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Food & Nutrition > Is It Melamine, Again......??????
Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Tue Mar 20, '12 1:07pm PST 
Gummi, I can't tell by your sentence structure- are you saying that the stores you go to do not sell Dogswell or Canyon Creek or are you saying those brands aren't made in China? I'm thinking you meant the former, that the stores do not carry those brands because they are made in China.

My beautiful dog Sophie passed away a year ago at age 16 so it's been awhile since I've bought dog treats. Years ago, when the FDA put out the first warning and I started reading the fine print, I was shocked to find Dogswell is made in China. I'm glad to hear you are not seeing those treats in stores and I hope that consumers continue to educate themselves and read the fine print (because at that point, you needed a magnifying glass to read on the Dogswell bag that it came from China).
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Food & Nutrition > Is It Melamine, Again......??????
Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Tue Mar 20, '12 5:41am PST 
As Shadow has pointed out, there is no controversy, chicken jerky treats have been making dogs ill and killing them for years. Nearly all chicken jerky treats come from China, even the expensive "high end" ones at fancy stores. Read the fine print on all bags before purchase and keep yourself informed; I stopped buying chicken jerky treats for my dog years ago. Not going to chance it.
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Cat Health > Chronic Condition, thoughts please...

Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Tue Feb 28, '12 10:24pm PST 
Any possibility of fleas? Some cats have severe flea allergies and can have the symptoms you've described from just one flea bite. I re-read your post a couple of times and I think if most everything else has been ruled out, you may be dealing with some type of a severe allergy (food or environmental or flea).
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Cat Health > Chronic Condition, thoughts please...

Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Tue Feb 28, '12 10:21pm PST 
Stinkers, you mentioned skin scrapping. Did they also do a fungal culture to rule out ringworm? It costs about $50 and takes about two weeks for the results. The reason that I ask is because this sounds similar to something I went through with Lucy years ago. I thought I was going to have to make the decision, too, because none of the vets could figure out what was wrong with her. And she looked BAD, lots of scabs, fur loss, lesions, it was awful. I ended up taking her to a veterinary dermatologist and got her diagnosed and treated.

In Lucy's case, it turns out that she has severe food and environmental allergies. These issues caused the initial itchiness, lesions, and hair loss. She was treated with steroids. Unfortunately, she was exposed to ringworm fungus sometime during this period (which I did not know) and it turns out that steroids FEED the ringworm fungus, causing it to just explode all over her body due to her weakened immune system from the allergies.

I don't know if that could be part of the problem in your situation? Is there a veterinary dermatologist nearby? Sometimes it really takes a specialist to get to the bottom of the problem and get the correct diagnosis and treatment and it saves money in the long run.

Sending lots of purrs, please keep us updated. hug
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Cat Health > Recurring Ear Infections

Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Mon Feb 27, '12 4:38pm PST 
Ear infections can also be a sign of food and/or environmental allergies. What food are you feeding your kitty? My kitty had serious ear infections while eating foods with grains in them. She hasn't had an ear infection since I switched her to an all wet diet with no corn (Lucy is severely allergic to corn).

How is your kitty's skin and fur? Any other symptoms? If the ear infections continue, talk to your vet about the possibility of allergies.
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Cat Health > Self Regulating cats?
Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Wed Feb 15, '12 9:49pm PST 
I've heard that about babies, too. They naturally (in most cases, of course some babies have health issues or other things that interfere) regulate the amount of food/calories they need.

That being said, I have skinny cats. All of them. Skinny, skinny. People always comment on this when they meet my kitties. I'm the queen of 9 lb cats. Lucy is starting to trend towards hyperthyroidism but she's always been long and thin. I thought when I adopted my boy kittens they would grow up to be big boys. Nope. 9 lb boys smile
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Cat Health > Perineal Uretrhostomy

Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Tue Feb 14, '12 11:27pm PST 
Harry, I know a couple of friends with kitties who had this surgery and they've all done really well. I'd be nervous, too, you obviously love your little guy and want him to be healthy. Sending lots of purrs that all goes well! hug
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Cat Health > Allergic to cat litter?

Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Thu Feb 9, '12 4:30pm PST 
Hi BB,

I believe it is clay (but to be honest, I'm not really sure). The box says 99% dust free but I do find it dusty, especially when filling new boxes. It's hard to say though, because I live in the desert so there's lots of dust everywhere, anyways smile Price-wise, I've found that Petco is way overpriced on this product (sometimes $8 higher for the same size box). Petsmart has a better price and Target has the best price that I've found.
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Cat Health > Allergic to cat litter?

Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Thu Feb 9, '12 3:29pm PST 
Hi Mister Gray! Lucy has allergic reactions to litter, too. She has food and environmental allergies. She used to get sores and lesions between her toes- it was horrible. The only litter that seems to work for her is plain old Arm and Hammer Unscented (or fragrance free). It took me about 7 years to find a litter that works for her. This is the one and we are sticking to it smile
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Cat Health > Fungal infection (ringworm?)
Lucy Nooner

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Purred: Sun Jan 29, '12 1:17am PST 
Good advice from the other kitties. When Lucy had ringworm, her case was very severe. I had fungal cultures done on all my animals and although my other cat did not have any symptoms, she was positive for it, too. The dog and I were lucky to not have it.

I initially kept Lucy separate until my other kitty's culture came back positive. Doing it again, I would not separate them- your animals have already been exposed. I personally would have fungal cultures done on all of them- you want to treat everyone with ringworm at the same time so that they don't just keep spreading it back and forth. Remember that not all animals show symptoms yet they can still have ringworm.

If your vacuum has a bag, change the bag everytime you vacuum, seal the old bag in a garbage bag, and throw it away immediately. If you have a bagless vacuum, consider spraying out the receptacle with bleach after use to kill any fungal spores. Vacuum every day.

Ringworm spores can live in the environment for up to 2 years. It took me 3 months to get rid of the ringworm and then a year later, it came back. I got rid of it for good the second time. Vacuum like crazy! I also threw out all carpeted kitty scratchers, furniture, etc. and then replaced afterwards. Wash all bedding including cat beds very frequently (I washed everything every 3 days). I also bought cheap white couch covers and bleached and washed them every 3 days.

Lucy's ringworm was very severe due to other health issues (allergies, immune system problems) so I had to go a little crazy with my cleaning to get rid of it. But it's been 6 years and she is ringworm free. It IS overwhelming at first but you can win this battle smile Hang in there and keep us updated!
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