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I Think My New Kitten Has A Cold

I adopted him from a shelter last week. Went to the vet 48 hours later. Thought he looked fine. They tested him before I got him too.

Now he's sneezing a lot. He has a bit of diarrhea too, but that could be from all the wet food I'm giving him. He's small, and doesn't seem into the dry stuff yet. He cries when he uses the litterbox. He was neutered the day before I got him. I'm thinking he could still be sore. He is going though. I'm also not sure if he's still just getting used to his new environment.

Anyway, are cats known to get colds? I had a cat for 14 years who never got one. This little guy has been sneezing on me. He's galloping around, all active. He doesn't appear sick, but I know that means absolutely nothing. I just started putting on the central air a week ago. I think that may be the culprit -- however, like I said, he was in a shelter a week ago, and he was at the vet. I don't know if he picked anything up there. He wasn't sneezing when I first brought him home.

His cat tree is near a vent. It's a huge cat condo. There's not many places I can put it, and he loves it. I'm trying to find something to close the vent, one of those magnet shields. It's a really old vent. It's not going to close enough so that tons of air doesn't come flowing out.

I really hope he doesn't have a fever. I'm taking him to the vet tonight. I'm not going to wait.

Are cat colds really bad? BTW, do cats cough? Mine isn't. I'm just curious if they get colds like humans.

Oh, and he's short-haired. My last cat was long. Maybe that's why he didn't mind the air -- then again, I didn't have some big ass cat tree for him near a vent. I'm going to see about getting this little guy some sort of quilt, something he could get into. He seems to like doing that with the beds, and pillows on the couch. I bought him a cat bed. He's not interested. I bought ten billion things for him, and the bed's the only thing he won't get into. It's not too big, not too small either. Its part of Martha Stewart's pet collection. Dumb bitch!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 10305/31/2013

Take him to the vet, OP. Cats in shelters often end up with upper respiratory viruses that need to be treated.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 105/21/2013

R1 nailed it absolutely correct. Don't delay. This is something he was likely exposed to before you got him, and it is just coming out now.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 205/21/2013

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by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 305/21/2013

I have an appointment for 5PM.

He'll be thrilled. lol

Medicine -- what's it like? How do you administer it? Oral?

I'm getting the vent covers.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 405/21/2013

It's usually something like oral amoxycillin, OP. The last time it was prescribed for one of my cats it was bubblegum flavored. My cat was not impressed.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 505/21/2013

When you go to the vet, make sure you take a stool sample with you. Your little guy might have worms if the diarrhea is persisting.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 605/21/2013

He was checked for worms last Wednesday, r6. It came back negative. So he's fine in that area.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 705/21/2013

So glad you're taking him to the vet promptly, OP. Please report back.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 805/21/2013

Oh, he will, I mean, I will, r8.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 905/21/2013

I concur with those who say to get him checked. I adopted a kitten from a shelter that had something called Feline Infectious Peritonitis, which is a terminal cat disease often found in shelters. He died only a few months after I adopted him. It was heartbreaking.

Are you feeding him the same food from the shelter? Cats need to gradually transition from brands of cat food or they could have stomach issues. Also, you should feed your baby one of the better brands like Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Natural Balance. The low grade cat food is bad for them.... Try to get him to eat dry food as it's better for his teeth and too much wet food will cause diarrhea.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1005/21/2013

Yes. I'm giving him what they gave him in the shelter. I also only buy Wellness.

The wet food is probably causing the diarrhea, but I read some negative things about dry food -- drying them out and stuff. He doesn't seem to like it. He'll eat it from time to time, but he's really hooked on the wet stuff. The vet told me to keep giving it to him. I know male cats get a whole bunch of urinary issues. They were warning me about giving him anything with fish in it. Everything I looked at had some sort off fish oil, salmon oil, fish meal in it. Not the first ingredient, but still. I went to an upscale pet store, and they told me what I have to look for on the packaging. I have it written down. It classifies itself as totally natural.

