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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: 60

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...
by Mollycat
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Small Kidneys
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Small Kidneys

Ruth my impossible to load girl benefits greatly from a distance Reiki session just at the time when I need to take her. The lady I use charged us £30 for a distance session and it definitely made a huge difference to the loading trauma.
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play

Scratchersmake sense as these are strategic territory markers, so having several and placing them carefully can really help.
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Abandoned Cat
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Abandoned Cat

How they worm their way in! This is lovely news to read. We had to have our boy put to sleep just a week ago so I'm emotionally fragile and this is really heart warming. When my Henry moved in he would often sit on my old Misha's grave. He moved in 3 years after she died. They are extraordinary crea...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Agressive play
Replies: 5
Views: 29

Re: Agressive play

Please don't use a spray bottle unless there is an immediate danger - as you have found out they don't work and risk making your cat afraid of you or getting so used to it that it's just not effective. 6 years ago my new 9 year old desperately needed a companion so we got a 6 year old, we had a bit ...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play
Replies: 4
Views: 32

Re: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play

Good on you taking on this new cat. Sounds not too serious and repairable, to be honest. Go back to the beginning and do it by the book, it's never too late to work out. I'm always being told boys are easier to introduce than girls - I've had two boys and sure enough they both needed company and one...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Squamous Cell Carcinoma SCC Feline newly diagnosed
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma SCC Feline newly diagnosed

We want to do what's best for him but at this point just don't know what that is... Really feel for you, it's impossible isn't it? We don't want to give up on them but we don't want to put them through the mill for nothing. Whatever you decide, you will have doubts later - try to keep grounded and ...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do cats get bored of certain foods?
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Do cats get bored of certain foods?

My Boo was like that, a stud who lived in an outdoor pen until he took retirement and came to live with me. He had never begged and never took it up as a hobby. Molly was the opposite, always on the scrounge. But neither of them ever stole food. I even once accidentally left a roasted chicken on the...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do cats get bored of certain foods?
Replies: 8
Views: 58

Re: Do cats get bored of certain foods?

There's no need to waste anything, just keep all the stuff she has decided she doesn't want, and keep rotating differet foods. Keep an eye on use by dates, obviously. If it's just plain boredom and she craves constant novelty, give it a couple of months and the stuff she got bored of will be another...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Panting in cat, tests negative, anybody have experience with this?
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: Panting in cat, tests negative, anybody have experience with this?

Panting isn't normal in cats as you know but it can be a whole host of things. From what you say it seems to be heat or exercise related so heart would be the first idea, a close second would be lungs. But within those can be a whole lot of different issues including faulty heart valves, fluid on th...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: How do you support a grieving pet?

Well five days on and the dog is fine when we're out but at home he lies on Bobby's beds and blankets in all his favourite places, my dressing gown, the shirt I wore to the vets and even the blanket that was in the carrier for that final trip, nose on paws. Last night he would not get off my dressin...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 12
Views: 91

Re: He's gone

Deep in my own grief as I am, I feel your pain. All love and light to you and Backy, be kind to yourself in the difficult times ahead.
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 5
Views: 66

Re: How do you support a grieving pet?

Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your loss; we have some advice on our Pet Bereavement page which may be able to answer your question or point you in the right direction. https://www.catchat.org/index.php/pet-bereavement-support Thanks. As stated I'm not so much looking for advice as to open up a di...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?
Replies: 8
Views: 71

Re: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?

I inherited my boy with instructions not to spend money on litter and just use Tesco's own. I ended up doing a full change daily and it was still disgusting with just one cat, so when second cat came along I went the clumping route. Pets at Home own brand I think it's ultra performance. A bag at aro...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten feeding guidelines? Advice needed please
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: Kitten feeding guidelines? Advice needed please

Congratulations on your new arrival! All my cats have always been free fed - the last time I had a kitten was 1987 though - and I have never had any weight problems with any, except one who turned out to have a metabolic disorder and had me tearing my hair out trying everything until it was cured an...
by Mollycat
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 5
Views: 66

How do you support a grieving pet?

