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by Catotum
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Eating Mice
Replies: 12
Views: 111

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: 3
Views: 81

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: 54880

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: 123

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: 140

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: 105

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: 34

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: 109

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: 131

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: 139

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: 131

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: 195

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: 54880

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: 279

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: 81

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: 124

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: 192

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: 133

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...
by Catotum
Mon May 27, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Dried food.... Won't eat wet..
Replies: 15
Views: 192

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

It's very good for his teeth! My senior female, very sickly as a kitten, would not eat wet food at all. Now, she will eat (occasionally) the cat pate sold by Purina Gourmet, providing it is made into a soup with a bit of water. There can be a problem with males but I think it is mostly young males ...
by Catotum
Thu May 09, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Hot water bottle?
Replies: 18
Views: 4543

Re: Hot water bottle?

For elderly, sick or just plain luxury loving cats, I go for the electric cat underblanket*. At £20-£30 these are not that expensive & so low voltage they cost little to run. I think it would be worth searching eBay. They go under another blanket & have a reinforced absolutely claw-proof cover for ...
by Catotum
Mon May 06, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Recommends for diet dry food
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Recommends for diet dry food

If your cat is not losing weight & you are weighing or measuring the dried food correctly, then is the ingrate being fed elsewhere? The other thing is - don't make the mistake I did in my early cat days by looking at those food allowances & not realising they are per day & not per meal :shock:] Div...
by Catotum
Mon May 06, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: good cat food
Replies: 12
Views: 196

Re: good cat food: buy online

It is possible to buy, online, small packets of dried food (fine so long as your cat drinks well) nowadays. Have a look around at the offerings of the big mail order sellers because the days of all GIANT packs is largely over. Trying small packs gives the opportunity to give the cat a trial run. Mi...
by Catotum
Mon May 06, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Heart Failure In my Baby
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Heart Failure & "breeds"

I did & do feel truly sorry for both cat & owner, Mollycat - as, in fact, I said. The first thing I said, actually. However, this is an open forum with many readers. I do know of more than one person who has bought from the same source after problems (which are not necessarily connected to longevity...
by Catotum
Thu May 02, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Heart Failure In my Baby
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Heart Failure & "breeds"

This is absolutely awful for you. I think the advice given is good. However, a word of warning on "breeds". Without going deeply into the genetic causes, quite often such animals are inbred i.e. bred from close relatives. This is awful news for the kittens, who are likely to have genetic problems th...
by Catotum
Thu May 02, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Should I give in ?
Replies: 19
Views: 305

Re: Should I give in ?

Well, of course. You forget: it is her bedroom. Drape some loose clothes on the headboard. Cats hate things that are unsafe underpaw. She'll just decide to sleep elsewhere.

Most cats have a wash & brush-up period before settling down to sleep - just as we do.
by Catotum
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Other pet owners and Fleas
Replies: 17
Views: 255

Re: Other pet owners and Fleas

I haven't read all the other comments but, frankly, I'd stop my visits to the flea infested household! You could wear a good insect repellant. Spray yourself & your clothes, particular feet & waist. It will be an almost impossible battle though. Maybe I'd drop a note in saying you just can't carry o...
by Catotum
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Whinging or greeting?
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Whinging or greeting?

Mollycat makes good points! Also, cats do go through different phases in their behaviour, as they mature, so that might be part of the explanation. I suspect the noises are unpleasant. It is possible for cats to hear frequencies that we cannot, which can be very unpleasant for them. Loud doorbells a...
by Catotum
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Nightmare with cat flap!
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re-set, use treats

Firstly, there is a re-set button somewhere (read the instructions carefully) so I would start with that. Secondly - did you program the flap before installing it? Perhaps that is what you are trying to do. When I programmed the one I have just installed (actually a PetSafe) I got them close enough ...
by Catotum
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Collar
Replies: 13
Views: 254

Re: Collar

I tried cat collars of all sorts when I first had cats. After spending a small fortune on them (clever cats get rid of nasty collar when human not looking) I gave up. They are all chipped, so ownership cannot be in doubt. I agree: don't use a non-safety collar. They can be lethal.
by Catotum
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat of the Baskervilles..not!
Replies: 16
Views: 348

Re: Cat of the Baskervilles..not!

Mmm yes! Over time there have been numerous misidentifications of black cats as Pumas. I was at a conference of biological people once, when a warden showed his photos to corroborate the feral Puma much in the press at the time. It was an absolutely standard little short-haired black kitty :roll: ...