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by alanc
Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adoption: shelter or private sale?
Replies: 3
Views: 41

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: 46

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: 176

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: 100

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: 121

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: 208

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: 148

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: 131

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...
by alanc
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?
Replies: 8
Views: 93

Re: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?

I use Pettex clumping litter. Works well and Tilly is happy with it (as were Badger, Honey Misty and Sally in their time). It is a bit heavy, so a shopping cart might be useful for the amount you will require. I certainly would not consider using a non-clumping litter and on the few times I have tri...
by alanc
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 160

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

Very sad to read this.He put up a good fight and you did all you could for him.
by alanc
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Schesir alternative
Replies: 7
Views: 47

Re: Schesir alternative

Tilly certainly loves Thrive and Canagan (both of which I can get from our local pet shop). However, although a bit delicate at times, her guts are in in full working order, so no problems with inability to digest her food. When I had an elderly lady (Honey) with an inefficient gut my vet recommende...
by alanc
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Eating Mice

Tilly and I have had a good many mouse hunts, my mouse catching ability has certainly improved, so I think I have saved about 50% of the mice she caught and brought in alive. When Badger was alive and the two of them were hunting in tandem, my success rate wasn't so good! Certainly, feeding doesn't ...
by alanc
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Eating Mice

He's just being a cat. Feeding more doesn't stop the carnage, only increasing age! Now she is 9, my Tilly seems to have retired from the mousing business, she hasn't caught anything that I know of for at least a year.
by alanc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Time for a new start...
Replies: 18
Views: 212

Re: Time for a new start...

What Moobag says is what happened to me after Sally died - I went to the Blue Cross looking for 1 cat and came back with 2!
by alanc
Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopeted cat
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: Adopeted cat

Certainly at least 4 weeks. My old Misty (a timid 9 year old) needed 8 weeks.
by alanc
Sun Aug 04, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Time for a new start...
Replies: 18
Views: 212

Re: Time for a new start...

Seems I'm a bit late, as you have decided to go the two kitten route, but my first cat, Sally was an only kitten and I worked full time (still do) when she was growing up. She was quite happy on her own.
by alanc
Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat does not eat
Replies: 60
Views: 612

Re: Elderly cat does not eat

Many years ago I found haddock (grilled, steamed or boiled) persuaded my old girl Sally to start eating again. Gave her an extra 2 years.
by alanc
Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: bowls for jelly/gravy lickers
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Re: bowls for jelly/gravy lickers

Don't you believe it - Tilly would manage to push her dinner out of those bowls. She manages to push it out of vertical sided bowls with an overhanging lip!
by alanc
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pet Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: Pet Insurance

For my first cat Sally, I had a savings account, which covered all her vet bills over her long life. There was enough left to cover my aged Misty who was to old (9) to insure when I got him. I insured Honey (who I got at the same time) as I didn't think I could cover both of them if they got ill at ...
by alanc
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pancreatitis stories/information
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: Pancreatitis stories/information

Hi Victorriann My girl Tilly has had several bouts of Pancreatitis - she nearly died from it last year. If you use the search facility on here you will find the threads about it. I think milk caused Tilly's problem - we have not had a recurence since I banned it from her diet.
by alanc
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Yumove - how fast to take effect?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Yumove - how fast to take effect?

So I forgot to put the Yumove on her dinner tonight. She sniffed at her dinner and then looked up disgusted! So I hastily put it on and she scoffed away contentedly. Looks like a repeat order for the stuff will be on its way soon!
by alanc
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Yumove - how fast to take effect?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Yumove - how fast to take effect?

Thanks for that link, Lilith, gives me confidence that it will carry on working. I hadn't noticed the strong fishy smell, but that would explain why Tilly likes it so much!
by alanc
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:01 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Yumove - how fast to take effect?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Re: Yumove - how fast to take effect?

I obviously wrote too soon - Tilly has been jumping on and off my bed all night as though she was 5 years younger!
by alanc
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Normal or Coincident
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: Normal or Coincident

Of course he knew - probably hid it there to show his superiority as a hunter!
by alanc
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Yumove - how fast to take effect?
Replies: 6
Views: 128

Yumove - how fast to take effect?

Tilly has begun to show signs of arthritis (I have been expecting it for years) jumping up to places in stages where she used to bound up in one go. On my vets advice I have started to give her Yumove to ease the condition. Not had any problems with giving it to her - far from it, she aims for the p...
by alanc
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tilly's kidneys - so far so good
Replies: 7
Views: 125

Re: Tilly's kidneys - so far so good

Pleased to hear that Tilly is doing well. At her stage in life, gaining weight is a good thing - they loose it all to easily (although my Tilly is gaining a bit to much!)
by alanc
Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Dinner is served milady
Replies: 16
Views: 303

Re: Dinner is served milady

Fostering seems the best way forward. Maybe if you ever have to give Si back, a bit of economy with the truth is indicated, something on the lines of "we had all this cat food left over from our old cat, so thought we would try it on her".
by alanc
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Mia - Chapter 3
Replies: 72
Views: 898

Re: Mia - Chapter 3

They're a stunning lot of cats.
My Tilly is also adept at hoovering up everyone at the Vets, when she had to have her bandage changed after her leg operation (having dunked it in water) she somehow required 1 vet and 4 vet nurses to change. I didn't get a look in!
by alanc
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Large cat flap selective on exit needed
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Large cat flap selective on exit needed

I also have a Maine Coon and a Sureflap Pet Door (also got because Maine Coon's don't fit normal cat flaps). Looking at it, I don't think it would be easy to waterproof the inside so that it could go outside and it would make operating the controls very difficult anyway.
by alanc
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Tilly being naughty again!
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Tilly being naughty again!

My Tilly used to keep all the dogs round here under her paw. The jack Russel cross living a few doors down the road didn't dare go out into his own garden if Tilly was sitting there. Tilly is beginning to feel old now, and has retired from the dog harassing business much to the relief of the local d...