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by fjm
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat litter scoop
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Cat litter scoop

The original post that started this thread has been removed as spam, if anyone is wondering why it seems to begin rather abruptly!
by fjm
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat litter scoop
Replies: 4
Views: 53

Re: Cat litter scoop

I use an old garden trowel - no problems so far!
by fjm
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Foster cat dilemma - your advice and opinions please
Replies: 14
Views: 108

Re: Foster cat dilemma - your advice and opinions please

I hope you have kept all the vet bills, and that your vet is prepared to state that they are for essential treatment, and evidence of severe anxiety suffered in the "rescue" environment. Are there other staff/trustees/etc you can talk to ? I would try to avoid any angry escalation - enough to tell t...
by fjm
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Winston
Replies: 6
Views: 52

Re: Winston

Winston has a wicked sense of humour! I highly recommend teaching the treat box rattle inside the house - my cats have a better recall than many dogs after so many years of really good stuff happening every time they come when called.
by fjm
Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Fur thickness and metabolism
Replies: 4
Views: 40

Re: Fur thickness and metabolism

May be worth checking for Cushing's, although I think that is more common in dogs. Or it is just possible that the hyperthyroidism has recurred, although that seems unlikely from the blood tests.
by fjm
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Fur thickness and metabolism
Replies: 4
Views: 40

Re: Fur thickness and metabolism

I would actually expect her metabolism to slow after treatment for hyperthyroidism - but I think you have already said her case was atypical. Pippin has put on weight and his coat has thickened back up since his treatment. There may be something else going on - I think if you can I would get her che...
by fjm
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Healthy eating in almost fully grown kittens
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Healthy eating in almost fully grown kittens

I don't think dry food is generally considered better for the kidneys - on the contrary, wet food is the usual recommendation. Cats have evolved to get most of their fluids from their prey, and may not drink enough to compensate for a dry food, leading to chronic mild dehydration. And the benefits o...
by fjm
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Temporary accomodation for my friends cats
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Temporary accomodation for my friends cats

I think they may settle more easily than you think - my cats have spent several weeks in well run catteries and been very happy, despite much less space than you will be offering. I would plan on making everything as familiar as possible - beds, scratching posts, trays etc from home, plus throws fro...
by fjm
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 236
Views: 5236

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

3 weeks, 3 months, 3 years - sounds as if you may definitely be on your way to the next breakthrough!
by fjm
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Litter questions....need help! Sad post
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: Litter questions....need help! Sad post

I am more familiar with the problems with dogs, where fading neonate can be strongly associated with canine herpes. As far as I am aware the issues with kittens are different, but if you have had several litters of fading kittens, things I would consider are: Health and genetic compatibility of both...
by fjm
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Which breed would you recommend?
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Which breed would you recommend?

I agree with Mollycat - personality and temperament has much more to do with maternal care and early socialising than breed, and all cats with hair shed. The longer the hair the more the shedding, unless it becomes matted into painful and dangerous lumps. I would start building up a relationship wit...
by fjm
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: My Poor Toothless Lad
Replies: 5
Views: 43

Re: My Poor Toothless Lad

He will probably feel much better for having them gone, but it will be interesting to see whether the mice start thumbing their noses at him!
by fjm
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Pippin health check up - doing well!
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: Pippin health check up - doing well!

Pip is on a smallish daily dose of Metacam, and glucosamine - the Metacam in particular makes a big difference. He is very creaky and his hips in particular are sore, but he pootles around and seems to manage to do most things he wants to and enjoy life.
by fjm
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Pippin health check up - doing well!
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Re: Pippin health check up - doing well!

We too have a surplus of rain... Wish there were some way we could help.
by fjm
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weird growth on my cats chin
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: Weird growth on my cats chin

Does it look rather like dried blood? There are a number of threads on Black Stuff on Cat's Chin, if you search the forum. Tilly had it, and I think it was car eczema - it cleared up with a couple of applications of Hypercal ointment. But it is always wise to consult your vet if you are concerned - ...
by fjm
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: elevated liver enzymes
Replies: 17
Views: 141

Re: elevated liver enzymes

There are alternatives to pilling - surgery was the preferred treatment before the radio-iodine treatment became available, and is still widely used.
by fjm
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Cat Bites Me Without Warning
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: My Cat Bites Me Without Warning

I have found that there is usually a slight stiffening, and a movement of the ears before the need to escape overcomes the desire for petting, but it sounds as if you are already watching for those. I would try limiting petting and lap time - just a few seconds then a pause if stroking, just a few m...
by fjm
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: What breed is my cat?
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: What breed is my cat?

