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by fjm
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pregnant cat has adopted us...
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Re: Pregnant cat has adopted us...

Well, she certainly didn't hang about, and is clearly aiming to be an Instagram star! I hope you found a space to sleep - are there more kittens this morning? Three is quite a small litter, and could explain why she did not look full term. With the average litter of five it is much more obvious. A d...
by fjm
Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pregnant cat has adopted us...
Replies: 9
Views: 149

Re: Pregnant cat has adopted us...

It sounds as if she has decided you are now her humans - congratulations! It's good that you have been able to come to an amicable arrangement with her previous owner. Have you any idea of how old she is, and whether this is her first litter? You have obviously started researching what you might nee...
by fjm
Sat Apr 25, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat not eating
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: Cat not eating

I would try a different brand, and different textures - some cats prefer pate foods, or just chunks in jelly, or just in gravy. If you are feeding her human food try to use meats that are low in salt and with not too much fat - chicken thighs with some of the skin taken off or minced beef, turkey, e...
by fjm
Fri Apr 24, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason

Have you tried putting her heated bed and other comforts in another room, and accustomising her to sleeping there? Perhaps a bathroom, if your flat is small. Then she could have tray, food and water as well as a very comfortable bed all within easy reach, without the kitten having access to the food...
by fjm
Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Senior kitty wakes me up all night for no reason

Do you give her a late evening meal, or leave food down for her overnight? And is she allowed out at night?
by fjm
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Need help with new mamma "Molly Micro-soft"
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: Need help with new mamma "Molly Micro-soft"

It sounds to me as if she is utterly confused by the whole situation, and possibly, given the loss of two kittens already, as if perhaps the whole litter has issues. It is possible, given the eye and respiratory infection you mention, that Molly has had feline herpes, and as a carrier may have passe...
by fjm
Sun Apr 19, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Arthritis and Tramadol
Replies: 14
Views: 229

Re: Arthritis and Tramadol

I believe that, while long term metacam can cause CKD, when the disease is already present metacam can actually improve kidney function, due to its anti-inflammatory effect. It may be something worth discussing with your vet. Pippin's arthritis is so severe that he simply could not manage without it...
by fjm
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Arthritis and Tramadol
Replies: 14
Views: 229

Re: Arthritis and Tramadol

Pippin loves seraquin, and it does seem to help the arthritis.
by fjm
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: How do you feed an abandoned kitten without KRM?
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: How do you feed an abandoned kitten without KRM?

If he is eating by himself he should be capable of urinating and defecating, but try rubbing gently with a damp cloth down over his tummy towards the anus for a few minutes - think of the strokes of the mother cat's tongue.
by fjm
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: British blue that doesn't purr (yet!)
Replies: 11
Views: 201

Re: British blue that doesn't purr (yet!)

Excellent news! He just needed a little more time.
by fjm
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: How do you feed an abandoned kitten without KRM?
Replies: 4
Views: 98

Re: How do you feed an abandoned kitten without KRM?

I would certainly try him with a little mince beef, if you have some - simmer it in not too much water, no salt, and offer it to him while it is still tepid. Scrambled egg is another possibility, if he is old enough to eat solids. Years ago we used to wean pups and kittens onto baby cereal mixed wit...
by fjm
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Help me overcome a loss
Replies: 3
Views: 136

Re: Help me overcome a loss

I am so very sorry - such a devastating accident to happen to a beloved, healthy young cat. I do not think anything will stop the "if onlys...", but try to think of the wonderful, happy year he had in your care, when without you he would have died as a tiny kitten. After such a fall I don't think an...
by fjm
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: How do I retrieve my cat who has returned to our previous home?
Replies: 8
Views: 75

Re: How do I retrieve my cat who has returned to our previous home?

You can usually borrow a trap, so no need to buy, but yes, other cats can get caught. That is why the trap needs checking frequently to release them if necessary. I baited one with particularly good food and caught the same little tortie at least four times. But as the trap was checked every half ho...
by fjm
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: How do I retrieve my cat who has returned to our previous home?
Replies: 8
Views: 75

Re: How do I retrieve my cat who has returned to our previous home?

I see. I would ask around vets, rescues, etc for a trap - it does mean that it needs checking frequently, but is probably the safest way. Meanwhile if you know exactly where the cat is perhaps a former neighbour could be persuaded to feed it in a suitable spot, where you could then put the trap when...
by fjm
Thu Apr 09, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: LOST Cats
Topic: How do I retrieve my cat who has returned to our previous home?
Replies: 8
Views: 75

Re: How do I retrieve my cat who has returned to our previous home?

