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Old 03-02-2015, 02:21 AM   #646
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a 24 year old kitteh?
Mrs. Garrison, our Miss Purrl lived to be 21-1/2.

arw, I sure hope Wesley improves soon!
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:48 PM   #647
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Mrs. Garrison, our Miss Purrl lived to be 21-1/2.

arw, I sure hope Wesley improves soon!
I hope Oreo & Boomer live that long. They are 7 years old this month. Any day now in fact ( i wish i knew the date so i could get them some catnip )( )
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I hope you are all on the FB page 'Catspotting'. My whole FB, all day every day, is people posting pictures of cats they see out and about. It just took me half an hour round trip to go to the shops (normally 10 minutes) because I spotted two cats and had to play with them.
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I hope Oreo & Boomer live that long. They are 7 years old this month. Any day now in fact ( i wish i knew the date so i could get them some catnip )( )

Mrs G. Are your cats strictly indoor cats? if so, their life spans will be a bit longer for obvious reasons.

Keto lived to be about 16. He was an outdoor cat for the first 6 years of his life. To the point where he would be roaming outside all night long and sometimes would come home in the morning a bit bloody after getting into fights with other cats or dogs.

The last 10 years or so he was mainly an indoor cat with daily supervised trips to the backyard only. But the damage from his earlier lifestyle was already done I suppose.
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ARW, how's Wesley doing? the person you spoke with had a good point. As long as he's not lethargic and no blood in any bodily fluids, then he is fine to wait a day or so until his Vet comes back. If he's drinking water and peeing then that's a good sign, even when he's not eating food
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:26 PM   #651
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ARW, how's Wesley doing? the person you spoke with had a good point. As long as he's not lethargic and no blood in any bodily fluids, then he is fine to wait a day or so until his Vet comes back. If he's drinking water and peeing then that's a good sign, even when he's not eating food
He's doing better, thanks for asking. He finished with his yucky bathroom trips on Sunday night so I felt a lot more relaxed about leaving him to go to work on Monday. He had a really good night sleep on Sunday night for the first time all weekend. I'm currently feeding him his usual dry plus a little extra throughout the day, 1/4 of new wet but not the stuff that gave him a tummy ache, and then mixing in some tuna and rice to help fill in. He didn't go at all yesterday and in fact, just recently used his box for the first time since Sunday. It wasn't totally normal but more normal than not.

I'm going to keep him on this diet for a few days and then start adding in more wet, if things stay good, and eventually get him off the tuna and rice. His little tummy was totally fine on this new food last week until I switched on Friday to a different version of Blue. So I'm hoping this Wilderness stuff works for him without issues. I'll just have to watch him this week and if anything happens again I'll call the vet. It was so stressful having him sick like that and couldn't take him in because it was Sunday. They're open til 8 pm during the week so I'm way more at ease right now and can be there in 10 minutes if I need to get him on meds again.
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I spoke too soon….he just had a yucky trip to his box. It wasn't much but I'm worried there will be more tonight. I don't know if I should call the vet or not. I have no idea if this is now due to his new food.

I don't know what brought on the original bout of diarrhea 10 days ago but I really don't think it's from the dry food he's always eaten. I think it was from his old wet stuff.

Is this a common thing when food is switched? He barely had any yesterday, just 1/4 of a large can and then same amount today. Can that little amount cause him to have issues like this?

I have no idea what to do and I just don't feel comfortable with the vet he goes to. It's been made clear they only care about Science Diet. I'm off on Friday. I really don't want to take him out of the house again while it's so cold out but if we have to go to the new clinic I want to try then that's what we'll do. If he continues to have discomfort tonight then I'll call his current vet to see if he needs to be on meds.
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Mrs G. Are your cats strictly indoor cats? if so, their life spans will be a bit longer for obvious reasons.

Keto lived to be about 16. He was an outdoor cat for the first 6 years of his life. To the point where he would be roaming outside all night long and sometimes would come home in the morning a bit bloody after getting into fights with other cats or dogs.

