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I surprised myself by coming home from the mall without a car full of cats & kittens.  My daughter needed to go to Barnes & Noble to pick up something so off we went.  A pet rescue group was set up in the open area near the approach where everyone has to traverse to get to the bookstore  - it is attached to the mall, but you have to go out an exit to get to it (worst explanation ever).  Anyway, it was cold and windy for here (so mild with a breeze for lots of you) and all the kitten types were burrowed under blankets and peaking their little faces out.  The ones really seeking attention were out of the blankets so they could be pet, but shivering.

I compensated for not becoming a cat lady in one afternoon by donating generously to them.  Based on the bills I saw in there, it was a prime location for getting donations.  Based on the number of people I saw seriously checking out the pups and cats, it was a prime location for connecting with potential adopters.

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On 12/3/2018 at 3:08 PM, ABay said:

Girl cat seems to have yet another UTI. Or YAUTI as I'm starting to call them (so TM, me). The doctor doesn't want her to develop resistance to the antibiotic shot because "we've used it so much this year" so I'm picking up pills tomorrow. WTF? There 4 litter boxes in this house and I scoop them out every morning. I switched litters, although thanks to Stop & Shop's quixotic stocking policy, I had to pick up something else this week because it was the only fragrance-free one they had. This is so frustrating.

Chronic UTIs are indeed frustrating!  How long between UTIs usually, and are they doing follow-up cultures* a week or two after the antibiotic shot wears off each time to make sure there are no bacteria lingering?  Because sometimes what happens is the antibiotic knocks out almost all of those little buggers, but the very few that remain reproduce and, voila, in time the infection is enough to cause symptoms again.  Lather, rinse, repeat, because you're never truly eradicating the infection with a single course of antibiotics.

Or, if they don't even run the original culture to determine the specific bacteria causing the infection, rather than just seeing the evidence of bacteria, period, in the urinalysis (or, at this point, just her usual symptoms) and treating based on an educated guess, that can also cause limited success.  Because Convenia is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which treats the several bacteria that are the most-common culprits in UTIs.  But maybe her infection is caused by one of the less-common ones, and a different antibiotic is needed to eradicate it, because the one given only has moderate effect on that one.

Maddie's UTIs were always caused by E.coli (well, after the first few times, I quit doing the culture to confirm, but it's a safe bet).  That bacteria is sensitive to Baytril, so I initially gave her a course of those pills, but it's also sensitive to Convenia, so I switched to that injection for convenience with the next one, and so on.  When I realized the timing suggested maybe we were almost but not completely knocking it out, rather than there truly being discrete infections, I gave her a triple course of the Convenia - one shot every two weeks for six weeks.  Follow-up culture at two weeks and then at a month, I think, just to make absolutely sure.  Always clear, and she never had another UTI, so it was either a tremendous coincidence or my hunch was right and she just needed a longer course than is normally adequate.

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@Bastet, thanks. This vet does a follow-up after the first course of antibiotics but I'm not sure about specific bacteria. The last time, he did the triple course and that was with Convenia. This time I'm giving her Z...something pills and her first re-check is the 31st. They also need to draw blood for the T4 test then, too. She'll be so happy.. He has mentioned testing but I don't remember if he said what it was. 

 

@Moose135, Denali looks like she took inspiration from Henri the Existential Cat. "The duck, so obviously faux. Does it fool my human captors? It fills me with ennui..."

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Just now, ABay said:

This vet does a follow-up after the first course of antibiotics but I'm not sure about specific bacteria. He has mentioned testing but not if he said what it was. 

When you take her in for her follow-up, I would suggest finding out whether he is doing a culture, or just the urinalysis.  If the latter, he only knows there is an infection, but not the source, so is just making an educated guess as to what antibiotic to use.  In that case, I'd suggest a culture if this happens again, so you can find out if a different antibiotic should be used.  (UA quickly says yep, there are bacteria present in the urine sample, while culture says okay, after being let to grow in this petri dish for several days, we can see that it's [specific type of bacteria].  And then there's a list of what antibiotics different bacteria are sensitive to.)  But I hope you don't have to deal with YAUTI!

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Shadow got a cat tree from Grandma as an early Christmas present(unfortunately, I can’t upload a photo because I get a message saying “You can only upload 1003.52 kb”).  

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Question for cat hoomins:  Has anyone tried Tidy Cats Breeze?  I'm currently using Arm and Hammer Slide, and although it works pretty much as advertised, my main issue is that it's too. damn. heavy.  I have mobility issues(I have to use a wheeled walker)and cleaning the box is difficult since I have to lift it to scoop, plus I'm always afraid of missing the trash bag when I empty it out(plus it's a high-walled box since Shadow is a kicker).  The reviews I've seen online are pretty positive, but I've decided to run it by you folks first. 

TIA!

