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  1. melissa

    A little long winded but I could use some advice

    My 18 year old kitty is in stage 2 ( but barely) renal failure. He has had issues with inappetance and in the last few months has had good days and bad ones. He has had two full blood panels and a complete urinalysis done recently and his kidney levels have actually marginally improved. He has...
  2. melissa

    Traveling with senior cats

    I thought about dividing the crate into 3 sections so they can still see each other but are physically separated. I hadn’t thought about water intake- I’ll have to research vets in the new area and talk to them about that. They usually hydrate well as long as they have a cat fountain
  3. melissa

    Traveling with senior cats

    Thanks for the insight! I have a lot to plan and think about.
  4. melissa

    Traveling with senior cats

    All very excellent ideas! Thank you 🙂
  5. melissa

    Traveling with senior cats

    My husbands job is about to be split between two separate Provinces in the Maritimes of Canada. It will be 6 months in one and 6 months in another. My 3 senior cats (ages 18,16,14) have never travelled except very occasional vet trips. The drive is about 6 hours, how can I make this easiest for...
  6. melissa

    Hyperthyroid kitty and transdermsl methimazole

    Thank you so much! Everyone on here is always so helpful and kind! 😊
  7. melissa

    Hyperthyroid kitty and transdermsl methimazole

    Jack eats only wet food, so he doesn’t see that as a treat for me to hide a pill in- he also eats with 3 other cats and they tend to bowl trade as they are eating. I thought about trying the pill in some of the lickable senior cat treat paste or even some sardine. I think he could get somewhat...
  8. melissa

    Hyperthyroid kitty and transdermsl methimazole

    My vet didn’t mention this but I will definitely ask. Jack has other health issues we are trying to get under control at the moment- a spinal infection and low potassium. After those meds are done it may be a good idea to look into fixing the thyroid instead of treating the symptoms like you...
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    Hyperthyroid kitty and transdermsl methimazole

    How long after applying the medication do I wait to clean the ear flap? It’s hard to keep track of which ear I’ve done because he becomes the Tasmanian devil when I have to do anything like this to him lol
  10. melissa

    Hyperthyroid kitty and transdermsl methimazole

    My 14 year old cat Jack was recently diagnosed as hyperthyroid. He was prescribed transdermal methimazole that we have to rub into the skin inside his ear flap twice a day. I have to apply it with gloves as it can go through my skin barrier as well. I have a couple questions that I didn’t ask my...
  11. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    So I just wanted to post an update- I wasn’t happy with some of the things the vet told me at Gibbons original appointment, and more importantly unhappy with the sheer lack of things she told me at all. She was very vague and seemed to be ‘guessing’ at a lot of things. The machine ‘broke’ during...
  12. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    H Well he woke me up at 4:30 am wanting food, he didn’t eat much only a couple mouthfuls. I left a bowl with some food in it on my bedside table and around 6 am he went to it on his own accord and ate a few more bites. Then he ate a few more bites at 7:30 with the other cats. He’s refusing the...
  13. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    That means a lot to me! I am struggling with a lot of guilt and anxiety
  14. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    Can I ask what an appropriate amount of Sub Q fluid would be? Gibbons weighs around 11lbs and the vet said 200ml every other day or every day if possible. I can only get about 100ml at a time into the injection site before it pops the needle out of his skin and can’t bring myself to stick him...
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    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    I will try this tomorrow if he still doesn’t want to eat. He’s licking at it a bit but then walks away
  16. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    Do you have any tips for hand feeding? I tried to get him to lick it off of my finger but he refused.
  17. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    He would only lick his food today if I sat with him- which I’m ok with. I’m going to try warming it a bit tonight to see if it appeals to him more. He’s taking Mitrazapine as an anti nauseant which we just started today, it can take a couple of days to really help. Fingers crossed his appetite...
  18. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    After fluids this morning he ate a few bites of food and had a few of his favourite treats (the vet said the trick is to get him to eat anything right now until he bounces back a bit) I’m not sure how I’ll know if he’s not feeling like eating or just not liking the new food. I called the vets...
  19. melissa

    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    Thank you so much for your insight and advice. I appreciate the offer of moral support I’m sure there will be times I need it. I didn’t realize there were choices for food- my vet told me to give him k/d kidney care by Hills. I’m hoping he likes it once his appetite returns because I got carried...
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    18 year old cat with Renal failure

    No I hadn’t seen this site but I will definitely visit it thank you so much!
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