Sunday, February 11, 2018

Entertain Indoor Cats with Window Bird Feeder

My FIV cats Sam and Lucy do miss being able to go outdoors. I know this because they both go to the side door and meow daily. We have an enclosed sun porch with many windows and both cats enjoy this room they love to lie in the sun, play with their toys and also watch the birds in the yard. However, they get bored easily and go to the side door to meow and beg me to let them go outdoors.
Sam likes to play with his toys
My husband suggested that we buy the cats a window bird feeder. He thought that the FIV cats would find this entertaining and that it would be fun for humans too.
We found a window bird feeder with a mirror that was flush with the window. This mirror would allow the cats to watch the birds without frightening them. The birds could eat the seed peacefully, they would have no idea that a cat was behind the mirror watching their every move.
Both my husband and I liked the Coveside Panoramic In-house Window Bird Feeder with Mirrored Panel because the fit would be snug against my window. This feeder then could be viewed from our living room and we could watch the birds through the one-way see-through mirror panel.
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Before buying the feeder we did check to verified customer reviews. There were many positive comments. We learned that the feeder was quality made from wood and came already assembled. Installation as easy as it can be. One commenter said “ I opened the window, slid the bird feeder in place, and shut the window. That's it! It looks like a custom installation. It fits perfectly in the window and is a very attractive addition to the room”

Today we ordered the window bird feeder because we feel it will be wonderful entertainment for our FIV cats that can no longer go outdoors.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cat Diabetes Symptoms / Prevention

Diabetes is a common cat disease and is due to the cat’s inability to produce enough insulin to balance the blood sugar or glucose. Many times the cat's symptoms go unnoticed by the pet owners because cats tend to hide their sickness from their owners. If the diabetes condition goes untreated by a veterinarian this cat disease can lead to weight loss, vomiting dehydration, behavior concerns, the cat's inability to do everyday activities, coma and even death.

My rescued cat Nikki was a healthy even though she ate like she had a hollow paw. (In my experience rescue cats do eat more and I think this is because they were on the streets and did not know where to go for their next meal) So this cat always had a problem with her weight but was healthy otherwise. However, that changed when she was she grew older and at age 14 she showed outward symptoms that were an indication that something was wrong.

Nikki developed an enormous appetite, she would eat all of her food then try to eat the dog's food. She was constantly meowing at the food container or trying to catch a fish at our aquarium.

Along with the extreme hunger, she was urinated more plus constantly drinking from the water bowl. These were all symptoms that something was wrong, So I made an appointment with a veterinarian checkup and my cat Nikki was diagnosed with Diabetes.

I was told that Insulin is a hormone that stems from the pancreases. The insulin regulates the cat’s flow of glucose from the bloodstream to the body cells. When the there is not enough insulin the cat’s body will start to break down the fat and the cat will lose weight. If the cat develops high levels of sugar in the bloodstream the cat will show signs of increased thirst and the cat’s urine flow will increase.

Cat Diabetes is a common health condition; age, stress, poor diet and being overweight will put your cat at high risk. Also, an FIV cat can get diabetes because the virus is slow in developing but when it does take hold of the cat then it will weaken the cat's immune system which makes the cat susceptible to other health concerns, including diabetes.


Watch your cat for diabetes symptoms; increased appetite, frequent urination, excessive intake of water, weight loss or increased weight. If your cat has any of these symptoms then contact your veterinarian. The veterinarian will check for sugar levels in bloodstream and urine.

Feed the cat canned food that has limited ingredients, one protein, no corn, soy wheat, rice, or other grain fillers. A high protein food like Natural Balance limited ingredients duck would be a good choice. Feed your cat the allowed amount and no more, no treats, to keep them at a healthy weight.

(Duck is a good protein for cats because it is less likely to cause them to be allergic to their food) Learn more about foods that cats are allergic to here


Cat diabetes can affect any cat breed as well as any age. Studies show that diabetes is more common in mature overweight to obese cats with little or no exercise.
Prevent cat diabetes by keeping your cat a healthy weight. If your cat is obese then their risk of developing diabetes is greater.


If your cat has diabetes and is left untreated the disease will progress and shorten the cat’s lifespan.

Learn more about pet diabetes by viewing a video by Dr. Karen Becker

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Prescription Diet Multi-care Urinary Cat Food Review

When my FIV cat named Sam had some health concerns the veterinarian recommended that I feed him Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multi-care Urinary Care food. I could feed him both variety’s; canned or the kibble and was told that Sam would need to eat this food for the rest of his life. I was told that if I fed him another food that was formulated for urinary care for cats that he may get sick, due to the ingredients.

