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by lilynmitz
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Harvest mite infestation
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: Harvest mite infestation

We have awful harvest mites every year, I counted the bites on my own body and gave up at 70! But they do only hang around for about 6 weeks from the beginning of August, so yes, they should have gone by now. Some cats (and people) are more affected than others (they left my husband alone!). My two ...
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adoption: shelter or private sale?
Replies: 15
Views: 198

Re: Adoption: shelter or private sale?

Of 8 cats I’ve adopted from shelters over the years, somewhat shockingly I have only ever been home checked once. The others didn’t ask me anything about my experience, circumstances, type of cat I was looking for, local area, cat flaps, etc etc. In one case I took two long stay hard to home cats, s...
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Casper swallowed a longer string of plastic wrapping, how dangerous is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 43

Re: Casper swallowed a longer string of plastic wrapping, how dangerous is this?

Glad to hear it came back up again. Best keep an eye out for stray bits of stringy stuff if he’s fond of eating it, or it could get expensive at the vet’s!
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Amputee Cat struggling
Replies: 5
Views: 62

Re: Amputee Cat struggling

I agree, it’s really very early days. That’s quite a trauma to recover from, and I don’t care what people say, they do respond to such events at an emotional level. Give her lots of gentle love and reassurance to help her get through the adjustment and recovery phase. It is surprising that the vet l...
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up

I’m pleased to hear his eye is improving. If he keeps doing this, I’m wondering whether his sight might not be too great to start with. My blind laddie Mitz kept injuring his eyes as he didn’t have a blink or swerve response if something was about to poke him in the eye, and he also ended up with bl...
by lilynmitz
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New cat in the house
Replies: 2
Views: 59

Re: New cat in the house

Sorry for short reply, it’s late and I should be in bed(!) but it's very early days at the moment, you can’t force these things. Keep giving the resident cats lots of love and reassurance, but allow them their space to retreat to. You might want to try using a dog crate to put your newbie into for s...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introduction resident 6 year old to 4month kitten (gone wrong)
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Introduction resident 6 year old to 4month kitten (gone wrong)

If it’s only hissing rather than full on fighting, I would be inclined to let them sort it out between them. Give both somewhere to retreat to when they’ve had enough, be prepared to step in if things are getting a bit OTT, and just try to calm things down a bit. I tend to view hissing as a warning ...
by lilynmitz
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up

So sorry to hear of the problems you’re having with Max’s eye, it sounds miserable. All I can suggest is that you continue with the vets treatments, it has healed up before, so it may do again. The silly boy just keeps re-injuring it. I've been through something similar with two of mine, but in our ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat vomiting up everything
Replies: 5
Views: 92

Re: Cat vomiting up everything

The food you’re giving her is very rich. Have you tried something more bland, like boiled chicken or steamed white fish? Probably less fattening too. Also good quality dried foods, eg Royal. Canin for sensitive tums.
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elimination Problems
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: Elimination Problems

It’s hard to know whether the cleaning products are part of the problem, or indeed your own hormones, but my guess is that they may not be coping with your toddler being mobile around the house. When she was less mobile, the cats still had the rest of the house as their safe territory, but now they ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat still hates my new kitten
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: My cat still hates my new kitten

I had this problem recently. Elsie is about 5 yrs old and has always been very friendly, even submissive, with previous male cats. When little Zig died very suddenly, we waited a few months then got Toby, who was about a year old, and also very sweet natured and very cat friendly. She went nuts! if ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: FIV positive cat vomiting
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: FIV positive cat vomiting

Hi Chloé, sorry you’ve not had any replies to your post, which suggests this isn’t a problem many of us have experienced. It must be distressing to watch, and you’re right to take him to the vet. I hope they can get to the bottom of this for you. Let us know how you get on.
by lilynmitz
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New Kitten - eye problem?
Replies: 3
Views: 75

Re: New Kitten - eye problem?

You’re right to be cautious, it may be the beginning of cat flu, or an eye infection. Advise your friend that this kitty needs to see a vet, then see what the vet says.
by lilynmitz
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 204

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

That’s good progress, but remember to let him take it at his own pace, and let him hide as much as he wants to. You can’t force an animal to trust, it has to come from them learning that you are not a threat, which takes time and patience. Keep it up.
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 204

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

Just to say I agree with Kayks advice, and this is VERY early days yet. I often find rescue cats are on their “best behaviour” when they first move in, but after a few days the real adjustments begin as they learn about their new environment and co-habitees. Take it very slowly, and remember he’s no...
by lilynmitz
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Can my cat smell the old cats?
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: Can my cat smell the old cats?