I have one of those water jubs for him. It also has a filter in it.

If this cat dies on me....

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1105/21/2013

r11 = OP

BTW, I had a mouse problem after my cat died. Now, no more mice. Thank god!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1205/21/2013

Awee bit of yogurt will help with the diarrhea.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1305/21/2013

I have two cats, one a stray (never been in a shelter - I adopted through a friend) and the other a shelter cat. The shelter cat tends to get colds or maybe they're allergies? When I adopted him from ACC in Brooklyn, he was on the euth list for the crime of having a cold which cleared up soon after I got him. He still gets sniffles on and off. He also had diarrhea which was probably from the "doxy" or whatever it's called that they give cats at the shelter once they come down with the infamous cold. My other cat has had a cold only once and it was when I was out of town for several days. I think he was depressed. Definitely, take the cat to the vet but good luck administering the meds. With a dog, all you have to do is wrap it up in a piece of cheese. With a cat, it's a bit more complicated!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1405/21/2013

Yes sounds like a virus. Wet food (especially a better brand like Wellness) won't cause diarreah.

If it was just sneezing and a runny nose I might suspect allergies. My cat gets hayfever and I give her 1/2 of Chlortrimeton, an OTC antihistimine. Make sure your air ducts are clean, the dust could be making him sneeze. But since the cold symptoms are accompanied by diarreah, I bet it's a virus. A hot, wet (wrung out, not dripping) washcloth on his sinuses and eyes may make him feel better until you get him on meds.

When I adopted my cat from the shelter, they sent me home with amoxycillian. There was a respiratory virus going around and they figured it would be a matter of time before my cat started showing symptoms. He never did, though.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1505/21/2013

Diarrhea can kill your cat. The only way to really clear it up is through a raw meat diet. Google it.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1605/21/2013

I haven't had any problems giving oral meds via eyedropper to young kittens. I've had older cats that were nearly impossible to medicate, but not kittens. You can wrap them in a soft towel or small blanket (trying to get their paws wrapped) and then quickly give them the drug. That makes it easier.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1705/21/2013

R17, Otherwise known as the "cat burrito"...

Also, Feline Greenies makes a product called a "pill pocket" where you can insert a pill into a cat treat to give to them. My cat's smart, though. When I tried to give her a pill via this method, she chewed up the treat and spat out the pill.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1805/21/2013

= I have one of those water jubs for him. It also has a filter in it. =

I assume you mean "jugs".

It is important that a cat - especially a young male - drink enough water, or it can cause lots of problems with infections. That's even more important if the cat has diarrhea.

My vet (who is a cat specialist) suggested a Petsmate water dish, which circulates and aerates the water, keeping it fresh. Also, since Phoenix tap water tastes crappy, I use bottled or filtered water only in it. It also has a compartment where you can add ice to cool it, which my (spoiled rotten) cat insists on. It encourages them to drink more, and you only have to clean it every 5-7 days. I just add ice cubes (made with filtered water) each day, which melt to refill it.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 1905/21/2013

My dogs always managed to eat around the pills in the canine version, R18.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2005/21/2013

[quote] My dogs always managed to eat around the pills in the canine version

When I had to give my dog a pill every day, I always would buy hot dogs, cut off a piece and put the pill inside. Always worked like a charm because she swallowed the piece of hot dog in one gulp.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2105/21/2013

OP, did you have him checked for parasites, too? My cat whom I got as a kitten at a shelter had the sneezes and runny eyes and nose and 2 different kinds of worms and giardia when I got her. It was months and months of medications and I was really upset thinking she was gonna die, but she's always had a good appetite and pulled through. She weighed less than 2 pounds when I got her so I had to sign a form agreeing to have to her fixed when she weighed enough -- it was illegal for them to even be trying to adopt her out because of her age and weight.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2205/21/2013

R21, we did the same thing with my mother's dachsund. She was such a hot dog addict she fell for it every time, then she would sit and glare at us.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2305/21/2013

Try occasionally giving kitty some cooked chicken or pork. Make sure it's well done- no pink. They love meat, the real thing- not the rendering plant stuff.

