Search found 1068 matches

by fjm
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How to know if my cats are unhappy
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: How to know if my cats are unhappy

I think if they have access to your safe garden that is ample - I wouldn't risk stressing them (or even worse, losing them) by taking them outside it with a harness, especially at 13. You could try a tower with steps or ramps to make it easier for your older cat to climb, but it sounds to me as if t...
by fjm
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: PLEASE HELP: Making the best decision for the home of my cat
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: PLEASE HELP: Making the best decision for the home of my cat

I have to agree with the others. Five years ago you loved her enough to recognise that you could not meet her needs, and were very fortunate to have a friend able and willing to help. If you were struggling physically and emotionally at the time the stress would definitely have affected your cat, an...
by fjm
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat bald patch (ringworm)
Replies: 13
Views: 75

Re: cat bald patch (ringworm)

Many years ago I was given an iodine spray to treat ringworm on a pony, and I believe it is also prescribed for cats. It cleared the pony's trouble quickly and effectively - might be worth asking your vet about.
by fjm
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Gabapentin for arthritis
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: Gabapentin for arthritis

I have found seraquin, available online without a prescription, quite helpful for Pippin's severe arthritis - Yu-Move is similar but he won't eat that; gabapentin seemed to make little difference but the loxicom (metacam) really helps.
by fjm
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How to know if my cats are unhappy
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: How to know if my cats are unhappy

I think your therapist is very probably right and your cats are already leading a very contented life, but there are lots of things you can do to help you feel that you are making it even happier. I would limit treats - not good for their health, much as they love them. Instead think of ways to enri...
by fjm
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat fountains...
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Cat fountains...

Thanks, Phantom. I will add the Avalon to my list of possibles. I am beginning to suspect that Tilly likes the attention she gets when sitting in the wash hand basin as much as drinking from the dripping tap, though!
by fjm
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat bald patch (ringworm)
Replies: 13
Views: 75

Re: cat bald patch (ringworm)

Was the bald spot in the same area as the flea drops were applied? If so, I would suspect a reaction to some ingredient in the spot-on; if not it is possibly simply coincidence. Pippin-cat reacts very badly to spot-on treatments and to surgical spirit - it starts with redness and hair loss and devel...
by fjm
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

So true! I had to explain to the vet that Sophy's miserable aspect and diarrhoea when Poppy was very ill was very probably related to my stress - and the speed with which she recovered once Poppy was out of danger and I began to relax confirmed it. Then there was the occasion I convinced myself she ...
by fjm
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Yes - this pandemic has certainly made us appreciate the small things. We had a family Skype yesterday and me nephew was saying what a lovely day it had been - he bumped into an old friend while walking and they had a long natter, masked and distanced, and then he did a bit of essential shopping and...
by fjm
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Heart disease was a red herring afterall
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Heart disease was a red herring afterall

I am so sorry - what a terrible shock. I don't know about brain tumours in cats but have had some experience in humans - at the end came some confusion, then increasing sleepiness until sleep took over completely. Has the vet talked to you about what to expect, or is the shock still too overwhelming...
by fjm
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

That's good - not long at all. We actually managed a "proper" walk today. Only a mile, but met several dogs and their humans and were able to stride along under blue skies and sunshine without fear of slipping on ice. It seems to have been slippery for weeks!
by fjm
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Love it - obviously inspired by the Wise Men of Gotham fencing in the cuckoo!
by fjm
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Brain and scent work may help. When I have had to crate rest my dogs Hunt the Treat has been a godsend - tiny 1 kcal treats hidden in low places, so no jumping but lots of sniffing to find them. Sniffing is both fun and tiring. Trick training, choosing tricks that won't stress his joints, could also...
by fjm
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Damn - when you were all psyched up for it, too. How well is the dog coping with restricted exercise? When Poppy was so ill a year ago she really didn't want to do more than sniff around for 10 minutes, and then get back in the warm car. But she was happy - eating well, cuddling, not in pain, and I ...
by fjm
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: I’m not coping
Replies: 1
Views: 71

Re: I’m not coping

I am so sorry - it is always hard to lose a beloved cat, and saddle thrombosis is so sudden and so traumatic. But even in your panic and anxiety you acted fast to do the very best for Phoebe, and thought of her and not yourself. She knew you were there holding her, and that she relaxed shows her com...
by fjm
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best flea treatment??
Replies: 16
Views: 1473

Re: Best flea treatment??

