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Oscar | 6 months ago
My Kitten Of (five Weeks – Six Weeks) Appears To Have A Swollen Belly. I Have …

My kitten of (five weeks – six weeks) appears to have a swollen belly. I have been concerned for a while as it does not seem to go away, my kitten also seems to constipate a bit and isolate himself from other kittens. Although he shows some odd behavior, he still is the most energetic kitten of the lot and eats very often, more so than the other kittens, and he loves climbing, jumping, running, and is an all around happy lil guy. His feces does not seem to show any signs of parasitic infection (no eggs, mucus, blood) and I’m concerned it might even be FIP. Just wondering what it could be, thanks for taking the time in reading this!

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Sarah
5 months ago

Good morning-
When is your next vet appointment? I’m assuming you already have them lined up for vaccinations and check ups since they’re so little. I’m sure the vet will give them all a physical and check for parasites etc. at that time. I think I would try to get in ahead of schedule for this little guy though since your concerned. Best of luck🐾😊

Laura
5 months ago

I’d get him to the vet. Big bellies are (usually) wormy bellies, but your vet will be able to help you here.

Krista Magnifico
5 months ago

My first concern would be FIP too. There are some new treatment plans for this disease so I would have it diagnosed ASAP for the best chance at a successful treatment.

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Art Holland | 2 years ago
1) 2010 CO Vet Adv 7/yr Fem Cat, Fixed, Front Claws Pulled (prev Elderly Owner…

1) 2010 CO vet adv 7/yr fem cat, fixed, front claws pulled (prev elderly owner afraid her cats would climb drapes etc). Cat afraid (no claw prot assumed) never wanted to go outside. Health etc good
2) great relatnshp next 10 years, i ret @12yrs ago, after @2 years we started talking to (i spk, she spks, i spk, etc) to each other. Also, didnt take long, w/in 5 min of me going to bed at nite (or naps etc) she would curl up on my chesr, watch until i fell asleep and then so did she.
3) i’ve lived RV’s all my life (excpt 20 years ‘65-85 worked maritime), she took to this wuite well, liked watching out window or curl on lap, nightime driving i turn on defroster, she likess watching oncoming headlites white sprawled out on dash &defrstr her warm.
4) been staying new places @a year then find new place &do same.
5)@1.2 yrs ago moved to page, AZ (largest 200mi lg, 2500mi circumf fresh water inland lake in usa, few yrs ago built solar powered boat this reason 1 for Page AZ; reason 2 4 Corners archeology, ancient native Am history etc)
3 yrs bldg boat Cat got used to boat & accepted boat @Almost@ as well as RV.
6) couple months after “calling Page new temp home Cat develops hair mats (long soft hair, appearance much like maine coon cat appearance), prev i always take to groomer, which she liked.
7)page pop 7000 mostly bat an, businesses, IF there is one of anything there is no 2, 3 etc iow NO competition on services or prices, only comp is.boat storage and small storage places
8) vet blows off helping with mats, cat still has teeth so nada ever done @ that.
9) vet takes BP say cats are identical to humans in this regard (my est of this vet dropped several points at this point) a humans BP can change a thoudand times a day and new places, out of rv comfort zone, strange people poking her, dogs eksewhere barking, all sorts of reasons a one time BP test useless. Meanwhile he says she has urinary tract inf (all prev signs re cat, litter box, excess h20 drinking, etc then never applied. Vet Refusing recommedg drugs, antibiotics, wet food etc. Vet stressed ONLY thing that would help was HIS brand dry food (forget name but same brand seen/sold in almost ALL vet ofcs. Dummy cat owner says ok and takes 2 8lb bags. Pays& leaves. Getting into RV and Cat settled looked at receipt: use of treatg room$60. 2 bags dry food $80.Dummy got real smart real quick & this collegeeducated BUSInESSMAN with triple ultra minor in screwing cat owners just relegated ti phq u u jerk!
10) 3 weeks later Cat keeps asking where food is & get rid of this dumpster dived excuse for cat food. So we head back to WallyWorld and study whats there. Low & behold 1 bag ONLY no grain “pure balance”hi protein also few sm cand fancy feast salmon&shrimp. First couple days started feeling like gaining then suddenly nada, losing ground. Last few weeks seldom to no catbox use, pees everywhere. Last night i had rolled on sude, when cant sleep on my checst, hip is great alternative, but woke up with right hip totally soaked. Cant tell her she can no longer sleep w/on me as thats gonna be even greater psycho hit. Clothes bedfing etc inste ad of usual 3-4 week trip to laundrmat is still 3-4 weeks but looks like 3-4 months. Couple hours ago had thougjt to thought to search “female cat urinary tract infection” on youtube, several hits but listening to vodeosbyours was more inteteveted in the pet than the high dollar competition prone.
11) she not doing well, looks worse, have med raising and training in addition to farm background. Unfortunately, putting farm raised animals down is no longer the answer when world culture teaches us to regard them as semi-human family members. I hate watching her wither aw ay keep hoping better alternative can be.
Advice?
Thank you, Art

