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by fjm
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Slightly worrying phone conversation with the vets - Pip has developed heart dysrhythmia, and his blood pressure has actually gone up, despite the medication for it. We are hoping that it will resolve as the thyroid settles down, but it may get worse. One of the problem with hyperthyroidism seems to...
by fjm
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

I will be picking Pippin up at noon next Tuesday - let's hope that doesn't mean major storms and flooding across East Yorkshire to go with the snow when I took him in! He is fine, except for the sore patch in reaction to having a blood test before he went in - his skin has become very sensitive over...
by fjm
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Possible tumour
Replies: 22
Views: 3242

Re: Possible tumour

I am so glad to hear this good news - even a short time together is precious at this stage. Have you tried tempting his appetite with something really special - cooked chicken thigh meat, or a tinned sardine, or some other treat? Chicken works for mine even when they are not inetersted in anything e...
by fjm
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Feeding kittens
Replies: 5
Views: 1206

Re: Feeding kittens

I too would feed a kitten that age three or four meals a day, and be guided by how much they want to eat. They are growing, and expending a lot of energy exploring the world as well, so need plenty of good quality food to lay down bone and muscle. Cats are designed by nature to eat several small, mo...
by fjm
Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Codswallop!
Replies: 7
Views: 1576

Re: Codswallop!

I once made the mistake of trying to decorate a bedroom with two kittens to "help". Stepladder to climb, dustsheets to burrow under and ambush from, paint pots to explore, wet paint to rub against, carpet to scratch if shut out of the room where all the fun was, exhausted human to pounce o...
by fjm
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Tilly was lonely...
Replies: 2
Views: 1093

Tilly was lonely...

I got back yesterday afternoon from a few days away, and Tilly has been spending as much time as possible on my lap or close by. She is always affectionate but usually prefers the sofa by the radiator or a warm chair - it is unusual for her to quite so clingy, even when I have been away. She gets a ...
by fjm
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

As far as I can learn from my reading the major risk is from ingesting contaminated urine or faeces - not likely to be a problem for humans, but unfortunately something my dogs would do like a shot, so I plan on being fairly scrupulous. It is only for a few weeks, and I am sure we will quickly get i...
by fjm
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Pip has now moved to a bigger space, so all is going as expected. Time really is flying - two weeks seemed oodles of time to get everything ready, and here we are with only a week to go. Lidl had nice big covered litter trays for £7.99 when I was in last week, so I have treated us to one of those, a...
by fjm
Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stage 4 kidney disease and diet
Replies: 19
Views: 4922

Re: Stage 4 kidney disease and diet

There is evidence that a low potassium diet really helps with late stage kidney disease. If she refuses the commercial versions, you could look at www.dogaware.com for ideas - it is for dogs, of course, but has very useful tables of protein, calories and potassium for various meats and other protein...
by fjm
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: wet food v dry food and opinions on brands
Replies: 9
Views: 1952

Re: wet food v dry food and opinions on brands

Just a note that the chicken wings most definitely have to be raw - as we all know, cooked chicken bones are dangerous!
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Daily messages saying Pip is settled, cheerful, eating well and using his tray “nicely”, which I assume means no digestive problems. Only another day or two, with luck, before he moves into the more spacious cattery style accommodation. I shall have to get on with sorting out the spare room for him ...
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Snow Joke
Replies: 91
Views: 12481

Re: Snow Joke

Done it often myself, BG!
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: wet food v dry food and opinions on brands
Replies: 9
Views: 1952

Re: wet food v dry food and opinions on brands

Very good point, Ruth, and one it is important to understand before considering a home prepared diet. The DAF minces are 80% muscle, 10% offal, 10% bone, so make a well balanced base. Mine also get oily fish, and the odd chicken wing for their teeth - plus, of course the rabbits and assorted rodents...
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Snow Joke
Replies: 91
Views: 12481

Re: Snow Joke

I actually live near Lancaster - my sister lives in N-u-L, so we did the M6 yesterday before things got too bad. I used to commute to Huddersfield on the M61/M62 and now avoid both whenever possible, and even more so when the weather is bad. Those moors are NOT friendly... We are having fun playing ...
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: wet food v dry food and opinions on brands
Replies: 9
Views: 1952

Re: wet food v dry food and opinions on brands

Carbohydrate is almost inevitable in biscuit foods, if not grains then potato or other starch - it is needed to make it crunchy as well as being a cheap filler. I would look for a high meat content wet food, and see if that satisfies his appetite better. I cook my own, based on the frozen minces fro...
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Snow Joke
Replies: 91
Views: 12481

Re: Snow Joke

The dogs and I are visiting my sister, Pippin is safe and warm at the Hyperthyroid Cat Centre, and Tilly is at home being cared for by neighbours. For the last few days she has been making brief forays outside, then returning to my lap if available, or the back of the sofa next to the radiator. The ...
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat not eating much.
Replies: 8
Views: 1561

Re: Cat not eating much.

