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by lilynmitz
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Carpet Scratching HELP!
Replies: 10
Views: 408

Re: Carpet Scratching HELP!

We have a terrible carpet scratcher, so I sympathise. He seems to do it when he gets excited, frustrated, or if anything new has been placed on the floor, all round the house. It's partly scent marking (they have scent glands in their paws) but it also seems to be one of his ways of grabbing our att...
by lilynmitz
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Meowing
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Re: Meowing

Have you checked his eyesight and hearing? Just a thought. Sight can deteriorate slowly over a period of time - I adopted an 8 yr old moggie who had been in rescue two years, but he was so well adapted no-one realised he was blind till I got him home. But he used to meow a lot for all sorts of reaso...
by lilynmitz
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weight loss in a younger cat
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Weight loss in a younger cat

I'm so sorry Donna, I really hoped I was wrong but what you described was so similar to my own experiences, I feared the worst but hoped for the best. It's so hard when they go so young and so suddenly, but cats are so good at hiding even severe medical conditions, it can be really hard to pick it u...
by lilynmitz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Megacolon
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Megacolon

My sister's cat has megacolon, which they treat with Hills dried food with a teaspoon of cod liver oil on it to keep her bowels mobile. For a while they also had to give her daily enemas, which they learnt to do themselves, but she's been fine on this diet regime for a few years now.
by lilynmitz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Pet Insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: Pet Insurance

I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. The lesson for all of us, at all times, is "read the small print", but I agree, it's difficult to understand or second guess what medical conditions your pet is likely to get. One of my vets did question whether pet insurance was worth it - a lot of the time ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: super skinny feline needs feeding up
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: super skinny feline needs feeding up

you don't mention whether he was tested for hyperthyroidism? This is a common cause of weight loss in older cats, particularly when they're not off their food - basically their metabolism is on "full steam ahead" and burning up energy faster than they can replace it by eating. This can stress the in...
by lilynmitz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat licked inside the cement mixture
Replies: 2
Views: 812

Re: My cat licked inside the cement mixture

I agree, a quick check up with your vet would be a good idea at the very least. I'm not sure whether any of the contents could be toxic, but chemical burns are possible with fresh wet concrete. If it had dried out, it might not be so serious - I had a cat who was obsesssed with licking concrete pavi...
by lilynmitz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weight loss in a younger cat
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: Weight loss in a younger cat

Hello Donnak, I would be worried too. In your position I would get her straight back to the vet for more tests, and PERSEVERE with them. I don't want to risk worrying you unnecessarily, but in two instances (aged 7 and 12) it turned out to be advanced cancer, and in a third (aged 4) I'm pretty sure ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Weeing on my bed
Replies: 15
Views: 484

Re: Weeing on my bed

If someone introduced a very large grizzly bear into my house, I'd be pretty freaked out, even if it did mostly ignore me. Specially if I could now only have one safe room instead of the whole house. That's how your cat feels about the dog. However well behaved it is, it's still a dog, it has invade...
by lilynmitz
Mon Jul 15, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Do you follow vet recommendations
Replies: 5
Views: 265

Re: Do you follow vet recommendations

I do vaccinate every year, although current research on whether that's necessary for the full life of the cat is interesting. I shall watch to see how that develops. But I almost never worm, as my two aren't hunters and can't get out of the garden, and flea treat only when necessary. Elsie is vulner...
by lilynmitz
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Chronic diarrhoea help
Replies: 34
Views: 881

Re: Chronic diarrhoea help

Is he on meds for his CKD, and also for his thyroid? I had an old girl who we managed to keep going for several years this way, although admittedly she wasn't facing some of the other challenges your boy has. I hope you can keep him comfortable for a long while yet.
by lilynmitz
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Feral Kitten, should I rescue it?
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Feral Kitten, should I rescue it?

I'm so pleased you are earning her trust. I'm not that experienced in raising young kittens, so I'm not the best to advise on feeding, so it would be well worth popping her along to your local vet as soon as you take her in to make sure you're getting everything right, and then when the time comes, ...
by lilynmitz
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Feral Kitten, should I rescue it?
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: Feral Kitten, should I rescue it?

Whatever you do, DO NOT HOSE HIM DOWN WITH WATER!!! Yes, this WILL traumatise him and destroy any hope of him trusting humans, and you rightly point out he may die of exposure through being saturated. Young kittens are extremely vulnerable and can go downhill very quickly. Don’t feed him tuna either...
by lilynmitz
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Chronic diarrhoea help
Replies: 34
Views: 881

Re: Chronic diarrhoea help

Years ago both my cats went down with chronic diarrhoea, many many trips to vet and fecal tests inconclusive. I tried them on fish and rice....... and it came out the other end as fish and rice!! Gave up on that one pretty quick, and yes, they mostly ate around the rice. In our case the vet decided ...
by lilynmitz
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Cat Proofing
Replies: 33
Views: 1525

Re: Cat Proofing

Just to add a bit more info to the thread, I used Purrfect Fencing, which has a spring loaded angled overhang bracket, so if the cat tries to climb round the overhang on fixed brackets (and I know of at least one cat that does this regularly), with this product the end of the bracket drops down and ...
by lilynmitz
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Anyone ever find blood in faeces?
Replies: 21
Views: 992

Re: Anyone ever find blood in faeces?

