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  2. Scrabblemaster

    Welcome and Intros

    I just realised that I never told you here: At the beginning of fall last year a hamster moved in with us. Life was so boring without one. We were on a waiting list for a new one and thought we would get a new hamster round about Christmas. No. Way sooner. We got her from the same breeder that we got our first one from. She is pitch black with two small white spots on her belly and just like her appearance her character is different from our first hamster. Very different. She is shy and does not want to be held, she jumps away when we try to rescue her from falling down the cabinet she somehow
  3. Dominionatrix

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    @clueliss I am so very sorry for your loss.
  4. Kailash

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    I’m so sorry for your loss @clueliss. I’m glad that kitty is at peace and no longer in any pain. 💜
  5. clueliss

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    I just had her out down. Diagnosed with an aggressive basal cell tumor in her left rear leg. Thyroid issue, kidney issue. 15 years old. And the potential of amputation. It’s been so hard to watch. The decision was agonizing.
  6. Scrabblemaster

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    Our our little hamster-lady died yesterday. She was very ill during her last weeks, she had some kind of tumor/infection combination in her womb or ovaries. We thought she was doing better on medication for some days. We had a check-up appointment at the vet and when we woke her up for that, she could barely walk and was obviously in pain. We could see that she was suffering. I held her when they put her down. We buried her in our garden. Although we knew this was coming, because she was very old, it feels unreal.
  7. Maggie Mae

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    We got my cat a water fountain to help keep him hydrated. It's ridiculous how much water he will drink out of that thing. We got him this one: https://www.amazon.com/Catit-Flower-Fountain-Triple-Action-Filter/dp/B0146QXOB0 so he can lap at a fountain. Vets suspect kidney disease, based on age, weight, and the constant drinking/peeing, but his labs come back only slightly elevated. Anyway, it's a suggestion to get more water into your cat.
  8. Yeah. I have five total for four cats. I have considered purchasing another one just for him though. He's not at all interested in challenging for king of the house or anything, so he just walks away and doesn't argue the point when my other cats start things. I'm wondering if his own box would make a difference. I honestly don't think the problem is him being a jerk cat like it is sometimes with cats being punitive when they are pissed about something. I honestly think it's a just he doesn't understand the expectations thing. My impression is that he's never seen a litter box before. Hi
  9. Is the litter box clean and is there one for each cat? My showed up one day cat seems to "forget" about using the box sometimes, but we haven't isolated the cause yet, so I'm watching this thread too.
  10. He totally understands he's not supposed to pee just anywhere. He just doesn't get WHERE he's supposed to pee. I'll check on the thingy from Chewy. An additive is perfect because I use breeze litter system for special snowflake lung reasons.
  11. There is a specially scented litter that attracts cats to pee on it. It's available at Petsmart, Petco, and Chewy. It's Dr Elsey's Cat Attract. On Chewy I see he now sells an additive to put on regular litter that is cheaper. It worked for one of our litter pan averse kitties. At least he's using the pads! He may think he's doing the right thing following the older cat.
  12. Friends, I have mentioned, I think, that the kitty that I have been feeding for a few years decided he lives with me now, not his supposed humans. He's doing well inside (he's a big fan of the couch and fireplace), but he hasn't quite figured out how to use the litter box. He understands that he's not supposed to pee just anywhere -- he's peeing on the pee pads I have down for my old man cat who is going senile and forgot entirely how to use the box. It's not an urgent issue, but someday I would like to not have 2894329473 pee pads down everywhere. Any ideas how to communicate to him that the
  13. therulesofjinx

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    Thanks, @WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?! Mine are just being pretty crabby and I wondered if anyone had any advice 😀
  14. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

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    I believe that @mango_fandango and @pook have piggies, but I can't remember if either of them have ever made their way to this club. Maybe if we all shout their names together, they will hear us!
  15. therulesofjinx

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    I just joined FJ a few days ago after literal years of lurking...I introduced myself on the "introduce yourself" thread, but wanted to say hi here, too, as I practice my posting skills! I have two female guinea pigs who are being jerks this week....but I still love them! Anyone else have guinea pigs???
  16. Scrabblemaster

