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by fjm
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sick male cat brother :(( majors symptoms: incontinence, fur loss all over body, shed skin, inappetite, lethargy
Replies: 4
Views: 74

Re: Sick male cat brother :(( majors symptoms: incontinence, fur loss all over body, shed skin, inappetite, lethargy

Were there any other indications in the blood test results? Were there any changes to household furnishings or cleaning products prior to him becoming ill? One possibility would be Cushings, especially given the peeing, but I would have expected the vet to rule that out. Allergies, mites and ringwor...
by fjm
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Re: Severe cat cystitis in my 7 year old male cat, been going on for 2 months now help!any1
Replies: 3
Views: 34

Re: Severe cat cystitis in my 7 year old male cat, been going on for 2 months now help!any1

I think if you cannot afford to see a different vet, and the PDSA have said there is nothing more they can do, your options are extremely limited. You could try cat charities, but they are likely to be in financial difficulties themselves. You could ask the PDSA vet whether a longer course of antibi...
by fjm
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 289
Views: 9811

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Pip too went in for radio-iodine treatment with blankets that I had slept with for a few days, plus enough home-cooked food for a fortnight! I'm not sure that it made a huge difference to him, but it made me feel better. Lovely to see C&C getting more and more relaxed.
by fjm
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:23 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Adopted a cat. Almost regretting. Meows all night. (Literally)
Replies: 7
Views: 132

Re: Adopted a cat. Almost regretting. Meows all night. (Literally)

I second the ear plugs suggestion. In time you will be able to sleep through non-urgent crying, but at the moment sleep deprivation is not going to do either of you any good.
by fjm
Sun Feb 14, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Severe cat cystitis in my 7 year old male cat, been going on for 2 months now help!
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Re: Severe cat cystitis in my 7 year old male cat, been going on for 2 months now help!

I would ask for referral to a specialist, as soon as possible. There may be so many things going on - underlying conditions, resistant bacteria, etc, etc - and at the very least you need to be talking with someone very knowledgeable, and more sympathetic than your vet sounds to be. Your vets may alr...
by fjm
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet
Replies: 22
Views: 330

Re: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet

Such a hard decision to have to make. Do the vets give him any chance of recovering enough to lead a fuller life? If you could be certain he would sleep peacefully through his remaining time, and slip away quietly between one breath and the next, it would be so much easier to decide, but so often th...
by fjm
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat food
Replies: 3
Views: 70

Re: cat food

I cooked for mine using complete minces from Durham Animal Feeds - safer than raw, high quality and easy to balance. Now they are on various special diets life has become a little more complicated, but the DAF meats are still central to their diet.
by fjm
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:48 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2182

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Knowing what friends who have had knee replacements say about the pain of stretching post op the dog is probably grumbling with some reason! I'd try to time and physio for when the effects of metacam are at their peak, and stop if he says so. We are very lucky here - plenty of shared outdoor space a...
by fjm
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Heart disease was a red herring afterall
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: Heart disease was a red herring afterall

I have no experience or advice to offer, but wanted to say how much I feel for you, and send a hug. The twilight times are painful, watching anxiously for every new symptom or slight deterioration, but they are also infinitely precious.
by fjm
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Steroid tapering
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: Steroid tapering

Poppy's dose was halved after the first three months from 5mg to 2.5mg, and then reduced by a further 20% to 2mg two months later. that was to get her down to the minimum effective dose rather than to withdraw them completely, but she did not suffer any ill effects.
by fjm
Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat refuses liquid meds
Replies: 5
Views: 61

Re: Cat refuses liquid meds

Not a steroid, Mollycat, so fortunately not as dangerous to stop/start. Metronidazole is an antibiotic, commonly prescribed for diarrhoea - it acts to reduce unwanted bacteria but also has a soothing effect on the upper gut. I know it well as Poppy, my toy poodle, is on a tiny regular dose to contro...
by fjm
Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat refuses liquid meds
Replies: 5
Views: 61

Re: Cat refuses liquid meds

Flagyl (metronidazole) is very bitter, so it is understandable that he avoids it, and any food he has learned might contain it. Is he also impossible to pill, even when the pill is coated in something irresistible?
by fjm
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 289
Views: 9811

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

They look wonderfully relaxed, and "Baby, it's cold outside!"
by fjm
Tue Feb 09, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Spayed Over Active Kitty
Replies: 3
Views: 35

Re: Spayed Over Active Kitty

As Mollycat says, animals don't know they are meant to feel lousy, plus your cat will have still been spaced out from the anaesthetic and the pain killers given during surgery. A little discomfort after a major op is not a bad thing to slow them down a little, but I admit to having spent the hours a...
by fjm
Mon Feb 08, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: wont go in shelter after another cats visit
Replies: 2
Views: 33

