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by Ruth B
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Need advice about cat with brain damage
Replies: 11
Views: 85

Re: Need advice about cat with brain damage

I have to agree with fjm, it is a lot of expense and stress for you and your cat, and with no guarantee of providing a suitable treatment plan to help your cat. Your cat may not be getting better, but is he actually getting any worse, if he is stable and happy enough with his new normal than i perso...
by Ruth B
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat Worming
Replies: 5
Views: 35

Re: Cat Worming

I would suggest checking what defleaing treatment you use quite a few now cover more than just fleas, although the combined treatments normally are only available on prescription. I use Stronghold, which is one of the more expensive options but covers, fleas, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, bitin...
by Ruth B
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections for almost a year
Replies: 5
Views: 43

Re: Chronic Upper Respiratory Infections for almost a year

My golden oldie has a semi permanent respiratory issue as well. It started about 2 years ago and seemed to effect ears and nose primarily. She saw the vets and had a nasal swap taken to identify the infection, she was also started on antibiotics while the results came back (the vet thought she knew ...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Traveler and Potential Cat Mom
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: Traveler and Potential Cat Mom

You have two options really when you go away, a cattery, or someone to come in and look after them. Catteries can be very good, but the good ones do book up well in advance so aren't really suitable if you want to travel more spontaneously. Friends or family who will come in and look after them twic...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Changing Litter after a wee
Replies: 8
Views: 78

Re: Changing Litter after a wee

Sounds like she is doing great, coming out to meet you when you enter the room is far better than running to hide when you enter the room. Leaving the door open to explore at her own pace is fine, some cats are happy to have a look around and claim the place as their own within hours of arriving at ...
by Ruth B
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Changing Litter after a wee
Replies: 8
Views: 78

Re: Changing Litter after a wee

Partly it depends on the type of litter you are using, and Rummy's preferences. I use a clumping litter and normally just get the clumps and solids out twice a day, less in Summer when the cats go outside more. I only need to do a full change every few weeks. Some litters, while not clumping, are de...
by Ruth B
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Allergies
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: Allergies

Sometimes the allergies will reduce with exposure, but it isn't guaranteed, however there are things you can do to help reduce the reaction. Firstly the allergy isn't normally actually caused by the cats fur, it is the dander that comes off the skin that causes the allergy. Some cats do seem to caus...
by Ruth B
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Need advice about cat with brain damage
Replies: 11
Views: 85

Re: Need advice about cat with brain damage

I too feel very sorry for you, that is a lot to have had to deal with and the uncertainty of the future won't be helping. While I've no real experience of brain injured cats, I do know that brain injury in general can lead to a state of confusion so his scratching at your parents door may just be pa...
by Ruth B
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Indoor Cat advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 68

Re: Indoor Cat advice please

I'm lucky enough to have a small porch so can use it as a 'cat lock' to get in and out with out letting the cats escape when we had new ones. The porch leads straight into the living room which is where we had to keep any new cats for a few weeks when they first arrived so the porch was a a god send...
by Ruth B
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Safe solution to get rid of a massive ant infestation in our kitchen?
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Safe solution to get rid of a massive ant infestation in our kitchen?

I couldn't quite remember which country you were from and whether it was EU or not.

Sometimes I wish I didn't live in such a nanny state that insisted on banning something just because someone might do something stupid and hurt themselves with it.
by Ruth B
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: need new flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 73

Re: need new flooring

We replaced the old carpet with laminate flooring through out the downstairs of the house about 20 years ago, and since then have always had two or three cats, and with the exception of a few stains around the front and back door, it is still as good as when we put it down. I would therefore have to...
by Ruth B
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Safe solution to get rid of a massive ant infestation in our kitchen?
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Safe solution to get rid of a massive ant infestation in our kitchen?

Boric Acid is the refined and processed version of Borax. Both will kill ants, As I mentioned, and having checked, Borax itself is illegal in the UK and EU, but I think Boric Acid is still available.
by Ruth B
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cats playing in their water bowl
Replies: 4
Views: 33

Re: Cats playing in their water bowl

Unfortunately if a cat likes to play with water there isn't a lot you can do about it. While water fountains are wonderful things, maybe replacing them with nice large heavy bowls until they calm down a bit might be a good idea, or put the water fountain in a room that you can monitor, and shut them...
by Ruth B
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Safe solution to get rid of a massive ant infestation in our kitchen?
Replies: 8
Views: 216

Re: Safe solution to get rid of a massive ant infestation in our kitchen?

