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by Jacks
Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Saying Goodbye
Replies: 7
Views: 1534

Re: Saying Goodbye

So sorry hear this - unfortunately this is one of those times when we have to say goodbye - the only decision is when. Is it possible for the vet to give her some pain medication to make her a little more comfortable so that you can have a little precious time together and give her the love and comf...
by Jacks
Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat isn't eating after a procedure for an ear infection!
Replies: 7
Views: 3493

Re: My cat isn't eating after a procedure for an ear infecti

Dear ErinRose, I'm so sorry to hear about the trauma that both you and Buttercup are suffering. Thank you for your very detailed account - it will help people to respond I'm sure as knowing as much as possible is better than partial snippets, so don't worry about that. I have no experience with anyt...
by Jacks
Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pix the pain
Replies: 4
Views: 960

Re: Pix the pain

Would you consider keeping him indoors whilst you are away? It would be easier for your daughter to keep an eye on him and you wouldn't need to worry about him getting into difficulties. It sounds like Pixie has lost his confidence and needs time before he's ready to free-roam again. I'm sure you ha...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Houdini cat
Replies: 2
Views: 1384

Re: Houdini cat

Sorry to hear this - it's what every lover of a free spirit dreads - that they would rather live somewhere else! I think that this might be your key though - obviously she's getting fed somewhere and likes what she's getting, or doesn't like something about her home. I would try a two-pronged approa...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Should a one eyed cat be kept indoors?
Replies: 11
Views: 5911

Re: Should a one eyed cat be kept indoors?

I think you are really wise considering keeping all your cats in at night. Much as they love it, statistics seem to suggest this is when they are most likely to get into trouble. Three of mine have never been out at night, and one got herself into a fright last year and wouldn't come in once it was ...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: HOMES NEEDED
Topic: home for 2 lovely cats - just for a few months
Replies: 1
Views: 953

Re: home for 2 lovely cats - just for a few months

The most likely solution would be friends and family, but if all else fails, and depending on your pocket, some catteries do special rates for long term residents I believe. You would ideally need to find one where your two had a reasonable amount of space but at least (not one with little boxes) bu...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:23 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: My cat proofing is not KITTEN PROOF
Replies: 9
Views: 1705

Re: My cat proofing is not KITTEN PROOF

Would it be cruel to squirt it with a water pistol?

Poor Georgie - I guess part of it is the fear of the unknown, a bit like the hatred some dogs have of the postman, who invades their property but always out of reach...
by Jacks
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat VS Litter Tray
Replies: 6
Views: 1347

Re: Cat VS Litter Tray

Hi there - we had something similar with one of ours about a year after we got her. I can only conclude now that she'd taken a dislike to the smell of the litter - I then tried all sorts and came up with Sanicat oxygen power non-clumping, and she loves this. No more problems! Litter often releases a...
by Jacks
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: congenital problem???
Replies: 6
Views: 1264

Re: congenital problem???

Good advice - I have no experience in his area but I think a vet trip, to give you an idea about her age and issues, is really important. Gentle fusses to your lovely girl. X
by Jacks
Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do I risk introducing a kitten?
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: Do I risk introducing a kitten?

As he's neutered he's unlikely to start spraying - if you do the introductions carefully (lots of information on this forum) there's no reason to expect your boy would not get on with a newcomer - of course she would have to like the dog too, and the only issue I can see is whether it would upset th...
by Jacks
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Sometimes its kinder to keep your thoughts to yourself!
Replies: 29
Views: 5021

Re: Sometimes its kinder to keep your thoughts to yourself!

If she has any sense, Shelly, she will have thought about your reaction and she'll find a way to apologise tomorrow when you're giving her a lift. Of course she may not - but if she has any sensitivity she would have been embarrassed. Try not to dwell on it - you know Dora's gorgeous - we all do - b...
by Jacks
Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:52 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Progress being made, patience needed!
Replies: 1
Views: 640

Re: Progress being made, patience needed!

Hi Val - this sounds like good progress. This was what we did successfully last year with our girl who now goes in and out fine. Interestingly she still does not like butting it with her head - she delicately pushes it with a paw to get it going, and then ducks her head underneath! Do keep us up to ...
by Jacks
Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat can open doors need advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1030

Re: Cat can open doors need advice

Aha! Yes, she's worked out that she has to get her claws round the door when depressing the handle ... and she's delicate with it! We have a big fat ex-Tom who within a couple of weeks of being allowed in the house realised that the way to open doors was to depress the handle. He launches his whole ...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Comet
Replies: 21
Views: 3011

Re: Comet

The licking is normal, I think. Mr Socks was licking, but I don't think he actually understood what had happened!

So glad your lovely boy is home. He is definitely an unstoppable Comet!! Happy days! xx
by Jacks
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat terrified of outside...
Replies: 11
Views: 1948

Re: Cat terrified of outside...

