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by Jan
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Casper's bloodwork came back and I don't know what to think
Replies: 23
Views: 4425

Re: Casper's bloodwork came back and I don't know what to think

I don't know if this will help. But when the vet phoned me last week with Blackie's latest blood results, she told me that his urea was high at 13. However, as Blackie gets so stressed out when he goes to the vets, her view was that the result may be a false one as stress will affect the result - an...
by Jan
Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Some good news ...
Replies: 15
Views: 1872

Re: Some good news ...

Thanks to all for the good wishes. The vet also told me she did a SDMA test but I must have blanked out by the time she mentioned it because for the life of me I can't remember what she said. I will be calling in to the clinic soon to ask her opinion about a few things (unrelated to CKD), so will as...
by Jan
Mon Oct 17, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Some good news ...
Replies: 15
Views: 1872

Some good news ...

I know there are many folk on here who are facing much sadness and/or worry over their beloved cats - and I feel really fortunate to have received good news from our vet. My stress levels go through the roof waiting for the results wondering whether his CKD has slipped into Stage 2. Having taken a d...
by Jan
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....
Replies: 10
Views: 1407

Re: Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....

The more time goes by, the more angry I'm getting to be honest. Blackie is not, at the moment, the same cat that he was before we took him in yesterday. I'm thinking of cancelling next week's appt to give him more time to get over what was a very upsetting and stressful experience for him (let alone...
by Jan
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....
Replies: 10
Views: 1407

Re: Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....

Oh good going Blackie - these vets definitely need 'putting in their place' sometimes!! :lol: I've had a few vet visits like that - inlcuding the stray that bit the vet, got loose, tried to climb the walls and knocked all the meds off the shelves!! :oops: At least Blackie only sought sanctuary in h...
by Jan
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....
Replies: 10
Views: 1407

Re: Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....

Ooooh Blackie, you naughty boy. Been there - done that - still taking the tranquilizers. :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: The very idea that after taking the blood, he was due to have his nails clipped and teeth looked at :roll: I rang the vet this morning to ask if it might be better to sedate him next we...
by Jan
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....
Replies: 10
Views: 1407

Blackie 1 ... Vet 0 ....

Blackie won the first round at the vets this morning. When I saw that the nurse was a young trainee, I knew there'd be real trouble. No sooner had the towel been wrapped round Blackie, then he was :evil: followed by a fight to keep him inside the towel with plenty of growling, hissing, spitting, scr...
by Jan
Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to know when it's time?
Replies: 18
Views: 2482

Re: How to know when it's time?

I'm in bits reading the first post because everything written about Trixie brought back memories of the cat I grew up with. I never knew the house without Willie and to see him in his last weeks can still bring tears to my eyes 40+ years later. He too was diagnosed with CKD end stage but my mother w...
by Jan
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Its true ... Blackie has a girlfriend!
Replies: 11
Views: 1644

Re: Its true ... Blackie has a girlfriend!

Yes meriad - the very same. Neighbour told us that they let Poppy outdoors when she was 6 months old, by which time I assume she was spayed. I suspect if Blackie's stress problem is other-cat related, it is down to males roaming around. Blackie doesn't and as far as I know never has got on with othe...
by Jan
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Does anyone use Metacam for their cat?
Replies: 21
Views: 6159

Re: Does anyone use Metacam for their cat?

Inhave just boiled the kettle and will wait for it too cool to warm. I have squeezed out the whiskers gravy and will do another bowl with two cystaid pills in. Trouble is when she is having a day like today it is hard to her to eat. would really like to be able to answer this but fear I won't be mu...
by Jan
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Its true ... Blackie has a girlfriend!
Replies: 11
Views: 1644

Re: Its true ... Blackie has a girlfriend!

Little Poppy is only about a year old ... so my old rascal of 13+half is cradle snatching :lol: Can't swear to this and it may just be a coincidence but since he's become more friendly with Poppy, the belly licking seems to have reduced a bit. I've stopped putting the steroid spray on it - doesn't s...
by Jan
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Its true ... Blackie has a girlfriend!
Replies: 11
Views: 1644

Its true ... Blackie has a girlfriend!

Contrary to what I first thought about a young tabby cat coming into our garden and upsetting Blackie, we've now found out from the neighbour next door but one that Blackie often comes into their garden and happily sits near (or even next to) their female cat, Poppy. He told us he hadn't seen Blacki...
by Jan
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Does anyone use Metacam for their cat?
Replies: 21
Views: 6159

Re: Does anyone use Metacam for their cat?

Hi Harry ... not sure I can help that much ... but we were within 24/48 hours of losing our cat (male) 2+half years ago to stress related cystitis so I have enormous empathy for anyone who has a cat suffering from this problem. Fortunately for us, my late mother brought him up on wet food (Felix) bu...
by Jan
Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly pulling her fur out
Replies: 4
Views: 1245

Re: Molly pulling her fur out

I sympathise - we've been struggling with this problem for months now with our cat (Blackie). He has taken off his belly fur and bits a bit further up underneat as well as at the top of his left hind leg. Knowing his nature and character as well as the vet does, she believes the fur mowing is stress...
by Jan
Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Hills Prescription C/D dry food query
Replies: 9
Views: 2656

Re: Hills Prescription C/D dry food query

Totally agree with Helen about adding lots of water to food. But no vet has ever recommended I give Blackie anything other than wet food pouches. Fortunately my mother had always fed him on Felix wet pouches anyway. We were originally given Hills c/d wet urinary stress food after his first bout of s...
by Jan
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sofi is scratching her fur out.
Replies: 14
Views: 2823

Re: Sofi is scratching her fur out.

