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Vol. 2, No. 11
Here are the answers to last week's nutrition quiz. Let me apologize for my flub in Question #1: It was supposed to ask which ingredients we would want to be lower in a good diet food. Hopefully you guys were clever enough to catch it and assume what I meant.
by Kathy Fatheree
Last Week...Bert's nausea came back in full force and he was looking and feeling very "green and droopy." Poor Fella! His doc prescribed an even stronger anti-nausea medicine... let's check in and see how Mr. Bert is doing...
The metoclopramide was not working for Bert's nausea. after having been on it for a while, it was doing the opposite of what it was supposed to. We talked to the vets office before we took him off and LaLania said that in a very few cases that it *does* cause nausea. So, Dr. S then prescribed Meclezine, which is actually a pretty heavy duty anti nausea med, in fact *I* take it for my vertigo. We gave him two doses and watched him like a hawk for two nights. LaLania said that there could be some VERY adverse effects from it so we were so cautious. In the end it turns out it didn't do much of anything, good or bad, from what we could see.
So we've taken him off of both meds and guess what? He's doing fantastic! He hasn't vomited in about four days (well once, but that was my fault. I put some water in his mouth to see if it would help rinse his mouth out, BAD IDEA). I think it's fair to say that we've established Bert's sensitivity to meds and so I definitely think it was the right decision.
TIP: Many, many cats ARE indeed sensitive to medicines... especially older kitties and kitties with compromised anything... kidneys, liver, immune system, etc. Vets, these days in my opinion, are just way too quick to prescribe drugs. This is also true for humans... my Dad has had more adverse drug reactions than I care to remember... just because he believes in everything his doc says and GIVES to him. Listen carefully to what your vet has to say... but listen closely to your inner voice and watch your kitty very closely when a new drug is prescribed. YOU know your cat the best and if any behavior is not normal... question the drug and get on the phone immediately with your vet.
Good News on the Bert Front!
We have also finally moved him up to the 106 cc's a meal. We did it partly for selfish reasons and partly for Bert. I was getting NO sleep because of the midnight feedings. I have a very weird sleep schedule as it is and when I got up at midnight I was usually up for the rest of the night. Also we both feel the less feedings for Bert the better. He was getting to the point where he was stressing and hyper salivating whenever he saw us again. NOTE: This also could have contributed to the nausea... stress is hard on the body. We backed off, left him alone (not fretted so much) and took the feedings to every 8 hours.
All in all, excellent news on the Bert front. Now that he's starting to feel better from the FLH we're looking forward to him eating on his own. I know it could still take weeks or even months but I feel like we've jumped a huge hurdle by getting him past the hepatic lipidosis. We go in on Friday to have his first blood work done but I'm confident we'll get good news from that!
...Be sure to check in next week to follow Bert's journey!
Felix the Cat, Virtually Yours - Part II
by Dan Malenski
Last week, we talked about the first virtual Felix, that is, "Felix I" and a "copycat" named Friskie. This week, we will complete the series by talking about the present day successor to the original version of the virtual Felix the Cat, "Felix II". Felix II made his debut not too long ago for pitching the Felix brand of cat food marketed by the Purina Corporation in Europe.
Felix II is much like Felix I, and this new version gives him a toy box, which you may open and give him toys. You also have the option of downloading additional toys for him from the site, and if you wish, extinguish the toy box if it serves as a distraction. When Felix II starts, a menu is displayed that invites you to visit his website and it will extinguish itself on its own if you do not respond with an "OK" in fifteen seconds. You may easily customize how Felix II behaves on your computer by right clicking on him and choosing the new behavior. Try doing that on your cat! Once in action, he behaves much like Felix I and leaves no distracting icons on your screen. Felix II appears to have nearly all of Felix I's capabilities, and it adds even more!
Felix II adds an encounter with a milk
bottle in which he spills it, takes a few sips, and can be seen at times
trying to open his toy box if you do not have it hidden. When you see
Felix II just taking a break by sitting on a window or your taskbar, moving
the cursor near him will catch his attention, and he will play with you-yes,
try it! He will try to snatch the cursor off the screen, as you can see
in the sequence below:
One of our favorites is his encounter with the milk bottle, which is reflected in a sequence of photographs at the end of this paragraph. You also will be able to carry him from one place to another on your desktop by merely placing your cursor on him and left clicking and releasing your mouse button. You will then be able to carry him wherever you want and when he is at his destination, merely left click again! Make sure that you do not hold the mouse button down after clicking it.
