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Food & Nutrition > Prescription food for urinary problems
Brewer

Yay! Pee Pee is- running free- again!
 
 
Purred: Sun Nov 29, '09 3:12pm PST 
Thanks again everyone for the great advice.

I'll finish up what I have of the wet and most of the dry if I can and try to donate the rest to a local shelter. I'll be heading back to the vet for a follow up in 2 weeks and will discuss it with her then. If she understands, she understands...if not, then I'll still be doing what's right for my boys.

They will both benefit from a healthier, more established food routine and will hopefully help them lose a few pounds. Shadow, the weights of both the boys are accurate, and i agree they need to lose a couple pounds each. They are both big boys in terms of size anyway, but their weight is getting a bit high.

I understand the "no kibble" revolution, but I think I will first greatly reduce the amount and type they have and see how it effects them and go from there. I appreciate everyone's advice!
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Food & Nutrition > Prescription food for urinary problems
Brewer

Yay! Pee Pee is- running free- again!
 
 
Purred: Sun Nov 29, '09 11:10am PST 
Thank you for all your help everyone! I've done some research last night with the help of our Catster family and the websites recommended by everyone here.

I'm seeing now that the prescribed food is probably the last thing he should be on. I purchased about 6 cans and a 4 lb bag of the dry food. The boys are not enjoying any of it very much at all anyway.

I've looked into Wellness, Wellness CORE and Weruva. These seem like the best choices because they're grain-free, high moisture and low ash content from what I've seen. I also know they're readily available in pet stores (not having to worry about getting to the VET to buy food.) I see some of you have recommended these, are they the best choices for a cat with urinary problems??

I've read a lot about the dangers of dry kibble and will be greatly reducing the amount they eat. Currently, the boys get 1 cup a day in the form of 'free feed" in addition to the 4-6 ounces of wet food.
I work and are out of the home for 10 hours a day, so the dry food is a must during the day. I think it's best if I continue with the prescription food for another week or so to ensure his crystals are gone and then I'll switch.

Is this something I should bring up to the vet? I don't want to undermine her intelligence, I just think there's better choices.
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» There has since been 10 posts. Last posting by Gumpy Sweet Boy , Dec 13 8:36 pm


Food & Nutrition > Prescription food for urinary problems

Brewer

Yay! Pee Pee is- running free- again!
 
 
Purred: Sat Nov 28, '09 1:34pm PST 
Thanks everyone for the responses! I'm not sure I'm ready to go the raw food route just yet. I had a strong feeling the vet pushed these products because they get profits back for each bag/can they sell.

She wasn't specifically pushing the dry food, she did make me aware that the wet was available too. I currently free feed dry food (about 1 cup a day shared between 2 cats) and feed about 4-6 per each cat of wet each day. They both could stand to lose a pound or two also, per the vet.

I'm wondering what wet food products are commercially available (Petco, Petsmart etc..) that are better for cats with urinary tract problems. I want to greatly reduce the amount of dry food they consume as well, to keep weight lower and urinary problems at bay. Any ideas of a grain-free, high quality yet affordable wet & dry food?
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» There has since been 13 posts. Last posting by Gumpy Sweet Boy , Dec 13 8:36 pm


Food & Nutrition > Prescription food for urinary problems

Brewer

Yay! Pee Pee is- running free- again!
 
 
Purred: Sat Nov 28, '09 9:59am PST 
Today, Brewie returned to the vet for another issue with a urinary tract infection. He last had one in July and luckily neither time has been completely blocked.

Because of his tendency to get UTI's, the vet is recommending a prescription diet for urinary problems. She had me purchase Hills Prescription Diet CD for cats. They sell it there, but it's quite pricey as I'm sure some of you know!

A 4 lb. bag is $18, as opposed to the Purina I used to feed them which was $12 for 35 lbs! The cans of wet food are $1.75 for a 5.5 oz can. I've looked online and called around, but prices are all similar. They also recommended the Royal Canine SO line, which they sell there too. I'll be going for a follow up in 2 weeks and will talk to the vet more about this. I'm not sure if they're recommending these because they can push the product?

Anyone have a similar issue with an expensive & inconvenient cat food prescribed for urinary problems? Is there anywhere to get it cheaper or better options? Obviously if this is my only choice, I'll deal with it! I look forward to your help!
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Behavior & Training > New Baby In Town!

Bailey

Bailey
 
 
Purred: Tue Nov 11, '08 8:24pm PST 
Thanks everycat for your help! I'm not so worried about the kitten being the middle ground...if he is, he's a miracle worker. I'm more so interested in hearing people's advice on getting the kitten adjusted to life indoors. I dealt with this in the past, with Bailey as he was a an abandoned stray when I took him in. It was difficult to get Bailey to realize how better off he was in a warm, safe house than out in the elements.

