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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Purrfect Cat

It's time to start the hunt for Oscar's forever home.  We pulled him and his mom, Meena, from a high kill shelter.  He's been with us for over 7 months  because poor Oscar has IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), but that took a while to be diagnosed so he was not available for a long time.  He is now in a foster home with no other fosters and is on Purina Overweight Management (OM) food available only at the vet.  Now the thought of feeding my poor boy (he was my foster for quite a while and would sleep on my pillow so he's still "my" boy) OM food made me cringe because he's was a tiny bit thin anyway.  Purina OM is a low residue food and Oscar seems to be doing much better.  He seems to like the food and he gets Purina OM canned food twice a day.  We're now talking to the vet about predisolone and B-12 injections for Oscar to see if that will  help more.  Oscar is quite a lovebug and a constant companion.  He keeps his foster mom, Karen, entertained with his antics.  Karen captured several great pictures of him -- which is quite a feat because he typically won't hold still long enough for a picture because there is attention to be had!  But I really love these pictures of him.  Also, a big thanks to Karen for taking on a special needs foster.  She's experienced in cats with IBS and is great at giving meds.  It's thanks to her careful care of him that he's doing this great.

So even though he has IBS, Oscar still is the purrfect cat.  Honestly, Purina OM really doesn't cost much more than Science Diet, Nature's Balance, EVVO, etc.  He really does need to go to a house with no other cats or a house that does not free feed but has scheduled meal time.  His tummy is pretty good when he's only fed OM.


Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Oscar is so handsome. We have no orange kitties but I do love them. I have an IBS cat and go the holistic route with slippery elm bark powder to regulate the bowels plus homepathic remedies. Minnie is ten and doing good. Glad you found something that works for Oscar.

Alley Cats and Angels of North Carolina said...

I would love to find out more about the slippery elm bark powder. Where do you get it? How much do you give them? Etc.


Anya said...

Lovely post
Beautiful orange cats :-)

((hugs)) Kareltje =^.^=

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, Oscar is so handsome! We're so thankful for foster parents like Karen, and glad you found a regimen that seems to work for Oscar.

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