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by Mollycat
Sun May 09, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11937

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

I was told Boo might have to be scruffed to be brushed. I'm not like that. I tried different brushes and combs till I found one he could bear a little and we worked on building the trust that I would be gentle. Eventually I would get the comb out and he would rub his cheeks on it, though some areas ...
by Mollycat
Sun May 09, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11937

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

There are a few things including genetics I would have loved to go into, but honestly I'm just too lazy to ever do the work for a good career. I'm working part time now and that's my penultimate career move, the final promotion is housewife. I have to admit human-bred cats are absolutely not my thin...
by Mollycat
Sun May 09, 2021 6:04 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Resident cat being chased away by new kitten - please help!
Replies: 3
Views: 30

Re: Resident cat being chased away by new kitten - please help!

I read as far as then we did a face to face introduction ... go right back to the beginning and think months not days. At each step both cats should be completely relaxed and comfortable for a week before moving to the next small step. Hopefully it can be repaired from here but you need a huge amoun...
by Mollycat
Sat May 08, 2021 7:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11937

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

I was 16 years old when my vet told me about why torties were girls and that cat genetics was one of the most fascinating topics in veterinary studies. I've been riveted ever since, not in the breeding sense of what do I cross to get a lilac strawberry tabby point with pink whiskers, just the utter ...
by Mollycat
Sat May 08, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat dilemma
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Elderly cat dilemma

They say advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. In all honesty I think we see and hear what we want to. You offer a very objective summary of what Rocky's life is, you made a firm decision, and then he walked docile compliant and peaceful into the carrier for h...
by Mollycat
Sat May 08, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11937

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

what breed are they? The gene precedes the breed. Cats with "Siamese" colouring can crop up randomly in any old moggie. It's a recessive gene which means it can hide for many generations until a cat inherits it and a matching one from the other parent, and the so-called Siamese colour app...
by Mollycat
Sat May 08, 2021 10:45 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 185
Views: 3497

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

That is an impressive collection. Bristol is a well known fox city and some can be quite bold - I won't say tame - and whilst some coexist with pets there are several reports of cats and foxes just casually relaxing or even playing together. We're on the edge here, a large council estate nestles bet...
by Mollycat
Fri May 07, 2021 8:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 185
Views: 3497

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

It's so good to have a safe space to share how mad we all really are. Of course we talk to them, how else would we answer their questions? Anyway, the way I see it, to an indoor cat our home is their whole world, so it properly ought to be set up with them not just in mind but as the central conside...
by Mollycat
Fri May 07, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 185
Views: 3497

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Pupdate! Snoop LeDog has now had 7 weeks of water treadmill, his third physiotherapist assessment, and his first actual swim. Despite doing pretty dismally at just about all exercises given (for home and there), his hips and thighs are growing stronger and muscling up. This assessment was the first ...
by Mollycat
Fri May 07, 2021 4:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 8 year old Burmese Male constantly meowing
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: 8 year old Burmese Male constantly meowing

It's hard to know from a description but I think I would turn it on its head (your approach, not the cat) and try giving attention when he asks for it by yowling. Cats think very differently to dogs and the behaviour-reward relationship isn't quite the same. I would think it's more likely to be a na...
by Mollycat
Fri May 07, 2021 4:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help 19.5 old screaming blue murder no reason
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Help 19.5 old screaming blue murder no reason

There are lots of drops powders and additives that claim to help, I don't know if any do. Fortekor increases blood flow to the kidneys. Originally developed as a heart drug for dogs, it was found early in trials to make clear improvements in kidney function. There may be a reason your vet has not su...
by Mollycat
Thu May 06, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 16 yr old hyperthyroidism
Replies: 4
Views: 24

Re: 16 yr old hyperthyroidism

Ok don't worry see what happens when you go back in a week. We'll be here to support you through whatever, hopefully his levels will have come down and he will be fine. Worrying isn't going to help either of you and the vet has the situation under control.
by Mollycat
Thu May 06, 2021 5:24 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Please help! Aggression with cats, considering rehoming
Replies: 1
Views: 33

Re: Please help! Aggression with cats, considering rehoming

The thing that jumps out at me is it seems you are trying to move to the next step and try different things every time after an amount of time . The right time to move to the next step is once both cats are completely comfortable with the step you're on for a couple of weeks . So if Akir charges at ...
by Mollycat
Thu May 06, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 16 yr old hyperthyroidism
Replies: 4
Views: 24

Re: 16 yr old hyperthyroidism

Quite a few of us on the forum have been through the radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism, is that something that has ever been mentioned to you? The reason I ask is although it is very, very expensive and only available in specialised clinics (there were 10 in the whole of the UK when w...
by Mollycat
Wed May 05, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Our Tiggee was just diagnosed with a serious upper respiratory infection
Replies: 10
Views: 83

Re: Our Tiggee was just diagnosed with a serious upper respiratory infection

That's interesting, although as Papacat says this is too much salt for a cat to be drinking on a daily basis, it may be Tiggee is trying to alleviate his own symptoms. Saline wipes, inhalation and mists can all be used to help respiratory conditions. People being the snobs we are think you have to u...
by Mollycat
Mon May 03, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: I didn’t get to say goodbye
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: I didn’t get to say goodbye

