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Kate | 8 months ago
I Live In A Studio Apartment With Two Female Cats (ages 1.5 & 5) And When I’m …

I live in a studio apartment with two female cats (ages 1.5 & 5) and when I’m not in the apartment, they get along fine. During the day if I’m home, they only compete when they are hungry. But all of a sudden between 12am and 1am if I’m home, they start to chase each other to the point of some scary yowels. I can only assume it’s jealousy-triggered. My question is, how do I mitigate the fighting if i can only separate them between a cold bathroom and the huge main room (that has me in it)? Would separating them like that only make things worse? Any herbal remedies to calm newly competitive kitties?

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Sarah
7 months ago

Hi there- there may be an underlying issue that is unknown or unrealized to you that is causing this change in behavior. So that might be worth investigating. As far as keeping them separated in your studio- have you tried to make places where they can “escape” to? For instance, we used to have a cat that was very sociable, but when she needed her alone time she would go up on the window sill of our basement window (high up) where no one else could bother her. When the cat we currently have needs a break from the dogs,… Read more »

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Nemanja | 1 year ago
Hello Guys, I Have A Strange Question. I Have Two Degus, One Of Them (a Couple …

Hello guys, I have a strange question. I have two degus, one of them (a couple months older) is a male, the other one was not really identified as the people in pet shop were not sure, but we are pretty sure it’s a girl. They didn’t get along when we first put them together in one cage and would start fighting, but after some time of exchanging them from one cage to another, they became friends and now we keep them together recently. My question is: in last couple of days, the smaller one (a female?) is humping our older degu, which is a male 100%. Is this normal, or is this only possible if both of them are males? Even if it’s asserting dominance, the smaller one should not be a dominant one, right? I am really hoping you can help. Thank you very much, Nem

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
Sex is determined by anatomy not behavior

Laura
1 year ago

Based on the following link, it sounds like dominance behavior: http://www.degutopia.co.uk/degubhvrfaq.htm#FIGHT

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Me | 1 year ago
Dr Krista – I Am A YouTube Watcher With A 22yo Cat That May Have Nasal …

Dr Krista – I am a YouTube watcher with a 22yo cat that may have nasal or ear polyps. We have spent 8 weeks trying every antibiotic, nasal steroid drop, antibac nasal drop and still fighting the snorking sound and her inability to breathe. Did nasal swab wk of 4/20 – found 2 bacteria, getting compounded anti bacs at this point since both bacs are super resistant apparently – Citrobacter freundii and pseudeomonas species. Antibacs will arrive to me in California by Thur 4/30 . She has a grade 3 heart murmur and hyper thyroid (on 5mg Methimazole daily). Just as your YouTube vid about Stripes with polyps (2/23/2018), I think I may be in the same situation – I have a vet telling me to go to a specialist for $$$ because everything we are throwing at this isn’t working. How in the world do I find someone like you who is willing to help me for a reasonable cost? I am calling all over for vets and everyone is ‘specialist focused’. Do you have tips on what to ask, experience, and honestly, I need someone with your confidence to do this. Or I need you 🙂 I have been in cat rescue over 30 yrs and ‘get; the lingo but have never had such difficulty finding a vet who could assist. Thank you in advance!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your cat. I think that based on age alone it is less likely that it is a polyp and more likely that it is cancer. I say this based solely on experience. I think that I would call all the rescues and shelters around and ask for a trusted vet who would be willing to do a sedated exam to look for a polyp. After that it gets expensive to do the rhiniscopy and ct scan and honestly there is little to gain if it is cancer as it is not treatable. I would… Read more »

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Jonathan | 2 years ago
Hey! Just Found Your Page From YouTube, Was Wondering If It’d Be Possible To Chat …

Hey! Just found your page from YouTube, was wondering if it’d be possible to chat about my cat? Almost certain he has a nasopharyngeal polyp but I am having trouble convincing any vets in the Dallas area to sedate him and take a look without him first getting scans and tests that cost thousands of dollars. Is there anything I should be asking them for differently? He’s been fighting a URI for about 5 months now and we have done six rounds of antibiotics with steroids and antihistamines to help and nothing has stopped his symptoms from returning and we have only now made the connection as to why that is. He has the distinct snore noise while breathing and every other listed symptom associated, I just can’t afford the tests the vets are saying they require, it’s very heart breaking. Any help or wisdom is appreciated, we just don’t have the money to do much else and he is degrading quickly since his last round of antibiotics ended this week. I wish I didn’t sound so sure, we just are panicking that we have wasted so much time and money and may have missed our chance to best this this while we could and now may be unable to. Just heart breaking all around.

