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  1. ObeseChess

    What Are Your Cats Doing Right Now?

    She's on the catio, which I am working on rebuilding. I'm currently unemployed and it's been fun to watch her routine. Boy, she sure sleeps a lot!
  2. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Bloodwork came back. Sassy's thyroid levels are down to 2.6mcg/dL (down from 6.5mcg/dL in September), her kidney values are actually slightly better, and she's gained a half pound. Hooray!
  3. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Just an update. Litter box stink has resolved after another week on the new food. I was worried that she seemed to be drinking more water and using the litter box more, but after spending a few days at home with her I've realized she's just developed a new routine as I've modified her feeding...
  4. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Alright, well, just looking for a tiny bit of experience here. All is well, Sassy is eating normally again and feels like she's gaining weight - though as of yesterday morning she's decided she no longer likes the Tiki Cat high calorie snacks she'd been enjoying for a few months :rolleyes:. I...
  5. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Fingers crossed! I do sincerely appreciate everyone's insight and support.
  6. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Hi y'all, I'm sorry but I assure you I am indeed familiar with the need to be gentle while pilling a cat and the procedure on paper, but as I mentioned before it's not something I have practice doing and I am roughly thirty times Sassy's size by weight. I would need in-person guidance if I...
  7. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    After a few sips of slippery elm, everything looks like a snack.
  8. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Regardless, at this point Sassy needs one to two pills twice a day, minimum, or a transdermal, so I'm hoping I don't have to get to the point where I have to stuff 'em into her mouth like that. I am hoping that the combination of slippery elm and properly dosed felimazole will bring her appetite...
  9. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Yeah, on our next vet visit if she's not too drugged I might ask the vet for tips with that. I've seen people do it but I've never been able to figure out a way to do it comfortably. I am a competitive powerlifter and weigh just shy of 210, Sassy by contrast is just under 8lbs, so I worry about...
  10. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    1. It's one cup of water to one teaspoon of slippery elm bark, boiled together and then simmered until it thickens. I've seen recipes that say a half cup of water and I think I'm going to try that next as the one I made is thinner than in the photos I saw on the website. It's supposed to have a...
  11. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    No luck with pill pockets with pills in them, but she does seem to be in better spirits. I’ll get up early tomorrow and give her some more. Minimal drama with the transdermal ear goop this evening, though I’m thinking only about half of it got through the fluff while she was shaking her head...
  12. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Well, fingers crossed - I reached out to the folks who make EzComplete for some samples. In the process, the nice lady I spoke to, Laurie, suggested it may be nausea, which is often undiagnosed in cats. She recommended I try slippery elm bark syrup, which she gave me a recipe for. I ran out and...
  13. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Yeah, Sassy seems to be able to smell/taste the medicine no matter what I put it in, and then she will avoid that thing for weeks. Even pill pockets without anything in them, she’s very skeptical of. I imagine her keen senses are how she survived outdoors near a wildlife refuge before we rescued...
  14. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Alright, well, we are managing. We've switched her to a low phosphorus diet pretty seamlessly - she quite enjoys the Weruva WX Phos Focused and the Young Again Senior Carnivore pet food noted on Tanya's site above. The problems now are twofold. One, getting her enough calories - I think that...
  15. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Hi there! Yes, that's basically my understanding as well, that the kidneys basically "adapt" to having the excess of blood and that it's possible to overcorrect this and cause further damage. She's been mildly hyperthyroid for quite a while but her kidneys have always been healthy up until this...
  16. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    I will pull the kidney values when I can, I think I have them in an email somewhere. I will read the CKD guide, I missed that! Thank you! Sassy's appetite is just fine and she is already eating what I thought were low phosphorus foods, but Tanya's guide above suggests that the Tiki Cat Silver...
  17. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Oh, sorry, I was unclear - what I meant is that he does not think that her food is causing issues (as lower quality and/or dry foods can lead to kidney issues) and that it is fine to keep feeding her the Tiki Cat, but you are correct that he does want to see if we can get more calories in her to...
  18. ObeseChess

    Hyperthyroid/Mild Kidney Issues

    Well, folks, I guess it's one of those things that happens to cats as they get older. Sassy, who I pulled off the street a few years back, is 14 on the low end - testimony from neighbors suggests that she could be closer to 17 or 18, but the vet's guess based on dental health is 14. At her...
  19. ObeseChess

    My non-verbal cat meyowned for the first time!

    Sassy had been non-verbal for years when I rescued her off the street. Over time she started chirping and trilling a bit and now she's a full-on chatterbox with so much to say. However, being non-verbal for so long left her a bit out of practice - her meows are very raspy and growly (people...
  20. ObeseChess

    Sudden Weird, Annoying Food Behaviors

    Hi everyone - just to be clear, she always gets food in clean bowls, and the food is measured out fresh daily from a Tupperware container. However, I appear to have solved the problem. I absent-mindedly put a plate under the bowl the other night, and it was like a lightbulb went off for her -...
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