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#1851 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Thanks for the suggestion, but we tried the pill pockets and the little bugger wants nothing to do with them. He also won't eat wet food or baby food. We bought about 10 different kinds of wet food and he snubs his nose at all of them.
I've reached out to my vet to see about either making a liquid or being able to complex a few of these together to lower the sheer number of pills.

I appreciate the thought and that is very nice of you, but isn't necessary. It's a strain on our savings account, but manageable depending on how many weeks in a row we have to shell out $460 for blood work.

No worries. Am I sure.....not 100%. All I can do is consider the information provided by our specialist. My biggest concern was if he was in pain. When I asked the vet that question, his immediate response was "Not at all. He just feels like a tired old man". I then asked if any of the medication or the possible resulting kidney failure from the medication would cause pain. His response was "No".
The next question was a point blank "Being an impartial, not emotionally invested expert, what would you do?". To which he replied "There isn't any reason not to treat".
According to the vet, congestive heart failure is treatable and he could go on to live for years to come. On the other hand, he might not respond to treatment or his kidneys could fail and we face the alternative. He also mentioned that sometimes its overwhelming trying to medicate a cat. Dogs are apparently easy, whereas some cats won't take a pill no matter how hard you try. He recommended that we try and if it becomes too stressful for Calvin then we go with the alternative.
We decided, based on his expertise, that we would try treatment and see what happens.
Both of us are 100% considering his welfare before ours.

Thanks for all the recommendations. We are definitely trying to find what is easiest for everyone involved. Some of the pills are small and pretty easy to hide, but others are huge and have to be cut in half. They are bigger than the treats.

Try putting the pills in some deli oven roasted turkey sandwich meat or turkey hot dog pieces.

#1852 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Some of the pills are small and pretty easy to hide, but others are huge and have to be cut in half. They are bigger than the treats.

Had to start pilling my tabby for thyroid problems and it's changed his behavior. I wish there was another way to get treatment to cats. Food helps some but not with all pill types. He now runs from me when it's pill time. Also is timid about coming up for pets or when it's time to come in from the patio. It's not hard to pill him just he's fearful of getting picked up cause he knows whats coming.

#1853 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Thanks for the suggestion, but we tried the pill pockets and the little bugger wants nothing to do with them. He also won't eat wet food or baby food. We bought about 10 different kinds of wet food and he snubs his nose at all of them.
I've reached out to my vet to see about either making a liquid or being able to complex a few of these together to lower the sheer number of pills.

Our vet used Roadrunner Pharmacy to compound drugs for us and to get them in liquid form. It won't be available for all things but could cut the amount of pills. Liquids are way easier to administer to cats.

Check the list for your current meds and see if they are available in liquid.
https://www.roadrunnerpharmacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/CompoundMasterList.pdf

#1854 1 year ago
Quoted from JimB:

Had to start pilling my tabby for thyroid problems and it's changed his behavior. I wish there was another way to get treatment to cats. Food helps some but not with all pill types. He now runs from me when it's pill time. Also is timid about coming up for pets or when it's time to come in from the patio. It's not hard to pill him just he's fearful of getting picked up cause he knows whats coming.

If he's hyperthyroid they have a Iodine-131 Therapy treatment that has a high success rate.

#1855 1 year ago
Quoted from newovad:

Our vet used Roadrunner Pharmacy to compound drugs for us and to get them in liquid form. It won't be available for all things but could cut the amount of pills. Liquids are way easier to administer to cats.
Check the list for your current meds and see if they are available in liquid.
https://www.roadrunnerpharmacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/CompoundMasterList.pdf

Thank you so much for the link. I've been having trouble locating a place that can compound his medication. I'm going to give them a call in a few minutes when I get home.

#1856 1 year ago
Quoted from NYP:

If he's hyperthyroid they have a Iodine-131 Therapy treatment that has a high success rate.

Yes I know about it. 30 day isolation and and around $800. Don’t like putting an older cat like mine through something for so long.

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#1857 1 year ago

Behold..the vole

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#1858 1 year ago

Awesome topper! Wish I could find a pin with a topper as beautiful.

#1859 1 year ago

the cat woman !?

#1860 1 year ago

Lol..cat woman. I didn't think of that when be I took the photo

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#1861 1 year ago

Accurate.........

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#1862 1 year ago
Quoted from SilverUnicorn:

Accurate.........[quoted image][quoted image]

Me: my pin hasn't been working properly.
Pin Repair Guy (after opening the coin door): well, I think I see your problem.

#1864 1 year ago

Sending out some love for Calvin and Spidey.

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#1865 1 year ago
Quoted from NYP:

Any update on Calvin?

We had to put Calvin to sleep on Monday. Unfortunately I was out of the country at the time for work. He was continuing to lose weight, didn't want to eat unless you put treats right in front of him and was having issues getting to the litter box. Despite all of the medication and everything we tried to do, he just wasn't getting any better.

It was just time....

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#1866 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

We had to put Calvin to sleep on Monday.

Aw, very sad to read this, so sorry for your loss. He is immortalized here at least. Those are two awesome shots of Calvin.
Thanks for the update, I know this is a tough time!

