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Cat Health > Mega Colon
Furman- Dexter- 10/28/99-1/1- 2/15

Little Critter
 
 
Purred: Tue Jan 27, '15 1:11am PST 
Hi there! I struggled to find something that would work for Furman for years. The Science Diet wd food that was recommended to us made it much worse. For a long time we did mostly canned with only a little dry, and I was using Miralax. I think it was 1/4 teaspoon mixed with a little warm water or chicken baby food and I would put it in his mouth with a syringe, or just mix it with his canned food once a day. This helped a lot, but he would still have a flare up once in awhile.
One day after he had an enema the vet recommened Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Fiber Response. He really liked it and it worked so well that I was able to stop using the miralax. He went for the longest stretch in his life that he ever had without any constipation. If you go read some reviews on it you will see that it had really positive reviews from people with cats with megacolon.I felt like it was sort of a miracle food!
Also, as previously mentioned, it is very important to brush every day because the hair can definitely back things up. I had to brush Furman every night. If you don't have a water fountain you may want to try that too. The more your little girl drinks, the better!
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» There has since been 1 post. Last posting by Chloe (1996 - 2012), Jan 30 6:30 am

Cat Health > How do you know it is time?
Furman- Dexter- 10/28/99-1/1- 2/15

Little Critter
 
 
Purred: Wed Dec 31, '14 3:40pm PST 
Thank you everyone for the replies! Furman finally pooped and he is doing much better than he was. The look that he had on his face is gone and he has been more active. I definitely think he will be ok for a little longer as long as he doesn't get constipated again. It does worry me that he got constipated because after about 11 years of battling with constipation/megacolon I had finally found a food that kept him regular for seven months straight with no stool softeners or anything. I hope it isn't losing its effectiveness.
Chloe's mom, thank you for the info on the supplements.
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» There has since been 2 posts. Last posting by Chloe (1996 - 2012), Jan 16 6:17 pm


Cat Health > How do you know it is time?

Furman- Dexter- 10/28/99-1/1- 2/15

Little Critter
 
 
Purred: Mon Dec 29, '14 7:45pm PST 
Hi Everyone, I am so sad. My Furman is having some problems and I have no idea if it is time to let him go or not. He has had a few different health problems in the last year including thyroid, kidneys, and constipation, which luckily I have found a food that helps a ton. I take him to the vet for a check up if there is even the slightest hint that something is going on. He is also on sub q fluids that I do at home twice a week. Well, today he started showing signs of constipation again and an xray to my surprise showed a mass on his lung. The vet was not expecting that at all and did not think he was backed up enough to do an enema and sent him home with a stool softener and steroid. When I look at him his little face seems different than usual, and I am wondering if it is a look of pain. He is still eating and drinking and jumping up into his cat tree. He has been peeing in different places around the apartment.
I just don't know. I have never had to make this decision on my own before. Would he still be eating if he was ready to go? Can any of you that have had to do this tell me if you knew for sure that it was time, or did you question it? I don't want him to be in pain and I am very worried about his weight loss. He was 7.5 lbs today, that is one lb lost in a month. I know the end is near, but I just don't know when.
I know it is hard to talk about, but I appreciate any advice.
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» There has since been 6 posts. Last posting by Chloe (1996 - 2012), Jan 16 6:17 pm


Cat Health > How to give Miralax with a syringe?

Furman- Dexter- 10/28/99-1/1- 2/15

Little Critter
 
 
Purred: Sun Jan 20, '13 5:04pm PST 
Hi Everyone! Does anyone here give their cats Miralax with a syringe? I have been giving Furman Miralax mixed into his canned food every day for a little over a year, but I have been having trouble recently because he does not like canned food. He ended up at the vet last week getting an enema. The vet said I could give him 1cc of Miralax mixed with water or canned food in a syringe instead of putting it in the food. I tried it today and made a mess trying to mix it up and getting it into the syringe. I ended up with more on my shirt then in Furman's mouth.

Any suggestions?? I would appreciate any advicesmile
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Cat Health > Asthmatic Cat- Alternive to inhaler while we go on vacation?

Phoebe- ♥

Peep peep!
 
 
Purred: Fri Jan 4, '13 8:12pm PST 
I am in the same boat...I wanted to go visit my mom out of state but there is NO WAY anyone else will be able to give her the inhaler or pills, and I know she won't eat the pills in food for anyone else.
There is a shot that I looked into, but I belong to a forum for people with cats on inhaled steroids and a ridiculous amount of people have said their cats got very sick after having the shot, so that is out of the question now too.
I can't afford to board her, but there is a special cats only vet hospital near me that has really nice cat boarding...maybe there is something similar near you?
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Kitten Corner > How were you named?
Phoebe- ♥

Peep peep!
 
