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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-18-2008, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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Need some suggestions/help please

About a month ago I took Hyrum to the vet because I suspected he had a UTI. Well, I was right and he was given meds and was put on a special diet. Well the food made China throw up all the time so I stopped feeding them it and gave them their regular food again. When I took Hyrum back to the vet for his follow-up, he still had crystals in his urine and the vet suggested another special diet food. Well this makes China throw up too. The stupid thing is that China keeps on eating it even though it makes him sick.


I've tried to separate the cats with their own food, but when I do this then what ever cat is locked up in a room, won't eat thier food and just paws at the door to get out while the other one eats for a bit and then sits at the door that the other cat is locked in.



I'm so lost on what I should do. The vet said that Hyrum really needs to be eating this food or else he's just going to get a UTI again. Any suggestions?? Do you know of some other Urinary Tract food that I could give to Hyrum? Price doesn't matter to me as long as it keeps Hyrum healthy and won't make China sick.
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Have you tried feeding them at the same time together but different bowls and you watch them?





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Try feeding them at the same time in separate bowls and watch as indicated above. If you are concerned about them not eating it all at once, try putting them on a strict feeding schedule. If they don't eat within a certain amount of time, take it away and don't give it back till the next feeding time. They will learn to eat what they are given, when it's given, but you have to be persistant and stubborn. Don't give in!!

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Right now that is what I'm doing and it really sux. They both want eachothers food.
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here's what i suggest, it worked when we had two dogs and two cats, and they all ate, at the same time, in their own corner of the kitchen, fed at strict times each day. make sure you keep up with your strict feed times. they get their own bowls. they eat at the same time, but put them on opposite sides of the room...while still being in the same room they always eat in. sometimes if they can't focus, turn them so their backs are to each other. if they go to walk away/to the others' bowl, put them back at their bowl. over and over and over and over and over....you get the idea. with this they quickly learn that the only food they're allowed to have, is what you give them, not what they want to take. then, if they don't finish (because you should only give them enough to fill them anyways, but you know that ) you take the bowls away. period. then they quickly learn to eat what you give them, when you give it to them. but the key is not putting them beside/near each other. put them in their own corners of the room, at least 6 feet apart. if it helps, make them have their backs to each other (as i mentioned, but it's key). make it as easy as possible for them to focus on just eating THEIR food. it'll work, just be super duper diligent and consistent

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For the past three days I have just been watching them as they eat to make sure they're not eating eachothers food. It's so frustrating!


Thanx for the suggestion, I will definitely give that a try as I am out of other options right now.
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My dad has to sit there and watch Suess and Jester when they eat because of that same thing. When I was pet sitting I went out of the room for a second and they had switched bowls, that's my only suggestion is watch them

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Is he still throwing up? Did you switch from dry to the wet food for crystal control? How did you transition? The vomiting might be controllable if it's a matter of transitioning or going from dry to wet (sometimes kitties get sensitive stomachs when that happens).

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Sorry, I must have confused you.


Hyrum is the one needing the special diet, China is fine he can eat his regular food. China is the one that throws up from the special diet food. They can both eat the wet food. Everyday I just slowly added less and less of their regular food mixed with the new food, but he still threw up from it so the vet told me to keep China on his regular food since he didn't need to be on the special diet food anyway.


Hope that made more sense??



Well, so far Mulder's idea is working pretty good. I have to watch them to make sure they don't wander to the other cats dish, but I can go on the computer and watch them at them same time, so it's not too bad. They're getting used to the feeding times and they're slowly learning that they're not allowed to eat eachother's food.


Thanx for the great idea Mulder!
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LOL, sorry! I just need to read more carefully! I hope everything continues to improve.

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your welcome i just spoke from my experiences. i'm glad things are looking up for you!

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Well, I am happy to say that seperating them in the same room is working. They still try to get eachothers food here and there, but not too often and all I have to do is tell them no and they run away from the dish, lol. So they deffinitely know which food is theirs. Took awhile for them to get used to it and to get used to the schedualed feeding times.
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I am glad all is going well...its always so hard when each of your pets requires a different diet due to health issues...sounds like it is a good solution

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