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello Art, Sounds like you are a very dedicated and saucy/colorful guy. Which I think is awesome! Kudos to you for being so determined to find an answer for your kitty. I would recommend this: fo find a vet who you trust. I think your cat needs a professional advocate to help understand and diagnose what’s going on. I hope you can find someone soon. I think that a full bloodwork (CBC, chemistry, thyroid and urinalysis are all indicated). In my experience high blood pressure is abnormal along with something else. Please don’t try to fix this without some diagnostics.… Read more »

Sarah
1 year ago

Hi again Art-
You need a vet that you can establish an. Trusting relationship with. Ask around. Check with everyone you meet that has animal. In the meantime, you can either take your cat back where you originally went (I personally would not) or just try another vet and bring your records with you and explain your situation like you did here. Best of luck!!!???

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Brenda Webb | 2 years ago
I Adopted A 4 Year Old Rescue Small Lab Mix About 2 Weeks Ago. She…

I adopted a 4 year old rescue small lab mix about 2 weeks ago. She is already deeply attached to me, and is starting to show some separation anxiety. Keeping her contained and safe while I’m at work has become a challenge. My Boston Terrier is content gated in the kitchen, but my rescue Duchess simply climbs over the gate. So I put her in a crate and I have attached a pic of the result (it’s sideways). She had bloodied her mouth and scraped her muzzle. The last couple of days I’ve left her loose in the house and hoped for the best. I saw evidence of her trying to push the gate through to get into the kitchen – to be with my other dog? I don’t know. Any advice is welcome.

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2 years ago

Hi there!! Thanks for rescuing. We just rescued another GSD this week and are going through the same thing- separation anxiety. I’m using a lot of patience and I’m walking the soles of my shoes off with him? No, seriously, long walks seem to help. More so than a good romp around the yard with our other young one. So what I did yesterday that really helped, was had him romp with her for about a half hour after right before human dinner, then ate quick, then walked him (while my other two stayed home) for a good long walk-… Read more »

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2 years ago

If you’re located near Dr. M, I’d look into obedience classes near you – 4Paws has a selection of classes to consider. She might be otherwise obedient, but classes will help to make her feel more secure in her position in your home, and will help her settle now that she’s past the 2 week introduction phase. More info about training classes at 4Paws here: http://www.4pawsspaonline.com/training.html Kathy Forthman’s a good trainer.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello! There are lots of things I would recommend. First of all exercise is my first and constant default. 1. Start taking long walks before you leave for the day. A tired dog is always a better behaved dog. See if this helps. 2. Ask me (I’m her vet) ☺️ About solliquin. 3. Try DAP. Dog appeasing pheromone. There is a lot of great evidence to support its efficacy. 4. Try a radio or tv while you’re away. 5. Try a video monitoring device. See if watching her and intervening helps assuage her chewing. 6. Ask about a neighbor or… Read more »

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Maria Hoys | 2 years ago
Does Anyone Have Any Idea Why My Kitten Died? Our Kitty Was Almost 4 Months Old…

