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by fjm
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidney Disease.cat
Replies: 2
Views: 14

Re: Kidney Disease.cat

I tried half a dozen different foods for Tilly before finding one she likes (Purina Pro-Plan sachets and biscuits), and for a while she was reluctant to eat anything, even old favourites like chicken breast. I ordered a range of flavours and textures online and tried her with tiny quantities. I soon...
by fjm
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Sureflap connect feeder - not working properly
Replies: 8
Views: 27

Re: Sureflap connect feeder - not working properly

That was exactly the thought in my mind!
by fjm
Thu Aug 06, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Sureflap connect feeder - not working properly
Replies: 8
Views: 27

Re: Sureflap connect feeder - not working properly

I tend to work on the principle that the less there is to go wrong, the better. As the old saying goes, to err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
by fjm
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Odd behavior, anybody else seen this?
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Odd behavior, anybody else seen this?

I think any sudden, inexplicable change in behaviour warrants a vet check, especially when it includes scratching and chewing, which can be signs of pain. At 14 a full check up and blood panel would be a good idea in any case - there are lots of conditions common in older cats that are very manageab...
by fjm
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Is my kitten fading?
Replies: 8
Views: 63

Re: Is my kitten fading?

I have remembered an old treatment for fading puppies which may be worth a try - do consult your vet first: https://papillonclub.co.uk/beef-liver-r ... g-puppies/
by fjm
Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Is my kitten fading?
Replies: 8
Views: 63

Re: Is my kitten fading?

I am so sorry that what should have been a happy time has proved one of extreme anxiety instead. Without extensive - and expensive - tests it is hard to know exactly what is going on, and tests would probably make no difference to the treatment. Your vets have given her an antibiotic against any bac...
by fjm
Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introducing new wet food
Replies: 17
Views: 83

Re: Introducing new wet food

Your call, I think. If she gobbles it and then regurgitates, or has a tummy ache, she may refuse to eat it in future. I would wait fie or six hours after the first portion and then offer a slightly larger one - perhaps just before bed. If all is still well in the morning a similar size for breakfast...
by fjm
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help!!! 14 week old kitten scared of tumble dryer
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Help!!! 14 week old kitten scared of tumble dryer

You could try associating the tumble dryer with treats - drop a few some yards away from it, and let him decide whether to approach, and gradually move the treats closer over several days. If he does not want to get that close move further back and start again. Once he is happy close to the silent d...
by fjm
Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Lick e lix!
Replies: 35
Views: 1891

Re: Lick e lix!

I think they were Thrive: https://thrivepetfoods.com/thrive-prorewardr-100-liver-dog-treats. I am wary of commercial treats these days, so mostly make my own, though. I would try her with very tiny scraps of raw or cooked liver - preferably beef. Think half a teaspoonful at first, and check with you...
by fjm
Thu Jul 30, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: very worried about my girls eyes
Replies: 12
Views: 136

Re: very worried about my girls eyes

Hyperthyroidism is usually very treatable by drugs, diet or radio-iodine treatment. It is very common in older cats, and most respond well to treatment - don't panic too much just yet. If you search the forum you will find lots of information, experience and advice.
by fjm
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sex of Kitten Please HELP
Replies: 2
Views: 32

Re: Sex of Kitten Please HELP

Could even be intersex - it does happen. More likely all will become clearer as s/he matures a little, though. And it is very easy to misread sex in kittens if you are not familiar with them, especially if the whole litter are females - I know ! (I was only 12 at the time, and there was no internet ...
by fjm
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Unable to move on
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Unable to move on

Four months is not long for a such hurt to begin to heal. Is it your first such loss? It never gets easier (in fact I sometimes think each one is harder than the last, as it brings those griefs back as well), but I think you do learn ways of coping. For me, once the first shock is past, it is a new ...
by fjm
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introducing new wet food
Replies: 17
Views: 83

Re: Introducing new wet food

I would try one flavour for a week or two, and if that goes well introduce another in the same way as the first. If you are watching for intolerances as well as reaction to fat/richness levels almost any change of ingredients could trigger a reaction. Amongst things that are known to cause problems ...
by fjm
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introducing new wet food
Replies: 17
Views: 83

Re: Introducing new wet food

If she is not vomiting that is very good news - it could simply be that everything is settling down and healing, thanks to the steroids. When Poppy was so very ill in the acute phase of liver failure I knew when she was feeling nauseous as she didn't want the lick of dog toothpaste that is their aft...
by fjm
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introducing new wet food
Replies: 17
Views: 83

