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by Antonio
Wed May 02, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

So the treatment has been successful - Pip is looking better every day, and slowly building up a little more muscle, which is helping with the arthritis. This part of your post is the best one! :D :D :D It's wonderful to read such things, isn't it? ;) A big kiss to Pippin and Mouse and all other ca...
by Antonio
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat constantly yowling
Replies: 8
Views: 3227

Re: Elderly cat constantly yowling

My 14 year old female cat Meg used to be very quiet but is now very vocal and spends a lot of time yowling pretty loudly - basically if she isn't eating or sleeping she's yowling and I have to admit it sometimes drives me up the wall, especially if she decides to wake up at 3.00am! Could she be jus...
by Antonio
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Moved. Neighbor Cat thinks yard is his
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: Moved. Neighbor Cat thinks yard is his

If the visitor cat is someone's, could you just wear a collar on him with a message where you ask to be called by its owners? ;)
by Antonio
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help please - hyperthyroid cat, vidalta and now early stage renal failure
Replies: 15
Views: 3321

Re: Help please - hyperthyroid cat, vidalta and now early stage renal failure

Hi @fairy100, Yes, you can never win with the therapy against HT, and the meds can give more issues. My cat Pallina, was treated with I-131 August last year, when she was 16 years and 3 months old, in Belgium, because over here in Italy there are no I-131 facilities. She was diagnosed a year before,...
by Antonio
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Is this fur balls?
Replies: 9
Views: 1290

Re: Is this fur balls?

Asthma can give very a tough cough, with the cat almost gasping and choking.
Furballs should come out, sooner or later.
I'd suggest you to have your cat's heart checked. Some heart diseases or failures give cough.
by Antonio
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help please - hyperthyroid cat, vidalta and now early stage renal failure
Replies: 15
Views: 3321

Re: Help please - hyperthyroid cat, vidalta and now early stage renal failure

I'm sorry that you and your cat are going through this situation. I'm sure you know that hyperthyroidism cannot be controlled long term. You're adjusting the dosage of Vidalta, but you will never win. The (benign) cancer in her thyroid will keep growing and you can't increase the meds dose forever. ...
by Antonio
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

How much weight has he gained since last weighing?
by Antonio
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Did the vet tell you to have him checked after 6 weeks, or did they give you a different schedule? I was asked for a check Pallina at 30 days, 90 days and 180 days. At the last check, when everything was fine, the vet at the facility (Pallina is being checked at my clinic, the facility is in Belgium...
by Antonio
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

If a cat can be led on a leash, like I did with my Lola, you can do exercise everyday, by walking a longer stretch of sidewalk everyday.
by Antonio
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?
Replies: 19
Views: 2165

Re: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?

http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/cat_litter_litter_boxes/litter_tray_cat_toilet/98035 I tip the tray to keep the litter towards the back, which also has the merit of revealing the clumps, and keeping the worst of the digging at the back of the tray Interesting! But I soon thought about my Rainbow...
by Antonio
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?
Replies: 19
Views: 2165

Re: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?

I started to use Cat’s Best OKO. It’s not cheap but I was very surprised how long a small amount lasted! but the downside is it doesn’t mask any odour very well at all and trails more, so I’m back on a search. I used to use the same litter, then I switched to Cat's Best Sensitive (formerly known as...
by Antonio
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Finally had Kala spayed yesterday, we'll see how she recovers now
Replies: 12
Views: 2238

Re: Finally had Kala spayed yesterday, we'll see how she recovers now

Female cats who return from the surgery show different signs during the recovery. Some are quite alert and active a few hours later. Some are crazy as soon as they come back home, do things that look impossible, then sleep for 24h in a row. Usually they shouldn't eat in the first hours after the sur...
by Antonio
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Poor Pippin, I didn't imagine how hard the HT hit on him. You say he's very thin and weak on his back legs and hips, hopefully some exercise will help him to gain some strength and muscles. I like the way you are counting the hours :lol: To me it was more a matter of days rather than hours, and two ...
by Antonio
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?
Replies: 19
Views: 2165

Re: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?

