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by Jacks
Sun Sep 27, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: going away for two weeks, worried about my sofina
Replies: 15
Views: 2583

Re: going away for two weeks, worried about my sofina

The cattery looks lovely and clean and pretty cosy - and it looks like you can take some of her blankets and favourite things. I agree I think she'd be better safely there than roaming the neighbourhood. She many even come back liking humans a little better!
by Jacks
Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: going away for two weeks, worried about my sofina
Replies: 15
Views: 2583

Re: going away for two weeks, worried about my sofina

I was going to say our holidays are 2 weeks, and none have shown any signs of stress on our return, either from cat hotel or cat sitting... Also with the boy being allowed out with the cat sitter, we got him familiar with her first and made sure that he would come if she called him, which he does. H...
by Jacks
Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:37 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: going away for two weeks, worried about my sofina
Replies: 15
Views: 2583

Re: going away for two weeks, worried about my sofina

Dear Woozy - firstly please don't feel guilty about wanting a holiday - it will do you good and you need to try to look forward to it! I've done the cattery and the cat-sitting route; now as I have 5 a cattery is out of the question, especially as one of mine is a wild boy who I've never even tried ...
by Jacks
Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rehoming and behavioural issues - desperate for help.
Replies: 5
Views: 1233

Re: Rehoming and behavioural issues - desperate for help.

Oh dear - how terribly sad for you and the cats - and the family that wanted them. There does seem to be a genuine issue with cystitis, generally relating to anxiety I would think - and the fact that one wees when distressed has now rubbed off on the second. I'm thinking that maybe these two need a ...
by Jacks
Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: My cat died
Replies: 2
Views: 1212

Re: My cat died

Oh how awful! Your poor little Fifi! Something has to be done about this dog and the irresponsible owner allowing it off lead to savage neighbourhood cats. Poor little kitten too. So sorry for your loss of your little girl. It's one of the occasions where not knowing was almost kinder than knowing w...
by Jacks
Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:57 pm
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: Harold is missing from Epsom (FOUND)
Replies: 6
Views: 1722

Re: Harold is missing from Epsom (FOUND)

Thank you so much Beanie for filling us in! Thank goodness Harold was found safely. Your guidance about looking comparatively close to home and doing the looking yourself is SO important. Cats who are scared and have been trapped in a shed or garage are just as likely to hide as to rush out when the...
by Jacks
Sat Sep 12, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do cats love us?
Replies: 12
Views: 2359

Re: Do cats love us?

It sounds to me like love! He is absolutely, truly, your boy now :P
by Jacks
Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do cats love us?
Replies: 12
Views: 2359

Re: Do cats love us?

That's so lovely, Sarah. I think we sometimes do cats a disservice when we anthropomorphize their behaviours, but if bonding is a sign of love (and it's taken to be in the strange situation as well, in a basic sense, then there are many ways that a cat can show you they have bonded with you, althoug...
by Jacks
Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly Cat Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2635

Re: Elderly Cat Advice

Some lovely replies, and I don't have any experience of elderly cats, but I can tell you that the pose your little cat is in is adopted even by my youngsters from time to time, and that I agree that you can see in their eyes if they're struggling. The other thing is that when cats are in pain they t...
by Jacks
Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: scary behaviour !
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: scary behaviour !

How terribly upsetting for you! So he went in on Monday, came back on Monday and has been acting up since? What has he been doing over the three days - what sort of behaviour are you talking about - is he aggressive, spitting and shying away from you? Is he scared and hiding? What has your vet said ...
by Jacks
Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:55 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Best cat food?
Replies: 13
Views: 5214

Re: Best cat food?

Interestingly our neighbour's cat would kill for Butcher's Classic, which I used to feed our stray boy - but all mine now prefer Felix. Butcher's class has no cereals and is a great food if they'll take it. Mine also like Feline Fayre http://www.felinefayre.co.uk/" onclick="window.open(this.href);re...
by Jacks
Mon Sep 07, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Peculiar Acting Male
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: Peculiar Acting Male

I have heard that some gastrointestinal parasites can cause changes in behaviour as they can migrate and affect the brain - like Toxoplasmosis and roundworms. Is Lucky an outdoor cat, and is he up to date with worming and flea treatments? Behavioural changes like this could also be because the cat i...
by Jacks
Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Re homed cat becoming aggressive to it's supposed best frien
Replies: 8
Views: 1622

Re: Re homed cat becoming aggressive to it's supposed best f

This is lovely news - things are definitely improving. Yes, a month is no time at all in the scheme of things. Hope Buster and Squiffy are both cuddling up with you on that sofa soon! X
by Jacks
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopting a third cat...concerned
Replies: 20
Views: 5231

Re: Adopting a third cat...concerned

Absolutely not - the letting out. I wouldn't let him out anyway until he's really confident with you and sure of his home. I took in a feral kitten born in a garage roof space in the garden behind us - mother disappeared. She was 4 months and very scared of humans but made a bond with me as her feed...
by Jacks
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: nellie may have cancer but it makes no sense to me
Replies: 11
Views: 1410

Re: nellie may have cancer but it makes no sense to me

Definitely get another opinion and I like Kay's and Catsue's suggestion of a skin specialist. The description of picture 3 sounds very appropriate for your girl's condition, particularly the chronic and recurrent aspect, plus needing steroids to treat (so simple anti-inflammatory may not be enough??...
by Jacks
Sat Sep 05, 2015 11:00 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: This cat is doing what
Replies: 2
Views: 903

