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by Jan
Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is frightened of me!
Replies: 8
Views: 1728

Re: Blackie is frightened of me!

Hi Cussypat ... that's an idea I hadn't thought of. We have a whole box of this type of glove (left over from when Mum had carers at home), so will give that a try later today. Oh the indignity of it all - being held in my arms so OH can spray him underneath where his fur is missing/thin. Oh, the sh...
by Jan
Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is frightened of me!
Replies: 8
Views: 1728

Re: Blackie is frightened of me!

Thanks for the replies. Haven't long been back from the vets to pick up Blackie's latest blood + urine results and had a word with her about how much Blackie gets stressed by this treatment. A shrug of her shoulders and a look on her face was enough to tell me that though she understood/sympathised,...
by Jan
Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is frightened of me!
Replies: 8
Views: 1728

Blackie is frightened of me!

As Blackie's fur mowing hasn't ceased - if anything it has got worse, the vet prescribed a steroid spray to put on his bare skin - something called Cortavance. After checking with the vet that it didn't present any risk if he tried licking it off and it was suitable for cats (the label says its for ...
by Jan
Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: New cat owner, feeling a bit anxious
Replies: 6
Views: 3856

Re: New cat owner, feeling a bit anxious

I never realised that being worried went with the territory of being a cat owner until we adopted my Mum's cat 3 years ago. He's also black, now 13, not a lap cat and mostly aloof unless he wants to be let out or fed. I was very worried about putting Blackie into a cattery the first time because he ...
by Jan
Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3435

Re: Blood test- how often?

I'd certainly agree with the vet about measuring protein in the urine because it was this measurement in Blackie's last urine test that came back not as good as the previous test 6 months earlier, even though the blood test stated 'no abnormalities found'. Our vet may well change her diet advice whe...
by Jan
Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood test- how often?
Replies: 14
Views: 3435

Re: Blood test- how often?

We were lucky enough to catch Blackie's CKD at a very early stage (Stage 1) due to him having to undergo blood + urine tests before an anaesthetic to have an upper canine removed. We were then advised to put him RC renal food per week - the problem with that was Blackie would only eat it in 'fits + ...
by Jan
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fish flavoured food and hyperthyroidism?
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Fish flavoured food and hyperthyroidism?

Some weeks ago, while discussing Blackie's diet with the vet, she advised me not to feed him with many fish pouches - and preferably none. After his diagnosis of early stage CKD last March, I subsequently mentioned to her if it was ok to give Blackie Plaque-off in an effort to help keep his teeth cl...
by Jan
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?
Replies: 13
Views: 2323

Re: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?

meriad I'll be calling in to ask the vet again about prescribing the Medrone tablets she gave him last year which worked. Felix AGAIL is a big fav with Blackie too. He lived on Felix (all varieties) when he was with my mother for 10 years and didn't seem any the worse for it :D The only food advice...
by Jan
Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?
Replies: 13
Views: 2323

Re: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?

Sorry, but I can't remember if you've tried Cystophan/Cystease for Blackie? It might help his bladder and also has L-tryptophan which helps them deal with stress? xx We almost lost Blackie when he had his first bout of FIC and after the 2nd one 2/3 months later, that's when he was put on 1 x Cystop...
by Jan
Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?
Replies: 13
Views: 2323

Re: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?

One of the first things I'm going to stop are the Hills urinary stress kibbles ... they smell very strong even to me and I haven't got the greatest sense of smell. He only has less than half a doz/day but think I may have been overdoing it as they are the only thing that distracts him from scratchin...
by Jan
Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?
Replies: 13
Views: 2323

Re: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?

In all honesty, I was bemused by the vet prescribing Metacam. As far as I could tell the skin didn't look inflamed or broken - yet anyway! When I queried the use of it last year for this problem, I was told that quality of life was more important. In the end, after the failure of Metacam, she prescr...
by Jan
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:15 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?
Replies: 13
Views: 2323

Lack of vet advice .... perhaps someone here can help?

Took Blackie to the vet again yesterday about his belly licking + biting fur off top of his right hind leg. 2 weeks ago we discussed possible causes and after checking for fleas/flea dirt, ear mites, we both agreed the most likely cause was stress. He has no bladder issues, his coat is glossy, eyes ...
by Jan
Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....
Replies: 23
Views: 4996

Re: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....

Hi Julie ... only just seen your post today. Name of litter is 'Mikki Cat Litter Granules' . I bought a couple of bags so that his tray was well covered and can only think that as its a similar colour to the Catsan clumping litter that's always in his tray, Blackie decided to provide the necessary. ...
by Jan
Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie + his belly licking
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Re: Blackie + his belly licking

We've now progressed to a small bald spot on one of his shoulders :roll: The cat tunnel was a disaster .... for a start it was a lot bigger/longer than I thought it would be so I knew Blackie wouldn't take to it. He didn't - not even putting some of his favourite treats in it did the trick. He did e...
by Jan
Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Unsocialable puss
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Re: Unsocialable puss

Wholeheartedly agree with lilymitz because when we adopted Blackie from my mother, he too was a spiteful, hissy-fit cat who wouldn't interact with anyone, except my mother when she had food on her plate. I believe Mum used to fall over him - and I know she used to tread on him because she was so uns...
by Jan
Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie + his belly licking
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Re: Blackie + his belly licking

