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Crazed Cat, Help! [Jul. 13th, 2012|12:27 pm]
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I seriously don't know what to do about my cat's behavior. I've had Gus since he was 5 weeks and he's almost two now. We recently moved across the country from Texas to Oregon. We live in a huge three bedroom with two roommates.
I have tried to transition Gus slowly, mainly keeping him in my room. There's one other kitty, Milo, and we have been very slow in introducing them. Milo was upset in the very beginning but is now very mellow and wants to play with Gus. Gus is having none of it. He will either hiss and back away or run into the closet. It's very disconcerting. I think Gus may be very upset, he grew up with my other cat, Max. But I couldn't find anyone who would let me move in here in Portland with more than one pet. Luckily, some really awesome friends of a friend wanted Max and he is in a happy home. But Gus just isn't adjusting. We have been here since June 3rd.
To make things worse, I work swing shift and usually get home a little before midnight, then usually I am in bed around 1 a.m. Once I go to bed, Gus goes crazy, running around scratching on all the walls and chirping(doesn't really have a regular meow). I have tried playing with him with toys before bed, he has a scratcher, I give him food and treats, give him lots of cuddling. The windows in my room are sort of high up but I will put him up in the window a couple of times so he can look out. I carefully tested and he is able to get down just fine.
Nothing works, he just keeps going crazy and I get no sleep. I have tried spraying him with a water bottle, but it only stops him for a second, then he starts right back up.
I am exasperated as I can't get a good night's sleep and I hate for him to be unhappy. We also just got new downstairs neighbors and I am concerned they are going to be upset with the noise. I have heard them stirring a little after Gus has started up.
I'm really surprised at his behavior, in Texas he was my outgoing cat, would always greet strangers and other visitors at the door, etc, but now he is the opposite. We lived in a house in Texas for a year with another person, multiple cats and a small dog, and Gus was fine with all of them. He didn't love the dog playing with him, but he knew hot to get away from her.
I would appreciate any suggestions for how to help him. Thanks very much in advance!
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Twice a week vomiting [Jul. 13th, 2012|05:08 am]
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For about 2 weeks now, Andromeda has been vomiting exactly twice a week. I thought it might've been hairballs since most of the time the vomit was hairy and she's been shedding a lot since the temperature got hot. I thought daily brushing might do the trick, but nope. No dice. I've tried brushing her, brushing her with a special brush made to combat shedding, and giving her her digestive aid gel twice a week (usually she gets it once a week). Since nothing's been working I'm starting to worry. Andromeda doesn't usually vomit so much. 

She hasn't been acting sick...she's been acting perfectly normal. Her activity level is the same, her sleeping patterns are the same, she licks herself a lot (another reason I thought it was probably hairballs) but she always cleans herself a lot. She's been going to the bathroom normal except a lot of the time the poop is hairier than usual and it ends up sticking to her, causing her to scoot and leave it on the stairs (another reason I thought hairballs: this used to be a once a month problem if that, now it's a once a day problem). 

The last thing I'm going to try is feeding her in my room (since lately her sister's been a bit of a food-stealer and that might have something to do with it) and getting her old digestive aid gel (since I had to switch to a new one since I accidentally threw the one she usually gets away, so I had to use one I had lying around. It's not perscription, it's just a hairball gel).

Does anyone have any advice or know what her problem might be? Or is it time for another vet visit? 
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Cat safe plants [Jul. 9th, 2012|11:26 pm]
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I'm planning on starting an indoor window garden soon and was wondering if any one knows (or knows a helpful website) what plants are safe/not safe to grow around cats? I plan on growing mostly herbs, but may try some veggies. One of my kitties will probably take it upon herself to become a taste tester, so any help is appreciated.

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Paw Pad healing - time or do something? [Jul. 9th, 2012|10:43 am]
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We have taken in a stray who showed up one day and took our Welcome Mat quite literally. I have no idea how long he had been outside, but he's been in our house for about 3 weeks now. He's been vaccinated and neutered and is adjusting well, but the pads on his paws are still looking very cracked and rough.

There's no bleeding and they don't seem to hurt him. It looks kind of like a callous that I assume he got from being outside for a while.

