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by fjm
Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kittens pooping on carpet
Replies: 4
Views: 96

Re: Kittens pooping on carpet

Are you using an enzyme cleaner? That, together with strategically placed trays, may help. But as they have learned to toilet in a place treated as one huge tray you may need to do rather more toilet training than is usually needed for kittens, perhaps trying some of the methods used for puppies. Wa...
by fjm
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Can my cat smell the old cats?
Replies: 3
Views: 67

Re: Can my cat smell the old cats?

New territory is scary for cats - there might be anything out there. I would make a safe place for her, plus several high spots to survey her new world, and let her get used to the change in her own time. There may be old scents that are adding to her anxiety, but I suspect it is mostly fear of the ...
by fjm
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: The joy of food...

Which make are they, Mollycat?
by fjm
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: The joy of food...

I have considered a chip operated bowl, but I don't think they work to keep out extra noses that join in while they are still open - my animals are all prone to barge in rather than take turns if I am not there to supervise. I suspect the tiny noise of one opening would have the others running to tr...
by fjm
Fri Aug 30, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: The joy of food...

It is not easy - she likes to eat a mouse-equivalent portion every few hours, but also likes it to be the right food, absolutely fresh and at exactly the right moment. The blackbirds have been raiding the outside bowl, and there are few places indoors safe from the dogs. The frozen bowl seems to be ...
by fjm
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 153

The joy of food...

Me: Tilly, you are losing weight, and the vet says this is Not Good. Have some of your favourite food. Tilly: Not hungry. Don't want it. Me: What would you like, then? Tilly: Chunks of raw beef and chicken and liver and... Me, after shopping: Here you are! Tilly: YUM, Yum, ummm - had enough. Next da...
by fjm
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Agressive play
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Agressive play

Can you separate them when you are not there to supervise? You don't say whether the cats are allowed outside - having more space to roam and more stimulation often helps dissipate excess energy. I would also play with him more yourselves - fishing pole toys, tossing a toy for him, tug toys, anythin...
by fjm
Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 14
Views: 264

Re: He's gone

I am so sorry - you knew he would not be with you for much longer, but it is still a shock.
by fjm
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: mite infestation
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: mite infestation

I would expect your vet to recognise harvest mites, though. Do you have rabbits, as well as cats? Or other animals? Could it be something more commonly found on another animal? Or ear mites, outside their usual range? But if it is new to your vet it is unlikely to be anything that occurs frequently ...
by fjm
Sat Aug 17, 2019 7:32 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 276

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

I am so sorry. Sleep well, Boo, after a long life well lived.
by fjm
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Help or advice needed urgently!
Replies: 10
Views: 121

Re: Help or advice needed urgently!

I would look into social care agencies, if you can afford it. A 30 minute visit twice a day would be reassuring for you if you need help, and you could stipulate help with the cat trays! Or advertise for help locally - lots of capable, animal loving young people who might be ready to help for a reas...
by fjm
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adopted cat advice please
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: Adopted cat advice please

I think, as she has been with you such a short time, she may be displaying learned behaviour. Perhaps the person she knew and trusted best in the past was a man, and so she is drawn to your husband. Give her time - once she knows you, and knows you are the main source of food and play and comfort th...
by fjm
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Wet Food Cemented on Kittens Face, HELP!
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Wet Food Cemented on Kittens Face, HELP!

I agree - soak it off. And resist the urge to pick at it, which will hurt. Soggy cotton wool or kitchen towel or old face flannel, a bowl of warm water, and some really good treats, repeated every hour or so until it is all gone - just get it wet and leave it. Eventually it will just wipe away with ...
by fjm
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Oh help, what do I do !!!
Replies: 7
Views: 186

Re: Oh Help, what do I do !!!

I would put up notices and post something on local social media. An unneutered male out roaming is probably a farm cat or semi feral, but it would be kind to try and find the owner. And do not blame yourself - it is impossible to avoid a cat that runs right under your wheels, and you have done your ...
by fjm
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Carpet Scratching HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 203

Re: Carpet Scratching HELP!

