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Food & Nutrition > 2 cats with different nutritional needs, but will eat each others food
Stitch

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Purred: Wed Dec 28, '11 10:06am PST 
I have a 3 year old overweight cat (Stitch), and a 7 month old kitten (Sully). I've kept Stitch on a grain free food for over a year now, because I feel like it's better for her, and when she has grain, she has THE MOST heinous stinky poop ever. She was eating Blue Buffalo Wilderness, and switching between the types of meat from time to time. But she was becoming less and less active, and gaining more and more weight. I would put about a cup a day in her bowl, and she just picks at it throughout the day.
Sully came to me eating ProPlan, but I figured it would be easier to switch them both to the same food, as he seemed to prefer Stitch's food to his own anyways.
I thought that I would have to switch Stitch to a regular indoor cat food to help her lose weight, but that would mean putting her back on grain. Then I discovered that Wilderness came out with a Weight Control food. She seems to have lost a little bit of weight (i'm just going by her appearance), which I think is a combination of the food and being chased around the house by a new kitten. My only concern is Sully. Since he insists on eating her food too, I also feed him the Weight Control. Is it safe for him to be eating that? I fill both their bowls at night once a day (so they let me sleep), and usually by 4 or 5 the next day, they're empty. I just don't want to worry about stunting his development or something. They're both used to free feeding, so they won't eat an entire bowl if I put it down.
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Behavior & Training > Brought home new baby kitty, and big "sister" does not approve
Sullivan

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Purred: Thu Oct 27, '11 9:33pm PST 
Well, last night was "fun". New kitty was closed into another bedroom on his own, which made him cry all night (he came from a foster where he was surrounded by other kitties and dogs, and foster mom said that he slept in her bed with her). And Stitch kept stalking the bedroom door, staring and growling. Sleep was not very plentiful, to say the least.

He doesn't seem to mind her at all. He's grabbing and playing with all of her toys, and will seem very relaxed around her, so long as she's not strongly staring her down. He seems like he wants to get to know her, but knows to keep his distance at the same time for now.

I tried petting him, and letting her smell my hands. She proceeded to smell me, hiss at my hands, bat at them, and walk away. She's so mad at me right now. Although she still wanted to cuddle with me last night, so I know it's not too too bad.

When I first brought Stitch home as a baby, she HATED my dog. Imagine itty bitty kitty puffing up and hissing, growling, and spitting. She didn't start to tolerate her till she was about 5 months old. She only just started showing her affection a little over a year ago. And with Neffie gone now, she seemed distraught, wandering the house looking for her. I hoped that a young playmate might help.

Either way, the new little guy is here to stay, so I'm determined to find a way to ease the transition. Feeding them on either side of a door doesn't do much, as they both eat when they want to. I make sure to give Stitch as much attention as she will allow, but that window seems fairly small right now.

Also, as I am writing this, I just witnessed more interaction. New kitty was sleeping in a ball on the futon in my office, and I noticed Stitch slowly creeping towards him to sniff him out. When she got close enough to sniff the back of his head, it woke him up, and he looked at her. She startled, hissed at him, and stalked away, grumbling. I guess the fact that she didn't hit him is a good sign, right?
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Behavior & Training > Brought home new baby kitty, and big "sister" does not approve

Sullivan

Oh that right- there? Yeah- that's mine.
 
 
Purred: Wed Oct 26, '11 8:02pm PST 
"TBD" was just adopted today, and Stitch does not approve so far. Stitch has been the only cat since we got her 3 years ago (she was a tiny baby then), but she had lived with our dog, Nefertiti, who passed away a month ago. We've been wanting to get another kitty for a while (even before Nef's passing) to be a playmate and companion, because I know Stitch hates being alone when we have to work.

Stitch is not a fan of the new baby. She growls and hisses, and he seems to know well enough to keep clear of her (he's 4 months). She's even mad at me, and has been yelling at me all day, has very little patience, and just generally seems pissed off at life. She even went ahead and walked up to me, hit me in the leg a few times, yelled at me, and walked away growling.

What can I do to make this whole experience easier on her? Will she eventually warm up to him on her own? I had a cat once long ago when I was a kid, who had kittens, and we kept one. She was very sweet and loving before, but after we kept one of the kittens, she did a complete 180, and became this mean, unpredictable cat, who really wanted nothing to do with us other than food. I really don't want anything like that to happen with Stitch. She's very sweet and loving with us (the vet and strangers is another tail altogether though). She HATES change.

Is there hope that these two will eventually become very good friends and companions?
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Cat Health > cat scratch fever?

