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by Mollycat
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 5 cats, different diets
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Re: 5 cats, different diets

It would be a big expense in one go but microchip feeders for each of them would allow you to free feed some while restricting others and also to feed different diets to each one if need be. So the fat one could have his total portion restricted or even a diet low-calorie food, the three can still b...
by Mollycat
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: introducing kittens (different ages)
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: introducing kittens (different ages)

Maybe not that surprising if we think of territory as being the places where a cat feels most confident, rather than ownership and defence of parts of the house, garden and beyond. So if she is in his comfort zone it's a bit like someone who talks right in our face and we don't like it, but when he ...
by Mollycat
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: I am starting to feel depressed again
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: I am starting to feel depressed again

Bertie - it feels a little odd calling you Bertie - I am a qualified bereavement counsellor and I was like you when I lost my Misha. A piece of me went with her that night, and those are the words of my partner at the time, not mine. It was three years before I was able to start to love again, and H...
by Mollycat
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My baby went wobbly last night and was acting out of character
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: My baby went wobbly last night and was acting out of character

I would call the vet even if she does seem ok in the morning. Straining to pee (regardless of the wobbliness) wants prompt vet attention.
by Mollycat
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Drastic behavior change
Replies: 6
Views: 64

Re: Drastic behavior change

Agree with Kay and fjm this sounds like an unwell cat and at 7 years old he is approaching the age to be a candidate for a whole range of possible issues that can all be revealed by a basic blood test. My vet has the tech on site as many vets do and we just wait 20 minutes for results that can indic...
by Mollycat
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Can you change their nocturnal instincts?
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: Can you change their nocturnal instincts?

Hi and welcome to the forum. Sounds like this girl has you wrapped round her little paw just the way she likes at the moment! Technically cats are not nocturnal they are crepuscular, most active at dusk and dawn, but seems yours didn't get that memo. I can only offer theoretical advice as my girl li...
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Progress! Kittens finally accepting us :)
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Progress! Kittens finally accepting us :)

It doesn't matter how many cats you have had, there always comes along one (or two) that make you realise you still have a lot to learn about them, it's one of the joys of having cats. Cats like these make even the most basic of things something special, and they let us know that we are privileged ...
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: ALternative proteins

Prescription food for life is a bit restrictive for my liking, I will use it as a last resort but my instinct tells me that's not her problem. The log log tells me changing her food or giving a large amount of treats or fresh meat makes no difference at all so grain, junk food, dairy, potato or diff...
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: ALternative proteins

Kay wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:19 am
check out the ingredients in GranataPet

https://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/cats/can ... wet/584450
Yes one single source chicken hidden away among all the other flavours! Thanks
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: ALternative proteins

Ah thank you crossed wires, sorry I probably waffled and didn't explain properly. I managed to get a small enough nugget of Pro Kolin on her food and mix it in well enough last night for her to eat about a third of it after inspecting suspiciously for 10 minutes. I was scared to insist too much in c...
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: ALternative proteins

booktigger wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:39 pm
I think it was Anna who did it, the one I remember bought venison from the butcher. I suggested the kattovit due to your concerns about getting the correct nutrients
We may be able to source horsemeat and add something like Felini to cover the offal and bone requirements, another option.
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: ALternative proteins

Thank you for the hypoallergenic food suggestions, I really do appreciate yourtime and thought, but I'm asking if anyone can recommend single novel protein foods for an elimination diet, I don't want hypoallergenic or sensitive tummies diets. I want to deal with the problem in a long term way and br...
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: Alternative proteins

Thanks Booktigger I'm really looking for single-source novel protein if possible to cure the problem rather than manage it and rice wouldn't be part of the plan. Molly has had some Hills sensitive dry but now has less than one meal serving of it every 2 weeks. My plan is the 4-6 week elimination wit...
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: ALternative proteins

As far as I know there isn't any solid evidence at this stage, just a possible link, and it wouldn't be the only factor. Much like human MS which was known for years to have a genetic factor plus an unknown activation mechanism and some correlation with childhood ear infections and allergies. It was...
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

Re: ALternative proteins

Good point about duck calories, I kind of assumed that would be taken into account in prepared foods though? Ok fish scares me. I do know it's not suitable as an only food or single protein because of thiamine deficiency though again manufactured food ought to take care of that. The novel protein is...
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: ALternative proteins
Replies: 17
Views: 98

