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Ritz was trapped (along with her sister and brothers; lived outside, survived a 20" snow storm) the day after Christmas. The Best Christmas Present Ever. Long story short, I adopted her a month later, never having been around cats before except when I was helping my friend socialize the litter. So.... I celebrate her gottcha-date around Christmas too and of course a month later for her adoption date. It will be our fifth anniversary this year. I've bought her new toys...
I did a search on the internet for Uro-pet for the ingredients. Methionine racemate (a derivative of Methionine) is a component of Uro-pet. I would also have recommended Methionine (plain without any added ingredients) but you need some guidance about the dose; too much and you can cause the opposite type of stone. I believe other people supplement with Slippery Elm Bark. The general rule of thumb at least in the USA is to feed cats who are prone to UTIs wet food (avoid...
First, thank you for rescuing this cat! Though I wonder if maybe she belongs to someone else? Meanwhile, you it seems to me you're doing everything right. Do make sure she keeps on eating. I would take your cat to the vets as soon as possible to get neutered/spayed; he is about the right age to want to start to mate or get pregnant. At the same time you can get her dewormed, tested for FIV/FeLK and get a rabies vaccination. It seems to me she may have at one time been...
I can only offerings and prayers. And based on my limited experience with traveling among the Greek islands and the practicalities involved, I sympathize with your inability too get together a vet. Maybe SAWA or Nine lives could refer you to a vet you could call, email pictures. Good luck.
Absolutely you can use any heart from any animal. You can also buy various heart treats. Someone can give you the ratio (dry:wet)--over my skill level
I agree with Denise; it's basically something a cat is born with. And yes isn't insurance great in this instance. Which is why I have pet insurance, just for this reason.
He could have done something (jump) while in your bedroom. Are you 100% positive the cat and dog had no interaction. Personally I would take him to the vet just for peace of mind. I don't think it is serious--but Murphy's Law being what it is, I'd take no chances. Note if the simply pulled a muscle, it probably won't show up on x-rays. But the vet can do a full range of motion test, which might show some sensitivity.
What tests (if any) were run on him? That he acts hunger but won't eat much makes me think he is nauseated. Also, exactly how much is he eating: is he losing weight? I ask only because you mention he is pooping every day instead of once every two days. If he isn't eating much he should be pooping much. His hormones could be ranging too; he's that age. So, I would take him back to the vet (a feline specialist if there is one near where you live) for more blood work. ...
I agree with Mosimom, he could be blocked and time for the vets. ANY sudden change in behavior is a cause for concern. Cats can't tell you they feel bad, they can only show you. Growls of course. And, actually, purring: cats can purr when they are stressed, ill: it relaxes them. You could try isolating the cat, with a litter box, wait a little bit and see if he urinates, though frankly I wouldn't wait that long. Note that if male cats become blocked, it is life...
My (unscientific) understanding is that taurine is a vitamin of sorts as such excess will be excreted. I don't know about protein or phosphorus, though cats have a much higher need for protein than humans.
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