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by fjm
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Night time Nightmare!!
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Night time Nightmare!!

Given her age I would start with a full vet check, including blood tests. Is she hungrier than usual? Losing weight? This sort of behaviour can be associated with hyperthyroidism, which is extremely common in older cats. It is very treatable, especially caught early, but can be very dangerous if left.
by fjm
Sat Jan 30, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas?
Replies: 8
Views: 114

Re: Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas?

Frontline is losing effectiveness in many areas of the country. Frontline Plus is the one that also incapacitates the eggs and stops them hatching, but I would try Advantage - I had a major infestation after relying on even Frontline Plus. You will need to get it from your vet, or at least get a pre...
by fjm
Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat bullying older cat
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: Cat bullying older cat

Is there any way you can create a second entrance/exit? Another cat flap, or a small, accessible window left open? If it were possible to create a safe zone for the older cat at the same time, where he could be sure of being able to eat, sleep and use a tray in peace, that would be even better.
by fjm
Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas?
Replies: 8
Views: 114

Re: Best Way to Get Rid of Fleas?

I would be wary of diatomaceous earth - it played merry hell with my sister's vacuum cleaner. Is the prescription treatment one that breaks the fleas breeding cycle? If so, keeping it up for a few months while washing/vacuuming frequently should eventually get rid of them, but it may be worth talkin...
by fjm
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:29 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

One of the liquid foods may be your best bet if the vets agree. Hold on in there, Alan, and you too, Riccardo!
by fjm
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:51 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

Good news so far. Would it be worth adding a little pureed chicken or recovery food to the syringe? Best to consult your vet first, of course.
by fjm
Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:21 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 hope he is doing better this morning - his drinking voluntarily sounds like a good sign.
by fjm
Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Why don't cats have vets?
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Why don't cats have vets?

I wonder if, in the past at least, cats were seen as something you got for free, and therefore did not get basic preventative care or even emergency care. But I would have thought that would have changed, especially in the past year. Perhaps more cats and kittens are being adopted from rescues, full...
by fjm
Wed Jan 27, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: FIV Questions & Answers
Topic: FIV Testing?
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: FIV Testing?

I would ask your vet. The test requires blood to be taken and analysed, which is not usually part of a basic health check. Depending on the age of your cat, and the depths of your wallet, it may be worth checking for early signs of other common issues like hyperthyroidism and declining kidney functi...
by fjm
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I'm glad he is doing so well, and can quite see why the vet wants to reduce pain relief just enough to encourage him to slow down. It will be interesting to see how Molly adapts. Tilly has learned a great deal from watching the dogs - careful observation showed her that planting bottoms on ground le...
by fjm
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

A whole galaxy of bright spots! It's very reassuring to know you can get advice for the dog over the phone immediately, and I agree with cheering a Poo. I keep a record of Poppy's after our trials and tribulations in the summer - in these days we need all the causes for celebration we can find, and ...
by fjm
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I hear you. I spend a small fortune on special food, supplements and metronidazole for Poppy, cook low fat chicken for additional protein, carefully spacing out meals to ensure optimal nutrition, avoiding anything that might trigger nausea or diarrhoea which are always hovering in the background, an...
by fjm
Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Please HELP - Lung lobectomy in 12 y/o old cat!!
Replies: 3
Views: 64

Re: Please HELP - Lung lobectomy in 12 y/o old cat!!

I am so sorry - it is a harsh decision to have to make. My understanding is that lung cancer in cats is most commonly metastatic - the primary tumour is elsewhere in the body. If that is the case for your cat then removing the affected lung tissue may make very little difference. I think I would wan...
by fjm
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Neuturing cost
Replies: 3
Views: 68

Re: Neuturing cost

It may depend on what is included. Pre-op blood work (not usually needed for a healthy young cat) can be around £100. Having an extra person to monitor the anaesthetic etc can also add to the costs. I would ask the vet for a breakdown, and decide from there.
by fjm
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I'm glad he is feeling better and you are coping. I have reminders set on my computer for Poppy's meals and meds - 4 meals spread through the day, and 4 or 5 tablets, one of which is best on an empty stomach. I cook chicken breast from Durham Animal Feeds and always have a few chunks defrosted to st...
by fjm
Sat Jan 23, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

