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Cats & Travel > Should they stay or should they come?
Althea, PAWS

The Special,- Precious, Petite- PrinCESS
 
 
Purred: Mon Dec 15, '14 3:46pm PST 
You must not be the first person to be in this quandry. I'll just give you the benefit of my similar experience.

I'm a senior citizen with a vacation home in the mountains, about a 5 to 6 hour drive from home; when I visit there, all three house cats go with me. I admit: they hate the trip, but they're good travelers. They've all been doing this for many years (7,12,13), so they know the ropes.

First, make sure your cats are chipped AND wear a harness with every bit of info on it. MIne wear their rabies tags, their insurance tags, their i.d. tags. On the i.d. tags, I have both my home and vacation numbers; you should put your number and your parents' number. And get a small dog harness for each of them, with a leash; do NOT get a figure-8 harness, which seem to be popular, because the cat can be hanged if it catches up on something.

I'd recommend the largest carriers you can fit into your vehicle - one for each cat - big enough to hold a bed and a small litter box. You can buy throw-away boxes cheaply. I find that mine don't generally eat or drink on the trips, but your trip is longer, so it would probably be a good idea to stop somewhere and offer water - saved from a can of tuna would be good, entice them to drink. Be certain to leave teh leashes attached at all times (small leashes are soft - the cat can lie on them without discomfort - and keep hold of the leash when opening the carrier.

When you get to your parentes', put the cats, still in their carriers, into your room; leave a light on if it's dark. Put your own things there, close the door and go greet your family. The cats will hear your voice, and that will reassure them. After a while, go in and open the carrier doors. Put down a *little* food and some water; reassure them - and leave them to explore, making sure to close the bedroom door. By the next morning, you should be able to leave the bedroom door open and let them explore the new surroundings. Mine have made the trip to the mountains so many times now that they're just as much home there as here. If you take the cats now, while they're young, and get them used to their "vacation" home, it will be the same as home to them.

One caveat: they might not like traveling - mine don't - they hide if i change clothes in the morning, for that's a sign that I'm going out and it might mean THE TRIP! Some cats like it; some don't. YOu'll just have to see how yours are.

All that being said, cats do tend to be territorial; I read somewhere, long ago, that dogs are attached to people, but cats are attached to places. I have no idea if this is true, but just put it out there for your consideration. It might be that your cats will be less stressed in their own environment with a catsitter whom they know and you trust. The thing is - we miss them so! I was in hospital for 2 nights last week; even in my drugged state, I missed my Althea. It's your choice, of course, but perhpos making the cats 'world travelers' now will make life easier for them.

Whatever you decide, God bless you for caring so deeply.
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > My cat died suddenly and even the vet can't tell me why
Althea, PAWS

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Purred: Wed Nov 26, '14 11:07am PST 
How utterly horrible for you! I have no idea what could have caused your beloved baby to make such a suddent and unexpected transition, but I know your pain. Obviously, something was very wrong, and not knowing what it was will haunt you for a long time. Try to remember that you made his time on Earth a great one, full of love and care - which is so much more than so many cats ever have. He went to sleep in his own bed and woke up, gloriously alive, at Rainbow Bridge, where he waits for you.

I am so, so sorry for your pain; may the Creator comfort you and help you to find peace.
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Food & Nutrition > What are the least expensive brands of grain-free cat food (both canned and dry)?

Mordred,PAWS

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Purred: Thu Sep 18, '14 5:14pm PST 
Visit chewy.com; they carry many, many brands, and for each brand, they give the info on ingredients. There are also consumer reviews, which can prove helpful. It will be extremely easy to compare prices for the different foods. Shipping is free for $49 or more; I placed an order last night and it arrived already! I've found Dave's to be good and much less expensive than the big-name stuff. Look it up - and good luck!
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Get Well Soon > Vet Bills

Morganna

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Purred: Sat Sep 13, '14 3:58pm PST 
I tried posting in your other thread, but it didn't post for some reason. I tried to visit the page, but the message came up "Page Not Found." cry
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Cat Health > Vet Bills

Morganna

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Purred: Sat Sep 13, '14 3:54pm PST 
We tried to go there, but it said "age Not Found. cry
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Cat Health > How to get our kitty to play?
Mordred,PAWS

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Purred: Wed Sep 3, '14 10:27pm PST 
Oh, gee, this has got to be so sad for you! I can't offer much, but I can tell you that Mordred, whom I adopted as a kitten, never played very much. What kind of canned food are you feeding? I used to feed just dry, but then I read about different kinds of food. Several years ago, I switched to a grain-free dry food (Taste of the Wild), and noticed that Mordred seemed more active. So that's a thought - try to feed grain-free. If the current food has grain (which are carbs) that could explain the weight gain - and the weight gain itself could be a cause of less activity. After all, it's harder to move more mass around!

