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by Mollycat
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blocked anal glands....
Replies: 9
Views: 2355

Re: Blocked anal glands....

My partner's dog needed his done every 6-8 weeks for years. When he moved in with me, I got bossy about it as I don't think this is an acceptable situation, so dog was put on a course of antibiotics. I also put him on 2 tins a day instead of free-feeding dry. That was 22 months ago and they have not...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Hair loss - part of a known health problem?
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Re: Hair loss - part of a known health problem?

Thanks Kay I didn't have any luck searching google, everything I found was about skin complaints and bald patches but nothing on thinning other than due to serious illnesses. Never seen this before thoough, specially on the nose which is the only real bald bit.
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Hair loss - part of a known health problem?
Replies: 5
Views: 75

Hair loss - part of a known health problem?

I noticed a while ago that Molly's nose seems to moult all in one go leaving it pink and bald for a while. But these whiles have been getting longer and the bald bit is gradually getting bigger and not growing back fully. Now I've noticed her beautiful ear shield hair is much shorter than it used to...
by Mollycat
Sun Oct 27, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Unchecked Aggression
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: Unchecked Aggression

Killing juveniles is common in lions but very rare in domestic cats, that's very unlikely to be your answer. The reason you don't have answers is most likely because what you describe isn't a normal or common behaviour and maybe nobody has come across it before. Cats are territorial and will defend ...
by Mollycat
Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Stopping kitten climbing large computer screen
Replies: 4
Views: 60

Re: Stopping kitten climbing large computer screen

To me the question is why and a permanent solution is to offer a better alternative. My cats used to sit on the table to look out of the window, so I moved the table away and offered them their very own wide window sill. Now there is no reason to go on the table I can tell them no or just not worry ...
by Mollycat
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Help! Part 2
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Help! Part 2

If there's no problem between the cats I would leave her be. A cat should never be blocked from accessing its safe place, especially one in a strange place with strange people and another cat she hasn't had time to bond with. Let her come out when she feels confident to do so and in the meantime tal...
by Mollycat
Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Help!
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Help!

Have you found your cat yet?
by Mollycat
Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:21 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescue kittens might be from abusive home???
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Rescue kittens might be from abusive home???

I'm not suggesting it's too late by any means, just that it might take more patience and be a bit more intensive, but the first 2-3 months are important and a rough start can and often has long lasting effects. In some ways it's probably that little bit harder with two because they have each other a...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescue kittens might be from abusive home???
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Rescue kittens might be from abusive home???

I certainly wouldn't jump to the abusive home conclusion for some skittishness around people. Running away in playfulness and bouncing back again is pretty kittenish along with stalking human feet and running away when they get near because they are so much bigger than they were when we started stal...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Coco and Chanel dilemma
Replies: 209
Views: 4353

Re: Coco and Chanel dilemma

Yes agreed with Ruth there, it's just their way of saying keep your distance or stop doing that so near to me. Molly is the hissiest cat I know and she even hisses at her toy during play and carries on playing. Remember they wear their emotions on their sleeve and a hiss can be as simple as just a p...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Aggression and unpredictability
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Aggression and unpredictability

Welcome to the forum and being owned by a cat, and good on you for taking on a second-hand kitty. It is early days and with care I'm sure he will be your gentle loving boy. It could be his past, the trauma of being in rescue and now in a new home, even the way your hand is approaching him, other thi...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat on a diet
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: Cat on a diet

Mine also scavenges if there is not enough, he even turned his food bowl upside down tonight to see if there was any food underneath it, he got so desperate I gave in and gave him a little bit, but from tomorrow i will be strict, I will still give him 3 meals a day though. That was my problem I cou...
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat on a diet
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: Cat on a diet

I've often wondered about the grain thing, as in the wild cats would eat mice and birds, and mice and most birds would have grain in their stomachs, wouldn't they? I've got a litte tub rescue cat, who will not eat any wet food - I suspect treats may be her problem, as I think a lot of them are quit...
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat on a diet
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: Cat on a diet

He sounds absolutely lovely. I took in a stray tom and had him neutered ... to be more accurate a tom from a noisy house down the street decided he was mving into our quiet house and we had him fixed after the other people gave him their blessing to go live with us if that's what he wanted to do. He...
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat on a diet
Replies: 9
Views: 84

Re: Cat on a diet

Topic of great interest to me as I got a rescue girl 6 years ago, same as yours just kept piling it on and same as you I never had a cat with a weight problem before, mine have always been free fed. One, my first cat as an adult, weight barely 4kg and ate a whole tin daily plus treats and was trim a...
by Mollycat
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help With Claws
Replies: 4
Views: 85

Re: Help With Claws

Controversial comment coming up. I don't clip cats' claws at all, unless they snag them when they walk on carpet, and I'll explain why. A cat's claws should (some cats have problems and that's different, I'm talking about normal) should be razor sharp and retract enough not to touch the floor when w...
by Mollycat
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Willow not eating - any ideas?
Replies: 24
Views: 283

Re: Willow not eating - any ideas?

