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by Kay
Thu Jul 22, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat gizmo passed away suddenly
Replies: 10
Views: 87

Re: My cat gizmo passed away suddenly

you've probably done a lot of googling, but in case you missed it, this account of having a cat with saddle strombus will strike a chord

https://www.petmd.com/blogs/fullyvetted ... _cats-7364
by Kay
Thu Jul 22, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat gizmo passed away suddenly
Replies: 10
Views: 87

Re: My cat gizmo passed away suddenly

how horrible for you it certainly sounds like he had a heart condition no one knew about - most probably it was congenital, and there might not have been much you could have done had you had a diagnosis sudden death is a horrible shock for those left behind, but not the worst thing for the one who h...
by Kay
Wed Jul 21, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: New Kitten Shows Aggression
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: New Kitten Shows Aggression

I suspect the large crate is the problem, as if you are approaching her while she is in it she has nowhere to go, and the hissing and spitting and claws is what most cats do when they feel backed into a corner Can you let her out of the cage and let her find her own safe places? Preferably a high up...
by Kay
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Single cat spraying in new house
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: Single cat spraying in new house

first thing I thought of when reading your first post - did the previous owners of the house have a cat or cats, which he can smell? is he marking because their smell makes him feel he needs to establish his ownership of the house?

thorough cleaning and time may help if this is the cause
by Kay
Fri Jul 16, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Skin issues
Replies: 8
Views: 115

Re: Skin issues

have you seen this thread from way back? it began in 2014 but has had more recent posts

viewtopic.php?t=772
by Kay
Fri Jul 02, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Just when everything seems fine something terrible happens :( Mila might die
Replies: 61
Views: 554

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

I think Spaska is a fine name for a cat - Barbara Woodhouse, Jackson Galaxy's very very different forerunner :D - used to say cats respond best to names with an 's' sound, so Spaska is doubly good
by Kay
Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:19 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: All most four years on ,I am still grieving
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: All most four years on ,I am still grieving

me too, I'm sad to say

I have a lot of respect for Mollycat, but I don't need at my age to be preached at on a cat forum
by Kay
Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Found a month old stray kitten and brought it home, now what?
Replies: 64
Views: 590

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

what a cute little scrap

it seems goat's milk is better than cow's milk for kittens, but not as good as special formula milk - and if he has a dodgy tum goat's milk could make it worse

can you shop on Amazon? there's quite a few kitten milks on there
by Kay
Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:56 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Reintroducing old friends
Replies: 4
Views: 68

Re: Reintroducing old friends

another consideration as that there will be no way of returning the second cat if it doesn't work out, as woud be the case with a cat coming from a UK based rescue my own experience, FWIW, after a lifetime of cat ownership, is that female cats tend to enjoy sole possession of the home and the people...
by Kay
Sun Jun 20, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: All most four years on ,I am still grieving
Replies: 15
Views: 324

Re: All most four years on ,I am still grieving

Issie, your post reminded me of a work colleague whose son was killed by a train when he was only 21 her grief became so much a part of her that she had no wish to move on, because to her it meant she was abandoning him - focusing on anything which made her forget her loss for a few hours just led t...
by Kay
Sat Jun 19, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Devastated, completely heartbroken
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Devastated, completely heartbroken

how horrible for you - I can totally understand your shock I am no expert, but would have thought there would have been some evidence of poisoning - I have had a cat killed on the road with no sign of injuries, and sudden death from a heart condition does happen as for a post mortem, I think I would...
by Kay
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Help needed

is the intention to sell the kittens? is that why she is suddenly interested? if this is the case, see if the new legislation scares her off the idea https://boughtbymany.com/news/article/lucys-law-banning-pet-shops-selling-puppies-and-kittens/#:~:text=On%20the%206%20April%2C%20the,have%20bred%20the...
by Kay
Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Spayed cat problem
Replies: 2
Views: 45

Re: Spayed cat problem

a bit of googling suggests it is possible for a vet to miss an ovary, becausethey are very small, and that will cause a cat to be in heat, but it can also just be a sign her hormones are still settling down I think you are going to have to keep her inside for a bit to see = though she can't now get ...
by Kay
Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: adopted farm kitten - reassurance needed!
Replies: 4
Views: 71

Re: adopted farm kitten - reassurance needed!