I wish I could offer some advice on this ... or have found an answer ... I'd make a fortune saving the amount of money we've paid to our vet over the last 4/5 months. Nothing seems to work. All I get from the vet for reasons - well actually, they aren't even reasons as she's checked him for everythi...
by Jan
Sat Jun 25, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Poor little Blackie ....
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Re: Poor little Blackie ....

Thank you so much for your condolences. The funeral passed with less emotion than I envisaged, simply because Mum left us all with so many happy memories that caused much laughter. Not to mention that 5 minutes into the journey, we suddenly remembered we hadn't got the single red carnation and singl...
by Jan
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Poor little Blackie ....
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Poor little Blackie ....

The fur licking/mowing is still ongoing .. though a few weeks back we did notice the sprouts of fur starting on his belly. Hurrah we thought. Then my mother died very unexpectedly and the house seemed to be thrown into chaos - with me breaking down in tears at any given moment,, my OH obviously upse...
by Jan
Mon May 23, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..

Have passed on your 'scratch', Helen ... though Blackie hardly needs any encouragement on that score :lol: The little cat has been back in our garden several times since I last posted - each time Blackie has gone towards him - and then the 2 cats have just eyed each other until the intruder decides ...
by Jan
Thu May 19, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..

Don't be fooled by your cat looking nonchalant, cats hide a myriad of emotions. We have problems with other cats, often caused by ME feeling sorry for them as they are obviously neglected and it has brought untold stress to my own cats so I'm harsher now I'm afraid. My cats only go out the back so ...
by Jan
Thu May 19, 2016 5:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Re: Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..

what do you think? Do you agree with the vet? Sometimes I do, other times am looking for an easier answer. I took what I initially thought was some flea dirt round to the clinic the other week, only to be told it was garden dirt :lol: Knowing Blackie as I do, I think its as likely to be down to str...
by Jan
Wed May 18, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..
Replies: 7
Views: 1111

Blackie's belly licking/scratching ..

This isn't a life threatening problem, I know but Blackie's fur mowing and scratching has been going on now for 3 months and while I've seen much worse cases on the internet, the treatment the vet gave (Cortavance spray) just doesn't seem to be working or stopping him. I've now discovered that he's ...
by Jan
Wed May 04, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Potential conflict with vet
Replies: 16
Views: 3397

Re: Potential conflict with vet

I remember that scared feeling only too well ;) If there are no bad health concerns, am sure all will be well. Do let me know how it all goes.

J x
by Jan
Mon May 02, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Potential conflict with vet
Replies: 16
Views: 3397

Re: Potential conflict with vet

Hi Kris The vet suggested in view of his age (12 at the time - he's now 13), he should have a full blood count test which was sent to an outside laboratory. I think the price was about £80. When the results came back a few days later, he phoned to tell me Blackie's urea level was above the normal li...
by Jan
Fri Apr 29, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Very early signs of kidney failure
Replies: 20
Views: 13904

Re: Very early signs of kidney failure

Personally I would ask for a urine test - especially if you have any suspicions that your cat might be drinking more than normal.

One thing all 3 vets did agree on - as far as Blackie is concerned - is that he should have a blood test every 6 months and a urine test every 3.
by Jan
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Very early signs of kidney failure
Replies: 20
Views: 13904

Re: Very early signs of kidney failure

I've had 3 different opinions from 3 vets since Blackie was diagnosed with early stage CKD in March 2015. The vet who gave me the diagnosis advised I should feed Blackie with RC renal food a couple of days a week. Another vet, at our usual clinic near our home in Kent told me this wasn't any good - ...
by Jan
Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Potential conflict with vet
Replies: 16
Views: 3397

Re: Potential conflict with vet

I couldn't agree more with what Cussypat wrote about how important it is to have blood tests before any surgery or any other time when a cat becomes older. If the vet we took Blackie to for removal of an upper canine hadn't suggested he should have a FULL blood test in view of his age (12 at that ti...
by Jan
Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is frightened of me!
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

Re: Blackie is frightened of me!

Hi Cussypat ... that's an idea I hadn't thought of. We have a whole box of this type of glove (left over from when Mum had carers at home), so will give that a try later today. Oh the indignity of it all - being held in my arms so OH can spray him underneath where his fur is missing/thin. Oh, the sh...
by Jan
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is frightened of me!
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

Re: Blackie is frightened of me!

Thanks for the replies. Haven't long been back from the vets to pick up Blackie's latest blood + urine results and had a word with her about how much Blackie gets stressed by this treatment. A shrug of her shoulders and a look on her face was enough to tell me that though she understood/sympathised,...
by Jan
Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is frightened of me!
Replies: 8
Views: 1653

Blackie is frightened of me!

As Blackie's fur mowing hasn't ceased - if anything it has got worse, the vet prescribed a steroid spray to put on his bare skin - something called Cortavance. After checking with the vet that it didn't present any risk if he tried licking it off and it was suitable for cats (the label says its for ...