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Sterile Cystitis: De-Stressing and Supplements

Well here we are with da final part of our mini series on Sterile Cystitis. In our furst post we talked ‘bout da pawssible causes. Our second post innerduced you to meez new food. We discussed da pawssibility dat Sterile Cystitis was partly caused by food, both dry and those containing too many carbohydrates which kitties systems can’t break down. Seems Veterinary medicine doesn’t actually know what causes Sterile Cystitis. But thru comparin’ da lives of those cats purrsentin’ with it they’ve made sum assumptions. Another of those is dat it be caused by stress.

Dezi on cat tree with paw outstretched

Get yous coffee, tea or whatever and sit back and let us splain what be workin’ fur us.

 

Well anypawdy who knows kitties knows dat we can get purrlenty stressed purretty quick over nothin’. And as most cat peeps know a kitty offen shows their stress thru their urine habits. Anyways, stress can be caused by numerous things like funder boomers. Or maybe a change in our house hold. You know, did you move dat chair from da livin’ room? Or did you bring home a new kitty or doggy? A new baby, a move, a new man or woman in your life, new work schedule or just plain ole boredom can cause your cat stress among other things.

 

So mommy changed meez food and gave me a supplement dat we found at Wysong to help lower meez urine pH, and then we had to work on meez stress levels. Meow mommy dat’s a lot of stuff to do.

Wysong Biotic pH- for urinary pH in cats

Well baby there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you. And yes, we did start with getting you off the Blue Buffalo kibbles, but knowing you were in pain, hurt me too and I wanted to get your urine pH down as quickly as possible. When I started my research we ended up at the Wysong website but not because of their food. That was a bonus. Wysong makes 2 supplements for urine pH. Both are called Biotic pH. There’s one for acidifying the urine and 1 for alkalizing the urine. Since Dezi’s urine pH was around 8-9 we needed to get it back down to the normal range. Having a urine pH that high meant she was at risk for developing stones and blockages. Ideally I would like to have Dezi do fine without any additional supplements, but as with medicines and supplements, sometimes you give something to get over a problem and then reassess. Thankfully the supplement is a powder that was sprinkled over her food and readily accepted. She ate it like a kid eats candy. But how do we know if it’s working?

Simple Solution Urinary Health Risk Indicator

To determine if Dezi’s urine pH was returning to normal we needed to test it. That meant either going back to the vet and paying for another urinalysis or testing it myself. Thankfully many advancements have been made in urine testing for cats because Dezi is the cat that would refuse to pee if I were standing there holding a test strip under her while she used the litter box. I researched testers extensively as well as ways to collect the urine and finally settled on a litter additive. Simple Solution makes a product that specifically tests urine pH when mixed with any litter you currently use. Since Sterile Cystitis can be an ongoing issue, and we’ll need to keep an eye on Dezi’s urine pH, I bought a couple of bags to start.

Litter box with Simple Solution and Swheatscoop

Those little green things be da Simple Solution.

I poured some Simple Solution crystals in the area where Dezi urinates and waited (they are now mixed in throughout the litter which will happen with the cats’ digging and does not affect the accuracy of the crystals or their ability to work). I didn’t have to wait long because the additive seemed to intrigue her. When she left the box, I was holding my breath. Dezi had been on the new food and supplement for a couple of days. I know you’re all thinking it was too soon and I was expecting a miracle. Maybe I was. I believe in miracles and so many people had been praying for her, so I checked the litter. Alright, it wasn’t perfect. It was a nice shade of lilac, not the color I wanted. But it had only been a couple of days, and at least it wasn’t deep purple which is where it would have been the day she was diagnosed. Another meal down, more fluids and the next time Dezi used the litter box the crystals didn’t change color at all. We were there. Her urine pH was finally normal again. My little girl was no longer in pain. Insert in your mind, a photo of mommy smiling from ear to ear with tears of joy streaming down my face.

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The next step was and is to work on Dezi’s stress levels. To do that we’ve been taking some days off the computer to hang out together and play and go for strolls. Dezi loves to play and she really likes to go out and see people and things. Kitties that lay around and sleep all the time can be stressed. Altho’ cats do sleep more than most species, they need enrichment during their waking hours. Their ancestors had to hunt for their food, so a little playtime before a meal can be beneficial. And altho’ I don’t believe any cat should be outside unattended, there’s a benefit to fresh air and sunshine. So invest in a good harness and leash and take the time to train your cats to use it. I have always preferred those harnesses made more like clothing as opposed to the strappy ones. A cat feels more secure when wrapped and even tho’ they may not like the harness at first, they will grow accustom to it and even someday enjoy it. We also use a stroller for going out. I’ll tell you they are a great investment. A way to take kitty out while keeping them completely protected.

Dezi playing with wand toy and standing on back legs

The last thing we added is a calming aid. Some of you know we’ve tried the Thundershirt, Feliway and Bach’s Flower Essences, as well as a few other brands of treats and drops to no avail. Dezi hates storms, the lawn crew, fireworks, and most other loud and obnoxious noises. I searched and read and even made calls looking for something that might work. I will say that we don’t know if any of the calming treats on the market actually work because Dezi won’t eat them. When it comes to treats, she only wants freeze dried meat and unfortunately nobody makes a calming freeze dried chicken breast treat.

