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by Ruth B
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Progress! Kittens finally accepting us :)
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Progress! Kittens finally accepting us :)

It doesn't matter how many cats you have had, there always comes along one (or two) that make you realise you still have a lot to learn about them, it's one of the joys of having cats. I'm really glad to hear that progress is being made, even if it is at their pace. I must admit, much as I love Tigg...
by Ruth B
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 133

Re: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019

Oh gods, Lilith, if you'll pardon the phrase, it never rains but it pours, a leak like that was the last thing you needed. Yes, I am so glad Saturn returned on his own although it did take him about 48 hours to recover back to a semblance of his old self, he is still staying close to home and close ...
by Ruth B
Mon Nov 11, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help, our neighbours have nails all over their fence
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Help, our neighbours have nails all over their fence

While it is definitely the expensive option, you might want to consider talking to a solicitor, I believe there are 'duty of care' laws that mean you have a responsibility to make sure that reasonable measures are in place to ensure that anyone coming onto your property isn't hurt, this includes not...
by Ruth B
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Move along, nothing to see
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Move along, nothing to see

I've been there. I normally use a towel across my knees for the cats, Saturn likes to knead and has sharp claws so it is an added layer of protection and Tiggy likes to get under it, or at least between it's folds. Tiggy had been messing around trying to decide whether to come on or not, then Freyja...
by Ruth B
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 133

Re: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019

Only just seen this, i'm so sorry for you Lilith.

Sleep in peace little Mouse.
by Ruth B
Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: cat's pee!
Replies: 3
Views: 52

Re: cat's pee!

You need to get a proper enzyme based cleaner formulated for cat urine, unfortunately as I live in the UK I can't suggest any you might be able to find in the States, normally instead of shampoos, they are ones that you spray on and leave to work as they dry out. If you have a good pet supplies shop...
by Ruth B
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Dream, Wishful Thinking, or Communication.
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Re: Dream, Wishful Thinking, or Communication.

I guess my scientific background has lead me to look at all possibilities and to try and analyse the information available. However I firmly believe that while a lot of things can be explained by current scientific understanding, there are some that can't yet. Communicating with animals like this re...
by Ruth B
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Dream, Wishful Thinking, or Communication.
Replies: 2
Views: 60

Dream, Wishful Thinking, or Communication.

A while ago, in another thread on here, there was a video showing 'guided communication with your cat', at the time I watched it, half heartedly following the instructions, so needless to say i didn't get very far, it wasn't that I didn't believe it could work, but guided videos like that don't work...
by Ruth B
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton

The vet couldn't find anything obvious, his eyes are gungy, and his chronic gingivitis has really flared up, so he has had an AB injection and we have some drops for his eyes, and if he doesn't pick up by the end of the week then he is to go back for blood tests to see if they can show anything. At ...
by Ruth B
Tue Nov 05, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Re: Returned home: Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton

Just an update to say he is home although he doesn't seem like himself so he is off to the vets to be checked over this evening.
by Ruth B
Tue Nov 05, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton
Replies: 5
Views: 54

Saturn is Missing, Wolverhampton

I had hoped I would never have to write this, but it seems like Saturn has gone AWOL, I haven't seen him since late on Friday 1st November. He is a black and white male cat, neutered and microchipped, and was last seen at home in the Farndale Estate area of Wolverhampton. The Racecourse is close to ...
by Ruth B
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Is scented or unscented cat litter better?
Replies: 10
Views: 90

Re: Is scented or unscented cat litter better?

Hi Ruth. You sound just like my scientist husband. When first married, I used to say 'look at the chemicals in that!' He would sigh and reply 'everything is made up of chemicals, including you, so just be sensible!' Personally, I can't abide the smell of scented candles, (when we were house hunting...
by Ruth B
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Is scented or unscented cat litter better?
Replies: 10
Views: 90

Re: Is scented or unscented cat litter better?

I'm sure that the scents are added purely for the human nose, particularly for those humans that are 'too busy' to clean the litter tray every time it is used, but object to the smell. However I won't decry everything that is a 'chemical' there are plenty of good chemicals out there and in the end e...
by Ruth B
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Tactical error
Replies: 3
Views: 85

Re: Tactical error

It wouldn't matter if you had used string to help bond with them or not, they would still be intrigued by you sewing. I do leather working, and one of the things I do is lace items together, two or more pieces of leather with holes punched in them held in a clamp between my knees. A long piece of le...
by Ruth B
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:55 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?

