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by fjm
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Help!

Have you looked in all the drawers, apparently closed cupboards and boxes, etc? Inside the bottoms of upholstered furniture? All the impossible places, in fact!
by fjm
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help With Claws
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Help With Claws

Pippin is a kneader, and those claws can hurt! He will also use his claws, quite gently, to get my attention - I have found the best way of managing it is to only give him attention when he is very gentle. Teaching an alternative, and incompatible, behaviour may be the best way for Cookie. I would t...
by fjm
Sat Oct 19, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 283

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

I am so sorry. I hope the time that is left is filled with moments of comfort and contentment for Willow and for you.
by fjm
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

I am so glad to hear this - sounds as if she is growing up fast, and has suffered no ill effects from the early set back. The new vet also sounds much more reassuring than your earlier visits!
by fjm
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Low potassium and the dire rear
Replies: 4
Views: 55

Re: Low potassium and the dire rear

I find the USDA website invaluable for nutritional information on ingredients: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov You have to hunt a bit sometimes to find, for example, "mashed potato" rather than the hundreds of canned, dried, frozen or otherwise processed versions, but it is worth it. I wish there was somet...
by fjm
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senior cat not eating
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Senior cat not eating

I wonder if it is a mouth or throat problem making him reluctant to eat, rather than the hyperthyroidism? Most - not all - hyperthyroid cats are desperate for food to meet the needs of the rapid metabolism the disease causes. As Molly says, there are very effective alternatives to daily medication, ...
by fjm
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Low potassium and the dire rear
Replies: 4
Views: 55

Re: Low potassium and the dire rear

There are around 275mg of potassium in 100g of mashed potato. Supplements seem to be around 225-250mg per ml, with a suggested dosage of 2ml per 4.5kg body weight, 1-3 times a day. That means you would need to give her a pretty hefty serving of potato to get the same dosage!
by fjm
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

Poor Molly to be so scared she freezes, but lucky Molly to have a human who understands her need for time and space at home. Tilly is very cooperative on her own terms - one vet carried her off for blood tests, reassured by her relaxed behaviour on the examination table. He brought her back with a s...
by fjm
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 283

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

I have found a little - very little - raw beef liver gets Tilly eating when she otherwise loses interest. It is very high in B12 and other B vitamins, so perhaps that is why. Around 10g a day for two or three days is enough - Morrison's sell it, and I chop it into tiny pieces and freeze it. If Willo...
by fjm
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

Tilly's sojourn was made bearable by a large bowl of chicken, an especially comfy bed, several water bowls, and me getting up extra early to let her out, but it has to be said that she is a very relaxed and amenable cat!
by fjm
Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

Excellent news! I got a urine sample from Tilly by shutting her in the kitchen overnight with two trays of non-absorbent litter in case of accidents. It probably wasn't as fresh as it should have been, but it made up for that in quantity...
by fjm
Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat in heat - can't be spayed. What to do?
Replies: 4
Views: 92

Re: Cat in heat - can't be spayed. What to do?

A week or two of heat every few weeks is pretty normal, but cats tend to cycle more and more frequently if they don't mate, until the heat becomes nigh on continuous. You may get a break over the winter, but I would not bank on it. You zre fortunate that she is not trying to escape - I have known ca...
by fjm
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

I would ensure she is up to date with vaccinations - some nasties can get tracked into the house from outside, and she may slip out at some point - but discuss with your vet what she needs, as it may vary according to the risks in your area. Fleas, unless she is showing signs, I would leave for now ...
by fjm
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

I think more frequent worming is needed in situations where larger numbers of animals are kept together - the Panacur reference sheet recommends monthly treatment for kennels, for example, but fewer treatments for cats less likely to pick up parasites.
by fjm
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

If her tum is settling down I would hold off on further worming for now, as you know she had a dose from the vet. You may need to treat again when she is 12 weeks old, but more probably at 6 months. Panacur is widely available online and in big pet supply shops, or you can ask your vet for it - you ...
by fjm
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

Sounds as if things are settling down - keep up the good work!
by fjm
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

