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by lilynmitz
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help cats voice changed
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Help cats voice changed

I’m sorry to hear that it may be bad news. I can understand why you’re so upset, but your puss won’t be feeling the same stress, they are much more fatalistic about life, so it’s good to hear that he’s calm. Sadly sometimes we can only do for them what our circumstances allow at the time, life is me...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 4 yr Old Cat Litterbox Issues?
Replies: 7
Views: 241

Re: 4 yr Old Cat Litterbox Issues?

I'd suggest a vet visit to be on the safe side, but otherwise it does sound behavioural. Cats can be very odd about trays. Try moving one of the trays to a different area to give her a bit of privacy. Our Elsie, who is a timid cat, always prefers to come in from the garden and use her covered trays,...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Second cat query
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Second cat query

It really is a lottery. We had a big lad Sam, then Elsie, who got on pretty well, and when Sam moved on to another home, we got Ziggy about 5 months later, and they also got on fine from day one. Sadly Ziggy died very young, and we got Toby, who showed every sign in the rescue centre of being a perf...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Aggression
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Aggression

I agree with Mollycat. If he has lived with you in a flat since a small kitten, he isn't socialised with other cats and probably finds them very threatening and also hasn't learnt any manners in how to interact with them. If he's unneutered, he will be ten times worse, so get him fixed!! My Toby was...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Jaw Spasm and unable to Groom
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Jaw Spasm and unable to Groom

I agree, the sudden bed peeing and inability to groom is a sufficient warning signal to bite the bullet and brave the stressful vet visit. With cats, very often the sooner conditions are diagnosed the easier (and cheaper!) they are to fix before they get much worse. I would certainly be carting mine...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat has small sores, what can I do?
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Cat has small sores, what can I do?

Good advice from exlibris. I'd also suggest you look at what flea treatment you used, some of the cheaper ones (eg Bob Martin) can cause skin problems. The vet prescribed ones are more expensive, but it works out cheaper if it doesn't result in skin conditions and the cost of vet visits to sort it o...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Help cats voice changed
Replies: 6
Views: 281

Re: Help cats voice changed

Has the vet ruled out throat infections? It would probably be helpful to try a course of antibiotics as a first line of attack, but then your vet may already have tried this. I think all you can do is follow your vet's advice, but I hope someone else on here will have had experience of this and can ...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: 3YO Male Cat has Cancer
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: 3YO Male Cat has Cancer

I'm so sorry to hear about this diagnosis, especially in such a young cat. I can only suggest you talk through with your vet whether there's anything you can do with his diet to firm up his stools, but if his gut is compromised by the tumour, that may not be possible. If he's lost his appetite as we...
by lilynmitz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Litter training 10 year old female
Replies: 4
Views: 168

Re: Litter training 10 year old female

I suspect she is thoroughly confused if you are still letting her out and, to her mind, making her use a tray when she has a perfectly good toilet outside. This is the equivalent to locking the door to the loo and she can't probably understand why she's expected to cross her legs until you finally o...
by lilynmitz
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Harvest mite infestation
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Harvest mite infestation

We have awful harvest mites every year, I counted the bites on my own body and gave up at 70! But they do only hang around for about 6 weeks from the beginning of August, so yes, they should have gone by now. Some cats (and people) are more affected than others (they left my husband alone!). My two ...
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Rescue & Rehoming - General
Topic: Adoption: shelter or private sale?
Replies: 15
Views: 552

Re: Adoption: shelter or private sale?

Of 8 cats I’ve adopted from shelters over the years, somewhat shockingly I have only ever been home checked once. The others didn’t ask me anything about my experience, circumstances, type of cat I was looking for, local area, cat flaps, etc etc. In one case I took two long stay hard to home cats, s...
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Casper swallowed a longer string of plastic wrapping, how dangerous is this?
Replies: 3
Views: 130

Re: Casper swallowed a longer string of plastic wrapping, how dangerous is this?

Glad to hear it came back up again. Best keep an eye out for stray bits of stringy stuff if he’s fond of eating it, or it could get expensive at the vet’s!
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Amputee Cat struggling
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Amputee Cat struggling

I agree, it’s really very early days. That’s quite a trauma to recover from, and I don’t care what people say, they do respond to such events at an emotional level. Give her lots of gentle love and reassurance to help her get through the adjustment and recovery phase. It is surprising that the vet l...
by lilynmitz
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up

I’m pleased to hear his eye is improving. If he keeps doing this, I’m wondering whether his sight might not be too great to start with. My blind laddie Mitz kept injuring his eyes as he didn’t have a blink or swerve response if something was about to poke him in the eye, and he also ended up with bl...
by lilynmitz
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General Cat Chatting!
Topic: New cat in the house
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: New cat in the house