For only the second time in my life, I find myself responsible for pets who have just lost their pet companion, which of course means I have lost one of my beloved furry friends and am grieving too. One cat and one dog. I'm not so much looking for advice myself, though that is welcome, more trying t...
by Mollycat
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Elderly cat behaviour before death

If you don't know what to think, maybe you don't need to think too much. Take good care of you.
by Mollycat
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Elderly cat behaviour before death

I have just been reminded like a rap on the knuckles how individual cats are - when my Boo was diagnosed with CKD I thought yeah that's fine I've been through tihs before with Misha, I know the drill. How arrogant and wrong. Boo progressed in a completely different way, had a much more typical post-...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I've only told my mum and three friends so far and bizarrely got two lots of beautiful flowers! Yes I love the candle idea, to let other patients know to please be quiet and respectful. I can't fault the vet practice in any way - the vet I asked for who ...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

Thank you both so much, I have just come back from the vets. They have a candle on reception with a notice, if this candle is lit someone is saying goodbye to their beloved pet ... today the candle was lit for me and Boo. We had a lot of cuddles this morning, my partner got to say goodbye before he ...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Limping kitten
Replies: 10
Views: 78

Re: Limping kitten

In digitigrades such as cats walking on their toes it is the wrist, horses are unguligrades walking on one fingernail and yes it looks like a nobbly knee and is called a knee even though technically it isn't. The actual knee and elbow are close in to the body, though in cats and dogs people often re...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

Well we brought Boo home at 6.30 this evening, vet was happy that his fever was down and he had peed but I was concerned to hear he had not eaten and had peed outside the litter, but ok we took him home. He was silent as he had been on the way in, most unlike him, and when we got home he did his usu...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 105

Re: Elderly cat behaviour before death

To be honest anything is possible at the end of life. The main thing I have learned from experience of people and animals is that there is often a complete change of habits and personality, usually to something much more gentle, though not always. And often a kind of rallying, a final burst of energ...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Animal communication
Replies: 13
Views: 219

Re: Animal communication

Funny you should revive this thread just as I sit down having collected Boocat from his second brush with Death in two months. I had a session with him in the early hours of this morning, while he was in on a drip getting his fever down. It was faint but I felt pains in all the places Boo is known t...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

Thank you both so much for your kind supportive words. Yes I am emotionally and financially exhausted, I've had to run to Mother and her savings account this time and she may be able to cover Molly's 6-8 week post-iodine checks ... 6 months after treatment ... I hope. She keeps saying I should insur...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 139

Playing chess with the reaper

For the second time in 2 months, my Bobby has come within 24 hours of the end, and won a reprieve. Last night he was going from one litter tray to the other - sometimes he changes his mind about which one to use - and back again, so I watched him do this a couple of times, checked the trays, and to ...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood in urine and faeces
Replies: 9
Views: 64

Re: Blood in urine and faeces

There is a great product for cats and dogs called Nutraflora which has probiotics, prebiotics and vitamins. It's a powder capsule that can be sprinkled on food. Mine react badly to it, it gives the the runs, but maybe I should have built up the dosage slowly. But dealing with infections and backing ...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Normal SDMA, high creatinine- Is it chronic kidney disease?
Replies: 15
Views: 134

Re: Normal SDMA, high creatinine- Is it chronic kidney disease?

My first girl was many years ago when we used to diagnose with a traumatic urine sample first. No idea what her bloods were or even whether they were tested at all at the beginning, but I know she was 8 years old and she never had any other treatment than dry Hills k/d and she remained happy and hea...
by Mollycat
Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Limping kitten
Replies: 10
Views: 78

Re: Limping kitten

Sorry to divert off topic, I'm just curious as to what you're calling a knee joint on a front leg?
by Mollycat
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Normal SDMA, high creatinine- Is it chronic kidney disease?
Replies: 15
Views: 134

Re: Normal SDMA, high creatinine- Is it chronic kidney disease?

If dehydration can raise creatinine that would explain what I was about to question, because with CKD there is a long long way to go before resorting to subQs!! Both - sorry now all 3! of mine with CKD it's been left up to me to decide what we do and we certainly don't go every 6 months or anything....