5-5-21 Wednesday

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From Holly: Question for those w this experience: My cat has developed crystals (she’s been to vet). Vet recommended specialty food and gave us a few cans, but now she’ll be on it for a while. Who/what site is the cheapest for Purina Pro Plan UR diet wet food? I’ve looked at Amazon, Petsmart and they are about the same. The vet told me Purina directly. Chewy doesn’t carry it. Any other thoughts or have I got them all?

The only other place I could think of was Petflow – and their prices were about the same as Amazon. How about it – anyone know of any other places to find Purina Pro Plan UR canned food other than Amazon or Petsmart?


NEWS: We are adoption pending on Canasta! She’ll go home in a couple of weeks, and is joining a family with a kitty who will tolerate her bossy ways. We’re very happy for her – now she gets to be the baby! (I know that a bunch of you hoped that she’d be adopted with one of her kittens, and while that’s a sweet thought, I think she’s ready to move on past being a mama. She’ll be fine, I promise.)

I recently decided that I’d try putting a onesie (or, as they call it at TinyKittens, a “weansie” – weaning onesie) on Canasta to see how it goes. With past mamas and kittens, I’ve let the mamas set the pace as far as weaning the kittens. And with one bright and shining exception (hi there, Neko (formerly Katriane)), they’ve let their kittens nurse right up until they were separated. Which meant that often the mothers went to Petsmart or their new homes with milk still coming in and it’s also been a pretty sudden cutoff for the kittens. (As I recall, Albert and Willie nursed right up until about 10 seconds before we put them in the carrier to go home, and they’re not the only ones by far.)

So I bought a couple of these onesies from Amazon (if you search on “cat recovery suit,” there are a ton of options.) and on Sunday morning Fred gave me a hand putting it on Canasta. It’s been 3 full days now, and I have to say that so far, it’s working out well. Canasta doesn’t LOVE it and the kittens are a bit confused, but the suit doesn’t stop her from jumping, playing, sleeping or eating. Also, for about an hour in the morning and another hour in the evening, I take her into another room and take the suit off of her so she can clean herself to her heart’s content.

(Side note: no, I will not be taking a picture of her back end so you can see what it looks like, but I promise you that she has used the litter box plenty and has gotten nothing gross on the suit, which was my main concern.)

It takes about 2 weeks for milk to dry up (so I’ve heard), so we’ll see how it goes.

I’m kind of wishing I’d gotten something cuter – she looks like a sack of potatoes in this thing – but it’ll do.

She was sleeping and the kittens climbed in with her… then woke her up snuffling around for the milk bar. Foiled!

Pinochle needs a kiss.

Or a nap!

5 of the 6. Where’s Pinochle?

Helping with the laundry!


Last night I was in bed reading, and I kept hearing Hensley and Julie (the kittens we’re kitten sitting for another foster mom; they’re staying in my bedroom) making noises digging around and playing. They got quiet, and I assumed they’d fallen asleep under the bed, but when I looked they were nowhere to be seen. I started to wonder if they’d gotten into the boxspring (which shouldn’t be a possibility, because there’s a fitted sheet covering the bottom of it), but I slid half under the bed to look and didn’t see any place they could have gotten through. If Hensley’s head hadn’t popped out from around the headboard I’d probably still be looking for them.

“Hallo. You needs to dust back here.”

Turns out that the boxspring sticks out a little way past the heardboard, and they’d curled up there and gone to sleep. Just when you think previous kittens MUST have found all the possibly hidey holes, along comes these tiny torties to up the ante.

Julie’s all “We ain’t sorry.”

Hensley keeps an eye on me.

“We ain’t sorry at ALL.”

They spent the last two nights curled up right next to me. Such sweethearts, these two!


The Magnificent Khal has magnificent thoughts.


