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by Catotum
Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Rainbows in cat fur
Replies: 7
Views: 78

Re: Rainbows in cat fur

Maybe digital cameras are better at picking up rainbows but if the light strikes water at the right angle, the light will split into all the colours of the spectrum. I remember, years ago, lying back on the South Downs to rest after an early morning walk, & looking sideways to see the dew on the tip...
by Catotum
Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: advice wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 82

Re: advice wanted

So, I think we are dealing with a couple of strays who visit your garden. Are you feeding them? I imagine so, if you are their favoured person. Cats readily take to almost any sort of outdoor wooden house, which is waterproof & provides easy access. My cats have serially occupied a craftsman-made (&...
by Catotum
Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: When should I let my girls outside?
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: When should I let my girls outside?

Have a look online at Mynwood Cat Jackets. I've my 3rd on order & they are very good. Lots of colour choice & they'll be made to fit your cat's measurements.
by Catotum
Sun Sep 29, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: When should I let my girls outside?
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: When should I let my girls outside?

I do agree about not letting them out if they are not neutered (they are already old enough to have an interest in the opposite sex & a male will hare off towards the scent of an on-heat female) nor, of course, until they are vaccinated, which I imagine has already happened. It won't be harmful to ...
by Catotum
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Neighbour feeding my cat
Replies: 6
Views: 25

Re: Neighbours continue to let my cat into their house!

I do understand your annoyance & frustration over this & hope your current progress is successful. I've had a similar problem with a couple who live in the close adjacent to mine. The cat in question accesses them via a path along which there is no escape from marauding dogs. They feed him & he has...
by Catotum
Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Outdoor cat became indoor cat
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Outdoor cat became indoor cat

Why worry? I wouldn't. The cat has been neutered & re-homed. His personality is likely to have altered as a result. It seems to me that everything has gone swimmingly. There's no desire for him to be outside, is there? If you live in an apartment, he needs to be inside, I presume. As for fearing vi...
by Catotum
Sun Sep 22, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kitten chaos
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Kitten chaos

Having a small kitten sized healthy treat might be an inducement. I thought that with my own cats but it turned out that having eaten the treat & snuffled around for more, they'd jump down & get on with whatever they were doing before. It might help them get used to being handled, though.
by Catotum
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: House move
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: House move

I am sure you are right & also that they will settle more as time passes. I've just started caring for a 16y old who is quite deaf & recovering from the effects of untreated hyperthyroidism. Although I'm in a cul-de-sac I'm not letting her out alone & she has adapted quite well to a harness & lead ...
by Catotum
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Question on Spaying
Replies: 18
Views: 203

Re: Question on Spaying

Making sure she has plenty of whatever she wants to drink might help. Fluids passing through will help remove traces of the drugs. Poor her & poor you! Is she a thin cat? Thin cats can take longer to recover. Fat can absorb the drugs & allow them to be broken down or excreted more slowly. Thin kitti...
by Catotum
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 16
Views: 254

Re: Eating Mice

Oh, yummy!
by Catotum
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: The joy of food...

Yes, those are the ones I use. If a different cat approaches, the "right" cat tends to withdraw & so the lid closes. It is possible for a really sneaky cat to stand behind the bowl & attempt to hook out pieces of food but that's about it. And yes, they do rush to the sound of the opening feeder - at...
by Catotum
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: The joy of food...

Chip operated cat bowl no good? I solved my cat food thief antics by buying those. Very easy to use & very efficient. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2xEmMmYfBs I sympathise with the ever-changing desires. I'm fostering a 16y old with a thyroid problem & she likes different foods every day. Or twi...
by Catotum
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 16
Views: 254

Re: Eating Mice

Don't worry, SuttonRider, your cat is normal. His food sounds perfectly adequate, too - very similar amounts to my own, although they demand variety :roll: I imagine your cat is fairly young. They mouse more when young although some do it permanently. A regular worming is fine but keep an eye on hi...
by Catotum
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: 5 week old Kitten
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: 5 week old Kitten

Ideally, kittens stay with their mothers until they are 12 weeks old. It takes that long to for weaning to be complete & them to become confident & accomplished in everything their mother has to teach them. So, check: this one seems a little too young to be removed as yet. Also, do ask your vet now...
by Catotum
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Spraying Raid with cats in the house
Replies: 16
Views: 57625

Re: Spraying Raid with cats in the house

[*][*] No, your cats aren't safe. Wash the places you've used it. Check Safety Data Sheets online before you use products. This is the Raid version https://www.thamesmeadonline.co.uk/downloads/JW1063.pdf The active ingredients are permethrins, all of which are EXTREMELY toxic to cats: Cypermethrin 0...
by Catotum
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Oh help, what do I do !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 157

Re: Oh help, what do I do !!!

