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by Catfan5
Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Giving my cats up - advice pls!
Replies: 6
Views: 1799

Re: Giving my cats up - advice pls!

I can understand how stressed you must be, I would feel the same. Maybe suggest to the neighbour that as he has them most of the time and feeds them would he also like to take on the vet bills and insurance payments? Or why not get his own rescue cat? Or keep them all in for a while to re establish ...
by Catfan5
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Blood test- how often?

"Don't worry Catfan5 - its been a year since I was told Blackie had early stage CKD. I've found the more you read on the internet, the more confused you can become." Too true Jan! I found it interesting re your vet not prescribing steroid treatment for Blackie's fur licking except for a spray. I wou...
by Catfan5
Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Blood test- how often?

Thanks Crewella, that makes sense. I'll take another look at the website. I'm one of those annoying people who doesn't fully understand the condition, searches the Internet and likes to pepper the vet with questions which she clearly didn't appreciate.
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!
Replies: 9
Views: 1658

Re: Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!

Ria, your Molly reminds me of a little tortie cat called Wilma who used to visit every day from a neighbour. She was nineteen years old and was on meds for crf and hyperthyroidism. There was nothing of her, all skin and bones and seemed lighter than a feather when picked up. She was a feisty little ...
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!
Replies: 9
Views: 1658

Re: Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!

Hi Booktigger, I'm really puzzled by her eagerness to start a renal diet based on results that seem well in the normal range, as were the previous ones. The red and white blood cell counts were 8.95 and 8.9 which I assume is ok as nothing was mentioned. Re the muscle loss, this is a new idea I think...
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!
Replies: 9
Views: 1658

Re: Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!

Hi Ria, apparently it's to do with the low protein in renal food which can cause weight/muscle loss and older cats can end up too thin. It was Jan's post in my other thread that got me looking into it as her vet suggested keeping protein levels up and feeding regular cat food adding apaktine. Tanya'...
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!
Replies: 9
Views: 1658

Bailey, prednicare, kidneys, blood test, worried!

I've started a fresh thread from blood-test, how often. Feeling very uneasy this morning after talking to the vet. :( I like to ask a lot of questions when one of my cats is diagnosed with a condition and in the past they have said call us if you have any queries. One vet knew I was on a forum and w...
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Blood test- how often?

Feeling very uneasy this morning after talking to the vet. :( I like to ask a lot of questions when one of my cats is diagnosed with a condition and in the past they have said call us if you have any queries. One vet knew I was on a forum and was interested in what was being talked about re diabetes...
by Catfan5
Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Blood test- how often?

Hi Jan, thank you for your post. Pleased to hear Blackie is doing well, sounds as if you have a good vet. I'm not so sure about ours :? I was interested to hear about protein levels in food, I hadn't looked to see how low it is in the rc renal food. I will be talking to the vet on Tuesday regarding ...
by Catfan5
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Blood test- how often?

Thanks so much for the links Crewella, very informative. Bailey loves the rc wet renal food but now I see it has very low protein so have been adding a little of it to her normal hilife wet until I speak to the vet regarding this. There's a lot to take in from all this info but it's so useful. I rea...
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 22, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Blood test- how often?

Update on Bailey: the blood test showed that her creatinine (sp?) levels are raised to the upper end of the normal scale compared to the previous test three months ago which was at the lower end. So the vet wants to start her on some RC wet kidney food- not sure of the name yet. Also repeat the bloo...
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Re: Blood test- how often?

Thanks for your replies. Bailey didn't need sedation after all, a new lady vet and vn managed to take blood without it! The first time ever so I was pleased about that and Bailey was fine. I hope the vet is there long term for future tests! There was a note about her being a 'naughty cat' which the ...
by Catfan5
Tue Mar 22, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3427

Blood test- how often?

Bailey has been taking one prednicare tablet a day for nearly a year and she had a blood test last December to check kidney and liver function. All was fine. The vet called last week to say she should have a blood test every three months, so she is booked in for this morning.The problem is that Bail...
by Catfan5
Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: High cholesterol
Replies: 7
Views: 1236

Re: High cholesterol

I can find very little regarding cholesterol levels in cats except to say it can be a symptom of some underlying condition. I'm not convinced he is overweight either, at 6 kg he is probably the right weight for a raggy/wegie. I'm cutting down on the dry food though and hoping they will all eat more ...
by Catfan5
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: High cholesterol
Replies: 7
Views: 1236