Read the article I published about Sam Treatment for Cat with Urinary infection.

I loved my cat and wanted his health to improve so I bought the Hills prescription CD food. I figured the cat food was a prescription and that there must be medicine in it to heal my cat of his cystic condition.

Normally all of my cats eat out of the same bowl, but with this prescription food, I had to feed Sam in another room. Know that it was difficult to separate my cats and one day my other cat who did not have the same urinary condition as Sam ate the prescription food. I was so upset that my cat ate this food and called my veterinarian office immediately. They told me there was nothing in the food to hurt my cat and that I could feed all of my cats Prescription Diet c/d Multi-care Urinary Care Food and it would prevent all of my cats from getting the urinary disease.

I researched the product and it is fact that there is no medicine in Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multi-care Urinary Care cat food. In fact, the ingredients in this food are poor quality because it has grains and corn. Foods that I never feed my cats.

Here are the ingredients:

    Pork By-Products, Water, Pork Liver, Chicken, Rice, Corn Starch, Oat Fiber, Chicken Fat, Fish Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Calcium Sulfate, Guar Gum, Fish Oil, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dextrose, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Cysteine, Dried Egg Yolk, Minerals (Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate), Glycine, Iodized Salt, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Beta-Carotene.

Here are the Key Benefits
  • Clinical nutrition specially formulated to support your cat's urinary health and lower the recurrence of most common urinary signs by 89%
  • This irresistible food makes it easier for you to bond with your pet with a gently cooked, easy to eat pate and natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals
  • Promotes desirable urine pH levels and has controlled levels of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus
  • Enriched with antioxidants, potassium citrate & Omega-3 fatty acids and recommended for a lifelong feeding of adult cats.

Know that this prescription cat food is expensive, $46.00 for 5.5-ounce cans/case of 24.  Since there is no medicine in this prescription cat food I decided to see if there were comparable foods available to the consumer that were formulated to promote a desirable urine PH and did not require a prescription from a veterinarian to buy cat food.  I found a food that was the same but did not have the filler foods, corn, and grains. I found that Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Classic Urinary Tract Health Formula Turkey & Giblets Entree Canned Cat Food has better ingredients, no prescription is needed and it costs less.

  1. Meat By-Products, Water Sufficient for Processing, Turkey, Poultry By-Products, Poultry Giblets, Rice, Salt, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Added Color, Carrageenan, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide.
Purina Pro Plan Focus targets kitty-specific health issues with Adult Classic Urinary Tract Health Formula Turkey & Giblets Entree Canned Cat Food. Made with real turkey, this specialized formula helps maintain your cat’s urinary tract health by reducing urinary pH and providing low dietary magnesium. Feeding Purina’s Urinary Tract Health Formula canned food will also help increase water intake, a crucial step when it comes to keeping her urinary system healthy.
Key Benefits
  • Specialized formula made with real turkey and giblets provides exceptional taste and balanced nutrition for your cat
  • Extra-care nutrition to help maintain urinary tract health by reducing urinary pH while providing low dietary magnesium
  • High-quality protein helps promote ideal body composition optimized for lean muscle, strength, and the energy needed for your adult cat to thrive
  • Omega-6 fatty acids are included for healthy skin and a beautiful shiny coat
  • Manufactured in Purina-owned U.S.A facilities and does not contain any added artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives

So there you have it my product review of Hill's Prescription Diet c/d Multi-care cat food. I am not a fan of this overpriced food with the GMO foods of corn, and grain ingredients.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ways to Keep Cat Calm in a Car

Unlike dogs who enjoy going for a ride in the car, the cat does not feel the same way. Granted there are a few cats that enjoy riding in a car but most felines find it stressful.

Today I had to take my cat Sam to the veterinarians for his annual checkup and one of the things we must do is keep Sam from stressful situations. Sam has FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) and his condition now is healthy but stress is a factor that can bring on illness. Sam gets stressed out riding in the car so I will do the following things to keep him calm.

If your cat gets stressed out when riding in the car then you may want to try the following helpful tips.