Is there any reason why you can't simply go and fetch the cat? Are the new owners of the house claiming him/her?
by fjm
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Struggling to cope with sudden loss of elderly cat
Replies: 7
Views: 175

Re: Struggling to cope with sudden loss of elderly cat

I am so sorry - it is always hard to lose a beloved animal, and this has come on you with no warning or time to prepare. Cats are very good at hiding declining health, and heart disease in particular can be asymptomatic until things suddenly worsen. Had it been found a little earlier it is possible ...
by fjm
Wed Apr 08, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Thoughts on BBC news article - keep cats in doors during outbreak
Replies: 8
Views: 125

Re: Thoughts on BBC news article - keep cats in doors during outbreak

I think it would be impossible with my two, so I am not even going to try. We have several acres of shared gardens and beyond are open fields, so it is very nearly as safe as anywhere can be. I considered the remote possibility of a neighbour coughing over one of them, then me stroking and touching ...
by fjm
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Please advise about strange acting and suddenly changing behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Please advise about strange acting and suddenly changing behaviour

Was it something the children did, probably quite accidentally? When I had a cat suffering from anxiety (she became so stressed after my other cat died that she licked off much of her fur) the solution was anti-anxiety medication from the vet, plus keeping her in a small, safe area. To me it felt li...
by fjm
Mon Apr 06, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Liver enzymes at 1400 no symptoms???
Replies: 12
Views: 183

Re: Liver enzymes at 1400 no symptoms???

My toy poodle was diagnosed with acute liver failure in January. She was on a drip for two days, and I feared I was going to lose her, but so far she is making a good recovery. She weighed 4.3 kilos, and has been on 5mg prednidale, 1/3 Destolit, and a small Denamarin tablet daily. 25mg prednisone se...
by fjm
Mon Apr 06, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitty UTI HELPPP!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Re: Kitty UTI HELPPP!!!

On the matter of blood I would ask your vet - they should be happy to do at least a phone consultation to advise you. On litter trays it sounds as if he may now associate the tray with pain, or simply be so desperate that he pees on the nearest absorbent surface. I would remove anything precious, co...
by fjm
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help after paw procedure
Replies: 14
Views: 164

Re: Help after paw procedure

It does sound as if he is coming around, and it is not too much longer to keep the collar on when you are not able to watch him.
by fjm
Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help after paw procedure
Replies: 14
Views: 164

Re: Help after paw procedure

Have you any bicarbonate of soda? That might help - I have used it as a dry shampoo on dogs, rubbing it gently into the fur and then brushing it out. Otherwise I would just keep wiping him with a warm damp cloth, if he will allow it. Poor lad - time for a comfy bed in a quiet spot and lots of treats...
by fjm
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help after paw procedure
Replies: 14
Views: 164

Re: Help after paw procedure

First I would call your vet and ask for advice, just in case there is infection or a reaction to the anaesthetic. The cone can make using the litter box tricky, and perhaps his sore paw is also discouraging him from digging. Could you try an alternative to the cone - perhaps an improvised soft recov...
by fjm
Sat Apr 04, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Corona ... someone had to start it!
Replies: 25
Views: 450

Re: Corona ... someone had to start it!

I am so sorry, Hipkit. It is always hard to lose a beloved companion, and worrying that the outcome may have been different if things had been normal and the vet had seen him earlier must make it even worse. You don't say what his illness was - it is very probable that given how quickly he got worse...
by fjm
Fri Apr 03, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat won't stop vomiting
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: My cat won't stop vomiting

I assume she has been wormed, and her health is otherwise good? Is it possible that she is simply being fed too much? A stray cat can feel the need to eat voraciously whenever food is available, and over eating can lead to vomiting. If everyone is helping to care for her it is possible that she is b...
by fjm
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat's change of behaviour
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: Cat's change of behaviour

First springtime as a teenager or young adult - a heady combination! I got used to my cats going walkabout in Spring - Tilly would routinely vanish for 24 hours when the days got longer, touring her wider territory. I would not worry too much, but keep a little tempting food around several times dur...
by fjm
Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Corona ... someone had to start it!
Replies: 25
Views: 450

Re: Corona ... someone had to start it!

I am rather wishing Tilly was still bringing rabbits home - it would have cut back on shopping considerably!
by fjm
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: our kitten all of a sudden today starting walking weird
Replies: 4
Views: 109

Re: our kitten all of a sudden today starting walking weird

I would suspect an injury. Does she react if you run your hand down her back, or gently lift each paw? If it does not clear in the next hour or two I would try to get her to a vet - meanwhile I would keep her confined somewhere with no jumping, food, water, tray and comfy bed close by. The other, le...
by fjm
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Abnormal things going on around here....
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Abnormal things going on around here....

I would get her seen by your vet. Either she is pregnant, in which case you need to make the decision whether to have her spayed immediately if it is possible, or go ahead with the litter, or she is not, in which case there may be another reason for the sudden plumpness. If she is pregnant, and has ...
by fjm
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 231

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Advice

I have put emergency care boxes for my cats and my dogs into my garage, which is isolated from the house. Each box contains food, medications and other essentials for 14 days, together with contact details for family members, and i have arranged one set of neighbours to care for the cats and a secon...