Jan, I forget - you haven't cat proofed have you? could you? Poor Blackie - and poor you. Watching a stressed cat and not knowing how to fix the problem is really horrid. No, we haven't cat proofed. I've thought about it from time to time but Blackie is a cat that loves to wander where he wants to ...
by Jan
Wed Feb 17, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie + his belly licking
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Re: Blackie + his belly licking

My OH recently told me that when Blackie has come into the kitchen for food and I have to go outside to the garage to get another box, he miaows as if I'm not coming back. This isn't normal for him. Of course this is easily remedied - make sure I have an extra box in the cupboard. The vet said there...
by Jan
Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie + his belly licking
Replies: 5
Views: 1142

Blackie + his belly licking

I didn't realise until yesterday how much fur Blackie had licked off until I held him up to have a look. Not only was his belly sparse but there was fur missing further up underneath his body and the top part of one of his legs was furless as well. . Off to the vet we went yesterday evening, and I h...
by Jan
Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat seems constipated
Replies: 37
Views: 5348

Re: Cat seems constipated

I buy Ipakatine online from Viovet and add it to Blackie's normal wet food (Felix) along with added warm water. The renal food was suggested initially but I had a heck of a job getting Blackie to eat it for more than 2 days - even mixing it with his normal food. As said by others, best to check that...
by Jan
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidney Disease Diagnosis for my Cat...what should I feed her on?
Replies: 31
Views: 6219

Re: Kidney Disease Diagnosis for my Cat...what should I feed her on?

My heart goes out to you PrincipessaP ....not least because Blackie (13) was diagnosed with CKD almost a year ago, and even though told it was Stage I, I cried my heart out when I got home thinking he would be dead within a few months. I was in a stressed state for quite a while as I tried to find o...
by Jan
Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....
Replies: 23
Views: 4996

Re: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....

Thanks Helen + Vivan for your interest in this ongoing saga! Well ... it was worth the wait. Vet phoned yesterday to say that Blackie's urine results were exactly the same as last July - which were fine in all respects. Her only comment was that the current treatment for his Stage I CKD is obviously...
by Jan
Thu Jan 14, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sofi is scratching her fur out.
Replies: 14
Views: 2936

Re: Sofi is scratching her fur out.

Have bought and sold the T-shirt on Blackie's scratching episodes! On one occasion, when the vet didn't want to give him an anti-inflammatory, she suggested I try putting a small dab of Vaseline on the bald spot which he had scratched raw. Unfortunately that didn't work for Blackie, but might be wor...
by Jan
Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....
Replies: 23
Views: 4996

Re: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample... SUCCESS AT LAST!!! ....

After a 3 month delay, I've finally managed to get this urine sample from Blackie :D This morning he provided what I and the vet have been waiting for. Even the vet threw up her arms when I walked into her clinic and shouted 'Hooray' :lol: Katkor was useless - I had to buy another non-absorbent litt...
by Jan
Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:57 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....
Replies: 23
Views: 4996

Re: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....

Before taking him to the cattery, vet advised not to stress him once in his pen - he'd be stressed enough being caged up, so I put a 2nd tray in his pen with his normal litter. No prizes for guessing which he used - right on cue - only this time with his back to me. I've been texting every other day...
by Jan
Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....
Replies: 23
Views: 4996

Re: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample

Thanks again to those who have added more suggestions. Did think of buying a solid based basket to go with the vet's suggestion of putting plastic in the bottom. As Blackie hates those carriers (howls non stop), I went into a charity shop on Sat just gone as they had some really nice ones in there g...
by Jan
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....
Replies: 23
Views: 4996

Re: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample

Thanks for the replies + helpful suggestions. I had considered the idea of putting something under him while he was having a pee in the garden - especially when I see him standing on all fours spraying his urine against a bush (usually when its pouring with rain and/or the earth is very wet). Helen ...
by Jan
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....
Replies: 23
Views: 4996

Suggestions gratefully received re getting urine sample ....

The vet - and I - have been waiting over a month now for Blackie to 'do the necessary'. Original intention had been for the vet to take a sample direct from his bladder when we took him a month ago for a follow up on one of his scratching episodes ( :roll: ). But as we parked the car, Blackie 'let g...
by Jan
Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie's blood test results
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Blackie's blood test results

I just want to share some good news so hope you all don't mind. The vet phoned me this morning with the result of Blackie's latest blood results. They showed a slight improvement to what they were 6 months ago - I could hardly believe it. Putting a phosphate binder with his food has worked and even ...
by Jan
Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Here we go again ,,,,
Replies: 23
Views: 4774

Re: Here we go again ,,,,

Sorry Kay Having just lost Dad, his funeral was las Friday, I have hardly been here....plus to add icing to the cake, I have broken my arm and shoulder and due in hospital tomorrow for a open shoulder reduction operation, which will see me there for a few days...it has been the worst time of my lif...
by Jan
Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Here we go again ,,,,
Replies: 23
Views: 4774

Re: Here we go again ,,,,

Mrs Kane wrote:bump
Did you receive my email of 1 Sept?

Jan