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Senior Cats > Dry food with glucosamine?
Saki

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Purred: Wed Aug 31, '11 6:22pm PST 
I don't know if you've tried this yet, but I thought I'd put it out there. My Saki takes Cosequin for Cats and it seems to help. It's got both glucosamine and chondroitin. Her vet recommended it when she started limping a bit. It comes in a bottle and looks like a bunch of capsule type pills, but you don't have to pill your cat. Instead, you open up a capsule and sprinkle the powder on kitty's food. My Saki likes it and licks the bowl clean to get every last spec.

{Edit} Sorry, just found your other thread about glucosamine and see you've already tried this.
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Senior Cats > At what age does a cat become a senior?
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Purred: Wed Aug 31, '11 6:16pm PST 
My vet suggests a "senior exam" when a cat turns 6 or 7. This consists of (if I remember right) blood work, urinalysis and an x-ray. When that happened the first time for my kitties, I think I was hit harder (emotionally speaking) than when my own 30th or 35th birthday came around! I have since decided, in my own head, that this exam was to get a baseline look at their health so that later (much later!) when they were old, the doctor could compare and see changes. See, it's all about how you look at it!

When the kitties turned 10 years old, then the vet recommended twice a year check-ups... since so much can change in a year at that age.

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Cat Health > Hyperthyroidism >^..^< (cross post in Seniors too)

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Purred: Tue Aug 30, '11 9:25am PST 
My Saki was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism too! My vet discussed a possible 4th treatment option (other than daily pills, radio-iodine and surgery), which is new and should be available in October. She said Hills Science Diet is coming out with a new prescription food which is supposed to treat the problem all on its own. She didn't know a lot about it yet, because it was too early to go to the information sessions, but it sounds like an interesting option. This obviously isn't something you can do now, but perhaps it's something you should ask your vet about in a month, assuming you haven't already?

I wish you good luck, purrs, and especially lots of patience and support as you work through these issues with your kitty.
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Cat Health > I-131 treatment for hyperthyroid, choosing clinic

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Purred: Tue Aug 30, '11 8:26am PST 
Thanks for the advice, everyone! I checked with the clinics, and they both do a pre-procedure scan They both also have the same pre-admission requirements (x-rays, urinalysis, and blood work) and described a similar procedure. Cost and distance is similar enough to not be a decision making factor. One of them does seem to have a more flexible schedule tho, which is why I'll likely go with them.

It's helpful to know I'm covering all the bases. I didn't want to make a decision based solely on convenience (distance, cost, schedule, etc.) if there were more pertinent medical factors I should be considering. I love that this community of kitty-lovers is here to run questions like this by! Thanks!
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Cat Health > I-131 treatment for hyperthyroid, choosing clinic

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Purred: Wed Aug 24, '11 5:24am PST 
My cat Saki was just diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I've reviewed the options of treating her with medicine and decided that the I-131 treatment makes more sense in her case. My vet tells me there are 2 different clinics in the area that can administer the treatment and that she's worked with and recommends both. One appears to do just feline radiology and the other has many different specialists for many different conditions.

My question is this: What questions should I be asking to help me choose between these two facilities? I'd be especially interested in insights from any veterinarians or pet parents out there who've been through this procedure.

Thanks in advance!
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Cat Health > Kitty litter every where
Callisto (In- Loving- Memory)

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Purred: Fri Feb 27, '09 3:12pm PST 
I don't have a big problem with this, but I'm very particular as to how I set up the litterbox areas.

First, I get a couple of those litterbox mats that look like astroturf (mine are grey tho) per box. The trick then, is to make sure kitty has to step on it a few times when leaving the box. This means choosing the place the box is going to go carefully. I try to put it in a corner with the opening to the box facing the corner (my boxes are hooded). Then I put the mats in front and around the box. This forces kitty to walk on the mat as she exits the box and walks around the box. At least a couple of steps for each paw. The longer the path on the mat around the box which kitty has to walk, the better.

This works MUCH better than just putting a small mat in front where kitty could jump over it.
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Cat Health > UTI? Crystals in his Urine? Won't eat the Prescription Food

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Purred: Fri Feb 27, '09 12:13pm PST 
My Saki has to be on a special food because of crystals in her urine too. My vet prescribed Royal Canin Urinary SO. It comes in dry (kibble), canned, and pouch form. (The pouch is a chunks in gravy variety.)

I had her on the canned variety for a couple years, but her teeth suffered for it. So now she gets 1 meal of kibble, and 2 meals of canned each day. (She doesn't seem to like the pouch variety.)

So I guess my advice is, if your kitty won't eat the food your vet gave you, talk to your vet. There are others you could try.
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Cat Health > question on microchipping

Callisto (In- Loving- Memory)

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Purred: Mon Feb 23, '09 12:35pm PST 
You should know that getting chipped isn't that big of a deal from a medical standpoint. Spaz won't have to go to sleep or get shaved or anything. The chip is injected under the skin with a needle a little bigger than the one used to give vaccines. It's really quite quick. So if the main reason you're hesitating is because Spaz licked her spay scar to the point of infection, please know that that won't be an issue.

Also, Spaz may not plan to leave, but sometimes fate decides differently. What if something happened to your home (i.e. flood, earthquake, tornado...). There's a post on the Local forum about 2 kitties who got out when their house caught on fire. (Luckily they were found the next day.) What if something happened on the way to or from the vet? I had a neighbor who's cat got out because he was leaning against the window screen of an open window, the screen fell out, and kitty went tumbling out after. It was night and he was so frightened that it took us hours to find him. There are a lot of ways Spaz could get out even if she wasn't trying.
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Cat Health > Can a cat's hair texture change as they age?

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Purred: Sat Jan 24, '09 5:03pm PST 
One of my mommy's friend's kitties, Henri, had something like that. Henri's fur got kinda dry and wiry. Turned out Henri had diabetes. Once she started taking insulin and eating better, her fur got better too.

So perhaps you should mention it to your vet next time you visit. It could be a sign that something's not quite right.
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Grooming > Has anyone used Soft Paws?
Purza (In- Loving- Memory)

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Purred: Sat Jan 3, '09 7:40pm PST 
Mom put them on me a couple of times when I was little. They worked fine on me and popped off in a couple of weeks. After wearing them twice in a row, I learned not to try to scratch the furniture and I didn't need them any more.

My sister Saki got them, and bit them off within 2 days. Tee hee.

Grandma used them on her kitty, and they often wouldn't fall off on their own. Grandma had to take them off before the claw got so long that it would grow into the paw. She learned that if you cut the tip of the plastic cap off, the rest would fall right off. That way you don't have to pull or yank to get them off.
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