  1. If you find that you must take your cat for a ride in the car then make sure you have a pet carrier that is large enough for cat to be comfortable. They need room to lie down without a tight feeling.
  2. Make the carrier more comfortable with a small crate mat. Spray this mat with Feliway mood and behavior modifier before adding the mat to the carrier. The feliway spray mimics the cats pheromones and this aids in keeping the cat calm. Shop and save at for feliway spray
  3. Buy Kong treat dispensing toy to distract your cat while riding in the car. Fill the toy with temptation cat treats and put in the cat carrier. The toy will divert your cats attention and they will feel less stress. (food is a friend to a cat)
  4. Set cat carrier on the car seat and wrap seat belt around it. Secure the cat in carrier so that it stays put and does not move around when car turns or stops. Any sudden movement while cat is in the car is very stressful and cat will suffer.
  5. Cover the cat carrier with a towel or small blanket. Blocking out the view of cars passing while the cat is riding in the car will help to keep feline calm.
  6. Refrain from turning the radio on loudly. It is best to have soft background music and that you talk to your cat while riding in the car. A familiar voice that is calm and projects positive energy will keep your cat calm while in the car.

Monday, November 14, 2016

L-Lysine for FIV Cats

My FIV cat got an upper respiratory infection last month and the treatment was antibiotics plus the supplement L-Lysine oral gel by Viralys. This gel supports the cat's immune system and is very good in the treatment for feline herpes virus (FHV) because it lessens the signs of the infection, eye infection, and sinus nose issues; drainage or congested. 

My FIV cat was a rescue in 2008 and when we brought him in he had eye drainage and was diagnosed with feline herpes an upper respiratory infection. 

Know that Sam is doing much better since I started supplementing his diet with the Lysine. There is no cure for feline herpes but you can reduce the flair ups with the amino acid L-Lysine.

Normally when you give your cat medicine it can be difficult. But my cat likes this gel. What I do is squeeze ¼ teaspoon amount onto my finger then I put the gel on my cat's paw. Sam licks his paw. I give him 2 doses like this daily and will continue this supplement for the rest of my cat's life.

I bought the tube of oral L-Lysine from my veterinarian and it was expensive. When I need a refill I will buy from or because these stores offer the same product for

Saturday, October 22, 2016

What to Do When FIV Cat is Sick

 I noticed that my FIV cat named Sam had fluid buildup in his left eye and this was a sign of sickness, cat cold or upper respiratory. My cat has a weakened immune system and this cold or whatever it is could progress quickly into a major illness so I immediately called the veterinarian and scheduled an appointment.

Last Monday I took Sam to the veterinarians and thy ran tests on him, blood and checked his urine. They told me he had an upper respiratory infection and gave him an antibiotic shot and prescription for Viralys L-Lysine supplement.

I was told to clean the entire house with bleach and to keep Sam away from other cats.  It was also recommended that after I handle other cats or come in contact with feral or stray cats that I remove those clothes and shoes, shower  or spray myself with Lysol disinfectant before I come in contact with Sam.

Know that Sam has lost weight due to this infection,  He cannot smell his food so he is not eating. Normally Sam  eats C/D prescription diet food but he has stopped eating.  So I have mixed his wet food with water and put it in a syringe, this is how I am feeding him and keeping him hydrated.

Even though I responded immediately when I noticed my cat was sick, his infection has progressed quickly from playing with his toys one day, to signs of cold and now he is not eating.  An FIV cat has a hard time getting over a simple cold, It is best to call the veterinarian as soon as your cat show signs of sickness.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Treatment for Cat Urinary Infection

My rescued FIV cat came to us as an adult unaltered tomcat. This cat was neutered at age 6. From the get go my cat was suffering from urinary and bladder infections. After several trips to the veterinarians, my cat, Sam was diagnosed with a urinary condition that required him to eat a special diet.

The veterinarian prescribed Hills CD for urinary care and we were told that we could not feed our cat any other food for the rest of his life.

Hills CD for urinary care is formulated with the right balance of nutrients which enables your cat's bladder to be healthy. We were told that Sam would be feeling better and back to using his litter box within a months time. Our veterinarian assured us that by feeding our cat this special diet that harmful minerals were removed and this meant that the formation of urinary crystals would not form.

Know that before this special urinary diet that our cat was suffering. There were times when he could not urinate and we needed to rush him to veterinarians. We feared that we would have to put him down if he could not urinate.

Sam has been eating this special diet for three weeks now and he is back to his happy self, his energy has improved, he is using his litter box, and playing with his toys.

I feed same a half can of Hills CD in the morning mixed with the dry kibble and the same portion at night. I also give him purified bottled water that is freshened daily.

Know that this special urinary diet will not cure Sam, however, it will prevent the reassurance of urinary stones and as long as we keep with the diet our cat will not suffer and there will be no need for urinary surgery.