Not good for animals to live on canned or dried stuff all the time.

I also give my guppies an occasional chunk of cooked chicken or a fresh broccoli floret. They gobble it like piranhas.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2405/21/2013

r24, I get that they love real meat but I don't understand whether it's better for them to have it cooked or not? What about all those people who put their animals on raw food diets? And I mean they eat raw birds and mice, etc. Presumably, wouldn't it be more difficult for them to get nutrients and digest cooked meat?

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2505/21/2013

Upper respiratory infections are common with shelter cats. I volunteer with a shelter at Petsmart and we send cats back to HQ all the time because of the sniffles. It's not a big deal but it has to be dealt with.

Google lysine for cats. I add it to my cats canned food daily to prevent feline herpes virus flare-ups. I've read that most cats have this virus and when it flares up, you get the cold symptoms. Stress is a common trigger for flare-ups.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2605/21/2013

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by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2705/21/2013

Too much information can be confusing.

This is simple. Cats that cry after using the litter box most often have some kind of kidney or urinary problem.

In old age and in some stage of kidney failure this sometimes cannot be avoided, but in a young cat antibiotics are needed.

Get dis-solvable antibiotics and shoot it into the kitties mouth with a syringe. They can not help but ingest most of the medicine that way.

Of course listen to the vet, and experiment with the food. A mix of wet and dry is best. But cats fed wet food only will often not eat the dry. Best to keep them a bit hungry and buy a high quality dry food low in phosphorous.

Google kidney disease in house cats, it is almost inevitable. Dry food helps with stool bulk and teeth, wet food with fat absorption and keeping them happy. I am sure your kitty will be fine, they often arrive with an infection.

The cost of blood tests are painful, and the vets insist on them, but I have had many cats and they mostly stay well. They do not catch colds from air conditioning, but the crying after elimination is a sure sign that something is wrong. Good luck.

Forget the pill pockets, dissolve medications in a small amount of warm water or tuna juice and gently inject it into the side of their mouths with a syringe. Best method. They instinctively swallow :)

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2805/21/2013

My cat has hayfever and tends to get colds a lot. I second the Lysine suggestion as long as it's not too much for a wee kitten to handle. My vet says it creates an inhospitable environment for cold (and herpes) germs, and it seems to help. Ask the vet about dosage for a baby, but when he grows up a bit, you can get supplements at Petsmart now in treat form. GNC makes chewables and my cat loves them.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 2905/21/2013

[R10] So sorry for your loss. I adopted a cat from Craigslist that died of FIP. It was terribly sad. FIP is a horrible, horrible feline disease.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3005/21/2013

Soft kitty, Hot kitty, Mommy has some myrrh.

Swallow kitty, Better kitty, Purr Purr Purr.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3105/21/2013

[quote]They instinctively swallow :)

Ha! Tell that to Miss Kate, who instinctively spit it out, right into your eyes!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3205/21/2013

Feline parvo is terrible, and unavoidably fatal. Good luck with another kitten, OP.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3305/21/2013

r32

My sister-in-law is my vet. Side of mouth, not too much liquid and the cat swallows most of it from a syringe, before the spitting and foaming at the mouth. (Drop medications are best and the same concept, but many meds and most of the life-saving ones do not come in that formation. Don't be contrary just to be cute. If your cat lets you jamb a pill down it's throat then you are lucky.

After been bitten, spit on, and pill pockets dissected, and with the cost of different forms of medication wasted, my advice is good advice.

Most all animal meds can be crushed and dissolved.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3405/21/2013

I'm sorry for your loss r10 but you are giving really bad and outdated advice regarding dry and wet food. When possible, wet food is preferable to dry food. Dry food was made for the convenience of the owners, not for the health benefits of their felines. It is filled with carbs and one of the reasons why cats and dogs are so overweight.

[quote] Try to get him to eat dry food as it's better for his teeth and too much wet food will cause diarrhea.

