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by fjm
Wed Oct 28, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Bathroom Dilemma
Replies: 2
Views: 16

Re: Bathroom Dilemma

The extra litter box should help, especially if you make sure it is positioned so that one cat cannot guard both boxes at once (remember cats tend to guard by staring as much as by any physical action, so try to put them out of lines of sight). Have you used an enzymatic cleaner everywhere she has s...
by fjm
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Garden Access
Replies: 3
Views: 23

Re: Garden Access

Some people have successfully cat proofed their garden to keep cats in, or created a large catio run. Can be expensive, and sometimes look a bit like a high security prison, but may be worth considering. As Molly says some cats are used to being indoors only and, with attention paid to making indoor...
by fjm
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Upper respiratory infection + coughing
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Upper respiratory infection + coughing

I think I would phone the vet, and ask for advice. Having seen him so recently they should know if the continued coughing is to be expected. But if he is bright and bouncy and eating well it sounds as if there is not too much wrong.
by fjm
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Very fussy kittie
Replies: 4
Views: 30

Re: Very fussy kittie

I too would get her checked, just in case. Failure to thrive can be an indication of several conditions including very basic things like worms. Having said that, there is quite a range of healthy weights and sizes in cats - Tilly has always been small and under 3.5 kilos. Pippin likes Purizon from Z...
by fjm
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Unexpected changes in behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 38

Re: Unexpected changes in behaviour

I would be tempted to get a vet check. Major changes in behaviour can indicate a physical problem, even when they may seem positive - I'm thinking of the kitten-like liveliness that often accompanies hyperthyroidism in older cats, for example.
by fjm
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: 9 week old kitten coming home tomorrow! Advice and possible encouragement?
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: 9 week old kitten coming home tomorrow! Advice and possible encouragement?

Congratulations - how exciting! Have you got vet check and vaccinations sorted? Those would be at the top of my list. A safe carrying crate, some of the same food he is eating at the moment, a tray and litter (preferably that same as the one he is used to), food and water bowls - but I am sure you a...
by fjm
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 43
Views: 307

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Hope your mouth feels better soon and you can get a decent night's sleep. Is it an abscess, or bruising from the extraction? Snoop looks very comfortable curled up with the cat, and it sounds as if you are all adjusting to his new (but hopefully temporary) normal. Dog walking natters are one of the ...
by fjm
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat mating but still in heat
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Re: Cat mating but still in heat

Cats continue calling after mating, and will mate again with another male if they get the opportunity. If she starts another heat in a few weeks time she probably is not pregnant; if she doesn't she probably is.
by fjm
Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New Kitten Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: New Kitten Advice

Congratulations on your new kitten! I would stick to the food she is used to for the first week or two until she is settled in, and then slowly change over to the one you prefer. How often to feed rather depends on how old she is, but 4 meals a day is best for very young cats, reducing to two or thr...
by fjm
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New cat barely playing
Replies: 3
Views: 38

Re: New cat barely playing

So true, Mollycat, and it's not just cats. I have too many dog toys to count, and only three or four old favourites are ever played with. Part of getting to know a new friend is getting to know their likes and dislikes - your new cat seems to prefer chasing and grabbing games, particularly ones play...
by fjm
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: New cat pooing in the house!!
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: New cat pooing in the house!!

I wonder if he is middening - scent marking his new territory? I would try to increase his scent in a room before giving him access - spread some of his bedding from the spare room around, used scratching posts, boxes he has scent marked by rubbing his face against them, anything that might carry hi...
by fjm
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 43
Views: 307

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I have an ever lengthening list of things I intend never to do - mountaineering and potholing amongst them. There can be great pleasure in adding things to the list, and considering how much money and time you have saved - I don't want a luxury yacht, to go on a space flight, or a round the world cr...
by fjm
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 43
Views: 307

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Sounds good news on the whole - I've been nursing what was probably a torn meniscus for the last 12 months or so. Having thoroughly wrecked the knee by pushing on with long walks etc I eventually saw a physio, started ice, rest and targeted exercise, and saw a lot of improvement over the next few mo...
by fjm
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help My 5 Month Old Kitten Keeps Spilling Her Food/Water Dishes
Replies: 4
Views: 38

Re: Help My 5 Month Old Kitten Keeps Spilling Her Food/Water Dishes

I put a washable plastic mat under mine - or an absorbent one if there is likely to be a lot of splashing. Heavy ceramic water bowls seem to stay put best.
by fjm
Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 43
Views: 307