#1867 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

We had to put Calvin to sleep on Monday. Unfortunately I was out of the country at the time for work. He was continuing to lose weight, didn't want to eat unless you put treats right in front of him and was having issues getting to the litter box. Despite all of the medication and everything we tried to do, he just wasn't getting any better.
It was just time....
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I am so sorry to hear this. You did what needed to be done, no matter how difficult it must have been. I have been there, and it's never easy. I am sorry you couldn't be there in his final days, but just remember the good life you gave him while he was here. I truly believe that he knew it was time as well. The same thing happed with our old cat Pinot. You could see it in her face that she was ready.

Praying that you can get through this without too much grief. Let me know if you need someone to talk to. It's hard to lose a family member.

Remembering Calvin.

Chris

#1868 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

We had to put Calvin to sleep on Monday. Unfortunately I was out of the country at the time for work. He was continuing to lose weight, didn't want to eat unless you put treats right in front of him and was having issues getting to the litter box. Despite all of the medication and everything we tried to do, he just wasn't getting any better.
It was just time....
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I am very sorry for your loss.
Puting a pet to sleep is the down side of beeing a pet owner.

#1869 1 year ago

So sorry for your loss, we’re all here for you if you need us.

#1870 1 year ago

So Sorry for your loss.

#1871 1 year ago

Remembering Calvin....

So sorry for you loss spyderturbo007 ...

#1872 1 year ago

Greatest condolences, @spyderturbo007.

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#1873 1 year ago

Moo moo is my “lil” Helper. Found out why the ball wouldn’t drain in my Close Encounters Lol I think he needs some diet food! All this pinball repair tires him out!

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#1874 1 year ago

So Sorry to hear about Calvin, he had a very expressive face. I've been a cat lover/owner since forever and had to put many of them down over the years when the time came. It's such a difficult thing to do, playing god, knowing when the right time is, missing them so badly, they are so innocent and loving it's hard to let go. My heart is with you and your family.

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#1875 1 year ago

Thank you to everyone for your support and thoughts. It's been rough. Nothing like sitting in a hotel room in Malaysia crying at 3:30am because you lost one of your furkids.

My wife can't even go into the room where his favorite cat house and his bed are.

#1876 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

We had to put Calvin to sleep on Monday

Sad news fora great family ...
condolences
Rob

#1877 1 year ago

I'm so sorry to hear about Calvin and such a sad and hard thing to have to put down a beloved pet.

We recently had to make the very painful decision to let our 20 year old cat go. Our son who is 20, myself and wife all cried a lot. First time I had seen my son cry and not try to deny it or hid it in a long time.

Thanks for sharing about Calvin with us. Prayers and thoughts to you.

#1878 1 year ago

Sorry to hear about Calvin. He reminds me of my old buddy Elliot--both card-carrying members of the Cool Cat Club™.

#1879 1 year ago

i didnt know you, i didnt know Calvin, but so strange, i'm feeling (as lots of others here i'm sure) as i was from your family...
sad but surelly better for him

#1880 1 year ago

Sorry to hear about Calvin. It's a Very hard thing to do we've had to do it twice ourselves. We had a cat named Charlie who looked very similar to Calvin.

#1881 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Thank you to everyone for your support and thoughts. It's been rough. Nothing like sitting in a hotel room in Malaysia crying at 3:30am because you lost one of your furkids.
My wife can't even go into the room where his favorite cat house and his bed are.

Hang in there buddy. We all understand the pain. God bless Calvin

#1882 1 year ago

That part of being a pet owner never gets better. Hang in there.

#1883 1 year ago

What a Darling face. Such a cool Cat.
In the heavyside layer now.
The hardest part is over, and so sorry for your loss. We always remember our furry friends. So many have past for me the boxes are stacked.
Then there's that day...a call from a friend with a litter, a box at market, a mew at the back door. Or you accidently drive by shelter and bring home a yellow or red tag.
A new face, a new character, smiles return.
Blessed be the one's that touch our hearts.
Rip Calvin, never forgotten.
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#1884 1 year ago

As hard as these moments are, the time that we spend with our friends is worth it.

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#1885 1 year ago

My cat Marvin sneaked into Doctor Who while we were working on shopping it out.

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#1886 1 year ago
Quoted from Jawa:

My cat Marvin sneaked into Doctor Who while we were working on shopping it out.
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Ummmm, is that where you keep your weed?

#1887 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

Ummmm, is that where you keep your weed?

Marvin does look a little hazy lazy blurry eyed.
Made me zoom in Mark and look for weed debris. Lol
How many of us have picked up a game and found weed inside? If you have, wave your hands.

#1888 1 year ago

Looks like he is not impressed that it is not bigger inside like he has seen on tv

#1889 1 year ago

So sorry to hear about Calvin.

There is a place to bury a cat.
If you bury him in this spot he will come to you when you call;
Come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death,
And down the well-remembered path to your side again.
Other cats will not resent his coming, for he belongs there.
The one best place to bury a cat is in your heart.

