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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: 166

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: 166

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: 166

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: 467

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: 70

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: 109

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: 467

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: 112

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: 122

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: 235

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...
by fjm
Sat Mar 21, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tapeworm!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Tapeworm!!!!

Extremely common in cats who hunt, and not really anything to worry about. Much easier to deal with than fleas! Just get a good wormer and treat according to the instructions - you can get it online without a prescription if you are avoiding shops and offices, and a few days delay won't make any dif...
by fjm
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Help with loss
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Help with loss

I am so sorry - what a darling she must have been. Yes, it does get better, but slowly and painfully. Little by little the pain will ease, little by little the darkness lifts, until one day you will remember her with both tears and a smile. Until then be kind to yourself, and give yourself time to r...
by fjm
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: Advice for dealing with grief
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Overwhelming grief

Do call the Blue Cross bereavement line https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-bereavement-and-pet-loss - and talk to someone who understands. I wish I had words to bring you comfort, but all of those who have been through grief know that only time can really help. Being isolated makes it worse - all the ...
by fjm
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Happy Birthday, Tilly!
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Happy Birthday, Tilly!

Happy birthday, Tilly - sounds like an excellent birthday tea.
by fjm
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My vet has heard a grade 1 heart murmur in my cat – should my cat have further tests performed?
Replies: 5
Views: 97

Re: My vet has heard a grade 1 heart murmur in my cat – should my cat have further tests performed?

I think the only reason to get scans done at this stage would be as baseline to monitor future changes - I can see why your vet would consider that useful. One of my dogs, Poppy has a grade 2 murmur, and I had the full works which we now repeat every year, but I think I might have waited for grade 1...
by fjm
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Corona ... someone had to start it!
Replies: 25
Views: 467

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

More likely I will send Tilly out to hunt for all of us...

When rabbits were plentiful she could probably have brought in enough to meet our minimum protein needs easily - may take a bit more effort with voles!
by fjm
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Corona ... someone had to start it!
Replies: 25
Views: 467

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

I was wondering how long Cat Chat would stay a Covid free zone! I thought just this morning that those of us with lap-loving cats are well-used to sitting still for long periods of time. I am pretty well prepared - I have ordered extra of all the regular medications from the vets, and they seemed ha...
by fjm
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Recently adopted shelter cat
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Recently adopted shelter cat

When Tilly licked off the jelly and left the rest I squashed the food a bit with a fork - that seemed to do the trick in convincing her the lumps were also edible.
by fjm
Mon Mar 16, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat Vaccinations
Replies: 4
Views: 88

Re: Cat Vaccinations

Core vaccines in the UK are

Cat flu (feline herpes virus and feline calicivirus)
Feline infectious enteritis
Feline leukaemia virus (may not be essential for indoor only cats, but wise in case even thy should slip out)

There may be others, depending on where you live.
by fjm
Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New behavior, for Ella
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: New behavior, for Ella

I have heard of this sort of behaviour occasionally, particularly in dogs who are very bonded to their owners, and it has often been an indication that the animal smells something wrong. It sounds as if you are already aware of health issues, but perhaps Ella is also picking up on something not bein...
by fjm
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Advice Please - Behaviour Problems
Replies: 6
Views: 163

Re: Advice Please - Behaviour Problems

He is warm, safe, eating well, and the stress levels in your spare room must be much lower than those in a rescue cattery, no matter how well run. For a cat that has been through so much upset in the last few weeks and months a calm, safe place is probably all he wants for a while. I think one huge ...
by fjm
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Have I got the kiss of death ?
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: Have I got the kiss of death ?

Friend of mine piously announced yesterday that she has given up housework for Lent...!
by fjm
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Have I got the kiss of death ?
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: Have I got the kiss of death ?

Seconding on the stalking! I always turn off notifications - some forums go the whole Facebook hog and want to email you every time someone so much as glances at anything you've written. I make an exception for private messages as it feels rude not to respond to those, but otherwise I just browse as...
by fjm
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: CAT LIMPING PLEASE HELP
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Re: CAT LIMPING PLEASE HELP

Bites at the base of the tail are very common, and could make him feel stiff and sore for several days - can you feel any swelling or heat there? If he is eating and grooming I would keep him quiet for 24 hours, and see if he seems better or worse tomorrow. If you are still concerned I would go back...
by fjm
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Christopher Brodie stole our hearts..
Replies: 11
Views: 219

Re: Christopher Brodie stole our hearts..

Now why is this not wholly unexpected...?! He sounds a lovely old gentleman, and one thoroughly deserving of the happy retirement home he will have with you.
by fjm
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Urgent advice needed
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Urgent advice needed

One thing I found when Pip was hyperthyroid was that small snacks through the day and late at night helped with the hunger pukes - may be worth trying.
by fjm
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: cat scratched open a cyst (i think)
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: cat scratched open a cyst (i think)

Vet if you can; if that is not possible I would bathe it gently with warm weak saline solution. Could it be a burst abscess? If the lump has been there for several weeks I would expect her to have shown signs of malaise if it were an abscess, and improvement when it burst. Abscesses can heal on thei...
by fjm
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Diabetic cat!
Replies: 7
Views: 201

Re: Diabetic cat!

I have not had experience with feline diabetes, but my understanding is that the diet needs to be high protein/low carbohydrate, and dry foods are almost inevitably high in carbohydrate. I would look into home prepared diets for cats - the basic principle is 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, 5% liver, 5% o...
by fjm
Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: I need help please!!! 4 new born kitten lost their mother
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: I need help please!!! 4 new born kitten lost their mother

Can you get hold of canned evaporated milk? There are several recipes on the internet using that, and it is widely available. If you can get them to suck from an eye dropper or a small syringe with the needle removed, you may be able to raise them. You will also need to encourage them to toilet - ma...
by fjm
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Question about taurine and Instinct cat food
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: Question about taurine and Instinct cat food

Taurine occurs naturally in muscle meat - the more the muscle is used, the higher the taurine levels, which is why heart is a particularly good source. Cooking and processing can reduce the levels, but a wet food made mainly from fresh meat should have more than adequate amounts of taurine without t...