Does anyone have any idea why my kitten died?
Our kitty was almost 4 months old. The other night he was playing just fine and having fun with his brother like he always does, in the morning my husband saw him climbing up the side of our bed, happy like usual. My daughter saw him playing with his brother on the floor of her room, he had shred up a cat toy of his, which had some small pieces of tinsel and yarn. He seemed totally fine to everyone, then we found him laying on the floor of a different bedroom, dead. We are absolutely devastated. We have no idea what happened and its really bothering me. We also have his brother, almost 4 months old, and 3 other cats in our house. When we found him, he was laying on his side, mouth open, eyes open and they looked cross. His paws seemed like they were sticky, and had kitty litter on them, his tail had the same thing on it and a couple spots in his fur. i found a spot in our kitchen, which resembled what was on his fur, It looked like he vomited bile maybe, or I dont know if it came out his back end? I have no clue! It smelled terrible, and there was also a small brown smooshy pile in the middle of it as well, and looked like he had tried to cover some spots of it up with some kitty litter. Does anyone maybe have some insight? #suddendeath

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Sarah
2 years ago

I am so very sorry for you. The only way to truly find out what happened is for your vet to do an autopsy of sorts. Even then, they may not be able to tell you exactly what happened. I’m so sorry.

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Yes, a necropsy will tell you what happened.

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Chantal Cutter | 2 years ago
Acl In Dogs My 16 Year Old Westie Had His Surgery But Still Does Not…

Acl in dogs my 16 year old westie had his surgery but still does not walk very

well cannot climb stairs and he does not like doggie wheelchair , What else can I do for my fur baby.
Would like to know about a brace or where I can get one made for him and a new vet out here .

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2 years ago

Hello,
The only good answer that I can give you lies in understanding why your pet isn’t using the leg even after the injury has been repaired surgically. Please call an orthopedic surgery specialist and ask them to give your dog an examination. From there you can decide which option is best for him.

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Katelyn Lassan | 3 years ago
My Dog Is No Longer Going To Bed At Night. We Have A 10 Month…

My dog is no longer going to bed at night. We have a 10 month old toy poodle. Male. Every night since he was born, we held him for a few minutes, pet him, and then we put him in his pin with blankets, food, and water.

2 weeks ago we took him to the vet for s castration. The surgery went fine and he is well. 1 week ago he stopped wanting to staying in his pin. He whines and tries to climb out non stop. He will not calm down. Please help. We CANNOT get any sleep unless we take him to our couch and sleep there with him.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, Please call your vet to discuss what is going on and please also explain to them any possible changes to his routine or environment. In some cases youhave to return to basic crate training by rewarding going in it. Using it sporadically during the day for time out periods and also making sure he is getting lots and lots and lots of exercise during the day so he is tired and gets rest at night. Please make sure your vet thinks it is ok to exercise him. In almost all cases puppies are up at night demanding attention because… Read more »

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Christena A. Bergemann | 3 years ago
Dear Vet, Krista Magnifico: One Of My (former Stray) 2 Cats, Jazzy, Was Blimped…

