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Nov. 25th, 2006 | 06:45 pm

I'd been taking my cat to the Cat Clinic of Pasadena, which only cares for cats. But I've been a bit bothered by the random bits of extreme christianity subtly placed around the facility, for example they did have postcards for Gibson's The Passion of the Christ while that was out.

However they weren't accepting new patients so when my girlfriend got a cat she decided to just go to the corporate vet Banfield located in the local PetCo.

I was curious as to what that vet would tell me about my cat, so I took her in for a checkup to the Banfield vet in the store. (And as my cat is a bit overweight I wanted to get a prescription card for the low calorie cat food, as the Cat Clinic has really crummy hours compared to PetCo.)

The vet seemed pretty competent, and they've got a fairly impressive computerized patient management system. Also their new patient form referred to "Spouse/Partner", which certainly scored points for me. I also think the computerized patient system makes it far easier for them to give you copies of your pets medical record when you leave.
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Josh

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from: irilyth
date: Nov. 26th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
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You have to get a prescription card in order to buy low-calorie cat food?

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Aluta Corinthiaca Sumptuosa

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from: dragonblink
date: Nov. 26th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
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Yup. There's "low calorie" or "mature" versions of regular cat foods like Friskies and Iams, and those you can just buy. But the Hill and Royal Canin special diet pet foods have to be prescribed to you. Mainly because of the potential for damage if people insisted on feeding their pet the wrong kind of food. The vet-prescribed weight loss cat food is not something that should be fed to a normal sized cat.

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no, YOUR mom

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from: theinfamousmom
date: Nov. 26th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
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Whoa... Am I understanding this correctly, that you can buy the prescription cat food at Petco if you have a prescription for it?

What are their prices like? We're paying more than a buck a can for the stuff we buy at our vet office.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 27th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
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I've only been buying dry food, and they were out of stock of the food that was recommended. So I have no idea how much it was.

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Dilinger

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from: dilinger
date: Nov. 28th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
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Why not get that auto Cat feeder, You can measure out specific ammounts of food.

I go to a chiro who seems to be a religous nut. But he makes me feel better and he has never talked about his religious beliefs while I was there.
I also found out that my wife has us with PTL insurance broker. I really wanted to switch but she says the agent is a friend of the family so I figure whatever. Atleast mercury is run by aliens.

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Nov. 28th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Mira gets diet Science Diet (Light, hairball formulation) dry food, which needs no prescription. I feed her 2.5 ounces of that for dinner. And diet Iams pouches of wet food (3oz) that I mix her supplements into for her breakfast. I hadn't heard of diet cat food that needed prescriptions!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Nov. 29th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
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At a more typical vet office buying the low calorie cat food isn't as official as a "prescription", they'll just informally check to make sure you actually need it. (They're actually concerned to make sure that normal weight cats have regular calorie food as well).

The thing about PetCo is that the store portion is open later than the vet portion, so you need a "prescription" card in order to buy the vet controlled food.

(And it does work pretty well, my cat's lost about 3 pounds on the stuff)

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Nov. 29th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, neither the Science Diet low cal food, nor the low cal Iams pouches, nor the Purina Pro Plan low cal cans require prescriptions at all. I just buy 'em for mira_kitty without any fuss. Do you know if the ones you're buying that require a prescription have even lower calorie contents?

Also, my vet told me that the wet food is better for her weight loss than the dry food, but Mira prefers the dry food. I compromise by feeding her one of each every day. Did your vet mention anything about the dry/wet choices?

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