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Cat Health > HELP? Anyone with experience with IBD or lymphoma??
Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Fri Jan 30, '15 2:51pm PST 
Arthur was long diagnosed with IBD until he developed weakness in his hind legs that his vet determined was caused by metastasis from intestinal lymphoma.

His main symptom was chronic diarrhea. He was so uncomfortable that he began avoiding the litter box because of it.

We managed to get his symptoms under control with long-term prednisolone and periodic courses of metronidazole (Flagyl). He did well on that treatment for more than a year and a half before he started losing weight and getting weak.

Arthur's sisfur, Bea, had issues with chronic vomiting but was never officially diagnosed with IBD. She did benefit for a few years from an limited ingredient diet, twice daily Pepcid (1/4 10 mg tablet) and a low dose of prednisolone (she also took the prednisolone for skin problems). She eventually did develop fluid in the chest and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Shortly after, we had to let her go due to a probable stroke.

I don't to sound like I think your case is hopeless. In both our cases, these were illness that developed slowly over a long period of time and we were able to keep them comfortable for some time. Every case is different, though.

I'm so sorry about your doggie brother...sending purrs for you and your family, Chili!

Please keep us posted. hug

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Who's Feeling Silly > Cats in the cloud
Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Tue Jan 13, '15 11:51am PST 
I'm thinking maybe the clouds are filled with messages and pictures from all our friends still on Earth, proving that they still remember us, think of us often, and are sending their love. cloud 9

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Behavior & Training > One year old spayed cat refuses to pee in her litter box!

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Tue Dec 30, '14 1:26pm PST 
I'm assuming that she was treated successfully for the urinary crystals? Has she been back to the vet for a follow-up to make sure they haven't come back?

It's important for cats who are prone to crystals to stay well hydrated to keep their urine dilute. I would feed her wet food as much as possible and try to stay away from dry, and make sure she has plenty of sources of fresh water. If she doesn't have a drinking fountain, you might try adding one to entice her to drink more.

When Arthur developed intestinal problems, he started avoiding the litter box because of the pain. Once we got his symptoms under control, I had to recondition him to use the litter box again. Whenever I saw him going in the direction where he tended to relieve himself, I would follow him and pet him and praise him until he was purring and happy and then gently place him in the litter box. If he didn't use the box right then, I would still pet and praise him. If he did use it, I would reward him with treats. After a while, he got back into the habit of using the box again like the good boy he really was.

You want to make sure that you're cleaning all the spots she's used with a cleaner formulated for urine removal. If she can smell that she's gone in one place once before, she might think that it's a good spot to use again.

It can take a while for hormones to go away completely, so if you're suspecting hormonal/territorial spraying, you can try a product like Feliway to help relieve those urges.

Good luck! Keep us posted!hug

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Cat Health > Neutering?

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Mon Dec 29, '14 5:57pm PST 
I can't imagine why anyone would not neuter. Intact male cats are extremely territorial and scent mark by spraying urine and clawing. Even if you try to keep them indoors, they will find a way out and roam the neighborhood in search of a mate, putting them at risk of getting hit by cars or attacked by predators. They fight with other intact males, which exposes them to diseases like FIV. That's all even before bringing up the scores of unwanted kittens that a single intact male can bring into the world if there are any unspayed females in the neighborhood.

Two intact males are unlikely to be able to live together in peace. One intact male is unlikely to let any other cat live in his territory in peace. Neutered males, though, often get along wonderfully. If you want your cats to get along, it's crucial that they both be neutered.

As far as weight gain goes, I think that has more to do with food than anything else. Feed your kitty a healthy diet and play with him often and he should be fine.

Keep us posted! way to go

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Behavior & Training > PLEASE HELP! Cat won't pee in litter box but will poop! please help!!!

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Tue Nov 11, '14 7:23pm PST 
Has she been to the vet about this problem? You want to make sure that she doesn't have a UTI or urinary crystals before you treat it as strictly behavioral.

Keep us posted! hug

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Cat Health > acts like shes going to throw up, then doesn't?!
Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Sun Oct 5, '14 7:01pm PST 
I'd definitely get her checked by the vet. Arthur once started having gagging and dry heaves, so I gave him hairball medicine thinking it would help, but instead he got worse. When I rushed him to the emergency vet, it turned out that he had a kidney infection.

Sending purrs, hopefully it's not serious! Keep us posted! hug

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Cat Health > Black spots on nose and mouth

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Sun Aug 3, '14 2:45pm PST 
Here is a pretty good article about feline acne:
Feline Acne - Causes, Symptoms and Treatmentway to go

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Cat Health > Black spots on nose and mouth

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Sun Aug 3, '14 10:32am PST 
The spots on his chin and cheeks look like feline acne. Your vet can prescribe some antibacterial wash and ointments that can help clear it up (don't use human acne products!).

If you're feeding with plastic dishes, you'll need to switch to glass, stainless steel or ceramic because plastic can harbor bacteria that are transferred onto the skin during eating. Arthur had feline acne when he was young that disappeared completely once I switched to glass food dishes!

I'm more concerned about the spot on his nose, though. Has he always had that? Have you had the vet check it out?

Good luck! Keep us posted! kitty

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Behavior & Training > Am I abusing my kitty?

Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Fri May 9, '14 2:00pm PST 
The person who said it's cruel to take your kitty for walks is crazy. Of course, she'd be right if Arwen were terrified and you were dragging her around by a leash against her will, but since she's enjoying them there's absolutely nothing wrong with taking her out.

Arthur loved going for walks, too. Near the end of his life when his health was declining, our walks became especially important because they seemed to stimulate his appetite and keep him mobile in ways that nothing else could. It also made for special quality time that we were able to spend together before he was gone.

It sounds like you're taking all necessary steps to make sure that Arwen stays safe. I say, as long as you're both enjoying your walks, keep it up! way to go

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What I Love About Catster > The Late Late Show - Act IV
Arthur (Miss- You!- '93-'09)

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Purred: Fri Mar 28, '14 7:38pm PST 
*follows Lady Fee onto the trampoline and up to the chandelier...BOING*
Pinkish-peach cats swinging on the chandelier! laugh out loud

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