This statement is just completely false. Too much wet food does not cause diarrhea.

Dry food is not a substitute for a toothbrush. It does very little to prevent dental decay.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3505/22/2013

Well, the vet said that his lungs were clear. She checked his stomach, his kidneys, his teeth, his temperature. She gave medicine for the diarrhea. Something to take down any inflammation. She gave me another type of wet food also. She said that the "no fish" idea is something that if you got nutritionists all in a room together they would fight over it. She said that they're actually finding food that has a bit of fish helps cats. However, she said that you don't want to go to one extreme to the other. She said that cat food makers are trying to use formulas that don't go in the "no fish" to the "full fish" idea. She explained how there's belief that one can cause stones and other issues, and that they're now seeing what they believed to be bad good. I sound like a idiot here, but it was a lot to take in. Very technical. She made her case though. She checked his surgical scar from the neutering. She said that it was done well. She believed that the crying in his litter box could be from stress. She didn't feel anything significant in his stomach. She said it could be from the surgery he had. He goes back to them in a week for shots, so we'll see how he is then. He's already having formed stools, so. She brought up the fact that he's been through a lot in the past two weeks, and now he's in a strange new environment.

This female vet was great. It's a big pet hospital. The original guy I got last week was an idiot. He could have been a person from the waiting room for all I know. He looked at him, had the nurse take his weight, checked his teeth, and sent him home. He just smiled the entire time -- oddly. The woman I got yesterday checked everything. It's a really good pet hospital too. It's suppose to be one of the best in the city. I guess it all comes down to which vet you get. I now know which days she works, and I actually know someone who knows her and recommended her. Certain vets have a different bedside manner.

Oh, and they clipped his nails before they let him go home. He's still in the two-pound range. She seemed to think that he was more likely around 3 months old. She explained that sometimes they play with their age on forms for vaccination purposes. She said that they usually say a pound = a month. He could be going on three I guess. Any cat compared to my giant Maine Coon looks like a peanut, but then someone came in with their kids with a box of teeny tiny kittens they just found yesterday. That put my kitten into perspective.

Today, we had our first screw up. He got into the refrigerator and no one knew. He was in there for about 5 seconds. Like I said, he's small. I never ever had this happen with an animal before. After being so careful, he goes and does the ultimate. I won't let him go down the basement with the washer and dryer. I kept having an image of him jumping in and me closing the door by accident.

I had the exterminator at the house today. He didn't seem to care. The exterminator stopped me last month to talk about cats. He had five at home.

I said this before, STILL NOT ONE PEEP FROM A MOUSE! This is the longest I haven't heard one.

They sent me a contract today for the kitten.

His chip is registered with 24PetWatch. They're trying to get me to sign up for their pet insurance program.

The cat's vet bill was $67, the same as last time. I'm not sure how much pet insurance would cover. I have to take the cat back at the beginning of June for his shots. I think I'll ask the staff there about insurance since they deal with it. Maybe they can tell me how much I would save for what we had done if I had the insurance.

I had his claws clipped last week. They were already sharp as hell. I have a ton of scratching posts and he uses them A LOT.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3605/22/2013

I'm glad you got him checked, OP. Also glad you found a vet you like.

I'm especially glad your little guy is healthy. Now he can get on with training you.

I agree with the vet about food. There are so many cat food theories and they change from one week to the next. Find something that suits the curtain climber and works for you and ignore all the theories. I have a vet I trust and I follow her advice. The rest of it is noise.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3705/22/2013

Great report back, OP. You sound like an awesome parent.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3805/22/2013

"I don't understand whether it's better for them to have it cooked or not"

I read raw meat could give them worm problems. Cooked meat is still nutritious.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 3905/22/2013

In the "dry" vs "wet" food argument, I think there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on the cat and, even moreso, the quality of the food. You get what you pay for, for the most part. Cheap food will have more fillers and empty carbs.

