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by Ducky
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!
Replies: 17
Views: 2472

Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!

Well... you said I hadn't seen the last of him, although there's a bit of a twist. Today is 18 months to the day since I let Humphrey out into the garden and off he strolled. He came back that night for a snack, and again the following night. On the third night, he came back but had lost his collar,...
by Ducky
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

I'm not sure if the turkey is helping or not, no. I think I have given it long enough. I just wish she'd stop attacking the same patches all the time so that they'd heal and then I'd know whether it was (a) the food or (b) the healing process that has been irritating her so much. I think we're looki...
by Ducky
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Ok. I guess the problem is, we've been on the JW turkey dry since 18th June - six weeks or so now - and I don't know if that's made any difference because she's still scratching. Whether she's scratching her healing scabs, or scratching because of her food, I have no idea. I thought I might have see...
by Ducky
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

So, we're one week into trying a new 'novel protein' grain free wet food. They're the JW lamb pouches. She likes it and she's been having half a pouch, twice daily. She still has the JW turkey dry although I did notice that I hadn't bought the grain free version so she's on that now. I can't be a hu...
by Ducky
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Today is day three of the powder. I'm still using the Weleda balm in between powder doses. I hope this is okay to do. Every now and then I'll take her collar off and let her roll around a bit. She still attacking that right temple/cheek wound with fierce aplomb. It's often the first thing she'll do,...
by Ducky
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Ah! Thanks fjm. It must have been you who mentioned it. This is my experience too. No scabs, but fading redness and no weeping. Am so grateful for the recommendations. I could see that what I was doing wasn't going to work long-term. The colloidal silver was keeping that nasties at bay but doing not...
by Ducky
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Lucy's powder has finally arrived and she had two doses of it yesterday, using a small make-up brush. I do think the hypercal ointment has helped a bit already, the temple and neck wounds were pretty raw only a few days ago and the redness has subsided significantly. They're not scabbing over which ...
by Ducky
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Well, someone managed to get her collar off last night :o and the mess I found when I went in this morning, you can imagine. The right side of her head and neck is a car crash of open wounds. I sprayed them with colloidal silver and patted them dry. They've had a liberal coating of that Weleda hyper...
by Ducky
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Well it's certainly a thought. I'm a (struggling) vegetarian so I don't tend to buy meat for the home although I would happily do so for the kitties. I do buy frozen tuna steaks for Hugo though. He is fussy about wet food and he sometimes comes to join the others for breakfast but doesn't like what ...
by Ducky
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

What lucky kitties FJM! And people think I spoil mine!! I'd love to cook them their dinners, but I struggle for time to cook my own some days! :D It's something I will look into though. Neck wound is looking cleaner and pink, not red, and a lot less messy. Temple wound makes her look like a walking ...
by Ducky
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

This is all really helpful, thank you. The neck wound is looking cleaner and has a discernible 'edge' now, as though it's closing up. Whether that's the honey working, who knows. I'm hoping the powder and Hypercal stuff will arrive today so I can get started on it. I read the ingredients on the JW f...
by Ducky
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

That's interesting. I've read that there's a link between facial and neck scratching and food allergies but never known of a case in practice. I must read more about this. If I could just eliminate food over environment, etc, we'd be a step further. She's on a single protein (turkey), grain free (pe...
by Ducky
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

I think I've cracked it!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/sXhk2CrWvNpunALUA

KittyTube! Or 'distraction therapy'.

Now I've just got to find the autoplay button, else it'll be a long night.
by Ducky
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

That sounds like powerful stuff. Is it a steroid cream? I presume it's prescription only then? I wonder if it might be worth having some of that in the fridge on standby. I'll give this Vetzyme powder and the Weleda Hypercal stuff a couple of weeks perhaps and then look at trying the harder stuff. U...
by Ducky
Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Thanks Janey, I don't know much about Synulox but repeated antibiotic treatment (twice in as many months) can't be a good thing. I'm hoping the various bits that are arriving later in the week will keep any nasties at bay. We had a good ol' scratching session whilst I was out today. What a mess. It'...
by Ducky
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

That's a good question, Janey. I don't know much about Lucy's vet history. I haven't even been able to find out what food she was on when she was first rehomed, or even if that was working for her. Nobody seems to know. I've been told that they've 'tried steroids' and I remember seeing a Synulox box...
by Ducky
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

Morning ladies, Thanks again for the feedback and recommendations. I've just ordered some wound powder, and some hypercal ointment and hopefully they will arrive this week and we can give them a go. I think I'll order the tincture as well as a backup so that it's at least here if all else fails. I w...
by Ducky
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

https://photos.app.goo.gl/bRUHhFz6bh5w44Fw9 https://photos.app.goo.gl/nULNTbowH4cdeyEz9 The second picture is where I found her peering out at me after 3 hours frantically searching for her. I'd nipped home during my lunch to check on her and couldn't find her anywhere. She is confined to the spare...
by Ducky
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Re: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

This is really encouraging! I'm excited to try new things and to keep her away from nasty steroids if I can help it. After my last stint at stray-fostering with Sir Humphrey (https://www.catchat.org/felineforum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=6964&p=51007#p51007 ...which I will update shortly!) I figured I'd t...
by Ducky
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??
Replies: 45
Views: 1304

Advice please... Lucy has an allergy - but to what??