Poor little lad! It sounds like he is still confused after all the changes he has suffered - some cats are more resilient to change than others. They are GORGEOUS boys, by the way! Stunners! If I were you I would stop trying to get him to go out for the meantime. The LAST thing you want is for a ner...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Settling in - nervous rescue cat
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: Settling in - nervous rescue cat

Poor little lad! It sounds like he is still confused after all the changes he has suffered - some cats are more resilient to change than others. I would give him time - when he's ready you can instead work on the fusses, active play and lots of nice places to perch for the lad. Do you have a nice cl...
by Jacks
Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New cat flap owner
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Re: New cat flap owner

Dear Lily! I have a similar situation to you - a cat 'tunnel' through a wall, as our only exit otherwise is glass patio doors. We installed it last spring and spent all summer trying to get out three girls to use it. Only one managed to get out of her own free will, by prizing it up and contorting h...
by Jacks
Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat keeps weeing on electrics??
Replies: 3
Views: 4440

Re: My cat keeps weeing on electrics??

One more thought - have you had your electrics checked? This may be a random thought, but the electric smell would be stronger if there was a smouldering fault somewhere. We've all heard of cats alerting their owners to potential problems... Very random, so feel free to ignore... but please keep us ...
by Jacks
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat keeps weeing on electrics??
Replies: 3
Views: 4440

Re: My cat keeps weeing on electrics??

Well now, I've been doing some googling on this one - and apparently electricity and electric outlets smell - and this is particularly noticeable to cats!! Plastic also smells. I've read a suggestion (which makes sense to me) that your cat has taken a dislike to the smell and is 'marking' to hide it...
by Jacks
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: I feel like the worst owner in the world!
Replies: 6
Views: 1766

Re: I feel like the worst owner in the world!

Dear Simon, You poor thing and poor Archie! He'll probably have a bad first day but then he'll be fine. It's the shock of the transition to something new. We took our three to the cattery recently and they've been before, but this time Jessie, the nervous one, cried and screamed and whimpered all th...
by Jacks
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Why is my cat peeing and pooping on my couch?
Replies: 3
Views: 2912

Re: Why is my cat peeing and pooping on my couch?

Okay - I've got an idea. It sounds to me as if your cat has become insecure, and one of the signs can be inappropriate peeing etc in places where they don't feel vulnerable - so up higher than where a litterbox is normally placed. I've heard of cats peeing on kitchen counters for the same reason - h...
by Jacks
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat having problems
Replies: 5
Views: 1309

Re: Cat having problems

Tylor, I would think that all these symptoms are likely related to post-partum problems and she may have some tearing or infection which is causing these symptoms. A discharge after birth is normal for about 10 days it seems, but this seems too long. At the very least, phone the vet nurse. Ask for a...
by Jacks
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 cats... 3 neutered adult males that need to get along...
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Re: 7 cats... 3 neutered adult males that need to get along.

Hi Winnipegchick - so glad to hear from you, I was worried that you hadn't come back on... Thanks for the lovely description of your family. I will share my thoughts with you - now please I'm not an expert; I'm a human psychologist, not a cat one, but I'm learning! I think Mama Cali needs fixing. Ev...
by Jacks
Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: What breed is the cat in the picture, please
Replies: 10
Views: 2158

Re: What breed is the cat in the picture, please

Does look like a Burman, especially with the coloured front legs... maybe that's why your Dad got confused with Siamese, they are both oriental names.
by Jacks
Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat wont eat cat food & now injured
Replies: 18
Views: 3384

Re: Cat wont eat cat food & now injured

Oh poor little Tiger! What a sweetheart! I do hope he settles in quickly - all our cat-chatters who have had visually impaired cats say they adjust very quickly. I expect his housemates are put off a little by the vet smell but this will wear off pretty soon I would think. Please give him a gentle c...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Poo question (sorry!)
Replies: 4
Views: 822

Re: Poo question (sorry!)

This seems to be a useful site on poop colour (and other things) http://www.fanciers.com/cat-facts/cat-health/21-Litter%20Box%20Issues/61-the-poop-patrol-by-terri-jorgensen.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; BUT poop colour can be a reflection of the food she's eating, and if she's ...
by Jacks
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:39 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: GOING ON HOLIDAY SOON - BARNEY ALONE CARED FOR BY IN LAWS !
Replies: 21
Views: 3032

Re: GOING ON HOLIDAY SOON - BARNEY ALONE CARED FOR BY IN LAW

Barney will be fine, Julie - a like the idea of the notice by the front door - I think that's a great idea, your FL will be grateful for the reminder. Barney will be in his own home, with your smells around and all his familiar favourite places - he will be so happy when you return to make it comple...
by Jacks
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 2 Older Cats Fighting since new kittens have arrived....Help
Replies: 9
Views: 1354

Re: 2 Older Cats Fighting since new kittens have arrived....

Oh dear, how confusing for you! Sorting out problems between humans is hard enough, and you can ask them what it the matter and reason with them - with cats this is not possible, so you have to consider a number of possible strategies which might be helpful. Sounds like the one you're going with at ...
by Jacks
Sat May 31, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Thinking about getting a cat, need advice!
Replies: 7
Views: 1691

Re: Thinking about getting a cat, need advice!

I agree that cats are free spirits and I think you need to be aware that when you get any cat, being sensitive to their needs is really important. I have 4 who are 'free to leave' when one of us is at home, but not overnight. I don't leave them outside when I'm out at work as there would be no-one h...
by Jacks
Fri May 30, 2014 3:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat attacking its tail
Replies: 3
Views: 1070

Re: Cat attacking its tail

Poor cat! It would sound to me like either there is some irritation which is driving her mad or (just trying to think outside the box) something problematic with her peripheral vision. I would suggest to ask the vet if there is anything soothing (and not poisonous) which could be put on the tail - p...