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Vet Expenses

May 21st, 2015 at 08:37 pm

I took our oldest cat to the vet today. I went primarily to get her rabies vaccination since we could need it as we move into another state. I also wanted to ask them why she wasn't sitting anymore. I was pretty sure it was because she is overweight, but wanted to make sure. Yep, our kitty (who is 10 years old) has put on at least 2 pounds! She was overweight before those pounds.

I think a somewhat recent food change is the result unfortunately. And I know that it is hard for cats to lose weight, but I think we'll try our best to assist her. My vet suggested cutting the food amount in half, supplementing with tuna and green beans(if she would eat them). He said the hardest part is going to be tolerating her when she is hungry! I know exactly what he means. Cats are relentless. It will probably be feeding her small amounts but more frequently.

He also prescribed a transdermal gel called Amitriptyline for 10 days. We are to give it the five days before the move, each day we are traveling and finish up once we arrive to our new destination. Cost was $12 per cat. The also gave me free samples of Feliway wipes to wipe on their cages each day. I guess some sort of calming pheromone.

In total I spent $72 at the vet today. I have another appointment for our other cat to get vaccinated for rabies next week. So a little more money needed for that.

What tips do you have to keep a cat calm in the car? Anyone ever heard of a cat losing weight? My vet said he hasn't.

4 Responses to “Vet Expenses”

  1. doingitallwrong Says:

    For dogs you feed green beans or canned pumpkin, but dogs will eat anything. Wink Make sure the green beans are no salt added -- not as tasty, but much better for the cat! Amitryptline is an anti-depressant/anti-anxiety med, so should help with the car ride. A side effect can be loss of appetite, so it might help with the weight loss, too.

    I've used the doggie version of Feliway on a thunderstorm-phobic dog, with great success. (That was a diffuser, though. I might affix the wipe to the cage if there's a way to do so where they won't eat it.) Rescue Remedy might help, too; they make one for pets now, but the human one would work just as well. (Some people say you should find the non-alcohol-preserved version, but you're only giving a few drops. For a bird or small rodent that might be a lot, but I'd think it wouldn't bother a cat, although they sometimes don't like the taste.)

    Also, if you aren't already, start leaving the carriers out in choice places so the cats can get used to them. Some catnip inside will help them associate Happy Times with the crate (and after the go-crazy period ends, catnip does have a calming effect).

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I did see the canned pumpkin online after I wrote the post, so I will be trying that! I like the tip to affix the wipe to the cage.

    Their carriers have been out. I put carpet remnants in the bottom which I think they like.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    NEs cats all were quite overweight. Now most of them are just a little overweight. He managed this mainly by cutting back on how much he was feeding them.

    My Kari was fairly slim up til about two years old, and then she started gaining. I'm not really sure what caused it because I don't think I was feeding her more than before.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Yep, when we found out our Noodles was a couple pounds overweight we cut back on his food. He wasn't super happy about it but then he was food obsessed anyway, so it didn't change his behavior anyway. Smile He lost the couple pounds by the next annual visit. He may have put them back on when we moved to the duplex, because we had to start giving him a nighttime treat to coax him into the room we locked him in at night.

    And of course he lost a few pounds when he was lost the first time. No telling what he looks like now, if he's still alive. :/

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