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by lilynmitz
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Winston
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Winston

“Winter is actually one of the best times for pruning, I've just done my pear tree, Acer, and Cotinus the other day, the plant is sleeping, the sap isn't rising and there is less chance of invection getting in the fresh cuts, but i would advise doing it during the day not at night.” Thanks for the g...
by lilynmitz
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:37 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Winston
Replies: 6
Views: 51

Re: Winston

8-) :lol: :lol: That made me smile! Little sod! Glad you got him though. Hope the garden recovers!
by lilynmitz
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Foster cat dilemma - your advice and opinions please
Replies: 14
Views: 97

Re: Foster cat dilemma - your advice and opinions please

To be honest, if she’s already integrated with your lot, and given what horrors you’ve already been through with her, I’d say you’re coping really well, and perhaps on that basis it wouldn’t be a huge leap to make her a permanent part of your household. All of the other options look tougher than sim...
by lilynmitz
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Healthy eating in almost fully grown kittens
Replies: 6
Views: 47

Re: Healthy eating in almost fully grown kittens

Agree with the others re dried food and kidneys, although I had a cat with chronic kidney disease who did well for a few years on “renal” dried food, (she wouldn't touch the wet version) but she drank water like a fish to make up for it. I’ve always free fed my cats, and none have ended up obese. Bu...
by lilynmitz
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Felix Wet Food Giving My Cat the Squitter-Squirts - Can Anyone Think Why?
Replies: 5
Views: 50

Re: Felix Wet Food Giving My Cat the Squitter-Squirts - Can Anyone Think Why?

I agree, rather than just blaming what he’s eating, it might be worth finding out if there’s a medical reason why he’s suddenly not tolerating food that he’s thrived on for years. My two have a diet of RoyalCanin dried and Felix AGAIL, and I haven’t noticed any dodgy tums lately, or at all, on this ...
by lilynmitz
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Which breed would you recommend?
Replies: 7
Views: 95

Re: Which breed would you recommend?

I have never, ever, gone home with the type of cat I had in mind. Just go to the rescue centre with an open mind, and you won’t regret it. Very often the cat chose me. They are surprisingly perceptive, trust in that. I’ve had cats older than I’d wanted (but they outlived all the young ones), younger...
by lilynmitz
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to bring our stray cat out of her shell?
Replies: 16
Views: 149

Re: How to bring our stray cat out of her shell?

I agree that docility can be a sign of fear. Certainly what you describe when you put her down (ie going “floppy”) is very much a fear reaction. We had a Siamese when I was young who was terrified of thunder, and she would go like a limp rag, incapable of much movement, till it was over
by lilynmitz
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to bring our stray cat out of her shell?
Replies: 16
Views: 149

Re: How to bring our stray cat out of her shell?

I agree that 5 weeks is VERY early days for a feral cat to adjust, even such a young one. She has probably had little or no experience of humans and has a lot to learn. She only feels relaxed enough to play when you’ve all gone to bed. Is there any reason you don’t let her have free run of the house...
by lilynmitz
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat licking lips help
Replies: 1
Views: 22

Re: Cat licking lips help

Several things spring to mind. Cats often lick their lips when they’re about to be sick, but excessive salivating can also suggest she’s eaten something toxic. It may also suggest difficulty swallowing, possibly due to an obstruction. If I were you I’d give your vet a call and be prepared to take he...
by lilynmitz
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation
Replies: 14
Views: 166

Re: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation

I agree with Ruth, I chose the black cat as I love black cats, butI was strongly tempted by the other cats simply because their body language was better. Perhaps you could find a nicer pic of a black cat to even the odds? Otherwise this will artificially skew your results
by lilynmitz
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation
Replies: 14
Views: 166

Re: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation

Survey done. Good luck processing the varied responses you’re going to get!
by lilynmitz
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation
Replies: 14
Views: 166

Re: Veterinary Nursing Dissertation

JoDe, this is a cat lovers website. Please take your spam elsewhere

Edit - I note the offending spam post re dog toys has now been removed by the Mods. Unrelated to the survey!
by lilynmitz
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock

Lily wasn’t really showing much symptoms, I can’t honestly remember why I took her in, it was a while ago now. No cats like going to the vet, but sometimes you really do need to just tough it out, reminding yourself that you’re doing this because you love them, and they will ultimately benefit from ...
by lilynmitz
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Catawalling being noisy at silly o'clock

My best guess is that given his age it’s possible he is hyperthyroid, which can result in the cat calling more than usual. Blood tests at the vet will confirm whether or not this is the case, and it can be treated either with surgery and/or drugs. My old girl Lily had it for years, and we managed it...
by lilynmitz
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat FIP
Replies: 2
Views: 56

Re: Cat FIP

I’m so sorry to hear about your girl’s diagnosis. I don’t have any experience of this distressing condition, and can only suggest you take your vets guidance on treatment, even if it's just palliative care. Do speak to your vet, they will have seen how this condition progresses and may be able to of...
by lilynmitz
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten hides under bed for attention ?
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: Kitten hides under bed for attention ?

