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by fjm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time cat owner, need help with kitten
Replies: 1
Views: 12

Re: First time cat owner, need help with kitten

I would say it all sounds pretty normal, especially for a Siamese kitten. A companion really would be the easiest way of occupying his time and energy - he is used to having constant companionship, playmates ever ready for a game, siblings to snuggle with, and now is completely reliant on you for al...
by fjm
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Turkey same as chicken?
Replies: 4
Views: 47

Re: Turkey same as chicken?

I have a dog who is fine with chicken but cannot tolerate turkey, so it might work the other way around. Are you sure chicken is the culprit?
by fjm
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Temp home for cat for an owner in rehab
Replies: 3
Views: 62

Re: Temp home for cat for an owner in rehab

Have you tried the Cinnamon Trust? it sounds the sort of situation they might be able to help with.
by fjm
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Unsure if cat is pregnant
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: Unsure if cat is pregnant

It can be very difficult to tell a real from a pseudopregnancy, but the latter is not common in cats. If you don't want kittens the getting her spayed immediately would I think count as a veterinary emergency; if you are not too concerned then perhaps it is best to just wait and see. In a few weeks ...
by fjm
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Terrified of the litterbox
Replies: 2
Views: 28

Re: Terrified of the litterbox

I agree with Mollycat - I think I might have problems using a loo that appeared to attack me! If scattered litter is an issue then perhaps try a different litter, or put the cat tray on a larger tray to catch the bits. I would give her back uher old tray at once, before she becomes habituated to usi...
by fjm
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Food suggestions for Pippin
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Food suggestions for Pippin

I thought I could, Mollycat, but more than a teaspoonful of minced chicken in a half sachet and it becomes inedible. A large chunk of chicken breast is grabbed and gobbled, though. No matter how long I liveI don't think I will ever fully understand feline thought processes...
by fjm
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Food suggestions for Pippin
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Food suggestions for Pippin

Right - the one he really likes and really eats and that (fingers crossed) does not upset his tum is the Purina Pro Plan renal. But does this mean that he might also enjoy the non-renal, and is it higher in protein, which he really needs at this stage? Anyone any experience?
by fjm
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly adopted cat - potentially pregnant
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Newly adopted cat - potentially pregnant

By 5 weeks pregnancy was pretty obvious on my siamese, but she was a small, slim, short coated siamese - a Maine Coon is very different. I think you may need to wait for the vet to do a scan to be sure one way or the other, but as you obviously know, erring on the side of caution and treating her as...
by fjm
Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat won't eat, even after beibg treated at vet
Replies: 6
Views: 58

Re: Cat won't eat, even after beibg treated at vet

I have found that smell is the most important sense in getting a cat to start eating again. A bland diet is sensible after vomiting, but if he won't eat it it is not going to help. Try sardines, mackerel, any cat food you have that is strong smelling, and perhaps plain chicken breast mixed in with w...
by fjm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pancreatitis triggered peritonitis, worried about FIP. Anyone experienced? Advice, please?
Replies: 8
Views: 80

Re: Pancreatitis triggered peritonitis, worried about FIP. Anyone experienced? Advice, please?

Absolutely go with what works! If he is refusing the sensitivity because it makes him feel ill that is very different from refusing it because the taste and texture are unfamiliar.
by fjm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pancreatitis triggered peritonitis, worried about FIP. Anyone experienced? Advice, please?
Replies: 8
Views: 80

Re: Pancreatitis triggered peritonitis, worried about FIP. Anyone experienced? Advice, please?

Very good news - if he is eating without pain or diarrhoea and that continues now that you have reduced the pred I think cautious optimism is definitely in order. With four ageing animals I try to jot notes in my online calendar at the first sign of trouble, then keep a diary or spreadsheet if it co...
by fjm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Food suggestions for Pippin
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Food suggestions for Pippin

I think his snuffle has reached the gunky stage - explains the horribly smelly breath! Many thanks for the offer, Mollycat, but he has only nibbled at the pates and mousses I have tried him with, so I think I will stick to stuff with gravy. What he really, really likes are Seraquin and Vetzyme B+E t...
by fjm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Food suggestions for Pippin
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Food suggestions for Pippin

Good idea, Kay - I had a cat years ago who thrived on mackerel in tomato sauce. That was on a tropical island with limited options. I'll try him with sardines in tomato - I have some in the cupboard.
by fjm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Food suggestions for Pippin
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Food suggestions for Pippin

Pippin is 18 in a few weeks, very creaky with arthritis and had radio iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism two years ago. Over the last year he has lost a lot of weight and on Sunday he took to his bed and didn't even want to eat, usually his favourite activity. So off to the vet for blood tests, ex...
by fjm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat Acne
Replies: 1
Views: 29

Re: Cat Acne

I found hypercal ointment effective and safe - marigold and St John's wort in a lanolin base. You want the salve or ointment rather than the cream - several companies still make it and you can get it online or at Holland and Barrett. I have also seen hibiscrub recommended.
by fjm
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I don't trust my vet???
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: I don't trust my vet???

