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Sallie Harris | 1 year ago
My Cat Ha A Redish Crust In The Inner Corner Of His Eye …

My cat ha a redish crust in the inner corner of his eye , is there something I can do to help

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Sarah
1 year ago

It’s hard to advise as it could be a number of issues. I definitely would get in to see the vet if it is still there this morning…. however, you could try a warm compress to sooth it. The eyes are so delicate that I would really take it seriously. It could be an injury, conjunctivitis, side effects from sinus, a cold….. hopefully, things are improved for your cat this morning, but a call to the vet would still be recommended. Best of luck!

Laura
1 year ago

Yep, this is a vet visit. If you decide to clean your cat’s face, use a very soft, damp cloth. No soap.

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Angela Murray | 1 year ago
My Cat Was An Extremely An Active Eater So Much So Her Name Is Piggy…

My cat was an extremely an active eater so much so her name is Piggy. Within the last few weeks she started vomiting a lot after drinking a lot of water after eating. In the past 2 weeks, she has completely stopped eating and drinking. She is about 7 years old. She has lost so much weight and is extremely week. I syringe fed her chicken baby food and tried kitten milk but she is not interested. I have also been trying to give her water in a syringe because she comes close to the water, but won’t drink. I recently lost my job and literally have no money. I tried to clear her bowels with vasoline and was able to remove hard stools but I don’t know what to do. I called a vet and as usual they told me to bring her in for diagnostic testing and that it could be thousands of dollars. Please help me save this poor animal. I can’t imagine losing her…..

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your kitty and your predicament. I’m alsp very sorry to say that as much as I want to be able to provide the magic answer to solve all of her problems I cannot. There needs to be an exam and a long discussion to even begin speculating the source. I strongly suggest you call and keep calling every rescue, shelter, local cat or pet Facebook group and every pet foundation to see if someone can get your cat to be seen by a vet. I would start with an exam and felv/fiv test and… Read more »

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Holly Hood | 1 year ago
I Have 3 Cats And Have Some Litter Box Issues. I Used To Have The…

I have 3 cats and have some litter box issues. I used to have the covered boxes, but noticed that one of the cats was peeing outside the box. So I removed all of the lids. The problem seemed to stop, but then started again on occasion. I bought larger boxes, (I have three of them) and the issue still occurs. I finally discovered it was my cat with colitis. She does pee in the box, but gets so close to the edge or stands instead of squats that it goes outside the box. Is she doing this because of the colitis or a behavior issue? perhaps higher sided boxes would help? I keep the areas lined with pee pads, but they are no match for cat urine. Suggestions?

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Sarah
1 year ago

Hi?
I would try a box with higher sides. I would also discuss this with my vet to make use it isn’t related to the medical issue.

Laura
1 year ago

I agree with Sarah – get a box with higher sides. You should have 4 for that number of cats, anyway, so it’s a good time to pick that up.

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Jennifer | 1 year ago
One Week Ago, I Adopted A 1.5 Year Old Male Cat. He Was Neutered…

One week ago, I adopted a 1.5 year old male cat. He was neutered the day before I brought him home. The cat had been living outside and being fed by someone before being trapped at a private residence so he could be adopted.

I currently have a 5-year-old neutered male cat, a 13-year-old spayed female cat, and a 5-year-old spayed lab mix. I have been doing a careful introduction of the new cat to our household.

The new cat would initially run and hide in his tunnel when hearing someone approaching. But he would let us pet him at any time. He is extremely affectionate. Over the last week, he will now come out and stay out of his tunnel when I talk to him. He occasionally gets a little scared and will go back in the tunnel if someone comes upstairs too noisily.

He has been in our bedroom only. I’ve taken him out several times, put him in his carrier, and let the other cats sniff the room. After a day, I hung a screen door at the bedroom so pets could see each other. I’ve fed all 3 cats on either sides of the screen door, and then allowed my other male cat in the room for increasing lengths of time for the two to get to know each other. Then they spent the night in the room the last two nights and are playing and chirping at each other (which is so fun to hear, though after two hours I said ok boys, party’s over, and took my older male back out of the room). I’m working more on introducing the female cat now, who mostly stays downstairs.

My question regards spraying. The first night, I put the litterbox in the adjoining bathroom, and showed him where it was. I believe he was too scared to venture to use it and he peed on the carpet in the bedroom. I cleaned using Nature’s Miracle and moved box to the bedroom, and added a second litter box. Since then, he has used one of his two boxes every single time.