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, My advise in these cases is to call and keep calling until you find someone who you trust and can afford. It’s honestly why I see so many of these. Call the shelters. Call the local rescues and call the foundations that support pet care and ask for a person they know and recommend. They are out there but sadly they need to be searched for. If you find someone please let me know so I can pass it along. Like I said the local rescues know who is fair and affordable. Start there. Keep me posted. Very best… Read more »

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Abbie Knights | 3 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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Monique Luna | 3 years ago
Hello. A Week Ago I Had To Take My Do To The Emergency Due To…

Hello. A week ago I had to take my do to the emergency due to having a fight with my other dog. And she had to go through surgery. Lasted 2 hours waiting for her. After 6 days from her surgery I noticed a lump. She wasn’t in pain when I touched her, it felt like fluids inside so I called the animal hospital talked over the phone made an appointment that night they told me it was fluids but said to me if it doesn’t come down by Monday to bring her in. But I was reading about not to drain her cause it might be back in couple of hours all the fluids. Should I just leave it alone? What should I do !

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I would follow up with either your regular vet or the ER you used. Someone needs to look at it in person especially if it shows any sign of infection; painful, red, foul smelling, discharge, or your dog is not acting like their normal healthy self. Also make sure the rabies vaccine for the other dog is up to date.

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Courtney Conaway | 3 years ago
I Have A 2 Yr 8 Mo Old Cat Milo Who I Am Desperate To…

I have a 2 yr 8 mo old cat Milo who I am desperate to find relief for. He has been sick since I adopted him at 4 months. I was told right away by the shelter vet that he had feline herpes, and that he would always be sick, but that we could treat the symptoms. Over the next 2 years, we have found ourselves at every vet in the area, seeking out treatment options for Milo, and have also had emergency visits on 5 different occasions when Milo got to the point that he could barely breathe. Milo means more to me than anything in the world, and I have promised him that I will never stop searching and fighting for an answer to help him feel better.

Milo is getting worse as he gets older. At this point, his breathing is audible 24/7 (snoring/snorting noises with every breath) regardless of what antibiotic he’s on. He sneezes dramatically (sometimes 10 times in a row) to the point that there is snot on many of the walls/windows. He makes choking noises/coughing as if there is congestion stuck in his throat that he is trying to get out. There are times at night when I am woken by his breathing because it gets so loud. He occasionally is struggling so much with congestion that he will find a quiet place to sit and close his eyes while he mouth-breathes.

At some vet visits, he ironically ends up breathing/feeling a bit better when we get there and they’ll tell me “this is a healthy cat!” and I go home only for his symptoms to return.

However, at other visits over the years Milo has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, conjunctivitis, viral URI infection, bacterial infections, etc. We’ve tried Benadryl, terramycin, doxycycline, L-Lysine, Famciclovir, prednisolone, azithromycin, little remedies nasal saline and nebulizing sterile saline. The next step is nebulization of Gentamycin (which I called every pharmacy in the area trying to find and ended up having to order from a specialty pharmacy.) It won’t be in until the middle of next week, and it breaks my heart to watch Milo struggle as we wait for yet another antibiotic that might not work.

Recently we found a vet who suggested they thought Milo has nasal polyps, but said that I would need to see a specialist to find out for sure. At this recommendation, I immediately made Milo an appointment 45 minutes away (and over a month wait). When we finally got in, the specialist told me that it was very unlikely that Milo had nasal polyps, as they are not common in younger cats. They offered to do some preliminary testing to rule out other illnesses first. They did bloodwork and xrays (which cost $900) and found that Milo was positive for Bordatella and Mycoplasma infections. The herpes test came back negative, but they told me that it often comes back with a false negative when the infection is chronic. They put him on an azithromycin paste which didn’t help whatsoever, and then suggested the gentamycin nebulization. They said that if Milo isn’t showing improvement after a week of the nebulized antibiotic, that we could consider a rhinoscopy and a CT scan to check for other underlying problems (such as polyps) which would run around $2600 total.

I should note that all of this is cost-prohibitive for me, but as I’m sure you can tell, I would spend every dime I had if it made Milo better. Any suggestions or recommendations that you have for us are GREATLY appreciated as I feel like we are nearing a dead end. We are 4 hours from your office but id be more than willing to come out there for your help.

