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by fjm
Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:07 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How to catch a cat
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: How to catch a cat

To make the capture absolutely certain tell the cat NOT to get into the box!
by fjm
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 64
Views: 601

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

I think covered trays have already been mentioned - perhaps adding a covered tray short term as an option for the adult cats might be possible? At least that way they could arrange themselves to see her coming, and if they don't like the covered tray there are still the others to use. A cardboard bo...
by fjm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: What breed?
Replies: 4
Views: 34

Re: What breed?

I have had traditional Siamese, Russian Blue and several DSH, and the similarities far outnumbered the differences. Siamese are more vocal (a polite way of saying they often yell their heads off!), but that would be the only major difference I can think of. Mine was very attached to me and would fol...
by fjm
Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 64
Views: 601

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

I think you are doing very well. In the last few weeks you have successfully reared a kitten that needed constant, intensive care, integrated her into a household of established cats, brought Mila through a serious health crisis and coped with sundry other alarums and excursions, plus endured except...
by fjm
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:46 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Letting our dear Sophie go to sleep
Replies: 8
Views: 82

Re: Letting our dear Sophie go to sleep

I am glad you had one last day of cuddles, and time to know you were making the right decision. Sleep well, Sophie, all pain and discomfort forgotten.
by fjm
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: HELP: Bottle Feeding Kittens
Replies: 2
Views: 42

Re: HELP: Bottle Feeding Kittens

1-1.5 tablespoonfuls sounds a lot for such tiny kittens. The recommendation I have seen is to build up to a maximum of 10ml in each feed, which is two teaspoonfuls. It may be that you are simply trying to give them too much at once. There is a useful table here: https://www.petcoach.co/article/how-t...
by fjm
Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat gizmo passed away suddenly
Replies: 10
Views: 91

Re: My cat gizmo passed away suddenly

I am so sorry. Saddle thrombus is so sudden, almost always fatal, and very painful. Your girlfriend did everything possible, recognising that something was wrong and getting him to the vet immediately - I hope there is some comfort in knowing that she gave him the very best chance of recovery by act...
by fjm
Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 64
Views: 601

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

I was thinking in much the same way - I would set times when Mila can know she has safe access to the tray while Spaska is occupied elsewhere. Spaska gets playtime, Mila gets half an hour of guaranteed peace and quiet. The other alternative would be too enclose one tray behind a microchipped cat fla...
by fjm
Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:26 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 64
Views: 601

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

I suspect that sooner or later she will get her ears boxed, and stop doing it. At the moment the big cats are probably extending kitten privileges but those will begin to run out soon.
by fjm
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Letting our dear Sophie go to sleep
Replies: 8
Views: 82

Re: Letting our dear Sophie go to sleep

A beautiful tribute to a lovely and much loved cat. I said goodbye to my 18 year old Pippin a few weeks ago - he too made it clear that he was ready to let go, and living had become too much of a struggle, but I know all too well how you still hope for a miracle. I hope your vet is as kind as mine w...
by fjm
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 64
Views: 601

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

Lovely to see her so happy and healthy, and the other cats so accepting of her. I hope you have many months of peaceful play after all the stress and trauma of the last few weeks!
by fjm
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to stop my cat from biting?
Replies: 3
Views: 25

Re: How to stop my cat from biting?

If the crow posture is really very different from normal cat body language I would be wondering about something neurological. Definitely needs a vet visit, ideally with videos that show the sequence. And does he really live his entire life in one small room? That indicates a level of anxiety about t...
by fjm
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recurring Cystitis
Replies: 17
Views: 183

Re: Recurring Cystitis

Good to know she has come through this bout safely, and is obviously enjoying the cool spot!
by fjm
Tue Jul 20, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat occasionally stumbling
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: Cat occasionally stumbling

Good that you have a diagnosis, and have ruled out more dangerous possibilities. I hope the medication soon has her more comfortable.
by fjm
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stomatitis
Replies: 14
Views: 253

Re: Stomatitis

I am so sorry. It is hard to lose any beloved cat, but doubly so when they are young with so much life ahead of them. I hope there is comfort in knowing you did everything possible for her, and helped her to slip away painlessly and peacefully at the end.
by fjm
Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Single cat spraying in new house
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Single cat spraying in new house

If he is spraying and middening to mark his territory finding other ways of giving rooms the comforting smell of home might help. Spreading his unwashed bedding around, rubbing clothes against the scent glands on his face and hanging them over chairs, anything that spreads his own scent. In the mean...
by fjm
Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat routine urgent
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: Cat routine urgent

