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    Stray vs Indoor-Outdoor Behavior

    There's what seems from all appearances to be a stray cat in our apartment community. He's very friendly. Perhaps too friendly. While most everyone in the complex agrees he's a friendly cat and they wish him no harm, the property manager has reported that she's received a complaint or two about...
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    Caring for an Orange Cat

    This is OC ("orange cat".) He's getting his own thread now rather than complicating Krista's bridge thread. OC is his stray name. I haven't decided on a more permanent name yet. Though I'm leaning towards Meatball because he's so muscular. Like a tiny orange pit bull. He is a friendly...
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    Remembering Krista

    Eighteen months ago, I started a thread called Krista’s Care. Krista's Care It is sadly time for me to close that thread. As she has moved on to her next chapter, so must I. I’m still too raw to offer a proper tribute. But I’ll start this thread with a highlight video Apple made from my...
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    Vet says bladder infection. I'm not convinced

    Background: Krista has been on daily steroids for nearly 7 months now for IBD and lymphoma. Only in the last month, I discovered the missing trigger and we're seeing a remission of those original IBD/lymphoma symptoms. I brought Krista in because she's been showing diabetic symptoms which I...
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    Medicine upsets her butt and gut - Slippery Elm, Marshmallow root, or....???

    Krista takes chlorambucil (generic for Leukeran) aka chemotherapy for her suspected small cell lymphoma. It is working for her as she went from liquid stools for months back to well-formed, low odor, solid stools. However, the medicine itself wrecks her gut and butt until it’s passed through...
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    Rabbit silver skin: remove or not?

    I make raw food from frozen fryer rabbits. Usually just the hind legs and my favorite beertenders were getting the rest of the carcasses. But that's neither here nor there now with the self-isolation. What I'd like to know is whether that silver skin needs to be removed or not? It does not...
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    Rawz Rabbit Pate shortage?

    Does anyone know what's going on with Rawz Rabbit Pate? It has not been available locally for over a month. It is now out of stock at all the US online resellers. I have placed an order with the only Canadian reseller at a 70% markup for shipping. To be honest, I fully expect an apology email...
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    Is a year old chub of ground too old to make food from?

    I have a 5 lbs chub of boneless rabbit meat that's been frozen since I received it about this time last year. Is this too old to thaw and make food with? Thanks in advance!
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    How much liver is too little liver?

    I made a 1 lbs batch recently (and will continue to make 1 lbs batches until I stop making mistakes like this.). I thought everything went very smoothly from grind to portion, package, and refreeze with a happy kitty taste test in between. And then I washed the grinder. About half to 3/4 of...
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    Ultrasound belly: how long til fur grows back?

    I remember the last time Krista got an ultrasound, it took a long time for her fur to grow back from the shaved belly. I just don’t remember how long. She had her most recent ultrasound on October 21. Two months ago. She also still has bare spots where they shaved for her IVs. She got IV fluids...
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    Mirtazapine and diarrhea?

    I started Krista on transdermal mirtazapine (Mirtaz) and she started eating well as expected. But this morning she had some diarrhea. I see this side effect in only 6% of trial cats from the insert. Which is the same as the control group. On Google, I see it listed as a side effect only in the...
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    Prednisilone Compounding

    For those who have had pred compounded, what form and flavor did you go for? I'm thinking an oral suspension at a high concentration so I don't have to use very much. Krista was prescribed 1 ml of a 15 mg/5ml suspension (so a 5 mg dose) that just tastes horrible. I won't be giving this to...
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    FME Recovery Time?

    After nearly two years of battling with general vets over tooth resorption and tooth extractions, I finally took Krista to a board certified veterinary dentist. I told him, "make her toothless. Make this the last dental procedure she'll ever need." And he agreed with me. He showed me...
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    Favorite way to give Pred to cats?

    I finally got Krista's prescription for prednisolone and it's in my least favorite preparation. I have to give her 1 mL of the liquid. I haven't tasted yet but I'm pretty sure it's not compounded into anything appealing. So first question, what are your favorite tips for administering such a...
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    Rad Cat skipped the B-vitamins, can I?

    Still trying to replicate the excitement and satisfaction from homemade that Krista got from Rad Cat. My latest batch of homemade is a hard sell with her. I included B vitamins and skipped the egg yolk because I suspect a yolk sensitivity. But she's not crazy about this batch like the last...
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    Palatable alternative to egg yolk

    What is the nutritional alternative to egg yolk? Choline, lecithin, and what else? Probably other B-vitamins. It also has to be palatable. B-vitamin supplement smells like feet probably because it comes from brewer's yeast. Can I source it from nutritional yeast instead? Although she...
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    Prednisolone or....?

    Krista's current vet no longer feels comfortable working with the two or three teeth she has remaining and recommends a board certified dentist. There are only two or three in a very large metropolitan area here. It could be awhile before Krista can get seen. She has roots that are resorbing...
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    Need help identifying giblets

    Former vegan here. I can cook a piece of fish and make an omelette but meat is still foreign to me. Except what I’m learning in Krista Test Kitchen. 😹 I bought a bag of turkey giblets from the butcher I get thighs for meat and wings for stock. This saves me a 3 hour errand because they get the...
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    Make my own EZ Complete?

    I love the idea of EZ Complete. Unfortunately the chicken liver and the inclusion of digestive enzymes both make my Krista double over in digestive pain after. (Who's eating who?!) My current supplement stack for homemade is powdered calcium, powdered E, powdered taurine, powdered kelp...
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    How much fat and how to control for that?

    I'm trying to keep my senior cat eating. Since she can't have bone because of her IBD, I can't buy any raw rabbit foods for her as they are all whole animal grinds. I bought a frozen rabbit and a manual grinder. I learned how to butcher the rabbit off YouTube and ran its meat and organs...
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