Sorry for your loss and the sad circumstances. It's always hard losing our loved ones but being left with questions and regrets makes it so much tougher to accept. I know it's just about impossible to break into raw grief but in time I hope some of this might reassure you a little. Cats almost all h...
by Mollycat
Mon May 03, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat not eating
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Cat not eating

A few days ago? Give the poor guy a chance! First he needs time to settle in, weeks rather than days. Then maybe you can start introducing other foods, gradually if you insist he must have your chosen brands and he isn't keen, by mixing gradually increasing proportions into his existing food. I neve...
by Mollycat
Mon May 03, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Is my cat pregnant?
Replies: 8
Views: 72

Re: Is my cat pregnant?

Well they do mate many times over several days in the natural course of things, the early matings stimulate ovulation so don't usually result in pregnancy on the first one. So anything's possible. You can spay early in pregnancy if you really do not want those kittens though I believe it's a risky p...
by Mollycat
Mon May 03, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Ever had a near-invisible but palpable lump on cat post-injection?
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: Ever had a near-invisible but palpable lump on cat post-injection?

Nobody ever seems to post good news from these things which is so worrying The majority of injection site lumps are nothing and dissipate in a few weeks. I guess we just don't hear so much about those. Can the vet give you a timescale to come back if it's still there, or is not getting any smaller/...
by Mollycat
Mon May 03, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Is my cat pregnant?
Replies: 8
Views: 72

Re: Is my cat pregnant?

As you witnessed a mating, did the female scream and turn on the male hissing and lashing out?
by Mollycat
Sun May 02, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: House move - cat having problems with neighbourhood cats
Replies: 2
Views: 38

Re: House move - cat having problems with neighbourhood cats

I think I'd start with trying to find out who the feral looking one belongs to, if anyone, and if nobody owns up after some door knocking and maybe a paper collar if he lets him near you, then talk to a cat rescue especially if he's not been neutered. Do bear in mind that if this cat is still around...
by Mollycat
Sat May 01, 2021 6:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat lump on shoulder after Depo Medrol shot 4 weeks ago
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Cat lump on shoulder after Depo Medrol shot 4 weeks ago

I swear these injection site lumps are much more common now because vets no longer massage the area and dissipate the injection.

But when it comes to anxiety, yes times are having some effect on most people one way or another.
by Mollycat
Sat May 01, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Hyperthyroidism behaviour - is this normal?
Replies: 10
Views: 111

Re: Hyperthyroidism behaviour - is this normal?

So sorry to read this Bean, rest in peace little Lilo. Even if the last couple of weeks were so challenging, now she is at peace. Completely understand the denial and admire your courage admitting it out loud. I think many of us have suffered from this at least once in our pet owning career. Take go...
by Mollycat
Sat May 01, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: (Breast cancer) what to expect !!
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: (Breast cancer) what to expect !!

Nans is a very lucky cat to have you. I bet you talk to her all the time, don't you? You ask her opinion, what she wants, if she agrees? You explain everything to her about her health conditions and what time you will be home every time you go out? I have noticed some cats groom themselves to cover ...
by Mollycat
Sat May 01, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: (Breast cancer) what to expect !!
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: (Breast cancer) what to expect !!

Good morning Mustafa, I can't comment on what to expect from mammary tumours, but having had a 24 year old cat euthanised this week I can share some thoughts about cats, pain, and end of life care. Most people would likely have taken Purdy to the vets much sooner. She was thin, matted and dirty, and...
by Mollycat
Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Goodnight Purdy
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Goodnight Purdy

Ruth, thank you, not just for your kind thoughts but also for being so real. Yes it's Molly and Snoopy and I confess sometimes I have to check members' cats' names before posting. Less so now. It doesn't help that one set of typing on a screen looks much like another, I mean we all have different st...
by Mollycat
Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cone after dental surgery
Replies: 9
Views: 1284

Re: Cone after dental surgery

My vet gave Molly an antibiotic injection, she knows Molly by now and doesn't need to be asked. My old Sarah had all her teeth extracted behind the canines in one go, came home still woozy and stuck her head straight in the biscuits and crunch crunch crunch. On the other hand Molly had two removed, ...
by Mollycat
Wed Apr 28, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Goodnight Purdy
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Goodnight Purdy

Thank you both very kindly, it's the end of an era.

Spookily, Facebook informs me that today is Sarah's 9th anniversary.
by Mollycat
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help 19.5 old screaming blue murder no reason
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Help 19.5 old screaming blue murder no reason

Yowling especially at night is often a symptom of hyperthyroidism, it can also be dementia though. Have you got a recent update on how well managed her thyroid levels are? If her kidney issues have only just started at her age I really wouldn't be worrying about making her miserable trying to make h...
by Mollycat
Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:44 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Goodnight Purdy
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Goodnight Purdy

I am not known for short sharp posts so apologies in advance. Purdy, at least 24 years old, who was old enough to vote in 2015, who was born in the last century, took her place at the Bridge last night. She was the last of our three with my ex, and another chapter is closed. Sleep tight little Purdy...