• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

feline idiopathic cystitis - update, has stones

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • feline idiopathic cystitis - update, has stones

    My 9 yr old male cat has had outside the box issues for about 3 years (sometimes spraying on vertical surfaces & sometimes just plain old peeing). He's had a UTI & struvite crystals in the past (separate incidents) - last time his urinalysis came back clean & he was diagnosed with FIC & put on RX dry food & we supplement with wet food. Basically he has an episode & we try something different & it works for a few months & then we have a reoccurrence. Last night he jumped into bed & peed right next to me He's going back to the vet tonight. Has anyone cured this? Should I try subcutaneous fluids (vet suggested this last time) or an all wet diet? I've been reluctant to go to all wet b/c we have his sister & she can't have his wet rx food (she has idiopathic hypercalcemia) so we'd have to do separate feedings. Both cats are quasi feral (they come to you, but it's a #$%& of a time catching them) so separate feedings will be difficult. At this point, I'll try anything. Suggestions please.

    Updated -radiograph shows 5 stones which need surgically removed. We were quoted $1500 - 2k. I don't think I have time to price this, but this seems high. (Their price for kitty cosequin was $33 for 60 pills - 30 day supply). If we do the surgery, how do I know the stones won't come back? I wasn't prepared for this & just want to know my odds of reoccurrence going in. Thanks all!
    Last edited by ken; Feb. 4, 2013, 10:19 PM.

  • #2
    I would go with an all wet diet and kitty cosequin.

    I'd also ditch the RX diet, unless it's for the stones?

    All of my kitty peeing problems disappeared overnight when I finally stopped feeding any dry food.

    I also have two cats that eat separately (one is fat and on a diet, one gets special food) and I have small dog crates for them. They go in, the door gets shut and they get let out when they're done. After two or three days they were both sitting in their respective crates waiting for their meals. Perhaps that would work for you as well?


    • #3
      Cosequin for Cats. It works amazing. You can open the capsule and mix in the wet food.

      If its particularly bad, metacam and/or buprenorphine also helps them get over the initial inflammation.


      • Original Poster

        I can barely justify the cost for the horse! But I'm @ the vets now & I'll ask. Thanks! The science diet c/d is apparently no longer working


        • #5
          Kitty cosequin is cheap! Only about 15 bucks for 80 days.


          • #6
            Last time my kid had it, we did the metacam and buprenorphine and our employee vet suggested adding more water to his wet food. I put a can of food in a bowl, add water, and stir it up. He has been great ever since. I haven't had to go to the Cosequin, but that was my next move. I have a few cats that have different dietary needs and am able to separate them in crates, etc for meals. They have no problems with it.


            • #7
              I also crate one cat that needs to be fed separately. He has a huge dog crate with a bed, dishes and litterbox that he gets locked in for a few hours twice daily for his food and meds. Works great and he figued it out in no time.


              • #8
                Originally posted by ken View Post
                Updated -radiograph shows 5 stones which need surgically removed. We were quoted $1500 - 2k. I don't think I have time to price this, but this seems high. (Their price for kitty cosequin was $33 for 60 pills - 30 day supply). If we do the surgery, how do I know the stones won't come back? I wasn't prepared for this & just want to know my odds of reoccurrence going in. Thanks all!
                What kind of stones? Presumably calcium oxalate if they have to be removed?

                Both struvite and calcium oxalate stone can be managed with diet. Struvite stones will dissolve on their own if the diet is address. Calcium oxalate stones will not, but you can keep them from reforming. I believe that c/d is counter-indicated in calcium oxalate stones?


                • #9
                  Royal Canin Urinary SO works for some stones, but you have to know what kind. http://www.chewy.com/cat/food-treats...FUdxQgodSgoABA There is both dry and wet food.
                  Just had a large stones removed from my Corgi's bladder and kidney. Surgery would of been $3500, but we got it for $1200, because my husband is friends with the veterinary surgeon.


                  • Original Poster

                    The vet said calcium phosphate. When I searched around, it said these stones were most often found in the kidneys, but from the x-ray, his are in the bladder. I would like to clear this once & for all - poor boy has obviously been in discomfort. He's on phenoxybenzamine now - took me 20 minutes this morning to catch him & get it down. Then as I was getting ready to leave, I found the pill on the carpet. I *think* he got it the 2nd time....little bugger refuses to swallow.