I noticed during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th days, the room would periodically smell terrible, worse than cat pee. I bought a black light and discovered he had sprayed the walls and doors on two sides of the room. I washed the markings with Rocco & Roxie and he hasn’t sprayed since. This also was the same day my other male cat spent the night in the room and they seemed to become friends.

It is my understanding that cats can spray from stress and habit. He has certainly been under enormous stress. Because he was not neutered until 1.5 years of age, I am concerned he might spray once allowed to explore the rest of the house, which I feel he is nearly ready for. I know I need to work more to transition him carefully to our dog because he seems stressed when she is on the other side of the screen door.

Will cats spray the same areas repeatedly or move on to other areas? Could he spray again out of habit (though he has stopped so far)? If he feels happy and safe might he stop spraying? I understand that they can continue to spray even after neutering for several weeks to months.

Any suggestions for how to keep up the no spraying would be appreciated. He has gone from 0 to 90 in adjusting in just 7 days; I want him to go the other 10 percent as comfortably for him as possible. He is an awesome cat. Thank you!!

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Stacey Harris
1 year ago

For what it’s worth; Jackson G said to always include 1 litter box PER CAT, in your house. Then add 1 additional. So in your case, obviously you should have 4 minimum. Good luck and praise ? for saving him.

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, Thank you for rescuing him!! I think that I would say that you are extremely lucky that he seems to be curious and playful with your other cats and not lashing out at the dog. That’s huge. And often the biggest challenge. I would do what we employ here. Cage at night. It works phenomenally! It is the way we can sleep and litter box train. It is the way we have saved all of the dozens of cats who have been brought to us for euthanasia after spraying in the house or not using the litter box. It… Read more »

Robert Biser
1 year ago

Hi, I have the same condition with one of my trapped, resued TNR cats on my farm. He is the sweetest thing (aren’t they all ). I solved the problem with him. In his case, he started out like all the rest “gobble hounds” (sorry I didn’t mean to insult the cat by calling him a hound), I figured two things were causing this. He usually only did this while eating wet foods, and it was a “semi pate type with chicken chunks” of wet food while eating to fast. Two I was giving him too much food to look… Read more »

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Courtney Conaway | 1 year ago
Frequent Flyer Here, Back With Another Question! All 3 Of My Cats Have A Current…

Frequent flyer here, back with another question! All 3 of my cats have a current issue- Milo, who you gave advice on before with his chronic rhinitis/sinusitis which we have mostly under control with nebulizing Gentamycin and saline. Lily, who I asked about recently, was diagnosed with a heart murmur who has further testing on March 18th.

But my question today is about my youngest cat Pippin, who will be 2 years old this month. Pippin has always been a piggy, and eats his food very fast. He throws up every other day or every 3 days, and it is full pieces of food mixed with some liquid, as if this food never made its way down. I tried slow feeding bowls for a few months, but when the vomiting continued I switched back to regular bowls as to not disturb the other cats with this new feeding system for no reason.

I took Pippin to the vet and he told me to try hairball gel, which Pippin luckily loved and gobbled down for a few weeks, but the vomiting continued. The vet then suggested bloodwork, which I just got the results of today. I was told that his white blood cell count was high, specifically lymphocites and the vet suggested that we do further blood work then would include feline aids and leukemia as the initial blood work did not test for those. He stated that we may also want to consider an ultrasound.

Many in my life tell me that I get “taken for a ride” by vets because they know ill fork over whatever money it takes to keep my pets healthy. I wondered what your advice would be about this situation or what steps you might be taking if you were seeing Pippin, as I trust your morals and standards more than any vet (if only you weren’t so far from me)

Thank you so much for any insight you might have.

Courtney & Pippin

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Robert Biser
1 year ago

Hi, I have the same condition with one of my trapped, resued TNR cats on my farm. He is the sweetest thing (aren’t they all ). I solved the problem with him. In his case, he started out like all the rest “gobble hounds” (sorry I didn’t mean to insult the cat by calling him a hound), I figured two things were causing this. He usually only did this while eating wet foods, and it was a “semi pate type with chicken chunks” of wet food while eating to fast. Two I was giving him too much food to look… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello!! Welcome back! As the mom of a full fledged bulimic cat (jitterbug) I will tell you that this happens almost daily. He is a pig! He eats a huge volume and then within 10-15 minutes he vomits it up. It always looks like food. And he has never lost weight or had any other issues. He does this because he prefers to be an outside cat who only comes in to eat and indulge. I have done full works ups. And I check decals often but in general my advice is to 1. Monitor weight. 2. Make sure the… Read more »

