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Debbie Molnar | 1 year ago
If It Helps A Puppy To Grow Up With Another Puppy Does The Same Hold…

If it helps a puppy to grow up with another puppy does the same hold true for kittens? Will cats be happier and better adjusted if they have a sibling? Does it help to get 2 from the same litter or should they be unrelated?

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We had a few “pairs” in our lifetime- meaning they were from the same litter. Never had an issue- all three times, they were really nice, affectionate and all around good pets. I have heard of littermate syndrome in dogs, which can prove to be a challenge, but I do not think the same holds true for cats. I will say that a kitten is a lot of work- box training, house rules, scratching, etc. so keep in mind that is all double duty when bringing two in at the same time. Best of luck!!

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I’ve never had kittens, so I cannot speak to this part of your question. I do know quite a bit about dogs, however, and I would NEVER suggest getting two littermates in dogs. Ever. This causes some serious developmental issues – littermate syndrome and dog aggression are but two of them.

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Katelyn Martin | 1 year ago
Hello, Okay Please No Judgment This Might Sound Pathetic. I Have A New Cat She Is 5…

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Okay please no judgment this might sound pathetic.
I have a new cat she is 5 to 6 months old and is a tabby she has been extremely affectionate ever since we got her. However, very recently it has started to get less and less. A week ago I got very sick and the first two days she was super affectionate and caring and spent almost every second with me. The next three days of recovery I notice her mood change and that she wanted to be around me less and less except at night to sleep and the very rare, occasional, situation where she shows a split second of it and then closes off but even now she seems to hardly want to be affectionate and i dont know what is happening and why or what to do. Help!?

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No judgement- promise. How long have you had her? She could be adjusting and learning the household so to speak. She could be “being a cat”, which happens. I know at our house the cat has to be the one calling the shots. Seems like she only wants to be n your lap when you really have to get out of the chair you’re in?. However, if it really is a personality change, you may want to start keeping a close eye on her and if anything else is different (litter box, eating, etc.) call the vet.

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Kenyatta Baker | 1 year ago
Siamese Older Cat Has Bumps On Back Sensitive To The Touch Seem To Be Getting…

Siamese older cat has bumps on back sensitive to the touch seem to be getting more agressive in groth

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I would get in to see the vet. Especially if the growth rate is increasing and your cat seems to be in pain.

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Yes, this is something that needs to be addressed in person.

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nicola gibson | 1 year ago
Sorry For The Long Winded Question But I Have Recently Moved And Now Live Above…

Sorry for the long winded question but I have recently moved and now live above a pub with my husband who runs the pub and our cat Poppy who is 10 years old.
The flat is quite a strange lay out, at one end of a corridor is part one of our accommodation behind a locked door which is 2 bedrooms and our bathroom, at the other end behind another locked door is our living room and kitchen – the corridor that connects the two areas has staff room and office etc.
Our cat is perfectly happy in the bedroom area where she spends most of the day, however I sometimes work from home in the living room area and when i’m home I try to bring her during in here during the day but she does the loud deep cry they do when they aren’t happy and its so upsetting to hear. I don’t want her to be alone all day and only see us before bed but I also don’t want her to be distressed – will she get used to the living area over time or will she keep being distressed by it?
I was thinking of always having dreamies and treats in the living space so she starts to associate it with good food rather than her usual dry stuff.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Hi there? I think that it is great that you want to be with your cat…. but sometimes they just don’t want what we want. Maybe she is just more content to be in the other area of the apartment? You could try to entice her to enjoy the living space more, but if she still doesn’t really want to be there, I would just let her be happy in the bedroom areas. Maybe set one space up just for her with a cat tree and fun things for her, etc.???

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Teresa Hamrick | 1 year ago
My 1 1/2 Yr Old Cat Has Bumps On The Outside Of His Ears And…

My 1 1/2 yr old cat has bumps on the outside of his ears and his nose. He has been checked for ear mites – none. They seem to be aggravated by the heat. I have put Neosporen on them and it helps for a little white. What else might I try?

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Hi? Did your vet run any tests to see what they might be? Do they think it is an allergic reaction? Or did they do a skin scrape to see if they could determine a possible cause? I wouldn’t try using anything until I had a better idea of what the cause might be.

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Hello,
This could be so many things. Like fly strike, fleas, allergies, or even skin cancer (to name a few). I’m sorry but we can’t offer a treatment option until your vet helps you understand what the cause might be. And even then you would have to get the medications from your vet. We are an advisory community. We cannot diagnose nor treat. Please see your vet. Manybe it’s something easy and treatable?

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Chris Taylor | 1 year ago
My Male Cat Has Been Vomiting 1 To 2 Times A Day For About 1…

My male cat has been vomiting 1 to 2 times a day for about 1 week. He also has dry skin at his back.

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Hello,
I’m not sure if these are related but I think that based on the vomiting frequency it i is a good idea to talk to your vet. Lots of things can cause vomiting and the sooner it is addressed the better your cats prognosis is. Good luck. Let us know what the vet says.

