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Cat Health > Food For A Diabetic Over Weight Cat

Paula

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Purred: Sun Dec 2, '12 6:47pm PST 
Feeding a diabetic cat can get expensive. Canned food is the easiest for a cat to digest. I feel so sorry for that poor cat. But, a proper diet can actually put diabetes into remission. Diet is the easiest and most important way to manage the disease. Cats cannot handle grains. This is especially true for a diabetic cat. They need high protein foods. Authority is a great food. It meats all the requirements for a diabetic cat. Stay away from anything made by Science Diet. All cats respond differently to diet changes. If the cat doesn't improve on a high protein diet, your friend might want to try a high fiber diet. The only problem is that a high fiber diet can lead to gas. Never, ever feed a diabetic cat table scraps. Your friend will need to feed her cat on a ratio that corresponds to the insulin he is getting.
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Cat Health > Wounds behind ear...scabbish
Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 2, '12 6:42pm PST 
Honestly, this could be anything. Maybe just a wound, maybe cancer. Skin cancer is most common on the ears. But, I wouldn't jump to the worst case scenario. You can purchase an e-collar from the vet and put it on the cat to keep him from messing with the area. This will let it heal. He needs to leave the area alone. It should be healed within 10 days. If it is still there after a 10 day period, have the vet biopsy it. Paul recently had the same thing on the back of both ears. We tried several medications and nothing helped. I thought she was going to loose her ears! I finally tried yucca extract powder mixed in with her food. Her ears healed up within a few days! She is all better now. It is something to try. You can purchase it online. Make sure the cats are eating a healthy diet. Their food should be made with all human grade ingredients.
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Cat Health > Soft Stools, Diarrhea: Solutions & Experiences

Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sun Dec 2, '12 6:33pm PST 
Sounds messy! I know from experience that it isn't too much fun taking frequent trips to the toilet, especially for that reason! Amber is right, diarrhea is how a cat's body removes foreign materials. But, most diarrhea is short-term. I know when my cats get diarrhea, it's very messy. But, it is a symptom of a larger issue. I would be worried about an internal blockage. Does your cat ever drink milk? There are a lot of viruses that can cause diarrhea. Bacterial infections can do the same. The cat's body knows that the bacteria or virus is foreign and tries to rid itself. Diarrhea can easily cause a cat to become dehydrated. You said it was smelly. Is he straining? Is he licking his bottom more often? How is his appetite? How often does he use the litterbox? I'm sure he is in pain. Diarrhea can be very stressful to cats.
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Cat Health > Kitten having health issues

Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 9:19pm PST 
I replied to your other post, but I would like to add a story about a cat I had who was wobbly. 5 days after getting this cat she was slowly getting worse. She tested possitive for diabetes. Additional testing reveiled a spinal tumor. Six days after that diagnosis, she could barely move and it turned out that the diabetes and tumor together had caused a raging infection. Finally, she lost the use of both back legs. Anyway, I think your cat probably has a UTI. Get your vet to do a urinalysis. This is the only way they can test for a UTI. The #1 reason cats pee in inappropriate places (not sure if your cat has this symptom) is a UTI. Like I said, they must take a urine sample to diagnose this. This is the only way. Antibiotics can usually clear up the infection. Most cats are very neat animals and will use their litterboxes and keep themselves very clean.
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Cat Health > Kitten having health issues

Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 9:13pm PST 
OMG! This sounds terrible. Poor kitty! Have the vets dewormed her? Has she had a blood test? X-rays? Ultrasounds? If not, this is where you need to start. Now! Something is very wrong with your cat. Is he eating? If not, you must feed him. Make sure he gets food in him every day. Your best bet is to go straight to a specialist. It's not uncommon for a sick cat not to want to use the litterbox. If this is the case, once he feels better, he will use his box again. I wish you the best of luck. This is just horrible! I really recommend blood work. A urinalysis would be a good idea, too. It's a definite possibility. Also, ask the vet about saddle thrombosis. You need to have your vet check for infections. I'm leaning towards this probably being an infection. We had a cat that lost the use of her back legs because of an infection!
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Cat Health > Food For A Diabetic Over Weight Cat
Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 9:04pm PST 
The protein looks good, but there is too little moisture. Cats don't drink much naturally and dry or dehydrated food keeps them in a constant state of dehydration. We use to feed our cats on Tiki Cat, but have switched to a raw diet. Their canned food has 14% protein. This is equal to 70% protein in a dry cat food! The way you calculate dry matter protein in a canned cat food is start with 100 and subtract the percentage of moisture. In Tiki Cat, this would be 80%. Then, you will divide the amount of protein (14%) with the dry content (20%). Then, multiply by 100. So, Tiki Cat is 70% protein in dry matter. Another great food is Fromm, however the protein content is significantly lower, at 39% dry matter protein. Ziwi Peak is yet another great cat food, with a dry matter protein content at 45%. However, for this particular cat, Tiki Cat is going to be the best for weight loss and controlling diabetes.
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Cat Health > UTI prevention in male cats

Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 11:47am PST 
I highly recommend a raw diet. It is the most natural diet a cat can eat. Most health problems are associated with a poor diet. Introduce the new diet very slowly. You can start by putting a little bit of cut up raw chicken breast in a bowl next to your cat's current food. I never recommend a diet of dry food for a cat. If you are going to feed a commercial food, stick with canned. Cats need a lot of moisture from their food. I think a raw diet is the best thing you can feed your cat. If you want to feed a canned food, stick with Precise Plus Feline Formulas. However, I stick with a species-appropriate raw diet. Golden Eagle is another great brand of cat food. I'm not 100% sure if it is available in the US as of yet, though. So, go ahead and try the Precise Plus Feline Adult formula. Grocery store foods should be avoided at all costs.
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Cat Health > Cat has worm in poo, why type of worm is this and what do I do?

Paula

Guinea Pigs are- Food - Not Pets
 
 
Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 11:37am PST 
Even indoor cats can get worms from eggs tracked in on human shoes. When a cat has diarrhea, that usually means they have worms. I personally hate using chemicals on or in my animals. But, there are natural treatments for worms in cats. Adult cats have enzymes in their mouth that usually destroy any worm or worm eggs which are ingested. Kittens have not fully developed these enzymes yet. A kitten with a big belly usually has a belly full of worms. You can give your kitten clove oil to kill off the worms. Garlic oil works too. Each dose is about 20% effective, so you will need to dose once a day for at least five days. Natural wormers will take longer, but they are a lot easier on your cat's body. It's also a good idea to put your kitten on a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement while she is battling the worms, as they zap nutrients from the body.
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Cat Health > Any comments on DeClawing

Paula

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Purred: Sat Dec 1, '12 11:27am PST 
America is probably the only place that would allow somebody to declaw their cat. Do you really want your cat to suffer pain? A cat was designed with claws for a reason! Once declawed, a cat's personality will often change. There are nail caps called soft paws, which are a more humane solution. Only use these on indoor cats, as outdoor cats need their claws for protection. In English, France, Wales, Scotland, Italy, France, Germany, Bosnia, and many other countries, declawing is illegal. Declawing is nothing short of mutilation. There is no reversing it. It can also cause the tendons in the feet to contract. Cats that are declawed have extremely poor balance. Claws are a normal part of a cat's body. A declawed cat is going to be very insecure. They may not even want to use the litterbox because of the pain in their poor paws!
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