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Poor baby

Manasse has a bacterial urinary tract infection, caused by struvite stones. The vet's given him some antibiotics and a bladder relaxant, and he will have to go on a special low magnesium diet. He will have to be on this diet for the rest of his life, and so will the girls. This cat food can only be obtained from the vet, at a ludicrously high price (9 100gr packages have cost me 70 euros, and as I have 3 cats to feed, this won't last me more than a few days) -- if I don't win the lottery, my darlings will soon, literally, eat me out of house and home.

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quietlychaotic
Apr. 24th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oh bless, I am so sorry to hear that: ( One of my horses has to be on a stupid/expensive diet.. I found it for half the price on the internet which makes things better, but still ouch!
gamiila
Apr. 24th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Ouch, indeed. But it's not just that: I have some experience of cats and diets (Leila had to be on it too some time ago), and the thing is -- they'd rather starve! And there is nothing more pitiful in the world than a cat demanding to be fed, but refusing to eat what's put in front of it.
quietlychaotic
Apr. 24th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
I know they can make you feel so guilty can't they! Did the vet say if you could feed stuff like chicken, fish and things it might be worth finding out because I bet it wouldn't work out any more expensive and your cats would certainly like it: )
gamiila
Apr. 24th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Did the vet say if you could feed stuff like chicken, fish and things

No, she didn't -- maybe she will next week when I've got to bring in another sample of Manasse's wee. Though I doubt it; right now she's looking at me like I'm her personal goldmine.
quietlychaotic
Apr. 24th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
It might be worth doing a little bit of research into magnesium levels in other sorts of cat food.... Vets make far too much money for my liking!
My vet always tries to sell me something everytime I see him. I rebelled when he tried to charge me £10.50 for a tiny bit of animallintex which in real terms should have only cost about 0.75..
I don't think so!
cheesygirl
Apr. 24th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Awww, the poor little puddin'! Did the vet say you had to use that food, or are there other brands you can feed him? You might want to shop around for other brands that meet his new diet requirements.

I had a cat years ago who had the same problem and the vet wanted us to buy the expensive special food they carried, but we found another brand elsewhere that was low in magnesium and was cheaper and easier to find at stores. It worked just fine.
gamiila
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
The vet's given me some different brands to try out on my puddytats, to see if there's any they will eat. But she's specifically told me NEVER EVER to feed them anything store-bought again, or from the pet shop, but always to come to her.

She didn't warn me off the Internet, though....
jonesiexxx
Apr. 24th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm going to weigh in on the pro-Vet side. Twice Sanji had problems. The first time with her bladder and the vet's food for urinary tract problems fixed her right up.

Then I went off vet food for something else. It wasn't cheaper and it was supposedly high quaility. But the vet's stuff is tested down to pH levels and other crap we can't even think of.

Anyhow, it didn't agree with her and she ended up losing so much weight she nearly starved to death (she ate it but couldn't digest it properly). I went on the vet's food for digestive problems fixed her right up. I'm sticking with it forever.

gamiila
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
It's not the cost. If it will help keep my animals happy and healthy, I'd gladly pay it. It's just that my cats are very fussy about food, and won't like this diet stuff. It'll degerate into a battle of wills, and theirs has always been stronger than mine.
jonesiexxx
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
Yeah. Sanji will eat anything. Up to and including poo.
bogwitch
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ouch.
gamiila
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Big, LOUD ouch.
enigmaticblues
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Bummer. I wonder if you can find that sort of catfood online? You can find pet meds here in the US for cheap through different outlets. *hugs*
gamiila
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
That's it. I'm moving to America right now.

Erm...you don't have silly quarantine laws like Britain, do you?
enigmaticblues
Apr. 24th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
No idea, but we do have a few silly laws, so I wouldn't be surprised.
rosamundeb
Apr. 24th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
70 euros!!!!

Here's hoping you do find some on the 'net!
gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
Fingers crossed!
diachrony
Apr. 25th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Oh dear! I do hope at least the kitties will eat it and not go on a starvation protest. Yes, I know how they are.

70 euros for ... just a few days worth of food? That's over $95 USD!!

::FAINTS LOUDLY::

gamiila
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
At those prices, it had better be yummy. I very nearly fainted loudly when they presented me with the bill. ;-)
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