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by exlibris
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 12
Views: 83

Re: He's gone

I've been having to deal with some teenage anti-social behaviour at work. This morning I knew I'd have to deal with it all over again today. I looked for Backy to cheer me up, but he just wasn't there. :(
by exlibris
Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:06 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 12
Views: 83

Re: He's gone

Kay wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:52 pm
I had to have Tiffany pts this afternoon, so Backy will be company for her at the Bridge
That's awful Kay - I'm glad Backy passed away before I had to do that. But it's for the best - I think Backy will appreciate the company.
by exlibris
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 12
Views: 83

Re: He's gone

Thanks everyone
by exlibris
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 12
Views: 83

He's gone

I found Backy dead this morning. He's been getting thinner for the last few months, but has only been very ill for the last week. So now we have no cats. We'd had Backy and Twitch for 18 and 16 years. The place will seem empty now. I hope they visit me in my dreams.
by exlibris
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Elderly cat behaviour before death

Thanks Mollycat A wise reminder - cats love to mess with your head :) Just when you think you know what's wrong or what's going to happen, they go an do something utterly unexpected. Apparently the blood test also covered diabetes, hyperthyroid and something else, and all were fine. Last night I tho...
by exlibris
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: Elderly cat behaviour before death

Thanks both. I looked online as vet's cat laxative wasn't working. The suggestion was milk, so I tried it out and Backy is no longer constipated and brighter than he has been. REALLY likes the milk. He's eating more, and I'm very hopeful. BUT....just spoken to my mother-in-law who's just lost her ca...
by exlibris
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Elderly cat behaviour before death

Hi, My beautiful Backy is very weak, really thin, can't walk without swaying. A number of times he's laid down and we've been prepared for the end.... But then he's got up and got some water (he's doing this VERY frequently), then returns and leaps to the spot he's decided to occupy. Just a few mome...
by exlibris
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Schesir alternative
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Re: Schesir alternative

Zooplus sell Schesir, at a reasonable price - it's all supplementary though Have you tried Gourmet Perle? It's lower in fat than most mainstream cat foods, so more easily digested by oldies I bought this due to a previous recommendation (probably from you :) ) and it was really good, but after the ...
by exlibris
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Schesir alternative
Replies: 7
Views: 41

Schesir alternative

Hi all, A trip to the vet diagnosed Backy, my 18 yr old, as problems caused by his diet. Blood tests came back normal. Old felines are notoriously picky, so I need something that is nutritious, but also tempting. The vet also has a picky aged mog, he has suggested schesir food, which I'm happy to ge...
by exlibris
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suspected polyp - no surgery!!
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Suspected polyp - no surgery!!

Hi gingertigs, really sorry to hear about your moggy :( I have a feeling I know why your parents are reluctant. Our vets have told us that if we ever need to put our 18-yr-old under sedation that he might not wake up again because of his age. Your parents are probably considering that they may pay t...
by exlibris
Sat Aug 10, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice about vomiting cat
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Advice about vomiting cat

Back in early July my 19 year old moggy, Bacy, lost a lot of weight. We took him to the vets and after blood tests it turned out to NOT be a kidney problem - much to my vets surprise. She reasoned that he might have gum problems, so put him on Metacam. Fantastic - Backy started eating properly again...
by exlibris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice please ...
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Advice please ...

Well put Mollycat. If you feel like you want to express your feelings, but are always holding back, try emailing the Samaritans. Before you go "but I'm not suicidal!!!!", that's NOT what they're about. They just listen, and goodness knows I've told them about things I'd never say to my friends or fa...
by exlibris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 143

Re: super skinny feline needs feeding up

Some never gain it again, just monitor to make sure they aren't losing. I'm surprised by the logic of putting him on metacam just in case it is his teeth. He's likely got some degree of arthritis at that age, I'd look at some supplements for that I'm suspicious he has arthritis too - he keeps rando...
by exlibris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat licked inside the cement mixture
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: My cat licked inside the cement mixture

I'm not too knowledgeable myself, so I did a quick Google (though I dare say you have too). He may have gone some chemical burns :( Is he having trouble breathing? I'd really take him to the vets as it could develop into something more serious - the chemicals might do more damage as time goes on. If...
by exlibris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 143

Re: super skinny feline needs feeding up

Thank you to everyone - sound feeding advice, and also you've really put my mind at rest because it never occurred to me that it would take a long time for him to regain weight due to his age.
by exlibris
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 143

Re: super skinny feline needs feeding up

Backy was variable with the Pate, but now that's what I put the Metacam on every morning, and so he guzzles the lot - turns out Backy has a sweet tooth and can't get enough of the honey taste (he also tries to lick unattended sticky toffee pudding).
by exlibris
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Peeing issues
Replies: 2
Views: 73

