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by fjm
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat search dog!
Replies: 6
Views: 1527

Cat search dog!

Most cat owners must know it - the little flick of anxiety when your cat is not home for breakfast, the slow build as you consider just how long you should wait to comb the neighbourhood rattling treats, the way you remind yourself of the 100s of times the cats have done this before while that littl...
by fjm
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Allergic Cat Help
Replies: 16
Views: 2136

Re: Allergic Cat Help

I think it is the cat that is suffering from allergies, rather than the owner. Human remedies should not, of course, be used on a cat without first consulting your vet!
by fjm
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Weaning off felux kitten
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Weaning off felux kitten

Have you tried mixing a very small amount of the new food into the kitten food (say half a teaspoonful), and increasing the proportion very gradually? I would choose something you will be happy to feed long term if they dislike change so much!
by fjm
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Rehoming older cat after two kittens died on quiet lane?
Replies: 13
Views: 2537

Re: Rehoming older cat after two kittens died on quiet lane?

I think kittens are more vulnerable, but all cats are at risk. A lane with occasional cars can be more dangerous than a busy road with regular traffic - constant cars encourage cats to keep away. I assume you have considered an indoor only cat? It works for some people and some cats. I feel for you ...
by fjm
Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cleaning products
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Cleaning products

Lemon juice, bicarb and borax substitute work for most things, I find!
by fjm
Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Unhappy cat
Replies: 9
Views: 1549

Re: Unhappy cat

Lots of excellent advice already - I would add that I think sometimes you just have to accept that the home you have to offer is not right for the needs of a particular animal, and seek a better match for them. Managing the increasingly risky situation between a toddler and a potentially aggressive ...
by fjm
Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Warning about feeding a raw meat diet
Replies: 3
Views: 651

Re: Warning about feeding a raw meat diet

This research focuses on the various pathogenic bacteria and parasites found in commercially prepared raw pet food in the Netherlands - parasites are killed by freezing, bacteria are not. It does not actually present any evidence of harm to either pets or people - just says that there is a risk. As ...
by fjm
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The Rubber Banned
Replies: 21
Views: 3890

Re: The Rubber Banned

I read a single Enid Blyton book - a Secret Seven one in which a dog had its throat cut in the early chapters - and avoided them ever after! Children's books could be pretty shocking in the 50s.
by fjm
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Personality Change in Cat
Replies: 4
Views: 1192

Re: Personality Change in Cat

If the vet has ruled out a physical cause it sounds like stress. Have the changes in your routine been sudden and recent? A baby is a major disruption from a cat's point of view - all that fussing going to a human instead of her, and probably being turfed off laps and kept away from grabbing hands. ...
by fjm
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The Rubber Banned
Replies: 21
Views: 3890

Re: The Rubber Banned

YES! As for the dark hints about acid baths in a book I read at the age of 9, I leave you to imagine how gingerly I would dip in the first toe for years afterwards...
by fjm
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The Rubber Banned
Replies: 21
Views: 3890

Re: The Rubber Banned

I wish you had all been there to point all this out when I was traumatised by a radio broadcast of The Speckled Band as a child! It was far too scary to stay and listen to the end, and then even worse not to know what happened, so we had to ask... I lay awake watching to make sure a snake didn't com...
by fjm
Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sick cat
Replies: 12
Views: 1961

Re: Sick cat

I am so very sorry. Sometimes there is simply nothing even the vet can do...
by fjm
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Sick cat
Replies: 12
Views: 1961

Re: Sick cat

It could be as simple as a muscle spasm - I would keep her calm and comfortable and not let her attempt to jump until you can get her to the vet . I hope you get good news soon.
by fjm
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Meat/Taurine Content For Kittens
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: Meat/Taurine Content For Kittens

Cooking makes bones brittle, especially chicken bones, which is why you should take great care never to let your animals get cooked chicken bones. Raw bones are softer, especially non-weight bearing bones like wings. A kitten would probably chew the meat off and leave the bone - whether I gave one a...
by fjm
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The Rubber Banned
Replies: 21
Views: 3890

Re: The Rubber Banned

Years ago I lived on a path by the river in Oxford - a lovely safe place for my kitten Toby to roam while I was gardening. I couldn't understand why I always seemed to have so many of those thick rubber bands in my garden, until I realised he found all the ones the postman discarded and brought them...
by fjm
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Meat/Taurine Content For Kittens
Replies: 4
Views: 584

Re: Meat/Taurine Content For Kittens

I feel that I am becoming a bit evangelical on here about the advantages of home prepared diets for cats, but I do think there are many benefits in feeding raw/home cooked food. It is very easy these days, with many companies offering balanced meats with the right proportion of bone and offal (I use...
by fjm
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Wet food, cereal free
Replies: 25
Views: 3547

Re: Wet food, cereal free

Have you considered raw or home cooked? My two thrive on the DAF pet minces, with a pinch of taurine, a chicken wing or two to help their teeth, and the occasional tin of sardines for omega 3. Cheaper even than Lidl (it works out around 25p per cat per day), and you know exactly what they are gettin...
by fjm
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Raw diet/non fish food
Replies: 5
Views: 576

Re: Raw diet/non fish food

I have just posted about my experiences feeding raw/home cooked on this thread:
https://www.catchat.org/felineforum/vie ... =13&t=5956
by fjm
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Raw food - recipes please!
Replies: 4
Views: 1032

Re: Raw food - recipes please!

