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by alanc
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Drastic behavior change
Replies: 6
Views: 63

Re: Drastic behavior change

I agree with the others, this needs a full investigation. An exterior examination cannot always reveal what is wrong. My Maine Coon Badger showed no symptoms that could be seen from outside even the month before he died of cancer. (Badger didn't show any personality change, either, he remained the b...
by alanc
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 97

Re: ALternative proteins

Both Hills and Royal Canin do a hypoallergenic cat food which might help. Not sure though whether they are not so bland that most cats would never eat them.
by alanc
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 97

Re: ALternative proteins

The Thrive Ocean Fish is fish plus necessary additives to make it complete, so would depend what aspect of "fish flavored" might be linked to hyperthyroidism (the Ocean fish variety does not include Tuna as far as I know). Would want to see what the evidence actually is and how long you need to feed...
by alanc
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 97

Re: ALternative proteins

Does Molly like fish? Thrive do an all fish complete food (which Tilly loves). I think duck is a bit fatty, so probably not good for the calorie count.
by alanc
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Fireworks night
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Re: Fireworks night

Tilly spent the evening upstairs, sleeping above the radiator pipes. She wasn't too perturbed by the fusillade of bangs from out the back, but showed no inclination to go out after they started! Better than my old girl Sally, who spent most Fireworks nights in the bottom of the wardrobe. Misty used ...
by alanc
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 133

Re: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019

Very sad to read you have lost Mouse, may she rest in peace. It won't be the same without Mouse tales round here.
by alanc
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton

That's a relief, hope he is just feeling a bit off colour.
by alanc
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Fireworks night
Replies: 2
Views: 55

Fireworks night

Tilly is very annoyed with me as I have shut her in already. Not risking there being any chance she is out when fireworks start going off, but she does not appreciate that and won't until the bangs start.
by alanc
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Tactical error
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Tactical error

Badger and Tilly (Tilly still does) adored playing with a length of old sash cord with a knot at one end - cheapest toy either of them had!
by alanc
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Hair loss - part of a known health problem?
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Hair loss - part of a known health problem?

I've noticed that the fur on next door's Tay is getting a bit thin on his nose. Attributed it to his shoving his nose into places (like Tilly's dinner bowl) where it did not ought to be! Still, could be due to the kidney problems he had earlier.
by alanc
Sat Oct 26, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 262

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

Very sad to see Willow has gone. Your first cat is always special.
by alanc
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 259

Re: We have a big day today

And there's my Tilly, who I sometimes suspect of feigning illness so she can go to the vet and be made a fuss of by the Vet nurses all day......
by alanc
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Furry thief!
Replies: 9
Views: 82

Re: Furry thief!

As a kitten, before she learnt the joys of mousing, my Tilly brought in quite a few odd things, including a child's headband with a pair of fake rabbit ears. No idea where she found that!
by alanc
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 262

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

A good few years ago now, but I got my old girl Sally to eat using cooked Haddock when she became reluctant to eat anything.
by alanc
Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Mental Stimulation for an Injured Cat Confined to a Crate?
Replies: 20
Views: 5038

Re: Mental Stimulation for an Injured Cat Confined to a Crate?

Hi Llama
I can only assure you that my Tilly coped. As I said up the thread, the first weeks were the worst and she did try to escape a few times early on, but then settled down. She recovered completely, you would never know by looking at her that she had had an accident at all.
by alanc
Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 259

Re: We have a big day today

Glad the first part has gone well and Molly has put on some invisible weight. Paws crossed it is good news when the results come back.
Seems like your Henry went the same way as my Badger, who also must have hidden his tumor for a long time.
by alanc
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat is caged for six weeks; both feeling desperate
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: My cat is caged for six weeks; both feeling desperate

I had to cage rest my Tilly for over 8 weeks 6 years ago after major surgery to her back leg. She also is (well, was, she is getting a bit old now) an active cat and being a Maine Coon, rather larger than your girl, I expect! We survived - they do calm down a bit with time and accept their fate, alt...
by alanc
Wed Sep 25, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Medicine victory!
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Medicine victory!

Savor your victory while you can, I'm sure Idris is plotting his revenge!
by alanc
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Panic!!! Not neutered!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 180

Re: Panic!!! Not neutered!!!

Like Booktigger, I would err on the side of caution and not apply flea treatment until you know for certain the 4 week period has elapsed. Worth getting the vets to check the microchip is present and working as well!
by alanc
Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adoption: shelter or private sale?
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: Adoption: shelter or private sale?

Didn't have any concern regarding having my home assessed for its suitability, it was the total lack of any response for over a fortnight that sent me elsewhere.
by alanc
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kitten chaos
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Kitten chaos

Congrats on the new kittens, sure they will settle in in time. Other end of the age spectrum, but I remember thinking I knew all about elderly cats when I took Misty on, having just had my c18 year old Sally put to sleep. Misty soon showed how wrong I was!
by alanc
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adoption: shelter or private sale?
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: Adoption: shelter or private sale?

"Anyway - maybe shelters take their time getting back to you to make sure they are talking to people who are serious and not trying to adopt on a whim without really thinking it through?"
Well, in my case it lost them a potential owner who could not contemplate being catless for another week.
by alanc
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adoption: shelter or private sale?
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: Adoption: shelter or private sale?

Further on Mollycats theme, reputable cat breeders retire their Queens and Studs. They will be cats used to the indoor/restricted outside access and can be very affectionate. I know the breeder I bought Badger and Tilly from often has retired breeding cats for sale to good homes. I know the feeling ...
by alanc
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Anticipatory grief for my super senior Chuckie
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Anticipatory grief for my super senior Chuckie

I can only echo what the others have said. It is a hard decision that has to be made. However illogical, we all seem to suffer from guilt at having to make it and a feeling that we have failed them in not being able to magic up a cure.
by alanc
Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 235

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

Just a thought, but have you tried giving him an igloo type bed? They give them somewhere where they can hide in comfort and look out onto what may be going on in the room. I had one for my Misty when I first got him. He hardly came out of it for months except to go to the litter tray. Later on, whe...
by alanc
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 138

Re: The joy of food...

Reminds me of the weeks spent trying to get a few ounces onto an elderly cat and then seeing it all disappear seemingly overnight. (PS I'm not letting my Tilly see this thread - she has quite enough ideas of her own regarding the standard of food that should be supplied.)
by alanc
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopted cat advice please
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: Adopted cat advice please

When I adopted a pair of cats from the local rescue center (quite a few years ago now) it took one of them about 3 days to settle in and the other about 3 months. After those 3 months, the old chap became very affectionate.
by alanc
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 16
Views: 307

Re: Eating Mice

I spoke too soon! Tilly deposited 1 very dead rat on the doormat this afternoon.
by alanc
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: He's gone

Very sad to read of your losses, exlibris and Kay. It is never easy, whether their departure is expected or not. Sleep well Backy and Tiffany.
by alanc
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 8
Views: 198

Re: How do you support a grieving pet?

Tilly was so involved in the events around Badger's death from cancer, that I am not certain how much of her evident grief was due to her loss of her lifelong companion, the traumatic experience she had of coming home for dinner only to be whisked away to the vets to give Badger blood or my depressi...