The present day Felix has his own website,
and you may learn much more about him and even download him onto your
computer! You may enter his website by clicking on the following:
If you choose to download the virtual Felix, you will be downloading just one small file named "felix2.exe". After the download is complete, just double-click the downloaded file and with seconds, Felix will be released onto your desktop to delight you. At any time, right clicking on Felix or his toy box will allow you access their options and control their behavior. Finally, don't forget to open his toy box and periodically give him a toy to play with! Unfortunately, a version of Felix for the MAC computer is not available.
For those purists who wish having Felix with no toy boxes or start-up menus, etc., you may contact me to obtain a copy of Felix I and the installation instructions. If you wish to experiment with Friskie, I can supply you with him also. For either "Felix I" or Friskie, you will have to know how to use the basics of Windows Explorer for creating folders and moving files in order to install them, however.
We recommend that you choose the latest version of Felix from the above website, being that it installs automatically, but whatever version you choose, we are sure that you will be delighted to have him as your desktop companion. Finally, do remember that, like the original Felix the Cat, he never gets tired and works cheap!
Each week we are having our own cat food reviews to determine what we, or should I say, our kitties think is the best cat food.
Brand Name: Healthy
Pet Foods, Inc.
Well, the boy is clearly enjoying himself, so what the heck. And I'm enjoying myself too, because I know what's going down his ornery gullet.a great tasting, well balanced cat food, that's what! I'm pleased to present this one, and very comfortable in recommending it for your kitties. The ingredients are natural, and from all indications come only from quality sources (by now, we all know the importance of source, right?). Anyway, both of my guys loved the Beef Dinner, and they really did do a number on it; licked the plate clean! Something noteworthy with this product is the Life Stage Concept they use to fabricate specialized diets for certain age groups. Yes, I know we hear that brag often, but sometimes the actual differences between a so-called specialized diet, and off-the-shelf, are so minute as to be almost insignificant. Not so with this one; the Senior food, for example, has lower levels of protein, fat, phosphorous, and sodium.and a little extra kick of Taurine and Potassium; exactly what we'd do if we were blending it ourselves!
Try it: If you've got a fussy eater in your midst, I'm willing to bet you something.maybe Wilbur.that your fussy eater will take to this food with glee!
Lick Your Chops cat foods contain natural ingredients, plus all the essential vitamins and minerals necessary to provide 100% complete and balanced nutrition. Lick Your Chops products meet or exceed the requirements established by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). All Lick Your Chops foods are free of wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors, colors and chemical preservatives. Human grade poultry, lamb and beef, brown rice, oils rich with essential fatty acids and chelated minerals promote superior nutrient bioavailability. Vitamins (C & E) and spices insure stability and enhance palatability. Lick Your Chops products are available nationally in most health stores.
Caring for Cat
Proactive Plan: Step-7
by Garry White
Common Ailments and Symptoms
I hate doing this one, but unfortunately it is a crucial part of a good proactive care plan. So I go forward with a strong warning: Do not jump to conclusions if your kitty has one or more of the symptoms shown below; a symptom or sign by itself is rarely conclusive, and should serve only to encourage closer watching and further investigation, if necessary. Also note that many of the symptoms apply to a variety of ailments.they are general in nature, and intended only for informational purposes, not as tool for home-diagnosis.
Feline Hepatic Lipidosis
Chronic Renal Failure
IBD - Inflammatory Bowel
Feline Upper Respiratory
Feline Heart Conditions
Feline Liver Conditions
Feline Lower Urinary
Tract Disease (FLUTD)
Feline Leukemia (FeLV)
Feline Infectious Peritonitis
Typos? Please email me at Kathy (at) AssistFeed.com
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Disclaimer: Kathy Fatheree is not at all a medical expert. Contents of this web site are a collection of Kathy's assist feeding experiences as well as the experiences of other cat owners who have assist fed their cats. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, Kathy Fatheree or anyone associated with this web site cannot be held responsible for anything that may happen as a result of using the information on this site.