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by Jacks
Wed May 28, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: JOINING AGAIN.
Replies: 28
Views: 4989

Re: JOINING AGAIN.

Thank you for your compliments about Jessie, Fluffy's mum! She is rather a beautiful girly, with greeny golden eyes as well. You can image how I fell in love with her when we first saw her mum bring this white ball of fluff out on to our neighbour's garage roof! We watched her day by day get bigger,...
by Jacks
Tue May 27, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help needed with house soiling cat
Replies: 3
Views: 1159

Re: Help needed with house soiling cat

Hi Cregis, this must be very distressing. Has the soiling started after the arrival of the baby? If so it sounds like 'middening' to me - here's a web page which explains. http://www.thecatbehaviorclinic.com/defecating-or-middening.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; The difference i...
by Jacks
Tue May 27, 2014 7:02 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Major move and marriage to dog owner. Very worried.
Replies: 4
Views: 1031

Re: Major move and marriage to dog owner. Very worried.

I'm not sure what others will say but I would think at 14 years it would be maybe too many shocks at once for Tigger to adjust well, and he would be happier staying in the home he knows, with your mother, if you could arrange it. Is there no possibility that he can get used to your fiance by careful...
by Jacks
Mon May 26, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How do we know when a cat is a true stray???
Replies: 2
Views: 1230

Re: How do we know when a cat is a true stray???

I think you've made a very good point - especially if the cat concerned appears well fed - we appear to run a 'cat cafe' here as all manner come along for the chance of stealing an extra meal after I used to feed a genuine 'lost boy' outside who was feral in behaviour and skin and bone. He is now be...
by Jacks
Mon May 26, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: JOINING AGAIN.
Replies: 28
Views: 4989

Re: JOINING AGAIN.

Yes, I would agree with you about the Russian Blue! I never thought I'd be a cat owner either, but taking in Jessie (what can you do when they'd starve without you?) after her stray mother deserted her (I never caught her) we soon added another two; one as a companion kitten and another because she ...
by Jacks
Mon May 26, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: JOINING AGAIN.
Replies: 28
Views: 4989

Re: JOINING AGAIN.

What beautiful kitties! Unusual colouring for feral kittens - I would suspect some pedigree in there somewhere! How old were they when you found them? I have an ex-feral kitten who is a beautiful white Calico with orange and black markings. She was approximately 4 and a half months old when we took ...
by Jacks
Sun May 25, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Update as promised
Replies: 1
Views: 796

Re: Update as promised

Thank you for updating - sounds like the little guy is a hit! So glad Elise is happier and you have sorted out the cause of her distress - as you suspected, she was making her views known in the only way she could. I would think the strangeness of the new house will help to contain Elise whilst she ...
by Jacks
Sun May 25, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cheyenne going AWOL
Replies: 57
Views: 8629

Re: Cheyenne going AWOL

If you got her from a rescue Cheyenne should be microchipped. If she is, what you need is a microchip catflap and it can be set to open for her. The problem still is getting her near to it so that you can press the button for it to recognise her chip... But if she starts to get a little more friendl...
by Jacks
Sat May 24, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 cats... 3 neutered adult males that need to get along...
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

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

It must be so stressful, Winnipegchick! I have 4 cats, and two sets of 3 will get on, but the one male will attack the youngest female, so I have a system of doors and access at the moment although I'm hoping in time things will get better at the moment it's a matter of 'management', so I know where...
by Jacks
Sat May 24, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Darling Hermia
Replies: 5
Views: 1526

Re: Darling Hermia

So sorry, Wendy, to hear about the loss of your darling Hermia. Please post about her in the Rainbow Bridge section - there will be lots of people there who have also lost their precious kitties who will be able to give you the support and understanding you need - and will never tire of hearing abou...
by Jacks
Fri May 23, 2014 10:06 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Feeling really bad :-(
Replies: 4
Views: 1359

Re: Feeling really bad :-(

Most cats do fine in catteries; the main thing seems to be that they have friendly human contact each day. Ours have been three times now and they've been absolutely fine and settled back at home in an INSTANT, even after 2 weeks. Please enjoy your holiday and trust the nice people you've left them ...
by Jacks
Fri May 23, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fur ball?
Replies: 5
Views: 1309

Re: Fur ball?

If he's not back to his normal self I would suggest a vet check - especially if he gets the runs, so watch out if you can. Mine gets regular hairballs but once they're up is straight back to eating normally...
by Jacks
Fri May 23, 2014 9:55 am
Forum: HOMES NEEDED
Topic: New homes needed for 2 unhappy old ladies in Mirfield (WF14)
Replies: 5
Views: 1512

Re: New homes needed for 2 unhappy old ladies in Mirfield (W

Being realistic you're unlikely to find homes for cats of this age and it's their home as well... Depending on your schedule I would suggest supervised access to the garden with a water pistol which you can aim at Tom when he comes into the garden. I have adopted a feral Tom who I trapped and neuter...
by Jacks
Fri May 23, 2014 6:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat won't stop acting crazy!! - please help!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1445

Re: Cat won't stop acting crazy!! - please help!!!!!!!!!

When he does these bad acts I spray him with a water bottle and yell at him but he just keeps doing it, like it's a game. I think you may be right - he's playing. Part of it is youth and energy (think terrible 2's in a toddler) but is there any reason why you can't get him a playmate or start letti...
by Jacks
Thu May 22, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help! What to do with MIL's cat from hell?! :(
Replies: 4
Views: 1021

Re: Help! What to do with MIL's cat from hell?! :(

I would agree - if you can find somewhere else for her for the remaining few weeks I think it would be in everyone's interest. It's not as if she were staying; she will be with your mum and be a solitary cat, which may be the way she likes things. She is clearly unhappy and I would think wants to be...
by Jacks
Wed May 21, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Early morning wake up calls!!
Replies: 32
Views: 5433

Re: Early morning wake up calls!!

