anal fluids" all over. He has been to the hospital but they said there is really nothing that can be done. Snickers also has a recurring urinary tract infection (the previous times we have taken him to the vet has not helped). He has recently taken to using our bed for a litterbox.

I should mention that we use community laundry and are even having a hard time affording to wash all of our blankets etc. everytime one of them gets sick on it (not to mention carpet damages to our apartment). We love our kitties dearly but we really don't know how to keep up with all of this. We have spoken with friends and family and they are not willing to take one. We don't want to give any of them up for adoption, because we worry that with their illnesses they will not find a home. I also feel like an irresponsible owner by giving them up for something like this, but I also feel that they would be better off in a home where the owner was more able to take care of them and buy medications for their illnesses.

We don't know where to go with this, any advice would be appreciated. hamster dance
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Alex (sweet- angel girl)

Angel on a- mission!
 
 
Purred: Tue Nov 30, '10 5:15pm PST 
I think it's very unselfish and giving of you to want the best for them no matter if that means sacrificing your own happiness! I don't think that's irresponsible. And whatever doctor told you that there's nothing that can be done for the chronic pancreatitis is a JERK! And it's not true! I can't give you any advice on what to do about the situation per say, but you can read up on pancreatitis and what you can do to treat it and also some natural things you can do, on my website. That's about all I can offer you and my sympathy for your situation. I feel badly for you and wish I new someone. here's my website: http://ibdkitties.net/pancreatitis.html
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BK

Ambassador at- the Kitty U.N.
 
 
Purred: Wed Dec 1, '10 5:11am PST 
I can't imagine it's going to be easy to re-home these kitties. You didn't say what you're feeding, but please check out Alex's site and one called catinfo.org for ways that you can improve their health through what they eat. If you can get the litter box issues under control you might have better luck getting them new homes. Good luck!
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Milo

Que Sera, Sera!
 
 
Purred: Fri Dec 3, '10 9:28am PST 
Boris,

Have you tried contacting local rescue groups in your area for assistance? Try going to www.petfinder.com, www.adoptapet.com, or google "cat rescue (insert your city, state here)."

Every rescue has certain vets they work with-- they may be able to help you get a discount on one of their vets if you're really that strapped on funds. They also know the local low cost vet clinics that can help with standard conditions such as UTI.

Another option is to sign up for www.carecredit.com- it allows you to make small monthly payments to vets when you get a bigger vet bill or can't afford to pay it off right away.

As for UTI's, you need to work on proper nutrition to reduce the chance of recurrence AND figure out what kind of UTI does your cat have? Treatment is different for the kind of UTI he has.

First off, is your cat drinking enough water? If not, try fresh filtered water placed in different kinds of containers (steel v. plastic, etc.) in different areas around your home. Change the water daily.

Also, your cat should be fed wet food, to make sure the water is getting into their system. Part of the reason UTI's occur is not enough moisture in their diet.

See articles here:
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/urinary.html

http ://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=113688237747&topic=12856

www.al livet.com

Hope this helps,

T

http://www.cat-health-guide.org/feline-urinary-infect ion.html

For chronic pancreatitis, there is medication for it. You really need to talk to a good vet about long term treatment, medication, the best foods/supplements to feed. A lot of pet meds you can actually buy online for cheaper than at your vet w/a prescription.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+1329&aid=334

www. dsnpetrx.com

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/

www.
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Milo

Que Sera, Sera!
 
 
Purred: Fri Dec 3, '10 9:28am PST 
Boris,

Have you tried contacting local rescue groups in your area for assistance? Try going to www.petfinder.com, www.adoptapet.com, or google "cat rescue (insert your city, state here)."

Every rescue has certain vets they work with-- they may be able to help you get a discount on one of their vets if you're really that strapped on funds. They also know the local low cost vet clinics that can help with standard conditions such as UTI.

Another option is to sign up for www.carecredit.com- it allows you to make small monthly payments to vets when you get a bigger vet bill or can't afford to pay it off right away.

As for UTI's, you need to work on proper nutrition to reduce the chance of recurrence AND figure out what kind of UTI does your cat have? Treatment is different for the kind of UTI he has.

First off, is your cat drinking enough water? If not, try fresh filtered water placed in different kinds of containers (steel v. plastic, etc.) in different areas around your home. Change the water daily.

Also, your cat should be fed wet food, to make sure the water is getting into their system. Part of the reason UTI's occur is not enough moisture in their diet.

See articles here:
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/urinary.html

http ://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=113688237747&topic=12856

www.al livet.com

Hope this helps,

T

http://www.cat-health-guide.org/feline-urinary-infect ion.html

For chronic pancreatitis, there is medication for it. You really need to talk to a good vet about long term treatment, medication, the best foods/supplements to feed. A lot of pet meds you can actually buy online for cheaper than at your vet w/a prescription.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+1329&aid=334

www. dsnpetrx.com

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/

www.
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Boris

Brr!
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 5, '10 1:57pm PST 
This is great information everyone, thanks very much. I am going through these websites now to see what I can find.

As for diet, I am feeding them Wellness CORE dry food. They get wet-food on occasion (every few weeks). However, Boris (the one with pancreatitis) will not eat it. They all drink plenty of water, and their water stays very clean.

If there are medications for pancreatitis, I am wondering why my vet did not mention this to me... I hate that it is so hard to find a good vet/doctor these days.
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BeBe

I'm just a- lover!
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 5, '10 2:22pm PST 
not sure if it helps but all of my cats had the runs when I feed wellness. Maybe if you switched you'd see a difference?

I wish I had better advice. Good luck and keep us posted. hug
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Macy

Super- freakey----MEOW!
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 5, '10 5:03pm PST 
Boris, if you want I know someone who lives near your area I think, and they have tons of critters..... I can ask them who there vet is if you want me to......
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Macy

Super- freakey----MEOW!
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 5, '10 6:01pm PST 
Ok I contacted her anyways, MOL. This is what she said,

"I live like 40 miles North of Denver. There is a town called centennial and its outside Greeley. If you can be more specific I can recommend several great vets."

So if you are interested pawmail me exactly where you are at and I will see if she can give me a few names for you.
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