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by Mollycat
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will my two cats ever go back to their old selves?
Replies: 2
Views: 30

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

With your care, they can be the best they can be together again. There is progress. When climbing a mountain, don't forget to look back every now and again to see how far you've come, otherwise all you see is your goal in the distance and get disheartened. There are no guarantees and as much as I kn...
by Mollycat
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat does not eat
Replies: 30
Views: 207

Re: Elderly cat does not eat

Ah looks like you could be on to something then! Steroids help to perk them up. Mine certainly isn't hyperactive but a few days ago the dog got hold of one of the tablets - long story short I had put it on the side while I went to get the cat and it was gone. Now he was hyper! But when I spoke to th...
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat does not eat
Replies: 30
Views: 207

Re: Elderly cat does not eat

Mine is now becoming a struggle to pill, so I spoke with my vet today. She said it's ok to dissolve the tablet in some nice tasting liquid. She also said cats tend not to get the bad side effects from steroids, the way dogs do. I would do the same as fjm and start them straight away, Cat needed them...
by Mollycat
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat does not eat
Replies: 30
Views: 207

Re: Elderly cat does not eat

I am a bit confused about what you said about the hairballs and the liver It used to be accepted that hairballs were bad and should be prevented and any hair the cat swallowed should come out the other end. Now there is an argument (which I believe) that says hairballs are part of a cat's sophistic...
by Mollycat
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat does not eat
Replies: 30
Views: 207

Re: Elderly cat does not eat

She never used to vomit hairballs until the last 2 years. Once in a while she does though but I do comb her fur regularly using furminator which is something she really enjoys :D The vet gave us a prescription for steroids today and said to try give her for 15 days. Prednisolone 5mg one pill per da...
by Mollycat
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat does not eat
Replies: 30
Views: 207

Re: Elderly cat does not eat

Yes it is different, my cat was at death's door and we are not prepared to put him through tests only to find that either not much can be done, or treatment would be very invasive, and it is likely it would not extend his good life by much. It was just to illustrate that as much as we don't like som...
by Mollycat
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat does not eat
Replies: 30
Views: 207

Re: Elderly cat does not eat

I don't like steroids but ... my old boy is on them for life and it's the only thing between him and the Rainbow Bridge. We don't know what's wrong - renal failure for sure, possible hyperthyroid, maybe lymphoma or maybe inflammatory bowel - all I know is he was 24 hours from the end, had lost 10% o...
by Mollycat
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 11 week old kitten with loose stools
Replies: 7
Views: 71

Re: 11 week old kitten with loose stools

Welcome and congratulations on being owned by a cat! Although the odd loose one isn't a concern, watery and going on for a while starts to run some risks. For a small creature like a cat with a low thirst drive, dehydration can become serious quite quickly, so when Kiki has watery stools for a while...
by Mollycat
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weeing on my bed
Replies: 14
Views: 133

Re: Weeing on my bed

What is the situation with the dog, exactly? Is the dog here permanently, or for a short time? This might make some difference to what we can suggest. Did you get some kind of waterproof cover for the bed? That would at least protect the bed while we all help you figure this out. I went back and rea...
by Mollycat
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pet Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Pet Insurance

Ruth that reminds me of another factor to take into account, how much we would put our pets through in terms of treatment. Take Molly's hyperthyroidism, we took the very expensive option because it was the least interference for her and we felt the treatment was worth the results. If she got a condi...
by Mollycat
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pet Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 66

Re: Pet Insurance

I used to work in the insurance sector and most people are surprised to learn that the margin they work to is to pay out 50% of premiums collected. That is over all types of insurance over everyone in the country over any given year. Car insurance is compulsory, house insurance is just stupid not to...
by Mollycat
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do you follow vet recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 74

Re: Do you follow vet recommendations

I don't. The last time I did was for my cat who died in 2003 aged 16 of renal failure - she had a potent flea collar, was vaccinated yearly and also had the leukemia vaccine, but she was never wormed. After that we had 3 indoor/outdoor cats who were flea treated on a need basis around every 2 years ...
by Mollycat
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weeing on my bed
Replies: 14
Views: 133

Re: Weeing on my bed

Inky has only been with you a month, only. She may be settling well but her new home is still new to her. The dog may not bother her directly but it is an intruder in her new home and then she has been confined to the bedroom, and if she's not used to being put in one room this is a new experience t...
by Mollycat
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 100

Re: super skinny feline needs feeding up

I'm suspicious he has arthritis too - he keeps randomly licking bits of himself very suddenly, which could indicate pain. What supplements would help? Metacam seems to be perking him up, so it's doing something. I think the logic was he wasn't eating due to sore gums. Could be many things but I'd a...
by Mollycat
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice please ...
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: Advice please ...

