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by fjm
Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Raw food diet?
Replies: 15
Views: 3024

Re: Raw food diet?

I have cooked for my animals for years, with occasional meals of raw chicken wings for their teeth. The cats in particular prefer raw, but I have some concerns about the safety issues (I use mostly balanced minced meat prepared for dogs and cats, and mince is more prone to contamination with bacteri...
by fjm
Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fireworks!
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: Fireworks!

I would give him another day or two to get over it, and then work on making outside feel safe and happy again. Use bits of the food he likes best, games with a feather on a string, sitting on your lap - whatever really makes him happy and relaxed. Start in a room where he is comfortable, and gradual...
by fjm
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Move along, nothing to see
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Re: Move along, nothing to see

My two are more the sort who insist on lap space as often as possible, but I can imagine the pleasure of having a usually careful cat choose to settle there. Like being given a special gift of trust and affection.
by fjm
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 4 yr Old Cat Litterbox Issues?
Replies: 5
Views: 58

Re: 4 yr Old Cat Litterbox Issues?

It could be middening - territorial marking. I would add at least one more litter box in another location. Big pee pads or a washable bath mat under the tray will help you keep sane while you work it out!
by fjm
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten.. advice needed please!
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: New kitten.. advice needed please!

I second the advice to get two kittens - so much easier all round. And Mollycat is absolutely right about giving in at once or not at all. But it is still very early days - he has just left litter mates and possibly Mum as well, and been catapulted into a world of new people, new stuff, new routines...
by fjm
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: cat's pee!
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: cat's pee!

Definitely an enzyme cleaner, and several applications may be needed. I have found Simple Solution effective, and I think that is available in the US.
by fjm
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 120

Re: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019

I am so sorry. Sleep well, Mouse, until it is time to meet again.
by fjm
Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My old cat went into a coma in her sleep
Replies: 21
Views: 191

Re: My old cat went into a coma in her sleep

I think she fell asleep warm and safe in your arms, and did not wake up again. If you woke up because she was twitching I very much doubt that she was struggling to breath earlier, without waking you. I think it much more likely that she had the equivalent of a stroke, and was unconscious through th...
by fjm
Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Lost my Oliver to FIP
Replies: 4
Views: 58

Re: Lost my Oliver to FIP

I am so sorry. Whether it was a congenital problem or FIP, you did the right thing - he could not live the rest of his life in an oxygen tent, and in time even that would not have helped. You gave him months of comfort and love he would not have known without you, and helped him to slip away without...
by fjm
Sun Oct 27, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Guilt over abandoning feral cats - looking for a friend
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Guilt over abandoning feral cats - looking for a friend

I think you were between a rock and a hard place, and did the best you could. In retrospect it may have been better simply to stop feeding the cats, and let them find their own way to a new feeding station, but that also would have been heart breaking and very hard to do once the routine had been es...
by fjm
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 251

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

My thoughts are with you at this sad time, but I am glad you all had these last few precious days together, and that she made it so plain that the time had come to say goodbye. Good night, pussy Willow. No more pain or discomfort, no more tiredness, just a little sleep before you run free between th...
by fjm
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Red sore on kittens neck - advice would be appreciated!
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: Red sore on kittens neck - advice would be appreciated!

Pippin gets something similar from contact with surgical spirit or flea spot on treatments. I used hypercal ointment which helped it to heal, and avoid the things he is allergic to. I would watch it, but I agree that it doesn't look like an emergency.
by fjm
Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescue kittens might be from abusive home???
Replies: 10
Views: 109

Re: Rescue kittens might be from abusive home???

Tilly was returned to the rescue by her first adopters for being "too wild". Her fosterer worked hard socialising her, and told me she was much improved but still not your usual kitten. She came to me at around 5 months old, and immediately attached herself to Pippin, who was only a few months older...
by fjm
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kittens help
Replies: 5
Views: 61

Re: New kittens help

If possible I would put a bed for the family in the new spot - cats often move their kittens around. Make sure any temporarily left behind are kept warm, or move them to the new bed to be with her. If you don't want her to move them you may need to keep doors closed, and just let her out when you ca...
by fjm
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 74

Re: Help!