The difference with the kitten is that his father is right outside the door and I think he does still want to be with him. His incessant meowing early in the morning is disheartening and I'm unsure how to soothe him and calm him down. I will try ignoring the meows, as I know nothing is actually wrong. If anyone has any other tips, it would all be greatly appreciated!
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» There has since been 1 post. Last posting by Gracie, Nov 11 9:02 pm

Behavior & Training > New Baby In Town!
Bailey

Bailey
 
 
Purred: Tue Nov 11, '08 11:12am PST 
Well, for those of you who frequent the “Kitten Corner” you may know about our latest developments! We’ve discovered a young kitten, son of one of the feral cats in the neighborhood (still attempting to trap & neuter!) His father brought him around for food and being that winter in NY is coming, We were considering taking him in as our own but were concerned with “Bailey the Bully” and “Frisky the Priss”. Well, as of Friday evening, we introduced the kitten to our house and while he’s still skittish at first, after he settled in, he was playing & sleeping his head off!

Frisky met him, and hissed/spit her head off and ran outside to the porch. Bailey met him and surprisingly just sniffed him out and went about his normal business. He watches him play and hisses ONLY if the kitten surprises him or gets WAY too close. The kitten is interested in Bailey and I’m hoping Bailey (who really is THE biggest mush ever) will eventually accept him and be close with him.

So far we’re able to keep him in at night, as during the day he likes to hang around the porch with his dad. He used the litter box right away and settled in every night since. However, around 5am every morning, he incessantly meows and tries frantically to find his way out. I sleep with a light on as to not frighten him and try to calm him when this happens. Eventually, I give in and let him back outside, but he then continues to meow after he goes out. Does anyone know what this could be about?? I am trying to get him adjusted to life indoors and am wondering what’s the best way to go about this.

Also, does anyone have any advice on how I can best facilitate a relationship between the cats and the kitten? Bailey & Frisky do not get along and stay in separate rooms when possible. I’m hoping to have the kitten be the middle ground…are there any recommendations as to how to make life easy for everyone and jump start friendships?
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Kitten Corner > New Boy in Town....

Bailey

Bailey
 
 
Purred: Thu Nov 6, '08 8:54pm PST 
Well, it's been quite a while since we posted, but all is well over here. I hope all is well with all of our furry friends as well!

There have been some recent developments that we'd like some advice on though! (this is the ONLY place we'd come for that) We have been taking care of an all black, adult male feral cat. He has went from skin and bones, to muscular and healthy. We're looking into now getting him neutered as he's comfortable enough with us to handle it.

We've discovered that he has a son! An exact clone of him, except in the kitten form! They actually hang out together and he seems to keep him safe. Being that winter is coming, we're considering either bringing the kitten to a no-kill adoption shelter or adopting him ourselves. Our issue with adopting ANY new cat, is our "big tough bully" Bailey. He picks on anything and anyone in his sight and will go CRAZY if he sees any other cat near his house!

We're trying to figure out the best way to go about introducing the kitten and seeing if it would even be possible for the 2 to get along. Are there any recommendations on how to safely introduce both cats being one is about 18 pounds and the other probably 3 pounds? My other concern is if the kitten has any medical issues (doesn't seem to have anything that can physically be seen) how would that affect Bailey during an introduction period? (before bringing the kitten to the vet & OFFICIALLY adopting him)

Any advice?
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Cat Health > Sneezing Kitty?

Bailey

Bailey
 
 
Purred: Fri Jan 11, '08 5:25pm PST 
Thank you for all your posts!! I'm glad you went to the vet and will hopefully be feeling better soon! Since Mommy took away my feather boa toy, I haven't been sneezing!! Maybe once a day...if THAT much. Since I haven't been around any other cats (except my Fur Cousin...who is healthy) or been out of the house...Mommy says it must have been the feather boa toy!! I think that makes sense because I have no kind of discharge from my nose/eyes or anything. All my behavior is normal too! Soo hopefully we got to the root of the issue! Plus, mommy's taking me to the V-E-T in 2 weeks for a checkup with a NEW VET!! SOo Thank you everyone!!
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Cat Health > Sneezing Kitty?

Bailey

Bailey
 
 
Purred: Thu Jan 10, '08 10:25pm PST 
Thank you Jordan!! Everything you said makes sense...so my mommy will try and see what works!! I haven't really sneezed much today because she hid my feather toy! cry Buttt...i guess i'm better off! cheer
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» There has since been 7 posts. Last posting by Chinga, Jan 14 8:11 pm

Cat Health > Sneezing Kitty?
Bailey

Bailey
 
 
Purred: Wed Jan 9, '08 9:38pm PST 
For the past 5 days or so, Bailey has been having sneezing fits. He will sneeze about 4-6 times in a row...and "scratch his nose" with his paw, similar to how a human would. He has these sneezing fits up to like 3 times a day sometimes.

I've been trying to figure out what it could be. There really has not been many environmental changes lately to make him have this behavior. Some of the factors that I've been considering are....new catnip that we were given from a family friend to try out. Bailey loves catnip and has never had any reaction to any different type. This type is Cosmic Catnip and he has played with it in his toy mouse for the past 3 weeks. Also, he has a new feather toy he was given for Christmas. It's more of like a "feather boa" sort of dangling toy on a wand. I've noticed him biting this and possibly some of the little furs going into his mouth if he is biting it.


Can anyone help?? Thanks buddies!!
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