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by Ruth B
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat sits at water -no drinking
Replies: 5
Views: 65

Re: Cat sits at water -no drinking

My old Ragdoll used to dig for his water, no matter how full the bowl or what surface it was on. Outside you would see him pawing and 'digging' the patio slaps before he would drink, we had one bowl upstairs on carpet and ended up with a spare offcut under it, after he left us and we took it up ther...
by Ruth B
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: We said never again but now!
Replies: 8
Views: 108

Re: We said never again but now!

Blue was also a rehomed Ragdoll and was a big, very laid back cat (normally so laid back all four paws were waving in the air), but needed company. I'm not sure what Sally who runs the ARC has in at the moment, but she always has a number of adult cats wanting homes, so she might have something that...
by Ruth B
Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: We said never again but now!
Replies: 8
Views: 108

Re: We said never again but now!

I'm so sorry you lost Milo so suddenly, but, as you say, when you know the end is so close, better to let them go a bit early then keep them hanging on and wondering if they are in pain or suffering. Sometimes no matter what you may have thought before hand, you know you need another cat. I'm a bit ...
by Ruth B
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to keep opened wet cat food?
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: How to keep opened wet cat food?

'66 was before my time as well. Rusty, our first cat, was born on 25th December 1977 when I was 6 and a half years old, a date I can remember as when the vet asked when he would be 6th months old and needing to be neutered, my Dad said Christmas Day, the vet, understandably, refused, and I think he ...
by Ruth B
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to keep opened wet cat food?
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: How to keep opened wet cat food?

I remember Arthur's and the advert with the cat who would get it out of the tin on his paw to eat it, and Kattomeat as it was known before. My early memories are of Whiskars, Kattomeat and Kit-e-Kat all just in the big tins. My Mother also used to say about when the first actual cat food was release...
by Ruth B
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to keep opened wet cat food?
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: How to keep opened wet cat food?

When I was a lot younger I remember cat food only coming in large tins, (something like 400g), as we only had one or two cats at the time there was no way it could all be used in one go, so a bit of cling film over the top and popped in the fridge, it certainly lasted a couple of days in there. Late...
by Ruth B
Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:02 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Home made cat toys
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Home made cat toys

I can't help with Sisal ones, but the one I did come across was just made out of an old cotton towel sewn into whatever shape you wanted and filled with other offcuts of the towel and a small bag containing catnip. They said to use a plastic bag with holes punched in for the catnip, i would have tho...
by Ruth B
Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat pheromone survey *moderator approved*
Replies: 6
Views: 99

Re: Cat pheromone survey *moderator approved*

I've done the survey, but the answers aren't entirely accurate due to the limitations of the answers available which don't really take into account a multicat household. I used them when I first had my two youngsters, one male and one female and had an older resident female cat as well. The new fema...
by Ruth B
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Clawing kitties
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Clawing kitties

While I can't offer any guarantees, cats will be cats, I can offer a few things for you to think about. Cats need to scratch to maintain their claws and to mark their territory so they will find something to claw at, be it carpets (my stair's carpet is patched and needs replacing, its the price of h...
by Ruth B
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Night time routine and front door gate questions
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Night time routine and front door gate questions

Its great to hear that Ivy is doing so well and settling in quickly, sometimes a cat just knows when it is home. A second litter tray may help and it would certainly be worth adding one if there is a good spot for it, but I have a feeling that she is seeing how far she can push you and what the rule...
by Ruth B
Mon Mar 29, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Screams in distress before drinking water
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Screams in distress before drinking water

I would suggest trying a variety of drinking bowls in a range of sizes and at different heights so see if she is happier using a specific type. You might also try a cat fountain that has running water as it might be that drinking from a steady stream would be more to her liking. I will also add if s...
by Ruth B
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat Battles
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: Cat Battles

It sounds like your cats have worked out they can bully and control your sisters cats, as well as counting all the house as their territory and your sister's cats as invaders to be driven out. Leaving them to sort it out will only lead to more problems, not only for your cats, but for you and your s...
by Ruth B
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat vomits after having cat milk
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: Cat vomits after having cat milk

Is it just the milk that makes him throw up, or is it after other foods or water as well, if it is then a vets trip is needed, if not then i would suspect an intolerance to the milk. Cats normally don't drink milk after they have been weaned as kittens and most are lactose intolerant. Cat milk shoul...
by Ruth B
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: clumping litter works too well
Replies: 9
Views: 113

Re: clumping litter works too well

My first question is when were the cats last vet checked, just to make sure there is no medical reason that is causing them to drink more and hence, produce more urine. I also have only one litter tray, but my cats are indoor/outdoor ones (common over here in the UK), so they do have the option of u...
by Ruth B
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lost my beautiful cat today. Possible causes?
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: Lost my beautiful cat today. Possible causes?