We have three other FIV cats and they are all eating the Hills CD urinary diet food. This food is a good food for multiple cat homes, it is not recommended for kittens.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

About False Positive FIV Kitten

Many times when a kitten is tested for feline immunodeficiency virus the test results will show a false positive. This is why it is important that pet owners wait 60 days before getting kitten retested. 

All cats that test positive should be retested because of the false positive.

Know that a year ago I took in an FIV feline immunodeficiency virus kitten because the women who owned it did not want the cat, she did not want to learn more about the feline disease she told me to take the kitten or she would take it to the humane society. I knew that our area shelter would euthanize the kitten so I said I would take it and find it a forever home.

Finding homes for FIV kittens is difficult because, like the cat owner, people think FIV is a death sentence or an indication that the cat is sickly. Not one person wanted to learn more they just said no to me and would not adopt the kitten.

I ended up socializing the kitten with my adult FIV cat named Sam. This was not hard at all, Sam was one happy cat and the two became best of friends.

Know that the kitten had been to the veterinarian a few times, had gotten her spay and her rabies shot and all was well. But the following year when I was told that she need her annual shots I asked if it was necessary since she was FIV positive.  My veterinarian had no record of her being tested, so I told them of her history. I did not have paperwork but the former owner was adamant about the cats disease. I agreed to have her tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. 

Both tests came back negative.

The kitten when she was tested showed a positive but it was false. I have no reason not to believe the former owner, as she was upset about the diagnosis of the cat and called me immediately when she had gotten the test results. Learn more about kittens with FIV and false positive here.

About False Positive FIV Tests

Quote: “Because few, if any, cats ever eliminate infection, the presence of antibody indicates that a cat is infected with FIV. This test can be performed by most veterinary diagnostic laboratories and also is available in kit form for use in veterinary clinics. Since false-positive results may occur, veterinarians recommend that positive results be confirmed using a test with a different format.  

Infected mother cats transfer FIV antibodies to nursing kittens, so kittens born to infected mothers may receive positive test results for several months after birth. However, few of these kittens actually are or will become infected. To clarify their infection status, kittens younger than six months of age receiving positive results should be retested at 60-day intervals until they are at least six months old.” End Quote Veterinarian Medicine Cornell education, health information on FIV   

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Why is my Cat Vomiting - When to call Veterinarian?

It is common for cats to vomit, however not all vomiting is normal. Know that if your cat vomits when they are eating or right after they eat that this is a sign of illness and should not be overlooked. When a cat vomits when the eat it could be a stomach ailment, feline idiopathic cystitis or it could be due the muscle in the cats esophagus.

No harm is done to call your veterinarian and communicate your cat health concern. 

 I had a cat that did vomit when they were eating. I did not call my veterinarian immediately, instead I watched my FIV cat and found that when he ate he would vomit and knew that this was a red flag.  The veterinarian wanted to exam my cat and do blood-work. The diagnosis was a abscessed tooth.

One of my other cats would vomit at his food bowl, however this was due to anxiety. I was told that it might be a nervous condition, due to other cat pushing his way to eat at the bowl and not waiting his turn. It was suggested that I feed the cat in another room, that sharing the same food bowl may be causing the cat to feel anxiety and vomit. The feeding in another room was all that was needed. The vomiting stopped.

Learn other reason why cats vomit by viewing this video:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Renal Failure in FIV Cats

In November my cats blood and urine tests indicated that he was in renal failure and I was told that this was an indication that the feline immunodeficiency virus had progressed.  That these FIV cats can live a long live but that some cats will get sick when they are older.  Know  that we rescued Sam in 2008, that was eight years ago and and Sam is approximately 9 years old.  Everyone I know that has an FIV cat has told me that some cats will get sick in 5 to 6 years.

So when it came time for Sam's check up to see how his kidneys were,  you bet I was worried.  Both my husband and I really love Sam our Siamese cat and feel sad that he is sick.   Sam went in for his wellness exam and lab-work last Friday.  It took 4 days to get the results.

The veternarian called for urinalysis and blood evaluation.  Both tests came back with normal findings. Sam has been cleared of renal failure. In fact at this time there is nothing wrong with him except that he has diagnosis of feline immunodeficiency virus.   That is a virus he will have for the rest of his life.

I  had no idea that we could reverse the diagnosis of kidney failure but I think that before Sam was not getting enough water and now his KD canned cat food diet must be benefiting his health.  Going forward we will keep all of Sam's veternarian appointments and will continue to feed him the KD prescription canned cat food.

Learn more about FIV by viewing the video.