dear Vet, Krista Magnifico: One of my (former stray) 2 cats, Jazzy, was blimped out & looked very pregnant last summer or early fall, so I had her spayed, not wanting to have babies to feed, care f/ & find homes f/. Vet said she hadn’t been pregnant, no babies inside. (I couldn’t believe it). Well now, months later, this winter, she looks like a huge blimp again, & I don’t know why. She waddles now, & walks funny, never goes outside, exercises, very sedentary. In summer she’s a very fast runner, climbs tree, catches & eats lots of birds. (yuk. don’t like that, plus she tries bringing in house.) But she’s fast!, normally, & normally skinny. (u can feel her spine, still.). Any ideas what my be the problem causing this unusual blimping out, b4, & now months later after being spayed? She does not look pretty, healthy, or normal, & her huge sides & belly are tight & hard, not soft like normal kitty. She’s not a very affectionate kitty, often skittish just when I walk near or into a room she’s in. Constantly begs f/ food, espec. chicken. gets under foot in kitchen to point I don’t realize she’s @ my feet & bump into her accidentally. I’m not that fond of her, but didn’t want to just abandon her when I moved, & thought I could easily find her a home if I decided not to keep her myself. I took her & another cat (that one was pregnant, later died huge w/ stillbirths inside & major dehydration)…to Humane Soc. to find a nice home f/ her, but they let both escape & both found way home & walked miles, across big highway, to get back to trailer where I used to live where all these strays kept breeding. I love Cherokee, also former stray, & am keeping her forever. But not so thrilled w/ Jazz. She scratches door frames & insulation around door when wants in or out, (which ruins beautiful nice new house.) I noticed this morn she had dried poop residue near her anus, so I removed much as could & softened rest stuck in her fur w/ water & scott towel best I could b4 she scratched free. Maybe she’s not pooping like should & extremely constipated? Maybe I should get 2 litter boxes vs. just 1? Cherokee grooms herself til super clean, she would never let poop dry on her like that. She also grooms/licks Jazz’s ears, face f/ her, many times, as if she were Jazz’s Mom, maybe to show her affection. Any ideas how to help Jazz get back to normal? I don’t want a vet bill bc I’m just not enamored w/ Jazz & don’t really care, tho I feel guilty even saying that, it’s true. I just figured if she could walk all the way home from Humane Soc., she wanted to stay, so I kept her. & she used to greet me & mailbox when I pulled in. She’s terribly afraid of other people, incl. me, many times, (when I walk by, or walk into a room,) so not easy to shower her w/ “love” or affection, she’s quite skittish, tho she will come up to be petted outside when I come home, etc. TY, Krista f/ your expert advice! (I can send u pics, if helps, tho I know u can’t diagnose from pics.)

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, This is a tough one for me. First it is not possible to diagnose a pet without an exam and a vets in person asssiance and help. Second. I tell people all the time that the only thing I can’t help a pet with is when the parent does not care. Your cat Jazz is your cat. She needs you. And playing favorites or helping simply so that you don’t feel guilty is hard for me to hear. She needs help. And loving a pet is always unconditional. It doesn’t matter how much money you have it matters simply… Read more »

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Gayle Youngblood | 3 years ago
We Just Adopted A Beautiful Chocolate Lab Mix. A Girl, 2 Yrs Old. Named…

We just adopted a beautiful chocolate lab mix. A girl, 2 yrs old. Named her Molly.
She’s great about going outside for her duty. She knows commands, sit, paw. Etc. She plays fetch. She somewhat socializes at the dog park. She won’t go to other dogs, but will allow them to sniff her.
We give her lots of daily exercise, the best we can.

Our problem: She’s attached to her Daddy. (My husband) from day one..She stays near him at all times, she jumps on him, licks him all the time, climbs on him, lays next to him, follows him everywhere. Cries like a baby when he leaves the house. We thought it cute to begin with. Now it’s become extremely irritating to my husband. He loves her, always. Tried to teach her to stay but it’s not working, she just can’t stand to be away from him..even a few feet.
When he’s not home, she climbs on me, plays fine. Lays down for a nap. Is a bit more relaxed..Yet checks the door occasionally waiting for her daddy.
She does go to bed at night without incident. Now weeks later…He can’t do anything without Molly “right there”!
She comes with little history. She was found wandering, considered a stray In October 2017.
We suspect she was abandoned during the hurricane here in Fla.
Someone obviously trained her.
The vet gave her a clean bill of health. But didn’t give us any advice on her behavior.
I’m suspecting anxiety of some sort.

Had anyone ever had such a problem?
Can anyone give us advise on what to do?
What works, what doesn’t.

Thanks

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Sarah
2 years ago

Hello there! Congrats on your new furry family member? When we got one of our dogs, we had a somewhat similar situation. We got in touch with a behaviorist, who helped immensely in a short period of time. We had to do our homework she assigned of course, but it was worth it. While Butch is still “my” dog, he is a pack member and knows that everyone, not just me, counts. Each situation is different though, so i would strongly advise talking with your vet about a good behaviorist/trainer to get in touch with. Best of luck!