I use Cat's Best Sensitive Natural clumping litter. It is made from chipped wood, has a pleasant smell of wood and clumps rather well. I scoop the litter two-three times a day and remove every clump or solid waste. A pack of litter is enough for two refills. When the second refill is close to a low ...
by Antonio
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?
Replies: 19
Views: 2165

Re: How Often Do You Wash Litter Trays?

Kay wrote:I do fill the large tray much deeper than recommended, to around 18cms, so perhaps that means less contamination
How can a tray be deeper than 20 cm? How can a cat step over the edge and get into the tray? :)
by Antonio
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

By Easter, or a bit later, everything will be fine, at last! :D
by Antonio
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

I need to correct my previous post.
The supplements are CondroStress 3.0 and Alevica (not Alecia). I typed from my phone and the auto correction did the rest. I wonder when this feature starts working fine on phones and tablets :x
by Antonio
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

When my cat needed supplements for her arthritis, I gave her CondroStress 3.0 and Alecia and in a bit more than 2 weeks I was able to see a difference.
by Antonio
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Meowing
Replies: 9
Views: 1576

Re: Meowing

I agree. Closed doors are a real issue with some cats. Many years ago my cat used to meow at night, when the door was closed and the lights were off. So I would get up, play a few minutes with her, then go to bed again. It would happen 2-5 times per night. Until this bad habit died off on its own. P...
by Antonio
Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Meowing
Replies: 9
Views: 1576

Re: Meowing

Emma, can you give us more details about your cat?
How long have you had him? What does his day look like? Do you make him play before going to bed? Does he sleep with you? Do you leave some food out at night?
by Antonio
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

FJM, you have a way to tell us things that it seems to me I'm there :D It sounds like Pippin is having a very great time looking out the window, cozy, warm, and cuddled. Who could ask for more? Pippin will be great in a few days, his coat will restore to its former beauty and everything else will be...
by Antonio
Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

The vet used a geiger counter to demonstrate how close you needed to be before the radiation level registered as above background - in Pip's case about 30cm or less. The half life for this isotope is around 8 days - it can actually be very dangerous if absorbed by the body, especially for children,...
by Antonio
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Just to add some lines about the isolation of cats after I-131 treatment, I am a member of the Yahoo! Group for HT cats and one of the recent posts reads: "...the requirements about avoiding contact are nothing but paranoia and legal butt covering. The radiation that kills the tumor is beta radiatio...
by Antonio
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Wow! The first part of the adventure is over, now you have to go through the second part, which will go as fast as the first one :D

Just out of curiosity... How can you tell that the radioactivity is low and getting lower? Have you a way to measure it?
by Antonio
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat spraying indoors!
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: Cat spraying indoors!

I suggest you see - https://www.catchat.org/index.php/cat-toilet-spray-indoors hopefully there is something on there that you have not tried. I also suggest you clean anything up with a spirit, whiskey, gin, rum, brandy and if that is too painful surgical spirit. Please let us know how you get on. ...
by Antonio
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat spraying indoors!
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: Cat spraying indoors!

Red wine lady wrote:I would honestly think about adding Cystophan to all their foods...
Isn't Cystophan for recurrent cystitis and for lower tract urinary diseases?
I used to give it to my cat when she developed a recurrent cystitis.
by Antonio
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Possible tumour
Replies: 22
Views: 2748

Re: Possible tumour

I'm sorry for your Boris, you put an end to his suffering.
Now he's healthy and strong again, runs across the green meadows at the Bridge and waits for you to be with him again.
RIP brave Boris, you were much loved, you will be greatly missed :(
by Antonio
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

I'm glad to read that.
And as you can see, the long waiting time has come to an end, and faster than you thought :D

In a few weeks everything will be just a memory and you'll feel proud of what you did, just like I feel.
by Antonio
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 14068

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Yes, I think that at the moment he's in thebest place, where every symptom or sign can be detected and taken care of.
How are things today? Do you have news?
by Antonio
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Possible tumour
Replies: 22
Views: 2748

Re: Possible tumour

I'm sorry to read this!
It's a matter of how many good days he has and how many bad days he has.
It'll come a time when the bad days will be more and more. When no more bright days will show up, then it is time... this is my opinion.