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I'm sorry if I was a bit too direct

Hope I can make it up with some cuteness (my little boy):



Btw. I'll stick with the opinion 'bout kids however, people don't have a clue about concequences until they are (about) 21.
So when kids live with their parents, get fat food all the time and gain overweight, who's to blame.
Never watched such a show of some kid got to be lifted out his house with a catterpillar and noticed the parents and how they treat those kids?
Turn it around; who is to blame in a war, the people who fight it or the people who create the means that enable it to be fought... bu' tha's not for here. :P
Now he is a cute boy. What's he called?
I agree with you when it comes to kids as hopefully they don't go outside and kill a snack!
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Old 22.09.2011, 07:47
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Re: a sick cat

Most cats should drink more. I lost my kitty to kidney/bladder issues at the age of 5. A beautiful beautiful cat he was, I loved him.

To make them drink more, pick up some smooth rocks in a stream or by a lake and put the in the water bowl. Heard this trick years ago and it did work. The kitties seem to be very attracted to the stones.

Hope Kito is feeling better
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We are not completely out of the woods. The doctor still doesn't know the cause of his bleeding.
The cat's name is Kito.
gorgeous puss. Hope he is feeling better now. If you take him off the dry and just feed wet you will find he will have more energy which means in turn he will lost the weight easier.

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Old 22.09.2011, 09:41
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Most cats should drink more. I lost my kitty to kidney/bladder issues at the age of 5. A beautiful beautiful cat he was, I loved him.

To make them drink more, pick up some smooth rocks in a stream or by a lake and put the in the water bowl. Heard this trick years ago and it did work. The kitties seem to be very attracted to the stones.

Hope Kito is feeling better
When our (late) cat started to call us to the kitchen sink/tap everytime he was thirsty, we eventually got a cat "well" - they took to it pretty quick after the first few days and never looked back. They love the flowing water!
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They love the flowing water!
You'd think, but they can be weird about it. Our cat loves to drink from the faucet. We figured "Hey, we'll get him one of those little cat bowls that has the waterfall". Cat wouldn't go anywhere near it.
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Cats are weird.
Fixed that for you.

Like I said, just having a variety of drinking bowls all over the place is often helpful, as they walk past them and go "oh, right, I could have a drink here". At least that's what my kitties seem to do, they only use their "designated" drinking bowl near the food when they've just eaten.
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Most cats should drink more. I lost my kitty to kidney/bladder issues at the age of 5. A beautiful beautiful cat he was, I loved him.

To make them drink more, pick up some smooth rocks in a stream or by a lake and put the in the water bowl. Heard this trick years ago and it did work. The kitties seem to be very attracted to the stones.

Hope Kito is feeling better
I believe kidney problems are the #1 health problem with cats.
Tomcats can also suffer from an urethal obstruction, this can also be causing kidney problems. If your cat lives indoor, you can see if he has this problem (while you can notice him meowing a lot and not leaving much traces in the litter box), when with outside tigers it can be very difficult to notice.

Apart from the white tomcat, who is called Ervy btw, I also have a silver tabby cat, she drinks without an end, even when I take a shower she comes to get a drink She doesn't matter if she gets soaked, her fresh water drink is more important.
But indeed, from all the fresh water she could get she prefers the dirty water tub in the garden with this green-ish water the most, and there are stones in that tub.
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I bought a chinese water fountain and they love it...silly kitties
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Hope I can make it up with some cuteness (my little boy):


That is a lolcat waiting to happen...
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Re: a sick cat

Allís well that ends well. Kito has had some tests and it turns out he is as right as rain. He quite likes the Urinary Tract Health food now. Well, he has to because he is not getting anything else for the next four months.
The most important thing is to act fast and take your pet to the vet as soon as you notice that there is something wrong.
I am going to use all the great tips that all of you have given me on this thread. I am very grateful.
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Re: a sick cat

