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by Jan
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Vibes for Lucy please
Replies: 332
Views: 49211

Re: Vibes for Lucy please

Would like to add my good wishes, booktigger ... hadn't seen this thread before so have some catching up to do. All the best for you and little Lucy.

Jan xx
by Jan
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Not good news for Blackie ... or us
Replies: 19
Views: 2546

Re: Not good news for Blackie ... or us

Had a call this morning from Sarah who told me they couldn't get near him to take some blood - Blackie was fighting like a demon - so would it ok for them to go straight to anaesthetic? Blackie is like a wild animal if strangers try to do something with him. I told her to do whatever necessary as th...
by Jan
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Not good news for Blackie ... or us
Replies: 19
Views: 2546

Re: Not good news for Blackie ... or us

Thanks to one and all for the good wishes. Due to Blackie still having pain yesterday we phoned the hospital again and without me having to ask, Sarah (vet) told me to bring him in as they would better be able to control his pain and contain him in their hospital cattery. He had looked so miserable ...
by Jan
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Not good news for Blackie ... or us
Replies: 19
Views: 2546

Re: Not good news for Blackie ... or us

Oh my goodness, poor Blackie. :( Please do keep an eye on him and make sure he's weeing. Can you keep him in a room with you, equipped with a litter tray? If he's drinking and not managing to wee (which should still be possible, even if he really can't bend down and ends up spraying somewhere) afte...
by Jan
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Not good news for Blackie ... or us
Replies: 19
Views: 2546

Re: Not good news for Blackie ... or us

So ... perhaps your close encounter with him the other day just exacerbated an already existing condition? A cat without that wonky nerve might have just yelled, jumped away, washed and there'd have been an end to it? It would be good to think that since that first episode calmed down by itself, so...
by Jan
Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Not good news for Blackie ... or us
Replies: 19
Views: 2546

Not good news for Blackie ... or us

As episodes continued of Blackie having pain when squatting to urinate or just walking, we took him to a different vet this afternoon as our usual vet is not open on a Sunday. He had a thorough examination with the vet and a nurse pulling his leg this way and that with Blackie acting like a wild ani...
by Jan
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Trod on Blackie's paw
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Re: Trod on Blackie's paw

^^^ The candle incident must have been awful for you and your cat. Glad it all ended well and thank you for the reassurance that in the end all will be well. Certainly hope so and no x-ray is needed. Blackie greeted me this morning with a roll around the floor, got up and went to walk towards me but...
by Jan
Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Trod on Blackie's paw
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Re: Trod on Blackie's paw

Thanks guys for your support. Not sure we got much out of the hospital visit. The vet put Blackie on the floor so that she could see him walk which he did, slowly and without limping. She then manipulated both legs but when she got to the problem paw, Blackie let it be known loud and clear that he d...
by Jan
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:32 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Trod on Blackie's paw
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Re: Trod on Blackie's paw

Thanks Lilith. We're going to take Blackie to the vet hospital this afternoon. He used his litter tray a little while ago and when he walked back towards the lounge I heard him howling in pain again in spite of having given him 4 hours ago the amount of Metacam suggested by the local vet. Just befor...
by Jan
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Trod on Blackie's paw
Replies: 7
Views: 1390

Trod on Blackie's paw

Last night while I was preparing a bowl of food for Blackie, I must have stepped backwards and trod on his right back paw ... at least think that's what happened. First thing I knew about it was when he started making a terrible howling noise - clearly in a lot of pain and limping badly as couldn't ...
by Jan
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is not himself ....
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Blackie is not himself ....

^^^
No idea. To be honest he isn't the easiest cat to deal with at times - he can turn on a sixpence :roll:
by Jan
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is not himself ....
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Blackie is not himself ....

meriad wrote:Oh I'm glad, they do give us cause for worry don't they?

Gentle fusses to him and good luck for the bloods when the time comes
Spoke too soon, seems I'm the 'bad guy' now
by Jan
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is not himself ....
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Re: Blackie is not himself ....

Thanks for checking back, meriad I'm pleased to report that Blackie seems be a lot better since Saturday evening. Apart from the Canikur Pro, the vet had also advised giving him some boiled chicken to stimulate his appetite. This went down very well ... so well that when I went back into the kitchen...
by Jan
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blackie is not himself ....
Replies: 9
Views: 1220

Blackie is not himself ....

.... after a 3+half week cattery stay. We picked him up on Tuesday and all seemed fine ... he seemed to quickly recognise where the kitchen was, where his bed was located upstairs and he had an excellent appetite that day. We thought he might miss his 'Auntie Linda' at the cattery and the safety of ...
by Jan
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidney disease and diet
Replies: 38
Views: 13780

Re: Kidney disease and diet

my vet swears by Semintra. He says it stops the disease in its tracks, but I have since read that it is only suitable for cats who are losing protein in their urine (proteinuria) but I really don't know. Clapton wasn't generally a fussy eater, but he point blank refused to eat renal pouches. He ate...
by Jan
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stress head !!
Replies: 17
Views: 3601

Re: Stress head !!