Perhaps for your own peace of mind it would be worth seeking a second opinion. If it is lymphoma then chemo can improve a cat's quality of life for months: it is only very rarely a cure, it just postpones the inevitable. But cats usually tolerate chemo much better than humans, and you may feel it is...
by fjm
Tue Mar 30, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pancreatitis triggered peritonitis, worried about FIP. Anyone experienced? Advice, please?
Replies: 8
Views: 80

Re: Pancreatitis triggered peritonitis, worried about FIP. Anyone experienced? Advice, please?

I am glad he is improving, and that your vets seem to be on the ball. I don't have any specific experience but I think it is important to remember that "typical" recovery times are based on averages and norms - there will always be outliers who recover faster or more slowly. As long as he ...
by fjm
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Struggling with cats soiling outside litter tray
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Struggling with cats soiling outside litter tray

Fingers crossed you have found the key - be prepared for some set backs, but I know how wonderful even the hope of improvement can be!
by fjm
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: 20 Year Old Best Friend Put To Sleep , Need help
Replies: 12
Views: 139

Re: 20 Year Old Best Friend Put To Sleep , Need help

Little by little the memories become easier to bear - I find they always clutch at my heart, but that there are smiles as well as tears, and the tears become less bitter and less frequent. The love we have experienced stays with us - Halo's companionship has helped to make you who you are, and the e...
by fjm
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?
Replies: 23
Views: 225

Re: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?

Royal Canin do an early renal failure food which might be worth a try, but as she maintained her weight for so long following the HT treatment is it possible she might level out once again? She is probably finding eating more comfortable than for some time now her mouth is sorted, she is being offer...
by fjm
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Four years on I am in limbo
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Four years on I am in limbo

I am so sorry you are still caught in the depths of grief. I know that at one point you were at least considering counselling - did that help at all? I think you need help to learn to live with Bertie's loss, and perhaps need to talk to your GP about help for what sounds like quite severe depression...
by fjm
Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat will starve but will not eat cat food
Replies: 38
Views: 3814

Re: Cat will starve but will not eat cat food

The basic principles of feeding non commercial diets are pretty straight forward: Never feed cooked whole bones - ground bone simmered with the meat in water is usually OK 80% muscle meat, 10% offal (kidney, spleen, other organ meats; about half should be liver); 10% bone. Heart is a muscle, not an ...
by fjm
Thu Mar 25, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat vomits after having cat milk
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Cat vomits after having cat milk

Does he vomit after any other food? If not I would suspect an intolerance - cats don't need milk, so just find another treat for him.
by fjm
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat will starve but will not eat cat food
Replies: 38
Views: 3814

Re: Cat will starve but will not eat cat food

Absolutely with you, Mollycat - just chicken meat, even with a little bone marrow, is not a balanced diet.
by fjm
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: 20 Year Old Best Friend Put To Sleep , Need help
Replies: 12
Views: 139

Re: 20 Year Old Best Friend Put To Sleep , Need help

Lovely photos - a beautiful cat with such a calm, relaxed expression.
by fjm
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat will starve but will not eat cat food
Replies: 38
Views: 3814

Re: Cat will starve but will not eat cat food

Does the whole chicken you buy include the giblets? If so I would add the heart, liver and gizzard to her food. If not, at least add some liver - around 5% by weight. Unless you are feeding raw bones (not just marrow) you really also need a source of calcium - finely ground eggshell in the proportio...
by fjm
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: clumping litter works too well
Replies: 9
Views: 101

Re: clumping litter works too well

I'm using wood based too: Cats Best Original. Compostable, flushable, excellent odour control and doesn't set into concrete or crate a sticky swamp even with two cats with early CKD. It does tend to scatter a bit, but I am using a tray with a very low front because of Pip's arthritis.
by fjm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:16 pm
Forum: FOUND Cats
Topic: Found, Crockenhill, Ginger male cat
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Found, Crockenhill, Ginger male cat

I think this may be Crockenhill in Kent, although I too am confused by the poster showing as being in Chicago!
by fjm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat won't stop scratching at bedroom door. I need help
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Cat won't stop scratching at bedroom door. I need help

I can see why you would not want cats in the bedroom with a new born baby - was this particular cat allowed in before the baby arrived? It sounds as if his night time routine has been disrupted, and he is determined to reinstate it. I assume he does not have access to outdoors during the night? That...
by fjm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: mite infestation
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: mite infestation

I would only use a spray recommended by my vet directly on a cat, or on anything they might come into contact with.