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Our cat, Clover, of 9 years suffered a Stroke about 3 weeks ago. My husband and I were out of the country traveling when it happened but thankfully our cat-sitter was home at the time.

Apparently she was resting when suddenly she started gagging and panting, as if to vomit, but then she tried to get up and collapsed because she lost control of her hind leg. She then started peeing on herself and continued panting. The Vet said they have never seen anything like it but diagnosed it as a Stroke. They prescribed her some antibiotics, and sent her home after an overnight stay. She regained her strength in 4 days, and now seems to be back to her old self..... Except!, recently I have noticed that she sometimes shivers continuously when I'm petting her. Kind of like she has the chills. It has only happened a couple of times but I am concerned.

We don't have the money to take her back to the Vet right now, but they advised me to give her Pepcid AC to help calm her, apparently it has a soothing effect.

I was hoping to get some advice as to what this might be, or what I can do to help her rehabilitation until we can get her back in for a check up.
Any advice or thoughts are appreciated! thx.



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I'm looking into the possibility of feeding my cats a home diet.  My vet can order in Feline Vitamin-Mineral Premix from Medi-Cal.*  I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to formulate a home diet in which the animal protein comes from bivalve mollusks (e.g. scallops, clams, oysters, mussels, etc.) and possibly also crustaceans (e.g. shrimp and prawns).**  I want to do this primarily for reasons of farmed-animal welfare and environmental safety.***

More specifically, my question is:

(1) Is it safe for cats to eat bivalves and / or crustaceans as part of an appropriately formulated home diet?

(2) Is it safe for cats to eat an appropriately formulated home diet, where the SOLE SOURCE of animal protein comes from bivalves and / or crustaceans?


*Ingredients: Vitamin A (Retinyl-Palmitate; 10,400IU/g), Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol; 2100 IU/g), Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate; 130 IU/g), Vitamin K (Menadione Sodium Bisulphate Cplex; 2.2mg/g), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride; 13mg/g), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin 13mg/g) Vitamin B3 (Niacin; 200mg/g) Vitamin B5 (D-Calcium Pantothenate; 25mg/g), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride 10mg/g), Folic Acid (1.2mg/g), Biotin (0.15 mg/g), Copper (Copper Sulphate; 5mg/g), Iron (Ferrous Sulphate; 100 mg/g), Zinc Oxide (130 mg/g), Cobalt (Cobalt Carbonate 0.36mg/g), Selenium (Sodium Selenite; 0.13 mg/g), Iodine (Potassium Iodide; 0.9 mg/g), Taurine (500 mg/g).  The recipes I know of also call for Calcium Carbonate and Potassium Citrate, the latter of which I know I can also get from my vet.

**In addition to the Vitamin-Mineral Premix, Calcium Carbonate, and Potassium Citrate, the only non-animal protein / animal fat ingredients the Medi-Cal recommended diets call for are (1) rice and (2) corn oil.  So the diet I'm thinking of would really just be: VM Premix, Calc. Carb, Potas. Cit., rice, corn oil, and bivalves / crustaceans.

*** I'm vegan myself, and I've looked into vegan diets for cats - e.g. Amicat, Evolution, Vegecat - but, especially since one of my cats is a diabetic in remission and I've heard stuff about the general importance of keeping cat diets low in carbs, I'd be very concerned about trying to feed my cats a vegan diet.  I think that there's an excellent chance that bivalves, like plants, aren't capable of having subjective experiences and thus can't be harmed in a literal, morally relevant way, and I suspect that this may also be true of crustaceans.  I am, however, quite confident that fish do have subjective experiences - see e.g. Sneddon et al "Do Fish Have Nociceptors Evidence for the Evolution of a Vertebrate Sensory System" (2003) and Chandroo et al "Can fish suffer?: perspectives on sentience, pain, fear and stress" (2004).  I know that there are environmental issues about fishing and farming marine animals, but I live in Canada and I'm pretty confident that I can get farmed bivalves (and probably crustaceans) that get around these problems. 

My 10-year old belgian malinois is starting to suffer from joint pains brought by arthritis. I know anti-inflammatory and pain medications will now be a start of his "twilight  years" but as much as possible I don't want to fill him up with drugs that give more risks and side effects than benefits. I am now looking for natural anti-inflammatory supplements or drugs that can alleviate painful symptoms of arthritis and joint problems. 



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Happy 4th every one.  Just a freindly reminder to keep some extra water around for your dogs.  Its looking like a hot holiday weeeknd!!!



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My baby Tigger was 9 yrs. When I adopted him as a kitten he had been very ill, the vet said he only had a 30% chance of survival...He of course made it and was the best baby in the world. (If not for his love and affection I wouldn't have survived my own serious health issues)
He wasn't sick again until about 1.5 yrs ago, when we noticed his teeth were going bad. We haven't had the funds to take him to the vet so we did what we could. Tigger began to lose weight a yr ago and vomiting white foam periodically, he never ate very much but we started feeding him soft food. He loved drinking water and his litter box habits were regular and healthy looking.
Then, on my wedding anniversary (10/31) he was acting fine all day. That evening he puked several times then had diarrhea 3 times. I sat with him all nite. On 11/1, I came home from work and he was loving and purring but very weak. We gave him water and he drank a 3 tablespoons. He was waking oddly, like his hind legs were stiff. He peed, then went under the end table.
Early the next morning, we found him under the couch, under where I had fallen asleep. We knew he had gone in his sleep the nite before...He never screamed, never whimpered, never showed obvious signs of pain. I am confused as to how this happened so suddenly. I'm still grieving and trying to come to terms with his passing. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated to help me find some closure. The guilt is making me sick....



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