I just want to share that my cat has lost some weight recently and has become more active. Just a moment ago he ran like a madcat round the living room, then played with his favourite toy rabbit, which usually involves kicking it round the room or munching on its head.
I would like to keep this fitness thing going. Do you have any special ways of keeping your indoor cats active?
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I would like to keep this fitness thing going. Do you have any special ways of keeping your indoor cats active?
I play with mine, as in, run after them, play hide and seek, keep switching their toys around so they stay interesting, that sort of thing. Ok, they are still kittens so they play anyway but if they do take a fancy to something and start running after it, such as the reflection from my watch on the wall, I make a conscious effort to make them carry on playing for a while rather than just carry on doing my own stuff.
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Re: a sick cat

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glad to hear about the weight loss. I know the dry food is not preferred, but I put a little kibble in a red ball you get get at the coop. It has a way to dial down how hard it is to get the kibble out. My cat really developed strong muscles batting that around the house to get the treat. he spends lots of time and gets exercise even when I can't.

The other thing is play. Have little wind up toys they like. My cat also loves the feather toy and plays with it a great deal.
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I would like to keep this fitness thing going. Do you have any special ways of keeping your indoor cats active?
Sit there with a laser pointer
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I play with mine, as in, run after them, play hide and seek, keep switching their toys around so they stay interesting, that sort of thing.
That is what I would say.
It is indeed the most important to switch their toys.
Just, if you have a load of toys, keep only a few available for the cat and introduce "new" ones regularly. Also, toys with catnip work very well!

Cats also love laserpointers, but you have to be really careful because cheap laserpointers are mostly more powerful than specified on the decals.
This means it can damage human eyes and I think cat eyes are more sensitive, so they have even more chance of damaging their eyes.
I sometimes play with my cats with a laserpointer, but I am extremely careful, also for indirect eye contact via a shiny surface or so.
My youngest cat plays with it till exhaustion, so that's also a thing to watch out for
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Re: a sick cat

Another medical emergency with my cat.
Two weeks ago I found a tumour on his back. I took him to the vet (I cannot recommend the doctor enough, it is a real Dr Dolittle and he speaks English very, very well), who took the tumour out and sent it to UZH for a biopsy. The last two weeks have been quite nerve-racking.

The results came today. The tumour was completely benign and the cat is recovering fast. He has already had two surgeries in Switzerland. The doctor said that he responds very badly to anaesthesia and displays very shallow breathing. That concerns me a bit but for now I am so relieved and happy.

Incidentally, do any of you know why the other cat (female) is always aggressive when I return from the vet with the first cat (male)? Is this normal? She is an angel most of the time but the doctor's office smell (probably) turns her into a real hell cat, so we have to keep them separated for some time.
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Incidentally, do any of you know why the other cat (female) is always aggressive when I return from the vet with the first cat (male)? Is this normal? She is an angel most of the time but the doctor's office smell (probably) turns her into a real hell cat, so we have to keep them separated for some time.
Glad to hear that your little fella is on the mend. I had one of mine in for a similar surgery and you're right -- it's a very nervous wait until you find out the results, and then, when the surgery is behind you and the cat is feeling better again.

My cats behave exactly as you describe when one comes back from the vet. For the first 24 hours, they are very sensitive to the smell of the other cat, which I guess must smell of antiseptic and other animals. We have exactly the same behaviour at our place -- hissing, swatting, and keeping their distance.

After 24 hours, though, normally all is forgiven.
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Not so little, he still needs to lose some weight. It is my new year resolution to finally succeed in that operation.
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Re: a sick cat

Just read my way thru this interesting thread, and see a lot of talk about water.

I`ve noticed that cats seem to prefer "old" water ....?

A friends cat only drinks from a watering can she keeps in her kitchen for the plants, and another drinks only from a shallow dish outside under a drainpipe.

In my garden I keep an old wok pot filled with rainwater, and all the neighborhood cats come for drinks there. Hedgehogs come at night.
Sometimes there`s amusing stand-offs when opposing teams meet at the water dish
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I took Sky's advice and prepared a glass bowl of water with colourful stones. They both love it. I try to have both old and fresh water but I haven't noticed any clear preference.
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