I've found it takes a minimum of two months of vet prescribed treatment for all the four legged animals in the house plus vacuuming, combing, etc to break an infestation, and sometimes three or four months. It's important to continue to let the treated animals into all the areas where they may have ...
by fjm
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Relocating
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Relocating

I would leave her be, and definitely not block her access to her chosen safe space or try to drag her out. Make sure she has food, water, tray etc and let her decide when and how to come out. Spend time in there just sitting - especially sitting on the floor - and taking quietly or reading aloud she...
by fjm
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: NEED GROOMING ADVICE!!
Replies: 6
Views: 71

Re: NEED GROOMING ADVICE!!

In the UK even groomers are allowed to operate when it is necessary for animal welfare, so I find it hard to understand how a vet can refuse to help. I think you need to emphasise that the cat is in pain and needs a shave down, either at the vet's, or with sedation provided by the vet.
by fjm
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help with name! Male tabby
Replies: 5
Views: 53

Re: Help with name! Male tabby

I knew one opera lover who called her cat Figaro, just so she could call him in at night - "Figaro! Figaro-FIgaro-FIGARRRRO!"
by fjm
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help with name! Male tabby
Replies: 5
Views: 53

Re: Help with name! Male tabby

I have definitely always needed to try names on an animal to find one that fits, although I start with lots of ideas from books and other sources. I have had a Shouna (from her registered name), a Toby, Minou, and Rosie (came with that name). Pippin and his brother were meant to be Pippin and Merry,...
by fjm
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Cat collars (yes or no)
Replies: 5
Views: 64

Re: Cat collars (yes or no)

They used to - quick release ones for safety, of course. But they lost so many that I rather gave up, especially once they got too old to catch as many birds - it was mostly to placate the neighbours that I belled the cats.
by fjm
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 4 cats and peeing issues
Replies: 1
Views: 22

Re: 4 cats and peeing issues

I think I would start with a black light to find all the pee spots, remove everything removable, and clean very thoroughly with an enzymatic pet urine cleaner. Then review the number and positions of the trays - at least 5, positioned so that they cannot be blocked by other cats. But it sounds as if...
by fjm
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Overwhelmed New Kitten Mom
Replies: 3
Views: 32

Re: Overwhelmed New Kitten Mom

I adopted an adult cat who had been hand reared, and was overly dependent on human attention - she would launch herself into a lap while the human was still standing, and sent more cups of coffee (and glasses of wine) flying with sudden head butts than I can count. I managed it in the end by weaning...
by fjm
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat fountains...
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Re: Cat fountains...

Excellent advice - just what I need to know! We have very soft water here, so lime scale deposits are less of a problem. I think I need something that goes through the dishwasher - I made the mistake of buying a food processor that doesn't, and have regretted it. Damn thing seems to spend half it's ...
by fjm
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat fountains...
Replies: 7
Views: 59

Cat fountains...

Tilly likes drinking from a dripping tap, and it is reaching the point where putting in my lenses and cleaning my teeth means constantly removing her from the basin. I think she might like a fountain, but I am a bit reluctant. I find the sound of running water has an unfortunate effect on my bladder...
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I had a tiny gumboil above a crowned tooth - no pain, pretty obvious the root canal had fractured where a metal post was put in years before, only obvious symptoms a tiny lump and an increasingly wobbly tooth. It took me a long time to summon up the courage to have an implant, the first stage of whi...
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 100
Views: 1163

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Sobering thought indeed. I did a tot up, and even with Pip's radio-iodine treatment and Poppy's days in intensive care and considerable blood tests and drugs total, the last few years have not yet reached what the insurance would have cost me. Still worth insuring in the early years while it is chea...
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grade 3 heart murmur
Replies: 23
Views: 122

Re: Grade 3 heart murmur

I am sorry - yet more anxiety. I hope whatever is causing the symptoms proves treatable, and the heart issue stays stable.
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Worried we've ruined cat's favourite hiding spot after vet visit, feel horrible!
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: Worried we've ruined cat's favourite hiding spot after vet visit, feel horrible!

You did what was needful to avoid upsetting him with constant medication, so don't feel guilty. I would try providing him with some similar hiding places - perhaps leave a low drawer half open and line it with comfortable bedding, or tuck some boxes with holes cut out into corners. He will probably ...
by fjm
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grade 3 heart murmur
Replies: 23
Views: 122

Re: Grade 3 heart murmur

Good to get firm answers, either way, and in one trip rather than several. Hyperthyroidism can be odd - some cats have symptoms quite the opposite of the "norm".