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Choosing the Right Cat > 3 Males?

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Purred: Mon Jul 23, '12 4:30pm PST 
I have 3 males, all neutered at 5-6 months. They all get along. You just have to take the time, to introduce them very slowly, and not rush, the new one, or the current ones, let them progress at their own speed.

Whenever a new cat or kitten is introduced into the household, there is a re-shuffling of the pecking order. Sometimes the new one is at the bottom, sometimes he rises to the top. You just have to let it run its course, as long as you teach them, there is no picking on the new one.

When Bump came home, at 8 weeks, I had a real alpha female, a real B, she was thee "head man".
By 12 weeks old, Bump worked he way up, to head man. No fighting, he just ran into them, and knocked them down, kinda like bumper cars, hence, Bumpurr.

Many many yrs ago, took in a stray female, who was declawed and spayed, not at all nice, to other kitties or people, except for me, and it took time, for her to trust me. Not one hiss, not one growl, not one swipe, not one fight. She just looked, at the other cats, and they walked around her. In one day, she made herself, head man.

Each kitty is different, if you have the opprotunity to take in a kitty that needs a home, do it.

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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Daniel, Jul 24 11:04 pm

Cat Health > UTI prevention in male cats

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Purred: Mon Jul 23, '12 7:01am PST 
Ben thru this, and have done extensive research on it, made some changes, no more crystals,no more urinary/bladder issues.

Besides the x-ray, they should have done an urinealasys, it shows if there is crystals, or bacteria, and it shows the urine ph. If the urine is too concentrated, it burns the bladder walls, hence, they get in and out of the cat box, and pee a little bit.

To prevent urine/bladder/crystals, you have to feed wet only, and mix it with water, so its real soupy, twice a day, this keeps them flushed out, this is beyond, imperative, its the key.

Feed only a grain free food, grains is one of many, causes of urinary/bladder/crystals, its the biggest one.

Do not use tap water, too many minerals, you have to use purified spring water, not distilled, not spring, but purified drinking water. I buy the store brand gal jug, its $1.00, some use Brita, some use PURR.

Make sure cat boxes are large, bedded deep, I bed mine 6 inches, and picked daily. You should have one more box, than you have cats, at least one box, per cat.

Boxes should be in a quiet out of the way area, not in a high traffic area, and pets should not be picked on by family members or other pets, and not prevented from getting to the boxes.

Prowler was only 2 yrs old, when he was blocked, late on a Sat night night. Luckily, one of my show friends was over, he was acting strange, I said something is wrong with Prowler. My friend watched him, and said, he is blocked, we have to get him to a vet, right now, in he went.

The vet, at that time, put him on Hills Science Diet SD and CD. Was at a show in Garden State, we were talking about food, I told them, they begged me to take him off of it, I said, well, the vet put him on it. They were right, the crystals came back, I said, something ain't right with this picture, and I did extensive research on it.

For future reference, if, they are blocked, you have 12 hrs, to get them to a vet, or, its too late.

I put him on Blue Wilderness, its grain free, by product free, gluten free, soy free, and low in salt.
And wet only, mixed with water, so its real soupy.

Tried to save money last year, gave him wet in the morn, dry at night. He started going in and out of the box. In he went. My vet, I have now, said what did you change. I told her. She said you **have** to give him wet only, mixed with the water, have to. His urine was too concentrated, from not being kept flushed out, it burned his bladder walls, hence, in and out of the box, he felt, like he had to go, even tho he didn't.

Back to wet only.

He is now 7 yrs old, no more issues.

The key, is too feed a grain free food, wet only, and mix with water, to keep them flushed out.
If they won't eat wet, which Bump wouldn't, at all, period, he got 1 teaspoon Gerber baby food, chicken or turkey ONLY, mixed with water, so it was like a broth, twice a day, and this is per my vet.

Merlin is right, forget the prescription diets, they don't work, Prowler is proof of that, and they are full of grains. The reason vets prescribe them, other than they sell them, is because the Hills and Royal Canin SO are very very high in salt. What happens, when you eat a very salty product? Ya drink more, which, is the object of the game, but feeding a food high in salt, and with grains, is not the safe way to accomplish this.