Re: Peeing issues

I had the same problem with my 19 year old, Bakamono. We've had him since a kitten, suddenly at about 10 he started peeing on the bottom of the stairs. It was definitely him responding to neighbourhood male cats scenting the back door. Also, one kept breaking in (and I mean that, it shattered the fl...
by exlibris
Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 143

super skinny feline needs feeding up

Backy is 19 and has lost a hod load of weight (you can feel his spine). We took him to the vet, who did some tests and was flabbergasted at the tip-top condition of his kidneys. So, the general thought was it was gum disease. He's now on metacam and, thank goodness, eating more enthusiastically. How...
by exlibris
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat Pee Smell
Replies: 5
Views: 584

Re: Cat Pee Smell

Nature's Miracle is expensive but worked amazingly, much better than other stuff I've tried......also, amusingly, the Tesco delivery driver complemented me on my lovely perfume, which I wasn't wearing - it was the Nature's Miracle he could smell, lol.
by exlibris
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Death advice - not happy reading
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Death advice - not happy reading

Hi all, This could be distressing, so please consider this before reading on. My cat, Twitch, passed away last night. I just wanted to write some advice for anyone who might find themselves in a similar situation and might remember what I have written when that time comes. Sorry if I've put this in ...
by exlibris
Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Take to the vets or not?
Replies: 9
Views: 978

Re: Take to the vets or not?

Hi rstuk1 & welcome. Has his drinking changed? Does his faeces/urine look significantly different? These could be good indicators as to whether it's physical or psychological. Is it possible he wants more attention and he can remember you responding to his previous behaviour got attention? If your p...
by exlibris
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Very worried- co-ordination
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Very worried- co-ordination

Many thanks to Ruth B and Lilith for the advice. Sadly Twitch's problems turned out not to be an ear infection, it was neurological. She went rapidly down hill over a few days and passed away last night. I'm pleased she went easily & peacefully, and we didn't need to take her to be euthanized (that ...
by exlibris
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Very worried- co-ordination
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Very worried- co-ordination

Hi all, Apologises in advance - a lot of questions. I'm pretty worried. Friday night Twitch started having balance problems, falling off during her usual route of chairs and desks as she tried to step on thin air. She paced around around rooms on the floor. We had to wait until Tues for an appointme...
by exlibris
Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: What's she got against electricity?
Replies: 2
Views: 882

What's she got against electricity?

My mother-in-law's cat (young adult female) used to spray all over her husband's electric riser/recliner chair. The thing got horribly rusted and even damaged the carpet. She's got rid of the chair and got a brand new carpet and for a year now her cat has not sprayed......but she's started again. Th...
by exlibris
Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Super picky eater loosing weight - allergy to blame?
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Super picky eater loosing weight - allergy to blame?

Thanks all! I now have plenty of options. I'm particularly hopeful about the Bisolvon, I will see if my vet will give me a prescription. Getting a second opinion is awkward - last time I tried that I ended up having to completely move vets! The new vets wouldn't say anything without the notes from t...
by exlibris
Sat Mar 19, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: jealous cat
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: jealous cat

Again, excellent names :)
I hope I've been of help. I'm sure things will eventually pick up, I'm glad you're daughter isn't heading off anywhere for a while (otherwise she'd need to sneak him into her digs at uni!).
by exlibris
Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: jealous cat
Replies: 5
Views: 1224

Re: jealous cat

Firstly, a most excellent selection of names for your cats :) Something that apparently works really well is positive association, i.e. feed them there favourite food on either side of a closed door. They start to associate the other cats with good things. Maybe start with Dozer as they were once pa...
by exlibris
Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Super picky eater loosing weight - allergy to blame?
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Super picky eater loosing weight - allergy to blame?

Twitch is causing me much frustration. She has become extremely picky in what she eats. I keep putting the cat food up a notch and it gets her eating - huzzah! Then after so many days back to her fussy self again. She's not skinny as she is eating a bit, but she is slowly loosing weight. She's also ...
by exlibris
Sun Jan 03, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Inventive advice needed
Replies: 2
Views: 670

Inventive advice needed

One of my cats is peeing on the stairs :( I've tried all sorts of things, but essentially he's old and our local unneutered tom is causing his distress, and consequently causing his unpleasant activities. My concern is that the stuff is getting soaked into the carpet and we don't notice until we've ...
by exlibris
Sat Jan 02, 2016 1:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Ear mite war - tactical suggestions requested
Replies: 6
Views: 1291

Re: Ear mite war - tactical suggestions requested

Urrghh and hope you defeat the little suckers! :twisted: I've cleaned out many a mucky ear in my time and the one guideline I've gone by is - blunt index fingertip, wrapped in a kleenex, nothing smaller than this. Sorry glam females you will have to tear off the nail but better safe than sorry :) I...