Re: This cat is doing what

Cats do NOT only have sex in March. Cats have sex when they are in heat (in season). This is a female in heat. You need to get your cat spayed or you will soon be joined by kittens... Only true feral cats have seasons - generally spring and autumn - domestic cats can come into season many times a ye...
by Jacks
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: nellie may have cancer but it makes no sense to me
Replies: 11
Views: 1410

Re: nellie may have cancer but it makes no sense to me

Hello Nellie's mum! No, it doesn't make sense to me. Cancer doesn't manifest in this way and there are SO many other skin conditions that aren't directly related to fleas. I think you're right and I would ask if someone else could take a look, and maybe a swab and skin scrapes. This would make MUCH ...
by Jacks
Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Re homed cat becoming aggressive to it's supposed best frien
Replies: 8
Views: 1622

Re: Re homed cat becoming aggressive to it's supposed best f

Mmm, did you get them through a private arrangement or through a rescue? If the latter, I would have a talk to them about this. I've read many times of rescues taking in cats where the owner has said 'they're inseparable' meaning they tolerate each other and I want you to take them both.... I am sus...
by Jacks
Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 1
Views: 970

Re: Advice please

You are being a loving, caring cat-mum, who has a cat who has never been outside and wouldn't know what to do with it! If you manage to cat proof the garden and can then let her gently start to explore, that would be a new experience for her, which she may love. As it is you're not being unfair, you...
by Jacks
Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help advice needed
Replies: 35
Views: 4829

Re: Help advice needed

Please don't feel awful keeping her in. You're not 'keeping her' against her will; she's scared of the outdoors, and she has the option to stay in a lovely warm house with her own smells, toys, places to explore and the people who love her. Sounds a no-brainer. People keep cats as house-cats for all...
by Jacks
Wed Sep 02, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Problem Neighbourhood cat - advise Required!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1538

Re: Problem Neighbourhood cat - advise Required!!

Trap him and have him neutered. I had trouble with a similar unneutered neighbourhood Tom. I asked our vet what to do and they put us in touch with the local RSPCA who worked alongside the vet operating a TNR scheme - trap, neuter, release. The RSPCA lent me a trap, and I started putting food in to ...
by Jacks
Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten keeps wetting on bedding
Replies: 5
Views: 1283

Re: Kitten keeps wetting on bedding

Cats don't only wee because they need to go, but to mark territory and to hide the smells of intruders into their territory. I just wonder, as the kitten is marking the human's bedding and the dog's bedding whether he or she is feeling insecure in some way, and trying to mask the unwanted smell? I a...
by Jacks
Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Urgent advice please - Polly at emergency vet - PKD/kidneys
Replies: 12
Views: 2072

Re: Urgent advice please - Polly at emergency vet - PKD/kidn

Oh Suze - so sorry to hear what you are going through with your darling girl Polly. I don't have any experience of PKD or kidney disease, although I'm sure others on here have. What I think is important at this time is that you get another opinion. It certainly sounds as if your little girl's body i...
by Jacks
Sun Aug 30, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help! My cat is obsessed!
Replies: 4
Views: 1081

Re: Help! My cat is obsessed!

My, he is a beautiful cat! You could try with the automatic feeder, but I'm not sure it would fulfil the same objective - which is your attention. I would definitely spend some special times with him in active play - things with string, laser pen, etc. Make these as regular as you can, including one...
by Jacks
Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopting a third cat...concerned
Replies: 20
Views: 5231

Re: Adopting a third cat...concerned

By the way, my 'Avatar' is Queen Sophie. My beautiful 'boss cat'!
by Jacks
Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopting a third cat...concerned
Replies: 20
Views: 5231

Re: Adopting a third cat...concerned

Hello Emmab, I can understand your husband's worries, and having extra cats DOES change things, but once the initial upheaval is sorted out I think cats actually like having the company and the interest. Even a little competition over who explores a new cat bed first is an excitement in their lives....
by Jacks
Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopting a third cat...concerned
Replies: 20
Views: 5231

Re: Adopting a third cat...concerned

I think you're doing a lovely thing and you should go with your heart here. If he's comfortable in a pen with other cats (so his timidness is relating to humans, not other cats) then he's giving off all the right signals and given proper introductions he'll be absolutely fine. Regarding your current...
by Jacks
Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Good bye Charlie bear
Replies: 6
Views: 2133

Re: Good bye Charlie bear

I am so, so, sorry to read this. Poor little Charlie Bear!! As others have said I think this is very suspiciously like a case of poisoning - how can a healthy cat go downhill in 4 days otherwise? All I can say for comfort is that he died with you, where he belonged, knowing he was loved, and that at...
by Jacks
Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat intros
Replies: 7
Views: 2122

Re: Cat intros

Sounds like you're doing all the right things. If the garden is secure, that is wonderful. It's a cat lover's dream! As for how long it takes - as things seem to have improved quite quickly you may be looking at about 4 weeks, but every cat relationship is different. I introduced a kitten to a kitte...
by Jacks
Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: BARNEY BACK IN HOSPITAL TONIGHT !!!!
Replies: 93
Views: 17260

Re: BARNEY BACK IN HOSPITAL TONIGHT !!!!

Super news, Julie - if only there was a 'Like' facility on CatChat! It sounds like his system is now working well - I'm suspecting therefore that this blockage must have been troubling him for some time. He is obviously prone to having problems with 'transit' and you'll have to try really hard not t...