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by Mollycat
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: “Feral” adoption, need advice
Replies: 3
Views: 31

Re: “Feral” adoption, need advice

Sounds like they haven't taken much time to assess him properly, he might be a different animal with some love and home comforts. If he is likely to be euthanised, and you are prepared to give him a chance, if you have the patience to help him learn to love and enjoy life, if you want to give him a ...
by Mollycat
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adoption: shelter or private sale?
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Adoption: shelter or private sale?

In defence of private sales, and who knows maybe something you might consider. I was looking for a dog, having always been a cat person but with only an indoor home to offer which personally I'm against. And then this ad popped up on Gumtree, a breeder retiring her stud, 8 years old, indoor home onl...
by Mollycat
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Re: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat

Don't panic about early stage kidney disease, it's very manageable with diet and though care can become more involved later as it progresses an early diagnosed cat can have many more happy healthy trouble-free years. My first cat was diagnosed aged 8 and remained healthy just on diet for another 8 y...
by Mollycat
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Anticipatory grief for my super senior Chuckie
Replies: 6
Views: 46

Re: Anticipatory grief for my super senior Chuckie

So sorry. Love and light. No matter how perfectly we do things we always seem to find something to regret. And yet it's what we all wish for, isn't it? For them to slip away quietly in their sleep, to just forget to breathe. As my boy slept on my lap one last time I silently begged him to just stop ...
by Mollycat
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Anticipatory grief for my super senior Chuckie
Replies: 6
Views: 46

Re: Anticipatory grief for my super senior Chuckie

My heart reaches out to you and Chuckie, raw as it is from making the same heartbreaking choice just 4 weeks ago today. We give and give, until one day all we have left to give is the ultimate gift of selfless love, to let them go in peace and free from a body that no longer works. The curse of bein...
by Mollycat
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Question on Spaying
Replies: 17
Views: 146

Re: Question on Spaying

When my kitten was spayed the vet said cats' skin is extremely loose and it's very unusual for stitches to tear, which is the big concern about keeping activity level down. But cats will be cats. Like when you're supposed to give soft food after 6 extractions and she comes home goes straight to her ...
by Mollycat
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 8
Views: 131

Re: How do you support a grieving pet?

Personally I don't think pets need special support as any change in our demeanour merely unsettles them even more. I agree that changes can unsettle them but the reason for raising the topic was in my experience how 4 different animals losing three different companions have had such a different res...
by Mollycat
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Jaundice
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Jaundice

Positive news, thankfully you acted quickly and it sounds like you have a good vet. All best wishes for her recovery. Also surprised that you can visit, vets around here seem to think it's worse for owners to visit and leave than just stay away. They don't normally allow visits at all while an anima...
by Mollycat
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Question on Spaying
Replies: 17
Views: 146

Re: Question on Spaying

I have no experience with cat pregnancy or kittens just a general observation or two. Recovery is individual but also depends on the spay and the anaesthetic used. Years ago we used to do the open flank cut and a midline cut was considered more complicated and was reserved for show cats to avoid pos...
by Mollycat
Wed Sep 11, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Jaundice
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Jaundice

She is in good hands and you acted quickly to give her the best possible chance and if she is standing and eating she is already feeling a little more comfortable than she was and in better shape to fight this, with your support. I know it's easy to say and harder to do but please try to stay positi...
by Mollycat
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Jaundice
Replies: 13
Views: 130

Re: Jaundice

Gosh very worrying, but at least she is there at the vets and having tests which hopefully will give you answers and treatment options. What sort of age is she? Nothing similar here, but possibly something related. Jaundice obviously indicates a liver issue. I didn't realise until I googled orange p...
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help appreciated! My usually affectionate cat is no longer!
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Help appreciated! My usually affectionate cat is no longer!

Ah, interesting. The two new cats, by any chance do they live between you and her alternative feeders? Do you get on well with them? I wonder if having a chat with them to see if they have noticed some changes too, might be worthwhile. The dandruff thing is strange, you don't find it listed as a sig...
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way to give a cat laxatone?
Replies: 9
Views: 76

Re: Best way to give a cat laxatone?

Actively seeking out furry or hairy stuff to swallow sounds more like pica to me than a straight hairball issue. Pica can be a sign of nutritional deficiencies, some physical illnesses, or have a psychological root.
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help appreciated! My usually affectionate cat is no longer!
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Help appreciated! My usually affectionate cat is no longer!