My spoiled-rotten 13 year old Maine Coon mix thrives on premium dry prescription food (high fiber, which helps keep his weight down and minimizes hairballs) supplemented with about 2 ounces of premium wet food (Blue Buffalo, Purina One, Science Diet) each day. The vet says he has the fur and healthy skin of a 5-6 year old cat, likely because of his diet. He's also very active, climbs his cat tree to the top, plays with his catnip toys, and is very friendly with visitors.

By the way, I agree dry food won't eliminate need for routine dental care, but there are several types of "dental treats" that can help quite a bit. "Greenies" makes a dental chew that is fairly inexpensive, but the best are the Sentry Daily Chews, which come with an outer covering that breaks apart and acts like floss in the cat's mouth ... providing, of course, they CHEW it a while, and don't just swallow it whole! :) They work well for my cat, and the vet only had to do a cleaning four times in the past 12 years.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4005/22/2013

R40 are the Greenies dental chews the same flavor as their pill hiders? My cat refuses those. What flavor is the Sentry product?

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4105/22/2013

[quote]I'm especially glad your little guy is healthy.

Me too.

[quote]Now he can get on with training you.

The sooner the better. He's already behind schedule.

PS I had a kitten that cried when she used the litter box, but only for a couple of weeks. Some human babies cry too.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4205/22/2013

[quote] I had a kitten that cried when she used the litter box, but only for a couple of weeks. Some human babies cry too.

You know someone who had their baby poop in a litterbox??? :)

Would save a damm fortune on diapers ...

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4305/22/2013

Arrg! I knew someone would catch that. I meant some human babies cry when they are being potty trained.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4405/22/2013

[quote]are the Greenies dental chews the same flavor as their pill hiders? My cat refuses those. What flavor is the Sentry product?

The Greenies are salmon flavored, and - truthfully - don't appear that much different than their regular crunchy treats.

The Sentry ones are supposedly made from dried fish (#1 listed ingredient), with kind of an "edible fabric" coating over it, and my cat seems to like the taste of them more. They're also bigger than the Greenies, so more likely the cat will actually chew it longer. Expensive (though it says you only need to give one per day), and not that easy to find, but I buy them via mail order from a discount pet supply place.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4505/22/2013

Thanks r45

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4605/22/2013

The vet said that kittens will do that -- in regards to him wanting to eat and eat. I feed him a lot it seems. I felt like an idiot bringing it up, but I couldn't care less. I know kittens are different, and I didn't have one before. She was nice about it though.

Thank god for laser pens. That's all I'm gonna say!

I caught him with toilet paper three times. lol It's not a big thing with him, but it was funny to see him going at that roll like a nut.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4705/22/2013

My little kitty cried on the litterbox and then I found out why...he ate a small piece of pecan shell which must have torn his little butt up.

Don't leave anything on the floor your little guy might eat...they're just like humans..everything goes into their mouths.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4805/22/2013

R35, are you a vet?

I've had numerous vets tell me that dry food is better for my cat than wet food. I've also done plenty of homework and spent thousands of dollars in vet bills so I maintain my stance about wet vs. dry.

The cat I had the longest (14 years) ate mostly wet food and had horrible dental problems which I learned was the result of too much wet food. This was confirmed by about 3 other vets. That cat died of lymphoma which led me to research cat foods and litters so that my current cat gets only the best.

The vet I go to now said that a good balance is 3/4 dry to 1/4 wet. Also, there are plenty of top tier dry cat foods that are very good for cats. I only feed my cat top of the line cat food only available in pet stores. I also only use natural cat liter (corn-based).

She has had zero health problems in the time I've had her which to me tells me I'm doing something right...

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 4905/22/2013

OP, I'm guessing you aren't a top.

But I do wish you and the cat well.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5005/22/2013

Dear OP: Might we have the kitten's name?

Thank you

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5105/22/2013

[quote]they're just like humans..everything goes into their mouths.

Ahem.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5205/22/2013

It's not as if replacing a dead kitten is a big deal.

