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by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Deep Sleeping Cat
Replies: 4
Views: 3830

Re: Deep Sleeping Cat

Could he be deaf?

I have known two cats to sleep like this. You think they are dead on the stairs. Both were actually deaf!
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Adopt or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 3069

Re: Adopt or not?

Did you take him?
Oh I hope so!
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?
Replies: 17
Views: 7282

Re: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?

Also, while it would be easy to assume that high protein would be a GOOD thing in any cat or dog food, too. Itch protein can lead to kidney issues. This is just an example of how a diet needs to be BALANCED. Commercial foods are great in that sense. People slate the companies often, but of not for t...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:15 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?
Replies: 17
Views: 7282

Re: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?

Just realising now that I didn't address the absolute MOST important part of your original post....... And that is the meaning of "complete" food. A complete food is one that provides all the nourishment the body needs. Most cat food provides this, it is it definitely worth making sure that whatever...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Newly Diagnosed Late Stage FIV - 4 Year Old Kitty
Replies: 13
Views: 7260

Re: Newly Diagnosed Late Stage FIV - 4 Year Old Kitty

I am delighted to hear he is doing so well! I have many FIV cats, as I run a small sanctuary, but have no experience in using interferon for FIV. I have also lost many FIV cats over the years...... They always died from "something else" however..... To be honest, the cats I seem to end up with have ...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Worms! What now?
Replies: 13
Views: 1915

Re: Worms! What now?

I find milbemax really easy to give them! They are so small and half a pill does most of my cats as they are under 4kg. Mostly I just pop them down the throats, but for the strugglers, I use processed cheese. Only Abby refuses this (she only likes dry food) and is a struggler. She needs a dose now a...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat scratch disease? is it possible I've gotten it?
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: cat scratch disease? is it possible I've gotten it?

It looks like the type of scratch I wouldn't even notice happening either! My mother had cat scratch fever when she was young and living in Africa. She said she felt awful and had a fever. She was a nurse, and recovered with no medical treatment, and still brought the offending cat into bed with her...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tumor in lung
Replies: 15
Views: 3393

Re: Tumor in lung

I'm so sorry to read of your sad news. I have lost cats and humans to various types of cancer. Last year, my old lady Minnie (she was about 20 years old) had a recurrence of a mammary tumour. She had had one removed three years previously and to be honest, was lucky to get three years. The mammary c...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Panacur granules 1.8g sachet - kitten dosage
Replies: 4
Views: 1428

Re: Panacur granules 1.8g sachet - kitten dosage

Yep, the rescue should really have armed you with all the info on worming! Parazole liquid is commonly used on tiny kittens and puppies as it is safe and easy to administer. It's given over three days, in smaller amounts than for an adult cat, for safety reasons. The granules you have really aren't ...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cats kidneys not working properly and ataxia.
Replies: 22
Views: 4230

Re: Cats kidneys not working properly and ataxia.

I am so sorry for your loss Kris. She probably had bad kidneys (very unusual to have good ones at her age!) and the anaesthetic and metacam was just too much for her system. she was still a lucky cat to have you as her caring owner though....... You did your best for her, and we all die in the end. ...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Potential conflict with vet
Replies: 16
Views: 3304

Re: Potential conflict with vet

And Kris..... This is why bloods should be done on older animals before surgery. Anaesthetic protocols change with the risk factors that show up. All anaesthetics carry risks of course, but they can be minimised if you know what the dangers are. Do it once and do it right.
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Potential conflict with vet
Replies: 16
Views: 3304

Re: Potential conflict with vet

I am confused as to why the cat has not had blood work done in three years because of age. Blood work is meant to be done ore often as they get old, not less frequently? A broken tooth is AGONISING. Animals, especially cats, continue to eat and drink and try to behave normally DESPITE enormous pain,...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is frightened of me!
Replies: 8
Views: 1608

Re: Blackie is frightened of me!

Great news on the blood and urinalysis!
Could you try using examination gloves to apply the steroid spray? It would protect you, and the gloves wouldn't absorb any of it like the lint, so less waste?
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Overbreeding health risk on male cats?
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Re: Overbreeding health risk on male cats?

And there is a WEALTH of scientific evidence to show that inbreeding has terrible effects on the immune system. It is as bad as FIV. Cheetahs suffer from similar issues because the gene pool is so small due to hunting.........
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Overbreeding health risk on male cats?
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Re: Overbreeding health risk on male cats?