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I use Fresh Step Lightweight Unscented. I like it because it's...lightweight and unscented. I just can't haul heavy litter up and down stairs. It's less dusty than Tidy Cats' lightweight offerings, which I used to use.

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Whichever light litter is in a green container, that's the one I was using for a while until Stop & Shop didn't have the fragrance free and then I went back to Arm & Hammer which is brutally heavy but at least fragrance free and was on the shelf. I might go back to the green again. S&S is just so freaking unpredictable about what they have on their shelves. You know...I bet Chewy or Amazon would deliver any brand. Hmm.

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32 minutes ago, ABay said:

I bet Chewy or Amazon would deliver any brand. Hmm.

I have just begun using Chewy and highly recommended them. I’m getting better prices than in the store, it’s deivered to my door and there’s no fuss. When I place an order it is usually here within 3-5 days. They have a great selection of products. It’s just less hassle and usually cheaper than Amazon. 

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On 12/12/2018 at 1:06 PM, smittykins said:

Question for cat hoomins:  Has anyone tried Tidy Cats Breeze?  I'm currently using Arm and Hammer Slide, and although it works pretty much as advertised, my main issue is that it's too. damn. heavy.

Have you tried Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal lightweight? I used to use light weight and found it to be about as amazing as thee regular Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal, and Slide

On 12/13/2018 at 10:07 AM, Mindthinkr said:

I have just begun using Chewy and highly recommended them.

Another vote for Chewy. My only complaint has to do with delivery vs the company - they no longer deliver to my door. All packages are left in a package locker so I still have to lug it up the stairs.

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@theredhead77, how strong is the scent from A&H lightweight? I've been looking for A&H Clump & Seal lightweight unscented but it's very hard to find. This house is very, very small and the one time I had to use a scented litter, it was a good thing the weather was nice enough to open the windows.

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I didn't know there was a Clump and Seal lightweight, I'll have to look into it(my supermarket definitely doesn't carry it).  The only issue I have with Chewy is the $49 minimum for free shipping.  I have Amazon Prime, so I can get most things from them shipped free.

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6 minutes ago, ABay said:

@theredhead77, how strong is the scent from A&H lightweight? I've been looking for A&H Clump & Seal lightweight unscented but it's very hard to find. This house is very, very small and the one time I had to use a scented litter, it was a good thing the weather was nice enough to open the windows.

I don't recall specifically buying "unscented". I think I just bought plain. No difference between lightweight and regular when it came to smell, no dust, no tracking. I have serious allergies and it doesn't bother me at all. I only switched due to cost.

The formula may have changed over the past 3 years so please don't shoot the messenger.

http://www.clumpandseal.com/clump_and_seal-lightweight.aspx

 

If you have a Target Red Card (debit or credit) you get free 2-day shipping too. I can't find C&S on Amazon for a decent price anymore and my mom orders it for their house on Target.com

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4 minutes ago, smittykins said:

I didn't know there was a Clump and Seal lightweight, I'll have to look into it(my supermarket definitely doesn't carry it).  The only issue I have with Chewy is the $49 minimum for free shipping.  I have Amazon Prime, so I can get most things from them shipped free.

That's my issue with Chewy too in regards to $49 for free shipping. If they aren't the place where the pet food is purchased too it can be hard to get to the $50 needed. My cat can't have dry food, won't eat pate and wet with the heavy kind of gravy isn't good for his condition. So I get his food from Tractor Supply where they have 3oz cans of wet food in the chicken variety (his favorite) that's in broth and little pieces. He'll refuse to eat completely in regards to cat food if I try to give him any kind of pate. 

I'm a member of a site that sometimes sends out samples for stuff and earlier this year they sent out coupons for a free jug of Tidy Cats LightWeight Free & Clean Unscented. While it did well with odor and was lightweight poor Captain had issues with it liking to stick to his behind. I thought it was a one time occurrence so I let him use the box a couple more times with that litter in there and it stuck those times too. He has medium length fur though so I'm not sure how much that might have factored in. After trying different litters I always end up liking the way Scoop Away performs as does Captain who is the one who uses it. It's not lightweight but they have an unscented version,  it can be purchased through Walmart's website and delivered. I usually get the Multi Cat 38 lbs version and to me it's not scented too much and I'm sensitive to heavy perfume scents. The bigger size comes in 4 smaller bags so once I drag it right inside the door I can open it and take each bag individually into the bathroom. 

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Thanks, @theredhead77. The Petco near me has it in stock and I'll pick up a box this week.

Thirding or fourthing the peeve with Chewy's $49 limit for free shipping. I've bought birdseed and cat food from them and it is a pain trying to get just enough over $49 to get the free shipping. And then the box is so heavy I have to move it end by end over the door step to get it inside. Girl cat does appreciate the swathes of brown paper, though.

