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by fjm
Thu Dec 10, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Hi from Australia
Replies: 11
Views: 144

Re: Hi from Australia

Good to hear from you - it has been a strange year indeed. The animals have enjoyed it though - me home all the time and more than happy to take them out for walks and concentrate on feeding and playing and cuddling, few visitors so very little upsetting house blitzing, no boring shopping trips...! ...
by fjm
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kitty outdoors
Replies: 7
Views: 136

Re: Kitty outdoors

My two cats learned early that Good Cats Get Biscuits, and their recall is still pretty impressive, especially Tilly's. Pippin tends to be fast asleep somewhere and not hear, but Tilly can usually be relied upon to show herself within a few minutes as long as she is not shut in somewhere. It is a re...
by fjm
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat flap
Replies: 3
Views: 88

Re: Cat flap

I have a flap replacing a small window in the hall - it is set into a wooden panel, avoiding the need to fit it into glass, and making it easy to reglaze the window in due course. Added advantage of being out of reach of my very small dogs, so no danger of them disappearing through it! It worked wel...
by fjm
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Anger, denial and longing.
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Anger, denial and longing.

I'm not sure how the urine leakage could have been diagnosed earlier - it would not show up on x-rays, and possibly not on scans. And to repair that, and then his hip, would probably not have been survivable in any case. We all go round the loops of if-only and what-if, and trying to find reasons an...
by fjm
Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:47 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Kitty „ownership“
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: Kitty „ownership“

It will depend upon which country you are travelling to/through, and how you are travelling. Look at the relevant government websites for details of regulations on importing live animals, and if you are flying study which airlines will let you take a cat in the cabin with you, and the size and type ...
by fjm
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: hairballs attached to coat
Replies: 8
Views: 191

Re: hairballs attached to coat

Good to hear he is feeling better, although if he has hyperthyroidism he will need to be on medication for life, unless you choose a permanent cure like radio-iodine therapy or surgical removal of the thyroid glands. Shaving is the best way of removing mats painlessly - it would be worth investing i...
by fjm
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Older cat sick after adopting a new kitten, worried it's related?
Replies: 19
Views: 259

Re: Older cat sick after adopting a new kitten, worried it's related?

I know that stomach churning anxiety only too well. She is in the best and safest place, surrounded by people who know what they are doing, and are focussed on making her as comfortable as possible while finding out what is wrong - hold on to that.
by fjm
Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Older cat sick after adopting a new kitten, worried it's related?
Replies: 19
Views: 259

Re: Older cat sick after adopting a new kitten, worried it's related?

A urine infection could explain her symptoms, and is highly treatable - don't jump to worst case thinking just yet. I am a great believer in peace-of-mind vet visits if you can afford it - most things are more easily treated if caught early, and if there is nothing very wrong I feel it is worth the ...
by fjm
Thu Dec 03, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Please read if you've had a cat with cystitis/urinary problems.
Replies: 3
Views: 79

Re: Please read if you've had a cat with cystitis/urinary problems.

If he needs more fluids I have found weak chicken broth is a good way to get mine to drink more, and they will often eat the cooked chicken when all else fails. Just chicken, no salt or seasonings, in enough water to cover, simmered till well done. Antibiotics can take several days to take effect bu...
by fjm
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat may have licked pvc primer or sewage
Replies: 3
Views: 50

Re: Cat may have licked pvc primer or sewage

I wouldn't try to feed him - wait until the vet has seen him. Is he showing any signs of poisoning other than d&v? Salivating? Walking strangely? Lethargy? I would make a list of everything he could possibly have ingested and any symptoms to give to the vet, and phone ahead to let them know you ...
by fjm
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Healing from fleas
Replies: 2
Views: 36

Re: Healing from fleas

Excellent advice from Mollycat. By the time your cat is that badly affected your house is very probably infested with fleas at all stages of development - eggs, larvae, pupae and adults. You will need to treat the cat and the house - especially any soft furnishings and floor cracks, etc. The best tr...
by fjm
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: No one understands
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: No one understands

I am so sorry - I can imagine how raw the pain still is, and how everything conspires to make it worse. Try not to blame your husband - he made the decision that you would have made yourself had you had the time and space to think clearly, and his rational approach saved Ruby further suffering. I kn...
by fjm
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: New cat pooing in the house!!
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: New cat pooing in the house!!

I'm so glad to hear things are improving - sounds as if he is well on his way to being a happy, confident, companionable cat.
by fjm
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: taking a cat on holiday in UK
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Re: taking a cat on holiday in UK

I met one camper van owner who travelled with his cat. He ended up leaving her behind in a local car park when she refused to be caught. I had his name and address, and when I later managed to catch her (at the cost of a subsequent visit to the GP for jabs and bandaging) I dropped off the cat at a l...
by fjm
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: HELP ME MY NEW CAT HASN'T EATEN FOR DAYS!
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: HELP ME MY NEW CAT HASN'T EATEN FOR DAYS!

