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Food & Nutrition > Whats the best brand of dry cat food?

Wilbur

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Purred: Sun Jan 29, '12 2:35pm PST 
Tigger, I totally understand your predicament. Emily only at dry food. The thought she suffered kidney failure because of what food she liked makes me realize electric water fountains really are worth the expense because without them, a cat who refuses to eat wet food will not drink enough water.
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Behavior & Training > NEVER adopt a declawed cat (?)
Wilbur

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Purred: Sun Jan 29, '12 11:13am PST 
KItty, you are right in your original post that is ridiculous. Wilbur, the cat who died last month, was declawed before I adopted him. Having no front claws did not explain his temporary out-of-box urination. His bladder had bacteria and when Mom moved the litterbox he peed where it used to be, so being declawed obviously had nothing to do with it. The only biter I ever had was Emily, and she started the habit long before the surgery (which I did not know at the time was inhumane), so it had nothing to do with that behavior either. The only problem I saw caused by declawing was when she accidentally got out through a window and an animal bit her right front leg. So I never saw a problem in the house.
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Cat Health > Bald spot on back

Wilbur

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Purred: Mon Jan 23, '12 4:52pm PST 
I have experience with both ringworm and allergies.

Ringworm: Patricia had it on her face and took pills for a whole month to get rid of it. Thank God she only got it once.

Allergies: Wilbur had a lot of large bald spots by the time we got him diagnosed and put on a treatment plan. He even tried to amputate itchy toes on one foot by chewing on them. After being told frequent steroid injections cause heart, liver, and kidney failure and diabetes, I paid almost $200 to find out exactly what Wilbur was allergic to, then took him to a dermatologist to monitor lifelong customized treatment. Until he was diagnosed with kidney failure, Wilbur was ordered to only eat a skin-friendly food and take customized allergy shots every week.
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Cat Health > Acute renal failure

Wilbur

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Purred: Mon Jan 23, '12 1:34pm PST 
This is what I went through with Wilbur last year:

His regular vet thought he was hyperthyroid after he dropped from 16.5 to 12.2 pounds in 15 months. She ran a blood test and was surprised he was negative. Using the same blood sample, a more specialized test was run, which also was negative. So we took him to his dermatologist, who works at a large hospital with a radiology department called MedVet.

The dermatologist told me to keep Wilbur there for an ultrasound, more bloodwork, and a urine test. That was on a Friday so I got the results on Tuesday. He had a liver infection that required two weeks on pills, which was cleared up, and he was reportedly in the "very early stages" of kidney failure. The dermatologist told me Wilbur can still live for a couple more years by eating wet food. Later he ordered the k/d food.

The plan might look good on paper, but changing foods did not help him at all. He kept getting worse anyway. I took him back to MedVet later, where another vet (who he also knew) recommended buying a fountain and talking to his regular vet about the sub-q injections. So we went back to the regular vet thinking she would be able to help.

I was wrong. The regular vet told me Wilbur got worse so fast even the sub-q injections and wet k/d food cannot help him anymore. I could not fight back tears forever as she talked about euthanizing him and cried herself. She labeled the kidney failure "acute chronic" because of how fast it got worse.

From that day until December 1, Wilbur received at-home hospice care - any food he would eat, two Pepcid pills a day, water next to the couch where he slept. Telling this part of the story makes me cry.

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Senior Cats > Keeping an old kitty healthy

Wilbur

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Purred: Mon Jan 23, '12 12:51pm PST 
I know wet food is better than dry food, but Emily would only eat dry. You can't do anything about that.

The one good thing is knowing she did not get kidney failure by eating melamine-tainted food. That recall happened after she died.

What I meant by dying naturally is not getting so sick the cat must be euthanized. Both Emily and Wilbur reached that point.

Is it unrealistic to assume Patricia definitely will not get sick?
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Senior Cats > Keeping an old kitty healthy
Wilbur

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Purred: Thu Jan 12, '12 2:02pm PST 
Sunshine, the worst part was learning from my mistakes. I feel like an idiot when that happens. Fortunately, I did not have to deal with that guilt when Wilbur got sick because he had a history of dental disease, steroid shots, obesity, and allergies and did eat grain-free wet food.
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Senior Cats > Keeping an old kitty healthy

Wilbur

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Purred: Wed Jan 11, '12 6:34pm PST 
Alex, the problem with Emily was she would not eat anything else. I am currently feeding Patricia much better cat food with real meat by Blue Buffalo but that was not available in my area until a few years ago so Emily never got the chance to try it. I learned about the company when it recalled some cat food during the melamine scare in 2007.

I used to think waterers were a waste of money because we can fill the bowls ourselves in a few seconds. They make your electric bills go up. Then a vet talked about giving Wilbur fluid injections, so I asked her if a waterer would help. She said yes - too late. His CRF had advanced so fast he was dead three weeks later.
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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Is there really a Rainbow Bridge?

Wilbur

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Purred: Tue Jan 10, '12 8:22pm PST 
I know pets go to heaven, but I have not seen proof in doing so they cross a rainbow bridge. Can someone help me understand how we know there is such a thing?
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Senior Cats > Keeping an old kitty healthy

Wilbur

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Purred: Tue Jan 10, '12 5:55pm PST 
After losing my first cat to kidney failure in 2006, I wondered how she could have lost her renal function. I know 12 is a typical age for the kidneys to shut down, but she was an indoor cat who only ate real cat food - and it was not the stuff that had to be recalled, just regular senior Hill's Science Diet. Age apparently was her only risk factor.

The cause of her death made me wonder if renal failure is preventable and I just did not know how to do that. Is there anything I can do to keep an old cat's kidney function good until it dies naturally?
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