I just thought of something else.
the diapers you are using, do they have any kind of lotion in them? One of my girls gets peeling skin if I use diapers that have what supposed to be good-for-the-skin lotions! so I have to make sure diapers are just plain, no scents, no lotion, no nothing. Is any of his bedding being washing with a different laundry soap? If his diet hasn't changed and this has just popped up suddenly it's possible he is reacting to something.
sad the epsom salts didn't work.
vet costs add up quickly, that's for sure. I started a little flea market business to help pay vet bills, I've found facebook to be useful for raising funds, too, and there is a group there for mobility impaired/paralyzed furs.
If you are on facebook I am Sasha Black Furr, The Bendy Mom. I can help connect you if you want. I have had some minor success with teespring selling tshirts.
my spina bifida boy Butterbean (who I adopted through this site) is also on there, but that is mostly for fun.
the benefit of a 'for fun' page is he has fans who help him out from time to time. I couldn't take care of this crew without the support network I have., and I mean that absolutely literally. Do you have any creative talents you can make use of? I started out sewing little felt mice and selling them . Then I went to discoutn stores and got pet items, made gift baskets and sold them on ebay, but ebay was much smaller then. Now the key to selling on ebay is to find something that there aren't already a zillion of. A lot of people on facebook do raffles and auctions there, I don't have the patience to keep up with that kind of thing, honestly, so I just sell stuff.
a lot of vets will say "just put them down" I had one vet tell me "you'll never be able to care for him like he needs" and I ended up literally yelling at her that I had done a lot of reading and talking with other people who had incontinent animals to understand what he needs and yes I most certainly was willing to care for him. I don't think she'd ever had a person respond like that. I don't advocate screaming at your vet but, well, I have a temper and especially then it wasn't well controlled.
My current vet said to me "you're not afraid of anyone! I love that." and I said "Remember that when the attitude is pointed at you." My vets call me their continuing education program.
Walmart pharmacy has a lot of good products cheap, and they seem to exist in every corner of the US. Actually I don't know what country you're in but if you don't have Walmart maybe you have something similar.
hm, my brain is rambling all over so I think I'll be quiet now.
Chlorhexadine is not an astringent, it does not burn or sting. it's a surgical rinse. the peroxide will sting.
Definitely less poop is better!!
It's hard to think of everything, we all overlook things that's why it's nice to be able to put our heads together.I agree in general Royal Canin is quite overpriced. a lot of finding the right food is trial and error. It's odd that he started having the rash after getting solid poop, makes me wonder if its soemthing in that food that is getting on him? a lot of the "high end" foods have very strange ingredients that I have yet to be convinced are worth the price, assorted veggies, berries, kelp, i have one cat who breaks out if his food has any kind of berries in it. my diaper gang gets mostly urinary food because they have constant problems with UTIs, which is a major health issue in most of these guys so watch out for it. it kills a lot of them
i thought of something, if you send me a friend request on Facebook, when I get a request I check the person's page. If you don't have picts of animals, and if you don't have a pict at the top I generally don't accept.
yep, that's what we're here for, that's how this place started. a few of us posting on a simple format board talking to each other about our special needs furs Blood in the urine is probably from an irritated bladder, could be from stress. They can get cystitis which is inflammation of the lining of the bladder, nto an actual infection, but still not a a good thing. Cosequin can help with this. Checking every six months is an excellent idea. If you ever notice his urine smelling bad or looking cloudy take him in ASAP. UTIs can travel to the kidneys, they can also become antibiotic resistant if they get them over and over. If you can keep him having solid poop that helps a lot. Dark urine could just be a little over concentrated, so maybe adding some water to his food will help. the more liquid you can get into him the better.
I just broke up a huge cat fight. Bean also has some neurological issues that make him aggressive sometimes. I try to keep him seperate from everyone but every now and then something happens. Not fun.
A lot of times if you look on ebay or amazon you can get things cheaper than you can in a retail store. Another good site is Chewy.com, although they have just merged with petsmart and petfooddirect so I'm not sure if they will change. I hope not, I love that site. I have always said that one thing I wanted was for other people to learn from my experiences. Poor little Legume only lived 11 months, his death tore my heart out, but I was determined to learn from him. Back then no one really knew how to take care of these guys very well and I remind myself we did the best we could. It's hard though. Often I'll be doing something and think "if I had only known"
Does bob pee on his own? it is very important for the bladder to actually be emptied is why I ask. Urine staying in the bladder increases the rsik of infection substantially, and I did not understand that when I had Legume, and no one knew to tell me.
here is my site if you want to look, it is behidn the times but the information that is there is correct for thsoe cats.
here is Legume's page
I need to take a break, I'm getting teary eyed. 14 years and I still cry over him.