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iluvbirds Original Post: Jul 26 '04,  9:29 pm           Reply
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I'm Here!

I'm here if anyone wants to discuss anything pets. That's what I'm here for. Well, one of the things:)

Savanna Smiling:)

     
patriciak Posted: Jul 29 '04,  5:44 am (Updated: Jul 29 '04,  5:45 am)           Reply
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Life with a chronically ill pet

Hmmm....(waving hello)...maybe a thread on life with a chronically ill pet? It can be so frustrating, and so rewarding...day by day can be quite different, and the rewards are seeing them eat (without assist feeding), play, begging for treats, purring with happiness and seeing them cheek-rub and head-bump you.

It's a fine line assessing quality of life in an old, old cat that is chronically ill, you really have to balance the emotional versus the reality of what you are observing.

Patriciak

     
iluvbirds Posted: Jul 29 '04,  12:13 pm           Reply
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RE: Life with a chronically ill pet

It is definitely hard to watch an animal you love suffer. I've spent many a sleepless nights with Ripley over the past few months and don't know how I would hold up if it was an ongoing thing. Thank God he is on the road to recovery now. You won't believe this, but he is now overweight. One extreme to another with this little guy.

     
Ladysmom Posted: Aug 01 '04,  10:14 am           Reply
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RE: Life with a chronically ill pet

I spend 19 months on an emotional rollercoaster with Lady. she was in kidney failure. Everyday was something different and you had to be aware if that is something new or just part of the disease.

     
iluvbirds Posted: Aug 01 '04,  6:13 pm           Reply
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RE: Life with a chronically ill pet

I just don't know how well I would hold up watching my pet die slowly. My God, I fell apart when my Betta "Blue" died.

     
patriciak Posted: Aug 10 '04,  1:25 pm           Reply
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RE: Life with a chronically ill pet

Quote: Ladysmom
I spend 19 months on an emotional rollercoaster with Lady. she was in kidney failure. Everyday was something different and you had to be aware if that is something new or just part of the disease.


It sure is a roller coaster :( Patrick is past the 24 month mark now..

Patriciak
     
iluvbirds Posted: Aug 11 '04,  10:23 am           Reply
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RE: Life with a chronically ill pet

I'm so glad that Ripley is getting better with each day. I don't think I could handle a long drawn out illness. The doc seems to think that Rip has outgrown his problems and will live a very normal life if we're always very careful of his diet. Relief!

Savanna

     
patriciak Posted: Aug 11 '04,  2:58 pm           Reply
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RE: Life with a chronically ill pet

Quote: iluvbirds
I'm so glad that Ripley is getting better with each day. I don't think I could handle a long drawn out illness. The doc seems to think that Rip has outgrown his problems and will live a very normal life if we're always very careful of his diet. Relief!

Savanna


That's a wonderful result, Ripley is one lucky fellow...for regaining his health, and being rescued into such a wonderful home.
     
iluvbirds Posted: Aug 11 '04,  7:56 pm           Reply
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RE: Life with a chronically ill pet

We're the lucky ones for finding such a wonderful pain in the butt to love us.

Savanna:)

     
Ladysmom Posted: Aug 11 '04,  8:02 pm           Reply
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So Far

my three are all very healthy. Still looking for the off switch for Emma so that we can sleep nights.

We have her sleeping until 5:15am now so that is a great improvement for her. She was getting us up at 2am to play and play and play. She didn't know that people get tired and need rest. LOL

     
iluvbirds Posted: Aug 13 '04,  8:35 am           Reply
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RE: So Far

Bless Emma's cute little heart. After awhile she'll want to sleep when you're ready to play. Reno used to want to play at the most inconvenient times, but now when I want to play he wants to sleep.

     
Ladysmom Posted: Aug 14 '04,  8:47 pm           Reply
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RE: So Far

Sleep? That isn't part of Emma's vocabulary.

She drags her shopping bag to bed and starts playing with it when she gets bored. She just loves those bags that you use for gifts.

