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Cat Health > dental care/brushing teeth
Merlin - An Angel- Forever

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Purred: Fri Aug 29, '14 12:18pm PST 
Here's a good video on how to brush a cat's teeth: http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/pet-owners/cat-teeth way to go

I agree with what BK said - get a dental cleaning done now to thoroughly clean the teeth and then maintain the teet at home smile Daily brushing is ideal but twice a week is better than nothing if that's all your cat will allow.

Use only pet toothpaste. CET is a good brand. There other others that are more easily found at chain pet stores.
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Cat Health > post neutering care
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Purred: Tue Aug 19, '14 10:34am PST 
You don't need to provide any special care after a neuter smile You can use the regular litter and feed the normal food. Your cat may not want to play very much for a day or two afterwards but he'll feel better after tat way to go Obviously if you see any signs of pain or lethargy, lack of appetite for more than a day, swelling or pus around the testicles take the cat back to the vet.

Human didn't provide anything special for me or for Leroy when we got neutered. We were acting normal within a day. Well, Leroy was active as soon as he was let out of the carrier shock
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Raw Food Diet > Starting to make cat food~mice?

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Purred: Tue Aug 19, '14 9:12am PST 
Are you fully cooking the chicken? Meat on it's own, whether raw or cooked, does not have all the vitamins and minerals a cat needs shrug BK listed some ways to make a complete diet smile There is a pre-mix that you can use with cooked meat. It's called U-Stew. The company also makes a pre-mix for raw meat.

Mice are good for treats smile The bones are ok for a cat to crunch on.
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Cat Health > Female kitten straining to pee ??

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Purred: Tue Aug 19, '14 9:07am PST 
Sounds like a urinary tract problem. Take your cat to the vet before Saturday. Not being able to pee normally can result in harm to the kidneys. Here's info about urinary tract issues: http://catinfo.org/?link=urinarytracthealth
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Home Prepared Food & Recipes > New to making cat food~no grinder?

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Purred: Fri Aug 15, '14 3:54am PST 
Do you have a food processor? You can use that to grind up meat: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-grind-your-own-meat-in-134272 You may be able to find a used grinder on Craigslist or FreeCycle.

Another option is to buy ground raw meat. Not the stuff from the supermarket. Hare-Today.com sells ground raw meat for pet food. There are other brands. Some specialty pet stores may have a few brands of ground meat. I think Bravo Pet and Primal Pet are two thinking Some ground raw pet food meats contain liver and organs and bones. You could get those or get the plain ground meat.

I think for now you can just give your cat small amounts of the plain cut up pieces of meat so he gets used to it. Then make up a small batch with supplements and freeze it into portion sizes, maybe a few sample sizes as well. Thaw out some of the raw food and offer it along with the regular food. Then slowly increase the amount of raw food.

Check out the Raw Forum for more info on making raw food wave I don't think this one (Home Prepared Foods and Recipe) gets much traffic thinking
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Cat Health > Older kitty with dislocated shoulder
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Purred: Sun Aug 10, '14 4:42pm PST 
I'd still take the cat to the vet ER. A discloated shoulder is pretty painful even if the cat seems fine. Make sure x rays are done.

FYI, the after hours voicemail message for your regular vet will have info on who to call and where to go for emergencies. You can also call during regular hours and ask. This will save time during a serious emergency and you don't have the time to call around to find a place.
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Cat Health > Indoor cats with fleas - help!

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Purred: Fri Aug 8, '14 9:03am PST 
Lots of people don't trust the Hartz brand because of pets becoming very ill on the products thinking A pet store has other brands of flea shampoos and treatments.

You may want to consider taking your cat to a groomer for a flea bath if you don't want to attempt doing it yourself.

Vaccuum frequently, wash everything your cat lays on in hot water (bed sheets, blankets, pillows, etc), and comb the cat frequently with a fine toothed flea comb. Dunk the comb into hot soapy water after every run through the fur. And keep using the flea medicine according to the vet's instructions. It takes a few weeks to fully break the flea cycle.
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Cat Health > Cornish Rex balding - chicken allergy/vitamin e deficiency?

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Purred: Tue Aug 5, '14 5:25pm PST 
There's a reply in your other post wave http://www.catster.com/forums/Raw_Food_Diet/thread/779407 Hopefully the fleas didn't eat it naughty
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Raw Food Diet > 3rd day of raw food - are these symptons of the switch?

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Purred: Tue Aug 5, '14 5:23pm PST 
Could you make your own raw food? thinking That way you can use another meat instead of chicken. BK can suggest a good recipie or two or maybe frankenprey.

If you prefer commerical raw pet food, try Stella and Chewy's smile The frozen raw food comes in turkey and rabbit, neither of which contain chicken. There's also freeze dried raw that comes in a variety of different meats. Primal Pet is another brand in borh frzoen and freeze dried that come in a variety of meats. They contain just one meat source.

Feel free to get a second vet opinion. Sometimes a different vet can figure out what the problem is smile A veterinary dermatologist might know what the bald spots are and if they're diet related or not.
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Cats and a Clean Home > Kitten at uni?
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Purred: Tue Aug 5, '14 5:10pm PST 
Kittens have tons of energy and needs lots of playtime. And they are mischievious and can get into all sorts of trouble when you're not around So no, I don't recommend a kitten shrug

Are you in a dorm? Many dorm rooms are tiny, unless you go to an expensive college/university that has brand new spacious dorms or upgraded exisitng ones. A kitten or adult cat will not do well in a dorm room.

Many dorms and other college/univesrisity owned housing do not allow pets at all. You could get into serious trouble if someone tells a college/univeristy housing offical about the "illegal" cat. Off-campus housing is different but you'd have to check with the landlord about the pet policy.

Budget-wise, it might be hard for a student. The main costs are food, litter, and vet bills. Chaeper is not always better, IMO.

May I suggset volunteering your time at a local animal shelter or rescue instead? You'll be around cats and other pets of all ages and get to care for them. And it's free smile Or maybe you could do some pet sitting on the side.

If you are dead set on having your own pet, I suggest a small furry like a hamster or guinea pig or something similar that lives in a cage/tank and only needs maybe once or twice daily supervised playtime outside of the cage/tank. There are still costs for supplies and vet bills (yes, even small furries need vet care on occasion) but they're generally pretty doable for a shoe string budget.

Before getting any pet, read up on how to care for the pet properly way to go
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