Re: wont go in shelter after another cats visit

Urine cleaner, or even biological, enzymatic washing powder would help to remove scent marks, but it is possible that your cat has seen the interloper and is wary of the shelter for that reason. I would try a second refuge, with two well spaced exits, so there is no chance of your cat getting trappe...
by fjm
Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: vet fees
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: vet fees

Certainly ask. Except in an emergency most vets will only offer appointments during their regular consulting hours, and these will probably be listed on their website.
by fjm
Thu Feb 04, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Protentional dangers of chemo drugs to pregnant wife/other cat
Replies: 9
Views: 99

Re: Protentional dangers of chemo drugs to pregnant wife/other cat

What a difficult position to be in - I really feel for you both. I would start by getting more information, including on how long you need to treat saliva, urine, faeces etc as potentially harmful. You will obviously need to be responsible for giving the cat his medication, and cleaning litter boxes...
by fjm
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: fleas
Replies: 2
Views: 22

Re: fleas

Do the cats go outside? If there are fleas in their environment, whether outside or inside from before they were old enough to be treated, you will continue to find adult fleas on the cats, plus the basic Advantage only kills adult fleas, so if they manage to lay eggs in the brief period between bit...
by fjm
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2182

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I popped into my local garage, had the problem diagnosed, was told it was safe to drive meanwhile, and the lovely garagiste picked it up, fixed it and returned it the following week. Expensive, but otherwise relatively painless!
by fjm
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2182

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Off the bottom of the snakes and ladders board and rolling across the floor, I think! In my opinion you are doing extremely well not to have simply gone to bed and pulled the duvet over your head till Spring. I hit a puddle that turned out to be hiding a very nasty pot hole the other week, swinging ...
by fjm
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2182

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

It really does feel like being being a counter in a game of snakes and ladders, doesn't it - you just haul yourself most of the way towards the top of the board and then hit a snake and slide all the way back to the bottom again. I slept rather better last night, thanks, and was reassured by waking ...
by fjm
Wed Feb 03, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Too old to adopt
Replies: 6
Views: 116

Re: Too old to adopt

Definitely not. If you are concerned about outliving a kitten there are many older cats always looking for homes. It is always a good idea to make arrangements in advance in case you should be unable to care for a pet, whatever one's age, and finance may be an issue, but if you can afford to care fo...
by fjm
Tue Feb 02, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2182

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I think slow and stately is definitely the way! Poppy slept well, thanks, and has had her morning trip out and breakfast. I found it a bit more difficult to sleep - I kept tangling myself up in her lead which was wrapped round my wrist in case she tried to jump off the bed. Emerging from the interne...
by fjm
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2182

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Slippery floors are a bit of an issue, as is jumping on furniture. She tends to bounce - after all, she is a poodle! - but at 11.5 with liver failure she also spends a lot of time snoozing. Thanks for the link - I'm still wrapping my head round this. I had assumed it was just a slight muscle strain ...
by fjm
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Worming/Flea plans at vet?
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Worming/Flea plans at vet?

I have always got flea treatments from the vet, and usually wormers too. Your animals need to be registered, and usually to have at least an annual check up for each cat. You can then pick the medications up to administer at home, or if you choose an injectable take the cat in to have it done in the...
by fjm
Mon Feb 01, 2021 7:27 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2182

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Oh joy... Guess who started limping really badly on Saturday, and today was diagnosed with a partial tear of the cruciate ligaments. Poor little Poppy-dog really doesn't need any more issues. On the plus side she only weighs 5 kilos even carrying the extra weight from a year on steroids for her live...
by fjm
Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet
Replies: 22
Views: 330

Re: Emergency. 18 year old might have only a few hours, says the vet

I'm glad he is doing well. There are never any guarantees, of course, but your care is giving him a fighting chance and he sounds much more comfortable.
by fjm
Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help with rehomed cat
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: Help with rehomed cat

Lovely update - thank you! It shows what patience and kindness can do.
by fjm
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pregnant Girl and Neutered Boy
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: Pregnant Girl and Neutered Boy

As long as he was neutered more than 6-8 weeks ago I would not think there would be a problem. Queens would naturally mate with several males, which is why kittens in a litter can have more than one father. If he was neutered more recently there is a chance he could still be fertile.
by fjm
Sun Jan 31, 2021 11:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Subq for CKD cat at home becoming increasingly impossible
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Subq for CKD cat at home becoming increasingly impossible

SubQ is very rarely prescribed for home use in the UK, where diet and drugs are much more commonly used. If you can increase the amount of fluids she takes orally she may not need SubQ, especially at this stage. I would look at wet, not dry, renal diets if she will eat them, and do everything you ca...