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    Adding to household with older cats

    I have two cats, a 17-year-old male and a 12-year-old female. I recently lost another female, the daughter of my current girl, and lost another female cat (age 17-18) last year. I would love to have a couple more cats, but aside from still grieving, I'm not sure it's a good idea, period. When I...
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    Vomiting: scarf & barf or something else?

    I have a 12-year-old neutered female. It seems like she vomits at least once a day but appears quite healthy (and not skinny!). She has dried food available too throughout the day, some in a dish, some in a variety of puzzle feeder toys. Right now I'm feeding her (and a second cat) leftover cans...
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    He's gone. So quick. And now the pain and guilt.

    I lost a cat just a few days ago, and I recognize everything the person who started this post is saying. The responses have helped me as well, so thanks everyone for your comments.
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    Medication, kidney disease

    I hear you about the special diet foods. I took my cat to a different vet to get additional advice about managing her kidney disease, and they suggested also trying special diet foods for urinary problems since apparently they are also low in phosphorus. I'm working through a sample of new cans...
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    Medication, kidney disease

    My cat was initially prescribed Cerenia. After a second consult, she's now on that (half a tablet, not 1/4) plus Zofran twice a day and Mirtazpine. I've been trying various ways to get them into her without making it an extremely stressful and negative experience. A vet just gave us a package of...
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    Getting a second opinion, awkward situation

    One of my cats was diagnosed with kidney disease last fall. She's on a special diet, and like many cats, often rejects the prescription foods. I recently had a paid phone consult with a cat behavior specialist with whom I've worked before to discuss the appetite issue, and the conversation of...
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    Elura appetite stimulant, dosing

    Thanks. I'm looking into that. It still won't be easy to use the ointment, given my cat's increasing skittishness. But at least that should be easier than a liquid.
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    How to use Cerenia

    My impression when the vet prescribed Cerenia is that it was for vomiting. I can double check that. The pureed threats are things like Inaba Churu, Tiki Cat, etc. I've used the Inaba Churu as treats for several years. I began using them, and the other brands, as a means to disguise medication...
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    How to use Cerenia

    My vet prescribed Cerenia for my cat with kidney disease. I don't give it to her often because she hasn't been vomiting (the fact that she hasn't been eating much, period, is probably part of that reason and a separate issue that I'm trying desperately to address). Should I be giving this to her...
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    Elura appetite stimulant, dosing

    I have a cat with kidney disease who, like many with this illness, frequently isn't interested in eating. I called the vet and asked if I could get Mirtazapine in the transdermal ointment that's rubbed in the ears. They said it was back ordered and there was no way of knowing when it would be...
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    Kidney disease, eating habits

    Thanks. It really puts us in a dilemma, wanting to feed them only the special foods that ideally will keep them healthy for longer, but forced to go against the recommended diet if the cats don't like it. I gave Luna the last few spoonfuls of the can of regular food; there wasn't enough to save...
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    Kidney disease, eating habits

    I'm still wrestling with trying to get Luna to eat her prescription foods. She is eating little or none of what I offered several times today, which is a Royal Canin canned variety that normally she likes; as far as i can tell, she hasn't eaten any dried food either. I have given her several...
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    Kidney disease, eating habits

    When Luna doesn't eat, it really upsets me because I don't want to lose her. I adopted her and her mom when they were about 4 and 5 years old (7 years ago), and Luna has already been through stomatitis (ending with full mouth extraction), eating problems that required a temporary feeding tube...
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    Kidney disease, eating habits

    One of my cats was diagnosed with kidney disease last fall and is on the special diet of prescription foods. She's off and on about what and how much she'll eat, which I think is typical of cats with this condition. Right now she's in one of her phases where she eats very little. I have three...
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    Dry food options kidney disease

    One of my cats was diagnosed with kidney disease last fall. She was initially placed on Science Diet canned and dry kidney diet foods. Since then I've tried a lot of other things, all prescription foods purchased from the vet. At the moment she's mostly eating Royal Canin canned food (two...
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