That's a rotten thing to happen to you & you have my sympathies. No sympathy for the owner, though: that cat should have been neutered & then would have been less inclined to stray. It sounds as if she couldn't care less. If you are in the UK, you might advise the RSPCA & ask if an inspector can ch...
by Catotum
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: I need advice on something
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: I need advice on something

Wow. Change your vet! If this paleness has developed recently & is unlike anything you've seen before then investigation is needed. Not all vets are actually very competent although most can convince you they are - change if you get nonsense like this. LIVER WARNING Too much liver can cause vitamin...
by Catotum
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: My Cat Keeps Going to the Neighbour's House
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: My Cat Keeps Going to the Neighbour's House

I sympathise wholeheartedly. Your neighbours are at fault, not you. I've had exactly the same problem with an adoptee of mine. Yes, your cat has had upsets but no, them alienating him is not acceptable. My cat just got fatter & fatter until I was almost screaming with frustration. Worse, to get to ...
by Catotum
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: UK cat deaths from dog flea products
Replies: 1
Views: 44

UK cat deaths from dog flea products

https://icatcare.org/permethrin I'm sure everyone here knows that dog products are not for cats but apparently there have been a lot of UK cat deaths caused by dog flea products containing permethrin. Even to the extent of a treated dog snuggling a cat (it does happen!) & thereby poisoning it. I th...
by Catotum
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?
Replies: 7
Views: 142

Re: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?

Oh yes, redirected aggression. Little elderly girl cat had her home invaded & got VERY upset with the aggressor, who ran off. Not so younger male housemate, who was screamed at, threatened & generally intimidated, losing all his confidence & treading very carefully around madam thereafter. I hope it...
by Catotum
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Would taking this kitten in pose a risk to my cats?
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Would taking this kitten in pose a risk to my cats?

Oh dear, I didn't know that.

Maybe there is a cat charity that does un-neutered cat round-ups? One that takes in sick animals?

Difficult.
by Catotum
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 11 week old kitten with loose stools
Replies: 11
Views: 174

Re: 11 week old kitten with loose stools

At 11 weeks, she is rather young to be without her mother. Ideally, kittens stay with their mother until they are 12 weeks old but this did not seem to happen for KiKi. She might not have been fully weaned & her diet might be responsible for her distress. You can buy food designed for cats under 1y...
by Catotum
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Would taking this kitten in pose a risk to my cats?
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Don't take it in - catch & RSPCA a treatment voucher

There is a system with the RSPCA where they will issue codes for vet treatment for any suffering animal. If you can catch one of the kittens, keep it maybe in a cat carrier, then ring the RSPCA & explain it is sick, they will give you a code to give to a vet. You take the kitten to the vet, they tr...
by Catotum
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weeing on my bed
Replies: 15
Views: 239

Urinating on bed

Well, I've had two adopted cats (no dog in the house) who've both urinated on my bed (on the duvet, actually - how'd s/he ever get to the mattress?) off & on for the first fortnight. I don't really know why, other that the surroundings were unfamiliar & in the cattery the litter tray had been right...
by Catotum
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Spraying Raid with cats in the house
Replies: 16
Views: 57625

Re: Spraying Raid with cats in the house

I like that idea. Aunts can be such a pain.
by Catotum
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Dinner is served milady
Replies: 16
Views: 328

Re: Dinner is served milady

Oh yes, feed the good food! My mother lived to 95 & swore her cat would eat nothing but a particular brand of cat food. The cat turned out to have very different ideas & now enjoys a range of gourmet foods, hunger-striking whenever she gets bored & requires something new. Enjoy your lodger - she so...
by Catotum
Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Meowing Heads Dried Food
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Re: Meowing Heads Dried Food

I can't claim to have tried it (although I've tried most others) but it is quite a well known brand. Cats vary so much on what they will eat, why not just get a small pack & try it? Mine have a variety of foods, wet & dry, which I swap around so they don't get bored - & I also overcome any deficien...
by Catotum
Thu May 30, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Next Door's Cat Eating Our Cats' Food
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: Next Door's Cat Eating Our Cats' Food

I recommend chipping the cats, too. It means they will always be registered to you & gives you the option of acquiring chip-operated cat flaps & feeders. You do NOT need an internet connection to operate microchip programmable flaps & feeders. There are some of these that operate with special collar...
by Catotum
Mon May 27, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Dried food.... Won't eat wet..
Replies: 15
Views: 225

Re: Dried food.... Won't eat wet..

Re garlic: one would hope so but I've just realised ASDA have brought out a low sugar ice-cream, sweetened with XYLITOL of all things. Xylitol is lethal to dogs, even in small quantities. The situation with cats is not clear - some say it is dangerous, some say it is OK. I don't know why Xylitol whe...
by Catotum
Mon May 27, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Problems introducing kitten to older cat
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: Problems introducing kitten to older cat

The experts recommend keeping any new addition to a cat household separately & introducing cats carefully, slowly & under supervision. I think this is probably the best way to go to avoid long-term behavioural problems with both the kitten & the adult. When things have not gone right after a fast in...