ALternative proteins

I am still struggling with Molly's digestive system, I spoke to the vet this morning and we really need to get on top of it. One of the options I have read about here is a change of protein source, away from the usual chicken-lamb-beef of the common foods. Can anyone recommend any alternatives for u...
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: cat licking himself raw -- better advice
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: cat licking himself raw -- better advice

This is so lovely, I'm so glad you have found your own way to help him and your dedication and commitment to him is just beautiful. What a very lucky boy he is to have landed up with you. Just goes to show we can do everything right and provide calming drugs but in the end understanding our furry fr...
by Mollycat
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood Scabs
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Blood Scabs

That's not caused by unclipped claws, if anything a rough edge on a badly clipped claw might scrape the skin but not a natural claw having a normal scratch. Looks more like she has some serious itching and been scratching a lot, to me. No fleas or mites? Possible skin condition or allergy? Does she ...
by Mollycat
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help, our neighbours have nails all over their fence
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Help, our neighbours have nails all over their fence

Cats can be a bit of a legalistic nightmare, because they are not classified as livestock and the law isn't even clear about ownership. Cats and dogs are both owned in the eyes of the law but treated differently because a dog's owner is legally responsible for having it under control whereas cats ha...
by Mollycat
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Raw food diet?
Replies: 15
Views: 3059

Re: Raw food diet?

Have to ask - sorry - Please be gentle - I am sure that this is a stupid question ..... After reading this forum, I am thinking of introducing raw food into my cat's diet. I just wanted to clarify by raw food, I take it you mean just take the uncooked chicken out of the fridge and let them eat it? ...
by Mollycat
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fireworks!
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Fireworks!

I think the comfort advice has been misunderstood a lot, in the same way the positive/negative reinforcement training is misunderstood. Ignoring or rejecting an animal asking for reassurance can't be helpful. On the other hand dragging a cat out from under the bed to cuddle it is likely to be even l...
by Mollycat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Move along, nothing to see
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Move along, nothing to see

Yes it is a huge gift, though the kind of cuddlebug Boo was has its own challenges! But yes, for her it's such a huge thing I can't really ... maybe just a little less incredible than say Coco and Chanel. I'm sure I scared her off by trying too hard to stay calm and relaxed.
by Mollycat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Move along, nothing to see
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Move along, nothing to see

So ... I just had Molly lying on my lap for 10 minutes this evening. And??? So what? Cats sit on laps all the time and nobody makes a fuss! She got up on the arm of the sofa and sat there for a while. I know the look so I sat back a bit, put a cushion on my lap, and patted it. She casually strolled ...
by Mollycat
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 4 yr Old Cat Litterbox Issues?
Replies: 6
Views: 75

Re: 4 yr Old Cat Litterbox Issues?

Agreed sounds territorial to me too, at the entrance to the tray like that and starting around the time the new kitten arrived. More and different designs of trays, the minimum recommended is one per cat plus one so for two cats three trays. It's not always obvious but multi cat homes are sometimes ...
by Mollycat
Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten.. advice needed please!
Replies: 4
Views: 81

Re: New kitten.. advice needed please!

My cat was adopted at 6 years old with a 9 year old and they would chase each other around at night, and to invite him to play she would yowl the house down. She is now alone and 12 years old and still yowls at night - I haven't slept deeply for 6 years. It's much easier with a kitten. Asking a youn...
by Mollycat
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidney disease newly diagnosed
Replies: 3
Views: 53

Re: Kidney disease newly diagnosed

Hi LindaKat and welcome to the forum. So sorry to hear poor Harry's news, I think a crisis or diagnosis is what has brought a lot of us here. Firstly kidney disease. Yes Harry is young for this but that doesn't necessarily mean he can't still have a great life. My first CKD girl was 8 when she was d...
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New cat stealing other cats food
Replies: 4
Views: 57

Re: New cat stealing other cats food

Other than the cost what's the issue against microchip feeders?
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Activated charcoal?
Replies: 0
Views: 26

Activated charcoal?

Has anyone here ever given activated charcoal to a cat? I know it's widely used in poisoning cases but I remember kids being given it as some kind of routine thing (along with cod liver oil and extract of malt !!) and I've been trying to read up on it - seems to be a lot of quackery and very few sci...
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 133

Re: My Mouse - Spring 2002 - Oct 28 2019

So sorry Lilith. I thought you had been quiet lately. Thinking of you.
by Mollycat
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat terrified of new puppy - help!
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Cat terrified of new puppy - help!

I have no personal experience of managing tricky introductions because my first multi animal household was walk-ins that the residents accepted, the second was driven by the cat himself and due to the two cats' characters it was best managed by them and there was never any issue. The third was bring...