The last 10 years or so he was mainly an indoor cat with daily supervised trips to the backyard only. But the damage from his earlier lifestyle was already done I suppose.
Yes they are strictly indoor cats. When they were younger i let them out a bit but quickly ceased that activity as i realized how much stuff they were getting into and how dangerous the outsider world was for them.

I think that brief experience when they were still kittens has stayed with them all of these years. Boomer still gets crazy if he sees another cat outside in his yard, even if he hasn't been outside in his yard for several years!
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I spoke too soon….he just had a yucky trip to his box. It wasn't much but I'm worried there will be more tonight. I don't know if I should call the vet or not. I have no idea if this is now due to his new food.

I don't know what brought on the original bout of diarrhea 10 days ago but I really don't think it's from the dry food he's always eaten. I think it was from his old wet stuff.

Is this a common thing when food is switched? He barely had any yesterday, just 1/4 of a large can and then same amount today. Can that little amount cause him to have issues like this?

I have no idea what to do and I just don't feel comfortable with the vet he goes to. It's been made clear they only care about Science Diet. I'm off on Friday. I really don't want to take him out of the house again while it's so cold out but if we have to go to the new clinic I want to try then that's what we'll do. If he continues to have discomfort tonight then I'll call his current vet to see if he needs to be on meds.

If you feel like his current vet is just pushing products then do take him to another doctor. get a second opinion. If you go to a new doctor, tell them up front exactly why you are thinking of switching doctors so they know to not do the same thing to you.

If you have friends or family who have pets, ask them about their vets. Sometimes a recommendation from somebody you trust goes a long way for your own peace of mind.

Have they done an x-ray on him yet? maybe just to check if there is something going on inside that might just be more than food related.

If you don't want to waste time with the whole switching doctor's thing, look up Veterinary Hospitals or Clinics near you and call them up to see if they will see him. These places are staffed just like hospitals for humans and have specialists for different ailments that animals can get. Of course these clinics are not cheap but they do provide specialized care.
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I made an appointment on Friday to take him to a cat only clinic. The head vet has over 20 years of just treating cats. It's $75 just to get in the door, so $20 more than the old place. But it will give me peace of mind to have him seen by someone else. I'm going to take him even if he has no more issues. I need guidance from a professional on how to help my sweet boy so if I have to spend $75 then it's worth it to me to make sure he's ok and we are on the right track. I explained to the receptionist the science diet issue at the old vet and she said they will work with me on other options. So I feel better that we're going but stressed for Wesley because it's still 2 days away. I hope his little tummy can handle waiting. He's so active and playful unlike last week when this originally started so I really think this time he's just getting used to the new food.
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Wesley seems to be better today. Still nothing normal in the box but it's only been 1 or 2 times today. He's definitely hungry today because he's been hanging around by his bowl and by the door where I keep his food. I'm giving him so much more dry than he normally gets but it's not enough food for him. I'm way too nervous to give him more than a little of the wet food so I'm still mixing in tuna and rice.
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Good news--get better, Wesley, so your mama will stop worrying!
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I think I'm going to cancel Wesley's appointment tomorrow. I thought for sure I'd take him no matter what just for a second opinion but now I think I just need to calm down about this whole situation. He seems to be much better. His box ok yesterday and then totally normal today. I think his issues last weekend was completely my fault by giving him a different type of Blue with more fruits and veggies in it. I'm going to continue to monitor his box and if it changes back to anything yucky then we'll go in next week. He is due for shots next month so I'd rather hold off unless anything changes. I did call the old vet to have his medical records faxed over to the new place and they deactivated his account. So he's all set up for the new place but hopefully next month when he needs a check up.

This has been such a stressful two weeks! I'm just glad my sweet little Wesley is doing better.
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We went He's back on meds for a week then on a probiotic for a week and a completely new diet plan. I'm so happy I took him. I loved it there and I loved the dr we saw. She felt his belly and said he was very gassy and had "angry intestines" so another round of drugs is needed.
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