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by booktigger
Tue Jul 27, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Annual booster vaccination
Replies: 7
Views: 38

Re: Annual booster vaccination

I've used 3 different insurance companies and all have just excluded illnesses if they could have been prevented, one did pay for an unvaccinated cat (I only had her for 5 weeks, I gave her a couple of weeks to settle in before taking her up for a check up, and it turned out she had cancer, so we ob...
by booktigger
Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 72
Views: 673

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

Just on Mollycat's comment - as it is the noise of them scraping that attracts her, could you use some kind of white noise app to stop her hearing it as much?
by booktigger
Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Annual booster vaccination
Replies: 7
Views: 38

Re: Annual booster vaccination

I wouldn't cancel your policy if you don't re-vaccinate, it only excludes illnesses that could have been prevented by vaccinations, you would still be covered for other illnesses and injuries, you don't want to be in a position where you can't afford something that could save their lives because the...
by booktigger
Thu Jul 22, 2021 5:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat hates the cone :(
Replies: 1
Views: 35

Re: My cat hates the cone :(

I'm really surprised you have been given a cone for a male after neutering, the only times I've had to use them for a male is when they've had an undescended testicle so they have a wound on their abdomen. I thought most vets had started using dissolvable stitches/glue these days to avoid collars ev...
by booktigger
Wed Jul 21, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 72
Views: 673

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

Aww, glad the others have accepted her and everyone seems well
by booktigger
Tue Jul 20, 2021 5:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stomatitis
Replies: 14
Views: 253

Re: Stomatitis

I'm so sorry to hear that, RIP little one
by booktigger
Mon Jul 19, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: When to stop meds
Replies: 6
Views: 57

Re: When to stop meds

There is a liquid version of Gabapentin, which is what Lucy is on as she got wise to the powder being hidden in lik-e-lix - it is expensive, so I ignore the use by date as I'd be throwing away £50 otherwise. My vet said they don't get full benefit unless they get 3 doses a day, but Lucy likes to sav...
by booktigger
Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: When to stop meds
Replies: 6
Views: 57

Re: When to stop meds

Yes, sadly been in this position a lot of times, and I think that quality of life is better than quantity, so my decision has always been to stop and let them have less time, especially as I live on my own, so no good cop/bad cop situation. What would happen if she didn't have the appetite stimulant...
by booktigger
Mon Jul 12, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recurring Cystitis
Replies: 17
Views: 184

Re: Recurring Cystitis

Cheese wise, the best I found for tablets was primula, as it is very sticky, and easy to mould round the tablet - Sam loved it so much he came running when he heard me pick up his pill bottle! I could hide Metacam in it too, so maybe it would hide Cystophan.
by booktigger
Sun Jul 11, 2021 9:15 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How much for a birman kitten
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: How much for a birman kitten

Sadly, pedigree rescues aren't necessarily rarer, I used a couple while I was fostering, and the one who took the Manx for us actually dealt with more cats in a year than we did. Fluffy cats were the majority, as so many people didn't realise the upkeep they require.
by booktigger
Sat Jul 10, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How much for a birman kitten
Replies: 8
Views: 120

Re: How much for a birman kitten

Have you looked at pedigree rescues Ruth? You may find some have papers, so you know they have a reputable background.
by booktigger
Tue Jul 06, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: 2 little poor kittens
Replies: 1
Views: 32

Re: 2 little poor kittens

I think you need to get them checked by a vet it might be they are a bit young and need help eating, plus would be good to get them flea/worm treated as they were found outside. If you are struggling to get a vet app, might be worth ringing some of the local rescues, while they might not be medicall...
by booktigger
Tue Jul 06, 2021 6:08 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: New Cat is Too Scared to Explore
Replies: 2
Views: 64

Re: New Cat is Too Scared to Explore

You need to give your new cat more time, integrating cats takes months, not days. You have a timid cat who's had a lot of upheaval in her life (you don't say how old she is), so she needs time to adapt to at least her third situation before she has to deal with another cat, and definitely don't move...
by booktigger
Mon Jul 05, 2021 6:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Can anyone recommend semintra?
Replies: 3
Views: 47

Re: Can anyone recommend semintra?

Semintra is a prescription product, so the only other thing you can do is get a prescription and buy online, but it depends if she's going to take it first. I'd definitely say it is worth trying
by booktigger
Sat Jul 03, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die
Replies: 61
Views: 559

Re: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die

I'm another one who wouldn't be too bothered by the lack of sub-Q fluids, I've had 3 cats with CKD, and one who had to have a kidney removed, we briefly did medication with Buster, as the vet felt he needed support to help his remaining kidney, ironically I ended up changing vets, the new one asked ...
by booktigger
Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:37 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die
Replies: 61
Views: 559

Re: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die

I know the vet dismissed an infection as the kitten was healthy, but you said you stopped wet food as the girls had the runs, that could have actually been their body dealing with something, rather than a reaction to the wet food, and the lack of wet food combined with the heat could have led to the...
by booktigger
Thu Jul 01, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin - lymphoma
Replies: 9
Views: 161

Re: Pippin - lymphoma

I'm sorry to hear you've had to let him go, I find them going quickly helps me know it was the right time, and like you, wish we could have that for humans. RIP Pippin
by booktigger
Thu Jul 01, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recurring Cystitis
Replies: 17
Views: 184

Re: Recurring Cystitis

Aww, fingers crossed. Gabapentin isn't actually a steroid though, it's an anti-epileptic drug that they discovered was good for neuropathic pain, never heard of it being given for cystitis before, but I'm guessing as it helps with nerves, they are thinking it might relax the bladder, but I would hav...
by booktigger
Tue Jun 29, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Normal SDMA, high creatinine- Is it chronic kidney disease?
Replies: 24
Views: 2110

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

The vet should have explained to you that eating can affect blood results, they should be done on an empty stomach for best results (my old vet wouldn't do them unless the cat had been starved first for that reason), but as said, if he had CKD, the SDMA would have been high too.
by booktigger
Mon Jun 28, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat carrier recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 113

Re: Cat carrier recommendations

MDC are the main brand for wire carriers and traps and do help charities. If you wanted to stick with plastic, I think this kind of door is the most durable of the ones I've used (they did used to make one with a little door at the top you could open to pacify your cat, but I have had them try and e...
by booktigger
Fri Jun 25, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidney Disease in a 2yo Cat? advice/help
Replies: 5
Views: 96

Re: Kidney Disease in a 2yo Cat? advice/help

While CKD is unusual in such a young cat, there is such a thing as Acute Kidney Disease, which is normally very sudden and severe, but does respond well to fluids. If it is just his creatnine and calcium levels that are out, that isn't necessarily kidney related, raised creatnine without urea can be...
by booktigger
Tue Jun 22, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 72
Views: 673

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

Hopefully the worming will help - the majority of cats are lactose intolerant, which is why they have cat formula and don't use normal milk - goat's milk isn't bad, as that has less lactose in it. I would watch how much chicken you give it in a go, it might devour it, but it might be too much for it...
by booktigger
Mon Jun 21, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 72
Views: 673

Re: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?

I'm surprised a vet couldn't sex a kitten, it does look like it might be a tortie on that second pic, in which case it's very likely to be female. I'm sure you have said before about struggling to keep cats separate, but I would definitely try to with this kitten, in case it has been abandoned due t...
by booktigger
Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suncream on cats
Replies: 3
Views: 58

Re: Suncream on cats

if it had been a couple of hours, it should have pretty much absorbed. I've always used pet sunscreen to be on the safe side, although I haven't used it for a while due to Lucy's temperament
by booktigger
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?
Replies: 19
Views: 8221

Re: How successful are IV drips for cats with kidney disease?

Wow, I'm surprised there are still vets who think that early stage CKD only means months.
by booktigger
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:18 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help.....My 22 yr old baby is going blind
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Help.....My 22 yr old baby is going blind

Just a thought, the crying might actually be her thyroid levels rather than her blindness, you say she is borderline but some cats can actually be hyper-t at the top end of normal and it can cause blindness, do you know what her last thyroid levels were? If not, I would ask the vet to do a free T4 t...
by booktigger
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: What breed is my cat?
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: What breed is my cat?

She's very pretty - I don't actually think shorthaired ragdolls exist. She looks like some kind of tabby colourpoint, but I'm useless with colours (can't even tell you what the two I own are!!)
by booktigger
Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten Depressed with umbilical hernia! Any advice?
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: Kitten Depressed with umbilical hernia! Any advice?

I agree with Mollycat, I would take all of them to the vet for a check up, despite fostering hundreds of cats/kittens, I've never come across one with an umbilical hernia, but I would wonder if the depression is because of pain/discomfort