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Forum: Senior cats September 16th, 2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 415
Posted By sugarcatmom
These symptoms, plus her hearty appetite, sound...

These symptoms, plus her hearty appetite, sound an awful lot like hyperthyroidism, a very common health problem in older cats. It's also readily treatable with inexpensive medication. A simple blood...
Forum: General Forum for cats and dogs September 13th, 2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 279
Posted By sugarcatmom
Without having any clue what the damage is or...

Without having any clue what the damage is or what treatment is available for this pup, and of course not being a vet myself, the only thing I can think of is to mention some possible alternative...
Forum: Cat health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time! September 6th, 2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 309
Posted By sugarcatmom
What brands/flavours of dry and wet? And...

What brands/flavours of dry and wet?

And that's just silly for a vet to suggest that a cat can't digest protein. Shows they really don't understand feline physiology at all. Protein (meat protein,...
Forum: Cat health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time! September 5th, 2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 309
Posted By sugarcatmom
What did Athena eat before the constipation...

What did Athena eat before the constipation problem, and what does she eat now?

Has she had any lab work done, like a urinalysis and senior blood panel? If so, do you have a copy of the results?
Forum: Kitten health September 4th, 2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 182
Posted By sugarcatmom
Has the vet ever actually tested a stool sample...

Has the vet ever actually tested a stool sample for anything? I think just throwing de-wormers at the problem without doing any investigating is pretty irresponsible. Are there any other vets you can...
Forum: Dog food forum September 3rd, 2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By sugarcatmom
Lots of breeders don't actually feed inferior...

Lots of breeders don't actually feed inferior products like Iams because they truly think it's good for their dogs, but because they get "breeder" discounts and incentives for referring new puppy...
Forum: General Forum for cats and dogs September 1st, 2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 360
Posted By sugarcatmom
Ack! Cuteness overload! What a couple of darlings...

Ack! Cuteness overload! What a couple of darlings you have.

I agree that it's best if you can stay away from too much fish in their diet. I'm also a big fan of feeding lots of variety (in brands...
Forum: Senior cats August 30th, 2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By sugarcatmom
Increased vocalization in senior cats can often...

Increased vocalization in senior cats can often be one of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism (as can weight loss and increased thirst). Also could be "kitty dementia", or even related to loss of...
Forum: Photo challenges on Pets.ca August 24th, 2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 961
Posted By sugarcatmom
This would be Buzz Fuzzler's fuzzy little butt....

This would be Buzz Fuzzler's fuzzy little butt. He was one of the kittens I fostered a few years back (now in the loving care of some good friends of mine):...
Forum: General Forum for cats and dogs August 21st, 2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By sugarcatmom
Have you tried contacting the SPCA? They seem to...

Have you tried contacting the SPCA? They seem to have a TNR program:
http://www.spca.com/?p=6065&lang=en
Forum: General Forum for cats and dogs August 12th, 2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 453
Posted By sugarcatmom
Chittering! That's what I call it anyway. I think...

Chittering! That's what I call it anyway. I think it's more commonly referred to as "chattering", but I like chittering better. The reason cats do this is not understood at all (kind of like so many...
Forum: Senior cats August 10th, 2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By sugarcatmom
What flavours of Fancy Feast? Many contain fish...

What flavours of Fancy Feast? Many contain fish products, which can be a problem for cats. Is your kitty willing to try any other canned foods that have better quality ingredients?

I would also...
Forum: General Forum for cats and dogs August 1st, 2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By sugarcatmom
Oh boy, do I ever feel your pain! I actually have...

Oh boy, do I ever feel your pain! I actually have a very, shall we say "macho", cat myself who also happens to be incredibly vocal (some Siamese in there somewhere) and a bit of a spritzer. Even...
Forum: Cat health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time! July 29th, 2014, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 560
Posted By sugarcatmom
Sounds more like a "scarf-n-barf" issue than a...

Sounds more like a "scarf-n-barf" issue than a hairball one. Can you try spreading the food around on a large plate so they can't eat so fast? Also, sometimes giving them an appetizer of just a...
Forum: Cat health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time! July 28th, 2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By sugarcatmom
If his appetite is fine and he isn't lethargic or...

If his appetite is fine and he isn't lethargic or hiding, I would just wait it out and see if things resolve on their own. My cats occasionally get soft stool (don't we all!) and it doesn't amount to...
Forum: Cat behavior forum - cat training July 24th, 2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 662
Posted By sugarcatmom
As Barkingdog mentioned, a tendonectomy would not...

As Barkingdog mentioned, a tendonectomy would not be a good idea. Here's what The Paw Project (http://www.pawproject.org/faqs/) has to say:

Tendonectomy or Tenectomy is a procedure in which the...
Forum: Introduce yourself here - Say hello July 21st, 2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By sugarcatmom
Does she have an absolutely favourite treat that...

Does she have an absolutely favourite treat that she'll climb mountains for? Temptations seem to be a big hit with many kitties, although my guys really go nuts for freeze-dried salmon or chicken.
...
Forum: Cat behavior forum - cat training July 20th, 2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 662
Posted By sugarcatmom
Hi Swhite, What are your kitties name? ...

Hi Swhite,

What are your kitties name?

Are you able to trim their claws at all? That would be my first recommendation. If you need some instruction on ways to do it, let us know. The vet can...
Forum: Photo challenges on Pets.ca July 6th, 2014, 12:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 769
Posted By sugarcatmom
Peppercorn lounging about on the kitchen floor...

Peppercorn lounging about on the kitchen floor after a romp with his bro.
http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f177/aztec_egypt/Pepfloorangle_zpsca1e17f4.jpg
Forum: Senior cats June 26th, 2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By sugarcatmom
One of the best articles I've seen on IBD in cats...

One of the best articles I've seen on IBD in cats (and why hydrolized diets aren't the answer), by the Feline Nutrition Education Society:

Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Nature and Treatment ...
Forum: Senior cats June 25th, 2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By sugarcatmom
As hazelrunpack mentions, a raw diet might be a...

As hazelrunpack mentions, a raw diet might be a good option. Many a cat with IBD has had symptoms resolve when switched to a species-appropriate diet: http://www.catnutrition.org/ibd.html
Forum: General Forum for cats and dogs June 25th, 2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 1
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Views: 206
Posted By sugarcatmom
Sounds like you might have to wait until you have...

Sounds like you might have to wait until you have your own place. But maybe in the meantime, you could volunteer at an animal shelter or rescue and get your "cat fix" that way. Plus, you'd learn...
Forum: Senior cats June 21st, 2014, 11:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By sugarcatmom
How come Ebenee was prescribed the Fibre Response...

How come Ebenee was prescribed the Fibre Response kibble? Is changing her food to something else (i.e. more suitable for her needs) an option? Perhaps a wet food that's higher in protein would be...
Forum: Cat health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time! June 11th, 2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 378
Posted By sugarcatmom
Super! If you need any specific info, let me...

Super! If you need any specific info, let me know. I've got a ton of great links on the subject, starting with this amazing resource: http://feline-nutrition.org/




I love the sound of cats...
Forum: Cat health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time! June 10th, 2014, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 378
Posted By sugarcatmom
Hi crochetingnana, welcome to pets.ca! Sorry...

Hi crochetingnana, welcome to pets.ca!

Sorry to hear about your kitty's illness. I had something similar happen to a feral that I took in....she developed the limping form of the Calicivirus...
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