Good advice from fjm, just let her settle in at her own pace. It’s more fear of the strange and unknown than anything else, but once she learns this new place is her safe space, she’ll be fine.
by lilynmitz
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued cat has never used the litter box
Replies: 8
Views: 139

Re: Rescued cat has never used the litter box

Is he toileting elsewhere outside the tray, or just “holding it in”?
by lilynmitz
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon
Replies: 8
Views: 68

Re: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon

Honestly, I would keep her at home if you can. She will be far less stressed in her own home. I have a reciprocal cat sitting arrangement with a neighbour, we just pop in morning and evening (we each have two cats), and clean out litter tray once a day. If you use a clumping litter, it’s a 30 second...
by lilynmitz
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon
Replies: 8
Views: 68

Re: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon

Congratulations on sharing your hime with a rescue puss. To be honest I would just keep her in for a few weeks longer until you’re back from looking after your dad. It won’t do her any harm, she’ll be in familiar territory, you know she’ll be safe so you don’t have to worry and can concentrate on yo...
by lilynmitz
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat
Replies: 10
Views: 149

Re: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat

Sorry to hear about your troubles. It would be worth you referring this to the RSPCA, and asking them to contribute towards the costs as this does sound like a pre-existing condition that they should have addressed before releasing him for rehoming. However, it may be better for your puss if he stay...
by lilynmitz
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Small Kidneys
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Small Kidneys

I haven’t heard of this but it would be worth talking if through with the vet. It might mean that periodic bloods would be a good idea to check how they’re doing, so if there is an issue you can change her diet or even put her on meds. My Lily was on fortekor for years but I just hid it in a bit of ...
by lilynmitz
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play
Replies: 4
Views: 59

Re: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play

Hi, don't panic. 5 days is very very early days in this process. They had a promising start, it can just take a while for them to sort out the pecking order. They were both probably on their best behaviour to start with as it was so new, but now they're beginning to realise this is a permanent chang...
by lilynmitz
Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Agressive play
Replies: 5
Views: 47

Re: Agressive play

I agree, try wearing him out with interactive toys, so he can see you as an alternative source of entertainment rather than constantly winding up Haz. That will help him burn off some energy and give Haz some peace. I've had this with young boy cats and slightly older females, and it can drive them ...
by lilynmitz
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 8
Views: 175

Re: How do you support a grieving pet?

My cats have had very different responses to losing a companion. Ranging from deep depression to apparent indifference. In each case I’ve always talked to them a lot about what’s happened, given them extra love and attention, and mourned with them. Quite often it has seemed that they were looking af...
by lilynmitz
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 14
Views: 205

Re: He's gone

So sorry to hear this, but at least it was peaceful and natural, in the comfort of his own home. But it’s still a big shock to find them, and they leave such a big hold on our lives when they go. RIP little one
by lilynmitz
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do cats get bored of certain foods?
Replies: 8
Views: 109

Re: Do cats get bored of certain foods?

I’m afraid she’s just being a cat. Most cat owners can relate to this. This explains why you often see cat owners agonising for hours in the cat food aisle in the supermarket over what their fluffy little darlings will deign to eat this week. It usually happens 2 days after you’ve done a massive bul...
by lilynmitz
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Why does Outside cat keep wanting to get inside my house
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Re: Why does Outside cat keep wanting to get inside my house

Perhaps she's finally realised it's more comfortable than living outside? Or perhaps a new cat has moved into her territory and she feels safer inside? Or perhaps she's decided she likes being with you. Hard to tell with cats. Take it as a compliment though.
by lilynmitz
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?
Replies: 8
Views: 123

Re: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?

I used to use Worlds Best and it is really good, but changed to Cats Best which is cheaper and just as good. Slightly bigger grains, but clumps really well and keeps smells down. Tbh I don’t know why anyone uses non clumping, they smell terrible and you have to clean out the whole tray much more oft...
by lilynmitz
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued Persian Cat Not Eating
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Rescued Persian Cat Not Eating

Wow, that was a baptism of fire for your new puss. Look at it from her viewpoint, she’s taken by someone she doesn’t know to a strange house, is put in a bowl of water and washed, then blow dried with a hairdryer, (both of which are unnatural and quite frightening for most cats and may have contribu...
by lilynmitz
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: mite infestation
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: mite infestation

I wonder if they're harvest mites? If so, they're seasonal, and should be gone in the next two weeks.