Same thought here as fjm above really. Cats grieve in very different ways but it doesn't start 3 months later. Does she by any chance have a little dandruff on her back near her tail, or rough or greasy fur that stick up a bit? I have found those are sure signs of stress or pain. Has there been any ...
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: 6 months old kitten pregnat
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: 6 months old kitten pregnat

The beauty of this forum is the absence of bullying, whether it's spaying, dry food or the indoor/outdoor debate. Unlike certain other forums we respect each other's circumstances and feelings and even when someone is making a terrible mistake we are usually supportive and helpful inguiding people t...
by Mollycat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

Great news thank you for the update. It's a great idea leaving the carrier out all the time to use as a den, it makes it much easier to catch and load them when you need to take them anywhere and much less stressful for them.
by Mollycat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

That's interesting - I decided not to do that with my three, despite being told I was wrong for doing so. Admittedly, the semi-ferals haven't come round that well after nearly two years, but not sure food would have helped much - I tried chicken with the mum, but they used that to trap her (and she...
by Mollycat
Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way to give a cat laxatone?
Replies: 9
Views: 76

Re: Best way to give a cat laxatone?

Internal medicine? $225 just to be seen? I'm in the UK maybe things are a little different. Has Baby had any blood tests? My vet does a general blood screen for £70 with results in 20 minutes for liver kidney thyroid diabetes and a few other things to give a clean bill of health or point to an area ...
by Mollycat
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

My girl is 12 years old and I adopted her straight from her previous home (no shelter) 6 years ago. She came from a loving home but had a traumatic kittenhood (you probably don't know your cat's history and early kittenhood trauma runs deep). For 6 months I believed she hated being touched. In fact ...
by Mollycat
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat sneezing a lot
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: Cat sneezing a lot

Hello and welcome, what a great combo keeping cat and rats, love it! Research done decades ago found that cats that were raised with rodents saw them as family and only 1 in 10 grew up to hunt those rodents and a high proportion never hunted any rodent. There has to be a market out there for rodent ...
by Mollycat
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way to give a cat laxatone?
Replies: 9
Views: 76

Re: Best way to give a cat laxatone?

Is anybody looking into the cause of these hairballs? Because this is not normal. Hairballs should be vomited long before they get to that size and shouldn't be passed out the other end at all. To happen for the second time in a 4 year old, I'd be looking for the root cause. Digestive, liver and end...
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grain free or doesn't matter unless allergies?
Replies: 4
Views: 52

Re: Grain free or doesn't matter unless allergies?

Grain isnt part of a cat's natural diet but grain free foods usually have some other filler like potato or sweet potato, which are also not part of a cat's natural diet. If you want to go as natural as possible then a balanced and well researched raw, or an off the shelf raw diet, is great but also ...
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Fostering Question
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Fostering Question

Would it be an option for you to hold on to the kittens until they have permanent homes? It seems an unnecessary trauma for them to go into shelter then be adopted when they could be better socialised with you and their mum and much better prepared for a new home.
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kittens pooping on carpet
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: Kittens pooping on carpet

It certainly sounds like they have learned the carpet is ok or as said they are disorientated. In the old days we used to get kittens at 6 weeks, barely weaned, but accidents were rare because by that time mother would have litter trained them. So at 8 weeks something has gone wrong that's more than...
by Mollycat
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: The joy of food...

Which make are they, Mollycat? Surefeed, by Sureflap. The video looks like a sales pitch, which it is, but it's all accurate. They haven't come down much in price so still not much change from £100 a piece but last well, the batteries last well too, and worth it in my book. The only flaw is that th...
by Mollycat
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 100

Re: The joy of food...

I invested in two chip feeders when my two were on different diets and one would just hoover up everything, then a dog came along as well. Best £200 I ever spent. They are very well designed to keep out other noses while they are in there, they keep the food fresh, and you can set how long they stay...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued cat has never used the litter box
Replies: 8
Views: 119

Re: Rescued cat has never used the litter box

I would offer the largest most open trays you can get hold of with a classic non-clumping grit. You could try giving the trays a wash in bleach, bleach breaks down to ammonia which smells of cat pee and encourages cats to pee on top of it, makes bleach bad for cleaning up cat pee and a great tool fo...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon
Replies: 8
Views: 59

Re: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon

To be honest if the neighbours are going to accept responsibility for one end of the cat they need to accept responsibility for the other end too, otherwise a cattery that takes care from nosetip to tailtip would be essential. Let's say you started letting the cat out, have a cat flap, and the neigh...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Re: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat

So sorry to read of your woes but it sounds like they gave you a very sick cat and they ought to make sure the cat is fit and well to leave their "care" so should now have him back and sort him out before giving him back to you. This may sound harsh but you really should return him to them if he was...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Potential FIV+, severe weight loss in senior
Replies: 11
Views: 88

Re: Potential FIV+, severe weight loss in senior

I think we know deep down he's approaching that stage but we would just like to try and get him happier in himself for a little while I've only read about both FIP and FIV and can't really comment further than to say it doesn't sound much like either to me. It would be kind of important to know wha...