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Are there sure signs I can see my cat might have arthritis?

90% of cats have arthritis by age 12. Signs of arthritis are: Trouble getting in or to the litterbox. Greasy, unkempt fur - unable to groom themselves. Missing jumps, hesistant to jump. No longer ...
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My cat has lost his teeth and can't keep food in his mouth

There are several problems here that need to be addressed. Can your cat drink water without problems? If yes, then your assumption that your cat cannot keep food in its mouth is wrong. The correct ...
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Local cat attacks my dog whilst walking, what should I do?

Try carrying a water pistol/spray bottle with you when you walk your dog and anytime the cat comes near give it a spray. Most cats aren't very keen on getting wet and will cotton on to this pretty ...
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Cat vomiting every day

NEVER GIVE YOUR CAT MILK. Cats and all other adult mammals are unable to digest lactose, it makes them and many of us ill. The negative effect of giving milk is most likely stronger than the positive ...
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Recommendations for introducing adult cats to newly adopted adult cats

The reason you confine cats to a small room initially is to not overwhelm them with new (new objects, new scents, new movement, etc). A smaller room has less new and so is less overwhelming. ...
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Is letting my mostly blind dog sniff everything I'm holding teasing her?

It isn't teasing at all - it's actually very sweet of you. She can't see the world around her, so she has to rely on other senses. You're just giving her the opportunity to understand her ...
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Cat vomiting every day

First of all, I would pack some of the vomit up and send it to a vet for analysis. Speak to your vet to arrange a swift and efficient handover. To do this, clean an empty, airtight food container like ...
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Elderly cat with cancer no longer using litterbox to defecate - options

With rabbits when they can't get into the litter box we generally cut out one side (round the edges) so they can get in and out without trying to climb over the edge. We have had good results even ...
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Cat vomiting every day

Food sensitivity is worth ruling out; I found out the expensive way with my cat (also a picky eater who lived on tuna food and was fed white fish daily as a youngster). After 11 years eating Felix ...
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19-year-old cat wails quite loudly

Loud meowing is very common in deaf cats. If she seems content, I assume the wailing is caused by her deafness. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any way to stop this behaviour, since the cat is ...
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How to stop my cat from urinating on the new carpet?

It may be that your cat is getting confused by the shag carpet, thinking it's like the grass outside or something like that. One of my cats had an accident just once inside a toy box, and it was ...
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How to stop my cat from urinating on the new carpet?

Firstly you should get a black light and check all around your house. You may think he only peed on the carpet, but that could very well be false. You recently moved, cats don't usually deal well ...
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How common is hyperthyroidism in older cats, and is there anything that can be done to reduce the odds?

As John Cavan notes, it's common for elderly cats but we don't currently know what the cause of hyperthyroidism is. I'll outline some of the current research directions here. The research is not yet ...
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How common is hyperthyroidism in older cats, and is there anything that can be done to reduce the odds?

Blackwell's medical consult for felines and canines notes a couple of points: It is the most common endocrine disease in cats. One of the most common diseases, period, in late-middle age and elderly ...
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My German Shepherd has arthritis, how can I get her down the steps?

Build a ramp. After looking at your picture, I think it would be best to build it facing the side (right side of the picture) rather than lying over the steps. It could probably be a very simple ...
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Elderly cat with cancer no longer using litterbox to defecate - options

She may not be willing to get in the litterbox if she feels that the box is not large enough for her to avoid getting poo (or the results of a previous litter box usage) on her paws, and this causes ...
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What are the risks to metacam with a cat?

METACAM (meloxicam) is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) with the primary purpose of reducing the hormones that cause inflammation and pain in arthritic patients. So thats the obvious ...
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19-year-old cat wails quite loudly

My 16-year old cat has done the same thing his entire life. He's not deaf, but his wailing/howling seems to be connected with either a) being bored/lonely, and/or b) looking for me. Her wailing ...
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My cat is 13 years old and likes to sit and doze off sitting in the litter

Cats can live much longer than 13, so I wouldn't put any particular behavior on the idea that she is old. Yes, take your cat to the vet. Strange behavior is a pets way of letting you know something ...
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Making life easier for an arthritic dog

If your dog is used to hanging out in higher places (such as on the couch/chairs/elevated bed), but the arthritis is preventing him from being able to safely jump to/from such places, there are ...
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Recommendations for introducing adult cats to newly adopted adult cats

I used desensitization to introduce a 9 month old to my 5 year old. Cats rely heavily on their sense of smell and so this takes the form of progressive introduction through "site swapping" allowing ...
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Recommendations for introducing adult cats to newly adopted adult cats

One interesting thing I noticed in my cat rescue days is how well two strange cats will get along is based on how much of a threat the new cat is perceived as. This follows a fairly intuitive model ...
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Recommendations for introducing adult cats to newly adopted adult cats

You can easily use the same rules as with a kitten, although a bathroom might be fairly small for an adult cat for too long. I use a spare room that doesn't have a bed. While being under things is ...
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How can I help my dog be more comfortable in public?

My elderly puppy (approaching 8 yrs old) sounds very similar to your dog. I've tried a number of things to work on her reactivity to other dogs and to get her comfortable in public in general, most ...
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Older female cat and male kitten, playful => bad reaction

This does not answer all of your points, but I wanted to address a portion of it: Dot doesn't like being picked up and isn't a cuddly cat, although she loves being stroked. We'd love to change ...
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My dog seems to be in pain

I'm only guessing here (I have no medical knowledge!), but I get the impression from your post that the vet felt that colitis was the most likely cause, but doesn't know for sure that it is colitis. ...
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Are there sure signs I can see my cat might have arthritis?

The answer to your question given in great details in the sites: Arthirits symptoms and pain relief (source: pets.webmd.com); Arthritis and degenerative joint disease in cats (source: icatcare....
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Should I carry my elderly cocker spaniel out of the car?

We kept large dogs (GSDs and Labs) for many years. All of them became arthritic in their old age, and getting in and out of vehicles could be a problem. Some of the dogs didn't mind being lifted in ...
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Is my cat healthy, ill, or just getting older?

A five year old cat is middle aged, so you should not see signs of advanced age in her yet, like the cat being less active or starting to sleep more. If your cat changes behavior, starts to hide more ...
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