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, Molly sounds like the perfect dog for me! She is exactly the dog I have always had and will probably always have as I am always with my pups and they are always with me. My point is that Molly, like my dogs, learned this because I condone and perpetuate this behavior. We rely on each other and therefore develop these very close ties. The difference is that my pups go with me everywhere. They always have. I have taught them (without teaching them) to be by my side, but, I have also exposed them to lots and lots… Read more »

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titanchow | 3 years ago
My 7yo Female Japanese Chin Is Diagnosed With Cervical Ivdd, X-ray Shows Compression At C5…

My 7yo female Japanese Chin is diagnosed with cervical ivdd, x-ray shows compression at c5 & c6. It started last Monday after she climbed
a few steps of staircase. It started at her right front leg, and a few days later the right rear leg also becomes weak. Her left legs are fine and she didn’t cry for pain when touched.

Vet said that her heart is not in good condition for anesthesia and she may not survive the MRI and surgery, and I can’t really afford it too. So I opt for conservative treatment (prednisolone, gabapantin, and vit 12) and strict crate rest (I’m so regret I started only 4 days later after I did a lot of reading.) On every alternate day, I also bring her for acupuncture (today is the second session)

She still has very good appetite and urinate as usual. Somehow, she pees slightly more than usual so I’m not sure if she has lost control of her urination.

I saw some YouTube videos that show good recovery process, including yours. I really wish to know, what else can I do to help my little girl? And do you think she stands a good chance for recovery?

I attached a pic of her today, she can stand and drink water today, which she couldn’t do for the past few days, is that a good sign that the recovery is taking place? Also, did I prepare the crate right?

Thanks a lot…

Sincerely,
Helpless father.

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Julie Brader
3 years ago

Hi again, yes your last response did come through. I hope your girl is feeling better today. Its been hard with my two babies, both of them with life threatening conditions. Worse with Blue having surgery. But if I can help other dog owners with the knowledge I’ve gained then it can only be a good thing. Let me know how your girl is won’t you ?

Julie Brader
3 years ago

This condition has a long long road to recovery. You are doing all.you can at the moment. With good care and rest your girl should recover…but from now on all 4 feet on the ground. No jumping on sofas (get a ramp) no stairs or steps. Harness never collar…lift her up keeping her back straight. When she.goes outside to.urinate support her with a scarf under her tummy. Good luck and you are not alone. Many dogs suffer with this condition and recover well.

Julie Brader
3 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear this Titan. Your poor girl is really going through it at the moment. If she is once again gasping and you can’t get her medication into her…then telephone your Vet urgently. Tell him whats happening…I’m sure he’ll know what to do. Please keeo us updated won’t you?

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Im pleased she’s fallen asleep…she must be relaxed if she’s done that. The most important thing is she needs her medication. There must be a way to get her to take it. Can you hide it in something tasty like meat or cheese?

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Hello again Titan, your poor little girl is going through a lot isn’t she. You’ve seen your Vet again? Does he know shes not eating? Keep trying to tempt her with tasty food…chicken etc out of your hand. Hopefully she will feel up to eating soon. Well done getting her medicine sorted out and shes taking it now. Hopefully she will start to pick up soon.

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Hi Titan and thank goodness you took her to the Vet!! HCM is very rare yes and I’m sad she has it. Some dogs don’t act sick at all…so its a very good job its been picked up and can be treated. Pleased to hear she is now eating and drinking. I’m sure you will see a big improvement. Always here to help at Pawbly…and pleased you’ve had someone to message and talk to. Please let me know how she is won’t you? Its very hard when our much loved dogs are sick I know how you feel. Both mine… Read more »

Julie Brader
3 years ago

I have 2 Cocker Spaniels Titan…mother (Rio) and son (Blue). Blue also ruptured a disc 20 months ago and has IVDD. He had surgery for cancer last November, a tumour in his anal gland which had spread to two lymph nodes. Hes still having Ultrasounds with the Specialist. Mum Rio has had very low platelets (Its called Thrombocytopenia) and been very ill too throwing up blood. Fingers crossed they will both be ok and your little girl will be also ?