Well, I qualified as a counselling therapist more than a decade ago and my chosen specialist field was grief and loss. One of the reasons I went into this study was after a particularly difficult loss, my feline soulmate. I'm not an expert but shall we call it my area of interest. In a word, no. It ...
by Mollycat
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Transitioning indoor/outdoor cat to indoor
Replies: 4
Views: 39

Re: Transitioning indoor/outdoor cat to indoor

It's not a matter of whose cat has the "issue" they are both trying to do what comes naturally to cats - padding about, smelling the flowers, rolling in the grass, chasing butterflies, and getting into scraps. It's your neighbour's choice to keep her cat indoors in a very small space with a view on ...
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Letting out for the first time
Replies: 8
Views: 84

Re: Letting out for the first time

You have no idea how much this has eased my worries. Thank you so much. I’ve read so much about not letting cats out, that they’ll fight with everyone and everything and I’d got myself so worked up about whether or not to let her out. I may give it a little longer just until I’m brave enough but wi...
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 12, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Letting out for the first time
Replies: 8
Views: 84

Re: Letting out for the first time

Where's the LIKE button? Ruth I love your advice and I love your Ragdoll. Mine (retired stud aged 8) came with a contract including never to roam free. I don't even agree with indoor cats but as that's all I had to offer I took on an adult who had never known outdoors, then a second one because he w...
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: A Furry Tale
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: A Furry Tale

You don't remember Arkwright? Here - turn the sound right up it's quiet for some reason https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqz82CXOCw
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 100

Re: super skinny feline needs feeding up

it is usually advised that older cats should not eat dry because of their kidneys, but in my experience if they won't eat fresh meat or fish, and tend to leave the meaty part of wet food, it is going to be difficult to get enough protein into them without feeding dry Yes an important point generall...
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Peeing issues
Replies: 2
Views: 58

Re: Peeing issues

What are you using to clean up? Bleach breaks down letting off an ammonia smell which can smell like cat pee to a cat and encourage them to keep on going in the same spot. Is it a marking spray or a pee? It sounds like he is marking for some reason. Or if he only does it in front of you, maybe a pro...
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Letting out for the first time
Replies: 8
Views: 84

Re: Letting out for the first time

I would go out with her at first, simple as that. If she is curious about the outside world and well bonded to you and home then she is probably ready. And it sounds obvious but leave the door open. With kittens you can use the first few ventures out to teach the basics of being safe outdoors, don't...
by Mollycat
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 100

Re: super skinny feline needs feeding up

Wow that's impressive. Presumably the vet checked him for thyroid function? At one time it was thought elderly cats needed reduced protein to protect the kidneys but recently it's been thought their nutritional needs are closer to the needs of a kitten than to an adult cat ... so you could be on to ...
by Mollycat
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: A Furry Tale
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: A Furry Tale

He wasn't talking to Molly about you was he? :lol:


Oh Arkwright ...
All right love didn't see you there!
by Mollycat
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I-131 radioactive iodine aftermath
Replies: 3
Views: 45

Re: I-131 radioactive iodine aftermath

To be honest I don't have a problem with the price, only finding it if that makes sense. The training and facilities that go into a modern vet practice I know it's a lot of money but a good one is worth every penny, plus all the work they do that they don't get paid for like wildlife, strays and cha...
by Mollycat
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: tips on reducing aggression between my two cats?
Replies: 3
Views: 49

Re: tips on reducing aggression between my two cats?

Hello and welcome1 Unfortunately Felix rolling on her back is not a good sign. In dogs this is submission but in cats what you're describing is actually the opposite, the message is something like "come and have a go if you think you're hard enough". Yes they can roll in a playful carefree relaxed w...
by Mollycat
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I-131 radioactive iodine aftermath
Replies: 3
Views: 45

I-131 radioactive iodine aftermath

I know there are already a few threads on hyperthyroidism and radioiodine treatment but 1 I don't want to tag this onto any one of those and 2 this is about post treatment recovery. So Molly had her treatment in March and at first seemed to be a very different cat on return, much more chilled, more ...
by Mollycat
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: What food?
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: What food?

If you're looking for something cheaper and decent, Butchers Classic tinned is low carb and high protein, grain-free. Downside is if you have one cat that doesn't eat a whole tin in one day, there is a fair bit of waste as it doesn't keep once opened. But there's nothing much wrong with Felix if she...
by Mollycat
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.
Replies: 6
Views: 64

Re: Fear-induced aggression? - cat hissing at her sibling.

This is surprisingly common and causes as you know great distress for us when the cats have been happy together for so long. Unfortunately cats are incredibly good at making associations, even if they are the wrong ones. Their psychological nature means they instantly take in every detail of the sce...
by Mollycat
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Problem with breeder
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Problem with breeder

If their problem is the PayPal fees then offering to pay the fee should leave them with no excuses. They have breached a PayPal rule though so reporting to PayPal with all your evidence, especially the bit where they demand a personal money transfer, should enable PayPal to get you your money back. ...