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by Ruth B
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: House move
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: House move

Movinging house is a big change and a lot of stress for anyone, it sounds like your lads are adjusting as well as could be expected. I fully agree with you decision to keep them inside. a quiet cul de sac is one thing (I'm lucky enough to live on one so my three have free roam), asking them to learn...
by Ruth B
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Bungled cat rescue - advice needed please
Replies: 11
Views: 150

Re: Bungled cat rescue - advice needed please

I've just come across this thread, so a bit late to the party. Try not to blame yourself, you did everything with the best intentions and it went wrong, accidents happen, you know he is still ok so focus on that rather than berating yourself. You say it takes you about 10 minutes to walk to where yo...
by Ruth B
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help appreciated! My usually affectionate cat is no longer!
Replies: 6
Views: 65

Re: Help appreciated! My usually affectionate cat is no longer!

I have to agree with the others, the first thing is a vet visit, just to make sure there is no obvious medical reason for her change in behaviour. While she may not be exactly grieving for her lost companion it could have chanced the social dynamics of the cats in the area and she is now worried abo...
by Ruth B
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: 6 months old kitten pregnat
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: 6 months old kitten pregnat

Having never had a pregnant cat I can't help much with specific advice. I do know there are food out there specially formulated to provide a pregnant cat and then nursing mother all that she needs, it might be worth looking for those for her to keep her strength up and to make sure her and the kitte...
by Ruth B
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New Kitten - eye problem?
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: New Kitten - eye problem?

I have to agree that a vet visit is the best option, but I would also suggest extending it to all the kittens, if one has an infection the others are likely to pick it up. It might be something that a few drops can clear up and prevent the others getting, and giving the kittens a health check as wel...
by Ruth B
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grain free or doesn't matter unless allergies?
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Grain free or doesn't matter unless allergies?

I can't help you with brands as I'm in the UK, but as fjm has said, cats are carnivores and humans are omnivores. We have evolved to eat and gain nourishment from a lot of different things, where as cats really only benefit from animal products. That being said they need the whole animal not just th...
by Ruth B
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued cat has never used the litter box
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Rescued cat has never used the litter box

I have to agree with large open trays, you don't mention if you use covered trays or not. I would also suggest getting something like puppy training pads that you can put down where he wants to go and then praise him for using them. Eventually put them in a tray in the same place and see if he will ...
by Ruth B
Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Small Kidneys
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Small Kidneys

Hopefully she won't need to go for another 12 months and I can keep working on handling her, but I may be in contact next August to ask for the lady's details. I am more than happy to accept that there is something in the alternative treatments, but I also know how easy it could be to fake it, I wou...
by Ruth B
Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Small Kidneys
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Re: Small Kidneys

I'll certainly be asking the vets next time I'm in, it just came as a surprise and at the time I was just more concerned with getting her boosters and flea treatment done, so didn't think to ask. Any other cat would be easy, Freyja, just getting her to the vets for her boosters in an accomplishment,...
by Ruth B
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Small Kidneys
Replies: 4
Views: 66

Small Kidneys

Once more I have been successful in getting Freyja to the vets for her boosters, it is always a challenge as she is very difficult to handle and getting her in a carrier is a matter of catching her unawares by the scruff. Normally she gets a very brief check over and her jabs, sometimes without even...
by Ruth B
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do cats get bored of certain foods?
Replies: 8
Views: 81

Re: Do cats get bored of certain foods?

I believe the current thinking is that a cat's constant desire for variety comes from when they relied on hunting for food and helped it accept eating different foods depending on what it caught. I dare not leave any meat, raw or cooked, on the side for 10 seconds unless Saturn is in my line of sigh...
by Ruth B
Mon Aug 19, 2019 5:00 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?

The Siria, while it may be made from corn husk is actually quite fine grained, not much bigger than the Catsan clumping litter I used to use and nothing like the wood pellet type.
by Ruth B
Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:47 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 used to use Catsan Clumping litter and still think it is the best I have come across for odour control. However for various reasons including price, I started to look for an alternative last year, I came across Siria on Amazon, it is made from granulated corn cob so more environmentally friendly t...
by Ruth B
Sat Aug 17, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: mite infestation
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: mite infestation

I'm a bit surprised your vet isn't more concerned about an unidentified species of mite that is proving resistant to the normal mite treatments. I would have hoped they would be eager to get them identified at least. I'm afraid i can't suggest any treatment except the old physical one, a flea comb a...
by Ruth B
Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Limping kitten
Replies: 10
Views: 94

Re: Limping kitten

Except in other animals (I know in horses for certain) the joint in the middle of the front leg that looks like a knee is referred to as a knee even though it is a different joint to our knees.
by Ruth B
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Oh help, what do I do !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: Oh help, what do I do !!!

