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Old 01-25-2015, 10:13 AM   #631
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:00 PM   #632
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taking Wesley in tomorrow to the vet for an unexpected visit. I've noticed the last week that he's had some really yucky litter box situations and he's been drinking a ton. Nothing about his food has changed lately but I do think it's the crap Science Diet that he eats. Last summer my vet suggested he go on the diabetic low carb SD because he gained 2 pounds in a year. The first few weeks of being on it I noticed he was constipated a lot but that went away and was followed by what I'm guessing is the cat version of diarrhea. That lasted a few days and he's been fine since. But I still hate this food, always have, and don't know how to get him off of it. I'm not sure why I'm bringing him in because I don't think they're going to do anything for him other than suggest some other form of Science Diet. I've asked the past few years if there's a different brand my vet can suggest, but given that her whole lobby is covered in SD ads, she won't budge from it. I go there out of convenience as it's the closest place to my house so he has less time that he needs to be in the car. But I'm not going back there again if I leave tomorrow with a huge bill and nothing but a Science Diet prescription. It's $55 just to see the vet and they want a stool sample, which is another $40.

Anyways….I'm so sad my boy has a tummy ache and I'm not sure if I'm doing the right thing by taking him to the vet tomorrow. He's totally fine otherwise. He's still a tasmanian devil so I don't think there's anything serious going on other than he eats really horrible food thanks to his dr.
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I'm sorry to hear that Wesley is ailing, and I do think you're doing the right thing by having him checked out. Hope all will be well!
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taking Wesley in tomorrow to the vet for an unexpected visit. I've noticed the last week that he's had some really yucky litter box situations and he's been drinking a ton. Nothing about his food has changed lately but I do think it's the crap Science Diet that he eats. Last summer my vet suggested he go on the diabetic low carb SD because he gained 2 pounds in a year. The first few weeks of being on it I noticed he was constipated a lot but that went away and was followed by what I'm guessing is the cat version of diarrhea. That lasted a few days and he's been fine since. But I still hate this food, always have, and don't know how to get him off of it. I'm not sure why I'm bringing him in because I don't think they're going to do anything for him other than suggest some other form of Science Diet. I've asked the past few years if there's a different brand my vet can suggest, but given that her whole lobby is covered in SD ads, she won't budge from it. I go there out of convenience as it's the closest place to my house so he has less time that he needs to be in the car. But I'm not going back there again if I leave tomorrow with a huge bill and nothing but a Science Diet prescription. It's $55 just to see the vet and they want a stool sample, which is another $40.

Anyways….I'm so sad my boy has a tummy ache and I'm not sure if I'm doing the right thing by taking him to the vet tomorrow. He's totally fine otherwise. He's still a tasmanian devil so I don't think there's anything serious going on other than he eats really horrible food thanks to his dr.
If he is having digestive issues with weight loss, please pursue it until you have an answer, even if it means taking him to a different vet. Trust me on this.

One thing I can recommend is trying him on a hypoallergenic, grain-free, low ingredient diet. I'm not sure if the brands there are the same as in Canada, but Natural Balance makes one, and there are other brands you can try, as well. Go to a pet store and strike up a conversation with employees...some of them are extremely informed about conditions and the appropriate diet. After talking to them for a few minutes, you should be able to tell whether they know their stuff. But I would definitely say that the opinion of a different vet would help, if only to put your mind at ease.
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The good news about our visit today is it's with a different dr. Still same office but at least someone else. I really do like the dr we have always seen but in terms of guiding me to the right food she hasn't done her job. He's had 2 more incidents this morning. I'm only giving him small amounts of dry at a time. The good news is he's really hungry and scarfing down whatever is in his bowl and then screaming for more. I don't want to give him too much until we see the dr in an hour. It's so cold out. I feel awful for taking him out in this weather.

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well upon cleaning his box out (cleaned it yesterday too) this morning I realized his 2nd time in the box this morning was just to go potty. He woke me up early this morning so I was there for the first one but the second time I was sleeping again and just heard him cleaning up in the box. He's a very vocal guy, likes me to know when he's gone no matter what, so I woke up to him talking in the bathroom and covering up his business. But thankfully he just had to pee. He just watched me empty his box (we're bringing the contents to the vet) and didn't go in there to check out what I did so hopefully he won't have to go again until we get home. He hasn't eaten wet food in almost 24 hours now so I'm really hoping that it's out of his system and this stops….and then I'm proven correct that it's this crappy wet food. Once I drop him off at home I'm going to run up to petsmart to return the rest of the cans he has and see if I can find someone to talk to about food.
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If he is having digestive issues with weight loss, please pursue it until you have an answer, even if it means taking him to a different vet. Trust me on this.

One thing I can recommend is trying him on a hypoallergenic, grain-free, low ingredient diet. I'm not sure if the brands there are the same as in Canada, but Natural Balance makes one, and there are other brands you can try, as well. Go to a pet store and strike up a conversation with employees...some of them are extremely informed about conditions and the appropriate diet. After talking to them for a few minutes, you should be able to tell whether they know their stuff. But I would definitely say that the opinion of a different vet would help, if only to put your mind at ease.
He weighed 13 pounds last summer. I have been on a health kick for the past few months and have been losing weight myself so I decided to buy a scale in Dec. After about a week of obsessing each day about the numbers I decided it was better if I only weighed myself at the gym so I returned it. However, I was able to weigh Wesley while we had the scale and he still weighed 13 pounds. I weighed him alone on the scale and also held him and weighed us and it was always 13. So he's not even losing weight on this crap food and he refuses to eat it some days so it's just been a waste. I would have brought him to the vet a few months ago but it's just so damn cold where I live that I can't bring myself to take him out unless it's spring/summertime. But now we're going out today.

