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by Cussypat1974
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:33 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Frequent diarrhoea issues
Replies: 41
Views: 11113

Re: Frequent diarrhoea issues

why did you switch diets so soon? and to something untried? hills is extortionate I know, but plain boiled chicken breast for a week can do wonders, so long as you do it all GRADUALLY. This cat needs a plain diet for a decent amount of time (at least a week) to see if the problem is food related. if...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Anybody familiar with this kind of odd cat snorting?
Replies: 31
Views: 6127

Re: Anybody familiar with this kind of odd cat snorting?

and keep a CLOSE eye on her weight..... if she loses weight from this (even if it is behavioural) then she needs a vet. a GOOD VET!
by Cussypat1974
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Anybody familiar with this kind of odd cat snorting?
Replies: 31
Views: 6127

Re: Anybody familiar with this kind of odd cat snorting?

has she lost weight? THAT is the real question. Dysphagia just means difficulty eating and can have many causes. But it seems like she can eat just fine, and this is a behavioural issue? if she hasn't lost weight and eats during the night, then I think that the stress of the vet trip might not be wa...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cats and Christmas trees
Replies: 39
Views: 4179

Re: Cats and Christmas trees

i know of two cats strangled in Christmas tree lights so far this year....... i know none of you would be that silly as to leave them alone with the tree, but just spreading the warning out there! our tree goes up on X-mas Eve if it is lucky, and is 3 foot tall lol.
by Cussypat1974
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Help!! Then there were 2
Replies: 4
Views: 813

Re: Help!! Then there were 2

i think your approach is sensible! the second guy being neutered is helping, as if he wasn't sparks would fly! I have 29 neutered, a mix of feral and tame, plus ONE rover who comes for winter who I have been unable to catch so far. there is no fighting except for mealtimes, when some of the rescues ...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: more death....
Replies: 7
Views: 1523

more death....

Mammy Muffin was euthanised on Monday. she just went downhill very fast on Sunday. On Saturday she had a very good day and ate loads of boiled chicken breast. Sunday she was wobbly on her legs and I stayed with her through the night. Monday she was worse and could barely stand. I had to help her to ...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Dec 16, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Problems with neighbours
Replies: 29
Views: 5187

Re: Problems with neighbours

that episode was a subject of great discussion in my nursing class! yes, you would imagine that the average vet practice would have ethanol on hand, BUT..... Fitzpatrick's referrals is NOT a general practice. They dont get ordinary animals and ONLY work from referrals. and No vet will refer an antif...
by Cussypat1974
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Problems with neighbours
Replies: 29
Views: 5187

Re: Problems with neighbours

Poison is just horrible........ And so EASY!
by Cussypat1974
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Problems with neighbours
Replies: 29
Views: 5187

Re: Problems with neighbours

Also....... If you let the cats out even for minutes (I know some cats will literally open windows!) be aware of the signs of the various types of poisoning. At least then the vet has an idea to work on. My 2 boys died of rat poison and they only show signs when it is too late. Antifreeze can be fix...
by Cussypat1974
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Problems with neighbours
Replies: 29
Views: 5187

Re: Problems with neighbours

This man CLEARLY has psychiatric issues. Your concern in not him (I know you are helpful and a good neighbour, but you cannot sort that). Your concern for and responsibility to, is your cats. There HAS to be some way you can cat proof your garden. This man cannot stop you from doing things on your o...
by Cussypat1974
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:08 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Poison
Replies: 16
Views: 3215

Re: Poison

Mainly because she drives like a lunatic. That doesn't affect us as we are at the top of the lane. Our cats rarely go as far as hers, or at least rarely go far enough for her to pick up speed. Lovely beef farmer...... Lives downstream of her. She didn't lie here when we bought the house either. If I...
by Cussypat1974
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:02 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Poison
Replies: 16
Views: 3215

Re: Poison

She is just a bad minded weapon of a yoke...... Other neighbours are actually tracking her movements down to the minute..... She is THAT hated! It is like an episode of neighbours from hell! But at least I am not the only one eh? Everyone has an issue with here for different reasons.
by Cussypat1974
Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: RIP Locky
Replies: 7
Views: 1377

Re: RIP Locky

Thank you all. I made my ðecision on that night trusting myself and my relationship with and knowledge of Locky. It is just nice to have some reassurance because I always feel the guilt part of grieving as the worst. I DID try to make the right decision for HIM. I told the vet the next day and she s...
by Cussypat1974
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: First time kitten owner!
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Re: First time kitten owner!

but be prepared for problems in the future. i honestlycannot see this poor child growing up into a balanced individual.........
by Cussypat1974
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: First time kitten owner!
Replies: 4
Views: 1400

Re: First time kitten owner!

you are likely to have a few issues because this kitten was removed from its mother far far too early. it is damage prevention at this stage. what life do you want for this infant? decide and expose it to that. gradually.
by Cussypat1974
Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: RIP Locky
Replies: 7
Views: 1377

