Feral Redux – Rupert Day 8

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Not much new to report. I was able to give Rupert cheek scratches when I got home from work, and he gave me a little sigh, but then the rest of the evening, he didn’t want to be seen. It’s ok, and we should allow them to hide when they want to hide. It builds trust in that we are accommodating their wishes. So for most of the night, he was hunkered down in the litter box.

Now that might seem unusual, but the herbal supplement for the litter box smells like dirt, and the smell of dirt is very comforting to a feral cat. Rupert would often hunker down under the bushes outside and sleep with his face in the dirt, so it’s perfectly normal and it doesn’t mean they will mistake the litter box for a bed.

Overnight he peed twice and took a poop. It may seem insignificant, but a stressed animal is a clenched animal, inside and out, so toileting on the regular is a sign that they are relaxing. It may not seem like something to get excited about, but it is a big deal. Huge!

My only concern with his toileting at the moment is cystitis and possible urinary blockage. Cats under duress tend to hold their fear in their bladders for some reason. Male cats in particular and especially old, neutered male cats, so you need to be on watch for bloody urine, missing the box, and crying during urination. This is why you spread pee pee pads around near the box. It’s easier to see any blood spray. Some cats are predisposed to making crystals and stones after a certain age, and that coupled with a bloody, mucus-filled and stressed bladder makes for a cement truck scenario, and that is a very dangerous situation. Cement Truck = Plug. If they block, you need to get them to an emergency clinic ASAP or they can die. This happened to my Moon kitteh. Turns out that the fancy expensive canned cat food I was feeding him simply had way too many minerals for him to handle and that combined with his stressed bladder sent him to the hospital for 4 days and sent me home with a 4 thousand dollar medical bill.

92070_lI feed Moon a specially formulated diet now for mature older cats that has a reduced mineral content and a citrate to prevent crystal formation. It’s similar to the prescription diets you can get at the vet’s office only it’s much better quality because it’s 50% protein and only 4% carbs. The prescription diets are too high in carbs and will make your cat carb crazy and fat. We know because it happened. We don’t want to substitute one condition for another. Diets based on carbohydrates, prescription or not, are just not good for the animal, especially wild cats that were used to eating a natural diet of meat. Mice and birds are meat. Cats don’t eat cereal. Period.

We’ve been feeding Rupert Moon’s food for about 8 months now in preparation for this, so we shouldn’t have a problem, but it still pays to be a diligent litter box scout.

I also dropped the poop sample off at the vet. I should know shortly about the worms. Roundworms are a given. They generally get those at birth through their mother’s milk and the Revolution (selamectin) treats for that.

So that’s all for now. Small steps are still steps.

Resources:

Truth About pet Food – Young Again Review

Catinfo.org  – Protein and Mineral charts for most Cat Food

Young Again Pet Food

Info on Urinary Obstruction in Cats

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Zimmer Feline Foundation

University of Penn Veterinary

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