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October 10, 2013

Old cat needs a trip to the veteranarian

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When I picked them up that afternoon, they said they couldn’t find Sue’s ovaries, and to bring her back when she was in heat. I later took them to a vet at PetSmart for their shots. The vet said, “Why did you name him Sue?” Well, that explained the lack of ovaries. I had him neutered and renamed him Sueler.

Sueler is very fat, no matter what I feed him — Natural Balance Fat Cats dry food or Fancy Feast that has fewer calories. I have tried other expensive food recommended by a vet, but the cats won’t eat it.

Sueler is not very active and keeps getting fatter. His idea of being outside is to be in the garage and watch whatever is happening outside. If a leaf blows his way, he is frightened. It is so different with Ellen; she runs, plays and enjoys life.

What can I do for Sueler that doesn’t involve an expensive vet visit? I took him to the vet services at PetSmart for an exam that cost more than $200, but I would have needed to spend a lot more for blood work to indicate why he is so overweight.

I feel the vet that searched for Sueler’s “ovaries” might be the initial cause for his intestines not assimilating food correctly, but I am just assuming.

There is one more thing worth noting: Sueler keeps licking his fat belly to where it is raw and irritated. Anything I could use as a salve/ointment says “Do not ingest,” so I don’t dare try them.

Can you help?

— A.W.J., Naples, Fla.

Dear A.W.J.: A PetSmart-based veterinarian charging $200 just to examine your cat is exorbitant. You should file a complaint with your local Better Business Bureau.

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