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Food & Nutrition > Salmon Meal okay?
Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 5, '12 5:24am PST 
Hi all!

Okay, I have had major issues in my house for years with digestion. I started out years ago feeding Purina Cat Chow in a multi-cat household for budget reasons. Money got straight and we bumped up to more healthy, expensive foods. I still can't spend $40 on a 7 lb. bag.

I have issues with cats throwing up undigested food CONSTANTLY. They are young and healthy, so it's not underlying diseases from what I know. I currently feed NutroMax Adult Roasted Chicken. I try to stay away from by-products and the like.

I want to change again, to something more geared for sensitive stomachs to see if it helps my vomiting and icky stools problems. I found Authority at PetSmart, and am thinking about getting that. It's affordable, for sensitive stomachs, and from what I can see has a good analysis.

My question is the fifth ingredient is Salmon Meal. Is this okay? I have been told to stay away from any fish in the ingredients list other than fish oil. This food may help the vomit problem, making it easier on everyone, but I don't want to do a lot of damage in the long run.

Ingredient list for those curious: turkey, turkey meal, brewer's rice, oat groats, salmon meal, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, rice flour, dried beet pulp, dried egg product, fructooligosaccharides, potassium chloride, vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, niacin, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite and taurine

Any comments? Thanks!
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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Brownie, Oct 7 11:44 pm

Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > This was the hardest decision to make
Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Sun Mar 28, '10 1:35am PST 
Oh honey, hug

I am so sorry you're having to go through this. Please know we've all been there, and we're here for you. I've never met you on the forums, but if you need a place to vent, feel free to send a message. I'm so sorry for you and your family..

I know it's hard enough making that decision, but to have cost of veterinary procedures play a role, is even more devastating. I have been that route more then once. So sick animals, but tests are just thousands of dollars and always seem to come at the wrong time. I've had the same thoughts you've had, "If I could afford that test, maybe it was treatable..." etc. etc. From the sound of your story, it may very well not have been, and I think you should rest assured you made the right decision for your baby. I know it doesn't help, but you have nothing to feel guilty for. Had there been a test to say something, if her motor skills were truly gone, she may have had no quality of life. I think you made the heroic decision in all of it.

Again, so sorry for your loss. If there's such a thing as Rainbow Bridge, I have many, many that met her up there to welcome her. smile

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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Gracie Angel (2001-7/15/11), Mar 31 11:20 am


Behavior & Training > Devastated at Awful Behavior, Can't Take Much More.

Spit

Spit the- Spitfire
 
 
Purred: Sun Mar 28, '10 1:27am PST 
I myself go through this daily, and it IS frustrating, but in my situation has just gotten flat comical.

Your kitty sounds normal, and absolutely as the others said, very bored! A playmate may be a good idea. It definitely sounds like the solution, but be prepared of the off chance a playmate may not work, in case your kitty doesn't have any socialization skills with other cats. It may take time, and work on your part to socialize him yourself.

We currently have 22 cats here. I had seven of my own, and I do rescue work. I rescued two pregnant queens, they gave birth a day apart, and I ended up with 13 kittens. All in my house. They were born sick, and one year later, they are ALL still here. My issues have been:

*I can no longer leave tea glasses or any other liquids out unattended. They topple the glasses everytime with their paws.

*Kitchen, bathrooms are baby-proofed. Paper towels had to be moved inside a cabinet, toilet paper inside a cabinet.

*Can't keep them off the kitchen counters. Most of them will stay off, but we have a few who will not learn.

*Claws have to be cut every other day, or the scratch-play with us, hurts, lol.

*Any cables/telephone wire/ etc. has had to be enclosed in plastic tubing. I cannot tell you how many times I've had to patch a telephone wire, or a surround sound speaker wire.

All of this, and my cats are not bored, they are just normal, energetic kittens. I'm sorry the spray bottle doesn't work for you, as it's done wonders for me. shrug

I wish you the best of luck! Let us know if you find anything that works!!
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» There has since been 11 posts. Last posting by Sootball , Apr 16 11:51 pm


Cat Health > help! cat attacked by dogs !

Spit

Spit the- Spitfire
 
 
Purred: Sun Mar 28, '10 1:11am PST 
So sorry you are going through this! A lot of the veterinary industry is a racket nowadays, and it's a shame. I agree with everything everyone's said above me. I would think about contacting your local Humane Society chapter. Ours here does all vet services at a substantially reduced rate for everyone, not just low income, etc. I had to have my dog Lucy's heartworm test and treatment done there. I prefer not to go there on a regular basis, but in your situation it may help.

Good luck to you, keep us posted!
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» There has since been 11 posts. Last posting by Jasper, Angel Dreamboat #49a , Apr 2 9:57 pm


Cat Health > Questions & Support

Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Fri Mar 26, '10 11:39pm PST 
From the Weebs herself:

I'm not a CH kitty really. I was born from a stray kitty my momma took in, and apparently there were a few too many of us in the womb! My brothers and sisters didn't let me stretch my legs..so my hind legs sort of grew like pretzels. I have no issues at all walking, running, climbing, etc. I just use my front end for everything! I'm just a lot cuter this way. big grin
Weebs

She is a LOT cuter the way she is, lol. We love her to death. She walks a lot on just her front paws, which is adorable. When she runs, it sounds like a herd of elephants, as her but bounded on the ground. She had a bit of an issue as a kitten, as she was rubbing her twisted joints on the floor trying to learn to walk. It created some pretty bad sores, but the vet said this had to happen, so she could create calluses there. Now, you can't see them, but she has tough spots that function like the pads of her feet. She's just very muscular in the front, skinny in the back. She's a few years old now, I need to post new pics so you can see!
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Cat Health > Questions & Support
Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Fri Mar 26, '10 8:41pm PST 
Thank you all so much for your words of support. I think I've come to terms with the fact that this was the decision that had to be made. Patches is at home now, safe, and seemingly unfazed. I'm going to be keeping her more than likely. She's found herself a special little place in my heart.

