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Kitten Corner > kitten help!

Simon

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Purred: Sun Dec 16, '12 8:47pm PST 
I agree with getting anew food that is good for all life stages. I feed Taste Of The Wild right now, Go! Natural is a super awesome food and I prefer to feed that.

If you don't want to switch food you can try the same thing I'm doing to keep my dog from mowing down the cats dinner. I keep the dogs out of the cat food is I bought a plastic bin with a lid (like a rubbermaid storage bin) and I cut a hole in the side big enough to accommodate the cats but not dogs. Then you just pop the top and put in the food dish, replace the lid and you're good to go! I'm sure the same theory would work if you had a hole big enough for the kitten but not big enough for the adult cat to slide through.
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Kitten Corner > How were you named?
Hunter

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Purred: Sun Dec 16, '12 8:21pm PST 
Hunter- Because he can catch a moth in mid air and eat it before he hits the ground again. He is also pretty good at silently shadowing the dogs, other cats, laser pointers, etc. Lol.

Simon (Formerly Smokey) - He talks a lot and I wanted a name similar to what he was used to. I didn't want to keep the name Smokey because a friend of mine had a dog that she loved very much named Smokey they had to PTS.
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Behavior & Training > Added 6 Year Old Cat To House: Need General Cat Advice Please!

Simon

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Purred: Sun Dec 16, '12 12:13am PST 
Let me just start by saying I'm a new cat mom. I've only owned a cat for roughly 8 months and have now added a second to my home. I did have a kitten from 7 weeks old to 4 months, I had to re-home him though as he was too rambunctious with my 13 year old dog and I was worried he would bite the dog and get bitten/killed. I had gotten my Hunter-cat as the companion for my kitten, Hunter and my dog got along great so I kept him. Currently living in my house are myself, my two dogs, Kye and Carbon and my first cat Hunter. I have 2 room mates (A couple) and their Labrador, Leroy.

I got my second cat Simon 4 days ago from a friend of a friend who had left her previous boyfriend to move in with her new boyfriend, who didn't like him. She was going to have him put to sleep because the SPCA is too full at the moment and cannot accept any more owner surrenders. They recently adopted a 'no-kill' policy so space is tight and they take in only strays or animals in need when at maximum capacity.

She had Simon (previously called Smokey) for 6 years and he lived as an indoor and outdoor kitty. I want him to be strictly indoor as I have a busy road behind my house but an open bushy area in front where predators are often seen. I don't feel safe letting him outside but I'm worried he will start developing behavioral issues by being confined in the house. Is this a legit worry or am I just being a worry wart? And if it is a possibility are there any preventative measures I can take to avoid this before it starts?

Another thing is when Simon is laying on the back of the couch near my head I can hear him wheezing. I can't hear it all the time but when I do it seems like he's been smoking for years, its the same short of breath raspy sound chain smokers get. I have a vet appointment scheduled in 2 days. I asked people who knew Simon before I got him and they have told me he's been wheezing for a long time. I don't think its Upper Respiratory because there is no discharge and he isn't coughing or sneezing. A friend at work suggested it might be a hairball but I don't think so, he seems to be working really hard to breath. The same person who told me that he's wheezed for a long time told me that the girl who owned him and her current boyfriend smoked in the house all the time so maybe he is suffering from lung deterioration. I hope it's just a chest infections and anti-biotics make him feel better!

As his previous owner was shoving him into the carrier I brought to pick him up she mentioned that he had had a UTI so bad he got very sick a while ago, but she was 'pretty sure' it's gone right now (I'll ask the vet about that one too) I read on catster here that cats prone to UTI should eat ONLY canned/wet food, I immediately went out and stocked up on cans. He hates it, my other kitty Hunter was in cat heaven but Simon wouldn't touch it! I know cats have a low thirst drive but Simon seems to drink a fair amount of water. Not like he's desperately thirsty, just like he's really enjoying a long drink of cool fresh water lol.

I'm not great at reading body language in cats and it seems to me that he wags his tail more than normal, do some cats just have a very wavy tail or is he unhappy? His ears are usually relaxed and his tail is up and wags at the tip or if he's on the couch he'll toss it to one side and then back to the other.

If I knew I was adding another cat I would have done all of this research in advance. I got lucky though because my first kitty Hunter is such a prince. He loves everyone (cat, dog, rabbit, stuffed animal... doesn't matter) and absolutely ADORED Simon right away. Simon is a pretty mellow fellow too, he had a harder time accepting Hunter though then my room mates Lab (who is still young and chases him relentlessly because he's bored) Hunter and Simon played together for the first time last night, granted it was possibly the laziest game of "swat your paws" I've ever witnessed it was still play. I had to pause my movie so I could watch them, it was so cute! His introduction was quick and smooth, now on day 4 only he's just one of the kids.

So I don't know if there is any specific question in here but I'd love to hear any helpful cat-mom tips anyone has or anything that I should be noticing that could signal an unhappy or ill cat.
Thanks in advance you guys!
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Cat Health > UTI prevention in male cats

Hunter

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Purred: Sat Dec 15, '12 12:51am PST 
I'm glad I read this post! I just took in a cat from a friend of a friend who was going to put him to sleep because her new boyfriend didnt like him and as she was hastily shoving him into my carrier she mentioned he had a UTI so bad a while ago he almost died. She told me to feed him Whiskas dry food, which I will not be doing! Just wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to stop my other cat from mowing down Simon's portion as well as his own? If it were Hunter it would be no problem because Simon cant fit into the food box I use to keep the dogs out of it lol.
And also is one litter for two cats a huge problem? My house is pretty small and I have no idea where I would put another litter, I've never heard the 'one litter per cat then add one' rule before joining Catster.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Pal or no pal?

Hunter

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Purred: Sat Dec 15, '12 12:36am PST 
I agree with Buddy Bolden. Another cat around the same age would be your best bet. Depending on your cat you may want to look at a cat of the opposite sex as some males usually get along better with females and vice versa. Good luck!
P.S Sorry to hear about Samson and Mystique! frown
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