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by fjm
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help introducing dog to cat
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: Help introducing dog to cat

It does depend on the dog being trained to enjoy the crate as a happy place to relax - I suggest asking his owner to get him used to it at home (Crate Games by kikopup on youtube is a good resource) before trying it at your house. Just shutting the dog in a crate would be very stressful - teaching h...
by fjm
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help introducing dog to cat
Replies: 14
Views: 993

Re: Help introducing dog to cat

Does the dog have a crate? Settling the dog in the crate with a really good chew, and letting the cat investigate may be a way of moving things forward without too much risk. And I second the idea of chicken to reward good behaviour - Dog=Good Stuff for Cats is the sort of equation most cats can qui...
by fjm
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Staying out in warm weather?
Replies: 11
Views: 816

Re: Staying out in warm weather?

Excellent news! I hope you can find a way to keep both Foggy and grandchildren happy next time.
by fjm
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Thunder!
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Thunder!

Sophy (Papillon) decided she didn't like loud bangs a few years ago. It started with the sound of shooting in the distance, then generalised to fireworks, thunder, and now even the crack of sticks burning. I have worked hard to desensitise her, but Poppy (Poodle) decided that if bangs were bad enoug...
by fjm
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Thunder!
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Thunder!

I sometimes think they can turn themselves invisible at will, as well as walk through walls! I have lost count of the times Sophy the Cat Finding Papillon has told me there is a cat under the bed and I have looked and said there isn't, and then a cat has strolled out 10 minutes later. I hope the thu...
by fjm
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tilly has pancreatitis again
Replies: 57
Views: 4038

Re: Tilly has pancreatitis again

I am so happy for you both! I am sure she will soon relax back into home routine and begin to recover her bounce.
by fjm
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 8+ week old kitten, with us for 2 days, started eating but is vomiting water
Replies: 9
Views: 1471

Re: 8+ week old kitten, with us for 2 days, started eating but is vomiting water

I still have curtains with linings shredded by a kitten over 30 years ago - sentimental value now! Good to hear she is settling in and getting the eating habit. In a few weeks I would try mixing things up a bit with different brands and flavours, and even a little suitable human food. Cats seem to l...
by fjm
Thu May 31, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Staying out in warm weather?
Replies: 11
Views: 816

Re: Staying out in warm weather?

Mine do it to me every Spring - Pippin is now too creaky to roam far, but Tilly does at least one 18 hour hunting trip as soon as the weather warms up. But if it is a one-off I would keep up the searching, checking sheds etc and putting out stuff that smells of home to help him find his way back. As...
by fjm
Wed May 30, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 15197

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

If he did he didn't bring it home!
by fjm
Wed May 30, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tilly has pancreatitis again
Replies: 57
Views: 4038

Re: Tilly has pancreatitis again

Wonderful news - give her a gentle scritch from us.
by fjm
Wed May 30, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Have you ever trained your Cat
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: Have you ever trained your Cat

Mine are very good about coming when called, and have taught themselves to line up with the dogs and sit for a treat when we get back from a walk. There are some wonderful examples of clicker trained cats on YouTube, too. I think cats are very trainable, but the methods used have to be reward based,...
by fjm
Wed May 30, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 15197

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Hurrah! Pippin's three month blood test results are in - creatinine down from 167 to 149, and SDMA right down from 16 to 9, so it looks as if his kidneys are fine and settling down after the hyperthyroidism. T4 17 (low end of normal), liver normal, slightly high globulin but that is probably inflamm...
by fjm
Tue May 29, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 15197

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Vet also recommended the course of four if it seemed to be effective, and although it may be owner placebo effect Pippin does seem a lot more comfortable so I have booked him for the second tomorrow. We are actually having a summer at the moment - nigh on perfect weather in the North West despite cl...
by fjm
Tue May 29, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tilly has pancreatitis again
Replies: 57
Views: 4038

Re: Tilly has pancreatitis again

That is such good news! I am so happy for you, after the anxiety last week. Do you know what triggered the attack so you can avoid it in future?
by fjm
Mon May 28, 2018 5:59 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Neighbours aggressive cat
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: Neighbours aggressive cat

I would have a brief, courteous word to warn the neighbours, and then buy a good water pistol. Keep your cat in, and spray the unwanted visitor every time it sets foot in your garden - he may eventually get the message. I suspect the visitor has been marking in your garden to get your cat this stres...
by fjm
Mon May 28, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 8+ week old kitten, with us for 2 days, started eating but is vomiting water
Replies: 9
Views: 1471

Re: 8+ week old kitten, with us for 2 days, started eating but is vomiting water

Yellow, watery vomit sounds like empty tummy bile - feeding her little and often should resolve it if it is. If all else fails I would try cooked chicken - Several thighs, skin removed from all but one, simmered in plain water till very tender - don't feed her the bones, of course, but meat, skin an...
by fjm
Sat May 26, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: diabetic - help !
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: diabetic - help !

