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Cat Health > Cat Drinking Fountains.
QGM- Harlequin- (Striped- Seven)

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Purred: Mon Jan 13, '14 4:47pm PST 
Unfortunately all fountains do have plastic parts, even the stainless steel ones- they just have less of it. So it is possible that your cat might still have breakouts, because the filter and filter housing will be plastic still.
That said I have a Pioneer Raindrop stainless steel fountain and I like it, except recently the pump stopped working, but I have been using it for a long time so it's not surprising, and it is replaceable.

I also have a "Drinkwell Hy-drate" which is basically a filter that you can put into any water bowl. It is plastic but it's about as much plastic as there is in the stainless fountains, and you can pick your bowl. I like the idea because I can basically filter any water bowl. My cats really like it too, they empty the water out of this faster than the Pioneer fountain. You do have to make sure the bowl you use is deep enough for it to fit.
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Kitten Corner > Should I get littermates?
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Purred: Thu Nov 28, '13 9:46pm PST 
Yeah if you can handle three I would say go for it!
Kittens do much better with a playmate, so it's always better to get a pair. In fact some shelters I know will only adopt out kittens in pairs unless the person already has another young playful cat at home.
I have 4 littermates, three are boys and they are awesome. They weren't really a lot more trouble having 4 of them, just more litterboxes to clean. Well, the vet bills can add up-- unfortunately mine seem to have a genetic allergy problem so they all end up needing a lot of vet care.
When they were babies I rescued the feral litter and there were 7 of them! I was only able to find a home for one of them at first, so I had 6 of them until they were about 6-8 months old and then two others found homes and I ended up keeping the other 4.
When they were kittens they were so great together, they used to sleep in a big pile (in fact if you look at my Pet Page (go to my Photobook) you can see some photos of that!) They kept each other company and played together.
Now that they are adults they don't play or sleep together so much but they will still sometimes snuggle two together, groom each other, or play chase.
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Cat Health > Car sickness remedy?

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Purred: Mon Oct 28, '13 1:40pm PST 
Oh I forgot to add I also leave both the carrier and the booster seat sitting out in the house sometimes and she will sleep in them, so she is definitely used to them also. I also sometimes take them to events in the stroller, like pet shows and costume contests, she's always been comfortable with going places like that.
She doesn't get carsick right away, it's after we've been driving for a while although most often we aren't going on really long rides since we live in the city, but there's a lot of stopping and starting (city driving). Sometime she doesn't even throw up until after she's been taken out of the car when the ride is over.

Here's a photo of her riding in the car in the booster seat, you can see she's relaxed:
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Cat Health > Car sickness remedy?

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Purred: Mon Oct 28, '13 11:20am PST 
Yes she seems to like being in the car seat or on the booster seat. She will hang out there and relax in the car seat, she doesn't act scared or try to get out of it or hide in the blanket. She seems to like her carrier too, she just throws up in it in the car.
She's been riding in the car since she was a baby so she's used to it, she used to go to pet stores and to cat shows a lot when she was younger. So I think it's nausea not stress.
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Cat Health > Car sickness remedy?

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Purred: Sun Oct 27, '13 12:09pm PST 
Does anyone know a way to prevent a cat from getting motion sickness in the car? We travel with the cats in the car quite a bit and Harley gets carsick and regurgitates. For a while I was able to prevent it-- I discovered she usually would not get sick if she was not enclosed in a carrier. So I had her ride in a dog booster seat with a safety harness and most of the time she didn't get sick when riding that way. Unfortunately, recently she has been getting sick in the booster seat a lot more.
She even sometimes throws up when she is going from the car to the house in a carrier or stroller. I'm not sure if that is residual nausea from the car ride or if the motion of riding in the carrier is enough to make her feel sick.
I'm trying to find something else that might help prevent the nausea since riding in the booster seat doesn't seem to be enough anymore.
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Food & Nutrition > anyone try fresh pet?
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Purred: Wed Oct 9, '13 12:19pm PST 
The Freshpet Vitals line says: "All recipes contain 80% or more animal protein and 10% fruits and vegetables".
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Plus Power of the Paw > for those who have flooded in Chicagoland area

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Purred: Fri Sep 13, '13 3:17pm PST 
We are still recovering from that flooding... Our whole basement was wrecked. Everything down there (we used it for storage) was ruined and our water heater, heating unit, washer/dryer were ruined and we had to have the whole thing gutted which we just finally finished. It was a finished basement with several rooms all wood paneling now t is one single room stripped down.
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Food & Nutrition > anyone try fresh pet?

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Purred: Fri Sep 13, '13 11:22am PST 
I've used the Freshpet Vital dog food before, which is grain free and 80% meat or more. I used it for my dog when her oncologist recommended not using raw food while she was on chemo.

I was thinking of trying it with my cats but it looks like all their forumlas contain chicken which several of my cats are allergic to. I think I did try the Freshpet Selects once which is like little meatballs, for my cat who is not allergic.
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Cat Health > Upper Respiratory Infection

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Purred: Sat Feb 16, '13 8:44pm PST 
Please be careful with the chicken broth, if you don't make it yourself! A lot of the types of chicken broth or stock you can buy is made with onions, and onions in all forms (powdered, dried, fresh, in liquid) are very dangerous for cats. So check the ingredients list.
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Cat Health > Upper Respiratory Infection
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Purred: Wed Feb 13, '13 11:24am PST 
My vet recommended Lysine when my cats had a URI they were passing between them. Theirs got more severe though so we had to do other medications.

Another thing you can do is steaming, turn on the shower in the bathroom to create steam, then sit with her in the steamy bathroom for around 5-10 minutes at a time.
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