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by fjm
Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2184

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Damn - when you were all psyched up for it, too. How well is the dog coping with restricted exercise? When Poppy was so ill a year ago she really didn't want to do more than sniff around for 10 minutes, and then get back in the warm car. But she was happy - eating well, cuddling, not in pain, and I ...
by fjm
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:03 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: I’m not coping
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: I’m not coping

I am so sorry - it is always hard to lose a beloved cat, and saddle thrombosis is so sudden and so traumatic. But even in your panic and anxiety you acted fast to do the very best for Phoebe, and thought of her and not yourself. She knew you were there holding her, and that she relaxed shows her com...
by fjm
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best flea treatment??
Replies: 16
Views: 1750

Re: Best flea treatment??

I've found it takes a minimum of two months of vet prescribed treatment for all the four legged animals in the house plus vacuuming, combing, etc to break an infestation, and sometimes three or four months. It's important to continue to let the treated animals into all the areas where they may have ...
by fjm
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Relocating
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Relocating

I would leave her be, and definitely not block her access to her chosen safe space or try to drag her out. Make sure she has food, water, tray etc and let her decide when and how to come out. Spend time in there just sitting - especially sitting on the floor - and taking quietly or reading aloud she...
by fjm
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: NEED GROOMING ADVICE!!
Replies: 6
Views: 135

Re: NEED GROOMING ADVICE!!

In the UK even groomers are allowed to operate when it is necessary for animal welfare, so I find it hard to understand how a vet can refuse to help. I think you need to emphasise that the cat is in pain and needs a shave down, either at the vet's, or with sedation provided by the vet.
by fjm
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help with name! Male tabby
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Help with name! Male tabby

I knew one opera lover who called her cat Figaro, just so she could call him in at night - "Figaro! Figaro-FIgaro-FIGARRRRO!"
by fjm
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help with name! Male tabby
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Help with name! Male tabby

I have definitely always needed to try names on an animal to find one that fits, although I start with lots of ideas from books and other sources. I have had a Shouna (from her registered name), a Toby, Minou, and Rosie (came with that name). Pippin and his brother were meant to be Pippin and Merry,...
by fjm
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:11 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Cat collars (yes or no)
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Cat collars (yes or no)

They used to - quick release ones for safety, of course. But they lost so many that I rather gave up, especially once they got too old to catch as many birds - it was mostly to placate the neighbours that I belled the cats.
by fjm
Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 4 cats and peeing issues
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: 4 cats and peeing issues

I think I would start with a black light to find all the pee spots, remove everything removable, and clean very thoroughly with an enzymatic pet urine cleaner. Then review the number and positions of the trays - at least 5, positioned so that they cannot be blocked by other cats. But it sounds as if...
by fjm
Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Overwhelmed New Kitten Mom
Replies: 3
Views: 72

Re: Overwhelmed New Kitten Mom

I adopted an adult cat who had been hand reared, and was overly dependent on human attention - she would launch herself into a lap while the human was still standing, and sent more cups of coffee (and glasses of wine) flying with sudden head butts than I can count. I managed it in the end by weaning...
by fjm
Fri Jan 01, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat fountains...
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Re: Cat fountains...

Excellent advice - just what I need to know! We have very soft water here, so lime scale deposits are less of a problem. I think I need something that goes through the dishwasher - I made the mistake of buying a food processor that doesn't, and have regretted it. Damn thing seems to spend half it's ...
by fjm
Thu Dec 31, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat fountains...
Replies: 7
Views: 128

Cat fountains...

Tilly likes drinking from a dripping tap, and it is reaching the point where putting in my lenses and cleaning my teeth means constantly removing her from the basin. I think she might like a fountain, but I am a bit reluctant. I find the sound of running water has an unfortunate effect on my bladder...
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2184

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I had a tiny gumboil above a crowned tooth - no pain, pretty obvious the root canal had fractured where a metal post was put in years before, only obvious symptoms a tiny lump and an increasingly wobbly tooth. It took me a long time to summon up the courage to have an implant, the first stage of whi...
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2184

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Sobering thought indeed. I did a tot up, and even with Pip's radio-iodine treatment and Poppy's days in intensive care and considerable blood tests and drugs total, the last few years have not yet reached what the insurance would have cost me. Still worth insuring in the early years while it is chea...
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grade 3 heart murmur
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Grade 3 heart murmur

I am sorry - yet more anxiety. I hope whatever is causing the symptoms proves treatable, and the heart issue stays stable.
by fjm
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Worried we've ruined cat's favourite hiding spot after vet visit, feel horrible!
Replies: 3
Views: 95

Re: Worried we've ruined cat's favourite hiding spot after vet visit, feel horrible!