 
Purred: Sun Sep 23, '12 9:08am PST 
I got Phoebe's name from the bird, the Eastern Phoebe.

One of the first days she had free run of the house after she was spayed I was driving myself crazy trying to come up with a name for her. I was sitting in front of the slider door in the dining room reading my literature textbook and Phoebe was sitting at the door watching birds. A bird came right up to the door and made a "fee-bee! fee-bee!" sound. Each time the bird chirped, Phoebe chirped back. I ran and got my Mom's bird book and it turned out the bird was an Eastern Phoebe. That is how she got her name, and her nickname is Peeps.

Furman is named after a kid I went to high school with who was a hippie., and kind of a wanderer. When this beautiful kitty showed up in my backyard I knew that was his name immediately, just changed the spelling from Fir to Fur, since he is a catsmile

Sassy had the name when she was adopted form the SPCA, and it fit her perfectly.

Polka Dot was originally a Pokey, but she had the cute dot on her nose so Pokey was changed to Polka Dot. She had a million nicknames, she also answers to Dorothy Jean, Dottie Rashada Jackarinda, Spot the Dot, etc, etc, etc...

Missy was named Melissa Callie because my brother and I both have M names with seven letters, I am not sure where the Callie came from. smile
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Cat Health > Probiotics and constipation

Furman- Dexter- 10/28/99-1/1- 2/15

Little Critter
 
 
Purred: Sat Jun 11, '11 5:56pm PST 
Hi Everyone!

Does anyone know if either Eagle Pack Holistic Solutions dog and cat supplement or Fortiflora would help with constipation? I know they are meant for diarrhea, but I figured pumpkin helps both ways, so this may too.

I would appreciate any opinions! Furman has pooped outside the litter box three times now because he has been having trouble with constipation (not bad enough for an enema), and Phoebe, my former feral girl, feels the need to mark her territory and pee next to his poop!

Neither vet that saw them were any help, I basically payed to tell them what the issue was and have them agree with me lolol. I listed everything I had tried to help and one actually told me to let him know if I found anything that worked.

Also, it seems like all of the really healthy good foods that he should be on for constipation give him diarrhea and caused both him and Phoebe to have major bladder/urinary tract/crystal issues.

Help!!!
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Grooming > Towel Bath Solutions / Recipes

Phoebe- ♥

Peep peep!
 
 
Purred: Thu Sep 9, '10 9:13pm PST 
Hi! I use Earthbath Grooming Foam for Cats. They have a green tea essence and an unscented. All you have to do is brush and furminate the cat, massage the foam into the fur, then towel off. They come out clean and shiny. I don't usually like scented products, but I love the green tea and my cats don't seem to mind it either. I bought mine from entirelypets.com.
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Cat Health > Personality changes on hyperthyroid hormone?

Sassafras- 9.28.92-3.19- .11

The Hostess with- the Mostess
 
 
Purred: Sat Nov 21, '09 5:40pm PST 
I was really sad when Sassy first went on the hormone and she started sleeping all of the time. The vet said she was just acting her age (14 at the time), and it just seemed extreme after being used to her in a constant hyper state (running around all night long with toys and howling). After a few weeks she leveled out and started to play again, but not as extreme as before. She gets tested every six months and she has been fine for the last two years. The last time she was tested I was worried because she had been even more playful than usual and I thought she needed her dosage increased, but she was just fine. Maybe your boy is on too high a dosage, or maybe he is just acting his age. It might seem like he is better off playing and acting like a kitten, but to a 15 year old cat it might actually be exhausting. Imagine an 85 year old human who is constantly running around like a 15 year old and can not calm down. Give him a pat from us!
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Cat Health > 12 week old won't eat, is gagging, diarrhea
Phoebe- ♥

Peep peep!
 
 
Purred: Sat Nov 14, '09 7:51pm PST 
Hi, I am happy to read that Aura is feeling better! I just saw that you were afraid to tell the vet that pinky mice were they only thing she wanted to eat...please always give the vet all info possible, even if you are afraid. The missing piece of information that the vet needs could be the one thing you are afraid to say. The vet knows you love your cat...you wouldn't have been so worried if you didn't!
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