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by alanc
Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: What breed?
Replies: 4
Views: 30

Re: What breed?

Whilst I would agree with most f what Mollycat says, I would say that the Maine Coon and the Norwegian Forest Cat got the way they are (big and long haired) by natural selection. So far as anybody knows, that is. Human involvement was restricted to providing places in a cold winter climate requiring...
by alanc
Wed Jul 21, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice on microchip operated catflaps - brands/models
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Advice on microchip operated catflaps - brands/models

The timer can be set to prevent exit between set times - entry is controlled by the microchip. You can't make sure they are in on time, but you can make sure they don't go out again after they are in. In Tilly's case, I set it so she can't go out after dinner and she is very rarely late for dinner.
by alanc
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice on microchip operated catflaps - brands/models
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Advice on microchip operated catflaps - brands/models

What you need will depend on the size of your cat. I have a Sureflap Pet door which has given good service for the past 8 years, and which is large enough for my Maine Coon, Tilly. They are not cheep, but worth it. I think you will find the more versatile ones cost in the £80-£100 range. The extra f...
by alanc
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat Dispute
Replies: 13
Views: 124

Re: Cat Dispute

Did angry man put any missing cat posters up, or advertise his cat was missing in any way, like contacting local cat rescues and vets?
by alanc
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:03 pm
Forum: FOUND Cats
Topic: Request for advice on settling a found cat
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: Request for advice on settling a found cat

Didn't have your problem when I got my old Misty back after his being lost for 9 weeks - he wouldn't go out and I eventually had to carry him out only for him to shoot back in again! I would follow fjm's advice re only letting him out before meal times for a while.
by alanc
Thu Jul 15, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: UPDATE HE IS HOME! MISSING GINGER CAT : Brockley, London, SE4
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: UPDATE HE IS HOME! MISSING GINGER CAT : Brockley, London, SE4

That is great news. There is nothing quite like the joy of a returning prodigal cat! If he behaves anything like my old Misty did when he came home from being lost, he won't want to go out anyway.
by alanc
Thu Jul 01, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin - lymphoma
Replies: 9
Views: 159

Re: Pippin - lymphoma

RIP Pippin
by alanc
Thu Jul 01, 2021 11:13 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Two kittens from different litters
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Two kittens from different litters

My Maine Coons Badger and Tilly, although coming from the same breeder were not siblings. No problems between them.
by alanc
Wed Jun 30, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pancreatitis advice or help needed!
Replies: 14
Views: 157

Re: Pancreatitis advice or help needed!

Tilly was at the vet hospital for over a week. She had a feeding tube for several days until she could be persuaded to eat again. She wasn't allowed home until she was cured and I don't recall having to give her anything other than antibiotics to ensure there was no infection from the feeding tube. ...
by alanc
Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pancreatitis advice or help needed!
Replies: 14
Views: 157

Re: Pancreatitis advice or help needed!

I think in this situation you have to consider what is the lesser of two evils. With Pancreatitis, getting him to eat is more important - renal food is no good if he won't eat enough of it. I found Thrive or Cannagan Chicken, though expensive, worked with getting Tilly to eat again after Pancreatiti...
by alanc
Mon Jun 28, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat carrier recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 112

Re: Cat carrier recommendations

I also vote for the wire mesh basket with plastic floor, although the wicker basket with steel grill door I bought for my first cat Sally some 40 years ago has proved quite durable as well.
by alanc
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?

Tilly used to like Thrive - indeed it was Thrive I used to tempt her to eat again after her last bout of Pancreatitis, but she seems to have rather gone off it of late. Don't think it would help Pippin, as it does require a bit of chewing.
by alanc
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?

Fish4Cats do a "Tuna with Seaweed" which Tilly likes as an occasional treat. It is only complimentary food though, so no good for full time eating.
by alanc
Sun Jun 13, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued female not gaining weight
Replies: 12
Views: 159

Re: Rescued female not gaining weight

It may not be anything to worry about at all - my old cat Misty ate most of the cat food (his and as much of Honey's that he could pinch) and never put much weight on.
by alanc
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pancretitis cat advice? PLEASE HELP I'M WORRIED SICK ABOUT MY CAT
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Pancretitis cat advice? PLEASE HELP I'M WORRIED SICK ABOUT MY CAT

If its any comfort to you, my Tilly has had several bad bouts of Pancreatitis. It is frightening how rapidly it develops and how fast she dehydrates. The last time (over 2 years ago now) Tilly was hospitalized and on a drip for a week and I thought she was going to die. She responded to treatment an...
by alanc
Fri Jun 11, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?

I wouldn't really call them "shreds", I think they are chunks of reconstituted meat. They are about 6-10mm long and small enough to be picked up by tongue and swallowed without the need for chewing. I have only been feeding it to Tilly for about a year, after there was a severe local Pate ...
by alanc
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?

It's small pieces of soft meat in a thick gravy. Will try and measure the pieces before Tilly hoovers them up tomorrow!
by alanc
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin - lymphoma
Replies: 9
Views: 159

Re: Pippin - lymphoma

So sorry to hear about Pippin. I hope he manages one more summer of lying in the sun.
by alanc
Thu Jun 10, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?

Tilly votes for the Gourmet Pate (Fish or Chicken) and the Gourmet Savory Cake
by alanc
Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Long distance travel
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Long distance travel

I have no experience of cats in cat carriers for more than an hour and a half, but there are tales that back in the days of steam trains when every station and goods yard had a cat, the railway cats occasionally made long journeys (8 hours or so) by train in a GWR packing case when being sent back t...
by alanc
Fri Jun 04, 2021 8:12 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Rescue Cat Hiding 4 weeks
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Rescue Cat Hiding 4 weeks

I can only echo what the others have said. It took my rescue cat Misty some 3months to come out of his shell (an igloo bed in my attic room, in his case). When he finally did, though, he became a very loving cat although always prone to retreat to his igloo if frightened.
by alanc
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Caged cat after surgery
Replies: 6
Views: 116

Re: Caged cat after surgery

Glad things are improving a bit. Tilly, she settled down and accepted her fate after the first week although she made at least one bid for freedom in the first few days. I never had the problem of my other cat Badger (from the same breeder, but from a different litter and 1 day younger than Tilly) n...
by alanc
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:15 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Caged cat after surgery
Replies: 6
Views: 116

Re: Caged cat after surgery

To add to what Mollycat has said. Don't despair. I had to cage rest Tilly (then a very active 3 year old) for 8 weeks after she broke a tarsal bone. The first week is by far the worst! As long as your main cage has 2 doors opposite each other, I found that a small second cage alongside the first (wi...
by alanc
Sat Apr 24, 2021 4:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat is caged for six weeks; both feeling desperate
Replies: 7
Views: 1566

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

The first week is the worst - after that they just seem to accept it.
by alanc
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Home made cat toys
Replies: 3
Views: 110

Re: Home made cat toys

A 2ft length of old sash cord with a large knot tied in one end of it works wonders for Tilly. Can be dragged over the floor in front of her so she pounces on it and plays with it. She seldom lets it go, so a second one to distract her into dropping the first is also useful! A bit of Sissal twine wi...
by alanc
Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice Welcome! Referred 60 miles away in lockdown and no car...
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: Advice Welcome! Referred 60 miles away in lockdown and no car...

I don't know whether this will be any help or not, but do you give your kitty milk? My Tilly had several bad bouts of pancreatitis, but none since I stopped letting her have milk.
by alanc
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: new very shy scared cat
Replies: 4
Views: 205

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: 262

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: 240

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: 240

Re: Lost Loki now home

There is nothing quite so delightful as a prodigal cat returning home!