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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Osteoarthritis: winter care?
« Last post by Fire Fox on November 16, 2018, 20:30:16 PM »
 :thanks: very much for your support Sue and Misa and Heather. I will ask if we can add another supplement.

Some negative and some positive developments.

Lulu has been on and off the heated throw and my legs/ lap since I posted. Her coat is not well groomed above and around her tail, and she is not purring, and hissed at me. So she has been in pain today my poor baby. ;(

Her carrier was the largest one I could find for 6kg Bridge-baby Noah, top opening which the vets have used as you suggest, Sue. :hug: I have not got the knack, so I was training Lulu to eat in it with the top open, but that went to pot when I hurt her.

Anyway, I got the carrier out and lined it with the sheepskin she slept on all summer, but not since.

You can guess what happened next .. :rofl: An hour later Lulu is sitting in the carrier padding away. :rofl: The worst part is that my on-off-ex said to make a bed so now I will have to eat humble pie! :censored:

 
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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Osteoarthritis: winter care?
« Last post by heather sullivan on November 16, 2018, 19:55:21 PM »
I used to use Cosequin for my old arthritic cat, its capsules for joint supplements for cats/dogs/horses. You can buy it online. Might be worth a try?
https://www.animeddirect.co.uk//cosequin-cat-sprinkle-capsules-pack-of-150.html

You can get a months supply for trial on places like Ebay:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cosequin-Cat-Sprinkle-Capsules-15-Capsules-One-Month/163340847246?hash=item2607df888e:g:rQcAAOSwC6xbR1sV:rk:3:pf:0
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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Osteoarthritis: winter care?
« Last post by Misa on November 16, 2018, 18:28:11 PM »
CANT ADD ANYTHING TO WHAT SUE HAS SAID BUT SEND YOU BOTH BEST WISHES AND HOPE HER PAIN GETS BETTER
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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Osteoarthritis: winter care?
« Last post by Sue P (Paddysmum) on November 16, 2018, 17:22:04 PM »


Hi Firefox.  Having two cats I struggle to get to the Vet (for different reasons) I can empathise with your feelings of anxiety.

I wonder if Lulu is just feeling a bit of discomfort with her back.  I dont think there's any harm in seeing how she is overnight if she's not showing signs of being desperately uncomfortable, but the drawback is that it often costs double to have anything done at a weekend, and veterinary cover can be hit and miss, depending on how your vet functions and runs their practice.

If she's not looking any better tomorrow you could call the vet and she what they think.

As for getting her inside a cat carrier, what sort do you have?  Generally a larger carrier, with a top opening is easier for an older cat with arthritic joints or other limb issues, and for us, it's often much easier getting them in and out of those kinds of carriers too.    I can understand having hurt her once, it would make you nervous, but you need to handle her with confidence and know that it was probably an unfortunate one-off.   :hug: :hug:

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Health & Behaviour General / Re: Osteoarthritis: winter care?
« Last post by Fire Fox on November 16, 2018, 16:37:45 PM »
I wondered if you lovely lot would answer some of my many questions ... starting with how do I know when to head to the vet?? Do you call the emergency vet if it is a Sunday say?

The vet staff are lovely but the whole thing is really traumatic (both anxiety/ nervous, neither get out much!). Earlier this year I really hurt her getting her in the carrier, I ended up crying in public, and she was freaked out the whole day and whole night.  :( but I don't want her in pain. It is not a financial thing I have money for whatever she needs.

Also is the corticosteroid injection in the joint (spine)? If yes will they x-ray her?Anything else I should know or expect? I am less stressy if prepared.  :thanks:

Lulu has been 'off colour' this afternoon. I will ring the vet tomorrow if she is the same. Or should I have already??

 Last week (Monday) she was the same but perked up and bounced around when I let her have the tub of cat grass (it was only half a cm tall and still white!).  She has not been off her food or sick either time.

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Health & Behaviour General / Osteoarthritis: winter care?
« Last post by Fire Fox on November 16, 2018, 16:05:19 PM »
 :scared:

Earlier this year Lulu (then ~8) was back and forth to the vet with back pain. We suspect arthritis, stemming from a suspected bump from a car whilst still a young cat (<1). Two buprenorphine (strong painkiller) injections were temporary miracles. Meloxicam (anti inflammatory) has been helpful before, but the last course was aborted because she got very sick. :sick:

Lulu was 'signed off' for the summer on Yumove Advance 360 (green lipped mussel/ omega-3s). Vet said they could try a corticosteroid injection this winter. She is getting the Yumove two thirds of the time.

[Gonna post cos this phone eats messages!]
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General Cat Chat / Re: Appeal to furkid slaves reading the forum
« Last post by Sue P (Paddysmum) on November 16, 2018, 10:28:52 AM »


Their donations have increased bit only at half of their required target sadly.  It would be lovely to get this family a home for Christmas.  I don't take my own for granted and can only imagine how upsetting this transient life is for them right now.  Hoping a miracle can happen to help them out. 

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General Cat Chat / Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
« Last post by Sue P (Paddysmum) on November 15, 2018, 17:41:45 PM »
 :doh: :doh:
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General Cat Chat / Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
« Last post by dawnf on November 15, 2018, 15:48:35 PM »
they like to keep you on your toes!
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General Cat Chat / Re: Bramble's Stubborn Adventure
« Last post by DaveD on November 15, 2018, 14:29:36 PM »
...and they both came in after two hours this morning. It's a rollercoaster with these two!  :rofl:
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