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by fjm
Wed May 27, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!
Replies: 16
Views: 104

Re: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!

I do understand where you are coming from. I suppose the big difference is that you see the cats as wild and part of the local eco-system, which they may well have become where you live, whereas for most of us they are domesticated or feral, in which case they are an introduced predatory species wit...
by fjm
Sat May 23, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Triaditis
Replies: 5
Views: 50

Re: Triaditis

Could it be the illness making her reluctant to eat anything that has caused pain in the past? My poodle, Poppy, is an absolute gannet but went off several special diets when she was very ill with liver failure early in the year - we suspected pancreatitis as well, so it sounds rather similar. As sh...
by fjm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Triaditis
Replies: 5
Views: 50

Re: Triaditis

Will she eat cooked chicken for the wet? You can add a little chicken liver and a calcium source like ground eggshell to balance it up, and most cats enjoy it. Plus it usually works out cheaper than good quality commercial foods.
by fjm
Sat May 23, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!
Replies: 16
Views: 104

Re: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!

Once neutered they can still be outdoor cats, or even happier indoor/outdoor cats, free to sleep on a warm bed and come and go hunting at will. But they will be at much less risk of serious illness, and the females will not become kitten producing machines. One family of cats is manageable, but can ...
by fjm
Fri May 22, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...
Replies: 8
Views: 56

Re: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...

My bad - I was thinking of the US vaccine, which is not used in the UK.
by fjm
Fri May 22, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...
Replies: 8
Views: 56

Re: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...

It strikes me that this is something the rescue should have tested for and told you about before putting him up for adoption. I think you are wise to think long and hard, and to consider asking them to take him back. There is a vaccine for FIV, so a kitten from a healthy mother fully vaccinated when...
by fjm
Fri May 22, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!
Replies: 16
Views: 104

Re: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!

If you can trap the Mum and get her spayed she will have a much better chance of survival, as will the kittens if they are neutered as soon as they are old enough. If you socialise them to humans while they are young you may even be able to find them homes, perhaps as barn cats, where they will get ...
by fjm
Fri May 22, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat with kidney disease
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Cat with kidney disease

When Tilly was diagnosed I first adjusted the home made diet both cats are fed to be lower in phosphorus by using bone free meat (mostly chicken with a little liver, heart, etc) and adding ground eggshell for calcium, and then researched the kidney diets for one that was reasonably high in animal pr...
by fjm
Thu May 21, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!
Replies: 16
Views: 104

Re: what to feed found kitten? Emergancy!

Cooked meat or fish if you have it, as Kay suggests. Cooked egg is another possibility. Think animal protein, as little processed as possible and with no added salt, and you won't go far wrong.
by fjm
Fri May 15, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten constantly meows
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: New kitten constantly meows

6 weeks is very young to be separated from Mum and siblings - she is probably calling for them. Keep her warm, frequent small meals, access to the litter box, lots of company, plenty of sleep - and vaccinations as soon as possible of course!
by fjm
Wed May 13, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: my cat died and i blame myself
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: my cat died and i blame myself

It is very understandable - we all try to find a reason when hit by tragedy, and think What-if? and If-only? But it is very, very unlikely that a few treats from a reputable source were the cause of her illness, and far more likely to be something she caught and ate outside, just as the vet says. Yo...
by fjm
Tue May 12, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fat cat on diet/How do I cut back?
Replies: 8
Views: 82

Re: Fat cat on diet/How do I cut back?

That does seem very little food to be building and maintaining so much cat! Is she eating anything else? Human food, other animals' food, treats? I assume, given her weight and indoor status, that she is not hunting. Is anyone else feeding her? I had a neighbour with an overweight dog who carefully ...
by fjm
Sat May 09, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: CAT WITH ARTHRITIS - PLEASE HELP
Replies: 6
Views: 55

Re: CAT WITH ARTHRITIS - PLEASE HELP

Pippin has been on Metacam (loxicom) for many years for arthritis, and it makes a huge difference - he has about half the maximum dose each day, perhaps a little more when he is very stiff. Seraquin (glucosamine) also helps.
by fjm
Sat May 09, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten hiding in an unreachable spot
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: Kitten hiding in an unreachable spot

It is pretty typical kitten behaviour. I would leave her alone, with smelly food close by and a tray within reach. She is more likely to come out if no one is there, and if the food smells really tempting. If she has not ventured out to eat in 24 hours it might be time to consider dismantling the cu...
by fjm
Fri May 08, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: CAT BIRTH PLEASE HELP
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: CAT BIRTH PLEASE HELP

If it is more than an hour or two since the first kitten was delivered I think you need to get her to a vet. There could be a kitten stuck, and that is an emergency - it may require surgery.
by fjm
Thu May 07, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 93

Re: Help!!!