That's excellent news about her eating. As Kay says, a second tray may help with the pooing, or it may just have been a one off. The most important thing is that she is beginning to feel safe and settled with you.
by fjm
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Overwhelmed with two kittens, one hairless
Replies: 4
Views: 89

Re: Overwhelmed with two kittens, one hairless

Is she actually breaking the skin when she bites? I would expect the haired kitten to still be young enough to modify her play style - she has learned from her litter siblings how much pressure is acceptable before play stops, and is now learning again from her hairless housemate. The big test for m...
by fjm
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My kitten is on antibiotics but doesn’t seem better
Replies: 2
Views: 43

Re: My kitten is on antibiotics but doesn’t seem better

I think you may need to wait another few days for the ABs to take effect, or, of course, it may be a virus. Is she eating and drinking well? Kittens have tiny stomachs, so a small meal several times a day is best. As long as she is eating and drinking, and there are no signs of dehydration (look onl...
by fjm
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: HELP ME MY NEW CAT HASN'T EATEN FOR DAYS!
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: HELP ME MY NEW CAT HASN'T EATEN FOR DAYS!

I would try some cooked plain chicken, tuna, and perhaps that wonder of wonders, Lik-e-Lix. A very little on separate flat saucers, close to her safe place but as far as possible from her tray. Plus, of course, leaving some of her usual food down. If you are certain she has not eaten I would phone t...
by fjm
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: This is sweet
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: This is sweet

I am now all tearful!
by fjm
Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cats and dogs together?
Replies: 7
Views: 77

Re: Cats and dogs together?

I have both cats and dogs, but the dogs are tiny (papillon and toy poodle) so at the other end of the scale to your planned Bernese. The cats were adults when I got my first pup - they were very dog savvy as several of my neighbours had friendly dogs of various sizes, and the puppy was too small to ...
by fjm
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Annual boosters
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Annual boosters

I have to admit to stopping annual boosters when the cats stopped going into boarding. By then they were 0ver 8, and my feeling was they probably had lifetime immunity to all the serious things. My vet murmured about one vaccination - can't remember which - but accepted the decision. We live in the ...
by fjm
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: taking a cat on holiday in UK
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Re: taking a cat on holiday in UK

I have done it in the past, both on holiday and backwards and forwards between my own house and my parents'. It can work if your cat is very attached to you, and used to travelling and settling, but there is always a risk of them panicking and getting lost. I took great care to familiarise them with...
by fjm
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Advice please

I would try play and a scattering of treats with the radio on and the volume turned very low. Once she realises the sounds are not "real" turn the volume up gradually, always making sure she is the one to choose whether to be around or not.
by fjm
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: How to trim kittens nails??
Replies: 14
Views: 151

Re: How to trim kittens nails??

I have never trimmed nails on a kitten or young cat - I did for an elderly cat when they would get overlong. Cats use their claws so much, for climbing and defence especially, that it seems a bit unwise, and given the way their claws grow, sloughing off the blunted shell to reveal the sharp new need...
by fjm
Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Struggling with guilt and grief
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Struggling with guilt and grief

Be kind to yourself and to each other - that, and time, do help.
by fjm
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Struggling with guilt and grief
Replies: 16
Views: 327

Re: Struggling with guilt and grief

I absolutely understand the mix of grief, anger, pain and guilt that you are feeling, but I think that despite everything you (or your husband) made the right decision. You took Ruby to the vet as soon as she showed signs of illness, she had medication and two episodes of intensive care, and her con...
by fjm
Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Flea and Worm treatment
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Flee and Worm treatment

Flea treatments in particular are having a catastrophic effect on the environment (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/nov/17/pet-flea-treatments-poisoning-rivers-across-england-scientists-find), although I suspect more from wet dogs than cats. In any case, it makes sense to treat according...
by fjm
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Small mystery solved...
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Re: Small mystery solved...

Tilly is peeing a lot, but not as much as that, Ruth! It may be time for more tests, and considering whether more treatment is needed than just diet, but she is eating well, drinking lots, and very bright and bouncy though, so I am not going to get overly anxious - at 17.5 some health issues are to ...
by fjm
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Small mystery solved...
Replies: 4
Views: 94

Small mystery solved...

Earlier this year I started putting down a tray indoors for Pippin - it was clear he was struggling to get outside in time, especially when the weather was bad. For months it would get used very occasionally for a poo, and everyone was happy. Then I found the whole tray was regularly soaked, even wi...
by fjm
Tue Nov 17, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sudden change in behaviour. Advice please
Replies: 1
Views: 40

Re: Sudden change in behaviour. Advice please

Has she been spayed? It sounds as if she could be coming into heat and calling.