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by fjm
Sun May 31, 2020 6:34 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice about thyroidecomy
Replies: 8
Views: 79

Re: Advice about thyroidecomy

I used the Hyperthyroid Cat Centre in Wetherby, as it was one of the nearest for me. All the preliminary tests were done by my own vet, so the first trip was to drop Pippin off - just as the Beast from the East struck, which made the drive across the Pennines rather hairy! I think the time they have...
by fjm
Sun May 31, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Triaditis
Replies: 14
Views: 104

Re: Triaditis

If I were making a mousse for humans it would involve eggs, or perhaps soft white cheese for a pate, but I suppose both of those are vetoed? Do you have a stick blender? I would try whooshing the salmon to a puree then freezing it in an ice cube tray - that way you can defrost just as much as you ne...
by fjm
Sat May 30, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Triaditis
Replies: 14
Views: 104

Re: Triaditis

If that is really the case it does make it exceptionally difficult! It may be easier to make your own salmon food by pureeing tinned salmon if she is allowed it - at least that way you know exactly what is in it. Most pet foods are made with unidentified meat and poultry meals and fats that change a...
by fjm
Sat May 30, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Advice about thyroidecomy
Replies: 8
Views: 79

Re: Advice about thyroidecomy

Pippin had the radio iodine treatment, and I would highly recommend it if you can make the travelling work. Pip was very arthritic even then and got very wobbly during the confinement stage but made a good recovery once he could be more active.
by fjm
Sat May 30, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Triaditis
Replies: 14
Views: 104

Re: Triaditis

My understanding is that the process of hydrolysing breaks protein down into its component parts so that it is less likely to trigger a reaction. It is therefore not so important to avoid certain protein sources, as long as they are hydrolysed.
by fjm
Fri May 29, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat bringing in live mice
Replies: 23
Views: 261

Re: Cat bringing in live mice

I was on my way to bed one evening when something rather large scuttled across the dark kitchen - RAT! I found cardboard boxes, barricaded the corner it had run into, put on heavy gloves, moved the brushes and dust pans and aaaahhh - it was a baby bunny. Same size, but very different reaction! I put...
by fjm
Fri May 29, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat bringing in live mice
Replies: 23
Views: 261

Re: Cat bringing in live mice

Definitely not alone! I think worst was the moles that meant moving all the furniture and lifting the carpet when they burrowed their way to the middle - we had two in one afternoon!
by fjm
Fri May 29, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pilling cats - desperate for help!
Replies: 13
Views: 103

Re: Pilling cats - desperate for help!

Will she lick the hydrolysed food from your finger if you mix some to a paste with water (or a more tempting liquid if there is one permitted by her exclusion diet)? Warm water can increase the smell and hence the palatability, and a paste my be easier to hide tablets to dose her. I have never yet h...
by fjm
Fri May 29, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat dry heaving / lip-licking - morning and evening, but otherwise seems okay? What's going on?
Replies: 1
Views: 41

Re: Cat dry heaving / lip-licking - morning and evening, but otherwise seems okay? What's going on?

I think I would call the vet and ask for a phone consultation. If you can video the gagging that would help. The vet can tell you what to watch for, and whether he needs to be seen in the surgery.
by fjm
Thu May 28, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pilling cats - desperate for help!
Replies: 13
Views: 103

Re: Pilling cats - desperate for help!

Is there anything she really likes to eat and can have? Popping in a couple of scraps of deliciousness, then the well wrapped pill, then more whatever, can sometimes work. But I had a cat once for whom the only solution was what is known in the States as the burrito wrap - cat gently but tightly coc...
by fjm
Sat May 23, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Triaditis
Replies: 14
Views: 104

Re: Triaditis

Could it be the illness making her reluctant to eat anything that has caused pain in the past? My poodle, Poppy, is an absolute gannet but went off several special diets when she was very ill with liver failure early in the year - we suspected pancreatitis as well, so it sounds rather similar. As sh...
by fjm
Sat May 23, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Triaditis
Replies: 14
Views: 104

Re: Triaditis

Will she eat cooked chicken for the wet? You can add a little chicken liver and a calcium source like ground eggshell to balance it up, and most cats enjoy it. Plus it usually works out cheaper than good quality commercial foods.
by fjm
Fri May 22, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Re: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...

My bad - I was thinking of the US vaccine, which is not used in the UK.
by fjm
Fri May 22, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...
Replies: 8
Views: 95

Re: Newly rescued cat diagnosed with FIV - lots of questions...