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    @EmainMacha She is way better. The bald spots got some fur back. But we had 1 or 2 weeks where we thought she would die within the next days. She did not come out of her house unless for drinking or going to her toilet and she lost weight. We were very concerned, but there were no other signs of her being sick. We considered going to the vet, but what could she have done? The hamster looked normal, ate and drank enough to not do die and was not acitve. I could not feel any lumps (potential tumors) and beside the weight loss she looked fine. So we decided to wait another day and that's been the
  17. Palimpsest

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    I already answered your rabbit post on your status. I'm trying to sit on my fingers so I don't tell you to And pictures of the hamsters please.
  18. EmainMacha

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    @Scrabblemaster how is your hamster doing? Ovarian cysts are quite common in dwarf hamsters particularly I believe. Is your wee one a dwarf? I lost my winter white dwarf hamster and 2 gerbils in quick succession over the past month. They were adopted as older animals so not surprising but sad. I adopted a Campbell dwarf hamster and a robo hamster in the past few weeks. And now I'm looking at a rabbit. I think I have an adoption problem. I'm the small animal equivalent of some of our fundies.
  19. Scrabblemaster

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    Update on the hamster lady. The vet thinks it's a hormonal problem, it could be ovarial cysts. She might have these nearly parallel furless spots because the cysts hurt her and she touches these spots with her claws. Ovaries and utero are in the same are as her furless spots are. So the explanation makes sense. There were no mites spotted, I would have preferred the mites. She gets a daily medicine for the next two weeks. We'll have to see. She is as fearless as ever, eats and drinks as normal and hates the medicine like any hamster would. I mix the medicine with her favorite "snack-porridge",
  20. Scrabblemaster

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    Dammit. A couple of weeks ago our hamster had mites. We saw that she had a spot without fur and went to the vet the next day. They made a test, found one mite and gave her one drop of anti-mite-creme. I cleaned the cage, I baked everything I could in the oven, I changed the litter, I very much desinfected every spot she had contact with. It was a PITA of six hours with a very much pissed hamster afterwards because nothing smelled like her. we had to go back to the vet twice every three weeks for her dose of anti-mite-drop and it worked well. The fur grew back and she stopped scratching. Last f
  21. clueliss

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    Okay, wet food with added water slurry was a win. And a bonus of less bits left in the bowl since she laps at the slurry. Thank you,
  22. clueliss

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    Love the make a soup out of it idea. I'll give that a try.
  23. Palimpsest

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    @clueliss, my sympathies. I don't know much about cats, sorry. Perhaps ask the vet for ideas on how to get her to drink more. Turn her wet food into soup and feed her in the bathroom if she is a messy eater. Also one of my dogs had kidney disease. I got her to drink more by adding a little chicken broth, clam juice, or the water from canned tuna to her water bowl. If it is any help, when Miss P went into kidney failure I lost count of the number of vets who told me that cats have a much better prognosis than dogs with kidney disease. I told the last vet who told me this that I wante
  24. front hugs > duggs

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    My 3 year old cat is having urinary issues, but not kidney issues. All the ultrasound has told us about him is that is bladder wall is thick and there are minerals in the wall, but not stones and there is no infection in his bladder or kidneys. However, from doing a lot of reading on cat urinary issues, if she isn't getting enough water even with just the wet food, you can add more water in the wet food and mix it in! My cats actually love that.
  25. clueliss

    Cats & Kidney Disease

    I took my feline headship in for her annual visit. Due to weight loss (which considering she was overweight a couple of years ago is not a bad thing - but this was a bit drastic year over year), the vet ran a blood test. Blood test result indicated possible kidney disease. So she got to do a return visit the next week in a day trip outing for a urine test. Urine test indicated kidney disease and a more in-depth test confirmed it. So she's now on rx diet for kidney disease with an effort to get her to drink more water. I'm in the process of giving her more wet food (Rx) to get more moistu
  26. Curious

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    Tequila has been very food aggressive since she was about 12 weeks old. One of the adults got past me and stole food out of her dish and she was just aghast that had happened. From that point on, she would guard her food like no one's business. She is fed gated in the bedroom because if she even suspects another animal is thinking about her food she will snap and snarl and won't actually eat Once when she was about 6 months old my husband was out of town so I had to feed the dogs. I'm disabled and walking isn't easy for me so stupidly I thought taking her out in the other room with
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