Sorry for short reply, it’s late and I should be in bed(!) but it's very early days at the moment, you can’t force these things. Keep giving the resident cats lots of love and reassurance, but allow them their space to retreat to. You might want to try using a dog crate to put your newbie into for s...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Introduction resident 6 year old to 4month kitten (gone wrong)
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: Introduction resident 6 year old to 4month kitten (gone wrong)

If it’s only hissing rather than full on fighting, I would be inclined to let them sort it out between them. Give both somewhere to retreat to when they’ve had enough, be prepared to step in if things are getting a bit OTT, and just try to calm things down a bit. I tend to view hissing as a warning ...
by lilynmitz
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up
Replies: 5
Views: 312

Re: Conjunctivitis - Single infected eye - just won't clear up

So sorry to hear of the problems you’re having with Max’s eye, it sounds miserable. All I can suggest is that you continue with the vets treatments, it has healed up before, so it may do again. The silly boy just keeps re-injuring it. I've been through something similar with two of mine, but in our ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Cat vomiting up everything
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Cat vomiting up everything

The food you’re giving her is very rich. Have you tried something more bland, like boiled chicken or steamed white fish? Probably less fattening too. Also good quality dried foods, eg Royal. Canin for sensitive tums.
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Elimination Problems
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: Elimination Problems

It’s hard to know whether the cleaning products are part of the problem, or indeed your own hormones, but my guess is that they may not be coping with your toddler being mobile around the house. When she was less mobile, the cats still had the rest of the house as their safe territory, but now they ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: My cat still hates my new kitten
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: My cat still hates my new kitten

I had this problem recently. Elsie is about 5 yrs old and has always been very friendly, even submissive, with previous male cats. When little Zig died very suddenly, we waited a few months then got Toby, who was about a year old, and also very sweet natured and very cat friendly. She went nuts! if ...
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: FIV positive cat vomiting
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: FIV positive cat vomiting

Hi Chloé, sorry you’ve not had any replies to your post, which suggests this isn’t a problem many of us have experienced. It must be distressing to watch, and you’re right to take him to the vet. I hope they can get to the bottom of this for you. Let us know how you get on.
by lilynmitz
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: New Kitten - eye problem?
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: New Kitten - eye problem?

You’re right to be cautious, it may be the beginning of cat flu, or an eye infection. Advise your friend that this kitty needs to see a vet, then see what the vet says.
by lilynmitz
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 487

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

That’s good progress, but remember to let him take it at his own pace, and let him hide as much as he wants to. You can’t force an animal to trust, it has to come from them learning that you are not a threat, which takes time and patience. Keep it up.
by lilynmitz
Mon Sep 02, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME
Replies: 11
Views: 487

Re: Newly Adopted 2 Year Old Cat HATES ME

Just to say I agree with Kayks advice, and this is VERY early days yet. I often find rescue cats are on their “best behaviour” when they first move in, but after a few days the real adjustments begin as they learn about their new environment and co-habitees. Take it very slowly, and remember he’s no...
by lilynmitz
Sun Sep 01, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Can my cat smell the old cats?
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: Can my cat smell the old cats?

Good advice from fjm, just let her settle in at her own pace. It’s more fear of the strange and unknown than anything else, but once she learns this new place is her safe space, she’ll be fine.
by lilynmitz
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Rescued cat has never used the litter box
Replies: 8
Views: 538

Re: Rescued cat has never used the litter box

Is he toileting elsewhere outside the tray, or just “holding it in”?
by lilynmitz
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon
Replies: 8
Views: 260

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

Honestly, I would keep her at home if you can. She will be far less stressed in her own home. I have a reciprocal cat sitting arrangement with a neighbour, we just pop in morning and evening (we each have two cats), and clean out litter tray once a day. If you use a clumping litter, it’s a 30 second...
by lilynmitz
Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Newly adopted cat query/going away for a few days soon
Replies: 8
Views: 260

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

Congratulations on sharing your hime with a rescue puss. To be honest I would just keep her in for a few weeks longer until you’re back from looking after your dad. It won’t do her any harm, she’ll be in familiar territory, you know she’ll be safe so you don’t have to worry and can concentrate on yo...
by lilynmitz
Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: Blood in stool - Newly adopted cat

Sorry to hear about your troubles. It would be worth you referring this to the RSPCA, and asking them to contribute towards the costs as this does sound like a pre-existing condition that they should have addressed before releasing him for rehoming. However, it may be better for your puss if he stay...
by lilynmitz
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Health and Behaviour Queries, Help and Advice
Topic: Small Kidneys
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Small Kidneys

I haven’t heard of this but it would be worth talking if through with the vet. It might mean that periodic bloods would be a good idea to check how they’re doing, so if there is an issue you can change her diet or even put her on meds. My Lily was on fortekor for years but I just hid it in a bit of ...