A friend with a diabetic cat had a wonderfulsitter from the Cats Protection League who understood all about it and made sure the cat had injections on time whenever my friend had to be away. It might be worth asking locally - it made a big difference knowing that there was someone knowledgeable and ...
by fjm
Fri May 25, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tilly has pancreatitis again
Replies: 57
Views: 4038

Re: Tilly has pancreatitis again

Paws crossed here too - pancreatitis is nasty enough, without additional complications. It sounds as if she is getting the best of care, and everything possible is being done - my thoughts are with you both.
by fjm
Wed May 23, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 15197

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Thanks all - scritches and purrs to Mouse and Pallina, too. This was the first Cartrophen jab - I have read for dogs it is a course of four, and wondered if Pip would need a full course to see results. I didn't mention it till the last moment, and there were people and animals waiting, so I didn't g...
by fjm
Wed May 23, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: I am having trouble.
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: I am having trouble.

As it is summer, I would be tempted to have her shaved down, and then gradually desensitise her to brushing while her coat grows back in. She may look a bit odd for a while, but she will be a lot more comfortable! If brushing hurts, which it will if she has knots and tangles let alone mats, she will...
by fjm
Wed May 23, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: What's wrong with my cat's paw?
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: What's wrong with my cat's paw?

If just one claw is broken he has probably caught it on something - the nail can pull before it breaks, so there can be damage under the skin. It can be very painful, so unsurprising if he doesn't want to walk on it. If all the claws are scuffed or broken he may have been involved in a minor RTA, th...
by fjm
Wed May 23, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Afraid :(
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: Afraid :(

I think that it is very unlikely that any vet would consider you a bad owner for taking your cat in frequently - I am sure vets would far rather deal with too many visits than too few! It may be worth discussing things with your vet, though - a good first aid kit, with suitable antihistamines, antis...
by fjm
Wed May 23, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism
Replies: 105
Views: 15197

Re: Pippin's experiences with hyperthyroidism

Three month check up today. Gerard the vet was very pleased - Pip's weight and body condition are spot on, his heart is steady and all physical signs are good. His blood pressure has dropped to around 145, which is a decided improvement allowing for white coat syndrome, so he is off hypertension med...
by fjm
Tue May 22, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My 1yr old Cat is not right. Advice please.
Replies: 4
Views: 510

Re: My 1yr old Cat is not right. Advice please.

I wonder, given the interloper, if she has had a fight and could be brewing an abscess? Pippin would hide away in just this way when he was in the early stages. Will she let you feel her gently all over for any swellings or sore spots? Typically abscesses form from bites around the neck and shoulder...
by fjm
Mon May 21, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat partial anorexia
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: Elderly cat partial anorexia

Is she on any pain relief? Pippin has arthritis, and a small daily dose of Loxicom makes a huge difference I know it carries a risk of damaging the kidneys, but consider the benefits outweigh the risks. I have not (yet) had to deal with anorexia, but find mine will always eat chicken. They prefer it...
by fjm
Mon May 21, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My 1yr old Cat is not right. Advice please.
Replies: 4
Views: 510

Re: My 1yr old Cat is not right. Advice please.

I am glad you are taking her to the vet - as you know, a change in behaviour can often be down to an underlying health issue. There again, if she is eating and drinking normally that is a good sign, and a strange cat invading her territory would upset most cats. I hope you get good news when you do ...
by fjm
Thu May 17, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Not doing so well
Replies: 6
Views: 723

Re: Not doing so well

I am so sorry - grief hurts, both emotionally and physically, and only time softens the pain. Would it help to tell us more about Ginger, remembering happy times as well as the sadness at the end? Be kind to yourself. Letting a beloved animal go peacefully when the pain and distress become too much ...
by fjm
Wed May 16, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Re: Night time terrors: 1 year on
Replies: 22
Views: 4148

Re: Night time terrors: 1 year on

I think perhaps that as we get older we are more aware of the finality of death, and of our own mortality. And each loss reminds us of the others and breaks another link to our past. I got Pip and Tilly while my parents were alive - my mother was with me when I first met Tilly, and my father, alread...
by fjm
Tue May 15, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: repeat ear/eye infections
Replies: 3
Views: 302

Re: repeat ear/eye infections

Has she been tested for FIV and FeLV? It sounds as if she has been vaccinated against them, but no vaccine is 100% effective - it may be worth testing. I would avoid the use of essential oils on cats - they can be very dangerous, and in my opinion too risky unless you really, really know what you ar...
by fjm
Sun May 13, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: What is this?
Replies: 9
Views: 979

Re: What is this?

A tad embarrassing, but a huge relief, too, I would think! It is very easy when grooming longer hair to just smooth the surface and think the job is done - you need to get right down to the skin to be sure of removing all the tangles that can turn into mats. I have a poodle and a papillon, as well a...