Stitch

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Purred: Mon Oct 6, '08 7:29am PST 
You should certainly keep an eye on it, and wash it with soap and water if you already haven't, as well as apply antibiotic cream. It's also known as Bartonellosis, but that is a little more difficult to say.
Being a groomer, I'm more than familiar with it. Although I'm lucky to have never had it, I know groomers that have, and it's ranged from recieving simple antibiotics, to spending a night or two in the hospital.
Keep an eye out for red streaks going towards the middle of the body (up the legs or arms). Also, headaches, fever, fatigue, and swelling are signs, as well as more serious loss of appetite, weight loss, and sore throat. It can also affect your spleen.
Cat bites are notoriously more dangerous than dog bites, and while I can get away with just washing and putting cream on a dog bite (which i've done in just the past 12 hours red face), I wouldn't think twice about seeing by doctor for a cat bite.
Hope you heal soon, and that it's nothing serious at all.
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Cat Health > They may turn my friend's kitty from a boy to a girl!!

Stitch

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Purred: Mon Sep 29, '08 7:12pm PST 
I'm posting on behalf my my friend who does not have an account, or even a working computer right now. I figured here was the best place as ever to find answers.

Her kitty, Little Bub, is about 2, and has had severe blockage problems for a while now. Currently, he's staying over at the vet again, being unblocked and monitored. Her vets have told her that his urethra is too narrow, and to stop the blocking, he'll have to have surgery to shorten and widen his urethra. Essentially, they'll have to remove a good portion of his penis shock

She's worried about a few things. One being that she'll go from having a boy cat to a girl cat, but she said she'll get over that. Another being that there is a chance he may become incontinent afterwards. Being that she rents her apartment, she would not be able to keep a kitty that can't hold it. The last worry is the price. Her vet says it will cost her about $2,000 for this surgery. She's going to come up with the money, as she loves her Little Bub, but she wants to know the success rate of the surgery, as well as any possible side effects.
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Behavior & Training > Never had a cat like this before
Stitch

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Purred: Thu Sep 18, '08 11:25am PST 
oh I definitely want her using it. I just never thought she would teach herself. I think it's from all of those morning where she just won't let us go to the bathroom by ourselves and insisted on being in there. She was observing us. lol
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Behavior & Training > Never had a cat like this before

Stitch

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Purred: Wed Sep 17, '08 5:19pm PST 
My cat just self taught herself to pee in the toilet! I caught her doing it this morning. shock

For weeks now, I've been having such a headache trying to get her to stop pooping in my bathroom sink. Ive tried filling it with water, only to come home to an angry wet kitty, and poop floating in the sink. Finally, I think I found the solution. My roommate made a sink cover out of tin foil, and I finally came home to poop in the litter box, and was relieved. Then while on the computer, I can see into the bathroom down the hall, and see a kitty playing in the toilet water. I got up to get her down, because telling her to get down just gets me a look akin to that of a 15 y/o teen. Then as I get into the bathroom, she turns around, stands with her back feet down into the bowl, and her front on the seat, and starts tinkling! I couldn't believe what I was seeing, as I never even began to try and teach her that. I gave her buttloads of praise, but is there anything I should do for her to continue with this stroke of genius she seems to have developed. Should I just let her be, since she seems to have figured it out herself? Plus, here's hoping that the tinfoil on the sink trick keeps working. She's always used the Sweat Scoop without issues before, and I try to keep it as clean as I can.
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Kitten Corner > I Can't Meow

Precious- -Rest now- baby. SMIB

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Purred: Wed Apr 16, '08 9:31pm PST 
Don't worry, I had the exact opposite problem. For years, my meow sounded like I smoked a pack a day!
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Behavior & Training > Ahh! Stitch is so naughty!

Stitch

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Purred: Tue Apr 15, '08 7:56am PST 
I love her to death, but for almost the past week now, it seems I love her more when she's asleep! She loves to cuddle, and will sleep and purr under your chin, and will give kisses on your lips, and is so nice. Then she REALLY wakes up, and you can see the demon within stirring. shock
Shes getting very very bitey now, and I'm kind of not sure how to curb it. Even just laying on my arm, she'll turn and start biting it. I'll make the unhappy sound, like a lound "Ah!" and "No". She stops for maybe 2 seconds, and does it again. So I make the sound again, with her stopping and starting again. After about 3 times, she stops responding to the sound, so I've taken to blowing lightly on her along with the sound when she does it, and she hates that. But it seems like it only makes her mad, and she keeps biting even more.
Even putting her down doesn't help, because she jumps back up to do it again!
I'm hoping this is just a phase for now, because I just want to make sure I do the right thing to not end up with a bitey older kitty.
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Food & Nutrition > How do you like Wellness?
Stitch

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Purred: Thu Apr 10, '08 9:48am PST 
mom started feeding me Wellness Kitten, and I LOVE it! Right now, she's feeding me about 1/3 of a can (they're little cans) in the morning, 1/3rd in the afternoon (if someone is home in the afternoon to put it out), and 1/3rd in the evening. She also leaves out Blue Buffalo Kitten dry for me to munch on inbetween. Hopefully she's not feeding me too much, because I don't want to become a fatty catty!
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