I've only just caught up with this one, and can only add my sorrow to that already expressed, it never gets any easier.
by Ruth B
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Lost my Oliver to FIP
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Lost my Oliver to FIP

I am so sorry for you, but as has been said, you made the right decision. While i have never had a cat with FIP I have heard a lot about it and the one thing is certain, there is no cure. Even though he rallied a little with the oxygen tent, it wouldn't have lasted, the best thing you could do is wh...
by Ruth B
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Licking plastic
Replies: 2
Views: 42

Re: Licking plastic

Welcome to the forum. I'm certainly no expert except for having a cat for about 15 years with a love of licking and chewing plastic. Even though there are a lot of different plastics out there, I don't believe there are any chemicals in the plastic itself which would prove harmful. The main dangers ...
by Ruth B
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 209
Views: 4139

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Always good to hear an update, even better when it's one where things are going well. I think we get far more concerned about cats hissing at each other than they do. I can just imagine her thinking, 'she's hissing at me again, that's fine, I know what you are saying and i'm happy with it, now if on...
by Ruth B
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Aggression and unpredictability
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: Aggression and unpredictability

Welcome to the forum and hopefully we can help work out what Bruce's issue is and you can have many long happy years with him. However if it comes down to something that can't be changed, or not in the time frame you have available, don't feel guilty if you have to return him. I have done it once, I...
by Ruth B
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New Member
Replies: 1
Views: 35

Re: New Member

Welcome to the forum, there are a lot of people here with experience of many things to do with cats, but none of us are experts and sometimes we do have different ideas of what is the right thing to do. Don't worry about adding your own thoughts and ideas, we don't bite, and can understand that even...
by Ruth B
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help With Claws
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Re: Help With Claws

My first thought was 'why did she suddenly stop wanting you to touch her paws?', can you think of anything that might have happened to make her wary of having her paws handled. I would suggest you do try and work with her to see if you can get her to let you handle her paws, but it does sound like i...
by Ruth B
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 279

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

Glad to hear things are going well and Kitty is certainly making up for lost time as far as weight gains go. Your new vet sounds so much better than the previous one.
by Ruth B
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Mental Retardation??
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Mental Retardation??

I have to agree that if she hasn't seen a vet she needs to be. It could be there is something wrong with her eyesight, her hearing or both, or it could be that something happened during birth or fetal development and her brain either didn't develop correctly or was damaged. You say she doesn't move ...
by Ruth B
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do cats swim?
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Do cats swim?

I've never heard of someone teaching a cat to swim, but I do know that some cats don't mind water, and some actually enjoy going in it, as with anything to do with cats, it depends on the cat. As far as bathing a cat goes, I've only attempted to do part areas, normally when they have got something o...
by Ruth B
Mon Oct 14, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Furry thief!
Replies: 9
Views: 82

Re: Furry thief!

I didn't mention Saturn in my tales, he is a cat that will try his paw at anything and if caught just gives you the looks that says 'yeah, and'. I dare not leave anything out where he can get at it, I even learnt to wash my hands at the sink while preparing sandwiches while watching over my shoulder...
by Ruth B
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Furry thief!
Replies: 9
Views: 82

Re: Furry thief!

I've know a few thieves in my time with cats, but they have normally been food orientated. Tiggy my avatar cat, once brought me a half cooked chicken drumstick, probably from someone's barbecue, and from the way she was meowing and looking from it to me, she was obviously wanting me to finish cookin...
by Ruth B
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 279

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

Glad to hear things are settling down for her. I would be wary about keeping her purely on Applaws wet food as I now it is a 'complementary' food not a complete one (unless you have found a variety that is different to what I get) so might be lacking in some essential vitamins or minerals. I'm not f...
by Ruth B
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 279

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

Poor little thing, and poor you, it is never easy having an ill pet. Is the diarrhea constant or urgent, making her leave small brown puddles in places, or is it just very runny when she uses the litter tray. If she is getting to the tray then there is a good chance it will clear up in time and coul...
by Ruth B
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: What to do when a 16 year old cat loses a tooth?
Replies: 2
Views: 37

Re: What to do when a 16 year old cat loses a tooth?

I've had two cats who lost an upper canine in their later years, and neither needed any work doing. With the first one, Katie, we noticed that the canine was protruding over the lower lip, so took her in to get it checked. The vet looked at it in the examination room and then took her to a back room...
by Ruth B
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cats love to mess with your mind
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Cats love to mess with your mind

Probably a combination of things. You were feeling down, therefore all your body language would be submissive which to a slightly nervous or unsure cat is very welcoming. It's the old one of the cat always going to the one person in the room that is scared of cats, people who like cats will normally...