Canned pureed pumpkin is sometimes available in supermarkets that cater for US bases, around Thanksgiving - I stock up for the year. It needs to be the plain pumpkin, rather than sweetened pie filling of course, Roast or baked butternut squash works just as well - freeze it in ice cube trays as you ...
by fjm
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

If she is happy and playful it may well be the sudden change in food. It is also a good sign that she is gaining weight. I would continue with the bland diet, and perhaps add a very little ground eggshell for calcium - the equivalent of a level teaspoonful per kilo. Don't start another food until he...
by fjm
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea
Replies: 32
Views: 332

Re: 7 weeks old tiny kitten diarrhoea

Is she 7 weeks now, or was she 7 weeks when you got her? Either way, she was very young to leave her mother, which may have contributed to the diarrhoea. In such a young kitten it can be serious - dehydration can kill. I would get her to a vet as soon as possible, and in the meantime try to get flui...
by fjm
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help with cats diarrhoea, at wits end
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Help with cats diarrhoea, at wits end

Last summer both my adult dogs had diarrhoea. As they started a day or two apart both the vet and I suspected an infection. At first they got symptomatic treatment - bung up paste and sensitive diet for a few days. Slight improvement, but immediate relapse on stopping the treatment. Then over a week...
by fjm
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Semintra long term?
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Semintra long term?

There again, if your cat is hyPOthyroid, sorting out the low thyroid may help the kidneys. It is all connected, as Mollycat says, and finding the balance point can be difficult.
by fjm
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Semintra long term?
Replies: 6
Views: 277

Re: Semintra long term?

Mygirls, I assume hypothyroid is a typo - that would be the opposite problem. It sounds as if your cat may need the dosage adjusting, or possibly a different formulation - I would talk to your vet. There are alternatives to medication, including diet, surgery and radio-iodine treatment, but with CKD...
by fjm
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help with cats diarrhoea, at wits end
Replies: 11
Views: 213

Re: Help with cats diarrhoea, at wits end

It might be worth trying home cooked, if you cannot solve it any other way. It is much easier to feed limited ingredients that way, and might be easier to handle than raw with a baby in the house. If you buy the complete balanced minces (80% muscle, 10% offal, 10% ground bone) you don't need to add ...
by fjm
Sun Oct 06, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice needed concerning new cat
Replies: 3
Views: 77

Re: Advice needed concerning new cat

It sounds to me as if you have made a good start - you may find the very helpful Catchat information page on reconciling cats to each other: https://www.catchat.org/index.php/new-cat-introductions useful. It is still very early days - one cat has to get used to being confined, and the other to havin...
by fjm
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 2 week old Kittens, questions!
Replies: 2
Views: 47

Re: 2 week old Kittens, questions!

It sounds as if you are doing well. Their mother should take care of cleaning them up until they begin to be weaned, but it would be worth having a tray ready - I would try any easily available, inexpensive non-dusty litter. The kittens will need to be vaccinated at 9 weeks and again at 3 months; th...
by fjm
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Sad news from the Vet :(

Such sad news - try to stay in the now, and not dwell too much on what is coming. Suzanne Clothier likened this news to being handed a ticket to grief - you know you will have to travel that road, but not yet. Even if it is just a few weeks, that is hundreds of hours, thousands of minutes, uncountab...
by fjm
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cats love to mess with your mind
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Cats love to mess with your mind

Perhaps it is because you were not looking at him - cats tend to make a beeline for those whose eyes are politely averted, rather than rudely staring directly. Or it could, of course, have been feline sixth sense and contrariness! Whatever persuaded him, I am glad he made you feel better.
by fjm
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I am I being flea-ced?
Replies: 11
Views: 140

Re: I am I being flea-ced?

I would look for a product that is safe for kittens that size (most that have a Kittens and Small Cat formulation), and that not only kills fleas but stops them reproducing as well - that breaks the cycle over a couple of months, and gives you a good chance of getting clear of them. Fleas are increa...
by fjm
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Jaundice
Replies: 15
Views: 224

Re: Jaundice

I am so glad she is back to normal - and very glad you got her to the vet at the first sign of trouble.
by fjm
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 209
Views: 4358

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

It is a little sad that they still don't welcome human company, but they are happy and healthy, with full lives and full tummies, and that is a great deal more than they would have had elsewhere.