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by alanc
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: new very shy scared cat
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: new very shy scared cat

I agree with Papa and Mollycat. With a very shy cat, be prepared for a long haul. It took my Misty 3 months to come out of his shell. Once he did, though, he became a very loving and cuddly cat.
by alanc
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 43

Re: Book recommendations

I think of the many cat books I have, Grace McHattie's "Supercat the non-pedigree cat care book" is the most useful. It is just as relevant to pedigree as non-pedigree mogs. Getting a bit old now (1989) so does not cover microchips, but otherwise the advice is still good.
by alanc
Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Lost Loki now home
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Lost Loki now home

When I got my Misty back after his being lost for 9 weeks, I was so happy I was even polite to cold callers! Misty was so hungry he seemed to do nothing other than eat for days. He didn't go out for a fortnight and only then because I carried him out. He shot straight back indoors and demanded dinne...
by alanc
Sun Feb 21, 2021 7:28 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Lost Loki now home
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Lost Loki now home

There is nothing quite so delightful as a prodigal cat returning home!
by alanc
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Me and My Cat in Lockdown
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Me and My Cat in Lockdown

Hi Alwal and welcome.
My Tilly has just about got used to me being in all day.
She has been ordering dinner earlier and earlier as the months have gone by - it used to be 5:15pm and is now about 11:00am!
by alanc
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Garden Access
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Garden Access

Also consider getting an older 10+ years cat. Most rescues have some and they are often quite happy with a more sedentary lifestyle. My Tilly, who as a young cat ranged far and wide, is now quite content to sit at home in front of the radiator.
by alanc
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Feeding
Replies: 4
Views: 131

Re: Feeding

My experience of kittens is getting a bit old now (10 years) but I don't recall them having any difficulty in finding their dinners. Their sense of smell is pretty good and will lead them to food when they are hungry. Probably best to keep her out of the kitchen while you fill the bowl, though, as y...
by alanc
Sat Sep 26, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Yumove
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Yumove

I used to give Tilly Yumove and for a while she loved it (she is very fond of fish and Yumove smells of fish). Initially, it certainly seemed to make a difference. However, Tilly has gone off it and doesn't seem to be any the worse for not taking it now. I do feed her muscles as a treat several time...
by alanc
Sat Sep 12, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Honey’s results
Replies: 51
Views: 1357

Re: Honey’s results

There's a picture of the Edgard Cooper food here: https://uk.edgardcooper.com/pages/our-food Tilly only likes it occasionally. Canagan "Chicken and " is strands of chicken with chunks of whatever the chicken is with. Tilly likes Canagan. They also do Tuna fillets with Mussels, which are ch...
by alanc
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Honey’s results
Replies: 51
Views: 1357

Re: Honey’s results

Just been checking on Tilly's food tins and so far as I can see neither Canagan Grain free and Edgard Cooper have cassia gum or Carrageenan in them (not mentioned on the labels).
by alanc
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Bed for Maine coon.
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Bed for Maine coon.

My Badger (an 8kg Maine Coon) managed to sleep in a 40cm diameter hut bed, so I think it ought to be big enough. As Ruth says, whether he uses it is another matter!
by alanc
Thu Aug 27, 2020 6:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cage rest help for injured
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Cage rest help for injured

My Tilly had to have the 12 weeks cage rest (7 years ago now) after breaking a tarsal bone. I found it best not to put her cage next to the window as that could defeat the object of keeping her quiet and also could get too hot. Whilst initially keen on escape, Tilly soon settled down to cage life. I...
by alanc
Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Needing Advice!!
Replies: 6
Views: 123

Re: Needing Advice!!

Pedigree kittens have obviously gone up in price a bit over the last 10 years - Badger an Tilly cost me £700 for the pair of them (would have been £400 for one). As Maine Coons, there was a bit more of them than a Ragdoll! That included vaccination but not microchipping, but they were GCCF registere...
by alanc
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Crazy bird?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: Crazy bird?