When he was blocked, it was a horrible, horrible experience, for me and him. The second time, was my fault, I learned the hard way, he is now a wet only boy.

Hope this helps and best of luck. (((((((((((((BIG HUGS)))))))))

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Cat Health > My kitten has had diarrhea for 4 days straight. Help?


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Purred: Mon Jul 23, '12 6:31am PST 
At 7 weeks old, she is too young, to be weaned, surprised the rescue organization, let her go that early. What are you feeding her? What were they feeding her?

Little kittens have very very sensative little systems, any change in food, can upset their little systems.
Little kittens can also go down hill very quickly, especially with diarea, it dehydrates them.

Has she ben wormed? Kittens can be wormed at 6 weeks, and it should be done with Drontal, which you get at the vet, it comes in liquid or pill, at her age, they will most likely give her the liquid. All kittens have worms, even kittens born to championship show parents, thats just how it is.

I have never seen an antibiotic in yellow color, but Drontal is yellow, light yellow, and smells like bananas, are you sure its an antibiotic? What they gave you, should be on your statement, what does it say?

I highly recommend you take her to a vet, and ask for an x-ray, it will show, if her intestines are inflammed, it will show up, as dark, on the x-ray, which they should show you. If her intestines are inflammed, they would put her on Metronidazole. It comes in liquid or pill, most likely they will give her liquid. You give it for 10 days, they show improvement in 3 days.

The diarea and throw up, indicates that. I went thru it, pet sitter, at that time, gave my kittens adult food, came home from a show, to 2 sick 10 week old kittens.

That there is blood, in her diarea, is not good, she needs medical attention. She is most likely dehydrated. They should give her sub q fluids, they inject it under the skin, between her shoulder blades.

If your vet is blowing you off, find another vet, this is a cannot wait situation, especially, with a kitten that young. Best of luck.

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Food & Nutrition > Can't afford canned food anymore... $60/monthly budget to feed 3 cats, help?


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Purred: Mon Jul 23, '12 6:09am PST 
Just so everyone is aware, Friskies and Fancy Feast, are made by Nestle Purina, do a search, for consumer complaints for Purina, when I put the link up in here, it gets taken down, mol.

I tried the save money route, by feeding them wet Fancy Feast, the kittens threw it up, the others got a $400 vet bill. Bump was the only one, who didn't get it, cause he won't eat no wet, at all, period, and thee only one who did not get sick.

If I can feed 5 cats, Blue Wilderness, anyone can do it, and I don't bring home that much, just barely enuff to pay my normal monthly bills. I excell at this stuff.

Cookie, great idea about bugging Blue Buffalo, but, I haunt their FB site, long story, and everybody begs for coupons, BB does not even respond, and, they aren't going to give any coupons. One can do the BB test and get a $5 coupon. How I do it, when the BW food is on sale, I stock up on it. I also buy one more can, each week, than I need, and one more bag, than I need, so a lean week, I still have food. Join the Petsmart club, they send you $3 coupons via email, print one, for as many weeks, as the food is on sale. Join the Petsmart birthday club, they send you $3 coupons, on your pets birthday, same thing, print as many coupons, as the number of weeks, its good for.

I don't have a cell fone, I have the basic land lines, cable tv is the basic, I bundle the tv and computer, so its cheaper. I don't go anywhere, I don't buy anything, I pay my normal monthly bills, by their food, and spend $40-$50 a week for food, at the grocery store. This week, I got it down to $42. Ya, I live on bread and lunch meat and the dollor foods, and buy stuff on sale. Ya, I wish, I could go spend $100 for food, but, their food comes first, I buy their food first, whatever is left over, that, is what I have to spend at the grocery store. Bag of potatoes, lasts a long time, ya I get sick of potatoes, but they, come first.

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Cat Health > i am searching for info and need it fast!


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Purred: Mon Jul 23, '12 5:51am PST 
Its the flea collor, he got a reaction from it, as alot of kitties do. What kind of flea collor was it, hopefully, not Hartz. Its not your fault, money was an issue, we all ben there and you didn't know, we all ben there too, thats how we learn.

For future reference, never, buy an over the counter flea product, especially Hartz, or Hartz anything.

