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Feline Health / Gee Whiz!
« Last post by Ragsmomma on August 11, 2019, 06:17:55 pm »
Jamie's itching has continued but the minute you pick him up, he snuggles up against you and purrs and often goes to sleep.  Off to the vet we went again as he had not been there for awhile.  He's still eating the turkey food and really seems to like it.  It takes forever for the old food to really get out of his system.  The vet wanted to do a senior panel so we did that and everything on that came out beautifully.  His calcium was just a little higher and he said a lot of times it can be a marker for cancer, however, everything else, including the pancreas, liver and kidneys were spot on normal.  He also said that there are few drugs for allergies for cats and the two ear drops he would recommend, we've tried and Jamie was not a happy camper when we tried them.  So, we are back to the same old thing and fortunately the Skin Soother spray from Jackson Galaxy seems to help about as much as anything.  You do have to rub it in and then wipe him off as it will produce massive hairballs if you don't get him dry and he tries to lick it off.  He actually lets me spray it directly on him.  He is definitely one sweet boy.

Sue
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Photography Studio / Re: Forum Calendar 2020 submissions
« Last post by Desi on August 09, 2019, 06:07:33 pm »
But...even your "bad" examples look great to me! 

Thanks for the hard work!  :)
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Photography Studio / Forum Calendar 2020 submissions
« Last post by Codysmom on August 06, 2019, 09:40:59 pm »
Can't believe it's that time of the year already, anyway,  I'm going for a very simplistic theme for 2020, however it'll mean that I will need good frontal shots for the individual pages.

Please note: I will always try my best with any photo submitted to me, but obviously the better the photo, the better the final outcome will be.
You can email your photos unedited and in their original size to me at: katya.ragdoll26@gmail.com

I think most of the older members know what I need with regards to photos and photo quality etc. however for those of you who have never submitted photos before here are a few guidelines to please take note of:

As far as possible try and get photos of your cats either looking at you or in the direction of the camera, with good lighting so that you can see their eyes and their ears are pointed forward.

Example 1: Cat looking directly at the camera, good lighting on face and just a light shadow on the left half of the face.



Example 2: Cat looking away, but in the general direction of the camera with good lighting on the face.



PLEASE avoid the following:

Example 1: Too much light, eyes closed



Example 2 : Too dark and cats eyes are half closed and not engaging with the camera.



Example 3 : Far too dark, the eyes look black and very pixelated



Example 4 : Good lighting but bad subject, eyes half closed.



Example 5 : No ears, spoils the shot.



PLEASE NOTE - If you are in doubt whether your photo will work you can post it in the thread and I will let you know or email it to me.
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Feline Health / Re: Food Changes
« Last post by HelenMac on July 24, 2019, 09:02:11 am »
So glad he's enjoying the new food and getting less itchy.  Here's hoping you both cope with the reno's and its over quickly for you.
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Feline Health / Re: Food Changes
« Last post by Ragsmomma on July 20, 2019, 08:54:20 pm »
From what we were able to tell when Jamie had such a bad urinary, it was brought on by food allergies.  I eliminated the chicken and it still was not gone.  Turned out that the salmon had chicken in it.  Now he gets neither.  I know what you mean about reading labels.  It's tough.

Sue
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Feline Health / Re: Food Changes
« Last post by Desi on July 20, 2019, 06:15:07 pm »
Congrats on finding something that works!  There are ingredients like soy that they put in that aren't required to be on the labels, so tracking that stuff down is a PITA.  The reason the manufacturers use soy is that when it's in its natural state (not fermented) it boosts the protein level of the food.  But the problem with soy is that when it's not fermented, it's not digestible and often an allergen.  And since it's not labeled, there's literally no way to tell if there is soy in the product.

Aside from the soy problem, I'm finding more evidence of cats being allergic to chicken.  But chicken is also in pretty much everything, whether it's on the label or not.

Those labels are pretty much useless, other than as a guideline.


If you ever have to have a limited ingredient food, be sure to read the ingredients as what you are trying to avoid can oftentimes be in there.  Ain't easy.

Sue
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Feline Health / Food Changes
« Last post by Ragsmomma on July 20, 2019, 05:33:47 pm »
I know that when you change food, you need to do it slowly and take a while to accomplish it.  Jamie decided to speed things up.  He wouldn't eat the tuna kibble I got so it's in the car to go to the shelter.  I got Instinct Turkey.  Wow, he went crazy over it.  He would eat that and then walk away from his old food.  I tried mixing them ever so slowly and he'd pick out the goodies and leave the old food and then ring the buzzer to tell me he was hungry.  I told a friend who has 6 cats and she said "Well, I guess Jamie told you what he wanted to eat".  He's a piece of work.  No gastric issues and I swear he doesn't seem as itchy.  He's curled up on the runner in the kitchen staying cool as it should get close to 100 here today.  I was going to go to the goodwill store and look for canning jars for cheap but decided it would probably be a lot hotter in there than I wanted.  Got my prescription and came on home.  I'm in the process of a new roof and siding.  The guys had to take Friday off because of the heat and I don't think they do that often.  I was afraid that the noise would send Jamie into orbit but he's been doing OK with it.  I can't believe right now how awful the house looks and there's a big area where there was water damage (probably before I bought it in the 80's).  That's all got to be repaired and there is insulation board going up now.  It's scheduled for about 3 weeks and we'll see if Jamie and I can deal with it that long.

If you ever have to have a limited ingredient food, be sure to read the ingredients as what you are trying to avoid can oftentimes be in there.  Ain't easy.

Sue
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Feline Health / Re: Ears
« Last post by Ragsmomma on July 17, 2019, 12:17:09 am »
I'll drop the bag of tuna dry food off at a local shelter tomorrow.  I'm sure they will be glad to get it.  I got the Instinct Turkey today and Jamie went nuts over it.  Put a little on the floor and it disappeared.  Put a little bit down later and it disappeared.  It will take quite some time to see if this is food related but you have to start somewhere.  At least he likes it.

Sue
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Feline Health / Re: Ears
« Last post by Ragsmomma on July 15, 2019, 10:11:46 pm »
Tried the Natural Balance tuna and that was definitely not a hit.  I've ordered a small bag of Instinct Turkey.  Cross your fingers.  First time I've ever seen him just kindof walk away from food.  I'd love to be able to go back to the vet at some point with "Eureka!  We found it".  It takes quite awhile when you change food.

Sue
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Feline Health / Re: Ears
« Last post by Rebecca on July 15, 2019, 08:35:18 pm »
Allergies are the most frustrating to be sure. Harder in multi cat households.

I sure hope that a solution for Jamie is found
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