Car-Pets are BRILLIANT! The only thing I know that really gets hairs off rugs, carpets and upholstery. Good to know I can get them here and help cats at the same time. On carpet scratching in a rented property - I would try both tape and perhaps aluminium foil over larger areas, taped oround the edg...
by fjm
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Thank you to whoever recommended Seraquin
Replies: 1
Views: 81

Thank you to whoever recommended Seraquin

Pippin has quite severe arthritis and is on metacam - I have tried umpteen glucosamine supplements, and he hated all of them. Someone on here recommended Seraquin and I tried it - he loves it and is looking decidedly better after a few weeks on two tablets a day. Only problem is he likes them so muc...
by fjm
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Looking for advice
Replies: 2
Views: 107

Re: Looking for advice

I would always get flea treatment from your vet - they know whether the local population of fleas is resistant to some of the insecticides used, and can prescribe more effective treatments than are usually available over the counter (I am sure you know to avoid anything not specifically labelled for...
by fjm
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat opening and closing mouth rythmically
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Cat opening and closing mouth rythmically

Always wise to get vet advice when there is a sudden change in behaviour - I'm glad he is going to be OK.
by fjm
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Time for a new start...
Replies: 18
Views: 304

Re: Time for a new start...

I too have shed tears for a cat no longer with me, reminded of bygone days by the antics of a new arrival, or just remembering the soft warm weight in my lap. But I do believe that there is no better tribute to the love we shared than finding another small friend in need of a home and a lap. Each on...
by fjm
Sun Aug 04, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cut head
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Cut head

Great minds, Lilith! Excellent advice on reftrigerating the solution and scalding the bowl, too - I keep chuckable yoghurt pots etc for just these occasions.
by fjm
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Time for a new start...
Replies: 18
Views: 304

Re: Time for a new start...

How lovely to be planning for a new kitten/s! I live alone, and actually found two easier than one. They still bonded closely with me, but were much less demanding in terms of play and constant attention, and quickly learned to control all those little needles kittens like to try out on skin. There ...
by fjm
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cut head
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Cut head

I find chicken helps most things! Offer him a treat, have dampened, not too wet, cotton wool ready, and touch very gently while feeding scraps of something delicious. Best not to hold him down, or you are unlikely to be able to do it a second time...
by fjm
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cut head
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Cut head

I would definitely bathe with salt water if he will let you - boiling the water, adding the salt and letting it cool makes it easier to dissolve the salt. I would also plan on a vet visit after the weekend - it is not an emergency if he is eating and perky, but as Lilith says if he has been in a scr...
by fjm
Mon Jul 29, 2019 7:11 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: I need advice on something
Replies: 8
Views: 200

Re: I need advice on something

Cats' gums do tend to be paler than dogs, but very pale gums are a sign of anaemia as you know and I am surprised your vet did not give more helpful advice, or offer diagnostic tests to look for an underlying cause, if they diagnosed that. Iron supplementation may help, at least in the short term (l...
by fjm
Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: UK cat deaths from dog flea products
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: UK cat deaths from dog flea products

It is an important thing to know and to keep checking - vets often forget if you have both cats and dogs and recommend an unsuitable treatment for the dogs. My dogs are so tiny I simply buy multipacks of cat spot-ons, and treat them all with those on the odd occasion we have a flea problem.
by fjm
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 1 week old kitten truble breathing
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: 1 week old kitten truble breathing

The main thing is to keep her warm, if Bean leaves the nest - hope all is well this morning.
by fjm
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Advice for adopting shelter cat
Replies: 34
Views: 1035

Re: Advice for adopting shelter cat

Well, if you are going to ignore her you will have to stick to it - otherwise you are teaching her that in order to get your attention she has to really persevere! If you are finding that difficult I would try rationing attention when you are busy - a few moments of conversation, a quick rub, then a...
by fjm
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Swollen anus drags bottom what's wrong?
Replies: 2
Views: 86

Re: Swollen anus drags bottom what's wrong?

Impacted or infected anal glands? Anal fissure? Constipation? It could be so many things - I would get her to the vet ASAP. If you have only just got her a general check up and vaccination advice are a good idea in any case.
by fjm
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Advice for adopting shelter cat
Replies: 34
Views: 1035

Re: Advice for adopting shelter cat

I gave up closing internal doors soon after I got a cat - or rather two cats. It is just about possible to cope with the in/out demands of one, but with two there is always one on the wrong side of a door...
by fjm
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Would taking this kitten in pose a risk to my cats?
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Would taking this kitten in pose a risk to my cats?

If you do take it in, I would certainly plan on isolating the kitten, preferably somewhere my cats do not go. As Lilith says, there are diseases that cannot be vaccinated against, plus parasites and other nasties - several weeks of quarantine would be needed for peace of mind.