Sarah
1 year ago

I would think that further tests will help rule out possible causes, conditions, etc. And the ultrasound is probably being recommended to see if there is some sort of obstruction along the way that might be causing the vomiting, or to see if there is a mass of some sort that would need to be dealt with. I cannot speak for you, but I trust my vet and the team completely and when they recommend a test, it gets done. If you are unsure, you could ,always take your cat to get a second opinion. I will say, that I… Read more »

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Michael Kleman | 1 year ago
Our Cat Mia Is A 12 Year Old Short Hair That Was Born Under Our…

Our cat Mia is a 12 year old short hair that was born under our porch. No one wanted her so we adopted her. Back in October she developed a runny nose. It was a clear discharge. After about 2 weeks it cleared on it’s own. Around Christmas it came back with a vengeance and she started making a loud snoring noise. We took her to an emergency vet Christmas eve and they put her on Clavamox and suggested we take her to her primary Vet. Her primary vet did not open until Jan 2 so we waited all the while giving her the Clavamox which did not seem to do any good. Her primary vet saw her 1/3 and put her on Zithromax. 2 weeks passed and no change. Now there was some bleeding from her nose and eyes. I contact a Vet in CA that has some specialty in this area and he suggest an injection of Convenia (antibiotic) and Depomedrol (steroid). Her primary Vet agreed to this and within a day, her discharge stopped and so did the snoring noise. We were excited but it didn’t last. 4 days later it all came back again. I took her to another vet who did a nasal swab which came back positive for a Mycoplasma infection. They put her on Doxycyclene 100mg x 20 days. After 20 days, there was no change at all. I took her to a third vet who drew blood and it showed all normal, no infection but she was put on additional Doxycyclene oral suspension and there is still no change. The bleeding comes and goes but there is always some sort of discharge from her nose and eyes. The next step was a referral to a specialist surgeon to do a CT scan and then a treatment plan which will run into thousands of dollars which we don’t really have. She is acting fairly normal through all of this and is eating and drinking. She even plays a little but gets easily tired because of the difficulty in breathing. Sorry for the long story but looking for suggestions at this point. We are in FL but heading back to PA in about a month at which point I want to make an appointment with Jarretsville Vet.

I should add that we are absolute animal lovers and have fostered about 40 cats / kittens over the years and have found forever homes for all but 5 that no one wanted which we have adopted.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello! I’m so sorry to hear about your kitty and frustration. I hear it soooo often. Same story. Same scenario. A cat with chronic upper respiratory issues and not much response to antibiotics although it sounds like many have been tried with little to no success. Then the discussion of a polyp arises (usually too late in my opinion) and people are referred to a place they cannot afford. So they have to figure it out on their own. So they find me based on a three minute video that finally diagnoses and resolved the problem. It’s so frustrating. Here’s… Read more »

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Abbie Knights | 1 year ago
My 6 Month Kitten Came Down Stairs And Started To Play. However, It Was Wary…

My 6 month kitten came down stairs and started to play. However, it was wary of my other 11 month old cat. They started to chase each other but my littlest kitten, would hiss and growl. They would swipe at eachother, but then still chase and find eachother. After they chased eachother for a while, the oldest cat then jumped onto my kitten. The kitten started to hiss, and growl while they were kicking and swiping eachother. Is this normal? I broke up the “fight” with a spray bottle.

Both are neutered and male.

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Stacey Harris
1 year ago

Hi Abbie! wow bet u love having kittens in your home; I love cats obsessively, but kittens are really only that, kittens the first year and they’re like children; they grow up into teenagers and lose their “cuteness” overnight. Your cats are almost “teenagers” in cat terms and just like male teenagers, when they hit puberty they become aggressive; My question is how long since you nuetered them? It can take a few months for the aggressive hormone from testis removal, subsides. My female cats are 9 years old and almost daily “fight”. According to Jackson G., its fine to… Read more »

Stacey Harris
1 year ago

KM, while I was typing my response I saw your reply; amen, my cats are 9 yrs old, litter siblings and have always been boisterous; We as pet owners need to chill out, we obsess over our fur babies.