Glad to hear you did find the owner, heartbreaking as it might be to know one was in an RTA at least she knows he was taken to a vet where he received what treatment they could give, even if it was only to help him pass on painlessly. Far better than never knowing what happened.
by Ruth B
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Wet Food Cemented on Kittens Face, HELP!
Replies: 5
Views: 46

Re: Wet Food Cemented on Kittens Face, HELP!

If possible get it wet. not just spot wiping but gentle soaking, use some small pieces of cotton wool well soaked and hold them against the dried on cat food, make sure you don't block the nose and mouth, but a little water running into her mouth won't hurt her. Once soaked it will start to soften a...
by Ruth B
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 16
Views: 198

Re: Eating Mice

Saturn brings us mice and the occasional bird, he has also managed a couple of rats in his time, but he is now 4 and does seem to be slowing down a bit this year. Fortunately they were normally dead, sometimes in the night we would hear him playing with one on the landing (the bedroom door is kept s...
by Ruth B
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 16
Views: 198

Re: Eating Mice

I have to agree with the others, he is just being a cat, some eat what they catch, some don't. However, there is a chance that for some reason his normal food isn't providing everything he needs, normally this occurs when a cat is fed a special diet, or cat foods that aren't 'complete' in which case...
by Ruth B
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Oh help, what do I do !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 141

Re: Oh Help, what do I do !!!

Don't blame yourself, accidents happen, you did the best you could getting it to a vets straight away. If you are in the UK contact Cats Protection, my local one puts up notices of found cats and RTAs on Facebook and from their they spread around the local cat owners community, hopefully yours will ...
by Ruth B
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat opening and closing mouth rythmically
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: Cat opening and closing mouth rythmically

Glad to hear it was a quick diagnosis and he is going to be fine. Has the vet given you anything to give him if it happens again?
by Ruth B
Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten sneezing/snotty/
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Kitten sneezing/snotty/

Tiggy's was identified as Mycoplasma, which is a blood parasite bacteria and notoriously hard to get rid off. The vet did suggest another month long course of antibiotics might work, however after the amount of antibiotics she has already had and the fact that each time they seemed to last for a sho...
by Ruth B
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten sneezing/snotty/
Replies: 4
Views: 67

Re: Kitten sneezing/snotty/

If he is loving and active I don't think you need worry too much about him suffering. My cat is at the other end of the age spectrum and is in her late teens, a year ago we noticed she was very snuffly and seemed to be labouring to breath. After several trips to the vets, nasal swabs to identify the...
by Ruth B
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten Severed Foot
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Kitten Severed Foot

I've know of a few cats with three legs and they all managed to get around fine, I can see no reason why your kitten shouldn't thrive with only three legs. Talk to your vet as soon as possible to discuss the situation and arrange to have him checked over (you might have to take the whole family in t...
by Ruth B
Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Donkey crunching carrots
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Re: Donkey crunching carrots

One of mine does occasionally make an odd crunching sound when eating dried food, but he also tends to pull odd faces at the same time, i have come to the conclusion that he occasionally get a piece of the dried food caught somewhere in his mouth and it takes a moment to free it. He does have proble...
by Ruth B
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Animal communication
Replies: 13
Views: 242

Re: Animal communication

I have to agree with you am horrified when i see what they have done to some breeds, mainly dogs, and hope that other animals aren't forced along similar lines, I admit I would never want a Munchkin or some Persians or other very flat faced cats. Horse breeds fortunately tend to have resulted either...
by Ruth B
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Animal communication
Replies: 13
Views: 242

Re: Animal communication

My Dad wouldn't have time for anything like it, he was very much in the physical world, my Mum on the other hand was more open minded like me. I am in no doubt that there are good mediums and spiritualists out there, but I am also well aware that there are a lot of frauds as well. I've never felt th...
by Ruth B
Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: I need advice on something
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: I need advice on something

I've not come across Gain before, but having a quick look online is should be fine for them, I assume they have easy access to water and drink plenty. It is possibly they just have naturally pale gums but if in doubt ask for a blood test to be done so that you have the actual cell counts for them th...
by Ruth B
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Animal communication
Replies: 13
Views: 242

Re: Animal communication

I decided to leave this thread until i could listen to the video and read it all properly with out my OH watching over my shoulder, I'm far more open minded about this type of thing than he is. I watch the video, did as was told and focused on Tiggy, but got nowhere, she wasn't with me, I had no ide...
by Ruth B
Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: I need advice on something
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: I need advice on something

I have to agree with fjm, it really should be investigated further, improving their diet might help with the anaemia, but it won't solve the cause of the problem (unless of course their diet is the problem). As has been said liver is a really good source of iron, but is best fed raw which can lead t...