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by Mollycat
Tue Sep 03, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Best way to give a cat laxatone?
Replies: 9
Views: 131

Re: Best way to give a cat laxatone?

Is anybody looking into the cause of these hairballs? Because this is not normal. Hairballs should be vomited long before they get to that size and shouldn't be passed out the other end at all. To happen for the second time in a 4 year old, I'd be looking for the root cause. Digestive, liver and end...
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grain free or doesn't matter unless allergies?
Replies: 4
Views: 73

Re: Grain free or doesn't matter unless allergies?

Grain isnt part of a cat's natural diet but grain free foods usually have some other filler like potato or sweet potato, which are also not part of a cat's natural diet. If you want to go as natural as possible then a balanced and well researched raw, or an off the shelf raw diet, is great but also ...
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Fostering Question
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: Fostering Question

Would it be an option for you to hold on to the kittens until they have permanent homes? It seems an unnecessary trauma for them to go into shelter then be adopted when they could be better socialised with you and their mum and much better prepared for a new home.
by Mollycat
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kittens pooping on carpet
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Re: Kittens pooping on carpet

It certainly sounds like they have learned the carpet is ok or as said they are disorientated. In the old days we used to get kittens at 6 weeks, barely weaned, but accidents were rare because by that time mother would have litter trained them. So at 8 weeks something has gone wrong that's more than...
by Mollycat
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 146

Re: The joy of food...

Which make are they, Mollycat? Surefeed, by Sureflap. The video looks like a sales pitch, which it is, but it's all accurate. They haven't come down much in price so still not much change from £100 a piece but last well, the batteries last well too, and worth it in my book. The only flaw is that th...
by Mollycat
Sat Aug 31, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: The joy of food...
Replies: 9
Views: 146

Re: The joy of food...

I invested in two chip feeders when my two were on different diets and one would just hoover up everything, then a dog came along as well. Best £200 I ever spent. They are very well designed to keep out other noses while they are in there, they keep the food fresh, and you can set how long they stay...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued cat has never used the litter box
Replies: 8
Views: 168

Re: Rescued cat has never used the litter box

I would offer the largest most open trays you can get hold of with a classic non-clumping grit. You could try giving the trays a wash in bleach, bleach breaks down to ammonia which smells of cat pee and encourages cats to pee on top of it, makes bleach bad for cleaning up cat pee and a great tool fo...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon
Replies: 8
Views: 93

Re: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon

To be honest if the neighbours are going to accept responsibility for one end of the cat they need to accept responsibility for the other end too, otherwise a cattery that takes care from nosetip to tailtip would be essential. Let's say you started letting the cat out, have a cat flap, and the neigh...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat

So sorry to read of your woes but it sounds like they gave you a very sick cat and they ought to make sure the cat is fit and well to leave their "care" so should now have him back and sort him out before giving him back to you. This may sound harsh but you really should return him to them if he was...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 26, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Potential FIV+, severe weight loss in senior
Replies: 11
Views: 141

Re: Potential FIV+, severe weight loss in senior

I think we know deep down he's approaching that stage but we would just like to try and get him happier in himself for a little while I've only read about both FIP and FIV and can't really comment further than to say it doesn't sound much like either to me. It would be kind of important to know wha...
by Mollycat
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Small Kidneys
Replies: 4
Views: 110

Re: Small Kidneys

Ruth my impossible to load girl benefits greatly from a distance Reiki session just at the time when I need to take her. The lady I use charged us £30 for a distance session and it definitely made a huge difference to the loading trauma.
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play

Scratchersmake sense as these are strategic territory markers, so having several and placing them carefully can really help.
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Abandoned Cat
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Abandoned Cat

How they worm their way in! This is lovely news to read. We had to have our boy put to sleep just a week ago so I'm emotionally fragile and this is really heart warming. When my Henry moved in he would often sit on my old Misha's grave. He moved in 3 years after she died. They are extraordinary crea...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Agressive play
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: Agressive play

Please don't use a spray bottle unless there is an immediate danger - as you have found out they don't work and risk making your cat afraid of you or getting so used to it that it's just not effective. 6 years ago my new 9 year old desperately needed a companion so we got a 6 year old, we had a bit ...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play
Replies: 4
Views: 80

Re: Stray cat aggressive when resident cat approaches to play

Good on you taking on this new cat. Sounds not too serious and repairable, to be honest. Go back to the beginning and do it by the book, it's never too late to work out. I'm always being told boys are easier to introduce than girls - I've had two boys and sure enough they both needed company and one...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Squamous Cell Carcinoma SCC Feline newly diagnosed
Replies: 12
Views: 521

Re: Squamous Cell Carcinoma SCC Feline newly diagnosed

We want to do what's best for him but at this point just don't know what that is... Really feel for you, it's impossible isn't it? We don't want to give up on them but we don't want to put them through the mill for nothing. Whatever you decide, you will have doubts later - try to keep grounded and ...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do cats get bored of certain foods?
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Do cats get bored of certain foods?