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Thanks Stacey! I have two cats who hate each other too!!. And I often break up fights by clapping my hands to distract them and break it up. I adore Jackson galaxy. He’s wonderful and a terrific source for cat advice! Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. Xox krista

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

I’m not sure what your question is? If you are wondering how to get them to get along you need to provide a more gradual introduction. I suggest the new cat be a room by themselves for a week. Or more. Allow the other cats to sniff each other under the door. From here go to placing the new kitten in a cage with a hiding box inside it and allow them to see each other without being able to fight until they are all getting along. Then you can allow them to interact. Please understand that not all cats… Read more »

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Stacey Harris | 1 year ago
In Tears Over A Feral Cat That I Recently Trapped For Tnrv; At The Vet…

In tears over a feral cat that I recently trapped for tnrv; At the vet, a rectal/anal prolapse was repaired. After release , I noticed it has the prolapse is back. He appears gaunt and dying; Hes untrappable at this point because he’s afraid of the trap. Will he slowly die in front of me day by day? Is he sufferring? in pain? Or will he die rapidly from this condition? Without a dart gun, hes untrappable. I thought the vet would have euthanized him to stop his suffering, but I’m at a loss at what I can do. The vet said to bring him in as soon as possible; but he’s Feral for God’s sake! You don’t get a second chance to trap a feral cat. Once bitten twice shy. Help! any ideas? Kristen Magnifico directed me here. Shes so compassionate. Thank u all!!!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello. I’m sorry about your kitty. I hope you can figure out some way to get him back to the vet. These cases are so frustrating. And often heart breaking. But I applaud you and your vet for trying. They all deserve a chance and a compassionate friend to look after them. Best of luck

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

You’re so welcome!! Stand strong and know that you are doing amazing really important work. And that you aren’t alone.

Sarah
1 year ago

Hi –
I’m so sorry you have to watch this going on. Is there any way you think you could get a larger trap and sort of attempt to camoflauge it? My thinking is, if the trap is bigger, there is more room and the cat may not expect the same thing. And I wouldn’t skip on the bait fir sure… ham, tuna…something super smelly and tasty so that the cat can’t resist. I hope this helps.

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Rachel Rush | 1 year ago
Cat Kidney Frugal Diet Ideas So I Took One Of My Cats To The Vet…

Cat Kidney Frugal Diet Ideas

So I took one of my cats to the vet because he wasn’t feeling good. The vet done some bloodwork and found out he is in early stages of kidney failure and advised me to look into a meal plan specialized for kidney care such as: (Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Renal, Hills Prescription Diet k/d, or Purina NF.) I’ve since looked into the food.. and the prices are outrageous.

There’s not even coupons or anything.

I typically feed my cat (Nutrish Indoor Complete: RachealRay) and its a huge bag thay lasts an entire month for around $30 or so… but this new food, the small bags that would last at most.. a 1-2 weeks as I have 2 cats.. plus occasionally my roommates cats will steal a couple bites.. is about $40+ and I simply cannot afford that. Any ideas on a frugal meal plan. I don’t want him to get worse but I don’t want to break bank either. Please help!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, This is a hard question to answer. I always feel that I am not adequately informed to offer advice that might influence a patients care because I am not your vet. I do however sincerely recommend that you talk to your vet about how to manage your cats health best within the confines of your budget. For example I often tell my clients that I would rather have them feed somwmof the excellent food versus all of the poorer quality. So maybe you can find a good OTC kibble that you can mix with the prescription food? It’s a… Read more »

Sarah
1 year ago

Hello-
So sorry you’re in a bind. We buy our dog and cat food online because it is less expensive than in the store. You may be able to find what you need at a better price that way. Hope this helps.

Laura
1 year ago

To prevent any of the resident cats from stealing your kidney cat’s food, meal feed your cats and separate them until he finishes his food.

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suzanne martucci | 1 year ago
I Am Helping Someone Who Rescued A Young Female Stray Cat A Few Weeks Ago…

I am helping someone who rescued a young female stray cat a few weeks ago. No microchip. The plan is to get her vetted and adopted. She tested positive for ear mites , & tapeworms. She has had 2 applications of Revolution , 2 weeks apart, per vet instructions. She had an ear hematoma that the vet drained and sutured. The vet gave her virbantel dewormer tablet , and she is now due for her second dose, the info with this product states it is for dogs and puppies only. She didn’t get that 2nd dose, will consult with vet about it – recheck visit tomorrow. My question is about the virbantel tablet, is it safe for use on cats? What are the risks ? She has had other symptoms that we thought were unrelated , now I am wondering if the 1st dose she received at the vet had some side effects. Also she was shaved to check for a spay scar, I attached photo. Looks like there were two incisions. Any thoughts and or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
If you are under the care of a veterinarian then please forward these questions to them. It is not possible for us to answer what is it is not safe for your pet as we don’t know anything about their current health status or history. These are obtained during a physical examination with your veterinarian.