That's good news Didi. Very nervy cats (such as Bilbo and our Blackie) need at least 5/7 days treatment with Zylkene for it to really kick in. Have to say though that it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference to Blackie once he's in his cat basket.
by Jan
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kidney disease and diet
Replies: 38
Views: 13780

Re: Kidney disease and diet

Initially we tried Blackie on the RC renal food but he wouldn't eat it and I ended up feeling very stressed over it. He would happily lick up the juice but that's all. As Blackie was at early stage CKD the vet decided that letting him eat his favourite food (Felix AGAIL) with added Ipakitine was the...
by Jan
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stress head !!
Replies: 17
Views: 3601

Re: Stress head !!

Didi - you could also try Pet Remedy spray or plug-ins if you haven't already done so. I can give a personal recommendation as the smell makes me feel relaxed - not sure about Blackie though!
by Jan
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?

Thank you for the fusses Helen - will pass them on. However, we've had a change of plan - Blackie will be going to 'his' cattery for 3 weeks or so while we return to our house in Kent to 'blitz the loft' of all the rubbish that's up there. We have some life decisions to make soon and my OH felt that...
by Jan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?

From what you say Didi, I wonder that our vet here in NSomerset hasn't suggested Xanax in the past :roll: Like Bilbo, Blackie is an anxious/nervy cat - can't fight his way out of a paper bag when it comes to other tom cats. Probably need some Xanax myself as I feel anxious about moving him to a hous...
by Jan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Re: Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?

Thanks for yr reassuring reply Didi. Our vet advised to give only 1 quarter of the tablet before travelling. I think I'll ask her it would be ok to give him further quarters when we get home - depending on how he reacts. The last thing I want is a recurrence of his stress related cystitis though I'm...
by Jan
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?
Replies: 7
Views: 1694

Xanax ... anyone given this to their cat?

We shortly have to move back to our own home in Kent and as well as the usual vet's advice to give Cystophan 2 + 1 Zyklene x day before travelling and once we get back, I also asked her if there was anything else we could give to lower Blackie's stress levels during car travel (3 hrs). Vet advised 1...
by Jan
Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sub Q
Replies: 29
Views: 4204

Re: Sub Q

I've read something about fish intake somewhere and it's not supposed to be great for them. Luckily Murray prefers the meat ones (at the moment anyway!). The vet asked me to leave the room when they did his bloods on Monday. Is that normal? Maybe I'm not informed enough but is there much more they ...
by Jan
Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sub Q
Replies: 29
Views: 4204

Re: Sub Q

I continually ask our vet if I should get Blackie to eat the renal food but her answer, at least at this stage, is no, not yet - give him what he will be happiest eating. Doubt I could get him to eat it anyway - I've tried ... about 1 pouch a week is all he will tolerate - though he seems to like th...
by Jan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Update on Bilbo the blocked cat
Replies: 12
Views: 2072

Re: Update on Bilbo the blocked cat

That really is good news to read that the kidneys are ok. Good luck in getting the urine sample ;)
by Jan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Update on Bilbo the blocked cat
Replies: 12
Views: 2072

Re: Update on Bilbo the blocked cat

Didi ... I feel for you, I really do as you are where I was almost 2+half years ago with our cat, Blackie. So I really do hope that the end result is as happy as the one that we had. Even though our cat has never had another bout of cystitis since his 2nd and last bout in June 2014, the first questi...
by Jan
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sub Q
Replies: 29
Views: 4204

Re: Sub Q

hello pricey42 ... Stage 2 CKD is the Iris Stage II - our Blackie may be slipping into Stage II ... a urine test in a few weeks will give a clearer idea. If its any help, I can tell you that our Blackie definitely gets the hump after having his blood taken at the vets - he gets quiet and very 'offis...
by Jan
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Vibes for Bob please!
Replies: 41
Views: 4993

Re: Vibes for Bob please!

Positive vibes from me too for Bob .....
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by Jan
Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Dantrolene
Replies: 3
Views: 1383

Re: Dantrolene

Hello Didi Our cat, Blackie, was prescribed Dantrolene tablets after his 2nd bout of cystitis (caused by stress, not stones/crystals) back in June 2014. I can't remember that the tablets had any adverse effect on him. The only thing I recall is that as Blackie is nigh on impossible to pill, I called...
by Jan
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: CKD Stage 2
Replies: 18
Views: 4624

Re: CKD Stage 2

Only just seen this thread ... caught my eye because our Blackie has early stage CKD and fully understand the shock and upset at being told a beloved cat has this disease for which there is no cure. Renal food was rejected by our Dark Lord though like Murray he seemed to love the liquid it comes in....