Re: RIP Locky

he was sooooo unlucky to be born feral and with the kidneys he had. but he was so lucky that he got a home and was loved and I honestly did my very best for him. he wouldn't always take his phosphate binders and no way would he eat KD food. I did the best I could for him. and I am sooooooo glad he d...
by Cussypat1974
Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:41 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Poison
Replies: 16
Views: 3215

Re: Poison

thanks guys.... I am doing my best to handle this for the best interests of the cats. we cannot afford to move, and to where?????? the devil you know, and all that eh? my instinct is to go on a machete attack, but that wouldnt help the cats. knowing the people who live around me helps enormously. i ...
by Cussypat1974
Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:26 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Problems with neighbours
Replies: 29
Views: 5187

Re: Problems with neighbours

a twonk he is! but i agree that cat proofing the garden will help. it sounds like a small garden which is a feasable project. i have had 2 cats poisoned recently and have no way to fence off our land short of a lottery win and huge planning permission. if I could, I would.
by Cussypat1974
Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Diabetes advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1749

Re: Diabetes advice

I am no expert on this by any means, but have studied it in college..it scared the daylights out of me to be honest! I would say to. Follow the ets advice as exactly as possible, and TELL THE VET if this is not possible. Otherwise you will be spending money on invalid test results and endangering yo...
by Cussypat1974
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Please help - cat with respiratory distress at our vet
Replies: 20
Views: 3525

Re: Please help - cat with respiratory distress at our vet

I think it boils down to trust...... And that is where client communication comes in. I will ALWAYS, as a nurse, want the best outcome for my patients. I might come across as rude or dismissive at some stage if I need to help the patient, but I will always tell the client afterwards exactly WHY that...
by Cussypat1974
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Please help - cat with respiratory distress at our vet
Replies: 20
Views: 3525

Re: Please help - cat with respiratory distress at our vet

Nothing beats a cat-friendly practice. Would LOOOOVE to work in one someday, and we had a talk on it in college recently where my lecturer said it would be the only thing that coild possibly tempt her out of teaching, which she loves! My point was only that, in an emergency situation, your LAST thou...
by Cussypat1974
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:30 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?
Replies: 17
Views: 8073

Re: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?

I have one cat who can no longer eat raw chicken without getting diarrhoea. She is 18 and FIV negative. She is on the most expensive blooming food I have ever seen and is gonna be switched to taste of the wild once the current bag is finished!
by Cussypat1974
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:28 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?
Replies: 17
Views: 8073

Re: Raw diet for FIV cats? Yea or neh?

I have 30 rescues who are a mix of FIV and not FIV. Most love a chicken wing but the odd one doesn't or cannot eat it (lack of teeth again!). I pretty much do what crewella does. A mix of wet and dry and premium and cheap brands. I buy stuff that is on offer and feed the best I can afford. I rarely ...
by Cussypat1974
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:16 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: RIP Locky
Replies: 7
Views: 1377

RIP Locky

I have posted about Locky here before and need to update. He passed away peacefully at home at 11.10pm last night. Friday night he ate, but wasn't as enthusiastic abut dinner as usual. Saturday morning he refused breakfast so I popped him int the bathroom to keep an eye on what was going in and comi...
by Cussypat1974
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Poison
Replies: 16
Views: 3215

Re: Poison

We are literally in the middle of nowhere.nthe nearest shop is a ten minute drive away. That is in a small town. We are off the main road and only have 3 close neighbours and a shed full of dairy cows. One neighbour is the dote of a beef farmer who SDORES cats and has 2 dogs who wander around the fa...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Poison
Replies: 16
Views: 3215

Re: Poison

By the time they show illness, they are as good as dead I am done rescuing cats. I cannot keep them safe, even by moving house. We cannot afford to move again. We bought this place for the cats.
by Cussypat1974
Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:10 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Poison
Replies: 16
Views: 3215

Poison

Not sure where to post this. 2 cats here are now dead from poisoning. I am watching the others and keeping them inside as far as possible, but this is a second generation anticoagulant and the signs only show when it is too late. Bothe cats seemed like hey had flu symptoms, then crashed and died. Se...
by Cussypat1974
Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:59 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: survet of irish vets
Replies: 8
Views: 3060

Re: survet of irish vets

I spoke to my clinical pathology levturer and she thinks it is a great idea! But.. Publishing in the Irish vet journal is paid.... And costs about 3 grand!!!! !! HELLO!!!!!!! So she said to do the research and publish in a IK Nursing journal...... You just send them stuff and if they think it is goo...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Anticoagulant poisoning
Replies: 5
Views: 1246

Anticoagulant poisoning

2 cats here are now dead cats thanks to rat poison. I am a bit flummoxed and am trying to find out all legalities and so on. Both cats seemed a bit off colour. The first I said sure I'll bring him to the vet tomorrow. It looked like he had flu symptoms. Next morning he had crashed and by the time we...
by Cussypat1974
Wed Nov 18, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cats in kennels.
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Cats in kennels.

cats are NOT small dogs. i have never even heard of anyone contemplating putting a cat in a kennel/crate overnight. unless it is a feral cat to work on taming or administer medication. even then it is a necessary evil as stress raises cortisol levels which reduce immunity.