Thank you in advance,
Courtney & Milo

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry this has been such a difficult road for you. Here are a few suggestions; 1. Has he been tested for felv/fiv? 2. Has anyone looked for a polyp? In my experience they are more common in young shelter cats than older cats. 3. Has anyone discussed rhinoscopy? That would be my first places to start. Some cats absolutely have chronic herpes with chronic sinusitis. They are chronically snotty cats. I have one who is 7 now. She has and always will be throwing snot on my walls. It is who she is. We live with it. As… Read more »

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Nicholas P. Woodward | 3 years ago
So, We Just Adopted A 3 Year Old Morkie, And Were Warned That Sometimes She’ll…

So, we just adopted a 3 year old Morkie, and were warned that sometimes she’ll steal an article of clothing, hide under a table with it, and possibly bite if you try to get it back from her. Well, I just doctored my girlfriend’s fingers after a little fight they had over a sock. Other than yelling at her (the dog) and saying “no” we’re now ignoring her. What’s the best way to handle this and train her to behave better?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello! The fact that you just adopted her and don’t know much about her previous training, behavior and attitude makes advice for this a little difficult. In general I start with a very minimal access approach. She has to earn everything and you aren’t setting her up to be “bad or disappointing”. You are going to have a very difficult time teaching her much other than to be afraid/untrusting of you when you get in between her “stuff” or try to reprimand. In my opinion anything this early that is negative, I know even when you are being beaten, (sorry)… Read more »

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2 years ago

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Sarah
2 years ago

Congrats on your new dog? I’m just adding to the good advice you’ve already gotten. I am a firm believer in walks… no matter what size of dog. It’s a fantastic way to share quality time and bond, while getting the exercise needed. A tired dog is usually a better behaved dog. Even a ten minute walk has the potential to change behavior for the rest of the day, for the better. And I agree strongly with everything shared above, especially getting involved in a basic obedience class. Even if your new girl already has basic obedience, she needs to… Read more »

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Patricia Rattray | 3 years ago
I Want To Post A Question About My Cat. I Was Touched And Encouraged To…

I want to post a question about my cat. I was touched and encouraged to find Dr. Magnifico’s blog as I am caring for my soon to be nineteen-year-old cat who has bone cancer in her right pelvis. She was diagnosed at the beginning of August and I have been fighting it and managing her pain with homeopathy (which I have studied for three years). I believe I have been managing her pain as she lays in relaxed postures, purrs, still “screeches” hungrily for breakfast in the morning (which has been liquid for a long time) and also “chirps” hello in the morning and when I come into the room. At times her muscles and body posture have become tense which I take as a sign of pain and adjust her medicine or give more and this always seems to work to bring her back to looking and acting comfortable.

Although the homeopathy appears to work for pain management, it has not stopped the progression of the cancer which at this point has impinged on her spinal column causing her to drag her right leg when hobbling and be unable to express her urine and bowel movements. I was taught by a veterinarian during my last visit to manually express her urine. When this doesn’t work, I just change the mattress pads in her bed. The problem is bowel which is stuck in her colon. The vet I took her to said the procedure to remove it manually would be too difficult on her and just encouraged me toward euthanasia. Her life force is still too strong for me to consider this.

The vet did tell me a week and a half ago that the piece of bowel stuck near the opening was about three inches long and suggested soap suds enemas and massage. I have been trying this twice a day with no results. The piece of bowel is wide at the opening and too long for me to reach in with a finger and guide it out complicated by the fact that I don’t really know what I am doing. Worrying about too many soap suds enemas, I have changed to coconut oil and water or just coconut oil.

I found this advice at https://www.handicappedpets.com/bowel-management-in-incontinent-pets/

Squeezing method
Making your dog poop on command squeezing method
Use your fingertips to gently press and feel the soft tissue in a circular area around the anus. By pressing on the soft tissue, you may feel something firm inside the rectum. Spread your thumb and forefinger about 1 1/2″ apart, lay them on either side of the rectum, press inward on the soft tissue a little, and grip the stool right through the skin. Now you’ve got a good amount of skin and soft tissue pinched between your fingers and in the center of it is a piece of stool. If you pinch harder, the stool will break off within the rectum and the anus will open at the same time, and it naturally begins to come out. The beauty of this is that usually the remaining stool moves forward into position and you can repeat the procedure. Repeat until there is nothing inside the soft tissue. One thing I try to be careful about is not pinching too hard. I read somewhere about damaging the mucosa lining the colon. I also don’t want to prolapse the rectum. I keep a box of kleenex on the expressing station, and each time a piece of stool drops, I drop a tissue over it, which reduces the odor. You may go through a lot of kleenex this way, but I feel it’s worth it.

Is this something that would be safe to try on her?

My other question is: she continues to eat three meals a day which are blended raw chicken with a lot of added water and also pumpkin. I think it has been six weeks since she had a bowel movement. This cannot be good and I’m afraid this is what will be life-threatening before the cancer. Am I correct?