Re: Introducing new wet food

I think it rather depends on how much variety they have had over the years. If their digestive systems are used to a wide range of foods they are much less likely to suffer upsets from a change of diet than if they have had just one formulation all their lives. And I am with you on getting more rela...
by fjm
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introducing new wet food
Replies: 17
Views: 83

Re: Introducing new wet food

Chicken makes most things better, my cats and dogs tell me! But I think the OP's cat can't/won't eat it?
by fjm
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pooping outside litter box
Replies: 1
Views: 25

Re: Pooping outside litter box

Canned pumpkin - 100% plain pumpkin, not the pie filling with sugar and spices - is very good for both constipation and diarrhoea, and may bulk things up just enough for him to be able to poo more easily. I would check with your vet first, and if they approve buy just one can to see if the cat will ...
by fjm
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?
Replies: 22
Views: 133

Re: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?

Sounds like you are becoming an expert! Now just the food issue to crack...
by fjm
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introducing new wet food
Replies: 17
Views: 83

Re: Introducing new wet food

I would try in a separate dish at first - if they like it no problem, but if they don't and the food is mixed both have to be chucked.

I don't know about veal, but I don't think I would risk it.
by fjm
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tropical Ticks
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: Tropical Ticks

I have found the occasional tick on the cats. A study has shown that cats tend to be less affected than dogs, but do get them: https://veterinary-practice.com/article/are-we-underestimating-tick-borne-diseases-in-cats The biggest difference is that cats seem to have a natural resistance to Lyme dise...
by fjm
Mon Jul 27, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senile cat?
Replies: 6
Views: 169

Re: Senile cat?

Is she using specific spots? Incontinence bed pads can be useful if so - or cheap washable waterproof backed mats. My dogs and I have an agreement about a hideous imitation sheep skin in the bathroom for those 3am emergencies...!
by fjm
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat bleeding, water broke, but no labour after more than 12 h
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Cat bleeding, water broke, but no labour after more than 12 h

Is there a reason for not spaying her? It does not sound as if she is ever going to be reliable as a breeding queen, and it would remove the risk of an ooops litter taking you by surprise. Pseudopregnancy is so common in dogs as to be practically normal, but I understand it is quite unusual in cats....
by fjm
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat throws up prescription cat food. Should i keep feeding it to him?
Replies: 5
Views: 83

Re: Cat throws up prescription cat food. Should i keep feeding it to him?

Is it the food, or the amount he eats at once? Feeding just a little at a time may help - otherwise I would talk to your vet about alternatives.
by fjm
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cone after dental surgery
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Cone after dental surgery

Well, I would check with the vet - perhaps the idea is to prevent him pawing at his mouth - but I would think any benefit would be minimal. If the vet considers a collar necessary he may do better with a soft donut type collar, if he is so good at removing the plastic one.
by fjm
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cone after dental surgery
Replies: 6
Views: 88

Re: Cone after dental surgery

I'm not quite sure why he would need a cone after dental surgery - usually the cone is there to stop a cat licking a wound, but that does not really apply with tooth removal...?
by fjm
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?
Replies: 22
Views: 133

Re: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?

Should my cats head be held up when using syringe like u would with pills? One video says to, others say not to incase she doesnt swallow the liquid and kind of inhales it the wrong way? Ideally I would say a slight tilt - enough that the liquid doesn't run straight out again, not so high that the ...
by fjm
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?
Replies: 22
Views: 133

Re: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?

I put it into the cheek pouch as far as possible, rather than between the teeth, and shot it in fast rather than giving him time to think about it. We did both end up sticky a few times till I got the knack, and he was getting grumpy after a couple of months of twice daily treatment. Fortunately rad...
by fjm
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Moving 180miles with an elderly cat? Help!
Replies: 13
Views: 226

Re: Moving 180miles with an elderly cat? Help!

My bed rarely gets made - by the time I get to it there is always a cat curled up blissfully asleep and I don't have the heart to boot them off!
by fjm
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?
Replies: 22
Views: 133

Re: Best way of giving liquid meds in syringe into mouth?

Pippin is easy, so my method (find cat, place left hand on cat, use right hand to squeeze contents of syringe into cat's mouth, offer cat chicken in compensation for the indignity) probably seems nirvana to you! One thing I have found is that it is sometimes easier to get a slightly larger quantity ...
by fjm
Thu Jul 23, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Wont't Eat Keeps Throwing Up
Replies: 10
Views: 86

Re: Wont't Eat Keeps Throwing Up

I am so sorry - you do have the comfort of knowing you did your very best for him. Perhaps talk to a reputable rescue near you about getting a health tested kitten - there are so many needing homes, and you would have the reassurance that they are not already suffering from a serious disease or heal...