Try calling vets or animal shelters in your area for advice. Explain your situation, maybe someone will help you.
I have read that cats usually have an over active thyroid which would make a cat lose weight, not gain. Dogs usually have an under active thyroid which causes weight gain. My dog has this problem.
My niece's one cat is overweight and so far, he doesn't have any health issues. She took him to the vet for tests and everything was normal. He is active for his age but just overweight. The vet recommended a weight control cat food for both her cats since they older. (12/22/2005)
Yes, call the local humane societies. They are usually less expensive than independent vets. Also some vets will let you make payments. Make sure you talk to a Dr. because most receptionists are trained to just say no to payments. Is the incident why she's mean, or did it do damage internally that makes her mean? Is she in pain? If it's just her mood they can give her something to relax her. I would be concerned with getting her personality back by trying to find the source of her meanness. (12/23/2005)
On the free-feeding issue, a vet told me that some cats can free-feed, and others can't. My cats have done well free-feeding, but when I was growing up we had a cat that if you free-fed, she would eat it all and throw it up! I'm not sure of the cause, but you know cats they keep us guessing all the time. Good luck. (12/26/2005)
Different parts of the country probably have different groups available to help with pet costs. You should check with local humane societies and veterinarians to see what kind of payment methods are available to you. (01/06/2006)
In Los Angeles try: the Sam Simon foundation and the Amanda foundation. They are both wonderful. (06/15/2008)
I don't know where you live, but try a place called Concern 4 Animals. (08/29/2008)
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