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I feel for you - it is hard to see them slowing down and avoiding activities they used to love, even when the overall quality of life is still good. Poppy's limit is now 1.5 miles of level, easy walking, and even then we go pretty slowly. Fortunately she can manage a couple of shorter walks as well,...
by fjm
Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 43
Views: 307

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I hope the results from the dog's tests are good news - or at least goodish. Poor Poppy is even less keen on the vets than she used to be, after two 12 hour stays on a drip back in January, and lots of blood tests and other unpleasantnesses since. I have found housework sort of works as a distractio...
by fjm
Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat is Excessively Scratching and Grooming
Replies: 5
Views: 43

Re: Cat is Excessively Scratching and Grooming

I had a cat lick herself bald from stress. For her the solution was a mild tranquilliser from the vet, and a rather counter intuitive program of desensitisation at home. For a day or two I confined her to one small, safe room, and then let her gradually re-explore the house and her outdoor territory...
by fjm
Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 42

Re: cat behaviour

One of my cats when young used to do this particularly to my sister, stalking her ankles and pouncing on them, hind legs kicking. It was rough play rather than deliberate attacking, but that didn't make her feel any better about the scratches! The cat had recently lost his companion, his brother who...
by fjm
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: can't forget not with her at the end
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: can't forget not with her at the end

I found this article potentially helpful: https://thebark.com/content/mourning-our-dogs
by fjm
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Are my cats fighting or playing?
Replies: 6
Views: 60

Re: Are my cats fighting or playing?

Looks a bit like light-weight fighting to me - not full on attack mode, but not exactly careful play either. i think the best way of knowing it is play is that they both enjoy it and come back for more - in this case the smaller cat is clearly not enjoying the encounter and seems to want to escape e...
by fjm
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Rescued, rehomed... Now I'm a selfish wreck
Replies: 5
Views: 63

Re: Rescued, rehomed... Now I'm a selfish wreck

I don't think you should feel ashamed. You rescued him, loved him, and even so had the strength of mind to let him go to find his absolute best chance of happiness. That is altruism of a high degree. And now you miss him, which is an inevitable part of losing someone we love. In time there will be c...
by fjm
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: can't forget not with her at the end
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: can't forget not with her at the end

I was with one cat while she had the sedative - it was a very quick, gentle procedure, and not at all traumatic for the cat. Then, just like Felix, she drifted off in my arms calmly and peacefully. As Mollycat says, it is human nature to feel guilty, to think if-only, to crave for a few more minutes...
by fjm
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat
Replies: 12
Views: 96

Re: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat

"Two peoples divided by a common language..."!
by fjm
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat
Replies: 12
Views: 96

Re: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat

Excellent news that he has got his appetite back. Baby food is OK short term, but is not really a balanced diet for a cat - too low in protein and calcium, and lacking essentials like taurine. I'd try different complete wet foods (check that they are labelled as meeting all nutritional requirements ...
by fjm
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat
Replies: 12
Views: 96

Re: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat

I wonder if a raw diet might help? Have you tried him with raw chicken?
by fjm
Sat Oct 10, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat
Replies: 12
Views: 96

Re: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat

Did the vet or rescue do blood tests, as well as an examination? There are so many things that can cause that sort of symptoms it is hard to know how to proceed without a diagnosis, especially if it is a long standing condition. If he won't eat plain cooked chicken, or any of the soft cat foods you ...
by fjm
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat
Replies: 12
Views: 96

Re: Desperate for help getting my cat to eat

Will he eat cooked chicken? Tiny scraps, at room temperature. If that fails I would try a semi-liquid treat like Lik-e-Lix. Will the rescue help?
by fjm
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Mummy and kittens on doorstep
Replies: 5
Views: 38

Re: Mummy and kittens on doorstep

I think Mum will take care of things if you leave her to it. Not very pleasantly, perhaps, but she is probably safer undisturbed. They can get too hot - perhaps arrange the heating so it is only under half the box, so they can move away if necessary.
by fjm
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Mummy and kittens on doorstep
Replies: 5
Views: 38

Re: Mummy and kittens on doorstep

I am not very experienced with feral cats, but I suspect the mother cat would find confinement and forced proximity to humans very stressful, and might abandon or even kill her kittens as a result. I would create a warm den outside - a box within a box, with insulation between the two - and leave he...
by fjm
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 6.5 week old kitten
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: 6.5 week old kitten

Kittens have tiny stomachs - about the size of a walnut. I would offer him food every few hours, aiming for him to eat several teaspoonfuls of a high quality wet kitten food each day. He will probably get hungrier once he settles in, and then go through cycles of being very hungry/not hungry as he g...