2020: And then they donned their Floof Suits.
2019: So so so sleepy. (Albert and Willie)
2018: No entry.
2017: Praline has a think.
2016: Throwback Thursday: Newt and Maxi.
2015: I think it’s safe to say that the kittens have found their crazy.
2014: Livia Monday.
2013: No entry.
2012: About Rupert.
2011: Crooked Acres, after the tornadoes.
2010: “Rowr?”
2009: The Seven.
2008: Killing me with the cute.
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



5-5-21 Wednesday — 14 Comments

  1. I always go back and read the 2011 tornado stories and marvel at the miracle that is Dorothy!! And now it seems like y’all (and the south in general!) keep getting really bad storms during this week of the year. 🙁

    The weansie is cracking me up! But Canasta is such a good girl. I’m so glad she has a family and new kitty brother or sister waiting for her!!

  2. I don’t know how the prices compare, but it looks like petcarerx.com has the Purina UR food. I found they were a little cheaper than Chewy for my cat’s renal food, the only reason I’m not buying from them is I couldn’t get their auto-buy program to work.

    • It seems a bit MORE than Chewy or Amazon for one purchase, but I don’t know if their “prime” membership would work out for some in the long run because then you get free shipping for $99 annually.

  3. I use science diet C/D for crystals on two of my bunch, and I will tell you that stuff is expensive ($50/ 8 lbs) suggestions? How does that compare to these other foods?

  4. I kept a Mama and kitten together. Two years later, they barely tolerate each other. Mama Pum’kin is mellow, but baby Lupe will stalk her and start fights. They rarely cuddle and the only time they are close to each other is when they eat a meal.

    • My mom had a mama and daughter pair, too. Mama got to the point where she didn’t want a thing to do with her former kitten. Mom had the two of them for at least 15 years, and for the last 13, mama totally ignored her daughter. Daughter tried to be friendly with her mama, but mama always said nope!

  5. I just answered the crystal question on yesterday’s post, then I realized I should have put it here. so here it is again:
    We had one with crystals and the vet offhandedly remarked that fish causes them. I looked it up and then took my cats off any kind of fish and no more crystals. After years of this, and it not being so easy to find fish free food, I gave them one can of food with fish. Guess who got crystals.. so no more fish, ever, here and no more crystals. I dont know if it works for all crystals in everycat, but it works for us. I suspect that the specialty food is less fish or fish free. I don’t buy expensive, I just check labels every time. (sometimes they change formulas and I have to stop buying something they’d previously had) Hope your kitty gets better!

    • Thanks Andrea for that suggestion but she does not do well on fish (digestively speaking) and so does not eat it. The UR food is actually salmon flavor or turkey-lol. Our vet suggested it was the food and she would now need to eat the (expensive) UR food from now on. *sigh* I personally think (like humans) things just happen.

  6. I did some quick surfing and found very little price variance on the Pro Plan UR prescription food. One sight wanted me to first create an account, which I refuse to do.

  7. Robyn, you mention that having a nursing mother being adopted or going to Pet Smart is a sudden cut off for her babies, but isn’t putting a onesie on Canasta the very same thing, a sudden and drastic cut off from nursing her kittens? I wonder if she is uncomfortable and full from being unable to nurse…….. (This comes from a mom who nursed her children, not the same but then again, the same LOL)

  8. I just found the wet food on Chewy. Click on Cat/wet food, then in the left panel for brands pick Purina Pro Plan – there are 2, one is vet and one is regular. I found single cans and cases. I took a screen shot but can’t figure out how to post it in comments, sorry. Could you ask her to try searching Chewys again? Not sure if their prices are better than elsewhere but they usually are. Fingers crossed this helps

    • Found it. Thanks. It’s *slightly* less with the autoship package.

  9. Now we’re gonna need to be weaned off following and falling in love with her! I actually started to cry when I read post. 1st happy tears, but then it hit me… No more Canasta hind leg up, giant leaps, chasing balls, and no more Canasta pie. I’ve been very very ill for most all of your time with her and Cardsharks. On the worst days, 1st her, then the family bring such comfort. On the days I’m OK enough to go to work, I probably spend more time sharing L&H with everyone than actually working! Your dedication and devotion to the Cardsharks Clan is so uplifting. Fred’s too! So glad your doing what you are to enrich so many lives. I admire y’all so much.

  10. I am just so happy for Canasta. She is such a wonderful, silly girl and I am delighted she has found herself a permanent home.