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Taryn Engelbretson | 1 year ago
My 18 Year Old Cat Growltiger Has Been Through A Lot. He Was Diagnosed With…

My 18 year old cat Growltiger has been through a lot. He was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in 2016 and has been on his meds since then. He also has arthritis. About 2 weeks ago, he had a seizure while laying next to me. My vet said this was most likely due to old age and not having enough nutrients absorbed so we added some supplements to his diet. Yesterday he had bad diarrhea and is now walking/stumbling around with a lessened appetite. My worry here is this is him going downhill and I don’t want him to be in pain. Does this sound like it may be close to his time? He’s at 6.2 pounds as of last vet visit 2 weeks ago

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Hello,
I’m sorry to hear that your kitty isn’t doing well. It sounds like she is struggling and I recommend seeing your vet again as soon as possible. Hyperthyroidism can be a complicated disease and in some cases additional bloodwork, an X-ray or even an ultrasound are needed to help diagnose and understand the complexities of a pets condition. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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dana ginsberg | 1 year ago
My Tenacious, Wonderful, Beloved 12-year-old Cat Is A Cancer Survivor. She Has An Uncommon…

My tenacious, wonderful, beloved 12-year-old cat is a cancer survivor. She has an uncommon form of cutaneous mast cell cancer that causes her to have thousands of small tumors all over her skin. 2 1/2 years ago she had a splenectomy and takes antihistamines daily to control what is now low-grade cancer. Last year she started having upper respiratory issues, including severe congestion and nasal discharge. To make a very long story short, after an exploratory, CT scan, rhinoscopy, multiple biopsies and cultures she’s finally been diagnosed with possible rhinitis which includes an E Coli infection, severe sinus inflammation, and a nasal polyp. When last visualized (about a month ago) the polyp is in her nasal passage, just above her throat. She’s on her 2nd, 2-week course of the antibiotic Meropenem, which I inject subQ 3x a day, which makes me a bit nervous considering the tumors – I’m concerned it could cause a histamine reaction and trigger the cancer further. We’ve been seeing a specialist in the Los Angeles area, and the bills have become astronomical. The polyp needs to be removed, we’ve been told it will cost $1500 – 3,000, depending on whether it can be pulled out, or if it’s too far up, I’ve been told the surgeon may have to go thru her soft or hard palate, (which, to put it mildly has me a little freaked out). We have to be careful dealing with her based on her cancer (which so far is under control and we treat as a chronic condition). The good news is that she handles anesthesia rather well. (She’s one heck of a tough cat). My questions are: is it normal to have to go thru the palate to remove a polyp? Are there any surgeons in the LA area that are versed in both the easier traction surgery, as well as the more complicated version, that won’t cost an arm and a leg (I’m willing to go further out)? How common, or dangerous, is going thru the soft or hard palate?

Thank you, from both of us!

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Hello, It is hard for me to answersome of these without knowing he patient. I will say that I have seen a lot of polyps and never had to make any approach other than in the mouth as all of the YouTube videos on this surgery show. If you cannot afford the specialist find a general practictioner in your area and ask them to look at your cat and try to remove it. My guess is that they can do it fairly easily and affordably. If they can’t then you are prob not any worse off than you are now.… Read more »

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Amy Wilkinson | 1 year ago
Hello! We Have An Orange Tabby That Does Better With A Friend. Adopted Him From…

Hello! We have an orange tabby that does better with a friend. Adopted him from the shelter, and his best pal from the same shelter a week later. We have had them one year. This past week his friend (and my soul mate kitty) passed away unexpectedly. Both are (and were) 3 years old. We adopted a 6 month old kitten for a new friend for him a couple days later. He seems to have accepted him. There has been/is some hissing and growling from the older cat only. They sleep together, he grooms the kitten. However, he has begun to meow a lot, and when the kitten plays he will sit and meow at him constantly. Sometimes it is cute trills and sometimes it sounds bitchy. Should we be concerned? If left alone will they kill each other?

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Hi? I’m so sorry about your other cat…. I think that until you are certain that they are good together, I would still supervise if you have any doubts. It may just be that your older cat is teaching the new guy the rules, and that’s why there is some hissing at times. It’s still quite early on, but from the pics and what you’ve said, it sounds like things are moving along great??

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Kristen Duracka | 1 year ago
Hi! We Are Adopting A 7 Month Old Puppy And Haven’t Had A Dog In…

Hi! We are adopting a 7 month old puppy and haven’t had a dog in 20 years so I’m looking for some advice:
How do you recommend he travel in a car?
Where is the best place to buy Science Diet food? Should I get him the puppy formula? He’s 7 months old.
What kind of treats do you recommend? I bought some Blue Health Bars baked with pumpkin and cinnamon because I really had no clue but we don’t have to use them.
How long can he be in his crate before he would need to be let out?
Do you have any advice on introducing him to cats? We have two adult males.

Thank you for any guidance you can provide.

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Good morning. 7 months is a nice age. They are still a “puppy” but most likely house broken? I would definitely recommend discussing much of this with your vet at your first visit. However, a few bits of advice: the local rescue that we got most of our dogs from recommends a two week shut down. Some information can be found online and here- https://www.marshmallowfoundation.org/info/file?file=20866.pdf Hopefully I pasted that right. It really does work. Another thing that I would highly recommend is a basic obedience class for a few reasons besides the obvious of basic training. It also helps with… Read more »

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ALWAYS crate in a car. Always. At this age he should be fine for 7 hours in the crate during the day.

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I like science diet puppy. It is available at petsmart and petco. I feed wet and dry. Twice a day. Puppy food for the first year. Get into a routine day one. Ideally the routine you want him to follow daily indefinitely. Always praise the good behavior. Never punish the bad. Just be kind and consistent. And lots of love and exercise help too! As far as cats go everyone is a little different Some are curious and others are obnoxious. The curious ones are easy. Just say no! If they get too close. Or seem threatening. If they get… Read more »