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    How much premix do you need to add to a jar of baby food for assist feedings, and what's a good source of fiber/bulk to include as needed?

    If you need to add premix to a 2.5 oz. jar of baby food, do you base the amount you need on 2.5 oz.? Or do you just assume each jar only contains 1 oz. of meat? The reason I ask is because I recently stumbled across this info (from the article: Raw Feeding for IBD Cats), and now I'm wondering...
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    How do you keep your glasses from fogging up when wearing a mask outside?

    We live in a hot, humid climate, and my glasses fog up something fierce when I wear a mask outside. So I was just wondering if there's an obvious solution that I'm overlooking, e.g., a different type of mask, a different fabric, etc. :) I still have a ton of outdoor chores that I need to do...
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    What is a decent OTC alternative to Revolution for a cat with FIV?

    Buddy has been on Revolution for ages, but we've lost our vet, and need some kind of OTC alternative for flea control as a stopgap measure to tide us over for a bit. Any suggestions?
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    What are your best tips to make beans less gassy? :-)

    Beans and rice are a staple of our diet, and I *thought* that after all these years, I knew how to cook them without the, um, "musical" properties. I just picked the beans, rinsed them, soaked them overnight, drained them the next morning, soaked them again with fresh water, drained them again...
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    How long do you need to quarantine new stuff before bringing it into your home?

    Are there any guidelines as to how long you should quarantine new items that you bought at the store or ordered online before you bring them into your home? I've been trying to leave things in the garage or the trunk of my car for 5 days, unless it's something that needs to go in the fridge or...
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    Any ideas for a decent substitute for disposable gloves?

    I usually wear disposable gloves to do chores around the house when my eczema flares up. Otherwise, my hands can crack and bleed something fierce, and can sometimes become infected. And doggone it, stress is one of the things that can cause my symptoms to flare up. Unfortunately, it has been...
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    In a pinch, how long can you safely feed kitten food or KMR to an adult cat?

    Is there a general rule of thumb as to how long you can feed kitten food and/or reconstituted KMR to an adult cat in case of an emergency? Oh, say like maybe where it only represents about 1/4th to 1/3rd of a cat's daily diet? We missed the beginning of the COVID-19 apocalypse while caring for...
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    Ack...questions re: egg yolk lecithin, papaya enzymes (with or without bromelain), and other non-lubricant type hairball remedies

    Dang it, hairball season sneaked up on us again, and I need a little help getting this sorted out. :) How long can you safely give a higher dose of egg yolk lecithin? Buddy can usually get by with just half of a Swanson EYL capsule a day, but during shedding seasons, sometimes we need to bump...
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    Good resources for practical info re: caring for a terminally ill elderly parent?

    My father's condition has suddenly deteriorated to the point where he's bedridden and unable to take care of his most basic needs, and it feels like we're always scrambling to come up with solutions to problems we hadn't really thought of before until they happen -- which is usually in the...
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    Do you lose any nutritional value when straining wet food?

    I used to prepare syringe feedings by throwing a can or two of wet food into the blender with a little bit of water or homemade broth, and pretty much blended the crap out of it until I got the right consistency. But now that I can't always run the blender whenever it's convenient for me, it's...
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    Question about marshmallow root

    When mixed with water and simmered on the stove, is loose marshmallow root powder supposed to have a fairly thick consistency, kinda like snot? Or is it supposed to be thin, like tea? We recently decided to give marshmallow root powder a try as an alternative to the homemade slippery elm bark...
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    Math-impaired purr-son needs help calculating daily calorie requirements :-)

    Buddy is finally eating again after yet another bout of inappetence, but he's only consuming approx. 120-140 calories a day on his own. So I'm currently supplementing that with assist feedings, and to get some extra fluids into him since he gets a tablespoon or two of Young Again LID Zero...
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    Why does my cat like the taste of Carnivore Care more than U-Stew, and other questions re: syringe feedings

    We're back in another cycle where I'm having to syringe feed Buddy at least once a day, and have noticed that he eagerly laps the Oxbow Carnivore Care from a syringe, but can be a little fussy with baby food when I add the appropriate amount of U-Stew for Cats. Does anyone know why Buddy might...
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    CatSure vs. KMR Kitten Milk Replacer Powder?

    Once upon a time before we realized we had other options, KMR Kitten Milk Replacer Powder seemed like a logical choice to supplement whatever Buddy was able to eat on his own when he was going through yet another rough patch. But now that we've been using CatSure and he's been doing pretty well...
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    Recs for marshmallow root powder NOT sourced from China?

    We've been making our own slippery elm bark syrup per the recipe on Tanya's site for quite some time, but would like to try substituting marshmallow root powder to see if Buddy does any better with it. Unfortunately, I'm having a bit of trouble finding some loose powder that's not sourced from...
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    What are some good recovery/meal replacer or supplemental feeding products, and what are their pros and cons?

    Buddy is having more trouble than usual bouncing back from yet another herpes flare up, but I'm having trouble finding some of the meal replacer/supplement products that I had bookmarked a while back for future reference. So what *is* available these days? The Nutri-Cal been a godsend for...
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    Ideas for easy casseroles or other meals that freeze and reheat well?

    We're expecting company over the Christmas holidays, and now that my sick elderly dad requires 24/7 care, I don't have time to cook home cooked meals for every meal every day for a week or two. Heck, some days it can be a challenge to just throw a sandwich together! :wink: So if all goes well...
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    Has anyone tried milk thistle, yucca, or other supplements to stimulate appetite in a healthy-ish cat?

    Buddy is more congested than usual, so I'm grasping at straws again to try to get him to eat more on his own until he's on the mend. In the meantime, we're back to assist feedings. We've already tried the stuff the vets recommended, e.g., FortiFlora, catnip, vitamin B-12 supplements...
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    Caregiver looking for some low-tech suggestions for a portable "call button"

    My sick elderly dad refuses to consider using fancy electronic doodads like a call button to alert us when he needs assistance, but would be willing to give a relatively inexpensive low-tech option a try. Unfortunately, the things we've used in the past such as a whistle or a bicycle horn won't...
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    Recs for a good OTC anti-inflammatory remedy for chronic neck and back pain?

    I've recently learned that long-term use of OTC anti-inflammatory meds such as Aleve probably isn't a good idea, as it's now believed that it can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. So I'm trying to find an effective OTC remedy as an alternative for my chronic neck and back pain. My...
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