I came to raw/home-cooked feeding through researching it for my dogs, where the usual recommendation is to feed a meat mixture that is 80% muscle meat, 10% bone and 10% offal (of which around half should be liver). It is advisable to feed a range of protein sources to ensure all bases are covered, i...
by fjm
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued Kitten Feeding Advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1537

Re: Rescued Kitten Feeding Advice

I agree - I would free feed him if you can, and let him eat as much as he likes whenever he likes. Cats are much better at managing their intake than dogs, and are designed to eat many mouse sized meals a day. Many years ago I included mince beef and raw egg yolk in my rescue kitten's diet; now I fe...
by fjm
Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I don’t know what to do!
Replies: 8
Views: 1113

Re: I don’t know what to do!

I would consider whether any discomfort he is feeling may be down to the surgery - cryosurgery can be very effective, and he may yet beat the odds. Remember he does not know that he is ill - he may feel a bit uncomfortable, but you are probably suffering far more than he is. I often think we take on...
by fjm
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tails of the radioactive cat (or Mouse.) Radio-iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism
Replies: 208
Views: 23692

Re: Tails of the radioactive cat (or Mouse.) Radio-iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism

According to Google it's about a 2 hour drive from here, but that doesn't take account of traffic - I used to do a weekly commute to Harrogate, and I reckoned on a good hour and a half for that, even without snow or ice. Even then I was usually late... It is doable there and back in a day, but I hav...
by fjm
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tails of the radioactive cat (or Mouse.) Radio-iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism
Replies: 208
Views: 23692

Re: Tails of the radioactive cat (or Mouse.) Radio-iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism

Thanks Lilith - yes, I have read that they prefer you to stop the drugs for a while before treatment. I think the recommendation is for about a week, so plenty of time for that. I will need some notice to plan the trip, as it will probably involve an overnight stay with friends, which may mean board...
by fjm
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I don’t know what to do!
Replies: 8
Views: 1113

Re: I don’t know what to do!

Have you discussed pain relief with your vet? I would ask about meloxicam (Metacam, Loxicom) even if there are not yet clear signs of pain, so that you have something to hand in case of need. I would certainly discuss any alternative or complementary therapies with your vet too, to ensure everything...
by fjm
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tails of the radioactive cat (or Mouse.) Radio-iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism
Replies: 208
Views: 23692

Re: Tails of the radioactive cat (or Mouse.) Radio-iodine treatment for hyperthyroidism

The Vet practice phoned me today to check some details for Pippin's referral to the the Hyperthyroid Cat Centre in Wetherby, so things are progressing. He is gaining weight steadily since he has been on Thyronorm, despite only getting a half dose for the few days I was away over Christmas (I wanted ...
by fjm
Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best food for Cat with cancer
Replies: 15
Views: 2122

Re: Best food for Cat with cancer

I buy the Durham Animal Feed complete minced meat, which is a balanced combination of 80% muscle meat, 10% offal and 10% bone. They deliver widely, or you may find a local stockist. If you cook it (best simmered in water because of the bone) you can add a pinch of taurine to compensate for that lost...
by fjm
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Bella wont eat wet food.
Replies: 12
Views: 2270

Re: Bella wont eat wet food.

I cook for mine - I buy the Durham Animal Feed complete minces, and feed them raw or gently simmered to make gravy and jelly, with a pinch of extra taurine to be safe when it is cooked. I cook vegetables for the dogs, and give the cats some of the broth from that, too. Mixing and rotating meats (chi...
by fjm
Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: feeding cats without dogs stealing it!
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: feeding cats without dogs stealing it!

Now that is a clever idea - thank you! I am experimenting with alternative positions for his food bowl, but will definitely bear this in mind if the cheapo option doesn't work out. Something similar may work for keeping the dogs out of litter trays when those eventually become necessary - ah, the wo...
by fjm
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: feeding cats without dogs stealing it!
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Re: feeding cats without dogs stealing it!

Yes, they are chipped - and I did think about installing a microchip operated cat flap in the cloakroom/utility room door, but it would not be easy to keep the door shut shut. It is one of those spaces that is in constant use, with very little floor space.
by fjm
Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: feeding cats without dogs stealing it!
Replies: 5
Views: 533

feeding cats without dogs stealing it!

I need ideas! I have two cats (Pippin and Tilly) and two dogs (Sophy, a papillon, and Poppy, a toy poodle). The dogs gobble any food they can reach and look round for more, so the cats are fed on a work surface in the utility room where the dogs can't get at their bowls - the cats like to eat a bit ...