I mean, it's not a puppy.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5305/22/2013

OP, I've been told cats love Charmin. That's what I have always used, so I got a cover that fits over the roll and they can't get to it to unroll it.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5405/22/2013

[quote]My little kitty cried on the litterbox and then I found out why...he ate a small piece of pecan shell which must have torn his little butt up.

Yeah. That's what they all say after a night of meth-fueled fisting.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5505/22/2013

WW for r55!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5605/22/2013

Is your pussy oozing a greenish/orange fluid too, OP?

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5705/22/2013

r49 Vets know the bodily functions of an animal, but they don't know shit about commercial pet food. Do you ever wonder why Science Diet hails itself as the #1 recommended pet food? Because Proctor & Gamble has invested heavily in "research" studies at vet schools across the country. Moreover, vets who advertise and carry SD can make a huge profit if they sell the food. They're always pushing for you to buy whatever brand is in their vet office.

Science Diet is garbage packaged as "premium food." It is not premium food. Read the label. It's no better than supermarket brands.

When I got my first cat 12 years ago, I asked my vet what food to feed. He recommended SD. I went with SD. My cat had persistent diarrhea after eating SD dry AND wet. I told the vet this, and he said, and I quote "SD is the best brand on the market and I recommend it to all my patients. He just needs to adjust to it because he's just a kitten." He did not adjust to it. Finally, my cat didn't want to eat it at all.

I researched online and found a crazy cat lady forum where there were multiple threads on SD and other "premium" brands.

I switched to Wellness and Innova and diarrhea gone. Fur softer.

You may diss crazy cat ladies, but they know their cat nutrition. They know it from decades of trials and errors; from other crazy cat people. And because they're so crazy about cats, they take the time to do their own snooping instead of relying on vets for nutrition.

When it comes to pet nutrition, do not trust your vet. Trust him/her with with medical questions, but not commercial food.

Sorry for the long post. I had to get that out. I hate SD.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5805/23/2013

R58, I'm pretty sure I've been to the same crazy cat lady forum. If it is the same place, they also gave me a lot of good info about what to feed my cat who has an autoimmune disorder that my vet had no idea even existed even though it isn't extremely rare.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 5905/23/2013

r59 If you're talking about thecatsite then that's it. It's where I learned a lot of things. Being a new cat owner can be daunting if you've never owned a cat in your life.

r49 you might want to brush your cat's teeth with Virbac C.E.T. instead of relying on dry food to do the job. The truth is that vet students learn very little about cat nutrition in vet school. As for commercial pet food? Absolutely nothing! It's very much trial and error and learning from veteran owners who love and obsess over the health and nutrition of their beloved pets.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6005/23/2013

For a while, when he was just out of kittenhood (about 9-10 months), I had my male cat brushing his OWN teeth. I fixed up a toothbrush in a solid, weighted holder, and dipped the end in tuna water with a little bit of salt for abrasion. He'd chew on the brush, moving it from side to side in his mouth, for about ten minutes each morning I put it out for him. Next vet visit, vet remarked that his teeth were very clean, so I "must" be brushing them. I told him no, the cat was brushing his own, and showed him a photo I had taken of the cat doing just that. He put the photo up in a frame in his waiting room.

Unfortunately, after about three months, my cat decided he was being manipulated and refused to do anything with the brush from that point forward. I'd even hold out the brush, dripping in tuna juice for him ... he'd just roll his eyes and walk away. :)

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6105/23/2013

The only time Science Diet was ever recommended to me was by a vet who sold it. No conflict of interest there, I'm sure.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6205/23/2013

[quote]When it comes to pet nutrition, do not trust your vet. Trust him/her with with medical questions, but not commercial food.

R58, there are vets who have gone out of their way to educate themselves on pet nutrition. A blanket statement never to trust your vet about food is a disservice to those knowledgeable vets.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6305/23/2013

Most crazy cat people recommend raw or wet food only.