#1890 1 year ago
Quoted from Freeplay40:

Ummmm, is that where you keep your weed?

No weed, not even any catnip. That's his "I just got in here, why do you want me to come out?" face. He's likes little nooks and hidey holes.

#1891 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

We had to put Calvin to sleep on Monday.

Sorry to hear about Calvin. As an owner of 4 tabbys myself I absolutely love them and was hoping that Calvin was going to pull thru.

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#1892 1 year ago

Shiva has discovered the X Files.

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#1893 1 year ago
Quoted from mrossman5:

Shiva has discovered the X Files.
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"The truth is Meowt there!"

Chris

#1894 1 year ago
Quoted from SilverUnicorn:

"The truth is Meowt there!"
Chris

I was trying to think of an xfiles creature the last pic of Shiva maybe resembled, but that'll do.

#1895 1 year ago
Quoted from mrossman5:

Shiva has discovered the X Files.

A spooky looking cat on an X-Files. Well played.

#1896 1 year ago

Quick "Cat people" poll......Is it common to run into spraying issues when bringing home a cat into a house with an existing cat, assuming they are both fixed?

My wife and I have briefly discussed adopting a shelter kitty (following the loss of Calvin), but I'm scared we'll run into behavioral issues with our current cat Violet, or whatever new cat we bring home. I'd prefer to adopt an older cat since I know that kittens are very adoptable and older cats typically aren't as desirable due to their age.

Anyway, my paranoia is that we'll bring home a new cat and one or both of them start spraying and thereby ruining our house.

Just thought I'd ask for a few opinions / experiences.

#1897 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Is it common to run into spraying issues when bringing home a cat into a house with an existing cat

Fortunately / unfortunately I have experience with both outcomes... we have adopted multiple cats, male / female...some from shelters, some off the street. As I think upon it, only TWO of those would continue to mark territory, BOTH of them had been outdoor cats for sometime before we took them in, got their shots, removed their "kittyhood". Only those felines were the ones marking, our other cats whom came to us from shelters did NOT spray. I'll be eager to see what others say, I have room for one more but am hesitant for the reasons listed above!

#1898 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Quick "Cat people" poll......Is it common to run into spraying
issues when bringing home a cat into a house with an existing cat,
assuming they are both fixed?
My wife and I have briefly discussed adopting a shelter kitty
(following the loss of Calvin), but I'm scared we'll run into
behavioral issues with our current cat Violet, or whatever new cat
we bring home. I'd prefer to adopt an older cat since I know that
kittens are very adoptable and older cats typically aren't as
desirable due to their age.
Anyway, my paranoia is that we'll bring home a new cat and one
or both of them start spraying and thereby ruining our house.
Just thought I'd ask for a few opinions / experiences.

I'd say it's possible. Not saying it would happen. Cats can have issues, even if they know each other. There was a point when Hobbes was at the vet for 5 days. When we brought him home, he and his brother Calvin could not be anywhere near each other. hissing, growling, and swatting at each other.

For us, the key was reintroduction. This took a solid 4 days. we kept one is a separate room (in our case, our bedroom) with the door closed. Each day, we switched which cat was in the room. This "blended" their scents and after the 4 days they were amicable again.

It's hard to say if this would work with your kitty, and not sure you want to go through the process of getting a new cat and having this not work. You could also get Pheromones, I think this helped our guys as well.

Best of luck, I know when we lost our last cat we wanted to get another quickly.

Chris

#1899 1 year ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Quick "Cat people" poll......Is it common to run into spraying
issues when bringing home a cat into a house with an existing cat,
assuming they are both fixed?
My wife and I have briefly discussed adopting a shelter kitty
(following the loss of Calvin), but I'm scared we'll run into
behavioral issues with our current cat Violet, or whatever new cat
we bring home. I'd prefer to adopt an older cat since I know that
kittens are very adoptable and older cats typically aren't as
desirable due to their age.
Anyway, my paranoia is that we'll bring home a new cat and one
or both of them start spraying and thereby ruining our house.
Just thought I'd ask for a few opinions / experiences.

HELL yes. Cats may be the nicest animals in the world to their humans, but turn into fire-spitting, lava-pissing hellbeasts when there’s another cat around. If they are freaked out (and many will be if they are older), they will mark everything that is important to them (and then they’ll mark the stuff that’s not important). Introduce them SLOWLY, don’t just stick them in a room together.

Lock the new one in a guest bedroom (not a closet!) for a couple of days. Feed it in there, put the litter box far from the food but still in the same room.

The other cat will
Hear it moving around and whatever, and eventually will acclimate. But you need to be around them every second they are together.
If they’re freaking out, you can play with one or both of them and usually one or the other Will get distracted. You want to distract the more aggressive (fearful) one, which will probably be your existing cat.

Should be a couple of days then it will be cool.

#1900 1 year ago

We learned almost everything we know from watching" My Cat From Hell" on Animal Planet. Go to "Jackson Galaxy's" website and he will tell you everything you need to know. As long as you introduce them to each other slowly, put new one in a room for few days you shouldn't have any problems. Especially if both cats are fixed.

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