You did what was needful to avoid upsetting him with constant medication, so don't feel guilty. I would try providing him with some similar hiding places - perhaps leave a low drawer half open and line it with comfortable bedding, or tuck some boxes with holes cut out into corners. He will probably ...
by fjm
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grade 3 heart murmur
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Grade 3 heart murmur

Good to get firm answers, either way, and in one trip rather than several. Hyperthyroidism can be odd - some cats have symptoms quite the opposite of the "norm".
by fjm
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grade 3 heart murmur
Replies: 10
Views: 331

Re: Grade 3 heart murmur

Pippin had high blood pressure and a very rapid heart rate as a result of hyperthyroidism - curing that brought everything else back to normal. He was on medication for it for a while, though, because of the risk of blindness and further damage to the heart muscle. Hyperthyroidism would explain the ...
by fjm
Sat Dec 26, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 9 year old cat wont sleep after sedation
Replies: 1
Views: 56

Re: 9 year old cat wont sleep after sedation

Make a small room cat safe and comfortable, put food, water, tray and a warm bed in there, put the cat in and shut the door. Then go to bed. He is probably on a bit of a high from the drugs, but you need to sleep, and at the moment you are probably each keeping the other awake. If he has been fine f...
by fjm
Fri Dec 25, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: Merry Christmas

Thanks for a good laugh out loud! Happy Christmas, all.
by fjm
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Counting down...
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Counting down...

My sister and I are in a support bubble, and I am about to travel down to her house for Christmas. My bag is packed, so is the dogs', the immediate food and medicine bag for the cats is ready to hang on neighbours' door (together with a bottle of wine and home made Christmas biscuits) and more cat f...
by fjm
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2184

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

I've not seen as much research into neutering in cats. The work on dogs is extremely interesting - the balance of pros and cons is far less clear than we used to be led to believe. And, of course, it is far easier to manage dogs in season than cats - only twice a year, to start with! - so there are ...
by fjm
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:28 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2184

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Out of interest, do you know how old he was when he was neutered, if he was? There is some evidence that neutering before the growth plates have closed can predispose to cruciate ligament problems, as you probably already know.
by fjm
Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Flea treatment - frequency
Replies: 14
Views: 299

Re: Flea treatment - frequency

Permethrin in particular, which is extremely common in dog shampoos, is toxic to cats. Even just being in contact with a dog that has been treated with it has been known to poison cats.
by fjm
Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cats never cease to amaze me
Replies: 2
Views: 105

Re: Cats never cease to amaze me

At least it was in the tray - Pippin spent last week leaving small but unpleasant surprises in all sorts of unexpected places! (Poppy, on 1/4 Metrobactin every 60 hours and 1/3-1/2 sachet of Pro-Kolin powder a day has now been good for 9 weeks. Keeping everything crossed it lasts through a trip to b...
by fjm
Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Blatant plea for sympathy
Replies: 165
Views: 2184

Re: Blatant plea for sympathy

Sounds like the culmination of a bloody difficult year... Commiserations, it is a really difficult condition to manage.
by fjm
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Foster cats diarrhea
Replies: 3
Views: 69

Re: Foster cats diarrhea

If the vet can find no reason I would suspect diet or stress. Do you know of any changes in food between the different placements? Stress could be more difficult to resolve - you know she is safe, comfortable, fed, etc, but she does not. A new place, new people, confinement, other cats beyond the do...
by fjm
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My Gorgeous is gone
Replies: 13
Views: 258

Re: My Gorgeous is gone

I think that is very wise. Unless you have very unfeeling neighbours no one is going to shop you if a new cat appears in a few months time if you do decide a second cat in the home is a good idea, and meanwhile you and Billy can have some time together finding out about life in these new circumstanc...
by fjm
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: My Gorgeous is gone
Replies: 13
Views: 258

Re: My Gorgeous is gone

I am so sorry - such a shock to lose her so suddenly. They can be so good at hiding the signs of illness, and she spared you the weeks of anxiety and the grief of making the decision to let her go. I agree that there is little point in a post mortem - not knowing is hard, but if even had you known a...
by fjm
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Older cat sick after adopting a new kitten, worried it's related?
Replies: 19
Views: 259

Re: Older cat sick after adopting a new kitten, worried it's related?

I'm so glad she is recovering quickly It is very possible that stress meant she could not fight the giardia: "Many cats who become infected with giardia are asymptomatic, meaning they don't show any signs of illness. Kittens, old cats and cats who are stressed, have a weakened immune system or ...