I think it is happening because of hard stools. Look at the food of your cat. Maybe something is wrong with food. The cat has liquid stools, not hard stools. Given that this has happened so soon after the last episode if it was me I’d be back to the vets for more tests. This shouldn’t be happening,...
by lilynmitz
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat scared of me after vet visit - advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 1823

Re: Cat scared of me after vet visit - advice please

Some cats do get very stressed after a fight, (if that’s what happened), and with the added stress of a vet visit, he’s probably having a bit of a melt down. I would just let him come round in his own time, but keep a careful eye on him to make sure his symptoms don't get worse. You could put food a...
by lilynmitz
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New kitten
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: New kitten

Hi there, don’t worry, he’s just a baby and this is all very new and scary to him, and he doesn’t have his mum or siblings to reassure him. So he needs your help to settle in - he’s not there to entertain you, it’s your job to finish raising him. Most reputable breeders feel 8 weeks is too young to ...
by lilynmitz
Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lump after vaccination
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Re: Lump after vaccination

Update, lump gone, all ok now. Thanks for the reassurance everyone
by lilynmitz
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: Indoor/Outdoor Kitty and Day Lily Plants/Toxic Plants
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: Indoor/Outdoor Kitty and Day Lily Plants/Toxic Plants

I’ve had day lilies in my garden for over 25 years without incident. While I knew lilies in general were highly poisonous to cats, I hadn’t realised that included day lilies. However, I've decided it’s not worth the risk and will be digging them up and replacing them with something more benign. The ...
by lilynmitz
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 1 year old cat mystery ailment
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: 1 year old cat mystery ailment

Hi and welcome. I’m sorry to hear what you and your boy have been going through. It sounds pretty baffling, but it also sounds like your vets are doing all they can to get to the bottom of this. I had wondered whether it was neurological but if the pain meds are making a difference, it sounds more l...
by lilynmitz
Fri May 31, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lump after vaccination
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Re: Lump after vaccination

Thanks Mollycat. Interesting what you say re vaccination updates, my vets have always been pretty relaxed if they’re a bit overdue. I will try to follow the vaccine vs HyperT debate. I’ve often wondered the same about flea and worm treatments. I only do mine if they look like they’ve actually got fl...
by lilynmitz
Fri May 31, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lump after vaccination
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Re: Lump after vaccination

Hi again Desley, hank heaven there are people like you who are prepared to take on the “problem” cats, give them each a fuss from me. Everyone said when I went looking for another companion for Elsie “get a Normal One this time!” I thought I had..... I hope Coco and Chanel come round eventually, but...
by lilynmitz
Fri May 31, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lump after vaccination
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Re: Lump after vaccination

Thanks both, I’ll keep an eye on it for a bit longer. He had a really bad reaction to his vaccinations last year just before I picked him up from rescue, so he arrived with a nasty gunky eye. He was good as gold letting me treat it though. Luckily we didn’t get that this time. Mitz was off colour fo...
by lilynmitz
Fri May 31, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Lump after vaccination
Replies: 14
Views: 4713

Lump after vaccination

Toby had his vaccinations last week, and since then I've found a soft lump under his skin about thumb nail size which is obviously tender as he doesn't like me checking it. I suspect the injection caused this, as I can't think of anything else and there's no broken skin. Has anyone else come across ...
by lilynmitz
Fri May 31, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Should I adopt a cat?
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: Should I adopt a cat?

I'm afraid I'm going to agree with Lilith. I look after a neighbour's cats when they go away for the odd week here and there during school holidays, and despite being in their own home and having garden access, they are depressed and anxious when the owners are away, despite me making a fuss of them...
by lilynmitz
Wed May 29, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 20 year old cat diagnosed with cancer of liver
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: 20 year old cat diagnosed with cancer of liver

Late to this thread, I'm so sorry to hear about your cat's diagnosis. I lost my much adored 7 year old boy very suddenly some years ago. Very long story but he had been a bit off colour for a while but not obviously ill. It was only on my insistence that the vet did bloods which indicated a liver pr...
by lilynmitz
Wed May 29, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Kitten became aggressive
Replies: 3
Views: 248

Re: Kitten became aggressive

Good advice from Ruth B, he needs to learn from you what's ok and what isn't, as his mum and siblings aren't there to tell him off. In addition, try to avoid close contact rough play, as it will just encourage him. Remote toys, such as things on strings or sticks, or toys to chase, are a safer way o...
by lilynmitz
Wed May 29, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Ragdoll defecating on sofa/bed
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Ragdoll defecating on sofa/bed

I agree, something has upset them, and you need to get to the bottom of what that is. Pooing anywhere but their tray is usually a cry for help or a protest. Please avoid the temptation to get cross with them - there's no point. It will only add to their stress and they will have no idea why, in thei...
by lilynmitz
Wed May 29, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat pacing and very reduced appetite
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Cat pacing and very reduced appetite

I've read your earlier post, and your dear old puss really has a lot to deal with. I have seen this pacing in cats with advanced kidney failure, it's very distressing to see, and loss of appetite could be due to the deterioration in one or more of her many medical conditions. I really would speak to...