I can only add my own sympathy to that that the others have sent. Try not to beat yourself up with 'what ifs' the speed Willow went downhill at, I'm not sure anything could have been done even if she had gone to the vet earlier, it probably wouldn't have made any difference, it certainly sounds like...
by Ruth B
Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Bringing another cat into my home
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Re: Bringing another cat into my home

You will need to set up a room for the new cat and if possible bring as many things from its old home as you can, beds, cat trees, food bowls, litter trays etc. Make the room as comfortable as possible for them, give them plenty of places to sleep and access to a window so they can look out, they ma...
by Ruth B
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Bewitched, bothered and ...
Replies: 15
Views: 158

Re: Bewitched, bothered and ...

All I can say is congratulations, two cats are going to win the rehoming jackpot sometime this year, and take your time. As the others have said, do what you can to check out the rescues around you and try and pick the ones you like the look of most, then sit back with a nice glass of wine and try a...
by Ruth B
Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Looking for information
Replies: 1
Views: 70

Re: Looking for information

I can't really advise on low allergen it seems to vary from cat to cat as well as from breed to breed. My personal suggestion would be to contact a shelter and see what they have available that would be suitable as an indoor only cat, many have some that are better kept indoors either due to medical...
by Ruth B
Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Hi, Molly again!
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Hi, Molly again!

So glad Molly is feeling better. Now I just need to get Freyja to read this and to understand that things don't have to be scary. She is an odd one, sometimes she can be fine and loves a good ear scritch, other times you look at her wrong and she is off and under the bed. She, however, does like out...
by Ruth B
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recurring viral problems and gum issues
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Recurring viral problems and gum issues

Welcome to the forum. I'm not sure I can be much help with runny eyes and the sneezing, but the gum problem I might be able to give you some encouragement on, even if it isn't what you really want to hear. There are certain viruses that cats can catch as kittens that never really leave them and it s...
by Ruth B
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 403

Re: Molly's mouth

Makes me wonder just where Saturn is wandering off to when he is out, do we have an evil genius with a secret nuclear base on the housing estate.
by Ruth B
Wed Mar 10, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 176
Views: 3018

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

So glad to hear that things are looking up and both Molly and Snoopy are on the mend. Just because you can now look back and think it wasn't so bad in the end, it still doesn't make it any easier at the time. I certainly wouldn't tell anyone to drink peroxide, but it works for cleaning wounds out re...
by Ruth B
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 403

Re: Molly's mouth

Not a waste of money in my opinion, a negative result is just as much a result as a positive one and really a lot better when it comes to health. You now know her glucose is fine, and her kidneys are fine and her liver is fine, whatever you thought you saw in her mouth isn't anything to be worried a...
by Ruth B
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 176
Views: 3018

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Superglue is very much our go to when we need to seal a wound, I've never used it on an animal we have been lucky and never needed to, but both Lawrence and I have used it on ourselves. His modeling and my leather working leads us both to be using a lot of sharp tools and accidents happen. As I'm al...
by Ruth B
Mon Mar 08, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 403

Re: Molly's mouth

As far as diabetes in cats goes, the best food is one high in quality animal proteins, so raw or cooked meat is really about the best there is. While I know there is some link between high protein diets and kidney problems in cats I think the current opinion is that the quality of the protein matter...
by Ruth B
Sun Mar 07, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 403

Re: Molly's mouth

The Nightmare combination, diabetes and kidney disease. For diabetes they recommend a high protein diet, as high as possible, for kidney disease, it is recommended they have a low protein diet. in the end all you can do is your best for them and see how they go. As far as my knowledge goes 8.8 is hi...
by Ruth B
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 403

Re: Molly's mouth

Before you get too far into Molly's new diet, i will mention that Blue, when he had to have a couple of dentals done and a load of teeth out the pre op bloods did show some kidney problems, we couldn't leave him in pain so opted to have the surgery done regardless and hope for the best, and we certa...
by Ruth B
Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weird smell in the house
Replies: 3
Views: 108

Re: Weird smell in the house

I can't say i have experienced it, but i would ask how you know it is from the cats actions. A cat has many scent glands that they use to mark territory, the ones at the back end are most well known, you say you haven't seen her spraying or peeing against the tree and it seems to be in a different a...
by Ruth B
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 176
Views: 3018

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

We certainly understood having to wait because an emergency came in, unfortunately, having had parents who worked in medicine and a husband that answers phones at the local hospital, I have become very cynical about people and know how entitled some can be. One tip for in the future, get some cheap ...
by Ruth B
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 176
Views: 3018

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I'm lucky that I've never had to use an Out of Hours service (frantically touching wooden objects, then realising I'm sat on a wooden chair, and wondering if that counts). My normal vets do have one, but they have about 3 or 4 different practices in the area and are a training hospital at their main...