Sorry - just seen you say he has gone off the wet food. If he goes out it could well be he has persuaded someone to feed the poor orphan of the storm - mine are very good at blagging chicken and tuna from the neighbours!
by fjm
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat not eating much.
Replies: 8
Views: 1561

Re: Cat not eating much.

Have you checked his mouth? A broken tooth or sore mouth would make him reluctant to eat. And will he eat soft food, rather than biscuits? I would take him to the vet if you can - sudden changes in behaviour often indicate a health issue, and at the very least the vet provides reassurance.
by fjm
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Yes, he is a very laid back cat in general, but he has spent a bit too much time at vets recently and doesn't much like them as a result. Once he associates a human with food and stroking they are very welcome, though, and as eating and sleeping are his two favourite activities a place that provides...
by fjm
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

One phone call already - yesterday afternoon, to say he had the radio-iodine injection, was recovering well from the sedation, and was sitting at the front of his pen wanting to talk to people but not yet relaxed enough to eat. I can't imagine him not eating for long, and am hoping he made up for lo...
by fjm
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

I avoided the motorways and went over the pass at Blubberhouses - a bit mucky in places, but everyone else seemed to opt to go round by the valley, so not much traffic and the roads were clear. Fabulous coming back - pristine snowy hills, blue skies, bright sunshine, and all the better from being vi...
by fjm
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Probably best to treasure your ignorance, Antonio! If you have ever driven on the Peripherique in Paris it gives a flavour of life on the average UK motorway these days... I took Pippin in this morning - the roads were clear but there was a lot of spray and snow flurries, so I was glad to get there ...
by fjm
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

I think it may well be similar here, Antonio. Watching the changing - and improving - forecast I'm hoping I can go the route I know best, avoiding motorways. Always best to avoid the M61/M62 if you can!
by fjm
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Sod's Law at work - I booked Pip's admission date ages ago, allowed plenty of time to get there by the A65/A59 route I know well, arranged to visit friends in Beverley overnight and to call in on another friend in York on the way back, and now there is a major severe weather warning for snow across ...
by fjm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Experience with microchip cat flaps?
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Experience with microchip cat flaps?

There is a curtain in front of the door it will go into, and like you I am a believer in not sealing rooms too tightly. The old cat flap blows wide open in an East wind, though, and that can get a tad too chilly! I think keeping the curtain drawn over it, and putting a washable lining over the part ...
by fjm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Experience with microchip cat flaps?
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Experience with microchip cat flaps?

I love the combination of high and low tech you used to solve your problem, Mary! I think the Sureflap Dual is the best match for my situation - not too expensive, and checks the microchip on exit and entry. Pip is rather better today, after several days on a full dose of Loxicom, but the less jumpi...
by fjm
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat hurt, HELP!
Replies: 16
Views: 3149

Re: Cat hurt, HELP!

Crate rest is manageable - the most difficult time comes when the cat begins to feel better but still needs to be confined. Stick with it - opening the door too soon can undo all the preceding weeks. Two months can seem like forever, but one week has passed already - by the time Spring has really sp...
by fjm
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Experience with microchip cat flaps?
Replies: 6
Views: 1444

Re: Experience with microchip cat flaps?

Thanks - that's really helpful. I need it to let my two cats in and out, not let the dogs out, and preferably keeps unwanted visitors from coming in! The sureflap is looking the best bet so far - I now need to research models.
by fjm
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Thanks Antonio - the hope is that stopping the medication well before treatment should help reduce the risk of him becoming hypothyroid, but I know it can take a while for the thyroid to balance out. My own vet reckoned he should respond nearly as quickly to the absence of excess production as he di...
by fjm
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 18192

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Pip had his pre-admission check up with my vet yesterday. He needed to be off the Thyronorm for at least a week before the blood test - the difference within a very short time was very obvious. He has lost weight, is uncomfortable, and I think hurt his arthritic shoulder jumping and has been hobblin...