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I forgot to mention my other peeve with Chewy. They don't send any kind of notification before auto-shipped orders are going to be shipped. I was told they were going to change that eventually earlier this year but last I heard it's still going on.

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3 hours ago, theredhead77 said:

Have you tried Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal lightweight? I used to use light weight and found it to be about as amazing as thee regular Arm & Hammer Clump and Seal, and Slide

Another vote for Chewy. My only complaint has to do with delivery vs the company - they no longer deliver to my door. All packages are left in a package locker so I still have to lug it up the stairs.

Walmart is consistently cheaper for all my non-RX cat food & unscented litter needs, and I've never paid for delivery to my door.  $35 free delivery PLUS 3% cashback bonus on my Walmart card for using Walmart.com.  I know they are the EVIL EMPIRE, but I am too poor to hoist myself on that particular petard.  Kitties be hangry.  ;-)

 

3 hours ago, ABay said:

@theredhead77, how strong is the scent from A&H lightweight? I've been looking for A&H Clump & Seal lightweight unscented but it's very hard to find. This house is very, very small and the one time I had to use a scented litter, it was a good thing the weather was nice enough to open the windows.

All litter makes me sneeze, except A&H unscented.  I've tried the lightweight when it was on sale, but my booshay cannot afford such luxuries., and I cannot afford the extra Kleenex TP.    :-)

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Thanks @walnutqueen I did see your post. Much appreciated. The good thing about my posting yesterday was I realized I have all my pet photos on an old computer I was going to junk. I would have been so upset if I had lost them. Here is a picture of my kitties the day I got them. They're tiny, as they were 6 weeks old- unfortunately their mama died so I had to take them earlier than expected. They were the only two cats in the litter. Their names are Griffen and the Monkey. Hard to remember they were this small. They are full grown beasts now!

 

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Well. That was interesting. Girl cat just threw up 5 times. No sign of a hairball, and no food, just liquid and foam. Or phlegm. I didn't look that closely. She hasn't eaten much today and has been unusually clingy.  Right now she's sitting on my arm so I have to type one handed. I am hoping a hairball will show up but I'm planning to call the vet tomorrow. 

Update: she ate some food and so far has kept it down. She's found a spot to hide and I'm between looking for her and leaving her alone in this new secret place.

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Ran out of Kook's prescription dry food, so grabbed the same brand large breed dry food at the pet store yesterday thinking that would cover a day or two and when I get the prescription stuff I can just blend them together.

He was having a little digestive upset last night (kind of burpy) but I did not think much of it.  He just finished eating and he's having the same problem again.  I'm thinking it has to do with the size of the kibble - it is more than twice the size of what he normally eats.  It is probably twice the size of the large breed Nutro I used to feed him.

Tomorrow I'll get his prescription food again but will have to figure out what to do with the other stuff.  I already threw the bag away and my neighbors tend to have small doggos.

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9 hours ago, DeLurker said:

will have to figure out what to do with the other stuff.  I already threw the bag away

At this time of year, I'm sure there's an animal shelter that will gladly take it off your hands, even without a bag.  But contact them first to be sure.

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6 hours ago, SVNBob said:

sure there's an animal shelter that will gladly take it off your hands, even without a bag.  But contact them first to be sure.

Nope. I work at one, and for safety reasons, no shelter will take and used open/unsealed food. It will open any shelter to a lawsuit if the food is tainted by some sicko. I'd recommend offering it on a Nextdoor/Freecycle type app.

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We just had two minutes of super-happy cat fun time. I had put all the cat toys (85% catnip-related) in the basket so I could vacuum. I just took them from the basket one by one, tossing them backwards through my legs while the girls ran like crazy for each of them. So! Many! Cat! Toys! Now they are rolling around all silly with their toys like it's a new day. I love them!

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12 hours ago, AgentRXS said:

I work at one, and for safety reasons, no shelter will take and used open/unsealed food. It will open any shelter to a lawsuit if the food is tainted by some sicko.

Great point.  I didn't think of that (mainly because I'm not a sicko that would deliberately taint pet food).

But a reason like that is why I suggested contacting shelters first before trying to donate opened pet food.

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Lily has her one-month post-radiation blood draw tomorrow.  The last time the traveling vet saw her, she was a hyperactive cat skeleton with fur on it.  Now she looks like an actual cat, so I hope the test results agree that the treatment worked.  If so, I can take all the leftover pills down to the drug disposal box at the police station, and the Radioactive Cat Saga will be officially over with.

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Danny the Labrador is blowing his coat. Not sure why the middle of December is good time to just start shedding, but I was looking at him after work yesterday and he looked like a homeless coyote. So I reached down with my fingers to pull a tuft out and got a handful. Then I looked at the front of the couch... yikes. So I grabbed the rake and started working on him. Hair everywhere. So I took him out on the porch and worked it some more. Hair EVERYWHERE. Holy moly. 