It tried it once to often today, and got caught by Tilly. Fortunately she brought it in straight away and I managed to set it free. Doesn't seem to have suffered much damage. Tilly went off in a huff and has gone to bed!
by alanc
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Neutering my male kitten
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Neutering my male kitten

I agree with Ruth, though just checking the vets websites should be sufficient to find out if they are doing neutering operations. Ours are doing them.
by alanc
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Crazy bird?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Re: Crazy bird?

I reckon you are all right. When the blackbird flew off, Tilly made a token pounce and swipe that was 5 seconds too late to catch anything.
by alanc
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Crazy bird?
Replies: 9
Views: 275

Crazy bird?

I know Tilly is getting old (10) and doesn't go hunting any more, but I reckon this blackbird is chancing his arm!
Blackbird and Tilly P1190744s.jpg
by alanc
Fri May 29, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Molly's new tree
Replies: 4
Views: 184

Re: Molly's new tree

Isn't that always the problem with them - don't like the old thing being replaced however tatty it is!
by alanc
Tue May 05, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cattery for holiday
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Cattery for holiday

How old is your cat and is she used to going to a cattery for shorter periods?
by alanc
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat not eating
Replies: 4
Views: 164

Re: Cat not eating

I have had success with Thrive Chicken when my Tilly needed encouraging to eat, but it is expensive.
by alanc
Sat Apr 18, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat playing with drinking water
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Cat playing with drinking water

The scooping action is an instinctive cat play, mimicking how they catch fish.
by alanc
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Thoughts on BBC news article - keep cats in doors during outbreak
Replies: 8
Views: 256

Re: Thoughts on BBC news article - keep cats in doors during outbreak

Its at times like these that I am glad Tilly does not socialize with other humans. She is unlikely to be within sneezing distance of anyone other than me. All the same, I am keeping her in as much as possible. Fortunately, now she is getting old, she is quite happy sleeping in the sun on my bed most...
by alanc
Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Corona ... someone had to start it!
Replies: 25
Views: 801

Re: Corona ... someone had to start it!

Problem with this working from home business is that my Tilly thinks that as I am home dinner ought to be served at 3:15pm, not 5:15pm!
by alanc
Mon Mar 30, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help w Senior Cat + Litter Box
Replies: 9
Views: 263

Re: Help w Senior Cat + Litter Box

They do cause us a bit of grief when they get old. Some possible help with your problems, although my experience of old cats is 10 years old now: 1) I use Pettex grey clumping cat litter, which works well for me (and my Tilly being a big cat can deliver quite a volume of pee), though I do not know h...
by alanc
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: our kitten all of a sudden today starting walking weird
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: our kitten all of a sudden today starting walking weird

Agree with Kay and Booktigger. Happened to me with my first cat Sally, rushed of to vet thinking she was gravely ill, only to find out she was on heat. (OK I should have realised why the local tom cat was sitting on my front door.)
by alanc
Thu Mar 19, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Corona ... someone had to start it!
Replies: 25
Views: 801

Re: Corona ... someone had to start it!

Just had a new practice guideline from my dentist regarding COVID-19. Glad to see it is certified virus free!
by alanc
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat Vaccinations
Replies: 4
Views: 170

Re: Cat Vaccinations

As Williams says, if you are in the US, you should certainly add Rabies to the list of essential vaccines. We do not need it in the UK as we do not have Rabies.
by alanc
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Happy Birthday, Tilly!
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Happy Birthday, Tilly!

Today is Tilly's 10th birthday. She has just finished her birthday dinner of Sardines and Mussels and gone back to bed to sleep it off.
by alanc
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Corona ... someone had to start it!
Replies: 25
Views: 801

Re: Corona ... someone had to start it!

Our Vets are the only business I deal with who have not sent me their COVID-19 precaution procedures. Still we have not had to go there for some time and should not need to until June for Tilly's booster inoculations (and those can probably be put off for a week or two if needed). Had to do some pan...
by alanc
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recently adopted shelter cat
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Recently adopted shelter cat

Mollycat, that would explain it! Must have been thinking of Misty's favorite food. His appetite for Whiskas was as impressive as his whiskers.