Re: High cholesterol

Thanks bobbys girl. Our PG sounds more like your Gracie! Still in 'stray mode' even after a year! Will be cutting right down on the dry anyway with all of the cats though. I would like to see beakers cholesterol down to the normal range.
by Catfan5
Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: High cholesterol
Replies: 7
Views: 1236

Re: High cholesterol

hmmmm (tell Beaker to lay off the crisps and fries! :lol: ) Lol Ria! I'd never heard of it either, bit of a shock really. No advice from the vet except for Beaker to lose weight. I couldn't find any useful info on it though and I don't understand all the medical jargon! I've got a copy of the blood ...
by Catfan5
Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: High cholesterol
Replies: 7
Views: 1236

High cholesterol

Beaker, our big fluffy ragdoll- cross has high cholesterol. He is 8 years old, weighs 6kg and recently has been a bit off colour. He sleeps more than usual and has been a bit loose over the last couple of days. His blood test shows he is all fine except for the cholesterol which is 8.9 The vet said ...
by Catfan5
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stopping food before sedation
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Stopping food before sedation

On one occasion Bailey came out of the specialist vet with several shaved patches on her neck and legs where they had tried to get blood with no success! I don't like the idea of her having to be sedated for a simple blood test but is hopefully less stressful for her. Even our usual vets can't get a...
by Catfan5
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stopping food before sedation
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Stopping food before sedation

Thanks for your replies. I had a feeling it would be alright til around 11-12 but wanted to ask here. Bailey is a lovely cat but doesn't like being handled and can give a nasty bite when stressed. She needs this blood test though as she's been on steroids for six months for chronic bronchitis which ...
by Catfan5
Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stopping food before sedation
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Stopping food before sedation

My cat is having a blood test tomorrow and because she is very stressy and difficult may need sedation. I've picked up all the food now but wondering if she could have something now or is it too late?
by Catfan5
Wed Sep 23, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Teeth
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: Teeth

Haha! A lucky (for me) coincidence then. Fingers crossed our crew like it! :)
by Catfan5
Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Teeth
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: Teeth

Hi Ria, thanks so much for the link and taking the time to search :) that looks exactly what I've been looking for, I'm going to order some and the treats. I can't see anything in the ingredients to upset their tums and the kibble looks a good size so we'll see! Hi andybriz, two of mine have had den...
by Catfan5
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Teeth
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: Teeth

I wonder if there are chewy things for cats like there are for dogs to chew on, don't know if it's food or just toys. Two of ours catch mice occasionally and the odd bird so was surprised at them turning up their noses at the chicken wings!
by Catfan5
Tue Sep 22, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Teeth
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: Teeth

Thanks, it's a tricky one! Have tried chicken wings but none of them are interested, even the two hunters! :)
by Catfan5
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Teeth
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Teeth

Hi, my vet says all my (6) cats have some gingivitis on the upper gums and says all cats tend to develop it at some stage. Of course he recommends dry dental biscuits to keep the teeth clean although we all know that's a myth! But as my furry crew like dry food to graze on I bought some Royal Canin ...
by Catfan5
Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rehoming and behavioural issues - desperate for help.
Replies: 5
Views: 1297

Re: Rehoming and behavioural issues - desperate for help.

Hi, so sorry to hear you're going through such a stressful time, poor cats and poor you too :( I took on my DIL's two cats in April last year for the same reasons and it has taken over a year for them to settle and feel comfortable with us. One of them still sprays indoors occasionally but it's gett...
by Catfan5
Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Short matted fur problem.
Replies: 12
Views: 1844

Re: Short matted fur problem.

ok, thanks again for the useful info :)
by Catfan5
Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Short matted fur problem.
Replies: 12
Views: 1844

Re: Short matted fur problem.

Thanks Mark for the info and link. A trip to the vet for a check up followed by a groomer will be the next step, probably less annoying for Alfie than my pulling and fiddling with his fur! I've looked at the Oster clippers online, it's hard to tell which are smaller and more suitable for cats though?
by Catfan5
Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Short matted fur problem.
Replies: 12
Views: 1844

Re: Short matted fur problem.

Hi Mark, did you clip out the matts or clip all the fur off? Another of our cats who came to us last year with badly matted long fur was shaved at the vets. She had a lion cut which she needed but she has had behavioural issues since with stress and spraying. We thought when her fur grew back she wo...
by Catfan5
Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Short matted fur problem.
Replies: 12
Views: 1844

Re: Short matted fur problem.

Thanks for the your replies. Alfie's fur is so dense that even the detangle comb can't get right into it properly. All my cats, long haired and short have no matts due to a daily comb-through when they come in. Alfie hates it so I've obviously not kept an eye on his matts getting worse. Thanks for t...