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by booktigger
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:13 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Insurance Recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 65

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: 65

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: 52

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: 49

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: 46

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: 34

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: 31

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: 263

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: 263

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: 75

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: 75

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: 46

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)
by booktigger
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Dieting Options
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Dieting Options

How old is he?
by booktigger
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Dieting Options
Replies: 7
Views: 82

Re: Dieting Options

I'm quite stunned that the vet would only say 50g of dry food given his weight- I know they say to feed for the target weight, but not if the target weight is more than 10% reduction, so I'd be concerned about too rapid a weight loss, which can lead to liver issues. Could you increase his play sessi...
by booktigger
Mon Mar 29, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Re: Severe cat cystitis in my 7 year old male cat, been going on for 2 months now help!any1
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Severe cat cystitis in my 7 year old male cat, been going on for 2 months now help!any1

I get my cystease from Amazon using subscribe and save, full price is £6.99 including postage if you have prime, I get 15% discount so only pay £5.94. They do currently have a discount if you buy 4
by booktigger
Sun Mar 28, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?
Replies: 24
Views: 263

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

I'll check out the different dry bags - seems we only have 3 at the moment, RC Early Renal, RC Special (like dreamies, I use them as a treat!) and K/D + mobility. I have to say that I don't think I'd go down the SDMA route again - while it is nice knowing early and potentially buying more time, I'm ...
by booktigger
Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?
Replies: 24
Views: 263

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

Just out of curiosity Sandra, what are his kidney levels? I thought SDMA was only accurate till you get to the top end of the scale, then you need urea/creatnine after that?

Molly - what differences are you interested in? I can check the 4 bags of renal biscuits I have for you.
by booktigger
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?
Replies: 24
Views: 263

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

I bought Lucy the Royal Canin early renal, despite the fact she was diagnosed 4 years ago. She has a mix of 4 renal biscuits, plus a few dental and calm biscuits (although only 3 of the renal ones go in her teatime tub, the others are for treats!) - she has pretty much every one that Royal Canin mak...
by booktigger
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How bad is a fat cat, at this stage?
Replies: 24
Views: 263

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

Hiya, my vet has never been too bothered by Lucy's lack of weight loss, as if she crashes, she has some reserves. I did get a bit of a telling off yesterday as Lucy has put 600g on since she was there in Dec, which has wiped out the last 5 years worth of hard work!! Ironically that was caused as she...
by booktigger
Wed Mar 24, 2021 7:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: house trained but want to use litter tray
Replies: 7
Views: 56

Re: house trained but want to use litter tray

Quite often, cats will use trays as they don't feel comfortable doing it outside, as they are quite exposed when toileting outside - are there more cats in your new area?
by booktigger
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: FIV and excessive water drinking.
Replies: 10
Views: 4107

Re: FIV and excessive water drinking.

There is definitely a test for early kidney detection it's called an SDMA (not sure what the initials stand for), it picked up my cats CKD 4 years this month, but I'd be very surprised if your cat had it at 9 months, young cats normally develop acute kidney issues and they are normally more sudden a...
by booktigger
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lost my beautiful cat today. Possible causes?
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: Lost my beautiful cat today. Possible causes?

I'm sorry for your loss, I doubt it was hypertension caused by kidney issues, as beta blockers are used for hypertension in cats, and you say she was on a low dose. I do think a neurological issue is more likely
by booktigger
Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Bewitched, bothered and ...
Replies: 15
Views: 153

Re: Bewitched, bothered and ...

I'm glad hubby had a sign that made him realise that he wanted cats in his life again, I do appreciate the headache though, I had that with Lucy as I wasn't used to picking cats, and I did go to two rescues with two different friends, both had different ideas of what I should go for, and that made i...
by booktigger
Wed Mar 17, 2021 5:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Hi, Molly again!
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Hi, Molly again!

So pleased to hear that you are finally able to let go of some of your fears and relax more Molly (I also had a Molly who got spooked outside and didn't go out for years), and hope you continue to be brave and enjoy things more.
by booktigger
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:06 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Treats for cat with kidney disease
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: Treats for cat with kidney disease

That is a big help Mollycat, Lucy's CKD must be progressing as she is now refusing renal wet (and she has 4 different ones!), but fortunately still happy with renal dry, adult and senior wet. Funnily enough I've always been strict with her cat treats (she's also always been on a diet, so they are ha...
by booktigger
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopting from the SSPCA
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Adopting from the SSPCA

We had a Sphynx once, I only met him once, but I wasn't convinced - they feel very different from a normal cat due to not having fur, they are supposed to feel like a peach, but you can feel more of their organs when you pick them up, which I found unsettling. Plus they have the oriental ears that I...
by booktigger
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 396

Re: Molly's mouth

The only reason I can think why they would do pre op tests on arrival rather than after fasting, is because of the IV drip, in case it skewed any of the figures - although the irony there is you still have skewed figures. Raised Urea without raised Creatnine can be infection related, which would fit...
by booktigger
Mon Mar 08, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 396

Re: Molly's mouth

That is strange they tested her straight away, you'd think vets would know some of those results are more accurate after fasting, and hope they didn't charge for the urinalysis they didn't do. But I agree with the others about it not being a waste of money - I've always done annual bloods on senior ...
by booktigger
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Molly's mouth
Replies: 28
Views: 396

Re: Molly's mouth

Clearly your vet is a Hills rep, as her saying she only needs the early stage renal rather than normal renal, then telling you to use K/D is a bit of a contradiction, but when I was getting Lucy's renal food last month, I noticed Royal Canin have brought in an early renal dry food, which I bought ev...