Absolutely agree with Mollycat on history and avoiding confrontation. I also wonder why the front door? Could there be another cat visiting the front, that he feels he needs to discourage? Something to check, perhaps. Unless he is a very elderly or frail cat it sounds to me as if he needs more fun i...
by fjm
Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat Dispute
Replies: 13
Views: 134

Re: Cat Dispute

Is it possible that the cat has been using both homes? If he has been spending some time with his original owner and getting meals in both houses it could explain why only now is the man getting angry.
by fjm
Thu Jul 15, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: FOUND Cats
Topic: Request for advice on settling a found cat
Replies: 3
Views: 36

Re: Request for advice on settling a found cat

How settled is he? Does he seem relieved and relaxed to be home, or is he hiding and only slowly reclaiming his territory? Have any new cats or dogs moved in while he was away, or anything else changed that might startle him and cause him to run? I had a cat who was very bonded to me go missing for ...
by fjm
Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Sudden and traumatic loss of my 5 yr old baby
Replies: 3
Views: 82

Re: Sudden and traumatic loss of my 5 yr old baby

I am so very sorry. I think the sudden, traumatic loss of a young and apparently healthy loved companion is one of the worst and most painful griefs there can be. I can hardly bear to think about the accident that took my darling little dog, who broke her neck and died in my arms, so I have some ide...
by fjm
Tue Jul 13, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Please help
Replies: 5
Views: 91

Re: Please help

I would be interested to know her background - was she raised somewhere where she had no choice about where to poop? Toilet training problems are very common in puppy mill dogs, born and raised in a cage, and I wonder if there may be something similar going on here. Does she do it when you are watch...
by fjm
Mon Jul 12, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recurring Cystitis
Replies: 17
Views: 183

Re: Recurring Cystitis

I am a great believer in being able to share food - Tilly's renal options are taking over the fridge as she changes her mind as to what is edible on a near daily basis, and life would be much easier if some of it could be used up in a sandwich! Hope this round of aBs etc does the trick.
by fjm
Sun Jul 11, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat occasionally stumbling
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: Cat occasionally stumbling

I would book a vet appointment. If it is arthritis which sounds very probable) then pain relief and some replanning with ramps etc will help enormously; if it is something more sinister then the sooner it is addressed the better the outcome is likely to be.
by fjm
Sun Jul 11, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recurring Cystitis
Replies: 17
Views: 183

Re: Recurring Cystitis

Have you tried the gravy from Felix cat soups as a carrier for the powder? It was one thing that Pip continued to eat right to the end, and it would be a lot cheaper than smoked salmon!
by fjm
Fri Jul 09, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: An old buddy cannot even jump
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: An old buddy cannot even jump

There is a lot you can do, but first step is a complete check up at the vets. It sounds as if the cat may have arthritis, in which case the vet can prescribe pain relief, and older cats often have other issues which are mostly very treatable. If you are in the UK and your grandmother has limited fun...
by fjm
Thu Jul 08, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Let her pass or take her to emergency (kidney failure)
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Let her pass or take her to emergency (kidney failure)

I am sorry, but glad that she had her last months and years in the comfort of your care.
by fjm
Thu Jul 08, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Let her pass or take her to emergency (kidney failure)
Replies: 6
Views: 94

Re: Let her pass or take her to emergency (kidney failure)

I am so sorry - what a devastating shock. Kidney failure is irreversible, as I am sure you know. The rapid decline may be due to dehydration, and it is possible that IV fluids might buy you a little more time. Assuming that you are in the States, the vet may also prescribe sub-Q fluids for you to ad...
by fjm
Wed Jul 07, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die
Replies: 61
Views: 557

Re: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die

It is easy to be wise in hind sight - at the time heat stroke explained all the symptoms and fitted the circumstances, and the obvious explanation is usually the correct one. It is quite possible that the stress of heat exhaustion precipitated the infection - the most important thing is that you con...
by fjm
Wed Jul 07, 2021 7:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die
Replies: 61
Views: 557

Re: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die

Excellent news that she is eating - it sounds as if she is on the road to recovery.
by fjm
Tue Jul 06, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die
Replies: 61
Views: 557

Re: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die

I would try pureeing food with some of the chicken broth to the consistency of thin cream and if necessary drip feed her from a syringe - she needs to be taking in some calories as well as fluids. If you can find Lick-e-Lix treats where you are they often help cats start eating again - they are the ...