definitely carry on as you are - basically ignoring him until he is ready to interact he'll be missing his siblings, and the rough and tumble they would have provided, and you need to bear in mind kittens in general, regardless of their background, want to play much more than they want to be petted,...
by Kay
Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued female not gaining weight
Replies: 12
Views: 159

Re: Rescued female not gaining weight

testing for EPI is by no means routine - you can buy pancreatic enzymes on line, and it could well be worth giving them a try, as I don't think they can do any harm and could well be the answer
by Kay
Sat Jun 12, 2021 11:03 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Where do they go?
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Where do they go?

this time of year is prime feline mating time, for those who still have the equipment to do so, and prime hunting time too, now the sun is out and the nights are warmer I still see my neighbourhood's cats occasionally, but they tend to have some poor unfortunate creature clamped in their jaws, and s...
by Kay
Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:24 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?
Replies: 13
Views: 164

Re: Which are the most absolutely delicious cat foods?

when my Trigger was in his last weeks with an inoperable sarcoma, I gave him some John West dressed crab every day, which he loved

and Gourmet have brought out a new pate food too https://www.purina.co.uk/cat/cat-food/p ... t-cat-food
by Kay
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Long distance travel
Replies: 5
Views: 110

Re: Long distance travel

no idea of the cost, but this looks ideal for what you need

https://www.gofetch-ltd.com/dog-transport-vehicles
by Kay
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Scratching & Vomiting
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: Scratching & Vomiting

could it be the warmer weather making him too hot? is the vomiting associated with hairballs?

I've never had a long haired cat, but wonder if an aggressive grooming campaign to remove moulting fur might help
by Kay
Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Dog attack (not mine)
Replies: 20
Views: 222

Re: Dog attack (not mine)

I too have changed my mind about the indoor/outdoor debate - I have an enclosed area 20 feet by 30 feet outside my back door, accessed by a cat flap, and which is partially paved with tubs and climbing plants - it gets loads of sun, and has been much appreicated over the past 20 years by several cat...
by Kay
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Is my cat pregnant?
Replies: 2
Views: 40

Re: Is my cat pregnant?

if you have let her out unspayed then almost certainly the answer is yes
by Kay
Sat Jun 05, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Cats have fallen out
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: My Cats have fallen out

just a thought - is there any chance he sprayed on the sofa? I assume he's been 'done' so you wouldn't smell anything if he had, but she would
by Kay
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Where do they go?
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Where do they go?

on the subject of support, I remember well how useful the old Yahoo group for cats with hyperthyroid was to me years ago when my Trigger was first diagnosed - mostly American members but that was a big asset, as treatment for HT was more advanced in the US than here I got enough education from that ...
by Kay
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Rescue Cat Hiding 4 weeks
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: Rescue Cat Hiding 4 weeks

wise words as always from Mollycat - the fact that he is eating and using his tray is reassuring, as severely traumatized cats sometimes do neither the hardest thing in such situations is not to react when the cat makes its first overtures - I can remember how hard it was to ignore my late Tosker wh...
by Kay
Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat won't come in the house because of new kitten
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Cat won't come in the house because of new kitten

maybe let the kitten out into the yard under your supervision, and the others kept in, just to see what happens? feeding them both outside might help
by Kay
Thu Jun 03, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I don't know what to do...
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: I don't know what to do...

I can only say what I would do in your situation, and unless things get worse, that is stop worrying about him the vet visits must have ruled out anything seriously wrong with your boy get him on a good quality food he likes and which seems to agree with him, groom him regularly, give him a salmon o...
by Kay
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat won't come in the house because of new kitten
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Cat won't come in the house because of new kitten

time is on your side, as you won't have to worry about the weather at this time of year, assuming Rosie has somewhere to shelter from rain this situation would be so much worse in winter Mollycat makes a good point about Rosie perhaps picking up on your vibes, as if she is not coming into the house,...
by Kay
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat won't come in the house because of new kitten
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Cat won't come in the house because of new kitten

this is so sad, and difficult to know the best way forward without knowing why Rosie is so upset has anything changed for her other than the kitten being in the house? is there anything or any place special to her she now feels is no longer hers? was she with you when any of the other cats came in, ...
by Kay
Tue May 25, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: cat food detective wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 94

cat food detective wanted

A feral tom I have been feeding for around 7 years nearly lost his life 10 days ago, when I tried to trap him to take him to the vet for probable euthanasia - I failed miserably but now I am so glad I did, because I have hit on a cure for him, but I don't know why For several months he had been stru...