Californiablonde-How's Lily?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by GoingNorth, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    Hi. Just wondering how little Lily is doing with her pneumonia? Did you get more antibiotics from the vet?

    Did you try steaming her in the bathroom?

    Did you look into finding better food for her?

    Please check back in. We care and we want to know how she's doing.

    Thanks,
    toK
     
  2. Californiablonde

    Californiablonde Well-Known Member

    She is doing much better, thank you for asking. She is breathing through her nose again and her cough has gone away. Every now and then she will sneeze but she doesn't look or act sick. I'm very relieved. Another vet bill would have delayed getting my kids any Christmas gifts this year. I am going to look into the right food to get her so her skin stays healthy. Now that it's winter time and we don't have fleas all of her fur has grown back and she looks much healthier. Still I am going to look into better food options for the future. I am very relieved both my cats are currently healthy.
     
  3. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    I'm glad to hear that Lily is mostly recovering. The sneezing, as I said, may stay with her as a chronic thing.

    I'm glad you are looking into a premium food for her and the kitten. It will do wonders for her.

    Remember that for the fleas, you have to treat the premises as well as the fleas lay eggs everywhere. You're best bet is to have an exterminator out to treat the apartment with something safe for the cats and kids.

    We are lucky that this far North, fleas are not much of a problem. Ticks are another story.
     
  4. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    CB, the best way to find premium foods is to look for non-chain or franchise pet shops. Many of them are attached to grooming salons. Stay away from the foods sold in vet clinics like Science Diet. They are crap.

    Go into the shops and explain that you have a growing kitten, and describe Lily's skin problems and lowered immune system. They should be able to recommend a food that meets your cats' needs.

    You will likely find that they recommend a grain-free diet, which is what I recommend as well. Nearly ALL cats do best on grain-free.

    I have an odd-ball in that Thomas, who has what is apparently mild colitis, actually does better on a diet with some grain in it. My vet recommended switching him from Orjen to a Blue formulation that contains rice, barley, and oatmeal. This is slowly clearing up his chronic diarrhea.

    This is not the norm, and I highly recommend feeding your cats a grain-free ration. Orjen and Acana are probably the best out there, but are expensive.

    Any way you look at it, until your cat transition over and are used to the new food and have gotten their nutritional deficits caught up, you will be spending more on cat food. You should also drop the friskies canned food. If they are drinking enough water, they won't need it with the premium dry food and Friskies is crap. If you want to feed canned food, split a 3 oz can of Fancy Feast, which is at least mostly meat, between the cats at night.

    If you go the grain-free route, you do not need to feed kitten food to the baby. Just let him eat as much as he can hold several times a day, or leave the food out in a dispenser for the cats and let them free-feed. Make sure there is plenty of fresh,clean water for them at all times.

    If you want to go whole-hog, there are plenty of canned premium rations available as well, and even soft-moist premium rations. I feed a soft-moist premium ration as a substitute for canned food in the evenings. I give each cat a small handful of the stuff as a treat. They have Blue down in a dispenser for free-feeding. The soft-moist food is too expensive to feed as a stand-alone ration for me, though the cats love it.

    Do NOT feed grocery store soft-moist food! It contains some ingredients that are actually toxic to cats.

    hth
    toK
     
  5. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    CG, very glad Lily is doing better. I have a dog who is always getting "stuff." He has allergies. I went online to see the highest quality kibble. That's what I buy now as my dogs don't eat that much. Cats don't either. You can probably swing a good food for her. Trust me, the grocery pet food is not really healthy. That includes Ians and Purina.
     
  6. Californiablonde

    Californiablonde Well-Known Member

    I am looking online at Petsmart and they sell grain free dry food called Blue Wilderness. Do either of you know if that is a good brand?
     
  7. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    CB. Blue Wilderness is an excellent food and would be a good choice for you and your furkids.

    I would go with one of the fishy flavors, maybe the salmon blend, for the extra fatty acids for Lily's skin and coat.

    If you can get Blue Wilderness at PetsMart it would be a very good choice for you and your cats and likely at a good price.
     
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