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I agree with Feralvr about the timing, and think it is a good idea to call the vet and clinic to see how late you can drop off the cat. Obviously not all cats are being spayed/neutered simultaneously; yet it seems the pick up time remains the same The biggest issue time wise is: is there enough time for the anesthesia to wear off and for the cat to seem at least somewhat aware of his/her surroundings, before the clinic/vet practice closes. Good luck!
A kitten I am fostering is just now deciding she likes the cardboard kind; it comes with its own . Before she liked an heirloom bedspread and mattress (: On the other hand, an adult cat I was fostering ONLY liked bark as a scratching surface (custom made cat tree with sisal and carpet)--perhaps because he had lived on the streets for such a long time.
Kittens can handle the smaller part of the wing with ease. They will digest the bone just as they digest the other food. A wing once a week makes a nice treat; you will know if that is too much if the cats' poop is really hard or, of course, if there is any blood. Yeah, calcium : phosphorus ratio makes my head spin too. I fed prey model raw ("frankenprey")--a combination of meat, a secreting and non-secreting organ, and bone. I would not be too concerned about the C:P...
I believe it use to be thought that you should avoid feeding fish to cats, especially male cats, because of the UTI/heavy metal issue. I think that is no longer the case (assuming no prior history of a UTI.) So I wouldn't worry so much about bonito flakes causing a UTI; I would be more concerned about whether he is getting enough of the other nutrients he needs.
First thank you for thinking of the cats. Generally, cats go where the food is; cats will go several streets over if necessary. If your neighbor is just down the same street, then I think the cats will soon find their way to the food. Remember too cats will go "as the crow flies"; in other words, the new location may be a few streets away, but there may be a more direct route via woods, around houses, across fields. I feed cats in two different locations, about 1/4...
I'm sorry you're having problems with this sweety. Two weeks ago, I rescued Dahalia from under a car where I use to live. She drank a LOT of water, ate little, peed small amounts frequently. I mentioned it to the clinic where I was going to have her spayed (I volunteer for the parent organization); they did a pre-anesthesia blood work, which should some elevated numbers, particularly BUN and Phosphorus. Recommended a complete CHEM test and urinalysis--possible kidney...
I am actually in a similar position. I do think you can spread yourself too thin among cats, especially when you are first trying to socialize them. One of the reasons I ended up 'fostering' Ritz was so her rescuer could spend more time with the other three she rescued (same litter). Depends upon the shelter in so far as how they will be treated. Make sure it is a truly no-kill shelter, that the shelter will keep the kitten/cat until she/he is adopted out or dies a...
I agree. Dahalia, the female kitten I rescued from under a car and am fostering, weighs 3.4 pounds and is around six months old. (Previously owned; super friendly) She ate very little the first five days and drank a lot of water. But she is now starting to eat more canned food when mixed with dry food. I have no hesitation giving her dry food in this case (nor does her vet) even though initial blood work indicated potentially serious problems with her kidneys. While...
I agree with the above suggestions. I have a few of my own; Ritz is prone to stress induced UTIs and these have helped. She hasn't had an incident in over two years, despite my fostering a cat and now a kitten. Do you have Feliway plugged in? You can buy it in most any pet store; it is cheaper online. I also have used l-theanine, which is a calming agent. It is an ingredient found in calming treats. Play time can also reduce stress, if your cat likes to play. Ritz...
Another Update: Dahalia had a more complete blood work up Saturday, July 11, and her levels are much better. Her BUN is now normal as is her phosphorus. CPK is a little elevated and there are some other abnormal levels but the vet isn't concerned. Urinalysis is normal as it was ten days ago. And she is now eating much better--especially since I discovered that she may have been holding out for the "good" stuff--dry food. I am now mixing some dry kibble into the wet...
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