Thanks for the info about talking to someone at the pet store. I never thought to ask anyone there for help about food.
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Meds and a bland diet for 5 days. It's a pill which he did not love so I crushed it in tuna juice and then got it down him with the syringe they gave me. He's always such a good boy at the vet but he did not like this man at all. I thought he was nice but Wesley was very scared of him. He loves the lady dr we always see and rubs his face all over her so I guess this means we need to just see women doctors. He had an accident I'm the carrier in the blanket in the car. The vet tech was overly excited to see a fresh sample The vet reassured me that since Wesley was able to recognize on his own that he needed more water that is a good thing and also that he's very interested in food. I have to give him boiled chicken or canned tuna with rice. Ok to give him small amounts of his dry but to keep him off of any wet for now. Of course since this office is bound to science diet shit food he also refuses to recommend anything different.
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I'm so upset right now…he's just miserable. His box is downstairs but he likes to hang out on our main level where the fireplace is. He always goes back and forth between the fireplace and then under a cabinet that's on the side of the room. I think he goes under the cabinet to cool off. But he's just not feeling well. He's making little noises while he's trying to sleep and is very chatty while he's up. Then he runs to his box downstairs and goes. So far it's been 5 times today, plus the 2 I saw yesterday and then whatever else overnight that I don't know about. I'm super worried but he has one round of the meds in him. My sweet boy has never been sick like this He's drinking tons so at least he's getting liquid in him.
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he's much better, for now. My last post was the last time he's been in his box today so that's very good news. He slept very soundly for a few hours straight without moving from his blanket. Once he got up he played like usual and then ran around like a crazy man. It was good to see him running around. Then he ate about a tablespoon of plain tuna. He has zero interest in the tuna and rice even though I mixed it with tuna juice or the boiled chicken. But he's very interested in food as he's currently by the door of the room where his food is kept and he's meowing like crazy to get my attention. But I really want him to eat this other stuff instead of the dry Blue Buffalo. The vet said it was ok to give him a tiny bit of that to calm him down if he's really screaming for it but I'd rather not.

After reading some reviews on science diet food, I'm totally convinced his issues are from this food. I'm livid that his doctors seem to deny it could be remotely possible and to continue on with this food. After Wesley is back to eating and going to the bathroom as normal I will never deal with this vet again. So damn mad that they are more concerned about their commission they get from selling SD than the well being of the animals they are treating.
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Miss Lucy half asleep and kind of annoyed that I'm in her face taking pictures.
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Lucy and Daisy.

I still have my 7 cats...mom and 6 kittens. Jack, one of the kittens (the kittens will be 7 next month!!!) had surgery Tuesday morning for a bladder stone. Very stressful, but he's doing well. A couple of pics...



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Pictures of people with their kittens, along with later pictures of the same people with their cats - serious "Awwwwwwws!" here.

https://www.thedodo.com/cats-recreat...a49f-142092605
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Those are some great pictures of cats and their human siblings growing up together.

ARW, I hope Wesley is doing better.
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https://www.thedodo.com/cats-recreat...a49f-142092605
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Those are some great pictures of cats and their human siblings growing up together.

ARW, I hope Wesley is doing better.
he was….and now he's not and I'm incredibly worried. His vet was closed today so I called their emergency service and spoke to them. Without seeing him obviously they couldn't get him on meds. But, it's the same issue he had last weekend. The person on the phone said as long as he's active and drinking plenty of water to not bring him in and to wait to talk to his vet tomorrow. He kept me up all night last night and of course it would be the one rare Sunday that I had to work.

I think this round of tummy issues is because I switched his food on him cold turkey. The vet agreed with me last week that because he had 5 days of just tuna and chicken that he might not have any issues. And he really didn't. Between Weds and Fri everything was moving around fine. Then on Friday night I decided to try a different form of Blue Buffalo (Freedom vs the Wilderness he was one the previous few days). I don't know how cats stomachs work but I only gave him less than half of a 3 oz can on Friday night and he's had diarrhea every few hours since yesterday afternoon. Of course it hit him after the vet had closed. I've been feeding him tuna and rice again, which he's not happy about. In order for me to sleep tonight, and against my better judgement, I just gave him a bunch of his dry food because he was laying by the door where I keep his food just meowing like crazy. But now I don't know if this is from the 1/2 of the can of food from Friday or if there's something else going on all together.

This is not an issue I ever thought I'd have to deal with and it's really stressing me out. The emergency place today told me there wasn't anything I could buy that would help calm his stomach until tomorrow. She reassured me she wasn't just saying that so I rush him in for a visit there but told me that as awful as this is for him he'll be ok until tomorrow as long as he's not lethargic or as long as there's no blood. So….I'll leave work early tomorrow and hopefully they will be able to give me the meds without making me bring him in.
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