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by Mollycat
Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Skittish cat hides in ceiling
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Skittish cat hides in ceiling

Sounds like she needs places to hide as far from people as possible at the moment, and if you work with her you might find she settles and comes out into the open more of her own accord more quickly. If that is her chosen safe place and you don't feel it's safe, can you make it safer for her? Arrang...
by Mollycat
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tooth Extraction Costs - Enfield
Replies: 3
Views: 56

Re: Tooth Extraction Costs - Enfield

I don't remember how much it cost to have all Sarah's back teeth out but Bobby had a scale and polish and one extraction about 4-5 years ago and that was £100-odd for the half price dental in half price dental month plus an amount per extraction which I have in mind at £50-60 but could be wrong. Non...
by Mollycat
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help - garlic marinade
Replies: 7
Views: 100

Re: Help - garlic marinade

I had a cat who loved garlic mushrooms (in the days before social media spread the health alerts). She was fine, but keep an eye on her and do check with your vet. I'm sure many of us are nodding with a slight roll of the eyes remembering cats and dogs who delighted in treats or thefts that would n...
by Mollycat
Sun Dec 22, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help - garlic marinade
Replies: 7
Views: 100

Re: Help - garlic marinade

Have you phoned your vet's out of hours number? They will tend on the side of caution but they will be able to ask you the right questions and give you the right signs to look for if the cats need to come in, which breeds are more suspectible, they will also have the cats' weight and so on. Symptoms...
by Mollycat
Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 78

How to Wrap a Cat for Christmas

Struggling to wrap an unusual shaped present? Why not follow this simple guide.

Starring Flippycat (RIP)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm3dm5J5r0A

Not mine, just sharing the love. Merry Christmas all and please don't give cats for Christmas.
by Mollycat
Fri Dec 20, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Food recommendations needed please
Replies: 20
Views: 3349

Re: Food recommendations needed please

Cats also didn't have veterinary care or chemicals to kill fleas ticks and internal parasites, and yet somehow managed to survive. And before you come back with the life expectancy of a feral cat being 5 years, that statistic is from birth and so includes the third to half of kittens that don't make...
by Mollycat
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: cat treats
Replies: 10
Views: 136

Re: cat treats

Is she eating dry without problems Kay or is she just not eating much at all?

I'm a big fan of Webbox, mine have the sticks (bedtime Webstix!) and more recently the Yum-e-yums.

Will Madam eat real meat. raw or cooked?
by Mollycat
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 235
Views: 5139

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Is it a girl thing, I wonder? The most traumatised I have known seem to be girls. I think we just know when we have a cat that breaks all the usual rules. I've got a surprising number of good ideas from natural horsemanship videos, for dealing with Molly anyway. Even though a cat is not a prey anima...
by Mollycat
Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 235
Views: 5139

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

I'm not sure, if I had taken advice and let her approach me, if Molly would be letting me touch her to this day. And yet she was deperate for affection, but so scared to accept it and trust. I started to 'accidentally' touch her and she hissed a lot or ran off, she would ask for it and then panic an...
by Mollycat
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 235
Views: 5139

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

So she is willing to show you her belly ... and that close too.

A timely reminder that a gift is greatest by its meaning not its content.
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by Mollycat
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My kitty just recently got diagnosed..
Replies: 10
Views: 175

Re: My kitty just recently got diagnosed..

18 years is already a very good age and usually (not always) chronic renal failure is a slow progressing condition, so this diagnosis might not even impact her lifespan with just simple care. It is unusual but my first CKD cat was 8 at diagnosis and was fit and well until around 16 when it was as th...
by Mollycat
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Post Acute Pancreatitis Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 151

Re: Post Acute Pancreatitis Problems

Just to answer one thing, a/d is the Hills version of convalescence food.
by Mollycat
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grieving cat.
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Grieving cat.

I also found it a great excuse not to vacuum for a few weeks - Oh I'm letting Bobby's scent fade naturally so as not to upset Molly and the dog. Not sure you have to hold back, you know him best. The way I look at it is as long as he appreciates it, and you're not forcing cuddles on a grieving cat f...
by Mollycat
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grieving cat.
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Grieving cat.

My guess would be to avoid them becoming overdependent and clingy? I would have thought giving less than the cat needs would create that insecure dependent clingy cat, personally. Maybe what they mean is not to give more than the cat is asking for, ie not to force affection and reassurance on them w...
by Mollycat
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Grieving cat.
Replies: 13
Views: 175

Re: Grieving cat.

My very sensitive Henry wasn't himself for a good 8 months after we lost Sarah. It can take time and it's so awful being so helpless to help them. Lots of love and I would distract him not reprimand him when he's grumpy.
by Mollycat
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Why is my siamese getting lighter?
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Re: Why is my siamese getting lighter?