So sorry to read this. We give and give and in the end we have only one gift left to give them, the hardest and kindest gift of all. Wishing you strength for the days ahead, may they be gentle and beautiful for you both.
by Mollycat
Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten litter problems
Replies: 2
Views: 48

Re: New kitten litter problems

Agree with Kay let him find it when he wants it. Cats naturally look for a suitable place to go where they can dig, bury and cover, so unless you have an indoor sand pit the litter will be a natural choice. If he was born in a barn he may have so far been going in soil, so maybe mixing the litters w...
by Mollycat
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Senior cat not eating
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Senior cat not eating

Welcome to the forum, poor Rocky. Has your vet discussed the diet option with you? It's a pate food and must be given exclusively because it works by starving the thyroid gland of the iodine it needs to make thyroid hormone. No there is no holistic way to treat or control hyperthyroidism. It's a ser...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Low potassium and the dire rear
Replies: 4
Views: 55

Re: Low potassium and the dire rear

I did wonder if it might be a lot but couldn't find the info, thank you. Maybe I haven't been worried enough about it, as it wasn't affecting her outwardly, although I've been trying to think if it could be something she and Bobby both had and therefore parasite or contagious, Bobby being bound to g...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Low potassium and the dire rear
Replies: 4
Views: 55

Low potassium and the dire rear

Molly has low potassium, a mild liver problem and chronic diarrhoea. It's possible that the diarrhoea is causing the low potassium which in turn is causing the high ALT liver enzyme. Chronic - it's been some days every week since last November, between soft and squidgy, and there are now more days o...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

Lucy is similar, can't brush her at home, but at the vets she just lies and accepts it, so now when we go for acupuncture, the vet hands me a brush and goes for a cigarette while I brush her - she is still vocal, but doesn't bite like at home. They are under no illusion of what she is like though, ...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Toxic Plants to Cats
Replies: 1
Views: 51

Re: Toxic Plants to Cats

Yes it's a lot of hazards to be mindful of. I had to rehome my peace lily after years of cats happily ignoring it, util I got Molly who developed a taste for the leaves. Indoor cats should have free access to grass though.
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Do cats swim?
Replies: 3
Views: 87

Re: Do cats swim?

I wouldn't dream of teaching a cat to swim or giving a cat a bath! If a cat accidentally fell into water it would try to run which would propel it forward which basically means swim to get back to land. It's instinctive, they don't need to be taught. As for baths, a cat is perfectly capable of keepi...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

Aw I like the sound of Tilly, after all don't we all like to be asked nicely before being stabbed in the neck with a shard of Sheffield steel! Yes that didn't help the vet's opinion of me as we always ask for bloods and any other exam work possible to be done with us in the consulting room. On this ...
by Mollycat
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:13 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

The vet did try squeezing but there was very little there. She offered to teach me how so I could do it at home and I just laughed and explained that I can't handle Molly at home the way she can in the surgery. She looked at the totally still and cooperative cat on the table then at me with this qui...
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Furry thief!
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Furry thief!

Ok, ok, it's time for the Rupert story ... Once upon a time, my aunt had a chocolate Burmese boy named ... Rupert. She lived in a very nice house with a very nice Georgian front door that she didn't want to ruin, so she put a cat flap in the window above it and because the cats couldn't jump that hi...
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 14, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

Excellent news! I got a urine sample from Tilly by shutting her in the kitchen overnight with two trays of non-absorbent litter in case of accidents. It probably wasn't as fresh as it should have been, but it made up for that in quantity... :shock: I'm not sure for how long Molly would be utterly t...
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: We have a big day today
Replies: 26
Views: 288

Re: We have a big day today

So after a bit of delay I finally got Molly's results. Her T4 is 15.2 (normal is 15-60) which was 60-70 uncontrolled and 30 diet controlled and 30 on leaving hospital. SUCCESS!!!!!!! Her potassium is still a little low so she will have a supplement again for a while, calcium and phosphorous normal. ...
by Mollycat
Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Furry thief!
Replies: 9
Views: 106

Re: Furry thief!

Oh I wish your neighbour was on this forum :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: