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by booktigger
Mon May 10, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11936

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

I don't think hers showed up actually breeds, but I remember her carrying the dilute gene. The rescue Lucy is from did a post about one of their dogs that had been adopted, the owner was curious about what kind of dog she was, so had a genetic test done, she was a mix of 6 breeds, two I'd never hear...
by booktigger
Sun May 09, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat dilemma
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Elderly cat dilemma

Has he seen a vet for some of the things you describe? If not, it might be worth doing, as there might be some medical condition you are unaware of that will help your decision. I have also factored my circumstances into my decisions, because I couldn't bear the thought of coming home and find that ...
by booktigger
Sun May 09, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11936

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Yes, I find cat genetics interesting as well - not to the point of wanting to breed, but while fostering, interesting to see what the parents could be with some litters. My neighbour actually did a genetics test on one of her semi ferals, as she was convinced she had some kind of bengal in her, it t...
by booktigger
Sun May 09, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: In heat but possibly pregnant!?
Replies: 10
Views: 99

Re: In heat but possibly pregnant!?

I'm very puzzled as to how you can have the sexes wrong if they are fully vaccinated, as sex is normally noted on the vaccination cards. If the vet can't feel any kittens, I would recommend booking her in to be neutered. When you use harnesses they normally have leads as well, which I cant see in th...
by booktigger
Sat May 08, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat after tooth extraction/cleaning
Replies: 1
Views: 16

Re: cat after tooth extraction/cleaning

Her sleeping issue is likely a reaction to the anaesthetic, some sleep a lot after, some can't sleep, it can last up to 48 hours
by booktigger
Sat May 08, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: In heat but possibly pregnant!?
Replies: 10
Views: 99

Re: In heat but possibly pregnant!?

I know, but he clearly wasn't sexually mature enough when they started mating 2 months ago, or she'd be heavily pregnant by now, given they are pregnant for 9 weeks, and if she has been caught, she'd be unlikely to be receptive to him continuing to mount her (while they can be mated by different mal...
by booktigger
Sat May 08, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11936

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

That's a good point Mollycat, I have always assumed these have some kind of Siamese in them because of them both being colour points, I know you can have it as a recessive gene (think I've posted before about the pregnant tortie we had that had two gingers and two colourpoints), but wasn't sure if C...
by booktigger
Sat May 08, 2021 10:10 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: In heat but possibly pregnant!?
Replies: 10
Views: 99

Re: In heat but possibly pregnant!?

If she isn't neutered, please don't let her out, or you will end up with kittens
by booktigger
Sat May 08, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 185
Views: 3497

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Making the bed now is quite easy, it just means wait till Lucy gets up (which can take till lunch) and then wait for her to stop snoozing on the piled up duvet to make it. When I had Molly, you couldn't leave the bed a few hours to air, you had to take your chance, but then not race up the stairs so...
by booktigger
Sat May 08, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 302
Views: 11936

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Officially moggies, but they clearly have some kind of Siamese in them, Coco could pass as a Burmese (she's too chunky for a Siamese) and Chanel could pass as a Ragdoll, but they don't have the proper blue eyes and fortunately not the vocalisation.
by booktigger
Fri May 07, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 185
Views: 3497

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Glad he is getting better, I know after Lucy's op, the vet said it was easier to get dogs to build up muscle strength as you could use play for them. Glad it isn't just me that alters the bed for the cat, Lucy also doesn't like a freshly made bed, so it really only gets made when I change it, the re...
by booktigger
Sat May 01, 2021 6:33 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?

I'm sorry to hear the outcome of this, RIP Lilo, I think we need an answer to be able to realise that letting them go is the right thing to do.
by booktigger
Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: For those who feed their cats Felix, has anyone noticed that their cats have stopped eating it?
Replies: 29
Views: 6120

Re: For those who feed their cats Felix, has anyone noticed that their cats have stopped eating it?

I've had issues with standard Felix, I mentioned before Christmas about a small box saying improved recipe that was a different coloured pouch, so I bought a box that didn't, in the hope it was old stock, but that was still the new coloured pouch that they refuse to eat. Fortunately, the large multi...
by booktigger
Sun Apr 25, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Persist with flea treatment for stressed cat?
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: Persist with flea treatment for stressed cat?

To be honest, I stopped quite a few years ago treating my cats monthly for fleas, and despite fostering cats until a couple of years ago, the only problem I had was ironically a cat who was going to the vets every fortnight for tests, I couldn't get rid of his till the vet visits stopped, so I would...
by booktigger
Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Is your vet letting you into the consultation room during this time?
Replies: 3
Views: 48

Re: Is your vet letting you into the consultation room during this time?

I don't know any that let you in the consultation room, mine let you in the waiting room then take the cat off you, some don't even let you in the building. Does seem a Covid thing unfortunately
by booktigger
Tue Apr 20, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidneys and Potassium
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Kidneys and Potassium

I suspected that was the case, I was wondering if there had been any symptoms so that you might now be able to say x is better too - I had a cat who had been borderline hyper-t when he first came to the rescue, 5 months later I asked the vet to repeat his bloods as I was convinced he was, she didn't...
by booktigger
Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidneys and Potassium
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Kidneys and Potassium

Urine output reducing once on renal food makes a lot of sense, and you would expect that if she isn't urinating as much, the potassium is staying in her system longer. Did she ever have any symptoms of low potassium, or was it just picked up on the bloods for her hyper-t? I have seen kidney function...
by booktigger
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Insurance Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Insurance Recommendations

Most vets are happy to do direct claims with PetPlan due to their reputation, but you do still have to pay your excess - I think theirs change when pets are 9. I always dismissed them due to their price, but having used them, their customer service is good, I had one instance where the vet put the c...
by booktigger
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Insurance Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 127

Re: Insurance Recommendations

Not sure about providers as I am currently with PetPlan, but don't just go off price, make sure that you get lifetime cover at the most you can afford, preferably no less than £5k per condition. Some other policies can look cheaper, but you get a limited pot, so if she develops something she could l...
by booktigger
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Turkey same as chicken?
Replies: 4
Views: 87

Re: Turkey same as chicken?

I'd be surprised if that was a food allergy, normally that makes them throw up every time they eat it, not just occasionally
by booktigger
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: First time kitten owner advice
Replies: 5
Views: 89

Re: First time kitten owner advice

I'd be very surprised if a 10 month old didn't know what the litter tray was from the beginning, I would just use the same litter she is used to initially, and then change if it isn't something you like. Food wise I'd keep her on the same initially, but at 10 months old, you can start transitioning ...
by booktigger
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:51 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: my special needs cat needs behavioral adjusting
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: my special needs cat needs behavioral adjusting

I didn't realise cats could get autism. For his dry food issue, have you tried a raised pet feeder? That should give it a similar height to a human holding it, if he has issues with bending his head to eat
by booktigger
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Can I keep my cat indoors after she has experienced free life outdoors?
Replies: 1
Views: 49

Re: Can I keep my cat indoors after she has experienced free life outdoors?

Some cats happily adjust to an indoor life after a traumatic experience, some don't. I think if she only went out for an hour a day, you might be lucky.
by booktigger
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Wobbly/weak back end
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Re: Wobbly/weak back end

How old is he? Did he have a vet check? It could be muscle weakness, between coming from a hoarding situation and then cowering at the shelter, that his muscles need strengthening, I have seen it in rescue cats, and after a few months, they can suddenly jump on things they couldn't previously
by booktigger
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:39 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?
Replies: 24
Views: 352

Re: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?

Thanks Mollycat - I think that I will stick to RC for now to help get Lucy's weight back down, especially as the Early Renal has things in that will help her arthritis, which was the only reason for the Hills. Sandra, my only issue with one of the things you mention about the SDMA highlighting early...
by booktigger
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?
Replies: 24
Views: 352

Re: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?

Sorry for the delay in responding, I had to top up Lucy's biscuit tub today, and was actually quite shocked checking the bags out, K/D + Mobility has 21.5% fat compared to RC Early Renal at 14. I'd be interested to know what normal K/D Dry is? Protein: Hills - 28.3; Royal Canin 28 - pretty much noth...
by booktigger
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Old and Long Term Homeless
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Old and Long Term Homeless

I'm quite disappointed the rescue didn't do bloods on him. You'd hope having had a dental would rule that issue out
by booktigger
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Old and Long Term Homeless
Replies: 7
Views: 121

Re: Old and Long Term Homeless

I took a similar kind of cat in once, he smelt so bad I had to drive home with the window open, his was down to a dental issue, but I would also get full bloods including thyroid done, as that can stop them wanting affection. Good on you for taking him in, and fingers crossed for him
by booktigger
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I don't trust my vet???
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: I don't trust my vet???

I Can understand the vet not wanting to go down the surgical route to check for lymphoma, but I'm surprised they didn't offer steroids if that is what they suspect. Out of interest, did the blood panel include thyroid (as it's not always included as standard)