Do you have the heating on at home? I bet he's found himself a really cosy warm spot, whereas in the summer you had a nice cool breeze. That's assuming he doesn't go out but if he does then same answer but even more so. You know how the temperature sensitive thing works with colour points? My pointe...
by Mollycat
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat introductions
Replies: 6
Views: 107

Re: Cat introductions

We're always learning, I've had 6 cats over 30 years in singles twos and threes, indoor and outdoor, pedigree and moggy, kitten and adult rescue, confident and feral-timid - and every one has taught me so much more than the last. I was the same as you, always a one at a time home, until a determined...
by Mollycat
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat introductions
Replies: 6
Views: 107

Re: Cat introductions

Honestly? I would book one of the cats into another cattery if there is no other pen available at your regular one. On what basis is the lady from the cattery saying it will be fine? New Year is 3 weeks away and the cats have not yet been in the same room without friction, putting them under stress ...
by Mollycat
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Watery right eye from few months
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: Watery right eye from few months

Although I would want this investigated if it was my cat, we had something similar with Bobby my Ragdoll. Retired stud so coming to me at 8 years old was the first time he had lived indoors and immediately he started to get watery eyes sometimes quite pink water, he also sneezed and coughed. My firs...
by Mollycat
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Relocating a litter tray
Replies: 7
Views: 64

Re: Relocating a litter tray

An internal cat flap has got to be better than what I have, which is a manual system of shouting at anyone who closes the bathroom door when leaving it and never closing it when I'm alone in the house. Unfortunately the door opens outwards into a narrow hallway so the door to the convenience is anyt...
by Mollycat
Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Relocating a litter tray
Replies: 7
Views: 64

Re: Relocating a litter tray

Good on you for thinking ahead about this as it can cause issues. However in my experience cats will search everywhere for a litter tray rather than soil somewhere they shouldn't, unless there are psychological issues, so hopefully your worries should be unfounded. The recommended minimum is one tra...
by Mollycat
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Tesco Kitten Complete dry food - actually complete?
Replies: 2
Views: 34

Re: Tesco Kitten Complete dry food - actually complete?

In order to check if that is complete you would need the full analysis from Tesco including every trace mineral and vitamin and compare it to a full list of RDA of each item on the list. There are lists out there claiming to be just that but they are quite different, as I discovered when I was resea...
by Mollycat
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Mysterious reduction in fur at the base of the tail
Replies: 2
Views: 46

Re: Mysterious reduction in fur at the base of the tail

Wow and I thought my cat's hair was thinning a bit (which it is but you can just feel it not see it, and I'm concerned!)

This cat should definitely see a vet, sooner rather than later.
by Mollycat
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help with feeding
Replies: 7
Views: 94

Re: Help with feeding

Could you ask the vet for some of the food they put cats on when they need appetite stimulation and high energy? Just to help get her started.
by Mollycat
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help with feeding
Replies: 7
Views: 94

Re: Help with feeding

That's not recommended for cats, it only takes a few days of drastically reduced calorie intake to put a cat at risk of hepatic lipidosis which is at best expensive to treat and potentially life threatening http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/cat-health/cat-diseases-conditions-a-z/fatty-liver-disease-ca...
by Mollycat
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kitty Newbie!
Replies: 16
Views: 233

Re: Kitty Newbie!

A friend of mine years ago got two cats precisely because she was allergic and after a short and horrible time her allergies actually improved. I have an inconvenient issue called histamine intolerance so have read up a lot about allergies. In my research and experience unrefined sea salt can really...
by Mollycat
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kitty Newbie!
Replies: 16
Views: 233

Re: Kitty Newbie!

Just to add to fjm, you can still have an adult pedigree rescue if you're happy to take on a retired stud or queen. Girls are normally retired younger than boys and coming from a responsible breeder they will have been health checked regularly and treated very well, and should have no hereditary hea...
by Mollycat
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Kitty Newbie!
Replies: 16
Views: 233

Re: Kitty Newbie!

Welcome! You're definitely in the right place. I've been a member of another forum that was very judgemental and snooty. This one is nothing like that, honest friendly and supportive.
by Mollycat
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Neighbour's cat
Replies: 2
Views: 69

Re: Neighbour's cat

It sounds ok to me, if yours are not actively chasing her away and there is no scrapping. Bottom line if there is a cat flap so she can always get out and if your two settle in a reasonable time, I'd be tempted to let them work it out. I'm sure you will know it if your two do start to feel upset. We...
by Mollycat
Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Promising research for FIP
Replies: 0
Views: 33

Promising research for FIP

Just stumbled on this research that looks potentially very promising to offer some hope for the devastation that comes with an FIP diagnosis

https://www.aaha.org/publications/newst ... e-for-fip/