Hi Kirsty - yes, 11 hours is a long time - especially if they have periods of exploring during the night. I feed ours around 6-7 when we come home and then the little wet food treat snack just before we go up to bed. Find something they REALLY like. It becomes like a signal that it's bed time. Then ...
by Jacks
Wed May 21, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Early morning wake up calls!!
Replies: 32
Views: 5433

Re: Early morning wake up calls!!

Oh dear, I wouldn't like that either, Kirsty! Others may have better ideas but I suspect that he is getting into bad habits with you, and that (as with children) you may have to put up with a bit of a tantrum but if you give in he will just try harder next time... Would it be possible to give them a...
by Jacks
Wed May 21, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 2 Older Cats Fighting since new kittens have arrived....Help
Replies: 9
Views: 1498

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

Oh, I forgot to say, if aggressive behaviour starts you could try to distract, maybe with a sharp clap and then a toy, laser mouse or something? Don't wade in with your hands and don't use food as a distraction or you might end up encouraging bad behaviour. Treats can be a reward if they've done som...
by Jacks
Wed May 21, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 2 Older Cats Fighting since new kittens have arrived....Help
Replies: 9
Views: 1498

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

Oh dear, Larkie - what an awful time you are having. I will think about this but wanted to get a reply off quickly... I'm wondering when you had the three cats, who was the dominant female? Sounds to me like maybe Lark was, and that now she has gone there has been some anxiety around who is going to...
by Jacks
Wed May 21, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sudden change in night time behaviour
Replies: 3
Views: 794

Re: Sudden change in night time behaviour

Hi Kirsty! They are keeping you busy, aren't they!! I would suspect the visitors have put them on edge, in that they don't know whether you and they are the only people in the flat... if this is the case it should settle down in a few days and I'd try to keep to a normal routine and not give in and ...
by Jacks
Tue May 20, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: When to add new kitty?
Replies: 20
Views: 2977

Re: When to add new kitty?

He will love her, I'm sure! My feral Jessie was 4.5 months when I took her in. She had NO litter mates (the others must have died) and her mother disappeared. I introduced Lara, then about 4.5 months, to her when she was about 6-7 months old. She was terrified at first, I think not knowing what this...
by Jacks
Tue May 20, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cheyenne going AWOL
Replies: 57
Views: 8629

Re: Cheyenne going AWOL

That's lovely Mick, we are all really pleased for Cheyenne. Who knows, in time and at her own pace she may get to know you better. She obviously sees you as 'home' and the shed is a marvellous idea since you have one - maybe a cat flap on it, if she's used to using one?
by Jacks
Tue May 20, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cheyenne going AWOL
Replies: 57
Views: 8629

Re: Cheyenne going AWOL

Again, good points from Sarah, and quite possibly the best option (if Mick can accept it) to let Cheyenne find her own way, continuing as she is, as she's clearly making her own choices. A Mr Snugs kennel sounds a great idea - they really are very good. I still think, Camdengir,l that we have to rem...
by Jacks
Mon May 19, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cheyenne going AWOL
Replies: 57
Views: 8629

Re: Cheyenne going AWOL

Camdengirl. please don't put words into Mick's mouth! He is certainly not treating her like a 'homeware'. He is simply preparing to admit that she doesn't want his attention, although she may appreciate the warmth and comfort of a home base. I agree that maybe a good outcome would be letting her hav...
by Jacks
Mon May 19, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cheyenne going AWOL
Replies: 57
Views: 8629

Re: Cheyenne going AWOL

Mick, Please do contact the RSPCA, but also please don't think you've done anything wrong! We've been with you throughout these months and sensed your commitment, patience but ultimately frustration. You haven't let her down at all; she never had the bond with you your previous cat did but there ARE...
by Jacks
Mon May 19, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cheyenne going AWOL
Replies: 57
Views: 8629

Re: Cheyenne going AWOL

Mick, I'm going to be even more controversial. After 8 months with not even a stroke this little cat is actually confident enough to go outside and do her own thing - but it sounds like she doesn't actually like people... I wonder whether she'd actually be better as a barn cat - so somewhere warm to...
by Jacks
Sun May 18, 2014 8:45 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: When to add new kitty?
Replies: 20
Views: 2977

Re: When to add new kitty?

I've not been in this situation personally but as a neuter is such a small op for a boy and he is such a young boy, I would think he would recover at least as fast as any older cat and there would not be a lengthy period whilst the hormones subsided. I would say leave it a couple of weeks and then i...
by Jacks
Sat May 17, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Amazing lovely story to share
Replies: 1
Views: 656

Re: Amazing lovely story to share

Absolutely lovely! Ducklings of course, having seen the cat when they hatched, think she's their mum, but fascinating that bonding also operates for cats who see other furry creatures after giving birth themselves.
by Jacks
Mon May 12, 2014 7:46 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: how long should i keep new cata in bonding room
Replies: 7
Views: 3024

Re: how long should i keep new cata in bonding room

Sounds like they are really coming on well! Give them time, it's a big world they're adjusting too. Do keep us updated about this gorgeous pair. x
by Jacks
Sun May 11, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat with kittens behavoir
Replies: 4
Views: 1218

Re: Cat with kittens behavoir

I'm afraid I don't have any experience with cats having kittens - I wonder if she was in pain for a a moment? My cat growls and snarls sometimes when I pick her up if she thinks I'm going to take her near her hated rival (long story). It's more a reflex than anything deliberate as they are generally...