I am currently fostering a young female Kitty from my local rescue. She was previously rehomed from them (last year) with a suspected food allergy, but was returned to the rescue in May with apparently the same issue, albeit now worse. She has scratch wounds to both sides of her neck (where a collar...
by Ducky
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!
Replies: 17
Views: 2472

Re: Trapped & Neutered FIV+ stray - now what to do... ?

Hello Ladies, Well, Humphrey's gone. He'd been getting more and more restless over the last few days, crying out and scratching at the bedroom door at night. He was in a big crate in my bedroom for a couple of hours yesterday when the carpet went down but he was impeccably behaved. I put some polyth...
by Ducky
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!
Replies: 17
Views: 2472

Re: Trapped & Neutered FIV+ stray - now what to do... ?

Well, we've had our last check-up at the vets and they're pleased. He's put on another 200g (now at 4.4kg) and his abscess is closing up nicely. He was very well-behaved - no hissing or growling. Unfortunately his secondary blood test has confirmed his FIV+ status, but I was prepared for that outcom...
by Ducky
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!
Replies: 17
Views: 2472

Re: Trapped & Neutered FIV+ stray - now what to do... ?

Tonight, I actually saw him play for the first time (with a stinky Valerian pillow from Zooplus... my 'if all else fails'!!!).And he came up for a bit of fuss, albeit briefly. He's a bit stiff in his gait and it takes him a few goes to get comfy in his bed. I buy Yumove for my brother's cat, she bei...
by Ducky
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!
Replies: 17
Views: 2472

Re: Trapped & Neutered FIV+ stray - an update...

Hi Ladies, Well... we have a little progress to report. The feeder arrived on Tuesday and I set it up straight away. I started with it set on 'open only' and before the end of the day, he was eating biscuits out of it \o/ On Thursday I got him a soft-touch safety collar for his RFID tag (which will ...
by Ducky
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!
Replies: 17
Views: 2472

Re: Trapped & Neutered FIV+ stray - now what to do... ?

Thanks heaps for this feedback. I was having a crisis of self-doubt this morning. Kay: I wondered if he'd been neutered too late for it to make much of a difference but this gives me hope. I have a small'ish square garden (typical end of terrace) with a bit of grass and a few cat dens here and there...
by Ducky
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!
Replies: 17
Views: 2472

Update on Humphrey the FIV stray - he's back!

Let's call him Humphrey. Humphrey has been hanging around the immediate streets for two, maybe three years now. A neighbour thinks he was left behind when his owners moved. I have CatCam footage taken in my conservatory in late 2016, showing him sneaking in and eating Hugo's biscuits. At the time he...
by Ducky
Mon May 09, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New cat / old cat situation worsening: what now? Is all hope lost?
Replies: 2
Views: 395

New cat / old cat situation worsening: what now? Is all hope lost?

Hello everyone, I've already had some valuable help and reassurance with my new rescue cat trials and tribulations (http://www.catchat.org/felineforum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=4413&p=32718#p32718). Alas, since then, things have worsened somewhat and I am hoping some of you can give me some advice about ...
by Ducky
Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New rescue cat upsetting older cat's Chi :(
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Re: New rescue cat still upsetting older cat's Chi :(

Well, seems we're pretty much back on form again ... eating the best part of two pouches of RC 12+ a day which is a huge relief! \o/ I've taken delivery of another four boxes of the stuff today. Unfortunately she's become even more of a mardy bum than before she was ill! The more settled Hugo become...
by Ducky
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New rescue cat upsetting older cat's Chi :(
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Re: New rescue cat upsetting older (now very poorly) cat's Chi :(

Hi Crewella, Thank you. I sure hope it is just a bug. I heard back from the vet late last night. There was nothing obviously wrong from the blood tests: kidney function within normal range(ish) and just slight dehydration. He said it was unlikely to be the milk since it wasn't an immediate reaction,...
by Ducky
Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New rescue cat upsetting older cat's Chi :(
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Rescue cat upsetting older (now very poorly) cat's Chi :(

Hello Jacks :) Your story is lovely and gives me some hope. Well we haven't made any progress towards inter-feline harmony but we have another problem now: Kitty's stopped eating. I got home Tuesday night and neither of them came to meet me. I thought it might be a protest at the heating not coming ...