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by Ruth B
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Wahoo .. You lovely people.
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Wahoo .. You lovely people.

Brilliant news, the secret to a long and happy marriage compromise, and how best to get it, what works for one won't work for another couple, but often something else does. I am sure your feelings won't have changed by Christmas, but if they have then saying so is the right thing to do, but I have a...
by Ruth B
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Heart disease was a red herring afterall
Replies: 16
Views: 427

Re: Heart disease was a red herring afterall

I can't add a lot more than what the others have said, but I have had some experience with diabetic cats, one of my own and one of my parents. The one I had developed chronic diabetes, we noticed she was drinking a lot and decided to get her tested as she was overweight as well. While i don't know t...
by Ruth B
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 43

Re: Book recommendations

As the others say, you don't train a cat the way you would train a dog, it has to be more of a compromise and making sure they have a suitable alternative. One thing to remember is that while cats may seem small and delicate, they have incredible strength in their bodies, and when it comes to clawin...
by Ruth B
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Ok ... this is a self pitying moan
Replies: 10
Views: 100

Re: Ok ... this is a self pitying moan

Maybe the time has come when he next wants to go out playing golf, to insist he stays at home with you as the house is so empty when he isn't there now. Yes, i can imagine the sight of shop mannequins all around someones house would be disturbing and not something you would forget quickly, I'm just ...
by Ruth B
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Book recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 43

Re: Book recommendations

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new addition.

I'd suggest checking out Vicky Halls' books, she has some great advice on looking after a cat.

One thing to beware of, if you read too much about possible problems you will start seeing them when they aren't there.
by Ruth B
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Ok ... this is a self pitying moan
Replies: 10
Views: 100

Re: Ok ... this is a self pitying moan

I too was going to suggest the possibility of fostering. For me the big question is why is he saying no, is there something about your current situation that makes it impractical to have a cat, or is it something else. When we got married 20 years ago, we knew there would be compromises, and two of ...
by Ruth B
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Lost Loki now home
Replies: 5
Views: 78

Re: Lost Loki now home

I remember when my Saturn went missing for a few days, it was devastating, and the sight of him crawling in the cat flap was such a relieve, even though the way he moved had me scared stiff, it was so unlike him. Fortunately all that was wrong was he was exhausted, he wasn't even hungry which was ve...
by Ruth B
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: NEW CAT MUM DESPERATELY SEEKS HELP WITH CAT AFTER DENTAL
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: NEW CAT MUM DESPERATELY SEEKS HELP WITH CAT AFTER DENTAL

Welcome to the forum, hopefully people here can give you some help. Personally, while I'm no expert, I would think that the problem was to do with pain. Having teeth out is painful, having an infection in the gums is painful, and it sounds like he had to have a lot of work done to sort out the issue...
by Ruth B
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: TNR - Did I do something wrong?
Replies: 11
Views: 261

Re: TNR - Did I do something wrong?

This is brilliant news, I've been following the thread, but with no experience of ferals had little I could add, but I just wanted to say i'm so glad he is back. You did the best thing you could for him getting him fixed pretty much guaranteeing him a longer, healthier life. I've had a cat go missin...
by Ruth B
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Can I get my cat to stop sleeping in my room?
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Can I get my cat to stop sleeping in my room?

Once you have let them in, it is very hard to say no to them. My suggestion would be, if you don't want her on your bed then get her a raised bed of her own so she is on the same level as you are and place it next to your bed. When you get undressed at night put an item of worn clothing in that bed ...
by Ruth B
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Would my cat benefit from a new kitten friend?
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: Would my cat benefit from a new kitten friend?

Personally I'm not too sure. You say that you know she wouldn't want another adult cat, but might like a kitten, however if you get a kitten at 12 weeks, which is the normal age these days, and then go through the introduction properly you really will be introducing another young cat to her not a ki...
by Ruth B
Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet

I'm so sorry to read this, but after the updates, not really surprised. The love and care you gave Alain at the end was heartwarming. You started this thread on 28.01.2021, scared you only had hours left together, and you gave him more than two weeks by your side. He may be over the bridge now, but ...
by Ruth B
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:02 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: British shorthair and birmans
Replies: 2
Views: 42

Re: British shorthair and birmans

I'm no expert on any specific breeds, but I am convinced that a lot depends on the cat, and on nurture as opposed to nature. The only pedigree I have ever had was a Ragdoll, and he came through a rescue charity my Mum helped at. When we got him I knew virtually nothing about Ragdolls, but someone my...
by Ruth B
Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New to the group and have questions
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: New to the group and have questions

Welcome to the forum and thank you for taking in Mama and helping her kittens find loving homes. I can't really offer any advice, but I do know that FIV isn't the issue it was thought to be years ago, and that even a feral can accept living in a house given time and gentle treatment. I will however ...
by Ruth B
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat litter issues
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: cat litter issues

