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by fjm
Mon Apr 19, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: looking for a nicer place for my Sofina to roam and experience
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: looking for a nicer place for my Sofina to roam and experience

I built ramps for Pippin when his arthritis started making life difficult for him. I hesitated for ages, as the recommended angles were impossible to fit into the space I had, then decided a steeper ramp was better than no ramp at all. A local builder's merchant cut a decking board to length for me ...
by fjm
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Hyperthyroidism behaviour - is this normal?
Replies: 5
Views: 43

Re: Hyperthyroidism behaviour - is this normal?

I think Kay is right - getting the medication right is key at this stage. I would ask your vet what the safe dosage range is, how safe it would be to adjust it up or down from where she is now, and how long she needs to be on a particular dosage to evaluate the effects. The blood tests will help, of...
by fjm
Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Aggression getting worse- need help ASAP
Replies: 6
Views: 72

Re: Aggression getting worse- need help ASAP

Cats play-fight as well as fight, and it can sometimes be hard to tell the difference. Did the behaviour get worse when your roommate moved out? Pippin played like this when he was around 9 months old, stalking ankles and pouncing, biting and scratching - he was missing his brother who vanished one ...
by fjm
Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: looking for a nicer place for my Sofina to roam and experience
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: looking for a nicer place for my Sofina to roam and experience

I can understand you wanting to treat her to interesting new experiences, but cats - especially older cats - usually prefer the safe and familiar. I think it would be very risky to try to take her even to an enclosed area away from home, where she is likely to panic and run and hide. Far better to m...
by fjm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Gaining my kitten's trust
Replies: 2
Views: 23

Re: Gaining my kitten's trust

I would just go at her pace. Many cats dislike being picked up or held and restrained, but are very happy to sit on you and cuddle if they can choose when to get up and when to get down. Grabbing her when she does not want to be held will teach her to avoid your hands - the opposite of what you want...
by fjm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 4:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time cat owner, need help with kitten
Replies: 19
Views: 146

Re: First time cat owner, need help with kitten

The biting does sound like over-stimulation, and it is possible that long play times in the evening are having the same effect. Trigger stacking is a recognised issue with dogs and humans, although there does not seem to be much research in cats. I would try a routine alternating short periods of pl...
by fjm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time cat owner, need help with kitten
Replies: 19
Views: 146

Re: First time cat owner, need help with kitten

It sounds as if he is already learning to be a little more independent, which is good - it doesn't mean he is not bonded to you, more that he now has the confidence to choose to spend some time alone. It's your choice whether or not to allow him into the bedroom at night - you may find it more restf...
by fjm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time cat owner, need help with kitten
Replies: 19
Views: 146

Re: First time cat owner, need help with kitten

Yes, it is kitten energy, and yes, it is perfectly acceptable to shut him out of the bedroom while you sleep, as long as he has access to food, water, a tray and a comfy sleeping place. It is great that he is so bonded to you, although I can see that it makes working and sleeping difficult! I once r...
by fjm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time cat owner, need help with kitten
Replies: 19
Views: 146

Re: First time cat owner, need help with kitten

Sounds like really good progress - and yes, his appetite will go up and down while he is growing. Some days they seem to want to eat their own body weight and you worry about them getting fat, then they have days of hardly wanting to eat at all, and you worry about them starving to death. As long as...
by fjm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to keep opened wet cat food?
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: How to keep opened wet cat food?

Freezing works for the cats' Pro Plan renal, and for Poppy's hepatic loaf, and for the home cooked meat. I haven't tried it with jellied, but I can imagine it would change the texture. On the rare occasions that I am away overnight I leave the cats with fresh food and frozen - it takes a while to de...
by fjm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time cat owner, need help with kitten
Replies: 19
Views: 146

Re: First time cat owner, need help with kitten

Many of us know the "OMG, what have I done !" feeling when responsible for a baby for the first time - the responsibility can feel overwhelming. It does get easier - you learn to communicate with each other, what behaviour is normal and nothing to worry about, and - perhaps most important ...
by fjm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to keep opened wet cat food?
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: How to keep opened wet cat food?

I freeze it - I reckon after the processing canned food gets it must be pretty temperature stable. Ice cube trays are useful for small amounts and faddy cats, as you can bag the cubes up when frozen and just defrost enough for a meal. For Poppy-dog, who needs rather less than 1/3 can of special hepa...
by fjm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time cat owner, need help with kitten
Replies: 19
Views: 146

Re: First time cat owner, need help with kitten

Be grateful he is a kitten, and not a puppy! By now a puppy would have peed/pooped everywhere, chewed at least 27 precious items and endangered your property deposit, need taking to toilet out ever hour during the day and several times during the night, and would scream so loudly when you went out o...
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: 19
Views: 146

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: 52

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: 70

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: 33

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: 32

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: 82

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: 82

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: 52

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: 75

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: 103

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: 103

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: 82

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: 82

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: 82

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: 47

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: 103

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 ...