By the way, all of your kitties are just adorable! I've had an account here for a long while, but haven't posted very much at all. All of your kindness makes me want to post a lot and get to know you all!

Take care! Thanks again!
Weebs
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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Weeble, Mar 26 11:39 pm


Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > What to Do? What to Do?

Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Fri Mar 26, '10 8:29am PST 
First, thanks for being such a caring pet owner! It's awesome you aren't just throwing Casper into the mix with Whisper, without considering Whisper's feelings first. It is Whisper's territory after all!

I do agree with Booboo. I have had similar experiences, in where I had dogs or cats that absolutely did not want this dog or cat here, but completely accepted the next. Whisper may indeed surprise you.

If anything, is it an option for you to temporarily take Casper, and try yourself to rehome him/her (sorry I didn't catch the sex)? Perhaps keep them separated until you do, if that's feasible for you?

Again I applaud you for wanting to help. I wish you all the luck! Keep us posted!
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Cat Health > Questions & Support

Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Fri Mar 26, '10 8:21am PST 
Miss Daisy -

Thanks for replying! I guess all I was looking for was for people that understood, to validate me a little. I appreciate you making me feel that this was the best thing to do. That's great news about your adoptions! I am so angry at my little country (and I do mean waay out in the country) neighborhood. There are SO many strays, it's just heartbreaking. I do what I can, but with the number I have now, I'm running out of resources (and my husband is running out of patience, god bless him). I just wish people were more responsible. As if the situation weren't bad enough. I have heard of a road not too far from where I live, that is apparently a dumping grounds for animals. The stories are that they just sit on the side of the road, waiting for their owners to show back up. I hear they just die there, and it absolutely breaks my heart. I have not been, as I know it would just kill me not to be able to bring them all home. Taking on a pet is a lifetime commitment, and I wish people would see it that way. =

Thanks again for your words of support!
Weebs
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» There has since been 6 posts. Last posting by Weeble, Mar 26 11:39 pm


Cat Health > Questions & Support

Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Fri Mar 26, '10 6:29am PST 
Hey Cat Lovers,

I'm known to write wordy posts, so I'm going to try to keep this short. I don't know that I'm putting this in the right place, so if I'm a derailer, I apologize in advance!

Way long story short:
I took in two pregnant stray females a year ago. They gave birth a day apart. Mom number one, abandoned ship. Wanted nothing to do with her kittens. I bottle-fed them around the clock, did their "business" etc. and kept them going. Mom number two, took them in as her own. This, made a total of 13 kittens.

All kittens were sick, and diagnosed with Feline Herpes and Colici (sp) virus. After going crazy trying to find help, I found an awesome organization that registered them, so long as I fostered. I agreed of course, because a shelter would have killed them.

I had seven cats of my own to begin with. Add two mothers, and 13 kittens, and you have 22. Plus two outside that we were feeding. I went from 7 inside cats, to 22 inside cats. Overnight.

A year later, I still am fostering ALL kittens. Mama one was rescued and adopted by a Siamese Rescue group. YAY! Mama two passed away a couple of months ago. ALL kittens are still here. Yet ANOTHER stray pregnant female has shown up. This is the 8th we have had in 3 years. I can not foster, needless to say.

I tried to get her in our program, they have no room. They wanted her spay aborted. I called "humane" society, they will kill her. ASPCA, will kill her. I cannot take in another 7 cats. She is on her way now to the vet to be aborted.

My question, which is why I put it in the health section, is do any of you know what I can expect? My own heart is breaking, I feel guilty, I feel like a killer. I fought so hard through 7 litters to keep kittens alive, and now I'm facilitating their death. frown I just don't know how I'm going to process this one. Will Mama be okay? Is she going to be depressed? She was far enough along that there is a good size belly, but I believe probably still a month, month and a half away from popping. I understand this will be physically hard on her, but I am worried about the emotional/hormone side. I am one of those people that firmly believe animals have feelings too. =

Looks like I got wordy anyway. >.< I'm sorry! Just needed somewhere to say I feel guilty where people won't judge and tell me "it's just a cat." I know there's an overpopulation..boy do I know that with what I have here. I've done all I can and they just keep pressing that this is the best thing. Bah, more wordiness! Thanks for taking the time to read. >.
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» There has since been 8 posts. Last posting by Weeble, Mar 26 11:39 pm

Cat Health > Need some advice quick..
Weeble

Weebs - I wobble but I- don't fall down!
 
 
Purred: Tue Jun 9, '09 11:06am PST 
Shadow,
Thank you SO much for the information! I'm going right now to go look it up. We're really trying here but my husband has pretty much capped my spending with the PCR test. I have had nine litters of kittens/puppies in the past several years, and have never seen anything like this. Just couldn't have anticipated all these problems.

Anyway, thanks again for the prayers and the info!!

-Weebs
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