My Boo was like that, a stud who lived in an outdoor pen until he took retirement and came to live with me. He had never begged and never took it up as a hobby. Molly was the opposite, always on the scrounge. But neither of them ever stole food. I even once accidentally left a roasted chicken on the...
by Mollycat
Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do cats get bored of certain foods?
Replies: 8
Views: 159

Re: Do cats get bored of certain foods?

There's no need to waste anything, just keep all the stuff she has decided she doesn't want, and keep rotating differet foods. Keep an eye on use by dates, obviously. If it's just plain boredom and she craves constant novelty, give it a couple of months and the stuff she got bored of will be another...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Panting in cat, tests negative, anybody have experience with this?
Replies: 1
Views: 69

Re: Panting in cat, tests negative, anybody have experience with this?

Panting isn't normal in cats as you know but it can be a whole host of things. From what you say it seems to be heat or exercise related so heart would be the first idea, a close second would be lungs. But within those can be a whole lot of different issues including faulty heart valves, fluid on th...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: How do you support a grieving pet?

Well five days on and the dog is fine when we're out but at home he lies on Bobby's beds and blankets in all his favourite places, my dressing gown, the shirt I wore to the vets and even the blanket that was in the carrier for that final trip, nose on paws. Last night he would not get off my dressin...
by Mollycat
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: He's gone
Replies: 14
Views: 254

Re: He's gone

Deep in my own grief as I am, I feel your pain. All love and light to you and Backy, be kind to yourself in the difficult times ahead.
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: How do you support a grieving pet?

Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your loss; we have some advice on our Pet Bereavement page which may be able to answer your question or point you in the right direction. https://www.catchat.org/index.php/pet-bereavement-support Thanks. As stated I'm not so much looking for advice as to open up a di...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?
Replies: 8
Views: 320

Re: Clumping Or Non-clumping Litter?

I inherited my boy with instructions not to spend money on litter and just use Tesco's own. I ended up doing a full change daily and it was still disgusting with just one cat, so when second cat came along I went the clumping route. Pets at Home own brand I think it's ultra performance. A bag at aro...
by Mollycat
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten feeding guidelines? Advice needed please
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Kitten feeding guidelines? Advice needed please

Congratulations on your new arrival! All my cats have always been free fed - the last time I had a kitten was 1987 though - and I have never had any weight problems with any, except one who turned out to have a metabolic disorder and had me tearing my hair out trying everything until it was cured an...
by Mollycat
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Bereavement Support
Topic: How do you support a grieving pet?
Replies: 8
Views: 214

How do you support a grieving pet?

For only the second time in my life, I find myself responsible for pets who have just lost their pet companion, which of course means I have lost one of my beloved furry friends and am grieving too. One cat and one dog. I'm not so much looking for advice myself, though that is welcome, more trying t...
by Mollycat
Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Elderly cat behaviour before death

If you don't know what to think, maybe you don't need to think too much. Take good care of you.
by Mollycat
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elderly cat behaviour before death
Replies: 6
Views: 175

Re: Elderly cat behaviour before death

I have just been reminded like a rap on the knuckles how individual cats are - when my Boo was diagnosed with CKD I thought yeah that's fine I've been through tihs before with Misha, I know the drill. How arrogant and wrong. Boo progressed in a completely different way, had a much more typical post-...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I've only told my mum and three friends so far and bizarrely got two lots of beautiful flowers! Yes I love the candle idea, to let other patients know to please be quiet and respectful. I can't fault the vet practice in any way - the vet I asked for who ...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Playing chess with the reaper
Replies: 15
Views: 253

Re: Playing chess with the reaper

Thank you both so much, I have just come back from the vets. They have a candle on reception with a notice, if this candle is lit someone is saying goodbye to their beloved pet ... today the candle was lit for me and Boo. We had a lot of cuddles this morning, my partner got to say goodbye before he ...
by Mollycat
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Limping kitten
Replies: 10
Views: 157

Re: Limping kitten

In digitigrades such as cats walking on their toes it is the wrist, horses are unguligrades walking on one fingernail and yes it looks like a nobbly knee and is called a knee even though technically it isn't. The actual knee and elbow are close in to the body, though in cats and dogs people often re...