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  1. beckbjj

    Is There a Vicks-like Product that is Safe for Cats? Maybe HomeoPet?

    Following three vet trips last week, including one for an ultrasound, my boy Quincy has either caught a cold or is having a stress and/or steroid related herpes flare. He's fine and acting normal, except that he has nasal congestion and sneezing. The vet says ride it out since it is almost...
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    Vomiting and Confusing Blood Lab Results

    We've already been to the vet (earlier today), so this is me consumed by anxiety and trying to figure out what is happening while I wait two days for further info. I knew one of the cats was vomiting in the middle of the night, about once every week or two. Basically sludge...some bits of food...
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    Hookworm Advice Needed For Multicat Home

    Despite having all rescue cats (currently nine!), I've actually never had a cat test positive for parasites before. But I realize sometimes tests are wrong too. I have a bit of a baffling situation here. I trapped and took in a feral cat (Frank) in March. Frank was treated with Revolution on...
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    Ideas To Cat Proof Floor Hvac Registers?

    I've lived in this house for over 12 years and none of my (many) kitties has ever thought about laying on the floor registers until my Gina. She is a feral kitten I trapped last September, so now about a year old and a whopping 12 lbs. When I'm not home, she spends the day sleeping on the...
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    9 Mo. Old Former Ferals - On Again, Off Again Diarrhea

    In September 2018 I trapped a family of ferals in my back yard. An experienced rescuer took mom and dad; I kept the two approximately 5 month old kittens. They are awesome young cats now, sweet, playful, healthy, and get along great with my other cats. Both have been to the vet multiple times...
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    Tips On Trapping A Wily Feral???

    I've had a family of four feral kitties coming to my back yard to eat since the end of August. I was able to trap the two kittens (about 5 months old or so), and also caught the dad. Kittens received their medicals and a forever home (with me). Dad was very, very feral so I cared for him...
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    Veterinary Care Question

    I've been going to my "new" vet since my vet of many, many years retired about three years ago. New vet was highly recommended by two different friends who use him. People LOVE him. He's super nice and I like him as a person just fine. But I have concerns and I'm wondering what you folks...
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    Quick Shelter Question

    Long intro, if you're interested: I've been putting food out for a feral kitty I call Karen (long story) that we've seen in our "back 40" which is a large section of our 1 acre back yard which the municipality does make us cut but we cut it long and not as often so it's meadow-y. We think Karen...
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    Felv Resources/specialists/financial Assistance In Richmond Va Area?

    An online friend worked very hard for months to win the trust of a sweet stray tomcat that visited their yard. When they finally got him indoors and to the vet, he tested positive for FeLv. Since they have other kitties, he is now quarantined in their home and they are trying so hard to give him...
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    Curious About Purina Plan Veterinary Ur, And Types Of Crystals

    My big boy Quincy (now 9 years old) just gave us a litterbox scare this weekend. He had a blockage 5 years ago, and right before we had planned to go to bed this past Friday I noticed him going to the litterbox over and over with no results. Rushed him to the ER in a huge thunderstorm at 1...
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    Anyone Tried Chewy's American Journey Grain Free Dry?

    My kitties eat primarily grain free canned food, but also get a small amount of dry food (1/4 cup or so per day; and if we're out of town we set up an auto feeder in addition to our cat sitter feeding wet food, to give them something to do). I prefer to feed dry foods with some dl-methionine...
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    Coughing In 6 Mo Old, Caused By Polyps Vs. Asthma Vs. ???

    Does anyone have experience with ear polyps causing coughing but without other symptoms such as nasal congestion or ear/nasal discharge? I'm very confused about what to do for my kitten MJ. Here's the story.... I noticed since MJ was about 3 or 4 months (she is now 6 months) that she will...
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    Is Wysong Uretic Okay For Cats Without Urinary Problems?

    My six kitties get almost entirely grain free wet food, but they all get some dry in varying degrees, because actually all of them like dry better, and because if we go away our cat sitter can only come for one meal a day and they all eat two. Currently when my only cat with past urinary...
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    Nervous Mom - Is Kitten Eating Enough?

    My adopted formerly feral barn kittens have overcome their ear mite issues nicely, so now I of course have another worry. They are presumed to have been born around May 10, so are estimated to be 7 weeks now. The boy (Indy, the black one pictured) eats like a horse and is 2.25 pounds, having...
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    Ear Mites & Likely Mange...any Relief Until Vet Appt.???

    My vet doesn't want to see my rescued barn kittens again until July 7 which is their guesstimated 8 week birthday. He says he doesn't carry any ear mite medication that is safe for them until then. He had previously sold me Quadraclear which he thought was safe for them but turned out to...
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    Estimating My Former Feral Kittens' Ages

    When I adopted my two former barn kittens on June 7, we estimated their age to be 4 weeks. They didn't want solid food yet, didn't pee on their own (only the first couple of days), and seemed very tiny. One drank formula from a bowl, the other (ironically the larger one) wanted it from a...
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    Please Help! Vet Gave Me Ear Drops For Dogs Only?!!

    I adopted two 4-week old barn kittens a week ago (so now 5 weeks old), who are really healthy other than a raging ear mite infestation. I took them to the vet immediately and all is well (not even worms!) other than the ear mites. He cleaned their ears and gave me drops but the label on the...
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    Any Advice for Finding Best Prices on Asthma Meds?

    Well, I had a really interesting weekend.  My poor Grace, a 2 year old kitty who was a feral barn kitten abandoned by her mother at around 4 to 5 weeks, was having what I thought was trouble getting up a hairball, but after 30 hours in the emergency hospital she came home with an asthma...
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    Genetics Help - Could this be the Mother of my Chocolate Brown Cat?

    My little chocolate brown cat Grace was rescued off a farm as an abandoned feral just under two years ago.   Recently the rescuer found a white and black saddle mom cat in the same general vicinity, and she had a tiny chocolate brown kitten with her.  She of course rescued both mom and kitten...
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    Best Way to Handle 1 Day Separation of Bonded Pair for Vet Visit?

    Quincy is a 6 1/2 year old neutered boy, and Grace is an almost 2 year old spayed girl.  We got Grace at about 5 or 6 weeks old and once their introduction was completed, she and Quincy have never been apart for more than a few minutes.  Quincy has to go in to the vet for a dental, which of...
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