Have you looked in all the drawers, apparently closed cupboards and boxes, etc? Inside the bottoms of upholstered furniture? All the impossible places, in fact!
by fjm
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help With Claws
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Help With Claws

Pippin is a kneader, and those claws can hurt! He will also use his claws, quite gently, to get my attention - I have found the best way of managing it is to only give him attention when he is very gentle. Teaching an alternative, and incompatible, behaviour may be the best way for Cookie. I would t...
by fjm
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 251

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

I am so sorry. I hope the time that is left is filled with moments of comfort and contentment for Willow and for you.
by fjm
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 271

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

I am so glad to hear this - sounds as if she is growing up fast, and has suffered no ill effects from the early set back. The new vet also sounds much more reassuring than your earlier visits!
by fjm
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Low potassium and the dire rear
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: Low potassium and the dire rear

I find the USDA website invaluable for nutritional information on ingredients: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov You have to hunt a bit sometimes to find, for example, "mashed potato" rather than the hundreds of canned, dried, frozen or otherwise processed versions, but it is worth it. I wish there was somet...
by fjm
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senior cat not eating
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: Senior cat not eating

I wonder if it is a mouth or throat problem making him reluctant to eat, rather than the hyperthyroidism? Most - not all - hyperthyroid cats are desperate for food to meet the needs of the rapid metabolism the disease causes. As Molly says, there are very effective alternatives to daily medication, ...
by fjm
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Low potassium and the dire rear
Replies: 4
Views: 44

Re: Low potassium and the dire rear

There are around 275mg of potassium in 100g of mashed potato. Supplements seem to be around 225-250mg per ml, with a suggested dosage of 2ml per 4.5kg body weight, 1-3 times a day. That means you would need to give her a pretty hefty serving of potato to get the same dosage!
by fjm
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 257

Re: We have a big day today

Poor Molly to be so scared she freezes, but lucky Molly to have a human who understands her need for time and space at home. Tilly is very cooperative on her own terms - one vet carried her off for blood tests, reassured by her relaxed behaviour on the examination table. He brought her back with a s...
by fjm
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 251

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

I have found a little - very little - raw beef liver gets Tilly eating when she otherwise loses interest. It is very high in B12 and other B vitamins, so perhaps that is why. Around 10g a day for two or three days is enough - Morrison's sell it, and I chop it into tiny pieces and freeze it. If Willo...
by fjm
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 257

Re: We have a big day today

Tilly's sojourn was made bearable by a large bowl of chicken, an especially comfy bed, several water bowls, and me getting up extra early to let her out, but it has to be said that she is a very relaxed and amenable cat!
by fjm
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 257

Re: We have a big day today

Excellent news! I got a urine sample from Tilly by shutting her in the kitchen overnight with two trays of non-absorbent litter in case of accidents. It probably wasn't as fresh as it should have been, but it made up for that in quantity...
by fjm
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat in heat - can't be spayed. What to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Cat in heat - can't be spayed. What to do?

A week or two of heat every few weeks is pretty normal, but cats tend to cycle more and more frequently if they don't mate, until the heat becomes nigh on continuous. You may get a break over the winter, but I would not bank on it. You zre fortunate that she is not trying to escape - I have known ca...
by fjm
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 271

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

I would ensure she is up to date with vaccinations - some nasties can get tracked into the house from outside, and she may slip out at some point - but discuss with your vet what she needs, as it may vary according to the risks in your area. Fleas, unless she is showing signs, I would leave for now ...
by fjm
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 271

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

I think more frequent worming is needed in situations where larger numbers of animals are kept together - the Panacur reference sheet recommends monthly treatment for kennels, for example, but fewer treatments for cats less likely to pick up parasites.
by fjm
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 271

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

If her tum is settling down I would hold off on further worming for now, as you know she had a dose from the vet. You may need to treat again when she is 12 weeks old, but more probably at 6 months. Panacur is widely available online and in big pet supply shops, or you can ask your vet for it - you ...
by fjm
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 31
Views: 271

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

Sounds as if things are settling down - keep up the good work!