I agree with fjm. She’s just found somewhere quiet that she likes to use as her sleeping den. If you’re a “new” cat owner, do read Vicky Hall’s Cat Confidential, a really good intro into cat psychology.
by lilynmitz
Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Will he ever be tame?
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Will he ever be tame?

Please don’t give up. I know of people who have had totally feral cats who eventually became cuddle bums, but it takes a lot of time and patience, and for a cat this scared you have a long way to go yet. Do you play with him at all? Interactive toys like feathers on sticks or wand toys (ie stick and...
by lilynmitz
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: NEW CAT PLEASE HELP!!
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: NEW CAT PLEASE HELP!!

Good suggestions from Ruth, so I don’t have a lot to add. But yes,do let your resident cat mainly have free access to the rest of the house, but feeding them near each other at the same time will be helpful. You may find the suggestions in this link helpful too. https://www.catchat.org/index.php/new...
by lilynmitz
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat keeps scratching the kids
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: My cat keeps scratching the kids

You need to look at the world through your cat’s eyes. You say she won’t go out - this suggests to me that by nature she is a timid cat. As a kitten she was around lively toddlers, who can behave unpredictably, and loudly (!) which could spook even a docile cat, so it’s given your cat some negative ...
by lilynmitz
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help - garlic marinade
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Help - garlic marinade

:lol: she’s a cat! Human rules don't apply in her world :lol:
by lilynmitz
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat is very sick.... help!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 79

Re: Cat is very sick.... help!!!

I agree with Mollycat, time to get a second opinion from a more experienced and qualified vet. Hyperthyroidism is very rare (ie pretty much unheard of) in cats less than 10years old, so I’m surprised your vet even tested for this. Please don't just turn to the Internet, it’s not a place where qualif...
by lilynmitz
Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat litter tray problems
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Cat litter tray problems

Good advice from rum and Mollycat. I had a similar problem with our blind boy Mitz, who suddenly started pooping outside their trays, and never quite stopped. I suspect he inadvertently stood in a wet patch and didn’t want to repeat the experience, although he did always use the tray to pee (well, m...
by lilynmitz
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Skittish cat hides in ceiling
Replies: 2
Views: 51

Re: Skittish cat hides in ceiling

I would also work on resolving her nervousness, but that’s difficult while she’s in the ceiling. Try to engineer some time where you can interact with her. Cats feel a lot safer if they’re above their humans, (hence the ceiling and high perches) so get down to her level. Lying on the floor with them...
by lilynmitz
Tue Dec 24, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help - garlic marinade
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Help - garlic marinade

Oh yes, my garlic loving puss also like sultana cake. She couldn’t read the health warnings. I used to have to practically fight her for the crime caramel pudding! I never ate a meal alone when this dear girl lived with me
by lilynmitz
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help - garlic marinade
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Help - garlic marinade

I had a cat who loved garlic mushrooms (in the days before social media spread the health alerts). She was fine, but keep an eye on her and do check with your vet.
by lilynmitz
Sun Dec 22, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 79

Re: How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas

It’s a brave and foolish person who tries this in our house! :D
by lilynmitz
Thu Dec 19, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: cat treats
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: cat treats

Hi Life do some very nice treats too, my lot love them
by lilynmitz
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: cat treats
Replies: 10
Views: 139

Re: cat treats

Webbox always go down well with my lot. I used to use them for hiding pills as well. They just thought they were getting treats twice a day! :lol:
by lilynmitz
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grieving cat.
Replies: 13
Views: 184

Re: Grieving cat.

Cats often find intense emotion of any type directed towards them difficult to handle, so may shy away if you’re overdoing it. Although strangely I’ve seen my cats respond with great compassion towards my own grief at times. These are creatures of great wisdom, whatever their outward appearance may ...
by lilynmitz
Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grieving cat.
Replies: 13
Views: 184

Re: Grieving cat.

So sorry to hear of your loss, it’s just devastating when they have to leave us. I agree with Mollycat, cats definitely do grieve, and just like us, their personality does change in the following months, both as they work through it and readjust, and as their place in the hierarchy changes. Our Elsi...