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by Ruth B
Fri May 14, 2021 2:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Guess the age
Replies: 2
Views: 16

Re: Guess the age

I'm not much good at judging kitten's ages, but for me I do need to see a full body picture rather than just the head, the way they stand and the way the tail is tell me far more than just the head does.
by Ruth B
Fri May 14, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Prisoner in her own home
Replies: 4
Views: 17

Re: Prisoner in her own home

Accidents happen, don't blame yourself for her condition, but keeping her in now would be a good option until she can be spayed, it won't stop the tom cat yelling but at least she won't be getting hunted down by him so he can have is fun. The next question is a matter of personal opinion, it has onl...
by Ruth B
Fri May 14, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 315
Views: 12153

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Great news with Molly, one day I'll be able to pick Freyja up properly, but i won't be surprised if that is still years away. For the time being she is happy enough without being picked up, and the look she gives Tiggy when I am giving her a morning cuddle is hilarious, if she was human she would be...
by Ruth B
Tue May 11, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 315
Views: 12153

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

A good vet is important and worth their weight in gold, even when things seemed to be going through a rough patch with ours we hung in there because they had been so good before, I will never know whether saying something helped, if my voice was just one of many, or if something else happened, but t...
by Ruth B
Mon May 10, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 315
Views: 12153

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

My thought with the breed gene testing is that there isn't a specific breed gene but a collection that most in that breed have, so there wouldn't be a Ragdoll gene, but a gene for the long fur, a gene for thick under coat, a gene for the colourpoint or bicolour marking, a gene for the blue eyes etc ...
by Ruth B
Sun May 09, 2021 6:57 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 315
Views: 12153

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Blue was supposedly a Ragdoll, but the promised paperwork was never brought to the rescue so he was only ever an alleged Ragdoll. His fur was long, but most of the time he could look after it himself, we just groomed him for a few minutes each day to keep him used to being groomed in case it was eve...
by Ruth B
Sun May 09, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 315
Views: 12153

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

I find the study of genetics in general interesting and came very close to studying them at university, I just didn't make the grades. In the end however, unless you have the paperwork to say a cat is a specific breed and that its parents, and grand parents were as well they are all just moggies. I ...
by Ruth B
Sun May 09, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Resident cat being chased away by new kitten - please help!
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: Resident cat being chased away by new kitten - please help!

I have to agree with the others, go back to square one and start over. However I will add that I don't think you and your husband need to sleep separately if that is causing stress. Get the kitten settled in their room, a comfy, warm bed, food, water, litter tray and a selection of toys like balls o...
by Ruth B
Fri May 07, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 185
Views: 3523

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I live in the heart of suburbia, a little housing estate about a mile from the city centre, but also only a hundred yards or so from the back end of the Racecourse and the canal is just beyond that along side a disused railway line that has been turned into a 'country park'. Where he gets the mice I...
by Ruth B
Fri May 07, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 185
Views: 3523

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Making a bed is simple Lift the cat off the bed, start to remove the bedspread, then lift the cat off the bedspread so you can get it off the bed, or if there are two of you, lift the cat and bedspread off in one move. Take the cat off the bed so you can get to the duvet to get the cover off. Take t...
by Ruth B
Tue May 04, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Our Tiggee was just diagnosed with a serious upper respiratory infection
Replies: 10
Views: 89

Re: Our Tiggee was just diagnosed with a serious upper respiratory infection

It is always a worry when they get ill, in the end it depends on what he has and the treatment available, did your vets take any swabs to send off for analysis. If it is definitely a respiratory infection then it is either bacterial or viral. If it is bacterial the antibiotics should clear it up, if...
by Ruth B
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cone after dental surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 1319

Re: Cone after dental surgery

Within 24 hours mine were pretty much back to normal, eating, sleeping and grooming as they wanted to. They did have antibiotics afterwards, even if they didn't have an actual infection the mouth has some of the highest bacteria counts of anywhere in the body except the gut, so they are often given ...
by Ruth B
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Goodnight Purdy
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: Goodnight Purdy

I can only add my sympathies to those already given. Purdy obviously had a good life and in the end a good farewell, i'm so glad the vets let you in to be with her at the end, it does seem to be the one thing that most do let you in for, but I've heard tales of people not being able to say good bye ...
by Ruth B
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: For those who feed their cats Felix, has anyone noticed that their cats have stopped eating it?
Replies: 29
Views: 6251

Re: For those who feed their cats Felix, has anyone noticed that their cats have stopped eating it?

We noticed on Saturday that the Felix AGAIL box and pouch design had changed, and yesterday ended up scraping a pouch and a half into the bin. It may just be a one off and they didn't feel like those flavours, particularly as they could smell the chicken I had been cooking for our tea, so we will ha...
by Ruth B
Sun Apr 25, 2021 7:31 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Ataxia / wobbling / losing balance / hind legs giving out
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Ataxia / wobbling / losing balance / hind legs giving out

Welcome to the forum. While I can't give any really help or advice I can say that I have noticed that a cats sideways stability seems to go long before there forward movement problems start. I currently have a cat who is in her late teens and rather wobbly on her back legs, there are times she will ...
by Ruth B
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice please: getting a new kitten for our bereaved kitten
Replies: 17
Views: 184

Re: Advice please: getting a new kitten for our bereaved kitten

That is the most wonderful news I could have read today. Don't feel guilty for doubting her fighting spirit, it is our way of preparing for the worst, and just intensifies the joy when the miracle does occur. Brains are incredibly complicated things and we still only understand the bare minimum abou...
by Ruth B
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice please: getting a new kitten for our bereaved kitten
Replies: 17
Views: 184

Re: Advice please: getting a new kitten for our bereaved kitten

I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through, it must be heart breaking, particularly not knowing if your little girl will recover at all or, if in the end, helping her on her way over the bridge will be the kindest option. I have to say that even if she does recover to have a reasonable quality ...
by Ruth B
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat sits at water -no drinking
Replies: 5
Views: 119

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: 165

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: 165

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: 9
Views: 142

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: 9
Views: 142

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: 9
Views: 142

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: 83

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: 139

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: 59

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: 91

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: 110

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: 77

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: 73

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...