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    A little good news for those frustrated by cats Introductions - have hope! (Success story)

    Out of everything I've gone through the past nearly two years now with cats illness and emergencies, one of the harder things to do was trying to get everyone to get along. (And it's still a work in progress.) I have a very territorial male that is always making life interesting lol Mia was one...
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    Vacum choices - I'm so confused

    So the vacuum died today. I have a back up - but she doesn't work very well but will at least tide me over. I'm overwhelmed by the options. I have 4 cats. I have a stone driveway. I live with a wetland behind me. I'm still renovating (just finished a major kitchen one) and will be for the next...
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    Let's talk about poop: Homemade and raw cat food poop vs store bought food poop.

    Okay need a little input from your wonderful kitty cat chefs! One of our members is beginning to cook for her kitty due to some allergies she is suffering from. During our conversation today she talked about the poop. It's pale and small. It being pale and small concerned me because of what I...
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    Low Neutrophils in Siblings - looking for input.

    Okay, so I have three siblings sisters. One of them has pillow foot (plasma cell pododermatitis). All three of them have near-perfect bloodwork and urinalysis. All three have had full work-ups and are very healthy. Body scores are great too. (Well one is not perfect as she's quite fat and I'm...
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    Veterinarian needed for a Very Special Clinic in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

    Hi All! (and lovely Mods and Anne - if you feel this is in the wrong place I won't be hurt by it being moved to another area.) XO I know this is a rather weird thing to be posting here, but what I've learned from being here is that we are all pretty resourceful people - and in life - you never...
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    Should We Be Giving Core Vaccinations To Cats With Potential Immune System Issues?

    Short version: Looking for research (most important), experiences, opinions on this. The reason is below. A few days ago I began doing research a few days ago after one of my kitties has come back with Plasma Cell Pododermatitis aka pillow foot. Everything I am reading states it's an immune...
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    Swollen Paw Issues.

    So Braveheart has had one swollen paw for a little while now. It never seemed to bother her. She jumps, runs - no issues. I tried colloidal silver and soaking her paw in apple cider and water. It seemed to help a bit but never completely and it always came back. I made an appointment a few...
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    Color Coded Cat Poop For Multi-cat Homes? Why Yes - You Can.

    I've not seen this anywhere else on the forum so I wanted to post this for anyone else who might need it. I recently ran into a problem where one of the cats was a bit constipated. I felt the bellies etc and they all seemed fine. It was a frustrating puzzle. One of the kitties went for their...
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    Renovating With Cats - Keeping Them Calm And Comfy.

    So a few of you know that last year I had begun renovations when a bunch of health issues occurred with the Ferals that I care for. Three of them we're brought inside permanently and the renos had to stop to allow for that. Well it eventually had to begin again - and so it is. The upstairs...
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    Fda: 16 Dog-food Brands With Potential Link To Heart Disease - Could This Apply To Our Kitties Too?

    While the article refers to dogs and a specific type of heart issue, this has been a hot topic for a long time among cat caretakers too. Many of the vets I've spoken with don't advocate grain-free diets unless the cat has a proven allergy towards it. FYI My kitties eat wet grain-free. One has...
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    Teeth Brushing - Should There Be A Routine (same Time Daily Etc)

    Well here is an easy dilemma for a change. I've learned that cats like routine, however, I am debating if this is one routine that I should dance up a bit. None of the cats appreciate me brushing their teeth. It's a new thing I'm finding I have to do and so far - oh yeah - full on hate - but...
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    New Litter Additive To Detect Blood: Blucare - Anyone Try It Yet?

    I'll be picking this up from my Vet Monday. It's a new product that will apparently last a month in the litter and will detect blood in the urine. With Charlie's issues and lack of displaying symptoms, I'll be giving it a whirl and see how it works. Has anyone here used it yet? If so did you...
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    Pictures And Stories Of The Kitties You All Help Save. Thank You.

    The insanity began last June, before I had the best luck ever and found you all! If it wasn't for you all the past year I don't know if all the kitties would have survived, or that I would have made it through in one piece either. Saying thank you is such an understatement. The love and...
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    Charlie: The Food Trial Diaries (ibd / Food Allergy (sensitivity) Or Stress)

    We have began Charlie's food trials. Sort of. I'm not doing this the typical way so I am hoping for feedback, support, input - even if I'm totally off my rocker. As I've discovered these past few months.... It's takes A TCS Community to raise - and keep raising - a kitty. I've included some...
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    Anyone Ever Had This With Iams Perfect Portions - Food Is Rotten! Ewwww

    So I opened a new pouch of IAMS perfect portions for Mia tonight. It was two meals, not separated yet. I saw no evidence of a puncture or the other things I look for with this kind of packaging. It opened as normal (appearing sealed) and this is what was inside: PS Mia gets this once or twice a...
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    Cat Confidence And Introductions - Ideas, Experiences, Confidence Building Exercises.

    If you are having some trouble introducing you cats. See if one of them is having a confidence issue. If you do notice this- then its time to work on building it. How to tell if a cat lacks confidence? A couple of things are: Slinking close to the ground, making their bodies very small...
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    Anyone Use Frankincense For Calming?

    Hi all! Has anyone tried Frankincense to help ease a cats stress? Feliway seems to make my resident kitty go the opposite of calm. It was suggested that a very very small amount of frankincense, essential oil only, might help. As I know nothing about essential oils - I'm looking at brands and...
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    Urine Collection - Any Tricks? Advice - Hugs? All Accepted.

    So Charlie needs to have some Urine collection for a second Urine test. First one with a needle in the bladder came back as a lot of blood. The vet said if it were a scale of 1 -4 - his is a three. I'm scared, upset, - there are a boatload of emotions. Poo and Blood both came back fine. Body...
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    Aggressive Resident - It Just Got Real. No Idea How To Help Him.

    So as some of you know I've had to bring in several of the Ferals over the last few months due to blockages and accidental neighborhood poisonings. To say it's been a challenge is an understatement but things are getting nasty. Charlie - resident kitty has become more aggressive than normal...
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    Three Ferals And A Dominant Resident - Let's Be Friends! (help Lol)

    Some of you will recall that a bit ago I posted about having to bring one of my Ferals in for life because of a bowel issues. Trying to make her (Mia) and the dominant resident cat (Charlie) friends has been difficult. They've made a bit of progress, but not much - its' been slow. On Monday...
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