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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 > 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 > 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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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > What was your Pre-Adoption name?

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Purred: Tue Aug 19, '08 6:25pm PST 
I was Bambam which didn't fit this girl at all. Mom thinks maybe my former humans had another cat named Pebbles... She also thinks that name is why I left those humans! wink
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