I wonder if this woman has ever seen the results of this "natural" inbreeding??? Because I have, through rescuing entire colonies of cats and kittens with heart problems, digestive problems, intellect problems and any other problem you can think of!!!!!!! But to answer your question, Males who are n...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat constantly yowling
Replies: 8
Views: 3164

Re: Elderly cat constantly yowling

Hyperthyroidism immediately springs to mind, and it is a separate blood test as has been mentioned. It actually might take a couple of blood tests to diagnose as thyroxine levels can vary over time. Do get it done asap, as hyperthyroidism is serious but treatable, and catching it early can prevent o...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?
Replies: 10
Views: 4518

Re: How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?

As others have said, it depends on each cat really. For acute kidney failure (caused by toxin exposure) I would certainly use fluid therapy to flush their systems through for as long as necessary, and pray that not too much lasting damage was done. I have only ever dealt with chronic kidney disease,...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: My cat from hell TV program
Replies: 6
Views: 2299

Re: My cat from hell TV program

That is an excellent point!
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do you ever have one of those days....
Replies: 13
Views: 2802

Re: Do you ever have one of those days....

The toxic dribble is really cracking me up!
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do you ever have one of those days....
Replies: 13
Views: 2802

Re: Do you ever have one of those days....

Laughing my behind off here! I have regular incidences of pooh/pee being done over the side of the box too..... Or half in-half out usually. "Zoomies" must be the UK term for the Irish "Skitter witters". Someone vomited a heap of grassy liquid on my stairs this morning, and Dr. Livingston, aka. the ...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Tick bites and Lyme disease!
Replies: 15
Views: 3224

Re: Tick bites and Lyme disease!

If I found one attached to me, you'd hear the screams from your house! I think I'd be applying spot-on treatments to myself ha ha ha! (Don't actually do that...... But isn't it a wonder that no such thing exists for high-risk humans, now I think about it?)
by Cussypat1974
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New cat owner
Replies: 9
Views: 2040

Re: New cat owner

When THEYwant to be!
by Cussypat1974
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New cat owner
Replies: 9
Views: 2040

Re: New cat owner

I have 26 cats and about 4 are cuddly.......
by Cussypat1974
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Giving my cats up - advice pls!
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Re: Giving my cats up - advice pls!

Yep.... Cats choose their homes! Scarlett left me but I know it wasn't personal. Plenty others have moved in! I just feel for the old man here....... I imagine how I would feel if my husband died... I would lose it entirely..........
by Cussypat1974
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Update after another long absence!
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

Re: Update after another long absence!

I take death as I take life nowadays...... It can be a blessing or a torment. Apart from health issues and suffering, cats just get one with things, and so do I! I try not to grieve or mope. Death is not the worst thing that can happen to any of us........
by Cussypat1974
Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:34 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Tick bites and Lyme disease!
Replies: 15
Views: 3224

Re: Tick bites and Lyme disease!

The foreign one spread worse...... But Ireland and the U.K. Are different also, what is native here is not over the pond. If the cats are coming in with crawling ticks I would suspect a tick nest near the entrance to be honest. Under a window or by a door where they like to snooze? Once ticks latch ...
by Cussypat1974
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Hello (Old member with sad and happy news)
Replies: 7
Views: 1787

Re: Hello (Old member with sad and happy news)

I lost Locky to CRF at three years of age. The vet reckoned it was a congenital defect. It was terribly sad, but he had 6 very good months between diagnosis and death. It's a bloody shocker to be faced with CRF in a young cat......... Big hugs to you. X
by Cussypat1974
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do you ever have one of those days....
Replies: 13
Views: 2802

Re: Do you ever have one of those days....

You are not shallow at all, but if vomiting twice daily, a vet trip is needed!
by Cussypat1974
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New cat owner
Replies: 9
Views: 2040

Re: New cat owner

I agree with Joe, and non-verbal communication is far more important. The other thing is the question of what we, as humans want from our pets. Cats are unique in the world of pets as they aren't very domesticated, compared to dogs. Your expectations may differ from reality. Cats CAN be cuddly but m...
by Cussypat1974
Tue Apr 19, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Every single time I say something to a vet about my cats I end up being right (rant)
Replies: 33
Views: 5156

Re: Every single time I say something to a vet about my cats I end up being right (rant)

With all due respect, you bought yourself a bag of problems and bills! I am so so glad she is doing well now, but I can HONESTLY say that few of the rescued, mangy strays and ferals I have taken in over the years have caused me such issues! I KNOW your heart is in the right place and you love your a...