How is he this morning? Sounds as though whatever pain relief he had during the op was pretty effective!
by fjm
Fri Jan 22, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I've been thinking of you today - glad the op is safely over and you have everything so well planned for his recovery. The eight weeks will pass swiftly once you have the routine established, and then it will be Spring, and the equinox, and long hours of daylight to mooch around and gradually build ...
by fjm
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How to know if my cats are unhappy
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: How to know if my cats are unhappy

I think if they have access to your safe garden that is ample - I wouldn't risk stressing them (or even worse, losing them) by taking them outside it with a harness, especially at 13. You could try a tower with steps or ramps to make it easier for your older cat to climb, but it sounds to me as if t...
by fjm
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: PLEASE HELP: Making the best decision for the home of my cat
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: PLEASE HELP: Making the best decision for the home of my cat

I have to agree with the others. Five years ago you loved her enough to recognise that you could not meet her needs, and were very fortunate to have a friend able and willing to help. If you were struggling physically and emotionally at the time the stress would definitely have affected your cat, an...
by fjm
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat bald patch (ringworm)
Replies: 25
Views: 334

Re: cat bald patch (ringworm)

Many years ago I was given an iodine spray to treat ringworm on a pony, and I believe it is also prescribed for cats. It cleared the pony's trouble quickly and effectively - might be worth asking your vet about.
by fjm
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Gabapentin for arthritis
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: Gabapentin for arthritis

I have found seraquin, available online without a prescription, quite helpful for Pippin's severe arthritis - Yu-Move is similar but he won't eat that; gabapentin seemed to make little difference but the loxicom (metacam) really helps.
by fjm
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How to know if my cats are unhappy
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: How to know if my cats are unhappy

I think your therapist is very probably right and your cats are already leading a very contented life, but there are lots of things you can do to help you feel that you are making it even happier. I would limit treats - not good for their health, much as they love them. Instead think of ways to enri...
by fjm
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat fountains...
Replies: 7
Views: 126

Re: Cat fountains...

Thanks, Phantom. I will add the Avalon to my list of possibles. I am beginning to suspect that Tilly likes the attention she gets when sitting in the wash hand basin as much as drinking from the dripping tap, though!
by fjm
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat bald patch (ringworm)
Replies: 25
Views: 334

Re: cat bald patch (ringworm)

Was the bald spot in the same area as the flea drops were applied? If so, I would suspect a reaction to some ingredient in the spot-on; if not it is possibly simply coincidence. Pippin-cat reacts very badly to spot-on treatments and to surgical spirit - it starts with redness and hair loss and devel...
by fjm
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

So true! I had to explain to the vet that Sophy's miserable aspect and diarrhoea when Poppy was very ill was very probably related to my stress - and the speed with which she recovered once Poppy was out of danger and I began to relax confirmed it. Then there was the occasion I convinced myself she ...
by fjm
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Yes - this pandemic has certainly made us appreciate the small things. We had a family Skype yesterday and me nephew was saying what a lovely day it had been - he bumped into an old friend while walking and they had a long natter, masked and distanced, and then he did a bit of essential shopping and...
by fjm
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:39 pm
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 am so sorry - what a terrible shock. I don't know about brain tumours in cats but have had some experience in humans - at the end came some confusion, then increasing sleepiness until sleep took over completely. Has the vet talked to you about what to expect, or is the shock still too overwhelming...
by fjm
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

That's good - not long at all. We actually managed a "proper" walk today. Only a mile, but met several dogs and their humans and were able to stride along under blue skies and sunshine without fear of slipping on ice. It seems to have been slippery for weeks!
by fjm
Tue Jan 12, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Love it - obviously inspired by the Wise Men of Gotham fencing in the cuckoo!
by fjm
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2181

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Brain and scent work may help. When I have had to crate rest my dogs Hunt the Treat has been a godsend - tiny 1 kcal treats hidden in low places, so no jumping but lots of sniffing to find them. Sniffing is both fun and tiring. Trick training, choosing tricks that won't stress his joints, could also...