Technically, unless he comes from pedigree parents, he is not a breed. Looking at him I would suspect a mix of something like Norwegian Forest or Maine Coon, or other long hair and a domestic short hair.
by fjm
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock

Mine have never needed sedating to take blood - they just sit there. Tilly does best with very little restraint, as she likes to be in control, Pip freezes when worried - with both blood is taken in just a few minutes. Blood tests seem to worry them less than inoculations. There are four treatment o...
by fjm
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock

It does sound as if it might be hyperthyroidism. Have you noticed any weight loss, or increased activity, playfulness, or reactivity? All possible signs, although not in all cats. Pippin got very hungry in the night when he was hyperthyroid, so much so that he got hunger pukes in the early morning -...
by fjm
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten hides under bed for attention ?
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: Kitten hides under bed for attention ?

It sounds as if under the bed is her safe den - she is happy to play and be with you, but likes to snuggle down to sleep in a dark quiet place. Kittens need a lot of sleep - I would give her a comfy blanket there, make sure she has access to tray, food and water, and let her snooze where she is happy.
by fjm
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Temporary Pregnancy Prevention?
Replies: 3
Views: 46

Re: Temporary Pregnancy Prevention?

There are drugs and implants that can delay the onset of heat, but they tend to increase the risk of unpleasant cancers and other diseases. I am with the others - ask around for recommendations and find a vet who will spay your kitten sooner. At 19 weeks she is likely to come into season very soon!
by fjm
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Pippin health check up - doing well!
Replies: 8
Views: 94

Pippin health check up - doing well!

Pippin had his regular check up this morning. His weight has stayed stable for over 12 months, he has regained some of the muscle he lost due to hyperthyroidism two years ago, and his heart is steady and regular. I didn't put him through blood tests, as there have been no troubling symptoms. The vet...
by fjm
Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: duplicate post
Replies: 0
Views: 33

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by fjm
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation
Replies: 14
Views: 168

Re: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation

Done - very quick and easy!
by fjm
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will he ever be tame?
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Will he ever be tame?

I am going to sound a different note. While as Ruth says he is safe, warm and fed living in your flat it also sounds as if he is in a fairly constant state of high anxiety, which must have a significant effect on his quality of life. His days may be fewer and rougher in an outdoor colony, but they m...
by fjm
Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My kitty just recently got diagnosed..
Replies: 10
Views: 187

Re: My kitty just recently got diagnosed..

I would stop putting yourself into a panic! Pet food is subject to regular recalls, just as is human food - it shows the system of tests and checking is working. Unless you grow and raise all your own food completely organically far away from any possibility of wind drift from commercial growers foo...
by fjm
Tue Dec 31, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help! I have a 7 week old kitten.. Tips please.
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: Help! I have a 7 week old kitten.. Tips please.

Frankly, it sounds as if she is living in the lap of luxury! I have always let mine sleep with me when they want to, but that is my preference. They tend to come and go through the night, which could be disturbing for a light sleeper, and the 3am arrival of a cold wet cat complaining vociferously ab...
by fjm
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help! I have a 7 week old kitten.. Tips please.
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: Help! I have a 7 week old kitten.. Tips please.

Not cruel at all, but 7 weeks is very young for a kitten to leave Mum and siblings and she may need some extra comfort, especially if the room gets cold at night - perhaps a pet safe heat pad, or similar. It sounds as if she has you wrapped around her tiny paw already and is living a lovely life. As...
by fjm
Sun Dec 29, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Aggressive cat - should I rehome - please help
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: Aggressive cat - should I rehome - please help

The very first thing I would do is get him thoroughly checked out by your vet - thyroid issues in particular can cause behaviour changes, but so can many other conditions. If the vet finds nothing I would consult with a qualified cat behaviourist, if you can afford it. If there is still no solution ...