My cat only liked Fancy Feast so I gave her about a quarter of a little can, twice a day. The majority of her diet was Science Diet dry, free feeding whenever she wanted it. She threw up a lot, and it was always yellow. Science Diet is corn based. What happens to you when you eat too much corn?! She later developed megacolon and would get severely constipated - requiring two trips to the emergency vet for extractions. One was life threatening, and they contemplated surgery. That vet, who did not sell Science Diet or any brand of cat food, told me switch her to a high quality wet food. I switched to Wellness.

When the Chinese pet food poison scare happened, I did more research and learned that cats need a GRAIN FREE diet. I also discovered Innova, Weruva and Halo.

My sweet Susannah lived to be 20. I feel horrible that I was basically poisoning her for 12 or so years with Science Diet, and making her vomit so much. r10/49, please, for the health of your cat, do more research!

I adopted a 12-year old cat after she passed away but all he eats is Fancy Feast Beef Feast. I've tried the better stuff but he's not interested. He's had a tough life so I'm not going to create food issues for him. Maybe when he's more settled I'll try to get him to eat healthier.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6405/23/2013

R63, Please locate a vet's lobby that doesn't resemble the aisles of Petsmart.

Vets value high margin product over lower margin service and it's only going to get worse.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6505/23/2013

PETA should rescue the cat from OP.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6605/23/2013

R65, please re-read my post and this time try to concentrate on the black parts.

I never said a damn word about vet lobbies or vet groups. I said, "there are vets who have gone out of their way to educate themselves on pet nutrition."

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6705/23/2013

I buy flea medication at my vets office. It is cheaper there than at Petco.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6805/23/2013

[quote]I never said a damn word about vet lobbies or vet groups. I said, "there are vets who have gone out of their way to educate themselves on pet nutrition."

Any vets who have educated themselves on pet nutrition would not be an advocate of Hill's Science Diet.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 6905/23/2013

Great thread, OP.

Have three senior cat citizens, and the oldest seems to have a bad cold now. He's at least age 17, could even be up to 19 and is looking like he's on his 9th life.

Amazed that your vet bill was only $67. Never been to the vet without leaving with $$hundreds on my credit card. Am unemployed and just can't take them. My favorite neighbor is a crazy cat lady. She gave me a new bottle of antibiotics, which I'll deploy if he doesn't improve.

Most respiratory infections are caused by viruses. It's important to note that antibiotics don't work on viruses; they treat secondary, bacterial infections.

Inappropriate use of antibiotics has led to the evolution of multi drug resistant bacterial strains. Plus, I'm reluctant to give my fragile elderguy something he might not tolerate well. Such a dilemma...

But, as you've probably heard you must complete administering the full course of antibiotics to kill ALL the bugs even if your kitten seems better, unless he turns out to be allergic. Incomplete slaughter can favor growth of mutant (drug-resistant) strains.

Final note, FWIW. When she was a kitten, my 14 year old had the exact same symptoms as yours. Even had blood coming out of her nostrils. She responded very well to the antibiotics and it was easy to administer with an eyedropper.

Good luck!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7005/23/2013

[quote]Any vets who have educated themselves on pet nutrition would not be an advocate of Hill's Science Diet.

Again, I never said they do. Why are you so determined to misread my post?

I have a great vet who knows more about pet nutrition than anything I've read online because she worked at educating herself. She does not recommend Science Diet and as far as I know she does not belong to a vet lobby group that endorses bad food.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7105/23/2013

you fucking cat people make me sick

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7205/23/2013

r63/71, I am not talking about you specifically recommending Science Diet. I'm pointing out that it is sold by veterinary practices. They make a lot of money off it. Any vet who knows anything about pet nutrition would not be selling this crap. It's like telling kids it's ok to eat hot dogs 3x a day every day for their life.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7305/23/2013

Good, R72. We aim to please. Have a nice day.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7405/23/2013

R72, that you feel this way, but still feel it necessary not only to enter a cat thread, but to post in one, indicates you have some kind of mental illness. Please seek help.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7505/23/2013

He's still sneezing. It's clear, but it's gross. He keeps sneezing on me.