If you go the grain-free way, do be patient; it really takes weeks and weeks - maybe a couple of months or more - for the difference to show.

If you're already feeding grain-free, then I have no idea what to suggest. I do wish you the best of luck!
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Cat Health > Thoughts on pet insurance?

Mordred,PAWS

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Purred: Sat Aug 23, '14 9:53pm PST 
You are very wise and prudent to be looking into medical insurance! Just be aware that it will cost you more to insure a 7-year-old than a kitten. Does it help? For me, it certainly did. When Mordred, at age 9, was diagnosed with a heart murmur by his new vet ( which his old one had missed altogether), I took Mordred to a cardiologist for an ultrasound. The cost was more than $500, but Mordred's insurance paid more than half. (I apologize I don't remember the exact figures.) Mordred is an indoor cat, 18 pounds, on good food and with no previous medical issues - which just goes to show that anything can show up at any time. I used to have VPI, but didn't like their system; I now have Pet Plan and have been satisfied. Just watch: they say they'll insure a cat (or dog) with a pre-existing condition - and they do - but they won't pay anything toward a recurrence of that condition.

Bottom line: I wouldn't be without it. Veterinary medicine is evolving quickly, but that evolution comes with a higher price tag - which is only fair. I decided on insurance after I'd read on a pet-loss site several people who had no choice but to euthanize a beloved furchild because the people simply did not have the money needed for an expensive surgery or treatment. I never want to be among them, so - insurance.

Google "pet insurance" - you'll find many, many choices, so do your homework, considering your needs and budget. Good luck!
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Cat Health > Kitty may have cancer-very scared

Mordred,PAWS

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Purred: Wed Jun 4, '14 11:11am PST 
Mindy, we can't add much to what the others have said. Mom's been through this with several furchilren, and it is unbearably difficult and painful. Mom sometimes looks at us and almost hopes she leaves first - but then, that would leave us behind, and she couldn't be happy with that.

Listen to your heart and to your regular vet; like the others, I wouldn't go back to the person who treated her so roughly. She's sick, and she needs gentle care. If your vet thinks steroids would help, by all means, try that. You need time to adjust. I can tell you from personal experience: Willy Wonka had acute kidney failure, and I knew he'd be leaving. I nursed him and nursed him, watched over him, agonized over him - it reached the point that, although I certainly did NOT want him to go, I just wanted this to be over with! It was too difficult to watch him slide downhill; the emotional toll was heavy.

Listen to your heart, and have faith in Mindy's Creator; He, after all, is the One who lent her to you, and He's trying to help you prepare for taking her Home. REMEMBER, though, that you, too, will go Home when the time is right, and you and Mindy will be reunited forever - no more parting, ever! In the meantime, she'll be gloriously alive, perfectly healthy, and blissfully happy waiting for you.

May Mindy's Creator bless you with the faith, the strength, the courage, and the wisdom you will need, and then may He bless you with peace of heart.
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Cat Health > Pyothorax - what do you think?

My Sweet- Lady- (Rainbow- Bridge)

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Purred: Tue Jun 3, '14 8:08am PST 
Well, I had to look up what pyothorax is, as My Sweet Lady had something called CHYLOthorax: the chyle that usually circulates in the lymph system was leaking into her chest cavity. Her doctor, who has been in practice for a long time, said it's the only case he's ever seen. Although the fluid is different, the symptoms seem to the same: distressed respiration.

Because My Sweet Lady didn't have an infection, antibiotics would have been useless; the only treatment was rutin - and that worked for a while. Her breathing definitely improved - until it suddenly got worse again. I had her to her doctor on a Wednesday; he didn't want to tap her chest because, although her breathing was somewhat worse than it had been recently, she was bright, alert, and active. As he explained: every time he put a needle into her chest, he'd be creating scar tissue. So I brought her home. On Saturday morning, I awoke to find her body in the bedroom doorway; it was as if she'd started to walk out of the room and just walked out of her body.

You did the right thing - you were given no choice. Know that your beloved kidden is now gloriously alive and perfectly healthy, waiting at Rainbow Bridge for you.
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Cat Health > Cat diagnosed congestive heart failure 5 days ago
My Sweet- Lady- (Rainbow- Bridge)

My bestest- companion
 
 
Purred: Tue Jun 3, '14 7:59am PST 
I don't come here much, Richard, but when I read your first post, I was in tears for the pain and anxiety you were suffering. How refreshing to read that Gizmo is now doing so well - and should continue. cheer
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