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    Veterinary Clinics are Not Disability Friendly

    I'm not sure where to post this. It doesn't seem like it fits here, but I don't think it belongs in the Cat Care forums either. I just realized why I have so many difficulties with any vet clinic I have to deal with. Most businesses are required under the law to be handicap/wheelchair...
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    Can a Squirrel Contaminate a Litter Box?

    Sorry, I wasn't sure where to ask this. Sunday night we had a squirrel somehow get into the house and ended up trapping it in the bathroom shortly after. We put a humane trap in there and left it overnight. We caught and released the squirrel Monday morning. We have one litter box in that...
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    Is Chopped Straw Ok For Bedding?

    There was a post on here from last year where someone advised against using chopped straw. Is there a particular reason why? The only thing I can think of is that the cat would likely ingest it while grooming. I did see something about baled straw being warmer. The only straw I can get my hands...
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    Family Member Interfering in Introduction Process

    I just want an opinion in case I'm being too overly controlling or uptight about this. I live in a large multicat household, all indoor only cats. I took in a relative's cat (Dee) in January and the introduction process had stalled. Recently, I decided it was time to let Dee explore the kitchen...
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    What Does Coughing vs Wheezing Sound Like?

    I was talking to a tech about my cat. We were trying to determine if what I'm hearing and seeing is coughing or wheezing. They want me to get a video and send it to them. Easier said than done. While I'm waiting, does anyone know where I can find examples of coughing vs wheezing? I did check on...
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    Question about Ultrasound With Consultation

    I have been trying to get info for 2 weeks from my vet and the different internists about prices, etc. for an ultrasound. I'm incredibly frustated because it shouldn't take 2 weeks to get this info. I cannot get anyone to tell me the benefits of doing an ultrasound with a consultation versus...
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    Ultrasound Needed - Should I Use Radiologist or Internal Medicine Vet?

    One of my cats needs an ultrasound of his abdomen. He may have a rare kidney disease or possibly cancer. I can get this done locally (10 minute drive) using a radiologist or travel about 24 minutes and use the internal medicine vet. My cat gets stressed as soon as I walk out the door with him...
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    Stress Related FIC?

    My 8 y/o spayed female, Pink, is frequently urinating outside the litter box (on the couch, on my bed) and has blood in her urine. I suspect this has been going on for a while and I didn't notice. I just discovered that she has been peeing in an unused room. I found the urine on my couch and a...
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    Cat Peed in My Bed

    Firstly, I will contact the vet about this Tuesday (they're not in Monday). I just want to get an opinion about this. I had my 8 y/o spayed female in my bedroom with me with the door shut, no other cats in there. She was on the bed and I had my back turned to her. I had turned to look at her...
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    Cleaning Vomit in Carpet

    The carpet and underlying padding in my house is very old and is in bad shape. I cannot use a steam cleaner on it as it could destroy it. I'm looking for suggestions on the best way to clean vomit out of old carpet. Here's a couple methods I've looked at: 1) Clean it immediately with enzyme...
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    Low T4 - Cause for Concern?

    I am being helped on another cat forum, but I kind of need a second opinion here. My vet is useless, as usual. My cat has what appears to be kidney issues based on his most recent lab work. I worry he has cancer though and so does the vet. He needs to get more lab tests done and I want to keep...
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    Anyone Know Anything About IDEXX Blood Tests

    I got my hands on the IDEXX Lab Test Directory for 2020 and 2021. The code for a senior screen (chem 25, urinalysis, T4) is 8659999 and they list the cost around $118. I contacted my vet clinic and asked for the cost and they said they charge over $240. BUT, they also said this includes the...
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    Need Recommendations for Urine Test Strips

    When my cat went to the vet's, some of his numbers were off on his urinalysis. The vet thinks it's related to stress, but wasn't sure. The vet would like me to try doing the test at home a few times using OTC reagent urine test strips. Unfortunately, they aren't able to give me any and the...
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    The Expense of Caring for Feral/Homeless Cats

    For those who take care of ferals, strays, and homeless kitties, do you find that you need to sort of "cut corners" in regards to veterinary care? What I mean by that is doing things like buying the dog Frontline Plus and using it on the cats vs. buying the cat Frontline Plus because of the...
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    When Did Praziquantel Get so Expensive?

    Both the OTC Bayer tablets and the prescription tablets have gone up so much in the last several years. Why are the prescription tablets $4.25+ per pill? I need at least 14 tablets. This is ridiculous. More importantly, does anyone know where I can find a better price? I'm thinking of getting...
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    Intubation During Surgery and Undiagnosed Throat Nodules

    This happened several years ago and the cat in question died eight months later. However, I've always been bothered by what happened and after reading something related to this on these forums, I need to have my concerns addressed in case this should ever happen again with another cat. Here's...
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    Making Food Changes - What Should I Change?

    I recently took in my elderly aunt's 13? y/o cat when she had to move away. She's agreed to pay for food, litter, vet bills, etc. It's time to buy more food and I'd like opinions as I have the choice of making changes to the cat's diet. She was giving the cat 5.5 to 6 oz. of wet food daily...
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    Is FeLV Test Necessary for this Cat?

    I've done research on this and I'm undecided on what to do. My aunt's cat (Dee) has to come live with me permanently. I'm not sure if she needs to have an FeLV test first or not. She's around 13 years old. She lived with other cats who went outside and I'm not sure if they were ever tested or...
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    Two Separate Issues: Enlarged Kidney(?) and FeLV Testing

    I may have to take in my Aunt's 13 y/o cat because her children are trying to force her to move and she won't be permitted to take her cat. I have a few questions/concerns. Issue #1: This cat has had what appears to be an enlarged kidney for about four years now. She has seen three different...
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    Cat Spray Vs. Urine Odor

    One of my delightful little darling cats either urinated on or sprayed in their cat bed. The bed was in a trashbag with a washable pee pad on top of it and a blanket on top of that. I took the bedding, put it in a container in my bath tub so it could soak in enzyme cleaner for several hours...
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