As much as Neo is a weenie, at least he barely sheds, which has earned him a few points last night. (Which he promptly got taken away from him when he decided to start barking at 5:45 A.M. today.)

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Lily's blood test results are in, and the iodine worked, hooray!  Now she just has to gain another half pound or so.

Next thing will be kidney disease, but that's in the very early stages and the vet and I both agreed to do nothing about it until after February and the three-month post-iodine blood test.  Besides, feline kidney diets are low protein, and that's counterproductive when you want to put weight on a cat.

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On 12/17/2018 at 8:52 AM, AgentRXS said:

Nope. I work at one, and for safety reasons, no shelter will take and used open/unsealed food. It will open any shelter to a lawsuit if the food is tainted by some sicko. I'd recommend offering it on a Nextdoor/Freecycle type app.

A good policy, since many humans are worse than dogshit.

But many homeless people love their pets, and  would appreciate any kindness offered to their animals.

21 minutes ago, EighteenTwelve said:

Lily's blood test results are in, and the iodine worked, hooray!  Now she just has to gain another half pound or so.

Next thing will be kidney disease, but that's in the very early stages and the vet and I both agreed to do nothing about it until after February and the three-month post-iodine blood test.  Besides, feline kidney diets are low protein, and that's counterproductive when you want to put weight on a cat.

Best wishes to you and your Lily.

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On 12/21/2018 at 9:39 AM, EighteenTwelve said:

Besides, feline kidney diets are low protein, and that's counterproductive when you want to put weight on a cat.

That's very old-school, based on tests done on rats, with the diet then implemented on dogs.  Cats' needs are different, and they should not eat a low-protein diet.  The modern approach when dealing with CKD in cats is a low-phosphorus diet.  The prescription foods are low in both phosphorus and protein (and use inferior ingredients - yet charge you gourmet prices for them), so they work (in terms of causing the kidney values to improve) because of the low phosphorus content, but they cause other problems because of the low protein content.  Thus it's better to feed a "regular" food that's lower in phosphorus than average and add a phosphorus binder to effectively further reduce the phosphorus content if necessary.  When you're ready to delve into this, Dr. Lisa Pierson's website lists the phosphorus and protein (and other things) content of a wide variety of cat food.

I'm glad the nuclear option worked, and Lily - and you - are now permanently free of those pills! 

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On 12/20/2018 at 4:36 PM, JTMacc99 said:

Not sure why the middle of December is good time to just start shedding

We've had weird weather in New York this year - very wet and a lot of temperature ups and downs.  Exemplis gratis - it's raining and friggin sixty degrees today, on the the first day of winter.

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16 hours ago, ratgirlagogo said:

We've had weird weather in New York this year - very wet and a lot of temperature ups and downs.  Exemplis gratis - it's raining and friggin sixty degrees today, on the the first day of winter.

And now it’s 31.

Second attempt at posting Shadow’s Christmas present:

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Just saw a meme: “None of my presents have barked yet, so that’s disappointing.”

Heh. In my house, new pets materialize all the time, so I’m kind of relieved none of mine seem to be alive. 

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On 12/16/2018 at 7:06 PM, DeLurker said:

Ran out of Kook's prescription dry food, so grabbed the same brand large breed dry food at the pet store yesterday thinking that would cover a day or two and when I get the prescription stuff I can just blend them together.

He was having a little digestive upset last night (kind of burpy) but I did not think much of it.  He just finished eating and he's having the same problem again.  I'm thinking it has to do with the size of the kibble - it is more than twice the size of what he normally eats.  It is probably twice the size of the large breed Nutro I used to feed him.

Tomorrow I'll get his prescription food again but will have to figure out what to do with the other stuff.  I already threw the bag away and my neighbors tend to have small doggos.

Quoting myself.

Found a solution to the enormous kibble problem - I heat up a bit of chicken or beef broth (low sodium) and pour it over the boulders 5+ minutes before feeding him to soften it up.  It softens up the outer layers, but doesn't completely turn the kibble to mush.  I was able to get his regular prescription food too so blend some of that in right before serving.  The cat thinks the dog is getting a wonderful treat so will nose in an eat some of he is able.

After reading many reviews on cat litter looking for biodegradable ones, I decided to try a few brands that were recommended in multiple reviews.  World's Best Cat Litter (clumping formula) has been a disappointment on odor control.  I cleaned the litter pan 5 days ago, put in fresh litter, clean it twice daily and there started to be a bad odor by day 3.  I We also tried okocat featherweight.  This one worked well and did a fine job with odor control.

Catty face is not super picky about litter so I can change things around without him doing a protest.  I use Fresh Step Crystals off and on throughout the year since this is what I use when we are traveling by car.

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