A timed feeder sounds like an excellent idea - he may be so focussed on waiting for it to open that he forgets about hunting! Perhaps "random" times for opening, so it holds the same fascination as a mouse hole.
by fjm
Thu May 07, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 93

Re: Help!!!

First, the constant hunger - does he need worming, perhaps? If he is wormed regularly, and there is nothing physically wrong to explain his appetite (it would be worth getting blood tests done when you can) I think I would free feed him, feeding wet food morning and evening and leaving a bowl of dry...
by fjm
Sun May 03, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten - bad anxiety
Replies: 5
Views: 86

Re: New kitten - bad anxiety

First, slow down and take some calming breathes. I think you are right, and this is about you and not Hector - are you still in touch with the therapist you saw after your break up with your previous boyfriend and your cats? I don't want to go down the route of cod-psychology, but I do wonder if som...
by fjm
Fri May 01, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten not eating
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Kitten not eating

At 8 weeks most kittens are happily eating solid food. I would try feeding the kittens separately, in case one is bullying the other around the food dish. Perhaps adding a little warm water to make a gruel consistency would help, or starting her on kitten milk.
by fjm
Fri May 01, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Booty Scooting - advice and opinions please
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Booty Scooting - advice and opinions please

It could be anal glands or something else physical, but the fact that she seeks you out to do it makes me wonder if it has become an attention seeking game. She obviously gets a big reaction from you every time, which can be very rewarding. I would try completely ignoring her when she does it, and p...
by fjm
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Liver enzymes at 1400 no symptoms???
Replies: 12
Views: 134

Re: Liver enzymes at 1400 no symptoms???

Hope you are recovering well - all of us who are sheltering safely owe you a great deal.
by fjm
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Bumble has kidney disease
Replies: 21
Views: 158

Re: My Bumble has kidney disease

Is the food wet or dry? A wet food pureed so he can lap it without chewing may help both the toothache and the dehydration.
by fjm
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Bumble has kidney disease
Replies: 21
Views: 158

Re: My Bumble has kidney disease

It took me half a dozen attempts to find a renal food Tilly will eat - fortunately she has continued to enjoy it and has stayed pretty stable for a year now. I do have to serve it in small portions at room temperature in a shallow porcelain saucer, of course...! Meanwhile she is still supplementing ...
by fjm
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Bumble has kidney disease
Replies: 21
Views: 158

Re: My Bumble has kidney disease

Many, many cats live many happy years with early CKD - talk to your vet about the treatment options, and do not get too anxious too soon. An excellent source for well researched and comprehensive information is https://www.felinecrf.org. A change of diet to a low phosphate food, preferably wet, will...
by fjm
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pregnant cat has adopted us...
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Pregnant cat has adopted us...

Well, she certainly didn't hang about, and is clearly aiming to be an Instagram star! I hope you found a space to sleep - are there more kittens this morning? Three is quite a small litter, and could explain why she did not look full term. With the average litter of five it is much more obvious. A d...
by fjm
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pregnant cat has adopted us...
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Pregnant cat has adopted us...

It sounds as if she has decided you are now her humans - congratulations! It's good that you have been able to come to an amicable arrangement with her previous owner. Have you any idea of how old she is, and whether this is her first litter? You have obviously started researching what you might nee...
by fjm
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat not eating
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Cat not eating

I would try a different brand, and different textures - some cats prefer pate foods, or just chunks in jelly, or just in gravy. If you are feeding her human food try to use meats that are low in salt and with not too much fat - chicken thighs with some of the skin taken off or minced beef, turkey, e...
by fjm
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason

Have you tried putting her heated bed and other comforts in another room, and accustomising her to sleeping there? Perhaps a bathroom, if your flat is small. Then she could have tray, food and water as well as a very comfortable bed all within easy reach, without the kitten having access to the food...
by fjm
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason
Replies: 6
Views: 70

Re: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason

Do you give her a late evening meal, or leave food down for her overnight? And is she allowed out at night?
by fjm
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Need help with new mamma "Molly Micro-soft"
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Need help with new mamma "Molly Micro-soft"

It sounds to me as if she is utterly confused by the whole situation, and possibly, given the loss of two kittens already, as if perhaps the whole litter has issues. It is possible, given the eye and respiratory infection you mention, that Molly has had feline herpes, and as a carrier may have passe...