Beaphar Calming Spot On for cats

Anyways, we found a spot on from a company across the pond on amazon called Beaphar. They make calming collars, pills, and a spot on that is supposed to work for a week, among other products. The only ingredient in this spot on is Valerian. It comes in a box of 3 tubes much like a flea treatment. Instead of applying between the shoulders, this is applied between the ears and becomes effective within an hour of application. We’ve had a few storms since we started using it, and Dezi did much better. She did finally hide, but not at the first sign or crack of thunder. And she came out when I called her. I didn’t expect a spot on to work miracles; and part of being calm during these stressful events is acclimation. If Dezi has something that can help keep her calm long enough she can become accustomed to them and eventually not hide at all.

 

So all in all I’m happy with the results. I don’t like the price, but is there anything we won’t do for our babies? Right now a box of 3 Beaphar Calming spot on is selling for $7.50 – $10.00. The first ones we bought were $14.00. So the price varies and is a bit high, but the product works. If you’re having trouble and the other calming products don’t work for you either, then you might want to give this a try. I would like to note that we purchased all of these products ourselves.

Dezi in beach scene, have a wonderful weekend

Fanks fur ‘splainin’ everything mommy. Me luvs da new food. And mommy wanted me to tell ya’ dat me dusn’t take da Biotic pH – anymore, but will again ifin me needs it. And da little green crystals in meez pawdee box awe kinda cool. As fur da spot on, meez not sure me likes havin’ an oily head fur a day, but hey, those storms don’t seem quite as bad anymore. And meez really luvvin’ da extra time weez spendin’ togevver. Me luvs you mommy, and fanks fur duin’ so much to make me well.

 

As we do every weekend, weez joinin’ Rascal and Rocco fur da Pet Parade. And stay tuned Monday cuz weez gunna be havin’ a give away.

 

Till da next time……………………………….Be Blest!!!

 

Dezi = Blue

Mommy = Black

Red = Links

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi and Lexi        

 

 

 

 

 

Blest Sunday Thank Yous

Meowllo and welkum to another issue of Blest Sunday, where we have da oppurrtunity to list a few of our many blessings. We luv our blest Sunday postys so much. As most of you know, last week was a tuff one. We entered da month of November wiff sum unexpected expenses and sum extra expenses dat we just didn’t have da money to cover. We hated to have to ask you our wonderful furiends fur help, ‘specially since it’s right here at da holidays. We know times are tuff fur everyone but we just didn’t know what else to do. Mommy had thought, figgered and re-figgered and just kuldn’t find da money anywhere. She’s already cut any and all extras and quite a few necessities just to manage our normal expenses. So after much thought, purrayer and tears, we came to you. And you all came fru fur us.

Dezi and Lexi say Thank you for helping us.

Fank you all fur helpin’ us. Our Chewy box arrived wiff our noms, litter and pH testers.

We got our Chewy box wiff our noms and litter and pH testers just in time. Mommy called round ‘bout da tire, but of course nopawdy round here had any in stock. We figgered this wuld be da case, as we had to order da last one we had replaced. While chattin’ wiff one of da cheapest places mommy was told dat ifin she bought 3 tires (which we need cuz they are all rotting) we kuld get a deal and they wuld only cost $60.00 each or we kuld buy da 1 tire dat must be replaced immediately fur $105.00 plus da $22.00 state taxes and fees. Mommy went out on a limb, took a leap of fath, and told them to order da 3. She sed it seemed kinda foolish to pay fur 1 tire what 2 kuld cost.

Me knows you’re all on da edge of you’re seats wonderin’ how me be duin’ now dat we have da testers fur meez urine, right? Da furst thing mommy did after openin’ da box, and me usin’ da pawdee box of course, was test meez urine. And da results are in. Meez urine is……………At a Normal pH range!!! WooHoo It’s working!!! Meez new diet, increased hydration and all da purrayers are working. You can read part 1 of our series on Sterile Cystitis here, and this week we’ll be talkin’ ‘bout meez new food and supplements and da steps we are takin’ to relieve any stress me may be havin’ so stay tuned.

 Dezi cleans herself while laying in a chair

Now we wanna say a Meowsy big Thank you to everypawdy who donated and helped us. Fank you awnty Jean and unkle Bill, awnty Ellen, awnty Belinda, awnty Karen, awnty Jaqueline, awnty Victoria, awnty Debra, scout Anonymous, awnty Anonymous, awnty Theresa, and unkle Mike. Weez so purreciate your help. We also wanna thank all who purrayed fur us as well. Purrayer changes things. And we wuld ask you to keep da purrayers comin’.

 Winnie's Wish auction image

We also wanted to tell you all ‘bout da Winnie’s Wish auction. As you know weez not have money to donate and therefur usually have nuffin’ to donate. But a while back we became reviewers fur The Natural Pet Company at amazon.com. Occasionally they send us a product fur free to review on amazon fur them. They make sum gweat stuffs, you might wanna check ‘em out. anyways, they recently sent us a pawsum box of toys. We took fotos fur da review and have donated it to da auction to help raise money fur da kitties in need.

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We are Blest today and always to have your luv and furiendship and a home of our own wiff a luvvin’ mommy and each other. As you go about your day, take a minute to stop and say thank you fur da blessings in your life.

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Till da next time………………………..Be Blest!!!

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Dezi and Lexi

Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs

I'm Dalton, a Rat terrier mix and I came here in Sept, 2017, I was rescued from Hurricane Harvey. My birthday is 8-20-2016. My Gotcha Day is 8-27-2017. And I'm Pipo, I'm a Siamese, my birthday is 12-26-2004; my Gotcha Day is 2-14-2005. We also have Angel MrJackFreckles, (2-5-2018); and also we have Angel Minko, (6-18-2017). There are also Angels Groucho, Simba, Suki, & Toki. We meezers used to be known as WeBeesSiameezers. We'e all from Michigan, Dalton came here from Texas.

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