[Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Tina Smith
Hi all, I have an FeLV+ kitty. He has been mostly healthy but is currently going through something that is causing a lot of coughing. We have noticed that he seems sensitive to the drier air of winter and perhaps has some environmental allergies. In addition to other things we are doing I am

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Michelle B
Did vet do xrays to check for asthma? My cat did the same thing and it was seasonal asthma and he got better with an oral tapering dose of prednisolone. NEVER do depo medrol injections for asthma or allergies please...do your own research on the side effects of depomedr ol in case that comes

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Beth
Hi Tina - SWeat Scoop also harden to a cement-like texture that is horribly difficult to get out . I had to take a hammer to it. You might want to try Feline Pine. Some cats don't like the texture, but it doesn't have the dust. Also World's Best (corn based) or the new Blue Buffalo (Walnut

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2013-11-10 Thread Lance
+1 for Feline Pine. On Nov 10, 2013, at 2:05 PM, Beth create_me_...@yahoo.com wrote: Hi Tina - SWeat Scoop also harden to a cement-like texture that is horribly difficult to get out . I had to take a hammer to it. You might want to try Feline Pine. Some cats don't like the texture, but it

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2013-11-10 Thread Lee Evans
Have you had a check-up on his heart. Sometimes coughing is due to mild cardiac problems. Otherwise, do you use anything scented like laundry detergent. I always use free/clear because I don't like to breathe chemicals along with my blankets. Rug cleaning, change of dish detergent, anything

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Lee Evans
Feline does not have dust when pouring but it turns into a find yellow powder after it breaks down. It's nice and inexpensive where I am because I get pine pellets from a local feed store at $6 for 40#. But it takes a lot of sweeping up after it's used for a while. On Sunday, November 10,

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Lee Evans
I'm not very enthusiastic about clumping litter. If you use it properly, you have to use the whole darn bag to get it to clump properly and not turn into a cement block because you did not use enough. If you use the whole bag, it's very expensive because when you scoop the clumps, the litter

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Lance
I highly recommend a chest x-ray. If you have a vet that does digital radiography, that would be even better, as it should have a higher resolution than the old-style film x-rays, and the vet can store it digitally and easily compare to future scans, should your kitty need them. On Nov 10,

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Margo
Antibiotics are a double edged sword. Since researching convenia, I no longer allow it's use without my express consent, and it won't be easy to convince me. I'm not sure why you believe the URI is not bacterial,I'm interested in knowing how to tell the difference without actual culture

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Margo
But save yourself some serious money, and buy equine pine pellet bedding, Much cheaper. I use whatever clumping litter is cheap. I use mortar mixing tubs as litter boxes, and add additional litter about once a week. -Original Message- From: Lance Sent: Nov 10,

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Shelley Theye
Hi Tina, In addition to checking for asthma, you should make sure that Darwin doesn't have a heart problem. I guess vet should really do a more thorough work up or try a diff. vet? If she said it was pleural effusion, shouldn't she being doing a further workup?? Chest x-rays? at least do his

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Beth
They make sifting litter boxes just for the pine litter. you just sift it to the bottom. And, yes, go to the feed store get the equine once you have determined your cats will actually use it. Beth Lee Evans moonsiste...@yahoo.com wrote: Feline does not have dust when pouring but it turns

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Katherine Kershaw
May also want to consider pneumonia as a cause for coughing. Xray can determine it. Is it phlegmy sounding? My cat was swallowing, coughing, had a gurgly sounding purr and was diagnosed with a little pneumonia. Cleared up with antibiotics. Beth create_me_...@yahoo.com wrote: They make sifting

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2013-11-10 Thread Shanda Robertson
Tina: Two completely dust-free litters I can recommend are World's Best from corn, and Naturally Fresh from walnut shells. Re the coughing: are you by any chance watering down his wet food for hydration? My cat coughed when I was doing that -- it turned out he was inhaling it and that was the

Re: [Felvtalk] Best litter for FeLV?

2013-11-10 Thread Beth
Or heartworms. Katherine Kershaw kaths...@gmail.com wrote: May also want to consider pneumonia as a cause for coughing. Xray can determine it. Is it phlegmy sounding? My cat was swallowing, coughing, had a gurgly sounding purr and was diagnosed with a little pneumonia. Cleared up with

[Felvtalk] Need home for FELV cat in Ft. Worth

2013-11-10 Thread Karen Harshbarger
To felvtalk@felineleukemia.org  Today at 7:53 PM Gloria Lane and Lance, There are two shelters that I know of in Iowa that rescue Feline Leukemia cats Carmen Conklin at CW Shelter in Northeast Iowa cwshel...@wildblue.net;  and Witty Kitty in Solon, Iowa Jennifer Doll jkd...@gmail.com.  Not

Re: [Felvtalk] Need home for FELV cat in Ft. Worth

2013-11-10 Thread cerwin
CW only accepts cats from Shelters, not individuals, unless the owner of the cat dies. It’s a great place, though. I took a cat from our Shelter there last summer and got a tour. The ladies running the place are extremely dedicated. They have had FeLeuk cats there live a good life, to their teens.

Re: [Felvtalk] Need home for FELV cat in Ft. Worth

2013-11-10 Thread gbl...@aristotle.net
Thanks! Right, good point about the tests, I'll check again to make sure they did more than just the snap test. Her daughter is a rescuer but is more than overwhelmed with her cats and those of 2 sick friends. I'm trying to recover from cancer and get energy back so hesitate to take more.