Thank you so much,
Patricia

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello! First she has to be emptied. In my opinion I would find a feline expert (call around or do a google search) to help you. I use warm water enemas and digital and abdominal palpation to break it up and move it. I also strongly recommend iv fluids for a few days to help stimulate the go tract and break up and soften the feces. Also it is imperative to understand if her disease process is the cause of the colons lack of motility. Of it is this is only a very temporary treatment and you will be back… Read more »

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Codey Myers | 3 years ago
My Dog Was Recently Attacked And Wanted Advice. For Those Uninterested In The Back Story…

My dog was recently attacked and wanted advice. For those uninterested in the back story, skip the next section to the one below it.

My 9yr old Yorkie mix pupper, named Emilee, has been a joy since the day I held her in the palm of my hand as a puppy. Extremely smart, loving, obediant, lazy, playful, and quirky. Brother, his wife, and their 5 dogs moved in due to circumstances. I voiced my opinions on their dogs behavior and the fact they were undisciplined. Unfortunately, my mother talked me down from standing my ground. Months later we have a family get together. One of my brother’s dogs attacked Emilee at the family gathering. Everybody had been staying over for the week, nobody there the dogs hadn’t seen before, and the attack happened right beneath our feet in the kitchen. Pretty close to food bowls I’ll add. No growling, no warning, just attacking. She grabbed Emilee by the throat and began to turn her over, I know I’m not “supposed” to get between fighting dogs but saw my dogs face and just reacted. I twisted her collar up and pried open her jaw as others did what they had to do. Since we were right there the fight maybe lasted 20-30 seconds. The dog was immediately taken outside by brother after she let go, rolled over and peed showing she gave up. Took Emilee into my room and combed through her hair, found a 1 inch gash in her neck and loaded her up in the car to take her to the vet. While I get to the vet my brothers dog attacked him while he was loving on her and he had to shoot her unfortunately. All the paperwork for shots and so on was current. Come to find out later I had been lied to (sister in law finally told me) and she had previously been doing this to neighborhood dogs for no apparent reason. I’d never have allowed a dog with that behavior into my home if I’d known otherwise. Anyways, a one inch gash and a puncture wound, several stitches, and two tubes in her neck. The tubes come out tomorrow (thank God).

5 days after the attack, my pupper still isn’t quite herself. I want advice on things to do to acclimate her back to being comfortable at home and around familiar dogs. I know it hasn’t been long, took her with me on a business trip to get some quality time and because I only trust myself for my dogs care. Especially since the attack happened in our home, at my feet nonetheless. She still follows basic commands, such as calling her, still understands when I snap my fingers or make a short hiss that I mean business and needs to follow direction. Still does all of her tricks if I offer up a treat. However she is overly anxious, especially in the kitchen, fearful of other dogs (even her buddy Koo Koo who was raised with her), stopped eating, will only drink when I bring her to the bowl. On the trip she did pretty well, tubes gave her discomfort, puppy drugs, and new place led to some cautious behavior which is understandable. But at home she only stays on the couch, sometimes burying her head when another dog comes up. If I get her to the kitchen, she shivers, licks lips, yawns, claws at me, and I’ll sit with her and calm her down. Talk to her and love her till she stops but then it’s back to the couch immediately. Won’t eat unless she hasn’t eaten in a couple days and then it’s human food not dog food. I believe in a firm hand but a fair one too when it comes to obediance and training. But I’ve never had to nurture a pupper. Yes I raised her and I’m a softy for dogs, but I’m consistent and firm. I’ve been giving in a bit more to coddling when we returned home, carrying her to water, picking her up when she starts freaking, but I don’t want her to become needy ( I know sounds kinda bad). She’s always been smart and kind of independent, she does her thing, I do mine, and we’ll meet in the middle for play time and bed. Should I be more lenient? Should I stand my ground and try to root out these anxious behaviors? And how? Do I continue our kitchen floor therapy sessions or is there a better method someone can think of?

All in all, I don’t want her to be afraid of the food bowl, other familiar dogs, of the kitchen, and wanna do all I can for her. Thats why I’m here looking for brainstorming ideas for therapy since I’ve always been able to avoid these situations in the past. Thank you for your time and patience reading through all this. Just concerned for my puppers mental health and well-being.

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Sarah
2 years ago

Good morning? I am so, so sorry for this entire situation! With the living situation so tricky right now, it might be more difficult. First and foremost, this is your dogs house. So the other dogs (especially since you said they lack manners) should, in my opinion, be treated like guests. I would invest in some baby gates. We have baby gates up at the moment as we have added 2 new rescues in the last few months, and they really help keep things in order. I would gate off an area if possible, where only your dog is allowed.this… Read more »

Laura
2 years ago

If you don’t have any other dogs, and the dogs in question are visitors, I would send everyone else home for awhile. Let YOUR dog get comfortable in her own home again without the risk of getting pounced on by a larger beast.