I will say that the corn based clumping litters don't seem to set quite so hard as the clay based one I used to use did, the clumps are a lot more friable, so there is a chance that they could be brushed off the legs if he does end up with it stuck to his fur. I would also suggest it might be worth ...
by Ruth B
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat licked incision after surgery
Replies: 4
Views: 40

Re: Cat licked incision after surgery

I know the human mouth is full of bacteria (my Father was a Dentist, I picked up bits and pieces), but 99.9% won't cause any harm, the rest is what leads to gum disease, I would imagine the cat is similar. The body however, is so used to those bacteria that are always there that it deals with any in...
by Ruth B
Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet

Thank you for the update, and I'm sorry it wasn't better news. In the end it is one of the hardest decision a pet owner has to make, when to call it a day, and in the end it is a decision only you can make. Someone on here once said, it is better to be a day too early than a day too late, and i have...
by Ruth B
Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 140
Views: 2010

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

My sister used to have an Octavia hatchback, and the boot in that was huge, she couldn't actually reach the back of it without climbing in, the estates look enormous, so if you want a big car then i can understand you looking at them. We settled for a Fabia Estate, after they stopped doing the Rooms...
by Ruth B
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 140
Views: 2010

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I'm sure the people who write the books on animal treatment must live in mansions and be rolling in money, some of the ideas they come up with. Glad to hear the pup is feeling better, and as for the exercises you do the best you can, if it is hurting him enough to start growling then I'm not sure it...
by Ruth B
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Corn cob cat litter
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Corn cob cat litter

I'm certainly no expert on it, but I have been using it for a couple of years. I used to use a clay based clumping litter, but changed to a corn kernel based one (which is what I think you are talking about) due to it making use of the waste corn kernels, being biodegradable, and generally more envi...
by Ruth B
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 289
Views: 9667

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

We may be floofy, but its still cold outside. I admit I am thinking our weather isn't too bad at the moment, i was talking to someone on line today who lives in the States and he had to go and free up the garage door as it had frozen stuck. That was when he explained that to do so he had to get prop...
by Ruth B
Tue Feb 09, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New member
Replies: 4
Views: 78

Re: New member

Welcome to the forum, and congratulation on the new addition. I have to agree with Mollycat, if the appointment could wait it would be better to do so. Unless it is something serious or time sensitive then a mistake tomorrow could mean you can't get her to the vets for months. If you can put it off ...
by Ruth B
Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 289
Views: 9667

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

I'm glad that what i wrote there has help you see that they are happy with their lot in life. I have been pretty certain they are from the photos you post, but I can never be sure if you just post the ones where they do look happy, and only you get to see the other side. I think it can be very easy ...
by Ruth B
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: vet fees
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: vet fees

Any good practice will display there standard hours and explain that coming outside those times might incur additional coslts, when you call them to make the emergency appointment they should tell you up front what the base consultation cost is likely to be. A good vet will even be willing to discus...
by Ruth B
Thu Feb 04, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 140
Views: 2010

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

i hate to say it, but reading this is really making me count my blessing at the moment. The other weekend, on our way to Asda the tyre pressure light came on on the car. When we got there the tyre did seem a little low so we decided to buy a cheep footpump just in case. By the time we got back to th...
by Ruth B
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Too old to adopt
Replies: 6
Views: 102

Re: Too old to adopt

No, you aren't too old based purely on your age, but you do need to consider how things will go in the future. The first and for me the most obvious question is your own health. Are you both mobile and able to bend down easily. While some cats will eat on a raised side, or use an elevated litter tra...
by Ruth B
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 140
Views: 2010

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

It seems it never rains but it pours, all I can do is wish both Snoopy and Poppy all the best and hope they both make speedy recoveries, although wishing them a slow and stately one might be more appropriate.
by Ruth B
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet

Sometimes going with your gut instinct is the best thing to do, and it certainly sounds like it was for Alan. We never know how long we will have with them, and knowing when to let go is a very hard decision to make, but it sounds like Alan was still willing to fight so you gave him a fighting chanc...
by Ruth B
Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet
Replies: 22
Views: 314

Re: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet

It does sound like Alain isn't willing to give up yet, and neither are you. The fact that he is having the pureed food is really good news, and that he is willing to get to his litter box himself when he needs to. What you are saying makes me really hopefully he will pull through this, but he is a l...
by Ruth B
Fri Jan 29, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Cat Tiggee keeps sneezing
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: My Cat Tiggee keeps sneezing

If in doubt it is always worth getting them checked by a vet, it could be nothing more than the cat equivalent to the common cold, or it could be the start of something more serious. Either way a trip to the vets is the best way to reassure yourself that nothing is wrong, or to get treatment early w...