Tell your vet he may possibly have been poisened, by the flea collor, tell him/her, he licked it, and ask them to contact the Poison Control for animals, I will try and find the link.

Also ask him/her, to run a complete CBC blood panel.

Also ask your vet to contact a specialist, that deals with flea products poison. If he/she won't, time to find another vet, or you can call the ER vet and talk to them.

Best of luck, please keep us updated, and don't do any amputations, until you or your vet, has talked to a specialist. If all else fails, ask him/her to contact Dr DePinto, out of Wash DC, its a place to start. She is a specialist, that my vet called, when there was an issue with Bump and the vitamin D toxicity that happened with Blue Buffalo, back in 2009 I believe.

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Food & Nutrition > Can't afford canned food anymore... $60/monthly budget to feed 3 cats, help?

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Purred: Sun Jul 22, '12 5:53am PST 
I excell at this stuff. Do you get your check weekly or monthly? After you pay your normal monthly bills, that have to be paid every month, rent, heat, gas, car, ins, etc, how much do you have left over, per week or per month? Leave out your food, their food, cable tv, anything that does not "have" to be paid every month.

Paw mail me if you don't feel comfortable with putting it on here. I did it with 5 cats, and, fed them blue wilderness, it can be done.

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Laws & Legislation > Speak Out About Walmart's Cruelty To Pigs


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Purred: Thu Jul 19, '12 2:42pm PST to-pigs

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For two months "John" (not his real name) worked undercover inside a pig factory farm that supplies Walmart and other big box companies with pork products.

By the time John left the factory farm, he had video footage of pregnant pigs living in cramped metal cages called gestation crates. He says the animals "constantly ram their heads against their tiny stalls or spend day after day, hour after hour, biting the bars of their cages out of frustration." And he knows it's not just this farm -- gestation crates produce the same conditions wherever they're used.

John says he has to stay anonymous to protect himself from backlash by the industry he just exposed. So he's teamed up with a group called Mercy for Animals to start a petition pressuring Walmart to stop using gestation crates.

John just released his video yesterday, and other stores that use gestation crates, like Kmart and Costco, pledged to stop using this cruel method of raising pigs before it even got out to the public. They joined McDonald's, Burger King, Oscar Meyer, and Kroger who have all agreed to phase gestation crates out of their supply chains.

But Walmart still refuses to drop the crates. Mercy For Animals thinks that massive public outcry against gestation crates will convince Walmart to adopt a stance against gestation crates.

While John says his experience will haunt him for the rest of his life, he's committed to exposing the horrific conditions on farms where they intensively confine animals.

Click here to sign the petition demanding that Walmart -- the top food retailer in the US -- stop supporting gestation crates.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

- Pulin and the team

» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Harvey, Aug 6 2:43 pm

Kitten Corner > Meow!


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Purred: Wed Jul 18, '12 3:43am PST 
Click on any kitties picture, underneath that picture, when it comes up, is a bar that says, send a friend request. I sent you one. Welcome!

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Behavior & Training > Karen Voortmans new here !!!


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Purred: Tue Jul 17, '12 2:22pm PST 
Welcome Karen! Very nice and very knowledgeable kitties on here, whatever the issue is, someone, knows the anser, or can direct you, in the correct direction. Just to warn you, I am the overly pickey one on here, mol.

Ya got an issue with a company, any company, I am your man, I know how to work the system, to get things fixed.

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Cat Health > Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?

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Purred: Mon Jul 16, '12 2:52pm PST 
Strongid? Over the counter?

I highly recommed, you get her wormed, with Drontal, it comes in a liquid or pill, you get if from the vet. They can be first wormed at 6 weeks.

You never never ever, mol, want to use any, worm products over the counter, and especially never never never never, ever, any Hartz products, way too many kitties got sick and/or died from Hartz products.

Had to laugh, when you said she is playing in the tub. I only have a shower stall, so when I go to a show, its a real treat, to be able to soak in a bath tub, with Avon skin so soft. Kittens always come in with me, and walk around the edge of the tub. I had to stop using, the skin so soft, as I thought, what if one of them decides to jump in, or falls in, then with that oil, I am major sca-rood, no way to give them another bath.

Glad she is feeling better! (((((((((((BIG HUGS)))))))))

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