Any idea if this sort of thing just heals on its own, and how long it might take? Or should I be doing something to actively get his paws transitioned to "indoor paws"?
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Reminder .... [Jul. 8th, 2012|03:43 pm]
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Just a reminder to everyone if you could please please please tag your posts!! I am starting school soon and doing some traveling before then so I am not going to have much time to get to them right away - I will do the best I can but if you could help me out I would greatly appreciate it! I also want to help other people in the community because y'all give some great advice so tags will help that :)

And if anyone has ANY questions or concerns for sure email me, no matter where I am I should have access to email. And THANK YOU for helping to keep this community great!
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(no subject) [Jul. 7th, 2012|12:19 pm]
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Long, roundish, white grain (non moving) in fecal = tapeworm, correct?

Should I just dose with Drontal or take Apollo in and get something stronger? I've heard some OTC dewormers aren't 100% effective.

edit; either way, I'll be taking him in - I just wanted to be efficient in taking care of the worms while I wait for his appointment date.
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Hot spots! :( [Jul. 5th, 2012|12:00 am]
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This nasty heatwave has apparently brought on my 8.5yo girl kitty's first hot spot on her shoulder or neck. She's a hider, extremely skittish, and terrified of everything. She's a compulsive overgroomer, but this is in a different spot and it appeared out of nowhere.

The problem is, due to her personality issues, I have no idea how to help her. If i even get near her, she runs away or flips out (screaming & clawing). I've never been able to medicate her. There is no way I can get ahold of her to shave her fur, apply any kind of lotion or spray, or any of the remedies mentioned by googling hot spots. She already eats hypoallergenic food and never goes outside so I don't think it's caused by food or fleas.

I'll be calling the vet in the morning, but she absolutely will not let me get near her, let alone touch her or hold her still to look at the hot spot. I live alone and there's no 2nd pair of hands. Any suggestions? The fact that she's reacting so aggressively in addition to her usual scaredy-cat ways makes me think she's in pain.

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Vomiting kitten [Jul. 4th, 2012|04:55 pm]
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Hello! I hope I'm posting this right, heh.
My 2-month old kitten (vaccinated, de-wormed, all that done) has thrown up four times in the last few hours. No signs of bile or blood, and no diarrhea, so at first I thought maybe he'd eaten something he shouldn't or eaten his food too fast, but I'm beginning to wonder if I should get him to the vet ASAP. He's sleeping right now, but if he does it again when he wakes up I'm running to the vet as fast as I can. Should I be taking him there immediately? =(

Edit: Hey, I thought I should write here about how it turned out. Kitten's fine! Vet said it was definitely that he ate something he shouldn't have - like a house plant or something. None of our house plants seem to have been chewed on so I don't have a clue what else he could have found, but yeah. Poor thing had an awful day but he's fine now.
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How to prep chicken for cats? [Jul. 3rd, 2012|02:59 pm]
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We bought some whole split breasts with skin on and now have some uncooked chicken ribs, skin, and a little meat leftover (we took out the tenderloins and breasts for our own dinner). I was wondering if I could feasibly boil this stuff and throw it in the blender to make a treat for the cats or if this would be a bad plan. Google turns up a lot of varying opinions on chicken bones for cats; would grinding the bones up in a blender make them safe for cats to eat? Is it better if the bones and meat are cooked or just left raw? Is there anything else I should add to the chicken (rice, oats)?

Something to note: One of our cats has absolutely no teeth, so he's not able to chew up bones by himself.
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Wet food recommendations? [Jun. 27th, 2012|08:58 am]
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I know it sounds crazy, but one of my boys (Ghost) doesn't seem to like wet food. He will eat a little from the bowl, and then walk away. Sometimes he will come back later in the day, but I worry about leaving the food out all day. If he's supposed to eat more than one can a day, I have no idea how to get him to eat that much!

I'm currently feeding him and his "brother" Nikolai Nature's Variety Instinct, but Niko is about 18 pounds at this point and direly needs to lose weight. Vet says he's perfectly healthy even in spite of the heaviness, but I'd like to slim down my lovable "basketball with a head" if I can, and I thought wet food might be a better way.

Anyone else have fussy kitties when it comes to wet food?
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