It strikes me that this is something the rescue should have tested for and told you about before putting him up for adoption. I think you are wise to think long and hard, and to consider asking them to take him back. There is a vaccine for FIV, so a kitten from a healthy mother fully vaccinated when...
by fjm
Fri May 22, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat with kidney disease
Replies: 8
Views: 82

Re: Cat with kidney disease

When Tilly was diagnosed I first adjusted the home made diet both cats are fed to be lower in phosphorus by using bone free meat (mostly chicken with a little liver, heart, etc) and adding ground eggshell for calcium, and then researched the kidney diets for one that was reasonably high in animal pr...
by fjm
Fri May 15, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten constantly meows
Replies: 1
Views: 44

Re: New kitten constantly meows

6 weeks is very young to be separated from Mum and siblings - she is probably calling for them. Keep her warm, frequent small meals, access to the litter box, lots of company, plenty of sleep - and vaccinations as soon as possible of course!
by fjm
Wed May 13, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: my cat died and i blame myself
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: my cat died and i blame myself

It is very understandable - we all try to find a reason when hit by tragedy, and think What-if? and If-only? But it is very, very unlikely that a few treats from a reputable source were the cause of her illness, and far more likely to be something she caught and ate outside, just as the vet says. Yo...
by fjm
Tue May 12, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Fat cat on diet/How do I cut back?
Replies: 8
Views: 101

Re: Fat cat on diet/How do I cut back?

That does seem very little food to be building and maintaining so much cat! Is she eating anything else? Human food, other animals' food, treats? I assume, given her weight and indoor status, that she is not hunting. Is anyone else feeding her? I had a neighbour with an overweight dog who carefully ...
by fjm
Sat May 09, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: CAT WITH ARTHRITIS - PLEASE HELP
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: CAT WITH ARTHRITIS - PLEASE HELP

Pippin has been on Metacam (loxicom) for many years for arthritis, and it makes a huge difference - he has about half the maximum dose each day, perhaps a little more when he is very stiff. Seraquin (glucosamine) also helps.
by fjm
Sat May 09, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten hiding in an unreachable spot
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Kitten hiding in an unreachable spot

It is pretty typical kitten behaviour. I would leave her alone, with smelly food close by and a tray within reach. She is more likely to come out if no one is there, and if the food smells really tempting. If she has not ventured out to eat in 24 hours it might be time to consider dismantling the cu...
by fjm
Fri May 08, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: CAT BIRTH PLEASE HELP
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: CAT BIRTH PLEASE HELP

If it is more than an hour or two since the first kitten was delivered I think you need to get her to a vet. There could be a kitten stuck, and that is an emergency - it may require surgery.
by fjm
Thu May 07, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 110

Re: Help!!!

A timed feeder sounds like an excellent idea - he may be so focussed on waiting for it to open that he forgets about hunting! Perhaps "random" times for opening, so it holds the same fascination as a mouse hole.
by fjm
Thu May 07, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 110

Re: Help!!!

First, the constant hunger - does he need worming, perhaps? If he is wormed regularly, and there is nothing physically wrong to explain his appetite (it would be worth getting blood tests done when you can) I think I would free feed him, feeding wet food morning and evening and leaving a bowl of dry...
by fjm
Sun May 03, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten - bad anxiety
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: New kitten - bad anxiety

First, slow down and take some calming breathes. I think you are right, and this is about you and not Hector - are you still in touch with the therapist you saw after your break up with your previous boyfriend and your cats? I don't want to go down the route of cod-psychology, but I do wonder if som...
by fjm
Fri May 01, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten not eating
Replies: 1
Views: 38

Re: Kitten not eating

At 8 weeks most kittens are happily eating solid food. I would try feeding the kittens separately, in case one is bullying the other around the food dish. Perhaps adding a little warm water to make a gruel consistency would help, or starting her on kitten milk.
by fjm
Fri May 01, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Booty Scooting - advice and opinions please
Replies: 2
Views: 65

Re: Booty Scooting - advice and opinions please

It could be anal glands or something else physical, but the fact that she seeks you out to do it makes me wonder if it has become an attention seeking game. She obviously gets a big reaction from you every time, which can be very rewarding. I would try completely ignoring her when she does it, and p...
by fjm
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Liver enzymes at 1400 no symptoms???
Replies: 12
Views: 187

Re: Liver enzymes at 1400 no symptoms???

Hope you are recovering well - all of us who are sheltering safely owe you a great deal.
by fjm
Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Bumble has kidney disease
Replies: 21
Views: 177

Re: My Bumble has kidney disease

Is the food wet or dry? A wet food pureed so he can lap it without chewing may help both the toothache and the dehydration.
by fjm
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Bumble has kidney disease
Replies: 21
Views: 177

Re: My Bumble has kidney disease

It took me half a dozen attempts to find a renal food Tilly will eat - fortunately she has continued to enjoy it and has stayed pretty stable for a year now. I do have to serve it in small portions at room temperature in a shallow porcelain saucer, of course...! Meanwhile she is still supplementing ...
by fjm
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My Bumble has kidney disease
Replies: 21
Views: 177

Re: My Bumble has kidney disease

Many, many cats live many happy years with early CKD - talk to your vet about the treatment options, and do not get too anxious too soon. An excellent source for well researched and comprehensive information is https://www.felinecrf.org. A change of diet to a low phosphate food, preferably wet, will...