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Titan…that is wonderful news!! I am so pleased for you….she’s getting better ? as you say I’m sure she will continue to improve each day. She is also standing now…so her spine is improving also. Please do be careful with her back though Titan, its a long long recovery. Small steps. Try and get ramps for the sofa and everywhere else she jumps on. I have them for Blue, they help a lot. Well worth the expense to keep them safe. Again keep me updated please and give your little girl a big hug from me! ?

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Thats great Titan, she’s slowly regaining use of her legs. Well done to you too…you have cared for your girl so well!! You are getting her through this one day at a time and being very strong. I used a wide scarf to support Blue…about 3 weeks with scarf, then he had 2 minutes a day without it. Gradually increased it to 3 minutes etc. His exercise was increased by 5 minutes a week…its a long slow road to recovery. But Blue actually ruptured a disc right at the base of his tail…your little girl hasn’t ruptured a disc so… Read more »

Julie Brader
3 years ago

I didn’t know you had rescued your girl…thank goodness you did. How can anyone give up on them? Whatever the problem never give up…they depend on us for everything. Blue has recovered thank you, he ruptured the disc a while ago now…May 2015. I took him to the Specialist within 6 hours so he was seen very quickly. MRI scan which showed the disc, and it was pushing the next one up too. You can find his Specialist online, the top referral centre in the UK…Dick White Referrals at Newmarket. Blue is still under their care for cancer, having Ultrasounds.… Read more »

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Hi Titan…what a good photo of your girl…(I don’t know her name). She’s gorgeous! I’m sure you will be having a slow short walk around the park soon. How has she been today, hope she’s improving little by little. I also hope your Vet has told you what to do as far as her recovery is concerned? I did an awful lot of research when Blue ruptured his disc. Let me know how she is won’t you. Everything crossed it won’t be serious enough for surgery. Take care ?

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Hi Titan, I’m pleased Gsil is doing so well. Please don’t let her overdo it though, last thing you want is her back going again. You mentioned she’s not positioning her paw correctly? Its whats called “knuckling under” common problem after a spinal injury. Blue was doing the same with his right back paw. Just put Gails paw in the right position. It will correct itself in time. Thank you for asking about Blue. He’s not due an ultrasound until December. I’m dreading it already, I always do. I’m sending you my email address Titan. I don’t think anyone else… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I have multiple blogs and YouTube videos on this. I think (hope) that I added every possible concern and piece of advice. I hope they help

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Kelly Ross | 3 years ago
Due To Financial Reasons, I Am Moving Back To My Parents For A Few…

Due to financial reasons, I am moving back to my parents for a few months. My ten year old cat will be leaving the only home he’s known.That’s bad enough, but hes going to have to adjust to a lot of restrictions as far as where he can go in the house. I making vertical climbing spaces in my room to help, but I am torn about bringing my other cat, whom hes lived with for almost three years, too. I’m concerned about two cats mainly confined to my room or the enclosed outdoor space i will be providing them with along with it being too much for my dad’s allergies. The ten year old is definitely coming with me, ive had him since he was three months old, we can’t be separated. Is the trauma of a the move, separation from his buddy cat, and new routine going to be too much? His buddy cat and him are friends, but not cuddle buddies ,etc. Should she come too , even though it is going to be cramped?

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I think that I would bring both cats (well I KNOW I would) for a few reasons; 1. The ate can have each other to play with and snuggle with. 2. I can’t imagine surrendering a pet without trying everything else first. 3. Lots of love, toys, catnip, climbing stuff and even walks with a leash or stroller can be employed to break up the boredom. I also think that space doesn’t decide happiness. Love, time, and affection do. You can also inquire about Solliquin or fluoxetine with your vet to help the transition period. I know about lots of… Read more »