I went to clean out his litter box, and he went in as I was doing it, turned around and took a crap. lol. What an asshole.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7605/23/2013

My cat just died this afternoon. I've been unemployed for 2 years and I just couldn't afford to buy food anymore. She was an indoor cat for 3 years but I decided to start leaving the door open so she could hunt for food but we live in the city and I guess she couldn't find anything.

RIP Samantha

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7705/23/2013

R76, my cats have all done that. They watch me clean the litter box, then they jump right in. Brats.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7805/23/2013

R77 is a lying sack.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 7905/23/2013

1. Draw a bath;

2. Find a burlap drawstring bag; and then

3. Check back here for further instructions.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8005/23/2013

r77 made me laugh so hard that I shat in the litter box!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8105/23/2013

School must be out and the 13 year olds are bored.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8205/23/2013

[quote]I buy flea medication at my vets office. It is cheaper there than at Petco.

Thanks for the tip. Do you have a pet?

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8305/23/2013

I love cats. I love r77. Samantha was a loser.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8405/23/2013

r79, how dare you!!! I am not a liar! My fucking CAT died to-day! OP's kitten has a cold, MY CAT IS COLD!!!!!

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8505/23/2013

So put the damn cat in a skillet and heat it up. Nobody cares.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8605/23/2013

Take the cat to a vet.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8705/24/2013

Cat's still sneezing. I'm going back in the beginning of June. I'm not taking him back to the vet again. He was checked out. No fever or anything. His entire body and lugs were checked. Perhaps it's allergies. Probably allergic to people.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8805/24/2013

Still waiting to hear some more opinions on pet insurance...

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 8905/24/2013

[quote]My cat just died this afternoon. I've been unemployed for 2 years and I just couldn't afford to buy food anymore. She was an indoor cat for 3 years but I decided to start leaving the door open so she could hunt for food but we live in the city and I guess she couldn't find anything.

Have you checked with Social Security to see if your severe mental illness qualifies your for disability?

Then you could afford pet food for your imaginary cats.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9005/24/2013

OP my vet told me pet insurance was a complete rip off.

My cat has an autoimmune disorder that requires periodic antibiotics and he just fills it when I call in so the cat doesn't have to go through the trauma of a vet visit and I don't have to be charged for one. Apparently, they find loopholes to avoid paying for expensive stuff like surgery and chemo so what's the point? I'd just set up a bank account with savings specifically for the cat that can be used for emergencies like him getting hit by a car or whatever.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9105/24/2013

op, do you mean to say you had a drippy pussy and then it got loose?

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9205/24/2013

Trouble with cats: not much meat on them bones.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9305/24/2013

You are incredibly rude R86, but I laughed.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9405/24/2013

[quote]Still waiting to hear some more opinions on pet insurance...

It's a scam, OP. I tried it for a while during which time I filed two claims for things that should have been covered under the policy terms. The insurance company denied both claims and I cancelled the policy.

I've been told by other pet owners they had the same experience. A vet told me she has never seen pet insurance pay a claim.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9505/24/2013

So did the cat fucking die?

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9605/31/2013

One of my cats is a sneezer. The others aren't. He's fine. He's been seen by the vet 3x.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9705/31/2013

R97, maybe he's allergic to your other cats.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9805/31/2013

Yes, Samantha died! Quit asking me!

I live in Chicago so it's always windy and my papers are always flying off the desk so I'm using her corpse as a paper weight.

I still pet her when I get nervous.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 9905/31/2013

If the cat is strong, it will live. If it's weak, it will die.

This is necessary for the health of the species.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 10005/31/2013

And if the cat is fat , it will lay around like a bathmat.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 10105/31/2013

It's amazing. Nothing sells of DL like pussy and pussy stories. I guess what we lack in intelligence is double dosed in mooshy-wooshy; one helluva lot better than evilness.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 10205/31/2013

Give him kisses, OP. He's your missus.

by The 'my new kitten' guyreply 10305/31/2013
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