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    A neutral filling food for my very hungry 22-yr-old cat between meals

    Muzak is 22, DSH, extremely healthy according to the vet (wonderful bloodwork). He weighs 10.1lbs, and gets 1/2 can of friskies pate twice a day. He also (per the vet) gets fish oil and Fortiflora probiotics. His weight has stayed consistent for years, but last year or so he's been so hungry...
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    My roommate is allergic to my unscented cat litter

    He has allergy-caused asthma and reacts badly to many things. I use unscented Arm & Hammer but it does have a smell even just from the package. I’m pretty sure it’s the culprit. We have one elderly cat with no litter box problems. Is there a good basic clumping litter with absolutely no scent...
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    How to care for 22-yr-old blind cat on 4-hr drive

    The last time I drove this long with my cat, he was only ten. Now he's 22 and, although otherwise very healthy, he is mostly blind. We'll be driving for four hours to our new place. He'll be in a carrier (which is already his much-loved sleeping spot). I want to know what time to stop feeding...
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    How to make a homemade flap for my homemade litter box enclosure?

    Hello all! I've just finished putting together a small deck box where my cat's litter box fits perfectly. I've cut an opening for him in the front, padded the sides of the opening, and placed a box in front for a step. He is happily going in and out with no hesitation. He is 22 and blind, but...
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    How big should I make the opening for him for a homemade enclosed litter box?

    I have an average size cat. He weighs 10lbs and is at the right weight. I'm building an enclosed area for his litter box. I've got his box inside a deck box, and am cutting an entrance for him in the front of the box. There will also be an opening in the top for a charcoal filter. How do I...
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    Moving to new home with 22-yr-old newly blind cat

    I have a beautiful, wonderful, amazing, adorable 22-yr-old cat who went blind in the last few months (vet says he can see a little light and dark). I am moving to a new home, 1500 sq ft, in the spring. I am home most of the time. How can I go about helping him adjust? Also, should I restrict him...
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    How much milk kefir can I give my 22-yr-old cat?

    I started making homemade milk kefir last year. It comes out light and delicious, no sourness. In this country people tend to say, just drink a cup a day. However my Russian roommate says people drink it all day, from childhood on. In the same vein, I searched this forum and found advice to give...
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    My blind cat is bored

    Hello! I have a beautiful, wonderful, perfect cat, Muzak. He will be 22 in January, and has recently gone almost completely blind; I think he can see a little light/dark. He hasn't played or run around in a year; he has mild arthritis but the vet says he's not in pain, just aches. He has a...
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    My 21-yr-old cat just went blind, but also no sense of smell

    My 21-yr-old cat Muzak has just gone blind. My vet says come in tomorrow for an exam, but that it's very common at his age. I've read about how to care for a blind cat, and how he will compensate by using his hearing and smell. However Muzak has not been able to smell anything for a year. His...
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    Is bacon ok for a cat in small quantities? just for flavor?

    Hello! thank you all SO much for all the helpful advice on tempting my elderly cat to eat. One person mentioned bacon. Would bacon bits, fresh if necessary, stirred into his food, be safe? Also, would a very small amount of bacon drippings stirred in be an option? The official toppers tend to be...
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    21-yr-old cat with good appetite has become picky - I want to mix something tasty into his wet food

    Muzak is a 21-year-old neutered DSH, in remarkably good health (vet's words). I have him eating Friskies pate (he has to be on wet food). He's eaten it well for several years. However he has by now almost completely lost his sense of smell, and is eating maybe 1/2 - 2/3 of his food. He will...
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    Worried about leaving my 21-yr-old cat for five days

    I'm going on a short trip, Monday to Friday, and leaving my 21-yr-old cat in my home, with a roommate who he knows and likes, as a petsitter. The roommate will come to feed him twice a day, and sit and visit with him. He also will call me on my cell, so my cat can hear my voice for a minute or...
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    Flavor The Fish Oil?

    Hello! I have a 19-year-old cat (DSH) in excellent health, except that he requires Miralax and fish oil or he becomes quickly constipated. I put three drops of the fish oil in his food (wet) every morning, none in the evening; I have checked everything else, and it has to be the fish oil, he...
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