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Lucy believes in good oral hygiene, and so should you! - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
Lucy believes in good oral hygiene, and so should you!
The fun one can have with a freebie toothbrush and a kitty cat.

If you notice Lucy's green and orange claws, those are courtesy of Soft Paws. She's going from Halloween (the orange and black ones) to Christmas (green/red combo ones) slowly but surely. Linus has 'em too. He's halfway converted to Christmas.

In less happy kitty news, we found out today that Lucy has Feline Cystitis. She was peeing blood over the holiday and I got her in to see the vet today. Turns out she has crystals in her urine. The vet has prescribed an antibiotic for her and she'll return in 2 weeks. I've also decided to give the kitties a gooshy food meal once a day to help keep them hydrated better. (I mix it with water - they both seem to like it.) The nice thing is that some of Lucy's worst symptoms had abated by today, so maybe she's on her way to getting over it on her own. Hopefully the meds and diet change will help get her back to normal.

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kiri_l From: kiri_l Date: November 27th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Lucy pretty paws! =)

Sorry to hear about the Cystitis. Loki has that too - we're now on "special food" and he's fit as a fiddle. Hopefully the antibiotics and etc will solve the problem. If not poke me or something (even on facebook) and we'll discuss food suggestions from owners perspective. (Cause I've been thru all the feline food choices! in case you're interested. =)

and *hug* happy holidays! =)
hergrace From: hergrace Date: November 27th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
we found out today that Lucy has Feline Cystitis.

Oliver had a bad bout of that over one New Year's -- so bad he had to overnight at the hospital. He's much better these days, but is on a diet of prescription urinary-safe cat food (dry only). To stay hydrated, he prefers getting his water out of hte shower. :-)
antikythera From: antikythera Date: November 27th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mrr. Yes, look into diet alternatives -- it's not just a hydration thing, it's a chemical-content-of-food thing, if I remember correctly. There are catfoods specifically formulated to help avoid crystal formation and other urinary issues.

But she won't have problems with her teeth if she lets you brush them like that. ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 5th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Since Lucy is being treated with an antibiotic, does that make feline cystitis caused by a bacteria? :)
trinalin From: trinalin Date: December 5th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh - for a small percentage of cats, indeed, cystitis is caused by bacteria. They really weren't sure in Lucy's case, but thought the second effect of the antibiotic was to reduce the urine's pH would help even if the bacteria was not in existence. (Now what they might do in her system regarding making a higher population of resistant bacteria, I dunno...)
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