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?
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
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!
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.
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.
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 !
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
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?
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/
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,
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.