I'm not totally certain, but I believe Borax is banned in the EU, so may not be available. Some options I've come across: Use a solution of spray window cleaner mixed with a liquid detergent and use that to clean any ant trails to remove the scent trails they leave behind. White vinegar can be used ...
by Ruth B
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Gingivitis and Reverse Sneezing
Replies: 8
Views: 52

Re: Gingivitis and Reverse Sneezing

Mollycat makes a good point, we aren't vets and our experiences may have nothing in common with yours. While you may not entirely trust your vet, i would certainly ask about things like medication to reduce mucus such as the Bisolven, or antihistamines. Starting with treatment like that might help a...
by Ruth B
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat keeps disappearing ever since getting a dog
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: cat keeps disappearing ever since getting a dog

Getting him neutered would certainly help, but I'm not sure it is the whole answer, I have to agree that the introduction of the puppy is a major part of the problem. Getting them both neutered at the same time would certainly be a good idea if you can't convince your parents to get the cat done fir...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Gingivitis and Reverse Sneezing
Replies: 8
Views: 52

Re: Gingivitis and Reverse Sneezing

That first video particularly looks very similar to what Tiggy will do when she gets really congested. I also wonder if it is similar to what I, being human, tend to do using a voluntary action instead of an involuntary reaction. I suffer a lot with sinus problems and catarrh and sometimes clearing ...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Traumatic week - don’t want to give up hope
Replies: 21
Views: 163

Re: Traumatic week - don’t want to give up hope

That is wonderful news, cat are so resilient that a little bit of love and tlc can work wonders. I hope he keeps on improving for you you and for him, and if the eye doesn't clear fully he can still have a long happy life, whether fully blind or partially sighted.

Give him a gentle fuss from me.
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Who else has got ticklish feet?
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Who else has got ticklish feet?

I've been lucky with vets, we've been at the same one for over 20 years now, and while there was one time when things seemed to go downhill they did pick up again. There had been a string of small issues and it was that time after my Mum had not long since died, and I was trying to find out what was...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Gingivitis and Reverse Sneezing
Replies: 8
Views: 52

Re: Gingivitis and Reverse Sneezing

While I've not noticed the reverse sneezing, my 5 year old lad only has 3 teeth left, one upper and two lower canines. We adopted him at 6 months and when he was about 18 months the vet told us he had 'viral gingivitis' and would probably need all his teeth out as some point. He always had bad breat...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Who else has got ticklish feet?
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Who else has got ticklish feet?

I know one of the cats the family had when I was a child had incredibly ticklish back feet. I have a feeling it was Sam, the big, soft, black cat that adopted us (and occasionally helped out in my Dad's dental surgery), but can't be entirely sure. I do remember that which ever it was was fine with b...
by Ruth B
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Best type of food
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: Best type of food

I would suggest keeping her on the Royal Canin for a month or two until she has settled into her new home. (I would also suggest finding out what litter she is used to and keeping that the same for a while as well). Moving to a new home is a major change for any cat so keeping little things like foo...
by Ruth B
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Introducing two new kittens to resident cat
Replies: 37
Views: 481

Re: Introducing two new kittens to resident cat

Great news, and well done. You put a lot of work into the introduction and it sounds like it has paid off. I always thought you were doing well, but when you are in the middle of it all small hiccups can seem like mountain sized issues and it helps to have someone on the outside to tell you it will ...
by Ruth B
Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: newly adopted cat, question about clinginess / kitchen safety
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: newly adopted cat, question about clinginess / kitchen safety

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new addition. I know from experience that sharp implements and a curious, hopeful kitty is a constant concern. Fortunately mine doesn't get on the side while i'm cooking but he's more than happy to check sides, washing up bowl etc to see if there are a...
by Ruth B
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Traumatic week - don’t want to give up hope
Replies: 21
Views: 163

Re: Traumatic week - don’t want to give up hope

That does sound good. Not being able to see obviously was no barrier when he decided he did wanted a drink. staying hydrated is extremely important, far more so than eating enough and if he is showing an interest getting to in water himself then that is a sign he hasn't given up and is willing to fi...
by Ruth B
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Traumatic week - don’t want to give up hope
Replies: 21
Views: 163

Re: Traumatic week - don’t want to give up hope

I'm so sorry for you and for him for what he is going through, to see him like that must have been horrible. Personally my worry is more for the jaw than for the eye, if he has permanent problems eating and drinking then I feel that is going to be harder for him to handle long term than permanent bl...
by Ruth B
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Issues with Kitty Litter pan
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Issues with Kitty Litter pan

My guess would be that the pee pad smell of pee to them, even if they haven't been used it could be they have a scent that is meant to encourage them to be peed on, and your cats are just trying to be clean and putting anything that smells of pee into the litter tray, where they believe it should be...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Introducing two new kittens to resident cat
Replies: 37
Views: 481

Re: Introducing two new kittens to resident cat

Wishing you all the luck there is. With all the work you have put in on introductions I'm sure it will be fine overall, but I'm also certain there will be a few more bumps along the road.

Give them all, but especially Buffy she really has been well behaved towards them, a fuss from me.
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Introducing two new kittens to resident cat
Replies: 37
Views: 481

Re: Introducing two new kittens to resident cat

I think it is a case that Ferius is getting confident in her surrounding and is starting to push the pecking order lines, unfortunately I think this is something only the cats can sort out between themselves. I will also add that my young lad when I introduced him to my elderly resident cat very qui...
by Ruth B
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New kitten
Replies: 10
Views: 2105

Re: New kitten

6 weeks is very young for a kitten to be separated from its mother, it used to be common to rehome at that age, but now it is more normally 12 weeks. During the 6 to 12 week period they learn a lot from playing with their siblings and from their mothers about how to behave and things like how to pla...