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RE: Problems with elderly cat

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Posted by: cyclopsgrl at Mon Jan 30 17:58:36 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by cyclopsgrl ]  
   

I recently lost two senior cats (at age 16 and 19). This sounds very much like kidney failure, which you guys have addressed.

I wanted to mention the constipation. It is very common for older cats to have dry stools. It can become very uncomfortable and they acually try to go in the box, but don't get it out until they are ouside the box. One of mine would go #2 outside the box from time to time and I would see him try to go inside the box first, but it would not fully come out and it was easier or would catch up to him outside the box.

I found hairball treats (use them like medicine not regular treats -- follow the package) helped quite a bit... I also used a hairball remedy (in a tube like toothpaste -- like brown Vasaline). I got the hairball remedy tube from the vet fairly inexpensively and you put it on your finger and rub your finger on the roof of their mouth.

If anything, try the hairball remedy. If you just cannot get to the vet, the lower the protein in the food, the better. Protein is very hard on older cats' kidneys...
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(Pookey 8/91 - 11/10)


   

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