When we say anything about shopping she grabs it and is ready to go.

     
iluvbirds Posted: Aug 15 '04,  10:02 am (Updated: Aug 16 '04,  8:11 pm)           Reply
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RE: So Far

lol..how cute. I thought only cats played with bags:)

     
im_too_cute Posted: Dec 05 '04,  12:01 pm           Reply
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well....

I wish my cat would gain weight...! She's SO boney but I feed her all the time and she eats her treats like crazy.

     
Kittyokc Posted: Dec 07 '04,  5:36 am           Reply
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RE: well....

Quote: im_too_cute
I wish my cat would gain weight...! She's SO boney but I feed her all the time and she eats her treats like crazy.


What are you feeding her? If a food is full of fillers, it will just go in one end and come out the other with no nutritional benefits. Have you tried Nutro? That helped our cats immensely when we switched to it.

Kathy
     
iluvbirds Posted: Dec 07 '04,  4:54 pm           Reply
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RE: well....

I agree with Kathy about Nutro. All of my animals are eating Nutro and doing great.

Savanna:)

     
im_too_cute Posted: Dec 08 '04,  7:52 am (Updated: Dec 08 '04,  8:06 pm)           Reply
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well...

I just get so worried about her. I've tried feeding her Purina and Friskies and all that stuff and I occassionally find one that she will eat like there is no tomorrow...but she is just SO thin.

Could the fact that she is thin be because she is constantly puking up hairballs?! I mean...if I use the Hartz Hairball remedy daily...then she doesn't puke..but sometimes RIGHT AFTER I give it to her..before it has time to take affect..she pukes up a hairball. Is that even normal?

     
Kittyokc Posted: Dec 08 '04,  2:19 pm (Updated: Dec 09 '04,  8:40 am)           Reply
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RE: well...

Quote: im_too_cute
Since my cat never goes outside and she only stays in my room..would this one be a good choice


That one must be very new, never seen it before. Go ahead and give it a try, we've tried a couple types from Nutro and have been very pleased.

Quote: im_too_cute
]I just get so worried about her. I've tried feeding her Purina and Friskies and all that stuff and I occassionally find one that she will eat like there is no tomorrow...but she is just SO thin.


Those have by-products and fillers, they do have the vitamins and minerals, but most of what they eat ends up in the litter box. I usually reserve those brands for canned food and/or treats, since we don't feed that daily.

Quote: im_too_cute
]Could the fact that she is thin be because she is constantly puking up hairballs?! I mean...if I use the Hartz Hairball remedy daily...then she doesn't puke..but sometimes RIGHT AFTER I give it to her..before it has time to take affect..she pukes up a hairball. Is that even normal?


The food will help improve her fur, which will help eliminate hairballs. You may still see one here or there, but with the right daily diet, you'll find you'll only use the hairball control every once in a while.

Oh, and don't be surprised if she seems to eat less, she will gain weight. My cats eat less on Nutro than any other brand and they are maintaining a healthy weight. In fact, Cuddles used to be really thin too, now she has filled out nicely and both of their fur is so silky and soft.

Hope this helps.

Kathy
     
iluvbirds Posted: Dec 08 '04,  3:16 pm           Reply
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RE: well...

I'll just chime in here to say I completely agree with Kathy. My Ripley's health was touch and go for a long time until I started him on Nutro. He's gained weight, his tummy problems are a thing of the past and he hasn't had a hairball in months.

I've never heard of that Nutro product either, but I don't think you can go wrong with any Nutro product. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Savanna:)

     
im_too_cute Posted: Dec 08 '04,  3:46 pm (Updated: Dec 08 '04,  8:06 pm)           Reply
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I will!;)

I most certainly will!

I searched on their site for the place nearest me that sell's their products and I will have to drive an hour away to get it. But I really don't mind...anything for my precious Fancy!

She's just the light of my life...I feel like she's my child.

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